marvel future

One of Marvel Studios‘ biggest achievements is the meticulous planning that has gone into its cinematic universe right from the start. It’s why other studios’ attempts to replicate that success have failed (RIP Dark Universe), and why Marvel is going strong even after it reached its, well, Endgame. Already, Marvel has the next few years lined up with theatrical releases and Disney+ shows. But with the pandemic throwing a wrench in the carefully curated works, how much of a buffer could Marvel Studios have? At least 5 to 6 years worth, according to Marvel chief Kevin Feige.

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WandaVision vfx

We already know that WandaVision, the first big Marvel Studios show to be released on Disney+, is going to be an ambitious piece of comic book storytelling. But according to a new interview, it’s also going to be hugely ambitious on a visual level as well. In fact, one of the series’ stars has revealed that the show will have more visual effects shots than Avengers: Endgame.

And that’s not the only way this show is aiming to pull out all the stops. One of the directors says WandaVision will feature some of the biggest set pieces that Marvel has ever done – which seems pretty significant, considering the sheer number of set pieces that have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far.
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Marvel Legacy Movies

Now that the films of 20th Century Fox fall under The Walt Disney Company banner, Marvel movies from the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises have been making their way towards Disney+. Longtime fans of the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know that those movies have nothing to do with the likes of The Avengers and all the individual franchises that make up the superhero team. But for the uninitiated, Disney+ has made it easier to differentiate between the different Marvel movies.

In the Disney+ app, if you navigate to the page with all of the various Marvel Comics-based titles, there’s now a category called “Marvel Legacy,” which features all the Marvel movies on Disney+ that don’t take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This feels similar to the way Disney started to differentiate between the new era of canonical Star Wars adventures and all those that came before by classifying the old books, comics, and more as non-canon Star Wars Legends. But thankfully, this rebranding isn’t quite so drastic. Read More »

WandaVision release

We can all acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping and affecting aspects of our lives that are far more significant than anything the Marvel Cinematic Universe could achieve. But with that caveat in place, let’s talk about the MCU for a minute.

The movie release dates have been delayed, and on Friday, word came out that the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would not be arriving in August like originally planned. But what about WandaVision, the Marvel Studios live-action that was also supposed to arrive in 2020? Turns out that show is still on track to debut this year, so MCU fans at least have one thing to look forward to as this nightmare year drags on.
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marvels phase 4

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has long wanted the mega-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe to embrace diversity in a significant way. And now that he’s overseeing the entirety of Marvel Entertainment as the company’s chief creative officer, he’ll encounter far less resistance when it comes to implementing that change in the studio’s upcoming Phase 4 slate of films and TV shows.

Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the MCU, recently participated in an Actors on Actors conversation with Ramy star Ramy Youssef, and she confirmed that Marvel’s Phase 4 will indeed actively feature a more inclusive roster of characters than what has previously been showcased in the existing films. Read More »

Kevin Feige nearly lost his job

After more than a decade of success with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin Feige is currently riding high as the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, overseeing the company’s film, television, and publishing branches. But according to a new interview with MCU actor Mark Ruffalo, Feige nearly lost his job while taking a stand for more inclusion and diversity in the movies he was developing.
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The old-fashioned concept of movie stardom, depending on how you look at it, has been on life support for a long time or just flat-out dead. The premise is simple: actors open a movie, not intellectual property. But even if you had a slightly more positive outlook on the state of movie stardom, the recent film Dolittle should have served as the final nail in the coffin of any hopes you had for a 21st-century movie star. That film’s stumbles at the box office are only further evidence that we no longer have movie stars, just franchises.

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marvel studios transgender superhero

Marvel is taking things one step at a time when it comes to LGBTQ representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And in one case, that means taking a step back after a misstatement by Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige. A day after Feige appeared to confirm that the MCU would be introducing its first transgender character, Marvel Studios is walking back that statement.

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mcu team-up movie

Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of 10 years worth of storytelling, the final team-up of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes after dozens of solo outings and film crossovers, to face off against the ultimate foe. And we’re about to start that cycle all over again. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe heads into its Phase 4, Marvel Studios has pulled back on the big event team-up films, focusing instead on solo films and cosmic adventures. But Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige promises that there is another MCU team-up movie in the future, and it’s already “well underway.”

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What If Robert Downey Jr

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, we learned that over two dozen Marvel Cinematic Universe actors were going to be lending their voices to the upcoming animated Disney+ series What If?, which explores alternate realities within the MCU. One name that was absent from that long list of performers was Robert Downey Jr., leaving us to assume that the MCU’s highest-paid actor truly was finished playing Tony Stark after his swan song in Avengers: Endgame.

But according to fellow MCU member Jeff Goldblum, that’s not the case. In a new interview, Goldblum revealed that Downey is indeed returning to the MCU once more as part of the What If voice cast. Get the details below. Read More »