Fantastic Four: Emily Blunt shoots down casting rumors
May 12, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Emily Blunt is responding to long-gestating FANTASTIC FOUR casting rumors and her response may not be to the liking of many fans that have been fan-casting Blunt and her husband John Krasinski as Sue Storm and Reed Richards. Both performers have been linked to the MCU in the past (Krasinski screen-tested for the role of Captain America and Blunt was once attached as Black Widow in Iron man 2) but it appears that rumors of them joining the MCU as the first family of Marvel are only rumors because Blunt is giving a response to the speculation that has a sense of finality to it.
During an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show“, Blunt responded to the long-standing Fantastic Four casting rumors and she dispelled them all by saying it was merely all fan-casting. She was then asked if the genre was beneath her and even though she doesn’t go as far as to say that, she did seem to express that superhero movies just aren’t her thing:
“That is fan-casting. No one has received a phone call. That’s just people saying, ‘Wouldn’t that be great?’ … It’s not that it’s beneath me. I love Iron Man and when I got offered Black Widow I was obsessed with Iron Man. I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr.—it would’ve been amazing … but I don’t know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley. I don’t like them. I really don’t.”
While Blunt seems to make it clear that she wasn’t interested in playing a superhero, she did add that “It’s not to say that I’d never want to play one.” That comment alone might leave some hope for fans that she will somehow change her mind about considering the upcoming MCU Fantastic Four movie, which is set to be directed by Jon Watts. Blunt goes on to say that it would have to be a “really cool character” for her to be interested so maybe if that Fantastic Four script makes Sue Storm a force to be reckoned with, she may reconsider.
Now that Blunt has put these rumors to rest, I wonder who will emerge next as the top choices to play Sue Storm and Reed Richards. Judging from her response to the rumors, it may be time for fans to change their fantasy fan-casting roster and consider other contenders for the roles. All we know about Fantastic Four is that it’s set to conclude Phase 4 of the MCU and they’re currently looking for writers to do the characters justice since we haven’t really gotten a definitive version of the characters that have truly clicked on the big screen.
What are YOUR thoughts on Emily Blunt putting the Fantastic Four casting rumors to rest?
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Venom 2: Andy Serkis says characters in the film are unaware of Spider-Man
May 11, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
The trailer for VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE dropped yesterday and fans have taken to social media to talk about all of the Easter eggs they have noticed. Fans have seemed to have spotted moments that appear to acknowledge the MCU and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies but director Andy Serkis says the sequel exists in its own universe where the characters aren’t aware of Spider-Man.
In the new trailer, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) can be seen reading the Daily Bugle, the newspaper that Peter Parker/Spider-Man works for as a photographer. The logo is similar to the look that the paper had in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and this has led to some of the speculations that the universes are connected. During a chat with “IGN“, Serkis did acknowledge that some of the Easter eggs are meant to pay homage to Marvel and the Spider-Man movies in small ways but Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set in its own universe where the characters have no real awareness of Spider-Man.
“Obviously, there are links between Venom and Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe and the Spider-Man story. We’re treating this very much as it’s his own world. The Venom story is his own world. There are nods and little moments [like the shot of the newspaper the Daily Bugle], of course, but on the whole he’s unaware. They are unaware, at this point, of other characters like Spider-Man. So, that’s the way we’ve chosen to play this particular episode of the movie, but, well, we’ll wait and see. We’ll see what little things you can pick out of it.”
It’s worth noting that Serkis stated that Eddie Brock and the other characters in the film are “unaware” of Spider-Man’s existence. This suggests that they’re either all living under a rock or the web-slinger hasn’t hit the scene in the universe that Venom exists in. This brings up the whole notion of alternate cinematic universes and that can sometimes either make fans excited or irritated so I will leave that speculation to the diehards out there. Also, if what Serkis says is true, this might put the nail in the coffin of the idea that the Venom franchise could lead into the MCU. At this point, that doesn’t seem to be the plan unless they’re hiding a very big secret.
Things get a bit more complicated when you factor in the other Sony Pictures/Marvel hybrid Morbius, starring Jared Leto. In that film’s trailer, it was revealed that Michael Keaton had a role in the film which hints that he was reprising his role as Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming. That film is connected to the MCU through Tom Holland so if Keaton’s Vulture is in Morbius, even as a cameo, does that mean Morbius exists in the MCU but not Venom? Eventually, I’m going to need some kind of flowchart to keep up.
What are YOUR thoughts on how Venom: Let There Carnage, if at all, is connected to the MCU or the older Spider-Man movies? Does it merely exist in its own universe or are they pulling or chains here? Venom: Let There Be Carnage hits screens on September 24, 2021.
Is Disney removing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel canon?
May 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began life firmly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with guest-stars such as Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Jamie Alexander's Lady Sif putting in appearances, and there were frequent direct references to events of the films. But as time went on, it became clear that the big-screen and TV side of the Marvel franchise were at odds, and at a certain point, it felt as though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just decided to go its own way.
With WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we've seen what a TV show truly connected to the MCU looks like, and while fans have long debated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's place in MCU canon, Disney may be quietly removing the series from canon themselves. Take this with a grain of salt, but a recent Reddit post shows that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as well as Inhumans, Runaways, and Agent Carter) has been added to the Marvel Legacy Movies and Series section on Disney+ in a handful of international regions including Brazil. This could indicate that Disney is looking to distance Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially now that their own Marvel shows are doing so well, or, you know…if could mean nothing. I've checked Disney+ myself, and at least where I am (Canada), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains alongside WandaVision and the rest of the MCU.
There have been rumblings that Marvel is looking to include small-screen characters from the Netflix-era of shows in future movies, such as Charlie Cox's Daredevil returning for Spider-Man: No Way Home, but nothing official has been revealed. As Marvel is looking to explore the multiverse in its upcoming movies, I'd say that there's room for all incarnations of Marvel projects under one (giant) roof. What do you folks think; should Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be removed from Marvel canon or does it still deserve a place at the table?
MCU Phase 4 Preview: Movies, Release Dates & More
May 3, 2021 by: Matt Rooney
A global pandemic may have hit the breaks hard on the beginnings of the MCU Phase 4 in early 2020, but even that couldn’t slow down the franchise behemoth entirely. This summer Marvel is headed back to the movies with BLACK WIDOW, and from then on it will be a regular Marvelpalooza of movies (don’t even get us started on the TV shows) from now and throughtout 2023. There are almost a dozen movies set to come out over the next few years, and understandably, there’s a lot to keep and lose track of, but I’m here to make sure you don’t get lost in space trying to juggle all that superhero madness.
Kicking off with Widow, I’ll be moving through the MCU Phase 4 slate, featuring the rest of the movie’s, featuring everything from Shang-Chi later this summer to the new Fantastic Four movie and their release dates, which were confirmed this morning via a lovely video montage. I’ll summarize what all we know and what very, very much we have no clue about, and by the end, you should have a clear picture of what’s on the horizon and when you’ll get to see it all.
Without further ado, get on your best Marvel gear and get reading, and by the end, wonder why I demanded you get dressed up in the first place.
Black Widow (July 9, 2021)
Well over a year after its initial scheduled release date, the Black Widow solo movie (the concept itself a few years late) is seemingly locked and ready to go for this July 9. A notable change of pace from what pundits and fans expect, the movie is debuting simultaneously on the big screen and Disney+ – a move that shows Disney/Marvel decided it’s time to just get this thing out there and shut us all up. After years as part of the Avengers and other character’s solo movies (and then dying), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) finally has her own movie, one which takes her back to her roots, her “family” (made up of Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour) and puts her up against other spies trained in the Red Room, as well as the supervillain Taskmaster. Trailers have hinted at a spy-thriller angle like The Winter Soldier, and while it looks like director Cate Shortland and her team pulled that off well, the big question is can the movie validate giving Widow her own movie this late in her arc, especially after, you know, dying.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021)
The first Marvel movie with an Asian lead and predominantly Asian cast, people have had their eyes on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for quite some time. The movie from Destin Daniel Cretten would’ve already hit theaters, our Blu-ray shelves and Disney+ if not for the pandemic, but it’s finally here September 3 – and it looks awesome. The first trailer featured no shortage of fast-paced martial arts action and fantastical spectacle, giving Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi a proper introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Widow may be our first trip back into the MCU in theaters after Spider-Man: Far From Home two years ago (!), but Shang-Chi is shaping up to be the epic Marvel showstopper that demands to be seen on the biggest screen.
Eternals (November 5, 2021)
Hype levels were already pretty high for Marvel’s Eternals as a movie taking place in space and featuring a whole new team of celestial MCU newcomers made up of some top-tier performers, but now that director Chloe Zhao is the talk of the town after her historic Oscar win(s) for Nomadland, all eyes are even more affixed on this year’s interstellar Marvel adventure and its handsome cast. We don’t know a ton about the movie, as is expected for a Marvel movie that’s this far from its release (November 5), and the footage we got a glimpse of in a recent preview left far too much to the imagination, but much of that will change as we head into the summer and inch closer to Black Widow’s release, with more and more layers being peeled off what could be Marvel’s boldest movie yet.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
Out of all the movies I’ll discuss on this list, Spider-Man: No Way Home feels increasingly like the black sheep of the family. The previous two solo outings for the web-head have nestled right on into the MCU, but now that Sony feels confident taking the character back for their own usage, this is shaping up to be the last time we see him with any of his Avengers pals. On top of that, the rumor mill is churning double -time what with reports of various Spider-Men and nemesis coming into the fold through one means of a dimensional portal or another. It sounds equal parts awesome and hot mess, and a full-on mash of Sony and Marvel both trying to get something out of a single character for their own purposes. I truly have no idea how this will shape up, but at least Alfred Molina has nothing to lose, which could make for all kinds of entertaining developments.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)
Not convinced Marvel is quite ready to dip into its Multiverse? Well read the title of Doctor Strange 2 and weep! This Sam Raimi-directed sequel (!!) to the doctor’s 2016 solo outing will surely dip into the strange and bizarre of the mystic arts and reveal sections of the Marvel universe that could change how it functions forever. Or maybe it won’t, and the movie will find Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) bouncing around different dimensions, slugging home, climbing into bed and saying, “Never again.” Only the Marvel gods know what madness is in store, but what we do know is Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch will be alongside him for the adventure, bringing some newfound powers with her. The sequel marks Marvel’s 2022 cinematic arrival on March 25, and it could very be an insane time.
Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022)
While Tony Stark gave his life and Steve Rogers gave away the shield, the god of thunder Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is still puttering around somewhere in space. The next time we see him he may have shed some pounds and last his burly beard, and the events he goes through will effectively set the stage to hand over the hammer and his sparkle hands to Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. Not to mention, the Guardians of the Galaxy are set to appear, Christian Bale is set to play the villain Gorr the God Butcher, and director/co-writer Taika Waititi said the movie will be crazy in “the very best way,” and others close to the project considering it a sort of “Avengers 5”. So, yeah, if you thought Thor: Ragnarok was pure bonkers, it seems that was just the warm-up.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022)
The sudden loss of actor Chadwick Boseman left a hole in the entertainment industry that may never be filled, but he left a legacy and series of roles behind that will stand the test of time. With the perfectly titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, director Ryan Coogler and the team will do their best to honor that legacy with a story that honors Boseman’s T’Challa and his impact on the MCU. There’s nothing but questions regarding the movie, such as who will take on the mantle of Black Panther, and what the journey will be to get them to that point. Many fingers are pointed at Letitia Wright’s Shuri earning the mantle, as she does in the comics, meaning the movie could act as both a sequel and a sort of superhero origin story for her. With a little over a year left until its July 2022 release, we could know more by the end of the year, with the first promotional material likely to make us all collectively weep.
