James Gunn is sure Marvel will make an R-rated movie at some point

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James Gunn is sure Marvel will make an R-rated movie at some point
August 2, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

While Warner Bros. has experimented with R-rated DC content such as Joker and The Suicide Squad, Marvel Studios has remained firmly in the PG-13 realm since it began, but James Gunn believes that it's only a matter of time before that changes.

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While speaking with IndieWire, The Suicide Squad writer/director James Gunn was asked whether or not he thinks Marvel will ever release an R-rated film.

I think they will, I think they will, I’m almost sure they will. Not ‘Guardians’ though, because ‘Guardians’ are family movies, so it’s different. People are like, ‘Finally, they let you do R rating. What would “Guardians” be like if that was R rated?’ I’m like, ‘But it’s not.'

James Gunn continued: "I could go off and make a Drax movie that’s R-rated, that I would love to do, like barbarian Drax. But the ‘Guardians’ movies are fables, and I don’t think of them like that. I don’t write them like that. It’s a different type of movie, and you can have some gore and some scary darkness in there and things like that, which is good, but it’s not the rock and roll of ‘Suicide Squad.'" There are characters who definitely lend themselves to an R-rated more than others, and we've always heard rumblings of Marvel entertaining the notion of an R-rated MCU movie, and the most likely candidate is the third Deadpool movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed earlier this year that Deadpool 3 is still being developed as an R-rated movie, but it remains to be seen if the film will be quite as R-rated as its predecessors. Aside from Deadpool, what MCU characters could you see in an R-rated adventure?

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2021 and start streaming on HBO Max the following day. You can check out a review from our own JimmyO right here.


Marvel’s What If…? teaser trailer assembles bold new adventures

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Marvel’s What If…? teaser trailer assembles bold new adventures
July 29, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

As unpredictable as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been for more than a decade, it's about to get even more outrageous. Today, we've got a new teaser trailer for Marvel Studios' What If…?, an animated series that takes the universe in bold new directions. The series takes legendary Marvel characters and reimagines them for new stories that embrace the impossible and ask the important question: What happens when the Multiverse explodes, thereby changing significant events throughout the Marvel Universe forever?

The trailer features many of your favorite characters in all-new adventures, from Peggy Carter to Killmonger, Shuri, Gamora, and more.  Each character has been reimagined for this animated anthology directed by Bryan Andrews, with AC Bradley as head writer. In addition to displaying a unique GCI-animated look for each story, the series features voice appearances from many of your favorite Marvel stars, including Hayley Atwell, Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Douglas, Frank Grillo, Josh Brolin, and Tom Hiddleston, in addition to several others. I'm sure I won't be the only one who tears up at the sound of Chadwick Boseman providing the voice for T'challah for this exciting presentation.

I fully admit to being a "Marvel zombie," I love the characters, stories, and action so much that I'm willing to give anything a chance. For me, What If…? looks like an engaging odyssey into the unknown. As someone who reads countless Marvel comics every week, I think it'll be fun to see some of my favorite characters in bizarre new roles. I'm all about variety, and this series looks to have that in spades. Let's do it!

Journey into the mystery of Marvel Studios' What If…? series beginning on August 11, exclusively on Disney+.



Kate Beckinsale wanted an Underworld-Blade crossover movie

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Kate Beckinsale wanted an Underworld-Blade crossover movie
July 21, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Daywalker vs Death Dealer. It’s a match made in skin-tight leather heaven. Although Blade is set to be rebooted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s doubtful that another UNDERWORLD movie will be made, Kate Beckinsale would jump at the chance to step into Selene’s black leather pants once again if she could share the screen with Blade.

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At the premiere of his new thriller Jolt, Kate Beckinsale told Variety how much she wanted an Underworld-Blade crossover, but unfortunately, the studios weren’t keen on the idea.

I really wanted them to do an ‘Underworld’-‘Blade’ mashup. What a duo that would be. I would definitely do that, but I think they just wanted to reboot ‘Blade’ as ‘Blade’ so they didn’t go for it.

Should such a day ever come to pass in future, Kate Beckinsale is more than ready; in fact, she still have a pair of those black leather pants at home. “I know exactly where they are,” she said. “You never know who you want to impress.” Kate Beckinsale last played Selene in Underworld: Blood Wars in 2016, and although there doesn’t seem to be another Underworld movie on the horizon, franchise co-creator Len Wiseman was developing an Underworld TV series, but we haven’t heard all that much about the project in recent years.

