This week its all about the Disney/20th Century Fox deal, Deadpool 2, the future of the X-Men, Thanos, Aquaman, Superman and more!
Kevin Feige Talks Thanos
The Avengers Infinity War trailer finally debuted on the internet a few weeks ago and as expected Thanos was a huge focus in it. Fans have been debating since about the villains look and doings in said trailer... if Thanos is as badass as expected, or if he looks not as cool as usual without his classic armor. At Comic Con Experience Brasil, Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios boss), talked a little bit about the mega villain for the third and probably biggest Avengers movie.
"You know, we’ve been teasing Thanos since the very first Avengers film. Remember the end of Avengers, the very end of the movie he turns around in the chair and you realize something bad is coming. We’ve been teasing him for years and the trick is when you tease something for that long you have to deliver. So, within the first five minutes of Infinity War people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe."
This sounds like an exciting start for an awesome Marvel team up movie. So... will Thanos even kill some of the Avengers, with the gauntlets help? We will find out next year!
Disney bought 20th Century Fox/X-Men in the MCU
After a lot of rumors, Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in another, gigantic merger (like they did before with Star Wars and Marvel), which makes Disney even into a bigger entertainment monopoly. No joke... at this point its easier to count which popular franchises Disney doesn't own... which is basically everything WB(DC Comics, Harry Potter, LotR) and Universal (Fast and Furious, Jurassic Park).
Disney CEO Bob Iger held conference calls explaining how this merger will affect the MCU regarding the X-Men movies, which had been a Fox property until now.
"With 20th Century Fox Film, we have the opportunity to expand iconic franchises for new generations of fans around the world – just as we have with Marvel and Star Wars. We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool and to reuniting all of the Star Wars movies ever made under one roof again, which opens new opportunities for that iconic franchise."
He was also asked about how that would impact the currently in development Fox X-men movies, like the planned X-23 spin off, the 2nd and 3rd New Mutants films, the Gambit spin off, the James Franco led, R rated Multiple Man movie, the sequel to next years X-Men Dark Phoenix movie and more.
"[Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige] is going to be asked, ‘Do you want to continues on these developments paths?’"
That probably means that we won't see a lot of Fox' version of the X-Men anymore after 2018, since I highly doubt Disney will just shelve already finished movies like New Mutants, Dark Phoenix and Deadpool 2... but theoretically it would be possible as well. What is probably sure is that Marvel/Disney will reboot the X-Men after those already finished movies, to tie them into the MCU (just like they didn't bring Andrew Garfield's Spidey into the MCU, but did their own rebooted version).
I think overall this merger is a scary thing, because it further changes Hollywood into a single, mouse gloved hand. Do we really want Disney to own franchises like Alien, Predator and similar stuff? I don't know and it makes me nervous. Only upside of this is we might finally get comic accurate X-Men costumes. Not sure if that makes up for it tho.
Aquaman Director Talks Villains
Rumors of the 2018 DC movie Aquaman having three main villains have been persisting since casting for the roles of Oceanmaster, Black Manta and King Nereus has been revealed. Now, director James Wan talked about that with Entertainment Weekly.
"This is what I’ll say: I don’t have three villains, I think that’s ridiculous! I would never go into an origin movie with three villains. We don’t even know the main character let alone the world and its antagonist. I believe in taking baby steps."
"I want to introduce Arthur Curry in a much more emotional and powerful way, and introduce Mera played by Amber Heard, and of course there’s Nicole Kidman and Temuera Morrison playing his parents. We know Black Manta is in there, but I will say this: Patrick Wilson (Ocean Master) is the main antagonist in this film. I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘villain,’ but he’s the antagonist."
Aquaman was introduced very successfully in this years Justice League, so I am excited to see more about his world in the James Wan solo movie in December 2018. Can't Wait.
Deadpool 2 Poster
Ryan Reynolds shared a new poster for the upcoming Deadpool sequel "Deadpool: The Untitled Sequel" via Twitter, which you can check out above!
"Some might call this creation a masterpiece, but to me it’s just well hung art to be shared with the world."
Bright Final Trailer
David Ayer's (Suicide Squad, Fury) new movie "Bright" will debut this Friday worldwide on Netflix! Check out the latest trailer of the awesome looking LA crime/ fantasy mash up movie starring Will Smith above!
Henry Cavill Talks About Bringing Back Clark Kent
During a recent fan Q&A Superman actor Henry Cavill was asked about how the JL managed to resurrect Clark Kent from the dead, after his public obituary in BvS and how that is possible without them outing them as Superman, who also returned from the dead at the same time.
"It's a tricky one. The wonderful thing about movies is that it's a suspension of disbelief. We're talking about a guy who can fly, who can shoot lasers out of his eyes. And so there are ways of doing it but telling these stories, it's about your enjoyment. It's about my enjoyment. It's about enjoyment for the viewer."
"And so we can spend four hours of a movie explaining why and how Clark comes back. But is that what you want to see? (Fan answered with no). If I had billions and billions and billions of dollars and I could make six movies a year all based on Superman, yeah, we would go through that."
I do agree with him on this, especially since the viewer can come up with their own version of how the JL handled that. Especially with Cyborg and Bruce Wayne at his disposal it is probably very easy to remove any trace of Clark dying from the internet and maybe even coming up for proof of him being undercover as a reporter when he was proclaimed dead, or something like that.
I for one am very happy to see Cavill still being super excited (pun intended) about playing the role for quite a while longer. His Superman is currently my favorite ongoing movie character and was easily the best part about the JL movie for me.