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Shang-Chi: New character posters assemble Marvel’s newest warriors

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Shang-Chi: New character posters assemble Marvel’s newest warriors
August 9, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Marvel Studios has unleashed a new character poster for SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS that features Simu Liu wielding weapons of untold power. If you like character posters with a lot of flash and effects, you’re definitely going to want to check this one out. The new poster arrives not long after Marvel dropped a series of character posters for the upcoming film. Each one features a major player from the upcoming film looking dope as can be and ready to take on anything the MCU can throw their way.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained at a young age to be an assassin by his father Wenwu, only to depart to live a normal life in San Francisco. However, he must confront the past he thought he had left behind when he’s drawn back into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. In addition to Simu Liu, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. Destin Daniel Cretton directed the film and co-wrote the script with Andrew Lanham and David Callaham. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit theaters on September 3, 2021.

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Deadpool, Bambi crossover pitched to Disney by Reynolds

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Deadpool, Bambi crossover pitched to Disney by Reynolds
August 5, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Before Ryan Reynolds joined forces with Taika Waititi to film a hilarious Deadpool and Korg promo for FREE GUY, the actor pitched a disturbing short film to Disney that had the Merc With a Mouth interrogating the hunter from Bambi. At first, it sounds like Deadpool would confront the hunter and give him the gift of a few more holes in his head, but it’s not like that at all. In a recent interview with IGN, Reynolds revealed that the plot would find Deadpool admiring the hunter’s dark work.

“I wanted to do a short film of Deadpool interrogating the hunter who killed Bambi’s mom,” Reynolds explained to IGN. “But the whole gist of it is that Deadpool is actually just a huge fan. He’s not interrogating — he just wants to know how he could be the most loathed Disney character in the history of Disney… and of course, Disney was like, ‘well, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.'”

After Reynolds’s idea for the short film was rejected, he pitched the Deadpool and Korg crossover to them instead. Obviously, Disney was keen on the idea and gave Reynolds their blessing to make it happen. Technically, the superhero-heavy Free Guy promo is Deadpool’s first MCU crossover, which is pretty cool in and of itself.

“Then we came back to them — we wrote the Deadpool-Korg piece… and we sent it to them, and they said, ‘yes!’,” said Reynolds. “So, my next call was to Taika and Taika was in. He’s also in Free Guy so it wasn’t that hard… Taika’s an actual genius so I was thrilled to collaborate with him as this kind of character.”

Free Guy, starring both Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi, opens in theaters on August 13, 2021. Reviews for the film are currently making the rounds, with several critics calling it one of the best action films of the year so far. Be sure to check out Chris Bumbray’s review here, in which he describes the film as familiar but also plenty of fun.

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Shang-Chi featurette dives into the history of Marvel’s latest hero

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Shang-Chi featurette dives into the history of Marvel’s latest hero
July 30, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

A new featurette and poster for Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings has been released and it gives us a little bit of backstory on the history of Shang-Chi and his connection to the Ten Rings.

In the new featurette called “Destiny”,  producer Kevin Feige, stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina, and director Destin Daniel Cretton explore Shang-Chi’s backstory and his connection to the Ten Rings. The new look also delivers on action and shows that Shang-Chi is definitely ready to take his place in the MCU. You can check out the featurette at the top of the page. 

Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng.

Filming began on the project in February 2020 but was put on hold in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in August before the film finally wrapped in October. The film was shuffled a bit on the calendar due to the pandemic but Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings will finally be released on September 3, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.

Did YOU like the new featurette? You can check out the film’s new official key art below!

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Captain America was going to fight a giant Nazi robot in first movie

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Captain America was going to fight a giant Nazi robot in first movie
July 23, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest movie franchise in the world, but that wasn’t always the case. Over a decade ago when the franchise was in the very early stages, no one was quite sure just how these films would be received, which meant that they changed quite a bit in development.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been involved in the MCU since the beginning when they signed on to write CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. The film recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, and the two writers spoke with Yahoo! about the development of the script and some of the big changes that happened. One such change involved a “huge Hydra robot” that Captain America (Chris Evans) faced off against. “A large chunk of the third act was Cap fighting this robot,” Markus said, revealing that the Nazi super robot was called Panzermax and was under the control of Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). At the end of the day, Panzermax got the axe. “I think eventually it was a budget and time time,” Markus explained. “Where it was like, ‘We really can’t be spending that much time.'” As much as I would have loved to have seen Cap fighting a giant Nazi robot, they probably made a good choice cutting that bit out of the script.

RELATED: UPDATE: Captain America: Chris Evans reacts to rumors that he’s coming back

The two writers also commented on the popular fan theory that Steve Rogers was a virgin until he decided to stay in the past at the end of Avengers: Endgame. That’s not something McFeely and Markus believe. “I think he loses his virginity!” McFeely said. “Why do people think he’s a virgin?” The writer added that Steve likely got up to more than we think during his USO Tours in the first movie. “If you look like that, and you’re going to city to city, and you’re signing autographs for the likes of the ladies that he’s signing the autographs for, I’ve got to imagine that [he lost his virginity],” McFeely explained. There you have it.

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She-Hulk: Jameela Jamil confirms her casting with fight training video

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She-Hulk: Jameela Jamil confirms her casting with fight training video
July 16, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Nothing confirms an actor's participation in an anticipated project like a hard-hitting training video. Earlier today, The Good Place's Jameela Jamil posted a fight choreography video to her Tik Tok account, signaling that she is indeed a part of Marvel's She-Hulk TV series.

"I can't believe I get to say this but…" the caption reads as a masked Jamil throws limbs to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger." "Fighting my way through the MCU, coming to you in 2022!" At the end of the short video, Jamil posts the hashtag #AnthingIsPossibleKids, which gives me the impression that this is a dream come true for the uber-talented actress.

GAH! I’ve peaked in silliness. I’m so excited! ???? #Marvel #MCU #SheHulk #AnythingIsPossible pic.twitter.com/9KQT2VOhPh

— Jameela Jamil ???? (@jameelajamil) July 16, 2021

Back in June, it was reported that Jamil would be joining the cast of She-Hulk for a major role. While her character has yet to be confirmed by Marvel, many believe that she will suit up as Titania, a Marvel supervillain with the strength to rival She-Hulk herself.

She-Hulk will center on Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), a lawyer and cousin of Bruce Banner who inherits his Hulk powers after receiving a blood transfusion from him. However, unlike her cousin, Jennifer can retain much of her personality, intelligence, and emotional control when she transforms. In addition to Tatiana Maslany, She-Hulk will star Ginger Gonzaga and Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Tim Roth as The Abomination, a role he hasn't played since The Incredible Hulk more than a decade ago.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed last year that the She-Hulk series will be a half-hour legal comedy, which Feige acknowledged is something they've never done before. Feige also said that the story will be staying true to the She-Hulk comics from writer/artist John Byrne, which should give you a clue in regards to the tone of the series. For me, this means plenty of breaking of the fourth wall, bizarre character interactions, and legal drama that calls the laws of the MCU into question.

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

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

CAUTION! THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE LOKI SEASON 1 FINALE. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of course, keep in mind this serves as a SPOILER WARNING for today's episode "One World, One People".

What did Loki do well?

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

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

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

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

What didn't work?

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

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

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

What comes next for the MCU thanks to Loki?

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

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

Final thoughts:

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

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

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

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Free Guy: Deadpool and Korg react to Ryan Reynolds Fox comedy trailer

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Free Guy: Deadpool and Korg react to Ryan Reynolds Fox comedy trailer
July 13, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Deadpool Reactions are back, and this time the Merc With a Mouth is going all Mystery Science Theater on the trailer for the upcoming Fox comedy FREE GUY starring Ryan Reynolds.

Oh, but Wade won’t be reacting to the trailer alone. This time around, he’s brought Marvel’s Korg (Taika Waititi) along for the ride, much to his dismay. Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi, so I hope you’re prepared for something very meta this afternoon.

This hilarious presentation has Deadpool finally crossing over to the MCU, which is something that fans have been waiting for. Maybe it’s not exactly the way we all envisioned, but it’s a start. Plus, who’s to say that this isn’t a sign of things to come? We all know that Marvel has plans to induct the Reynolds’ assassin in the red pajamas to the MCU sometime down the road, so why not start with a little bit of cross-promotion?

