Stan Lee is pretty much a literal deity nowadays. Having created many of our favorite comic book characters he’s already a national treasure. Given that now many of his superheroes are now on the big screen en-masse, it’s is a certainty that he will have a cameo in any film based on his characters. That’s not limited to Marvel Studios films as he has also cameos in Deadpool, The Spider-Man films, the original Fantastic Four films, as well as the X-Men films. It’s almost a certainty that he will show up in a film based on Marvel characters. However, the elephant in the room is that he’s not getting any younger. The 93-year-old is finally trying to slow down in his later years as he’s stopped traveling for many conventions and is trying to take it easy. With so many upcoming Marvel films, is he going to be making his cameos anymore?
Thor: Ragnarok‘s casting thus far has been a treat to the fans, having included newcomer fan favorites like Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings, Dredd, Star Trek Beyond), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, The Aviator, Babel), and of course, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Fly); also returning will be Chris Hemsworth (Thor himself, of course), Mark Ruffalo (as Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and Tom Hiddleston (as beloved villain Loki). Recently, another actor let slip that he spent some time on the set film’s Australian set, and it’s setting up a nice reunion.
As Marvel Studios’ “Phase Three continues on, the next film on deck in Doctor Strange. Departing from aliens, super soldiers and the like, we now will be going into the world of the mystical and alternate dimensions. Doctor Strange promises to pull all stops and shows us a visual feat with mind-bending special effects as we get to see Stephen Strange, the Ancient One, and much more in the world of the mystical.
A lot of first looks from San Diego Comic Con 2016 this summer, are beginning to make their way out for public consumption. Marvel Studios, who had the internet abuzz during their Hall H panel at the pop culture convention back in July, left fans disappointed by not releasing any of the footage shown that day online; with the exception of a new Doctor Strange trailer which debuted simultaneously online. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok had no online presence of what played in Hall H for fans, until today.
The expansive cast of Marvel Studios and Sony‘s Spider-Man: Homecoming has been known for some time, but their exact roles have been left to the realm of mystery and conjecture… Until now! A tweet has lent some insight into who might be playing who in the Spider-Man movie, their relation to comic book counterparts of the same name, and even their connection to the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe. As revealed yesterday, we know that Zendaya is portraying Mary Jane Watson but what other revelations await fans when the amazing wall-crawler returns to the big screen in his next solo adventure next summer. (more…)
Looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon have another sandbox to play in. Currently, we have the feature films on the big screen. On the small screen, we have Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and will soon have Damage Control (in development) on ABC. Marvel also has an untitled show in development by John Ridley (rumored long to be Kamala Khan) on ABC as well. On the Netflix side of the television world, we have the more gritty and “street level” superheroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. Marvel also has Cloak and Dagger on Freeform which will follow the heroes Cloak and Dagger described as a “superhero love story” with a YA twist. Now it looks like we will have yet another show for the small screen. This one will appear on the streaming service Hulu. (more…)
When FOX decided to reboot The Fantastic Four, many saw this as a pretty good idea (at the time). With the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it looked like Fox was doing some course correction for their failed comic book franchises and they could do the same for the first family of Marvel. The previous version of Fantastic Four came out in 2005 and also had a less than stellar sequel. Both films were made before this new age of superhero films and were not received that well. In order to retain the rights to the Fantastic Four from Marvel, Fox needed to continue making films surrounding the characters, enter the 2015 reboot. The studio hired a director in his prime, Josh Trank as well as the cast that is all also at the top of their game (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell), what could go wrong? Well, apparently a lot!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the all-devouring, inescapable pop-culture force that it has become, hasn’t had as easy a time on television as it has in film. Sure, the Netflix entries (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) have done remarkably well, and the trend is looking to continue with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the small scale Avengers-ish mashup The Defenders; however, Netflix is not traditional format television, and part of the reason of the aforementioned programs’ success is their “R-rated” appeal. The ABC network, de facto home of everything Disney (Marvel included) on your TVs, hasn’t had as much success. (more…)
Not too long ago, Anna Kendrick called “shotgun” on Squirrel Girl, the rodent themed Marvel comics super-heroine that started as something of a gag, but became an actual fan favorite. To be clear, Marvel has never announced plans to make Squirrel Girl (or any of the teams she’s been on, like the Great Lakes Avengers) into a movie—Kendrick has simply stated her interest in playing the character (even though she admitted to knowing little about her, outside of a few comics her brother sent her). Now, someone else in Hollywood is saying “Hey Marvel, I’m team Squirrel Girl!” (more…)
Do you remember the Infinity Stones? Shiny rocks, vast amounts of powers, one of them is stuck to the head of Vision in the MCU? They were central to the plot of Captain America: First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, and of course, the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and have more or less had a presence in every Marvel movie to date post Iron Man 2, but haven’t really been seen much lately. They went completely unmentioned in Ant-Man, and were barely a footnote in Captain America: Civil War. They’re a pretty central plot device to the entire world of Marvel, and yet they don’t seem to be the headline ‘artifact of doom’ right now. It might have fans wondering whether they’ll make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at all. Well, director James Gunn once again has the answers. (more…)