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“Into the Spider-Verse”: Hailee Steinfeld Addresses Spider-Gwen Spinoff Movie

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At this point, Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has become one of the best superhero movies in a jam-packed year for the genre. And the film is filled with many memorable characters. However, few came as surprising as Spider-Woman affectionately known as Spider-Gwen.

The actress Hailee Steinfeld is rumored to return for a female-centric spinoff to the animated Spider-Verse movie, leading the next film alongside Jessica Drew’s Spider-Woman and Silk. When asked about the potential spinoff movie, Steinfeld expressed her excitement at the future of the Spider-Verse.

“Oh my goodness. To be a part of the film and play this strong female superhero, in this film particularly, is quite a privilege,” Hailee Steinfeld said to Entertainment Tonight. “The thought of a spinoff is incredible. If that were actually ever to happen, it would be my honor to be a part of it. I’d love that opportunity. For me, anything to do something like this again with these people would be an honor.”

Meanwhile, Voltron: Legendary Defender showrunner Lauren Montgomery would likely direct the movie with a script by Bek Smith. The rumor of a Spider-Verse spinoff did come ahead of the film’s premiere, along with the official news of a sequel already in the works that would feature Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales once again.

The star Hailee Steinfeld then spoke about the process of making the movie and seeing Spider-Gwen in action for the first time. Obviously, the character’s appearance did blow her away.

“I remember seeing her [Spider-Gwen] for the first time, and I felt like this is the coolest thing I have ever done,” Hailee Steinfeld revealed. “And it is one of those things where you hear about the directors were so excited about how she’s coming together. And the color scheme of her outfits, her look as a whole… I heard all about it. It is one of those things where I was like… okay, now they are going to show me a sketch. And I am going to have to act like it is great. Sure enough, when they showed that to me, as I said, it’s the coolest thing ever. But too bad, this isn’t live-action, because I wish I actually look like that.”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is playing in theaters.

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Blu-Ray Release Date and the Exclusives Arrived

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Eventually, Sony Pictures Animation’s acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse now swings onto 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 19.

Best Buy will offer an exclusive steelbook that contains the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD redemption code. Meanwhile, Amazon will release another exclusive edition with variant artwork housed in a slipbox that Spidey fans can pre-order now.

Also, Target will host its own as-yet-unrevealed exclusive edition. At present, none of the announced editions available for pre-order include a 3D disc.

In the meantime, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has yet to announce officially the release and accompanying special features.

As for Into the Spider-Verse, the film in recent weeks has been awarded the top animation prizes at the Golden Globes, alongside the Producers Guild of America Awards, and the Critics’ Choice Awards. And at the Annie Awards, the film took home seven trophies, including the Best Directing, Best Writing, and Best Animated Feature.

Furthermore, Spider-Verse next competes for the Best Animated Film Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards.

You can read the synopsis below.


“After a bite from radioactive spider grants him super-powers, the Brooklyn teen, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) becomes the one and only Spider-Man. When the gateway into the multiverse opens up, Miles Morales soon realizes he is not the only spidey superhero out there, as he meets many different versions of himself pulled in from other universes, including the original Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld). Together they fight off the evil Kingpin (Live Schreiber) and attempt to save the world.”


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1. STANDARD 4K ULTRA HD

2. STANDARD BLU-RAY

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3. STANDARD DVD

4. BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK

5. AMAZON EXCLUSIVE SLIPBOX

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Mark Hamill Trolls Fans Wanting “Star Wars: Episode IX” Trailer During Super Bowl With “Futurama” Reference

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During the last Super Bowl, most Star Wars fans had ruled out learning any information about Star Wars: Episode IX, though others held out hope that it would be delivered a surprise. In classic Mark Hamill fashion, the actor posted to Twitter, reminding his fans that one scene in Futurama previously “revealed” the upcoming film’s title.

From there, Mark Hamill teased, “Disappointed there were no Star War trailers shown during the Super Bowl? Agonizing over how long you will have to wait until they drop the title? RELAX nerds! Futurama predicted it years ago, and we all know: cartoons. Never. Lie. EXCLUSIVE BREAKING ‘NEWS’: Episode IX: Yoda’s Bar Mitzvah.”

In addition, Mark Hamill shared a photo of the scene in which the animated series referenced the upcoming film. He also included various edited images of what Yoda might look like while attending such a ceremony.

Though this clearly was a joke on Mark Hamill’s part, the amount of speculation surrounding the title over the years will not have us surprised. And when the title is revealed, we learn that an obscure corner of pop culture had already predicted that title exactly.

However, this is just the latest in a long line of intentional misdirects from Mark Hamill. It’s likely an attempt to preemptively refute any possible details he might unintentionally reveal about the film. Not only do these teasers offer an opportunity to mess with his fans, but if anything he accidentally spoils any actual details, Hamill can always claim he was merely joking.

Since the first Star Wars film, things have changed a lot in the realm of secrecy. Mark Hamill was previously pointing out just how little security there was around that film’s script.

