Loki TV Interviews: Wunmi Mosaku and director Kate Herron
June 11, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
Marvel Studios is two for two so far with both WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier exceeding expectations. Next up is Loki starring Tom Hiddleston in his fan-favorite role. While this variant of Loki has not experienced the events of Thor: Ragnarok or Avengers: Infinity War, he is every bit as mischievously lovable as the version we have come to love. I got the opportunity not only to screen the first two episodes of Loki but to speak with Kate Herron, director of the series, and co-star Wunmi Mosaku.
Kate Herron is best known for her comedy work on series like Netflix's Sex Education starring Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson but she has also done dramatic and action work on the series Daybreak. I spoke with Herron about her inspiration for Loki which includes everything from A Clockwork Orange and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and much more. She also explained the scope of this series as well as how it fits into Marvel Studios' Phase Four. Check out the video below.
I also spoke with Wunmi Mosaku, a veteran of HBO's Lovecraft Country as well as roles in films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. We talked about her experience in genre storytelling, working with a lot of green screen, and what it was like being a badass opposite Tom Hiddleston as Loki.
Loki premieres June 9th on Disney+.
Marvel Studios’ Loki: We review the first 2 episodes
June 8, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
Plot: After stealing the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame, an alternate version of Loki is brought to the mysterious Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space and monitors the timeline. They give Loki a choice: face being erased from existence due to being a "time variant", or help fix the timeline and stop a greater threat. Loki ends up trapped in his own crime thriller, traveling through time and altering human history.
Review: It feels a bit like deja vu, but I am going to say the same thing about Loki that I did about both WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Solider: this series is unlike anything Marvel Studios has done before. Where WandaVision was a genre-defying homage to classic sitcoms and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was an epic in the vein of the big screen MCU offerings, Loki is a surreal and quirky science fiction mystery that feels like a blend of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy if it had been directed by Terry Gilliam. Loki is an intricately weird tangent for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one that actually works to tie up plotholes leftover from Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
Loki is an interesting character. As the primary antagonist in The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston's fan-favorite performance has transformed the God of Mischief from villain to anti-hero. While he met his demise at the hands of Thanos in Avengers; Infinity War, the time travel elements of Endgame brought him back, albeit as a variant of the character we know. Because Phase Four of the MCU deals with the concept of Marvel's multiverse, Hiddleston gets the chance to reinvent his character through a different path than we saw in Thor: Ragnarok. The result is a series that plays in a much different space than any of the Marvel big-screen productions but one that is equally epic in scope. Written by Ricky and Morty's Michael Waldron (who also scripted the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) and helmed by Kate Herron (Netflix's Sex Education), Loki is as funny as it is innovative.
Picking up directly from his escape in Avengers: Endgame, Loki, and audiences are plunged directly into the world of the Time Variance Authority which exists outside of the plane of existence. Not a planet or a traditional world, the rules of the TVA are completely different than what we have seen in the MCU thus far. Loki, already familiar with the distinct world of Asgard, is equally confused by the completely bizarre structure of the TVA. We learn, as he does, about how time travel and variances in the primary timeline impact the events of the universe. Partnering with Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) to track down a dangerous time-variant, Loki introduces us to some awesome characters and elements from the pages of Marvel Comics. Some of these fans have already guessed and others will come as a surprise.
Having seen the first two episodes of the six chapters that comprise Loki, this is the first Disney+ MCU series that feels like it is built to last longer than a single season. Without divulging any spoilers, I can say that Loki succeeds in tightening the time travel ramifications teased in Avengers: Endgame while laying the foundation for how all of the rumors tied to Spider-man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange could conceivably work. It also helps that the cast here is once again home runs for Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel Studios. While Hiddleston brings his signature smarminess to Loki, Owen Wilson shines in one of the best roles he has had in years. Hiddleston and Wilson have such chemistry that you will immediately be invested in their partnership. Equally good is Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, a mysterious authority at the TVA whose friendship with Mobius is a key ingredient to the story. Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country), as Hunter B-15, is a nice foil for Loki and a character I am sure will quickly gain a fan base all her own. While I cannot speak to the characters played by Sophia Di Martino or Richard Grant without spoiling anything, I can say that Di Martino's introduction is going to explode on the internet when fans see it.
Loki sets itself apart from the prior MCU efforts, like its Disney+ predecessors, by upending convention and delivering a series that creates its own rules while still following the MCU guidelines. With a baroque score from Natalie Holt, every bit of Loki feels designed to make us laugh and dissect what everything will mean for the rest of Marvel Studios' films and series to come. There are many moments in these first two chapters of Loki's story that are funny as well as touching and seeing the cast and crew connect everything back to Avengers: Endgame helps drive even more how brilliantly intertwined these tales are. But where the time travel served a purpose to drive the events of Endgame forward, they have much larger ramifications in Loki that you will just have to see to understand.
Of the three Disney+ series that have premiered so far, Loki feels the least like anything else in the MCU. WandaVision's second half and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier felt like traditional Marvel Studios stories, but Loki never feels like anything else we have seen before. Much like how Guardians of the Galaxy took Marvel Studios into the realm of outer space, Doctor Strange into the metaphysical, and Ant-Man into the Quantum Realm, Loki fully invests itself into defining the rules of time and the multiverse and it does so in such a way that you will never look at the MCU the same way again. Loki works because the filmmakers and cast click perfectly and give us a series that tells a story we have never seen before.
Marvel Studios' Loki premieres on June 9th on Disney+.
Doctor Strange: Kevin Feige regrets whitewashing The Ancient One
May 19, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
In the comics, DOCTOR STRANGE‘s mentor The Ancient One was portrayed as a wise, old Asian man, and when Marvel Studios began developing the Doctor Strange movie, they knew that they wanted to avoid that particular stereoype. Director Scott Derrickson said, “My first thought was that would be an Asian woman but then it felt like it was falling into the Dragon Lady stereotype—the domineering mystical woman with a secret agenda. I wasn’t going to perpetuate that stereotype.” At the end of the day, the ethereal Tilda Swinton was cast in the reimagined role, but the move was criticized as whitewashing.
While speaking with Men’s Health, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige addressed the controversy and admitted that they had made a mistake.
We thought we were being so smart, and so cutting-edge. We’re not going to do the cliché of the wizened, old, wise Asian man. But it was a wake-up call to say, ‘Well, wait a minute, is there any other way to figure it out? Is there any other way to both not fall into the cliché and cast an Asian actor?’ And the answer to that, of course, is yes.
As played by Tilda Swinton, The Ancient One would go on to make a brief but pivotal appearance in Avengers: Endgame, but that’s the last we’ve seen of the character. Over the years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown more diverse, with the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings serving as an example of Marvel’s new path of increased representation. Feige added that Shang-Chi has been on their radar since the very beginning of the MCU, just waiting for the perfect time to make his introduction. “Once we finished what we call now The Infinity Saga, we rolled up our sleeves and said, ‘OK, what’s next?’ What are we going to kick off the next?” Feige said. “The next sort of evolution of the MCU post- our first big saga, and that’s why Shang-Chi was at the very top of that list.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film is set to hit theaters on September 3, 2021. As for Sorcerer Supreme, he’ll be back for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on March 25, 2022. What are your thoughts on The Ancient One whitewashing controversy? Did Marvel make a mistake or was Tilda Swinton a good fit for the character?
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Doctor Strange 2 villain rumored to be Shuma-Gorath
May 19, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
A new and exciting rumor spinning out of the Marvel Multiverse suggests that Shuma-Gorath will be the villain in DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. The inclusion of the supervillain in the new film has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios, but The Illuminerdi attests that the sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange will introduce the multi-limbed menace. Be that as it may, please take the following report with a grain of salt until we get the official word from Marvel Studios.
According to The Illuminerdi, the Elder God is hot on the trail of the reality-jumping, star portal-punching America Chavez because he wants to gain control of her powers and use them to rule the Multiverse. Details become a bit scarce after that, including how Chavez finds her way to Doctor Strange or how Wanda Maximoff enters the picture.
According to Marvel Fandom.com, Shuma-Gorath was one of the Great Old Ones, also named Many-Angled Ones. Ruler of hundreds of dimensions, Shuma-Gorath came to the Earth-Realm million years ago along with the other Old Ones, ruling the Earth and feasting on the ape-men. Hundred of millions of years ago, Quoggoth rebelled, fancying himself more powerful than his creator. Shuma-Gorath defeated Quoggoth but couldn’t destroy him, so imprisoned him on the island that became, for a time, Magneto’s base in the Modern Age.
