James Bond rumors have been absolutely rampant for years now. Given we’ve known Daniel Craig will be wrapping up his run after next year’s No Time To Die, there’s been a lot of open space and time for speculation. One of the names that has been more recently bandied about has been Henry Golding, the star of last year’s Crazy Rich Asians and this year’s Last Christmas. Now he’s spoken out about how he feels about the possibility of playing James Bond.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote Last Christmas, the late night host happened to mention the actor has made the Vegas leaderboard in regards to the odds he could become James Bond. Of course, this is simply based on fan betting at this point, but it does drive home the possibility. How does Henry Golding feel about the prospect? He said:
Of course, at this point it would be foolish for Henry Golding to extrapolate out the possibility too far. That would be setting yourself up for disappointment, and if you know anything about Golding’s background you should know he’s the type of person who has smoothly transitioned from career opportunity to career opportunity by rolling with the punches and saying yes to brand new experiences when they have come his way.
In fact, in the same interview, Henry Golding spoke out about the jobs he had prior to becoming a famous name in Hollywood, which included working red carpet gigs such as those for the Harry Potter franchise movies. He also was a TV host and even a hairdresser, noting that each time he’s transitioned it’s been because he strayed from the straight lane laid out before him.
Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see if Henry Golding remains in the conversation once Barbara Broccoli and co. start taking a good, hard look at what’s coming next for the franchise (although they may have already), but having a Bond joke in Last Christmas likely will keep this particular conversation going a little longer. Plus, at the very least, Henry Golding is in good company in this particular Vegas-oriented rumor mill. Some other names being bandied about for the gig include the ever-popular Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender and Cillian Murphy, according to recent betting odds. Those names join plenty of others that have been rumored over the last few years.
In the meantime, it’s worth pointing out that James Bond’s 25th feature No Time To Die has wrapped production and will be coming out on April 8 2020. We know a little bit about what that will entail, including a Jamaica setting at the beginning of the movie and a new 007. Check out more with our full guide.
While there are new fighters introduced with each successive Mortal Kombat game, some characters stand the test of time and become mainstays of the fighting game franchise. Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs is one of those characters, having appeared in most of the series’ entries following his debut in Mortal Kombat II. Now Jax is headed to the big screen in the theatrical reboot of the property and Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo is teasing that he has ‘big plans’ for the character. Take a look:
In director Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat, Supergirl actor Mehcad Brooks will portray Jax. He may play James Olsen and the Guardian on Supergirl, but he is sporting a Superman-esque physique for his role in Mortal Kombat. The actor’s physical transformation was noted by a fan on Twitter and caught the attention of Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo, who offered the slightest tease of what we can expect from Jax.
Greg Russo is impressed with Mehcad Brooks’ dedication to the role of Jax that is on display with the actor’s carved from granite physique. Fortunately, it sounds like all that hard work won’t be for naught because Greg Russo has big plans for the character of Jax in the Mortal Kombat film. What those plans are he doesn’t say exactly, but it sound like Jax will definitely have something to do and will potentially play a significant role in the film.
That would be a departure from the first Mortal Kombat film from 1995, where Gregory McKinney appeared in a small role. Jax was recast with Lynn Williams in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and in the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film and the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series, the character was played by Michael Jai White. But for Jax fans it sounds like the upcoming movie will potentially give the character his best cinematic appearance yet.
What that will be we don’t yet know. Although the story varies from game to game, the character of Jax is generally portrayed as a Special Forces officer or the leader of the Outer World Investigation Agency. Greg Russo refers to him as the Major here so it sounds like the new Mortal Kombat, which is now filming, will be keeping Jax’s story as some sort of officer working for the military or some sort of governmental agency.
In the Special Forces, Jax was Sonya Blade’s director superior, so one imagines that if that story is maintained or if they are partners, the film will feature him taking on the forces of evil alongside Jessica McNamee’s Sonya Blade and hopefully duking it out with nemesis Kano– who will be played by Josh Lawson.
Either way, Mehcad Brooks is looking jacked to play Jax. And while Jax is usually depicted as clean-shaven or with a beard, it looks like Mortal Kombat may be going in a slightly different direction as the actor is sporting a serious cop mustache here. Greg Russo has also praised the film’s costumes, so hopefully Mehcad Brooks will get to have Jax’s iconic metal arms. Now just bring on the fatalities.
