We knew about some of those connections already, but in a new interview, Marvel’s Kevin Feige has revealed another pairing to look out for – and he explained how one of them transitioned from a film project into a streaming series. Read about the Loki Doctor Strange connection below, and how Hawkeye was planned as a movie.
Bloomberg has an extensive profile about the impending debut of Disney+, recounting some of the key moments in the lead-up to next week’s launch. The piece describes how Kevin Feige pitched some of the shows to the cast at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere since many of them were gathered in one place, but how Feige was “more nervous” about one pitch than the others. Marvel reportedly had a deal in place for actor Jeremy Renner to star in a Hawkeye movie, but when Disney+ came around, Feige wanted to change things up and turn that project into a series instead. Apparently Renner took the news well: “He totally got it and said, ‘Let’s do it,'” Feige said.
In 2014, Renner indicated that he wasn’t interested in starring in his own movie, but a couple of years later, he said he was open to exploring the character more in a TV show.
But that wasn’t the only piece of news Feige unveiled. He also says the Loki show will tie directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
He declines to discuss the budget for the shows—including reports Disney is spending as much as $25 million per episode on some Marvel shows, more than HBO is believed to have spent during the final season of Game of Thrones. He does drop one little morsel, though. If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, he says, you’ll probably need a Disney+ subscription, because events from the new shows will factor into forthcoming films such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Scarlet Witch will be a key character in that movie, and Feige points out that the Loki series will tie in, too. “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before,” he says. “But it does.”
The Scarlet Witch connection isn’t new – Feige mentioned that on stage at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con – but the Loki Doctor Strange link is fresh information. It’s not super suprising, given Strange’s ability to tap into the multiverse and how Loki escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame, but it’s still interesting to hear.
Feige’s sentiment about needing to see the Disney+ shows in order to understand everything in the upcoming movies isn’t new, but it’s yet another confirmation of comments he’s made previously. “[Characters will] be changing, evolving, growing in those event series and then those changes will be reflected in their next film appearances,” he said back in April. “These episodes will intersect with the movies in a very big way. It’s a totally new form of storytelling that we get to play with and explore.”
Hawkeye and Loki are slated to arrive sometime in Disney+’s second year, while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 7, 2021.
T he Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video essay tries to explain why what Martin Scorsese said about Marvel movies is right, and that probably won’t ruffle any feathers at all. Plus, Eddie Murphy and some of the cast of Dolemite is My Name talk about making the movie, blaxploitation, and more, and Tig Notaro tries to figure out who Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is in a new Under a Rock.
Thomas Flight put together this video essay to explore Martin Scorsese’s incendiary criticism of the movie of Marvel Studios, as well as blockbuster filmmaking in general. Scorsese contends these movies are different than what cinema is, and while that’s all in the eye of the beholder, his core arguments and concerns about these movies and their place in cinema history do raise valid concerns.
Next up, Netflix got the cast of Dolemite Is My Name together for a roundtable discussion about the legacy of the film’s subject, comedian and blaxploitation star Rudy Ray More. Eddie Murphy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Keegan-Michael Key, and Titus Burgess all partake in this 23-minute discussion.
Finally, comedian Tig Notaro still doesn’t know a lot about pop culture, but she’s doing her best to learn a bit more with the Funny or Die web series Under a Rock. Here, she tries to figure out who Game of Thrones star Lena Headey. The actress generally doesn’t like interviews, so it’s cool that she sat down to partake in this little bit of fun.
The new novel 'Resistance Reborn' is essential reading for 'The Rise of Skywalker,' and also illustrates why the series isn't like its Disney sibling.
This week's release of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn — a new novel by Rebecca Roanhorse that takes place between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker — is something for Star Wars fans to celebrate, given that it acts as an important bridge between the movies... and as a signpost as to where Star Wars is as a franchise right now.
