Ever since the news broke that Disney was buying FOX fans have been wondering when we might actually see the X-Men and the Fantastic Four join the MCU. Well, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, It's not going to happen for a very, very long time.
A lot of fans were hoping to see some of these characters pop up in Phase 4, but it might not even happen until Phase 5 or 6! During a recent interview with The Playlist, Feige was asked about this and he said:
"No, because any of that deal would take a while to get going and years from whenever and if ever it happens. So, certainly it won’t impact the five movies we’ve announced, and it probably wouldn’t impact anything for a handful of years after that. Because really, we’re not thinking about that. We’re thinking of delivering on what we promised. Any movie, especially for any characters we don’t have the rights to yet until someone tells us we do, would be even further after that."
That whole deal between Disney and Fox is still be ironed out. As far as I know, everything is on track to go through, but until there are signatures on a contract, anything can happen. If the deal actually does go through, though, then that's when Feige and the creative team at Marvel Studios will start figuring out how to make it work.
This is just another one of those things that we're really super excited about, but we are also going to have to be super patient.
Marvel has been working on developing a Black Widow solo movie for a few months, but today we actually have some inside information on what the story might entail. According to a recent report from That Hashtag Show, the movie will be a prequel and it will involve The Winter Solider. So, if you were hoping for a Black Widow and Hawkeye team-up flick, it doesn't look like that's going to be the direction they take it. The report says:
"The film will find Natasha living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union! That timeline places the film firmly in the mid-2000s, meaning we'll meet up with Nat prior to the events of Iron Man 2. That time frame opens up plenty of options, and while many fans seem to want a Black Widow/Hawkeye team up in Budapest, we've been told that early discussions about the film involved Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier."
There's a good amount of history behind Black Widow and Winter Soldier in the comics that this movie could play with. I actually like that their history is something that they may be looking to explore, and actor Sebastian Stan already said that he would be up for appearing in the film. When talking about the characters, Stan said:
“They have a very nice history in my opinion. It’s very intricate…the truth is he actually taught her in the comic books. He was a teacher to her. It’s all set during a specific, interesting time. The Cold War. It’s all a very… spy, thrillerish, noirish story…it would be very interesting to explore that on film. I would love if the do that. You know, I hope. Maybe they will.”
A prequel film involving these two characters could really turn out to be pretty badass. Black Widow is currently being written by Jac Schaeffer, and Thor: Ragnarok's Brad Winderbaum is on board as an executive producer.
What do you think about the idea of a Black Widow film that involves The Winter Solider?
Anthony Hopkins is a funny dude, but due to the many serious and scary roles he's played throughout the years, that often gets lost in translation. For example, when you watch this video he uploaded to Twitter of him dancing, does it make you laugh...or are you a bit disturbed and weirded out? I'm still on the fence:
Screen Rant is reporting that the DCEU may be adding five superheroes to its roster in Shazam!. Nothing is confirmed, but if their sources are correct, we can expect Adam Brody, Michelle Borth, Ross Butler, D. J. Cotrona and Meagan Good to be the adult superhero versions of Billy Batson’s foster family from the New 52 story. The actors were spotted in Toronto around the same time and they all recently followed each other on Instagram according to the report. If the report is true, then these are the most likely matchups: Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) will transform into Brody, Broth will be the older version of Mary Bromfield (Grace Fulton), Ian Chen’s Eugene Choy will age into Butler, Cotrona will be Pedro (Jovan Armand), and Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman) will age into Good.
Do you think we’ll see the Shazam Family in action? Will it just be at the end of the film? Is this all just a red herring?
Last week a rumor was reported that Marvel Studios was developing a big screen adaptation of The Eternals. Turns out that rumor is true! Kevin Feige himself confirmed the news during an interview with The Wrap saying:
"Eternals is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate. We have started working on what are the films post-phase 3."
We know that the next phase of Marvel's plan will heavily involve the cosmic universe, so a property like The Eternals makes sense to throw into the mix. I loved Jack Kirby's style on this comic series and I would love to see that brought to life in film form.
The report goes on to say that the studio has been meeting with multiple screenwriters and the current plan is reportedly set the female Eternal known as Sersi as the lead. She can manipulate cosmic energy to grant herself virtual immortality, invulnerability, and reshape the molecules of other people or objects. In case you need a little info on The Eternals, here's a breakdown of their origin:
The Eternals first came into being about a million years ago when the First Host of Celestials arrived on Earth to perform genetic experiments on the nascent human race. To test the adaptability of the human gene, the Celestials accelerated the evolution of a handful of subjects and gave them the genetic potential to mentally manipulate limited quantities of cosmic energy, as well as other superhuman traits. Thus the Celestials created the race of Eternals, an evolutionary offshoot of humanity. The Celestials also performed similar experiments on subjects that led to the creation of the Deviants, another offshoot of humanity.
The Celestials altered the structure of the DNA complexes of the first generation of Deviants. The result was an unstable genetic code that radically changed the physical characteristics of Deviants with each generation. Thus a Deviant child will greatly differ in appearance from either of his or her parents. The Celestials experiments also involved implantation of latent genetic material in specimens of humanity's ancestors that would one day permit benevolent mutations in human beings.
I know that this Eternals movie isn't set in stone at this time, but I do hope that this movie does end up in their lineup of upcoming films.
Marvel Studios has done a great job so far with their films and we've seen them play with several different kinds of genres over the years. But one genre they haven't really played with yet is the horror genre. We know that Josh Boone is doing that with his New Mutants movie, but will Marvel Studios one day decide to dive into that genre and try something new with it?