The Mortal Kombat tournament begins, in theaters on March 5, 2021. That’s a long ways off, but there are plenty of huge movies coming next year. Check them out in our 2020 Release Schedule.
The DC live-action universe has had quite the tenure in theaters, full of peaks and valleys. But following a rocky start and a box office bomb with Justice League, Warner Bros. seems to have course corrected the DCEU. The next installment in the shared universe is Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which will see the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. And according to Robbie, that upcoming blockbuster will be way more important to Harley than her other movies.
Sign me up. It looks like Birds of Prey will bring something wholly unique to the DCEU, and truly capture the psyche of Harley Quinn. As such, we should expect much more from the character than in her adventures with the Suicide Squad.
Margot Robbie’s comments to Variety are sure to be exciting for the DC fans out there. Harley Quinn has been a fan favorite character since her inception, so it was very exciting to see Robbie playing the villain in live-action. While Suicide Squad served as an introduction and showed how toxic her relationship with Jared Leto’s Joker was, Birds of Prey will really be her starring vehicle. After all, Harley’s name is in the film’s (long) title.
As the trailers teased, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will be told through the titular villain’s perspective. Audiences will get a glimpse into Harley’s fractured psyche. The cast has been teasing how that macguffin will bring something unique to the superhero genre. Margot Robbie’s above quote seems to echo this, as all of those adjectives tease a movie that will be a far cry from the most recent installments like Shazam! and Aquaman.
Since David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad have so many characters to balance, Harley won’t get nearly as much screen time as Birds of Prey. Those movies require a more objective narrator, while Cathy Yan’s movie will give Harley Quinn room to surprise and explore.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will hit theaters on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
Balancing “raw” and “painful” elements with beauty is no easy feat, so it’ll be interesting to see how Black Widow pulls that off. Still, an action movie with a lot of heart is consistent with what we’ve seen from many past Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, and Pugh is clearly pleased with how it all turned out, especially since it gave her the chance to work with Scarlett Johansson.
As everyone who’s caught up on the MCU timeline knows, Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame so that Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye/Ronin, could obtain the Soul Stone and bring it back to 2023. That marked the end of her story, but Black Widow will delve into an untold chapter of Natasha’s life, one which will see Florence Pugh (whose other credits include Fighting with My Family, Midsommar and the upcoming Little Women) playing Yelena Belova, who shares the Black Widow mantle.
Black Widow opens in theaters on May 1. If you’re curious about what else is coming out in Phase 4 and beyond, look through our Marvel movies guide.
Martin Scorsese’s new movie The Irishman is already out in theaters for some lucky moviegoers, but most of us will have to wait until November 27 to see it on Netflix. The very highly acclaimed film follows Robert De Niro’s mafia hitman Frank Sheeran in Scorsese’s latest gangster/mobster crime movie with De Niro and Joe Pesci. The Irishman actually marks the first time Scorsese worked with Al Pacino, but the whole film team is very familiar with the mob movie genre. Every Monday I recommend stuff worth streaming, and today I’m focusing on 11 movies that show how damn good it feels to be a gangster…
If we’re talking about Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, you have to start with Mean Streets. Scorsese made his feature film directorial debut with 1967’s Who’s That Knocking at My Door, starring Harvey Keitel, and Keitel returned for Scorsese’s classic crime movie Mean Streets. The 1973 movie gave Scorsese co-writing credits and a cameo and launched his career as a respected filmmaker, as well as starting his longtime partnership with De Niro.
One of the all-time gangster classics. Goodfellas vs. The Godfather or Godfather Part II as best of the genre? It’s a debate worth having. Like Mean Streets, Goodfellas was also directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Robert De Niro. The 1990 crime film adapted the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, telling the true story of mobster Henry Hill, played in the movie by Ray Liotta. Joe Pesci won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Tommy DeVito, and the film also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (including for Scorsese again), Best Supporting Actress for Lorraine Bracco, and Best Film Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker.
Stream Goodfellas on Philo with a subscription, or for about $4 on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, or iTunes.
