An upcoming episode of The Simpsons is going to deliver something of an Avengers: Endgame spoof, and the man behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be taking on the role of the lead villain. Yes, Kevin Feige will be heading to Springfield. Thanos served as the protagonist in Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Feige will be playing a Thanos-like character named Chinnos, and Fox has revealed a first look at the big bad.
A brief teaser was released that sees the citizens of Springfield gathered in a movie theater to watch the new Vindicator movie, which is the equivalent to The Avengers franchise. We see a group of heroes fighting against Chinnos, who is having no trouble at all blocking their attacks. At the end of the clip, we hear what Kevin Feige sounds like as the villain, laying out his sinister plan.'Now that I, Chinnos, finally wield the doomsday app, I can restart this planet in flames as a utopia.' We previously got a look at the poster for the episode, titled Bart the Bad Guy. Kevin Feige won't be the only MCU figure to lend his voice talents either. Avengers: Endgame directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo will be voicing a pair of studio producers. Cobie Smolders, who plays Maria Hill in the MCU, will be playing a character named Hydrangea, while her real-life husband Taran Killam is playing a hero named Airshot.
Last year, Disney merged with Fox in a landmark $71.3 billion deal that reshaped the media landscape. Kevin Feige, who was recently promoted to Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, is one of the most powerful figures within the company. Feige is the chief architect behind the MCU, which collectively has grossed more than $22 billion to date. So bringing him aboard The Simpsons in this capacity seems fitting. Fox has released a logline for the upcoming episode, which reads as follows.'Bart accidentally sees a brand-new superhero movie a month before it comes out... and the world cowers before his newfound plot-spoiling powers. Thus, a new super-villain is born: Spoiler Boy! Can heroic movie executives stop Bart before he succumbs to the temptations of ultimate evil?'
That seems quite timely and on point. Last year when Avengers: Endgame was getting ready to roll out in theaters, fans were extremely cautious when it came to spoilers as this was a movie moment a full decade in the making. Given the cliffhanger people were left with at the end of Infinity War, it's understandable that people wanted to go in fresh. The Russo brothers even penned a letter asking fans to be courteous and not spoil the movie for others. Bart will be playing the role of potential spoiler, which seems perfect for the rambunctious member of the Simpson family. Bart the Bad Guy is set to air Sunday, March 1 on Fox. Be sure to check out the clip for yourself, which was first revealed by Variety.
Spoiler Boy vs. the @Russo_Bros: Only one side can prevail when the fate of the Marble Cinematic Universe is at stake! Watch this SUNDAY at 8/7c. pic.twitter.com/EvNz712nYe— The Simpsons @TheSimpsons February 27, 2020
Last summer, Marvel fans had something of a scare when it looked like Sony and Disney were parting ways on Spider-Man. As it stands, Sony controls the movie rights to the character and Tom Holland's Peter Parker is able to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because both studios have an agreement in place that is mutually beneficial. Luckily, both sides came to terms on a new deal before things got too serious, but Holland says Sony had a wonderful plan for Spider-Man's possible MCU exit.
Tom Holland has recently been promoting the release of Onward, the lastest from Pixar which he is one of the leads in. During a recent interview, he discussed the messy situation between Sony and Disney last year, which almost resulted in a Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel that wouldn't be connected to the MCU, which would have seemingly been messy. Here's what Holland had to say about it.'[The] future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony and we had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU and Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were really confident that they were gonna do justice and make a film of the caliber that Spider-Man requires.'
Spider-Man: Far From Home ended with a massive cliffhanger. It had major implications for Peter Parker's journey moving forward, and those implications were greatly tied to the larger MCU. But Tom Holland seems to believe things would have gone rather smoothly, had Sony not managed to find a path forward with Disney. Unfortunately, Holland declined to dish on the details of the plan.For the time being, this is something fans don't have to worry about. Spider-Man 3 is set to film this summer and will hit theaters next year, taking place in the MCU. There are also plans for another Spidey appearance in a future, unnamed Marvel movie. Speaking further, Tom Holland explained that he's quite happy things worked out the way they did. 'But that said, I'm really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel like it's where he belongs now. I'm really grateful that Bob Iger and Tom Rothman allowed me to be a part of the process of bringing him home, it was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever, I saved Spider-Man'
Jon Watts, who directed both Spider-Man: Far From Home and Homecoming, is returning to direct the third installment. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps, but Peter Parker wil be dealing with the world knowing that he is actually the webslinging superhero. Spider-Man 3 is set to hit theaters on July 16, 2021. Feel free to check out the full interview with Tom Holland via the MTV International YouTube channel for yourself.