For fans of the property, especially those who follow material outside of the core movies, Resistance Reborn is close to invaluable. Beyond the fun of introducing — or, in many cases, re-introducing — characters with connections to multiple eras of the property, from the original trilogy through Star Wars: Rebels, the Aftermath series of novels and far more, it serves a number of very specific narrative purposes that, in many ways, feel necessary for the larger Star Wars story as a whole. Poe Dameron's survivor's guilt, and culpability in the slaughter of the Resistance in The Last Jedi is a recurring theme, as is Leia's increasingly exhausted response to being one of the few remaining leaders the movement has left, offering a focus on the character that the movies are practically unable to in the wake of Carrie Fisher's death in 2017.
The book also traces the growth of the First Order across the galaxy, and places that growth in a political context generally absent from the movies — how does the galaxy feel about the Order's presence? Why doesn't it push back? Both questions are answered in the book — which underscores not only the feeling that Resistance Reborn is an integral chapter to the Skywalker Saga, but also that, at heart, Star Wars as it currently exists isn't a franchise in the same way that Disney sibling Marvel is, but instead one singular story that occasionally branches off in different directions before returning to its primary focus.
That much should be clear from the movies alone; each of the live-action movies have been part of the same singular story. That's obviously true of the core nine features — The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker — which, just to make it particularly clear, have “episode” numerals in the opening scroll. But it's also true of Rogue One and Solo, as well; instead of doing something original or individual, both movies exist to support threads or characters already present in the core series.
Similarly, the animated series The Clone Wars, and to a far lesser degree Star Wars Resistance, do the same thing: Fill in narrative gaps in the core movies, and exist to support the central storyline. Even Star Wars: Rebels, which is more independent overall, still leans into connections with the core series that go far beyond Easter egg territory. The same can be said of the comic books and novels that have been released since Disney purchased Lucasfilm; everything comes back to the Skywalker Saga, and exists to support that storyline.
This was not always the case; before the Disney purchase, the Star Wars franchise had expanded thousands of years in both directions from what appeared on film, with comic books and books pushing far beyond the storyline of one family line fighting the Emperor and his acolytes. Upon Disney purchase, however, such material was excised from the official canon in favor of Disney created and approved material.
This isn't, necessarily, a criticism; one of the things that Star Wars does well is maintain a level of consistency across projects which is doubtless easier when everything is working towards the same narrative goal. Additionally, a complaint of the pre-Disney Star Wars was that, the further projects moved from the movie source material, the less “Star Wars-y” it felt. Tying everything into the one central narrative is a fairly definitive solution for that problem.
However, the fact that Star Wars is a story, rather than a franchise, at this point, might explain some of the problems Disney has had with the property, and managing it to meet early expectations. Star Wars can't be another Marvel if it, formally, isn't another Marvel; the latter may use the tagline “It's All Connected,” but that's not actually true; while characters can and will crossover between projects, it's easy to watch Ant-Man without also watching Guardians of the Galaxy, or even Iron Man.
A basic working knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn't require seeing every movie released by the studio, and the ability to tell unrelated stories means that so much more content can be generated — and so much more can be accepted by casual viewers — because there's no expectation of a need to buy in to everything with each movie ticket purchased. So far, seven years after Disney bought Star Wars, that's not true of the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Yet.
Things might be about to change. Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige is plotting his own Star Wars movie. Next week sees the debut of The Mandalorian on Disney+ — a project that, notably enough, doesn't even feature the words “Star Wars” in its title. Judging by promotional materials, the series doesn't feature any narrative connection to anything else in Star Wars mythology outside of its setting, giving it an independence unknown in the Disney era, and a standalone appeal for casual viewers akin to a Marvel Studios project. Time will tell whether the series lives up to that promise, but if it does — if The Mandalorian turns out to be simply another story from the same galaxy as the Skywalkers, and not another chapter of the same story fans have been following for the last four decades — then it could be a sign that Star Wars will have a bright, long future past the Dec. 20 release of The Rise of Skywalker.
Comedian and actress Sasheer Zamata has juggled both mainstream television gigs “Saturday Night Live” and low-budget comedies “The Weekend,” her first lead role, was a sleeper hit on the festival circuit last year. Zamata, who hosted IndieWire’s first-ever Consider This FYC Brunch for 2019-2020 film awards season on Tuesday, has embraced opportunities to keep her audiences on edge.
