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Marvel Phase 4 Slate Officially Revealed

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The Marvel Studios at Hall H is well underway as its president Kevin Feige and his team are hard at work unveiling the next slate of upcoming filmings. The panel started off with Feige revealing ten dates between 2020 and 2021 that will make up the Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As expected, Marvel ended up announcing several movies like Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi. But the production house also dropped some surprising news including Thor: Love and Thunder and a Hawkeye series for Disney+.

* All descriptions below were distributed by Walt Disney Studios in a follow-up press release immediately after Hall H panel tonight.

Keep scrolling to see all of the Phase 4 announcements. And don’t forget to share with us which one makes you excited the most!

1. BLADE – TBD

“Following the Black Widow presentation, Kevin Feige had another big surprise up his sleeve for the enthusiastic crowd at Hall H. Feige was joined on stage by actor Mahershala Ali and then he announced the new Marvel Studios feature film Blade which Ali will star in.”

2. BLACK WIDOW – MAY 1, 2020

“Kevin Feige officially announced the feature film Black Widow, which is set for the release in U.S. theaters on May 1, 2020, making it the first movie of Phase 4 to hit the big screen.”

Kevin Feige surprised the audience with the first footage from Black Widow, which is currently in production. The movie is directed by Cate Shortland who was on hand to greet the Hall H audience along with actress Scarlett Johansson, reprising the role of Natasha Romanoff, as well as newcomers to the MCU David Harbour as Alexei a.k.a. The Red Guardian, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, Florence Pugh as Yelena, and Rachel Weisz as Melina.”

3. THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER – FALL 2020

“Kevin Feige brought news on the Disney+ original series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which pairs up two of the MCU’s most popular heroes – Sam Wilson as The Falcon and Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier – in a series of action-filled adventures as they fight together against evil after events of Avengers: Endgame.

Actors Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) and Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) came on stage to greet the fans. And it was also revealed that Daniel Brühl would be returning as the villain, Baron Zemo.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is slated to debut on Disney+ in the fall of 2020.”

4. THE ETERNALS – NOVEMBER 6, 2020

“Kevin Feige kicked off with an overview of the feature movie The Eternals, an exciting new team of Super-Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He introduced the director, Chloé Zhao, followed by stars from the film, including Richard Madden as Ikaris, Lauren Ridoff as Makkari, Kumail Najiani as Kingo, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena (not Sersi as previous report).

The Eternals will make the Marvel Cinematic debut in theaters on November 6, 2020.”

5. SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS – FEBRUARY 12, 2021

“Kevin Feige spoke about the feature movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, detailing how the legend has been hinted in the MCU movies since the first Iron Man.

In an unanticipated surprise for all, Feige announced the confirmed casting of Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-Chi. Both the actor and director, Destin Daniel Cretton, came on stage to greet the audience. Feige also shared with the audience the casting of Awkwafina in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. Then, he revealed to the Hall H audience that the real Mandarin will be played by celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings hits theaters on February 12, 2021.”

6. WANDAVISION – SPRING 2021

“Next, Kevin Feige offered the latest on WandaVision, a Disney+ original series where Elizabeth Olsen reprises her role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany returns his role of Vision.

Both stars were joined on stage by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris. And Kevin Feige announced that Parris would be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced to the audience in Captain Marvel.

WandaVision premieres on Disney+ streaming service in the spring of 2021.”

7. LOKI – SPRING 2021

“Kevin Feige offered the news on Loki, a Marvel Studios original series streaming on Disney+ in the spring of 2021. Tom Hiddleston – back in the role of the mercurial Loki, the God of Mischief and everyone’s favorite villain – received a huge welcome from fans when Kevin Feige brought him out on the stage.

Then to the delight of the audiences, Tom Hiddleston answered the biggest question from Avengers: Endgame: ‘Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone?’”

8. DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS – MAY 7, 2021

“Kevin Feige introduced the second film in the Doctor Strange franchise, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Then he called the director, Scott Derrickson, and star Benedict Cumberbatch to the stage to a rousing welcome.

In a surprise twist, Kevin Feige brought out Elizabeth Olsen, who also stars in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. They talked about how WandaVision – the Disney+ series that Olsen will star in as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff – connects directly to the feature-film storyline.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be in theaters on May 7, 2021.”