The old-fashioned concept of movie stardom, depending on how you look at it, has been on life support for a long time or just flat-out dead. The premise is simple: actors open a movie, not intellectual property. But even if you had a slightly more positive outlook on the state of movie stardom, the recent film Dolittle should have served as the final nail in the coffin of any hopes you had for a 21st-century movie star. That film’s stumbles at the box office are only further evidence that we no longer have movie stars, just franchises.Talk to the Animals
On the face of it, Dolittle should have been a comfortable family-film hit. Yes, it was based on a moderately familiar story, about a doctor who can talk to the animals, but it was packed to the gills with recognizable names. Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, and Selena Gomez are among the many A-Listers who gave their voices to some of the chatty animals onscreen, but the real star wattage was in front of the screen: Robert Downey, Jr., Iron Man himself, played the part of Doctor John Dolittle.
You would think — or perhaps, a studio executive would — that the combination of factors mentioned in that paragraph would be enough. Dolittle, thanks to a release-date shift, wound up being the first film Downey, Jr., appeared in after the tearful conclusion of his decade-plus arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether or not you loved Avengers: Endgame, you probably saw it; so did lots of other people, with the film making over $850 million domestically. It wound up as the second-highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office; Universal was likely thrilled that it got to leap-frog off RDJ’s success in this way. Dolittle is also the first non-Marvel movie Downey, Jr. has appeared in since the 2014 drama The Judge; unlike that character study, here was an all-ages adventure with one of the most well-liked movie stars of his day. How could it not work?
Dolittle has not been quite the same level of catastrophe for its distributor, Universal Pictures, as their late-December riff on Cats was. That said, we can probably not hold our breath waiting for a rowdy Dolittle screening at the Alamo Drafthouse coming anytime soon. Worldwide, the movie has made nearly $160 million, including more than $60 million in the United States and Canada. The numbers, to be clear, aren’t great. They could simply be worse, considering the film’s reported budget of $175 million. In the post-mortem of the film’s failure, there’s been the requisite finger-pointing — maybe it was Downey, Jr. who’s to blame for ideas like a climax in which Dolittle has to give a dragon an enema. Or maybe it was the film’s credited director, Stephen Gaghan of the not terribly kid-friendly Traffic and Syriana, who wasn’t up to the task.A Perilous Journey
Yet none of these post-mortems get at the real, disquieting truth. Robert Downey, Jr.’s presence in a major movie should guarantee its success, the studio thinking would have us believe. When audiences think of him, they think of one of the biggest heroes of modern cinema; why wouldn’t that kind of thought process translate to something new? Part of the problem is unique to Downey, Jr.: when we see him, we think of Tony Stark because, for the last decade, that’s all we’ve been able to see. Since he first starred as Iron Man in the 2008 film that kickstarted the MCU, Downey, Jr. has been in just eight films outside the MCU, including Tropic Thunder which arrived just a couple months after the first Iron Man, two Sherlock Holmes movies, and the aforementioned The Judge and Dolittle. For some audiences, Robert Downey, Jr. is Tony Stark, and he can’t be anyone else.
But the problem here isn’t specific to Downey, Jr. His fellow MCU co-stars have...
Unlike Jaime Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is still alive.
The Game of Thrones star was involved in a bizarre hoax where several Danish news outlets reported that he died. Oops! “Fake news, we hear about it all the time,” Coster-Waldau said on Instagram. “In Denmark, apparently there's a story that's been floating around various websites, and it looked like a news story, and the news was that I had died. You click on the story and then go to some place where you can buy some sh*t.” It's unclear what the “some sh*t” you could buy was, but you know what Jaime could have used more of? Common sense for not staying with Brienne. Anyway!
Coster-Waldau, who was concerned that his wife or daughters would see the fake report before he could tell them that he was “fine,” left a message for those behind the hoax: “To you who did this, I know you don't care, but f*ck you.” He also wrote in a caption:
“I have been used in ads against my will before but this is insane. To make a fake news story about my death is beyond disgusting. And although it's great that the various websites that carried the story have taken it down they still ran it because it was paid for. Surely there must be some control into what you put up before you put it up. Anyway. I am fine.”
Jaime Lannister and Kevin McCallister have something in common:
I hope that's the only thing they have in common.