“I remember when I read the first Star Wars [script], I was like, ‘Wow, that is the goofiest thing I have ever read.’ Then I gave it to my best friend to read; I said, ‘What do you think of it?’ And he said, ‘It is really wild. It is crazy. Can I give it to Meredith?’ so I said, ‘Sure, go ahead.’” Mark Hamill recalled to Entertainment Weekly. “It went around to all my friends. Of course back then nobody cared. But nowadays it is like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA. They are going to send rewrites over to Prague on this dark red paper that gives you a headache to read.”

Stay tuned for upcoming details about Star Wars: Episode IX! The film premieres in theaters this December.

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“Avengers: Endgame” New Trailer Released During Super Bowl

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A brand new trailer for Avengers: Endgame has arrived during Super Bowl LIII. We’ve got you covered.

The new look at the film is consistent with the marketing plan seen for Avengers: Infinity War, which precedes Avengers: Endgame in terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universes storyline. During Super Bowl LII one year ago, Marvel Studios revealed the second look at Infinity War. And this year, Avengers: Endgame will be a direct sequel picking up where Infinity War left off.

Now you can watch the full trailer below.

While details of Avengers: Endgame remains a secret, the directors of the upcoming movie, the Russo Brothers, did open up about their approach to the biggest film in Marvel’s history.

“You cannot chase bigger because you get yourself into trouble,” Joe Russo said during an interview with Comicbook. “What you can chase is storytelling. So, everything for us is based on the story. This is obviously larger in scale than the Civil War because we have more than double the number of characters in it. And it is Thanos. And it is cosmic. The stakes are the universe. You cannot get much bigger than that.”

And while the Russo Brothers knew all along that Infinity War would lead directly into Endgame, their desire to chase that story was so important that they wanted to tell a complete tale with the first half.

“It was important for us because the experience we wanted to have at the end of this story was the scene of emotional completion, in terms of what the narrative was in the film,” said Anthony Russo. “And hopefully, they will have that similar feeling. It is serialized storytelling. The mission was not to make one long movie and get out the scissors and cut it in half because that has never been the most fulfilling cinematic expression. So for us, that commitment was to try and put a beginning, middle, and an end to this, and a beginning, middle, and an end to that.”

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26. In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War is now streaming on Netflix.

Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films include Captain Marvel on March 8 and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5 this year.

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“Avengers: Endgame” Star Anthony Mackie Confirms That Falcon Is Dead

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The star Anthony Mackie joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson in the 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since then he quickly became a recurring face. After his debut, Mackie also made appearances in three straight MCU films, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America: Civil War. And it sounds like Avengers: Infinity War is indeed a close to the actor.

Eventually, Anthony Mackie has confirmed the fate of his character, Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Mackie was asked if the Falcon was gone. And in his response, Mackie claimed that the fate of Sam Wilson in Infinity War left him looking for new work. And that he would not be in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

“Well, obviously, if you did not see part three [Avengers: Infinity War], spoiler alert, that I died,” said Mackie. “A lot of people died. So I am gainfully unemployed. And that is why I’m doing other movies now.”

You can watch the full video below.

Anthony Mackie’s character was one of many heroes and others who disappeared after Thanos snapped his finger and unleashed the power of all six Infinity Stones (a.k.a. The Decimation). That moment has become a pop cultural touchstone since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters last year. Or just look at how The Simpsons borrowed it for one of their famous couch gags.

Regardless, we will find out who still has a future in the franchise when Avengers: Endgame comes to theaters on April 26.

In the meantime, Anthony Mackie reportedly will return to the screen for his own Disney+ streaming service alongside Bucky Barnes, Winter Soldier. So we can see these Captain America’s buddies once again!

Other upcoming MCU movies include Captain Marvel on March 8th, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.

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Star Wars Franchise May Have Created a Big Marvel Cinematic Universe Paradox

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The various movie and TV projects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe tend to walk a fine line between fantasy and real-world events. References to the real-life figures, trends, or pop-culture milestones always carries a potential danger of fixing an MCU project to a time and place that does not quite sync with other projects in the universe.

However, in the case of Sony and Marvel’s rebooted Spider-Man movie franchise, there is one reference that now has fans buzzing about a major potential paradox now does exist in the MCU.

Especially, if Star Wars exists within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, what will Peter Parker think when he meets Mace Windu? To be clear, it seems quite obvious that the person who posted this on Reddit was doing so in jest. And that is how many fans have taken it.

If Star Wars technically exists in the MCU, what will Peter Parker think when he meets Mace Windu? from marvelstudios

Still, like anything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the Internet, this little Star Wars “plot hole” or “paradox” nonetheless has inspired some serious debate about the merits of the observation. Some fans also argue that it’s an oversight to have Peter Parker and Ned be so obsessed with Star Wars. Obviously when they’ll be interacting with one of the main stars of the prequels soon.

Furthermore, the only thing that Spider-Man: Homecoming confirmed is that Star Wars as a franchise and the Death Star do exist in the MCU. As some other fans point out, there is no evidence that the MCU Star Wars has the same storyline and cast that exists in the real world. To this point: Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury in the universe. And there is zero evidence that an actor named Samuel L. Jackson exists in the MCU.

If nothing else, it’d be great if director Jon Watts leans into this so-called plot hole, including a winking bit of dialogue about it in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. That’s something like Tom Holland’s Peter Parker meeting Nick Fury, then asking Samuel L. Jackson, “Haven’t I seen you in a movie?”

Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War is already available on home video.

Other upcoming Marvel Studios films include:

  • Captain Marvel on March 8
  • Avengers: Endgame on April 26
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5.
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Marvel Fan Released a Short Film of Moon Knight

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In spite of not starring in a film or television series, Moon Knight is still one of Marvel’s cult favorite superheroes. And then a new fan film eventually gives the character his due on the screen.

Moon Knight stands out from other Marvel superheroes for some reasons, and the most notable of which is his multiple personality disorder. Several people live inside the mind of Moon Knight, including Marc Spector, Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, and Khonshu, the Moon God that the character derives his powers from.

Eventually, Marvel fan Caden Butera alongside the team at Paradox Studios brought the troubled hero to life in a new fan film. They did a great job just showing how much potential Moon Knight holds.

The movie takes a more grounded noir style approach to the character, with Lockley doing some investigative work on the city’s mob dealings as a taxi driver. Earlier in the film, we see flashes of the Moon Knight. But actually, we don’t see the character fully until later. We also see that the character we followed earlier in the film was none other than Grant. And later, we see Spector dealing with his various personalities in a dark and fantastic sequence that conveys the struggle to maintain his mind.

When Moon Knight finally does appear, it’s as brutal a fight as you’d expect from him. And people get hit in the eye with crowbars. They get their throats slit, and even someone gets a shovel to their leg. It is pretty insane, and at certain points really quite violent. However, that’s a hallmark of the character. And if anything this proves that the superhero could make for one heck of a compelling lead in a show or movie.

It is also impressive when you consider that the film was produced on a shoestring budget. Butera is both writer and director of the film. He just hopes that one day we will get to see Moon Knight get his big screen debut.

“I, along with all the other Moon Knight fans out there, have been dying for the character to get his debut on the big screen,” said Butera. “He is such an awesome and complex character. I hope one day he will hit the limelight.”

You can check out the film in the video below. And for more, you can also visit the YouTube channel of Butera right here. The official description of the movie can be found below as well.

“Marc Spector is a man who has been shattered into four separate identities who come together to become the hooded crusader of vengeance: The Moon Knight.

Steven Grant: Intrepid millionaire stockbroker, taking down organized crime from the top of the ladder.
Jake Lockley: The late-night taxi driver who listens to the chatter of guilty as a means of gathering intel.
Marc Spector: Retired mercenary and seeking revenge.
Moon Knight: A mask-dawning punisher of the night.”

So, what do you think of this Moon Knight fan film? Share with us in the comments!

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“Captain Marvel:” New Photo of Ronan Arrives

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While the countdown to Captain Marvel continues to tick down, fans are ready for their first adventure with the most powerful heroine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The ‘90s set film will feature the returns of many familiar faces, including the intimidating Guardians of the Galaxy villain Ronan, the Accuser of the Kree Empire. Recently, Disney has released a new photo of the character, showing a more comic book-accurate version of the Marvel villain.

You can take the full look at Ronan below.

(Photo: Disney)

Obviously, as we see in the new image, Ronan’s armor incorporates the classic teal colors of the Kree Empire’s Starforce. And it matches more closely with what Carol Danvers and her allies wear in the movie. Moreover, we also catch his face unmarred by the markings of blood he puts on himself in Guardians of the Galaxy. And it shows that this is a less intense version of the character at a different stage in life.

During a set visit, Jonathan Schwartz, the producer of Captain Marvel previously addressed this version of Ronan, played by Lee Pace. He then explained how the character changed between the events of the film as well as Guardians of the Galaxy.

“It is an earlier version of Ronan, who hasn’t become the radical zealot that we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy,” Schwartz said. “So he has his own station in the Kree society, on Hala. And he has his own role to play in the Kree military that interestingly intersects with Starforce.”

While the film doesn’t relate directly to the events of Marvel Studios’ first cosmic movie, there’ll be a through line that fans can follow to see how Ronan becomes the Xander-hating terrorist on at war with the Nova Corps.

“Just like there is a Nick Fury origin story buried in the movie. Buried a little bit deeper is the Ronan origin story,” added Schwartz.

Meanwhile, Carol Danvers also has difficulty navigating her path with the Kree, which will be a major point of the movie.

“I mean, lots of the movie is about Carol Danvers not remembering her human past,” said Schwartz. “When we meet Carol at the beginning of the film, she believes that she’s a Kree, and kind of has been inducted into the army. She is proud as a person. She loves being a Kree. Then over the course of her adventure, she realized there was more to her story than that. So the film kind of becomes her unraveling the root of her own origin, and the root of her own mystery.”

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8.

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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Star Jake Gyllenhaal Reveals the Reasons He’s Playing Mysterio

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Thanks to his major successes early in career, the star Jake Gyllenhaal was regularly considered to play some superheroes characters over the past 15 years. Now he finally made the plunge in the genre by playing Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Recently, the actor revealed that his main motivation for joining the film was the complex character that offered him new challenges.

While speaking with The L.A. Times, Jake Gyllenhaal detailed of his opportunity playing Mysterio.