In the reaction trailer, Deadpool takes potshots at Reynolds, an actor he loathes. The fourth-wall-breaking antihero and Korg also take a moment to express their mutual admiration for Jodie Comer, who plays the badass Millie in Fox’s Free Guy.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Free Guy focuses on a bank teller called Guy (Ryan Reynolds), who realizes he is a background character in an open-world video game called Free City that will soon go offline. The film was supposed to be released eons ago, but the pandemic saw to that. Now, Free Guy is slated for an August 13 release. That is if it doesn’t get delayed again.

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Marvel’s Black Widow blasts the weekend box office!

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Marvel’s Black Widow blasts the weekend box office!
July 11, 2021 by: Dave Davis

BLACK WIDOW aims for big bucks in first place!

Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the return of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies hurried to theaters this weekend, thrusting BLACK WIDOW to the top of the box office with an estimated opening of $80 million!

The action-thriller, which dives into the past of Scarlett Johansson’s espionage expert and her spy “family”, topped the recent $70 million start of F9: THE FAST SAGA and scored the biggest domestic opening since STAR WARS – EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in December 2019.

The prequel/sequel (mainly set between the events of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR) also captured $78 million from international audiences, for a worldwide weekend of $158 million.

Disney has additionally stated that the movie, which was simultaneously released on the Disney+ streaming service for an extra $30 Premier Access fee, has generated more than $60 million from that platform and thus technically earned an estimated global total opening of $215 million.

Among the MCU releases, the $80 million domestic start puts BLACK WIDOW right between ANT MAN AND THE WASP ($75.8 million) and DOCTOR STRANGE ($85 million), both obviously released under better circumstances. Tacking on the Disney+ bucks pushes it past THOR: RAGNAROK ($122 million) and brings it closer to the $146 million opening of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2.

BLACK WIDOW was originally intended to kick off the summer movie season in May 2020, but was delayed along with everything else during the pandemic. The movie marks the first theatrical MCU entry in over two years, following the post-ENDGAME release of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME on July 2, 2019.

Directed by Cate Shortland (BERLIN SYNDROME), the new PG-13 Disney release with Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz and Ray Winstone cost a reported $200 million.

Critics seemed mostly interested in the return of the MCU and the (late) spotlight on Johansson’s character, giving the movie an 80% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 68. Zip on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

After two weekends on top, the PG-13 sequel F9: THE FAST SAGA rolled down to second place with $10.8 million on its third weekend in domestic theaters.

Universal’s tenth movie in the FAST & FURIOUS franchise (including the HOBBS & SHAW spinoff) has cruised to a domestic total of $141.3 million and $541 million worldwide, on a reported $200 million cost.

In third place was the animated DreamWorks sequel THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS with $8.7 million, teetering by 46% from its opening last weekend. The PG-rated Universal release (also streaming on Peacock) has a ten-day domestic total of $34.7 million on a reported $82 million cost.

The R-rated sequel THE FOREVER PURGE was in fourth place with $6.7 million, losing 47% from its opening last weekend (a relatively decent hold for a horror movie). Universal’s $18 million murder-holiday thriller has a ten-day domestic total of $27.4 million and $34.8 million worldwide.

In fifth place was the PG-13 sci-fi thriller A QUIET PLACE: PART II with $3 million. After seven weekends, the Paramount horror sequel has a domestic total of $150.6 million and $263 million worldwide, on a reported $61 million cost.

The Disney prequel CRUELLA held onto sixth place with $2.2 million for its seventh weekend in theaters (and on Disney+ for a $30 fee). The PG-13 movie with Emma Stone as the title villainess now has a domestic total of $80.7 million and $216.8 million worldwide.

In seventh place was the action-comedy THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD with $1.6 million on its fourth weekend. Lionsgate’s R-rated sequel with Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek has a domestic total of $35 million and $56 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $70 million.

The PG-rated sequel PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY was in eighth place with $1.25 million over its fifth domestic weekend. The $45 million live-action/animated comedy from Sony has a domestic total of $37.7 million and $139 million worldwide.

In ninth place was the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical IN THE HEIGHTS with $630,000 on its fifth weekend in theaters. The PG-13 Warner Bros. drama (which leaves HBO Max this week) has a domestic total of $28.3 million and $39 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $55 million.

Closing out the list was the R-rated road trip drama ZOLA with $620,000 on its second weekend. The Twitter-born movie has a domestic total of $3.5 million.

Outside the chart, supernatural sequel THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT was scared out of the Top 10, taking $63 million domestic and $183 million worldwide.

Next weekend offers some diverse options like the biopic ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN, the horror sequel ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, the sequel SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY (also releasing on HBO Max), and the Nicolas Cage truffle hunting drama PIG.

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WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Black Widow
$80 M
NEW

2.
F9: The Fast Saga
$10.8 M
$141.3 M

3.
The Boss Baby: Family Business
$8.7 M
$34.7 M

4.
The Forever Purge
$6.7 M
$27.4 M

5.
A Quiet Place Part II
$3 M
$150.6 M

6.
Cruella
$2.2 M
$80.7 M

7.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
$1.6 M
$35 M

8.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
$1.25 M
$37.7 M

9.
In the Heights
$0.63 M
$28.3 M

10.
Zola
$0.62 M
$3.53 M

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Robert Downey Jr. unfollows his MCU co-stars on Instagram; Marvel fans shook

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Robert Downey Jr. unfollows his MCU co-stars on Instagram; Marvel fans shook
July 7, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Talk about something I would never notice but very astute Marvel fans were quick to notice that Robert Downey Jr. unfollowed all of his former MCU co-stars on Instagram and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are shook by the revelation.

Downey Jr. played Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in the MCU since 2008’s Iron Man and he ended his MCU tenure after 2019’s AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Some fans had been hoping that somehow and someway the actor would come back to the MCU but no longer following his verified co-stars on his verified Instagram account has given some of them a finality they weren’t ready for. You can check out some of their reactions!

I want to k know too. I mean WTF @TomHolland1996 always credited @RobertDowneyJr as his Mentor he even had him listed as Godfather on his cell phone and now he doesn’t care about Tom. What happened? pic.twitter.com/h5l55EzeLV

— NancyJL???????????? (@NancyL423) July 6, 2021

I think he doesn’t want anything to do with the future phases OR this is a publicity stunt. https://t.co/t4cTbbRf6L

— Nerdygirl -Nerdygirlcreates -Fake Geek slayer (@kerry_comcgrl77) July 6, 2021

“Yo guys, I’m going to unfollow you all on Instagram, just for kicks. Let’s see what kind of drama people make up. Love you all!” -The text @RobertDowneyJr send to his friends in the MCU a few days ago.

— Ben (@blasser) July 6, 2021

I don’t know what’s happening Mr Stark… WHYYY DID YOUU UNFOLLOW THE MARVEL CAST ON INSTAGRAM????????? pic.twitter.com/QgpavjwKYU

— pietraa | bw and loki era ??? (@pietraromanoff) July 1, 2021

What is wrong with Robert Downey Jr changing his instagram into business account and unfollowing all his friends :(((((((

— KCA (@Starksterrr) July 1, 2021

There are actually a lot of similar reactions to this on social media but I doubt the cast is taking any of this personally. Downey Jr. has more than 50 million followers on Instagram and is now only following 43 people and none of them are actors. It would appear that he’s now using the account to promote things he’s passionate about, including his FootPrint Coalition. The group is described as a “coalition of investors, donors, and storytellers committed to scaling technologies to restore our planet.” It’s very possible that Downey Jr. and his management are trying to downsize and curate his social media now that he isn’t tied to the MCU world anymore. This is certainly nothing personal.

MCU fans I’m also sure he still has their personal cell phone numbers and there is probably a fun Marvel group chat that we know nothing about. Also, if social media is really all that important, he is still following his fellow cast members on his Twitter page so maybe you’ll see some fun Marvel exchanges on that platform now.

