""Well, she was always going to be in it but we didn't have much to go on. They had cast her and that was it. It is a tough balance to strike when you have a character that powerful who you're going to bring in, and you don't want it to seem like, well we just brought in this person who can clean the house that we couldn't clean in the previous movie. So, we had to decide on a balance between not making it feel like a cameo but not having her around so much that she solved all of the problems for everybody."
After the release of her solo adventure, Captain Marvel, earlier this year, the question was raised as to how such an overly-powered character would fit into the Endgame proceedings without solving The Avenger's problems and barely breaking a sweat. This is evidently a conundrum that the writing duo had to contend with, particularly whilst wanting the film to focus on the original team.
"It also wasn't the point of the movie, the point of the second movie was saying goodbye to the original six Avengers, so their stories were gonna be way up here. ... It was not fair to the other six Avengers to have Captain Marvel come in and solve all their problems, it didn't seem like good storytelling."
Thankfully they managed to avoid what would have been a much-maligned scenario wherein Captain Marvel flies in, fists glowing, and fixes everything within a few minutes. This would surely have led to a very different film, indeed. Perhaps the focus would instead have been on Captain America using his new counselling skills to help Thor with his depression.
It sounds like Captain Marvel caused the exact issues that many fans had speculated she would, and we must be forever grateful that McFeely and Markus managed to work around them in a way that didn't feel too convoluted or contrived. There are even behind-the-scenes photos from Avengers: Endgame that show the character in her original outfit, as well as the fact that actress Brie Larson filmed her Endgame scenes before her own outing, which suggests that this could quite easily have become an unmitigated disaster.
Captain Marvel's disappearance remains noticeable, but the writing duo clearly took the appropriate steps to remove her in order to give fans the closure that this MCU climax needed. Besides, her being absent gave her an extraordinarily crowd-pleasing entrance into the final battle, making her lack of screentime well worth it in the end. This latest intel comes from Vanity Fair.
Sony Chief Tony Vinciquerra has confirmed the studio's plans to integrate Spider-Man into the world of Venom and other characters. Vinciquerra believes the studio will be "just fine" after shifting away from Marvel Studios a few weeks ago. The topic of Tom Holland's Peter Parker leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been huge and upsetting news to a lot of fans, many of whom place the blame squarely on Sony. For those fans hoping for a deal to be reached, Vinciquerra says, "for the moment the door is closed."
It appears Sony wants to prove to the world that they can succeed without Marvel Studios. And why should anyone blame them? Last year's Venom was a box office smash and Marvel fans were hoping Tom Holland would at least make a small cameo. Now, it looks like those fans are about to get their wish. Tony Vinciquerra had this to say.
" Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well. I think we're pretty capable of doing what we have to do here."
This could mean that Tom Holland and Tom Hardy will be working together in the near future. This could also mean that Jared Leto's Morbius the Living Vampire will also be getting in on the fun. These are some very exciting prospects, but will they have the same impact without Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige lending a hand? Tony Vinciquerra thinks so. He explains.
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"We had a great run with Feige on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there's a way to work it out... the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn't do all the work."
Tony Vinciquerra went on to reiterate that Kevin Feige is being "stretched incredibly thin" with all of the new Marvel Studios acquisitions due to the recent Fox deal. Sony just brought Andy Serkis on board to direct Venom 2 and hopes are high. While the first installment was a box office success, comic book fans and critics were not very happy with the final product and are hoping they get some edge for the sequel. With that in mind, they are going for an R-rating this time around.
It looks like Sony wants to at least try and see where the chips fall with Spider-Man under their sole control. With the success of Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the studio has an excellent head start, which isn't even taking Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse into account. Only time will tell what kind of success Sony will have on their own, but Tony Vinciquerra is very confident that they'll be just fine when all is said and done. The interview with Tony Vinciquerra was originally conducted by Variety.
Tom Holland, who surprised everyone by popping up at D23 while attending fans felt haunted by the Sony-Marvel Studios split over Spider-Man, appears in the September issue of GQ Style. In the process, he models a huge array of menswear for photographer Fanny Latour-Lambert and speaks with Zach Baron for a profile, which includes a lot about how he deals with fame.
