With Disney news being scarce on the way to D23, I wasn't expecting anything this significant from Marvel Studios. And well, technically this isn't about them, it's about Sony. I heard this first last night on Collider, but at that point it seemed there was a lot of hope still they could come to something. Today when I woke up though, THR has pretty much confirmed Sony is taking their ball & going home when it comes to Spider-Man. After a long negotiations the webslinger will not be returning to the MCU. Stupid move for Sony in my book, but I can’t say I didn't see it coming. With the Venom & Spiderverse success, & a little time with the borrowed super success of the MCU films, Sony might think they have it figured out now. Who knows what this means for the character. We know a third with Holland should be a given with the billion dollar run of Far From Home, imaginehow that will look if you just strip away all things MCU? No Tony, no Happy, no reference to the Avengers, or even the blip from Thanos' snap. That's a ton of major plot points. They could Spiderverse him. Would anyone want to see that though? They could kill him off early in the next & go Miles Morales proper. I feel like Sony has a lot more to think about right now than Marvel. It's easier to write out a character than to write out all the characters around a character & keep going. It seems to all come down to money in the long run. Marvel wants to bump there 5% to 50%, & that's a hell of a jump. A Sony Spider-Man has never made a billion dollars & climbing though. They topped out at 890 mil with Spider-Man 3. No argument their worst, only getting there due to the success of part 2. Take that & double it you've got 1780. With Far From Home at 1109 & still creeping, we're shy 680 million as of right now to doubling the profits of Sony's best outing with the friendly neighborhood hero. While that's a huge number still, I'm just saying maybe that 50% is crazy, but so is 5%. Negotiations were needed, but like I’ve been saying, I saw this coming. Contract was up after Far From Home. Anything past actually would have been the surprise for me. I just barely started to think a third might happen after how much money this one did make. Not that my thoughts will matter to them, but I think Sony's failing to see that big picture of their losses as of right now. Even if they had to give up more than they wanted now, they should think long run. If Sony was smart they'd have negotiated “Spiderversing” Holland in the end of a MCU third or side entry like Doctor Strange. Even if it's a 1 or 2 film contract to do so. Everyone wins. No missing MCU character, & Sony gets Holland, with story still in tact, to drop in any part of the Spiderverse they please. Anyway, curious to see what happens, but even more so to hear y'all's thoughts. Put ‘em in the comments, like, & share.
Marvel Studios dropped its upcoming lineup for not only film, but also Disney+ at SDCC's Hall H. With a couple little tidbits, actors, dates, & online big surprise to me in a certain half-vampire vampire slayer. Here's what they’re coming with:
First & foremost the one we probably have heard the most about, Marvel Studios' THE ETERNALS with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumai Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee. Directed by Chlo Zhao, we now have a date of November 6, 2020. This might be the one I'm the most curious about. It has the potential to really set up the next phase of Marvel.
Next up, Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings. With Simu Liu as Shang-Li, Awkwafina in an undisclosed role, & Tony Leung as the real Mandarin. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton with a date of February 12th, 2021. I was excited for this just as a kung-fu film. Now with this real Mandarin news I can’t wait for this one.
Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role of Natasha Romanoff. Cate Shortland directs the film, which also features David Harbour as Alexei, aka The Red Guardian; Florence Pugh as Yelena; O-T Fagbenle as Mason; and Rachel Weisz as Melina. It has a date of May 1st, 2020, & my big question is if this is a prequel, what effect will it have on the current state of the MCU?
On November 5th 2021, we've got a new God of Thunder coming, or should I say Goddess. Natalie Portman joined director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, and Tessa Thompson on stage, wielding Thor’s hammer as it was revealed that her character, Jane Foster, will become the Mighty Thor in the next installment in the Thor franchise. Straight out of the comics, I'm not sure what to think of this one. The run with Jane as Thor was great, & if they can capture that it could be real special. I’m expecting some fallout with this announcement.
Doctor Strange will be returning May 7th 2021, & even more. This time around he will be joined by Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Elizabeth Olsen revealed that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will have a direct connection to the Disney+ series WandaVision, which we'll mention later. Benedict Cumberbatch stars once again as Doctor Stephen Strange and Scott Derrickson returns to direct. Doctor Strange was a big surprise for me. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. Knowing everyone is coming back plus some, has me highly anticipating this one.