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Stephen Dorff shades Black Widow, embarrassed for Scarlett Johansson

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Stephen Dorff shades Black Widow, embarrassed for Scarlett Johansson
July 6, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Everyone appears to be hyped for Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW except for actor Stephen Dorff. The True Detective star, who once also starred in a Marvel movie as the villain in the original Blade, talked about how he’s not interested in heading to the MCU. He also took the opportunity to throw shade towards Scarlett Johansson and Black Widow.

In an interview with “The Independent“, Stephen Dorff first takes aim at this year’s Oscars ceremony, calling it the “most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen.” He compares the current state of the movie industry to one big “clusterf**k of content” with all of the various streamers that are now available for movies and TV. From his point of view, Dorff wades through it all in search of the next Stanley Kubrick when looking for new roles, because as he puts it, he doesn’t want to be in something like Black Widow:

“I still hunt out the good s**t because I don’t want to be in Black Widow. It looks like garbage to me. It looks like a bad video game. I’m embarrassed for those people. I’m embarrassed for Scarlett! I’m sure she got paid five, seven million bucks, but I’m embarrassed for her. I don’t want to be in those movies. I really don’t. I’ll find that kid director that’s gonna be the next Kubrick and I’ll act for him instead.”

Dorff previously played the villain Deacon Frost in the original Blade movie in 1998, but we can presume his Marvel days are now behind him based on these current comments. More recently, he appeared in the main role in the third season of HBO’s crime drama series True Detective alongside Mahershala Ali, who will oddly enough play Blade in an upcoming reboot for the MCU. Last year, Dorff also starred on the Fox drama series Deputy which was canceled after one season. He also did a horror movie called Feardotcom if you want to get a taste of the films he’d rather be doing.

Stephen Dorff is entitled to his opinion. No doubt. However, it comes off pretty rude and entitled to throw stones at a film and a particular actress when they weren’t even trying to make you a part of their narrative. If he’s feeling a certain way about the industry maybe he should take a moment to think about the roles he’s being offered. 

Do YOU agree with Stephen Dorff’s comments?

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The Simpsons: Marvel-themed short featuring Tom Hiddleston drops next week

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The Simpsons: Marvel-themed short featuring Tom Hiddleston drops next week
June 30, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Now that The Simpsons are living under the same roof that includes Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, America's favourite family are free to (officially) crossover with all the studios various brands. Disney announced the second of a series of Simpsons shorts for Disney+ today: The Good, The Bart, and The Loki.

RELATED: What’s New On Disney+, AppleTV+, Peacock, Paramount+: July 2021

The Marvel-themed Simpsons short will find Loki banished from Asgard once again and forced to face his toughest opponents yet: the Simpsons and Springfield's mightiest heroes. The God of Mischief will team up with Bart Simpson in the ultimate crossover event paying tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of Super Heroes and Villains. Not only that, but Tom Hiddleston returns to lend his voice to the animated version of Loki. The Good, The Bart, and The Loki will debut on Disney+ on July 7th, and you can check out the poster below.

RELATED: Boba Fett’s ship renamed by Disney in new LEGO set

The Good, The Bad, and The Loki follows in the footsteps of Maggie Simpson in: The Force Awakens from Its Nap, a Star Wars-themed short which was released earlier this year.

As for Loki, the fourth episode of the six-episode series debuted on Disney+ today, but as I haven't had time to watch it just yet, I can't dive into its mysteries and revelations. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has previously teased that the series will have an enormous impact on the MCU. The Marvel honcho told Empire that Loki is "tremendously important" and "perhaps will have more impact on the MCU than any of the shows thus far. What everybody thought about WandaVision, and was sort of true, and The Falcon and the Winter Solider, which was sort of true, is even more true for Loki."

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Black Widow Review

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Black Widow Review
Black Widow Review

June 29, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

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PLOT: On the run following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanova (Scarlett Johansson) is forced to reckon with her past when her estranged sister, Yelena (Florence Pugh), comes back into her life demanding they take down The Red Room – the program that trained them to be assassins.

REVIEW: Can you believe that it’s been two full years since the last Marvel movie hit theaters? We’ve all come to expect at least one Marvel flick every six months or so, and perhaps it takes absence to remind you how reliable the series really is, as when I saw the familiar MCU logo play at the beginning of BLACK WIDOW, I couldn’t help but crack a big smile. Sure, we’ve had the Disney Plus shows, but a Marvel movie is something else entirely.

Of course, Black Widow was supposed to hit theatres over a year ago, but I digress. This movie is the long-awaited solo spinoff for Johansson’s iconic character, making its simultaneous debut in theatres and on Disney Premier Access. Given her fate in Avengers: Endgame, this is a prequel, but it perfectly compliments her final appearance as here we see the character come full circle. The other movies always hinted at the “red in her ledger,” but now we get to see exactly what that was, and it gives her a lot of depth, making her sacrifice in Endgame all the more affecting.

Johansson sinks her teeth into the part, but what’s refreshing is that she never plays the character for pathos. Instead, she and director Cate Shortland go for a lighter touch. There are heavy moments, notably a strong opening credits montage showing her indoctrination, but the movie is still a blast. Johansson seems to relish the part, and her chemistry with Florence Pugh is on point. Meant to be a major new character in the MCU, Pugh’s Yelena is much more than just another Black Widow. She’s given her own more cynical edge, and what’s surprising is how funny Pugh is in the part, cracking wise and teasing Natasha for her sexy superhero poses (which she can’t help but try herself in the climax). She’s got a bright future in the MCU, and there’s no way anyone walks out of this not wanting a lot more from her.

That said, the movie is almost stolen by David Harbour. He turns out to be one of Marvel’s best casting choices since the original Avengers team as Russia’s answer to Captain America, Red Guardian. Largely played for laughs, Harbour also gives the character some much-needed depth. Having been abandoned and left to rot in jail, he’s gone to seed somewhat in this, only to get sparked back to life when “his girls” come to pull him back into action.

Probably the best part of the movie relates to Yelena and Natasha’s complicated relationship with their surrogate parents, Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz’s original Black Widow, Melina. Abandoned by them into the Red Room program, the foursome has complicated chemistry, and the family dynamic gives the movie a lot of heart. No one is demonized, and Red Guardian’s arc is intriguing; one hopes he’ll also become a Marvel mainstay.

The action, which is much more of the John Wick style than the huge tentpole-CGI heavy stuff we usually get from Marvel, is on point. Johansson, Pugh, and Harbour all seem to be doing a lot of their fighting, and the set pieces are dynamic – especially an early battle between Yelena and Natasha. There’s also a shout-out to Roger Moore early on that warms my 007-loving heart.

My only issue with the film is that I felt Weisz’s role as Melina was slightly undercooked. They hint at more of an arc for her earlier, but she takes a backseat to the other three just because they’re all chewing the scenery while she’s more subtle. I also didn’t find the villain, Ray Winstone’s Dreykov, the head of The Red Room, memorable. After Thanos, any villain that’s not larger than life can’t help but come off a little weak. We do get the introduction of fan-favorite Taskmaster, with some great fights involving the character. However, the reveal is quite different than how the character is in the comics. No matter, it worked well in the film.

Overall, I have to say – I had a total blast with Black Widow. I think director Cate Shortland and her crew nailed it, with the cinematography having that slick Marvel look. The score by Lorne Balfe is probably my favorite of the MCU to date (he should become a house composer for them – along with Loki’s Natalie Holt). One thing – if you can see this in a theater- you should. Due to restrictions where I live, I had to make do with a screener. While I was lucky to get it, I would have loved to have seen this on the big screen, preferably in IMAX. If theatres are open in your neck of the woods, this is well worth seeing on the biggest screen possible.

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Black Widow may not be the MCU’s only prequel, says Kevin Feige

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Black Widow may not be the MCU’s only prequel, says Kevin Feige
June 21, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

After several delays, BLACK WIDOW is finally set to be unleashed next month, but even if COVID-19 hadn’t pushed the film back by more than a year, some still look at it as a story that should have been told years ago. As we know, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) sacrificed her life in Avengers: Endgame, which makes Black Widow a prequel as it takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. During a recent press conference, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased that other Marvel characters could potentially get the same prequel treatment in future movies.

