Captain Marvel sequel officially in the works

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior. C…

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior.

Captain Marvel, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn and Djimon Hounsou, raked in more than $1 billion (£761 million) at the worldwide box office, and its huge success has now spawned a sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel executives have tapped Megan McDonnell to write the script and she is in final negotiations to seal her deal.

The action will reportedly shift from the 1990s to the present day and Marvel bosses are eyeing a 2022 release date.

McDonnell is also part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, which was recently bumped up from a 2021 release date and will now be on the streaming service later this year.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-directed Captain Marvel and it has been reported that they won’t return for the follow-up. They wrote the original script with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, and Meg LeFauve.

Larson, who last appeared as Captain Marvel in the huge ensemble blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, has yet to comment on the news.

Back in December, she played down rumours of a sequel and told Variety that she was just looking forward to time off from the extensive press tours surrounding the Marvel movies.

“I don’t really know what job I’m going to do next, which is very exciting,” she said. “I don’t even know what my life’s gonna be!”

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Director Scott Derrickson exits Doctor Strange sequel

Director Scott Derrickson has departed the Doctor Strange sequel due to “creative differences”.The surprise announcement was made in the form of a statement from producers at Marvel Studios, in which it was revealed that Derrickson would be leaving the…

Director Scott Derrickson has departed the Doctor Strange sequel due to “creative differences”.

The surprise announcement was made in the form of a statement from producers at Marvel Studios, in which it was revealed that Derrickson would be leaving the follow-up to the 2016 fantasy starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but would stay on as an executive producer.

“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU),” a Marvel representative commented to Variety.

The filmmaker, who helmed the original movie, confirmed the news on Twitter, and shared a similar statement with his fans and followers.

“Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP,” he posted.

Production is still expected to start in May, with president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, serving as producer.

The team has already begun the search for Derrickson’s replacement.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to pair Cumberbatch’s titular character with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, while Benedict Wong is also attached.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated for release in May 2021.

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Ryan Reynolds confirms Deadpool 3 is on the way

Ryan Reynolds has confirmed a third Deadpool film is in the works.The actor plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, and following the success of Deadpool 2 and its PG-friendly spin-off last year, Ryan has revealed fans won…

Ryan Reynolds has confirmed a third Deadpool film is in the works.

The actor plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, and following the success of Deadpool 2 and its PG-friendly spin-off last year, Ryan has revealed fans won’t have to wait long for a follow-up.

“We’re working on it right now with the whole team,” Reynolds revealed on the holiday edition of U.S. talk show Live With Kelly and Ryan.

Executives at 20th Century Fox were behind the first two Deadpool films before the company was acquired by Disney in early 2019, but Ryan’s third antihero movie will be led by Marvel Studios, another Disney subsidiary, for the third instalment.

“We’re over at Marvel, which is the big leagues all of a sudden,” he said. “It’s kind of crazy.”

Ryan did not reveal any further details about the follow-up.

Deadpool and Deadpool 2 earned $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) internationally upon their respective releases in 2016 and 2018.

Back in October, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed they had the green light from Marvel boss Kevin Feige to make more movies following the story of former special forces operative Wade Wilson, who is injected with a mutant serum and becomes the red and black masked vigilante.

“Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) a little bit as well and play in that sandbox,” they teased to Entertainment Weekly.

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Mark Ruffalo confirms meeting with Kevin Feige over possible Hulk movies

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster…

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.

The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Despite starring in all four of the blockbuster movies alongside a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and a comedic appearance in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk has yet to get his own standalone movie with Ruffalo as leading man.

However, the 52-year-old has teased an upcoming meeting with the Marvel Studios boss to discuss the future of the beloved green hero.

“Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell,'” he said during a recent panel at Tokyo Comic-Con.

“And (Feige) said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?’ Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that,” Ruffalo added, to wild applause from the audience.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige hinted at the introduction of the Fantastic Four and Professor Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Fans have since speculated that a younger actor could be brought in to replace Hugh Jackman, who retired from playing Wolverine following 2017’s Logan, after 17 years of playing the metal-clawed superhero.

