Published on 18 Aug 1919
It's official. Dark Phoenix is now the lowest grossing X-Men movie ever. The theatrical run has ended with $65.8 million domestically. This is a lot lower than the previous record holder, The Wolverine, which was still able to earn $132.5 million in North America. The cards were stacked against the final installment from the beginning and now it looks like Disney may have withheld over $50 million in marketing, adding to the disastrous final numbers at the box office around the globe.
Internationally, Dark Phoenix faired a bit better at the box office, though it still holds the record for the lowest grossing installment of the franchise. The movie was able to earn $252.4 million, but that is still pretty far behind the original X-Men movie, which scored $296.3 million worldwide when it was released in theaters almost 20 years ago. Both Marvel fans and critics were not happy with the finished product, though there are still some hardcore fans who stand by it and are sad to see the Fox properties head over to Marvel Studios. They would definitely be in the minority.
As for how this could have happened, many point to the extensive reshoots and inevitable release date delays that kept occurring. Then Dark Phoenix's ending had to be completely rehauled after it was revealed that it was going to be too similar to the MCU's Captain Marvel with the addition of the Skrulls. Then there was the looming Fox and Disney deal that many knew from the start would be the end of this current line of X-Men movies. Whatever the case may be, it looks like the project was doomed from the beginning.
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It has also been reported that Disney fired the marketing team for Dark Phoenix when they took over. Apparently, the studio completely ignored the movie after firing the veteran marketing team from Fox and withheld millions, which really didn't do the movie any favors when it was released in theaters. Now, fans are waiting to see what kind of magic Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige can do on the Fox properties within the MCU. Feige already revealed that the X-Men and Fantastic Four reboots are on the way, but we just don't know when exactly.
Disney's D23 Expo will be held next weekend, so many are hopeful that we'll get an update from Kevin Feige in regard to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises and how they will be incorporated into the MCU. For starters, it does not look like the aforementioned properties will be introduced in the upcoming MCU Phase 4. However, they could very well end up in Phase 5, which is only a few years away since Phase 4 concludes in November 2021 with Thor: Love and Thunder. The box office information for Dark Phoenix comes to us courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
Published on 18 Aug 1919
Is Ryan Gosling getting ready to join the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder? Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are hoping he is after the actor was spotted having lunch with director Taika Waititi. Details in regard to the next Thor movie are being kept under wraps, but we do know that Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are returning to work with Waititi. And that Natalie Portman is joining them. Portman is reprising her role as Jane Foster, but she will be taking on the Mighty Thor role too.
It's entirely possible that Ryan Gosling was meeting with Taika Waititi to discuss a role in Thor: Love and Thunder. The actor could be looking to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which seems like a wise decision. But who would he play? Fans have been clamoring for Adam Warlock to get a proper introduction, though Thor: Love and Thunder might not be the place to do so. Gosling could also be in talks to play a villain.
With that being said, Taika Waititi does have another movie set to hit theaters before Thor: Love and Thunder. Next Goal Wins is the director's next movie, which tells the story of the National Football Team of American Samoa during their disastrous 2011 season as they try to turn things around to qualify for the FIFA World Cup under the new leadership of Dutch-American football Coach Thomas Rongen. It's entirely possible that Ryan Gosling could be in talks to possibly play Coach Rongen or another role in Next Goal Wins, though it seems he would be too young to take on that specific role.
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While MCU fans are hoping for a Ryan Gosling role in Thor: Love and Thunder, he may have just met with Taika Waititi for a lunch. Just because the two were spotted together, doesn't mean they are going to be working on the same project at some point in the near future, but that doesn't mean we should rule it out entirely either. It just so happened to be the director's 44th birthday when the two got together, so it could have just been a friendly birthday celebration between two people too.
With production not set to start on Thor: Love and Thunder until August 2021, we have quite a wait ahead of us. However, it would not be surprising to see Ryan Gosling taking on a role in the MCU after all of these years. The Blade Runner 2049 actor has been rumored to be in a superhero movie project for years, and now might just be the perfect time for him to do so. We'll just have to wait and see what develops over the course of the next few months. For now, you can check out a picture of Taika Waititi and Ryan Gosling leaving lunch below, thanks to the Just Jared Twitter account.
Published on 17 Aug 1919
Did Paul Rudd accidentally leak Ant-Man 3 plans? The actor is currently working on Ghostbusters 2020 and reportedly told some fans that the script for the third Ant-Man movie is complete. While the Ant-Man movies aren't the biggest of the earners when compared to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both installments have had huge impacts on Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame and there is still a lot more story to be told after the Decimation, with life getting back to normal.
This is very much an unconfirmed rumor at this time, so read into it how you wish. Apparently, while on the Ghostbusters 2020 set, Paul Rudd was asked about Ant-Man 3 in between takes and confirmed that a script was finished and then reportedly said, "don't worry about it." After seeing the reaction he got from the two fans, he then allegedly backtracked, declaring that he only delivered the information to see how fast the rumor would spread. The details are sketchy at best, but there are a lot of MCU fans hoping this is the truth and not some fake news.
There is no video of this meeting with Paul Rudd and there are not any photos either, so this is a mighty big stretch here. These days, anyone can claim a "source" has told them a bit of news and it easily gets picked up. With that being said, this meeting may have actually happened, though we don't know Rudd's tone when talking to these fans during an alleged meeting. If he did meet up with these guys, he very well could have been being sarcastic and then felt the need to backtrack when the fans didn't pick up on his tone.
