Tag: Kevin Fiege

Marvel Really Wants Keanu Reeves to Star in the MCU

Marvel wants to call of the dibs on Keanu Reeves’s next film credits. Everyone on the internet may want to claim ownership of the beloved Keanu, who has become a true man of the people, but none more than Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige.

 

 

“We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige told ComicBook.com. “We talk to Keanu Reeves about, I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.”

 

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Marvel still has yet to announce its official slate of new films, as well. Huffpost reports that Reeves is rumored to star in The Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie, but Feige won’t be making any confirmations about future films until Spider-Man: Far From Home premieres.

 

I will say all of the post Comic-Con, post Spider-Man: Far From Home stuff. … Here’s an exclusive. We’re gonna keep making movies. We’re gonna still keep making movies after these two. And we will talk about them soon after Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out.

 

After the still devastating loss of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame, we the people are in dire need of some amazing casting news. However, Reeves is still very busy with his most recent projects. He is currently promoting Toy Story 4, and is set to star in another John Wick film as the hit action series continues to gain popularity.

Reeves did recently express interest in playing Wolverine though.

 

 

During a puppy-playing interview that BuzzFeed hosted, Reeves was asked by fans which Marvel or DC superhero he would want to play in the future.

“I don’t know,” said Reeves. “When I was a kid, I always wanted to play Wolverine. So Wolverine.”

 

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Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine concluded with grace (and a lot of blood) in Logan. X-Men is now owned by Disney and Marvel. The stars are aligned. The Keanussance rages. Give Keanu his adamantium claws, please.

 

 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Returning to Theaters with New Footage

Avengers: Endgame has earned a global box office total of $2,742,491,359. Avatar currently holds the #1 global box office record of $2,787,965,087, keeping its lead by a hairsbreadth (as far as Hollywood earnings go). However, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is about to close the gap for good.

 

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Gizmodo reports that while promoting Spider-Man: Far From Home, Feige confirmed that not only will Endgame be re-released really soon, but it’ll also feature additional scenes and footage. According to Gizmodo, the film will be:

 

Not an extended cut, but there will be a version going into theaters with a bit of a marketing push with a few new things at the end of the movie. If you stay and watch the movie, after the credits, there’ll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises. Which will be next weekend.

 

 

An official announcement with further details has yet to be made, but Marvel had me at “a few new things.” It goes without saying that Endgame‘s lack of post-credits scenes was appropriate, but it was also a bittersweet change of pace, so this re-release is a welcome one for the sake of a more familiar experience.

 

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Is this all box office cheating? Not in the context of competing with Avatar it isn’t. Avatar’s high earnings were arguably owed to the movie being marketed as one of the first blockbusters to be presented in 3D—that there is cheating—but I still love your films, James Cameron.

And at the end of the day, Disney wins anyway, given that the growing film dynasty owns 20th Century Fox, which also grants them ownership of Avatar. And Disney can take even more of my money if it means seeing extra Endgame footage on the big screen.

 

 

 

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Shang-Chi Casting News! Who’s in Talks?

Reportedly, Ludi Lin is on the shortlist to be cast as Shang-Chi, and Donnie Yen is in talks for an unnamed role in the project.

 

Shang-Chi

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That Hashtag Show states that Marvel is looking for “a wise, old statesman and one of his deadliest warriors,” and they believe that “the studio is currently targeting an early-November start of production” and is aiming for “the February 12, 2021 date…[which] would coincide with the Chinese/Lunar New Year.”

 

Ludi-Lin

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Obvious the ‘deadliest warrior’ is Shang-Chi, Marvel’s ‘Master of Kung-Fu’. Apparently Ludi Lin, who’s had roles in Power Rangers, DC’s Aquaman, and Black Mirror is on the shortlist.

Thankfully, he was only a supporting character in DC’s Aquaman, playing this dude…

 

Ludi Lin as Murk

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…named ‘Murk,’ which means he’s not associated with DC and can still be at the very least considered. Remember how Zachary Levi portrayed Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok before he played Shazam in Shazam.

 

 

If you recall, Ludi Lin told Screen Rant in December while promoting Aquaman that he wanted “to do an Asian-centric superhero. To tell that story.” He elaborated:

I mean ideally, I’d like to design my own superhero, make my own creation. But I think the Marvel world is pretty incredible as well. Especially in honor of Stan Lee, the person who created this entire, I mean like an entire universe. You know what I mean?

Personally, however, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Remember when Ender’s Game‘s Asa Butterfield was on the shortlist to play Spider-Man? He was in early talks for the role and stayed on the list until it dwindled down to four people. Then he was ‘out’, which left Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Plummer, Pixels‘ Matthew Lintz, and The Impossible‘s Tom Holland.

So Ludi Lin is on the list, but he might not stay on it forever.

 

Donnie Yen

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As for the “wise, old statesman”, Donnie Yen’s name is being tossed around. An icon in Hong Kong, Donnie Yen Tze-dan gained international recognition for playing Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Xiang in xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

 

Kevin Feige

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After confirming that they were planning on doing a Shang-Chi movie at at a press conference for Avengers: Endgame, Marvel was asked if doing a superhero movie with an Asian lead was a risk.

Kevin Fiege, President of Marvel Studios had this to say: “I think every movie that we do is a risk,” he said. “We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks.”

 

 

 

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