Obviously, that last bit with Magneto is likely to be omitted from the character’s backstory, seeing as Marvel has yet to introduce the X-Men to the MCU. In fact, a lot could change about Shuma-Gorath if and when he arrives as a part of the new film. For example, Shuma-Gorath could be merged with the Elder God Cthon. In the comics, Cthon left behind a book of dark magic called the Darkhold. Each time the book is used, the after-effects weaken the fabric of reality. After all, magic always comes with a price. Shuma-Gorath (also known as one of the best playable characters in Marvel vs. Capcom 2) also has ties to the Scarlet Witch, as the mysterious source of her Chaos Magic. Considering that Wanda has the Darkhold by the end of WandaVision, this could be a way to link Shuma-Gorath with her character.
I have to admit that this is one of the wildest rumors I’ve heard regarding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and I’m all about it. Shuma-Gorath is a larger-than-life villain that points to Marvel taking big risks in Phase 4 and I want that more than anything. Go big or go home, right?
Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness boasts a script written by Jade Halley Bartlett and Michael Waldron. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to cast a spell in theaters on March 25, 2022.
Black Panther: Wakanda Fovever will be a treat for fans says Martin Freeman
May 12, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
The unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman took just about everyone by surprise as the actor had kept his colon cancer diagnosis private. It was naturally expected the Boseman would be reprising his role of T’Challa for the Black Panther sequel, but after his passing, the entire project was briefly up in the air before Marvel Studios confirmed that they would be moving forward.
Production on the sequel, which was recently revealed to be titled BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, will be kicking off later this year, and Martin Freeman recently dropped a few teases about the film while appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Freeman played CIA operative Everett K. Ross in both Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther, and will be reprising the role for the sequel.
I had a Zoom call with Ryan Coogler, the director and co-writer about seven or eight weeks ago, I suppose. He sort of meticulously took me through all of my character’s beats in the film. He took me through the film, but incorporating my character’s beats. And some of it was really very odd. And I think [Coogler] could see from the reaction on my face to some of the things he was saying, my face must have been going [shocked face] like that, because he kept sort of stopping, and he kept going, ‘Stay with me, but this is going to work.’
Martin Freeman continued: “People are in for, I think, a real treat. I mean we’ve not done it yet, who knows, we might make it awful. But, I’m hoping we won’t, I’m hoping people are going to be in for a treat.” The actor added that after the initial shock of Chadwick Boseman’s death and assumption that the film wouldn’t be happening, Marvel Studios got in contact to say that they would be going on. “Obviously, the hope is we do the first film justice and we do Chadwick’s legacy on it justice and make, hopefully, another good film,” Freeman said. I certainly don’t envy the task that Ryan Coogler and Marvel have in front of them, but if there’s a way to successfully continue Boseman’s legacy, they’re the ones who can pull it off.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for a July 8, 2022 release.
Rumor: Daredevil, Jessica Jones & The Punisher could return but with a twist
April 25, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Take this one with a grain of salt guys. There could be some credibility to this rumor because it does sound plausible within the MCU but NONE of this is confirmed as of yet and is merely speculation, via The Hashtag Show. All of the rights to the Netflix Marvel shows such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher have all reverted back to Marvel Studios and fans have been wondering if we will see them again in the MCU. There is a new rumor floating around that we will indeed see them again but there will be a huge catch that may or may not sit well with fans.
The rumor suggests that the likes of Charlie Cox's Daredevil, Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones, and Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle aka Punisher will return with the fan-favorite actors reprising their roles BUT they will not be playing the same versions of the characters as seen on the Netflix series. They will instead be portraying rebooted versions of the same roles when they are newly introduced into the MCU.
According to the rumor, Marvel Studios are interested in bringing back the aforementioned trio into the MCU fold, as well as Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, but fellow Netflix characters Luke Cage and Iron Fist will likely be recast. Mike Colter, who portrayed Luke Cage, is currently on the CBS series Evil, so that would make sense that he could possibly not be available. As for Finn Jones as Iron Fist, he didn't exactly win over fans during his run as the character.
The biggest takeaway from this rumor is that rebooting the characters but with the same actors would make the Netflix series non-canon. Marvel boss Kevin Feige had very little to no involvement in many of the television projects that were developed before it was decided to cancel out the Marvel Television division and have all the Marvel shows and movies be under the same umbrella at Marvel Studios. Even though he wasn't associated with the shows, Feige is still very much aware of their popularity and the popularity of the actors who brought them to life. It could be silly to nix the established backstories, particularly since they were so well-received on Netflix, but maybe they feel like they need to cut that cord and just start fresh while trying to keep the fanbase by keeping the actors.
The rumor indicates that each character's return will be spread across Phases 4 and 5 of the MCU. The idea is for Charlie Cox to make his return in the upcoming Marvel sequel, Spider-Man: No Way Home, a rumor that hasn't lost steam since it was picked up last year. There was even speculation that he was spotted on set. None of this was ever confirmed and Cox has insisted he hasn't heard anything but this is Marvel and we know that Marvel makes a lot of their actors just outright lie to keep their secrets.
In the case of Krysten Ritter and Jon Bernthal, they are rumored to appear in one of the many upcoming Disney+ series that Marvel has on deck. Jessica Jones could return on She-Hulk in order to assist Jennifer Walters on a big case and Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin, allegedly, could play a pivotal role on the recently announced Hawkeye spinoff series Echo, starring Alaqua Cox. This could also be teased with a cameo from D'Onofrio on the upcoming Hawkeye series.
Again folks, these are rumors. We can't take them as fact just yet but Kevin Feige has suggested in the past that these actors could return as their respective Netflix characters. Feige has frequently said "Everything is on board" and he elaborated by saying "That's one of the fun things about comics is that characters would appear and disappear and come and go. All of it is inspiration for the future. There are some great characters and actors from those shows."
Do YOU think there is any truth to these rumors? Would YOU want these actors to return as rebooted versions of their characters?
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LA billboard calls for Marvel Studios to bring Tony Stark back to life
April 24, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Marvel fans seem to still be in mourning two years after the tragic events of AVENGERS: ENDGAME which saw Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark aka Iron Man sacrificing himself to defeat Thanos and save the world. Here, in my sweet home of Los Angeles, a billboard has gone up calling for Marvel Studios to bring Tony Stark back to life. The fictional incident obviously still isn’t sitting well with Marvel fans who have extra spending money to erect a billboard.
The image of the billboard was posted by Lights, Camera, Pod on Twitter. The billboard reads “For our beloved hero, please bring back Tony Stark” while Marvel-like imagery makes up the visuals for the billboard. The hashtag “BringBackTonyStarkToLife” can be seen on the bottom with the date of April 24, 2021. The idea seems to be to get the hashtag to trend on the 24th and given the fact that #ReleaseTheSnyderCut did so well, Marvel fans may think they have some power here to make things happen. You can check out the Twitter post below:
A new billboard has been put up by fans in Los Angeles, and asks Marvel Studios to bring the Iron Man, Tony Stark, back to life. pic.twitter.com/JtG2GvdzmL
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) April 22, 2021
The reaction to the billboard has been a bit mixed. Some fans are all for a Tony Stark return while others are calling out desperate fanboys for seemingly wasting their money. Some fans are just having fun with the billboard and making a joke out of the whole situation. When these things happen I always wonder who actually put up the money to make this happen and why? I suppose we all have a little fun with some of this stuff but it also seems to add to the fanboy stigma of when fans don’t get their way or they want to change the narrative of a story, they go to great lengths to attempt to make it happen. Btw, perhaps the best response to this billboard comes from Chrissy Teigen. The model and media personality has a bit of fun pointing out the awkward sentence structure of the hashtag:
really upsetting hashtag sentence structure happening here pic.twitter.com/F21JO2ByJ8
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) April 23, 2021
What are your thoughts on the #BringBackTonyStarkToLife campaign? You can check out some of the various Twitter reactions to the billboard below!