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Regardless, we know that a possible Ant-Man 3 won't be released in the MCU's upcoming Phase 4, unless some major shifting happens. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently revealed the release slate and a lot of it relies on the new Disney+ streaming shows tying into the big screen projects, including The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Widow, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There's a lot to look forward to, but Ant-Man 3 was not talked about.
The MCU's Phase 4 will wrap at the end of 2021 with Thor: Love and Thunder, which means Ant-Man 3 could be announced for Phase 5, along with a sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is also highly anticipated after grossing over $1 billion at the box office. Scott Lang's story should be told in at least one more movie and it more than likely will. We'll just have to wait until San Diego Comic-Con 2021 for that announcement, or maybe we'll get a surprise during next weekend's D23 Expo in Anaheim. The Ant-Man 3 potential leak comes to us from The Weekly Planet Podcast.
Published on 16 Aug 1919
Could Hela the Goddess of Death be making a comeback in Thor: Love and Thunder? There's no official indication on that front, but actress Cate Blanchett is at the ready if Marvel needs her to show up. There are quite a few factors that would ultimately play into whether or not that call gets made, not the least of which being that Hela presumably died at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, but that's not necessarily a deal-breaker when it comes to comic book movies.
Cate Blanchett has been making the rounds to promote her latest movie Where'd You Go Bernadette, which hits theaters this weekend. During a recent interview, the Oscar-winning actress was asked about a possible return as Hela in Thor: Love and Thunder, which was officially announced last month by Marvel Studios. Blanchett had this to say.
"That's probably a Marvel question, but I'm here."
More or less, that boils down to, if Marvel Studios wants her back, she'll come back. Cate Blanchett had previously indicated she would be open to reprising her role, but that was long before Thor 4 was formally announced. Other former stars of the franchise such as Idris Elba and Kat Dennings have also expressed their desire to return since the announcement was made.
So how possible is this? Here's what we know. Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok, is returning to helm the sequel. Waititi has already penned the script, which will see Natalie Portman's Jane Foster return to the MCU to become the new Thor. There is no word yet on who the villain will be, but the idea is based on Jason Arron's The Mighty Thor run in the pages of Marvel Comics.
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Hela ended up getting caught up in the oblivion that was the end of Ragnarok, which saw Asgard totally and completely destroyed. Yet, we didn't see Hela's body, so there is always a remote possibility, somehow, she managed to survive. Or maybe the character could come back in a flashback? Few deaths have remained truly permanent in the history of the MCU, that much is certain. In any case, even if Hela doesn't return, Cate Blanchett expressed her excitement to see the movie anyway when it arrives.
"I'm so, so excited. I'm so looking forward to seeing it, because I absolutely loved seeing them all with my kids. But I really, really loved Captain Marvel. No offense, Taika, but it was probably my favorite."
Chris Hemsworth is also set to reprise his role as Thor, with Tessa Thompson returning as Valkyrie, who will be the first major LGBTQ character in the MCU. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. Thor: Love and Thunder is set to arrive in theaters on November 5, 2021. This news comes to us via Entertainment Tonight.
Published on 15 Aug 1919
Idris Elba would like to come back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This goes against some past thoughts he had working on the Thor: The Dark World reshoots. Elba was not happy about having to hang from a harness while wearing a wig and contact lenses for hours on end and he pretty much blasted the experience in an interview from five years ago. However, absence may have made the heart grow fonder for Elba over the years.
In a new interview, Idris Elba was asked about Avengers: Endgame and admitted he had not seen it yet. "No spoilers, please," he said to the interviewer before declaring he has no life. Elba is currently out promoting Hobbs & Shaw, but he was asked about a potential return for either Thor: Love and Thunder or the Loki Disney+ series. He had this to say when asked if he would like to come back to the MCU.
"Of course. Listen, Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So you know, he essentially could be alive. I'm just saying! I'm just putting it out there. The Heimdall character goes way back into, you know, the Thor mythology, And I'm sure there will be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course I would. Yes."
After Avengers: Endgame, anything is possible now in terms of bringing characters back. The 2012 version of Loki escaped with the Tesseract and will be traveling though time, so maybe he can swing by and get Heimdall before reportedly meeting up with the rest of the gang in Thor: Love and Thunder. Heimdall is a fan favorite character and many were not happy to see his story end at the beginning of Infinity War after seeing his heroic actions in Ragnarok.
Thanos killed Heimdall by stabbing him in the heart after the hero sent Hulk back down to Earth. As Idris Elba says, the character is a "part of the god family," so really anything is possible at this point in the game. It's unclear who else will be appearing in Thor: Love and Thunder except for Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman, who have all been officially confirmed to be coming back under the direction of Taika Waititi.
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MCU fans have already been vocal about seeing Korg and Meik show up in Thor: Love and Thunder, but there are further hopes that Loki, Hulk, and some Guardians of the Galaxy will be along for the ride too. As with everything Marvel Studios does, the security is tight and we more than likely won't get any real information until they want us to know, which means we'll have to wait until 2021, unless something leaks. With that being said, when it gets closer to the production start date, we'll get more casting announcements. The interview with Idris Elba was originally conducted by ABC Radio.