‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’ Will Include The Mandarin

Marvel revealed that upcoming Shang-Chi movie will be titled  Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This is not the first MC U film to reference “Ten Rings”. The first was Iron Man and then again in Iron Man 3. All allude to The Mandarin—the real Mandarin and not the impostor played by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3. The Mandarin is finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will be played by Tony Leung (In the Mood For Love).  Simu Liu  will play Shang-Chi the titular hero.

The studio also announced that Awkwafina has joined the cast in a yet to be announced role as well as the film will officially hit theaters on February 12, 2021.

 Short Term 12 helmer Destin Daniel Cretton who will direct Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings explained stepping into Marvel Universe:

“I grew up on an island in the middle of the pacific called Maui in a small town called Kaiku that had about the population of this room so standing on this stage is really terrifying for me. But what’s really cool is I grew up with friends who are Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Philippine, Korean. That’s the norm in Hawaii and it’s so amazing to see Kevin and this team start to create an MCU that reflects all the beautiful colors I see in this room. To be a small part in that is really special for me. It’s amazing stepping into this and just see how incredible things have between thought out from the beginning.”

Shang-Chi is the creation of writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin that has been around in the comics since 1973. Having been member of both the Heroes for Hire and the Avengers. Shang-Chi is a martial arts master and the son of Marvel villain Fu Manchu.

‘Loki’ Disney+ Series Details

During their Comic-Con panel, Marvel gave an update to their upcoming Disney+ series, LokiTom Hiddleston will reprise the title role as the God of Mischief. Even though Loki died in Avengers: Infinity War  by hand of Thanos, the wayward god got a second chance due to some time-travel hi-jinks in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told the crowd that Loki will pick up following the events of Endgame where Loki acquired the Space Stone/Tesseract and vanished.

Here’s what Hiddlestone told the crowd in Hall H:

“You guys saw Avengers, right? He’s still that guy. And just about the last thing that happened to him was that he got Hulk-smashed, so there’s a lot of psychological evolution that hasn’t happened yet, but Kevin has generously showed me what his plans are — I can’t tell you any of them — but its is one of the most exciting creative opportunities I think I’ve ever come across.”

Mischievous Loki returns in the exclusive Disney+ Series debuting Spring 2021.

‘Hawkeye’ Disney+ Series Details

Marvel Studios officially announced their upcoming Disney+ series Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner returning as Clint Barton/Hawkeye. This time around he’ll be mentoring archer Kate Bishop a role that has yet to be casted.

Renner told the crowd in Hall H:

“What I get to do in the show ultimately is shepherd an amazing character, ultimately a better version of me and the sentiment of that is the fiber of what Hawkeye is, at least what I think Hawkeye is — a superhero without superpowers and I get to teach someone else to be a superhero without super powers.”

Jermey Renner returns with Hawkeye on Disney+ Fall 2021.

Blade Will Join MCU With Two-time Academy Award Winner Mahershla Ali As Title Character

The announcement comes by Marvel at their Comic-Con panel in Hall H. After a plethora of announcements by Marvel already and thinking they winding down, two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali  was welcomed onto the stage, introduced by saying we’ve got a new “Daywalker” and it’s the immensely talented Ali in the role.

As stated Mahershala is immensely talented and garners attention every awards season, it’ll be interesting to see him tackle this role. No other details such as additional casting or release date are known at this time.

Here’s the first logo and casting announcement for Blade:

‘Eternals’ Cast, Logo and Release date Revealed

At the Marvel Comic-Con panel it was announced that Angelina Jolie will lead the all-star cast of EternalsChloe Zhao (The Rider) will direct the film, which is slated for release on November 6, 2020. Zhao says that although the lead characters are immortals, the film will explore what it’s like to be human.  Jolie will star as Thena alongside Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.