No date for this one, but it has me super pumped. The first Blade is one of my all time favorite films. This time around Mahershala Ali will star as the title character, who in Marvel comics is a half-human/half-vampire who protects mortals from the undead. Loved & have been watching Ali since Luke Cage. Where I said he basically played Wesley Snipes' Nino Brown from New Jack City. Now we get to see him fall into an actual Snipes role with Blade.
Next up was the Disney+ lineup. With Marvel confirming some titles for the upcoming streaming service. Fall 2020 sees The Falcon & the Winter Soldier. Where we’ll see Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) embark on a new chapter, post Endgame. Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) will be joined by Daniel Brühl returning as Civil War villain Baron Zemo. Spring 2021 will bring us Wandavision. Here we follow fan-favorites Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. However it was revealed in Hall H they'll be joined by an adult Monica Rambeau. Who, if you're keeping score is the daughter of Maria Rambeau from Captain Marvel, played by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris. This was the lowest thing on my list, but now knowing it has some effect on the second installment of Doctor Strange, it's moved itself higher. Loki will join us Spring 2021. Tom Hiddleston will reprise the role, & hopefully we find put what happened when he stole back the space stone in the past as seen in Endgame. Talk about perfect set up. Jeremy Renner was on hand to reveal the Fall 2021 series’ title, & let us know, a popular Marvel comics character will be an integral part of the series. Can’t wait to see who will be joining Clint & daughter Kate? I’m a big fan of Renner in this role. Very curious where this one's going. Last but certainly not least we have a series I'm highly anticipating, What If?. Summer 2021 we get to visit alternate realities with Jeffrey Wright voicing The Watcher. Marvel Studios is assembling a stellar voice cast from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reprise their roles as voice talent. This was one of my favorite comic titles as a kid. All in all, these are some amazing announcements, plagued by the fact that we had already heard murmurs of just about all of them. The Blade thing's probably the only real surprise of this whole announcement. Other than giving us a lineup. According to Screen Rant, quickly at the end of the panel Feige also confirmed Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Captain Marvel 2, & The Fantastic Four. Stating that there wasn't enough time to talk mutants. No time lines makes me think those are outside the 2 yr marks of all this stuff we just got dates for though. I was thinking there was going to he a few more surprises, but I've got this feeling there's a reason they’re playing a shorter game. Only giving us 2 years out. I am really intrigued with what I'm hearing. I'm figuring there will be a overarching storyline to weave all these starting to develop. I can tell it's something they’re not trying to give an inkling on. What about y'all? What are y'all's thoughts? Put ‘em in the comments, like, & share.
A THR exclusive has Taika Waititi returning to write & direct the fourth installment of Marvel Studios Thor. Which while it will be a follow up to his Thor: Ragnarok, will also be dealing with the events of Avengers, both Infinity War & Endgame. Hemsworth is expected to return. This will put Warner's Akira on hold indefinitely. Even though I was curious to an extent for that one, this is way better news for me. I absolutely loved Thor: Ragnarok. Probably one of my most rewatched Marvel films. I can't wait to see what he brings next. Not only that, but also how this all is gonna start to lineup the more titles we know for sure are in the works. Anyway, awesome news for me. What do y’all think though? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
You will once again get warned by Tom Holland not to watch this Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer before Avengers: Endgame upon watching, & for good reason. First, is this all takes place after knowing if Tony Stark's demise. Second, it also let us know a multi-verse has been created due to the events of Endgame 's snap. That's where we're introduced to Mysterio from another dimension. Dosen't make me trust the character any more, but apparently in his dimension he's a good guy. I'm loving this trailer. We're really gonna start testing some waters of comicbookdom that non-comic fans haven't been in yet. Tickets also went on sale today. Join the battle, I learned form Endgame, got mine immediately. One thing that worries me though, is this next step in Marvel is a big one. We seem to be in a place where we're getting further away from a true starting place. I'm cool with that, & as many people have seen these judging by Box-offices, so are they. You begin to wonder if these will get to a point where they intimidate new watchers. It's a lot of catch up for a beginner to enjoy Avengers: Endgame. That's only gonna keep getting bigger. I been on this ride form the jump though, so I can't wait. Let's dive into some sci-fi comics. This trailer is all the things we'd expect from a Spider-Man sequel, & a lot more. It's hinting on the same world building level as Civil War was. What do y'all think though? About the trailer, or this very sci-fi future the Marvel Universe is heading into? Put it in the comments, like, & share.Read More
So while this new spot for Avengers: Endgame doesn't really show us much new footage, it does tell us some new info on the mission. Captain America's pep talk to his fellow Avengers let's us know they're splitting up into teams. This means the battle is going to be waged on multiple fronts most likely. Which for me only adds to the epicness of a "for everything" battle scene. This spot also ends on a hilarious exchange with Rocket & Ant-Man. Great quick spot, but can this just go ahead & happen already. The 25th seems so far away. What do y'all think of this whole multi-front battle angle? Put it in the comments, like, and share.