The Marvels (November 11, 2022)
Not quite the solo Captain Marvel 2 some fans may have been expecting, this newest outing for Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Laron) will have her teaming up with WandaVision’s Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) for The Marvels. Candyman director Nia DaCosta is directing with a script from Megan McDonnell and will supposedly explore what Danvers’ time off-planet meant for characters back on Earth – namely Monica, the daughter of her best friend and fellow airman, Maria. Other than that, just reliably little to go on at this point, but things should start to come into a much clearer picture when Ms. Marvel hits Disney+ later this year.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
Kicking things off in 2023 is the third run in the Ant-Man series, which based on the title, sounds like it will further explore the Quantum realm that was used heavily in Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Endgame. Director Peyton Reed hinted at a much larger story this time around, with the main cast of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer reprising their roles. Switching things up, Kathryn Newton will join the MCU to play Lang’s (Rudd) daughter Cassie, after being played by Emma Fuhrmann in Endgame. Perhaps the most exciting development so far is the confirmation of Jonathan Majors joining the movie as the uber-villain Kang the Conqueror, with many believing this movie will be the link to the Fantastic Four entering the MCU given his relationship to the superhero team. Other than that, we don’t know a ton, and given the release date, it may be a while before big news breaks.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
Production of this movie was thrown into a tailspin when Disney fired James Gunn as director back in 2018, leading him to take on this year’s The Suicide Squad, and ultimately have him come back on later that year (it was announced in March 2019). Between all that business and the pandemic, the latest adventure for the Guardians will have taken about six years to get the screen after 2017’s Vol. 2. But with Gunn likely having big plans in store for what will essentially be the conclusion of this iteration of the team (at least as it’s made up now), we can expect something very bold and very emotional in store. With that in mind, it won’t be the next time we see the team in action, with them set to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder and their own holiday special later next year.
Fantastic Four (Date Unconfirmed/Mid-Late 2023)
The only movie of Phase Four without a set release date or confirmed cast, the only thing we really know about this movie is that Spider-Man director Jon Watts will be at the helm and that it will mark Marvel’s First Family’s debut in the MCU after a series of lackluster-to-abhorrent entries from Fox. Wish there was more to be said, but aside from the rampant fan-casting for John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as Reed Richards and Sue Storm, there’s really not much more to discuss. Actually, not even that needs to be discussed and preferably stopped right this instant.
Wyatt Russell talks his MCU future after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
April 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Wyatt Russell’s John Walker got off to a rocky start on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier with the fans but as the episodes progressed, the opinion on the character began to change as his arc was fully developed. Walker was initially brought in as the new Captain America when Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) didn’t initially take on the responsibilities of the shield. With each episode, we learn that Walker’s insecurities, and a bit of violent mean streak, made him the wrong candidate to be the next Captain America but he does get a bit of redemption during the finale. Now that all of the episodes are available on Disney+, Russell is discussing his future with the MCU during a chat with “Vanity Fair” and it seems it all comes down to what the studio decides to do.
By the end of the finale episode, “One World, One People”, Walker emerges as US Agent in the series’ final moments. There is clearly more to be told with Walker’s story and this is a potential setup for his MCU future but it appears, lost most actors in his position working for Marvel, he doesn’t know what his future holds or if he will return in the recently announced Captain America 4:
“Part of the way I approached Marvel was it’s all your last time you’re going to do it. Marvel operates in a really cool way where they don’t make decisions before they see what works. I’m not a part of any of this decision making, obviously.”
Walker is quick to tease in regards to his character that “At the end of the series, he’s grown into himself in a very dangerous way.” This is something worth exploring if the MCU chooses to and I honestly think they will. Despite the initial reception of the character, the role presented a complex perspective into the legacy of Captain America. When talking about his approach to playing Walker the actor says “Hopefully you were taken from someone who you really are set up to despise down the journey of understanding where he came from. Whether or not you like it or agree with it, you’re going to understand why he’s doing it.”
The character’s origins differ from the source material but there is some potential to be taken from the comics if they wish to explore this character further. Through his time in the comics, US Agent has often jumped back-and-forth from hero to villain, something you can see the beginnings of during key moments on the series. The character has worked alongside the Avengers West Coast and The Thunderbolts while getting into his fair share of adventures on his own. (SPOILERS INCOMING IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER FINALE…YOU’VE BEEN WARNED). The arrival of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine also sets up a direction for the character as she seems to be almost grooming him for her own Nick Fury-esque team. Then there is Captain America 4, which will likely see Sam Wilson taking on the mantle as the titular hero in that installment. Walker played a part in Wilson’s journey to accepting the responsibility of being Captain America so there is also potential to use him in that film as well.
How do YOU think John Walker aka US Agent will be used moving forward? Did YOU like what Wyatt Russell brought to the role?
Daredevil: Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin can’t be recast, says showrunner
April 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Former Daredevil showrunner, Steven DeKnight, gave cast member Vincent D'Onofrio the highest praise on social media. D'Onofrio played Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin on Daredevil and DeKnight, who severed as series showrunner during season one, says it would be "impossible" to replace D'Onofrio as the iconic Marvel villain.
Due to a recent fan push to #SaveDaredevil since Marvel now has the rights back from Netflix, many fans have been going back and praising aspects of the show. D'Onofrio's portrayal of Kingpin has been getting a lot of praise from fans and one fan, in particular, begged the entertainment gods to bring back the show and not recast Wilson Fisk. DeKnight took the liberty to respond to the fan and he compared recasting D'Onofrio to recasting Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans as Iron Man and Captain America, respectively. Simply put, he doesn't think it can be done. You can check out the Twitter exchange below!
— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) April 20, 2021
Daredevil followed Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer by day and a vigilante of Hell's Kitchen, New York by night. D'Oonfrio played Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin, a notorious villain from the comics who is the main threat of season one and season three of the Netflix series, although he appears across all three seasons. D'Onofrio's portrayal of the character was highly regarded by fans and critics alike with many people thinking he is the definitive live-action version of the character. I can see why DeKnight feels he's irreplaceable because D'Oonfrio really made the part his own.
The Kingpin first appeared in Marvel comics in 1967, where he was first introduced as a Spider-Man villain. The character continued to appear in Spider-Man stories but he also became the enemy for several New York City-based heroes. This is when he became best-known as the arch-nemesis to Daredevil and this was portrayed on the Netflix series. On the big screen, the character was previously played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan in 2003's Daredevil and Liev Schreiber lent his vocal talents to an animated version of the character in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Since the show ended its run, D'Oonfrio has expressed interest in returning to the role. There have been a lot of rumors about bringing back some of the Netflix characters into the MCU now that Marvel has regained the rights and D'Oonfrio's Kingpin is one that is high on that list. There have been rumors about Cox's Daredevil, Jon Bernthal's Punisher, Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones, and D'Oonfrio's Kingpin being reintroduced into the MCU in some capacity but they remain rumors at this point. As a fan, I hope these rumors gain traction because I would love to see all of these people return.
Do YOU think anyone else could play Kingpin?
The Young Avengers: New Characters that could join the MCU
April 27, 2021 by: Daniel Woburn
Marvel Studios are very clearly introducing the Young Avengers to the MCU; new characters joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe already count Tommy & Billy Maximoff and Eli Bradley among their number. In Marvel Comics, these characters were Speed, Wiccan and Patriot – founding members of the Young Avengers, first introduced in the wake of the Avengers disbanding after the 'Avengers: Disassembled' event in 2003. Brought together by a younger version of Kang the Conqueror trying to avoid his villainous fate, the young Kang took the mantle of Iron Lad, escaping to the present only to find the Avengers disbanded. Using the Vision's failsafe program to locate the next generation of Avengers – each one having some link to Avengers history – he forms the Young Avengers.
Thanks to Marvel's new Disney+ programming push, we've already met the Scarlet Witch's twin boys and Eli Bradley – grandson of Isaiah Bradley, the last surviving African American super soldier test subject. Cassie Lang, the daughter of Scott Lang/Ant-Man, has recently been recast for his upcoming threequel, lending more credence to her future membership. They're not the only Young Avengers planned for further appearances; we've also got Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop/Hawkeye in the Disney+ series of the same name. With it being fairly obvious that the Young Avengers are on the way, which other new characters joining the MCU can we expect to see fighting alongside them? Here's the rundown.
Kate Bishop – Hawkeye
As mentioned, Kate Bishop will be showing up in the Hawkeye series on Disney+ at the end of the year. In the comics, Kate Bishop is an extremely talented individual who can master skills with ease. She is at odds with her silver spoon background, and excels in her role as Hawkeye, going on to become the leader of the team. Steinfeld is great casting for Kate Bishop, possessing exactly the kind of headstrong attitude that makes Kate worthy of the Hawkeye mantle and her many fans are already lighting up social media in joy with every leaked set video. Of all the Young Avengers' new characters joining the MCU, Kate Bishop is easily one of the most anticipated.
Billy & Tommy Maximoff – Wiccan/Speed
Already seen in WandaVision aging rapidly (thanks to Wanda's magic) to the age of preteen boys, Billy and Tommy take on family traits; Tommy's a speedster like his uncle Pietro, and Billy has natural magical abilities like his mom. In their convoluted comic book history, the twins are separated from Wanda and father Vision (long story) but reunited as teenagers. Expect to see the twins make another appearance when the Scarlet Witch shows up in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness in 2022; presumably brought back as teenagers this time… all ready to debut as the Young Avengers' new characters, joining the MCU fully-formed.
Cassie Lang – Stature
Cassie Lang was last seen in Avengers: Endgame, but recently, it was announced she'll be recast for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania; this time to be played by Kathryn Newton (Freaky). Unluckily enough for previous actress Emma Fuhrmann, Marvel were apparently looking for an actress with a bit more teen pedigree to step into Cassie Lang's shoes. Likely because she's about to have a huge role in the Young Avengers, where she'll adopt her father's size-changing powers for her own heroic deeds.
Eli Bradley – Patriot
Eli Bradley can currently be seen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where he's played by Elijah Richardson; the teenager is seen idly playing basketball or protecting his grandfather from people sticking their nose in his business. The fact they've already introduced him is a good sign for the character – he's another building block of the Young Avengers, after all. The same can't be said of the actor, sadly; Marvel already recast Cassie Lang, would they do the same to Richardson? Hopefully not, as the actor clearly has the chops to play Patriot, judging by his resume (When They See Us).
Dorrek VIII aka Teddy Altman – Hulkling
Teddy Altman is one of the bigger players in the Young Avengers; new characters joining the MCU could well include this young shapeshifter. Teddy has a great backstory; being the son of the OG Captain Marvel, blossoming from his role as Hulkling in the Young Avengers to becoming Emperor Hulkling of the Kree and Skrull races, finally bringing peace to the warring races. If Hulkling comes to the MCU, will he be related to Annette Bening's gender-flipped Mar-Vell, last seen perishing in Captain Marvel? It'd be an easy link to make, as half the work is already done. Time will tell whether we see Teddy Altman or not.
RiRi Williams – Ironheart
Theories regarding the Young Avengers and which new characters will comprise the team go a little off-piste here. It's unlikely we'll see Iron Lad/young Kang the Conqueror, as Kang himself is only being introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Trying to introduce a younger version of the character grappling with his destiny might be a little too much, too soon in terms of plot. We still need an Iron Man analogue for the team, and with Tony Stark's young self-taught protégé RiRi Williams being introduced in her own Disney+ show Ironheart (played by Dominique Thorne), it'd be easy enough to enlist her with the Young Avengers.
