Alden Ehrenreich Cast as Young Han Solo

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 10, 2016.

After months of speculations and casting auditions, we now know who will play a younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character, Han Solo

Deadline has confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!, Blue Jasmine) will star as the title character in the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo movie.

Not much is currently known about the Han Solo standalone film aside that it will take place, like Rogue One, during the time between Episodes 3 and 4, and will deal with how Han Solo became the roguish smuggler that we first met at the cantina in A New Hope.

The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street), and is written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens) and his son Jon.

Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo is currently set for release on May 25, 2018.

Source- Deadline

Marvel’s Inhumans Pulled From Release Schedule

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 26, 2016.

Last year, Marvel unveiled their film lineup for Phase 3.0. One of the films in that lineup was for an Inhumans movie which was orginially slated for 2018. It was later pushed back to 2019 and now it appears to have no set release date whatsoever.

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Marvel’s Inhumans has been pulled from Disney’s release schedule indefinitely.

Since the original announcement for the Inhumans movie in 2014, the Phase 3.0 release schedule has been filled in with Spider-Man: Homecoming (July, 2017), Ant-Man and the Wasp (July, 2018), and Indiana Jones 5 (2019) even though that movie is from their parent company Disney.

“Since we made our initial Phase 3.0 announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us,”Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said. “We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time.”

When asked if the Inhumans film would be ditched altogether, Feige responded with, “No. It’s a question of when.”

The film is still in development but will most likely appear in theaters in either 2020 or sometime afterwards as part of Marvel’s Phase 4.0 lineup. While the Inhumans have already appeared and made their presence known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, they haven’t made quiet the same impact in the films just yet. It is unknown if this delay will have any affect on the show yet.

Source- Collider

Big Hero 6 Animated Series Coming to Disney XD

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 3, 2016.

Big Hero 6, the award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios film based on the characters and concepts from Marvel Comics, may not be getting a traditional film sequel anytime soon, but it will at least be followed up with an animated series on Disney XD instead.

Big Hero 6 The Series will pick up where the movie left off and will follow Hiro, Baymax, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Fred, and Go Go as they defend their city from scientifically enhanced villains while Hiro will face the challenges of being San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s newest prodigy and all the social hurdles that entails.

Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who collaborated on Kim Possible, will executive produce the series and Nick Filippi will serve as a supervising director.

“Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world class animated series…” Disney Channels Worldwide President Gary Marsh said in a statement.

It’s currently unknown if any of the voice actors from the film will be reprising their roles for the show or if the show will also share the same art style as the movie.

Big Hero 6 The Series is now in production and is set to debut in 2017.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

No Thanos or Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 12, 2016.

Next year we’ll be seeing the sequel to 2014’s surprise hit movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. With production now officially underway for the film, we’re starting to get some more information in regards to the cast and which characters and items will be returning for the sequel. From the sound of it, it looks like The Mad Titan Thanos and the Infinity Stones won’t be making a return in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

During a Facebook Q&A session, fans asked writer and directer James Gunn about what they could expect from the upcoming follow-up film. Thanos eventually came up as a topic.

“Thanos isn’t in this movie,” he confirmed. “I think he’s gonna have a little bit to do and say when it comes to a certain wars and infinity. We’ve got other fish to fry in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We’re not really so much about the Infinity Stones in Guardians 2. Is that a spoiler? It’s not really a thing.”

“I’m dealing with this one story. It’s not like I have to change something now for something in the future. It’s more like whatever happens in the future will have to be changed by what’s created now.”

Thanos played by Josh Brolin, first appeared in 2012’s Avengers. Since then, he’s appeared in multiple films as a background figure that is manipulating certain parties and events from the shadows in order to acquire the six Infinity Stones and take on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Infinity War. While Thanos hasn’t really done anything in the movies yet, his longest amount of scene time was in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Drax and Gamora, two of the main leads, have a personal history with him.

