Marvel Studios is reportedly developing a Silver Surfer movie. The news comes after Disney successfully acquired Fox earlier this year. All of the Marvel Fox properties are now under the watch of Kevin Feige, who has already announced a new Blade movie and teased the Fantastic Four and X-Men for the future. However, he did not mention a Silver Surfer movie when he made the avalanche of Marvel Cinematic Universe announcements during San Diego Comic-Con and the D23 Expo a few weeks ago.
According to sources, Marvel Studios may be actively developing the Silver Surfer movie. With that being said, the sources are unnamed, so this will have to go into the rumor pile for now. But, a movie based on Norrin Radd would be huge and Kevin Feige is more than likely the right choice to see it through. One has to really wonder if Feige even sleeps with all of the projects that are currently in various stages of development at Marvel Studios.
Step Brothers director and Ant-Man co-writer Adam McKay has expressed interest in a potential Silver Surfer movie. He spoke about wanting to be a part of the project back in 2018, but at that time, the movie didn't seem like it could ever happen at Marvel Studios. A lot has changed in a year. McKay had this to say about the project last year.
" Silver Surfer is the one I want to do, man. I would do anything to do Silver Surfer because, visually, you could do what the Wachowskis did with Speed Racer with the Silver Surfer. At the same time, there's a great emotional story in there, man, where Norrin Radd Silver Surfer has to make the choice to save his planet. That would be the one, but I think Fox owns the rights..."
The MCU's Phase 4 is up next and will start with the long-awaited Black Widow standalone movie. The next phase will have a lot of MCU TV shows on the Disney+ streaming service and will wrap on the big screen by the end of 2022. With Blade and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on the way, there is still a ton of room for X-Men, Fantastic Four, and hopefully Silver Surfer too. We'll just have to wait and see what the highly secretive Marvel Studios chooses to share publicly in the next few months.
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In addition to the Silver Surfer rumors, it has also been said that Tyrant and Galactus are coming to the MCU. Both characters fit into the Norrin Radd's story, so there could be some official announcements coming soon. The Silver Surfer movie news comes to us from the Geeks WorldWide, who generally have a pretty good track record when it comes to their sources. But, even if Marvel Studios is actively developing the movie, we won't know until a director and writer is in place.
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.
The Third Floor, the industry's busiest visualization company in tackling superhero movies “Black Widow,” “Avengers: Endgame”, already had an advantage working remotely with real-time tools and virtual workflows when the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year. Turns out, though, that the COVID-19 epicenter was too close for comfort.
“When this crisis began, we initially faced the challenge of protecting our staff in Beijing, who were in the midst of launching our first permanent office in China,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Edwards. “When the virus started spreading beyond Wuhan, the first thing we did was send everyone home and connect them virtually...we learned a lot about the procedures for mitigating the risk of spreading the virus that we began to apply to our other offices in London, Atlanta, and LA [headquarters].
“Time was of the essence to put a highly secure, remote-working infrastructure in place,” he said, “and we needed to leverage the company infrastructure to bolster communication and function as a support group for all of our employees and their families.”
Back in LA, The Third Floor TTF found the resilience of its Beijing crew instructive. The company, which has become the go-to visualization specialist for the MCU performing rough previs of scenes, more elaborate techvis breakdowns of camera lenses, set construction, and stunts, and postvis enhancements during crunch time, used video conferencing and other methods of digital collaboration to significantly advance preparations and stay on schedule. Despite the physical isolation, however, everyone started relying on the video calls for more than just work-related advice.
“At our [LA] hub, we didn't want to take the risk of being unprepared, so we authorized our IT team to increase our internet band tenfold, and build an advanced remote login system that could enable our artists to work fluidly and securely from home,” said Edwards, who worked with IT chiefs at major studios such as Disney for advising and approving their comprehensive work-from-home solution.
But the two-week transition to a completely virtual studio only became possible with the help of industry colleagues and suppliers when California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the stay-at-home order. And, as part of its mobilization effort, the company launched a TTFaid program as a resource for more than 100 employees and their families with supplies, aid, and emotional support.
“With this early foresight in February, we were prepared to roll out a set of guidelines, which I called the TTF Health Vigilance Plan, across our other studios in LA, Atlanta, and...