Will we ever see an all-female Marvel team-up movie? That's largely up to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, but Captain Marvel star Brie Larson wants to see it come to fruition. This idea has been kicking around for a little while now, with several of the women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe voicing their interest in starring in such a project.
Brie Larson, who made her MCU debut as Carol Danvers earlier this year in Captain Marvel after first being teased at the end of Infinity War recently spoke about the proposed movie in an interview. Larson made it clear that, along with several of her MCU co-stars, they approached Kevin Feige about the idea and made it crystal clear that they want to make this happen. Here's what she had to say about it.
"I will say that a lot of the female cast members from Marvel walked up to Kevin and we were like, 'We are in this together, we want to do this.' What that means, I have no idea."
Kevin Feige is not one to turn away a good idea. Though, Feige would probably only give the green light to something like this if fan interest is sizable enough. To that point, Brie Larson, speaking further, encouraged fans to speak up if they want to see this movie happen, as it would possibly help encourage Disney and Marvel to give it the green light.
"You know, I'm not in charge of the future of Marvel, but it is something that we're really passionate about and we love, and I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it'll happen."
Still, scheduling could be an issue. Not only is the full Phase 4 movie lineup already set in stone, but Phase 5 also has several projects such as Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and reboots of the X-Men and Fantastic Four on deck. Not to mention all of the stars for this proposed female-led Marvel movie are highly in-demand, meaning it could be very difficult to get everyone's schedules to align. Then again, if they were able to make it work for Avengers: Endgame, anything is possible. The ball is in your court, Feige. This news comes to us via Variety.
An exec producer on titles including 'Captain Marvel' and 'Avengers: Endgame,' she will receive the MPSE Filmmaker Award on Jan. 19.
Marvel Studios' executive vp production Victoria Alonso will receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Filmmaker Award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards, Jan. 19 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.
Alonso has executive produced a string of Marvel titles, including Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and the upcoming Black Widow.
"The MPSE is proud to recognize Victoria Alonso not only for her role in producing some of the most successful films of all time, but also as a champion for women, minorities, the LGBTQ community and others," said MPSE president Tom McCarthy. "She is a true visionary who has consistently pushed boundaries through her passion, imagination and courage."
A native of Buenos Aires, Alonso began her career in visual effects, working on films such as Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven and Andrew Adamson's Shrek. In 2005 she joined Marvel as executive vp visual effects and postproduction, and in 2015 was upped to her current role.
"It is wonderful to be recognized by the members of the MPSE, whose skill and imagination is integral to the filmmaking process," Alonso said in a released statement. "One of the things I enjoy most about this industry is the opportunity to collaborate with talented artists who work behind the scenes to create entertainment products enjoyed by millions around the globe."
It’s been 22 years since X-Men aka X-Men: The Animated Series went off the air, but arguably the most famous aspect of that show – its stellar opening theme song – is now at the center of a lawsuit that was filed against companies like Marvel, Apple, Amazon, The Walt Disney Company, and more. The suit claims that the iconic instrumental opening rips off the theme song from a 1980s Hungarian TV show called Linda, and you can listen to both songs below to see if you think he has a point.
X-Men Cartoon Theme Song Linda Opening Theme Song
That does sound pretty similar, but I’m not sure if the two sound close enough for there to be a winning legal case here – but I’m pretty confident that the person who filed the suit is asking for way more than he thinks he can get. According to Deadline, a Florida man named Zoltan Krisko has filed the suit saying he represents Gyorgy Vukan, the late composer of the Linda theme song, which Krisko says is “a household name in Hungary and an entire country could identify the series through its iconic soundtrack.”
But get this: Krisko is not only alleging that the X-Men theme ripped off the Linda theme, but he also says, “The soundtrack of X-Men contributed in a substantial manner to the business success of the X-Men” – meaning the entire brand, including the multi-billion dollar film franchise. This dude is basically saying that the X-Men: The Animated Series theme was so rad, it impacted the success of every X-Men movie that came afterward, even though the song clearly doesn’t appear in any of those films. That’s a bold claim, and seems like it would be incredibly difficult to prove in a court.
Disney, Marvel, Haim Saban, and others are named in the suit because of their association with the animated series itself, but Krisko is also going after Amazon and Apple for allegedly violating Vukan’s copyright by selling episodes of the show online without the proper permission. There’s no word yet on if the suit will be tossed out or if this could actually go to trial, but it’s a fascinating and bizarre case with the potential for major financial implications from some of the world’s biggest media companies.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to see if I can track down all of the episodes of Linda, because based on the video of its opening theme, that show looks like must-watch entertainment.
While many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are dominated by male superheroes, the women have really started to push forward and take a prominent role. It’s a shame that Captain Marvel was the studio’s first solo movie for a female superhero, and that movie just came out earlier this year, but Avengers: Endgame also gave all our key female characters a big moment in the final battle even if some fans weren’t entirely satisfied, and that has Captain Marvel star Brie Larson and the rest of the ladies ready for more.
In a recent interview, Brie Larson reaffirmed the passion for a female team-up movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she also further confirmed that a lot of the women who bring these superheroes to life have approached Kevin Feige about making it happen.
