Marvel will give fans of its comics what they have been craving for: more big screen movie adaptations of their favorite superhero adventures — a lot more! The company already has movies planned all the way to 2028.
Contrary to popular belief, Marvel has signed away filming rights of Spiderman and the X-men to Sony Pictures and Fox, respectively, meaning it can’t do anything with them on the big screen. The unavailability of its most popular characters didn’t paint a bright future for the company’s Hollywood aspirations, but the success of the Iron Man, Avengers and, to a lesser extent, Captain America movies have proved all skeptics wrong.
Even without Spiderman and the X-Men in its roster, Marvel controls a massive universe of thousands of interesting characters, a universe it will increasingly tap into, thus entailing an unlimited number of potentials films with interweaving story lines and characters.
In a Business Week feature, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studio (the movie-making arm of Marvel Entertainment), shared some insights into the rise of Marvel Studios and its long-term potential. Having revealed late in 2013 that the studio has a good idea of what’s in the pipeline up to 2021, Feige now says that roadmap — literally pasted on his office wall — is substantially larger now:
“It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? and I can sort of see it.’ They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”
In other words, the studio has more than a decade of movies potentially mapped out. And going by its current release pattern, that means at least two releases per year. Regardless of how you look at it, that’s a lot of movies.
After The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man release sometime in 2015, all eyes will be on a number of unannounced films that could include heroes like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Ms. Marvel. As for whether Marvel Entertainment will get back the film rights to Spider-Man, the X-Men, or the Fantastic Four, that is not likely to happen anytime soon, nor is the possibility of Marvel Studio teaming up with Fox or Sony Pictures to do a movie.
It’s a good time to be a comic fan.
Final ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Has The Avengers Go To Space
The Avengers go to space to take on Thanos in the final trailer for “Avengers: Endgame.”
Whereas the first trailer showed Stark stranded in a spacecraft, low on both oxygen and hope, and the second trailer showed him back on Earth, the third and final trailer sees him re-assemble the Avengers to bring Thanos to justice and save the universe.
The one-minute clip is light on details, but we are reminded of the team’s mantra of doing “whatever it takes” to try and undo the damage caused by the Mad Titan.
We get a scene with them zooming past planets in their spaceship, the Benatar, and another showing off some slick new white Avengers uniforms. The trailer closes off with a face-off between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, fresh off her blockbuster standalone debut to help out the desperate Avengers.
Whatever last-ditch plan they managed to put together will surely end in a big bang. How do you want things to turn out?
Here’s Who Plays Who In The Witcher Netflix Series
There are up to 50 actors in the promising Netflix Series, least of which is Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill as the iconic White Wolf.
Henry Cavill wasn’t kidding when he expressed a desire to join Netflix’s The Witcher.
The British actor, best know for playing Superman in the Man of Steel and Justice League movies, is a fan of both the fantasy novels and CD Projekt’s RPG series, letting it be known that he would love to play Geralt of Rivia. His wish has come true.
Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) will star alongside Cavill as Ciri, Geralt’s adoptive daughter in The Witcher series, while badass sorceress Yennefer will be played by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders). Yennefer is also Ciri’s mother figure and Geralt’s true love.
Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) takes the helm as Queen Calanthe, with Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) serving as the the knight Eist, her husband. Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) plays Mousesack the druid.
Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Kill List) leads the magical academy at Aretuza, where novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni, Black Earth Rising) and Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read, Profile) are training.
Also joining the cast is Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit) as the outcast Princess Renfri.
It seems like a good mix of newcomers and star talent. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed that the cast is currently up to 50 actors, and over 200 people auditioned for the Ciri role alone.
Are you satisfied with the casting for The Witcher Netflix Series? What changes would you make?
Here’s Why Carnage Wasn’t In The Venom Movie
Most comic book fans expected Carnage to be the main villain.
The nut job villain was originally intended to be in the Venom movie, but director Ruben Fleischer chose to exclude him in favor of another symbiote, Riot. There is a reason for that.
In an interview with CBR, Flesicher admitted that its the keenness of fans to see Carnage that led Sony to keep him out of the first movie and save him for the sequel. He stated:
“I think, you know, there’s a certain symbiote spawn that I think fans are most excited to see. So that one was off the table. Hopefully at some point in the future they will. So we wanted to save kind of the most anticipated one for the future. And not just that, but because we really wanted this movie to be about Venom.”
As for why he chose Riot over the dozen or so symbiotes that exist in the Marvel universe, he explained:
“…it was just honestly kind of like, who’s the coolest looking spawn who isn’t that one? The most badass, you know? That’s where Riot came from. He’s the biggest of the Life Foundation symbiotes, he’s got that gun metal grey. I don’t want to say it was purely an aesthetic decision, but the aesthetics definitely played a big part.”
Cletus Kasady, Carnage’s host, actually makes a very brief appearance in the mid-credits scene of Venom, setting the symbiote up for a starring role in the sequel. And speaking to CinemaBlend about the cameo, Fleischer stated he couldn’t envisioned anyone other than Woody Harrelson for the role:
“He was the first person I thought of to play Cletus Kasady. And what will be fun is, if you think about Woody in Natural Born Killers, and that darkness and that menace that he can bring to a serial killer like Cletus Kasady, you know, he can go real dark and explore that.”
Like most comic book fans, we can’t wait to see Venom and Carnage clash on the big screen, but leaving out the crazed symbiote in such a pivotal movie for Sony was a risky move. It’s a good thing Venom was a box office hit, surprising as it may be, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics.
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