Kamala Khan – Ms. Marvel
To round out the Young Avengers' new characters joining the MCU, Ms Marvel is a likely candidate. Kamala Khan has been immensely popular since she debuted in 2013, and she's coming to the MCU Disney+'s Ms Marvel – played by newcomer Iman Vellani. With so many teen characters being introduced over the next couple years, it stands to reason that Kevin Feige would want to throw a popular character like Ms Marvel into the Young Avengers line-up. Of all the new characters joining the MCU, Ms Marvel is drawing a lot of attention and anticipation; they might even make her leader of the team.
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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Captain America 4 in the works from Falcon & the Winter Soldier creator
April 23, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
SPOILERS for The Falcon and the Winter Solider. Consider yourself warned. With The Falcon and the Winter Soldier having wrapped up its six-episode run on Disney+ today, the future is looking bright for Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) as he takes on the mantle of Captain America, and it would seem that Marvel is eager for the character to make a return to the big-screen as THR has reported that The Falcon and the Winter Solider showrunner Malcolm Spellman is set to develop Captain America 4, which he will co-write with Dalan Musson, one of his fellow writers on the Disney+ series.
At this stage, there are very few details available about the project, but that’s expected when it comes to anything Marvel-related. Captain America 4 will likely continue following Sam Wilson as he explores what it means to be Captain America, and it’s not hard to imagine that a few other characters from The Falcon and the Winter Solider might pop up as well. It’s not known if Chris Evans will be involved in Captain America 4 in any way, but as The Falcon and the Winter Solider didn’t shed much light on the whereabouts of Steve Roger, anything could happen. There had been rumours that Evans had been in talks to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but those were shot down by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige as well as Evans himself. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier definitely left a lot up in the air by the close of its final episode, especially in regards to Sharon Carter and John Walker, and those are elements which could be picked back up in Captain America 4 or one of the many other MCU projects. What are you hoping to see in Captain America 4?
You can check out a review of the final episode of The Falcon and the Winter Solider from our own Alex Maidy right here.
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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Finale Review and what did you think?
April 23, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
With today's episode marking the season, or potentially series, finale of Marvel Studios' The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, 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 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has done successfully and where future Marvel Studios' offerings on Disney+ could improve. Our initial review was based on the first episode 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 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier do well?
After the weird uniqueness of WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier brought a more traditional look at the MCU with a series that mimicked the scope of a big-screen entry in the cinematic universe. But, with six hours available to tell a story, this series managed to give us a deeper look at the lives of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes as they dealt with the fallout of The Blip as well as the struggle to be who they are destined to be. As the series came to an end, it was easily apparent that this entire journey was set up for Sam to transition from Falcon to the new Captain America. Showrunner Malcolm Spellman and his writing team used this series to examine what it means for a Black man to become the superhero symbol of a country that has not respected his race and it worked very well.
The series also managed to give Bucky Barnes time to make the amends he needed to finally shed his Winter Soldier persona and become the hero he was striving to be. Sebastian Stan got several solid scenes dealing with his former life while never losing the fun and light persona that comes out when he shares the screen with Anthony Mackie. The pair make a great duo and work well as partners on-screen after several films of rivalry.
We also get some worthy screen time for Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) who somehow trade places in the MCU. Zemo, who remains on The Raft for his crimes, ends up being a duplicitous character but less villainous than originally envisioned. His fate is left ambiguous at the end but we will surely see more of him. Sharon Carter, however, is revealed to be the Power Broker although none of the main characters know this yet. The post-credits scene shows that Sharon is given a full pardon, but a final phone call reveals that she is poised to steal secrets from the government and sell them to the highest bidder. Sharon's fall from grace is a nice way to keep the character intriguing while also driving a wedge into her relationship with Sam and Bucky.
The introduction of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Val and her partnership with the new US Agent, John Walker (Wyatt Russell) teases a lot more to come from both characters in future installments of the MCU, but it remains to be seen just what that will entail. Walker's arc from soldier to hero to what he will become next was a nice bonus on this season that already had a lot on it's plate.
What didn't work?
For all the grand scale that the first episode and finale brought, the middle five episodes featured a lot of talking. Yes, there were some solid moments in each episode, especially in the Derek Kolstad-scripted chapters, but the pacing of this series was a bit inconsistent. The entirety of the fifth episode was reserved for narrative exposition and some montage moments leading to a solid action-heavy finale. While I will never say no to some good MCU action, it felt rushed in places.
The villain also did not work, especially with multiple in play. John Walker, teased as the anti-Captain America, ended up redeeming himself by teaming with the heroes before ending up still on the path to being a bad guy. While a full redemption would have been a cliche, including it at all must serve a purpose for what comes next. Viewed as a part of this series alone, it felt a bit underwhelming. Sharon Carter's reveal as the Power Broker also didn't carry as much weight as it was pretty much telegraphed with her single scene in the fifth episode. Again, her role in the bigger picture has yet to be revealed.
The main nemesis here, The Flag Smashers led by Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) were the most disappointing aspect of the entire series. There is a line uttered by Sam in the final episode comparing Thanos to a teenager that speaks volumes. Yes, Karli may have been a supersoldier but she was just a kid, and having a teen gunned down and die in the arms of Captain America felt a bit muted compared to the massive bad guy visions of prior MCU entries. Kellyman did not have a lot to work with here as her character was pretty two-dimensional despite a significant backstory, but her role was really just to get us, and Sam, to our final reveal of the new Cap.
What comes next for the MCU thanks to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
I knew halfway through this series that we were not going to have enough time to resolve all of the open storylines, but that was to be expected. Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios are using Disney+ not only as a storytelling platform but also as an incubator for future series and films. Zemo is now a different kind of threat than he was before and likely could factor into the teases Wakanda series that this show also introduced. US Agent and the Contessa both have a role to play in future stories as does Sharon Carter as The Power Broker.
We also now know why Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and Kevin Feige have played coy and said there would be no second season of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. That is likely because there is no more Falcon. A big-screen outing may be in their cards, but if these two characters ever share a series again, it will be called Captain America and The Winter Soldier.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was a fun ride if a less than unique one. While WandaVision started out unique, it ended up a fairly standard MCU production. That does not mean it was bad by any means, just not completely unexpected. This series addressed some significant topics about the stakes for a Black man to become Captain America and I am glad. Having Sam just don the Stars and Stripes and be accepted as the next Cap would have been a disservice to the legacy of Steve Rogers. By contrasting John Walker's fall with Sam Wilson's rise, this series avoids being a token nod to acceptance for diversity and tells a worthwhile story.
Captain America and The Winter Soldier proves that the titular hero doesn't have to be a supersoldier to be the great American hero, but by enduring and never giving up he becomes the man every person wants to be like. That makes the end result of this story worth the uneven journey. After watching this entire series, I now am confident that handing the shield to Anthony Mackie was the right decision. I hope we get to see more of him and Bucky in the years to come.
What did you think of The Falcon & the Winter Soldier overall? Are you happy with how this "six hour movie" played out? Talkback below!
Hawkeye: Jeremy Renner confirms that the Disney+ series has wrapped filming
April 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Hawkeye will continue the growing roster of Disney+ Marvel shows on the streamer and its star, Jeremy Renner, has revealed on social media that the series has wrapped filming.
Renner shared an image of himself to his Instagram story with a caption that thanked the cast, crew, and Marvel Studios for their support while telling fans this was his last day as Hawkeye, at least for now. You can check out the Instagram story image below!
‘HAWKEYE’ has wrapped filming.
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— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) April 21, 2021
Jeremy Renner began his run as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in 2011’s Thor in a brief cameo appearance that set up his larger role in the ensemble film, The Avengers. Renner has played the role several times since, last appearing in AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Hawkeye had his most significant character development during Avengers: Age of Ultron but it could be argued that he hasn’t really gotten his true moment to shine in the MCU. The Disney+ Hawkeye series will give the character the exposure he deserves.
Not much is known about the direction of Hawkeye but the series will see the addition of Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, which essentially confirms that at least some of the show will focus on the relationship between Bishop and Renner’s Barton. In the comics, Barton trains Bishop in order to pass on his legacy as Hawkeye. Bishop is a highly skilled archer, much like Barton, and has since fought alongside Cassie Lang, the daughter of Ant-Man. Both characters took on the superhero roles of their predecessors and with Kathryn Newton set to play Cassie Laang in the next Ant-Man film, I suspect that we’re building to the younger generation taking on more prominent roles in the MCU in the future.
Appearing alongside Renner and Steinfeld in Hawkeye are Vera Farmiga, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and Fre Fee. The series will also introduce Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez aka Echo, a deaf superhero who can perfectly copy another person’s movements. There is some speculation that the series will take some of its inspiration from Matt Fraction’s comic book run that started in 2012. Part of that story included Clint Barton dealing with sudden hearing loss after a battle with the hitman, Clown, thanks to the villain stabbing him in both ears with his own arrows. Fre Fee will be playing Clown on the series so this speculation could very well be true. Along with the already mentioned ensemble cast, Florence Pugh, who will be introduced as Yelena Belova in this summer’s Black Widow, will also be appearing on the series.
Are YOU looking forward to Hawkeye on Disney+?
GOTG is Steven Spielberg’s favorite superhero movie, says James Gunn
April 17, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
The dream of any director is to have a cinematic legend praise some of your work. Steven Spielberg is very much a cinematic legend in the industry and now fellow director, James Gunn, has revealed that a film that he was at the helm of received the highest praise from the prolific film director.
James Gunn is the director of Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and, in response to a fan question on Twitter, Gunn revealed that Steven Spielberg said that the film is his favorite superhero film of all time. It should be noted that Gunn didn’t hear this from Spielberg directly but rather from renowned editor Fred Raskin, who shared the news with Gunn. You can check out Gunn’s tweet below:
I don’t know if that list going around is real. I do know that Spielberg has said his favorite superhero movie is Guardians. I was in the editing room with @FredRaskin when I heard & I maybe kinda cried a little. I’m making movies because of Jaws & Raiders. https://t.co/RcekskqlhA
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 8, 2021
The list in question that is circulating is said to be Steven Spielberg’s 20 favorite movies of all time. On that list at number five, just behind A Guy Named Joe and right above 1953’s War of the Worlds was Guardians of the Galaxy. No one really knows if this list is authentic but the fact that it inadvertently got Gunn to make the reveal that Guardians is at least Spielberg’s favorite superhero movie is pretty interesting.
It’s not surprising that Guardians of the Galaxy could be a favorite of Spielberg because it is a bit different from the normal superhero offerings we have received in recent years. The characters are pretty obscure unless you’re a hardcore comic book fan but despite the odds against it, the film is considered by some to be one of the best MCU movies of the bunch. Adding some credibility to Gunn’s assertion is that Spielberg had previously spoken of his love for the movie in 2016 during an interview with “Omelete“. The director praised Guardians alongside other comic book adaptations such as The Dark Knight and Superman: The Movie. Spielberg said of Guardians “When it ended, I left the cinema with the feeling that I had just experienced something new, free of cynicism and without concern for being gritty when necessary.”
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best-reviewed films of the MCU, scoring a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also became an unexpected financial success and proved the true power of Marvel since they were able to take a relatively unknown property and make it a hit. Guardians was the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014, grossing just shy of $333 million and its global take reached $773.3 million. The film has spawned two sequels, one released in 2017, and one that Gunn is prepping to film before the end of the year.
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Wolverine TV series rumored to be in the works for Disney+
April 16, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Hey, Bub! Why don’t you grab yourself a six-pack and do some stretches before engaging in a Fastball Special because Marvel’s Wolverine is rumored to be headed to Disney+? Now, don’t go popping your claws just yet. In fact, you’re going to want Krakoa to manifest a big mound of salt for this one.
According to That Hashtag Show‘s exclusive report, Marvel is in early development on an anthology-style Wolverine series for Disney+. You’re already skeptical. I can feel it. And as you should be because these types of stories rarely pan out. However, let’s assume for a moment that this rumor is legit and see what the story is.
Today’s report says that each season of Wolverine will “focus on a particular story within the Wolverine mythos.” Think American Horror Story or Lore but with an immortal Canadian badass with a height complex.
In That Hashtag Show’s report, Nick Santos says that sources close to the project have expressed how difficult it’s been to bring the X-Men into the MCU. This is why they’re opting to introduce one of the team’s flagship characters, Wolverine, before allowing the entire team to run wild in the MCU. Again, this is all one big rumor at this stage of the game, so be sure to temper your expectations. Be that as it may, Marvel could go many ways with Wolverine seeing as he’s such a rich character, both in personality and story. There’s Weapon X Wolverine, Ronin Wolverine, Xavier Institute Wolverine, Angry Drunk wanderer Wolverine. The list goes on and on.
Wolverine is reportedly in its writing phase, with no director or showrunner named thus far. It’s also worth noting that no casting has taken place.
Whether you think it’s real or not, what do you think of the idea of Marvel introducing Wolverine to the MCU before other members of the X-Men?
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Our Most Anticipated Movies in 2021
April 14, 2021 by: Daniel Woburn
EDITOR'S NOTE: As expected, since running this preview originally a few months ago, tons of movies have once again been delayed. So, as a result, we've decided to overhaul our most anticipated movies in 2021 list to reflect the new release dates, all of which, I should mention, are subject to change.
Are you ready for the onslaught of movies coming your way in 2021? With the detestable 2020 firmly in our rearview, the future looks bright. The pandemic which barred us from one of our favorite pastimes – the movie theater – is looking to be on the way out, with the announcement and slow rollout of a vaccine. That means that movie fans can expect a deluge of content in 2021; all the movies we missed last year thanks to COVID-19, we're going to be getting in spades in 2021. It's a beefy slate, ladies and gentlemen, so without further ado: here's our list of some of the most anticipated movies of 2021.
April 23rd – Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat is a mysterious, intergalactic tournament of ancient martial arts. Shaolin Monk Liu Kang, from Earth, gets invited as a competitor.
A big-screen reboot of the beloved Mortal Kombat franchise, produced by James Wan and his midas touch, is supposedly coming in April – although no trailer has been released and there's barely a synopsis. We know that the cast is populated by a who's-who of Asian talent. Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion ensure that even if the script is God-awful, the actors delivering it will be the opposite. The Mortal Kombat reboot is one of the 2021 movies that Warner Bros. will release theatrically and on HBO Max simultaneously, meaning you can finally enjoy some R-rated fataltities from the comfort of your own home.
NEW DATE: May 28th – A Quiet Place Part II
Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
One of the first movies to shift from its original release date in 2020, fans of the breakout horror A Quiet Place can now look forward to seeing what becomes of the surviving members of the Abbot family as they continue searching for a way to survive in their post-apocalyptic hellscape. Once again directed by John Krasinski, who proved himself a deft hand behind the camera last time around, the trailer promises more heart-stopping action, with added Cillian Murphy. A must-see sequel for 2021's slate of movies, for sure.
June 4th – The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The Devil Made Me Do It reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
The latest instalment in the flagship series from the biggest horror movie franchise in history – $1.8 billion in box office receipts don't lie – The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is one of the most anticipated movie releases on this 2021 list. Featuring the return of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as renowned supernatural investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren, the movie follows the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, also known as 'the devil made me do it' case; the first time in history a murder suspect used demonic posession as a legal defense. Should be a laugh riot.
June 25th – F9
After the events of The Fate of the Furious (2017), Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic's younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic.
Can the Fast franchise survive the loss of The Rock to his spinoff? That'll be the main question on everybody's lips when Dom and the family come back for Fast 9 in 2021, but with Justin Lin returning to the helm and fan-favorite Han (Sung Kang) making a return… it's easy to assume we'll all be in for the same gonzo blockbuster ride we usually get. Throw in John Cena as Dom's long-lost brother (I mean, sure!) and you should leave the theater being mildly entertained by this 2021 movie.
NEW DATE: July 9th – Black Widow
EDITOR'S NOTE: Black Widow will now release on Disney+ simultaneously with its theater release!
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Perhaps the most notable movie to be shifted from the 2020 release calendar, Marvel's Black Widow is finally set to be released on July 9th, 2021. After much hemming and hawing as to whether Disney would dump the blockbuster on its streaming service, the results are in – Black Widow will still get its theatrical release. You can't help but feel bad for Scarlett Johansson, who is finally getting her own solo picture ten years after making her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe… not to mention after her character kicks the bucket. The prequel, set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, should give fans exactly what they expect from Marvel's premier femme fatale. Roll on 2021, roll on this movie!
August 6th – The Suicide Squad
Imprisoned convicts from Task Force X are sent on a new, sentence-easing mission to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experimentations.
After James Gunn's momentary firing from Marvel Studios in 2018, Warner Bros. was quick to scoop the director up in order to help reboot one of its most popular DC Comics properties; The Suicide Squad. Drawing in a cast that reaches all the way from Idris Elba to Pete Davidson, Gunn's take on Task Force X looks to be even more bonkers than David Ayer's take ended up being in 2016. A returning Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is sure to get the diehard fans returning and the film promises a catastrophic death toll for its insanely large cast. The Suicide Squad is sure to be one of the most entertaining movies on this whole damn 2021 list.
August 27th – Candyman
A "spiritual sequel" to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.
Nia DaCosta – soon to direct Captain Marvel 2 – directed this reboot of Candyman for Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions in 2019, and we would have already seen it were it not for COVID-19. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II leads the cast as an artist mysteriously drawn to Cabrini Green, the projects that the Candyman first haunted in the original movies. A hybrid sequel/reboot, Candyman is bringing back Tony Todd in the titular role as well as Vanessa Estelle Williams as Anne-Marie McCoy. Being a Monkeypaw production, quality is all but guaranteed, as Jordan Peele tends to turn everything he touches to gold these days.
NEW DATE: September 3rd – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
When Shang-Chi is drawn into the clandestine Ten Rings organization, he is forced to confront the past he thought he left behind.
Not much is known about the plot of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which just wrapped its shoot in Australia. Considering the fact that its bad guys are obviously villainous MCU organization The Ten Rings – last seen scooping Trevor Slattery out of prison in Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King – fans should expect to see The Mandarin finally depicted properly on the big screen (for all those who didn't buy into Guy Pearce's "I am the Mandarin!" exclamation in Iron Man 3). Simu Liu steps into the role of the Master of Kung Fu, but we should probably expect a Shang-Chi that's a little farther along from its exploitation roots. As one of the first movies from Marvel's Phase 4, Liu has a lot of work to do to set the tone for the future of the MCU in 2021.
NEW DATE: September 24th – Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Who knew Tom Hardy and Sony's Venom would gross nearly a billion dollars at the box office? Probably nobody, but it didn't stop Sony wishing and hoping, and their dreams came true. Now, a sequel is well on the way, which will bring Woody Harrelson's Carnage (last seen in the post credits tag for Venom) into the spotlight. Can lightning strike twice for Sony? Will we finally get a glimpse of Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the Venomverse? Keep an eye out when the movie sequel no one thought would ever happen takes a bow in June 2021.
NEW DATE: September 24th – The Many Saints of Newark
A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano.
The prequel movie to The Sopranos you didn't know you needed, The Many Saints of Newark is one of the movies to watch out for in 2021. Starring the late, great James Gandolfini's son Michael as the younger version of the character James made famous, the film has a stellar cast rounded out by John Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta and Leslie Odom Jr.
Written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner, who created and shepherded The Sopranos to greatness, the movie will be directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World). Taylor directed nine episodes of The Sopranos back in the day, so should be no stranger to bringing out the best in Chase and Konner's writing. Whether the prequel movie lives up to the well-deserved acclaim of the original series remains to be seen.
October 1st – Dune
A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, "Dune" tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.
We were supposed to get the Denis Villeneuve version of Dune this 2020 holiday season, but somebody upstairs hates us and now we'll have to wait another ten months. Warner Bros. will be releasing Dune on HBO Max the same time it hits theaters, if your preference is to watch it while butt-naked on your couch (or dressed, whatever). 2021 is going to be an interesting movie year for Warner Bros. and their grand 'day-and-date' theater/VOD release schedule, and regardless of how much they've pissed off Villeneuve (and every other director in town), we'll still get to enjoy Dune eventually. Timothée Chalamet looks to be having the time of his life as the young Paul Atreides, and who could blame him when he's surrounded by Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya and more.
NEW DATE: October 8th – No Time to Die
Recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist, globe-trotting spy James Bond finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain, who's armed with a dangerous new technology.
This is the fifth release date set for the last Daniel Craig Bond movie, after Danny Boyle initially left the helm (replaced by Cary Fukunaga) and COVID got in the way. Will it be worth the wait? Spectre was a little lacklustre, but with any luck this instalment will have Bond back on track… just in time for him to be ultimately replaced. Typical. At least Craig fans will finally be able to see his last hurrah – barring any more release date changes.
October 15th – Halloween Kills
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.
Following the successful reboot and relaunch of the Halloween franchise with 2018's Halloween, director David Gordon Green is back in 2021 with the second in his planned trilogy; Halloween Kills. Last we saw Michael Myers, he was trapped in a flaming basement, but, come on – it's Michael Myers. Of course he survived! He'll be back to relentlessly, silently pursue Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her brood. Joining the fun this time is returning character Tommy Doyle – Laurie's young babysitting charge from the first Halloween back in 1978 – only now, he looks just like Anthony Michael Hall. Hall should be fun in the role, with his horror credentials extending to that 2002 TV adaptation of The Dead Zone which was pretty enjoyable. 2021 just got a whole lot scarier with this movie!
October 15th – The Last Duel
King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.
The Last Duel is the first movie co-written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon since their Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting back in 1997, and that should be worth the anticipation alone. Knowing the movie will be directed by Ridley Scott, returning to a Medieval playground we haven't seen him in since the likes of Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood, helps build that anticipation. Adam Driver starring opposite Matt Damon with Jodie Comer as the object of their affection is the cherry on top, and we haven't even gotten to the plot yet, which sees Damon and Driver's French knights fighting to the death in a duel prescribed to them by King Charles VI (Affleck). Based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France, The Last Duel should satiate a lot of appetites when the movie debuts in October 2021.
NEW DATE: October 22nd – Last Night in Soho
A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Like almost every other movie on this list, Edgar Wright's long-awaited picture following Baby Driver was shifted from 2020 into the great onslaught of movies releasing in 2021. Armed with a screenplay from Oscar nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917), Edgar Wright's latest features performances by Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp and the late, great Diana Rigg. Not much is known about the enigmatic movie, other than its vague snyopsis and the fact that this writer's sister was offered a role as a stripper in the background of one sequence – which she politefully declined.
November 5th – Eternals
Marvel Studios' Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
Based on characters created by Jack Kirby and the subject of one of Neil Gaiman's most exciting Marvel comic books, the Eternals seemed an odd choice for Marvel Studios to bring to the big screen – only because they're generally lesser known than a lot of their contemporaries. But the cast looks stacked, with everyone from Angelina Jolie to Kit Harington to Kumail Nanjiani getting involved; and the story looks to be one that spans millenia, following an ancient race of superpowered beings charged with protecting the Earth. Avengers? What Avengers?
November 11th – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
After being evicted from their home, two children and their single mother move to a farm in Summerville, Oklahoma, inherited from their late grandfather. When the town experiences a series of unexplained earthquakes, the children discover their family's link to the original Ghostbusters, who have become something of a myth as many have long since forgotten the events of the "Manhattan Crossrip of 1984", and the secret legacy that their grandfather left behind.
After the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot landed with a bit of a thud, we're now being treated to a return to roots that finds the grandkids of Egon Spengler rising to answer the famous call… to something strange in the neighborhood. This time, the Ghostbusters find themselves directed by Jason Reitman, son of the original's director, Ivan. Considering Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are supposedly all back, we should be in for a good time. Throw in Paul Rudd and that one kid from Stranger Things and baby, you got a stew going. This might be Ghostbusters' last shot at a big-screen revival if audience patience wears thin, so let's hope this is one of 2021's better movie offerings on this list.
NEW DATE: November 19th – Top Gun: Maverick
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
If you'd been waiting since 1986 to get a sequel to the classic tale of pilot bros Top Gun, COVID-19 meant you'd have to wait a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick was meant to take a bow in 2020, but now Paramount's franchise reboot will have to wait until July. Tom Cruise is back, re-teaming with director Joseph Kosinski after their so-so sci-fi effort Oblivion in 2013. The most recent Mission: Impossible scribe/director, Christopher McQuarrie, has also had a hand in the script for this one; with Cruise seemingly getting all his favorite collaborators to join in the fun, could Top Gun: Maverick be the rare decades-late sequel that's actually good? Top Gun: Maverick will also be available on Paramount's new streaming service Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical release.
A continuation of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
With all the rumors swirling in the media that Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and perhaps every villain Spider-Man has ever fought in any iteration on the big screen will be returning, you can't deny that Spider-Man: No Way Home sounds like it's going to be an absolute blast. Crowded, sure – but a blast nonetheless. Here's hoping Tom Holland has time for a storyline for his own Peter Parker in between all the cameos! Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange will be filling the 'bearded mentor' void left by Tony Stark, but with Holland's Peter Parker having gone through so much on his own at this point (and survived) the question is – does he really need one? The worst part about the wait for this Spider-Man movie extravaganza to roll around at Christmas is the wait itself.
NEW DATE- December 22nd – The King's Man
In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.
A prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, once again directed by Matthew Vaughan, The King's Man is set during the early years of the 20th century, where the nascent spy agency (led by Ralph Fiennes) attempts to prevent Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) from starting World War I. With a new apprentice in tow (Harris Dickinson), the trailers – set brilliantly to a movie trailer redo of Black Sabbath's 'War Pigs' – suggest a good, old-fashioned history romp, accentuated by Vaughan's slick action choreography and a quality supporting cast which includes Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Charles Dance, Djimon Hounsou, Daniel Brühl and Matthew Goode. Phew. It's a shame its release date has been pushed back so many times, but fans of the franchise will finally be able to see the romp when the movie bows in 2021.
December 22nd – The Matrix 4
A movie I'm still not convinced is going to happen, but apparently is anyway, is the Wachowski siblings returning for a reboot/relaunch of The Matrix franchise. In the main role is the always-awesome Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who you will have caught earlier in the year in the Candyman reboot. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett-Smith are all returning, in addition to the incoming Priyanka Chopra, Jonathan Groff and Jessica Henwick. Plot details are firmly under wraps, so no clue at all what this 2021 movie is bringing our way; if Trinity died, why is Carrie-Anne Moss back? Is this a new Matrix universe, with new takes on Neo and Trinity? Where the hell is Laurence Fishburne? Too many questions, too much time to ponder them. To round out this 2021 list of movies, we can think of no more random a sequelboot than The Matrix 4.
NEW DATE: January 21, 2022 – Morbius
One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed and transforms this healer into a hunter.
Are you excited for Sony's Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius? Is anyone? Its 90s-feeling trailer teased a crossover with the MCU, thanks to Spider-Man graffiti and an appearance by Michael Keaton's Vulture, but it remains to be seen exactly how Jared Leto's rendition of the Living Vampire will come into contact with either of them. The connection to the MCU is probably the main reason to see this movie when it launches in March 2021.
NEW DATE: Feb 18, 2022 – Uncharted
It's been a long and rocky road to the big screen for Naughty Dog's best-selling game franchise Uncharted; the movie has been in development at one level or another since 2008, even flaunting David O. Russell as a potential director at one point. Mark Wahlberg has been attached for so long that he's even apparently aged out of the lead role Nathan Drake, instead now set to play Nathan's mentor, Sully. Drake's shoes will be filled by Tom Holland, who appears to be being dunked in everything Sony is releasing for the next ten years. Hopefully the development hell this movie has been through will produce a heavenly viewing experience when the Uncharted movie drops in 2021 2022.
NEW DATE: February 11th, 2022 – Death on the Nile
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot's Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple's idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short.
Kenneth Branagh is back in 2021 2022 with another movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Following the success of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile could have been lost in the shuffle when its producer – Fox – was bought by Disney. Luckily for fans of the erstwhile sleuth, Death on the Nile debuts its all-star murder mystery in September next year. The trailer was riveting, showcasing yet another atmospheric cover of a classic Depeche Mode song (this time, it was 'Policy of Truth'), and the table is set for a fun whodunit. It's a subgenre that's making a welcome comeback, after the spirited family dynamics and razor-sharp wit of Rian Johnson's Knives Out. More please.
NEW DATE: May 27th, 2022 – Mission: Impossible 7
We've all heard Tom Cruise completely verbally destroying some of his crewmembers on the set of Mission: Impossible 7; whether he was right or wrong to do so, you can't deny that the man cares about his movie. The Mission: Impossible series has been one of the most reliable studio franchises ever since JJ Abrams relaunched it with Mission: Impossible III back in 2006. Director Christopher McQuarrie has skillfully led the last two entries, with an over-arching plot that followed a rogue clandestine organization called the Syndicate, which essentially resulted in Henry Cavill reloading his fists – worth the price of admission alone. Joining the fun this time around are Pom Klementieff, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell and Shea Whigham, as well as blast-from-the-past Henry Czerny returning as Eugene Kittridge from the first Mission: Impossible. Filming during COVID can't have been easy, so we should consider ourselves thankful we're getting another M:I movie at all in 2021 2022.
Emily VanCamp admits Captain America kiss caused backlash from MCU fans
April 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Can stealing a kiss really tick off a fanbase? If you were to ask Emily VanCamp, she would tell you most definitely. VanCamp began playing Sharon Carter, niece of Peggy Carter, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s a role she would reprise in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and despite VanCamp being completely adequate in the role, her appearances in the films also shoehorned in a brief romance between herself and Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans). The two eventually share a kiss and maybe fans think it’s awkward because Steve ended up marrying her aunt but VanCamp admits she felt a little bit of a backlash from MCU fans over the moment.
VanCamp was speaking with “Variety” regarding her return as Sharon Carter on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and she laughs off the backlash because she admits that some stories play well while others don’t but she is happy to revisit Sharon via the new Disney+ series:
“There was quite a bit of backlash about that. With Sharon, it was always trying to fit her in and these movies are just too big, and it’s completely understandable. To get to see who she’s become over this long period of time, and independent of Captain America as we know him, is really interesting to me. The intrigue for me was to see who is Sharon now… I mean, look, you have to laugh. Some of these storylines play and some of them don’t. But, you know, I thought that was an amazing film. It’s just one of those things.”
I do agree that the movies were truly too big to give Sharon the space she needed to really grow. Emily VanCamp embodied the role well but it always seemed like there just wasn’t enough room for her to really make a huge impression during her appearances in the MCU. This has certainly seemed to change after her Episode 3 arrival on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier which sees her character from someone who may have been a bit too idealistic to someone who has certainly hardened since being on the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War. VanCamp went on to explain how all of these changes in Sharon’s personal life have changed her into who she is when we meet her again on the show:
“What we do know is [Sharon] sacrificed a tremendous amount for the cause. When she’s on the run, we don’t know where she’s been, but certainly you can imagine there would be some sort of, you know, I mean – how do I put it? There’s quite a bit more edge to Sharon than we’ve ever seen. She’s not that wide eyed young agent anymore. She’s a little rough around the edges. Do we find out exactly what she’s had to do in order to be where she is now and survive? No. But we get a sense that it hasn’t always been easy, and that the sacrifices she’s made weren’t always worth it in her mind. That was kind of cool to see that chip on her shoulder that we never really did see before.”
Good to see that VanCamp survived the kissing backlash and is back in the MCU fold because her take on the character now seems way more evolved than it has been in the past. It will be interesting to see where they take things on the last three episodes of the miniseries because it seems like anything can happen at this point.
Are YOU happy Emily VanCamp is back as Sharon Carter? The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which also stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly, and Daniel Bruhl, debuts new episodes on Fridays on Disney+.
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Avengers: New characters that could fill the Phase 4 team
April 6, 2021 by: Daniel Woburn
As Marvel Studios slowly but surely gets the ball rolling on Phase 4 of their Cinematic Universe, fans should be realizing that for all the content there is planned – and there is a great deal of it – the majority of it really only covers 2021-2022. That means that audiences could have a new Avengers movie as early as 2023!
The classic team have apparently hung up the spurs. Black Widow and Iron Man are dead (for now), Captain America is old and retired (again – for now), Hawkeye is retired to his family farm life (yes that's right – for now) and Thor is off exploring space with the 'Asgardians of the Galaxy'. Bruce Banner is the only guy still apparently operating out of the Avengers facility in upstate New York, if only to send Captain America on his trip through time to return the Infinity Stones.
The world will soon once again need the Avengers; new characters will be needed to fill the Phase 4 team! Which new characters are likely to make the cut? Have we seen them already, or are they waiting to be introduced! Here's your list of New Avengers; new characters that could round out the Phase 4 team.
Yelena Belova/Black Widow
When the Black Widow prequel (hopefully) finally bows in July 2021 – in both theaters and on Disney+ – they'll be introducing a new Black Widow to take the reins going forward in the present. After all, Natasha Romanoff is sadly very dead in the present-day of the MCU.
In Black Widow, they'll be introducing her surrogate sister Yelena Belova, who comic fans will know took the Black Widow name – although was known as a more violent, callous assassin/spy than Natasha ever was. It's unlikely that Florence Pugh's rendition of the character will follow the same violent path, but considering how swiftly her star is rising, it's safe to expect to see Yelena Belova/Florence Pugh on an Avengers team sooner or later.
Set to debut in September in his solo movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Simu Liu's master of martial arts is primed to be one of Marvel's coolest, most badass heroes. What's obvious is how proud Liu is of the material and how excited he is for us to see his MCU debut. Any actor would be proud of such a big, bombastic debut, but Liu is heading up the first Asian-led MCU project and the responsibilities that come with that are huge. If he says he's proud of it, I believe him.
Somewhat cynically (but also progressively), Marvel will likely be thinking about representation in their next Avengers line-up. As we've learnt over the last few years, representation matters. Having a character of AAPI descent front and center in the next Avengers movie will be a massive win for people who so far have been massively underrepresented on-screen, and all signs point to Shang-Chi being that character. Of course, being Asian shouldn't be the only reason that Shang-Chi is drafted to assemble; and to that, we say the character is skilled enough to stand toe-to-toe with the Avengers on their best day. It's for that reason he'll get the invite.
Sersi and The Black Knight
Marvel are apparently in disbelief with what they have on their hands with The Eternals, their fantastical tale of age-old immortals who have been secretly been shepherding MCU history, directed by Academy Award nominee Chloe Zhao with an all-star cast. Although The Eternals has been repeatedly delayed, it is currently scheduled for release on November 5, 2021.