Speaking with Variety, here’s what Brie Larson had to say about a possible Marvel female team-up movie:
“I will say that a lot of the female cast members from Marvel walked up to Kevin and we were like, ‘We are in this together, we want to do this.’ What that means, I have no idea. You know, I’m not in charge of the future of Marvel, but it is something that we’re really passionate about and we love and I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it’ll happen.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about something like this happening behind the scenes at Marvel. Tessa Thompson said as much while making the press rounds for Thor: Ragnarok back in the fall of 2017. At the time, she said:
“Recently, I marched up with a couple of other women that work in Marvel and we went to Kevin, ‘What about a movie with some female super heroes? Like all of them?'”
We’re assuming this happened when that final battle scene featuring all the female superheroes was being shot, because Feige responded to her comments during the same press conference by saying, “It was a pretty amazing moment to be somewhere and have your shoulder get tapped and turn around every female hero we have is standing there going, ‘How about it?’ And I said, ‘Yes.'”
But when? Marvel Studios seems to have completely locked up Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when they announced their schedule at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. But since then, they have added Black Panther 2 and Spider-Man 3 to the mix. There’s a chance it could still be added to the roster, but I’m betting we’ll be waiting a little while.
For me, while I love the concept of having all these female superheroes teaming up for their own movie, I’m left wondering how you explain the absence of the rest of the Avengers. Granted, that’s something that they’re able to do for every superhero’s solo movie that doesn’t involve the rest of the team, but when you have a team comprised of only the women, there would probably need to be a good explanation as for why all the men are gone. Maybe there’s a football game at Hooters or something. Zing! Take that, men!
The next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins with Black Widow on May 1, 2020.
Jennifer Aniston has never made a comic book movie. But she has made a Leprechaun. There may be a reason for that: They’re not her favorite genre. The actress made her name on TV, with Friends, but she at least once used to be a staple of the big screen as well, mostly making comedies and rom-coms, plus the occasional indie drama, like The Good Girl and Cake. While promoting her new newsroom series The Morning Show, she vented her frustration that there isn’t much variety at the multiplexes these days.
Aniston was speaking to Variety in a bit teased out by Entertainment Weekly about how she finally decided to go full-time on another show, which she hasn’t since Friends ended in 2004. That got her thinking out loud about how mainstream movies these days are almost exclusively franchises and/or animated family movies, with only the occasional Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The rest tends to wind up on Netflix — even her recent Adam Sandler movie, Murder Mystery.
“It wasn’t until the last couple of years when these streaming services were just sort of exploding with this amount of quality that I actually started to think, “Wow, that’s better than what I just did,” Aniston told Variety. “And then you’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies. Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen.”
“It’s changed so much. I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back. I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theater, sit cozy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the Terms of Endearment back out there. You know, Heaven Can Wait, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Goodbye Girl.”
It’s a fair point, and she’s not as hostile towards comic book movies as, let’s say, the director of Goodfellas. Hell, even that new, gritty, downer drama about an unraveling loner in a decaying city is a comic book movie. There’s no sign that Aniston will get her wish, to be back in multiplexes without having to slip into spandex and stand in front of green screens. Till then, she has The Morning Show, a comedy-drama that unites her with Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, in which her character has to fight to keep her job after a network shakeup.
It's been more than a quarter-century since the X-Men animated series invaded small screens — and 22 years since it ended — but a new copyright-infringement suit appears to suggest that the entire X-Men universe that has exploded into the zeitgeist wouldn't have happened if not for that series' theme song.
A Florida man is suing Marvel, Disney's Buena Vista Television, Amazon, Apple, Haim Saban and others, claiming that the X-Mentoon's theme song was ripped off from a 1980s Hungarian TV series. Zoltan Krisko says he represents Gyorgy Vukan, the late composer of the theme song from Linda, a “comedy thriller” that aired from 1984-91 in the former Soviet Union satellite. According to the suit filed today in the Southern District of New York read it here, “a household name in Hungary and an entire country could identify the series through its iconic soundtrack.”
Listen to the two theme songs below, and judge for yourself.
The suit says “the soundtrack of X-Men is widely regarded as the most iconic soundtrack of any animation series in the 1990s.” It claims that the X-Men theme song “is substantially similar to the theme song of Linda. It was the result of unauthorized copying of Vukan's copyrighted work, with some minor alterations. ... The subject, the tempo pace, the harmonization and the sounding instrumentation is identical.”
Buena Vista Television
Here's the suit's kicker: “The soundtrack of X-Men contributed in a substantial manner to the business success of the X-Men.” That, of course, includes the multibillion-dollar film franchise.
The series streams on Amazon Prime Video and is available at Apple's iTunes Store, which is why those trillion-dollar companies are named as defendants. Warner Chappell Music, UMG Recordings and then-Saban Entertainment execs Ron Wasserman and Shuki Levy also are named in the suit, which demands a jury trial and seeks unspecified damages and further “reproducing or distributing the infringing work.”
Krisko, of Fort Lauderdale, is representing himself in the legal action. Here are the X-Menand Lindatheme songs: