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New Stars Wars and Marvel TV shows planned for Disney’s streaming service

During today’s quarterly financial call for the Walt Disney Company, CEO Bob Iger announced that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will be helming his own Star Warstrilogy. But that isn’t all: Disney also plans to create a live-action Star Wars television show for its upcoming online streaming service.

There are no details on what this show might be about. But according to Variety, Iger also revealed that Disney is currently working on shows based on Monsters Inc., High School Musical, as well as a new series from Marvel. The streaming service is expected to launch in 2019.

Historically, Lucasfilm has used television as a way to expand the Star Wars universe with animated shows. The Clone Wars, which was set between Episode II: Attack of the Clonesand Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, ran from 2008 through 2015, while the currently-running Star Wars Rebels first debuted in 2014 on Disney XD. There have also been consistent rumors that a third animated show was also in the works.

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As streaming services like Netflix have taken off, various entertainment conglomerates have branched off to form their own independent online channels. Disney announced in August that it was cutting ties with Netflix to create its own service. While Disney has its own massive catalog of content to use for such a site, numerous streaming services have begun to create their own original content to help entice new subscribers to their platforms. CBS launched Star Trek: Discovery on its All Access platform this fall, while MGM is filming its own Stargate prequel show, Origins, for its Stargate Command platform. Disney creating its own ongoing content makes sense considering that it will be fighting for attention in an already-crowded field of streaming sources. New Star Wars content will almost certainly get that attention.

If Disney can pull off this project, it’ll accomplish something that has long eluded the franchise: a live-action show. Lucasfilm has developed various concepts for a standalone show in the Star Wars universe for years. In 2005, George Lucas announced a show at the Celebration III convention, saying it would be set in the underworld of the city planet Coruscant. Various writers and artists were brought on to flesh out the idea, but it was ultimately abandoned in 2010 due to concerns about the show’s budget.



The X-Men And Fantastic Four Could Join The MCU As Disney Looks To Buy Fox

As far as big screen crossovers go, there are two that will probably never happen. The first is between Marvel and DC, for obvious reasons, and the other is one between the X-Men and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the fact that the mutants did originate at the House of Ideas, Marvel Studios owns all the characters within the MCU, while Fox holds the cinematic rights to Wolvie and the gang. As such, a crossover just isn’t possible, as the two studios don’t seem to be very keen on working together.

However, it looks as if we may not have to wait for Fox and Marvel to hop into the same bed in order to see all these characters cross paths on the silver screen, as CNBC is reporting that Disney, who owns Marvel, is now looking to buy Fox. If they end up doing so, they’ll then own the rights to the X-Men and presumably, can easily include them in the MCU without any sort of issues rising up due to rights.

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Of course, it wouldn’t only be the aforementioned mutants who get a chance to interact with Iron Man, Hulk and the rest of the gang, as the Fantastic Four, Deadpool and many others would be included here, too, and would also be able to find a spot within the Marvel Cinematic Universe without any issue. In short, Disney would own all of Fox’s characters and could use them as they see fit.

Nothing has been finalized as of yet, but from what we understand, Fox isn’t able to compete anymore due to the rise of streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon. As such, they’re now looking to sell, and Disney might just be the one to purchase them.

Granted, the Mouse House wouldn’t take hold of everything, as CNBC says:

Disney could not own two broadcast networks and would therefore not buy the Fox broadcast network. It would not buy Fox’s sports programming assets in the belief that combining them with ESPN could be seen as anti-competitive from an antitrust standpoint and it would not buy the Fox News or Business channel. Disney would also not purchase Fox’s local broadcasting affiliates, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Still, none of this is relevant to characters like the X-Men and Fantastic Four and should a deal place here, we might just see that one, big cohesive Marvel Cinematic Universe that we’ve always dreamed of.



‘Defenders’ Ranks Among Netflix’s Most Binge-Watched Shows

The old way of watching television shows is being replaced by the wide world of binging. Sites like Netflix and Hulu have made it easy for audiences to consume shows in a weekend if they so please, and it seems plenty of people did just that for Marvel’s The Defenders.

Thanks to a new report, Netflix has confirmed its latest Marvel series managed to charm fans when it dropped. The site released its list of most binge-watched original series, and The Defenders came in at third place.

The superhero miniseries pulled ahead of some major competitors to steal third place. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life managed to come in on top with Fuller House trailing behind it, but shows like The Ranch and even Orange Is The New Black failed to take over Daredevil’s new posse.

You can check out the study’s full list of binge-friendly shows below:

  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
    Fuller House
    Marvel’s The Defenders
    The Seven Deadly Sins
    The Ranch
    Santa Clarita Diet
    Trailer Park Boys
    F is for Family
    Orange Is the New Black
    Stranger Things
    Friends from College
    Grace and Frankie
    Wet Hot American Summer
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    House of Cards
    Chewing Gum
    Master of None

According to Netflix, The Defenders really shined in one market; The site says Korea took a liking to the series the country had the most binge-watchers eyeing The Defenders than any other country. When it comes to the U.S., it seems Netflix subscribers are sending that kind of love to House of Cards.



The Famous Movie That Inspired Black Panther’s Design

The highlight of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been seeing such iconic characters and locations from the comics come to life on screen. However, it seems that the comics haven’t been the only influence for the big screen adaptations. Recently Hannah Beachler, the production designer for Black Panther revealed one movie that significantly inspired the look of Wakanda, the original Blade Runner.


The reveal came in response to a fan who asked Hannah Beachler on Twitter if Blade Runner had inspired her, or director Ryan Coogler, in their vision of what Wakanda would look like. Beachler responder that the Ridley Scott film was very much an influencer for her. Specifically, she says that the density of the city, as well as the way that tech was forward thinking, were the primary ways that the film guided her design.


It’s not hard to see the influence. A look at this image of Wakanda from the Black Panther trailer shows a city very much like the version of Los Angeles we see in Blade Runner. The only real difference being that we Los Angeles is in almost perpetual darkness, while Wakanda at least gets some sun.

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We certainly see how the density of the city influenced Wakanda as all the buildings, including some pretty impressive skyscrapers, are all very close together. We also have similar modes of transportation as flying vehicles seem to be the method of choice for getting around the city. If the city is this dense, one assumes it has a pretty massive population as well, making the need for verticality, both in the buildings and the transportation, important.


Of course, there’s another movie that also took Blade Runner’s aesthetics as a major influence, the sequel which is hitting theaters on Friday. Blade Runner 2049takes all the technology from the original and advances it by 30 years.


Blade Runner inspired a lot of futuristic looks in popular culture so it’s far from surprising that it influenced Black Panther. The one interesting difference here is that Wakanda is a modern city, simply one that is more technologically advanced than the rest of the world. It’s essentially the future but one that modern people could potentially visit.


We’ll get to see more of Wakanda when Black Panther arrives in theaters in February. Blade Runner 2049 is in theaters on Friday.



It’s Official: ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel Movies Leaving Netflix for Disney Streaming Service

The announcement that Disney is launching its own streaming service sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, as that new venture came with the caveat that Disney was pulling its content from Netflix in 2019. What was uncertain, was whether that mandate included content from Disney’s Marvel and Lucasfilm brands – but now we have the official answer on that front.

Deadline reports that Disney has decided to pull both Marvel and Star Wars content from Netflix in 2019, as was revealed by Disney CEO Bob Iger in a recent investor meeting.


