Some exciting stuff coming out of Comic-Con this weekend in San Diego! A Series of announcements have been made as to the next set of Films to come out in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of them features our v. own Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) in the titual role of Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings!
Feige kicked off with an overview of the feature film “The Eternals,” an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige introduced the director, Chloé Zhao, followed by stars from the film, including, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
“The Eternals” will make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in theatres on November 6, 2020.
THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER
Feige brought news on the Disney+ original series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” which pairs up two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most popular heroes—Sam Wilson aka The Falcon and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier—in a series of action-filled adventures as they fight together against evil after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”
Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) came on stage to greet the fans, and it was revealed that Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo.
“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is set to debut on Disney+ in the fall of 2020.
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
Feige spoke about the feature film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and detailed how the legend has been hinted at in the MCU films since the first “Iron Man.”
In an unanticipated surprise for all, Kevin Feige then announced the confirmed casting of Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-Chi and both the actor and the director, Destin Daniel Cretton, came on stage to greet the audience. Kevin also shared with the audience the casting of Awkwafina in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. Then, Kevin revealed to the Hall H audience that the real Mandarin will be played by celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be in theatres on February 12, 2021.
Next, Feige offered the latest on “WandaVision,” a Disney+ original series where Paul Bettany reprises the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen returns to her role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
Bettany and Olsen were joined on stage by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris, and Feige announced that Parris will be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced to audiences in “Captain Marvel.”
“WandaVision” premieres on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.
Feige offered news on “Loki,” a Marvel Studios original series streaming on Disney+ in the spring of 2021. Tom Hiddleston—back in his role of the mercurial Loki, the god of mischief and everyone’s favorite villain—received a huge welcome from fans when Feige brought him out on stage.
Then to the delight of the audience, Hiddleston answered the biggest question from “Avengers: Endgame”: “Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone?”
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
Feige introduced the second film in the “Doctor Strange” franchise, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,”and called the director, Scott Derrickson, and star Benedict Cumberbatch to the stage to a rousing welcome.
In a surprise twist, Feige brought out Elizabeth Olsen, who also stars in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and they talked about how “WandaVision”—the Disney+ series that Olsen will star in as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch—connects directly to the feature-film storyline.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theatres on May 7, 2021.
Feige offered new information on “What If…?,” the first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “What If…?” is being created exclusively for Disney+ and features stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel universe.
Feige mentioned that many actors from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles as voice talent in the series. He then surprised the audience by bringing Jeffrey Wright to the stage and introducing him as the voice of the popular character The Watcher in the new series.
“What If…?” joins the Disney+ lineup in the summer of 2021.
Jeremy Renner came on stage and revealed the previously undisclosed title of the Hawkeye Disney+ original series. He joined Kevin Feige to give exciting news about “Hawkeye,” including details about Kate Bishop, a character well-known in Marvel comics, who will be an integral part of the series.
“Hawkeye” launches on Disney+ in the fall of 2021.
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
Feige talked about the next Thor film, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will be the fourth feature film in the “Thor” franchise. It was revealed that Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder.
Director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman all came on stage for the presentation, eliciting a wild response from the Hall H audience who are looking forward to the film’s November 5, 2021 debut in theatres.
Feige officially announced the feature film “Black Widow,” which is slated for a May 1, 2020 release in theatres, making it the first film of Phase Four to hit the big screen.
Feige surprised the audience with the first footage from “Black Widow,” which is currently in production. The film is directed by Cate Shortland who was on hand to greet the Hall H audience along with Scarlett Johansson, reprising her role of Natasha Romanoff, as well as newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
Following the “Black Widow” presentation, Feige had another big surprise up his sleeve for the enthusiastic Hall H crowd. He was joined on stage by actor Mahershala Ali and then announced the new Marvel Studios feature film “Blade” that Ali will star in.
It’s Memorial Day in the U.S., which means tons of Box Office activity as some blockbuster new releases hit theatres this weekend. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE prevails over the North American Box Office with $66 million in its debut from 4,150 theatres for 20th Century Fox. Critics gave this installment mixed reviews with a 49% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences thought much better of it with an A CinemaScore.
Disney‘s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS debuts in second with $29 million from 3,763 theatres. Critics gave it a 29% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences loved it with an A- CinemaScore.
Last week’s champ THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE slips to third with $20 million still for Sony Pictures, from 3,932 theatres. Thus far it has made $74 million in North America.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is in fourth with $16.5 million for Disney, from 3,395 theatres. It has made $378 million thus far in its domestic run.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING earns $9.4 million in it second week out for Universal Pictures, bringing its run so far to $40 million.
THE NICE GUYS in its second week out makes $6.8 million for Warner Bros., a cumulative $24 million thus far made.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is ZOOTOPIA earning $866k in its thirteenth week out for Disney!
Soaring high, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE debuts at the top spot for Sony Pictures with $39 million from 3,932 theatres. Voiced by the likes of Josh Gad, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, it gets a B+ CinemaScore, with 42% from Critics on the Tomatometer.
