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“Marvel’s World of Wakanda Will Spotlight Women, on the Page and Behind It”

“The world of the Black Panther, the Marvel Comics hero who hails from the fictional African country of Wakanda, is about to get bigger. Marvel announced on Friday a companion series, World of Wakanda, which is to premiere in November.

And just like the current Black Panther series, which is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author and a national correspondent for The Atlantic, the new comic will be written by newcomers to the industry: the feminist writerRoxane Gay and the poet Yona Harvey.

“My agent was not thrilled that I was taking on another project,” Ms. Gay said. But learning to write comics exercised different creative muscles, which she said she found exciting.

“It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done, and I mean that in the best possible way,” she said.

Her story, written with Mr. Coates, will follow Ayo and Aneka, two lovers who are former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s female security force. “The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that,” she said.

The first issue of World of Wakanda will include a 10-page second story by Ms. Harvey about Zenzi, a female revolutionary who incited a riot in the first issue of the Black Panther series. Mr. Coates, who recruited both writers, said he thought it was important to have female voices help breathe life into these characters. “The women in Black Panther’s life are very, very important,” he said.

Mr. Coates recalled a conference about two years ago, where Ms. Gay read a zombie short story. “It was the most surprising, unexpected, coolest zombie story you ever want to see,” he said. “When we started thinking about writers, she popped up right away…”


“New Mutants Aims to Shoot in Spring 2017”

“Fox’s X-Men franchise is in a tricky place following the success of Deadpool and the relative disappointment of X-Men: Apocalypse. It is still a little unclear what the studio is specifically planning for the future, but a couple of projects still seem to be moving forward as planned. One of those projects being The New Mutants, which a new report claims may start shooting next year.

The Hollywood Reporter recently published a piece that gave a pretty big update on the future of the X-Men franchise for Fox. One of the things revealed in the report was that director Josh Boone may be shooting The New Mutants as early as March. It was stated that Fox may be looking to roll cameras in Spring, so we might have that to look forward to.

Josh Boone is probably best known for directing The Fault in Our Stars and has been attached to The New Mutants since early this year. Fox is going to have to cultivate some new directing talent to handle the X-Men franchise going forward, because Bryan Singer is not coming back and even Tim Miller decided to part ways with the studio on Deadpool 2 over creative differences. So guys like Josh Boone are going to have to step in and bring the next phase of the X-Men franchise to life.

For those who may not be familiar, The New Mutants are a group of teenage mutants who are still in training that has some overlap with the core X-Men team. Josh Boone took to his Instagram several months ago and seemingly revealed that the mutant team in this new movie will consist of the mutants Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. As for casting? An unconfirmed rumor surfaced in March that claimed Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play Wolfsbane and The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy reportedly may have signed on to play Magik, the younger sister of Colossus…”


“The Defenders: Elodie Yung’s Elektra Confirmed”

“Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have all now made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as part of the Netflix corner (which is based in New York) of Marvel’s shared movie and TV show universe. Danny Rand/Iron Fist will see his own Marvel/Netflix solo series debut in the first quarter of 2017, before he and the other three street-level superheroes of Hell’s Kitchen (and Harlem) join forces during the miniseries, The Defenders.

Production on The Defenders is currently underway and Marvel/Netflix has taken to confirming returning supporting players in the miniseries (via the official DefendersTwitter account), before they are “discovered” via leaked photos from The Defenders‘ set. Among those Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage TV series players confirmed for The Defenders are Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – and now, Daredevil season 2’s Elektra Natchios, once again played by Elodie Yung.

A video confirming Yung’s return as Elektra in The Defenders was posted to the miniseries’ official Twitter account. The video includes the tagline “The Strong Survive” with Elektra, but it does not elaborate on her role in the Defenders‘ storyline beyond that.

Daredevil season 2 concluded with the revelation that Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) old flame, Elektra is in fact Black Sky: a deadly “weapon” forged by The Hand, forreasons that have yet to be revealed in full. Elektra was killed not long after this reveal, but the final shot of Daredevil season 2 showed Miss Natchios about to be resurrected by The Hand; setting up for her to potentially return as an antagonist in The Defenders. It’s been speculated that when Elektra does come back, she will possess dark supernatural abilities and be powerful enough to necessitate the street-level heroes of New York coming together and saving their city from her and her mysterious “boss” (Sigourney Weaver)


“Benedict Wong Gives ‘Doctor Strange’ a Needed Asian Superhero”

“Beyoncé. Adele. Wong.

All one-named icons in their fields, though the latter is magical rather than musical in Doctor Strange,which topped the box office this weekend with $85 million. But Wong conjures something never seen before in Marvel’s multiverse of comic-book movies: an Asian superhero.

Who better to play a mystical drill sergeant and hard-nosed librarian with that moniker than British star Benedict Wong?

“Honestly, I was watching Marvel films and was always crestfallen: Where are the super-Asians?” Wong says with a laugh. “People are looking to be represented by their heroes.”

