The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including a huge confirmation of who will will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, is a secret Big Lebowski spin-off in production? production on Mission: Impossible 6 grinds to a halt, and much, much more…
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It’s about time we laid down some ground rules for comic book movie casting. Real truth time, y’all. Firstly Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall in Thor. Yeah, that’s right. A non-mythical, non-Norse actor was cast in mythical, Norse role. But that was early in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. They were still learning.Elba reportedly can’t even see everything in the Universe at once.
And then, over at Fox, they cast Michael B. Jordan – a guy with absolutely ZERO pyrokinetic powers – as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four. From the same studio that makes films about discriminating against meta-humans! X-Men, anyone?!X-Men: Age of Hypocrisy, amirite?!
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, they cast Tilda Swinton – TILDA ‘I HAVEN’T GOT A MAGICAL REALM BONE IN MY BODY’ SWINTON – as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange. It’s like all these superhero movies are actively trying to ruin our lives.She doesn’t even really know kung-fu.
And now we have Hollywood’s latest punch to my white, male testicles: a non-ginger person might have been cast as Mary-Jane Watson in Spider-man: Homecoming.I bet she’s not even animated.
As Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn pointed out about the rumoured casting, “if a character’s primary attribute – the thing that makes them iconic – is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow.” A potentially leaked cast list for the film might have revealed a few more Homecoming roles.Donald Glover might be playing a young Lando Calrissian alongside the Web Crawler.
More details/agonising teases are emerging about 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. That movie’s directing duo, Anthony and Joe Russo, have spoken about Anna Kendrick’s off-hand comment from earlier this year about playing Squirrel Girl. Turns out they’re nuts for the idea.Sorry, that joke was so a-corny. Let’s bury that pun and dig it up next Spring.
They also teased introducing “a new character” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Infinity War. They could be talking about Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel ahead of her solo movie the following year…or they could be telling tails.Ok, no more squirrel puns.
But who is Squirrel Girl? Read Luke Owen’s history of the character and then pretend you knew all along. Everyone did the same for Guardians of the Galaxy, after all.You know who you are.
Speaking of, Groot voice-actor Vin Diesel has revealed Star Lord and friends will be in the aforementioned Avengers: Infinity War. And it’s rumoured one of the Avengers will cameo in this October’s Doctor Strange. It’s an absolute Marvel Cinematic Universe cross-continuity party! …that Natalie Portman isn’t invited to.Inter-realm relationships never work out.
With the MCU movies becoming more horizontally connected than ever before, I’ve come up with an easy trick to help audiences catch up on the story so far before each film. Because I’m in a position to make suggestions to Marvel.Now Feige, let me tell you about my Asbestos Lady solo movie idea…
But I am for Fox: arrange a joint-custody deal with Marvel over the Fantastic Four movie rights (see: Sony, Spider-Man). Because even the original Fantastic Four script sounded heavily problematic.But still better than what we got.
Head to the next page for production coming to a halt on Mission: Impossible 6, James Wan’s plans for Aquaman, and is a Big Lebowski spin-off movie secretly being made?