If you have yet to see Avengers: Endgame, perhaps you oughta steer clear from these here parts. Consider yourself warned. Now that that's out of the way, we can safely discuss Marvel's upcoming Black Widow movie, which is set to mark an integral chapter of the MCU's fourth Phase. Given that the titular character ultimately met her end in the climactic Avengers, sacrificing herself in order to summon the Soul Stone, many have correctly deduced that Black Widow would be a prequel. Now, thanks to the emergence of several new on-set photos (which arrived using Red Room-esque espionage), we have a better idea as to what we can expect - not only within the upcoming film, but where the MCU's greater future is concerned.
With the film currently filming in Budapest, a curious fan has managed to snag a few photos, one of which depicts a pair of wooden boxes. On each box reads a name: Natasha and Yelena. The latter already has fans in a fervent state, as Yelena Belova's comic-book counterpart has been a longtime favorite. As a result, fans have speculated that actress Florence Pugh will be handling the role, though Marvel has yet to confirm. Of course, Belova has become a fan favorite for a reason, having enjoyed a longstanding run in her own right.
A former veteran of the Red Room, in which Natasha was also trained, Yelena was originally introduced as Black Widow's enemy. Eventually, the pair found common ground and developed a sense of mutual respect. In the comics, Natasha ultimately passed away like her cinematic counterpart, leaving Yelena to pick up the Black Widow mantle. Perhaps Kevin Feig and the MCU have all intentions on following suit; after all, Pugh is a respectable name, having starred in films like Midsommar and Fighting With My Family, and it stands to reason they'd like to keep her in the fold. Considering the current Avengers are basically reshuffled in a post-Steve Rogers lineup, perhaps a Black Widow 2.0 is exactly what the doctor ordered. Given the MCU's ever-evolving nature, who knows what the future has in store?
"Avengers: Endgame" Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Says She Hasn’t Seen The Film
Paltrow must be over it.
Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the few performers that have been around since the very first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She appeared in 2008’s Iron Man, then also featured in Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. With so many entries into the MCU, you would think Paltrow would keep up with her onscreen endeavors by catching the final product in theaters. Apparently not.
Recently, Paltrow stopped by The Graham Norton Show alongside Tom Hanks, Tom Holland, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Holland began speaking about Endgame, and referenced Tony Stark’s death in the film. That’s when Paltrow dropped the bombshell. “Sorry to anyone who hasn’t seen the film. If you haven’t then you are living under a rock,” Holland says after revealing the death of Stark. Paltrow laughs and calmly admits she has yet to watch the film herself. “No, I haven’t seen it,” she reveals to a shocked Holland. At that moment Tom Hanks stepped in to help Paltrow out, ”Don’t spoil it. Don’t spoil it for Gwyneth. Let her discover that herself!”
Endgame is being re-released in theaters with 6 minutes of extra footage this week, which is an obvious money grab for Marvel to try and take the #1 spot from Avatar. It looks like it will work.
"Jessica Jones" Star Krysten Ritter Talks Chances Of Reprising Role
Will we ever see Jessica Jones again?
The final Netflix/Marvel show has taken its final bow. Jessica Jones is the last Marvel show on Netflix to air, after all five series were canceled. Iron Fist was the first to get the ax, then Luke Cage, Daredevil, and The Punisher followed. Krysten Ritter did an immaculate job of bringing the stubborn and moody Jones to life, offering a complex take on the superpowered detective. Now that the third and final season has aired, one lingering question remains. Will Hulu or another streaming service save any of the Netflix/Marvel shows? If so, can we expect to see Ritter as Jones again? She doesn’t think so.
“Do I think I’ll play her again? I don’t think so,” Ritter told TVLine. “I feel like I’ve played her, you know? I feel really good about it. I feel good about closing the door.” Ritter has expressed her love for Jessica Jones, but also her need to switch things up. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg echoed Ritter’s views, stating, “I feel like this is a really complete, closed chapter. I mean, never say never. But I feel ready to tell all new stories.” With Disney launching their own streaming service later this year, it’s unlikely that Netflix’s Marvel shows will be continued.
"Black Widow" Leaked Set Photos Reveal The Arrival Of A New Hero
Although Marvel has yet to announce the line-up for their slate of Phase 4 movies, everyone is aware that Black Widow is currently filming. It's hard to keep anything a complete secret these days, especially with the amount of Marvel fans in each country. Black Widow is busy filming outside the country, but still, photos from the set taken by curious on-lookers keep hitting the web. A recent leaked set photo appears to reveal a new hero that will be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Widow will star Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh, the latter of which appears in an undisclosed role. Her role has now been discerned. The leaked set photos show a shot of Johansson and Pugh's characters riding a bike, but the lifelike heroes are actually dummies being used for an action sequence. The dummies look real, but what is more intriguing is the boxes they came in. One box in labeled "Natasha" for Black Widow while the other is labeled "Yelena."
For those who may not read the comic books, Yelena is a spy that takes on the mantle of Black Widow when Natasha steps down from the role. They start off as enemies, but become close friends. It is possible that the MCU is setting things up to introduce a new Black Widow to replace Natasha since she died in Avengers: Endgame.
Keanu Reeves Is In Talks To Join The Marvel Cinematic Universe
The conversations have been happening.
Just one day after fans began a petition to get Keanu Reeves nominated as Man Of The Year, it’s been revealed that the John Wick actor may be working towards a leading role in the MCU. Kevin Fiege, president of Marvel, revealed that he’s been in conversation with the actor for some time as they try and work out a way for Keanu to jump into the beloved universe.
“We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Kevin told Comic Book. “I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.” As for which films Keanu has expressed interst in, whether past releases or future releases, is unknown but we’ll take the comment as a step in the right direction.
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A few weeks ago Keanu was asked a number of unrelated questions by BuzzFeed and one had to do with MCU.
If you could choose any superhero or villain to play in the Marvel or DC Comics universe, who would it be and why?
I don’t know, when I was a kid I always wanted to play Wolverine. So, Wolverine
Maybe an X-Men remake in the coming years with have Keanu all over it – thoughts?
Paul Rudd Implores Fans To Rally Behind "Ant-Man 3"
If you want to see “Ant-Man 3,” it’s time to take action.
Though the cinematic possibilities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe appear endless, the fate of certain heroes remains uncertain. Sadly, the affable fan-favorite Ant-Man stands among them. Paul Rudd recently opened up about his future in the MCU, speaking with Yahoo about the possibility of a third Ant-Man movie. As he tells it, the fans will have to speak up should they wish to see a conclusion to the trilogy.
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“I don’t know,” Rudd says, when asked whether he’ll ever don the suit in another solo film. “You need to make a call to the top brass and start a campaign to make it happen.” We’ve already seen Rudd reprise the role of Ant-Man in two solo films, as well as appearances in both Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. In fact, many felt he gave one of the strongest performances in the climactic Avengers chapter, so you’d think a reward would be in order.
Yet money talks, and Ant-Man has never been a box office darling – at least, not in relation to other Marvel Cinematic Universe titles, many of which stand among the most lucrative flicks in cinematic history. Of course, Yahoo also claims a source has assured fans that Ant-Man 3 is on the way, but concrete news of its production has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studio President Kevin Feig. Perhaps it’s time for the fans to mobilize, lest Ant-Man go the way of his namesake, and retreat underground, destined to be forgotten.
What’s Next For The MCU?
Phase four is coming.
Avengers: Endgame closed out eleven years of interwoven stories that captured the imaginations of millions across the globe this past April. What Kevin Feige did with Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe was genius, and now every studio in Hollywood is scrambling to create their own interconnected universe. None have been able to replicate what Marvel and Disney have delivered. At the conclusion of the decade long story, prominent heroes such as Iron-Man and Captain America have left their hero titles behind. Cap handed his shield down to Falcon, and Iron-Man's daughter, or possibly his mentees such as Peter Parker or Harley Keener, will carry his mantle. But what happens after that? We are all aware that Disney's new streaming service will launch several MCU-based shows, such as Loki, Falcon & Winter Soldier, and WandaVision. Still, the future of the MCU seems harder to predict than ever before.
