The X-Men films are facing an end of an era, as this long-running franchise will likely be rebooted after Dark Phoenix premieres later this summer. Shortly after that, the mutants will be reshuffled into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making a lot of new team-ups and relationships possible for the future.
Recently, while some fans might be waiting to see the Black Panther franchise as a way to introduce Storm, Dark Phoenix star Alexandra Shipp explained that she didn’t think Ororo Munro needs a romance with T’Challa.
“No, I do not think Storm needs T’Challa. I think she needs her own movie! It does not have to be me, it just needs to be made,” Alexandra Shipp said to LRM Online during an appearance at WonderCon. “A woman doesn’t need a man in order to give her validity, and she has also been around longer than him.”
When Alexandra Shipp was asked if she would like to reprise her role as Storm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the star was surprisingly candid about the entire experience.
“I would and I would not [like that]. Storm barely has nothing to say as it is,” Shipp explained. “I do not know about you all [other factors] but like we never talk. So it’d be really nice if we were not piled into yet another jam-packed cast, in which you can only see me in the back of the shot like a f**ing sasquatch.”
As Marvel’s president Kevin Feige has a lot on his plate, it might be a while before the studio attempts to tackle a character like Storm again. Feige previously spoke with MTV News about that opportunity to use those characters.
“The truth is, I am excited for all of them. I’m excited, and it is not just the marquee names you know. There are hundreds of names on these documents and agreements,” Feige said. “And the fact that Marvel is now as close as we may ever get to have access to all characters is something I have been dreaming about for my almost 20 years at Marvel. And it is very exciting.”
The premiere of X-Men: Dark Phoenix in theaters is set on June 7.
FOX Canceled “The Gifted,” No Season 3 Coming
For the past two years, The Gifted has brought fans a new take on the X-Men universe, but now it looks like the show’s journey is coming to an end.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has opted not to renew The Gifted for a third season. This live-action drama is among the first cancellations for the newly-independent Fox Entertainment network, alongside freshman comedy series Rel. As THR updates, both shows are made by 20th Century Fox Television, which now exists under the Disney umbrella after the historic purchase of Fox’s assets that the House of Mouse made.
The Gifted series, which debuted in 2017, follows the Strucker family, and their life is turned upside down as they learn that their children have mutant abilities. The Struckers soon become part of an underground network of mutants, as they’re thrown into a war they were not expecting.
“We really tried to hammer out that they are not much different than you and me. And hopefully, their experiences are relatable to the audience, that they will go through things that are relatable to the audience,” The Gifted producer, Derek Hoffman, previously told in an interview. “And by doing that it is all about the metaphor for the characters and making sure the audience is invested in that relationship between them. I love the Strucker family. But I feel really bad for what we put them through. I enjoy it very much. But we try to put them through the wringer, and see what they are made of then pull them apart together and put the characters through the wringer.”
While it seems that The Gifted is on hold for now, Deadline reports “there is a chance” that the series could still find a new home within the Disney family, either through Freeform or Hulu.
“There’s 100% a cliffhanger, but it is not what people think,” the series star Emma Dumont teased earlier this year. “Maybe a new dimension? A new world? Or a new fashion? Maybe a new comic book character? Literally, it is the craziest twist. We were all shocked. It was like, ‘What is this?’”
“It is a big season finale,” added the showrunner Matt Nix. “this is the first episode where [the production] was like, ‘We have to do a meeting where everyone can come and sit there for a full hour approving effects, all meeting long,’ because there just was so much. Production basically was like, ‘This is impossible. I do not know what you were thinking; you should not have written this. So I was like, ‘Everyone breathes. We’ll figure out a way.”
So, how do you feel about the iconic Marvel drama The Gifted getting the axe at Fox? Share with us in the comments!
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Final Trailer Released
Yesterday, Dark Phoenix star Sophie Turner teased a surprise to X-Men fans. Now the surprise has arrived. The 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for Dark Phoenix, the final movie in the X-Men franchise. Enjoy the trailer above.
In X-Men: Dark Phoenix, “The X-Men will face their most powerful and formidable foe when one of the team, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean Grey is nearly killed when she was hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, the force not only makes her infinitely more powerful but far more unstable. Now the X-Men must band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Jean Grey’s new abilities to rule the galaxy.”
Simon Kinberg co-writes and directs Dark Phoenix. The film stars James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Even Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
Previously in an interview, Sophie Turner acknowledged the pressure to get this version of ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga’ right.