The last standalone Hulk film was Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

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Tom Holland: ‘Spider-Man split from MCU was the most stressful week of my life’

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing ter…

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.

In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off – meaning the web-slinging superhero, played by Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

However, both companies announced in September that they had reached an agreement and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce a third MCU Spider-Man film starring Holland – which came as a huge relief to Tom.

Speaking on a panel alongside Spider-Man: Far From Home co-star Jake Gyllenhaal at ACE Comic Con Midwest over the weekend, the actor initially described rehearsals for his performance of Rihanna’s Umbrella on U.S. TV show Lip Sync Battle in 2017 as his “most stressful week” – before reflecting on more recent events.

“Well…maybe the whole Disney/Sony thing when that happened,” he mused. “That was a bit of a stressful week. I’m sure there’s some contractual obliged thing where I can’t say anything about anything, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.”

After a new deal between Disney and Sony was announced, The Hollywood Reporter claimed the star played a key role in negotiations, reporting that Tom made “multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution”.

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Kevin Feige developing Star Wars movie

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is developing a new Star Wars movie. The producer, who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of S…

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is developing a new Star Wars movie.

The producer, who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, will be teaming up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to develop a film that will explore “a new era of Star Wars storytelling”.

“We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox,” Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn told The Hollywood Reporter. “With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”

Sources tell the publication that Feige, who is passionate about the franchise, discussed making a foray into the Star Wars universe with Kennedy, Horn and Disney co-chairman Alan Bergman in the late summer.

While some have speculated that Feige is being lined up for a bigger role within Lucasfilm, an insider told The Hollywood Reporter that Kennedy will remain in charge and the news simply reflects his passion for Star Wars.

Another source also shared that the producer has a “major actor” in mind to play a specific role and has already reached out to them.

The Skywalker trilogy seemingly concludes in December with The Rise of Skywalker, but there are already plans in place to continue telling Star Wars stories, with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Games of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff also working on feature films set in that universe.

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Avengers: Endgame passes Avatar to become biggest film of all time

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.7…

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.78 billion global box office mark over the weekend, ending the James Cameron-directed movie’s nine-year reign.

“Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all-time,” Feige told fans in Comic-Con’s fabled Hall H.

While Avengers: Endgame co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo took to Twitter to share a similar sentiment.

“To the greatest fans in the universe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you…,” they commented.

Avengers: Endgame, featuring an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Brie Larson, follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies as they attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos, as played by Josh Brolin, in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

The blockbuster has passed Avatar’s record in just 13 weeks, and in a statement, Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of Marvel’s parent company, The Walt Disney Studios, praised the cast and crew for their achievements.

“A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights,” he commented. “Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and (Avatar’s setting) Pandora.”

Bosses at Disney are also celebrating another record-breaking weekend in North America, as The Lion King has roared to the top of the box office to become the biggest July opening of all time.

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Brie Larson gushes over stunning Captain Marvel premiere gown

Brie Larson has gushed over the gorgeous gown she wore to the Captain Marvel premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night (04Mar19).The Oscar-winning actress posed up a storm on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre for the launch of the Marvel Studios superh…

Brie Larson has gushed over the gorgeous gown she wore to the Captain Marvel premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night (04Mar19).

The Oscar-winning actress posed up a storm on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre for the launch of the Marvel Studios superhero film, in which she plays lead character Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel.

For the event, Brie opted for a nude gown featuring white lace with a star pattern, with the ensemble specially created for her by Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

“I will never forget tonight,” she captioned a snap of her at the event on her Instagram page. “It was a dream come true to wear a custom @rodarte dress made with so much love by my sisters @kateandlauramulleavy – they have inspired me over and over to be the best artist I can be. Thank you Kate. Thank you Laura. I love you so much!”

