Will Ferrell loved looking like Marvel hero in new comedy

Will Ferrell loved that he looked like a Marvel character in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.The Step Brothers actor stars as Icelandic musician Lars, who is in band called Fire Saga with his childhood friend Sigrit, played by Rachel Mc…

Will Ferrell loved that he looked like a Marvel character in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

The Step Brothers actor stars as Icelandic musician Lars, who is in band called Fire Saga with his childhood friend Sigrit, played by Rachel McAdams, in the Netflix comedy.

Real-life Marvel costume designer Anna B. Sheppard, who’s behind the looks in Captain America: The First Avenger and Spider-Man: Far from Home, created the outfits for Ferrell’s new flick, which delighted the American funnyman.

“Will loved it,” Sheppard told Fashionista of the Thor-like costume Ferrell wears in a music video fantasy sequence. “So that was important, and we were joking because he said, ‘Oh, I look like somebody from a Marvel movie!’ And I said, ‘Because you have a Marvel costume designer, that’s why.'”

As for McAdams’ ice queen vibe, Sheppard drew inspiration from a little closer to home after rejecting two earlier designs.

“I asked my daughter to lend me her wedding dress,” she smiled. “It’s a £8,000 designer wedding dress and I really had to beg her – on my knees.”

She eventually agreed, but all hopes of seeing her gown immortalised on a billboard at the planned Rotterdam premiere, which would have coincided with the real Eurovision Song Contest, were dashed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The movie was instead released on Netflix in late June.

“We are watching it tomorrow (at home) so maybe she won’t be cross with me, hopefully,” Oscar nominee Sheppard said ahead of her home viewing.

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The reason behind Kumail Nanjiani’s ripped The Eternals transformation

Kumail Nanjiani had a deeply personal reason for getting so ripped for new Marvel movie The Eternals.The Silicon Valley favourite stars opposite Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington in the new superhero flick, which is set for…

Kumail Nanjiani had a deeply personal reason for getting so ripped for new Marvel movie The Eternals.

The Silicon Valley favourite stars opposite Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington in the new superhero flick, which is set for release in February 2021.

He displayed his buff new body in December after landing the role of immortal being Kingo, and has now spoken candidly to The Hollywood Reporter about why it was so important he looked the part.

“Yeah, I did it for all my people. I’m ripped for Pakistan,” he smiled. “It was very significant because it was something that I really, really wanted to do. Now on top of that, there’s this other pressure in that I’m the first. But that stuff is a little harder to negotiate, because I can only represent myself. So, I do feel the pressure, but the only way to relieve it is just to have more people have these opportunities. I, one person, cannot represent a whole group of people because all of our experiences and backgrounds are completely different.”

Brian Tyree Henry and Gemma Chan also feature in The Eternals.

Sizing the character up when he first landed the role, Kumail looked at Kingo in the context of other Marvel superheroes, like Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evans’ Captain America.

“When I got that part, I was like, ‘I want to look like someone who could take on the traditional Hollywood-looking superhero – someone who could take on Thor or Captain America’,” he recalled. “To me, that was an important part of getting to play the superhero, and for me it was important because I was the first one.”

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Scarlett Johansson to ‘hand the baton’ to Florence Pugh in Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson will hand the Black Widow franchise over to Florence Pugh in her upcoming standalone movie. Director Cate Shortland has revealed that Johansson’s long overdue standalone film will serve as her final outing as Natasha Romanoff/Black …

Scarlett Johansson will hand the Black Widow franchise over to Florence Pugh in her upcoming standalone movie.

Director Cate Shortland has revealed that Johansson’s long overdue standalone film will serve as her final outing as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow as well as the beginning of a new storyline for Pugh’s Yelena Belova.

“(Marvel boss Kevin Feige) realised that the audience would expect an origin story so, of course, we went in the opposite direction,” Shortland told Empire magazine. “And we didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be. We knew she would be great, but we didn’t know how great. Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ So it’s going to propel another female storyline.”

Black Widow, which is set between the Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War films, will also give fans the opportunity to grieve for the character’s death in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

“In Endgame, the fans were upset that Natasha did not have a funeral. Whereas Scarlett, when I spoke to her about it, said Natasha wouldn’t have wanted a funeral,” explained Shortland. “She’s too private, and anyway, people don’t really know who she is. So what we did in this film was allow the ending to be the grief the individuals felt, rather than a big public outpouring. I think that’s a fitting ending for her.”

In the Marvel comics, Yelena, who is introduced in the upcoming movie, starts as an enemy of Natasha before they later become allies, and she eventually takes up the Black Widow title.

The movie’s May release was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now scheduled to be released from October.

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Anthony Mackie calls out lack of diversity in Marvel film crews

Anthony Mackie has called out the lack of diversity behind the scenes on Marvel films.The actor, who has starred in seven Marvel blockbusters as Sam Wilson/ Falcon, criticised the Disney-owned company for failing to have a diverse and inclusive crew be…

Anthony Mackie has called out the lack of diversity behind the scenes on Marvel films.