9. WHAT IF … – SUMMER 2021

“Kevin Feige announced What If…?, the first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series is being created exclusively for Disney+ and features stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel Universe.

Kevin Feige mentioned that many actors from across the MCU would reprise their roles as voice talent in the series. Then he surprised the audiences by bringing Jeffrey Wright to the stage, introducing him as the voice of the popular character The Watcher in this new series.

What If…? will join the Disney+ lineup in the summer of 2021.”

10. HAWKEYE – FALL 2021

“Jeremy Renner came on stage, revealing the previously undisclosed title of the Hawkeye Disney+ original series. The actor joined Kevin Feige to give exciting news about Hawkeye, including details about Kate Bishop, a well-known character in Marvel Comics, who will play an integral part of the series.

Hawkeye series launches on Disney+ in the fall of 2021.”

11. THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER – NOVEMBER 5, 2021

“Kevin Feige talked about the next Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which will be the fourth feature film in the Thor franchise. It was also revealed that Natalie Portman would return as Jane Foster, becoming the Mighty Thor, the Goddess of Thunder.

Director Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tessa Thompson all came on stage for their presentation, eliciting a wild response from the Hall H audiences who are looking forward to the film’s debut in theaters on November 5, 2021.”

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Passes $5 Billion at the Global Box Office in 2019

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It does not take a mathematical genius to figure out that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had an awesome year. However, fans may not realize how good the franchise did at the box office in 2019.

There were three installments of the MCU saga released this year – Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Three Marvel movies, which managed to generate over $5 billion at the worldwide box office. Not too shabby.

Here is the breakdown of the MCU’s biggest annual earnings yet (expressed in worldwide totals):

1.   Avengers: Endgame – $2.795B
2.   Captain Marvel – $1.128B
3.   Spider-Man: Far From Home – $1.097B

These massive numbers equate to a total of $5.02 billion, which is, again, an insane amount of money for one franchise to make in just one year.

Of course, there is a caveat to this. The Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise did generate over $5 billion worldwide in 2019 – but not all of that money filtered back to Marvel Studios or Disney. As Spider-Man: Far From Home was a Sony Pictures production, which means the studio took the profits from that billion-dollar success story. Marvel Studios just helped them get over the hump finally. Not to weep too hard, though Marvel Studios just had the small accomplishments of launching their first female-led superhero franchise, Captain Marvel, to a billion-dollar debut. And they followed that up with releasing the highest-grossing movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame. So, it’s sufficient to say that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Co. can breathe easy as they did good by their Disney overlords this year.

What will be more interesting to see is how the Marvel Cinematic Universe earnings fare in the Phase 4 era, where major headlining stars like Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man and Chris Evans/Captain America have moved on; and there are no major crossover events or Avengers movies to speak off. Moreover, the Phase 4 slate will be impressive some wildly varied concepts from the Marvel Comics Universe into the MCU (The Eternals), while also trying to retcon mistakes of the past (Shang-Chi) and take some established standalone franchise (Thor, Doctor Strange) into some weird new places (Love & Thunder, In the Multiverse of Madness, respectively).

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Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame are available on home video now. Other upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1st, 2020; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020; The Eternals on November 6th, 2020; Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12th, 2021; WandaVision and Loki in Spring of 2021; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021; What If…? in Summer 2021; Hawkeye in Fall of 2021; and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.

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Idris Elba Wants to Play Heimdall Again

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Like most of the stars of the Thor films, Idris Elba seemed to be pretty burnt out on the Asgardian adventures a couple of years ago. However, things changed drastically for franchise lead Chris Hemsworth when director Taika Waititi was brought on to direct Thor: Ragnarok. The God of Thunder instantly became a champion of fun and humor, and Chris Hemsworth quickly expressed that he was ready to reprise the character past Avengers: Endgame. And Idris Elba apparently had the same sort of turnaround after Ragnarok.

During an appearance on ABC Radio, Idris Elba was asked about his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to this point and in the future. Heimdall, the keeper of the Bifrost and Thor’s best pal, was tragically killed in the opening scene of Infinity War, just minutes before Loki also met his end. Despite the death of his character, it looks like Idris Elba is actually open to the idea of returning to Marvel Studios.