“Yes, a lot of pressure,” said Turner. “I know Simon was taking me out to lunch and he sits me down and tells me it is Dark Phoenix. And I was like ‘f***k.’ I know it is one of the most loved stories in the X-Men universe and for Simon to trust me enough with the responsibility is my big honor. So I want to do the fans of the original story justice. Of course, there is a lot of pressure especially having been done before. And Simon would tell you that it was a B-plot of the movie. He felt that it had to be the main plot of it.”
Also in an interview, Simon Kinberg brushed off concerns over X-Men: Dark Phoenix being rescheduled following reshoots.
“Movies get pushed all the time, “ says the director. “I remember J.J. [Abrams] pushed Star Trek a year; then he pushed Star Wars a year. Those movies turned out great. And our movies turned out great as well. We all really wanted to wait until the visual effects done… The biggest challenge of the movie in terms of time is visual effects. There is a lot of visual effects in the movie. They are really intricate, more intricate than we have ever had in these films, partly because it goes into outer space and that is hard to render. The movie actually will be done in just a couple of months. And you look at the calendar and start to see competitively where the best place for this film to be released would be the best time. The studio also felt like it warranted a big summer blockbuster because it became, despite the intimacy, a very big-scale movie. So, we started looking at summer. And that’s the perfect date for it in the summer.”
Are you excited to see Dark Phoenix? The film arrives in theaters on June 7.
“X-Men” Star James McAvoy Revealed His Interest in Playing The Riddler from DC Universe
James McAvoy has become one of Hollywood’s top talents. The actor has shared his work with Marvel for some time. McAvoy stepped in to play a young Charles Xavier within the X-Men film universe, but Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox will likely complicate the gig. So, it seems that the star is ready to throw his name in the hat for another comic book role.
However, this time, it turns out that James McAvoy would be very interested in playing an iconic DC Comics baddie.
James McAvoy says he's down to join the DC universe as The Riddler if he's out as Professor X in the MCU — ‘I’ve always thought DC does really good bad guys’
(via jamesmcavoyrealdeal | Instagram) pic.twitter.com/V6AXXglYAc
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) March 19, 2019
“The Riddler? I always liked him when I was growing up. That would be cool,” he said. “I have always thought DC does really good bad guys.”
Still, there are no public plans for the Riddler joining the DC Extended Universe, but James McAvoy would make an interesting pick. Currently, the Riddler does appear in Gotham, and the serial gig of this villain has become a favorite within the series.
Following what happens with Disney’s buyout of Fox, James McAvoy will be in the market for a new superhero gig. The actor began his tenure with X-Men franchise when he nabbed the role of Professor X. McAvoy debuted his take on the mutant in X-Men: First Class, but seemingly there are plenty more roles this Scottish actor wants to explore. And If the Riddler never pans out, McAvoy did say he has considered a try at Star Trek if the right role comes up.
“I’ll take you where no Star Trek fan has gone before,” James McAvoy said during a recent interview where he shared his interest in playing a young Jean-Luc Picard. “I’ll reveal things about Jean-Luc Picard that nobody even wanted to see. And I’ll rip this captain to shreds.”
So, do you think James McAvoy has what it takes to tackle the DC Comics character? Share with us in the comments!
Marvel May Not Make X-Men Films Until 2021 or Later
The merger is done, and it seems that the mouse has taken over the fox. At long last, Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox has finally come through, leaving the entertainment industry in a state of flux. With Disney becoming a bigger powerhouse than ever, details are beginning to trickle out about what is next for the studio. But it doesn’t seem there are immediate plans out for the X-Men franchise.
According to a new piece by THR, it appears the team at Disney – and Marvel Studios by proxy – are not ready to embrace Professor Xavier’s gifted youngsters quite yet.
“Unless [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige has a completed script waiting in his desk drawer, the newly arriving superheroes from the Disney-Fox merger are unlikely to hit screens until at least 2021, if not later,” The Hollywood Reporter reports.
And for those who want to know why the report takes such a hard stance, it all comes down to timing. This big acquisition of Disney has given the studio a slew of big-name properties, but fans are paying their close attention to Deadpool, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men. In the past, many reports have stressed Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool is apparently the only Fox-led iteration to jump on board with Disney. However, the story of the latter two franchises is now a bit different.
Feels like the first day of ‘Pool. pic.twitter.com/QVy8fCxgqr
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 19, 2019
Disney not only did inherit dozens of properties, but it also took on two yet-released X-Men films.