While talking to CB, Kevin Feige says that it's certainly a possibility! When asked if the studio would eventually give it a try with characters like Blade and Man-Thing, he said:
"I like both of those characters that you named, and I think, again, horror can mean a lot of things. Horror, did you mean a movie like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Hostel or a Friday the 13th or a Poltergeist? Poltergeist is a little bit more my wheelhouse, that's such a great movie and it scared the heck out of me but it's really fun. I don't know, I certainly would like to play with as many genres as possible."
I hope they play with it! It would be a shame if they didn't! Hell, they could even get into horror comedy with a character like Hell Cow! One thing is for sure, to stay fresh and relevant, Marvel is going to have to keep pushing the boundaries and trying new things. Feige went on to say:
"I think it always and I hope will continue to vary. I enjoy very much the success of Thor: Ragnarok, and all of the articles that were being written around the release of that film that 'the MCU has now just gone full comedy,' 'MCU has just embraced the full silliness and is just embracing a very eclectic, strange sense of humor.' And I remember reading those and thinking, 'Yes, but wait till you see Black Panther.' And now Black Panther and the advertisements for Infinity War, 'everything's gonna be dark now, everything's gonna be...' I will say it always will vary depending on the story we wanna tell on any individual movie."
As long as Marvel keeps getting talented filmmakers to tell these great and compelling stories, I'll keep watching. Setting those stories in different kinds of genres is just all part of the fun!
Would you like to see Marvel make a horror film? If so, what kind of horror movie would you like to see?
Netflix has announced that they will be producing a Fast & Furious animated series that will be developed by DreamWorks Animation Television. Out of all of the animated series that could have been announced, I wasn't expecting this!
The series will center around Tony Toretto, and he will follow "in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination."
It sounds like it could be fun. Netflix has actually put out some decent animated content, so I'll be hoping for the best. The series will be produced by Tim Hedrick, who wrote for DreamWorks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender series, and Bret Haaland, who has produced DreamWorks’ animated shows like All Hail King Julien and The Penguins of Madagascar. They will also both serve as showrunners. Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, will also serve as producers.
Margie Cohn, president of DreamWorks Animation Television, had this to say in a statement:
"We are excited to extend and expand our successful relationship with Netflix by not only delivering more high-quality DreamWorks programming, but connecting fans of Universal films with fascinating new stories. Our new home at Universal marks an exciting new chapter for storytelling at our studio, and Fast & Furious is only the beginning."
Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family for Netflix, went on to say:
"We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next level with new opportunities from the vast library of Universal Pictures. The ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise is a global phenomenon beloved by audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait to get started on the new animated series that will capture the action, heart, humor and global appeal of the feature films."
What do you all think about the Fast and Furious franchise expanding into the world of animation!?
HBO has released a teaser trailer for their new limited series Sharp Objects, which stars Amy Adams. The series is based on the book by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places) and the story follows a reporter named Camille Preaker (Adams), who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. As she tries to "put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely."
HBO always tends to put out great quality shows and Sharp Objects looks like it's going to be a dark and fascinating crime thriller, which I enjoy. So, I'll definitely be checking this one out.
The eight-episode series also stars Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. The series will premiere on HBO in July 2018.
One of the most anticipated moments from Avengers: Infinity War is when we see Hulk face off with Thanos. We all know that it's going to happen at some point in the movie and when it does, according to Mark Ruffalo, it's going to have major ramifications.
During a recent interview with Screen Rant, Ruffalo teased Hulk's first encounter with Thanos. Don't worry, though, he's very careful not to spoil anything, but he does say some things that will cause fans to speculate what could happen.
"Well, uh, that’s, that’s tricky. It definitely has ramifications. He’s definitely, he’s never met, uh, another opponent quite like that and um, uh, their first encounter sort of a propels what will be, you know, the rest of these next two movies. So, um, and then what ends up happening between Bruce and The Hulk."
I assume the two characters will encounter each other for the first time on the Asgardian refugee ship, which is where we last saw Banner/Hulk. I'm sure you all remember the post-credits scene in the film.
We know that Hulk is strong, but Thanos is much stronger, especially with the Infinity Gauntlet. But what could that mean for Bruce Banner and The Hulk? Things are obviously going to be a lot more complicated than seeing the two of them smash the hell out of each other, but I'm sure that will be part of it!
Kevin Feigealready said that Thor: Ragnarok was the first of a three-part story arc for The Hulk that will play out over the course of these next two Avengers films. A lot of fans speculate that this will eventually lead to the separation of Banner and Hulk like in the comic books. Maybe Thanos will play a big part in making that happen in Infinity War with the power of the Infinity Gauntlet.
We'll find out in a few days when the movie is released!
Lucasfilm has released a new collection of character posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story that features many of the new characters from the film that haven't had their own poster yet. Then, of course, there are the usual suspects, and Han Solo making that goofy face of his.
Some of those other characters include Rio (Jon Favreau), L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), Val (Thandie Newton), and Beckett (Woody Harrelson).
Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to light speed in a high-octane adventure that navigates the perils of a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, forges new friendships that will last a lifetime, and reveals untold secrets from the hidden past of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. Han Solo meets loyal co-pilot Chewbacca and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian for the first time, bound by a desperate mission against impossible odds that will help shape the irresistible scoundrel audiences have come to love.
The Ron Howard directed film also stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Emilia Clarke as Qi'Ra.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.