Greetings Exiles! Lots of superhero tidbits came out this week, from James Gunn’s tendency to hilariously troll Instagrammers to an alternate Black Panther costume design to the comic den statue you never knew you wanted (you all missed reading that, didn’t you?).
Buckle in and bring your own bibs.
Right off the bat, Dr Who and Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay has expressed an interest in a She-Hulk movie. The Green Legal Machine is notably absent from the MCU lineup and unlike some other characters (*cough* Fantastic Four), there should be no red tape issues in bringing her to the big screen.
Thematically though, I always felt that She-Hulk was a bit of an anomaly; her existence somewhat undercuts the pathos of the original Hulk’s character but on the other hand bringing another strong female lead to the MCU can’t be a bad thing.
The difference between She-Hulk and Hulk is that she loved being She-Hulk. She was the Tank Girl of earlier days in terms of being able to say what she wanted, and when she became She-Hulk, it was like an opening of the door to freedom, to be the person that you wish you could be. That you’re stopped from being as a woman. And that’s the version of She-Hulk that I would love to embrace.
Thanks to Screenrant.
The Russo Brothers are hard at work getting Avengers: The Infinity War filmed and the latest addition to the fray is Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as Doctor Strange. But in the meantime, it’s safe to say that Joe and Anthony are possibly going a little crazy from the complicated filming process and have taken to leaving Riddler-like clues all over their Twitter account.
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) June 14, 2017
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) February 27, 2017
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) July 24, 2015
Fan speculation abounds (of course) but my theory is that monkeys simply got a hold of someone’s phone. It’s pretty obvious.
Edit: There is a fair amount of speculation and mystery surrounding this account. It’s never been confirmed as being official, but it has also not been called into question by those who would know. Like I said, monkeys.
On the subject of Tweets, Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor Andy Park recently showed an alternate Black Panther costume design. While not straying too far from the one that made it on-screen, this version seems a little more Dark Knight-esque, with segmented armor pieces and is lacking the signature metallic claw inlays around the neck.
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) June 15, 2017
Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been having a ball on Instagram, engaging in a light hearted trolling campaign against someone pretending to be MCU president Kevin Feige.
Gunn, whom the fake Feige accused of being “drunk,” also let loose with a bunch of “spoilers” in his online chat, like who the surprise guest star in Black Panther will be (Predator); the revelation of Peter Parker’s real identity at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming (Venom); and that the end credits of Thor: Ragnarok will feature comic strip icon Popeye (“You didn’t spent six months getting the rights from King Features for nothing!” Gunn exclaims)
Gunn also used Instagram to show a new behind-the-scenes photo, featuring himself, Sylvester Stallone (Stakar Ogord) and Michael Rosenbaum in Martinex motion-capture makeup.
#GotGPicoftheDay with Martinex (@themichaelrosenbaum) and Stakar (@officialslystallone). Rosey is one of my best friends in the world – we've been laughing and crying together for many years – and Sly is of course one of my great heroes, a true icon, and funny as hell. So these days on Contraxia were some of the most fun during the production of #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2. The movie is still out and going strong in theaters all over the world, so go see it this weekend!!! #gotgvol2 #film #movie #behindthescenes #marvel #marvelstudios #instagood #sylvesterstallone #Ravagers
Speaking of Kevin Feige (the real one, not some bored-yet-entrepreneurial fan), the success of Fox Studios’ R-Rated superhero features has been the subject of some discussion both internally at Marvel Studios and across the internet at large.
With both Logan and Deadpool achieving critical and financial success for the X-Men universe, it stands to reason that Marvel Studios would possibly aim a project or two towards the hard-R market in the future.
Feige had this to say, reflecting on the very beginnings of of his tenure at Marvel Studios:
I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they sort of hid the fact it was Marvel. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now
Continuing his interview on Facebook with AlloCiné, Feige also addressed the rumors that Sony’s recently announced Venom film (starring Tom Hardy and directed by Ruben Fleischer) would be a part of the MCU. Forthrightly, it seems to be a definite “no”.
For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.
According to OmegaUnderground, Venom will begin filming in Atlanta and New York on September 1st, with a slated October 5th, 2018 release date.
On the DC Extended Universe side of things, the overwhelming triumph of Wonder Woman, which just reached global box office earnings of 483.2 million dollars not only opens the doors to hopefully more female-led superhero blockbusters but also some pretty amazing merchandising.
High-end action figure creators NECA have just unveiled their life-size Wonder Woman statue; standing at an impressive 6’1″, the figure is hand painted latex and foam, with synthetic hair and is certain to be a living room talking point on date night.
On the development side of things, DC Films President Geoff Johns has also been having a little bit of fun on social media with some unexpected plans for the upcoming Justice League movie:
Did I mention we're going to put Spider-Man and Scooby Doo in it? https://t.co/ayKbTrGPeW
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) June 15, 2017
To be clear, it’s all in jest; Joss Whedon won’t be reshooting the entirety of Justice League and Spider-Man definitely won’t be in it.