According Iger, the plan for Disney’s streaming service is “We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot.” He added that the app, “will have the entire output of the studio — animation, live action and Disney including Pixar, Star Wars and all of the Marvel films.

That library includes exclusively offering the full lineup of Disney properties on the service (500 films and 7,000 TV episodes), in addition to four or five original TV series and three or four original movies. An expansive lineup of short form content is also expected, and the digital service will be used as the exclusive distribution platform for lower-budgeted films (no more risky theatrical premieres).

While Disney’s service sounds impressive, it does leave us with one big question:

Marvel Star Wars Movies Leaving Netflix 2019

What Does This Mean for Netflix?

How Disney’s launch will impact other major streaming services is a big, looming question – especially for Netflx. Netflix has clearly benefited from having big Marvel and Star Wars movies offered on the service, but since the companies ratings and returns are largely unknown to the public, we have no real measurement for just how much Marvel and Star Wars features pull in, in terms of viewers, and what that loss will mean for Netflix’s bottom line. 

This question gets even more expansive when you factor in all the Disney movies and TV content that is offered through the services. Families with children aged toddler to teen would arguably have much more incentive to pay for a Disney streaming service that could offer animated fare and TV content for kids, and fantastical superhero and sci-fi content for teens, than the more adult offerings of Netflix. Indeed: the “Kids” section of Netflix’s service is probably in the biggest danger from this new Disney venture. 

For now, you can still catch all your Marvel and Stars Wars movies on Netflix. The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with Thor: Ragnarok on November 3rd; the Star Wars saga continues with The Last Jedi on December 15, 2017.



Black Panther Toys Reveal New Vibranium Suits

New toys for Black Panther further shine the spotlight on Wakanda’s superior technology and upgraded suits for T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Marvel Studios is continuing to grow the Marvel Cinematic Universe and next year will kick off their slate by bringing some much needed diversity to the screen. Black Panther will take the Captain America: Civil War breakout character out of the familiar world audiences are used to and put him back within his home, Wakanda. Not only will this move give Marvel Studios their first film led by a person of color, it will also give them the first MCU movie directed by a black filmmaker (Creed‘s Ryan Coogler).


While Coogler and Boseman are part of the equation, they will be surrounded by an influx of talent, on and off-screen. The Black Panther cast is arguably the most impressive of any MCU film to date, but fans are also excited to see more of Black Panther and the whole new world that he brings with him. In doing so, Wakanda’s technology will be put on full display and a glimpse at their gear can now be seen in the latest Black Panther toys.


Black Panther Toys Spotlight T’Challa’s New Suit & Killmonger’s Armor

Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 first look: See Misty Knight with her new bionic arm

Yup, this daughter of the dragon has finally gotten the upgrade that allows her to match her comic-book counterpart: She now wields a prosthetic bionic arm — spoiler alert! — to replace the one the Hand villain Bakuto (Ramón Rodríguez) sliced off in Marvel’s The Defenders. And for those who need a refresher, at the end of the team-up series, Misty wound up recovering in a hospital owned by Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and watched over by Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick).


Clearly, she’s back in action by the time she appears in Luke Cage season 2 — and below, EW has the exclusive first look at the NYPD detective sporting her high-tech enhancement alongside Luke (Mike Colter) and his unbreakable skin:


Marvel, as usual, is keeping details of how and when Misty gets her bionic arm under wraps, but in the comics, Misty’s bionic arm was designed by Tony Stark and Stark Industries after she lost the limb in a bombing. The arm grants her superhuman strength and a slew of other abilities involving energy blasts and gravity fields and even a nifty ability to control robots.

Of course, that’s all comic-book Misty. Marvel-Netflix Misty’s abilities remain to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: She’s going to be a whole lot harder to take down now that her weapon never leaves her side.

Marvel’s Luke Cage returns in 2018 on Netflix.


‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ first look: See Misty Knight with her new bionic arm

Netflix’s ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ Poised for Binge-Viewing

There are no standard “ratings” for Netflix. But “Marvel’s The Defenders,” the streamer’s newest original series in the street-hero franchise, could be one of its biggest hits ever, independent research indicates.

The four preceding Marvel series leading up to “Defenders” — “Daredevil” season 2, “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” — were among the top five most-viewed recently released Netflix originals in the first 30 days after their premieres, according to data from marketing-analytics firm Jumpshot, provided exclusively to Variety. Teen-suicide drama “13 Reasons Why” took the No. spot.

It seems safe to predict that “The Defenders,” as the culminating mashup with each of the four characters uniting against a common enemy, will turn in similar binge-heavy viewership as well. Netflix released all eight episodes of the limited series at 12:01 a.m. PT Friday. The show stars Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist).

The analysis from Jumpshot shows the relative number of U.S. Netflix viewers who watched at least one episode of each series. The data is presented as a index, benchmarked against the most-viewed Netflix original in the comparison, “Daredevil” season 2. For example, “13 Reasons Why,” the second most-viewed premier in the first 30 days, garnering 48% of the viewers that “Daredevil 2” received.

Of the series studied, “13 Reasons Why” was the only Netflix original that showed any growth in week-over-week viewership in the first month of release, with an 18% increase from week one to week two. That reflects strong word-of-mouth buzz for the controversial show.

“Stranger Things” was the seventh most-viewed Netflix original premiere in its first 30 days, but it had the lowest week-over-week decline in viewership, per the Jumpshot data. It’s not a surprise that shows see a viewing drop-off after the first week, given Netflix’s binge-friendly release strategy.


Netflix’s ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ Poised for Binge-Viewing Pop, Data Indicates

Netflix in Talks With Disney on Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ Movies for 2019 and Beyond

Netflix isn’t going to get Disney’s “Frozen 2,” but it’s not yet frozen out of potentially getting streaming rights to Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” franchise and Marvel Entertainment movies.

Netflix remains in “active discussions” with Disney about a deal for Lucasfilm and Marvel titles after the companies’ current movie-output deal expires in 2019, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in an interview with Reuters.

On Tuesday, Disney said it plans to introduce its own direct-to-consumer Disney-branded subscription VOD service in 2019; it’s also looking to roll out an ESPN over-the-top streaming service in early 2018.

The Disney OTT service will exclusively offer movies from Pixar and Disney studios starting with 2019 releases — so Netflix won’t have those. But Disney has yet to decide whether it will re-up with Netflix for the Marvel and Lucasfilm lines. Those could be bundled into in the Disney-branded service, broken into their own subscription VOD services, or licensed to a third party — whether that’s Netflix, HBO, or another partner.

Sarandos told Reuters that Disney’s streaming service was a “natural evolution” for media companies and opined that the Mouse House’s OTT offerings will be “complementary” to Netflix. The exec added, “That’s why we got into the originals business five years ago, anticipating [negotiations to license content] may be not as easy a conversation with studios and networks.”

Netflix and Disney inked the licensing pact for the U.S. pay-TV window in 2012, under which Netflix secured streaming rights to the Mouse House’s films starting with 2016 releases. Netflix has had a similar “pay one” agreement for Disney titles in Canada starting with 2015 releases.

Disney’s 2019 theatrical slate includes the second “Frozen” movie, “Toy Story 4” and a live-action version of “The Lion King” from the Disney and Pixar lines.

