Published on 19 Aug 1919
It's not as if Avengers: Endgame needed more characters, but&hellip it would have been pretty cool to see Wolverine alongside Captain Marvel and Thor.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the co-directors of the highest-grossing movie of all-time which is still making money at the box office, despite being out on home video, recently appeared on IGN&lsquos Up at Noon, where they were asked to “Snap away“ iconic teams. For instance: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. All four are allowed to live, so they can fight Thanos. But for the Scooby Gang the original Scooby Gang, not Buffy's, Fred and Shaggy are victims of “the Blip,“ because Fred, in particular, is useless. The Russos were even more ruthless when it came to the X-Men who may join the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon:
He'd kill everyone but Logan, Russo explained, because “it's not our job to give the people what they want, it's to give them what they need.“ And what they need is Wolverine using his claws against Thanos' double-edged sword, which I'm certain already exists as fan fiction on the internet. As for Jean Grey: getting snapped away is a tough, but fair punishment for how bad Dark Phoenix was.
Meanwhile, every Backstreet Boy, except Nick, is hopeless against Thanos.
Maybe Joey Fatone, from *NSYNC, can be the next Wolverine.
Published on 16 Aug 1919
The Russo Brothers are big fans of Wolverine. The Avengers: Endgame directors have revealed that if they had the chance, they would've snapped all of the X-Men members, except for Logan. The directors, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, were left with some tough choices to make when it came time to making Infinity War. Some of the world's most beloved superheroes ended up becoming the victim of Thanos' Decimation, turning to dust with half of the universe.
As for why they would have kept Wolverine on board, the Russo Brothers had a pretty interesting reason. "I'd love to see a fiercely motivated Wolverine going up against Thanos," says Joe Russo. He went on to say, "It's not our job to give people what they want, it's to give them what they need." Apparently Marvel fans would have needed to see an angry and emotional Wolverine going up against the Mad Titan, and for some, they probably would have loved every minute of it.
Obviously, Marvel Studios did not have access to the X-Men when they were making Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. With both movies being so jam packed with heroes, there really would not have been enough room for everybody. With that being said, the Russo Brothers more than likely would have chosen some different characters if they had access to the Fox Marvel properties sooner. Whatever the case may be, the fans seem to be more than happy with the way things all worked out, though they could have done without the death of Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, and Steve Rogers.
Related: Chris Evans Reveals His Favorite Avengers: Endgame Scene
Other characters not involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the Russo Brothers would have snapped include the entire cast of Friends. Not one character from the world famous show made the cut. This is the exact opposite of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as the Russos kept all four of them to fight Thanos and figure out time travel. Scooby-Doo also would have survived, but the rest of the gang would've been turned to dust in Infinity War, except for Daphne. All of the Backstreet Boys would have been a victim of the Decimation too, though Aaron Carter would've made it through.
The Russo Brothers were able to successfully put an end to Thanos with the characters that they had from the MCU. Fans and critics have praised Infinity War and Endgame's massive storytelling and the Russo Brothers for being able to weave everything together in a cohesive and satisfying way. In the process, Endgame has become the highest grossing movie of all time and made the Russo Brothers even more in demand than they were before. While they are taking a break from Marvel Studios at the moment, there's a chance they might return, especially if they get the chance to work with Wolverine. You can check out the rest of the interview with the Russo Brothers over at IGN.
Published on 10 Aug 1919
Separate from the upcoming movie Snake Eyes, another G.I. Joe spinoff is reportedly in the works from Paramount and Hasbro. Writers Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec, who wrote Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, are attached to pen the script. Additionally, the pair are also writing the Tom Clancy-based thriller Rainbow Six for Paramount with Michael B. Jordan producing. As of now, no director or potential cast members have been named, as only Appelbaum and Nemec have been officially announced as a part of the new project.
Full plot details remain to be seen, but the story will apparently feature an ensemble cast of characters. Reportedly, one of the featured characters will be Chuckles, a member of the team known for his undercover and infiltration work. This is notable as Chuckles didn't appear in either of the previous G.I. Joe movies, meaning this will be his big screen debut. According to the report, the character won't be at the center of the story, but that could change as pre-production moves along. Chuckles first debuted as a part of the G.I. Joe toy line in 1987 and in the Marvel Comics series that same year. It's going to be interesting to see which other names will be a part of the spinoff's ensemble.
Based on the success of the action figures and cartoon series, G.I. Joe was first adapted as a live-action movie with 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It follows American soldiers Duke Channing Tatum and Ripcord Marlon Wayans joining the G.I. Joe Team after they come under attack by Military Armaments Research Syndicate M.A.R.S. troops. After grossing over $300 million at the box office, the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation was greenlit for a 2013 release. This time, the Joes are framed as traitors by Cobra and must work together to overthrow Cobra Commander and his allies. Now with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a part of the cast, the sequel performed even better at the box office, grossing over $375 million in ticket sales.
