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Elsewhere in Disney’s corporate empire (albeit via an awkward relationship with Sony Pictures), Ender’s Game lead Asa Butterfield has reportedly been cast as the new Peter Parker and Selma director Ava DuVernay has been signed to helm one of Marvel’s Phase Three movies. She’s both a woman and black, so everyone reckons Marvel will make her do Black Panther. And the Avengers juggernaut keeps on HulkBusting the globx box office, passing $1 billion this week. The next movie in the MCU, Captain America: Civil War, is now in production, and set photos are appearing galore (here’s a few more with added dapper).
The X-Men Universe at 20th Century Fox has been equally ripe this week, with not only Apocalypse’s casting call potentially revealing the movie’s plot and Channing Tatum as Gambit, but a whole extra spin-off film being announced, The New Mutants(based on Chris Claremont’s 1980s trainee X-Men).
From the mass, complex, shared Universes of film to the disjointed, anything-that-sticks approach of network TV. The first series trailers were released for Supergirl, The Omen, True Detective 2, Limitless and The Muppets this week. But with all those gains, something had to be lost: Harry Shearer – the voice of Monty Burns, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner and more – has left The Simpsons. Not diddly-doo cool. But David Brent – Ricky Gervais’ character from the UK Office – is getting his own movie. Natural level of ‘diddly-doo cool’ restored.
And finally, in sequels and spin-offs news, Tom Hardy says he’s “ready” for more Mad Max sequels; the next Planet of the Apes movie will reportedly be called War of the Planet of the Apes; Eddie Redmayne is in talks for the Harry Potter spin-offFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; and Kevin Smith has revealed thatMallrats 2 will be called MallBrats. Which will always sound like a line of girl’s dolls…
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