RELATED: Black Widow: First reactions praise Natasha’s long-awaited solo adventure

Certainly this film and this story is a particular case for for Natasha. But the notion of exploring the past, present, and future of the MCU is certainly in the cards for all of our characters. This particular story of this particular cast is very personal, very specific to Natasha.

With the multitude of characters who have been introduced in the MCU over the past decade, there’s certainly plenty of options in regards to exploring the “past, present, and future” of those characters. However, before you think that Marvel might start devoting an entire movie or Disney+ series to Obadiah Stone’s barber, Kevin Feige said that the prequel approach would only happen if the story is compelling enough to justify a movie. “We very specifically knew there was a large period of her life that we didn’t know about, not just her childhood, but this period of time between Civil War and Infinity War,” Feige said. “And that period, we felt was was a right to creatively focus on to be able to discover more about our past more about our present. And… give a hint at the at the legacy in the future.” The first reactions to Black Widow dropped last week, and as expected, they were rather glowing.

RELATED: Black Widow advance tickets go on sale ahead of July release

The official synopsis for 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.

Black Widow will debut in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9, 2021.

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James Gunn spoke to Marvel & DC about a Guardians/Suicide Squad crossover

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James Gunn spoke to Marvel & DC about a Guardians/Suicide Squad crossover
June 20, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Director James Gunn is getting the best of both worlds by helming DC’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD and returning to the MCU by directing the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. As a filmmaker, it puts him in a very rare space to dabble with both comic book entities so it comes as no surprise that the director has playfully pitched the idea of crossing over The Suicide Squad with The Guardians of the Galaxy.

In response to a fan on Twitter, Gunne revealed that he has talked to Marvel and DC execs in the past about doing a Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad crossover. Gunn does point out that he just “casually talked to the powers-that-be” about the crossover idea and that it’s very unlikely to happen but he doesn’t believe it’s an impossibility either. Check out Gunn’s Twitter exchange below:

I’ve casually talked to the powers-that-be at both Marvel & DC about it. I would love for it to happen. I don’t think it’s likely, but I don’t think it’s an impossibility either. THAT SAID, just constantly seeing crossovers & mashups is less enchanting to me than a strong story. https://t.co/mJ8GQzSI4j

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 17, 2021

Such a crossover is very unlikely to happen but both companies have collided a handful of times in comic book form. The most recent crossover between the two rival companies happened about 18 years ago. Both entities jointly published “DC vs. Marvel” and “JLA/Avengers” comics in 1996 and 2003. Both of these issues feature some iconic crossover moments, such as Darkseid wielding the Infinity Gauntlet and Wonder Woman lifting Thor’s hammer. Back in 1976, Marvel and DC also published a crossover of Superman and Spider-Man under the title, “Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.” Making this all happen in live-action movie form, is a bit more of a logistical issue. Contracts would likely require strict stipulations that would include a fair or equal amount of screen time for each character, which might be a big headache with a huge ensemble featuring The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad. There is also the issue of merchandising rights because an event film like this would be a merchandising bonanza and both companies would want a big piece of the pie. 

While Gunn has casually brought this up to both Marvel and DC, the director does seem more interested in a solid story rather than trying to create the ultimate mashup. It’s one of those things where this concept is fun to think about but if the story isn’t there, it wouldn’t be worth it. In another tweet, Gunn says “I find it disconcerting at times that many folks seem more interested in crossovers, cameos, references & post-credit scenes than they do the actual story & characters of a specific film! When making a film I spend 99.9% of my time thinking about story & character & .1% the rest.” I’m happy to see that James Gunn has his priorities straight.

Would YOU want to see a crossover between the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad?

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Scarlett Johansson criticizes sexualization of Black Widow in Iron Man 2

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Scarlett Johansson criticizes sexualization of Black Widow in Iron Man 2
June 18, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Scarlett Johansson may be proud of most of her Marvel journey but when it comes to IRON MAN 2, she has some choice words about how she was portrayed in the film.

During an interview with “Collider“, Johansson began by pointing out that her character has evolved over the years and part of that has been due to her own growth as a person and an actress. Once Johansson started speaking on her start in the MCU, the actress pointed out that the way Black Widow was portrayed in 2010’s Iron Man 2, was completely oversexualized. Here is what she had to say:

“All of that is related to that move away from the kind of hyper-sexualization of this character and, I mean, you look at Iron Man 2 and while it was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so sexualized, you know? Really talked about like she’s a piece of something, like a possession or a thing or whatever — like a piece of ass, really. And [Tony Stark] even refers to her as something like that at one point… ‘I want some’ [says Tony] … and at one point calls her a piece of meat and maybe at that time that actually felt like a compliment. You know what I mean? Because my thinking was different. Maybe I even would have, you know, my own self-worth was probably measured against that type of comment or, like a lot of young women, you come into your own and you understand your own self-worth. It’s changing now. Now people, young girls, are getting a much more positive message, but it’s been incredible to be a part of that shift and be able to come out the other side and be a part of that old story, but also progress.”

She isn’t entirely wrong here. The character isn’t given much depth to speak of in that film as she and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury are shoehorned in to begin setting up in The Avengers. There are also moments when she is treated more like an object rather than a human being. The example that Johansson is referencing in the quote involves an undercover Natasha sparing in a boxing ring with Tony’s assistant/bodyguard Happy (Jon Favreau) where she quickly takes him down. Afterward, she asks for Tony’s fingerprint on a document. As Tony watches her walk away, he tells Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) “I want one,” and Pepper replies, “No.” 

Even though Johansson is speaking on the matter, it doesn’t mean she’s calling out Marvel in a negative way. She’s merely saying that there has been significant growth since her debut in Iron Man 2 and her own evolution as a person and an actress makes her view that time much differently. Johansson says “10 years have passed and things have happened and I have a much different, more evolved understanding of myself … as a woman, I’m in a different place in my life.” This is someone reflecting and maybe thinking how she would’ve handled certain things differently.” 

The character has certainly evolved beyond her early beginnings and that’s thanks to Johansson’s input and different writers giving her more layers. As she embarks on the release of her own standalone film, Natasha Romanoff is exactly where Scarlett Johansson wants her and that evolution has been great to watch across her various films in the MCU. 

What are YOUR thoughts about how Black Widow is portrayed in Iron Man 2?

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Black Widow: First reactions praise Natasha’s long-awaited solo adventure

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Black Widow: First reactions praise Natasha’s long-awaited solo adventure
June 17, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

And just like that, the social media embargo for Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW has been lifted. Fans that have been waiting patiently for Natasha Romanoff’s long-overdue solo adventure, it’s time to get hyped! First reactions to Marvel’s latest tentpole are making the rounds online, with many praising the film as an action-packed, character-driven thrill ride that launches Marvel’s Phase 4 with a bang. Oh, who am I kidding? People are going nuts for this movie, so far. I have yet to see one negative reaction to the film, which leads me to believe that the rest of us are in for one hell of a treat on July 9th.

Directed by Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome), Black Widow takes us to the time when 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.

As a point of note, JoBlo’s reaction is coming later this evening, so be sure to check back to see what we thought.

RELATED: Black Widow advance tickets go on sale ahead of July release

You can check out some of the early reactions to Black Widow below:

#BlackWidow is one of Marvel’s best solo films.

Start to finish, the movie is great. Excellent surprises, emotional character moments, bad-ass action, and Scarlett Johansson finally gets to pour everything into the role.

Director Cate Shortland nailed it. Bravo. pic.twitter.com/sgEkUW63cT

— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) June 17, 2021

#BlackWidow was better than I thought it would be!

Although there’s some excellent action, what pulled me in was the really powerful themes & character moments the film presented.

Easily Scarlett’s best performance as Nat, and Florence Pugh is brilliant as Yelena. pic.twitter.com/CDjKJm4nVq

— Jacob (@JacobDFilm) June 17, 2021

Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh are brilliant as Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova (especially when they are together!) in #BlackWidow. Epic spy thriller.