SIGH #fanboys. Iron Man is gone for a reason. Some people don’t like change. #MarvelStudios is going through a diverse series of stories. Iron Man’s work is done. These are probably some of the same people who are mad about the diverse films and stories being made. pic.twitter.com/XXTyBvxF2g
— You betta get that Vax???? (@JerrellZod) April 22, 2021
Exactly like I get it people miss the character of Tony Stark but his story is over having him continuously be there would do nothing he did his hero’s journey he did all the growing he had to do and now he’s gone perfect ending
— Maxius (@Nerdy_Weirdo100) April 23, 2021
why tony stark?? i’ll never forgive them for killing black widow over hawkeye https://t.co/i3BJ1d5tyv
— syd ? (@qcktyz) April 23, 2021
“bring back Tony Stark”
Okay, but you’re not gonna like it. pic.twitter.com/LUUoadDSTn
— James Marsh (@Jamesotron) April 22, 2021
I’m pretty sure someone’s gonna counter the criticism by saying “Snyder fans are doing the same”
Bitxh nah we’re doing it for an incomplete story. Tony Stark’s arc is over asf. Let the man decompose in peace please. Also why now lmfao where were you for the past 2 years pic.twitter.com/U0B52X3SLo
— Advit (@adddy_daddy) April 22, 2021
All other things about this aside, “bring back Tony Stark to life” is a very awkward way to phrase this. https://t.co/Sme5KRCQ82
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) April 22, 2021
The great irony is that they probably are going to bring him back anyway for reasons only to probably have him replaced by Reed and DOOM
So this will become some kind of ouroborous Dyson sphere event later I’m sure
— BigHellstarThoughts (@BigHellstar) April 22, 2021
— Debarshi Mukherjee (@DebarshiMukhe17) April 23, 2021
Bro please come back to MCU.
When you left MCU, I just felt so bad that I stopped watching Marvel movies. Please come back brother. ??
— Shourya Sharma (@Shourya33610329) April 23, 2021
— Jenny (@HIMFreak88) April 23, 2021
Black Panther 2: Coogler says Boseman wouldn’t have wanted them to stop
April 2, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
It’s been less than a year since the unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman, an event which took just about everyone by surprise as the actor had kept his colon cancer diagnosis private. At the time, Boseman had been slated to reprise his role of T’Challa for the BLACK PANTHER sequel, but despite his passing, Marvel will be moving forward with the film. Marvel Studios was quick to shot down rumours that they would use a digital double of Chadwick Boseman in the sequel, with executive vice-president Victoria Alonso saying, “No. There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
It still remains to be seen how Chadwick Boseman’s death will be handled in the Black Panther sequel, but director Ryan Coogler told THR that moving forward is exactly what Boseman would have wanted.
You’ve got to keep going when you lose loved ones. I know Chad wouldn’t have wanted us to stop. He was somebody who was so about the collective. Black Panther, that was his movie. He was hired to play that role before anybody else was even thought of, before I was hired, before any of the actresses were hired. On that set, he was all about everybody else. Even though he was going through what he was going through, he was checking in on them, making sure they were good. If we cut his coverage, he would stick around and read lines off camera [to help other actors with their performances]. So it would be harder for me to stop. Truthfully. I’d feel him yelling at me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ So you keep going.
That said, Coogler admitted that “it’s difficult” moving forward on the sequel without Boseman. “I miss him in every way that you could miss somebody, as a friend, as a collaborator,” Coogler added. “And it sucks because I love watching movies, and I don’t get to watch the next thing he would have made. So it’s grief on a lot of levels, but then, it’s a deep sense of gratitude because I can close my eyes and hear his voice.” Black Panther 2 is currently slated for a July 22, 2022 release.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Series Premiere Review
March 18, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
Plot: Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame. team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience.
Review: It takes no more than 10 minutes for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier to prove that Marvel Studios is bringing feature film caliber storytelling to Disney+. With a look that echoes Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the second MCU television series kicks off with a pulse-pounding action sequence that looks like it deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Picking up six months after the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier just barely scratches the surface of the story unfolding over the course of six episodes but jams a lot of storytelling into forty-five minutes. If WandaVision was Marvel Studios experimenting with different types of storytelling, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is their way to deliver movie-quality action and adventure with a great deal more character development than we have ever gotten before.
While I will not divulge any major spoilers here, I can tell you some concrete things about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier to put your mind at ease. First, there is no post-credit sequence on the first episode. Second, the episode runs for a full 45 minutes excluding the credits and international credits that seemed to pad a great deal of the shorter WandaVision episodes. Third, the score by Henry Jackman features major callbacks to his musical themes on both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. Third, there are many new characters introduced including Danny Ramirez as Sam's military liaison and Adepero Oduye as Sam's sister, Sarah. We also meet Amy Aquino as Bucky's therapist. Fourth, there are two MCU-related cameos in the first episode. Fifth, there is no shared screen time between Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in this first chapter.
What I can tell you specifically related to what I have seen so far as that there is a lot of focus on both Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes as superheroes in a post-Blip world as well as how they cope as human beings in a world without Captain America or Tony Stark. Aside from the major action sequence at the start of the episode, there are several smaller action moments peppered amongst a lot of solid character development for both heroes. It becomes very apparent from the outset that showrunner Malcolm Spellman is focused on developing more than two-dimensional comic book characters for this series. There are some legitimate moments of emotional depth and nuance here for both Mackie and Stan as they get to shine on screen more than ever before. We also learn the answer to the question: how do superheroes get paid?
What is also apparent is that the title of this series is appropriate as this is a series equally about both characters. It also could have been called The Next Captain America as that is also a major element to the narrative. The shadow of Steve Rogers looms large over both Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes but the iconic mantle of the Star-Spangled Avenger is a jumping-off point for this story. We see the new antagonist group The Flag-Smashers in action and begin to discover why Sam is still Falcon here rather than the next Captain America. After 45 minutes, we have barely seen any footage teased in the trailers for this show which indicates the next five episodes are going to be busting at the seams.
Director Kari Skogland, a veteran of helming television series ranging from Banshee, Boardwalk Empire, and Vikings to The Walking Dead, The Punisher, and NOS4A2, deftly balances the dialogue-heavy dramatic moments with the action sequences. Both Falcon and Winter Soldier-specific action scenes look as if they could have been excerpts from any of The Russo Brothers' MCU projects. This is a fairly violent show with some mild profanity that may not be as kid-friendly as other Disney+ fare but nothing we haven't seen in any other Marvel Studios movie. It also further blurs the line between movies and television because at no point does The Falcon and The Winter Soldier look like it has sacrificed anything for the sake of a smaller budget. The special effects and production design are excellent. If there is any shortcoming it is that we have to wait week after week to find out what happens next.
Judging how good The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is based on one episode alone by not be fair, but if the quality of this first episode is any indication, the rest of the series is going to be a really fun ride. By this point, both Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan know their characters inside and out, but audiences are going to gain insight that they could only infer from their prior appearances. In just forty-five minutes, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier knocks you for a loop with an eye-popping cinematic sequence, some truly funny moments, some great cameos and easter eggs, and one hell of a cliffhanger ending leading into the next episode. It may not be a mystery in the same way that WandaVision was, but this is yet another win for Marvel Studios
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier premieres on March 19th on Disney+.
Captain America: Kevin Feige shoots down rumors of Chris Evans’ return
March 17, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
After close to a decade of playing Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans was able to give the character a touching departure in AVENGERS: ENDGAME. However, a rumour surfaced earlier this year from Deadline that claimed that Evans was in early talks to reprise the role for at least one upcoming MCU movie.
Chris Evans quickly took to Twitter shortly after the rumour broke to say “News to me,” but some felt as though the actor was simply playing coy; After all, this wouldn’t be the first time that a Marvel actor has had a little fun with rumours. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly recently, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige weighed in on the rumour.
I rarely answer no to anything anymore because things are always surprising me with what happens, but that rumor, I think, was dispelled rather quickly by the man himself.
Not to be that guy, but you’ll notice that Kevin Feige didn’t actually say no. Am I reading too much into it? Probably. Marvel Studios has certainly become known for their extreme secrecy, so despite the denials, I’ve learned to take everything with a grain of salt. Sebastian Stan, who plays Steve Rogers’ BFF Bucky Barnes, also isn’t about to rule anything out regarding Evans’ possible return. “Anything is possible, right?” Stan said. “I saw he tweeted something about it. So, I don’t know. I feel like usually he knows what to say in those things, so I didn’t know what to make of it. And I truly don’t have any intel on that. I feel like you can’t ever think of the words ‘Captain America’ without thinking about Chris Evans. He’s done such an amazing job with it, and I feel like he’s always going to have this presence. And he has a presence in our show.”
The Falcon and the Winter Solider will debut on Disney+ on March 19th.
WandaVision: Series Wrap-up and Review (SPOILERS)
March 5, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
With today's episode marking the season, or potentially series, finale of Marvel Studios' WandaVision, we are taking a look back at the entire nine-episode run as a whole. Looking at the series as both an independent work as well as the first chapter in Phase Four of the MCU, we will see what WandaVision has done successfully and where future Marvel Studios' offerings on Disney+ could improve. Our initial reviews of WandaVision were based on the first four episodes of the series. Here, we will consider the entire show as a whole.
Of course, keep in mind this serves as a SPOILER WARNING for today's episode "The Series FInale".
What did WandaVision do well?