Shares of Netflix dropped after Disney announced the plans for its direct-to-consumer streaming services and ending the deal with Netflix for Disney and Pixar films. After hitting record highs last month, Netflix’s stock has dropped 7% since Monday.

Separately from the Disney movie pact, Netflix has an extensive, multiyear deal with Marvel for original series based on Marvel’s street-hero characters, including “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist.”


Netflix in Talks With Disney on Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ Movies for 2019 and Beyond

Teenage Groot Will Return In Avengers: Infinity War

We’ve known for quite some time that the Guardians of the Galaxy will all appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters this summer, a new question about the Guardians’ involvement surfaced. During one of the five post-credit scenes in Guardians 2, fans got their first look at Teen Groot, when Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) came into his room and started complaining that he hadn’t cleaned it yet, as Teen Groot continued to play video games, as teens are known to do. Director James Gunn has confirmed that fans will be seeing Teen Groot in Avengers: Infinity War.


While it still hasn’t been released to the public quite yet, the Infinity War Comic-Con footage, which was also shown at the D23 Expo, featured the Guardians and what looked like the same Teen Groot from the Guardians 2post-credit scene. Cinema Blend spoke with James Gunn, who was promoting the home video release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when he confirmed that fans will be seeing Teen Groot in Infinity War. Here’s what he had to say below.

“He’s exactly the same. That’s exactly the Groot we designed for Infinity War.”

It had previously been confirmed that the post-credit scene in question took place four years after Guardians Vol. 2, which means that Infinity War is also set four years after the sequel. James Gunn hesitantly confirms this, stating, “Well, those are at the same time.” After Groot sacrificed himself at the end of the first Guardians movie, fans saw him come back to life as the adorable Baby Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credit scene where he was dancing to “ABC” by the Jackson 5. When asked if that “restarted his life cycle,” James Gunn didn’t want to state anything on record, admitting it’s an aspect of Groot that he wants to use in future stories, most likely Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which he’s currently working on. He did hint, though, that the life of a creature like Groot is nothing like our own.


“Well, you know, it’s complicated. I think you have to stick through future movies to find out exactly what the story of Groot is. I get a lot of questions, and the thing I say that bums people out more than anything else is that Baby Groot doesn’t have the memories of Adult Groot. But it’s complicated! His life is not like our lives… It’s his aging, and Groots, where they come from and how they do their thing. It’s pretty much worked out in my head, but we’ve only let out pieces of that.”

It is believed that we’ll get to see Groot back to his full-grown self by the time Guardians of the Galaxy 3 rolls around, which will be part of Marvel’s Phase 4 lineup, although an exact release date for that movie has yet to be given. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 has been confirmed as the first Phase 4 movie, hitting theaters July 5, 2019, just two months after Avengers 4 arrives on May 3, 2019, with the studio setting three 2020 dates, May 1, 2020, August 7, 2020 and November 6, 2020. With production now wrapped on Avengers: Infinity War, and filming starting soon on Avengers 4, hopefully we’ll find out more about these highly-anticipated projects soon.



How Netflix can spawn a Marvel-style Millarworld superhero universe

Netflix has grand ambitions for Millarworld, the Scottish comic book company it acquired this week. The aim is to repeat Disney’s success with Marvel, where the creator of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy has become a launchpad for multibillion-dollar film franchises.

Here are four ways in which Netflix can make a global success of Millarworld properties, a job made tougher as the deal does not include founder Mark Millar’s best-known properties: Kick-Ass and Kingsman.

1. Create a superhero universe

The latest trend in Hollywood is to create a “universe” from a group of characters. Disney has the Avengers ensemble, which includes characters such as Captain America, Thor and Iron Man – who also have their own standalone films. This is not about flogging a concept through a series of sequels but building up a series of characters that can flit across multiple films (and probably TV series in the case of Netflix). Warner Brothers is tapping into this approach by expanding its DC Comics heroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman – into a universe under the Justice League banner. Universal is developing its so-called “dark universe” of monster films ranging from The Mummy, the Invisible Man, and Dracula to vampire hunter Van Helsing.

Millarworld has so far developed 18 character franchises. Three of these – Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman – have so far made the successful jump to the big screen grossing about $1bn (£770m) at the box office. However, Kingsman and Kick-Ass are licensed to other producers. Netflix releases films in cinemas but its main business is streaming content to subscribers so it referred to TV series and kids’ shows as well as films.

Netflix is banking on Millarworld introducing viewers to a new universe of hitherto unknown worlds – with franchises including Jupiter’s Legacy about a dysfunctional superhero family, a gifted petrol station worker called Huck and Duke McQueen, “a space age hero who may be a little past his prime” – that will become household names.

Like Disney’s Avengers, Millar says the “vast tapestry of characters and superteams” all tie together, which Netflix will convert into a range of TV and film projects for its more than 100m global subscribers. 


2. Ensure Millarworld’s output has international appeal

Disney had the luxury of building the Marvel hit factory selectively from a world of 5,000 characters, many of whom were not seen worthy of development when the company was acquired for $4bn in 2009. Millarworld is a smaller canvas. 

Millarworld’s creations are not well known cinematically on the global stage and it is superbrands such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Avengers that have driven more than $12bn in box office takings alone for Disney.

Well-established brand characters are still no guarantee of success. Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern, made by Warner Bros, and The Fantastic Four, made by 20th Century Fox, both flopped. 

Even Millar’s biggest hit has struggled to make it to maintain its momentum.Matthew Vaughan, director of the hit adaptation of Kick-Ass, said that the sequel “lost a few fans”.

3. Talent retention and character development

Mark Millar operates Millarworld as something of a collective of creators but the name above the door is his – he and his wife, Lucy, jointly own the Glasgow-based company. Netflix chiefs have heaped praise on Millar calling him “as close as you can get to a modern-day Stan Lee”, the Marvel executive and legendary creator of some of the biggest superheroes in print and film including Spiderman, Iron Man, X-Men, Hulk and Thor.


Millar has proven he has the Marvel midas touch, after an eight-year stint at the business. While there, he developed the comic books and story arcs that inspired the Avengers film, Captain America: Civil War and the recent Wolverine movie, Logan.



What the ‘Deadpool 2’ Domino Reveal Says About the Sequel

The sight of Zazie Beetz as Domino on Monday morning was a sign that the antihero could play a larger role in the follow-up to Ryan Reynolds’ superhero comedy Deadpool than originally believed.

To be fair, Beetz looks great as the mutant mercenary, in a costume that might not be entirely true to the character’s comic book visual. She has, traditionally, worn an outfit that covers everything but her head, but the facial markings here mirror, and invert, the comic book visual of the character co-created by Deadpool‘s Rob Liefeld. 

Beetz’s Domino looks easily as fierce as the source material as she lies on a rug made out of Deadpool, and the fact that she’s taking it easy on top of him might be significant: Does it potentially suggest some kind of conflict between the two? (The cartoonishness of Deadpool’s pose under Domino brings to mind a Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner dynamic, although that might just be me.) If that is the case, that wouldn’t be outside of the comic book canon version of their relationship, with both characters’ loyalties depending as much on their client base as any personal beliefs.