“It is great. He is a great character. It is one of those things. People have asked me for years, ‘You wanna do a movie like that?’ or ‘If you’re asked to, would you?’ Then my response has always been, particularly since being at Sundance, so many of the stories have always been, for many years since I have been coming here, character-driven. And it has always been my desire, is to find something in that space. It seems to match my skills and also my own honesty. That just so happened that it does with the part. So I am glad that people feel excited about it.”

For many Spidey fans, this casting decision is a dream come true.

One of the films that Jake Gyllenhaal rumoredly had his debut for is Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002, but it eventually went to Tobey Maguire. Fans have only seen some brief glimpses of the actor in the first trailer of Far From Home, yet he was one of the standout elements that fans immediately connected with.

Jake Gyllenhaal is also known for compelling dramas like Enemy, Prisoners, and Nightcrawler, which occupy a different corner of cinema than big-budget superhero movies. Previously, Gyllenhaal noted that he was pleasantly surprised with the ways in which the cast and crew offered him a more intimate experienced than he was anticipating.

“Actually it feels like a smaller-sized movie when you are acting with the actors,” Jake Gyllenhaal shared with The Late Show. “They are great in this movie. There’s a great cast in the movie. And the director Jon Watts is really fantastic. He makes a space where you can try things out and play around. And it doesn’t feel like you are just sort of automaton, doing whatever.”

We will wait to see Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in action when Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5.

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp” Officially Now Streaming on Netflix

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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest movie to become available to stream on Netflix.

The film is the direct sequel to Ant-Man, following the hero’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War.

You can read Ant-Man and the Wasp’ synopsis below.

“Scott Lang is grappling with the consequence of his choices as both a superhero and a father. But approached by Hope Van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, once again Scott Lang must don the Ant-Man suit and then fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against their new powerful enemy.”

The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by Erik Sommers and Chris McKenna, alongside Paul Rudd, Gabriel Ferrari, and Andrew Barrer.

Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly as Janet Van Dyne, alongside Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, with Tip “T.I.” Harris, Hannah John-Kamen, David Dastmalchian, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

Following Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the second to last Marvel Studios film that goes to Netflix as part of a current deal between Disney and the streaming service.

Captain Marvel will be the last. Beginning with the blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios films are likely to make Disney’s own upcoming streaming platform, Disney+, their new home.

Furthermore, Ant-Man and the Wasp also connects to Avengers: Infinity War and possibly to the upcoming Endgame. The film sets up Scott Lang’s involvement in the fourth Avengers movie and a possible trip to the Quantum Realm.

“The Quantum Realm did not exist in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original drafts,” says Reed. “When Adam McKay came on, he and Rudd were writing drafts. And McKay is also a big comics nerd. Then McKay and I were talking about the Microverse. In the movie that had a lot of shrinking, it would be great to figure out a thing in the third act for the purposes of the story was almost a cautionary tale. And if you turn off the regulator, it allowed us to give Scott Lang his moment of self-sacrifice, where he’s going to kill himself to save his daughter potentially. It occurred to us that we all love the sort of psychedelic side of the Marvel Universe. It is the Microverse in the comics that we re-named the Quantum Realm for copyright reasons.”

So, will you be watching Ant-Man and the Wasp on Netflix? Shar with us in the comment below!

Ant-Man and the Wasp is officially streaming on Netflix now.

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All the Marvel, DC, Disney, and Star Wars Films Releasing in 2019

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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.”

2. DUMBO

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Title: Dumbo
Studio: Disney
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.”

3. SHAZAM!

Title: Shazam!
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).”

4. PENGUINS

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Title: Penguins
Studio: Disney
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.

6. ALADDIN

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Title: Aladdin
Studio: Disney
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

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Title: Toy Story
Studio: Disney
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
Studio: Sony
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
Studio: Disney
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
Studio: Disney
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

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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.”

14. JOKER

Title: Joker
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

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Title: Frozen 2
Studio: Disney
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
Studio: Disney/Lucasfilm
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!

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Stan Lee Tribute Announces Celeb Guest List Including Mark Hamill, Clark Gregg, and More

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POW! Entertainment and Legion M will be hosting an extended tribute event for Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee in Los Angeles on January 30th. And now the official program for this event is revealing more about the list of celebrity guests that will be in attendance.

According to Deadline reports,

“The announced participant list includes Mark Hamill (Star Wars), with RZA (rapper/producer, Wu-Tang Clan). Tom DeSanto (Executive Producer of X-Men), Rob Liefeld (Co-creator of Deadpool). Jeph Loeb (Marvel Executive VP, Head of Television), Joe Quesada (Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Comics). Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, Elektra: Assassin), Clark Gregg (a star, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). Marv Wolfman (creator of Blade), Felicia Day (creator/host of The Guild). Bill Duke (actor, Predator). Michael Uslan (Executive Producer, The Dark Knight), Gill Champion (from POW! Entertainment), as well as the cast members from three TV series based on Marvel Comics characters. FX’s Legion, Fox’s The Gifted, and Hulu’s The Runaways.”

If you’re a longtime Marvel fan, that list is surely rich with some iconic names from Marvel Comics, alongside iconic faces from Marvel Movies. There are also some great random names (like Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA) who are sure to keep this event interesting.

“Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in L.A. The event is hosted by Kevin Smith. He will ‘moderate on-stage conversations with entertainment industry figures, pop-culture celebrities and luminaries from the comic book world.’”

Furthermore, additional notes about this program include a tribute moment from the makes of the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Chris Miller, Phil Lord, Amy Pascal, and Avi Arad). The movie recently received an Academy Award nomination for the Best Animated Film. Meanwhile, the makes of the X-Men movie franchise (Lauren Shuler-Donner, Derek Hoffman) will get a similar tribute moment.

The ambiance will also be built around music and poetry that Stan Lee loved.

That includes celebrity video tributes, an exhibition of Lee’s work in the form of photos, artwork, memorabilia, and classic comic books. There’s even cuisine provided by White Castle in honor of Lee’s favorite food: sliders. If that’s not enough, there’ll also be a musical event in the form of “police band of pipes and drums,” culminating in “cosplay assembly.” All of that will honor the vast array of characters that Stan Lee had created throughout the lifetime of his career.

After all, that is about as “Stan Lee” as one event can get. In fact, it’s the kind of over-the-top tribute that Lee himself would love.

In the meantime, “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible and Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” is being held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in L.A. on this Wednesday, January 30.

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Revealed Cutting a Spider-Ham Gag Before Release

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The animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse elected to steer clear of controversy or confusion by cutting a Spider-Ham joke shortly before the film’s theatrical release.

Recently, on Jeff Smith’s The Q&A podcast, the co-writer and co-director Rodney Rothman opened up about Spider-Ham, revealing the tremendous effort and commitment behind bringing the four-legged Spidey character to the animated film in a way which wouldn’t be so divisive for audiences.

“He [Spider-Ham] was simultaneously the most popular and the least popular character,” said Rothman. “The film really focused on delivering a concise message to the audiences as it developed an otherwise easily confusing multi-verse. In fact, the filmmakers cut a gag that would have featured Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire lending their voices as the respective Peter Parker characters. But ultimately it was cut to keep everyone on track.”

Shortly before Into the Spider-Verse release, Rothman and the company elected to cut a Peter Porker bit. That was apparently slaying at test screening because of its shocking and surprising nature. It’s the scene shortly after Spider-Ham’s moment of sincerity. There, the character of John Mulaney tells Shamiek Moore’s Miles Morales that losing people is part of the Spider-Man job.

“The way  [originally] that scene went is Noir said that he lost his Uncle Benjamin, Peter lost his Uncle Ben, and Gwen lost Peter,” Rothman revealed. “We went through everyone. Then Spider-Ham said he lost his Uncle Frankfurter. He said, ‘He was electrocuted, but it smelled so good.’”

However, this joke “would destroy” with audiences who previewed the film to help steer it in the right direction in terms of quality. So, the filmmakers “just decided” it had to go as the team referred to it as a “bad laugh.”

“Spider-Man is a real person with his real feelings. And we wanted people to get that,” Rothman noted.

Ultimately, it seems that the final cut of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been the right one.

The movie has now not alone won at the Golden Globes but also gets some nominations for Academy Awards. There are very few comic book movies to received such prestigious honor, with praise from critics and fans alike. Not to mention, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has easily surpassed $300 million at the global box office, prompting its spin-offs and a sequel to start production at Sony Pictures.

So, what’s your favorite part of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Share with us in the comments!

In the meantime, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now playing in theaters worldwide.

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Stan Lee’s Cameo in Marvel Heroes Unite Show Onboard Disney Magic Cruise

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Late Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee makes a trademark cameo appearance in Marvel Heroes Unite, a stage show assembling Marvel’s most famous heroes aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship.

From there, Stan Lee appears as the ship’s captain, informing Tony Stark party guests of smooth sailing ahead. When the party comes under siege by Hydra and even scheming supervillains Loki and Red Skull, it takes a team of Earth’s mightiest superheroes – the Avengers, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy – to save the day.

WDW Radio host Lou Mongello shared a video of the complete half-hour experience. It features the character debut of Captain Marvel before the heroine reaches the big screen in the eponymous Marvel Studios blockbuster out March 8.

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Other Marvel heroes remain as meet and greet characters at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, soon home to a Marvel-inspired land expected to host Spider-Man and Avengers-themed attractions. It is there Stan Lee makes his cameo appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – BREAKOUT! ride. And he appears as a bewildered tourist belonging to Taneleer Tivan’s expansive collection.

Stan Lee may be gone, but all he created will never be lost.

Stan Lee passed away back in November at the age of 95. That’s reportedly a result of cardiac arrest caused by respiratory and congestive heart failure. Still, the tribute for this visionary of Marvel has been coming from over the comic book world.

For one more time, fans are expecting to see the cameo appearances of the famed Avengers and Spider-Man creator in the upcoming Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Stan Lee most recently loaned his voice to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with a touching line. Moreover, he also appeared as an Army general in television’s Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest.

“An amazing thing to be thankful for is that Stan got to see it all happen,” Kevin Feige, the president and producer of Marvel Studios, previously said of the studio transforming many of co-creation into the big screen’s biggest hits of Stan Lee.