With Dark Phoenix will be the first X-Men film marketed by Disney, the movie is slated to debut on June 7 while New Mutants is aiming for a tentative August 2 premiere in spite of troubled reports. The House of Mouse is about to have its hands full sorting out these existing projects. And that does not account for lingering producer deals.
“The X-Men movies date back to 2000’s X-Men. There are also producer deals that will need to be looked at and either untangled or bought out, sources say. Lauren Shuler Donner, who championed the 2000’s film and has been a producer on all Fox’s mutant-centric films, is said to have a deal that calls for her to receive an executive producer credit on any X-Men film whether or not she’s actively involved. Kinberg may have a similar deal,” THR writes.
* Simon Kinberg is a longtime X-Men producer/writer and Dark Phoenix director.
With so much instability rocking Fox’s former IPs, it’s difficult to tell when Marvel Studios could being actively pursuing projects for the X-Men. With the MCU a blank slate following upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, anything seems possible for the world-famous franchise. And if Disney could whip up a rebranding of the X-Men or Fantastic Four by 2021, fans would be happier about it, but netizens should hold their breath over any movie announcements now.
So, would you mind waiting a bit longer for, say, a Wolverine x Hawkeye team-up? Let us know in the comments!
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Official Trailer Released
The trailer shows more context for Jean Grey’s transformation into the titular world-ending entity, and that’s the Dark Phoenix. It shows a more intimate moment between Mystique and Jean Grey, providing more impact for what will be a major moment in the film.
Watch the X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer above.
Spoiler for Dark Phoenix ahead. But if you are reading this story and have watched the trailer, it should not come as a major surprise.
Writer/director Simon Kinberg did confirm that Mystique would die in the movie, as indicated by the trailer, confirming Jennifer Lawrence’s exit from the long-running series. In an interview with EW, when asked why they decided to include that moment in the trailer, Kinberg gave a specific response.
“Well, the thought process behind is was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other X-Men films,” Kinberg said. “It is a movie where shocking things happen, and where intense, dramatic things happen. People do not just fall off buildings and dust themselves off then walk away. There is a reality and also a consequence of the movie. Even more than that, this was to show Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men.”
It is clear that this is the end of an era in the X-Men franchise, as indicated by Charles Xavier star James McAvoy.
“I love playing Charles. But you have got to write something interesting for you to do as an actor, you cannot just keep doing the same thing again and again. So it may be the time for somebody else to come in,” told McAvoy. “Marvel and Disney are very smart. They have done this excellently. And they seem to be on the verge of doing something with just regards to the X-Men anyway, which is exciting. And I am excited to see that. So can the X-Men fold into the Avengers world? Essentially, it is the Avengers world we are talking about. I don’t know.”
X-Men: Dark Phoenix premieres on June 7.
Marvel Fans Spots Connection Between “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and “Captain America: Civil War”
While the Disney & Fox merger will be completed later this month, it is no surprise Marvel fans are looking for some connection between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men franchise.
Recently over Reddit, a user noticed a similarity between Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. And it has some fans wondering whether it is just a coincidence or not.
Posted to r/Marvel, a subreddit operated by fans is “dedicated to Marvel Comics, its publications and hundreds of characters.” The image from the Dark Phoenix trailer shows a collar worn by Magneto (star Michael Fassbender) that happens to be similar to the one that Scarlet Witch (star Elizabeth Olsen) worn in Civil War.
You can see it below.
“From the Dark Phoenix trailer: the X-Men and Magneto are wearing inhibitor collars similar to the Scarlet Witch was wearing in Civil War,” wrote u/GodofCOnquerors.
As we can see, both look the same and likely work similarly to stop the characters from using their superpowers.
While some people think this is just a coincidence, others believe this was a purposeful choice. Considering in the comics, Magneto was once believed to be Scarlet Witch’s father; it would not be too far-fetched to suppose the same device would be used to deter their mutant powers. But, of course, that has since been retconned, and mutants don’t currently exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it is hard to say if this actually means anything.
Meanwhile, lots of Marvel fans are making good points on both sides of the argument.
“Probably more likely a coincidence,” replied u/DreadPirate_BlueTail.
“The guys who put the collars on them are called the ‘MCU,’ added the original poster. “I think it is an Easter egg.”
“That could be an early prototype of the collars since Dark Phoenix takes place in the ‘90s,” suggested u/_Andale_.