The Godfather, The Godfather Part II & The Godfather Part III
I’m putting all three Godfather films together, even if some fans would rather stop after Part II. Francis Ford Coppola directed the iconic mafia movies, based on Mario Puzo’s novel following the Corleone family. Al Pacino played Michael Corleone in all three movies, with Robert De Niro winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as young Vito Corleone in Part II. The two actors wouldn’t actually share a scene together until Heat. The Godfather is still considered one of the greatest movies of any genre. I’m one of those people who’d argue the second film was even better.
Stream all three Godfather movies for $4 each to rent on Amazon or YouTube.
Martin Scorsese brought Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci back for this 1995 gangster film based once again on a book by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the film script with Scorsese. This time, De Niro plays “Ace” Rothstein, who is sent to Las Vegas by the crime syndicate called the Chicago Outfit to run the Tangiers Casino. Since Goodfellas had just come out five years before, some critics and viewers couldn’t help but compare the two Scorsese movies, finding this one more wanting. But now that more time has passed, modern viewers won’t have the same associations.
Stream Casino on Starz with a subscription, or through Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, etc., for $4.
Al Pacino has tremendous range as an actor, but he does tend to find himself leading a lot of gangster movies — from The Godfather and Carlito’s Way to Scarface. Brian De Palma directed the 1983 movie from Oliver Stone’s script, as a remake of the 1932 Scarface movie by Howard Hawks. Al Pacino plays Cuban refugee Tony Montana, with Michelle Pfeiffer breaking out as a serious star in her role as Elvira Hancock. The film was initially met with some backlash due to what was deemed excessively graphic content. Now it’s considered one of the best remakes of all time. Say “hello” to my little cinematic re-evaluation?
Stream Scarface right now on Starz, with a subscription, or for $4 from Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes.
Once Upon a Time In America
Robert De Niro stars as Noodles, opposite James Woods as Max, in Sergio Leone’s 1984 gangster movie following a former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster who returns to his New York neighborhood after 30 years to confront the ghosts of his past. It was Leone’s final film before he died, and the third in his Once Upon a Time trilogy after Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution (which was also called A Fistful of Dynamite and Duck, You Sucker!). Once Upon a Time in America is epic in every sense. The director’s cut was a whopping 250 minutes. The theatrical version was 229 minutes, with a controversial edit cutting it down to 139 minutes.
You can stream Once Upon a Time in America on Amazon and YouTube, etc. for $4. It looks like they have the 3 hour, 49 minute theatrical version.
It was only a matter of time before Robert De Niro played gangster Al Capone. He looms large over Brian De Palma’s 1987 film The Untouchables, telling the story of the team led by Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness. They worked hard to bring down Capone — albeit in the most-anticlimactic way, through tax evasion sentence — during Prohibition. It’s worth streaming this one again just for the classic Union Station shootout scene, inspired by the Odessa Steps scene in Battleship Potemkin:
Stream The Untouchables now on Starz with a subscription, or for $3 at Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, and Vudu.
Gangs of New York
I can’t call myself the biggest fan of Martin Scorsese’s 2002 movie, but it was nominated for 10 Oscars and Daniel Day-Lewis always knows how to put on a show. I appreciated the exploration of a little-covered time and place in American history — the slums of the Five Points in Manhattan in the mid-19th Century. It was also the first of three films in a row that Leonardo DiCaprio made with Scorsese — followed by The Aviator and The Departed.
Sometimes it’s good to get a fresh perspective on the gangster genre — away from Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, and the usual suspects. Ridley Scott directed and produced this gritty winner, from a script by Steven Zaillian, loosely based on the real life of gangster Frank Lucas. Denzel Washington plays Frank in the 2007 movie, with a strong supporting cast in Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, and Ted Levine. American Gangster got strong reviews and made good money, although there were some gripes about the movie taking liberties with real-life events. Hey, it’s a movie!
Stream American Gangster for $4 on Amazon Prime, YouTube, etc.
Road to Perdition
This beautifully shot 2002 Sam Mendes movie is set in the 1930s Depression, following Tom Hanks’ enforcer for the Irish mob. Paul Newman plays mob boss John Rooney in a film packed with strong performances — especially from Daniel Craig in one of his first major showcase roles. Interestingly enough, this isn’t just a gangster movie, it’s a comic book movie; David Self’s screenplay was based on the comics by Max Allan Collins. Conrad L. Hall deservedly won a posthumous Oscar for Best Cinematography for the film, which was also nominated in several other categories, including Best Supporting Actor for Paul Newman.