Brie was joined by a number of her co-stars at the premiere, including Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as the feature’s directors, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

In addition, she thanked the 100 members of the U.S. Air Force who attended, as well as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who did a flyover outside the venue.

“I’ve got all the feelings. I’m grateful to everyone I met this evening. Thank you to our cast! And crew! The fans and amazing cosplayers! The service women and men from the military! And a special thank you to @afthunderbirds for the flyover! I know it wasn’t just for the film, but for Cajun – the big cat!!! Running out of words to express my gratitude. Higher further faster baby!” the 29-year-old added.

Other celebrities to step out at the Captain Marvel premiere included Pom Klementieff, McKenna Grace, Halsey and Iskra Lawrence.

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Kevin Feige: ‘I thought Stan Lee would live forever’

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has paid an emotional tribute to late comic book legend Stan Lee.Lee, the brains behind Marvel’s most famous characters, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, X-Men, and The Avengers, passed away on Monday (12Nov18). He was 9…

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has paid an emotional tribute to late comic book legend Stan Lee.

Lee, the brains behind Marvel’s most famous characters, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, X-Men, and The Avengers, passed away on Monday (12Nov18). He was 95.

In light of the sad news, Marvel Studios’ president Feige has issued a statement in which he remembered Lee and the impact the writer/publisher had on his life.

“He was a 95-year old man, I’m realistic, but he’s also Stan Lee,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s a mythological legend who’s had more energy than me ever since the first day I met him. Part of me thought he would live forever.”

Feige went on to comment that he would cherish the movie posters Lee had signed for him since he was a hired as a producer at Marvel in 2000. Additionally, he shared that one of his favourite memories of the star was when he once called and left him a message during his early years at the company.

“The light on the phone was blinking and I checked the message,” the 45-year-old recalled. “‘Fearless, Feige! Fearless Feige, this is Stan Lee.’ It was just a voicemail, he just needed something. But I was, ‘I think Stan Lee gave me a nickname.’ It was amazing.”

Feige has worked as a producer on films such as X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Over the years, Lee had cameos in many Marvel film and television projects, and it has been reported that he completed the filmed footage for his cameo in the upcoming fourth Avengers film prior to his death.

However, Feige remained tight-lipped over whether Lee will pop up in any other future films.

“One of the many things I learned from Stan was that everyone likes a surprise,” he smiled.

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Ryan Coogler to write and direct Black Panther sequel

Ryan Coogler has signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2.The filmmaker will begin working on the script for the new movie, a sequel to the hit superhero film featuring Chadwick Boseman as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther, next year (19), s…

Ryan Coogler has signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2.

The filmmaker will begin working on the script for the new movie, a sequel to the hit superhero film featuring Chadwick Boseman as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther, next year (19), sources close to the project have told The Hollywood Reporter.

It is believed that executives from Marvel Studios and parent company Disney are looking to begin production in late 2019 or early 2020. Producers have not yet commented on the news.

Soon after Black Panther’s premiere in January, talk of a sequel with Coogler attached began, however, bosses at Disney have not officially added the film to the list of upcoming Marvel movies, with Captain Marvel, an untitled Avengers film and Spider-Man: Far From Home, among the flicks currently scheduled for release in the coming years.

Boseman is expected to reprise his role, alongside other key castmembers including Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright. The original story followed the character of T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, as he stepped forward to lead his people into a new future by confronting a challenger from his nation’s past.

Previously, Coogler explained that he wanted to further explore what being king meant for T’Challa.

“You know, in the comic books, he’s very young when (his father) T’Chaka is killed. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s a man, you know? And those are two different things,” he told film website Screen Rant in February. “So I’d be really interested to see, you know, what kind of king he is with experience and how that affects his performance in the stories.”

Black Panther was widely praised by critics and grossed $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie of the year and a contender for Oscar consideration.

At present, Coogler is working as an executive producer on boxing movie Creed II, a follow-up to 2015’s Creed starring Michael B. Jordan, which he wrote and directed.

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