According to some, it’s not just the bad guys that Marvel don’t take seriously. Anghus asks why they treat their heroes as chonic wise-crackers, too. Flickering Myth’s Samuel Brace agrees that the MCU formula is getting stale. Kevin Feige seems intent on staying the course into Phase IV, though, hinting that Captain America and Iron Man will be around longer than Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr’s contracts currently require…
Mel Gibson, the director of The Passion of the Christ and star of The Expendables 3, however, has criticised the MCU for “violence without conscience”. Meanwhile, the iconic X-Men writer Chris Claremont blames the MCU for the decline of his beloved mutants. Most other people would blame that on 20th Century Fox.
Despite THR’s reports that Fox are planning a “reconfigured” X-Men series with Deadpool 3 and X Force, Latino Review reckons a Dark Phoenix saga is in the works. Given their track record, the latter is probably guesswork.
Going back to Anghus’ whole ‘frequel’ idea, Jurassic World deserves a sequel, being one of the highest grossing films from last year, especially if it’s going to include terrific actors Toby Jones and Rafe Spall.
Now You See Me – rather baffingly – is currently set for its third instalment, with a Chinese spinoff in development. Whereas Pacific Rim, a film with a passionate cult following, has taken three years to get its sequel greenlit – which is now officially called Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.
The long-rumoured Bumblebee Transformers spinoff is also now moving ahead, and the main franchise’s secretive fifth instalment, Transformers: The Last Knight, will have its trailer released soon.
We’ll also be getting a new Kong: Skull Island trailer this Wednesday, but to play us out, here’s the first look at Scarlett Johannson’s live-action Ghost in the Shell movie.
May the Movies be with you.
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