“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…”
“The titular superhero characters of CW’s The Flash and Freeform’s new Marvel series Cloak & Dagger came from the comics world and got their powers from exploding science experiments, but that’s where the similarities stop. It would have been easy for Cloak & Dagger to follow The Flash’s highly successful formula and have the initial power-granting incident produce a bounty of supervillains, which the protagonists would have to use their new powers to stop. But in its first four episodes, at least, Cloak & Dagger goes a different route by having them focus on real-world injustices.
The approach aligns with the characters’ comics roots. First introduced in the 1980s, Cloak and Dagger primarily focused on fighting the war on drugs, rather than doing battle with costumed supervillains….”
“Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther exceeded expectations by absolutely crushing the domestic box office. At nearly $700 million, Black Panther is the highest-grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For that matter, it’s the third highest grossing movie to ever hit the box office in the United States.
On the small screen, Black Lightning took The CW by storm in it’s first season on the network. It quickly rose to top of the review-aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes with a 97% rating and it garnered over 30 million viewers.
Cheo Hodari Coker — the showrunner behind Marvel’s Luke Cage — recently sat down with /FILM to talk about the increasing popularity of superhero properties with African-American leads.
“It’s just honestly just pure joy and adulation. I’m just rejoicing the fact that film and television finally has the diversity of thought that hip hop music has always had,” Coker said….”
“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….”
“Like Spider-Man, Black Panther made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. It was in Civil War that Marvel introduced the world of Wakanda — and its leader, King T’Chaka. T’Chaka was the father of T’Challa, and it was his death — at the hands of the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes — that led to T’Challa donning the Black Panther suit in Civil War. By the end of the film, however, he was providing a safe hiding spot for a couple of heroes, including Captain America and Barnes.
Marvel hasn’t released a synopsis of the movie, but during San Diego Comic-Con last year, cast member Lupita Nyong’o gave a brief, but detailed description, of what the movie will focus on.
“Black Panther’s leadership [of Wakanda] is being threatened by two foes that come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the CIA and the Dora Milaje to try to defeat the enemy,” Nyong’o said, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Black Panther will also have strong ties to the next Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War,according to Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios. Black Panther is the last movie to come out before Avengers: Infinity War, giving it the important duty of setting up the events of that film.
Black Panther will be released on Feb. 16, 2018.