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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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Is ‘Spider-Man 4’ Coming to the World of Comics?

It looks like Marvel might be doing what DC should have done: making a comic based on an un-produced movie.

For those unaware, DC comics infamously turned down a pitch by Joe Quinones and Kate Leth, who had the idea of a comic book version of Time Burton’s Batman 3, the nearly-made sequel where Robin Williams might have been the Riddler and Billy Dee Williams would certainly have been Two-Face.

 

Time Burton's Batman 3

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In case you don’t know, Billy Dee Williams only signed on to play Harvey Dent in an extended cameo in Tim Burton’s Batman because he was suppose to later play Two-Face. One of the many early drafts of Batman Returns had Harvey Dent helping out the Penguin before Selina Kyle’s Catman electrocuted him, giving him his scars, but Harvey Dent was written out and replaced by Christopher Walken’s Max Shreck, who instead died after Selina Kyle jammed a taser in his mouth while pulling on electrical wires.

 

Dead Shreck

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The pitch was rejected and many fans (such as myself) were upset. However, Marvel recently tweeted THIS on Sunday morning with the hashtag “#MarvelComics.” No other information has been made available.

 

 

Could this mean we’re getting a comic book version of Sam Riami’s Spider-Man 4?

In case you don’t know, Riami wanted to have Sandman and Harry Osborne’s Green Goblin as the villains in Spider-Man 3, but Sony wanted him to add Venom. He did, the film came out and, well…

 

In a podcast, Riami had this to say about the film:

Raimi: [But] directors don’t like to talk about their bad films.

Hardwick: I don’t think that “bad” is the right word.

Raimi: Awful!

 

As a result, Raimi “wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all“.

While no plot synopsis or script was ever revealed, stuff has floated around the internet. Notably, in 2016, concept artist Jeffrey Henderson shared some pretty awesome storyboard art  and in a followup interview revealed that the idea for Spider-Man 4’s opening was to show Tobey Maguire’s Spidey going up against not only a Bruce Campbell-portrayed Mysterio, but C and D-list villains like Shocker, The Prowler and Rhino. He elaborated:

We had kicked around the idea of beginning the film with a montage of C and D- list villains that we knew would never be used as main antagonists. Mysterio, The Shocker, The Prowler, the old school- onsie- wearing version of The Rhino, etc. We thought it would be a lot of fun.

So the opening was going to have Spider-Man catching C and D-list villains like Shocker, The Prowler and Rhino before capping it off with this?

 

 

Spider-Man bringing Mysterio into a police station

Mysterio's helmet popping off

Bruce Campbell as Mysterio

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Bruce Campbell as Mysterio! Not the announcer, bouncer, and snooty waiter from the previous films! As a side note, would they ever acknowledged that Mysterio gave Spider-Man his name?

 

Bruce campbell as in Spiderman

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Without this, we would be watching the Human-Spider series!

The main villain would have been Vulture! Raimi was eyeing John Malkovich “Malkovich Malkovich” for the role, who looks scary as heck:

 

John Malkovich as Vulture

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Felicia Hardy was also set to make an appearance and would have put on a costume, but she wouldn’t have adopted her infamous Black Cat persona from the comics. Instead, she would have become… The Vultress!

I don’t know what to think of that, but to be fair, I don’t even know how any of this would have panned out. It sounds like the passion was there though, so what happened?

Sony wanted to have Dylan Baker as Curt Connors, a minor character in the previous films, to finally become The Lizard!

To be brief, Raimi was getting Spider-Man “three villains proved too many” 3 and told Sony:

I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.’ And [then Sony co-chairman] Amy Pascal said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for not wasting the studio’s money, and I appreciate your candor.’ So we left on the best of terms, both of us trying to do the best thing for fans, the good name of Spider-Man, and Sony Studios.

Sony did reboot the franchise, calling it The Amazing Spider-Man and having the The Lizard be the main villain in a plot where he wanted to turn everyone in New York into a lizard.

Recently, Micheal “I’m-Batman-not-John-Malkovich” Keaton appeared as the Vulture in Spider-Man Homecoming, proving that a white guy in a bird suit could be scary.

 

 

Michael Keaton as The Vulture

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Chills!

But maybe we’re overthinking this. Maybe this Tweet is about a Spider-Man/Fantastic-Four crossover. But for now I have my hopes and dreams that one day we’ll see some of the early plot lines for this movie…

 

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10 Villains Who Could Replace Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

First off, don’t worry, there’s no spoilers for Avengers: Endgame in this article. Although you have only yourself to blame if you haven’t seen it yet and managed to avoid spoilers for this long. But one thing is clear about Endgame, even to those who haven’t seen it, is that the saga of the Infinity Stones has come to a close. But the question remains: what comes next? What arc will Marvel tackle next? While the higher ups are keeping mum, naturally, we have a few guesses of who could replace Thanos as the next ultimate villain of the MCU and act as the main antagonist for the next big story arc our heroes, old and new, will undertake. Let’s count them down, starting with ten.

 

10. Galactus

The menacing behemoth of Galactus looms in the purple void of space
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In the comics, there are few characters as big as Galactus, both literally and figuratively. Galactus is an entity as old as the universe itself, often considered a counterpart to Death herself. Appearing as a gigantic humanoid behemoth clad in purple armor as big as a planet, Galactus is known as the Devourer of Worlds. He feeds off of planets to survive, destroying them and killing billions. He uses ‘heralds’, mortals he’s blessed with immense power, to find worlds for him to consume, such as the Silver Surfer. Galactus, however, is not malevolent but merely feeds off worlds in order to survive, like a person grabbing an apple to snack on. He does not think or care about the mortal lives destroyed by his actions, which puts him in conflict with Marvel’s top tier heroes time and time again. However, his first big screen appearance was as a generic evil cloud in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, possibly meaning Marvel doesn’t want to risk using a character who was previously tainted in another adaptation.

 

9. Doctor Doom

 

The armor clad figure of Dr. Doom, wearing a green hooded cloak faces the viewer

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Victor Von Doom, otherwise known as Doctor Doom, is another of Marvel’s most popular villains. He stands head and shoulders above most of the villains in Marvel’s catalogue, grandiose in his mannerisms, a perfect fusion of mad scientist, tyrant king, and evil sorcerer. Doom has been in tons of popular events in Marvel, stealing the Power Cosmic, threatening the world with a nuclear holocaust, uniting villains together under his rule as the Masters of Evil, and even becoming a full fledged god. Doom has layers to his character, possessing a sense of nobility and honor while also being utterly narcissistic and petty. Honestly, the reasons NOT to use Doom would be that: he already has been overexposed in the previous Fantastic Four movies, who utterly botched his portrayal three times in a row, and he’s too popular of a villain to use. But we’ll see what happens and we’ll be holding out for the good doctor to make an appearance at some point.

 

8. Annihilus

 

The metal clad form of Annihlus points ahead

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Annihilus is another great cosmic level threat, Annihilus is the insectoid ruler of the Negative Zone, an antimatter universe. Commanding vast insectoid armies, he has a huge powerset of his own, wielding two great artifacts: the Cosmic Control Rod and the Quantum Bands. Annihilus seeks to dominant all life in our universe and has come close to doing so on numerous occasions. Extremely powerful, Annihilus would make a great top tier threat, although he may be too similar to Thanos to stand on his own as a new villain.

 

7. The High Evolutionary 

 

The metal form of the High Evolutionary relaxes in a comfy chair

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A human being who extended his lifespan to become essentially immortal. A man of intelligence rather than physical, his intellect has evolved to the upper limits of human potential but still can thrown down thanks to his own experiments on his body, crafting a metal exoskeletal to his flesh. His main gimmick, however, is experimentation on various creatures, enabling him to create all sorts of weird monsters to act as his slaves. Desiring to ‘evolve’ the human race without their consent, the High Evolutionary could be a more down to earth bad guy who nevertheless requires a united force of heroes to take down.

 

6. The Green goblin

 

The Green Goblin zooms near the Brooklyn Bridge on his goblin glider

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If you want more of a street level threat who nevertheless can hold his own against the big guys, Normal Osborne, better known as the Green Goblin, might be your guy. Utterly insane, Normal Osborne is a street level criminal who mutated himself through genetic tampering into the even more insane Green Goblin, a gibbering nutcase of a villain with a Halloween themed apparel of weapons, such as his infamous Pumpkin Bombs, his Goblin Glider, and Razor Bats. He has the raw intelligence to pull the strings from behind the scenes, as he’s done many times to Spider-Man, and even act as the leader for a united alliance of villains (perhaps the Sinister Six) without being too strong to be compared to Thanos, more acting as a contrast.

 

5. Mephisto 

 

The demonic figure of Mephisto stands in the dark void of Hell

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Mephisto is the equivalent of Satan himself, a demon who rules over his own Hell-like dimension and amuses himself by playing with the lives of mortals. He steals souls, he makes Faustian bargains, and he torments any who are foolish enough to trust him. He’s the devil in all but name and if you want to go bigger than Thanos, there’s not much further you can go than that. Mephisto would bring more supernatural elements into the MCU but with Dr. Strange probably destined to be a big player going forward, we can see him fitting right in.

 

4. The Beyonder

 

A man in white clothes floats in a void while playing with an action figure

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A literal god-like entity, the Beyonder is famous for kidnapping the heroes and villains of the universe, making them fight to the death on his planet known as Battleworld. Initially an unseen, omnipotent opponent, he later came to Earth in a humanoid form and has basically limitless power, able to do anything his mind thinks of. Although perhaps he wouldn’t good as a direct opponent, the Beyonder could provide the catalyst for plucking the heroes and villains of the established MCU into one spot and making them fight! It is a great concept and the Beyonder is the sort of villain to make that happen.

 

3. Gorr the God-butcher 

 

Gorr and Thor are locked in combat with sword against hammer

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A more recent opponent of Thor, Gorr the God-Butcher hates the gods of the Marvel Universe as he blames them for the death of his family and not intervening despite their power. So, he made himself into a creature capable of standing against the gods and carved a bloody path across the universe, until he created an alternate future in which there were no more gods and he ruled the universe with an iron fist. Until that is, Thor confronted and defeated him in a titanic battle. Gorr would need some tweaking to make him work but we can easily see his motive being switched from killing gods to heroes, making him a scary opponent who goes after the established heroes of the MCU in a bloody campaign.

 

2. The masters of evil

 

A uniting of dastardly villains emerge from a portal!

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We’ve yet to see a true super villain team up in the MCU, two established villains joining forces. That’s what the Masters of Evil were in the comics, a group of villains who became one to combat the Avengers. While most of them haven’t been introduced in the MCU (such as the Wrecking Crew, the Black Knight, Radioactive Man, the Enchantress, and Tiger Shark) we can easily see them tweaked to incorporate previously MCU baddies who survive their solo films and band together in a big event.

 

1. Kang the COnqueror 

 

Kang the Conqueror smugly stands before the defeated Avengers

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Kang, alongside Ultron, is considered one of the Avenger’s best enemies and for good reason. This villain is from the future, possessing no superpowers beyond a genius intellect and being an expert historian. But he manipulates time itself for his own ends, traveling often between timelines to create futures he desires. He ruled over both ancient Egypt and the distant future, leaving the Avengers to fix his meddling. He could be an interesting antagonist, one who could create paradoxes, undo the heroes victories, or even create a dark alternate future ruled by him. Kang could be the perfect foil to Thanos, a genius who uses manipulation to his own ends rather than raw strength.

 

 

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Ex-Manager Accused of Elder Abuse Against Stan Lee Appears in Court

Keya Morgan, the man accused of elder abuse against comic book legend Stan Lee, appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court on the charge of being a fugitive of justice.

 

Stan Lee and his wife, Joan
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Stan Lee, the creator of Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and Iron Man as well as many others unfortunately lost his wife, Joan on July 6th, 2017. Then Keya Morgan, also known as Keyrash Mazhari, a New York-based memorabilia collector, became involved with Lee as his business parter/manager.

 

Stan Lee stands beside Keya Morgan
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Come June 2018, according to The Guardian, Morgan was arrested when he tried to get police arrested who were visiting Lee’s house to perform a welfare check, claiming they were impostors trying to burglarize the home.

