Who already knew the perfect recipe for an amazing Spider-Man film was adding more spider-heroes? Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not only becoming the best Spidey movie ever but also one of the best animated movies of the year. Although it is just reaching its first weekend in theaters, the film has a near perfect Rotten Tomatoes score from critics as well as audiences.
So why not get rolling on a Spidey sequel?
Following the early praise for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a couple of weeks ago, Sony has already been planning a sequel and a female-centered spinoff. During a Vanity Fair interview with Sony chief Amy Pascal, the sequel will be focusing on Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, with a budding romance between the two spider-heroes from their different universes.
As teased in the movie’s previews, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows on 13-year-old boy Miles Morales as he is becoming Spider-Man, with the mentorship of crime-fighting veteran Peter Parker at his disposal. The pair is soon visited by additional spider-people. They include a 16-year-old Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Peni Parker.
Since Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy (Spider-Gwen) have nearly the same age and share an origin story that has them suiting up into spider-heroes, it is no surprise the two hit it off. However, in the new release they become friends. It’s a move that producer Christina Steinberg may have helped push for in service of the character’s agency when first introduced to audiences.
In comics, the romantic storyline between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen is canon in the 2017 issue titled “Sitting in a Tree.”
So the decision to make it into the animated sequel is not too much of a surprise to fans. Moreover, Phil Lord’s original script for Into the Spider-Verse reportedly included a bit of their romantic storyline. However, that was ultimately cut in service of taking time to introduce all the characters and to avoid overstuffing the story.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel is set to be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, best known for his works on The Legend of Korra and Voltron. Alongside him, David Callaham will be penning the script, amid his already highly-anticipated screenplays for Wonder Woman 1984 and Zombieland 2, currently in production. The Spider-Verse franchise is shared with the new Marvel line-action universe Sony has begun this year, especially with the huge success of Venom.
The comic book characters seem to be fairly new to Marvel. Miles Morales first appeared in 2011 and Spider-Gwen was introduced in 2014. Then the two have become huge fan-favorite among many comic book fans. We will see how moviegoers receive Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as it has been swinging into theaters since last night. However, the flick has already earned $3.5 million, making it the tenth largest preview gross for an animated feature film to date.
“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!
“Masters of the Universe” Movie Filming Start Date and Location Revealed
Once more, the Power Sword will be drawn this summer as the production on Sony’s Masters of the Universe movie eventually begins.
According to Production Weekly report, the
Masters of the Universe movie will begin shooting in Prague this July.
“Updated the production schedule and location for Sony’s Masters of the Universe, from the directing duo Aaron & Adam Nee,” tweeted Production Weekly. “Principal photography is due to get mid-July underway in Prague.”
Updated production schedule and location for Sony's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, from the directing duo of Aaron and Adam Nee. Principal photography is due to get underway mid-July in Prague. pic.twitter.com/KUL2InPEU8
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) February 12, 2019
Aaron and Adam Nee brothers helmed the movie to replace McG, who left the project back in 2017. They will direct Masters of the Universe from a recent script written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who have previously worked on films such as Iron Man and Men In Black: International. At the same
time, Sony hired David S. Goyer to rewrite the screenplay. There were rumors Goyer would also direct the film, but he ended up pursuing other projects.
Since taking over Masters of the Universe in 2009, Sony has been working on bringing the film back to the big screen. Over the years, the project has been going through several different versions and even directors. Now with a production date set, it seems that Sony may have committed to a path forward.
Masters of the Universe is based on a Mattel toy line launched in 1982.
In the same year, DC Comics also released a tie-in comic book series. The 1983 Filmation cartoon He-Man & Masters of the Universe created He-Man, with his battle cry “I have the power” that became a household name among children in the era.
Masters of the Universe revolves around Prince Adam of Eternia in a planet which is a blend of traditional fantasy and science fiction. When Adam lifts the Power Sword and invokes the name of Castle Grayskull, he transforms into He-Man – the most powerful warrior in the universe. He-Man then defends Eternia from Skeletor, an evil sorcerer who would claim Grayskull’s secrets for himself to rule Eternia.
Masters of the Universe became a live-action feature movie once before. The actor Dolph Lundgren starred as He-Man in the 1987 film from Cannon Films. Until now, the franchise has gone through several reboots in comics, television, and toys since then, even crossing over with DC Comics superheroes.
After years reporting on this film, Sony finally has been trying to get its production off the ground! Are you excited about it? Who do you think should play the new cinematic He-Man? And who would make a good Skeletor also? Let us know in the comments below!
Masters of the Universe is set for its release on December 18. But it’s safe to assume that Sony will push back the date as the filming has yet to begin.
“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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1. STANDARD 4K ULTRA HD
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4. BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE STEELBOOK
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Mark Hamill Trolls Fans Wanting “Star Wars: Episode IX” Trailer During Super Bowl With “Futurama” Reference
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.
“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.
New Photos of Batman Villain Magpie in ‘Gotham’ Arrives
Though a new episode of Gotham will not arrive until Valentine Day this year, when the show does return, there’s plenty to get excited about. Not only Lee Thompkins is eventually making her Season 5 debut in the next episode, but the Gotham show is also going to be introducing another villain from the DC Comics lore: Magpie.
Before the season began, it was revealed that Magpie would be arriving at some point. However, there was still no indication as to when. That changed this week as Fox released a batch of 14 photos from the February 14th episode, “13 Stitches.” And among them is an image of Sarah Schenkkan starring as Magpie.
In addition to the arrival of Magpie, this new episode of Gotham will also feature some potentially world-altering news for Jim Gordon, alongside an unlikely team-up between Selina and Penguin as well.
Here is the official synopsis for “13 Stitches”, followed by all 14 new photos. Check it out!
“Jim Gordon assembles an unlikely team-up to protect Gotham from Eduardo Dorrance (guest star Shane West) and his Delta Force. Just as Thompkins resurfaces, Barbara reveals shocking news that’ll change Gordon’s life forever. Meanwhile, Penguin and Selina team up to outsmart fellow villain Magpie ( star Sarah Schenkkan) in the all-new ’13 Stitches’ episode of GOTHAM airing on Thursday, February 14.”
1. SARAH SCHENKKAN AS MAGPIE
2. I WONDER WHAT YOU WOULD LOOK LIKE WITHOUT A NOSE
3. DIES MY BEARD LOOK GOOD IN THE MOONLIGHT?
5. IT AIN’T GONNA WORK, JIM
7. LEE IS BACK!
8. WELCOME TO MY RUBBLE PILE
9. SELINA DOESN’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS
11. JIM AT THE ROXBURY
13. THE BANE OF JIM’S EXISTENCE (I’M SO SORRY)
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