List of Licensed Toy Tie-Ins for MCU “Captain Marvel” from Diamond Select Toys

The release of a major blockbuster movie based on a “child-friendly” property like superheroes is bound to come with some tie-in merchandise. And if it’s from a powerhouse studio like Marvel Studios (under Disney), then you can expect many toy brands partnered up to bring quite the variety of products.

For instance, Captain Marvel which premieres March next year has just been announced to be having tie-ins coming out from Diamond Select Toys, the toy-making sister company of Diamond Comics Distributors. Thus far they have two products announced, but they sound quite impressive. Let’s put them in a nice list.

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  • Marvel Movie Minimates: Captain Marvel Box – 2-inch DST “minimate” minifigures with articulated and exchangeable body parts; SRP $24.99 due to release in spring 2019
  1. Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
  2. Kree Soldier Att-Lass
  3. Kree Sniper Minn-Erva
  4. Skrull Agent Nuro
  • Marvel Select: Captain Marvel (Starforce Uniform) Action Figure – 7-inch fully articulated (16 points) action figure of Captain Marvel in her Kree Starforce uniform; facial likeness of Captain Marvel film lead actress Bree Larson; SRP $24.99 due to release in summer 2019

Captain Marvel arrives in cinemas just over a month before the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, late April 2019.

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LIst of Top 5 MCU Trailers Ranked Most-Watched on YouTube (and their Rankings Overall)

It goes without saying that the films which comprise the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from Marvel Studios are nigh-guaranteed magnets for the movie-watching crowds. It’s gotten to the point that the very trailers for MCU films also draw plenty of viewers, to the point that they are among the most-watched videos on video-sharing site YouTube.

With the recent release of the trailer for next year’s Avengers: Endgame, the closing chapter of Phase 4 and the first ten years of the MCU, here now are the Top 5 most-watched trailers of the MCU franchise on YouTube:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War trailer 1 (November 29, 2017) – 216+ million views, also all-time most-viewed trailer
  2. Avengers: Infinity War trailer 2 (March 16, 2018) – 90+ million views, ninth overall most-viewed
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser (October 22, 2014) – 86+ million views, 14th place overall on YouTube
  4. Captain America: Civil War trailer 2 (March 10, 2016) – 80+million, 17th all-time most-viewed trailer
  5. Avengers: Endgame (December 7, 2018) – 72.1 million views as of Monday, the new all-time most-viewed trailer within a 24-hour period (289 million cumulative views); will soon surpass the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice SDCC trailer which is the 20th place all-time with 72.8 million.

The fourth Avengers movie for the MCU will premiere with an “ultimate game-changing showdown” on April 26, 2019 and “will end with a bombastic bang”.

List of California on Location Awards (COLA) Won by Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel”

It won’t be coming out until next year, but already Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, starring Bree Larson, is already racking up some awards. News has it that last Sunday, December 16 it received some accolades from the California on Location Awards (COLA), which honors film professionals and public employees that help movie crews shoot and do production in the state.

So it’s not an award for the actors or anyone on the main production credits, but Captain Marvel, during its location shooting in California, saw, the area get a boost of 11.7% in on-location feature film production at the start of 2018, a double-digit increase not seen since late 2015. Captain Marvel was shot in Los Angeles, Oxnard and Fresno.

Here are the COLAs won by the MCU’s Captain Marvel:

  1. Location Manager of the Year (Studio Feature Film) – Ilt Jones
  2. Location Team of the Year (Studio Feature Film) – Captain Marvel location team (10 members)
  3. Teamsters Local 399 Assistant Location Manager of the Year (Studio Feature Film) – Lee David Lee

Captain Marvel is the 21st feature installment of the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will arrive in theaters on March 2019.

List of Disney Media Arriving on Australian Streaming Service Stan

When Disney began pulling out its content on the online streaming giant Netflix, followed by the eventual announcement of their own digital streaming platform Disney+, it seemed to signal to everyone that the entertainment juggernaut will in future offer streaming of their movies and shows only within its own backyard.

But this latest development seems to debunk that theory. Disney has apparently stuck a new deal with a streaming service based outside the US. This is Stan, one of Australia’s homegrown streaming platforms, and the first to have an original program to score a nomination at the Logies (Aussie Emmys).

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This partnership will see Stan carry an astonishing number of films and TV series from Walt Disney and its various subsidiaries. Here’s the full list:

Disney-Pixar

  1. Toy Story trilogy
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. Frozen
  4. The Lion King
  5. Cars (1 and 2)
  6. Monsters (Inc. and University)
  7. Big Hero 6
  8. The Incredibles
  9. Up
  10. Wall-E
  11. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  12. Maleficent
  13. The Little Mermaid
  14. Cinderella (2015)
  15. Coco
  16. A Wrinkle in Time

Marvel

  1. Iron Man trilogy
  2. Thor trilogy
  3. Captain America (First Avenger and Winter Soldier)
  4. Avengers films (up to Infinity War)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Ant-Man
  7. Black Panther

Lucasfilm

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  2. Solo: A Star Wars Story

Disney Channel

  1. Sofia the First
  2. The Lion Guard
  3. Tangled: The Series
  4. Star Wars Rebels
  5. Andi Mack
  6. Ducktales (2017)

All these Disney goodies should already be available on Stan throughout Australia by December 14. So no, the House of Mouse isn’t hogging all its media for streaming yet.