“Almost like there are so many generic prop schemas for ‘scri-fi prison collar,” u/Spiritofchokedout joked.
“Maybe because they are from the same comics?,” u/V4lr0g also pointed out.
And you, what do you think about these similar collars? Is this actually just a coincidence or is it hinting at an eventual merger between the franchises? Sound off in the comments!
Avengers: Endgame is hitting theaters on April 26, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on June 7.
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Director Teased Something New “Real Soon”
While fans are eagerly waiting for more information after the first trailer of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, what is likely to be the final installment in 20th Century Fox’s long-running Marvel series.
The oft-delayed movie is not set to release in theaters until the end of this summer. However, that doesn’t mean we will not get anything new in the near future. Writer/director Simon Kinberg just teased fans on social media that something down the pipeline very soon.
Take a look.
Simon Kinberg was responding to us, addressing the new trailer for The Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access, which he is producing. When asked if there was anything new for X-Men: Dark Phoenix coming, the director only replied that “you will see something real soon.”
Still, it is unclear if the current plan for Fox is to release the trailer on February 28, as was possibly teased in a deleted social media post. In this deleted tweet, the official Japanese Twitter account for Dark Phoenix shared a brief teaser for the film. The video, a copy of which was since uploaded by a fan. It showed Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) embracing each other, alongside a “2.28” written in fiery text.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix was also supposed to arrive in theaters by now, pushing back from its original release date in November to this month. But now it’s coming later in August.
In spite of the setbacks, Simon Kinberg seems excited for the next chapter in the X-Men franchise.
During an appearance at CCXP last December, he promised that Dark Phoenix would serve as the end of one chapter as well as the beginning of something new.
“I see it as a new chapter,” Kinberg said late last year. “And I see it as taking the franchise in a different direction totally. That does not mean the next one will have the same tone. It means that the next one can have a different tone. I’m thinking for many years. The X-Men, Bryan [Singer/director] really transformed the superhero genre in 2000 – 2001 when the first one came out. That is almost 20 years ago. It was a long time ago. At that time, superhero films actually weren’t wildly popular. There had also been a few failures in the mid-90s. And there had not been lots of superhero movies, if any, around that time and X-Men sort of was revolutionary in its moment.”
“But that was 20 years ago. I think, I really felt like it’s time to really change the look, the feel, the tone, and the vibe of these films. And that does not mean this is the one going forward. It just means if it’s me or whoever directs the next one, you can make it different. And you have to make it different.”
X-Men: Dark Phoenix premieres on June 7.
Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld Confirms “Deadpool 3” Will Happen
While X-Force may be dead, the creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld still expects the Ryan Reynolds-led standalone franchise to continue in “some form, some fashion.”
“That is not a concern to me,” Liefeld tweeted. “Disney paid $60 billion for Fox, and Deadpool is the most valuable asset in today’s market. It makes more than X-Men films.”
Nothing like deadlines to clear your head… let me be clear Deadpool 3 will happen, some form, some fashion. That’s not a concern to me. Disney paid $60 billion for Fox and Deadpool is most valuable asset in today’s market. Makes more than X-Men films.
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) January 28, 2019
According to a report from Variety, Disney purchased $71.3 billion to acquire X-Verse producers 21st Century Fox in a deal that will likely close in March of this year.
Previously, Rob Liefeld commentated that deal meant X-Force – writer/director Drew Goddard’s planned offshoot of Deadpool 2, reteaming Ryan Reynolds with franchise newcomers Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz as a much more violent band of black ops X-Men – was likely dead in the water, calling the potential $800 million-plus grosser a “victim of the merger.”
However, the star/co-writer/producer Ryan Reynolds was initially unsure of a Deadpool 3 in the wake of the last summer’s sequel.
As of January, a third movie is in the works under scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who reportedly will be taking the franchise “in a completely different direction.”
In May, when the spinoff looked more definite, Ryan Reynolds said the standalone Deadpool franchise probably moved forward under the X-Force branding as an ensemble.
“I do not know that there’d be a Deadpool 3. Really don’t,” he said at the time.
“I feel like that character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you have to take everything away from him. And I do not think that you can keep doing that. But I do see him as being part of X-Force, obviously. I’d love to see him in a team-up sort of thing, like mano a mano or a great female character from X-Men universe. I just think if you are going to do another Deadpool solo film, you have got to really, like, get the budget down to nothing and swing for the fences, then break all kinds of its weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do.”
Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that current Fox-controlled properties Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool would fall under the purview of Kevin Feige as well as his Marvel Studios banner when the acquisition is completed.
Even though Kevin Feige is firm the studio has yet to put any plans with these characters into motion – such moves are legally prohibited until Disney reclaims the screen rights from Fox – Marvel expectedly retains Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, even if the franchise is rebooted when integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, home to the Avengers and Black Panther franchises.
All the Marvel, DC, Disney, and Star Wars Films Releasing in 2019
The last 2018 was a huge year for movies, especially when it comes to franchises and studios that comic fans adore. Disney, Sony, Fox, Paramount, Marvel Studios, and Warner Bros. all put out big films in the last year. But it appears that 2019 will become even bigger. In the meantime, we have got all the films you need to mark your calendars for in this one handy place.
Before we get to 2019 though, the studios all put some great movies just in December alone, which was packed with geeky goodness. If you are a superhero movie fan, you got Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As for fans of Disney, then you got Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins Returns. And if you are a Transformers fan, Bumblebee was right up your alley, making it quite a month for fans.
In speaking of recent Aquaman, Warner Bros. only put out one DC film this year, but boy did they make it count. The blockbuster Aquaman has already sailed past the $1 billion marks worldwide and is already to the top-grossing DC movie ever. However, that is not a shabby way to end the year. And in 2019, DC is upping the ante with two films on the slate.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios had the incredibly successful Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year. The film surpassed the $2 billion mark and expectedly stays the same for the even more anticipated Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Actually, Marvel Studios has two movies coming out during the first half of the year, while Sony is following up the massive success of Venom with a new Spider-Man movie.
As for the House of Mouse, it looks as if they’re going to dominate in 2019 just like they did in 2018, with three live-action remakes on the horizon as well as other anticipated projects, both in animation and live-action. So yeah, Disney is probably going to crush it, especially when you consider that whole Star Wars Episode IX is coming at the end of this year.
And 20th Century Fox will soon come home to Disney. However, before they’re completely moved over, Fox still has a few movies up their sleeves.
Now, scroll down 16 headlines to see all the Disney, Marvel, DC, and Star Wars films hitting in 2019!
1. CAPTAIN MARVEL
Title: Captain Marvel
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release Date: March 8
First of all, the anticipated Captain Marvel will officially bring Carol Danvers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the star Brie Larson leading the charge, we could not be more excited to see what Marvel Studios has up their sleeves and how the movie will affect the next decade of Marvel films.
Sypnosis: “The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the most powerful heroes of the universe while Earth is caught in the middle of one galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is the all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the Marvel Cinematic Universe history.”
Release Date: March 29
Following the successful line of live-action films from Disney is Dumbo. The movie has Tim Burton putting his stylized touch on the beloved animated classic. If it is anything like the last several remakes of Disney, it should do quite well at the box office.
Synopsis: “From Disney with visionary director Tim Burton, an all-new grand live-action adventure as Dumbo expands on the beloved classic stories where differences are celebrated, the family is cherished, and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlisted the former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) alongside his children – Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) – to take care of a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him become laughingstock already in a struggling circus. However, when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attacking persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits a peculiar pachyderm for his newest and larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Then Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Collette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt Farrier learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of the dark secrets.”
Studios: Warner Bros.
Release Date: April 5
Next in Warner Bros. is the first DC title of the year in the Zachary Levi led Shazam!. It will be the first time of the character on the big screen. And the early reactions to its debut trailer are quite positive. That really looks to ratchet up the fun and humor. And Warner Bros. is obviously hoping to keep up the momentum from the billion-grossing Aquaman.
Sypnosis: “We all have a superhero inside us, and it takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In the Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one-word ‘SHAZAM!’, this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart – inside a ripped, godlike body – Shazam revels in his adult version by doing what any teen would do with their superpowers: have fun with them! So can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Or can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip the social studies tests? Shazam sets out to test the limit of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he will need to master these powers quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeis Sivana (Strong).”
Release Date: April 17
Following the events of 2019, Disneynature returns for the up-close look at Steve the Penguin and his other penguin pals in a gorgeous documentary about finding their love and fatherhood in the Antartic. The film expectedly brings us plenty of heart-tugging moments as a result.