The actor, who has starred in seven Marvel blockbusters as Sam Wilson/ Falcon, criticised the Disney-owned company for failing to have a diverse and inclusive crew behind the camera during an interview with Daveed Diggs as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies now where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white,” he stated.

The 41-year-old went on to note that the only exception has been 2018’s Black Panther, which was helmed by Ryan Coogler and featured a line-up of Black actors including Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore,” he continued. “He produced Black Panther. But then when you do Black Panther, you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”

Mackie explained that he was using his clout as the co-lead of Disney+’s upcoming TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to push for more inclusive hiring practices.

“My big push with Marvel, with everybody, is hire the best person for the job,” Mackie said. “Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their resume to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for and push the envelope.”

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Kenneth Branagh: ‘Thor was critical to success of Marvel Cinematic Universe’

Kenneth Branagh believes Thor was critical to the success of future Marvel movies.The actor/director, who helmed the comic book adaptation back in 2011, has revealed that the fantasy blockbuster was essential to the next stage of movies in the Marvel C…

Kenneth Branagh believes Thor was critical to the success of future Marvel movies.

The actor/director, who helmed the comic book adaptation back in 2011, has revealed that the fantasy blockbuster was essential to the next stage of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Speaking to Collider, Branagh explained that Thor’s fictional fantasy world, which featured the kingdom of Asgard located in the Nine Realms, was key to bridging the gap between the Earth-bound superheroes, such as Iron Man and Captain America, to the space-bound elements.

“There was no question that tonally Thor was critical after the massive success of the brilliant Iron Man from Mr. (Jon) Favreau and Robert (Downey Jr.), and then slightly less successful in their terms The Incredible Hulk,” he explained, referencing Edward Norton’s box office bomb back in 2008.

“Thor became critical to being the sort of tonal bridge – featuring literally a rainbow bridge as well – between as it were the Earthbound and space-bound and fantasy-bound parts of the Marvel universe,” Branagh continued, noting that there were “enormously important” elements of future movies, including The Avengers in 2012, that couldn’t be explained in other Marvel movies.

“So there was a kind of connective matrix that Thor, Asgard, the Nine Realms and everything that it involved could provide inside that large Marvel Cinematic Universe that was enormously important that couldn’t be done by the brilliant Captain America, because it wasn’t the same material,” the 59-year-old stated.

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Kenneth Branagh will ‘never forget’ casting Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston in Thor

Kenneth Branagh will never forget the moment he cast Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston in Thor.The British actor and director helmed the 2011 movie, which introduced the Norse god to Marvel fans and raked in more than $449 million (£355 million) at t…

Kenneth Branagh will never forget the moment he cast Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston in Thor.

The British actor and director helmed the 2011 movie, which introduced the Norse god to Marvel fans and raked in more than $449 million (£355 million) at the worldwide box office.

The relationship between Hemsworth’s Thor and his brother Loki, played by Hiddleston, needed to be a success on-screen, as Marvel boss Kevin Feige planned to focus the ensemble superhero movie The Avengers on the siblings’ strained relationship.

And in a new interview with Collider, Branagh recalled the moment that he and Feige decided to offer the roles to the duo back in 2009.

“I’ll never forget the moment that we cast those two boys… It was like a sort of meditation or a sort of incantation. Kevin Feige must’ve walked around this long oval table a hundred times on that Saturday morning as I kept sort of saying, ‘I think we should call them.’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yeah, I think we should call them.’… and I knew how profoundly serious that decision was,” the 59-year-old explained.

“Kevin said, ‘We’ll never make a more important decision in this company than what’s happening in this room, Saturday morning at 10.30, when you pick up the phone to Chris Hemsworth and then Tom Hiddleston. It’s either going to work or it’s not. Good luck,'” the Dunkirk star added.

Thor, which also starred Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Rene Russo, has gone on to spawn three sequels – Thor: The Dark World in 2013, Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, and Thor: Love and Thunder, which is scheduled to be released in 2022.

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James Mangold defends killing off Wolverine

Director James Mangold has defended killing off Wolverine in his film Logan.Hugh Jackman reprised his role as the embattled Marvel superhero for the last time in the 2017 action drama, which saw the ageing titular character sacrifice himself to save a …

Director James Mangold has defended killing off Wolverine in his film Logan.

Hugh Jackman reprised his role as the embattled Marvel superhero for the last time in the 2017 action drama, which saw the ageing titular character sacrifice himself to save a group of young mutants.

At the time, fans were shocked that the much-loved character had been killed off, and now the filmmaker has explained his decision to end Wolverine’s storyline, and revealed that he and Jackman discussed the controversial conclusion of the character at length.