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As for Blade, it was revealed two years ago (on this very day in fact) that Mahershala Ali would be playing the Daywalker for Marvel Studios. It was announced earlier this year that Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who worked as a story editor and writer on HBO’s Watchmen series, had been tapped to write the Blade reboot for Marvel Studios, and the project may also have a director as Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) is currently in talks to direct the film. Production on Blade isn’t expected to get underway until July 2022.


Marvel’s Blade movie to be directed by Bassam Tariq

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Marvel’s Blade movie to be directed by Bassam Tariq
July 19, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Marvel Studios has plenty of interesting projects over the horizon, but I’m still shocked that one of those projects is a BLADE reboot starring Mahershala Ali (True Detective) as the legendary daywalker. It was announced earlier this year that Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who worked as a story editor and writer on HBO’s Watchmen series, had been tapped to write the Blade reboot for Marvel Studios, and now Deadline has reported that the film may soon have a director as well.

According to Deadline, Bassam Tariq, best known for Riz Ahmed’s Mogul Mowgli, is currently in talks to direct the Blade reboot. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Mahershala Ali, and other studio executives have been meeting with possible directors since last fall, with a short-list of directors making final presentations to the producers as recently as last month, but Deadline states that Tariq’s take on the film “ultimately won all parties over.”

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Production on Blade isn’t expected to get underway until July 2022, and Kevin Feige has previously stated that the film won’t be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 that kicked off with WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Solider, Loki, and the recently released Black Widow.


Marvel Studios recently held a Multiverse rules meeting, says Kevin Feige

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Marvel Studios recently held a Multiverse rules meeting, says Kevin Feige
July 16, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling


Marvel Studios is stepping into the complicated world of the multiverse and Marvel boss, Kevin Feige, says that the studio recently held a meeting about how the rules of the multiverse work. 

According to a recent interview with D23 Inside Disney podcast, via The Direct, Feige confirmed that he and Marvel Studio held a meeting to go over various rules for how the multiverse works in the MCU. Feige didn’t go into details about who was exactly in that meeting but here is what he had to say about the recent meeting of the minds:

“The multiverse is coming up in a big way. There’s interconnectivity there that people have already started to see and suss out and I had a meeting this morning with the whole broad Marvel Studios team going through the multiverse and the rules of the multiverse and exactly how to really deliver on the excitement surrounding the multiverse.”

The multiverse was first mentioned in the MCU by the Ancient One in Doctor Strange and used as misdirection in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The proper introduction of the MCU multiverse was unveiled in the final episode of Disney+’s Loki season 1 as the sacred timeline broke off into different branches. Moving forward, it seems like the future of the MCU will rest heavily on the idea of the multiverse. Disney+ is set to launch the animated series, What If…? and that show will explore various different versions of classic MCU stories. After this, Spider-Man: No Way Home will see Peter Parker (Tom Holland) squaring off against versions of Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) from previous Spider-Man film incarnations. This will continue to come to a head with the release of DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS which will feature Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and the new hero, America Chavez, who has the ability to travel between different universes. Lastly, after being teased in the Loki season finale, Kang the Conqueror will appear in 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania.

The multiverse is going to prove to be a daunting task so it makes sense that Kevin Feige and his team had a meeting about what the rules are and how all of this will actually work. Once you start toying with timelines and suggesting alternate realities, it could also confuse the audience so you have to make sure all of the creative minds are on the same page to make sure that the audience can easily keep up with what is going on.

Do YOU think the MCU will properly handle the multiverse moving forward?

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Loki: Season Finale Review and What Did You Think? SPOILERS

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Loki: Season Finale Review and What Did You Think? SPOILERS
July 14, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

With today's episode marking the finale of Marvel Studios' Loki, we are taking a look back at the entire six-episode run as a whole. Looking at the series as both an independent work as well as a chapter in Phase Four of the MCU, we will see what Loki has done successfully and where future Marvel Studios' offerings on Disney+ could improve. Our initial review was based on the first two 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 "One World, One People".

What did Loki do well?

More than The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and WandaVision combined, the storylines in Loki have immediate impacts for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the course of the six-episode season, we were fully immersed in the concept of the Multiverse and how the branching timelines can affect the sacred timeline of the MCU. Seeing variants of Loki, some played by Tom Hiddleston and others by different actors, opens a door for the future of any and all Marvel Studios projects by not limiting a character to the actor who originated the role. This conceit is not new as Doctor Who has used a similar plot device for decades, but it allows Marvel Studios to continue their cohesive shared universe without convoluted explanations for cast changes.