List of Situations Covered in First Trailer for “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019

After months of having nothing to call the final installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 – and fourth Avengers film – but simply Avengers 4, we now know the movie’s subtitle with the recent release of the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame. It certainly sells the ending vibe of this first decade of the MCU.

While it’s a no-brainer that the plot of this direct sequel to the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year, would be the heroes that survived the Decimation (aka cosmic finger-snap) of Thanos assembling to take him down once and for all, were’ still short on specifics regarding how the survivors are doing before Endgame begins. We’ll enumerate the statues of characters seen in the trailer so far:

  • Tony Stark/Iron Man is adrift in space after using the Guardians of the Galaxy’s ship to escape Thanos’ home world. Losing power and air supply, he records a poignant message to Pepper Potts on his armor, not knowing if he’ll make it to Earth alive. Nebula, daughter of Thanos and “sister” of the fallen Guardian Gamora, is apparently accompanying him.
  • Thanos, triumphant in his quest to use the Infinity Stones to reduce all life in the universe by half, is in retirement at a rural world, his armor set up as a scarecrow in an alien field (a direct reference to the original Infinity Gauntlet storyline in the comic books).
  • Surviving Avengers on Earth – Steve Rogers/Captain America, Natasha Romanov/Black Widow, Bruce Banner/Hulk, and Thor – take stock of the Decimation in their HQ, including making records of prominent heroes and associates listed as missing: Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Princess Shuri of Wakanda.
  • Clint Barton/Hawkeye, unseen since Captain America: Civil War, resurfaces under a new masked identity, known in the comics as Ronin.
  • Speaking of Scott/Ant-Man, he shows up unexpectedly despite being stuck in the Quantum Realm at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, with Cap and Black Widow wondering just how.

Avengers: Endgame is due to premiere on April 26, 2019.

List of Asian Actors Being Proposed for Marvel’s Planned “Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu” Film

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.

Tentative List of Films in MCU Phase 4, After “Avengers 4”

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):

Confirmed

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

Announced

  • The Eternals
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – uncertain status following director James Gunn’s departure
  • Shang-Chi
  • Black Panther sequel

Possible

  • Doctor Strange sequel
  • Black Widow (prequel)
  • Captain Marvel sequel
  • Ms. Marvel

Fan-Compiled List of Inhabited and Habitable Worlds in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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.

MCU Planets That Are Capable Of Life For Humans from marvelstudios

Since IRON MAN

  1. Earth – center of the MCU storyline, where most Marvel super heroes are located

Since THOR

  1. Asgard – home of the Asgardians, regarded as Gods by ancient man; destroyed by Surtur in Thor Ragnarok
  2. Jotunheim – home of the Frost Giants who once sought to conquer the Nine Realms; nearly destroyed by Loki

Since GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

  1. Conjunction (prequel comic) – where Gamora was contacted by the Collector regarding the Power Stone
  2. Praxius IX (prequel comic) – alleged location of Infinity Stone of Power; investigated by Nebula
  3. Xandar – capital of the Nova Empire and Nova Corps HQ; allegedly destroyed by Thanos to claim the Power Stone

Since GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

  1. Aakon – a planet seeded by Ego; almost destroyed but saved by Ego’s death
  2. Contraxia – ice world with settlements that are favored hangouts of the Ravagers; Stakar Ogdor finds Yondu Undonta here
  3. Ego – the true form of the same-named Celestial, father to Star-Lord; was killed by his son
  4. Sovereign – home of the Sovereign Race who hired the Guardians for a job and pursued them due to theft

Since THOR RAGNAROK

  1. Sakaar – artificial world ruled by the Grandmaster, major location of the movie’s events
  2. Muspelheim – realm of the Fire Demons ruled by Surtur, setting of the movie’s prologue
  3. Niflheim – ice world prison of Odin’s rebellious daughter Hel, where she is trapped as long as Odin lives

Since AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

  1. Titan – home planet of Thanos; rendered uninhabited after he destroyed his race for disregarding his view of universal balance
  2. Vormir – hiding place of the Soul Stone, watched over by the cursed Red Skull; Thanos claims the Stone by sacrificing Gamora

Not included is Svartalfheim, the Dark Elf homeworld seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013).

List of Upcoming New Disney Attractions Revealed at “Destination D” Expo Event

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:

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  1. Guardians of the Galaxy (roller coaster)
  2. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (dark ride)
  3. Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along – France Pavilion
  4. Circle-Vision 360 Viewing Screens – new update (China Pavilion) and new film (Canada Pavilion)
  5. Replacement Show for “Illuminations” Presentation – 2020 debut; Disney properties spotlight
  6. “Epcot Forever” Fireworks Show

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions

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  1. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run – “hyper-real” cockpit ride experience
  2. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – trackless ride into Resistance- First Order battle, featuring Kylo Ren
  3. New Star Wars musical pieces from John Williams for Galaxy’s Edge

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Other

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  1. Wonderful World of Animation – projection-mapping nighttime spectacular showcase, 2019 debut
  2. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (dark ride)

Disney World Accommodations

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  1. Riviera Resort
  2. Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge

Timeline of the MCU, According to “Marvel Stud10s: The First Ten Years” Sourcebook

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.