That’s more true for Deadpool than Domino, admittedly; whereas the mercenary nature of the former character’s comic book incarnation extends so far as his tagline — “the Merc with the Mouth” — the latter has, more often than not, been on the side of the good guys, and, even moreso, been by the side of Cable. A longtime member of the time-traveling antihero’s supporting cast, she has fought alongside him as part of his own mercenary group the Six Pack, as well as multiple incarnations of X-Force. Beyond her association with Cable, she’s worked with the X-Men, S.H.I.E.L.D. and other comic book organizations throughout the year, underscoring her comic book status as team player, rather than leading lady.
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If that seems harsh, it’s worth pointing out that Domino duplicates elements of other, more beloved, comic book characters. She’s essentially a remodel of Black Widow with some Wolverine narrative DNA (she, too, is the result of a secret government program to create the ultimate weapon) and the “good luck” powers of an earlier Marvel character, Longshot. Domino has yet to be given a distinctive story of her own with which to break out and prove her own worth.


That’s not to say that she’s never had her own comic book; in fact, she’s had two since her 1991 debut in The New Mutants No. 98, with a three-issue series in 1997 and a four-issue series in 2003. (The artist on the second series was Brian Stelfreeze, currently working on Black Panther with Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

For the most part, however, Domino’s comic book adventures have been restrained to the X-Force titles, with occasional guest appearances in other comics across the decades — although, with a movie appearance in the offing, that might be about to change. And, perhaps, given the increased profile (and, just maybe, a new attitude courtesy of Deadpool 2‘s screenwriters), Domino might be about to have her time in the spotlight.



Marvel legend Stan Lee is creating an original story for Audible

Comic book fans (and comic book movie fans) are very familiar with Stan Lee, who has a cameo in pretty much every Marvel movie. Now, the legendary Marvel writer is creating yet another shared universe. Varietyexclusively reports that Stan Lee will produce a brand new book for Audible described as “Mr. Robot set in John Hughes world.”



Given that the agreement is with an audiobook company, the project will be (you guessed it) an audiobook. Stan Lee is signed on to narrate the introduction to the project. Lee, along with Ryan Silbert and Luke Liebermen, promise that this will be the beginning of an entirely new shared universe. Presumably, if this project does well, we’ll see more of it in the future.



It’s unclear whether the long-form work will later release in print form. However, seeing as Audible is owned by Amazon, which has its own publishing arm, it’s certainly a possibility.




See What A Bearded Chris Evans Would Look Like As Solid Snake

While Chris Evans may be best known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America, a recent photo circulating around suggests the actor could easily fill another popular character’s shoes: Metal Gear Solid’s Solid Snake. During San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios released all kinds of juicy information about the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, including several character posters that were handed out during the event. One poster was of Chris Evans’ Captain America standing at the head of other Avengers like Falcon and sporting a great bushy beard.

Naturally, comic fans will be aware that this look is inspired by Steve Rogers’ Nomad identity. Rogers adopts this identity in the comics after discovering that a government official is the head of a terrorist organization. Rogers comes to question the trustworthiness of the American government. This certainly sounds similar to the mindset of Captain America at the end of Captain America: Civil War, so Marvel Studios bringing in the Nomad personality should fit in nicely with Infinity War. Regardless, the image of a despondent Cap has inspired several altered photos, including the Solid Snake recreation.

Twitter user BossLogic revealed (via CB) a particularly professional image of Evans’ as Solid Snake in full uniform and sporting the same beard and the character’s trademark cigarette and bandana. For a more detailed look at Evans as the popular video game character and frequent protagonist, take a look below.


The work put in by BossLogic is definitely convincing and it’s easy enough to picture Evans taking up the role. While Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is currently slated to helm the long-gestating video game adaptation, there’s been no solid information as to who could take up the role of Solid Snake. Naturally, a fan-made photo is certainly not indicative that Evans will get the role, but it certainly would not be the worst choice imaginable given Evans’ popularity thanks to his role as Captain America.

Of course, juggling such a commitment with his role in the MCU would more than likely prove to be incredibly difficult to do. There’s also a matter of the critical and financial failure that’s been attached to most live action attempts at adapting video games into movies. Evans may very well wish to keep himself as far away from a project like Metal Gear Solidas possible given the stigma attached to such projects. Either way, BossLogic’s fan-made photo is an incredibly convincing case to at least imagine what could be if Evans were to ever step into the Solid Snake role.



‘The Defenders’ is the Marvel team-up you hoped for — Iron Fist and all

“The Defenders” is the type of superhero streaming that we’ve come to expect from Netflix’s live-action Marvel productions. Well worth the wait, the new show is every bit the event that Marvel fans hoped it could be.  

The coming together of the streaming service’s four superhero shows — each with varying styles on how to be a hero — works in part because of how they focus on why such a get-together shouldn’t work at all.

But before Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) team up to defend New York City, the producers of the show divide the four into pairs.

Matt Murdock is still reeling from the pain of losing the woman he loved, Elektra (more on that later), and has left his Daredevil/vigilante days behind to focus on being the best lawyer possible. And who should end up needing a good, affordable attorney? Jessica Jones. (Jones is on the bad side of Misty Knight, played by Simone Missick. Could Misty have a future as a Defender, too?)


Murdock and Jones butt heads from the start as they realize they’re both investigating something that connects to an evil scheme too big for the both of them.

That something is Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra, who may be the biggest surprise of “The Defenders.” She’s a compelling villain with a mysterious past that borders on the unbelievable — we can’t say more than that without giving too much away.



Marvel is bringing its superheroes to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game

The Incredible Hulk and some of his other box office money-grabbing super pals will be coming to the world of virtual reality.

Marvel Powers United VR, announced at Disney’s D23 event on Saturday, will allow players a chance to step into the shoes of some familiar heroes as they destroy lots of stuff in VR.

Powers United VR, an Oculus-exclusive, looks pretty similar to existing VR wave shooters like Robo Recall, though its multiplayer could spice things up a bit. The main highlight will obviously be having IP from Marvel; players will be able to choose from 12 different Marvel characters as they exact righteous mayhem.

The title is being developed by Sanzaru Games, which has already done a couple VR titles for the Rift, including VR Sports Challenge and Ripcoil.

Facebook and Oculus have devoted $500 million to funding made-for-VR content. Oculus has been doing so largely with the hopes of attracting exclusives and interest from top AAA game publishers who have been reticent to invest significant cash into a space with so few users relative to console and PC audiences.


With Marvel, Oculus has found a partnership that allows it another big name exclusive to show off its highest-end Rift and Touch controller hardware, which it has heavily discounted in recent months as Facebook looks to sell units and keep up with competition in the niche VR space.

Building a hefty library of exclusives is even more important to the company following E3, where Oculus was largely overlooked as the highly influential ZeniMax-owned Bethesda announced a number of titles from blockbuster series, including DOOM, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, that it will be porting to competing virtual reality systems like HTC’s Vive and Sony’s Playstation VR. This comes as Facebook fights an injunction from the Oculus/ZeniMax lawsuit, for which it has already been ordered to pay up a half-billion dollars.

Marvel Powers United VR is bring slated for a 2018 release.


Marvel is bringing its superheroes to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game

How ‘Black Panther’ deals with the issue of ‘Man-Ape’

M’Baku is trouble for Black Panther.

He’s the ruler of the Wakanda’s mountain tribe and has serious issues with how T’Challa is fulfilling his role as the nation’s new king.

But M’Baku was also a potential problem for Black Panther the movie.