The relationship is so fun to watch develop and fits into the MCU history really well. You’re gonna feel things. pic.twitter.com/GQiRcjvTeX

— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) June 17, 2021

Marvel movies are back! #BlackWidow is a tense, action-packed spy thriller that truly completes Natasha’s story in a visceral & emotional way. Florence Pugh CRUSHES it & is an instant MCU icon. This is like the MCU’s Bond movie w/ shades of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE & THELMA & LOUISE. pic.twitter.com/bauc2XVQlF

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) June 17, 2021

I got to see #BlackWidow last night, and as someone who has been waiting since 2010 to see Natasha Romanoff get her own movie, it was well worth the wait.

The actions rips, the emotion hits and the new characters joining the MCU are standouts. MORE BLACK WIDOW MOVIES PLEASE! pic.twitter.com/R0JUHThSiF

— Hector Navarro (@Hectorisfunny) June 17, 2021

Marvel movies are back and Phase 4 kicks off with the very entertaining and action-packed #BlackWidow. Giving us a long-overdue look at Natasha’s backstory, with solid performances throughout and thrilling set pieces that demand you see this movie on the biggest screen possible. pic.twitter.com/Pr6qeBlSGQ

— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) June 17, 2021

Although #BlackWidow feels very much like MCU films of the past with its Marvel-patented tone and lackluster villain, it’s bolstered by well-directed action and great leading performances from Johansson and Pugh, whose chemistry is the highlight. Review coming to @DiscussingFilm pic.twitter.com/yWAp8W7e4d

— jeremiah (@thespeedforces) June 17, 2021

I watched #BlackWidow yesterday and it’s as refreshingly different to other Marvel Studios releases as it is to just have these big movies back. The leads are awesome and the story does some unexpected things. It’s the most adult MCU release yet, but still offers a few laughs. pic.twitter.com/ib9F0rX09t

— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) June 17, 2021

Dug #BlackWidow a good deal! Was kinda worried about watching this story unfold knowing what’s to come in Endgame, that it might diminish the stakes, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, this is the kind of prequel story that feels bound to enhance other installments of the MCU. pic.twitter.com/sFcwHzW30Y

— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) June 17, 2021

Dug #BlackWidow a good deal! Was kinda worried about watching this story unfold knowing what’s to come in Endgame, that it might diminish the stakes, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, this is the kind of prequel story that feels bound to enhance other installments of the MCU. pic.twitter.com/sFcwHzW30Y

— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) June 17, 2021

#BlackWidow is excellent. An exhilarating shot of adrenaline. Scarlett Johansson & Florence Pugh nail the banter & ballet-like stunts. David Harbour is absolutely terrific. Big action set pieces are thrilling, propulsive & capably constructed. Multi-layered thematic resonance. pic.twitter.com/ew9r1NXvfL

— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) June 17, 2021

Cate Shortland had the difficult job trying to fill in Natasha Romanoff’s backstory, but she nailed it in #BlackWidow. While entire cast was great both @Florence_Pugh and @DavidKHarbour hit home-runs with their performances. No way audiences don’t want more of both characters. pic.twitter.com/CIJTV4oxR6

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 17, 2021

#BlackWidow pays a beautiful and long overdue tribute to Natasha Romanoff. It’s also the spy thriller fans of the character have been asking for all these years. It’s funny, thrilling and very emotional. Florence Pugh is fantastic as Yelena Belova, who is definitely here to stay. pic.twitter.com/i0jimxIJG0

— Lando (@orlandoenelcine) June 17, 2021

#BlackWidow might be one of my favorite solo origin movies in the MCU. There’s something about seeing Natasha finally get her story that made me emotional in all the best ways. Also, Florence Pugh was born for the MCU, and her dynamic with Scarlett is a triumph

— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) June 17, 2021

Also, the thing that hit me the most was the action. There are several BIG action sequences in #BlackWidow & it immediately separates itself from the TV shows, which are softer on action & heavier on character. I missed big Marvel action. It’s a fun ride. pic.twitter.com/JCMIOhQjGh

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) June 17, 2021

Also the action is non-stop in #BlackWidow and so well done. And if you like it, you can thank 2nd unit director Darrin Prescott. You know his work from the ‘John Wick’ movies, ‘Black Panther,’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ Don’t watch on Disney+. See this in a movie theater. pic.twitter.com/SiCuL66llR

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 17, 2021

Early review for #BlackWidow — Wow. What a journey. Brilliant film with high emotional moments, crazy good action scenes, simple twists that shock but aren’t forced. Most importantly — it knows what kind of film it wants to be and it leans into it. pic.twitter.com/aZdLIWvqpc

— Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) June 17, 2021

Remember, if you live in an area where theaters are still shuttered – I’m looking at you, London, Ontario – you can rent Black Widow for $29.99 on Disney+ via Premium Access. I know it’s not the same as seeing it on the big screen, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?

How do these early reactions make you feel? Are you more hyped than ever to experience the first film in Marvel’s Phase 4 plan? Let us know if you’re seeing Black Widow in theaters or at home in the comments section below.

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Morbius: Sony says film is not in the MCU despite Tyrese Gibson’s claims

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Morbius: Sony says film is not in the MCU despite Tyrese Gibson’s claims
June 17, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Did Tyrese Gibson overstep? The Fast and Furious actor is a co-star in the upcoming Sony Pictures Marvel film, MORBIUS, and he let out a bold claim that the film is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that the movie may shift its release date once again. Sony Pictures has now stepped in to refute what Gibson’s loose lips let slip out.

This all started when Gibson made comments during an interview with ComicBook.com while promoting Fast and Furious 9. First Gibson said, in regards to the film, that “They just pushed the movie to October 2022 because they want to take advantage of that Halloween energy.” As the interview continues, Gibson was asked if Morbius was set in the MCU and the actor responded with a simple “Yes.” The interviewer then asked for clarification by asking if the film was set in “the Avengers world”, and Gibson, once again, repeated “Yes.” You can see some of that interview below:

#Morbius star Tyrese Gibson says the movie is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ???? pic.twitter.com/zweG5s85uk

— Phase Zero (@PhaseZeroCB) June 15, 2021

News of this interview reached Sony Pictures pretty quickly and, according to Gamespot, the studio confirmed that Morbius is still on track to be released on January 28, 2022, and is not shifting to October 2022. Furthermore, Sony Pictures also said that Morbius will not join the MCU and is still rooted in Sony Pictures’ Marvel Universe.

Morbius suffered several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film’s original release date was July 10, 2020, which was then shifted to July 31, 2020. From there the film was pushed to Match 19, 2021, and then to October 8, 2021. After that delay, the film saw another release date shift to January 21, 2022, and from there Morbius was moved one last time to its current date of January 28, 2022. I’m not sure what insider info Tyrese thought he had about another release date change but Sony has refuted his claims so this may just be a case of the actor simply talking too much. 

The MCU connection is a bit more problematic. Sony Pictures is denying the film is in the MCU but some of the marketing indicates that isn’t the case. For instance, in the film’s trailer, Michael Keaton makes an appearance as Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture, a role he originated in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Even though Sony and Marvel share the rights to the Spider-Man character, Spider-Man: Homecoming is very much a part of the MCU so it’s a bit confusing. Is Sony merely being coy? Did Tyrese reveal this news too early and they want to do damage control? Hard to tell at this point.

Do YOU think Morbius is a part of the MCU? 

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Black Widow: Advance tickets go on sale for Marvel’s next blockbuster

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Black Widow: Advance tickets go on sale for Marvel’s next blockbuster
June 11, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where theaters are open once again, you might be looking to snag tickets for Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW. If that’s your situation, you may be interested to know that advance tickets are now available, one month before the film opens in cinemas on July 9.

“This is the first Marvel movie to be released in theaters in over two years, and so fans are beyond excited for the next MCU big-screen adventure,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “It makes sense that this is the fans’ most anticipated summer movie, as we’ve been waiting a long time to discover more about Natasha Romanoff’s origin story and how her early life events led to the Avengers. For moviegoers around the world, July 9th can’t come soon enough!”

Directed by Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome), Black Widow takes us to the time when 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.

The long-overdue female-fronted solo feature stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei/Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. The film also features the classic Marvel villain Taskmaster as an unstoppable and adaptable force of nature.