Could any of the The Eternals become a part of the New Avengers? New characters like Sersi and the Black Knight have actually served as Avengers in the source material, and in The Eternals those two lovestruck characters – a sorceress and her favorite immortal knight – are due to be played by returning MCU star Gemma Chan and Kit Harington, respectively. While its unlikely these two will make it onto the Avengers team, new characters like this have just as good of a chance as any as getting rostered. It would certainly be a cool nod to the comic books.
The Daywalker is coming to the MCU in the form of two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali! Don't be distracted by the fact he already played Cottonmouth on the Netflix Luke Cage show; as we already know, Marvel double-dips its casting as it pleases (see also: Alfre Woodard, Gemma Chan). While this new Blade movie doesn't yet have a release date, it does have a writer attached, and while we don't know anything about the plot, it's safe to say Marrvel won't let a heavy hitter like Ali go to waste.
In the current Marvel comics, Blade is a huge marquee character and a member of the Avengers. He's arguably one of the most recognizable Marvel characters, and its easy enough to guess why Marvel Comics want him front and center; because eventually, he'll be front and center on the big screen, too. Marvel's all about corporate synergy between comics and movies, so I'd bet dollars to donuts they'll be planning inserting Blade into the New Avengers team whenever they debut.
Sam Wilson/Captain America
No, Sam Wilson (AKA The Falcon) is not a new character, but if he steps into the spangly Captain America outfit, he'll become a new version of that character… so I say, it counts! This team of New Avengers will nead a leader, and every Avengers team should be led by a Captain America. With Sam Wilson currently on his way to taking on the shield in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+ (once that pesky John Walker f*cks it up, that is), he should be in the Red, White & Blue undies just in time for a new Avengers team to need his assistance.
Again, not a new character, but a new iteration of a classic character. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is set to return in Thor: Love and Thunder, where just like the recent Jason Aaron run of the comic book series, she'll actually be taking up both the hammer Mjolnir and the good name of Thor. Jane Foster-Thor eventually became a member of the Avengers in the comics too, so it stands to reason that the Avengers' new characters in the MCU could use Jane Foster as their Thor rather than the OG Odinson we all know and love played by Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth is a busy guy, and while he seems to relish playing Thor (especially under Taika Waititi's hilarious, creative direction) he could use a break, too. Enter: Jane Foster. After all, every Avengers team needs a Thor…
…just like every Avengers team needs an 'Iron Man'. For this new iteration of the Avengers, new characters could include other legacy characters like the incoming Ironheart. In the comics, RiRi Williams is a teen genius who creates her own suit of armor (obviously inspired by Iron Man) after losing her stepfather and best friend to a drive-by shooting. Iron Man himself recruits her to fight alongside him in the second superhero Civil War, and when Tony Stark ends up in a coma at the end of said war, RiRi goes on a full-time crusade, filling his absence as Ironheart.
Ironheart is due to get her own self-titled Disney+ show where she'll be played by Dominique Thorne – which will pave the way for her to make an appearance on the big screen. Will it eventually be as an Avenger? I'd say that was more likely than expecting a Robert Downey Jr. comeback (although you never know when Disney will reverse a dumptruck full of enough money up to RDJ's front lawn to entice him into returning). That said, even Robert Downey Jr. himself said he wanted to see Ironheart in the MCU. If the New Avengers have a new Cap and a new Thor, why not a new Iron Man too?
Zazie Beetz wants in on Deadpool 3 & a solo Domino movie
March 17, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Zazie Beetz made her debut as Domino in DEADPOOL 2 and while the actress hasn’t heard if she will be returning for the third installment, she would love to revisit the character in the next film and a solo Domino movie.
During a chat with “Collider“, the actress was asked whether she had heard anything about the next Deadpool film since its announcement, and even though she hasn’t gotten the call from Marvel boss Kevin Feige, she has a big future in mind for her role as Domino if they invite her back:
“No, I haven’t [heard about Domino’s return]. I would love to revive the role. That was always in the world of what was potentially going to happen. I haven’t had any specific conversations around it. But I’m interested. Not only would I love to revive the role, I would love to figure out a way to make a Domino movie or something like that. We’ll see what happens, but I haven’t had any personal conversations.”
The character of Domino made her first appearance in Marvel comics in 1992. Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, Domino possesses advanced marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat skills and she’s also a mutant whose probability-altering powers essentially make her pretty damn lucky. Zazie Beetz is the first performer to play the role in a live-action film and the fan response for her portrayal at the time of Deadpool 2’s release was generally pretty positive.
Based on Beetz’s response, it seems like the intention was for her to return in Deadpool 3 before the Disney/Fox merger but it’s unclear if those plans have been altered since Deadpool made the move over to the MCU. Zazie Beetz is a solid up-and-coming performer and I think it would be pretty silly not to include her again. I guess it will come down to what direction they want to take the next story in. As for a standalone film, I think I would rather see her again in another Deadpool film before we explored a solo story with the character.
What is known about Deadpool 3 is that Ryan Reynolds will be returning and the film is being written by Bob’s Burgers duo Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin. Kevin Feige also assured fans that the film will maintain its R-rated roots despite being in the Disney camp now. Feige said previously that “It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing the script right now…it will not be filming this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced and that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.”
Would YOU want to see Zazie Beetz return as Domino in Deadpool 3? Would YOU like to see her in a solo Domino film?
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Falcon & Winter Solider: First reactions to new Marvel series take flight
March 12, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Who's ready for some big-budget action and intense couple's therapy? You are? Well, then you might be interested in reading the first reactions to Marvel Studios' second live-action TV series, The Falcon and the Winter Solider.
Just like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Solider takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and revolves around Marvel's odd couple, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), as they join forces against Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl). Also set to appear in the six-episode series is Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and John F. Walker (Wyatt Russell).
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer.
Let's see what fans are saying about Marvel's latest live-action superhero spectacle, shall we?
Blown away by #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier. The action is HUGE, and the banter is hilarious. More questions than answers so far, like where do the characters go when they aren’t on screen and if I turn off my TV do they just go to sleep? But overall Phase 4 is shaping up nicely
— ben mekler (@benmekler) March 12, 2021
I watched Episode 1 of #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier!
It has some dope action sequences with CA: TWS vibes! Not the pace I expected but spending time with Sam's family and Bucky's mental state is great development.
Mackie & Stan are really good in very different ways. pic.twitter.com/9xwnz4v1eI
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) March 12, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier has some really touching ties to the MCU and those are some of my favorite parts of Episode 1.
References to other characters, questions about the Avengers, the world's view of Endgame storylines… some small-scale, fun MCU world building. pic.twitter.com/EBIMYssqdO
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) March 12, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier: Only 1ep was shared w/ press, but v promising so far. Seemingly like The Americans or Homeland meets real-world Winter Soldier tone. Emotional cost & consequences, guilt, struggle w/ identity and legacy, and even notions of being black in America.
— The Voice Of Reason™ ???????????? (@YrOnlyHope) March 12, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier is a straight-up adrenaline shot to your system, another major winner for @MarvelStudios! However, while the action is top-tier, the series is at its best as a deeply effective character study for #TheFalcon & #WinterSoldier. –> pic.twitter.com/3SGAdxMlzx
— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) March 12, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier is very much a "months later" #Endgame follow-up, with the first episode exploring the emotional weight of Bucky's dark past, Sam being given the shield, and some Blip aftermath (superheroism doesn't pay the bills!). DYNAMITE action sequences ???? https://t.co/qHa8vBUcX8
— Matt Mitovich (@MattMitovich) March 12, 2021
Really liked the first episode of #TheFalconandtheWinterSoldier. Took a bit to totally grab me but as it goes on, you see where they’re going as far as getting to dig deep on who these guys are in a way we hadn’t before. There quickly is some Bucky stuff that is really powerful.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) March 12, 2021
Exciting news: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier gets off to a kick-ass start with its first episode. Its high-flying action is perfectly worthy of the MCU, and the emotional stakes are set up well. It also has some cool surprises in store, so be spoiler-phobic! #TFATWS #Marvel pic.twitter.com/7nwm8dKdOw
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 12, 2021
Unsurprisingly, it sounds as if Marvel has another major hit on their hands with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It pleases me to hear that the show offers more than the "oil and water" chemistry of its two leads and that the story carries a fair amount of emotional weight. It also sounds like we'll be taking a deep-dive into Bucky's past, which is bound to please some Marvel fans. I'm looking forward to seeing how the show address life after "the Blip," as well as those killer action sequences everyone keeps raving about. Let's go!
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier debuts on Disney+ on March 19, 2019.
WandaVision: Series Wrap-up and Review (SPOILERS)
March 5, 2021 by: Alex Maidy
With today's episode marking the season, or potentially series, finale of Marvel Studios' WandaVision, we are taking a look back at the entire nine-episode run as a whole. Looking at the series as both an independent work as well as the first chapter in Phase Four of the MCU, we will see what WandaVision has done successfully and where future Marvel Studios' offerings on Disney+ could improve. Our initial reviews of WandaVision were based on the first four episodes of the series. Here, we will consider the entire show as a whole.
Of course, keep in mind this serves as a SPOILER WARNING for today's episode "The Series FInale".
What did WandaVision do well?
Over the first three episodes of WandaVision, it was apparent that this series was going to be unlike any other Marvel Studios offering to date. The sitcom format was executed wonderfully by director Matt Shakman and showrunner/creator Jac Schaeffer. From episode four through "The Series Finale", Shakman and Schaeffer deftly blended comedy with a larger scale production on par with most MCU feature films. Chock full of easter eggs (check out the marquee at the Westview theater for tons of references including a Blade Runner one in the finale), WandaVision ended up making a significant introduction to the MCU. Not only did we get the new origin of the Scarlet Witch (she is more powerful than the Sorcerer Supreme and is forged by Chaos Magic) but we may have gotten a new Vision. When the Westview Vision touched the Cataract Vision, it appeared he imbued him with all of his memories which means we will likely see Paul Bettany again.
WandaVision managed to also introduce us to Monica Rambeau as Spectrum. Her powers were used much more in the finale episode (phasing, flight, strength) and the post-credits scene connects to both Captain Marvel 2 as well as the announced Disney+ series Secret Invasion. WandaVision also gave us standout performances from Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Kat Dennings as Dr. Darcy Lewis. Both have been the subject of a fan campaign for their own spin-off series and that is a testament to being used as full realized supporting characters rather than being thrown in just for MCU connectivity. The series also succeeded in giving us a powerful villain in Agatha Harkness. Kathryn Hahn is such a talented actress that killing her off would have been a waste. Leaving her alive and as a potential source of knowledge for future films was a smart move. She also re-introduced the Darkhold, a magical tome that previously appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which now seems to have been retconned out of continuity.
There is no doubt this new focus on magic and providing Elizabeth Olsen the chance to formally become Scarlet Witch and don an MCU version of her iconic costume will be a major element in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What didn't work?
There isn't a whole lot that WandaVision failed to do, but the biggest may be that it didn't follow through on any fan theories. The blessing and curse of a television series is the water cooler talk that each episode generates. Over the last two months, we have all heard the countless theories and ideas floating around online including the potential introduction of Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four to a Patrick Stewart cameo as Professor X. The fact that Evan Peters appeared as Pietro goosed hopes that the X-Men would be formally introduced into the MCU thanks to the concept of the Multiverse, but it ended up being just a nice easter egg rather than that hoped for milestone. It was unrealistic to expect any fan theories to end up being true but that Quicksilver cameo hurt the most since Marvel had to know what fans would think when they saw Peters appear on screen.
The other major theory that didn't truly pan out was WandaVision introducing the true Multiverse to the MCU. While Elizabeth Olsen will further her new Scarlet Witch persona in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, it was widely assumed we would learn about the fracturing of the universe in this series. There is also the somewhat unresolved nature of Vision after the end of the episode. Neither of these are true problems as they can easily be addressed in subsequent films and series, but it would have been nice to have had a bit more of a tidy ending.
What comes next for the MCU thanks to WandaVision?
Well, the concept of the Scarlet Witch, Chaos Magic, Nexus beings, the Darkhold, and the relationship between witches and sorcerers sets up a lot of potential directions for the next phase and makes Wanda Maximoff potentially the biggest character moving forward. We also have the potential for a new Vision but whether he remains a hero or villain remains to be seen. The introduction of S.W.O.R.D. looks like it may connect to the Spider-man: Far From Home post-credit sequence with Nick Fury aboard a Skrull vessel. Knowing that the very next film being released is Black Widow, a prequel, and the next series is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a vastly different type of story, we may not get the payoff from WandaVision for some time.
WandaVision started out as one type of series and ended up a very different one. While the finished product shared a lot more in common with Marvel Studios' big-screen projects, it managed to prove it is very possible to achieve similar quality on the small screen. It was also very nice to see something totally different than we have seen from Marvel Studios thus far. The acting was excellent throughout, especially from Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany who very much deserved this showcase. We got a quality villain, whose motivations are ambiguous at best, who they didn't kill off at the end. Teyonah Parris also had a breakout role that showed she could easily carry a big-screen project in the MCU in her own right.
WandaVision did not end up quite as revolutionary as it started out but it was still a rousing adventure. Grounded in a story about grief and coping, it is a perfect follow-up to the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame while setting up a bright future for Olsen, Bettany, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige addresses the return of canceled Marvel shows
February 26, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
With Jessica Jones and The Punisher being the last of the Netflix Marvel shows to return to the fold at Marvel Studios, fans continue to fight for their return in the MCU. Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are also in this group and due to the strong following they built during their run on Netflix, many people want the shows to return with the same actors portraying the characters. Marvel boss Kevin Feige is now working in the world of television through WandaVision and future series on the Disney+ platform and while Feige and his team have things very mapped out for the future, he admits that the canceled shows do have a future in the MCU.
Feige was recently speaking at Disney+'s virtual TCA press tour and he was questioned about the future of earlier Marvel TV shows and if there was a possibility that they can become a part of the MCU. Feige's answer should give fans of some of these shows hope that their time is certainly not up:
"I think we probably could do it, I think a lot of that stuff comes back to us There's always rumors online about things reverting, sometimes that's true, sometimes it's not, but I'm not exactly sure of the exact contracts but perhaps someday. My history at Marvel is vast and involved zero control for a long time so I paid more attention to the things I gained control over rather than the things I didn't have control over. TV at that time was just one of those things that we didn't, just like when Fox was doing X-Men movies or Sony was doing Spider-Man movies without us. That was just the rules under which Marvel was operating at the time. It was much more of an opportunity and something that excited us at Marvel Studios when Bob Iger started asking us to work on shows for Disney+. It wasn't a disappointment or something we thought much about when Marvel Television was doing their series."
I like that Feige doesn't completely debunk the possibility. I feel like he hears the fans and he knows how hugely popular some of the shows were. I think Feige is the kind of person who has his wheels constantly turning and I would think that he has thought extensively about how it could work to bring these shows back under the MCU banner when the time is right. Their addition would also have to depend on the greater narrative that the MCU is working on. Everything is so mapped out far in advance that it's almost like finding the perfect fit for these unique puzzle pieces as the universe continues to expand. One thing is for sure, Feige seems to have respect for them and their fanbase because when it was implied that some of the canceled shows weren't "successful", Feige made sure to point out that their fans and their content are viable, despite being made by different creative teams.
"I think there are legions of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans and Daredevil fans and Jessica Jones fans and Luke Cage fans. There's a very big fanbase for those shows."
One Marvel show that has actually been teased time and time again in the MCU Phase IV is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The "Hydra Soak" commercial reminded fans of Phil Coulson's (Clark Gregg) conspiracy theory and the recent appearance of Skye's Hula girl on the dashboard of a circus van in Episode 7 of WandaVision has fans thinking there is some connection to the former Marvel series. Feige was asked about these connections and what they meant for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but this is when the Marvel boss went with one of his vague answers:
"There are often rumors that are true and there are often rumors that are not. It was great fun to have Clark Gregg come back to the MCU in Captain Marvel. Everything else, we'll just have to see."
I know that "perhaps someday" doesn't seem like much but I honestly think there have been discussions about bringing some of these shows back and maybe even using some of the characters in the movies. Fans just have to be patient and wait and see what happens. Patience isn't my biggest virtue so I totally get wanting answers NOW but Marvel has been pretty solid with their plans and I'm willing to wait this one out and see what happens.
Which canceled Marvel shows would YOU want to see return in the MCU?
Angelina Jolie talks why she joined Marvel’s Eternals
February 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Marvel’s ETERNALS is one of the future MCU features I’m most looking forward to because of its top-notch cast and wanting to see what director Chloé Zhao will bring to the table in adapting this unique Marvel tale. One member of the ensemble cast is A-lister Angelina Jolie and I have to say I never suspected that the Oscar winner would be interested in dabbling in the MCU. During a recent chat with “Vogue,” Jolie revealed what drew her to the cosmic comic book endeavor it had much to do with Marvel’s desire to explore the way we see superheroes.
“I love this cast, and that we all came together. I signed up to support Chloé [Zhao]’s vision and Marvel’s commitment to expand the way we see “superheroes”. Running around in a gold bodysuit was not how I imagined my forties. But it’s good crazy, I think.”
Eternals will focus on a species of immortal aliens from a distant planet who arrived on Earth thousands of years ago and have been protecting humans since the dawn of time. The Eternals were created by Celestials, a race of powerful extraterrestrial beings who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7000 years. In order to protect Earth, The Eternals must reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts. Jolie plays Thena, a fierce warrior Eternal who has the ability to form any weapon out of cosmic energy, and, in all honesty, it feels like a role perfect for Jolie’s commanding screen presence and sensibilities.
Angelina Jolie isn’t the first to praise director Chloé Zhao’s vision for the project. Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently described the filmmaker’s pitch for the film as the best he’s ever heard and he went on to say “Not Only does Chloé make remarkable, small, personal movies in a remarkable, small, personal way, but she thins in grand, cosmic gigantic terms, which fit perfectly with what we wanted to do. Eternals is a very big, sweeping, multimillenial-spanning story. And she just got it.” Judging from that response, I feel like Eternals could be one of the more ambitious Marvel adaptations to date.
In addition to Angelina Jolie, Eternals also stars Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Gemma Chan, Barry Keoghan, and Kit Harrington. We had to wait a little longer for Eternals after Black Widow moved its first May release date in 2020 due to the pandemic and by the end of the release date shuffle, Eternals landed on November 5, 2021. Hopefully, the film will get to stay put this time because I’m really looking forward to it.
Are YOU excited for Marvel’s Eternals?
War Machine will “show up” in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
February 3, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
Don Cheadle recently confirmed his fan-favorite MCU character, James “Rhodey” Rhodes, will “show up” in the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Academy Award-nominated actor said as much during an interview with BroBible’s Post-Credit Podcast, where he dished on details for some of Marvel’s upcoming projects bound for Disney+.
“That’s some of the fun of the MCU, that we all get to show up in each other’s stories, and there are ways that we’re cross-platforming these characters, and they become storylines, sometimes, in the movies. And then these storylines in the movies become storylines in the shows,” Cheadle explained to BroBible.
“It’s really fun and interesting and, by all imagination, completely open-ended — this can go anywhere. It’s great, I can’t wait to get in the room with the writers and figure out how all those things [connecting Armor Wars to the MCU] happen. You know, Rhodey shows up in Winter Soldier and Falcon’s show. So, it can be a lot.”
During his time with BroBible, Cheadle also revealed that Tony Stark’s death will “play a role” in the events of Armor Wars, the upcoming Disney+ series that features his War Machine character. He also informed the outlet that writing for Armor Wars is slated to begin next month.
“The death of Tony Stark, I’m pretty sure, will play a role in the series,” Cheadle said. “Where we’ve been sort of progressing Rhodey—even in the last film where he’s now up again and he’s now walking again and he’s now mobile again—so as the technology continues to develop and we keep making innovations in the suit and what happens, I imagine there’s gonna be another elevation and another way that we’re going to keep digging into that part of Rhodey.
“But really, figuring out a way to bridge what’s happening in the comic books with what’s happening on screen in the MCU and how we’re going to make those worlds work, that’s really exciting.”
Huzzah! It’s a great day to be a War Machine fan, which I most certainly am. Hearing that Rhodey will make an appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier now has me even more excited for that series, and knowing that there’s more to come, that’s just fantastic! Lots of thrilling things are on the horizon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let’s do this!
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier lands on Disney+ on Friday, March 19, 2021. The upcoming series stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/US Agent, and Daniel Brühl as the villainous Zemo, among several others.
BroBible’s full interview with MCU star is expected to drop later this week, so be sure to check it out.
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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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Deadpool and Wolverine would have road-tripped in original Deadpool 3 story
January 28, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser
Disney officially acquired 20th Century Fox less than a year after the release of DEADPOOL 2, therefore bringing Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was the whole point of the entire deal…I imagine. Prior to that transition, there had already been discussions about a third Deadpool movie and Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to promote Bell’s Let’s Talk Day about mental health and to share a quick tease about the original idea for the sequel.
It’s critical to have open, honest and healthy discussions around mental health. By retweeting #BellLetsTalk you can make a difference. In case that’s not enough, before Disney bought Fox, Deadpool 3 was gonna be a road trip between Deadpool and Logan. Rashomon style. For real.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 28, 2021
I think it’s safe to say that pretty much all of us would absolutely have been down with that idea. Although Hugh Jackman officially hung up the claws with Logan, if anyone would have been able to get him to return for one more adventure, it would have been Ryan Reynolds. When asked if he was joking about the Deadpool and Wolverine road-trip, Reynolds replied, “I’m not.” The “Rashomon style” comment is also very interesting and suggests that we might have seen the events of the film play out from the perspective of both Logan and Deadpool.
It remains to be seen what Deadpool 3 will now bring us, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed earlier this year that the film will be rated R and that they’re working on the script right now. Feige added that Deadpool 3 “will not be filming this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.” Ryan Reynolds has plenty of projects on the horizon, including Free Guy on May 21, 2021, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard on August 20, 2021, and Red Notice, which will hit Netflix later this year.
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Patrick Stewart says he had meetings with Marvel to return as Professor X
January 27, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Patrick Stewart was seemingly born to play the X-Men leader Professor Charles Xavier and it’s a role he notably took on across five X-Men films. Perhaps because it seems daunting finding anyone to ever replace him, Stewart has revealed that he had meetings with Marvel and Kevin Feige about returning as the character.
During a chat with “Digital Spy“, the subject of the X-Men eventually joining the MCU after the Disney/Fox merger was discussed and Stewart admitted that he recently had meetings with Marvel boss Kevin Feige about returning but it turns out that the movie LOGAN may be the reason he is unlikely to return:
“I met with Kevin Feige a couple of months ago and we had long, long conversations. And there have been moves and suggestions, which include Charles Xavier. Here’s the problem… If we had not made Logan, then yes. I would probably be ready to get into that wheelchair one more time and be Charles Xavier. But Logan changed all that.”
It is interesting that Marvel and Feige entertained the idea of bringing Stewart back as Charles Xavier considering he was a part of the 20th Century Fox X-Men films that the MCU is likely trying to distance themselves from. There is a lot of talent in those 20th Century Fox X-Men movies and I would love to see a lot of them come back. Stewart would be on the top of my list to maintain his role as Xavier because it’s a part that he has made his own.