Over the first three episodes of WandaVision, it was apparent that this series was going to be unlike any other Marvel Studios offering to date. The sitcom format was executed wonderfully by director Matt Shakman and showrunner/creator Jac Schaeffer. From episode four through "The Series Finale", Shakman and Schaeffer deftly blended comedy with a larger scale production on par with most MCU feature films. Chock full of easter eggs (check out the marquee at the Westview theater for tons of references including a Blade Runner one in the finale), WandaVision ended up making a significant introduction to the MCU. Not only did we get the new origin of the Scarlet Witch (she is more powerful than the Sorcerer Supreme and is forged by Chaos Magic) but we may have gotten a new Vision. When the Westview Vision touched the Cataract Vision, it appeared he imbued him with all of his memories which means we will likely see Paul Bettany again.
WandaVision managed to also introduce us to Monica Rambeau as Spectrum. Her powers were used much more in the finale episode (phasing, flight, strength) and the post-credits scene connects to both Captain Marvel 2 as well as the announced Disney+ series Secret Invasion. WandaVision also gave us standout performances from Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Kat Dennings as Dr. Darcy Lewis. Both have been the subject of a fan campaign for their own spin-off series and that is a testament to being used as full realized supporting characters rather than being thrown in just for MCU connectivity. The series also succeeded in giving us a powerful villain in Agatha Harkness. Kathryn Hahn is such a talented actress that killing her off would have been a waste. Leaving her alive and as a potential source of knowledge for future films was a smart move. She also re-introduced the Darkhold, a magical tome that previously appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which now seems to have been retconned out of continuity.
There is no doubt this new focus on magic and providing Elizabeth Olsen the chance to formally become Scarlet Witch and don an MCU version of her iconic costume will be a major element in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What didn't work?
There isn't a whole lot that WandaVision failed to do, but the biggest may be that it didn't follow through on any fan theories. The blessing and curse of a television series is the water cooler talk that each episode generates. Over the last two months, we have all heard the countless theories and ideas floating around online including the potential introduction of Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four to a Patrick Stewart cameo as Professor X. The fact that Evan Peters appeared as Pietro goosed hopes that the X-Men would be formally introduced into the MCU thanks to the concept of the Multiverse, but it ended up being just a nice easter egg rather than that hoped for milestone. It was unrealistic to expect any fan theories to end up being true but that Quicksilver cameo hurt the most since Marvel had to know what fans would think when they saw Peters appear on screen.
The other major theory that didn't truly pan out was WandaVision introducing the true Multiverse to the MCU. While Elizabeth Olsen will further her new Scarlet Witch persona in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, it was widely assumed we would learn about the fracturing of the universe in this series. There is also the somewhat unresolved nature of Vision after the end of the episode. Neither of these are true problems as they can easily be addressed in subsequent films and series, but it would have been nice to have had a bit more of a tidy ending.
What comes next for the MCU thanks to WandaVision?
Well, the concept of the Scarlet Witch, Chaos Magic, Nexus beings, the Darkhold, and the relationship between witches and sorcerers sets up a lot of potential directions for the next phase and makes Wanda Maximoff potentially the biggest character moving forward. We also have the potential for a new Vision but whether he remains a hero or villain remains to be seen. The introduction of S.W.O.R.D. looks like it may connect to the Spider-man: Far From Home post-credit sequence with Nick Fury aboard a Skrull vessel. Knowing that the very next film being released is Black Widow, a prequel, and the next series is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a vastly different type of story, we may not get the payoff from WandaVision for some time.
WandaVision started out as one type of series and ended up a very different one. While the finished product shared a lot more in common with Marvel Studios' big-screen projects, it managed to prove it is very possible to achieve similar quality on the small screen. It was also very nice to see something totally different than we have seen from Marvel Studios thus far. The acting was excellent throughout, especially from Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany who very much deserved this showcase. We got a quality villain, whose motivations are ambiguous at best, who they didn't kill off at the end. Teyonah Parris also had a breakout role that showed she could easily carry a big-screen project in the MCU in her own right.
WandaVision did not end up quite as revolutionary as it started out but it was still a rousing adventure. Grounded in a story about grief and coping, it is a perfect follow-up to the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame while setting up a bright future for Olsen, Bettany, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige addresses the return of canceled Marvel shows
February 26, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
With Jessica Jones and The Punisher being the last of the Netflix Marvel shows to return to the fold at Marvel Studios, fans continue to fight for their return in the MCU. Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are also in this group and due to the strong following they built during their run on Netflix, many people want the shows to return with the same actors portraying the characters. Marvel boss Kevin Feige is now working in the world of television through WandaVision and future series on the Disney+ platform and while Feige and his team have things very mapped out for the future, he admits that the canceled shows do have a future in the MCU.
Feige was recently speaking at Disney+'s virtual TCA press tour and he was questioned about the future of earlier Marvel TV shows and if there was a possibility that they can become a part of the MCU. Feige's answer should give fans of some of these shows hope that their time is certainly not up:
"I think we probably could do it, I think a lot of that stuff comes back to us There's always rumors online about things reverting, sometimes that's true, sometimes it's not, but I'm not exactly sure of the exact contracts but perhaps someday. My history at Marvel is vast and involved zero control for a long time so I paid more attention to the things I gained control over rather than the things I didn't have control over. TV at that time was just one of those things that we didn't, just like when Fox was doing X-Men movies or Sony was doing Spider-Man movies without us. That was just the rules under which Marvel was operating at the time. It was much more of an opportunity and something that excited us at Marvel Studios when Bob Iger started asking us to work on shows for Disney+. It wasn't a disappointment or something we thought much about when Marvel Television was doing their series."
I like that Feige doesn't completely debunk the possibility. I feel like he hears the fans and he knows how hugely popular some of the shows were. I think Feige is the kind of person who has his wheels constantly turning and I would think that he has thought extensively about how it could work to bring these shows back under the MCU banner when the time is right. Their addition would also have to depend on the greater narrative that the MCU is working on. Everything is so mapped out far in advance that it's almost like finding the perfect fit for these unique puzzle pieces as the universe continues to expand. One thing is for sure, Feige seems to have respect for them and their fanbase because when it was implied that some of the canceled shows weren't "successful", Feige made sure to point out that their fans and their content are viable, despite being made by different creative teams.
"I think there are legions of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans and Daredevil fans and Jessica Jones fans and Luke Cage fans. There's a very big fanbase for those shows."
One Marvel show that has actually been teased time and time again in the MCU Phase IV is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The "Hydra Soak" commercial reminded fans of Phil Coulson's (Clark Gregg) conspiracy theory and the recent appearance of Skye's Hula girl on the dashboard of a circus van in Episode 7 of WandaVision has fans thinking there is some connection to the former Marvel series. Feige was asked about these connections and what they meant for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but this is when the Marvel boss went with one of his vague answers:
"There are often rumors that are true and there are often rumors that are not. It was great fun to have Clark Gregg come back to the MCU in Captain Marvel. Everything else, we'll just have to see."
I know that "perhaps someday" doesn't seem like much but I honestly think there have been discussions about bringing some of these shows back and maybe even using some of the characters in the movies. Fans just have to be patient and wait and see what happens. Patience isn't my biggest virtue so I totally get wanting answers NOW but Marvel has been pretty solid with their plans and I'm willing to wait this one out and see what happens.
Which canceled Marvel shows would YOU want to see return in the MCU?
Marvel’s Blade movie to be penned by Watchmen’s Stacy Osei-Kuffour
February 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
I never in a million years expected that BLADE would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but here we are. It was announced in 2019 that Marvel Studios were developing a reboot of Blade that will star Mahershala Ali (True Detective), and now THR has reported that the project finally has a writer.
The outlet reports that Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who worked as a story editor and writer on HBO’s Watchmen series, has been tapped to write the Blade reboot for Marvel Studios. The studio has apparently spent the last six months looking for a writer for the project and Mahershala Ali has been “directly involved” in that search. Only Black writers were being seriously considered for the gig, pointing to Marvel’s focus on diversity and representation. THR notes that Osei-Kuffour will now become the first Black female writer to pen the script for a Marvel movie, while Nia DaCosta will be the studio’s first Black female director with Captain Marvel 2. The next step will be finding a director to helm the Blade movie. In addition to Watchmen, Stacy Osei-Kuffour was a story editor on Amazon’s Hunters and HBO’s Run and also wrote for Hulu’s comedy series PEN15.
Exactly how Blade will be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe remains to be seen, but now that the franchise is beginning to open up the multiverse with WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, you can imagine how Marvel might introduce the character; after all, there doesn’t exactly seem to be a bunch of vampires running around the MCU at the moment.
WandaVision: Episode 4 “We Interrupt This Program” (TV Review) SPOILERS
January 29, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
EPISODE: “We Interrupt This Program” – Written by Bobak Esfarjani and Megan McDonnell and directed by Matt Shakman..
SYNOPSIS: Monica Rambeau, tasked with a special assignment regarding sentient weapons, goes missing.
REVIEW (WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THIS EPISODE): After three episodes set in a retro sitcom world, we finally get a lot more information as to what is going on in the world of WandaVision. At the end of the third episode, Monica Rambeau was mysteriously freed of the barrier surrounding Westview and surrounded by agents of S.W.O.R.D.. “We Interrupt This Program” takes us all the way back to show us just how Monica got there. Opening with the Reverse-Snap (aka The Blip), we see Monica reappear in a hospital next to an empty bed. Turns out her mother, Maria “Photon” Rambeau, had undergone cancer surgery when The Blip occurred. Monica learns her mother passed two years earlier. Monica is disoriented and confused but is ready to return to work.
That work is at S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient Weapons Observation and Research Division), an agency formed by her mother, likely as a response to her interactions with Carol Danvers during the events of Captain Marvel. Monica is a Captain and according to S.W.O.R.D. Director Tyler Hayward, one of very few who returned to work following The Blip. That means WandaVision is set in the days immediately following Avengers: Endgame. Due to protocol, Heyward grounds Monica to only terrestrial missions. Monica is not pleased but accepts her assignment to assist the FBI with a missing person case in New Jersey. Outside of Westview, Monica meets Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) who brings her up to speed on the fact that a mysterious barrier surrounds the town which, according to local law enforcement, isn’t even a real place. Monica launches a S.W.O.R.D. drone which is sucked into the barrier. When she tests it herself, Monica is then pulled in as well.
Jimmy Woo notifies S.W.O.R.D. who set up a base outside of Westview and call in experts, including Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings). While recording extremely high cosmic radiation emanating from the town, they discover a signal that is broadcasting the sitcom we saw in the first three episodes. This also reveals to the world that Wanda and Vision are inside. It also confirms that the world knows Vision died at the hands of Thanos. We see Darcy’s hand taking notes which reveals it was her we saw at the conclusion of the first episode. As they struggle to figure out what is going on, Hayward sends an agent in a hazmat suit into the sewers to try and get into town. When he crosses the barrier, we see he is transformed into the beekeeper seen in the second episode.
One by one, Jimmy and Darcy identify the cast of the show as various missing persons who are somehow being forced to interact with Wanda and Vision. It is also revealed that the drone Monica sent in was transformed into the helicopter from episode two. This gives Darcy an idea. Using an antenna, they set up a transmission into Westview to play over Wanda’s radio. As Jimmy tries to communicate with Wanda, Darcy watches the scene from the second episode unfold. But, where we saw Wanda and Dottie break character, Darcy’s transmission is mysteriously edited and shows nothing. They continue watching the sitcom for clues when they spot Monica alive and in character as Geraldine.
As they keep watching the show, the birth scene from episode three plays. Darcy and Jimmy notice that a dramatic confrontation takes place between Monica and Wanda that is very different than what they have seen so far. Suddenly, it cuts to the happy ending of the episode and the credits. Within the show, we see the end of the scene from last week where Wanda uses her full powers to force Monica through the walls of the house and miles outside of town, through the barrier where she ends up in the field. As S.W.O.R.D. agents swarm her, Monica utters the mysterious phrase: “It’s all Wanda.” Back inside Westview, Vision reenters the house and asks Wanda where Geraldine went. When Wanda turns around, she is horrified to see Vision’s face is gray and the Mind Stone torn from his forehead as seen in Avengers; Infinity War. She looks away and when she looks back, he is normal. VIsion tells her they can leave and go anywhere but Wanda says they are home. They pick up their infants and sit down to watch their TV.
MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: The moment we see Monica Rambeau return from The Blip, Captain Marvel’s voice can be heard calling her “Lt. Trouble”. The acronym for S.W.O.R.D. changes from the comics where it is the Strategic World versus Strategic Weapons agency. We learn Maria Rambeau founded S.W.O.R.D. and has since passed away. Westview is a fictional town and the name is likey a play on words (West View…W V…Wanda Vision). Darcy Lewis is now a Doctor since the last time we saw her in Thor: The Dark World. When Rambeau meets Jimmy Woo, he uses close-up magic to give her a business card, referencing Ant-Man and The Wasp. Jimmy Woo references the Skrulls as potentially being the cause of this mystery.
COOLEST SCENE: The entire episode feels like a cool scene now that we are learning what is going on. But, I would have to say it is a tie for me between seeing another angle of the Reverse-Snap and Wanda using her powers to force Monica out of Westview.
FINAL VERDICT: Those of you who were confused or underwhelmed by the first three episodes of WandaVision should be very happy now. This series is still vastly different than any other Marvel Studios project but now the more cinematic elements are coming into play. Almost wholly outside of the sitcom format, this episode gives us a ton of MCU easter eggs and connections, teases a lot more mystery to what is going on, explains a lot of what we had questions about, and once again plays with the visual format of the show with the aspect ratio shifting and changing once again. This series is such a cool experiment and one I am glad Marvel Studios is taking and now shows just how beneficial the long format of TV can be for world-building the MCU.
NEXT ON WANDAVISION: Episode 5 premieres February 5th on Disney+
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige on why Secret Invasion will be a Disney+ series
January 11, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
With countless number of heroes and cosmic battles, Marvel's Secret Invasion story-arc is one of the company's biggest, so you might have expected that Marvel Studios would save that particular story-line for the big-screen, but it was announced during Disney Investor Day 2020 that Secret Invasion would be one of the many Marvel Cinematic Universe projects headed to the Disney+ streaming service.
Secret Invasion will feature the return of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, and while speaking with ComicBook.com, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked if the TV series would match the scope of the comic-series.
Well, there were more characters in the Secret Invasion comic series than there were in Endgame so, no. It's not that but it very much is a showcase for Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelson and tapping into the paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series that was great with the twists and turns that that took. So, that's certainly our focus more than, 'Can we cram in more characters than Endgame? like publishing?'
It seems that Secret Invasion will dive into the thriller aspect of the series rather than packing the screen with heroes and villains. While speaking with Collider, Feige said, "We're interested in the political paranoia aspect of Secret Invasion and really showcasing the stars with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, two amazing actors that you want to have in any series, and we're very lucky to have them for that. That's the sort of primary focus of that and, of course, it will tie into other things and the Skrulls in ways you haven't seen before, but yes, anything could be anything. Wise words… But we wanted to do that as a series because it would allow us to do something different than we've done before." In addition to Secret Invasion, there are plenty of other Marvel shows destined for Disney+, including WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Ironheart, and Armor Wars. The first Marvel Disney+ series, WandaVision, will debut on the streaming service on January 15th.
WandaVision: Disney+ premiere on January 15th will consist of two episodes
January 8, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
The fabled premiere of the Marvel Studios TV series for DIsney+, WandaVision, will have a two-episode launch.
Disney officially confirmed on Friday that two episodes of WandaVision will go live on the House of Mouse streaming service on January 15. After experiencing some double-trouble for Wanda and Vision, the show will air one episode per week, with the nine-episode limited series coming to a close on March 5th. WandaVision is the first of several Marvel Studios series heading to Disney+ and will serve as the first installment for Phase 4 of Marvel's master plan.
Behold, the official synopsis for WandaVision, per Disney+:
Marvel Studios presents WandaVision, a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) – two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The new series is directed by Matt Shakman; Jac Schaeffer is the head writer.
In addition to Olsen and Bettany, WandaVision will also star Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, a character who was introduced as a child in Captain Marvel, Randall Park as Marvel's favorite FBI agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes.
Wow! We're just one week out from experiencing two back-to-back episodes of WandaVision! Is your body ready for more Marvel content after more than a full year without a fix? I can barely contain my excitement, and can't wait to get the party started!
Trailers for Marvel’s WandaVision, Falcon and Winter Soldier & more!
December 10, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser
As you might have noticed, Disney Investor Day 2020 has been dropping huge announcements for the last few hours, but now it's Marvel's turn. Although we may have gone the entire year without a single Marvel Cinematic Universe film thanks to COVID-19, we've got an incredible amount of MCU projects on the way. We'll update this article as the announcements roll in. Keep checking back!
First up, a new trailer for WandaVision!
And the first trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Solider!
And the first trailer for Loki!
And the first trailer for What If…?.
And a sizzle reel for Ms. Marvel!