RELATED: Scarlett Johansson talks her Marvel future after Black Widow

If you’re like me in that you live in an area where theaters are still shuttered, you can rent Black Widow for $29.99 on Disney+ via Premium Access. Trust me, I know it’s not the same as seeing it in theaters, but it’s better than nothing, right? Do you want to be that one person in your Discord group that didn’t see Marvel’s latest blockbuster? I didn’t think so.

However you choose to see Black Widow, I hope you have a great time with the film. A solo adventure starring Natasha Romanoff is long overdue, as is the start of Marvel’s Phase 4. Let’s make sure we kick this new era of the MCU off with a bang and give Black Widow the reception it deserves.

To secure your advanced tickets for Marvel’s Black Widow, be sure to visit Fandango.com.

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Marvel Studios’ Loki: We review the first 2 episodes

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Marvel Studios’ Loki: We review the first 2 episodes
June 8, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

Plot: After stealing the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame, an alternate version of Loki is brought to the mysterious Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space and monitors the timeline. They give Loki a choice: face being erased from existence due to being a "time variant", or help fix the timeline and stop a greater threat. Loki ends up trapped in his own crime thriller, traveling through time and altering human history.

Review: It feels a bit like deja vu, but I am going to say the same thing about Loki that I did about both WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Solider: this series is unlike anything Marvel Studios has done before. Where WandaVision was a genre-defying homage to classic sitcoms and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was an epic in the vein of the big screen MCU offerings, Loki is a surreal and quirky science fiction mystery that feels like a blend of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy if it had been directed by Terry Gilliam. Loki is an intricately weird tangent for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one that actually works to tie up plotholes leftover from Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

Loki is an interesting character. As the primary antagonist in The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston's fan-favorite performance has transformed the God of Mischief from villain to anti-hero. While he met his demise at the hands of Thanos in Avengers; Infinity War, the time travel elements of Endgame brought him back, albeit as a variant of the character we know. Because Phase Four of the MCU deals with the concept of Marvel's multiverse, Hiddleston gets the chance to reinvent his character through a different path than we saw in Thor: Ragnarok. The result is a series that plays in a much different space than any of the Marvel big-screen productions but one that is equally epic in scope. Written by Ricky and Morty's Michael Waldron (who also scripted the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) and helmed by Kate Herron (Netflix's Sex Education), Loki is as funny as it is innovative.

Picking up directly from his escape in Avengers: Endgame, Loki, and audiences are plunged directly into the world of the Time Variance Authority which exists outside of the plane of existence. Not a planet or a traditional world, the rules of the TVA are completely different than what we have seen in the MCU thus far. Loki, already familiar with the distinct world of Asgard, is equally confused by the completely bizarre structure of the TVA. We learn, as he does, about how time travel and variances in the primary timeline impact the events of the universe. Partnering with Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) to track down a dangerous time-variant, Loki introduces us to some awesome characters and elements from the pages of Marvel Comics. Some of these fans have already guessed and others will come as a surprise.

Having seen the first two episodes of the six chapters that comprise Loki, this is the first Disney+ MCU series that feels like it is built to last longer than a single season. Without divulging any spoilers, I can say that Loki succeeds in tightening the time travel ramifications teased in Avengers: Endgame while laying the foundation for how all of the rumors tied to Spider-man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange could conceivably work. It also helps that the cast here is once again home runs for Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel Studios. While Hiddleston brings his signature smarminess to Loki, Owen Wilson shines in one of the best roles he has had in years. Hiddleston and Wilson have such chemistry that you will immediately be invested in their partnership. Equally good is Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, a mysterious authority at the TVA whose friendship with Mobius is a key ingredient to the story. Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country), as Hunter B-15, is a nice foil for Loki and a character I am sure will quickly gain a fan base all her own. While I cannot speak to the characters played by Sophia Di Martino or Richard Grant without spoiling anything, I can say that Di Martino's introduction is going to explode on the internet when fans see it.

Loki sets itself apart from the prior MCU efforts, like its Disney+ predecessors, by upending convention and delivering a series that creates its own rules while still following the MCU guidelines. With a baroque score from Natalie Holt, every bit of Loki feels designed to make us laugh and dissect what everything will mean for the rest of Marvel Studios' films and series to come. There are many moments in these first two chapters of Loki's story that are funny as well as touching and seeing the cast and crew connect everything back to Avengers: Endgame helps drive even more how brilliantly intertwined these tales are. But where the time travel served a purpose to drive the events of Endgame forward, they have much larger ramifications in Loki that you will just have to see to understand.

Of the three Disney+ series that have premiered so far, Loki feels the least like anything else in the MCU. WandaVision's second half and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier felt like traditional Marvel Studios stories, but Loki never feels like anything else we have seen before. Much like how Guardians of the Galaxy took Marvel Studios into the realm of outer space, Doctor Strange into the metaphysical, and Ant-Man into the Quantum Realm, Loki fully invests itself into defining the rules of time and the multiverse and it does so in such a way that you will never look at the MCU the same way again. Loki works because the filmmakers and cast click perfectly and give us a series that tells a story we have never seen before.

Marvel Studios' Loki premieres on June 9th on Disney+.

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Scarlett Johansson talks her Marvel future after Black Widow

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Scarlett Johansson talks her Marvel future after Black Widow
June 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

After unplanned delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW will finally see the light of day when it hits theaters and Disney+ Premier on July 9, 2021. The film is to be Scarlett Johansson’s swan song as it offers Natasha Romanoff a final appearance in the MCU following the events of Avengers: Endgame. Black Widow takes place before the cataclysmic events of the last two Avengers films so the movie will give some insights into Natasha’s past and will reportedly cause ripples for the future of the MCU. Saying goodbye is always hard to do and after playing the character for over a decade. Johannson considers her MCU future and contemplates if she will ever get to return as Black Widow.

When discussing her feelings about leaving the role behind “Total Film Magazine“, the actress said “It’s definitely bittersweet because I love my Marvel family. I’m never going to be ready to not be a part of it. They’ll always be my family. I’ll never feel ready to not be in it because I hate to feel like I’m missing out on stuff with them. And who knows? Maybe at some point, we’ll have some opportunity to collaborate in some other kind of way.”

If this is to be Natasha’s official swan song, Johansson is very proud of the film they got to make. She all feels very positive about moving on from this current chapter for the character:

“It was certainly wonderful to be able to produce this with them, because I got to really know the process, and know them in a whole other intimate way. It was very exciting. At the same time, I really feel good about moving on from this chapter. I feel incredibly proud of this film. It’s so strong. It turned out so beautifully. It has so much love in it. Everything in it has intention and purpose. And, you know, I will always love Natasha. I’ve loved to play her, and I feel that she stands alone in this universe in a way that I feel really good about.”

One thing is certain, Johannson is more than happy to pass the torch to Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. Judging from her closing comments on the matter, that seemed to be the plan all along.

“I definitely felt that way from the very beginning. She stands completely on her own. She’s strong and different. She’s so different to Natasha. You also see the generational difference, too, in how they react to things, and what they’re careful about, or what they’re careless about. It’s so fresh, what she does. It’s very representative, also, of who she is as a person. She’s unapologetic, and confident in herself, and curious, and brave, and emotionally brave – far more than I ever was. And that stuff comes through. It’s wonderful to feel like you’re witnessing something great happening.”

I definitely admire Scarlett Johansson’s passion for playing the character and also her being honest about wanting to go out on top if this has to be her last moment in the MCU. She certainly has had one hell of a run and Black Widow certainly looks like the perfect send-off for the first lady of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What future, if any, do YOU think Scarlett Johannson has with the MCU after Black Widow?

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Loki will have bigger impact on MCU than any show so far

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Loki will have bigger impact on MCU than any show so far
June 7, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

In just a few days, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will return to make all our lives a little better in his very own Marvel series on Disney+. Unlike the Marvel TV shows of the past (I'm looking at you, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), these new shows will be just as important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as their big-screen brethren and will heavily impact the entire franchise going foward.