Synopsis: “Disneynature’s all-new feature movie Penguins is a coming-of-age story about an Adelie penguin named Steve. He joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antartic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, and find a life partner to start a family. None of that comes easily for him, especially considering he is targeted by everything from the killer whales to leopard seals, that unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind ‘Bears’ and ‘Chimpanzee,’ Disneynature’s ‘Penguins’ opens in theaters nationwide in time for the Earth Day 2019.”
5. AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Title: Avengers: Endgame
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release Date: April 26
In the meantime, there are few movies in 2019 more anticipated than Avengers: Endgame, which will deliver the conclusion to the first ten years of Marvel movie stories as well as deal with the direct fallout and effects of the Infinity War ending. Marvel fans have still been on pins and needles waiting to figure out if the superheroes can overcome Thanos’ decimation. And thankfully, the wait for it is not that much longer.
Release Date: May 24
Next up in the Disney’s live-action success in their remake of Aladdin, helmed by Guy Ritchie. Still, there is not a lot known about the film, though from its first trailer and photos, fans get an idea of how the cast will look in the fully realized version of Agrabah. Now we just wait to see if Will Smith’s Genie looks like blue, so we will have a much better idea of how this is shaping up.
Sypnosis: “Aladdin is an exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous, self-determined Princess Jasmine alongside the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, bringing his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port of the city of Agrabah. The movie is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s Aladdin.”
7. DARK PHOENIX
Title: Dark Phoenix
Studio: 2oth Century Fox
Release Date: June 7
Once more, the Dark Phoenix saga is in the spotlight when Fox takes a second crack at the iconic story, and this time with the more recent cast. Hopes are high, but there’s still some trepidation around the project, which could eventually become one of the last X-Men movies that Fox ends up ever making thanks to the new merger with Disney.
Synopsis: “In the Dark Phoenix, the X-Men will face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. Throughout a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed as she’s hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she can return home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful but also far more unstable. Wrestling with the entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in the ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control and even hurting the ones who she loves most, Jean begins to unravel the very fabric which holds the X-Men together. Now, with the family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save the soul of Jean but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize the force and even rule the galaxy.”
8. TOY STORY
Title: Toy Story
Release Date: June 21
Now, the next chapter in the ultra-successful Toy Story franchise is almost upon us. And Disney fans will meet a new addition to this toy box in Forky. As we might expect from Pixar, there is substance underneath the adorable and hilarious adventures of the cast. And that it all starts with a spork.
Synopsis: “Woody has always been confident about his place in the world. And his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that is Andy or Bonnie. However, when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called Forky to her room, a rod trip adventure alongside her old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date), produced by Jonas Rivera (Inside Out, Up), as well as Mark Nielsen (associate producer Inside Out), and Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 ventures to US theaters on June 21st, 2019.”
9. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Title: Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release Date: July 5
The next adventure of Spider-Man is finally here. And he will also be getting plenty of new costumes as a result. Meanwhile, the biggest addition is the mysterious Mysterio, as he appears to be an ally in the movie, but we all know it better, and so does Nick Fury.
Synopsis: “Peter Parker returns in the Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Homecoming series. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join Peter’s best friends MJ, Ned, and the rest of his gang on their European vacation. However, his plan to leave super heroics behind for few weeks is quickly scrapped as Peter begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!”
10. THE LION KING
Title: The Lion King
Release Date: July 19
Furthermore, one of the most anticipated live-action remakes will happen mid-way through this year is The Lion King, which will see Jon Favreau back at the helm after his hugely successful remake of The Jungle Book. And fans seem to be ridiculously excited now.
Synopsis: “From Disney Live-Action, director Jon Favreau’s brand new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome the betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.”
11. THE NEW MUTANTS
Title: The New Mutants
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: August 2
Certainly, The New Mutants is a different type of X-Men franchise, coming for more of a horror feel than other adaptations, yet it still looks to include some fan-favorite characters, and plenty of material pulled from the comics. So we’ll wait to see if the gamble delivers.
Synopsis: “The story of the New Mutants, the team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s school.”
12. DISNEY’S ARTEMIS FOWL
Title: Disney’s Artemis Fowl
Release Date: August 9
This year, Disney would love to have another hit movie on its hands with Artemis Fowl, which puts a young genius descending from criminal masterminds in the spotlight. Throw in an army of fairies alongside a compelling mystery; you have got yourself a potent concoction. And Disney is hoping it can turn some heads.
Synopsis: “Directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl follows 12-year-old- genius Artemis Fowl – a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, when he finds himself in the battle of strength and cunning against the powerful and hidden race of fairies who may stand behind the disappearance of his father.