Ms. Marvel, a newer character to Marvel Comics has grabbed the world's imagination, and we are excited to announce Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also revealed that Iman Vellani will also star alongside Brie Larson in Captain Marvel 2, which will also feature Teyonah Parris as the grown-up Monica Rambeau, who will first be seen in WandaVision. Feige then went on to drops reveals about a slew of new MCU shows and movies, as well as announce that the Fantastic Four movie will be helmed by Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts!
She-Hulk arrives to the MCU! Tatiana Maslany will portray Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, and Tim Roth returns as the Abomination, and Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, will appear in the series. Directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, She-Hulk is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/lTHhy9s4dY
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn from Captain Marvel returns as the Skrull Talos in Marvel Studios' Original Series, Secret Invasion. Coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/t8o6Joq3Ma
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Coming soon to #DisneyPlus, Dominique Thorne is genius inventor Riri Williams in Ironheart, an Original Series about the creator of the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man. pic.twitter.com/Y4FlkfkRzc
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes, AKA War Machine, in Armor Wars, an Original Series coming to #DisneyPlus. A classic Marvel story about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands? pic.twitter.com/MXnlK3N8If
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. James Gunn is back to write and direct.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Everyone’s favorite little tree, Baby Groot, will star in a series of shorts on Disney+, featuring several new and unusual characters.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale will join the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder as the villain Gorr the God Butcher. In theaters May 6, 2022. ? pic.twitter.com/S4YYkajMaj
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Peyton Reed is back to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang, and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror. pic.twitter.com/QheLEhwyQ4
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Jon Watts will direct the new feature film for Marvel's First Family, Fantastic Four! pic.twitter.com/4EswhPLM2w
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020
Well, that was certainly a whirlwind of Marvel news, but there was plenty to get excited about.
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Cool Holiday Gifts 2020: Collectibles and Toys!
December 2, 2020 by: Alex Maidy
It's that time again; Holiday Gift Guide time! We kicked off things with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and we will also feature guides on Blu-ray, Box Sets, and Books! But first, here is our list of the best toys and collectible items for this holiday season! Please keep in mind that prices can shift dramatically during this time, so make sure to scoop up the best deal as soon as you can.
The below list is a series of cool items that tie closely to the year we've had in movies and TV, from The Mandalorian to Marvel and DC, including some awesome nostalgia-related items, you can surely find something for that special someone that loves and appreciates some of the finer things that geekdom has to offer. Happy Shopping!
Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes could become a Marvel-style franchise
October 5, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser
Believe it or not, but it’s been close to a decade since the release of SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, and the third installment of the franchise has stalled again and again during that time. As it stands now, the film is set to be directed by Dexter Fletcher (ROCKETMAN) and is currently slated for a December 22, 2021 release, but I’m not about to hold my breath.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe now behind him, Robert Downey Jr. has obviously learned a little something after working with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige all that time. During a keynote panel at Fast Company‘s Innovation Festival, Robert Downey Jr. and producer Susan Downey spoke of their plans to expand the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise into its own cinematic universe. “At this point, we really feel that there is not a mystery-verse built out anywhere, and Conan Doyle is the definitive voice in that arena, I think, to this day,” Downey Jr. said. “So to me, why do a third movie if you’re not going to be able to spin off into some real gems of diversity and other times and elements?” Susan Downey added, “We think there’s an opportunity to build it out more. Spin-off characters from a third movie, to see what’s going on in the television landscape, to see what Warner Media is starting to build out, things with HBO and HBO Max.” The Downey’s compared their decade at Marvel Studios to something of a “master class,” and as Robert Downey Jr. was there from the very beginning, he’s got a unique perspective into what went on behind the scenes to create one of the biggest cinematic universes of all-time.
What I saw was very humble beginnings, very uncertain outcomes, a lot of creative risk-taking, but there was also an algorithm to the potential. It’s also having the right people. Different sensibilities will get you to different places downfield.
Beyond the third installment of the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise, we don’t know of any further SHERLOCK projects in development, but if Robert Downey Jr. is right, the next film could offer us a peek into how the franchise plans to expand beyond the exploits of Holmes (Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law).
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Bad Boys for Life directors to helm Ms. Marvel series for Disney+
September 18, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser
Marvel is developing a whole set of Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows for the Disney+ streaming service, one of which is Ms. Marvel, a series centered on Kamala Khan, a super-powered teenager who broke new ground to become Marvel's first Muslim character to headline her own comic-book. According to THR, the Ms. Marvel series has now assembled a directing team that includes Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the pair behind BAD BOYS FOR LIFE.
Bisha K. Ali will pen Ms. Marvel as well as serve as showrunner on the series, which will revolve around Kamala Khan and her struggles with finding her own way while accepting her identity as a Pakistani American. The search is now on for an actor to play Khan, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige saying that Khan will also be included in future MCU films. In addition to Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the Ms. Marvel series will also be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won Oscars for documentaries A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS and SAVING FACE, as well as Meera Menon, who has helmed episodes of GLOW, The Man in the High Castle, The Walking Dead, The Punisher, The Magicians, Outlander, and more.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was teased earlier this year then the pair said that they had met with Marvel Studios and that Marvel had asked them what they wanted to work on in the MCU.
They just met us. They said they liked the movie and they just told us, ‘Yo, what do you wanna do? Let’s find something to work together on.’ So there’s nothing really planned yet, it was just like a meeting. But yeah, we’ll see if we find something cool. Now with Disney+ it has all evolved so much that there’s so much you can do. You can do a movie or you can do a TV show. And we’ve been so busy with Bad Boys that we’ve not explored everything yet. So what we’re going to do now, me and Bilall, is we’re going to check out all they got and we’d love to find something to work with them on, but it’s not yet clear what that would be.
WandaVision is apparently still on track to debut on Disney+ this year
September 16, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser
As Disney is said to be considering pushing BLACK WIDOW from its November 6th release date into 2021, we could very well be without a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie for the first time in a decade. However, the small-screen side of the MCU will have our back as it would seem that WandaVision is still on track to debut on the Disney+ streaming service later this year.
Starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision, the upcoming series blends classic sitcoms with the MCU for a story that finds two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives, only to begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. While it was announced that WandaVision would hit Disney+ late 2020, that was in our idyllic pre-COVID world, but according to a recent press-release for Disney+'s fall programming schedule, the series is still expected to debut this year.
With the first anniversary of Disney+ on November 12, the service will kick off its second year with even more original entertainment premiering in late 2020 including, but not limited to: “Black Beauty,” a contemporary film adaptation of the classic story starring Mackenzie Foy, Iain Glen and Claire Forlani and the voice of Kate Winslet, “Inside Pixar,” a never-before-seen look into Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process, “On Pointe,” an original docu-series about students of the School of American Ballet and “The Nutcracker” performance at Lincoln Center, and “WandaVision,” the upcoming original series from Marvel Studios.
The signs seem to be point to a December premiere, but I suppose we'll have to wait for something more concrete. In addition to Olsen and Bettany, WandaVision will also star Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, a character who was introduced as a child in CAPTAIN MARVEL, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Randall Park as FBI agent Jimmy Woo, and Kathryn Hahn as a "nosy neighbor." During San Diego Comic-Con last year, Olsen teased that WandaVision is "gonna get weird," adding that "we're gonna go deep, we're gonna have lots of surprises, and we're gonna finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch."
Luke Cage & Iron Fist can be used by Marvel Studios next month
September 16, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling
If you're like me, you still have a bit of anger about the cancellation of the Netflix Marvel shows that included, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. One could argue about their varying degrees of quality but as a collective unit, there was so much room for these shows to grow if they were allowed to run for a few more seasons. Since the collaboration between Marvel and Netflix came to an end, fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of some of their favorite Marvel characters. First up is Luke Cage and Iron Fist, both of whom Marvel will be able to reboot in just a month's time.
Netflix canceled both series back in October 2018, and while the rights to both characters have now reverted to Marvel, allegedly there were contractual obligations between themselves and the streaming giant that meant the characters could not be revisited for a certain amount of time. As it turns out, that time for Luke Cage and Iron Fist is nearly up.
Though never quite reaching the heights of Daredevil, both seasons of Luke Cage were well-received by both audiences and critics alike. Starring Mike Colter, Luke Cage was a gritty, action-packed drama that followed the titular hero-for-hire, a man with super strength and unbreakable skin, as he tries to rebuild a quiet life in Harlem, New York. There is potential for Luke Cage to be revisited by Marvel Studios although Mike Colter is now a series regular on CBS' Evil and it may prove to be problematic to get him back as the lead of Luke Cage if the show was to be resurrected.