How much money is Disney putting into Disney+ ? The future streaming service has announced numerous endeavors including a series based on Loki, Vision & Scarlet Witch, & Winter Soldier & Falcon. Now a Variety exclusive just added Hawkeye to that list as well. It's said to be showing him mentor his daughter, Kate Bishop to take up the mantle. Jeremy Renner will be reprising his role in the series. As usual on these, no comment from Disney, but this is exciting. We're getting a whole miniature MCU on Disney+, & I can't wait. Disney+ is already a must have & it hasn't even released yet.Read More
This clips covers some of the footage they went over that was shown at CinemaCon. A fleshed out version of the scene where Thor meets Captain Marvel. The big piece unveils the whys as to hunt down Thanos. Apparently, it sounds like he's used the stones again. With the plan being to retrieve them. Sounds easy right? Anyway cool clip, had to get it from Movie Access Trailers, so it's followed by the other trailers. War Machine questions Marvel, Cap curses, & the beginnings of a plan is formed. Do they know how ready we are for this thing? My levels are pushing to anxious.Read More
While it looks like Angelina Jolie will be filling the shoes of Sersi, in Marvel's upcoming film "The Eternals", Kumail Nanjiani is now in talks for an unnamed role as well. A Hollywood Reporter exclusive reportsRead More
A lot of settling went into the battle for my tickets this morning as all apps were pretty much in lockup while fans went crazy trying to secure their spots. Meanwhile, this "special look" trailer dropped, to announce said tickets for what has probably become the most anticipated event of the year. And what a special look it was! We finally get see Cap & Iron Man together for the first time since they went at it in Civil War, & so much more. I'll probably watch this thing 50 more times, as there were so many things jammed into this minute my head was about to explode trying to take it all in. Thanos, a spaceship piloted by Captain Marvel, & probably more misdirection than we can even imagine. Great quick look, that made me wonder if the Russos were still only feeding us stuff from the first act? Not to mention that scene where Tony asks Cap if he trusts him sure does look like the same spot in New York where he fought Ebony Maw. So many questions, but only 23 days until they're all answered. Great trailer though. I'm pumped up to a level of anticipation I'm not sure I've ever had. That said, what did y'all think of this trailer? Anything I might've missed? Throw it in the comments, like, & share.Read More
A Hollywood Reporter exclusive just put Angelina Jolie as "in talks" to star in Marvel's upcoming Eternals film to be directed by Chloe Zhao. No confirmation from Marvel, & in talks never means anything in concrete, but personally, I think she's a great addition to the MCU. I'm a big fan of Jolie's acting abilities. Hell, even when it comes to my hatred for Maleficent, it has nothing to do with her performance at all. Based on Kirby's epic title about the near immortal perfect Eternals vs the monster like Deviants, both created by the Celestials. THR sources report "one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans." In addition to no word from Marvel, there's also no word who Jolie will be playing if these talks go through. Nonetheless, I'm sure she'll be a great addition no matter the role.