Infinity_stones_lowOut of the six Infinity Stones, the green and orange stones (which many speculate to be the Time and Soul Gem) are the only two that have yet to appear in any of the movies. In Guardians of the Galaxy, we saw the origin story of the Stones and the first appearance of the Orb aka the purple stone (possibly the Power Gem). The Tesseract aka the blue stone (possibly the Space Gem) was featured in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2012’s Avengers, the Aether aka the red stone (possibly the Reality Gem) was featured in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, and the yellow stone which has been confirmed as the Mind Stone, was inside of Loki’s Scepter in 2012’s Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since Marvel wants the stones to spell out Thanos, the next two will probably have H and N at the beginning of their titles.

guardians-galaxyWith Phase Three about to begin this May with Captain America: Civil War, only a handful of movies are set to come out before Avengers: Infinity War and most fans were expecting to see more of the Mad Titan in Guardians 2 due to his relationship with some of these characters. Fans were also expecting to see the Soul Gem in the movie due to a cocoon that appeared in last film that looked like it belonged to Adam Warlock or the Time Gem since the original Guardians of the Galaxy comic book run was filled with time traveling elements.

While we don’t know when Thanos is set to make his next appearance in the movies, we can probably expect to see the orange and green stones turn up in either 2016’s Doctor Strange, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, or in 2019’s Captain Marvel.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is currently in pre-production and will be released on May 5, 2017. Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 will hit theaters on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 respectively.

Ewan McGregor Rumored to be in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 9, 2016.

The Star Wars prequel movies have been panned for years but most people seem to agree that Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the only good things to come out of them. Now it seems that McGregor might be reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi once again in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The new rumor comes Kristian Harloff from Schmoes Know and Collider Jedi Council, in a tweet he posted saying: “Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan Mcgregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.”

While this is still merely an unsourced and unconfirmed rumor, it would make sense since McGregor did already have a brief voice cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When Rey experiences a Force-vision after touching Luke’s lightsaber, we hear the line “Rey? These are your first steps”, from Obi-Wan Kenobi. The line is delivered, thanks to some movie magic, partially by Sir Alec Guinness and partially by McGregor, both of whom played the character in their own respective trilogies. You can watch McGregor talk about his role in Episode VII on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to release in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Darkwing Duck Returns to Comics

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on January 22, 2016.

Several months ago, an article circulated on the net promising a new Darkwing Duck animated series that would have both the “same energy and bumbling crime-fighting spirit” while also being a darker re-imagining of the character. It was eventually discovered that the article was merely an April Fools joke. While it is disappointing to hear that Darkwing Duck won’t be returning to television anytime soon, it appears as though we will at least be seeing him once again in the form of comics instead.

This April, Joe Books will be publishing a new Darkwing Duck ongoing series with writer Aaron Sparrow and artist James Silvani at the helm, both of whom have worked on the previous Darkwing Duck comic book that was published by Boom! Studios in 2011. Andrew Dalhouse, Deron Bennett, and Jesse Post will also be on the creative team.

The original Darkwing Duck animated series was a spin-off of DuckTales that aired from 1991-1992 on the Disney Channel before moving over to ABC. It featured the adventures of mild-mannered Drake Mallard who fought crime by night as the caped vigilante Darkwing Duck along with his sidekicks Gosalyn and Launchpad McQuac. The series was created by Tad Stones, who envisioned Darkwing Duck as a parody of several classic pulp heroes like Batman, the Shadow, the Sandman, Doc Savage, and the Lone Ranger.

Expect to see the new Darkwing Duck ongoing comic book series on shelves sometime in April, 2016.

Source- Bleeding Cool

Marvel Studios Separated From Marvel Entertainment

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on August 27, 2015.

After reported “years of frustration,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will now report directly to Disney Studio Chief Alan Horn instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios often fell under the scrutinized thumb of Perlmutter, who is supposedly infamous for his extreme frugality, but this change will now see the highly profitable studio doing more under the arm of Walt Disney Studios.

“Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn,” said a spokesperson from Disney.

Largely credited with overseeing a slate of over twelve films that have grossed billions of dollars, Feige reportedly vented his unhappiness to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger, leading to the reorganization, which took effect last week. This move will allow Feige more creative freedom and support as Marvel moves into its Phase Three slate of films, which will include Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2, and Inhumans.

While the film division reports to Disney now, the company’s Television department led by Jeph Loeb, will still remain under Perlmutter’s oversight, along with the animation, game, and publishing operations.

Source– The Hollywood Reporter