This resulted in Lee’s attorney filing a restraining order against Morgan. In the application for the restraining order in June, Morgan was “accused of isolating Lee from friends and family, and exploiting their relationship in order to embezzle artwork, cash and other assets worth more than $5m (£3.8m).

By August, the restraining order was granted and Morgan was ordered “to stay away from Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia “CJ” Lee, sixty-eight, and his eighty-six-year-old brother, Larry Lieber”.

 

Pow! Entertainment
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However, this wasn’t the end. Afterwards, Stan Lee apparently sued Pow! Entertainment , a company he himself founded, claiming he was “conned into signing over rights to his identity and likeness” but eventuality dropped the lawsuit, calling it “confusing”.

This seems odd, but it Keya Morgan came up again, this time “accused of taking control of Lee’s Twitter account, as well as being behind a surprising $1bn lawsuit launched by Lee in May 2018 against Pow! Entertainment”.

 

Stan Lee and Keya Morgan
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Earlier this month, after Stan Lee’s passing in passing December, Keya Morgan was “issued with an arrest warrant by the Los Angeles superior court” on charges that “include false imprisonment, forgery, and fraud”.

Finally, he has made “his initial court appearance early Sunday in Arizona, where he was arrested after fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse”, writes Star Advertiser.

Currently, Morgan is in Phoenix, Arizona, but he is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles County, California.

Morgan stands accused of taking Lee from his Hollywood Hills home to a Beverly Hills condominium “where Morgan had more control over Lee”. CNBC writes that “Keya Morgan allegedly mishandled Lee’s money.” which “included $262,000 that Lee never received from autograph signing sessions”. Furthermore, KTLA writes that Morgan also “stole more than $100,000 from Lee through fraud and embezzlement in May and June 2018”.

Morgan is charged with one felony count of false imprisonment of an elder by use of fraud and deceit, three felony counts of grand theft from an elder of more than $950 and one misdemeanor count of elder abuse for knowingly and willfully inflicting mental suffering on Lee.

Prosecutors recommend Morgan’s bail be set at $300,000. If Morgan is convicted as charged, hefaces a maximum sentence of 10 years in custody.

Alex Kessel, an attorney for Morgan, has said his client has never abused or taken advantage of Lee.

 

 

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$42,000 in Comic Books Stolen!

Holy thievery Batman!

Yes, Robin?

 

Adam West-Batman and Robin

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A smash-and-grab crook stole $42,000 worth of comic books from a Denver Store. Shouldn’t I be explaining this to you? isn’t that our thing? Also, which Denver Store?

Mile High Comics. Fox31 Denver says the store “is known for its large collection” and “has some of the rarest and most expensive comic books in the world”. Once he broke the glass, the dastardly devil stole valuable books that “had been locked in Mile High Comics’ showcase at 4600 Jason St. ahead of Denver Comic Con this weekend”.

Do we know who did it? Was it the Joker? It was the Joker, right?

We don’t know who did it, but this cruel crook cut himself on the glass and afterwards he tried to clean up the blood with toilet cleaner.

Just one question: Did he steal a Batman comic?

 

Mile High Comics’ showcase

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On a serious note, the merchandise stolen from the Denver store “includes the first ‘Avengers’ comic book, the first ‘Iron Man’ book and a rare autographed ‘Spider-Man’ edition”. It’s some expensive comic, and supposedly that Avengers comic book is wroth “about $14,000, according to experts” and fourteen books stolen are, all together, total about $42,000.

“Whoever did it knew what they were going for,” William Moulton of Mile High Comics told Denver7.

This seems right on the money, given that the security footage shows “the thief picking specific comics and putting them in a plastic bin”.

 

An unknown thief stealing comics

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His plan didn’t go off without a hitch, however, because in the process, “the burglar cut his hand or arm on a piece of broken glass” before proceeding to grab window cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner wipe up the blood.

The thief eventually took both the comics and the trash can filled with the bits of broken glass.

As of now the thief remains at large, but even Batman encourages anyone with information to call Denver Police at (720) 913-2000.

 

 

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