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Marvel Unveils Exciting Plans for Phase 4

It’s been a big week for Marvel. Avengers: Engame just beat out Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time, and now they have released their plans for phase 4 of their cinematic universe at Comic-Con: San Diego. The full list includes: Black Widow, The Eternals, Thor 4: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

 

Natalie Portman holding a hammer which has just been handed to her.
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One of the biggest surprises came during the announcement of Thor 4 (Nov. 5 2021) when director Taika Waititi handed Natalie Portman Thor’s hammer, and confirmed her role in the movie as the new female Thor. The film will be based around Jason Aaron’s comic book series that saw Jane Foster become Lady Thor after Thor found himself unworthy of wielding his hammer.

“Feels pretty good.” Portman told the crowd, “I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”

Don’t worry Chris Hemsworth fans; he’ll be reprising his role as Thor.

 

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One of the other major announcements was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (4/12/2021). This will be the first Asian-American superhero film to grace the presence of Marvel’s cinematic universe. The original Shang-Chi comic appeared almost fifty years ago and follows the story of martial arts guru Shang Shi as he fights as a hero for hire and eventually joins The Avengers. His father is of Chinese dissent and his mother is white/American.The role will be played by Chinese-Canadian actor, Simu Liu.

The film is evidence of an increased effort in Marvel to add diversity to their roster of mostly white male superheroes.

 

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Marvel also confirmed the heavily-speculated release of a Black Widow solo film that will explore the past of Natasha Romanoff played by Scarlett Johansson.

Johansson told the panel: “I get to play Natasha as a fully realized woman, in all of her many facets, and I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her.”

Black Widow’s past has taken a back seat over the course of Marvel’s cinematic history, and fans have been eager to explore her as a fully developed character. The film, set in Budapest, was officially labeled as a prequel.

 

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The Eternals will add to Marvel’s ever-increasing number of space-themed films and will follow a group of powerful proto-humans who were created by the oldest characters in the Marvel universe (the celestials). Audiences can expect a November 2020 release date.

 

 

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The last major movie release announced was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Director Scott Derrickson told audiences that it will be Marvel’s first scary movie, and will follow Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange as he explores the universe’s mystical realm.

 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Four is announced during 2019 Comic-Con International on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Other titles that are expected to be released on streaming platforms are The Eternals, Wanda Vision, Loki, Blade, What If…?, and Hawkeye.

Marvel’s universe has been set to full-throttle as they add new characters and expand upon fan-favorites. As we saw in phase 3, plot lines will intermingle and alliences will be formed. Who knows what this is all leading to. The only thing that is certain is that as the films grow to a cresendo, the stakes for the Marvel universe will be higher ever before.

 

 

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Mahershala Ali to Star in ‘Blade’ Reboot!

Exciting news for Marvel fans! Over the weekend, at Marvel’s panel that reveled their next slate of films there were some exciting news revealed! Marvel’s Phase 4 films include several sequels to prior films including Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Widow. A few new titles were revealed to be underway as well, including television properties such as Loki, Wanda/Vision, and Falcon and the Winter Solider, in addition to original, new properties such as The Eternals and Shang Chi. But the most exciting announcement of the panel came at the very end, where seconds before the end Kevin Fiege, the head executive of Marvel Entertainment, revealed that a Blade reboot was coming. Even more exciting, two time Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali is to star in the lead role as the titular comic book character.

 

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For those unaware, Blade is an African-English superhero from Marvel Comics. Originating from The Tomb of Dracula as a supporting character, Blade is a vampire/human hybrid, with the powers of a vampire but able to walk in sunlight and to stave off his thirst for blood. Despite his cool concept, Blade didn’t become truly popular until a trio of films in the 1990s were adapted for the big screen, starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire slayer. Blade and Blade II were well received for their action, stylish flavor, and Snipes’s performance but the third film, Blade: Trinitywas so badly received that it sunk the franchise. Despite this, Blade has remained a popular character in the comics but has never truly risen to a starring role. Blade’s look is fairly simplistic, as he wears dark sunglasses, a long trench coat, and wields a sword.

Which makes it so surprising that Blade was unveiled is that Blade was already done in movies, so seeing him again is incredibly surprising. Not to mention getting an established actor like Ali to portray the superhero. It’s also incredibly exciting to see another black superhero besides Black Panther headlining a movie, showcasing that Marvel will be pushing for increased diversity in the future. Now, Blade was only just announced and isn’t even on the featured slate of films for Phase 4, so we likely won’t be seeing him anytime soon. But still, this surprise announcement was the highlight of the panel for us.

 

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Are you excited to see the superhero Blade take up arms against vampires on the big screen? What sort of role do you think he’ll play in the MCU? And how about Mahershala Ali to play him? Any speculation of how the movie will take form and who might direct? Let us know in the comments!

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.

 

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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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‘GoT’s Richard Madden in Talks to Join Marvel

Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame is now in talks to join Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani in Marvel’s Eternals. Jack Kirby is a name you should know. He once was Stan Lee’s boss, but after losing his job thanks to a crackdown on comic books he quit before coming back, now the writer-edit under Stan Lee at Marvel Comics. Infamously, he created many of the company’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Menthe Hulk, and even the Silver Surfer.

 

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In 1976, Jack Kirby created The Eternals. The story goes:

Millions of years ago, the fictional aliens called The Celestials experimented on primitive humans and created The Eternals as an offshoot of the evolutionary process. Newly born, the Eternals are tasked to defend Earth, but find themselves caught in a war between their creators and their destructive counterparts, the Deviants, in what is already an eon conflict.

Eventually, the Eternals battle with Greek, Roman and Norse gods before leaving Earth to explore the stars.

 

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The film based on this property will be directed by Chloe Zhao and set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chloe Zhao’s previous film credits include Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider.

 

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Scripting the new movie is Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The duo previously wrote Ruin and their near-future thriller Mimi From Rio is currently set up at Netflix with Ridley Scott producing.

 

 

Matthew Firpo

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According to Variety, Richard Madden, most famously Robb Stark on Game of Thrones before his infamous death scene, is now in talks to join the cast alongside Angelina Jolie, who played the titular character in Disney’s Maleficent and Kumail Nanjiani, who played Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Right now information is scare. In fact, much of the film is not known. We don’t know who Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani have been cast as and we don’t have a release date.

All we know that The Eternals, Black Widow and Shang Chi are all in development, but no specifics will be revealed until the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home this July 2nd.

 

 

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