A regular on Netflix’s Marco Polo (as Mongol leader Kublai Khan) who also has appeared in Ridley Scott’s The Martian and Prometheus, Wong co-stars as one of the sorcerers of the Kamar-Taj, a group of magic folks dedicated to protecting Earth. When the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) tries to bring darkness and doom, Wong (the character, not the real dude) wields the Wand of Watoomb to help out alongside Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

It’s a different take on Wong than the one familiar to many Doctor Strange fans. He first appeared in 1963 as Strange’s sidekick and valet, and while he has come into his own as a martial-arts master, the filmmakers wanted Wong to stand out as a figure of influence.

“Wong at his worst in comics is a dated stereotype, the obedient Chinese manservant, and there’s so much more possibility in him,” says screenwriter Jon Spaihts. “It was important that Wong be powerful in his own right.”

Growing up in Manchester, Wong (the real guy, not the wizard) was a big Spider-Man fan and comics collector. Yet when it came to role models, “I looked to space, really,” says Wong, the son of two Hong Kongimmigrants, who loved Star Wars and Steven Spielbergas a kid…”


“The Defenders Set Photos: Jessica Jones & Misty Knight Have a Standoff”

“Over the past eight years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded to include more than a dozen films — this fall’s Doctor Strange will be number 14 — as well as TV shows on both ABC and Netflix (with other series planned for Freeform and Hulu). Netflix’s corner of the MCU has garnered plenty of praise from both fans and critics since debuting in early 2015 with Daredevil season 1. It was followed by Jessica Jones season 1 late last year,Daredevil season 2 earlier this year, and Luke Cage season 1 earlier this fall.

Now, Netflix is preparing to up their number of Marvel series per year from two to three, with Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders all set to premiere in 2017. Iron Fist wrapped earlier this fall and is expected to debut in March, The Punisher began production early in October, and The Defenders was the latest series to start filming. The most recent batch of set photos for The Defenders feature two of the show’s female characters having a stand off.

ComingSoon debuted new The Defenders set photos depicting Misty Knight (Simone Missick) pointing a gun at a bloodied Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). These set photos arrive a day after Ritter was spotted on set in costume as Jessica Jones, though the other members of The Defenders — Matt Murdock aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — have yet to be seen.

In addition to the main four superheroes and Misty Knight, The Defenders will feature a number of other Marvel Netflix characters, including Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Daredevil’s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Jessica JonesMalcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville). Additionally, The Defenders will feature Sigourney Weaver as the villain whose identity is as yet unknown…”


“Taika Waititi Shares Thor: Ragnarok Set Video with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as Production Wraps”

“Marvel Studios has wrapped production on its third superhero offering of 2017, with director Taika Waititi taking to Facebook to share a video from the set of Thor: Ragnarok, where he’s joined by the God of Thunder himself Chris Hemsworth, alongside new MCU addition Tessa Thompson, who is playing the character of Valkyrie. Take a look at the video here…

Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge and Sam Neill in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on November 3rd, 2017.”



“New Mutants: Casting Fox’s Young X-Men Movie “

“With “X-Men: Apocalypse” out of the way, it’s time for 20th Century Fox to up the mutant ante with “New Mutants.” The studio has already signed director Josh Boone, who helmed the teen drama “The Fault In Our Stars” to lead the New Mutant charge; and with a couple drafts done prior with names like James McAvoy (as Professor Xavier) and Alexandra Shipp (as Storm) rumored to be attached, it’s pretty clear that the studio and fans both are chomping at the bit to see a new faction in the mutant universe.

Originally created by revered writer Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod in 1982, the New Mutants were conceived to add more depth to Marvel’s mutants outside of the ever-popular X-Men as an ethnically-diverse bunch of angsty teens focused on world/universe-hopping to battle aliens and magical threats. With that rich and compelling history in mind, CBR takes a look at who we’d love Boone and co. to cast as the new Children of the Atom.

10. Dani Moonstar: Q’orianka Kilcher

Danielle “Dani” Moonstar, who ran by the codenames Psyche and later Mirage, is a Cheyenne badass who originally possessed the telepathic ability to create illusions and projections of what was manifesting in her opponents’ minds. She later developed a wide range of psionic and energy manipulation powers. She also developed magical abilities after becoming a Valkyrie of Asgard, further enhancing her prowess as a tactician and mental strategist.

26 year-old German-born Q’orianka Kilcher showed her acting chops matched her exotic looks as Pocahontas in 2005’s “The New World,” “Princess Kaiulani” four years later, and on television in “Sons of Anarchy” and “Longmire.” Kilcher displayed a lot of maturity as a 15 year-old Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and has shown in her television performances that she’s a caged beast waiting to be unleashed. As she’s broken away from more reserved roles over the last few years, we think putting her in a lead position could skyrocket her directly into the limelight…”