That’s because the comic-book version of this villain, who first appeared in Avengers #62 in March 1969, encased himself in white fur and attacked the hero under the moniker “Man-Ape.”

Rather than abandon one of Black Panther’s most famous antagonists, Marvel Studios decided to rescue M’Baku. The character is a hard-bitten, ruthless warrior, but as played by actor Winston Duke (Person of Interest) he also has dignity and strength. Not that this makes him a nice guy.


And in a fictional culture where leaders take on the symbols of native animals (like the panther), his tribe’s affinity for the gorilla is regarded as something noble — not cringeworthy.

Still, the filmmakers felt that “Man-Ape” would never be an easy name for newcomers to accept.

“We don’t call him Man-Ape,” executive producer Nate Moore told EW during our set visit. “We do call him M’Baku.”

The problem was self-evident. “Having a black character dress up as an ape, I think there’s a lot of racial implications that don’t sit well, if done wrong,” said Moore. “But the idea that they worship the gorilla gods is interesting because it’s a movie about the Black Panther who, himself, is a sort of deity in his own right.”

So he’s still adorned with elements of fur on his arms and legs and sports a chest-plate that hints at the animal that is symbolic of his tribe. But he doesn’t wear the full gorilla mask that, in the comics, often made him literally look like that creature.

Director Ryan Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story) borrowed some inspiration for the character from Marvel scribe Christopher Priest, who had an acclaimed 1998-2003 run on the Black Panther series.


“You learn that M’Baku is essentially the head of the religious minority in Wakanda and we thought that was interesting,” Moore said. “Wakanda is not a monolithic place. They have a lot of different factions.”

In Priest’s story line, M’Baku was enraged that his White Gorilla cult was outlawed, leading to a clash with the Panther. The character’s exact role in the film is still being kept under wraps, but the filmmakers confirm that M’Baku and his Jabari tribe are, once again, not happy with the young, new ruler (played by Chadwick Boseman).

“A lot of the writers who did some of the most interesting work around the character, they treated Wakanda like a truly African country,” Coogler said. “When you go to countries in Africa, you’ll find several tribes, who speak their own languages, have their own culture, and have distinct food and way of dress. They live amongst each other, and together they make the identity of those countries. That’s something we tried to capture. We wanted it to feel like a country, as opposed to just one city or town.”


M’Baku has a grievance with T’Challa, but he and his followers were equally unsettled by the previous king, T’Challa’s father T’Chaka — who was assassinated in Captain America: Civil War after trying to engage with the world beyond the closed-off, technological paradise of Wakanda.

“In M’Baku’s worldview, T’Chaka made a huge mistake going to the U.N.,” Moore says. “‘We should never engage with the outside world. That’s a terrible mistake. And if his son is anything like his father, I don’t support him being on the throne.’”

He has a better suggestion for king: himself. “Politically, he just has different ideology,” says Moore, who compares the mountain tribe to one of the deadly rival “five families” in The Godfather. “Man-Ape is a problematic character for a lot of reasons, but the idea behind Man-Ape we thought was really fascinating. … It’s a line I think we’re walking, and hopefully walking successfully.”


In addition to the portrait above, we’ve seen only a brief glimpse of Duke as M’Baku in the trailer, holding someone aloft in what looks like a merciless but powerful gesture. (It’s not clear who the captive is, but his garb is similar to the Border Tribe, which protects the secrets of Wakanda from the outside world.)

“In this movie, it’s a little tricky to define who’s a [good guy],” Coogler says. “The film very much plays with those concepts, looking at conflicts and different motivations, and who’s with who. M’Baku is a really interesting character, and I’m excited for people to get to see him.”

Black Panther opens Feb. 16.


How ‘Black Panther’ deals with the issue of ‘Man-Ape’

‘Luke Cage’ Has Nabbed Lucy Liu To Direct Its Season 2 Premiere

Turns out there’s a reason Lucy Liu was spotted on the set of “Luke Cage” in Harlem ― she’s directing the Season 2 premiere. 

“What a thrill to collaborate with Marvel and Netflix, two industry titans, who paint our world with inspiring stories and beguiling characters,” the actress said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed, which was first to report the story. The news was also shared on the official “Luke Cage” Twitter page. 



In addition to starring in CBS’ “Elementary,” Liu has directed four episodes since 2014.

That’s the good news. The bad news: “Luke Cage” isn’t returning to Netflix until sometime in 2018. (So the cast and crew still have some time to drop in on Harlem coffee shops.)


The series has been filming through the summer. While details are scarce, Luke and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) reportedly continue their romance, while the villainous Shades (Theo Rossi) has said he’ll be back, too.


Season 1′s all-male stable of directors included a few people of color alongside showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. But right after Liu’s premiere steps in seasoned TV director Steph Green, who helms the second episode, bringing more diversity in the directors’ ranks to the Netflix hit. 


While they wait for new episodes, fans will spot their favorite be-hoodied superhero in “The Defenders” alongside Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). The highly anticipated ensemble action series ― featuring a villain played by Sigourney Weaver ― is set to debut on Netflix August 18. 



Black Panther is a ‘Cross Between The Godfather and James Bond’

Marvel’s Black Panther is taking inspiration from two of the most famous movie properties of all time. One of the criticisms that the Marvel Cinematic Universe had when it was starting out was that the Avengers lacked cultural diversity during Phase 1. Avengers: Age of Ultron created a far more diverse team by changing the roster quite a bit. Heroes like the Falcon and War Machine were added as Iron Man and the Hulk left the team – but even up to now, all the solo films have yet to be led any characters of color. That will all change next February.

When Captain America: Civil War was announced during the Phase 3 keynote, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige not only revealed that Chadwick Boseman would debut as Black Panther in that film but that he would also star in his own solo film. We know that the story of Black Panther will center around Boseman’s character T’Challa, who became the king of the fictional African country of Wakanda after his father was killed in Civil War. Wakanda is an isolationist country that has long protected its most valuable asset, aka. Vibranium – the same material that Captain America’s shield is made of and what Ultron was after in Age of Ultron. Exploiting Vibranium, Wakanda has create advanced weapons, vehicles, and medicines making it secretly the most technologically-advanced nation in the Marvel world.


Like all Marvel Studios films, Black Panther takes its influences from other genres and classic films. Producer Nate Moore has revealed what films they looked at for inspiration. Here’s what he told Entertainment Weekly:

What I think we landed on was sort of a cross between James Bond and The Godfather. A big, operatic family drama centered on a world of international espionage. So hopefully we’re getting the best of both worlds.

That description fits the Black Panther trailer released back in June. It teased some 007-like, world-hopping action in the form of a chase in South Korea, while also mainly focusing in on T’Challa’s role as the leader of Wakanda. While the trailer and Moore’s comments seems to give us a good idea about what the film will be like, Feige told EW that audiences aren’t prepared for what the film will deliver:

I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be. Not just Black Panther, but the Dora Milaje, and Killmonger, and the entire design of Wakanda – both its traditional African-inspired elements, but also the Vibranium inspired techno-elements. I can’t think of a blend that has happened like that before in movies.


Once again going back to the trailer, audiences might be familiar with technology like Black Panther’s royal jet, which is not dissimilar from the S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjets. However, in just a few short glimpses it is clear that director Ryan Coogler has crafted a very unique looking and colorful country and a stark contrast to pretty much every Marvel film setting, so far.