I've been dealing with a lot if bad news as of late. So, needless to say I needed some good news in my life, & here it is. Deadline has just reported that James Gunn has been rehired to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3!!! After being unceremoniously fired for 10 year old tweets & confirmation of his script still being used, he's officially back in the director's chair. In my opinion he's by far, hands down the only man for the job. Much less, the only man who could deliver an amazing follow up to one of the two greatest soundtracks ever made in the form of Awesome Mixtapes Vol. 1 & 2. I never thought this announcement would come, even though I knew it should. Now let's get this film out. I am once again excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!!!Read More
Where the last trailer for Avengers: Endgame felt like it was all about how this bridges from Infinity War, this new one is more about bridging everything we've seen from the start of the MCU as a whole. Dug seein' the new suits. Apparently, geared for space travel or Quantum Realm time travel. Lord knows there's been plenty of theories. These are on point to the concept art a long while back that people where questioning the truth of. Loved the epicness of going all the way back to the beginnings & stringing them into the now. There's now no doubt in my mind Hawkeye/Ronin loses everything in the snap. My favorite part of this trailer however, is the interaction between Thor & Captain Marvel. Absolutely loved it. Anyway, loved this trailer, & as usual with MCU trailers, I'm glad they're not showing us much. Mainly they just build on the scenes they've already shown. I've also got to mention though, not sure what to believe after all the deception found in the Captain Marvel trailer vs the actual film. Curious though, what are y'all's thoughts? Put 'em in the comments, like, & share.
The title says it all. This featurette really does set the stage for Captain Marvel. It felt like that opening scene for Romeo & Juliet, "In fair Verona where we lay our scene..." Anyone who just don't know what to expect at all, can pretty much get the whole of it right here. So if you're only into these Marvel movies, & don't really know anything else about comics, this featurette is for you.
So, there have been a lot of things on everyone's mind since the purchase of Fox by Disney when it comes to the Marvel universe. First & foremost, I thought this would be a given. According to Bob Iger Fox's ultra popular R rated superhero films will keep going forward. Namely Deadpool . However, I'm sure they will go on under a separate banner than the Disney owned Marvel. Some think the name Fox will stay, I'm leaning more towards a rebirth of the Marvel Knights division, but we'll have to see. The big news is Deadpool's R rating is safe. The second big Fox/Marvel news answers an even bigger question for me. In an interview with Collider, Lauren Shuler Donner addressed the state of the X-Men since the purchase. Obviously we're still getting the possible train wreck that will be Dark Phoenix & New Mutants is done however which way we receive it. After that everything is up in the air though as she states all further X-Men projects are on hold. She's hoping we hear something post Avengers: Endgame , & even more so she Hope's we're going in a different direction than we already went. No one will know until the inevitable big announcement, but I'm thinking this is a good thing. At least we know they're prepared to take this seriously, & give it some real thought. I want a series of X-Men in the MCU, but more so than that, I want it to be consecutively good. As of now we have a hodge podge of great, mediocre, & bad X-Men films. None of which having any real form of continuity. As the X-Men have always been my favorite Marvel property, I would love to see then get the level of MCU consistency we've grown to expect. What do y'all think though? Are you more excited for the continuation of Deadpool & possibly other R rated heroes? Or the fact that it seems a lot of thought is going into reimagining some quality X-Family titles? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
First was the Superbowl TV spot for Avengers: Endgame . Now we get another for Captain Marvel . Matching the same intensity of the Endgame trailer, jamming a whole lot into 30 seconds, & at the same time not showing much more than we've already seen. In fact, besides Coulson & Fury going airborne, I could only catch scenes we've already seen. Maybe stretched out one way or another, but nothing really new. The quick scene jump is really working for these though. It delivers in 30 seconds a more appealing trailer than we've got in all the longer ones in my opinion. Both these trailers seem to have an intensity to them that let's you know something big is going down. If you can't tell I really dug this look. Even if it was missing Goose the cat. What'd y'all think? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Here's our next look at Avengers: Endgame that came out for Superbowl Sunday. It's definitely a blink & you'll miss it look, but I'm cool with that. I don't really want to see a lot of this one. At least, until I'm sitting in the theater. In this quick look though, we do get a couple big things. We get a look at a rather empty world left behind by Thanos. Half empty to be exact. We also see a quick glimpse of Tony Stark & Nebula helping each other to piece together their space shuttle. They also give us a shot of the remaining Avengers following Captain America. I'll have to watch this a few more times to see if I blinked & missed anything else. All in all, I like that they kept it small here. Awesome trailer to be crammed into 30 seconds. Check it out. If you catch anything big I missed let me know. Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Marvel Studios released a new film clip from Captain Marvel, & in all honesty, it just seems like a strange clip to release. It's dead in the middle of a multiple chase scene. Young Nick Fury & Phil Coulson are chasing Captain Marvel as she's chasing what is most likely an undercover Skrull. It's probably very early in the film, due to her wearing her StarForce colors & not the blue, red, & gold costume, but it's just an odd snippet. It starts from nothing & pretty much ends from nothing. I do think it's awesome how much this looks like a throwback to the more modern-era Marvel films. It totally has a 90s vibe to the look of everything. Hell, it almost even looks like it was filmed in the 90s. Anyway, beings there's no context the clip really, it's neither good nor bad in my book. Just a strange clip to release once again. What do y'all think? As movie advertisement, would this steer you one way or the other? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
One of my favorite Marvel Cinematic movies has to be Doctor Strange . So you can imagine my excitement at the return of the team that made the original. According to comicbook.com, returning screenwriter C. Robert Cargill is set to submit a script for approval to Marvel Studios to await approval. If approved he'll reteam with director Scott Derrickson shooting for a May 7th, 2021 release. They also mention during a Q&A with That Hashtag Show he threw out some details of what his sequel will be exploring. His current plan is for Nightmare to be the villain, eventually leading back to Baron Mordo. The latter of which he went on to add, ""For those of you who have ever read the comics, you know that Baron Mordo has a very particular arc, and that's something we discussed with Chiwetel while working on the first movie." Then adding, "And part of the reason Chiwetel wanted to play Mordo was because he has a definitive ending as a character and it's such a fascinating ending. And I do know that whether we're attached or not, that Marvel plans on working towards that ending and fully realizing Mordo as more than just a cardboard cutout villain, but actually taking him to kind of Loki levels of awesomeness. That's the goal with him." This is by far the biggest part of all this for me. I loved the build of Baron Mordo's character in the first film, & to know that Cargill or not, Marvel has plans to fully realize his character totally makes my day. Chiwetel was amazing in that role. To think they're going to let him take it to "Loki" levels has totally ramped up my excitement for the sequel & beyond. What are y'all's thoughts on these developments? Are you excited for the possibility of the original writer/director team returning, or the future of Baron Mordo? Do you think he could reach Loki levels? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Finally we have got the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the highly anticipated sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Marvel really knows how to do these teasers, but at 2 minutes, 47 seconds, this is more a trailer in my book than a teaser. Even though this highly disrupts the ending of Infinity War, we get some major first looks in this trailer. Jake Gyllenhaal looks like Mysterio just got ripped right out of the pages of the comic book. From what Gyllenhaal & Holland say they will be teaming up against the Elementals in this. Those are the "guys" you see them fighting in this teaser. Each one having control of a different element. Personally, in Mysterio fashion, I think this is just a ruse pulled off with his signature special effects. We also not only get a look at Spidey's new suit, but was that a black Spider-Man noirish suit? If you blink you'll miss it, but it was definitely there. The biggest thing I took out of this trailer though was Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury. Does that cat no how to make an entrance or what? Hands down my favorite part of this trailer. Helluva first tease though. I knew there was a reason this made my top ten anticipated list for this year! What about y'all? Did this move you one way or the other on this? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
One of the real interesting things announced for the Disney+ streaming service was a slew of Marvel Cinematic Universe series. One of which being The Vision and Scarlet Witch has just took some more steps forward announcing Jan Schaeffer as the writer/showrunner in a Hollywood Reporter exclusive. If that name doesn't ring a bell, she's one if the Captain Marvel writers, & she penned the screenplay for the Black Widow film currently under development. Personally, I'm a little surprised at this lengthy resume, before even Captain Marvel's release, but I'm their faith is well placed in the co-writer of Olaf's Frozen Adventure . Paul Betanny & Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their roles from the films. This in a series which I'm very curious as to the budgets of. Anyway, what do y'all think? Would you like to see an actual track record before this from the showrunner like we have with Favreau & The Mandalorian ? Or do you think this is a good choice, & Marvel must know what they're doing? For that matter, are you excited for a Vision/Scarlet Witch love story in the first place? Personally, I'm a little back & forth on it myself. Their relationship never really did it for me on the books. Hopefully, they can pull it off better in a series. Put your thoughts in the comments though, & don't forget to like & share.