Nov
08
2018
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So, it’s official: Disney+ to do Loki shows.

They’re calling the Disney streaming service ‘Disney+’ now, in case that wasn’t obvious.  Anyway, this comes from the company, and it’s been hinted at before: (more…)

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Oct
28
2018
7

The Sarlacc wins after all: the Boba Fett movie is dead.

It’s official: “This week Lucasfilm exec Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to reporter Erick Weber that a standalone Star Wars movie focusing on bounty hunter Boba Fett is no longer in development. While the project had never been officially announced, it was known to be a piece in the parade of “anthology” movies planned in the universe.”  This was already highly likely, considering that Disney previously announced that they were making a TV show called The Mandalorian — but now it’s official.

We will now pause while everyone with an opinion on the subject counts coup.  Gonna be honest, here: I don’t trust simple answers to complicated questions involving tons of money.   More to the point: neither does Disney.  They put up several billion dollars in order to acquire this particular intellectual property, and the Mouse has a dizzying number of blunt instruments with which to hammer this issue back down until it’s flush with the surface and generating revenue.  They will adapt and overcome their Star Wars problem.  Don’t know how they will, but they will.

Oct
26
2018
3

Oh, boy! It’s news that there’s going to be an Avengers 4 trailer this year!

Can we just think about that for a moment?  Avengers 4, the last time I checked, is coming out in May of 2019.  That’s about six months from now, more or less.  Of course they’re going to put out a trailer in the next two months.  Captain Marvel is coming out in March, and they put out the trailer for that in mid-September.  The odds that Disney would play it weird at this point are just about nil.

Chalk it up to the ravenous content maw that is the modern Internet.  I personally can’t wait for the teaser to the trailer to Avengers 4, myself.  And I absolutely know that that’s going to happen.  I know this because it’s happened in the past, and the studio wants the Avengers 4 hype to glow white-hot for as long as possible.  — And, to be fair: this entire MCU experiment culminates with that movie.  Can it all be pulled together, and leave the audience of hardcore watchers thinking Yeah, that was worth it?  Disney/Marvel won’t know until next year, and the answer very well may shape the very nature of genre films for quite possibly the rest of my life.

So, hey, no pressure.

Oct
24
2018
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Tweet of the Day, The Disneyland Ghost Scenarios Write Themselves edition.

Goodness gracious.

Imagine what Disney has to go through when the spirit bound to those cremated ashes possesses a visitor and starts summoning more of its kind in order to finally evoke the Grievous Harvest of Marrow ritual.  They probably have a whole department for that.  And, hey! There’s your next campaign!

Oct
11
2018
9

The “I Dunno” live-action Aladdin trailer.

Trying to decide how I feel about this Aladdin trailer.

Most of the live-action Disney flicks I am, frankly, meh about.  My exceptions are Mulan and Aladdin; Mulan because you can make a very good live-action film out of it with only a little in the way of CGI shrine dragonage; and Aladdin because I will be absolutely fascinated to see who has the self-regard to put his feet in Robin Williams’ sandals.  I’m not saying it can’t be done; I’m just saying I can’t begin to think who can do it.

I guess we’ll see!

 

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Oct
11
2018
2

Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson the money: $15M for standalone film.

(Via @gabrielmalor.) Nice hunk of change, that: “Scarlett Johansson, who has appeared in six movies as Black Widow, is finally landing a $15 million payday for an upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.” This is Thor and Captain America-level cash; it also makes a good deal of sense, because I’m pretty sure that every person who reads this who also goes to movies in the theater will be planning to watch Black Widow acrobatically beat up a remarkable number of bad guys.

They’re also bringing back Ryan Coogler for Black Panther 2: “…Coogler’s camp shook off the peer pressure and took its time in making a deal, which occurred under the radar some time ago. Sources say the plan at this stage is for Coogler to write the script next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020.” To paraphrase somebody or other, the negotiations probably involved just how many dump trucks full of money Coogler would be getting.  ScarJo, Ryan, bubbelehs: your rule of thumb here should be all that the traffic will bear.  Make ’em make it rain.

 

 

Oct
03
2018
2

Tweet of the Day, The Mandalorian Is Coming To Disney edition.

Well, damn.

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Sep
20
2018
1

Disney giving Loki and Scarlet Witch their own miniseries.

Interesting, no?  “Marvel Studios will give a solo spotlight to both Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, with each getting a TV miniseries to be offered exclusively through the Disney streaming service that is expected to launch in late 2019.”

:steady look: (more…)

Sep
05
2018
7

First shots of Captain Marvel movie coming out.

There are Kree! And Skrulls!

Note this picture:

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Aug
19
2018
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Looks like MCU’s Phase Four is on track.

Word’s going down that a Marvel Phase 4 flick’s going to start filming in the UK next year.  If I had to guess, from the three possibilities mentioned (Doctor Strange 2, Black Widow, or The Eternals*), I’d say that it’s going to be the Doctor Strange sequel… what’s that?  There was That Thing That Happened? (more…)

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