The THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER trailer.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I laughed. Falcon and the Winter Soldier have never gotten along in the movies, and they apparently are continuing to not get along in their show together. It will hopefully make for amusing television.

Via GeeksAreSexy.

WandaVision is entertainingly messed up.

Finally sat down and watched both of the first episodes. I think that dropping the first two and then making people wait is smart: it establishes nicely that there’s something seriously weird about WandaVision. Mind you, I assumed that right from the start.

Also, an interesting note: I had it up on my computer with my earbuds in so as not to disturb everybody else. My wife watched a little, over my shoulder, and observed later that when you can’t hear anything the camera work is a lot more evocative of a horror show. Which I’m pretty sure is what WandaVision is. …Cool.

Deadpool officially joins the Mouse.

This should be entertaining:

Just two months after setting Bob’s Burgers alums The Molyneux Sisters as the writers for the highly-anticipated third installment in the Ryan Reynolds-fronted franchise, Kevin Feige has confirmed in an interview with Collider that Deadpool 3 will not only be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but will keep the R-rated tone of the first two films.

That’s more or less everything. How the hell they’re going to cram Deadpool and the X-Men into the MCU is… not my bloody problem, is it? I’m sure they’ll work it all out in the end. Or perhaps they won’t even bother to explain. I mean, shoot: comic book movies.

Some details surface about the MCU’s THE ETERNALS movie.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I don’t have a clue about this ETERNALS series, or the superheroes in it. DC kid, remember? I get that those who grew up honoring Kirby’s Name might be possibly stoked about Marvel mining more of his stuff, and based on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY / THOR: RAGNAROK, I can see why. But this is all kinda Oh. That’s nice for me.

On the bright side: I’m not gonna get too upset if they change things around from the comics. Which Marvel has been known to do. And usually they get away with it, too.

Moe Lane

PS: November 2021 release. Assuming that even means anything anymore.

WANDAVISION has a firm January release date.

WANDAVISION drops Jan 15th. About time – and I wonder if it has anything to do with the almost 74 million subscribers Disney+ apparently has now. If they’re looking to keep their content spread out, that would make sense, I guess?

SHANG-LI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS resumes production.

In Sydney, Australia. Better late than never, hey? Supposedly this one is going to have the actual Mandarin, instead of the Mandarin from Iron Man 3 (I’m just going to flat-out admit that I liked Iron Man 3, okay*?).

Moe Lane

*Look, I’m not saying it was Arrival. But I wanted what it gave me, and I particularly enjoyed the decade-long pander that was the MCU. I’m not gonna get mad that a popcorn movie came in and did the job it was contracted to do.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER likely delayed, dagnabbit.

Disappointing, but not unexpected: “Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was supposed to be released this August, which is next month. Disney never announced a release date change, but it doesn’t look like the highly anticipated show is coming in August.” I like Marvel superhero movies and TV series, you see. I was looking forward to this and THE NEW MUTANTS and BLACK WIDOW; but things have all gotten goofy because of this stupid pandemic.

Somebody remind me again why we decided as a society that we didn’t need drive-in theaters anymore? — Because right now that doesn’t sound like it was a smart decision, over the long term. It’s really easy to social distance without masks when you’re in your car.

Moe Lane

PS: Yeah, drive-ins wouldn’t have helped directly, in this case. I still wish we had them around in useful numbers, though. And with infrastructure.

Watched Age of Ultron with the kids.

I have to admit: I don’t understand the relative lack of love for the Avengers flicks. AGE OF ULTRON wasn’t masterful cinema, by any means; but it was fun! The kids had a good time (they’ve been playing Lego games, so they know who everybody is), although they were a little confused as to where Spider-Man was. …So were we, my children. So were we.

And I gotta say: the way that they put hooks in for later movies was a clever move. Not perfect, but it got the job done – and it was ambitious. Well, do the prep work, reap the reward.