Both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gave us some major revelations and character development, but according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the upcoming Loki series will go even further. The Marvel honcho told Empire that Loki is "tremendously important" and "perhaps will have more impact on the MCU than any of the shows thus far. What everybody thought about WandaVision, and was sort of true, and The Falcon and the Winter Solider, which was sort of true, is even more true for Loki." Feige also teased that the series will bring big changes to its title character. "You want to see, after six hours or so, characters change and evolve," Feige said. "We don't make these shows to not be radical right?" This isn't the first time that Loki's importance to the MCU has been stressed, as head-writer Michael Waldron has previously teased that the series will have "wide-reaching ramifications" for the franchise. I think we all know that Loki is going to be the real deal, I mean, did WandaVision or The Falcon and the Winter Soldier get their own cereal tie-in? I think not.

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The official synopsis for Loki:

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer.

Loki is set to debut on Disney+ on June 9th.

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Paul Bettany reveals he no longer has a Marvel contract after WandaVision

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Paul Bettany reveals he no longer has a Marvel contract after WandaVision
June 6, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Paul Bettany has been a part of the MCU since providing the voice of Jarvis in 2008’s Iron Man. From there, the actor eventually became Vision in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and he has made various other appearances during his tenure. Bettany last appeared as the character on the Disney+ Marvel series, WandaVision and while there is some room to explore the character further, the actor has revealed that he’s currently not under contract with Marvel Studios.

Bettany’s Vision is technically dead BUT the reveal of White Vision during the series finale of WandaVision certainly hinted at a new future for the character. The door is left open for his return but during a recent interview with “The Playlist“, he said that he hasn’t discussed what’s next for him with any of the Marvel powers that be:

“I don’t have a contract. I don’t know that. I don’t know that at all. And all that I do know is, as far as this sort of traunch of press goes for an Emmy push, which is for a limited series. So it doesn’t look like that happening again. I mean, I guess it would be difficult to introduce White Vision and not deal with him in some way, but we have not discussed that.”

Vision as we met him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, met his end at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. That appeared to be the last time we would see Vision but he made his unlikely return in WandaVision because Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff essentially managed to bring him back from the dead to live out a warped sitcom fantasy. There was of course more to it than that as Wanda’s immense sadness from losing Vision is what created this alternate reality. She ultimately realizes she has to stop using her magic to keep her idyllic world together and has to let Vision go again. The loose thread is White Vision, who now has The Vision’s memories after he restores them. There is definitely more to explore there and hopefully, this isn’t the last we see of Paul Bettany as the character. The actor has mentioned on many occasions that he would love to keep playing the character now it’s simply all up to Marvel.

Do YOU think Paul Bettany’s Vision will return to the MCU?

 

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Loki will have “wide-reaching ramifications” for the MCU

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Loki will have “wide-reaching ramifications” for the MCU
June 1, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gave Marvel Cinematic Universe fans plenty to obsess over, and the next MCU series to debut on Disney+ will be Loki, which will find Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief who stole the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame and has now been imprisoned by the Time Variance Authority and forced to help them fix damaged timelines throughout human history.

RELATED: WandaVision: More details on the scrapped Doctor Strange cameo

Previously, Marvel TV shows merely reacted to the events of their big-screen brethren, but this new era of Marvel shows on Disney+ is tightly woven into the very fabric of the franchise, with characters and events freely shifting between the two. Loki writer Michael Waldron was also brought in to work on the script for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and was asked by Total Film if that means the two projects are more connected than we might believe. Waldron's answer is typical of those within the Marvel fold, but he does tease that Loki may have wide-reaching ramifications for the entire MCU.

That would just be crazy conjecture. All of these stories, in their own way, are interconnected, and have ramifications. I think that certainly our aim with the Loki series was for it to have wide-reaching ramifications across the MCU moving forward. So, you know, was I having to clean up some of the messes that I made [with Loki]? Maybe so.

With Loki set to debut on Disney+ next week, we should have a much better idea of just what sort of time-shifting, universe-hopping shenanigans Tom Hiddleston will be getting up to, but will this be the last we see of the character? Hiddleston doesn't know for sure, but he told Total Film that, "At this point, I have learned that for me to have any expectations is futile and a fool’s errand. Having said goodbye to the character once, twice, three times, I do not know what the future holds. But I’m excited to find out. I think we could never have seen 10 years ahead."

RELATED: What’s New On Disney+, AppleTV+, Peacock, Paramount+: June 2021

The official synopsis for Loki:

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer.

Loki is set to debut on Disney+ on June 9th.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home will kickoff a shared Sony & Marvel universe

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Spider-Man: No Way Home will kickoff a shared Sony & Marvel universe
May 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

After years of speculation, Sony Pictures have provided us some answers about having a planned shared universe between their studio and Marvel. It appears that this is indeed in the cards and SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME will be the film that kicks things off.

As reported in “Variety“, Sony Exec, Sanford Panitch has suggested that Spider-Man: No Way Home will kick off a shared Marvel Universe. Panitch addressed the ongoing tension and barriers that prevent MCU Spider-Man from appearing in Sony’s Marvel film and he revealed that they do have a plan to rectify this and that the fans are starting to catch onto it. While he didn’t go into great detail, he indicated that the tensions will be resolved and that things will be a lot clearer once Spider-Man: No Way Home is released. Here is what he had to say:

“There actually is a plan. I think now maybe it’s getting a little more clear for people where we’re headed and I think when ‘No Way Home’ comes out, even more will be revealed. The great thing is we have this very excellent relationship with Kevin [Feige]. There’s an incredible sandbox there to play with. We want those MCU movies to be absolutely huge, because that’s great for us and our Marvel characters, and I think that’s the same thing on their side. But we have a great relationship. There’s lots of opportunities, I think, that are going to happen.”

For years, Sony’s film rights to Marvel’s Spider-Man have been very tricky and controversial. Things took a more positive turn when Sony and Marvel collaborated to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. The deal brought Spider-Man home, with Tom Holland taking on the web-slinger role for six films. The shared ownership raised the idea that MCU’s Holland can technically appear in Sony’s Marvel films such as Venom, Morbius, and the recently announced Kraven the Hunter. While the notion of Spider-Man appearing in the Venom universe hasn’t really been addressed yet, the trailer for Morbius suggested the connection when Michael Keaton, who portrayed Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, made an appearance in that films first look. Sony clearly wants this to happen and they have been making small moves to hint that is the direction they’re going.

Some hardcore Marvel fans are very skeptical of giving Sony back too much control of the character. Spider-Man has thrived in the MCU while fans are quick to point out the mediocre responses to The Amazing Spider-Man and, most notably, its sequel. There is also Venom which, while making a killing at the worldwide box office, was ripped apart by critics. I think fans would like to see this shared universe but who would be more creatively involved? Sony or Marvel? I guess time will only tell but it will be really interesting to see how it all plays out.

 

What are YOUR thoughts on a Sony & Marvel shared universe?

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Eternals: Marvel fans mocking their absence from the MCU during crisis

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Eternals: Marvel fans mocking their absence from the MCU during crisis
May 26, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

“We have watched, unguided; we have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders. Throughout the years we have never interfered…until now.” This is a line from the recently released teaser trailer of Marvel’s ETERNALS and some fans think this very line is conveniently retconning their absence from the MCU during extreme times of crisis across the films.

The film will mark the first time the group of ancient immortals who protect Earth from supernatural threats has appeared in the MCU but this has left fans confused as to why the Eternals have failed to interfere in many instances where their help was clearly needed. This would include battle in New York featured in The Avengers and, more notably, when Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of all existence in Avengers: Infinity War with a single snap. I feel like some of their questions about this are in good fun but I definitely sense a bit of legit confusion in some of these tweets. You can check out some of the reactions below!

one thing that bothers me about the Eternals “throughout the years we have never interfered until now”

me: so when half of the galaxy turn to space dust by a snap of a finger you guys were just like “this is fine”???

— Haru82 (@Haru3139) May 25, 2021

haha youtubers trolling marvel with the “we have never interfered, until now” eternals trailer phrase, meaning whatever happens in the movie has to be bigger than wiping half the universe for them to interfere.

— ‏? (@thissensei) May 24, 2021

They dragging them because The Eternals said “we don’t interfere until now” and everybody wanna know where were they during Thanos. This is so funny lol

— Amen. Asé. Dead Ass (@IzmsHasRisen) May 24, 2021

“We’re the Eternals. We don’t interfere.” *Thanos happens* “Wow, on second thought, maybe we have a responsibility.” *movie happens*

Eeasy.