Stream Road to Perdition on Philo with a subscription, or for $3 on Amazon, YouTube, etc.
Al Pacino plays gangster Lefty, who shows Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) the ways of the mafia in this 1997 mob movie from Mike Newell. Paul Attanasio’s script was based on the true story of an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York in the 1970s. The film was praised for the script and performances and made solid money at the box office, even with a decent amount of gangster movie competition in the mid-’90s.
BONUS: The Departed & Heat & Carlito’s Way & Public Enemies
I didn’t include Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie The Departed because I just mentioned it in a recent streaming column on movies with twist endings. But The Departed is a classic, and so is the Hong Kong movie it was based on As for Heat? Definitely worth streaming before or after The Irishman to see the first time Robert De Niro and Al Pacino faced off on screen. But I wouldn’t really call that one a gangster movie. It’s just a quality crime drama. Carlito’s Way is another worthy addition to a gangster list; the 1993 movie is another Brian De Palma crime classic starring Al Pacino. Public Enemies is about the hunt for gangster John Dillinger, so it would qualify too. There are just too many gangster films to list, sometimes you have to [throat-slash] take some out to make room for the rest.
If you’re looking for more streaming recommendations, check out these past features:
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Long before Mark Ruffalo or Edward Norton or even Eric Bana played the Hulk in live-action, there was Lou Ferrigno. The bodybuilder turned actor portrayed the green Marvel Comics character in the 1978-1982 television series The Incredible Hulk and its follow-up TV movies opposite Bill Bixby, who played Dr. David Banner. As something of an authority on the character, Lou Ferrigno was not happy about Hulk’s change into Smart Hulk in Avengers: Endgame, as he explained:
After their internal power struggle in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and The Other Guy had finally worked things out in Avengers: Endgame. The result was Smart Hulk, who could talk clearly and appeared as an amalgamation of his two identities, with Bruce Banner’s mind controlling a Hulk body. This was not at all to Lou Ferrigno’s liking.
Lou Ferrigno acknowledges how CGI has improved the look of the Hulk over the years in the character’s various cinematic incarnations, but to him it’s what you do with that technology that matters and he was very disappointed with the direction they took the character in for Endgame. His disappointment seems to stem primarily from Endgame’s depiction of the Hulk as essentially Bruce Banner, but big and green.
As he said at Canada’s Hamilton Comic Con (via Comicbook.com) Lou Ferrigno did not like that portrayal because to him the Hulk is supposed to be a hideous creature, not a guy wearing glasses and a cardigan taking selfies with kids. For Lou Ferrigno, what worked about The Incredible Hulk TV series was what he dubbed the beauty of the character, that he is a monster.
So for him, seeing the Hulk, which he portrayed as a savage creature, as Smart Hulk, kind of felt like a betrayal of his vision of what the character is supposed to be and that’s why he wasn’t happy about it. Lou Ferrigno attributes Hulk’s change in Avengers: Endgame to Disney and Mark Ruffalo, although he doesn’t elaborate on what exactly he means by that. You can stream Smart Hulk in all his glory on Disney+, as Avengers: Endgame was included on the new service at its launch. You can use this link for a free 7-day trial.
It is worth noting that while Mark Ruffalo portrays the Hulk in the MCU completely now, from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk through Avengers: Age of Ultron, Lou Ferrigno provided the voice for the character he once donned green paint to become.
Opinions will vary but you can understand Lou Ferrigno’s frustration with the Hulk in Avengers: Endgame. He has a very specific vision of the character and the film went in the opposite direction. We’ve all probably experienced this at some point with a superhero film, but for him there’s an extra level to it because he has played this character before.
As far as the substance of his argument goes, there are probably a lot of people who agree with him and want to see the Hulk as a huge rage monster, not as a character struggling to summon the will to smash as he was in Endgame. I was actually a bit disappointed that Endgamedidn’t give Hulk a standout moment in the final battle where he got to really cut loose.
On the other hand, the Smart Hulk change has precedent in the comics, where there have been multiple different versions of the Hulk, so it wasn’t something that Disney and Mark Ruffalo just made up for some reason. And the change does show some growth for this character that has been in the MCU for over a decade. It’s not like he hasn’t been a rage monster in multiple films already. But Lou Ferrigno prefers it to stay that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dynamic.