“Of course,” Idris Elba said of his desire to come back. “Listen. Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So you know, he essentially could be alive. I am just saying! I’m just putting it out there. The Heimdall character goes away back into, you know, the Thor mythology. And I’m sure there’ll be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course, I would. Yes.”

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If Marvel wants Idris Elba back (if not, who would?), there are a couple of opportunities to do so. The most obvious of these being the Loki TV series on Disney+, which will have Tom Hiddleston starring in the titular role. The show will take place in an alternate reality that Loki accidentally created when he removed the Space Stone from the main timeline. And in that version of the universe, Heimdall is still alive and could easily be worked into the story.

Moreover, there are also two feature movie opportunities for Idris Elba as Heimdall to show up. Taika Waititi’s film in 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder, makes plenty of sense. But let’s remember the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 3. The story may not allow it, but Idris Elba is about to begin work with Guardians filmmaker James Gunn on The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. and DC. And if the two get along well, James Gunn could look for a way to get Heimdall in his next movie.

In the meantime, we can see Idris Elba in the now showing Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
 
So, would you like to see more of Heimdall in the MCU? Let us know in the comments!

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Marvel Announces New Deadpool Creative Team

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Today, Marvel is running out a variety of new series announcements, and one of the most promising books in this lineup is an all-new Deadpool series. While the character continues to be a fan favorite, this time around he is packing quite the creative team. That includes writer Kelly Thompson (Captain Marvel, West Coast Avengers) and artist Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man) along for the ride that promises to be a very entertaining and memorable adventure.

Marvel also gave fans a look at the cover to Deadpool #1 alongside the new team, which features the lovable Merc with a Mouth with a full crown while sitting on his mighty throne. The monster beneath him probably is not a fan of carrying the throne mind you. Odds are Deadpool’s reign as the King of the Monsters will encounter some speedbumps along the way.

Check out the full brand-new cover for this issue below.

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The premise of this series has Wade Wilson attempting to move the monster to a new habitat, as they have recently set up shop in Staten Island. We are also not sure how Deadpool ends up charming enough people to let him become the king. However, knowing Deadpool, he probably is not even a King and just bought the crown at a gas station. That is a very Wade Wilson move right there, right?

Here’s the official description for the new series.

“DEADPOOL #1
 
WRITTEN BY KELLY THOMPSON
ART AND COVER BY CHRIS BACHALO
 
Deadpool is the merc for money, and his latest target is THE KING OF THE MONSTERS!

When the monsters set up their new kingdom on the magical land of Staten Island, Deadpool’s mission is to return control to the people! Will he use his smooth charisma or deft diplomacy? Or will Wade just skip right to regicide?”

Are you excited about the new Deadpool series?

Deadpool #1, by Kelly Thompson and Chris Bachalo, goes on sale this November from Marvel Comics.

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Marvel Studios Now Has Creative Control Over X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four

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Now that the historic deal between the Walt Disney Company and 20th Century Fox is in the books, fans are eager to see how Fox’s catalog of characters and IP will further evolve. One of the most highly-anticipated parts of that is Fox’s Marvel characters. And it sounds like they are one step closer to being folded into the MCU. During Disney’s quarterly earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger referred to the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four as “part of Marvel Studios,” though he didn’t hint how they would be introduced.

To an extent, diehard Marvel fans have been assuming as much for several months now, ever since the Disney/Fox merger was officially done. Certainly, there is still the nature of when those characters will be introduced. While Fox’s characters weren’t part of Marvel’s Phase 4 slate that was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige did hint they had plans in the works for mutants and the Fantastic Four.

“The truth is, I am excited for all of [the characters],” Kevin Feige said in an interview with Variety earlier this year. “And it is not just the marquee names you know. There’re hundreds of names on those documents and agreements. The fact that Marvel is now as close as we may ever get to having access to all of the character. It is something I have been dreaming about for my almost 20 years at Marvel. And it is very exciting.”

“It will be fascinating to see what Kevin Feige does with the properties he is getting from the Disney/Fox merger with X-Men and Fantastic Four now,” Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus previously told LA Times. “And to see what the MCU version of these things is, because I very much doubt that it will be something that resembles what you have seen before. So that’ll be very exciting.”

Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1st, 2020; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6th, 2020; Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12th, 2021; WandaVision and Loki series in Spring 2021; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7th, 2021; What If…? in Summer 2021; Hawkeye in Fall of 2021; and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.

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“Thor: Love and Thunder” Director Taika Waititi Has Completed the Script

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Finally, Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi has turned in a completed script ahead of an early production start in 2020, Deadline reports.

The returning Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker will first write and direct an unidentified project for now Disney-owned Fox Searchlight before coming back to the MCU, where Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) will wield the mighty power of the Asgardian Avenger.

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster at Hall H Comic-Con 2019.

Inspired by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s Mighty Thor in Marvel Comics, the fourquel borrows from what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige called “one of the best comic runs recently.”

“[Taika Waititi] would flip through and read that run while he was doing Thor: Ragnarok,” Feige said. “And I think when he agreed to come back to do another Thor, he was like, ‘How do we…?’ This is a very big movie that will be folding in a lot of elements,” Kevin Feige told CNN.

“This is a hugely important part. He pitched it to us. And we were totally in. We loved it. We had been in touch with Natalie [Portman]. She is part of the MCU family, and we put her and Taika together. It took one meeting, and then she agreed to do it.”

As the final movie of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4, unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con in July, Thor: Love and Thunder is part of Marvel’s efforts to embrace “the new” in the wake of the Infinity Saga-ending Avengers: Endgame that brought a close to this 11-year first chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“There is always [a bigger vision]. And it only sort of comes into view for others as it all solidifies,” Kevin Feige said when he was asked about Phase 5.

“So ask me that again at the end of 2021. But I’ll say, post Endgame, we were always about the new. We were about doing what we always tried to do in Phase One, Two, and Three. That is doing a film of character you already know, [like] Black Widow, in a way that you don’t expect.”

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Joining Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman is returning Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. She was informally crowned the new king of Asgard in the last Avengers: Endgame.

Thor: Love and Thunder premieres in theaters on November 5, 2021.

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“Venom 2:” Michelle Williams Confirms Her Return as Anne Weying

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It looks like Sony wasted no time getting a sequel to Venom in development, announcing the follow-up not long after the first movie became an instant smash hit at the box office. Over the last year or so, word on the upcoming sequel has been mostly quiet, until earlier this week as it was confirmed that Andy Serkis had signed on to direct Venom 2. Now that someone is at the helm, the pieces are finally falling into place. While Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock, the co-star Michelle Williams has announced to return as Anne Weying.

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Outside of Tom Hardy’s leading role, no other actors have yet to be confirmed for the upcoming Venom sequel. While Woody Harrelson’s Carnage is more than likely, given the post-credits scene in the first movie, the future of Michelle Williams as Anne Weying seemed up in the air. That also changed on Wednesday when Yahoo published an interview with Michelle Williams about her new film, After the Wedding.

When the subject of Venom 2 came up, Michelle Williams put all worries aside by simply saying, “I am in.” That is about as straight-forward as one could be. And she will be a part of the Venom sequel. Period.

Later in the interview, Michelle Williams went on to sing the praises of the new filmmaker for Venom 2, Andy Serkis. He became something of a cinematic icon playing motion capture characters over the years, before taking on the challenge of directing.

“I am such a fan of Andy [Serkis]. And I am so inspired by what he has been able to accomplish,” Michelle Williams expressed. “He is so gifted in such a specific way. And I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him.”

Andy Serkis helmed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which was streamed on Netflix late last year. He is best known for playing Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes movies. However, at this point, it’s unclear whether or not Andy Serkis will be playing a role in Venom sequel as well.

Are you looking forward to the sequel for Venom? What other actors from the first film are you hoping to see return? Share with us in the comments!

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Disney Reportedly Debating If Deadpool Could Move Between R-Rated Solo Movies and PG-13 MCU Films

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So, what to do with Deadpool?

Since Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, this has become one of the biggest questions hanging over the Marvel movie franchise. Recently, a new report suggests that meetings are taking place to determine if Deadpool is a character who jumps between the PG-13 realities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and R-Rated film where the Merc with a Mouth can be his full and uncensored self.

