Seemingly out of nowhere, Marvel and Disney dropped the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, which hits cinemas this November. The trailer depicts what we believe is the first act of the movie, in which Thor is taken to Sakaar where he does battle with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk at the behest of Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. There’s also some great visuals, and a killer soundtrack. Watch the trailer here and see the first poster here.
Although some have called Iron Fist a bump in the road leading into The Defenders, Marvel and Netflix are pushing ahead with their connected universe. Production on Jessica Jones season two is underway and Daredevil season three kicks off later this year, and it’s now been revealed that mini-series The Punisher has finished production. Still no release date yet. Read more about that here.
It seems like everyone and their mother has put themselves forward to play Poison Ivy in David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens, and Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard has now thrown her hat into the ring too. The actor took to Twitter to call the character “bad ass” while posting a gif of Uma Thurman playing the role in Batman & Robin. Not sure that’s the best way to get fans of your side. Read more about that story here.
Its fair to say that Paramount will be very disappointed with Rupert Sander’s adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, which has under-performed badly at the domestic box office earning just $31 million in two weeks. Although its getting some good press worldwide (including its native country of Japan), its likely we won’t get a sequel. However, it’s been announced that a new Ghost in the Shell anime reboot is on its way via Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed). Read more about that here.
As Universal continue their push for the Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy – which is the first step in their Monsterverse – producer Chris Morgan has been talking about the wider plans for this universe. Beyond [The Mummy], we’re just developing… we’re kind of locking in on all of the scripts,” he said. “Right now, it’s Bride of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man, Van Helsing, and The Wolfman. Those things kind of go a pace, and Universal will… we’re in talks to kind of figure out what the next film to come out will be.” Read more from that interview here.
While everyone is excited about the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, memories are turning back to the last series reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. While it had its fans, the series didn’t connect with an audience and The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s poor performance killed all plans for their Spider-Verse, which included a Venom/Carnage movie, Sinister Six and a ‘female-led’ outing. Looking back on it now though, director Marc Webb is proud of their efforts. “There are so many things that I’m proud of,” he said. “There was an ambition with the second movie, in particular. The idea that it’s a superhero that can’t save everybody is something that I’m really proud of. I’m really proud of the ambition of that because it’s an important message, and I believe in that. I believe in what we were after. They’re really, really difficult movies to make. They’re complex in ways that people don’t fully understand. They weren’t disasters.” Read more from that interview here.
Flickering Myth’s resident grump Anghus Houvouras is at it again, this time looking at the world of film criticism in a digital age. Read his article here.