Check out our guide to see when all of Marvel’s upcoming films come out and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.
Although it’s primarily a whodunnit murder mystery, Knives Out looks like it will have its fair share of amusing moments, including one shown off in the first trailer where Chris Evans’ Ransom Drysdale-Thrombey points out members of his family and tells them to “eat shit.” One person even gets a “definitely eat shit.”
As it turns out, this Knives Out scene could have been a lot more profane, as Rian Johnson, the writer and director, originally had Chris Evans’ character drop f-bombs instead. But he ultimately reversed course in order to avoid his movie getting stamped with an R rating. Johnson explained during his recent appearance on the ReelBlend podcast:
It would have been easy enough to have Chris Evans repeatedly say “fuck you” to his co-stars, but as Rian Johnson laid out, he didn’t want Knives Out to be a movie that only adults could enjoy on the big screen. Thinking back to his childhood watching Peter Ustinov playing the Agatha Christie-created Hercule Poirot (a role currently held by Kenneth Branagh) across numerous theatrical and TV movies, he wanted Knives Out to deliver a similar experience for families today.
So out went the “fuck you” and in came the “eat shit,” although since Knives Out is rated PG-13, presumably Rian Johnson kept in at least one f-bomb. Since Johnson made the dialogue change right before the scene was shot, we won’t get to see the original version as deleted material on the Knives Out home media release, but maybe some alternate scenes will be included that have these other f-bombs the filmmaker mentioned.
Chris Evans is just one member of Knives Out sprawling ensemble cast, with others including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stansfield, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer. The story follows the investigation into the murder of a wealthy crime novelist following his 85th birthday party.
Having already held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September, Knives Out will be released to the masses on November 27, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage, including our review of the movie. For now, find out what movies are coming out over the next year with our 2019 release schedule and 2020 release schedule.
It’s a very exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. The sequel trilogy and nine-film Skywalker Saga will all come to an end with J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker. The highly anticipated blockbuster will end the franchise as we know it, so there’s a ton of pressure to deliver this coming December. That includes the handling of General Leia following the unexpected death of Carrie Fisher. The late actress/writer will be included in Episode IXthrough unused footage, and Abrams recently spoke to that part of the film, and the “incredible” way it actually worked.
Carrie Fisher died in December of 2016, a few month after wrapping production on The Last Jedi. While her role in that movie was brought to theaters as planned, The Rise of Skywalker was going to be very much focused on Leia, with Fisher calling it “her movie”. But J.J. Abrams maintains that the same story was told through the unused footage, recently saying:
The man has a point. The Rise of Skywalker is using some very clever filmmaking to tell its story, and give both Carrie Fisher and Leia Organa a proper farewell. The fact that this was an option at all seems to marvel J.J. Abrams, who hopes the efforts pay off when the blockbuster hits theaters.
J.J. Abrams’ comments to Total Film are sure to excite the generations of Star Wars fans out there. Carrie Fisher’s Leia is an integral part of the franchise’s history, fearlessly battling the Dark Side throughout her life onscreen. She deserves to have a major role in the Skywalker Saga’s final installment, leading The Resistance in the process.
Obviously The Rise of Skywalker won’t have quite as much screen time for Leia as originally planned. While The Force Awakens was Han’s story and The Last Jedi focused on a jaded Luke Skywalker, Episode IX was going to give Leia the spotlight. What Abrams originally had in mind remains a mystery, but it seems that Carrie Fisher’s character will have a significant role in his upcoming blockbuster.
Given how tight Star Wars security is, it’s unclear what that role might be. The trailers forThe Rise of Skywalker show a few brief glimpses of Leia, mostly embracing Rey. But she’s also got a strong relationship with Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, who she’d been training as a protegee. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out in one month’s time.
All will be revealed when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. And our 2020 release list to look ahead toward the New Year.
If you’ve been wondering what Kevin Hart has been up to in the aftermath of the car crash that made headlines and set back his work schedule, he shared the answer with fans over the weekend. In fact, the actor – who has always been a gym rat – is trying to “reach new levels of greatness” in order to get in shape and get back to work.
In a post on social media, Kevin Hart wrote about the “rebuilding” he is currently doing on himself ahead of going back to work. You can see some of his full-body rehab routine, below.
