(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)
In this edition, of Superhero Bits:
- Kevin Feige makes a cameo at the X-Men‘s Hellfire Gala in Marvel Comics.
- Tom Hiddleston addresses the possibility of Loki appearing in Thor: Love & Thunder.
- Harley Quinn is getting a comic book series spin-off.
- Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump created a cool theme for Spidey and His Amazing Friends.
- Batwing is coming to the second season of Batwoman.
- The origins of Comic-Con will be told in a new podcast
- All that and more.
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Loki is the latest Marvel series headed to Disney+, dropping Tom Hiddleston‘s God of Mischief into a time-hopping adventure. And this isn’t the first time the folks at Marvel considered giving Hiddleston’s Loki his own solo adventure. As Kevin Feige revealed during a press conference today, there was once a plan for a short film that would have Loki running a Studio 54-like club back in the ’70s.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see how artificial intelligence has evolved in movies over the years, from the classic film Metropolis through The Terminator, Blade Runner, Her and beyond. Plus, see how The SnyderVerse approach to DC Comics compares to the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And finally, listen as Emma Stone recites Steve Martin‘s famous profanity-laden rant from Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Read More »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been steadily introducing all things multiverse, with little nods to alternate timelines and the like in films like Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame. But Loki will be the first Marvel title to go full-tilt on multiverse shenanigans, of which there will be a lot, Marvel chief Kevin Feige teases. Which of course means: alternate versions of some of our favorite Marvel characters.
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When actress Tilda Swinton was cast as The Ancient One for 2016’s Doctor Strange, lots of people raised their eyebrows. In the pages of Marvel Comics, that character was drawn as Asian – but that depiction also leaned hard into horrifically racist stereotypes, so Marvel Studios and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson decided to go in an entirely different direction and cast a white woman to play the role instead.
In advance of the company’s first Asian-led superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel super-producer Kevin Feige now admits they made a mistake when casting that role.
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TV is the writer’s medium, and it’s been that way for a long time. But could Marvel Studios — which has already disrupted the superhero-inundated movie industry to a massive degree — change the TV landscape too? That’s what many TV veterans are worried about, in a new report that hones in on Marvel’s foray into TV with its Disney+ shows WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and their pointed avoidance of a TV staple: the showrunner.
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Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe had even taken shape, Edgar Wright was hired to direct an Ant-Man movie. Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish had written a treatment for the film back in 2003, and were hired by Marvel in 2006. From there, Wright spent the next few years developing the project. He even shot test footage that screened at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. But by 2014, Wright walked away due to creative differences and Marvel brought in Peyton Reed to direct. According to Wright, he hadn’t spoken with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige since walking away from Ant-Man. But now, Wright has revealed he and Feige have buried the hatchet.
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It’s safe to say that Ben Affleck, an Oscar-winning polymath who’s worked as a director/actor/writer/producer, knows a thing or two about producing movies. And during a recent roundtable discussion, he had some strong praise for fellow film producer Kevin Feige, calling him the “greatest” and “most successful producer who’s ever lived.” Read More »
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Marvel debuted the first two episodes of their new Disney+ series WandaVision this past weekend. The series finds Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living a literal sitcom marriage in the style of classic TV shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched. Director Matt Shakman perfectly captured the style of those vintage programs, right down to the practical visual effects and the black and white cinematography, and he got some guidance from the perfect resource.
Matt Shakman previously mentioned that he met with Dick Van Dyke to get a better vibe of the making of classic television so many decades ago. Now he’s opened up a little bit more about the meeting, which took place at Club 33, the exclusive private club located within Disneyland above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Not only is it nice to hear that Dick Van Dyke was kind and helpful, but he seems to know little to nothing about the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More »
How many damn clips from Batman: Year of the Dragon will we see before the movie comes out? Ready to see Crossbones again on Marvel’s What If…? animated series? When will Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe end? Does Kevin Feige read fan theories on the web? Which Marvel star likes Avengers: Infinity War more than Endgame? Want to know more about Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »