The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including Avengers: Infinity War’s name change, young Han Solo being cast in the Star Wars spin-off movie, Universal’s Classic Monster MovieVerse continues to grow, and much, much more…
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After opening to $200 million internationally last weekend, Captain America: Civil War is now out in the US. It took £25 million from its Thursday night screenings there, falling $2 million shy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s expected to surpass that DC movie by the week’s end, though, with another estimated $200 million domestic.
I interviewed some of the cast recently. I say ‘interviewed’. I actually mean, ‘quietly sat while freaking out internally as Chris Evans and Paul Rudd talked about their training regime, annoy Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen by asking about Netflix spin-off series for their MCU characters, and getting hit on by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. It was a weird couple of hours.
If you’ve seen Civil War already, give us a reply to this email with your thoughts and we’ll include them on this week’s episode of The Flickering Myth Podcast (read Robert Kojder’s ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ review). Here’s a debate question to kick you off: is Zemo the best Marvel movie villain?
But what bad guy could threaten the MCU next (Purple-Josh-Brolin-In-Space not withstanding)? Stephen McFeely, the co-writer of Civil War, wants Namor – one of the comics’ oldest characters. Probably best to let DC test the waters with Aquaman before then.
How about a Black Widow movie first? MCU Supreme Leader Kevin Feige has revealed Marvel is “committing to doing” a solo movie after Phase III. Maybe he read Tony Black’s article earlier in the week: ‘Black Widow The Movie: Everyone Wants It, So Why Don’t Marvel Make It?’
The first female solo movie in the MCU, however, will be Captain Marvel – whom the Russo brothers accidentally revealed would be in Avengers: Infinity War this week. Well, it’s called ‘Infinity War‘ at the moment – the directing duo plan to retitle the two-part epic. As ‘Vs’ movies seem to be so popular at the moment, we’ll probably end up getting Avengers v Purple-Josh-Brolin-In-Space.
Doctor Strange’s main battle at the moment, though, is director Scott Derrickson vs Accusations of Whitewashing The Ancient One. Marvel are often accused of lacking racial diversity, and many were hurt when Tilda Swinton was cast in the role. In reply, Derrickson didn’t just address the situation with one character; he went a full 140.
In more Strange news, Michael Giacchino will compose the film’s score. For those familiar with his work on The Incredibles, this is very exciting.
Head to the next page for the latest on DC’s production trouble from last week, who has been cast as Han Solo in the Star Wars Story spin-off, the latest on Space Jam 2, and much, much more…