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Ant-Man 3 has found a writer.
Jeff Loveness, who currently serves as a writer and co-producer on Adult Swim’s sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty, has been hired to write the continuing adventures of Ant-Man and the Wasp for Marvel Studios. Get more details below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Marvel hired Loveness “in the early days of Hollywood’s shutdown,” so writing has already begun on the sequel, which will presumably reunite Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, Michael Douglas as science whiz Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, and Michael Peña as the fast-talking Luis. I say “presumably” because even though Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed has been brought back on to direct this third movie in the franchise, the studio has yet to officially acknowledge that it’s happening. But Marvel has proven time and again that they’re interested in trilogies as starting points, having used that formula for characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor so far with at least one more Thor movie on the way.
Loveness has experience with a different branch of Marvel; THR says he’s written comics centering such characters as Spider-Man, Groot, and Nova, among others. He’s also written jokes for the Emmys and the Oscars broadcasts, was a writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for several years, and in addition to his Rick and Morty credits, he wrote an episode of the TBS comedy series Miracle Workers, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.
Since Marvel has not officially announced Ant-Man 3 yet, it’s tough to tell exactly what the timeline is for it getting underway. And obviously, the coronavirus pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the entire movie industry, not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney and Marvel shifted almost all of the upcoming MCU release dates earlier today, and it’ll be very interesting to see if they end up delaying any of the Disney+ shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, etc. because of the way those shows are supposed to tie into the larger story they’re trying to tell now across multiple platforms.
What happens when an unstoppable pandemic meets an unmovable movie franchise? Well, first that unmovable movie franchise promptly moves. And then Disney sets new dates for the next slate of films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, working under the assumption that time is on their side.
Several weeks after Marvel Studios’ Black Widow was delayed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the powerhouse studio has shuffled its slate. The first solo adventure starring Scarlett Johansson’s super-spy will now open later this year, triggering a domino effect that sees the entire new phase of movies, including The Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Captain Marvel 2 shuffled around the schedule.
Here’s how it breaks down:Black Widow, originally set to open next month, will now open on November 6, 2020, the release date originally set for The Eternals. The Eternals, originally set for November of this year, will now open on February 12, 2021. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings, which was originally in the spot now claimed by The Eternals, will now open on May 7, 2021. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sees one of the biggest delays, moving from its May 2021 release date to November 5, 2021. Thor: Love and Thunder, pushed aside by Doctor Strange, will now open on February 18, 2022. Black Panther is still set for May 8, 2022. Captain Marvel 2 will follow on July 8, 2022.
The pattern is pretty clear. For the most part, the Marvel schedule has essentially shifted one already-held release date over, with one movie displacing another until they all have new homes. Of course, all of this is contingent on the world and the economy being somewhat back to normal by the holiday season. At the very least, new Marvel movies gives us something to look forward to and a reminder that we only get to see these films if we stay inside and practice social-distancing to flatten the curve. Don’t be a jerk, folks.
What we don’t know is if the release dates for the Disney+ shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki will be affected as well. We’ll cross our fingers and hope for the best – new superhero shows to stream will sound pretty damn good in a few months.
Kevin Feige is already the master of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but soon he’ll be the star of a major comic book movie franchise within the animated world of The Simpsons.
An upcoming episode of the 31st season of FOX’s animated family sitcom will lean into superhero movies in a big way when Bart Simpson ends up seeing an early screening of the latest sequel in the Vindicator comic book movie franchise. Instead of playing the shepherd behind the scenes of this superhero franchise, Kevin Feige will be playing the Vindicator’s villain Chinnos, a riff on the Avengers villain Thanos and his massive, bulbous chin. Before the episode premieres this weekend, you can get a tease of Kevin Feige voicing Chinnos in The Simpsons Avengers parody clip below.The Simpsons Avengers Parody Clip
Chinnos has gotten ahold of some kind of doomsday mobile app that allows him to destroy the planet and restart it as a utopia. It’s not a far cry from Thanos’ plan to use the Infinity Stones to wipe out half the universe’s living creatures in order to bring balance to the universe. In fact, you can even see a reference to the stones in a quick glimpse of the phone screen in Chinnos’ hands.
This weekend’s episode of The Simpsons, titled “Bart the Bad Guy,” will also make a villain out of Bart Simpson. After seeing the new Vindicator movie, he decides to be the ultimate troll and threatens to reveal spoilers from the movie in order to blackmail others. However, the studio executives behind the movie aren’t going to let that happen, and they just so happen to be voiced by Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony & Joe Russo. They try to hush up Bart and keep the movie’s secrets intact. Chinnos demands your silence.
Marvel movie star Cobie Smulders will also make a guest appearance as the voice of the superhero Hydrangea, and she’ll be joined by her real-life husband Taran Killam as the hero Airshot in the Vindicator movies. Famous YouTube personality Tal Fishman lends his voice to the episode as well, and Joe Mantegna even returns as Fat Tony. There may even be some other surprise voices making an appearance.
Between this and the recent news of a Simpsons animated short playing before Pixar’s Onward, it would appear the synergy between Disney and Fox is quite strong. How long before Disney pushes another Simpsons movie into existence?
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If we weren’t in the darkest timeline right now, Marvel’s Black Widow would be arriving in theaters in a little under a month. Unfortunately, the globe is dealing with a dangerous pandemic, and the entire movie release calendar is being shuffled around every week as studios push back some of the biggest movies of the year following the closure of pretty much all movie theaters everywhere. Last week, Marvel Studios announced a new November release date for the movie starring Scarlett Johansson, and now a couple of new Black Widow photos have been released.New Black Widow Photos
First up, we have Scarlett Johansson being cautious as other agents from the Red Room Academy are in pursuit. They’re decked out in the standard tactical catsuit while Natasha Romanoff appears to be caught off guard, wearing only her street clothes.
As the most recent trailer for Black Widow explained, the Red Room operatives are being controlled by the villain Taskmaster, who has manipulated them by somehow giving them full consciousness, but unable to make choices of their own free will.
Romanoff’s surrogate sister and fellow Red Room agent Yelena Belova Florence Pugh, above somehow escaped, and she’s getting their makeshift family back together, including David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov AKA Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.
Together, they’ll try to take down Taskmaster, who is quite the formidable opponent due to the fact that he can mimic the fighting styles of the rest of The Avengers, such as Black Panther, Captain America and Spider-Man, not to mention Black Widow herself. Oh, and his identity is unknown too, so that’s fun.
Will any of them besides Natasha make it out alive? Let’s not forget that she said The Avengers were the only family she has left throughout the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Plus, she recently offered up this perspective in an interview with Total Film via sister site Games Radar:
“I think part of Kevin Feige’s genius is that he always thinks about what fans expect out of these films and then gives them something that they never could’ve dreamed of. The idea of Natasha Romanoff in a family drama is the least expected thing, and I had to wrap my head around what that was going to be because there’s such a big tonal shift.”
Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Black Widow now hits theaters on November 6, 2020 after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The entire Marvel Studios release schedule has been shifted due to the new release date, and you can get the full new release calendar right here.
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