Loki's finale also successfully introduced Kang The Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), the supposed main villain of Phase Four. While he looked nothing like his comic book counterpart, Majors delivered a unique take on The One Who Remains within his Citadel at the End of Time. In a very exposition-heavy finale, Kang explained how his existence has kept a Multiversal War from starting anew while also keeping the more evil versions of himself away. He offered Loki and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) his job as protector of the timeline and overlord of the TVA which ended with his death and a massive branching of free will across all the timelines. In short, Loki is the series that starts the Multiverse and not WandaVision.

Loki has been a weirdly wonderful series that never once felt like a superhero or comic book story. It also did not ape the Disney+ series that came before it. Creator Michael Waldron and director Kate Herron instead crafted a bizarre love story within the infinite realms of the MCU without needing to abide by the fictional laws or rules the franchise has been restricted by for a decade. Instead, we got to see Richard E. Grant as the Classic Loki we have all been asking for as well as Chris Hemsworth as Throg and even an Alligator wearing Loki's crown. The biggest success of this series though is Sophia Di Martino who not only is an excellent variant of Loki but easily holds her own opposite Tom Hiddleston.

The series also did a great job of working as an independent series of the MCU while embracing the films that came before it. The sheer number of easter eggs crammed into these six episodes was astounding and easily eclipsed any MCU offering that came before it. A lot of reverence for Marvel is on display here while still making this a story firmly about Loki. But, the focus on Loki is also potentially the biggest weakness of this series as well.

What didn't work?

The existence of Loki as a series completely undermines The Avengers. We all love a good antihero as much as we love a redemption story and Loki is the epitome of both. Since serving as the catalyst for the creation of the Avengers team as well as the first step in Thanos' path to universal annihilation, Loki has never been the same. His sneaky and villainous nature has shifted towards being a hero even if he has not truly embraced it. That was until this series. While the tales centered on Wanda Maximoff, Sam Wilson, and Bucky Barnes have all continued their paths set from day one, this is the first MCU series focused on a bad guy. Tom Hiddleston proved instantly to be such a charismatic performer as Loki that this turn was inevitable, but it still makes it difficult to accept his role in the Battle of New York.

That quibble aside, the other biggest disappointment is the dialogue-heavy finale. I could just be spoiled by the more neatly wrapped up endings of WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but the cliffhanger close of this episode capped a somewhat underwhelming plot twist. As much as I liked Jonathan Majors' performance as Kang and the explanation of his master plan, the finale amounted to forty minutes of talking. There were two moments of tension when Loki and Sylvie's swords clashed, but that was about it. Even Sylvie finally killing Kang was quiet and anticlimactic after the explosive five episodes that came before it.

All of that, of course, is justified by the fact the post-credit sequence promises that Loki will return for a second season, but when that will be remains to be seen. With the pandemic still hanging around and multiple other MCU films and series already coming first, will Loki's second season slip in between somehow?

What comes next for the MCU thanks to Loki?

While the second season of Loki is now confirmed, when and where it fits into Phase Four is unknown. What we do know is that the Multiverse is now wide open for upcoming films and series. Jonathan Majors was previously announced as appearing in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania which is slated to hit theaters in 2023. The second season of Loki could squeeze in before that, building Kang's variants into a larger threat. More directly, we have Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness coming in the next year which are both directly impacted by the timeline ramifications of this series.

From a different vantage, Loki also opens up a lot of storytelling options for Marvel Studios. All three of the Disney+ series thus far have taken dramatically different stylistic and thematic approaches that differ from anything the feature films have done. Loki. more than any of them managed to tell a romantic tale under the guise of parallel dimensions and time travel insanity. If this series was able to shirk the rules and still manage to be this much fun, the guardrails are off and open the MCU to infinite possibilities.

Final thoughts:

Loki was not what I was expecting and I am very happy about that. As a standalone season, the story feels incomplete. I wanted more out of Owen Wilson's Mobius and Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Renslayer while Wunmi Mosaku's Hunter B-15 started to come into her own. Six episodes just felt too short for a story this massive, but I would rather take a half dozen solid episodes with advance planning for the next season rather than cramming filler to hit a 13 episode quota.