Slipping to second spot ths weekend with $32 million from 4,226 theatres for Disney is CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. In three weeks it has made a whopping $364 million!
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING debuts in third with $22.8 million for Universal Pictures from 3,348 theatres. It gets a B CinemaScore and a 61% on the Tomatometer. By contrast, its 2014 predecessor opened with $49 million.
In its sixth week, THE JUNGLE BOOK lands in fourth with $11.3 million for Disney. It now tallies in at $327 million domestically.
Debuting in fifth with $11 million for Warner Bros. is THE NICE GUYS starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. It plays in 2,865 theatres across North America. It gets a B- CinemaScore. Critically, it was a smash with 90% on the Tomatometer.
MONEY MONSTER slips to sixth in its second week out $6.8 million for Sony Pictures. In two weeks it has made $28.9 million.
MOTHER’S DAY rounds out the Top Ten with $1.1 million for Open Road Films/Elevation Pictures.
For a second straight week, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR absolutely dominates the Box Office with $70 million in its second weekend from 4,226 theatres for Disney/Marvel. Its two week tally comes to $293 million in North America alone.
THE JUNGLE BOOK makes it a Disney double in second with $17 million now in its fifth week, a total of $310 million grossed domestically.
MONEY MONSTER opens in third with $14 million from 3,104 theatres for Sony Pictures. The satire-thriller directed by Jodie Foster starring Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell and George Clooney earns a 55% on the Tomatometer from Critics and also a B+ CinemaScore from Audiences.
Horror THE DARKNESS debuts in fourth with $5.5 million from 1,755 theatres for Hightop Releasing, out only in the U.S. It stars Kevin Bacon and gets a C CinemaScore and a 0% on the Tomatometer.
MOTHER’S DAY is in fifth this weekend with $3.3 million for Open Road Films/Elevation Pictures, nearing the $30 million mark.
KEANU is in eight with $1.8 million for Warner Bros., totaling $18 million over three weeks.
THE BOSS rounds-out the Top Ten with $1 million in its sixth week out for Universal Pictures, just having surpassed $60 million.
There never was any doubt about it, but CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opens with a big commotion, earning $178 million in its debut for Disney/Marvel from 4,226 theatres. It equally is a hit with Critics and Audiences, getting both a 91% on the Tomatometer and A CinemaScore respectively. This makes it the 5th highest opening ever for a Marvel Film behind Marvel’s The Avengers‘ 2012 opening of $207 million.
Only to be outdone by its fellow studio release, THE JUNGLE BOOK slips to second spot after a three week domination, with $22.8 million from 4,144 theatres. Thus far it has made$285 million in North America alone.
MOTHER’S DAY is in third this namesake weekend with $7 million from 3,141 theatres for Elevation Pictures/Open Road Films. It has made $18.8 million in two weeks.
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR lands in fourth this weekend with $3.3 million for Universal Pictures, now in its third week out. It has just surpassed $40 million in earnings.
KEANU is in sixth with $3.1 million for Warner Bros., bringing its two week total to $15.1 million.
THE BOSS is seventh with $1.7 million for Universal Pictures in its fifth week, almost crossing the $60-million mark.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.2 million for Warner Bros., bringing its total to $324 million over seven weeks.
Premiering right during Super Bowl 50, this new TV Spot for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR was just unveiled! And did you know that there are some official emojis for those of you on Twitter to use too? Are you #TEAMCAP or #TEAMIRONMAN?
When the government sets up a governing body to oversee the Avengers, the team splinters into two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.
See the Spot:
Marvel Entertainment Canada release CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR on Friday, May 6, 2016.
If you’re anything like me then you like to plan ahead. Luckily our friends at Walt Disney Studios feel the same way and have already mapped out what can only be described as an epic 2016. Whether you like animated animals, space operas in far away galaxies, comic book superheroes, or all of the above then Disney has just the Movie for you.
The year will kick off with The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. This IMAX 3D adventure is based on the true story a daring Coast Guard rescue mission.
Jon Favreau helms the new remake of the 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book. Neel Sethi ‘s Mowgli is the only live action character in a CGI jungle populated with a voice cast that includes Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson.
Johnny Depp fans will rejoice when he returns as the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Sacha Baron Cohen will join the Wonderland family as Time in this Tim Burton-produced Sequel.
Later in the year another remake will hit the screen: Pete’s Dragon starring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard.
July 1st will be more than simply Canada day in 2016 as it is also the day Steven Spielberg‘s The BFG will finally hit the big screen. Based on the beloved children’s classic by Roald Dahl this Movie is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.
If superheroes are more your thing then you have probably been salivating for news about Captain America: Civil War. The new trailer is scheduled to play in theatres before Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is sure to electrify fans.
Benedict Cumberbatch will also be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in November as Doctor Strange.
December 2016 will bring a new Star Wars Movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tells the tale of the rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star. The Movie takes place between the events in Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Finally, nothing says Disney like animation. In June, Pixar will return to a familiar family of fish in Finding Dory.