“Stan dominated pop culture. He saw it and was aware. And he loved it. I have been saying this for years that the characters he created will outline all of us making the movies. And enter the pantheon of myth which he read and was inspired by as a kid.”

In the meantime, Captain Marvel premieres on March 8. Avengers: Endgame follows on April 26. And Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 5 this year.

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How Nick Fury’s Relationship with Carol Danvers is Different in “Captain Marvel”

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When Nick Fury encounters Carol Danvers for the first time in Captain Marvel, he’ll be a younger and less cynical character than the version of Fury that fans saw at the end of Iron Man.

That will also extend to his relationship with Captain Marvel herself, who will become the first superhero Nick Fury has ever met. According to executive producer, Jonathan Schwartz, this means a lot less sarcasm and bluster and even a bit more open-mindedness.

“I think it benefits in the uniqueness by having Carol be the first superhero he has ever encountered or really heard of in his life,” Schwartz spoke to a set visit last year with Comicbook. “She kind of gets to be the window to him for this entire and bigger universe. So, he is a little, a little less of them. I know everything there’s to know. Nick Fury that we see in the later movies, and a little more, perhaps, open to new ideas.”

That’ll lead to some interesting dynamics not only with Carol Danvers but likely also with Agent Phil Coulson. The character worked under Nick Fury in the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and seemingly is one of Fury’s only real friends in the modern-day storyline set 25 years after Captain Marvel or so.

Meanwhile, the promotion for Captain Marvel has been steadily accelerating over the last month or so.

And it’ll continue to do so as the March 8th release date approaches. Still, there is a certain level of hype surrounding the film solely because it is produced by Marvel Studios. But people are most excited for the debut of the first standalone female hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Carol Danvers will be making her first big-screen appearance in Captain Marvel. Though her debut was alluded to at the end of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War in the form of Nick Fury’s pager.

Captain Marvel stars Academy Award-winner Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Lee Pace (Ronan), Djimon Hounsou (Korath). Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan (Min-Erva), alongside Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace. Kenneth Mitchell (Joseph Danvers), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), and Jude Law.

Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8. Other upcoming MCU movies include Avengers: Endgame on April 26 and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5 this year.

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Marvel’s Black Widow Reportedly Start Filming This February

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While Marvel Studios has got their plans through 2019, the company’s slate of film after that remains a mystery. Following projects like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 still on hold, fans are eager to see what’s next. And now it seems that thing will be Black Widow.

Eventually, some new reports are up, revealing the solo project will begin filming way sooner than we might expect.

Recently, The GWW and Omega Underground shared their report on Black Widow. According to them, the standalone movie is slated to begin its production on February 28 this year. Then a follow-up report from The Hashtag Show says production will continue through March. Still, there is no official date for when Black Widow filming will reportedly wrap.

So far, neither Marvel Studios nor Disney has made official comments on the production rumor.

However, there is headway being made on Black Widow.

Fans are curious about where the solo project will go. Meanwhile, Cate Shortland has been tapped to direct the film, and Jac Shaeffer writes the script. Thus far, few concrete story details have gone live, but some rumors suggest the film will take place back in 2006 to predate Iron Man by two years. Last year, in fact, a production synopsis appeared online when film magazine Production Weekly posted the following blurb about Black Widow.

“At birth, the Black Widow (a.k.a. Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the USSR breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action movies to present-day New York, where she’s a freelance operative. The standalone movie will find Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.”

The star behind Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, expectedly will reprise the role as Natasha Romanoff for her solo venture. The actress first stepped into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2010 when Iron Man 2 introduced her character. Originally an assistant to Tony Stark, then Natasha unveiled herself to be a renowned spy working for S.H.I.E.L.D. under Director Nick Fury. However, the MCU has gone on to make the Black Widow an integral character in its narrative.

Black Window will also come up as the second female-led-film of Marvel Studios. And this spring, Captain Marvel will have the honor of becoming the first as her standalone movie to premiere on March 8. Black Widow perhaps hits theaters sometime in 2020.

So, are you ready to know about the origin story of this spy? Stay tuned with us!

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“Captain Marvel” Producer Revealed How They Got Inspired From “Wonder Woman”

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Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters this year with a binary bang, but the heroine is not the first to take over Hollywood. It was not long ago that Wonder Woman broke barriers with her solo venture. And it seems that Carol Danvers will be taking cues from her DC Comics predecessor.

Recently, during a visit to the set of Captain Marvel, executive producer Jonathan Schwartz was asked if – and how – Wonder Woman influenced the MCU film. And he had the following to say.

“What’s so great about Wonder Woman was talking to female audience members afterward about how they felt watching the movie. A lot of people I talked to said, ‘I have never felt like that watching a movie before in my entire life. The character resonated [with] me in ways I did not even know that a character could resonate with me.’ That was great to hear, and kind of an amazing thing,” the producer said to Comicbook.

“I think it [Wonder Woman] helped us understand how important movies like that are. So that in terms of making the movie feel distinct, all those movies chart their own courses anyway. I think that means making the film feel distinct, not just from other female-lead movies, but all the other Marvel movies as well, that we try to do in every movie. It was not a new challenge necessarily. But it was the one I think we were extra-excited for because of the nature of what this movie means to people.”