This season was likely not what many were expecting and did not have the massive set-pieces of any Marvel Studios story that came before it, but it still delivered on advancing the mythology of the MCU and giving Tom Hiddleston a showcase that he much deserved. Loki's glorious purpose may remain on the fringe of the Marvel universe, but he could easily continue telling stories from there for years to come. I for one will definitely be back to watch more.

What did you think of Loki overall? Are you happy with how this "six-hour movie" played out? Talkback below!


Loki: Richard E. Grant wants a Classic Loki and Alligator Loki spin-off

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Loki: Richard E. Grant wants a Classic Loki and Alligator Loki spin-off
July 13, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Hands down, two of the best things to come out of Marvel Studios' Loki TV series are Richard E. Grant's turn as Classic Loki and the debut of Alligator Loki, Marvel's newest internet sensation. Grant, an Oscar-nominated actor, suited up as a Silver Age version of the classic villain for Episode 5 of the Disney+ series, titled "Journey Into Mystery." In addition to delivering a stellar performance as the aging trickster, Grant shared the screen with a sharp-toothed Loki variant that already has its own Funko Pop! figure, enamel pin collection, Etsy-derived plushy, and much more. I'm talking about Alligator Loki, of course, and Grant wants to star in a spin-off starring himself and his cold-blooded cohort.

Recently while speaking with Collider about his career, the MCU, and all things Loki-related, Grant said that a Classic Loki and Alligator Loki series would be a bucket list item for him.

"Classic old Loki with muscles and Alligator-dot-com, the subseries of the sub-sub-sub series. That's what I want," Grant said when asked about franchises he'd like to contribute to.

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If fan reaction is any way to take the temperature of a great idea, I think Grant is really onto something with this Loki spin-off idea. Perhaps Marvel can develop a series of animated shorts around the idea? Just Classic Loki and Alligator Loki making mischief all across the Nine Realms, meddling with timelines wherever they go. I think that could be a lot of fun, and why not throw Kid Loki in there while you're at it?

Would you watch a Classic Loki and Alligator Loki spin-off? Can the world handle that much awesomeness in one singular package? I think Disney should open a writer's room up for the idea and find out.

The final episode of Marvel Studios' Loki airs this Wednesday exclusively on Disney+.


San Diego Comic-Con@Home releases schedule as Marvel & DC Films skip event

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San Diego [email protected] releases schedule as Marvel & DC Films skip event
July 9, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

San Diego Comic-Con is going virtual once again this year due to the pandemic and it will be doing so without two major studios for the digital event. [email protected] has released its tentative schedule, which could continue to update, and while it's very heavy on TV, lacking Marvel Studios and DC Films is bound to be a big blow to the event's prospects.

With Disney's Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.' DC Films deciding to sit this one out, that means there will be no new major updates regarding any of their upcoming projects. It's not like both entities don't have projects to promote. Marvel Studios has Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and many other MCU projects on the horizon to share with fans but they may be plotting their own media blitz to showcase new material from these upcoming projects.

DC Films' reasoning for skipping the event may be a bit more obvious. This will be the third year in a row they have been absent from Comic-Con, but last year they launched a virtual event called DC Fandome, showcasing their film, television, and comic book projects, which proved to be very popular successful. In fact, their event was received far better than the [email protected] event last year and it was previously announced that they will be holding the event again this year. With films like Black Adam, The Batman, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on their docket, I'm sure they're saving new goodies from those films for their own event.

If you look at the schedule, Paramount's Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is the only major theatrical studio release that will be showcased at the event. Movies in general won't be completely ignored. Netflix has scheduled panels for Army of Thieves, The Last Mercenary, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the indie documentary For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close.

Television is going to be heavily represented at the event and that could be a draw for fans of the series that are featured. Shows like The Walking Dead, Roswell, New Mexico, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Fear the Walking Dead, Family Guy, American Dad, Doctor Who, Creepshow, and many more will have their moment during virtual panels spread out throughout the weekend.

There is a live edition of San Diego Comic-Con planned this year, albeit at a smaller scale, to make up for going virtual once again but it's during a very inconvenient weekend. Someone thought that November 26-28, the weekend after Thanksgiving, would be ideal to do this but with many people getting to see some of their family and friends again after missing out on that due to the pandemic last year, will it still draw the crowd they desire? In the meantime, this year's San Diego [email protected] begins on Wednesday, July 21, and concludes on Sunday, July 25. As of now, nothing is scheduled from film or TV on Thursday but we will update if more panels are announced. All times for the panels are PDT and they will stream on Comic-Con's YouTube channel. You can check out the schedule by going HERE!