The comedian’s standup material has grown edgier over the course of her decade-long career, and she said she found a purpose in speaking candidly about her realities as a black woman in the world.
“If they watch me perform, and, afterward, feel like they were uncomfortable, but also thought I was funny and coherent, and even educated them, then I think I did my job,” she said. “However, it’s for them to figure out why they are uncomfortable.”
Zamata has made a name for herself, but in other ways, she’s just getting started. Making her way in a subsection of the entertainment industry that’s even more merciless for women — especially women of color – Zamata once joked that her “cute exterior” hides an interior that’s “full of rage,” given her life and career experiences as a woman of color. “I guess it was a joke, but also true,” she said. “However, I would say that I’m probably less angry now.”
She shuns the idea of being a “political comedian,” as the New York Times labeled her not long ago, but it didn’t materialize out of thin air. In 2015, she was named a celebrity ambassador to the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU, and began work with the Women’s Rights Project, which seeks to break down gender biases and “ensure equal economic opportunities, educational equity, and an end to gender-based violence.” Additionally, she has been outspoken on the issue of equal rights among women of color, as well as on her struggles with discrimination and colorism.
And of course her comedy reflects her thoughts on these still relevant issues. “I guess I can see why people would label my comedy political, because I talk about myself as a human being who is living in the world as a black woman,” she said. “I guess for people who haven’t watched a black woman do stand-up and speak honestly about her life, maybe it’s radical.”
But she has seen some changes in that regard. In a rapidly evolving environment hungry for diverse content, as the landscape for women comedians continues to embrace diverse voices, finding humor in her struggles as a black woman might not seem so novel.
“I would say a lot has evolved for black women in the comedy world, but I would also say that there is room for growth,” she said. “There are now so many platforms that your content can exist on. You could put yourself on Instagram, build out an audience, and get discovered by a bigger platform. But I’m so thankful that I’m doing comedy at a time when there are more opportunities for people like me, and I can’t wait for even more doors to open.”
However, Zamata certainly isn’t waiting around for the business to change. She’s currently busy with a comedy tour, while also hosting the popular podcast “Best Friends” with her pal and fellow comedian Nicole Byer. Zamata’s first standup special, “Pizza Mind,” premiered on Seeso in March, and she’s currently workshopping a followup.
And then there are her acting gigs. “The Weekend,” which was released in September to mostly positive reviews. Zamata became consumed by her stage work after joining the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City in 2009, but said she would love to play a superhero in a Marvel movie. “I really love those movies, regardless of what Scorsese says about them,” she said in jest. “I think there’s room for people like me to be in them, so I continue to put that out into the universe and maybe one day it’ll happen.”
The Marvel character that most intrigues her is Misty Knight, who Simone Missick portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series “Luke Cage,” “The Defenders,” and “Iron Fist.” However, there has yet to be a big screen depiction of the character. “She’s a badass character,” Zamata said. She cited a spin-off from the “Heroes for Hire” comic books series called “Daughters of the Dragon” as one storyline that appealed to her above all. It has “Misty Knight and another character named Colleen Wing who she kicked ass with as this kind of double femme fatale team,” she said. “So that would be something I would love to do, but who knows.”
Zamata cited Sarah Silverman’s career as one she’d like to emulate. “I just want to do more stuff that puts my voice out into the world,” she said. “I’m excited for people to see me do different things than just releasing a stand-up special every now and then.”
At the same time, she said she has developed better standards for assessing projects sent her way — and when to pass on them. “When you’re starting, you feel so lucky to have any opportunity, which is how I operated,” she said. “But eventually I started to realize that a lot of the things I was saying ‘yes’ to weren’t serving me. So you could be just be grateful for getting a job, or you realize that it’s just not enough, and you start to expect more for yourself. That’s one thing that has stuck with me, and hopefully will continue to stick with me for the rest of my career.”
Will we see an Inhumans reboot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point? For now, all we have are rumors on that front, but Anson Mount has just thrown a little bit of fuel on the fire. Mount, for those who perhaps don't recall, played Black Bolt on the short-lived Inhumans TV show, which aired on ABC. Now, Mount has weighed in on the recent reboot rumors.