It makes sense that Stewart feels like Logan was the logical conclusion for the character. The critically acclaimed 2017 film brought the story of both Stewart’s Xavier and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine to a satisfying and stellar conclusion so I admire Stewart’s desire to just leave it at that. Could Stewart change his made? Absolutely! If he has continued talks with Marvel and a return makes sense, I’m sure he would jump on board. I think it’s promising that Marvel is even keeping him as a part of the conversation.
Would YOU want to see Patrick Stewart return as Professor X?
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WandaVision creator Jac Schaeffer explains show’s slow burn mystery
January 25, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
WandaVision has now premiered three episodes on Disney+ and it’s fair to say that it’s one of the most unique projects that the MCU has taken on. The series has been praised by critics that admire that quirky premise of having Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) play out their need for normalcy by living in a false reality based on classic sitcoms. Fans have complained a bit about the show’s pacing, particularly feeling like the show is taking too long to move away from the false reality to what’s really going on with the story. WandaVision currently has a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes while the audience score is 79%, which isn’t bad necessarily, but you can tell that some fans aren’t totally wowed by what they are seeing. During a recent interview with “The Hollywood Reporter“, the creator of the series, Jac Schaeffer, detailed the pacing of the show was a major part of the conversation from start and why Marvel boss Kevin Feige wanted it to be a slow burn mystery.
“[The pacing] was always a question. It was mapped out pretty thoroughly early on. When I first got the job I reached out for advice, and a lot of the people that I spoke to were like, ‘The pilot is so important because you’re finding the voices and you’re finding the story,’ and that just does not apply to us. Because that’s not what that is. Obviously, these characters have existed, so much of the mythology exists, and it was all mapped out like a feature.”
Schaeffer goes on to say that Feige really wanted to go all-in with the “sitcommy” aspects of the early episodes, particularly having the pilot be entirely in black-and-white and having a laugh track. The goal was to make it feel like it was right out of an episode of Bewitched and Feige really wanted to play chicken with the audience as the tone changes as the show moves along:
“To [Kevin’s] credit – and it’s one of the reasons that I love working for him – he referred to it as ‘playing chicken with the audience’ (laughs). He really wanted to see how long we could hang onto it, and there was a lot of discussion about how long we could hang onto black-and-white because we knew we would go to color. That was always a piece that’s involved in the larger story. So it was really wonderful that he allowed us to really sink into the sitcom and to really delay the gratification.”
Episode three of WandaVision has seemed to turn some of the fan reactions in a more positive direction. I won’t give anything away here but the episode certainly moved things along a bit and put an interesting spotlight on Wanda herself. Schaeffer goes on to promise that fans who pay attention to all the smaller details will definitely be rewarded in the end:
“When we were putting the show together, we knew sort of what a lot of the really big moments would be, and they’re mapped out. I wanted to start small. Kevin was 100% in for doling it out slowly. And I think he also has a lot of faith in the fans and the Marvel audience, that they’re so interested in paying attention and they know they’ll be rewarded, so we started out slow.”
I’m all about the slow burn and don’t necessarily need instant gratification for a series to work for me. So far, I’m enjoying WandaVision and give Marvel credit for really tackling something different while also expanding on its growing universe. It would be easy for them to just stick to the formula that has worked since 2008 but their ability to take some chances also shows that they’re growing creatively as well.
Have YOU been enjoying WandaVision?
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Ant-Man 3: Michael Douglas says third film hits screens in 2022
January 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
In his Instagram caption, Douglas wrote “Time to grow the goatee! Hank Pym is back! ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: Quantumania coming in 2022!” The Instagram post also features a picture of Douglas as Hank Pym from the first Ant-Man film. You can check out the Instagram post below:
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania had been rumored for a 2022 release date, but Marvel didn’t make an official confirmation. In fact, since Marvel hasn’t made an official confirmation, Douglas may be getting a call to take this down from Kevin Feige but he may have enough clout to avoid that call. Clearly, Douglas is excited to get back to work on the third installment and wanted to share it with the fans.
In addition to Douglas, the third Ant-Man film will see the return of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michelle Pfeiffer. New additions to the cast include Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror. Although unconfirmed, Michael Pena is expected to return as Luis and Judy Greer and Bobby Cannavale may also be on board again as Maggie and Jim Paxton, respectively.
Director Peyton Reed is back to helm the third film and he’s coming off of a pretty busy year. Reed did work on season two of The Mandalorian, which was mostly a secret affair, and now he’ll probably have to keep even more secrets on Ant-Man 3 for the MCU. Do you think he misses the simplicity of just directing a cheerleading movie like Bring It On?
By the way, if Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania does open in 2022 it’s going to be a very crowded year for the MCU. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2, and Thor: Love and Thunder are all expected in 2022. This could very well all change with COVID-19 still messing with release dates, especially since we need to get Black Widow and Eternals first before we get any of these future MCU releases. Every day is a mystery with the release date shuffle but I am happy that it seems like work is soon getting started on the next Ant-Man installment.
Do YOU think we will see Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in 2022?
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Elizabeth Olsen talks Scarlet Witch losing her accent from Age of Ultron
January 20, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
If you go back to Elizabeth Olsen’s introduction into the MCU as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch in 2015’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, her character had a pretty thick Sokovia accent. You may also notice that across her various appearances in the MCU, that accent has essentially disappeared on her road to her latest appearance in Disney+’s WandaVision. It wouldn’t be the first time an actress donned an accent in a superhero film only to drop it by the sequel (Halle Berry’s Storm in X-Men) but Elizabeth Olsen is offering up an explanation as to why the accent was ultimately dropped but she insists that it’s still there.
“The Sokovia accent was created by me and Aaron and our dialect coach because it’s a fake country and we could find different sources of Slavic sounds. And we wanted to make sure it didn’t sound Russian because Black Widow speaks Russian, and so we just needed to sound more like Slovakian. So we created these sound changes that worked for Aaron’s British accent going to Slovakia basically and my American accent so that we sounded related. And then all of a sudden, all these different characters had to speak it in different films. [Laughs] So the Sokovian accent took a lot of time. It hasn’t gone anywhere. There have been reasons for everything. It lightened up when she started living in the States, and in WandaVision she is playing the role of being in an American sitcom and so it’s not gone. It is absolutely still there.”
It looks like Olsen is saying that she didn’t simply stop doing the Sokovian accent because it was too difficult but she instead made a conscious decision to put on a more American accent in subsequent films. I would need to watch Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War again but I don’t remember it being a gradual drop and more like they just abandoned it completely after Age of Ultron. It also makes sense that she wouldn’t use it on WandaVision since the series is a play on classic American sitcoms. The Russo Brothers have addressed in the past why her accent slipped in Captain: American Civil War and they seemed to have their own reasons for it:
“We have intentionally tried to strip that accent away for a couple of reasons. One is you’ll notice at the beginning of Civil War that Black Widow is training her to be a spy, and two is she’s been on the run, and one of the most distinguishing characteristics that she has is her accent. So if you’re gonna try to disguise yourself or hide yourself or not be caught, you’re going to try to limit those trigger warnings that would make it easy for someone to identify you, which would be inclusive of her accent.”
Do YOU think that’s the reason Elizabeth Olsen dropped the Sokovia accent?
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Thor: Love and Thunder: Matt Damon reportedly joining the cast
January 18, 2021 by: Steve Seigh
It sounds as if Matt Damon is planning a return to the MCU, thanks to Taika Waititi’s THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER.
Damon recently arrived in Australia with where he and his family will have to quarantine ahead of him walking onto the set of Marvel’s much-anticipated sequel. For the moment, no details related to the level of Damon’s participation have been reported. This would be Damon’s second time contributing to one of Marvel’s Thor movies, after appearing in Thor: Ragnarok as a stage actor playing the role of Loki.
Damon joining the Thor: Love and Thunder cast was recently confirmed by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said: “Hollywood superstar Matt Damon joining our homegrown talent to film such a major movie in NSW is a big win creating thousands of jobs for locals.”
According to Damon, he’ll be living in Australia for “the next few months,” which has me thinking that his role for Love and Thunder is far more significant than simply reprising his Ragnarok role. “Australian film crews are world-renowned for their professionalism and are a joy to work with so the 14 days of quarantine will be well worth it,” Damon said about the opportunity. He then added, “I’d like to thank the enormous support provided by the NSW government and Australian government, without which this would not have been possible.”
Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Tessa Thompson, and Jaimie Alexander. The God of Thunder’s next feature-length adventure includes the return of Natalie Portman‘s Jane Foster, who is set to inherit Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjölnir, to become Mighty Thor, the Goddess of Thunder. The story is said to be based on elements from the Marvel Comics series “Thor: God of Thunder” and “Mighty Thor,” both written by Jason Aaron.
Who do you think Matt Damon will play in Thor: Love and Thunder? My hope is that he’s playing Beta Ray Bill a horse-like alien of the Korbinite race. DO I think Damon is right for the part? Not exactly. I just really want to see Beta Ray Bill represented in the MCU. If for no other reason than I think it would be hilarious.
Spider-Man: Zendaya had no clue her MCU audition was for MJ
January 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling
Zendaya, at only 24-years old, has risen to a high level of fame that seems to have no bounds. She has already won an Emmy for her gut-wrenching portrayal on HBO’s Euphoria and she’s generating Oscar buzz for her film Malcolm & Marie. The actress is also no stranger to blockbusters having appeared as MJ in Spider-Man: Homecoming and SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. Zendaya is still shooting the third MCU Spider-Man but as she reflects on initially going in for the first film, she’s revealing that she has no clue that she auditioning for MJ when she read for the part.
In a recent interview with “GQ“, Zendaya discussed her entrance into the MCU and she stated that since Marvel Studios cast so much secrecy over all of their projects, she actually didn’t know what role she was really auditioning for:
“We weren’t supposed to know that the script pages that we were reading were for Spider-Man, but I did find out that it was for Spider-Man cause I have good agents. But I didn’t know what role I was auditioning for. I just thought it was ‘girl in Spider-Man movie.’ I didn’t really know what character, or what kind of character, they would be. Right before the screen test, they were kind of saying okay these are the characters that we’re reading for, MJ being one of them and I was like “oh that would be so cool!”
When Zendaya reveals that her name is MJ in Spider-Man: Homecoming, many fans thought she was playing a new spin on Spider-Man’s classic love interest Mary Jane Watson. This turned out to be a mere nod to fans because it was later revealed that her name was Michelle Jones, a new character and love interest designed for the new MCU movies for Peter Parker.
It’s a good thing that Zendaya ultimately got the role because she shares great chemistry with Tom Holland and she became even more interesting when they gave her a lot more to do in Spider-Man: Far From Home. As Zendaya shoots the third film, it’s clear that she doesn’t merely want to be the damsel in distress. In fact, she said that she rejected a lot of scripts in 2020 because the roles didn’t show much growth at all and were primarily there to guide the male character on their journey:
“It’s not necessarily that any of [the scripts] were bad or something like that. I just felt like a lot of the roles that I was reading, specifically female roles, were just like, I could have played them all as the same person and it wouldn’t have mattered, if that makes sense. The best way to describe it is just like, they’d usually serve the purpose of helping the male character get to where they need to go, do what they need to do. They don’t really have an arc of their own. And they usually feel very one-dimensional in the sense that there’s not a lot of layers to them, meaning they all seem very kind of like the same person over and over and over again. It would have been great and it would have been fine, but I wouldn’t have grown at all.”
Zendaya seems to be making wise choices when it comes to her roles and her instincts are strong, even at such a young age. I feel like we have only begun to see what she can really do and I look forward to watching her future growth as an actress.