Willem Dafoe’s role in Justice League Part One, X-Men in the 90s, and the “world’s scariest movie” are just some of the trending stories from this week.
In case you’re one of the few who didn’t get an opportunity to check out Captain America: Civil War, don’t forget to read our review before heading out to the theater. And stay tuned for plenty of coverage next week, as we prepare for a review of AMC’s new show Preacher and Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie.
Robert Kirkman found immense success on TV with The Walking Dead, and the author will attempt to replicate that success with Outcast, a new show hitting Cinemax this summer. You can check out an extended trailer for the show above.
X-Men in the 90s
First it was the 60s (First Class), then the 70s (Days of Future Past), and then the 80s (Apocalypse), so where does X-Men go next? Well, the 90s, of course. Talking to Coming Soon, longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg confirmed the franchise will explore the 90s in the next iteration. As a kid who grew up in the 90s, I can’t wait. [Comingsoon]
New Mutants to feature Professor X
While the actual New Mutants lineup is still up for debate, we can pen one name on the roster: Professor X. According to Simon Kinberg, via Collider, James McAvoy’s Professor Charles Xavier has a role in New Mutants, though it’s unclear how big of a role he’ll play. With filming not expected to start until early next year, things could change between now and then. As of now, however, expect Professor X to play a role. [Collider]
The “world’s scariest movie”
How many movies claim to be the “scariest ever?” How many actually deliver on those claims? The Woods is next up in a long line of movies making lofty promises, and I’m not particularly convinced by the trailer. We’ll find out just how scary (or not) the movie is when it hits theaters in September.
Godzilla 2 delayed; Godzilla vs Kong release revealed
Bad news, Godzilla fans: Warner Bros. has pushed the film’s sequel back from June 8, 2018, to March 22, 2019. No reason was given, but this next bit of news will surely rile fans up: Godzilla vs. Kong has been scheduled for a March 29, 2020, release. Fans will get their first glimpse of the new King Kong in Kong: Skull Island, which is currently scheduled to hit on March 10, 2017. [HR]
Where is Nick Fury?
There were a number of characters in Captain America: Civil War, but one that was conspicuously absent was Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Why? Civil War’s writers, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, explained:
We didn’t want him to take one side or the other. Because that’s not his place in the universe. And then we didn’t want another, ‘Is he still with the government? Is he opposed to the government but supporting the government?’ It got to be the potential for a lot more polemic discussion that the movie did not have room for… He’s the guy who put it together. He’s been the sort of parent figure to the Avengers. Let the parent go away, and see if the kids can handle this. See if the kids can be who they’re supposed to be without that governing voice. Um… and they didn’t do that good of a job.
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Jack Black joins Jumanji
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confirmed Jack Black will also star in next year’s Jumanji reboot. “A brilliant actor who I’m confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime,” Johnson said. Black’s character hasn’t been revealed just yet though Johnson teased it’s going to be a good one.
Lupita Nyong’o joins Black Panther
The Hollywood Reporter says Oscar winning actor Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther film, with Nyong’o apparently cast as a love interest of T’Challa. No other details have been revealed and Marvel hasn’t confirmed the news, but this would be very good casting if true. [HR]
Willem Dafoe’s role in Justice League
We already know Willem Dafoe will appear in Justice League Part One, but what will his role be? According to Birth Movies Death, we’ll see him join Aquaman under the sea as an Atlantean. Beyond that we don’t know Dafoe’s involvement, but he is reportedly playing a good guy. [BirthMoviesDeath]
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel premiered the trailer of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming video game film, Assassin’s Creed. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the role of the film’s lead Callum Lynch, and from what it looks like, it will closely follow the plot of the first game in Ubisofts’ mega-popular series. Lynch awakens prisoner in an unknown room, and […]
I’m not usually terribly susceptible to nostalgia. There’s lots of cool older stuff, but there’s just as much cool new stuff. There are no ‘good old days.’ But then there’s Voltron, and Voltron completely scrambles my resistance to nostalgia. This new trailer is no different. I watch it, and the feels come fast and heavy, totally […]
DC Entertainment already boasts a handful of well-received TV shows chronicling the lives of some of its most popular heroes like The Flash and Supergirl. This week the company announced it’s teaming up with Syfy to add another show to the list, though this one may not feature any iconic characters. Krypton takes place on Superman’s home […]
Soon after Batman v Superman hit theaters, Warner Bros. released a mysterious deleted scene depicting Lex Luthor in a crashed Kryptonian ship. In it, Luthor is seen silently hanging out with an alien, who appears to be in possession of several Mother Boxes—and then the scene abruptly ends. When the scene was released, many assumed […]
There were several secret cameos in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most famous of which was Daniel Craig as a First Order Stormtrooper. And it sounds like director Rian Johnson is going to continue what J.J. Abrams started with something similar in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Note that there are potential spoilers ahead. Recent […]
The opening crawl from Star Wars is among the most iconic in Hollywood history, even if it’s not very imaginative. So what would the galaxy from far, far away look like in the sophisticated attire of a James Bond flick? Stunning, as this new animation by Kurt Rauffer shows. Rauffer took the distinct, languid animated […]
There were a lot of great moments in Captain America: Civil War, many of which came during that climactic airport. And while we loved the humor of Spider-Man and the brutality of Black Panther, it was actually Ant-Man who stole the show. Turns out, his big moment nearly didn’t happen. Spoilers ahead. In an interview […]
In typical Marvel fashion, there were mid- and end-credits scenes attached to Captain America: Civil War. And, unsurprisingly, they give us plenty of clues of what’s to come. Warning that there are spoilers ahead. In the first scene, Cap and Bucky are seen in a secret lab immediately following Civil War’s conclusion. Bucky, of course, […]
There was a lot to like about Captain America: Civil War, not least of which was the inclusion of Spider-Man, who made his long-awaited debut in the MCU. While I still maintain Ant-Man stole the show, it was Spider-Man who actually had the best single moment of the movie. Warning that there are spoilers ahead. […]