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.
Disappointed there was no #StarWars trailer shown during the #SuperBowl? Agonizing over how long you'll have to wait until they drop the title? RELAX nerds! #Futurama predicted it years ago & we all know: Cartoons. Never. Lie. EXCLUSIVE BREAKING "NEWS": #EpIXYodasBarMitzvah pic.twitter.com/oR12BYfNPK
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 4, 2019
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.
“War of the Realms:” What You Need to Know About Marvel’s Epic Event
The War of the Realms has begun today as Marvel Comics’ next event series that launches with War of the Realms #1. Writer Jason Aeron re-teams with artist Russell Dauterman alongside colorist Matthew Wilson for a climax seven years in the making.
“The simple movie pitch is it is Lord of the Rings in the Marvel Universe,” Aeron said during an interview at C2E2 in Chicago. “It is all the worst villains of the ten realms invade Earth and wreak havoc. And that’d normally be a Thor story. That is normally the stuff Thor has to deal with. As we can see in the opening of War of the Realms, Thor cannot deal with it. He is taken off the board, so a Thor story becomes an everybody story. It is The Avengers. It is Wolverine. It is Punisher, and The Fantastic Four. It is all of the main heroes in the Marvel Universe having to deal with Thor stuff that they are not used to dealing with.”
“And the fun part is mixing up those elements, mixing up fantasy elements with Marvel Universe elements. Sometimes, that is Spider-Man wearing a Viking helmet, or it is Punisher having to up his arsenal to take on frost giants and trolls. There’s a lot of fun stuff to be had. Daredevil is a big part of that, getting leveled up in a big way. He looks different. He has got a big sword. His powers are different. Everything is different. That is sort of War of the Realms #2 you get the first taste of that.”
The scale of War of the Realms lives up to the comparison to JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy saga. This may leave some Marvel fans, especially those who have not kept up with Aeron’s entire Marvel run, a little intimidating.
So, which is why we are here to help. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know and enjoy Marvel’s blockbuster superhero-fantasy genre mashup!
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Blu-Ray Release Date and the Exclusives Arrived
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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“Avengers: Endgame” New Trailer Released During Super Bowl
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.
“Avengers: Endgame” Star Anthony Mackie Confirms That Falcon Is Dead
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.
Star Wars Franchise May Have Created a Big Marvel Cinematic Universe Paradox
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.
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.
Marvel Fan Released a Short Film of Moon Knight
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
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.
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.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Star Jake Gyllenhaal Reveals the Reasons He’s Playing Mysterio
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.
???? Attention, @SpiderManMovie fans! Jake Gyllenhaal reveals why he couldn't turn down the role of #Mysterio in 2019's #FarFromHome, after being asked "for a number of years, would you do a movie like that?" https://t.co/RmF7nljkdk pic.twitter.com/D3tldoProB
— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) January 27, 2019
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.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” Officially Now Streaming on Netflix
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.
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.
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.
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