With Marvel poised to run a 90 minute panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, we can expect them to reveal more about Black Panther and other Marvel films. What remains to be seen is whether those sneak peeks will also be released onto the world wide web or remain Comic-Con exclusives for now. There has been a move to release footage from the convention during the panel, so odds are pretty decent we’ll see even more from this unique Marvel film in the near future.



Marvel’s Luke Cage adds two new cast members for season 2

Two new faces will be coming to Harlem in season two of Luke Cage, with Marvel and Netflix announcing that Mustafa Sahkir (The Night Of) and Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) have been cast in the upcoming season.

Shakir will portray John McIver (a.k.a. Bushmaster), who is described as “a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance.”

Dennis, meanwhile, will portray Tilda Johnson (a.k.a. Nightshade/Nighthawk), “a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her.”

Interestingly, just last month, actress and singer Nabiyah Be revealed that she is also playing the character of Tilda Johnson in next year’s Black Panther.

“Mustafa’s incredible presence and power ignited us from our first meeting, and Gabrielle brings the charm and smarts to a very complicated role,” remarked executive producer Jeph Loeb. “Both will be wonderful additions to our already magnificent cast.”

“I can’t wait for audiences to see the compelling paces we put both Mustafa and Gabrielle through,” said Marvel’s Luke Cage executive producer and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. “From the moment you see each of them on screen, I feel they will be powerful additions to the world of Marvel and Harlem’s Luke Cage.”

Luke Cage season two will star Mike Colter as the titular Luke Cage, with Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard and Theo Rossi as Shades. Colter will be seen next as the character in Marvel’s The Defenders in August.



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Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 Will Lead Into The “Next Incarnation Of The MCU”

Now that Spider-Man‘s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s clear that he’s going to become more and more important to the franchise going forward. After debuting in Captain America: Civil War and with his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming coming up, the wall-crawler will next team up with the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. After that two-part extravaganza though, Spidey has his most important job yet – launching the next phase of the MCU.

Speaking to Io9, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige explained the role that the Homecoming sequel will play in the wider scheme of the cinematic universe. Apparently, it’ll guide the audience into what fans call Phase 4 of the MCU, with the movie dealing with the aftermath of Infinity War just as the first Spider-Man deals with the fallout of Civil War. 

“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker? So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”

“It was purposefully done like this. Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?”

It sounds like there will be some interesting parallels between these first two MCU Spidey films. As we’ll see very soon, the first one will tackle Peter’s struggles to balance being part of New York’s superhero community with being a regular high schooler. Homecoming 2, then, will see Peter struggle to adjust to regular life after battling big purple alien tyrants in space.


Whatever form the sequel takes, the future looks bright for Spider-Man’s cinematic career. Early reviews on Homecoming are starting to come through and they’re very positive, with folks saying it’s the best Spidey movie since 2004’s Spider-Man 2  – which is very exciting to hear.

Fans will get to find out for themselves if that really is the case when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7th, before its sequel arrives on July 5th, 2019.



‘Deadpool’ Pirate Arrested; Illegal Copy Of Fox/Marvel Movie Watched By 5M On Facebook

A Fresno, Calif., man shared a full version of “Deadpool” on his Facebook page while the 20th Century Fox film was still in theaters — and more than 5 million people watched the pirated copy, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.

Federal agents on Tuesday arrested Trevon Maurice Franklin, 21, who used the screen name “Tre-Von M. King,” on the criminal charge of copyright infringement. The Department of Justice alleges that he uploaded “Deadpool” approximately eight days after its Feb. 12, 2016, theatrical release.

Franklin faces up to three years in federal prison on the charge. He was busted after a federal grand jury in April returned an indictment alleging he reproduced and distributed a copyrighted work, based on an investigation by the FBI.

“Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular Marvel antihero, grossed $363 million at the U.S. box office, according to Box Office Mojo. Twentieth Century Fox is producing “Deadpool 2” with Reynolds reprising the role, set to be released June 1, 2018.


It’s not clear how long the pirated copy of “Deadpool” remained on Facebook. Reps for the social giant did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

The case against Franklin is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan White and Vicki Chou of the DOJ’s Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section.

Separately, this week a group of 30 entertainment companies, including Disney, Netflix, Amazon, CBS, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros., announced a new anti-piracy coalition aimed at fighting copyright infringement online and suing criminals.


Feds Arrest California Man for Posting ‘Deadpool’ Full Movie on Facebook

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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Unleashed in Explosive First Teaser

The trailer for the film debuted during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers faced off for possibly the final time in the competition.


The footage gives fans the first look at such big stars as Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia) and Michael B. Jordan, as well as, of course, Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular Black Panther. It also previews a sprawling Wakanada — and the political turmoils inside of the region.


The film follows Boseman’s T’Challa, who was introduced in “Captain America: Civil War” and returns to Wakanda after the death of his father, the king of the nation. “You are a good man with a good heart, and it’s hard for a good man to be a king,” warns a voiceover.




Marvel drops first poster for ‘Black Panther,’ teases NBA Finals trailer

There are still two more Marvel movies hitting theaters this year, but the studio got an early start on promoting its 2018 releases this week by unveiling the first poster for Black Panther.

The poster features star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the new king of the African nation of Wakanda, seated on his kingdom’s throne while clad in his Black Panther costume. Along with releasing the poster image, Marvel announced plans to reveal the first teaser trailer for the film during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday.

Directed by Creed filmmaker Ryan Coogler from a script penned by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson), Black Panther has T’Challa returning home to Wakanda after the events of Captain America: Civil War to take his place on the powerful nation’s throne. His return is met with trouble, however, in the form of competing factions challenging his rule and a dangerous enemy from his past. He must prove that he has the wisdom and strength to serve as both the king of Wakanda and its protector, the Black Panther.


Boseman reprises his role from Civil War, along with Florence Kasumba as Ayo, a member of the Wakandan special forces unit known as the Dora Milaje; and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, the deputy task force commander of the Joint Counterterrorism Center.

New additions to Marvel’s cinematic universe making their debut in Black Panther include Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Erik Killmonger (one of the film’s main villains), Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as Dora Milaje member Nakia, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Dora Milaje leader Okoye, Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) as T’Challa’s mother, Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a Wakandan statesman, and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as the smuggler Ulysses Klaue.

Black Panther is scheduled to hit theaters February 16, 2018.



Vin Diesel Actually Used His Own Voice for Baby Groot

It might be hard to imagine, but yes, that’s actually buff Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel voicing baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The trisyllabic tree was hard enough to voice in the original Guardians film. Diesel was limited to the words “I am Groot” to express a whole range of emotions throughout the film. But a heroic sacrifice at the end of that movie led to Groot’s destruction and rebirth as a tiny potted plant. Now it’s baby Groot who graces the new Guardians movie, and this time around, his voice is much higher.



Still, director James Gunn decided to stick with the gruff-voiced Diesel for the adorable character. Gunn told Entertainment Weekly that he did very little in post-production to change Diesel’s baby Groot voice. “I mean, there’s a tiny amount of processing that we do on a few of our characters, but it’s very little. It’s mostly just Vin’s voice. He’s able to, you know, speak in a much higher register than he normally does.”

