Spider-Man: Homecoming has its own case of character confusion. Some parts of the Internet got quite grumpy when it was reported non-ginger Zendaya was playing very-much-ginger Mary-Jane Watson. She’s now debunked those claims, saying her character is someone called Michelle.
Meanwhile, Marvel have announced that the Academy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett will be playing T’Challa’s mother in Black Panther. Unless…SHE’S ACTUALLY THE ONE PLAYING MARY-JANE! IT’S ALL A SWERVE. Ginger caucasian Mary-Jane will actually be played by a 58-year-old black woman.
But the most exciting Marvel casting news of the week (for me anyway) is WWE wrestler John Cena’s name being added to Thor: Ragnarok’s IMDb page as playing…John Cena (since removed). If he isn’t in fact playing Mary-Jane Watson, the ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe are huge. Part of Ragnarok’s plot is the galaxy’s strongest gladiators being made to fight each other. Maybe Cena was chosen as Earth’s…which means WWE is in canon in the MCU.
I always thought it would be 20th Century Fox’s X-Men turning up in the MCU, via a joint custody deal between the two studios a la Spider-Man and Sony, but according to Marvel Supreme Leader Kevin Feige, the notion is “an impossibility”. Marvel have too many superheroes, apparently. And going by Fox adding two new Marvel movie dates to their release schedule in November 2018 and February 2019 (one of which probably being New Mutants, which might have had a few characters leaked), so does Simon Kinberg.
Unfortunately Zack Snyder is still making Justice League, as he keeps reminding us all on obscure pieces of social media. Warner Bros seem to have quite an Orwellian approach to the big team-up movie’s marketing: buy up one of the Internet’s largest geek culture websites and plug your films on it. Don’t fear, Flickering Myth are far too noble an outlet to ever let Warner Bros do the same to us. And besides…
In non-Warner Bros geek movie news, Legendary have acquired the film and television rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune so more people can unsuccessfully translate it to screen; the first set photos from Pacific Rim: Malestrom have come out; John Wick director Chad Stahelski will helm the Highlander reboot; the first poster for Alien: Covenant has been released; and Paul Feig doesn’t think his all-female Ghostbusters reboot is getting a sequel.
What about the auteurs? Terence Malick’s next film will be released in 2018 (don’t hold your breath, though…), and both Taylor Hackford’s Robert De Niro-starring The Comedian and Martin Scorsese’s Silence have now got their first trailers.
To play us out, we’re approaching the time of lists. Christmas Lists! End of Year Lists! But the best of all? Worst Lists…
May the Movies be with you.
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