In the years since, Paramount sought to continue the success of the franchise in another sequel. Originally, a third installment called G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant was reported to be released in 2016. After juggling directors and failing to make traction, the project ultimately wound up in development hell, but still has yet to be officially canceled. Last year, the studio began to explore other creative options, announcing the spinoff movie Snake Eyes. With Robert Schwentke directing and Evan Spiliotopoulos writing, the movie was initially given a March 27, 2020 release date before later being moved to October of the same year. Because it will serve as an origin story, Ray Park isn't expected to return to reprise the role of Snake Eyes.
G.I. Joe is due for a return to the big screen, and fans can go ahead and mark their calendars now for the release of Snake Eyes on Oct. 16, 2020. No word yet on when this newly-announced spinoff with Chuckles will be hitting the big screen, but updates should be forthcoming as pre-production moves along. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.
Published on 06 Aug 1919
Viacom has scored a big, fat hairy deal to acquire the rights to classic cartoon Garfield. The media group has entered a “definitive agreement“ to acquire the IP from owners Paws and will develop a new Garfield animated series.
The deal, which is expected to close in the coming weeks, will add to Nickelodeon's library of big names including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Paw Patrol.
In addition to the new animated series &ndash the first since The Garfield Show aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. in 2009 &ndash Viacom will manage the global merchandising rights to the property.
Garfield creator Jim Davis will continue to produce the Garfield syndicated comic strip as he has done since creating the lazy feline since 1976. The cartoon has chronicled the life of the eponymous cat, his owner Jon Arbuckle and Odie the dog, as well as various friends. Known for his love of lasagne and coffee and his disdain for Mondays, Garfield has spawned a slew of movies and TV shows and has received four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program.
Nickelodeon's President Brian Robbins said, “This acquisition marks another step in our evolution toward being kids' first stop for the best new content and characters, so we're incredibly happy to have Garfield join our growing roster of globally loved franchises and to introduce this cool cat to a new generation of fans.“
“Great content is core to the strength of our brands, and Garfield is a beloved character that continues to be part of the cultural zeitgeist with universal resonance across all ages,“ said Sarah Levy, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Media Networks. “The acquisition of Paws provides another opportunity for Viacom to leverage our platforms to extend the global reach of iconic IP.“
Davis added, “I've always tried to make people laugh with humor that is classic and appealing to both kids and adults. I'm delighted that Garfield is going to be placed in the capable hands of the folks at Nick. They know how to entertain and will be great stewards for the franchise. I am also excited to continue to do the thing that gets me out of bed every morning&hellipthe comic strip.“
Published on 19 Jul 1919
Netflix has announced a brand new docuseries called The Movies That Made Us down at Comic-Con. The new series is a spin-off from the popular Toys That Made Us series, which just announced its third season at San Diego Comic-Con. The show calls itself, "the spinoff we never knew we needed but always wanted," and promises, "the same deep dive - even bigger icons." This will definitely be welcome news for fans of The Toys That Made Us.
As announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, The Movies That Made Us will start streaming in the fourth quarter on Netflix. The first season focuses on Die Hard, Home Alone, Dirty Dancing, and Ghostbusters. There are some familiar faces discussing these four iconic movies and a lot more lesser-known faces teased in the debut comic-con trailer. Talking about toys and their manufacturers seems to be a lot easier to do than trying to get ahold of some of the people involved with some of the biggest movies of all time. This could end up posing a problem down the line as the show moves forward, or it could get bigger and easier to get interviews as time goes on.
Following a format similar to The Toys That Made Us, some of the facts we'll all learn when The Movies That Made Us premieres are the reason why "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" from Dirty Dancing is "a ridiculous line," though we probably already know the answer to that. Additionally, we get to see Die Hard star Reginald VelJohnson revisits Nakatomi Plaza over 30 years after his Al Powell character stuffed twinkies in his mouth and helped John McClane take down Hans Gruber and his terrorist crew on Christmas Eve.
Netflix and The Nacelle Company, the brains behind the hit docuseries, The Toys That Made Us, are bringing a new, and equally deep nostalgic dive into pop culture that entertained and still continues to entertain the masses. The Movies That Made Us will apparently have viewers "cheering on John McClane and Kevin McCallister in the Christmas Eve battles of their lives." The show also claims to have viewers "dancing the night away with Johnny and Baby, while tapping in to the supernatural with a team of ghost-busting scientists." That's a lot of promising, but if it's done half as well as The Toys That Made Us, we should all be in for a treat.
There is no official release date for The Movies That Made Us at this time. For now, Netflix is just saying Q4 of this year. Thankfully, we won't have to wait too much longer to see the new series. Additionally, The Toys That Made Us season three is also on the way and does not have an official release date either, though it will come out this year. It tackles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, My Little Pony, and WWF Wrestling toy lines. You can check out the trailer for The Movies That Made Us below, thanks to Deadline.