Diesel, who has said he gets a secret script with the meaning behind all of his lines, had to hit his upper registers to voice the character. But diehard fans of Diesel won’t be surprised by his range: The actor posts videos of him singing on social media all the time. He also proved he could change his register during an April appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when he sang “Lean on Me” in a Chipmunk voice.



Black Panther Wraps, Chadwick Boseman Shares Final Set Photo

Chadwick Boseman revealed the final photo from the set of Black Panther, with production wrapping today. The image features the actor standing alongside Lupita Nyong’o and writer-director Ryan Coogler, along with a previously-unannounced cast member, Sydelle Noel (G.L.O.W.). While the actress had not been revealed as part of the cast before, she also responded to Chadwick Boseman’s tweet, stating that they are “making history,” along with the hashtag #ThatsAWrap. While it remains to be seen who she will play, the production wrap now starts the countdown towards the first trailer, which may be coming in a few months.

While Sydelle Noel’s character has still yet to be confirmed, it’s worth noting that she participated in the Get Out Challenge video from the Black Panther set, with Daniel Kaluuya. It’s possible that she’s playing one of the Dora Miljae warriors, the elite team of all-female bodyguards who protect the king of Wakanda, and are also candidates to become the new Queen as well. It’s possible we may find out who Syndelle Noel is playing during Marvel’s Comic-Con 2017 presentation, since studio president Kevin Feige recently confirmed that the studio will have a presence at SDCC. While he wouldn’t confirm what films will be showcased there, it’s completely possible that the filmmakers can cut together a sneak peek of Black Panther in the next three months, to showcase in Hall H. Especially since they already showed off footage earlier this week at a Marvel open house in Burbank. Chadwick Boseman sent the photo out to his Twitter followers earlier this morning.

Last month, we saw a few action-packed car chase set videos from the South Korea set near Gwangan Beach, which showed Black Panther in full costume hanging onto the roof of a Lexus LC as it speeds down the street. There was no indication if that was a stunt double hanging onto the car, or if it was actually Chadwick Boseman, and no details about who was driving the car was released. It’s possible that Erik Killmonger was driving the car, but that has yet to be confirmed, but it’s possible that it could be the villain.


Black Panther started production in late January, with the full cast list confirming that John Kani, who played T’challa’s father T’chaka in Captain America: Civil War, will return, despite his character being killed in last summer’s blockbuster. No details about his return have been given, but it seems likely that there may be some flashback scenes with T’chaka that illustrate his son’s upbringing in the fictional African country of Wakanda. The cast also includes Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as Dora Miljae warriors Nakia and Okoye, Martin Freeman reprising his Captain America: Civil War role as Everet Ross, Angela Bassett as T’challa’s mother Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as the statesman Zuri, Andy Serkis returning as Ulysses Klaue, Letitia Wright as Serita, who doesn’t appear in the comics, Winston Duke as M’baku, a.k.a. Man-Ape Florence Kasumba as Ayo, another member of the Dora Miljae and Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, another character who doesn’t have roots in the comics.


Ryan Coogler, who is coming off the blockbuster Creed, is directing Marvel Studios’ Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole who recently was nominated for an Emmy for his work on The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story. Marvel has set a February 16, 2018 release date for Black Panther, which puts it up against Warner Bros. comedy Game Night. Take a look at the final set photo from Black Panther.



Netflix’s ‘The Defenders’ announces summer 2017 premiere date

Iron Fist may have left a bad taste in the mouths of many critics and fans, but that hasn’t slowed the excitement for The Defenders.

After months of anticipation, Netflix has finally announced when the highly anticipated miniseries will be upon us. The streaming service released a brief teaser, which revealed the show’s release date to be August 18, 2017. Most assumed that the show would be released around the summer, so this should come as no surprise.

The actual teaser shows the heroes through an elevator camera at Midland Circle Financial.  All four appear to be catching their breath before Jessica Jones knocks out the camera feed. Before she does so, the camera’s time-code stops at 08: 18: 20: 17 cleverly displaying the premiere date.

It’s also worth noting that Midland Circle Financial is where the giant sinkhole was located in Daredevil Season 2.

In addition to the teaser, a viral website called the New York Bulletin has also been launched by Marvel and Netflix to promote the show. Fans of course know this to be the fictional publication that covers the “unusual” events that occur in this universe.

The eight-episode miniseries is intended to be the culmination of the four preceding Netflix series—Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist—and will bring together the four title heroes of each. It will also feature supporting characters from each show.



Thor and The Hulk featured on new promotional poster for Thor: Ragnarok

As we await the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok (which according to Guardians of the Galaxydirector James Gunn, may be Marvel’s best trailer to date), a promotional poster for the Phase Three threequel has arrived online featuring the God of Thunder alongside The Incredible Hulk. Check it out here…

Thor: Ragnarok is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World and the seventeenth film installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi with a screenplay by Eric Pearson, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor must defeat the Hulk in a gladiatorial duel in time to save Asgard from Hela and the coming Ragnarök.


A third Thor film was confirmed in January 2014, with the title and involvement of Hemsworth and Hiddleston announced that October. Waititi joined the film as director the next October, after Alan Taylor chose not to return from the second film, and Ruffalo joined the cast, crossing over the character Hulk from other MCU films. With the Hulk’s inclusion, elements from the 2006 comic storyline “Planet Hulk” were adapted for Ragnarok. The rest of the cast was confirmed the next May, with Pearson revealed to be involved with the film at the start of filming in July 2016. Principal photography took place from July to October, 2016, in Queensland and Sydney, Australia, with the film having exclusive use of Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford.

Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017, in IMAX.

Now casting: Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ seeking African children | Atlanta film jobs

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame. 

Black Panther’


Joining the growing list of Marvel movies that have filmed or will film in Atlanta, “Black Panther” showcases T’Challa (aka Black Panther), who premiered in “Captain America: Civil War.” It stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role, and the cast includes Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, “The Walking Dead” cast member Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba. The movie will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who’s known for “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed,” and is set to be released in February 2018.

What are they looking for?


African/African-American boys and girls, ages 6-8 only, are needed to be featured tribal kids. Boys must be willing to have their heads shaven bald, but girls can have any hair length.



When are they filming?


Filming will be in Atlanta on March 10 and 13.


How much does it pay?


Pay is $100 for eight hours, with overtime after that. For boys that need their head shaved by casting, a $50 bump will be added.


How do I submit?


Send an email to BlackPantherextras@tscasting.com, and put KINGDOM in the subject line. If you’re submitting for more than one of your children, include their information in the same email.


Include two current, clear photos – one from the shoulders up and one from the knees up. Non-professional, basic photos with a neutral background are preferred. Don’t smile in the photo, and you should be wearing a neutral outfit.


Include the following information: First and last name of the child and parent, phone number(s), city and state where you live, email address, age, height, weight and sizes for the child (pants, shirt, shoes). If you’re submitting for a boy, be sure to include the phrase BALD OK. 



Yona Harvey: First Black Woman to pen ‘Storm’ for Marvel

Poet Yona Harvey’s first foray into writing comics went so well, she’s at it again.

Harvey’s friend Ta-Nehisi Coates tapped her and writer Roxane Gay to pen last year’s Black Panther spinoff, World of Wakanda, with him. The experience challenged Harvey, but she found getting lost in the Marvel universe “addictive.” So when the opportunity arose to work with Coates again on Black Panther & The Crew, a Marvel series revival, she jumped at the chance. And this time, she’s making history as the first Black woman to write Marvel’s Storm character.