The film stars Ferdia Shaw alongside Lara McDonnell, Nonso Anozie, Tamara Smart, with Judi Dench, and Josh Gad. Judy Hofflund alongside Kenneth Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as the executive producers. The screenplay is by Conor McPherson.”
13. THE KITCHEN
Title: The Kitchen
Studio: New Line Cinema
Release Date: September 20
This Vertigo adaptation will feature a stacked leading cast and an intriguing premise. And it could be a sleeper hit if the movie strikes the right notes.
Synopsis: “Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars the Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, and Tiffany Haddish as three 1987 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp axe to grind, these ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands – proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition… literally.”
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: October 4
Still, there is not much to go on when it comes to the anticipated Joker film that puts Joaquin Phoenix in his role as the clown prince of crime. But we all know it is an origin story. And it has been teased as something, unlike any other superhero movie. With the talent involved, we are inclined to believe them.
15. FROZEN 2
Title: Frozen 2
Release Date: November 22
While fans have been waiting for a long time to get a Frozen sequel, this year is finally the year it does happen. Still, no official description or synopsis has been revealed. But we got some new details courtesy of a calendar released internationally. The film will see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf heading deep into the forest to learn an ancient truth in terms of the kingdom.
16. STAR WARS: EPISODE IX
Title: Star Wars: Episode IX
Release Date: December 20
Still, there is no official announcement has been released for this film. But it’ll close out the current trilogy started by J.J. Abrams in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, it is fitting that he’s back at the helm after The Last Jedi of Rian Johnson, bringing this new era to an epic finale and also setting things up for the Johnson-directed trilogy that comes after.
For the further news, stay tuned with us!
X-Men: “Dark Phoenix” International Trailer Officially Released
The 20th Century Fox has officially released a new international trailer for Dark Phoenix.
You can take a look below.
Dark Phoenix is the debut of director Simon Kinberg. He has said that he saw the film as the beginning of a new chapter for the X-Men movies franchise.
“I see it as a new chapter,” said Kinberg. “I also see it as taking the franchise in the different direction tonally. And that does not mean that the next one will have the same tone. It just means the next one can have a different tone. I’m thinking for many years. In the X-Men, Bryan [Singer] really transformed the superhero genre in 2000 – 2001 when the first one came out. That is almost 20 years ago. It was a long time ago. And at that time, superhero movies weren’t wildly popular, actually. There even had been a few failures in the mid-90s. And there had not been a lot of superhero movies too, if any, around that time, X-Men sort of was a revolutionary in its moment.
“But that’s 20 years ago. I think I felt like it’s time to really change the look, the feel, the tone, and the vibe of these movies. That does not mean this is the one going forward. It just means if it is me or whoever will direct the next one, you can make it different. You have to make it different.”
The director seems to feel like he has set up a very interesting new era for the X-Men film franchise.
From there, each movie can have a more distinct flavor to it, similar how Logan and Deadpool were made. And how the looming Fox & Disney deal and the X-Men’s presumed introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe affects that the future remains to be seen.
Simon Kinberg has spoken previously about the influence that Logan had on his approach to Dark Phoenix.
“The way that I wanted to make the movie was very different than the aesthetic of previous X-Men movies, which I have been very involved in and proud of,” he told Empire. “But I did want it to feel more naturalistic. I really wanted it to feel edgier, more handmade, and more real. I was so inspired by what James Mangold did with Logan. And I feel like if I could bring a measure of that aesthetic in the movie that all of the intergalactic and also larger-scale things happening in the film would feel more shocking, more realistic, more emotional. They would be grounded in some reality.”
Kinberg wanted Dark Phoenix to feel like a superhero movie, but still invoke the same tone and mood that were established in Logan and even, surprisingly, the Star Wars franchise.
“And so, all about the movie – from the costumes to the title card, the set design, and to the way the X-jet looks – all of that stuff is just more analog in a way,” Simon Kinberg said. “More like, well, let’s say, the original Star Wars movies. Not that analog, but the movies I grew up loving had this very gritty, edgy, cool, human feeling to them.”
So, are you excited about X-Men’s Dark Phoenix? Let us know in the comments below!
Dark Phoenix premieres on June 7th, 2019. Upcoming X-Men films include The New Mutants on August 2nd, 2019, and Gambit on March 13th, 2019. Once Upon a Deadpool now showing since December 12th.
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