November finds Disney in Hawaii for Moana, the story of a girl in search of a fabled island. Moana is helped along the way by a demi-god voiced by Dwayne Johnson. Broadway fans may be intrigued to hear that music by Lin-Manuel Miranda will be featured.
The biggest Canadian news from Disney Animation is Zootopia. Set in a world completely devoid of humans, Zootopia’s anthropomorphic residents live in a modern world where animals just happen to walk, talk, and dress like people. One of the inhabitants of this animal world is newscaster Peter Moosebridge voiced by the CBC’s own Peter Mansbridge.
With these must-see Movies on your radar 2016 is sure to be a movie-tastic year.
There certainly was destruction at the Box Office this weekend as Godzilla clobbers its way past its competition, opening to a stellar $93.2-million opening this weekend from 3,952 theatres in its debut for Warner Bros.! Made for $195 million, the British Columbia-filmed Blockbuster from Director Gareth Edwards, just in Toronto this week, looks quickly to make a profit for the Studio. Critics the Film starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson a 72% on the Tomatometer and similarly, Audiences gave it a B+ CinemaScore.
Neighbors after a fantastic opening last weekend, finds itself in second spot this weekend, still performing v. well with $26 million for Universal Pictures. By mid-week it should surpass the $100-million mark already.
In its third week out, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 places third with $16.8 million. To date it has grossed $172 million domestically.
Million Dollar Arm opens in fourth spot with $10.5 million for Disney. Critics gave the Baseball Dramedy starring Jon Hamm and Lake Bell (also just in Toronto this week) a mixed 59% rating on the Tomatometer. Audiences however, loved it and gave it an A CinemaScore.
The Other Woman is in fifth spot with $6.3 million in its fourth week out for 20th Century Fox. It just surpassed the $70-million mark in North America.
Captain America: The Winter Solider in its seventh week surpasses the $250-million mark with $4 million earned this weekend. It sits in eighth spot this weekend, showing big resilience.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return rounds-out the Top ten with $1.9 million in its second week out.
Who said Rom-Coms were dead? The Other Woman takes the top of the Box Office this weekend across North America, earning $24.7 million from 3,204 theatres in its debut for 20th Century Fox. Starring Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Cameron Diaz, the Comedy centers around three Women who are all involved with the same Man. Audiences gave it a solid B+ Cinemascore, while Critics gave it a 25% on the Tomatometer only.
Former Champ Captain America: The Winter Soldier in its fourth week slips to second with $15.9 million, making it surpass $223 million in earnings, breaking the Record for highest-grossing April release of all time.
Heaven is Real continues to be highly bankable for Sony Pictures, in third this weekend with $13.9 million in its second week out. It just broke the $50-million mark in North America.
Rio 2 finds itself in fourth for 20th Century Fox also, with $12.7 million, just ahead of VVS Films/Relativity Media‘s Brick Mansions which opens in fifth spot with $9.6 million. The Montreal-made Film is one of Paul Walker‘s final Films, getting a 28% rating on the Tomatometer and a B+ CinemaScore.
The Quiet Ones opens in eighth spot for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films with a 39% on the Tomatometer and a C+ CinemaScore. The Horror stars Sam Claflin and Jared Harris.
A Haunted House 2 rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.8 million for Open Road Films/VVS Films in its second week out.
For a third consecutive week, Captain America: The Winter Solider dominates the Box Office this Easter Weekend, bringing-in a hefty $26.6 million. To-date, the Sequel has grossed $200 million in North America for Disney, warding-off a challenge from Rio 2 once again.
Repeating last week’s second place finish, 20th Century Fox‘s Rio 2 earns $22.5 million this weekend, a two-week total of $75.9 million.
Religious-themed Heaven is for Real in its debut, opens with a surprising $22.2 million from 2,417 theatres for Sony Pictures. Starring Greg Kinnear, Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church and Kelly Reilly, the Film is a True Story about a Father who must find the strength and conviction to share his Son’s extraordinary experience with the World. Audiences gave it an A CinemaScore, while Critics gave it a 56% on the Tomatometer.
Sci-Fi-Thriller,Transcendence, opens in fourth for Warner Bros. with $11.2 million from 3,455 theatres, below expectations. The Film starring Rebecca Hall and Johnny Depp didn’t fare well with Critics, tallying 20% on the Tomatometer and a C+ CinemaScore from Audiences.
A Haunted House 2 opens with $9.1 million in fifth for Open Road Films, from 2,310 theatres. The Marlon Wayans Spoof Comedy couldn’t quite top its Predecessor which debut last Spring with $18 million. Critics gave it 7% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it a B- CinemaScore.
Rounding-out the Top Ten are God’s Not Dead with $4.9 million in its fifth week, followed by Disney Nature‘s Bears with $4.7 million from 1,720 theatres, the latter receiving a stellar 88% rating on the Tomatometer and a great A CinemaScore.