Marvel and directors Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Endgame is just a mere $8 million away from overtaking James Cameron's Avatar at the worldwide box-office. Now, each and every one of us here on Earth has seen the movie, so there is no need to warn anyone that, at the end of the film, we saw Chris Evans' Captain America travel through time and come back to present day as a happily married old man. And being that we've all seen that scene, today we have a fun fan theory that suggests that it was always Marvel's plan to have Old Man Rogers become - wait for it - Stan Lee.
Let me explain. While the theory is a bit long in the tooth, the gist of it says that even though Steve goes back in time to live with Peggy Carter - and lays low as to not interfere with the future - he would want to check in on things. And which old man has been in the background of every Marvel movie ever made? Yep, Mr. Stan Lee.
Let's break it down a bit more. Steve went back in time with Thor's hammer - and those pesky Infinity Stones - with every intent to return them to their proper timeline. So this means he could easily be in all of the off-world locations Stan Lee was, like Sakaar in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Sure, there are some time-travel issues with this theory, but the author behind it explains how it all works over on Reddit, and you can read through all that time-travel mumbo-jumbo yourself in the link below and take it up with him from there. Basically, he thinks it all works out. What do YOU think? Let us know! This theory comes to us via Reddit.
Following the passing of legendary comic book creator Stan Lee, his run of cameo appearances in various movies is also coming to an end. However, he will be giving us one final live-action cameo in a posthumous performance in the upcoming crime-comedy movie Madness in the Method. After the lack of a Lee cameo in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it's nice to know there's still one more portrayal from the legend on the way, even if seeing it is a bit bittersweet.
Madness in the Method is the directorial debut for Jason Mewes, better known as Jay from the Jay and Silent Bob movies. Mewes also stars in the movie along with Kevin Smith, with both playing fictionalized versions of themselves. After Smith tells Mewes that the only way to survive Hollywood is to toughen up, Mewes takes the message a little too closely to heart. Determined to escape from under Smith's shadow, Mewes becomes a psychopathic killer to further enhance his movie career. Will it work, or will Mewes himself wind up dead or in prison? That remains to be seen, but as shown in the trailer, Stan Lee will be given the opportunity to speak in a posthumous role.
Stan Lee had a long-standing history of appearing in various Marvel movies in cameo roles, appearing in more superhero movies than anyone. Over the years, it had become something of an expected tradition, as fans always tried to spot Lee in every new Marvel movie. However, his penchant for cameos goes outside of the Marvel umbrella as well. Some of the other movies to include bit parts for Lee are Kick-Ass, Pizza Man, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. As a friend of the director, Lee also appeared in the Kevin Smith movies Yoga Hosers and Mallrats, and had even agreed to appear in a planned sequel to the latter prior to his death.
Mewes first got his career as an entertainer started back in 1994 with the release of Kevin Smith's first movie, Clerks. The black-and-white comedy first introduced Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as perennial stoners Jay and Silent Bob, kicking off a movie universe which would see them reprise the roles in multiple other movies. The two are set to step into the roles at least one more time for the upcoming sequel Jay & Silent Bob Reboot after Smith failed to get his planned Clerks 3 sequel off the ground. However, while Mewes clearly isn't quite yet finished as an actor just yet, he may venture further into directing following the release of his debut movie.
Madness in the Method is expected to be released digitally and in select theaters on Aug. 2. If nothing else, the movie will offer fans of Lee one final live-action cameo for the comic book legend, and is worth checking out for that reason alone. You can take a look at the official trailer below, courtesy of Cinedigm.
Does “Spider-Man: Far From Home” announce the arrival of the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? One easter egg at the end of the latest Marvel blockbuster is stirring up buzz among MCU fans. The clue arrives just before the credits as Peter Parker Tom Holland swings through the streets of New York City to meet up with MJ Zendaya. Peter lands in front of the old Avengers Tower, which is being renovated since the headquarters have moved upstate. A sign in front of the building reads, “We Can't Wait to Show You What Comes Next,” along with the numbers “1-2-3-?”