Here is what Variety reporter Brent Lang tweeted, on the latest talks about Deadpool’s place in and around the MCU, after latest investors meeting with Disney head Bob Iger:

“[Bob] Iger notes X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic Four are now under Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige’s control. Hear from sources that there’re debates about whether Deadpool can move seamlessly between R-rated solo outings and PG-13 rated MCU movies.”

These discussions are now picking up on what many fans and industry figures have been predicting for months, ever since the Disney x Fox merger went through. In fact, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld previously laid out the following prediction about how Disney and Fox would handle the character, down the line:

“You guys ask me about Deadpool’s future on film all the time,” he posted in his Instagram months ago. “While Iger is a really nice guy, seriously; he’s the nicest man, I am not invited to that board room for all the obvious reasons. However, I believe that Deadpool’s future is BRIGHT. And if I had to predict, venture a GUESS, just a guess… Deadpool will appear in PG-13 Marvel films on a limited basis, interacting with Marvel pals while retaining his own R-rated film franchise releases under the Fox banner. Those shenanigans with Vanessa cannot be released under that Disney Castle banner, you know? We’ll all find out soon enough.”

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Though having both the PG-13 and “R” options for Deadpool seems logical enough, it is not a guarantee. Even Rob Liefeld himself has acknowledged that Deadpool in hard-edged PG-13 works well enough, and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch echoed that very sentiment recently.

“It is rated R, so that is not necessarily the [MCU] brand, but he does not necessarily need to be R and [Disney] don’t necessarily need only to make PG-13 movies,” the filmmaker told Yahoo Movies UK. “I think, from discussions that I have heard, it is all positive. And I think they are just trying to figure a way in as Deadpool’s hard.”

So, would you like to see Deadpool play nice (PG-13) in the MCU, and still have his hard-R standalone films? Or do you think the upper limits of PG-13 rating are enough to keep Deadpool hip with us? Share with us in the comments!

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“Avengers: Endgame” Directors Want a Show Starring Bro Thor, Korg, and Miek

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Finally, Avengers: Endgame will be released on digital this week. That means fans can now have access to the film’s commentary featuring directors Joe and Anthony Russo, along with co-writer Christopher Markus. During the nearly three-hour movie, the creators discuss the filmmaking process and share fun behind-the-scenes tidbits. But one thing they unveiled during their recording was how much they enjoyed the dynamic amongst Thor, Korg, and Miek in the scene on New Asgard. In fact, they joked they would like to see a series starring that trio.

“I want to see, like, seven seasons of the show of Thor, Korg, and Miek hanging out in this cabin. This feels like a sublime BBC Comedy,” Joe said jokingly.

“I’m very fond of the fact that the magical weapon he took in the entire last movie to get a hold of is a bottle opener now,” Christopher Markus added.

“Also major kudos to our sound design team because that ring on the bottle cap opening is very sweet,” said Anthony Russo.

While it is unlikely we will be getting an entire show based on these three hilarious pals, fans are hoping Korg and Miek will be making their appearance in the upcoming fourth Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder. Considering Taika Waititi is returning to direct and also happens to voice Korg, there is a good chance we will be seeing the lovable aliens again.

During an interview, Christopher Markus previously spoke about Thor’s journey and praised Taika Waititi for what he did for the character.

“He [Thor] got re-toned by Taika Waititi, [writer] Eric Pearson and [actor] Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok, and that’s a gift to us,” Markus expressed. “Basically from his first movie, he’s headed for the throne. He also has all this burden of purpose on him. So his arc in all these films is learning to let go of what people expect of him and embrace what he feels he is. It also turns out that Hemsworth is a really good actor. He is not just gorgeous; he is funny. It has been such a great second half of the MCU for him. And I’m really, really happy that all came about.”

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated to release on November 5th, 2021. Other upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1st, 2020; The Eternals on November 6th, 2020; Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12th, 2021; WandaVision and Loki in Spring 2021; with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7th, 2021; What If…? in Summer 2021; and Hawkeye in Fall 2021.

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Venom 2 Officially Taps Andy Serkis as Director

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A week ago, a new breakdown in Heat Vision had a lot of Marvel fans excited, presenting the rumor that Andy Serkis was leading the shortlist of directors for Venom 2. And now, the news has been official. Reports are dropping that Andy Serkis has closed his deal with Sony for Venom 2, taking over for Venom director Ruben Fleischer.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Sony’s choice of Andy Serkis as Venom director. Fans were ready to celebrate late last week, as Venom star Tom Hardy dropped this not-so-cryptic tease that Andy Serkis was indeed going to be helming the Venom sequel.

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(This Instagram post was then deleted/archived by Tom Hardy himself)

Obviously, Andy Serkis is one of the most talented and famous pioneers of this modern motion-capture process for creating fantastical creature characters in movies. After his game-changing turn as Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Hobbits films, Andy Serkis proved his potential as a leading man by depicting the epic evolution of Caesar, the main protagonist in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy. Though he did not direct that series, Andy Serkis was heavily credited for helping to craft the finer points of Caesar’s evolution from a simple primate to the war-scarred leader of an entire race of intelligent apes that he helped create. Moreover, Andy Serkis did help to coach the ensemble of other mo-cap actors needed to make Caesar’s army of Apes in all three movies.

That is all to say: Andy Serkis has been ready for a challenge like Venom for quite some time. Given where the original movie left the sequel storyline, it could really take a master of creating mo-cap creatures to sell the horror and gravitas of Venom 2!

As previously stated: The post-credits scene of Venom introduced Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, the infamous serial killer who becomes the symbiote-wearing killer known as Carnage in the comics. That Venom post-credits scene all but screamed the character’s arrival in Venom sequel, which could even adapt a Marvel Comics crossover like “Maximum Carnage,” that saw Venom teaming up with Spider-Man and other superheroes to stop Carnage as well as his gang of monstrous killers from massacring their way across Manhattan.

And with Cletus Kasady on the board, we could see Venom (Tom Hardy) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) crossover sooner before later, as Venom 2 has all the potential of being one of the biggest Marvel films outside of the main MCU franchise. Just another reason that fans want someone like Andy Serkis, who is capable of telling a cohesive and sensible creature-horror superhero movie. The fact that he has already worked with Woody Harrelson (who played Caesar’s nemesis in War for the Planet of the Apes) is even just icing on the cake.

Venom 2 is set to release on October 2, 2020.

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Black Panther Sequel Introduces Namor in the Epic Marvel Fan Poster

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When Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed the full slate for Phase 4 of the MCU in Hall H at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, fans might have been a little disappointed not to hear the sequel of Black Panther listed amongst the ten projects arriving over the next couple of years. However, Kevin Feige did briefly confirm at the end of the panel that Black Panther 2 was indeed in the works, so at least we can rest easy knowing that at some point, it is on the way. Definitely, now that the Black Panther sequel has officially been confirmed, fans are glaring back at one of the most talked-about Easter eggs in Avengers: Endgame, wondering if Namor the Sub-Mariner is actually about to be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

When Okoye previously told Black Widow a “disturbance” in the Atlantic Ocean that she was going to leave alone, fans immediately believed that she was talking about Namor and his underwater kingdom. However, it only makes sense that the Wakandan general would be the one to tease Namor when you think about the age-old rivalry he has with Black Panther. So this logical next step would be to introduce him in Black Panther 2, right?

Well, that is certainly the idea behind one of the awesome fan posters from renowned artist BossLogic. It is a simple teaser one, but his idea for the Black Panther sequel pits the King of Wakanda against the King of Atlantis. You can check it out below.

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First of all, Black Panther: Two Kings is a kind of great title for something like this. Not only does it set up a threat for T’Challa that rivals his power, but also plays with the overall naming of sequels. And it’s hard not to love it.

In order to tease Namor, the words of the poster are settled over rippling water, introducing the oceanic threat. Taking things even further, artist BossLogic extended the bottom part of the “K” in the subtitle to become Namor’s trident.

If Marvel Studios is going to introduce Namor, it will make a lot more sense to have him first appear as a side character or villain in an already established franchise like Black Panther. Meanwhile, Aquaman is still fresh on everyone’s minds, and that could look incredibly similar if he were to be immediately introduced in his own film.

So, what do you think of this Black Panther 2 concept?

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