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 »
Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Idris Elba, Viola Davis, and Tessa Thompson are among over 300 Black artists and executives calling on Hollywood to prove Black Lives Matter. In a letter penned by Insecure actor Kendrick Sampson, Thompson, and Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Melina Abdullah, the group calls on Hollywood to divest from police and elevate Black talent and stories amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police officers.
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Get ready for some thrilling fencing! Balestra, a psychological thriller about the competitive combat sport, will star Tessa Thompson and Aladdin‘s Marwan Kenzari, with Nicole Dorsey directing. The story follows an Olympic fencer trying to stage a comeback, only to fall into a “web of subconscious desires and unfulfilling reality.”
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Amazon has scored the rights to The Left Right Game, a sci-fi-mystery podcast that featured Tessa Thompson. Thompson will now executive produce the TV series adaptation, and maybe star, too (if we’re lucky). The story concerns a journalist who follows a group of paranormal explorers and ends up in a supernatural world.
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Hollywood’s Golden Age is full of grand, sweeping love stories, but that era of cinema history didn’t exactly provide an equal playing field for filmmakers and actors of color. So Sylvie’s Love, writer/director Eugene Ashe’s new grand, sweeping love story, feels less like a pure homage than him making a movie that should have existed back then but was never given the chance. The result is an exquisite piece of old-school filmmaking, one in which star-crossed lovers and rain-soaked streets and a heart-achingly beautiful score combine to transport us into a sort of cinematic Twilight Zone where such a movie would have been placed right alongside contemporaries like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, From Here to Eternity, or Roman Holiday.
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Thor: Ragnarok is one of the best movies on Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that’s largely thanks to director Taika Waititi breathing new life into the comic book franchise and really pushing Thor in an exciting new direction. Chris Hemsworth was very much excited to give the God of Thunder a new path to follow, but not everyone on the cast was quite so confident in this more comedic approach. Mark Ruffalo was particularly worried about the trajectory of Hulk and Thor. Read More »
While many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are dominated by male superheroes, the women have really started to push forward and take a prominent role. It’s a shame that Captain Marvel was the studio’s first solo movie for a female superhero, and that movie just came out earlier this year, but Avengers: Endgame also gave all our key female characters a big moment in the final battle (even if some fans weren’t entirely satisfied), and that has Captain Marvel star Brie Larson and the rest of the ladies ready for more.
In a recent interview, Brie Larson reaffirmed the passion for a female team-up movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she also further confirmed that a lot of the women who bring these superheroes to life have approached Kevin Feige about making it happen. Read More »
There’s an ongoing trend when it comes to high-profile disappointments, box office or otherwise: damage control via a finger-pointing article in the trades. It happened with Suicide Squad. It happened with The Mummy. It happened recently with the Hellboy reboot. And now, it’s happened yet again – with Men In Black: International. The Men In Black sequel/reboot was met with lackluster reviews and tepid box office, which means its time for insiders to reach out to trade publications and try to explain just what the hell happened.
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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 the original storyboards for Jack-Jack’s fight with a raccoon in Incredibles 2 compares to the final sequence in the movie. Plus, watch as the cast of Men in Black International addresses certain fan theories about the movie, and Late Night stars Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »
Men in Black International is coming to theaters next week. The scum of the universe is still giving Earth a hard time, and this time it’s up to seasoned Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and newcomer Agent M (Tessa Thompson) to handle the problem. This is something MiB has never faced before, because there’s a mole in the agency. What their ultimate goal is, beyond destruction, we’re not sure, and the latest Men in Black International trailer isn’t telling us. Instead, it’s relying on the cool aliens, big action setpieces, and some fairly lame wisecracks. Read More »