Anson Mount was recently a guest at the Dallas Fan Days convention. During a panel, the subject of this alleged reboot of Marvel's Inhumans TV show came up. While it's highly unlikely Mount would be involved in any way, he did make it seem, at least based on what he's heard, that something could be brewing in that department. Here's what Anson Mount had to say about it.
"People might not know this, but in the sort of Hollywood trades, there's rumored to be a negotiation going on with Disney+ to reattempt this. And apparently... it's well-known that Vin Diesel has always wanted to play Black Bolt, so there's some kind of negotiations going on."
The MCU will have a much larger presence on the small screen on Disney+. Shows like The Falcon and The Winter Solider, WandaVision, Loki and Hawkeye will be directly connected to the movies to a much stronger degree than Netflix shows such as Daredevil and Luke Cage were. The rumors that have been reported suggest Inhumans will go a similar route and get a small screen reboot for Disney's upcoming streaming service. For his part, Anson Mount wants to see Marvel take another shot at the franchise.
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"I really want there to be another shot at the Inhumans, and I want it to be successful because I'd love to watch it. And I think it is the most interesting little corner of the Marvel universe, and I think it just has to be done, it has to have the right home, the right tone, and the right vision overall."
The Inhumans have had a long, strange trip so far. Originally, way back in 2014, Marvel Studios announced an Inhumans movie, which would have hit theaters on July 12 of this year. That never happened. Instead, the property was repurposed as an ABC TV series and was being positioned as a prestige, big-budget show. That didn't exactly work out either, as the show was panned by critics upon arrival, didn't draw much of an audience and was scrapped after just one season.
As for the Vin Diesel bit, the actor, who already voices Groot in the MCU, had been hinting at talks to play Black Bolt in the movie. That never materialized, for obvious reasons. Could Diesel circle back to the role when/if this reboot ever does get underway? Time will tell. For now, Phase 4 of the MCU is already fully mapped out and beyond 2021, Phase 5 is already filling up fast. So it could be a while before this reboot does happen, even if it is indeed in the cards. This news was previously reported by Comicbook.com.
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The cast and crew of Marvel's Eternals were recently evacuated from set following a bomb scare. Production was underway on the movie on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Members of the cast such as Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden were then rushed off the set after an unexploded bomb was discovered. Bomb disposal experts were called in to deal with the situation.
According to multiple reports, this isn't suspected to be an act of terrorism or a bomb planted on the set. There is no suspected malicious intent. Instead, it's believed that the explosive dates back to World War II, as the Nazis had a base on the Spanish island. No injuries have been reported and the situation has been dealt with. An anonymous individual who is said to have close knowledge of the situation had this to say about it.
"It was obviously terrifying, the bomb could have been there for decades untouched but who knows what might have happened if it were disturbed. Some of the biggest stars in the world were on set and nobody was taking any chances. Fortunately, experts dealt with it."
Eternals has been filming in various locations across Europe as of late. It's unclear at this time if the bomb scare will have an effect on the filming schedule. At the moment, there is no indication of any significant delay. It's also unclear if Marvel will continue production as planned on Fuerteventura, or if they will move the planned scenes elsewhere. In any event, it's highly unlikely this will have any crucial impact on the remainder of the filming schedule. Aside from Angelina Jolie, who plays Thena, and Richard Madden, who is on board as Ikaris, the A-list cast also includes Kit Harington as Black Knight, Selma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Barry Keoghan and Don Lee.
The Eternals were created by comics legend Jack Kirby. Debuting in the pages of Marvel Comics back in 1976, Kirby wrote and illustrated their first series. Generally speaking, the story centers on several beings who have been gifted special powers by an ancient, cosmic group known as the Celestials, who used accelerated evolution on these individuals. The Celestials have been teased briefly in MCU before. The Eternals are locked in a war with The Deviants, their counterparts, in order to determine the superior race. This is one of the previously lesser-known properties that Marvel has chosen to adapt for the big screen, alongside Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Chloe Zhao The Rider is directing the movie, which will be part of Marvel Studio's Phase 4 lineup for the MCU. Other movies coming down the pipeline include Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Eternals is set to hit theaters on November 6, 2020. This news comes to us via The Sun.
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