When Marvel Studios released Black Panther last February as part of the MCU they score a jackpot at the box office. With African-American and African-descent cast members, director and production team, the film resonated with the African-American community and Africa as well, the way Wonder Woman from rival Warner Bros.-DC did for women in 2017.
With Phase 3 of the MCU about to end, the matter of what new Marvel characters to be given movies in Phase 4 has been brought up. One of them feels like kin to the recently-cancelled Marvel-Netflix series Iron Fist. The hero in question is Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, a 1970s creation inspired easily from real-life actor Bruce Lee.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is looking at the possibility of a future Shang-Chi film being the Asian equivalent of Black Panther, in casting, director and production. Fan discussion has begun on which Asian-descent actor might be approached by Marvel for the part. Possibilities include:
Daniel Wu (New Police Story, Warcraft) – from Hong Kong
Eddie Peng (The Great Wall) – from Taiwan
Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior) – from China
Zhang Jin (stunt double of Zhang Ziyi on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) – from China
Already Marvel Studios is in talks with Chinese-American Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer) for the screenplay of Shang-Chi. They also hope to cut down on the stereotypes present with the Shang-Chi character and his background. No further details have been shared about the film, including whether it might really be part of the MCU Phase 4 or not.
Disney and Marvel Studios must have hammered it hard and often enough to its movie-going audience that the current “Phase 3” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise will end with Avengers 4 next year. The phase-based storytelling of the superhero franchise had helped to manage its overall plotline quite nicely.
The epic ending of Avengers 4 has been marked as the conclusion of MCU Phase 3, the longest phase in the saga with the most films. Afterwards, the still-being planned Phase 4 outline will serve as a soft reboot of the franchise with increased focus on heroes outside the Avengers.
While only one MCU film has been confirmed to be in production for release after Phase 3, there’s been several other titles either in development prior to full filming, or merely announced. Here’s a rough list of what to expect after the Avengers deal with Thanos on Avengers 4 (2019):
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – uncertain status following director James Gunn’s departure
When Marvel Studios and its fans call their hit superhero film franchise the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that term has quite the literal meaning to it. While it started with a strictly earthbound story in Iron Man (2008), the introduction of Thor (2011) opened the door to a wider fictional setting.
After everybody’s favorite God of Thunder, the MCU went further along, with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and even the Avengers during Infinity War. A redditor named sirvante70 thought it’d be nice to compile a good composite showing all the inhabited and potentially habitable worlds visited during the MCU. To that, we make this list, including a brief on each of the planets/realms in turn.
Everybody knows the D23 Expos, where the House of Mouse showcases what new surprises are in store for their fans across their wide company portfolio, from the theme parks, to films and TV shows to other forms of media. It happens every other year, for being such a major occasion.
But what does Disney do in the years without D23? They hold another expo for the public. It’s called Destination D and it was held last week. Where D23 is more on the media, Destination D had a greater focus on theme park attractions, and they had lots to share. Note that most of these attractions won’t open until 2019:
Guardians of the Galaxy (roller coaster)
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (dark ride)
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along – France Pavilion
Circle-Vision 360 Viewing Screens – new update (China Pavilion) and new film (Canada Pavilion)
Replacement Show for “Illuminations” Presentation – 2020 debut; Disney properties spotlight
“Epcot Forever” Fireworks Show
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run – “hyper-real” cockpit ride experience
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – trackless ride into Resistance- First Order battle, featuring Kylo Ren
New Star Wars musical pieces from John Williams for Galaxy’s Edge
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Other
Wonderful World of Animation – projection-mapping nighttime spectacular showcase, 2019 debut
With Phase 3, the longest-running film grouping of Disney and Marvel Studios’ MCU franchise coming to an end, the time’s com to take stock on its overall narrative. After all, it pioneered the “shared universe” concept for the big screen, with how plot threads from separate movies came together eventually.
But the more movies arrived, the more confusion also arose due to these films not premiering in strictly chronological order. How much time passed between Tony Stark meeting kid Peter Parker in Iron Man 2, and recruiting him in Captain America: Civil War? A Disney-Marvel sourcebook hopes to answer that.
Marvel Stud10s: The First Ten Years from Titan Books is a retrospective on the film studio that changed how franchise filmmaking was done forever. It also includes a handy timeline of when the events of the MCU films occurred. We have that list, with the years on the left being the time of occurrence, and the years in parentheses after each movie title being their respective premiere dates in cinemas.