The short answer? Tom Holland says that he’s modeled his career in the same vein as The Rock. Not in a muscle-bound way, obviously, since Holland’s brought a life-sized sensibility to superhero movies as Peter Parker, but as far as work ethic goes. “The Rock is someone I’ve always looked up to,” Holland told GQ. “His whole thing is: Be the hardest-working person in the room. It’s something that I’ve really taken to heart. And when I heard him say that for the first time, I was like, That is a really good saying.” Holland does add, though, that he recently started chatting with The Rock on social media, and this inspired him to “[go] to the fucking gym.”
Will we soon see Holland Instagramming his cheat-day meals after pounding several hours of weights? Probably not, but he did take time to write a post-interview email to Baron about Spidey’s future. Holland projects an air of finality while stating that “the legacy and future” of Spider-Man sits with Sony:
“I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel. I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige expressed the same sentiment at D23, so one can expect Spidey to never appear at least in live-action form in Disney productions again, including the MCU. The GQ profile does include Holland talking about how he’s learned a lot on how to behave from his fellow MCU actors, including Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, who can “work in this industry and be at that level and not be a dick.” Otherwise, the actor who plays The Kid likes to tuck into a golf game, which “humble[s]” him and counteracts being in the biggest film of all time because “then you play like a dick, and it brings you right back to the earth.” For more tips from Tom Holland on how not to be “a dick,” check out the full profile.
Kristen Stewart drops a surprising revelation in her new Harpar’s Bazaar cover story while discussing the pressures Hollywood executives have tried to put on her when it comes to her sexuality. “I’ve fully been told, 'If you just like do yourself a favor and don't go out holding your girlfriend's hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie,'” the actress said. “I don't want to work with people like that.”
Stewart has become one of the most prolific queer actresses in the industry and refuses to label herself as lesbian or bisexual. The actress said she got more comfortable opening up to the media about her sexuality and going out freely with girlfriends once she realized that keeping her life so protected was ruining her life.
“I think I just wanted to enjoy my life,” Stewart said. “And that took precedence over protecting my life, because in protecting it, I was ruining it. Like what, you can't go outside with who you're with? You can't talk about it in an interview? I was informed by an old school mentality, which is — you want to preserve your career and your success and your productivity, and there are people in the world who don't like you, and they don't like that you date girls, and they don't like that you don't identify as a quote unquote ‘lesbian,’ but you also don't identify as a quote unquote ‘heterosexual,’ And people like to know stuff, so what the fuck are you?'”
Stewart said that she has only gotten more comfortable with the media after learning to let go of protecting her sexuality. “I used to sit in interviews and go, ‘God, I wonder what they're going to ask me,’ but now - literally - you can ask me anything,” she said. Stewart realizes that her openness has invited questions about her sexuality in every press interview, but she remains enthusiastic about it.
“I just think we're all kind of getting to a place where — I don't know, evolution's a weird thing — we're all becoming incredibly ambiguous,” Stewart said. “And it's this really gorgeous thing.”
Stewart recently attended the Venice Film Festival for the world premiere of “Seberg,” in which she stars as “Breathless” actress and French New Wave icon Jean Seberg. The Amazon Studios film premiered out of competition but does not have a U.S. release date. Stewart’s next film project, “Charlie’s Angels,” opens November 15 from Sony.
One of the privileges of being involved in entertainment is watching franchises you love grow in real time. That privilege can also be extremely frustrating from time to time. All forms of media are gradually learning how to depict strong, well-rounded female characters in their properties. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the comics that inspire it, are no exception.
That's not to say that there haven't been feminist comics in the past. Carol Danver's Captain Marvel is by no means a new character, and Wonder Woman's been showing the boys how it's done since 1941. But a few female characters here and there can't drive progress on their own.
The MCU's been going strong since 2008. We've all followed the many adventures and found ourselves wrapped up in the spectacle of what can truly be described as an epic. With Iron Man came Pepper Potts, one of the most exceptional Marvel women both on-screen. Eventually Black Widow, the incomparable Jane Foster, and the backbone of the MCU, Margaret Peggy Carter, joined the ranks. Every single one of these women have been incredible from their introduction as have all of the other unstoppable women that followed them, but they were never really given their due on screen.
Black Widow, the sole female member of The Avengers until recently, is only just now getting her own movie. Tony Stark literally can't tie his shoes without Pepper, but she's never there as her own woman. We all know how dirty the MCU did Peggy Carter and Jane Foster. My strong personal feelings about the cancellation of Agent Carter aside, the franchise is starting to right some of its wrongs. At the top of that list is finally giving the women their time.
