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“Canadian Actor Simu Liu on His Groundbreaking Role as Marvel Superhero Shang-Chi”

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“I honestly hope this will help to change perceptions of the way Asian Americans and Canadians perceive themselves,” says Liu. “Millions of children will watch this movie and feel like they belong in the larger part of the conversation, that they can accomplish anything themselves.”

It has been a whirlwind week to say the least. Last Sunday, Liu, 30, flew to New York to audition for the role. There he read lines and did some choreographed fight scenes. He then flew back to Toronto to shoot scenes for CBC’s Kim’s Convenience. On Tuesday he got the call from Marvel studio head Kevin Feige.

“It was the most incredible moment. I don’t remember what I said. My nerves were on fire.   And then they told me I can’t tell anyone.”

Of course, Liu immediately got off the phone and called his parents.

“I’m not sure if I was supposed to keep it secret from them but they were the first people I thought of. No human being should be tasked with holding that secret,” he laughs. “The first thing that went through my mind was finally I could take care of them, to give back what they gave me.

It’s every immigrant child’s dream to tell your parents they don’t have to work anymore…”


“Who Is Blade? Mahershala Ali’s MCU Vampire Explained”

Blade, the day-walking vampire hunter, will soon be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as performed by Mahershala Ali in a film of the same name. Although most audiences will know the part-vampire hero of the night from the 1998 movie starring Wesley Snipes, his comic history actually goes back to the seventies where he was created as something of a heroic nemesis for the mighty Count Dracula.

Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade was introduced in Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973 as a part-time member of Quincy Harker’s vampire-hunters, a band of occult experts who were hunting the Count and other supernatural menaces across the modern world. Blade joined in their crusade on-and-off, preferring to work alone. Over the years, Blade would intersect with those on Dracula’s tail and many other heroes in the Marvel canon as he came up against any and every vampire he could find.

The trench-coat-wearing hero has become iconic, not just as a black comic book protagonist, but as a long-standing mascot of Marvel’s horror side. His stories are dark and twisted and explore and depict evil in a distinctly gloomier and more gothic fashion than one would usually in Marvel’s pages, all of which is typified in his own horrifying origins…”


“Farewell to Ms. Marvel: An Open Letter from G. Willow Wilson”


Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel is moving on to her next phase — along with her most established writer and co-creator G. Willow Wilson. This week, it was announced that Wilson will pass the torch to Saladin Ahmed, who will begin his run on THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL next year.

Today, Wilson bids a fond farewell to the shapeshifting hero of Jersey City — and beyond.

Being part of the genesis of Kamala Khan has been one of the greatest honors of my life. From my puzzlement during that first telephone conversation with Sana in 2012—I was pregnant, frazzled from a long book tour, and in disbelief (You want to launch a new character? In this market?)—to my stunned amazement when the first issue went into its seventh printing, to my glee when Sana handed the first trade paperback to the President of the United States, this journey has been pure joy.

Sana and I initially had very modest expectations for this book. Our goal was to get to ten issues. It was going to be a fun side project—a young adult Muslim Super Hero! At Marvel!—that would have the lifespan of fun side projects. I budgeted a year for it. But by the time the first trade paperback hit the New York Times Graphic Books bestseller list, I realized Kamala was quickly becoming the center of my life…”


“Amy Pascal Teases Into the Spider-Verse Sequel Plans, New Characters”

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“Amy Pascal is no longer guiding the ship at Sony. But for better or worse, she’s still very much a part of the Spider-Man universe. Her latest effort as a producer, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, is earning rave reviews and is currently tracking for an opening weekend total north of $30 million. With a successful debut all but assured, the sequel will inevitably go forward. Pascal teased the animated franchise’s future in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

Pascal confirmed that the second Into the Spider-Verse installment will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender). David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984) is writing the screenplay, which plans to explore Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy’s blossoming romance. Pascal said that was a plot thread included in Peter Lord’s original draft of the script.  However, it didn’t make the film’s final cut.

Lord also explained that Gwen’s prominent role in the movie was largely driven by producer Christina Steinberg.

“I will say that Christina kept us honest,” he said. “As five boys making a movie, it was really good to have another filmmaker there going, ‘I don’t think you guys want to do it like this….”


“The Gifted Has No Professor X – And That’s A Good Thing”

The Gifted is an X-Men universe without Professor X as a guiding example – and that could ultimately be a good thing for the mutants in the FOX series. While the absence of the X-Men hurts the show in some fans’ eyes, The Gifted has actually seized the opportunity to tell a story about a world where mutants exist and humans hate and fear them, that just isn’t possible if the X-Men are around. The Gifteddepicts the daily horrors mutants face, but season 2 is building towards the potential for something new in an X-Men story, and the key is subtracting Professor X from the equation.

The X-Men films have centered around the dueling ideologies of Charles Xavier and Magneto. The two frenemies have spent decades promoting their conflicting visions for the future of mutants: Professor X dreams of a world where mutants and humans peacefully coexist, while Magneto wants mutants to take ‘their rightful place’ as the dominant species on Earth – humans be damned. Magneto rallies mutants to his cause as the Brotherhood, a band of mutant extremists, while Xavier fosters mutants in his school and teaches them to be the X-Men and save the world as superheroes.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of The Gifted is how thoroughly the series is exploring what happens when the X-Men and the Brotherhood are removed as the centerpiece of the story…”


“Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Scarlett Johansson Toast Black Panther”

“As one of the top-grossing movies of all time, it’s clear that Black Panther affected audiences, but it also had a powerful impact on its cast and crew. For Nyong’o, who had been front and center in blockbusters like Star Wars and The Jungle Book, finding a project with the potential to touch viewers on a personal level is the goal. “To be a part of something that is both meaningful and incredibly entertaining is an actor’s dream,” she said. “You want to make projects that live on long after you’re gone, that people latch onto and claim for themselves.”

Moved by the reaction the team garnered as they took the film on the road, she said her experience working on Coogler’s film was unlike any she’d had previously. The difference lay in the way the story resonated with underserved communities. “It [connects with] Africans and their diaspora, but also with other people,” she said expounding on the story’s global reach.

“When we were in South Korea all the journalists were coming in their traditional garb. This film was a reminder to people that they are from incredibly rich histories and cultures….”


“Brie Larson Talks Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel”

“Brie Larson is attending the Brazil Comic-Con where she spoke about The Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel.

The panel also saw a Captain Marvel extended trailer shown off with brand new footage.  This past Monday saw the second Captain Marvel trailer drop, with the first The Avengers: Endgame trailer having been released just yesterday.

“She’s the strongest character in the Marvel universe, and she’s coming at a very interesting time, is not she?” Brie Larson joked, referring to the events from Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

Brie Larson was also asked about battling Thanos and if she could have saved the Avengers from all the destruction, which also saw her joke and cut herself short by replying, “Well, if I want…”

Brie Larson also mentioned training for the role.

“It takes three women to do Captain Marvel, but I trained for nine months, I was able to lift more than 220 pounds, I [trained in] judo, taekwondo. I dedicated myself a lot,” Larson said…”