Things would likely be a bit trickier for Iron Fist. The show was maligned by most critics and is distinctive for being viewed as one of the rare critical failures for Marvel on TV. The show centered on Finn Jones as Danny Rand, who, at 10-years old, survived a mysterious plane crash that claimed the lives of his extremely wealthy parents. Rescued by warrior monks, Danny grew up in the mystical city of K'un-Lun, where he was trained to be a fierce warrior. Years later, Danny returns home to New York, where he wants to reconnect with his past and take his rightful place at his family's company. Iron First ran for two seasons and even though the second season was better received than the first, there may not be a demand to bring this one back as it was.
Aside from both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, another Netflix Marvel show is also gearing up for a potential reboot. With the contract for Daredevil expiring in a few months and following a very well-received third season, many are still hoping that the show will return with the original actors and continue where season 3 left off. The actor behind the Man Without Fear, Charlie Cox, does not sound too optimistic about his version of the character continuing on Disney+ saying, "I don't feel that way, no. And, I don't know why I don't feel that way. But, I haven't been given any reason to believe that. And, from a cynical point of view, it just feels like maybe I'm trying to protect myself, 'cause I'd love nothing more than to do it again."
Do YOU think Marvel Studios has any interest in bringing back Luke Cage or Iron Fist?
Eternals director Chloe Zhao was surprised by Marvel’s creative freedom
September 2, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser
When you’re dealing with a studio as immense as Disney and a universe as vast as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you would expect that you’d have executives peering over your shoulder every step of the way, but ETERNALS director Chloe Zhao recently told THR that she was surprised by the amount of creative freedom that Marvel gave her.
I shot exactly the way I wanted to shoot. On location. A lot of magic hour. Three-hundred-sixty degrees on the same camera as I did on Nomadland. Same rigs. It’s a bit surreal. I’m still waiting for the shoe to drop. It hasn’t. I think I got lucky in that Marvel wants to take risks and do something different.
ETERNALS is definitely shaping up to be one of the more unique movies on Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate. The film follows the events of AVENGERS: ENDGAME as an unexpected tragedy forces The Eternals, a race of ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years, out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that Chloe Zhao‘s initial pitch for the project was “fascinating” and “frankly one of the reasons we moved forward on the movie was because of the vision she brought to it.” One of the ideas that Zhao brought to the project was her love of manga. “I have such deep, strong, manga roots,” said Zhao. “I brought some of that into Eternals. And I look forward to pushing more of that marriage of East and West.” Although AVENGERS: ENDGAME was pretty much the biggest movie in the MCU, Zhao thinks ETERNALS has a shot to be just as big; after all, it is about the history of humanity. “How much further and bigger can we go after [Avengers:] Endgame?” asked Zhao. “Because I’m not just making the film as a director. I’m making the film as a fan.”
ETERNALS features a diverse ensemble cast that includes Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Angelina Jolie, and Kit Harington, and Chloe Zhao wanted to be sure that the film reflected the world we live in. “But also I wanted to put a cast together that feels like a group of misfits,” said Zhao. “I didn’t want the jocks. I want you to walk away at the end of the movie not thinking, ‘This person is this ethnicity, that person is that nationality.’ No. I want you to walk away thinking, ‘That’s a family.’ You don’t think about what they represent. You see them as individuals.” ETERNALS is slated to hit theaters on February 12, 2021.
Taron Egerton dismisses rumors he’s being considered to play Wolverine
August 26, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling
For well over a year now, fans have been using social media to give their two cents about who should take on the role of Wolverine since Hugh Jackman has retired himself from the character after a very successful run. One of the names that have popped up several times as a worthy replacement has been ROCKETMAN’S Taron Egerton. The talented young actor is aware of the fan demand but he’s insisting that he has not been approached to take on the fan-favorite character.
“That anyone thinks I would be good for the part is really flattering. I love Marvel, but it’s just fan stuff. There is no grounding for those rumors.”
For those of that don’t know, in 2019 Disney bought 20th Century Fox, the studio that owned the film rights to Wolverine and the X-Men. Since then, Marvel Studios, also owned by Disney, has likely been mulling over on how to incorporate the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The details have been pretty vague on how or when the X-Men will join the MCU so that has left fans to speculate on who could fill the Wolverine role because the assumption is that he will be key to the MCU since the character is insanely popular.
Hugh Jackman completed his run as Wolverine in James Mangold‘s critical and commercial success, LOGAN. This capped off an impressive nine-film experience for Jackman that spanned seventeen years. This then led to fans speculating who would be a worthy successor and Egerton was brought into the fan talk for a few reasons that would make him an interesting casting choice.
Egerton is closer to the height of the comic book character, who is actually supposed to be a lot shorter than Jackman’s over-six-foot character was. Secondly, like Jackman, Egerton began his career in theater, appearing in the musicals Oliver! and Beauty and the Beast. Secondly, Egerton and Jackman have worked together before in the film EDDIE EAGLE, which creates more of a connection between the two actors for fans to picture a passing of the torch. All he would need to do is pack on some muscle and the rest would fall into place because Egerton has proven to be one of the better actors of his generation so there is no doubt, in my opinion, that he has the chops to pull this off.
At the end of the day, this all began as fan speculation and unless Egerton is being coy, he has likely not been approached to play the role but one has to wonder if Marvel Studios has been paying attention to the pleas of fans to give Egerton a shot. I honestly can’t personally think of anyone who can fill Jackman’s shoes at this point and maybe the right choice is to give Wolverine a rest when the X-Men are introduced again since the character dominated all the X-MEN films that he appeared in.
Do YOU Think Taron Egerton would be a good Wolverine? Should Marvel give the character a rest before giving him another shot in the MCU?
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Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop remake will aim to capture the spirit of the anime
June 4, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser
Netflix got the ball rolling on a live-action adaptation of iconic anime series Cowboy Bebop several years ago which will star John Cho as bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia. Production got underway last year, but was shut down when Cho suffered a serious knee injury, and with COVID-19 keeping most projects on the shelf, it's hard to say when production will resume.
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who serves as a writer on Cowboy Bebop, spoke with io9 and dropped a few details about the upcoming live-action series. There's been a history of Hollywood dropping the ball when it comes to anime adaptations, but Grillo-Marxuach insists that the spirit of the original won't be lost in translation.
You can’t look at Cowboy Bebop and say, ‘Well, it’s just a take-off point. We’re going to give them different hair and different clothing, and we’re gonna call it something different. And it’s just sort of gonna be a loose thing.' If you’re doing Cowboy Bebop, you’re doing Cowboy Bebop. You know? It’s kind of like doing Star Wars.
That's not to say that Netflix's Cowboy Bebop won't bring its own style to the table; where the anime series was told in 22-minute installments, the live-action series will consist of hour-long episodes, meaning that there's room to expand the world and characters. "We don’t want the fans of the show to look at it and say that we failed them or we failed the original," said Grillo-Marxuach. "You’ve got a show where you have 26 episodes that are full of very colorful villains, very colorful stories, very colorful adversaries, bounties, and all of that," Grillo-Marxuach continued. "We’re not going to go one-to-one on all of those stories because we’re also trying to tell the broader story of Spike Spiegel and the Syndicate, Spike Spiegel and Julia, Spike Spiegel and Vicious, and all that. But we are looking at the show and saying, ‘Who are some of the great villains in this show, and how can we put them into this into this broader narrative?’ So that we are telling both of the big stories that Cowboy Bebop tells."
A second season of Cowboy Bebop is already underway, and while the first season of the series isn't expected to drop until at least 2021, Javier Grillo-Marxuach hopes that it will be worth the wait. "Everybody has a different idea of what the best version of a show is, and a lot of Cowboy Bebop fans believe that the anime is the best version of that show," Grillo-Marxuach said. "We hope that we can convert them to look at our version of it, and think that it’s a wonderful translation, a wonderful addition to the original canon. We’re deep enough in a world that where fandom is important to the existence of shows, that people like me don’t ever really lose sight of that. I think that there are always going to be tone-deaf reboots of things and all of that, but we’re fans. You know, we come at this as fans. We love genre, we love science fiction, and we love Cowboy Bebop."
Daredevil rights go back to Marvel Studios in 6 months
June 4, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling
Netflix's Daredevil series quickly became a fan-favorite and gave most Marvel fans their definitive live-action version of the character (sorry Ben Affleck). Despite its immense popularity and beginning a sort of Netflix Marvel universe that expanded with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders, Netflix canceled the series. Their other Marvel shows soon followed, largely because Netflix had to pay a sizable licensing fee to air them, but fans held out hope that the series', particularly Daredevil, could find a home on another platform. The snag in that hope was that due to deal with the streamer, their Marvel series had to wait a considerable amount of time before being able to be aired elsewhere. It has been 18 months since Daredevil was canceled after three seasons and the social media account for the #SaveDaredevil campaign wants to remind fans that the time is drawing close for the rights to Daredevil to revert back to Marvel Studios.