— Matt Saler (@mattsaler) May 25, 2021

Eternals: “We don’t interfere.”

Also Eternals: “Let’s interfere with humanity except for everything that matters.”

— Belet-Seri ???? (@belet_seri) May 25, 2021

Eternals: “We guide humanity and don’t interfere.”

Humanity has slavery, genocide, famine, and war along with several alien invasions.

Eternals: “This is fine.”

— Belet-Seri ???? (@belet_seri) May 24, 2021

The Eternals trailer looks cool I guess (I don’t know anything about them) , but mostly I’m dying to know what makes them “interfere” if they just hung back and observed while half of sentient life in the universe was wiped out

— Dave in Ohio (@ohDaveio) May 24, 2021

Marvels Eternals:
We ran out of ideas so let’s push in these hero’s who have been here the whole entire time but refused to interfere with cosmic level threats. But don’t worry we’ll come out for some generic bad guy!

I hope that’s not the case but most likely is.

— Johnny K (@IAmJohnKrauser) May 24, 2021

Social media is known for jumping in on “issues” like this so I’m not surprised that the absence of the Eternals during these great threats is being put into question. The same thing happened when Avengers: Endgame made up very convenient reasons for Captain Marvel to be absent most of the film because she likely could’ve taken down Thanos all on her own. Sometimes we just have to deal with these narrative blemishes and enjoy the ride for what it is. 

Directed by Nomadland Oscar winner Chloé Zhao, 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. The film stars Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Ma Dong-Seok, and Brian Tyree Henry.

Why do YOU believe the Eternals haven’t “interfered…until now?” Marvel’s Eternals hits screens on November 5, 2021.

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Elizabeth Olsen reveals length of her original contract with Marvel Studios

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Elizabeth Olsen reveals length of her original contract with Marvel Studios
May 21, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

When you hear about actors signing on for big tentpole franchises, most of them are locked into a multi-picture deal. The typical Marvel Studios contract can be anywhere between four-nine movies which is a pretty big chunk of your life to sign away, especially when you desire to work on other projects. Due to the breakout success of WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen has gotten to expand on the character of Wanda Maximoff as she becomes the “Scarlet Witch” that we are familiar with in the comics but the first deal Olsen signed with Marvel Studios was pretty short compared to her counterparts and it most certainly didn’t guarantee multiple returns.

During a chat with “The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast“, Olsen went into detail as to how short her first contract was. We were first introduced to Olsen and the character of Wanda Maximoff in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Olsen says when she landed the part “I signed on for two movies and a cameo. I’ve gone through three rounds of contracts with Marvel already. I just do, like, appetizers or something, they never have me over for the big meal.” Olsen then goes on to reveal she had no clue that they would touch on some of the stuff they did with WandaVision:

“People sign six-movie, nine-movie deals. That’s a lot! And they didn’t really know how much further it was gonna go. We never knew if we were even gonna touch half the stuff we did in WandaVision.”

Olsen seems pleased with her more prominent role in the MCU but not completely signing her time away, at least in the beginning, seemed to benefit the actress and her desire to be available for other work. Olsen does acknowledge that not completely knowing when Marvel would need her has led to some scheduling conflicts but she does like that they use her when it’s necessary for the story:

“It really has benefited me because they only continue to use me, not cause they have to, but because they think there’s a story that can be used. And so I’ve always felt even though I’ve had my own scheduling that has broken my heart in certain moments – I have always felt like they had a plan for me, and never really let me in on what that plan was, but I knew that they would only use me if it was useful.”

Elizabeth Olsen will continue to have the best of both worlds as she has already shot her next appearance as Scarlet Witch in DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, which could set up the next phase for her character, and she gets to expand on more non-MCU roles as she’s tapped to lead an HBO Max limited series from David E. Kelley. Olsen’s talent definitely shouldn’t be tied down to one project but Marvel is definitely lucky to have her whenever they can use her.

Do YOU think Elizabeth Olsen will be featured more in the MCU after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

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Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. TV Review

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Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. TV Review
May 17, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

Plot: In Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Patton Oswalt) has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet! 

Review: While every small screen offering produced outside of Marvel Studios has been canceled or met with a lukewarm reception, one final series is making an effort to build an audience outside of Disney+. With the MCU two series deep on the streaming services with Loki and What If? coming very soon, Hulu is premiering their own Marvel property that is definitely not a part of the PG-13 fare that is Kevin Feige's bread and butter. Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. is definitely not the animated superhero fare you are accustomed to seeing on Cartoon Network, but Adult Swim fans will instantly recognize and appreciate the direct inspiration of Robot Chicken on this crass yet heartfelt comic book sitcom.

Created by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt, M.O.D.O.K. reimagines Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's supervillain as a stereotypical suburban husband and father along the lines of Family Guy's Peter Griffin or Homer Simpson. The twist here is that while M.O.D.O.K. may tussle with heroes like Iron Man by day, at home his wife Jodie (Lucifer's Aimee Garcia) is an up-and-coming influencer, and his kids Lou (Ben Schwartz) and Melissa (Melissa Fumero) differ from him greatly. M.O.D.O.K.'s single-minded focus on world domination puts his relationship into a tailspin and forces him to concoct plans that involve time travel and other crazy plots that blend his home and work life in crazy ways.

In the workplace, M.O.D.O.K. must deal with his nemesis Monica Rappaccini (Wendy McLendon-Covey), henchman Gary (Sam Richardson), and new owner of A.I.M. Austin Van Der Sleet (SNL's Beck Bennett) whose approach to leadership differs drastically. Unlike the random skits of Robot Chicken, M.O.D.O.K. follows a serialized narrative over the ten-episode first season. There are very few non sequitur jokes as in Seth Green's long-running series but the animation style, vulgarity, and extreme violence are consistent with that show. Oswalt, who co-wrote the first episode alongside Jordan Blum, shows a deep love for Marvel Comics and includes characters both famous and infamous including Wonder Man (Nathan Fillion), Poundcakes (Whoopi Goldberg), The Leader (Bill Hader) and even Fing Fang Foom.

While not connected to the MCU, M.O.D.O.K. does have free reign to spoof, mock, and reference the breadth of Marvel Comics' massive universe. Patton Oswalt is spot-on as M.O.D.O.K. who is not the brilliant villain from the written page. In many ways, this M.O.D.O.K. reminded me of Gru in the Despicable Me films: he is clearly trying to be evil and his plans are those of any criminal mastermind, but deep down he is just a guy trying to keep his family together. Each episode centers on the tried and true sitcom formula of a personal problem and a work problem converging with a lesson being learned in the end. It is predictable from a structural standpoint, but that is where the subversive comedy elevates things.

The challenge for this series is taking the style and tone of Robot Chicken and expanding it from minutes to half an hour. Robot Chicken crams so many jokes into each episode because some last for less than thirty seconds before shifting to another. That rapid-fire format allows for even weaker skits to be sandwiched between hilarious ones, leaving the viewer with minimal time to recover. M.O.D.O.K. works far better than I would have expected because the writing is so strong. Oswalt and Blum lead a writing staff that clearly had a season-long arc established first before adding jokes into each episode which helps the story feel cohesive. They then sprinkled some random humor into each episode, which is heavily reliant on late 1990s pop music, along with some mid-level profanity and cartoon violence. Veteran Robot Chicken directors Eric Towner and Alex Kramer keep things moving at a steady pace which makes this series one of the more consistently funny comedies in a long time.

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. carries with it Kevin Feige's seal of approval and has already garnered a second season pick-up which means we have at least twenty episodes of bizarrely hilarious comic book animation headed our way. Patton Oswalt and Jason Blum show here that there is a lot of room for material in the Marvel Comics world that differs from the MCU and I hope that Marvel Studios recognizes that and enlists them for a project within the official cinematic universe. Until that happens, Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. is a hilariously crass reinvention of a supervillain as an everyman and anti-hero.

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. premieres May 21st on Hulu.

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Fantastic Four: Emily Blunt shoots down casting rumors

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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

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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.

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