The Demented HAWKEYE Christmas Disney+ trailer.

My attention… has been acquired.

GeekTyrant detected a Die Hard vibe: I can see that, but there’s also a Lethal Weapon theme going on here, because Hawkeye is visibly deciding that he’s getting Too Old For This Sh*t. I also give points for there being a Broadway musical about Captain America in the MCU, because of course there would be one. They missed a bet there, though, in not getting Chris Evans to play the actor playing Cap in the musical. Farce is its own justification.

Moe Lane

PS: Kate Bishop apparently isn’t coming into this already being perfect in every way, which is nice. “Cocky 22 year old hotshot who still needs seasoning” is a perfectly cromulent archetype for a superheroine.

I did catch the leaked SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME trailer…

…before they yoinked that sucker. It definitely looks real, if extremely unfinished*. Dr. Strange, Peter Parker being upset about how everybody knows who he is now, the two collide — the dialogue is not from previous movies, and neither were the scenes that I saw. My children have already shown an interest in a Spider-Man marathon this week; which is good, because we were going to have one anyway…

*Which may be why they haven’t released a trailer yet. The CGI didn’t look finished. Mind you, the video quality was uber-crappy.

Lead writer for Disney+’s MARVEL: ARMOR WARS chosen.

Buried lede: they’re doing ARMOR WARS for the MCU. Well, buried for me:

The “Armor Wars” series at Disney Plus has tapped Yassir Lester to serve as head writer, Variety has confirmed with sources.

Don Cheadle will star in the series, reprising the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine. The series is based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. In the series, Rhodes must face what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands.

Personally, I’m in favor of giving Don Cheadle enough walking-around money to let him do whatever projects later he feels like doing, and goodness knows pretending to look at HUDs is easy work. But: wow, it really is true that every problem in the MCU is eventually Tony Stark’s fault, huh? Oh, well, as long as there’s lot of battlesuit combat.

MCU’s BLADE gets a director.

As is traditional, we will all now go “Who?”

Marvel Studios’ upcoming vampire movie Blade has taken a big step forward with the hiring of a director. The filmmaker that has been hired for the job is Bassam Tariq, who best known for directing the Riz Ahmed film Mogul Mowgli.

I’ve looked up the film, and it’s a 2020 drama that critics loved and nobody saw. Marvel Studios loves finding directors like that, frankly. All you have to do is give ’em creative control and a ton of money, and they’ll make you some blockbusters… okay, now that I’ve written that out it actually sounds like a pretty good deal for everybody involved. I mean, there are worse things out there for one’s future career prospects than having people go Oh, you did SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING? That was a good flick.

So let’s see how the new BLADE goes.

I do like the LOKI show.

Then again, I like the Disney+ MCU shows generally. LOKI in particular is the sort of thing that can only be made when a studio has more money than God and is amusing itself by having Tom Hiddleston sing in Norwegian. Which he does a pretty good job at, mind you.

I know, I know. But the family wants the channel and we’re paying for it, so I might as well enjoy the stuff I like.