1943-1945: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
2010: Iron Man (2008)
2011: Iron Man 2 (2010), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Thor (2011)
2012: The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013)
2013: Thor: The Dark World (2013)
2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015)
2016: Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
2016 through to 2017: Doctor Strange (2016)
2017: Black Panther (2018), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Not included is Ant-Man and the Wasp, as the book was apparently published before that film arrived, but judging from its mid-credits scene it happened concurrently with Avengers: Infinity War. Furthemore, the timeline doesn’t include the MCU-related TV series from ABC, Netflix, and other platforms.
There was a time perhaps, when Disney took a relaxed, even chill approach to the prospect of having one of their movies being nominated for a film award or two. With the advent of some massive cinematic franchises under their umbrella however, the House of Mouse has become more openly ambitious in seeing one of their productions in the Golden Globes or even the Oscars.
Such a determination to earn accolades for their movies can be seen in their website “For Your Consideration” (disneystudiosawards.com) which showcases some of their major 2018 films that they feel is good to go to the Academy for Oscar statuettes.
The website is operated by the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Awards Office, a division of Disney’s film distribution arm that apparently liaises with award-giving bodies regarding nominations of any movie among its recent releases.
Here’s a list of the films that Disney is putting up “For Your Consideration” to the awarding organizations for 2018:
Black Panther (16 possible categories)
Avengers: Infinity War (11 possible categories)
Incredibles 2 (12 possible categories)
Mary Poppins Returns (17 possible categories)
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (12 possible categories)
It was bound to happen sooner or later, and this week it had. Comic book writer-publisher Stan Lee, once a major creative force of Marvel Comics who created many of its famous characters, later a Marvel brand ambassador and popularly-acclaimed “King of Cameos”, has died Monday, November 12 at 95.
To celebrate Stan’s life and the mythic status he had in the comics and superhero media industry even before his passing, we’re presenting a nice long list of every cameo appearance he made, not only in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series but also other media under the Disney umbrella.
Marvel Cinematic Universe – Films
Iron Man (2008) – mistaken by Tony Stark as Hugh Heffner
Incredible Hulk (2008) – accidentally drank soft drink with Bruce Banner’s gamma-radioactive blood
Iron Man 2 (2010) – mistaken by Tony as Larry King
Thor (2011) – pickup truck driver trying to pull Mjolnir from the Earth with a chain, only to lose his vehicle’s bed
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – World War II general in Cap’s medal award ceremony (“I thought he’d be taller”)
Avengers (2012) – chess-playing bystander interviewed by news (“Superheroes in New York?”)
Iron Man 3 (2013) – beauty pageant judge
Thor: The Dark World (2013) – mental ward patient and fellow inmate of Erik Selvig
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Smithsonian guard who discovers Cap’s stolen WWII costume
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – elderly citizen of planet Xandar
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – WWII veteran in Avengers Tower party (“Excelsior!”)
Ant-Man (2015) – bartender in Luis’ backstory about Sam Wilson/Falcon looking for Scott Lang
Captain America: Civil War (2016) – FedEx postman with delivery for “Tony Stank”
Doctor Strange (2016) – bus passenger oblivious to magical battle outside the vehicle
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – astronaut talking to the Watcher extraterrestrials
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Gary the irate neighbor
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Grandmaster’s barber (“My hands are not as steady as they used to be”)
Black Panther (2018) – Busan casino patron taking T’Challa’s chips
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – driver for Peter Parker’s school bus
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – bystander whose car is shrunk by Hope Van Dyne/Wasp
upcoming Avengers 4 (2019) – final cameo
Marvel Cinematic Universe – Series
ABC’s Agents of SHIELD (Season 1: “TRACKS”) – train passenger
ABC’s Agent Carter (Season 1: “The Blitzkrieg Button”) – borrows Howard Stark’s newspaper
Netflix’s Marvel series – Irving Forbrush/Forbrush Man; backgrounds change from police captain to lawyer across various series
Hulu’s Runaways – Runaways’ limo driver
Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger – painted cameo
Marvel Animation – Disney Channel/XD
Ultimate Spider-Man – Stan the Janitor, Agent (and founder and namer) of SHIELD
Hulk and the Agents of SMASH – Stan the Salesman; Mayor Stan of Vista Verde
Big Hero 6: The Series – Frederick Frederickson III/Boss Awesome
Big Hero 6 (2014) – Frederick Frederickson III/Boss Awesome
upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) – himself
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel (2013) – NYC hot dog vendor
“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!” at Disney California Adventure – Collector specimen/prisoner
When it’s said that Disney and its various major subsidiaries like Lucasfilm/Star Wars and Marvel are the people’s choice, it can be meant as a figurative compliment; or it can be interpreted as a fact. Their films and series have been nominated – and won – in the E! People’s Choice Awards.