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Marvel Studios’ What If…? trailer invites you to face the unknown

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Marvel Studios’ What If…? trailer invites you to face the unknown
July 8, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

The first lore-shuffling trailer for Marvel Studios' What If…? has been released and wants to take you on a journey into the unknown. The series takes timeless Marvel characters and reimagines them for new stories that embrace the impossible and ask the important question: What happens when the Multiverse explodes, thereby changing significant events throughout the Marvel Universe forever?

The trailer features many of your favorite characters in all-new adventures, from Peggy Carter to T'Challah, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor, and more! Plus, each character has been wildly reimagined for this animated anthology directed by Bryan Andrews, with AC Bradley as head writer. The series features voice appearances from many of your favorite Marvel stars, including Hayley Atwell, Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Douglas, Frank Grillo, Josh Brolin, and Tom Hiddleston, in addition to several others. 

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As a major fan of Marvel Comics, this series looks like a comic fan's dream come true. Who doesn't want to see Peggy return to the fold as the unstoppable Captain Carter or Killmonger teaming with Tony Stark to change the course of Marvel history? There also looks to be some intense Marvel Zombies action, as well as character cameos that will have some of the unsung heroes of the Marvel brand joining the action.

Journey into the mystery of Marvel Studios' What If…? series beginning on August 11, exclusively on Disney+.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has started shooting

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has started shooting
June 30, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

We’ve had several major productions start shooting this week, including John Wick: Chapter 4, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and Knives Out 2, but it seems that Marvel has also officially returned to Wakanda.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed to Variety that production on BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER started yesterday at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. Ryan Coogler returns to direct from a screenplay he wrote, and everyone from the original cast has returned, with one obvious exception — Chadwick Boseman. Although the actor’s death from colon cancer last year was unexpected and tragic, Feige hopes that the Black Panther sequel would have made Boseman proud. “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad,” Feige said. “But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.” Although it’s still not clear how Boseman’s absence will be handled in the sequel, Marvel definitely has a big task on their hands to not only deliver a great film, but to respect Boseman’s legacy.

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Martin Freeman, who played CIA operative Everett K. Ross in both Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther, will be reprising the role for the sequel, and teased earlier this year that fans are in for a treat. “People are in for, I think, a real treat,” Freeman said. “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, there was an assumption that the film wouldn’t be happening, but Marvel Studios got in contact to say that they would be proceeding. “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. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for a July 8, 2022 release.


Loki TV Interviews: Wunmi Mosaku and director Kate Herron

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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

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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

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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.

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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.”

RELATED: Scott Derrickson will return to direct the sequel to Doctor Strange

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

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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, 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.

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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.

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Hulk: Eric Bana has no interest in reprising Bruce Banner role

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Hulk: Eric Bana has no interest in reprising Bruce Banner role
May 18, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched with Iron Man, studios were busy getting their own Marvel franchises off the ground with films such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Blade, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and many more. One of those films was Ang Lee’s HULK which starred Eric Bana as Bruce Banner, a brilliant scientist who is transformed into the Hulk following a lab accident. With its stylistic comic-book approach and not nearly enough of Hulk…smashing, the film didn’t exactly win everyone over and the planned sequel fell through when Marvel Studios reacquired the rights to the character several years later, but one can’t help but ponder the possibilities if Eric Bana had remained attached to the role.

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While speaking the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, Eric Bana discussed his brief time as the Hulk and admitted that it took some convincing to get him to accept the role in the first place.

It wasn’t a quick yes, that’s for sure. It took me a while to get my head around it. I wasn’t privy to the script prior to signing onto the film. It’s one of the only films I have done where that was the case. It just wasn’t the type of film that I saw myself doing.

Nowadays, Marvel Studios typically signs their actors to expansive multi-film contracts, but that wasn’t the case for Eric Bana with Hulk. “The universe as you know it didn’t exist back then,” Bana said. “You certainly didn’t go into a film like that thinking you were going to do more than one. That just wasn’t in play. The expectations were not the way they are now. I approached it as a one-off.” Bana added that he was not asked to reprise the role for The Incredible Hulk, where Bruce Banner/Hulk was played by Edward Norton, but with Marvel Studios seemingly bringing back characters and actors from films that weren’t originally a part of the MCU, is there a chance we could see Bana Hulk-out once again? Well, never say never, but Bana said that superhero movies aren’t really his jam. “It’s why I haven’t re-dabbled in that area,” Bana explained. “They’re not the kind of movie that I race out and see myself so that conversation is something I have with myself if I want to be a part of it.” Although he sounds reluctant to do so, would you ever want Eric Bana to reprise the role of Bruce Banner somewhere down the road?