“The process is a lot less of a committee than you’d think. It was really Hugh and I at first. It seemed logical, that if it were going to be his last film, that he’s either going to ride off onto the horizon or die, that you need to have some kind of curtain on his story,” Mangold told ComicBook.com, adding that he was determined the finally resolve the X-Men hero’s legacy.

“The reason the choice was at our feet was because you needed the sense of closure. You needed some sense of an ending if you were going to end, if you were dealing with the legacy of Hugh’s many performances and many films, and trying to set this part in some definitive way.”

Jackman played Wolverine for almost 17 years before his final outing in 2017, and he previously insisted it was “time” for him to bid farewell to the character.

“It’s just a matter of time. It’s a bit like you’re at the greatest party you’ve ever been at, you’ve been dancing for an hour and a half, and then you’re just like, ‘It’s time, OK. If I stay any longer, it’s gonna get ugly.’ It’s like, it’s time,” he said.

Jackman currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest career as a live-action superhero, with him inhabiting the role for 16 years and 228 days.

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Deadpool creator insists there’s ‘no movement’ on third movie in franchise

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has indicated there will be “no movement” on a third movie for at least five years.Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, revealed back in December that a third instalment i…

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has indicated there will be “no movement” on a third movie for at least five years.

Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, revealed back in December that a third instalment in the hugely successful R-rated franchise was on its way.

“We’re working on it right now with the whole team,” Reynolds confirmed, but did not reveal any further details about the follow-up.

However, the character’s comic book creator discussed the future of the anti-hero in a new interview with io9, and dashed the hopes of Deadpool fans when he admitted the movie won’t be happening anytime soon.

Liefeld claimed he had viewed the schedule for the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until 2025, and Deadpool 3 was nowhere to be seen.

“Until a movie is put on a schedule, it’s not taken seriously. And what people don’t like is that I have assessed the schedule for the next – give or take – five years and I don’t see Deadpool on it. I don’t see that it can arrive earlier than that,” Liefeld shared.

He also addressed comments he made during an interview with ComicBook.com earlier this month, in which he “blamed Marvel” for allowing the project to be delayed.

“Do I know that there is no movement on a Deadpool 3 right now? I know that, yes. Does that worry me? No, not at all,” he told io9. “What I did was I answered a question honestly, and what I learned this week is just lie.

“Just because some guy goes, ‘Yeah, we’re still moving along,’ that’s code for, ‘There’s nothing to see here.'”

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Chris Hemsworth hopes Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences to reopened cinemas

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love a…

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which was due to being production this summer.

However, production on numerous films has been halted due to the pandemic, which has led to the closure of cinemas and the postponement of film releases, with Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters such as Black Widow and Eternals getting pushed back.

Hemsworth believes that these superhero movies are the key to reigniting the industry once the cinemas reopen.

“Films (like Marvel) that you can best appreciate on the big screen, those will draw people out of their homes again,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He also said he understood the critics of Marvel movies, including Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, who slammed the big-budget flicks for eradicating the competition.

“I hear those concerns, too. That (the MCU) takes up so much real estate, (and) is there enough room for the other things to exist, the art house films and the smaller films we love and admire equally,” Hemsworth explained.

Right now, the Thor star is enjoying a break from his intense Marvel schedule as he self-isolates in Australia with wife Elsa Pataky and their three children.

“I’ve wanted to just stop being controlled by a schedule,” he said. “So to be home now with the kids full time, and to be able to go ‘Wow, this is truly what’s important.’ It would be a real miss if I didn’t use this opportunity to soak up that time.”

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Florence Pugh wanted to ‘call the shots’ with Black Widow training

Florence Pugh was determined to “call the shots” with her physical preparation for Black Widow. The Little Women actress stars as Yelena Belova, a Russian spy and sister figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic…

Florence Pugh was determined to “call the shots” with her physical preparation for Black Widow.

The Little Women actress stars as Yelena Belova, a Russian spy and sister figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) blockbuster.

Many stars have embarked on gruelling workouts, intense training plans, and strict diets to prepare for a Marvel role, but one of the first conversations Pugh had when she landed the part was to make it clear she didn’t want people checking up on her to ensure she was getting into the “right shape”.

“When I got the job, I wanted to know what the regime was,” she explained to Elle U.K. magazine. “I wanted to know whether it was them or me calling the shots. That was a big deal for me. I didn’t want to be part of something where I was constantly checked on. And people making sure I was in the ‘right’ shape. That’s not me at all.”

The Oscar nominee, who is also known for her cookery videos on Instagram, made her own meals before every shoot day and brought them into work because she finds cooking helps her unwind.

“Scarlett had this amazing guy who cooked beautiful things for her and her team. I thought that was clever because you’re doing fitness all the time and you need to have someone who’s on top of what you’re eating and the nutrients you’re getting,” the 24-year-old recalled. “I remember her asking, ‘Why are you cooking for yourself? Just let us feed you!’ And I was like, ‘Nope’… Genuinely, my therapeutic thing is chopping and cooking and stirring and tasting.”

Black Widow is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

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