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'The Suicide Squad' Adds Steve Agee As The Voice Of King Shark


Rumors may have had James Gunn turning to his buddy Michael Rooker to play King Shark in The Suicide Squad, but it will instead be another actor the director is very familiar with. Deadline reports comedian Steve Agee will voice King Shark in the DCEU sequel/reboot which Gunn will write and direct.

King Shark is exactly what his name implies, a giant humanoid shark. It's unclear if Agee will be doing motion-capture for it or if the character will be fully-CGI. Agee previously worked with Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 where he played Gef, one of the Ravagers. He also had a role in the Gunn-produced superhero horror, Brightburn.  Agee joins a cast that includes Margot Robbie as Harley, Quinn, Idris Elba in an unspecified role, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, plus Storm Reid and Flula Borg.

The Suicide Squad opens August 6th 2021.

Tom Holland Says He Will "Continue Playing Spider-Man" But It Will Be "Different"


It's been an emotional week for fans still distraught at the thought of Spider-Man leaving the MCU for Sony, but think about how this has been for the guy actually in the suit. Tom Holland has kept quiet all this time, but that was going to be impossible with D23 taking place. He was there to promote his upcoming Pixar movie, Onward, which sees him partnered up with Marvel pal Chris Pratt. But it was inevitable he'd have to speak on the whole Spider-Man situation, and it seems Holland has made his peace with whatever happens in the future.

“It’s been a crazy week,” Holland told fans from the stage, “but I want you to know I am grateful from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3,000.”

Obviously, he's referencing one of the unforgettable lines from Avengers: Endgame, uttered by Spider-Man's mentor Tony Stark shortly before his big sacrifice.

Because of that, it almost sounded like Holland's way of saying goodbye to the MCU which has been his home for the last couple of years and five movies. And that sense of farewell continued in his backstage comments to EW, in which he insists his days as Spider-Man are not over, wherever the wallcrawler ends up...

“We’ve made five great movies. It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however, we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

Marvel's Kevin Feige, who has been at the center of the controversy, also sounded as if he's ready to say goodbye to Spider-Man for now...

“I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy. We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”


Pixar Gets Deep with New Film 'Soul'


Pixar is looking to answer life's deepest and most difficult questions with their new film Soul. The story follows Joe Gardner, who will be voice by Jamie Foxx and will be Pixar's first African-American lead. The story so far seems like it's taking a page from the book of Inside Out where they personified emotions to help a generation of kids understand their feeling. This time it's going cosmic, meta-physical even (their words) and diving into the details of what makes us want certain things, or live certain ways. From the D23 expo we get the plot:
Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you … you? Soul takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.

The film won't just be covering these deep waters but it will also feature Pixar's first majority POC cast, something that's somewhat surprising considering how many films they've released at this point. 

Jamie Foxx as Joe Gardner


Soul hit's theaters June 19, 2020




Kit Harington Revealed As Black Knight In 'The Eternals', Gemma Chan Is Sersi


Sometimes the simple answer is perfectly okay.  Yesterday, we learned Kit Harington had been cast in an upcoming Marvel movie which, at the time, was being kept a secret. I posited the idea he would be joining Shang-Chi and definitely not The Eternals because that seemed too easy. But I was wrong, and that's fine because Harington is joining The Eternals cast, but not as an Eternal. Instead, he's playing the Black Knight, a character rumored to be coming to the MCU for quite some time.

The reveal was made today during the Marvel Studios presentation at D23. Harington joins the cosmic Marvel film about a race of immortals created by the omnipotent Celestials to defend humanity from their monstrous cousins, the Deviants. Black Knight, aka Dane Whitman, is a human known for wielding the powerful and cursed Ebony Blade.  


Black Knight formed a romantic relationship with Avengers teammate, Sersi, who we now know will be played by Gemma Chan, making her return to the MCU after playing Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel. She's known as the Eternal closest to humanity, which leads me to think her romance with Dane Whitman will be central to the movie.  Together, both characters were once integral to the Avengers, basically co-leading the team at one point. I wouldn't be surprised to see something like that emerge in the MCU. 

Here is Marvel's official statement on the full casting: Feige segued to next year’s “The Eternals,” inviting cast members from the much-anticipated film to the stage: Richard Madden, who portrays the all-powerful Ikaris; Kumail Nanjiani, who plays cosmic-powered Kingo; Lauren Ridloff, who portrays the super-fast Makkari, the first deaf hero in the MCU; Brian Tyree Henry, who plays the intelligent inventor Phastos; Salma Hayek, who plays the wise and spiritual leader Ajak; Lia McHugh, who portrays the eternally young, old-soul Sprite; Don Lee, who plays the powerful Gilgamesh; and Angelina Jolie, who stars as the fierce warrior Thena. Feige revealed concept art images of each character, and announced three new cast members and their characters: Gemma Chan, who plays humankind-loving Sersi; Kit Harington, who was cast as non-Eternal Dane Whitman, and Barry Keoghan, who portrays aloof loner Druig, and was on hand for the event. Directed by Chloé Zhao, who helmed the critically acclaimed Sundance film “The Rider,” “The Eternals” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2020.

Marvel Sets 'Black Panther 2' For May 6th 2022


Compared to yesterday, today's D23 was somewhat quiet. But that doesn't mean Marvel didn't have at least one bombshell to drop. We'll get to the stuff about Eternals and Spider-Man in a later post, but this one has to do with one of the most anticipated MCU sequels not announced at Comic-Con a few weeks ago: Black Panther 2. It has a date, and that date has significance.

Marvel's Kevin Fiege and writer/director Ryan Coogler revealed Black Panther 2 will hit theaters on May 6th 2022. That's all we know about it, other than to expect much of the cast to return. Martin Freeman has been talking lately about his return as agent Everett K. Ross, so he'll be back, too. As for those Namor rumors? Well, nothing on the Atlantean king was revealed today.

The first week of May has been the home of prior films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It's also when we can expect to see Black Widow and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That date means something for Marvel, as they usually hold it as one of their tentpole dates.

We had expected Guardians of the Galaxy 3 would drop on May 6th 2022, but this seems to indicate that sequel is further off than we thought.  It may not be ready for that year at all, or it'll drop on another of the dates being kept aside for that year, in February or July.

So all you Black Panther fans out there, are you ready for a return trip to Wakanda?

Netflix Drops Tease for 'Breaking Bad' Sequel 'El Camino', Announces Release Date


I guess Netflix wasn't content with Disney taking all the bandwidth of the internet this weekend for Star Wars and Marvel, so they went ahead and dropped a teaser for that Breaking Bad sequel that's been rumored. There's not much to the 1 minute clip shows a junkie in an interrogation room aluding to a man chained in a box, by the end of the clip he name drops the Yeah Bitch! man himself, Jesse Pinkman. Pinkman, if you remember, ended out the Breaking Bad  series driving away from Heisenberg. Sadly it sounds like that drive didn't end in freedom and happiness. The trailer ends with a date announcement, 10-11-19, so you'll only have to wait a month and a half to get the full scoop.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments!


Palpatine Looms Large Over D23's 'The Rise of Skywalker' Poster


It looks like that maniacal and familiar laugh at the end of the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker was more then just a clever marketing ploy. The new poster, just released at the annual D23 expo, shows the supposedly dead Emperor Palpatine in his usual place looking over and possibly orchestrating a battle between light and dark. One thing is for sure, episode 9 is about to take us on a sharp turn from everything we've come to expect from JJ Abrams sequel trilogy. That turn may be in part due to the turn that Rian Johnson decided to take from the start that Abrams put in place but we'll never know the truth about that. One thing is for sure, the ending we are going to get is going to be epic.

Review: Tilda Cobham-Hervey's Career Is Ignited With 'Burn'


They say that popular film genres can represent where we are politically. Vampire films of the mid 2000s flourished at the end of the Bush administration. The zombie narrative dominated the screens during a democratic led congress during the Obama era. With the upcoming hostage movie Villians starring Bill Skargård and Kyra Sedgwick and Ready or Not released earlier this year, we are seeing a rise in films about the hunted becoming the hunter. Whatever conclusions you want to draw about the correlation between popular genres and politics are valid, however with director Mike Gan’s new film Burn, political conclusions can be put aside for 90 minutes in this thought provoking and gut-sinking thriller. 

Taking place at the same gas station over one night, clerks Shelia (Suki Waterhouse) and Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) interact and encounter the average creep and customer you would expect to encounter during the night shift in a small town. While Shelia seems to handle her job with realistic skepticism, Melinda is riddled with unstable innocence. She trusts everyone she meets too quickly, walking around emotionally raw. Her naïveté comes to a head with the arrival of Billy (Josh Hutcherson), a loner with an anger problem and a lack of cash. After a startling first encounter and a terrible accident, Melinda and Billy push each other to an emotional breaking point and suspenseful conclusion. This psychological thriller, ironically a slow burn, questions interactions and intentions between men and women in the work place and pushes the limits of how a sympathetic a character can be.


Tilda Cobham- Hervey completely embodies the unhinged Melinda, making her seem volatile and completely sympathetic as she does unspeakable things. While she makes the role entirely her own, she plays the part with a tinge of Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. It is rare to witness the galloping start of a promising career, but if this performance is any indication of where Cobham- Hervey is going, we can expect spectacular things. 

Burn is at its best when the suspense is in Cobham-Hervey’s hands. The unpredictable nature of her character truly propels the action into uncharted and startling waters. Director and writer Mike Gan excels at getting the audience on the same emotional wavelength as the main character, while still creating a sense of shock and awe. 

Rating 3.5 out of 5

The Marvel Zombies Are Coming To Disney's 'What If...?' Series


The cool thing about the What If...? comics and, presumably, the upcoming Disney+ animated series, is that you can do literally anything. It's like Marvel's version of Black Mirror, and I think has the same kind of potential to reach audiences beyond your die-hard superhero fan. Marvel's Kevin Feige dropped some more details on the show at D23 last night, and what you really need to takeaway from it is this:

The Marvel Zombies are coming.

In the footage shown, we see a zombified Captain America in battle against his pal Bucky, confirming the arrival of the fan-favorite Marvel Zombies. The popular comic was introduced as basically a random special event, but readers loved seeing their favorite heroes as zombies so much it grew into a regular event.

The D23 presentation showed off a few more potential What If...? storylines, including Peggy Carter getting the Super Soldier serum and becoming Captain Britain, a skinny Steve Rogers piloting an Iron Man suit, and Jeffrey Wright narrating the series as Uatu the Watcher.

All of the characters that appear will be voiced by the actor who plays them in the MCU, so we get to hear Chris Evans' take on a zombie Captain America. Feige confirmed that all of Marvel's 23 movies will have a What If...? storyline dedicated to it, which is pretty damn cool.

What If...? is expected to arrive in summer 2021.

'Noelle' Trailer: Anna Kendrick And Bill Hader Bring Holiday Cheer To Disney+


At last night's D23 Expo, Disney flexed their muscles like we haven't seen since...last month at Comic-Con: Yeah, the Mouse House is the ultimate content provider at this point and it goes beyond the wealth of Marvel and Star Wars shows they have in the works for Disney+. It extends to live-action remakes such as Lady and the Tramp, and holiday comedies like Noelle, which also had its trailer debut yesterday.

Starring Anna Kendrick as Santa Claus' daughter, with Bill Hader as her brother, the film centers on her attempts to save Christmas after their father retires. The film is directed by Marc Lawrence with a cast that includes Billy Eichner, Shirley MacLaine, Bryan Brendle, and Julie Hagerty.

Under normal theatrical circumstances, Noelle looks like a movie that would be a huge hit around the holiday season. But Disney is smart, recognizing that a beloved Christmas comedy is forever, just look at Love Actually, A Christmas Story, and Elf. A thousand years from now people will still be watching those movies and buying their merchandise. Noelle could have that kind of potential and that's something a fledging streamer like Disney+ could use.

SYNOPSIS: “Noelle” stars Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner joined Sean Bailey to announce their film will premiere on Disney+ on November 12 before sharing a new trailer. In the upcoming holiday comedy, Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over from their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas

Noelle helps launch Disney+ on November 12th.