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Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza is Jennifer Walters in a new fan art poster for the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk. Confirmed to be in development in 2019 by Marvel head Kevin Feige, the series will be written by Emmy-winning Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao, but casting information remains unclear. In the meantime, fans have been doing some fantasy casting of their own, with a variety of fan art images imagining a small handful of notable actresses in the lead role, with each of them garnering certain levels of support.
In the newest She-Hulk fan art image, digital artist ApexForm has taken to Instagram to unveil a poster for the series depicting Aubrey Plaza as the Marvel superheroine. The photo imagines Plaza as she would appear as Jennifer Walters, the attorney who fights crime as She-Hulk when she's not representing criminal defendants in the courtroom. Her identity as She-Hulk is teased with Plaza's glowing green eyes, signifying her imminent transformation. Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo's Incredible Hulk from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also shown on the poster, which also makes sense as the Avengers star has suggested he's open to reprising the role on the series.
Plaza might be best known for some of the comedic roles she has taken on in her career, which includes a starring role on the comedy series Parks and Recreation and as the voice of the titular feline in Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. However, she has also proven her worth with some of her more dramatic performances, which includes a key role on the TV series Legion. On the show, Aubrey Played the antagonist Lenny Busker, and the role managed to get her Best Villain Award nomination at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards. Last year, she also starred in the Orion remake of the 1988 horror movie Child's Play.
Several other suggestions have been made for the Disney+ series in addition to Plaza. One of the most popular fantasy casting ideas is for Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz, who responded to the concept by saying she 'would die' to play the role. UFC and WWE star Ronda Rousey has also come up as a possible Jennifer Walters on the She-Hulk series. The Mandalorian star Gina Carano is another possible actress Marvel fans would want to see in the part as well. Like Plaza, all three have been depicted in some She-Hulk fan art of their own, and there's certainly no shortage of options for those working on the show to choose from.
There's no word yet on when the new She-Hulk series will begin streaming on Disney+, but progress on its production seems to be moving along nicely. Last month, it was reported that the show was on track to begin filming this summer in Atlanta, meaning we could see the series in early 2021 if not in late 2020. With production just a few months away, we'll hopefully find out soon exactly who our small screen She-Hulk will be. The fan art shown above comes to us from ApexForm on Instagram.
Last year, Marvel Studios announced they were closing the Marvel Television Division which Jeph Loeb ran. They are folding it into the broader Marvel Studios development under Kevin Feige. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Runaways and Cloak & Dagger will end their runs before Marvel launches The Falcon and Winter Soldier and WandaVision on Disney+.
During her Television Critics Association executive session, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said the network is eager to work with Feige to develop Marvel shows to take the place of the network’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“We love our partners at Marvel and are sad to see S.H.I.E.L.D. go,” Burke said. “It’s been a big part of our history. Looking forward to working with Kevin Feige and the new incarnation of Marvel.”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. launched Marvel’s foray into live-action television. ABC also ran Marvel’s Agent Carter and Marvel’s Inhumans. Following Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Following Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel Television produced the five Netflix shows and the team up Marvel’s The Defenders, Runaways for Hulu and Cloak & Dagger for Freeform, all under Loeb.
The Kevin Feige era of Marvel Television could be a Phase Two, to borrow the terminology from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We’re just in the very beginning of conversations with him now about what the ABC Marvel show might look like,” Burke said. “Right now Marvel’s focus has been on the pilot for Disney+ as it should be.”
Speaking with reporters following up with Burke after the panel, /Film asked if those conversations had reached a point of discussion which characters might be available for ABC shows. Burke said no. It sounds like she meant “very beginning of conversations” literally, like possibly she and Feige met at an event and had a conversation. There haven’t been official talks for an ABC Marvel series because Marvel has been busy developing Disney+ shows.
Marvel Television also announced four animated series on Hulu, of which Disney now owns a majority stake too. Those shows are still in the works too.
ABC’s Marvel shows were set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and occasionally had crossovers from the movie’s stars. Nick Fury Samuel L. Jackson and Maria Hill Cobie Smulders appeared on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course Hailey Atwell reprised her role from Captain America: The First Avenger and Clark Gregg came from the Marvel Phase One films.
The Netflix shows kept their distance from the movie’s characters although they did reference the Battle of New York. The Hulu and Freeform series were more standalone. It’s pure speculation, but with Feige overseeing everything, it seems possible for him to plan more integration of the movies and TV...
Police in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology for using the siren heard in “The Purge” to signal the 9pm local time curfew that has been put into effect in the city because of the coronavirus outbreak via NME. The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9pm and 6am. The police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.” Police are giving citations to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
An alarm used by police at the beginning of the month was the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a 12-hour period. The alarm in “The Purge” is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin. The first “Purge” film starred Ethan Hawke and launched a franchise that includes three follow-up movies and a series on USA Network.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in “The Purge.” The chief assured citizens that the “Purge” siren would not be used again. The siren caused enough of a stir that an additional statement was released by Acadia Parish sheriff K.P. Gibson.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer, but the film is likely to be delayed because of the coronavirus. The studio was not involved in the Crowley police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.
Disney+ may benefit from further delays with the studio's theatrical releases as more movies may be going directly to the streaming service in the future. This, according to former Disney CEO and current Executive Chairman Bob Iger. It was recently revealed that Artemis Fowl will debut on Disney+ sometime this year, skipping a theatrical release. As Iger explains, that may not be the only title to make the move from theatrical to streaming, but don't expect to see it happen with the studio's upcoming tentpole releases.
Given what's going on in the world right now, most movie theaters are shut down entirely and virtually all major releases through June have been delayed. Some have wondered if Disney might put movies like Black Widow or Mulan on Disney+ instead. While that won't be happening, Bob Iger isn't ruling out other movies making the shift. Here's what Iger had to say about it in a recent interview.'There are some we've decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we've simply delayed. In some cases we've moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened.' 'We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+. In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we'll simply wait for slots. In some cases we've announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.'
There is a lot to unpack here. Black Widow and several other delayed movies were recently given new release dates as Disney reshuffled its 2020/2021 calendar. Black Widow and other big-budget tentpoles stand to make far more money in theaters, even with a relatively uncertain future ahead, than they could possibly generate via streaming. So putting movies like them directly on Disney+ doesn't make that much business sense.
In the meantime, taking riskier projects such as Artemis Fowl and giving Disney+ subscribers something flashy and exclusive is helpful. But what other movies might fit the bill for streaming debuts? The New Mutants perhaps? Whatever the case, as Bob Iger points out, the studio is content to wait until things return to normal. Disney, more than any other studio in Hollywood, is capable of raking in big dollars at the box office. So this truly isn't that surprising.
Other studios, on the other hand, may see value in doing a VOD/Digital release. Universal kicked that door wide open a couple of weeks back by putting recent releases such as The Invisible Man and The Hunt online. Trolls: World Tour, which was destined for theaters, will arrive digitally this month. Disney has not yet set a premiere date for Artemis Fowl, but it's...