In fact, the 44th People’s Choice Awards held this past Sunday, November 11, saw some big victories for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular. It’s no surprise when you have some massive productions from earlier this year, appropriate to celebrate the 10th year of the greatest superhero movie franchise ever.
Let’s list the Awards won and other achievements of the MCU at People’s Choice 2018:
Movie of 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War
Action Movie of 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War
Male Movie Star of 2018 – Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (Black Panther)
Female Movie Star of 2018 – Scarlett Johansson as Agent Romanov/Black Widow (Avengers: Infinity War)
Action Movie Star of 2018 – Danai Gurira as Okoye (Black Panther)
Most nominations received – 6 (Avengers: Infinity War)
When Disney began pulling out its streaming content from Netflix, binge-watchers waited with bated breath for what would happen next. Disney then announced its own in-house streaming service, to be launched in 2019, featuring both existing media library and original content to really draw in subscribers to check them out.
Recently Disney has finally given a name to their in-development platform that has been referred to only as their “streaming service” over the past few months. Now fans can look forward next year to the opening of Disney+ (pronounced “Plus”), with its content falling under five particular Disney sub-brand labels.
Here are the label subcategories for all content old and new that would be found in Disney+ upon its launch:
Disney – Animated Canon, classic family-oriented films, beloved Disney Afternoon and later animated series
Pixar – their animated films and shorts
Marvel – Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, TV series, Marvel Animation content, new programs
Star Wars – all films in the saga, all Star Wars Story anthology spinoffs, Lucasfilm animated series, new programs
National Geographic – documentaries and reality programming
It’s hard to fathom for some, how the 10th Anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached its “high point” when the bad guy erased many of said MCU heroes along with half the living organisms in the Universe with a finger-snap in Avengers: Infinity War. That’s just how it is.
But not all is doom and gloom. Disney-Marvel did bring out some nice merchandising stuff to celebrate a decade of MCU awesomeness. We’ve seen that with the golden-hued anniversary posters. Now Classic Stills is offering image prints from 17 of the many MCU films released thus far since 2008.
Each still is taken from the MCU photo archives as part of the official 10th-Anniversary Marvel Cinematic Universe Limited-Edition Fine Art Collection. Each image is printed to only 100 copies each, hand-framed and numbered with an accompanying Certificate of Authenticity.
We’ll list the images available:
Iron Man (2008, $149-$495) – Tony Stark testing the repulsor gauntlet
Avengers: Infinity War (2018, $325) – Thanos profile shot
Black Panther (2018, $149-$495) – T’Challa preparing to drop from his Wakandan hover-ship
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017, $325) – Baby Groot dancing in opening credits
Thor: The Dark World (2013, $149-$495) – Thor with Mjolnir
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, $325) – Hulk listening to Natasha’s “lullaby”
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011, $149-$495) – Cap in “HYDRA base assault” montage, with fiery background
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, $325) – the Guardians move out
Avengers (2012, $149-$495) – Natasha tied to a chair (but not “really” a captive)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018, $149-$495) – Scott/Ant-Man in front of the Quantum Universe tunnel
Thor: Ragnarok (2017, $325) – “Revengers” at the Bifrost confronting Hela
Iron Man 2 (2010, $149-$495) – Iron Man suits in storage
Doctor Strange (2016, $149-$495) – Stephen checking his injured hands
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014, $325) – Cap in SHIELD costume
Ant-Man (2015, $149-$495) – Ant-Man suit in Pym’s safe
Thor (2011, $149-$495) – behind-the-camera view of Thor talking to Loki
Iron Man 3 (2013, $149-$495) – behind-the-camera view of Tony wearing wrecked armor in snowy wood
These images can be order from the Classic Stills Fine Art Gallery here. Supplies are limited (100 copies each) so interested collectors had better hurry.