“Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the main villain in “Hobbs and Shaw,” the “Fast and Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
“Deadpool 2” director David Leitch is on board to helm, with Johnson and Statham reprising their roles as special agent Luke Hobbs and criminal mastermind Deckard Shaw, respectively. “Fast and Furious” architect Chris Morgan penned the script, with production set to commence this fall.
The film will see the often-at-odds pair teaming up. Sources say Elba’s character is the antagonist the duo will go up against.
Since his arrival in the franchise’s fifth installment, Universal has tried to find a way to spin off Johnson’s Hobbs character, given his popularity with fans. Statham joined the series in the seventh movie, and considering the chemistry between the two actors in 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious,” Universal took action on plans to develop a spinoff. It hits theaters on July 26, 2019…”
Idris Elba to Play Villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff Starring Dwayne Johnson (EXCLUSIVE)
“Although we are all still reeling from the events of Avengers: Infinity War, it’s never to soon to start looking ahead—even past next year’s Avengers 4!—and onto the next mysterious phase of whatever Kevin Feige has in store. And now, we maybe have an idea of what may come. We learned, thanks to an earnings call earlier this week (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Disney CEO Bob Iger made a comment about potential future Marvel franchises. “I’m guessing that we will try our hand at a new franchise beyond Avengers,” Iger said. He made it a point to not rule out future Avengers films, but the suggestion seemed to be another new franchise without Avengers in the title.
By “new franchise,” he probably doesn’t mean just solo films for new characters—we know those are coming. He’s more than likely talking about something that will be as big an event as The Avengers series has been, uniting different heroes from various Marvel films. Given that, the next big franchise could be none other than The Ultimates.
“But wait!” you may be thinking. “Aren’t the Avengers and the Ultimates basically the same thing?” Well, yes and no. I’m talking about the second team to use the name, which consisted of Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spectrum, Blue Marvel, and Miss America Chavez, and which debuted in 2015. I’ll get into the reasons why I think the Ultimates may be coming soon, but first, a little history lesson on just who the heck the Ultimates are, for you comics newbies out there….”
“The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a gender-flip thanks to Hannah John-Kamen.
The Killjoys actress plays the villainous Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp (in theatres Friday). But in the comics, the shapeshifting baddie was a male who was an enemy of Iron Man.
“What’s brilliant about Marvel is that we’re changing it up,” John-Kamen told the Sun during an exclusive visit to the film’s set in Atlanta last fall.
When the creative team behind Ant-Man and the Wasp were pondering who Earth’s tiniest heroes Ant-Man/ Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp/ Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) should square off against, they chose to give the supervillain a gender swap to give things a shake.
John-Kamen, the 28-year-old Brit who also has been seen on Game of Thrones as well as this year’s Tomb Raider and Ready Player One, is part of a Marvel film that is making a big statement about women in the MCU.
Not only is Ghost the villain, but Ant-Man and the Wasp – the 20th film in an interconnected film series that includes this year’s Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War – is the first one to include a female character in a title role…”
“Actress Brie Larson wouldn’t say too much about her highly anticipated “Captain Marvel” film, but she did reveal that she discovered her inner and outer strength through her portrayal of the titular character at the Crystal + Lucy Awards Wednesday night.
“I will say that I learned that I’m much stronger than I realize in playing her,” she told Variety on the carpet at the Beverly Hilton.
For Larson, playing “Captain Marvel” is unquestionably a surreal moment of her career. “A lot of my life recently has felt like it’s happening to somebody else,” she explained. “I think part of it is a defense mechanism. It feels better to kind of continue to have my own understanding of myself, rather than one that was put on me by the outside world.”
According to Larson, she trained extensively for nine months in order to build her physical strength prior to production. “My highest right now is 215 lbs. in deadlifts. 400 lb. hip thrusts,” she shared, while stating, “being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself…”
“Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in early development on a movie adaptation of the Marvel comic Silk, about Korean-American superheroine Cindy Moon, which was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.
In the comics, Cindy is a student in Peter Parker’s class who also is bitten by a radioactive spider around the same time as Peter. She gains abilities similar to his, though she is able to shoot webs out of her fingertips, possesses an eidetic memory, and has advanced Spider-Sense (known as Silk Sense) far stronger than Peter’s. She also has less superhuman strength than him but is faster.
While this project will mark the first stand-alone feature for Cindy Moon, it wouldn’t be the first time she appears in the MCU. The character was seen in Pascal-produced Spider-Man: Homecoming (played by Tiffany Espensen) as a member of the decathlon team along with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. In Avengers: Infinity War, Espensen reprises her role briefly when Cindy is shown on the bus with Peter when he plants a distraction in order to get into costume….”
“Have you ever noticed we trip over ourselves talking about the importance of Oscar films but tilt our heads at someone who says a superhero is important to them? We pick and choose when fiction is supposed to mean something, when it’s supposed to have an impact, and when it’s supposed to be fluff. It’s funny when you think about it. If you talk to any writer or artist, they’d tell you they’re creating to make people feel something. It may have taken me a long time to freely admit it but I’m a 34-year-old woman and superheroes make me feel a lot. And I’d like everyone else to have the opportunity to feel the same way.
As a redhead with curly hair and freckles in the 80s, I rebuked Annie comparisons (Why did people have to touch my hair?) but adored Pippi Longstocking. I had She-Ra’s sword to play with at home and my eyes widened at Willow’s Sorsha. These characters are some of my earliest memories of media I latched on to, but it wasn’t until Supergirl came along that I found a character who made me feel like I could do anything…”
“When “Luke Cage” exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” the crowd erupted in cheers. So did the internet.
“Right before I said it, I knew what I was feeling,” Coker later told Variety. “I had said variations of it during the day. It was coming from an emotional place, but I didn’t think it was going to reverberate the way that it did. But I’m glad that it did.”
The “Luke Cage” panel came in July on the heels of widespread protests sparked by the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. When the show premiered in September, it became the first live-action series about a black superhero since 1994’s “MANTIS.”
Now it’s getting some company. Next season the CW will premiere “Black Lightning,” based on the DC Comics superhero. And next year Marvel will debut “Black Panther,” the studio’s first feature with a black hero in the lead. Social, political and business trends have converged to put black superheroes at the centers of burgeoning television and film franchises after years of being relegated to supporting status.
Dan Evans, VP of creative affairs at DC Entertainment, cites the emergence of black superheroes on-screen as part of a larger trend in television and film.
“There’s so many examples now, from ‘24’ to ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to ‘Creed,’” says Evans, whose office door features an oversize image of Cyborg, the black teen hero who will play a key role in the upcoming “Justice League” movie. “We’ve seen again and again that if you tell a good story with these characters, people will come…”