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Eric Bana also stared a story about Nick Nolte that’s too funny not to share. Nolte, who played Bana’s father in Hulk, was using an oxygen tank during production for some reason. “He said to me one day — he took a hit of the oxygen and he said to me — ‘I don’t really need this, it just makes them think you’re fucking crazy and they pay attention,'” Bana said, laughing.

Our managing editor Chris Bumbray actually sat down and chatted (via Zoom) with Bana about his upcoming movie The Dry the other day. Check it out below!

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Black Panther: Wakanda Fovever will be a treat for fans says Martin Freeman

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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Rumor: Daredevil, Jessica Jones & The Punisher could return but with a twist

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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

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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.

— 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

— 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.

— 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

— syd ? (@qcktyz) April 23, 2021

“bring back Tony Stark”

Okay, but you’re not gonna like it.

— 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

— 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.

— 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

Marvel: BRING TONY STARK BACK TO LIFE #bringbacktonystarktolife – Sign the Petition! via @ChangeOrg_India

— 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

Yes please ! #BringBackTonyStarkToLife

— Jenny (@HIMFreak88) April 23, 2021


Black Panther 2: Coogler says Boseman wouldn’t have wanted them to stop

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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WandaVision: Series Wrap-up and Review (SPOILERS)

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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.

Final thoughts:

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

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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

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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.

RELATED: Marvel’s Blade will hit HBO Max on January 1st

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

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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

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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.

RELATED: Deadpool 3 R-rating, official placement in the MCU affirmed by Feige

Secret Invasion will feature the return of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, and while speaking with, 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

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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.

RELATED: Man of Steel 2 trends on Twitter as DC fans hope for a sequel with Cavill

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!

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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.

Ms. Marvel, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming late 2021 to #DisneyPlus.

— 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.

— 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.

— 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.

— 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?

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. James Gunn is back to write and direct.

The Original Special is coming to #DisneyPlus in 2022. ???? ????

— 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.

I Am Groot, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming to #DisneyPlus.

— 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. ?

— 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.

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 11, 2020

Jon Watts will direct the new feature film for Marvel's First Family, Fantastic Four!

— 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!

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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!

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Deluxe Figure Play Set ($26.99)

LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Child 75318 Building Kit ($79.95)

LEGO Creator Ghostbusters ECTO-1 ($349.94)








My Hero Academia – Heroes Rising & Two Heroes + Deku & Bakugo Gnomes ($99.99)

Funimation's 25th Anniversary Chrome Funko POP! Collection ($49.99)

My Hero Academia Titan Hero Ornament 8-Pack ($71.99)

Dragon Ball Super Gogeta Broly XL FiGPiN 2 Pack ($49.99)

My Hero Academia Katsuki Bakugo ARTFX J Limited Color Edition Figure ($91.99)

LEGO Star Wars 501st Legion Clone Troopers ($29.99)

STAR WARS: The Black Series Boba Fett Premium Electronic Helmet ($119.99)

LEGO Art's Marvel Studios and Star Wars ($119.99 each)

Funk 18 inch Dancing Groot ($99.99)

Marvel Digital Pinball Arcade Machine ($549.99)

Marvel's Avengers on PS4/XBox ($29.99)

Marvel's Iron Man VR ($19.99)

Star Wars: Squadrons ($19.99)

Diablo: Lord of Terror Bust ($139.99)

Iron Giant MONDO MECHA Figure ($205.00)

Zombie Deadpool ($270.00)

Batman: Modern Age ($600)

Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit ($265.00)

Iron Man Mark IV Holographic Version ($330.00)

Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition Game With Figure ($49.99)

Star Wars The Vintage Collection Razor Crest ($349.99)

Marvel's Avengers: Endgame Marvel’s Stormbreaker Electronic Axe Thor Gear ($159.99)

Wonder Woman Deluxe 1984 Figure ($210.00)



Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes could become a Marvel-style franchise

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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.

RELATED: Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher in talks to helm Sherlock Holmes 3

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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