Marvel Reveals Thor 4 Title as Thor: Love and Thunder Along With Logo Design Reveal

Thor 4 is now to be known as Thor: Love and Thunder!  During Marvel’s Comic Con Panel Taika Waititi was confirmed to be returning to the helm. With no surprise to anyone also returning are Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reprising their roles as Thor and Valkyrie respectively. However there was one bit of casting that they delivered that was rather surprising, that Natalie Portman would not only be returning, but would be taking on the title of Thor herself!

Taika Waititi bequeaths Portman the hammer Mjolnir.

Portman has long been involved in the Thor franchise, having been in 2 of the 3 films thus far, albeit relegated to a supporting player in those films. That will not be the case in Thor: Love and Thunder, whereas she’ll get a chance to wield the hammer Mjolnir.  Thor 4 is certainly shaping up to be one highly anticipated movie. We’ll have to wait until November 5, 2021 to see how mighty this movie can be.

Here’s the first logo and casting/creative team line-up for Thor: Love and Thunder announcement:

‘WandaVision’ Disney+ Series Details

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany return respectively to reprise their title roles in the streaming series, WandaVision. They will be joined by a character previously introduced in MCU, this time around played by a new actress.

This new interpretation comes courtesy of Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Monica Rambeau, daughter of Captain Marvel / Carol Danvers’ gal pal and fellow Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau. Lashana Lynch played Maria in Captain Marvel while young Monica was played by Akira Akbar. The difference being the Disney+ series will see Monica all grown up in the current timeline of the MCU. We’ll have to wait and see what could be in store for her. WandaVision arrives Spring of 2021.

Check out the logo and casting announcement:

Details of ‘What IF…?’ Animated Series

Marvel’s Animate Series ‘What If…?’ to see MCU actors returning to voice their MCU counterparts.

Marvel’s What If…?, a series that looks examine all the alternate possibilities and roads-not-taken throughout the history of the MCU. As Marvel President Kevin Feige explained, “All of those set in stone MCU scenes and experiences you’ve seen before, you will see different versions of them in this.” Marvel will utilize a voice cast of these MCU stars that will reprise their big-screen counterparts for the series:

Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Josh Brolinas Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Taika Waititi as Korg, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and Michael Rooker as Yondu.

Hosting of the various tales will be the voice of Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), who joins the MCU as the all-seeing, all-knowing Watcher. Wright took to the stage to discuss the role:

“The Watcher is a non-Earthly being who observes all things. He’s watching over the multiverse and occasionally may nor may not intervene with the doings of earthlings, other than that he’s off doing his own things…Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Moonlanding. The Watcher first appears in 63 I think, Fantastic 4, he turns up on the Moon because today’s the 50th anniversary, but the watcher had a crib their ages ago. I’m excited to see where we take it, we could take it anywhere.”

Marvel’s What If…? will premiere on Disney+ summer 2021.

WB Drops Final ‘It: Chapter 2’ Trailer

WB Press Release:

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began with “It Chapter Two.”

The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally. Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) stars as Beverly, James McAvoy (“Split,” upcoming “Glass”) as Bill, Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry,” “The Skeleton Twins”) as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben, James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie, and Andy Bean (“Allegiant,” Starz’ “Power”) as Stanley. Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.

Muschietti directed the film from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“IT,” “Annabelle: Creation”) based on the novel IT by Stephen King. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee produced the film, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg serving as the executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Checco Varese (“The 33”), Oscar-winning production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”), editor Jason Ballantine (“IT,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Luis Sequeira (“The Shape of Water,” “Mama”). The music is by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Shazam!,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “IT”).

New Line Cinema presents, a Vertigo Entertainment/Rideback Production, an Andy Muschietti film, “It Chapter Two.” The film is slated for release in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2019 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Check out the trailer below:

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Featurette Drops At SDCC

The featurette takes an inside look at the making of Terminator: Dark Fate with Producer/ Creator James Cameron, Director Tim Miller, and returning franchise stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Linda Hamilton.

Check out the featurette below:

Official blurb:

Linda Hamilton (“Sarah Connor”) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (“T-800”) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron and David Ellison. Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta. In cinemas 11.1.19.

Image via Paramount Pictures.

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