The SaveDaredevil Instagram page posted a picture on their page that says 18 months down, 6 more to go, which indicates that the rights are almost back in the hands of Marvel Studios. The image goes on to read "It's been 18 months since the cancellation and with your support, we continue to fight until the 2-year moratorium is over. Thank you! #FandomWithoutFear!" You can check out the Instagram post below:
Happy #FandomWithoutFear Friday! 18 months have passed since #Daredevil was cancelled which also means 18 months since we launched the #SaveDaredevil campaign! We knew we’d be in this for the long haul but every day we’re inspired by #MattMurdock and Daredevil fans all over the world who are in this fight with us! We look forward to the next 6 months passing quickly toward the end of the 2 year moratorium with Netflix and with your help #WeWillSaveDaredevil ð?¥?ð???
Just to clarify, Marvel Studios does still retain the rights to the Daredevil property, as well as the rest of The Defenders, but the initial agreement between Marvel and Netflix stipulated that should any of the series get canceled, Marvel Studios would have to refrain from using the characters for exactly 18 months after the shows were canceled. This refers to the date of cancellation and not the final run of the show on the platform. Given the timetable, there are indeed 6 months to go until Marvel Studios can use the characters again. Given how well-received Daredevil was, would Marvel consider using Charlie Cox and the Netflix universe moving forward?
That's a question that's really hard to answer. Marvel is probably fully aware of how popular the show was but they also have their own plans for their characters and it may not coincide with what was done on Netflix. Charlie Cox, who played Matt Murdock/Daredevil on the series and would love to return if he could, hasn't sounded too optimistic in recent interviews about that actually happening. He was recently asked about the show continuing on Disney+ and Cox said "I don't feel that way, no. And, I don't know what I don't feel that way. But, I haven't been given any reason to believe that. And, from a cynical point of view, it just feels like maybe I'm trying to protect myself, cause I'd love nothing more than to do it again."
Fans held out some hope that a rumor regarding Cox's Daredevil showing up in a third SPIDER-MAN film alongside Tom Holland would be true but Cox also debunked that saying he hasn't personally heard anything about it. I'm one of those fans that kind of held on to the hope that once Marvel could use the property they would resurrect the series or use the characters in their own movie or future MCU movies but I really I think it's not in Marvel's plan. I'd love to be proven wrong though because that property held so much promise and I think there were many more stories to tell.
Do YOU think Marvel will use this version of Daredevil in future projects?
Deadpool co-creator blames Marvel Studios for Deadpool 3 delay
May 12, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling
Ever since the Fox/Disney merger, there has been very little movement on another installment of DEADPOOL. The “merc with a mouth” was under the 20th Century Fox banner for two very successful films but after the merger, the rights for Deadpool went over to Disney and Marvel, along with the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Other than Ryan Reynolds saying there are “infinite possibilities” for Deadpool at Disney and Marvel, it doesn’t seem like DEADPOOL 3 is part of Marvel’s next plan. Rob Liefeld, who co-created the character for Marvel Comics, has his own opinion as to why there has been no movement on the third film and he’s placing the blame squarely on Marvel Studios.
During a recent interview with “ComicBook.com“, Rob Liefeld addressed DEADPOOL 3 and he wasn’t exactly optimistic on the matter:
“I blame Marvel…blame Marvel that that hasn’t happened yet. They are the reason it isn’t happening. Whatever conundrum or it didn’t fit into your master plan, just commission it. Okay, commission it. You know if Frank Frazetta was still around, you would say, ‘Frank paint for me.”
Part of the worry for fans is the R-rated character fitting in the Disney mold. It has been stated that they don’t intend to change his R-rated sensibilities for future solo movies but he could be muted if he pops up in the greater ensemble of the MCU. How does Deadpool exactly fit into the greater masterplan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward? Liefeld touches on this a bit but he still doesn’t seem to think we’ll know of anything anytime soon:
“If Ryan isn’t making Deadpool 3 right now, that’s because Marvel hasn’t allowed it to be yet and that’s all I’m saying. So, do I have a lot of faith in that system? Dude, I have no idea. So this is where I’m not that, I’m not giving you the answers you want. I’m like yeah, yeah. Look if it happens, terrific… How old am I gonna be when that happens? And literally I used to be like, yeah, Mark Ruffalo, Hulk and Deadpool would make for a funny movie right? But, none of these guys are getting younger, right okay?”
The Marvel schedule is already pretty full and unless they plan on surprising us, it could be a while before we get another DEADPOOL installment. Phase 4 runs into 2022 and some of the well-oiled schedules were affected by the coronavirus pandemic which pushed projects down the release calendar. BLACK WIDOW kicks off Phase 4 in November, with THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER closing it out in February 2022. The earliest Phase 5 date Marvel Studios has available is in October 2022 which means we’re at least 2 years out before we see a potential Deadpool appearance. From there it has to be determined do we get DEADPOOL 3 first or will he appear in an ensemble entry of the MCU first? Only time will tell and for now, we can only speculate what’s next for the foul-mouthed fan favorite.
What do YOU think should happen with Deadpool next? Should DEADPOOL 3 be a priority or should he be re-introduced in an ensemble MCU film?
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Charlie Cox doesn’t think a fourth season of Daredevil will ever happen
May 1, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling
Charlie Cox stop dashing our dreams! First, the Daredevil actor debunked rumors that he may be appearing in the next SPIDER-MAN sequel and now he has offered up an opinion about Daredevil ever getting a fourth season. After Netflix canceled the series following a three-season run, fans have been hopeful that another service, most likely Hulu or Disney+, could resurrect the series but Cox doesn't seem to think that's a possibility.
During an interview with "ComicBook.com", Cox didn't sound overly optimistic about the show somehow seeing a fourth season but he admits that he may feel that way because he wants to protect himself from getting his hopes up:
"I don't feel that way, no. And, I don't know why I don't feel that way. But, I haven't been given any reason to believe that. And, from a cynical point of view, it just feels like maybe I'm trying to protect myself, 'cause I'd love nothing more than to do it again."
A lot of the hope for a fourth season began after it was widely reported that Marvel Studios would be able to use the characters from all of the canceled Netflix Marvel series in two years, per the contract between Netflix and Marvel. Based on that perceived timeline, Luke Cage and Iron Fist would be the first characters available since their series were canned first while Daredevil wouldn't be available until October 2020 for development. Jessica Jones and The Punisher would be the last to be available since their shows were canceled in 2019 which could push any development on potential shows with those characters into 2022-2023. Even with the best of intentions, in the case of Daredevil, Cox feels it would be hard to arrange a return at this point:
"When you make a television show, it's so complicated, and people's schedules are so difficult, and contracts are so difficult. So that's why when, as an actor, when you sign onto a TV show, you sign six years of your life away. Because, if you don't do that, it becomes too complicated to try and get all these moving pieces."
For some reason, Marvel Studios has stayed away from even really considering using the Netflix Marvel characters, even though the series' were mostly well-received and developed a huge fan following. They were also rich with material and featured narratives that didn't polarize the audience. Comic book fans can be hard to please but I think that the Netflix Marvel series' mostly satisfied their expectations. I've recently started a rewatch of Daredevil while in quarantine and it's top-notch entertainment. It's a real shame that we won't see a continuation of this story and that Charlie Cox likely won't be able to portray "The Man Without Fear" again because his portrayal gave fans a live-action representation to celebrate.
What would YOU want to see if Daredevil got a fourth season? Should Hulu or Disney+ explore picking it up when they can?
The final mission begins in new trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 7
April 28, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser
Once upon a time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was poised to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the small-screen, but following the first season, the ratings for the series slowly began spiraling downward. A legion of passionate fans have kept the show alive, but all good things must come to an end as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will launch its seventh and final season next month.
ABC has released a trailer for the final season, which finds the team doing a little time-traveling. "Coulson and the Agents of SHIELD are thrust backward in time and stranded in 1931 New York City," reads the official synopsis. "With the all-new Zephyr set to time-jump at any moment, the team must hurry to find out exactly what happened. If they fail, it would mean disaster for the past, present, and future of the world." As I haven't kept up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a number of years, I haven't the foggiest of what's going on here, but I'm sure there are more than a few fans out there who are sad to see the series go. The final season represents the end of an era, as Marvel Television was folded into Marvel Studios last December. Most Marvel shows which were still airing or in development were cancelled or shelved, with the exception of Helstrom, a series which follows the children of a powerful serial killer who hunt the worst of humanity. The 10-episode series is expected to debut on Hulu later this year.
The seventh and final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut on ABC on May 27, 2020.