After watching Avengers: Endgame, I wrote a lot about how we were finally starting to see some progress for the women that make up the MCU. Black Panther has such reverence for its women, whether they be royalty or a member of the Dora Milaje. Captain Marvel came crashing into our hearts with nothing to prove to any man. Endgame gave us glimmers of the A-Force that still make my heart soar whenever I think of them. Real, tangible steps are being taken. The argument that those steps have taken too long is incredibly valid. I couldn't agree with that statement more, but I also know that the future of the MCU is female and beautifully diverse!.
From the film perspective, we've got a glorious slate of films coming our way through 2021. The aforementioned Black Widow finally gets her due with a Cate Shortland directing, to boot. The Eternals has an incredible cast, including three unbelievably awesome lady heroes in Sersi Gemma Chan, Ajak Salma Hayek and Thena Angelina Jolie. We don't know a ton about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings yet, but we're finally getting some solid Asian representation up in here, and it's got Awkwafina! Finally, our girl Jane is about to show Thor and Cap how to put the hammer down in Thor: Love and Thunder. Really, the only Phase 4 film that revolves around a white dude is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and even that promises to be an exciting offering.
That film slate's looking pretty hot! Lots of ladies are getting their time in the sun, and even more will be coming to the franchise by way of Disney+. During San Diego Comic Con, we learned that Kate Bishop would be coming out to play in the new Hawkeye series. Never in a million years did I think we'd see Bishop come out to play in this franchise, but that's not where the wows stopped. Even the criminally underused Scarlet Witch will be getting her own series in WandaVision.
Saving some news for D23, the teams behind the MCU later announced that She-Hulk would be joining the fray, along with confirming Peggy Carter's return as Captain Britain for their What If...? series. And then there's the announcement of Ms. Marvel. Like many of the other late-phase small-screen offerings, we have next to no details about the series. What we do know is that Kamala Khan is coming into the MCU right when it needs her most.
Entertainment is a business. Often, businesses will tell consumers what they want to hear so they can continue to take their money. That behavior makes it so important to focus on actions whether than words. While some of my excitement might be a life-long fangirl's hope shining through, all of these announcements show real steps towards being better from the MCU now that certain folks have removed themselves from the inner workings of the franchise after Phase 3.
There's still a long way to go, but I'm excited to be a part of the ride.
Get ready for a potentially tantalizing rumor, Marvel fans. There is a whole lot on the horizon in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Phase 5, which is already taking shape. While it feels like there is already so much in the works, is it possible that Kevin Feige and Co. are also building to an Inhumans reboot within the MCU? There is no official confirmation on that front, but it could be happening.
Again, we must caution that, for the time being, this is just a rumor. That said, a pretty reliable MCU fan site recently reported that the Inhumans will be getting the reboot treatment, in proper fashion this time around. It's cautioned that this won't be taking place for quite some time. As mentioned, many projects, both on the big and small screen, have already been announced through mid-2022, as well as others we know to be in the works, such as reboots of the X-Men and Fantastic Four, which don't have release dates yet. But nothing is stopping Marvel from planting the seeds for this reboot over the course of the next few years.
One possible reason we have to believe this could be true has to do with a recently announced Disney+ series. During D23, it was confirmed that Ms. Marvel will be getting her own show on the upcoming streaming service. The Kamala Khan version of the hero that will be at the center of the series actually has roots that connect her to the Inhumans, as she got her shapeshifting powers through the same means that the other members of that team did, via something known as the Terrigen Mist. Depending on how her origin story is played in the series, that could open the door for the Inhumans to appear down the line.
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For those who may not be familiar, the Inhumans got their Marvel Comics debut way back in 1965. Generally speaking, the story of this group centers on a royal family of super-beings who are led by Black Bolt, their silent king whose voice is capable, quite literally, of destroying cities. The young members of the group are gifted their power from ingesting the previously mentioned Terrigen Mist, which is a powerful agent that can provide unique and diverse powers.
Marvel had originally planned to make an Inhumans movie, which would have arrived in theaters last month. Instead, the property was developed as a show for ABC. While the network had lofty plans, the show tanked in a big, bad way and lasted for just one season. Undoubtedly, Marvel wants to distance themselves from that failed version of the characters. Luckily, it sounds like we'll have plenty of time to allow for that memory to fade before this becomes a reality, assuming there's any truth to this rumor. We'll be sure to keep you posted if any concrete details on this matter come to light. This news comes to us via MCU Cosmic.