Harvey is the author of a poetry collection, Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University and finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. Her work has been anthologized widely, and she is an assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

In this EBONY interview, Harvey talks about transitioning from poetry and prose to comics, what she hopes to bring to Storm in The Crew, and what her kids think about her new gig.


EBONY: What’s The Crew about? How does writing The Crew compare to your experience writing World of Wakanda? Are you more comfortable now writing in this genre?

Yona Harvey: Black Panther and The Crew is set in Harlem and is essentially about getting conscious. The Black Panther, Misty Knight, Storm, Luke Cage, and Manifold each have unique connections to Harlem.  Those connections put them a little at odds with their superhero roles in the Marvel universe.  This experience feels more expansive than the World of Wakanda experience. My story in World of Wakanda was only 10 pages long–not nearly enough to explore Zenzi, the character I was writing.  But Black Panther and The Crew is a much larger story that explores a murder mystery, friendships, and romantic love. I become more comfortable writing with each issue.

EBONY: You’re the first Black woman to ever write the Storm character. What do you aim to bring to the character that’s unique? Unexpected? 

Harvey: It’s hard to answer that while I’m still in the midst of writing Storm. Obviously, I want to write her very well.  But I’d love to bring glimmers of Black women poets to Storm’s voice. It’s fun thinking about the poetry of her diction and voice–and the fact that she’s a Black woman in addition to being a mutant.

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Marvel has given us our first look at Avengers: Infinity War

Cameras began rolling for Marvel’s upcoming ensemble film Avengers: Infinity War back in January. To commemorate the occasion, the company has released a production trailerfeaturing interviews with some of the crew and cast of the ensemble flick.

The trailer gives us our first glimpse of what to expect from the film, and opens with a brief explanation of the Infinity Stones, which have been featured in a number of the preceding Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The clip also gives us a taste for the film’s characters by showing off Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), and Chris Pratt (Star Lord) on the same stage together, bringing together the cinematic universe’s larger ensemble of characters into the same film.



Marvel Filming ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Infinity War’ Simultaneously

With multiple Marvel superhero films expected to release every year, there’s no time for breaks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule. In a move to expedite the mighty Marvel machine, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War are apparently filming back-to-back to meet their respective 2018 release dates.

First on the release schedule is Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed). The first standalone feature film for the character, Black Panther will take place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, as the royal Wakandan family politics is under threat.

The film has cast Michael B. Jordan as the villain, and he will be joined by other actors such as Forest Whitaker as a Wakanda politician, Lupita Nyong’o as a Dora Milaje warrior (and T’Challa’s love interest), and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother. The film will reportedly take influence from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s massively successful Black Panther comic, but mostly through the story of political intrigue in the advanced state of Wakanda.

Avengers Infinity War is the third Avengers film following 2012’s Avengers and 2015’s Age of Ultron. As the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the roster for the Avengers has grown considerably from the first film, with the team of six growing to include new characters like Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange, as well as villains Loki and Nebula.

There are reports that Brie Larson will be making her debut as Captain Marvel in the film as well, ahead of the 2019 release of her solo feature film as well. Undoubtedly, Avengers: Infinity War will most likely feature other new, unannounced Marvel characters, potentially setting them up for their own films in the future.

With so many Marvel films in the pipeline (2017 will see three Marvel films: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok), the comic book company will no doubt be working harder than ever to meet ever-expanding goals when it comes to their wildly successful cinematic universe.

Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018, and Avengers: Infinity Wars follows on May 4, 2018.



Marvel’s Rogue One Comic Will Include New Scenes

It is unbelievably exciting that we’re now living in a world where new Star Wars movies are being made. But for hardcore fans, movies are just part of the experience. That being the case, Marvel Comics is currently working on an adaptation of Star Wars: Rogue One, which is set to come out this April. Now, the writer of the upcoming comic book adaptation has revealed that there will be some new scenes not seen in the movie in this Rogue One comic.

Speaking with Marvel.com, writer Jody Houser talked about bringing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to the world of comic books, and what her approach is. During the conversation, she revealed that some scenes director Gareth Edwards conceived that didn’t make it into the movie will wind up making their way into the comic book version. Here is what she had to say about it.

“[Director] Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm had a number of ideas for moments that didn’t fit in the film that I’m working with. There are also some amazing moments in the novelization I want to incorporate. So it’s really a mix of material from existing versions of the story, as well as new scenes.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had to undergo very significant reshoots several months before it was released in theaters, and it has been made clear that a lot changed during that process. Quite a few shots from the trailers didn’t make it into the final cut and moments like Darth Vader’s final scene were revealed to be added during the reshoots. That being the case, there is certainly quite a bit for Jody Houser to work with in terms of bringing some new elements into her comic book adaptation of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As she mentions, there are also some things to mine from the Rogue One novelization. That will also help encourage fans to pick up the comic who have already seen the movie and may feel like reading a comic about a movie they already watched is a bit redundant.

Disney is very good at being able to capitalize on their most popular franchises, such as Star Wars, in every way possible. Since they own Marvel, it also helps that they have a massive publishing arm that they can use to do some Star Wars expanded universe stories. In terms of box office, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story has already made $983 million worldwide and should crack $1 billion very soon. That being the case, there is clearly quite a bit of demand for more content from the movie. Disney did a similar comic book adaptation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so it seems like this is going to be a trend moving forward.


The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comic adaptation is being written by Jody Houser with art from Emilio Laiso. It is expected to hit shelves sometime in April, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, you can check out the covers for the first issue of the Rogue One comic book by artists John Tyler Christopher and Phil Noto for yourself below.



Why Kingpin Probably Won’t Appear In Marvel Movies, According To Vincent D’Onofrio

Vincent D’Onofrio has done some truly amazing work as Wilson Fisk on the Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil, and appreciation of the performance has led to a constantly-repeated question: will we ever get to see him square off against The Avengers on the big screen? Sadly, it seems the answer to this particular question is no… as, according to D’Onofrio, there is simply too much stuff going on in the movie world for the television stuff to be properly incorporated.

The actor is currently promoting his role in the upcoming series Emerald City, and it was while talking with Digital Spy that the conversation turned to his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vincent D’Onofrio was asked about the possibility of us eventually seeing The Kingpin in a future Marvel movie, but, citing Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, he explained why there’s very little chance of that actually happening. Said D’Onofrio,

I would love to switch over to the movies, but I think it’s pretty much been said it’s not going to happen. Or at least not for a very, very long time. I think Kevin Feige explained that, and that’s what makes the most sense, he said the film universe is too jam-packed. It’s hard enough already, and if they keep bringing big characters in that they have to service in the writing, it’s not gonna work. They’re trying to figure out already how to individualise more and at the same time keep The Avengers going. It makes sense not to mix the TV stuff, there’s just too many characters.

It’s a fair point. While working on 2018’s The Avengers: Infinity War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have talked about the inclusion of more than 70 different characters from all of the movies that have been released thus far (not to mention new ones they will introduce). Now imagine adding the casts of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones,Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to the mix, and you begin to understand why it all may be too much to deal with in singular blockbuster event films. Fans obviously want to see all of these characters interact – as they do in the comics – but there are certain limitations within the medium that are very hard to overcome.



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