The visual easter egg could simply be a nod to the upcoming Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been vocal about “Far From Home” marking the definitive end of Phase Three. However, the location of the sign on the old Avengers Towers has left many MCU fans wondering if it’s actually a tease for the imminent arrival of Fantastic Four characters Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Sue Storm, and Ben Grimm. Since Avengers Tower is already home to technological advancements courtesy of Tony Stark, it would be a natural location for a scientist like Reed to take up shop.
Marvel has yet to announce the films that will make up its highly anticipated Phase Four schedule expect a major announcement at Comic-Con later this month, but the studio now has free rein to use the previously Fox-owned Fantastic Four characters because of the Disney-Fox merger. The last Fantastic Four film arrived in 2015 from Josh Trank and was a notorious box office flop. Before then, Tim Story directed two “Fantastic Four” films starring Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, and Michael Chiklis. The merger also allows “X-Men” characters to debut in the MCU. Feige has said it will be awhile before that happens, but he has not yet commented on the Fantastic Four group.
Another reason the “Far From Home” easter egg has many MCU fans thinking about the Fantastic Four is because a “Spider-Man” movie would be the most natural MCU property to introduce the superheroes. Similar to how Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther debuted in “Captain America: Civil War,” Feige has been vocal about the next phase of Marvel movies introducing new superheroes within already-existing franchises. Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four already have a history of teaming up in the comic books see the four-issue 2007 series “Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four”, where they joined forces to take down a symbiotic alien race called the H’Mojen. The Skrull and Kree alien races have already debuted in the MCU, and if the “Far From Home” end credits are any indication then the films will continue to explore aliens in next phase.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is now playing in theaters nationwide.
Is Millie Bobby Brown going to star in The Eternals? According to a new report, she is, despite the fact that she has denied it. The young Stranger Things actress is currently enjoying the release of season 3 of the hit Netflix series and out doing press for it with the rest of her co-stars. The streaming platform released the new season on the 4th of July and many fans have already finished all 8 episodes. As for Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige is about to discuss their upcoming slate at San Diego Comic-Con and may reveal who is starring in The Eternals.
When asked about possibly starring in The Eternals back at the end of May, Millie Bobby Brown claimed that she didn't even know what it was. Video of the interview can be seen below and either Brown is just a really great actress, or she really has no involvement in the movie at all. On the other hand, Marvel Studios are probably the best in the entertainment business when it comes to keeping secrets.
The good news is that we won't have long to wait and see if Millie Bobby Brown is going to be in The Eternals or not. Kevin Feige will be appearing at San Diego Comic-Con next weekend and it is believed he will be sharing details on the MCU's Phase 4, which includes The Eternals. Chloe Zhao is set to direct with Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Richard Madden attached to star in the movie. The studio has yet to officially announce The Eternals, but next weekend will more than likely change all of that.
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Millie Bobby Brown has been getting a lot of attention over the last few months with the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and now with Stranger Things. The 15-year old actress reportedly makes $350,000 an episode, which is a lot more than the average American makes in a year. Brown is said to have made just shy of $3 million, which is more money than most people see in their lifetime. With that being said, coming over to Marvel Studios could make for an even bigger payday.
With Stranger Things and a possible role in The Eternals down the road, Millie Bobby Brown is set to become even more popular than she already was. However, for now, the MCU gig is just a rumor for the time being. Kevin Feige will be the one to announce the news at Marvel Studios' first time back in Comic-Con since 2017. Excitement is already high and building with the recent success of Spider-Man: Far From Home and the absolutely massive Avengers: Endgame, which has a real shot becoming the highest grossing movie of all time in the near future. Perhaps Comic-Con will give the movie the extra push it needs to take down James Cameron's Avatar. Variety was the first to report on Millie Bobby Brown's Eternals casting.
millie bobby brown will NOT be in the eternals! pic.twitter.com/O4kZmOiiOS
We have some new, very fascinating details regarding the contract that exists between Marvel Studios and Sony, which allows for Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Specifically, it's come to light that if Spider-Man: Far from Home, which officially hit theaters last week, doesn't make $1 billion at the box office, Sony regains full control of the franchise and Tom Holland's Peter Parker may no longer be a part of the MCU. While all of that seems very unlikely it does, at the very least, shed some light on the high expectations Sony has when it comes to this deal.
This comes as part of a recent report in an entertainment industry newsletter. Just as a refresher, Sony still actually owns the rights to Spider-Man and his rather large supporting cast of characters. This includes Venom, which is why the studio was able to produce last year's movie starring Tom Hardy outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, following the relative failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony cut a deal with Marvel Studios back in 2015 that allowed for Spidey to appear in the MCU. The precise details of the contract have never been fully revealed, yet we know the deal was complex.
Eventually, Tom Holland was cast as our new Peter Parker and he made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, before getting his own solo movie with Spider-Man: Homecoming. According to the newsletter, the original deal that was struck contained a stipulation that boils down to, if Spider-Man: Far From Home clears $1 billion at the box office, Marvel Studios would get to oversee a third solo Spider-Man movie. If not, "full control would have reverted back to Sony."
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Without digging into spoilers, those who have seen Spider-Man: Far From Home know that would leave us in a very interesting place. What we know for sure is the movie is absolutely crushing it at the box office and this is in almost no danger of happening, barring some sort of unforeseen catastrophe. As of this writing, the Jon Watts-directed sequel has already cleared $577 million worldwide in its first week of release, all but ensuring it will make it past that ever-important $1 billion mark. As such, it's highly likely Sony and Marvel Studios will collaborate on the inevitable Spider-Man 3.
But what happens after that? Tom Holland previously revealed that his original contract was for three MCU movies, which he's covered with Captain America: Civil War, Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, as well as three solo movies. Once Spider-Man 3 is completed, his contract will be up. At that point, it's possible that Sony and Marvel will have to re-negotiate for the future. Is that where Sony will play hardball in order to make a Venom crossover movie happen? For now, all we can do is wonder and speculate. Perhaps we'll learn a bit more during Marvel's presentation at San Diego Comic-Con next weekend. This news was first reported by The Ankler.
Confirmed: the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a multiverse. This has been something of a hot topic ever since it was revealed that Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home said he was from a different version of Earth within the multiverse. While there is much to discuss on that front, specifically, after seeing the movie, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has stepped in to definitively declare that the multiverse exists.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Far from Home. As anyone who has seen the movie will surely note, Mysterio was simply pulling one over on everybody. He was just a master of illusion from this Earth. That led many to question, was the multiverse thing total garbage? When asked about it in a recent interview, Kevin Feige had this to say.
"No, it just means he was full of s**t. I mean, in Doctor Strange, we hear the Ancient One talk about the multiverse, so we've already established it as a thing."
So, while it's true that Mysterio isn't from anywhere new within the multiverse, that doesn't mean other characters we'll be introduced to in the future won't be. And just the notion that the multiverse does exist opens up countless possibilities. For those who may need a refresher, Tilda Swinton's Ancient One delivers her speech about the multiverse to Stephen Strange upon their first meeting. While sending him on a trippy trip, she has this to say.
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"You think you know how the world works? You think that this material universe is all there is? What is real? What mysteries lie beyond the reach of your senses? At the root of existence, mind and matter meet. Thoughts shape reality. This universe is only one of an infinite number. Worlds without end. Some benevolent and life giving. Others filled with malice and hunger. Dark places where powers older than time lie ravenous, and waiting. Who are you in this vast multiverse, Mr. Strange?"
So what does this all mean? Well, it essentially means that there are possibly infinite copies of various Earths and other worlds, as well as other dimensions, that we've yet to explore in the MCU. How exactly this will factor in as we transition into Phase 4 remains to be seen, but surely it's not a coincidence that it was at least mentioned in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
We know that Marvel will be looking to bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU now that they own the character rights. Is it possible the multiverse could be used in order to explain how mutants pop up? Is this how we get a live-action version of Miles Morales in addition to Tom Holland's Peter Parker? Could this lead to adaptations of more bizarre stories like Marvel Zombies, for example down the line? Again, limitless possibilities, but all we can do is speculate for the time being. This news comes to us via Fandango.