Utilizing what little information we have from the movies that are in production, and also leaning on extensive comic book knowledge, I believe there is only one way for the MCU to go from here. When Endgame first dropped, I predicted that the multi-verse would play a role in Phase 4. The recent Spider-Man: Far From Home trailers have confirmed that the multi-verse is, in fact, being integrated into the MCU. In the comic books, there are several different universes or realities co-existing at the same time. Some universes feature entirely new heroes and villains, while others closely mimic the main timeline, which is called "616" in the comics. The 616 timeline can be compared to the main MCU timeline we've watched on screen for the last decade. Now that the multi-verse is being introduced though, the popular 1610 universe is rumored to play a large role in upcoming films. The 1610 universe introduced the world to heroes such as Miles Morales, the ethnic Spider-Man that stars in Into The Spider-Verse. Coincidentally, the animated Spider-Verse film uses the idea of the multi-verse for its plot as well.
The multi-verse gives Kevin Feige and Disney a way to introduce heroes as if they were already established. For example, the X-Men can now be brought into the main timeline without having to provide a backstory for how they were created. The multi-verse essentially created an entry point for Marvel to introduce heroes without crafting origin movies. There have been rumblings around the internet pertaining to which heroes and movies will be introduced next. Some of these rumors have already been somewhat confirmed, although not announced officially, by Marvel. These movies include Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Ant-Man 3. The solo Black Widow film has also begun shooting in Europe, while more obscure heroes like Shang Chi and The Eternals are said to have movies already deep in development. Ryan Coogler has been confirmed to return to direct Black Panther 2, while Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is on board for a magical sequel of his own. Namor, the MCU's version of Aquaman essentially, may be the character that connects T'Challa and Stephen Strange. Namor is a hero at times, but has been a nemesis to both heroes as well. Expect a team up from the King of Wakanda and the Sorcsssor Supreme at some point in the future.
Marvel Studios is supposedly working on integrating their new television shows with their upcoming movies, creating more mini-arcs much like actual comic books rather than a ten-year long storyline. Villains such as Norman Osborn and Doctor Doom are allegedly going to make their appearances soon, while heroes such as The Fantastic Four and the X-Men are slated to be included in future movies sometime within the next five years. The most popular storylines involving both teams have yet to find their way on screen, such as the heralded House of M plot where Scarlet Witch alters all of reality, to catastrophic consequences. Scarlet Witch's new show will somehow bring Vision back from the dead, so the idea of reality-altering may already be in play for the upcoming Disney series. Kang, a time and dimension-traveling villain that is a plight to all life, is also likely to make an appearance sooner than later. His villainy rivals Thanos', and his obsession with timelines fits snugly with the current state of the MCU.
The future of the MCU rests firmly in Kevin Feige's hands, which is the only place I trust it. The multi-verse will open the door to a long list of possibilities, the most promising of which being the introduction of the Fantastic Four. With Tony Stark gone, Reed Richards can step into town as the smartest man on the block. His introduction will then lead us to the rise of Doctor Doom and the menace of Galactus. Meanwhile, Disney's streaming service will explore other dimensions. The Loki series leak suggests that it will take place in the past, leading fans to believe his escape in Endgame sent him through time and space. Intersecting realities, intergalactic villains, and interdimensional adventures will be the main focus of the MCU going forward, making the film universe more and more like its source material as the years continue.
Kevin Feige Reveals His Defining "Marvel Cinematic Universe" Moment
The mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin Feige, tells all.
Avengers: Endgame continues to plow its way through any and all box office records, currently on the verge of seizing Avatar’s blue-tinted crown. Now, coming off an extensive and well-received AMA, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige gave fans many tidbits to unpack concerning his vision, work ethic, and history shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One interesting tidbit arose when Feige reflected one the road thus far, revealing the one, perhaps slightly unexpected scene that kept the story moving on its forward trajectory.
“I will say my entire MCU career was building up to that ‘on your left’ moment in Endgame,” writes Feige, alluding to a moment during the climactic Endgame battle, in which Falcon flies through to add his muscle to the cause. He also reveals his biggest regret, innocuous though it may be. “I made a joke once about regretting dying Chris Hemsworth eyebrows blonde for the first Thor, but the truth is it’s everything in those films and all the little details: the perfect ones and not so perfect ones, that carried us through to the experience of Endgame. Therefore, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Feige also reveals the formative steps in bringing the Infinity Gauntlet saga to life, revealing that preliminary discussions transpired relatively early on in the game. “We started discussing how to adapt the Infinity Gauntlet comic soon after the release of the first Avengers,” he explains. “It was on one of our creative retreats about 5 years ago that we decided to do it as two films. We started to crack the specifics of the story during production on Civil War with Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, Joe and Anthony Russo, in a conference room as we went back and forth between takes.”
For much more from Feige, although don’t expect much in the way of spoiler-heavy detail, check out the full AMA right here.
The Russo Brothers Suggest An Existing Marvel Character Is Gay
The Russo Brothers confirm an LGBT presence in the MCU, though lacking greater specificity.
Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame continues its run as the world’s most successful movie, and many fans have taken to debating the film’s merit in hindsight. Now that the dust has settled, The Russo Brothers have begun a press-run, hitting up EW for a quick conversation. During the interview, the pair reveal that Marvel intends on having a character come out of the closet in an upcoming fan, alluding to it being a well-known character at that.
When reflecting on his own cameo in the film–Joe Russo portrayed a grieving gay man who ultimately went on his first post-Snap date–he suggested that another known character remains in the closet, at least for now. “There’ve been insinuations about other characters’ sexuality, but [the grieving man] is the first openly gay character,” he mentions. When asked for further clarification about the closeted character’s identity, Joe plays coy. “We’re gonna find out! There is a gay character coming up in one of their films, and I think Kevin will make that announcement, I’m sure pretty soon.”
Though Marvel has already been teasing a gay character in The Eternals, it’s curious that the Russo Brothers are teasing a big reveal of an existing character’s sexuality. Some have already drawn comparisons to J.K. Rowling’s Dumbledore, and the theories have been flying as expected. Valkyrie, Bucky, and Captain Marvel have been named as possible candidates, though should one decide to look to the deeper corners of the fan fiction community, the doors of possibility widen beyond the realm of possibility.
Disney & Marvel Share "MCU Phase 4" Release Dates
Disney can't stop, won't stop where the MCU is concerned.
The Third Phase of Marvel's extensive and wide-ranging Cinematic Universe set to wrap up with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which means the Fourth Phase is about to go underway. Now, there will be a few ENDGAME SPOILERS here, so tread carefully if you haven't yet seen the climactic flick. Now, we've already come to understand that The Eternals will play a big role in the shifting, post-Avengers world, especially with heavy-hitters like Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani. With Marvel Studio head Kevin Feig having already announced plans for the next five to seven years, Disney has officially shared a release window for their upcoming endeavors, including many "Untitled Marvel" movies.
As it stands, 2020 will bring two new Marvel movies into the fold, with 2021 and 2022 both delivering three apiece. Given that Black Widow, Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi have already been confirmed, we can already discern the direction of the next phase to come. Given that Thor went off to join the Guardians on their travels, it's likely the God Of Thunder will no longer land any standalone movies, but rather integrate into an already existing series.
Also interesting is the sheer load of "Untitled Disney Live Action" movies in 2021 and 2022, which suggests the House Of Mouse will be drawing from their collection to follow The Lion King and Aladdin's lead. Not to mention, the MCU's bolstered television presence, which includes new series centering on Loki, Hawkeye, Vision & Scarlet Witch, and Falcon and The Winter Soldier. How do you feel about this news? Is Disney doing too much, or are you here for as much MCU as humanly possible?