It is no secret that Wonder Woman sat well with both fans and critics upon its release. And now Captain Marvel looks like it will land in the same way.

To date, reactions to the film have still been positive on social network media. And the star behind Captain Marvel, Brie Larson, has become a clear favorite within the MCU already. Still, the actress says she hopes fans will be able to break down Captain Marvel like any other film and not praise it blindly for the sake of female empowerment.

“It does not matter what I make. I really feel firm that art is made to be enjoyed and interpreted. And you will get what you need out of it,” Larson said in a recent interview. “My favorite books I have read many times in life, and they mean something totally different to me every time I read them. Art is not made to be processed and labeled or organized in the way that we do it now. Even I have a hard time with that idea of genre. And we place value based off of, ‘Well, it is really good for this kind of movie.’ What is that even mean? I don’t understand.”

“It will be what it is. And I think there is gonna be a lot there for people to digest and feel,” she continued. “Hopefully it will become the movie that you just want to revisit again and again. As life goes on, it will have more to it. And I just want to make art that lasts. I want to make art you’ll grow with. That’s all.”

So, do you have any preference between Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel? Share with us in the comments below.

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Djimon Hounsou (Korath), Lee Pace (Ronan). Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan (Minn-Erva). Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace, Kenneth Mitchell (Joseph Danvers), alongside Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), and Jude Law.

Captain Marvel launches on March 8, 2019, while Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theaters on June 5 next year.

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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Trailer Breaks Sony View Records within 24 Hour after Release

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To say that Spidey fans loved this week’s debut trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home would be a massive understatement. The trailer became an instant hit online. And its numbers are here to prove that.

According to Deadline reports, the number of views for Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer has crossed 130 million times in just the first 24 hours after its release. That was even more than enough to smash the record. And Far From Home officially becomes Sony’s most viewed trailer on its opening day.

Unsurprisingly, 2017’s joint venture between Marvel and Sony, Spider-Man: Homecoming held the previous record. The first Spider-Man film starring Tom Holland did see 116 million people tune in for its trailer throughout a single day. It has kept a tight grip on the studio’s record ever since. However, when it comes to strictly YouTube views, Venom holds the title for Sony, quietly generating its own milestone.

While the Spider-Man franchise will always garner significant attention online, three major factors were working in Far From Home’s favor ahead of the first trailer.

First of all, there’s a ton of mystery surrounding the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point. Half of the MCU’s superheroes, including Spider-Man himself, were snapped to dust at the end of Infinity War. This cliffhanger will not be resolved until Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in April, months before Far From Home’s release. At present, there is no telling how Peter Parker is able to make the way back to star in his own movie.

And the other major point of intrigue with Far From Home trailer was Jake Gyllenhaal’s debut as the villainous Mysterio. Still, Sony had not announced any official confirmation that Gyllenhaal was indeed playing that role. And none of us had seen the full costume yet. Fortunately, since the trailer arrived, fans were thrilled with the actor’s portrayal.

Spider-Man: Far From Home also got some help due to the timing of the trailer release. Following the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man video game as well as the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the hype surrounding the Spidey property is still at an all-time high.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 5 this year.

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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Trailer Unveils Nick Fury’s Classic Weapon

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Sony and Marvel have released the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, including a piece of Marvel Comics history from Nick Fury’s arsenal.

As we can see in the trailer, Nick Fury knocks Ned Leeds unconscious with a needle to the neck. And that needle is shot from Fury’s pistol. It’s his personalized needle pistol, a weapon Fury has used in the Marvel Comics universe for decades.

The pistol is fires .15 caliber needles launched with a collar of explosive material to propel the needle up to 1000 feet. That weapon comes with a 300 round magazine and is quite handy when the mission is “capture, not kill.”

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Nick Fury recruits Spider-Man in the battle with supernatural creatures across Europe.

Here’s the official synopsis for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

“Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home – the next chapter of the Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends MJ, Ned, alongside the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind just for a few weeks is quickly scrapped as he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!”

Spider-Man: Far From Home began filming in the United Kingdom back in July.

The production moved to Venice in September. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously confirmed that Spider-Man would be doing some traveling in the movie.

“We started filming early July,” he said in a recent interview. “We filmed in London and shot the first film in Atlanta. A lot of films were shot in London, but there is another reason we are shooting in London. That’s is, yes, Spidey, of course, will spend some time in New York. But he will spend some time in other parts of the globe.”

However, Kevin Feige also stated that Spider-Man’s globetrotting is not the only reason they chose the title.

“Well, I mean, let the speculation begin. That is always fun,” Feige explained. “We like [Far From Home] of course because it ties into Homecoming. Not just keeping the word going, which we like it more than Homecoming 2, but the notion of ‘home’ is just a word that has dual meanings we would like to continue with this [MCU] version of Spider-Man. So, Far From Home has multiple meanings.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts is returning to helm the sequel. Tom Holland reprises his role, Spider-Man. Returning supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and Zendaya as Michelle. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders have also confirmed as returning to their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles as SHIELD agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill, respectively. Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal debuts as the villain Mysterio, though he has appeared as an ally recruited to assist Spider-Man in the film.

Are you excited to watch Spider-Man: Far From Home? Share with us in the comments!

