Despite recently losing director Scott Derrickson, reportedly as a result of disagreements over the movie’s tone with Kevin Feige, and not having hired a replacement yet, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still set to start shooting in May. With the start of production looming, hiring someone to take over behind the camera is just one of the sequel’s worries. There’s also the small matter of filling out the rest of the cast, with only Benedicts Cumberbatch and Wong confirmed to return alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Rachel McAdams.
The Turning is a failed ghost story on almost every conceivable level, with a third act that’s flat-out unforgivable. Skip it.
Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther has to be one of the most instantly iconic of the second generation of MCU stars. He made a big impression in his debut, Captain America: Civil War, and then smashed it in 2018’s solo film. Following his supporting roles in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Boseman will star in upcoming sequel Black Panther 2 in 2022. But, after that, his days in the franchise may be numbered.
When Black Panther finally hit theaters in February 2018, it had been a long time coming. There had been plans to bring Marvel’s Wankandan monarch to the big screen for decades, with Wesley Snipes even buying the rights to try and get the movie made in the 90s. When the MCU blockbuster finally landed, it became nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, dominating the conversation for months on the way to making over $1.3bn at the box office and becoming the first comic book movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Denis Villeneuve scored something of a pyrrhic victory when he directed 2017’s gargantuan sci-fi extravaganza Blade Runner 2049. The film was acclaimed by critics and fans alike, but its blockbuster production budget saw it struggle to recoup costs at the box office. I hope that hasn’t weighed on Denis’s mind too heavily – 2049 was an overwhelming artistic triumph. Those financials may have put to bed the prospect of an immediate Blade Runner threequel, but Villeneuve remains invested in its world, as he discussed in a new interview with Empire:
We’ve gone from knowing nothing about Colin Trevorrow’s original vision for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at the start of the month to finding out practically everything about it. Detailed breakdowns of his various script drafts have arrived online, with a batch of concept art also materializing. Those previous images, though, weren’t actually representative of Trevorrows Episode IX – to have been titled Duel of the Fates – as confirmed by the director himself.
Fans reacted extremely positively to the recent news that Kevin Feige was set to develop a new Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm, and for good reason. After all, the producer has become one of the most powerful figures in the entire industry after turning Marvel Studios from an unproven startup production company into the studio behind the most lucrative and popular franchise in Hollywood in little more than a decade, and it would be fair to say that the Star Wars fanbase has become somewhat disenfranchised over the last few years.
Henry Cavill was cast as Superman almost a decade ago, and while he definitely looks the part, it would be fair to say that the 36 year-old has never been given a real opportunity to show what he can bring to the character. Man of Steel may have served as the launchpad for the entire DCEU, but since then the English actor has been limited to playing second fiddle to Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman, while his extended third-act cameo in Justice League is arguably more memorable for the clunky CGI removal of his mustache than anything else.
After spending years as arguably the world’s premiere platform, Netflix are starting to feel the pressure as the so-called ‘streaming wars’ really begin to heat up. Until recently, it was said to be a straight shootout between Netflix and Prime Video in the battle for subscribers, but 2020 massively increases the competition with several new pretenders to the throne already emerging.
One of the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife was how much the legacy cast members would factor into the story. Paul Feig’s much-maligned 2016 reboot brought back many of the franchise’s familiar faces, but made the strange narrative decision to cast every single one of them in brand new roles in attempt to establish that his take on the team wasn’t connected to the first two installments.