After a year that was, depending on how you looked at, it blissfully or depressingly free of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the all consuming Disney entertainment powerhouse is back. In a week that has felt like a year it might have been easy to miss all the entertainment news. But thanks to the arrival of WandaVision on Disney+ this week, there has been a surge of MCU stories. So strap in and get ready to learn all about what our Disney overlords have in store.
Marvel News Abounds
It’s the news that… Deadpool fans have been waiting for. According to Kevin Feige himself, the Merc with a Mouth will be headed to the MCU and in more surprising news the Mouse House will allow him to keep his rude ‘tude as the movie will apparently be an R-rated MCU movie. It’s not a huge surprise, but will be interesting to see how it fits into the wider MCU. The good news is this does hint that we might be able to see an R-Rated MCU Blade movie too. [IGN]
Feige also had some things to say about Marvel’s other famous mutants. It’s long been known the X-Men will be coming to the MCU since Disney purchased Fox and became the Marvel Monopoly, and Feige reassured readers that was still the plan. “You know how much I love the X-Men. I already said that’s where I started. I can’t tell you anything before we actually announced it, but rest assured, the discussions have been long and ongoing internally.” As much as this writer is tired of Disney’s all encompassing ownership I do love the X-Men so will be hypocritically lining up (streaming from my COVID safe home) whenever they show up. [Screenrant]
Kevin has been a busy man as he chats the future of the MCU with every outlet including Deadline who asked him a number of big questions, including whether or not they planned to CGI the late Chadwick Boseman into Black Panther 2. Thankfully this was his answer: “We’re not going to have a CG Chadwick and we’re not recasting T’Challa. Ryan Coogler is working very hard right now on the script with all the respect and love and genius that he has, which gives us great solace, so it was always about furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda.” Seeing as Shuri took the mantle when her brother ended up in the world of the dead in the comics, we think you can probably expect to see Leticia Wright taking the role at some point. [Deadline]
Praise be! We’ve been saved from man-bun Morbius for at least a little while longer. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, Morbius starring Jared Leto has been delayed again. This time it’s from April to October, but with ever shifting Hollywood schedules who knows what could happen. Maybe it’ll end up on Crackle, or even less likely… maybe it will be good? But from what we’ve seen so far I don’t buy it, which is especially sad as comics Morbius is cool. [Variety]
Even though he’s only been gone for one movie, Chris Evans has made the very smart choice to make his return to the MCU as Captain America. Last time we saw him he was in old man makeup remembering how he went back in time to the 50s and never helped anyone. A strange place to leave the one-time Nazipuncher, but we’re sure with some timey-wimey stuff or even a little Multiverse magic he’ll be back, with America’s ass in tow. [Deadline]
Editor’s Note: The plot thickens!
News to me🤷🏻♂️
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 14, 2021
Disney Owns Other Stuff Too
Even though it’s not technically Marvel, we’ve put this news in here as it’s still Disney. Soul has made an impressive mark at the Box Office in China, beating the lackluster Wonder Woman 1984, grossing $36.1 million. That’s not only $10 million more than WW84, but also more than its North American box office too. [Variety]
In other… that’s owned by Disney, actually, news, Daniel Dae Kim is leading a new National Geographic series called Hot Zone Nation. A talented handsome actor getting a job doesn’t seem like it should be big news but it is, as this is shockingly Kim’s first ever leading role. “Hardly the biggest news given what’s going on in the world today,” he tweeted. “But after 31 years of working in TV, this is my first series lead.” And it is ABOUT GD TIME!!
According to The LA Times, “The next installment of ‘The Hot Zone,’ titled ‘Anthrax,’ will star Kim as Matthew Ryker, an FBI agent who specializes in microbiology. Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the new season will see Kim’s character team up with microbiologist Bruce Ivins (Tony Goldwyn) to track down and unmask the 2001 anthrax killer.” [LA Times]
News About Things Disney Doesn’t Own (Yet)
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 13, 2021
Ray Fisher continues his one man crusade against Warner Bros. and their Exec Walter Hamada. In a scathing tweet the Cyborg actor revealed that he had been cut from The Flash movie, seemingly for speaking out against his experiences with Joss Whedon and Geoff Johns on the set of the Justice League reshoots. Fisher has long alleged that he and others were treated abusively on set and were victimized by Whedon and Johns, who were according to Fisher both openly racist during the reshoots of the much maligned movie. [io9]
Netflix might not be a media conglomerate like Disney or WB yet but boy are they trying. In this intense trailer they revealed 71 new originals movies this year–which is definitely more than either of those massive studios–which include new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, the Fear Street Trilogy, and Zack Snyder’s first post Justice League movie, Army of the Dead. With the world likely still sheltering in place thru 2021, Netflix is making a big statement with 71 originals which will all be safely available from the homes of any subscriber.
Speaking of Netflix, their massively popular period piece Bridgerton dropped on Christmas Day. While it wasn’t without controversy–which inspired some great think pieces–it was incredibly popular. The series garnered Netflix tens of millions of views, according to Netflix (as always take those numbers with a grain of salt). So, it’s unsurprising that they’re planning more. Showrunner Chris Van Dusen recently revealed he’s thinking big, saying “I feel like the first season was primarily about Daphne and her love story with Simon. But, this being a family of eight children and there being eight books, I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings.” [Collider]
Sony has more plans to make movies based on Playstation games, Jim Ryan revealed. “This is just the beginning of the expansion of our storytelling into new media and even wider audiences. Sony is a creative entertainment company and entertainment has never been more important.” I’ve already made one Crackle joke this week so I’ll spare you another. [PSU]
The Gotham Awards occurred this week with winners including Nomadland (Best Feature), The Forty-Year-Old Version (Best Screenplay), and I May Destroy You (Breakthrough Series – Short Format). Riz Ahmed (recently married!) took home best actor for The Sound of Metal and Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) took home Best Actress for Miss Juneteenth. Chadwick Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted a posthumous Actor Tribute for her husband. [Deadline]
See you here next week when democracy might have failed, but Disney will still be going strong.