Spider-Man: Far From Home premieres on July 5 this year.

Other upcoming MCU films include Captain Marvel on March 8, and Avengers: Endgame on April 26.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy:” Early Concept Art Reveals Much Different Look for Drax

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Andy Park, the comic book artist, illustrator, and concept artist, is frequently sharing cool images to his Instagram. Recently, the creative posted an interesting picture of what Drax could have looked like in the Guardians of the Galaxy.

You can view the image below.

“An early concept design I did for Drax on the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. @imcharliewen was leading our Visual Development team back then on the film (go check out his very cool alternate Drax designs!). We’re just trying to figure out how to set him apart from the obvious Kratos (God of War) resemblance Drax had in the comic book look,” Park writes.

“There’s no set script yet, so we were open to explore those characters. Maybe Drax could be biologically enhanced making him a more perfect warrior. That is part of the fun of concept designing – imaging up the story behind the story. Btw the final approved design was done by the amazing @justinjsweet,” he noted.

This early look of Drax really answered the question, “What would Nebula looks like as a man?”

For reference, here is what Drax the Destroyer looked like when he first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1973.

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And this is what Dave Bautista ended up looking like in the Guardian movies.

In the comments, many fans were quick to point out that the original design resembled Jason Momoa, which is no surprise considering the star was rumored to be up for the part back in the day. Momoa may not have gotten Drax’s role, but he is doing just fine on his own over at D.C.

Andy Park first began his career as comic book artist for Extreme Studios – a division of Image Comics.

He joined the Visual Development team at Marvel Studios in 2010, serving as the concept illustrator for the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. His list of credits includes The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, and even Black Panther. Andy Park was also the visual development supervisor on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, alongside the upcoming Captain Marvel.

As for Drax,

We last saw him turn to dust during The Decimation in Avengers: Infinity War. However, Dave Bautista appears on the list of cast members for Avengers: Endgame on IMDB. With the fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in question, it is unclear when we will see Drax again after Endgame. Still, the actor behind this character has plenty of projects in the works.

You can see Dave Bautista next in Stuber, an action/comedy from the director of Goon that also stars Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, and The Raid Redemption’s Iko Uwais. The actor is also debuting in the upcoming family movie My Spy alongside Keb Jeong and Kristen Schaal.

So, what do you think about the alternate Drax appearance? Tell us in the comments!

The next MCU films to hit the big screen are Captain Marvel on March 8, Avengers: Endgame on April 26, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5 this year.

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Watch Spidey Tom Holland Drop Marvel Spoilers for Four Minutes Straight

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Recently, a dedicated Marvel fan compiled four minutes’ worth of footage depicting loose-lipped Spider-Man and Avengers star Tom Holland dropping spoilers.

During a speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Tom Holland said he was the only Avengers: Infinity War star not to know its ending – in which half of the heroes are snapped into nothingness by Thanos, including Spider-Man’s Peter Parker. And the 22-year-old actor also was famously paired in interviews with Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch, who acts as a handler to prevent Holland accidentally giving away the biggest secrets of the film.

You can watch the video below.

In spite of the best efforts to keep a tight lid on Infinity War’s most guarded spoiler, Tom Holland previously inadvertently gave away the film’s ending to a sold-out Los Angeles movie theater, on its opening night.

“I was with [Marvel Studio head] Kevin Feige, [directors] the Russo Brothers, and the whole team at Marvel. Then what they do is they rent a party bus the night the film comes out. And they drive around L.A., going to different screenings, to introduce the movie or to talk about the movie afterward,” Tom Holland recounted at Comicpaloozan back in May.

While commentating on the blockbuster at the opening night screening, Tom Holland let slip Spider-Man dies, as he mistakenly believed the audience had already watched the movie.

“We went to the screening and someone had told me before they had already seen the film, they have already seen the film,” said Holland.

“So they give me a microphone, then I walk on stage. And I’m like, ‘Don’t worry, I am still alive!’ Then the whole audience look at me like, ‘What the hell does that means? What do you mean you are still alive?’ And then I look inside, Kevin, Joe, and Anthony are all like, ‘Shut up, shut up, stop talking!’ So that opening night, I ruined the movie for about 300 people, so I am so sorry about that.”

Back to the video above, it also recounts the time Tom Holland inadvertently confirmed there would be a third Spider-Man standalone, following 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and this summer’s sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home.

In the hope of avoiding making the same mistake at Comicpalooza, Tom Holland played coy about returning for Far From Home. The movie sees Peter Parker alongside his friends MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) embark on their school trip to Europe.

“Actually I know nothing about the future of the MCU, clearly because I spoil everything,’ Holland said. “So I have faith [there’ll be more Spider-Man films]. But I don’t know.”

Even so, the competition of Marvel Studios’ biggest leaker got kicked up a notch with his Instagram live-streaming story. The star posted a self-aware video of himself, revealing the Infinity War teaser poster, only to learn moments later that the artwork noted “confidential: do not share” from Marvel Studios. However, this is the Internet, and everything lasts forever, Tom.

Still, Tom Holland is expected to return in upcoming Avengers: Endgame, out April 26th, before swinging back into theaters with Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.

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