A bunch of celebrities, including D.L. Hughley and Mark Wahlberg, commented on the post, sending prayers and good wishes after watching Kevin Hart work out with free weights, an exercise ball and more equipment.
Watching any actor complete a rehab routine is not what we are generally used to seeing from celebrities, who typically try to entice fans with some of the wilder or harder routines they’ve ever completed. (Remember that time Brie Larson pushed a Jeep as part of her Captain Marvel training? Case in point.) Kevin Hart’s journey right now is a little bit different. He underwent back surgery after a car accident left him wrecked. Rehab for any injury can be brutal and full of obstacles and it’s really bold of Kevin Hart to be showing us how hard he is working just to get back to doing stuff that was presumably simple before.
Kevin Hart hasn’t been wholly out of the public eye since his accident, which happened back at the beginning of September and also involved two of his friends. The actor has been involved with some minor work promoting Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and he’s been active on social media recently, including sharing a video detailing his changed mindset following his harrowing car accident.
Currently, Kevin Hart has some projects on hold as he gets back in shape following his accident and subsequent surgery. But it’s nice to see he’s getting out and about these days, as shown by his Instagram workout and also a recent appearance at the People’s Choice Awards. At the latter event, the actor spoke out to thank the fans, but also to address the fact people were supportive of him after the car accident. He noticed and appreciated the well wishes.
The good news for the actor is he had work in the can already when he got into the car accident. So, while he recovers, his major new movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will hit theaters (and presumably make a ton of money to boot.) Another movie, Fatherhood, is already wrapped and Kevin Hart will have work in My Own Worst Enemy when he gets back into the groove of things. Even though he’s had to slow down for now, presumably, the accident won’t have a major effect on his career.
Over the course of 11 years and 23 films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us a number of incredible moments. It would be hard to pick just one, but for the architect of the MCU, Marvel Studios President and Marvel CCO Kevin Feige, there may be an easy answer. Avengers: Endgame executive producer Trinh Tran suspects that Captain America’s ‘Avengers Assemble’ moment was Kevin Feige’s ‘highlight of all time.’ Speaking about that moment, she said:
During his tenure, Kevin Feige has shepherded and bore witness to franchise-defining moments, from ‘I am Iron Man’ and the 360° shot in The Avengers; to the introduction of Spider-Man and Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War. But if Trinh Tran is right, ‘Avengers Assemble’ is the biggest highlight of all for Kevin Feige. Like so many fans, Kevin Feige had been waiting a long time hear Captain America utter that famous phrase (first said by Thor in 1964’s The Avengers #10).
The Marvel Cinematic Universe films had held off on using the phrase for so long. It didn’t happen in The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War or even Avengers: Infinity War. So when Mjolnir flies into the hands of a worthy Steve Rogers in Endgame and he says “Avengers Assemble,” it was the ultimate highlight for Kevin Feige, because it had been earned and hearing it was the ultimate reward for a decade’s worth of work.
They could have ended Avengers: Endgame right there and been happy after finally delivering that moment. And this wasn’t just magical once all the special effects were put in and the score was added in the final film either, it was special behind the scenes too. As Trinh Tran told Slashfilm, they knew they wanted ‘Avengers Assemble’ in Endgame and they found the perfect moment, with all the recently snapped back heroes standing behind Cap.
Right as it was happening and Chris Evans said the words, there was electricity in the air, watching something truly special happening. Trinh Tran felt it and she imagines Kevin Feige did too, as she continued:
I can only imagine that Kevin Feige felt immensely proud in that moment. He flew in to Atlanta specifically to watch that scene being filmed, and even though he knew it was coming, just as many of us did right before it happened in theaters, it still proved incredibly impactful for him. The Marvel Studios President told Trinh Tran afterwards how great the chill-inducing moment made him feel, indicating that it was indeed the biggest highlight of his career.
Kevin Feige has previously spoken about how emotional this moment made him feel as he was watching it being filmed. Character deaths are emotional, but for him ‘Avengers Assemble’ got him even more misty-eyed, not just because what’s happening in story in that moment with all the heroes coming back to life, but because of what the scene represents. The scene makes him cry because it shows all the characters and actors that have been introduced in this universe over so many years, all coming together for this huge moment.
It’s a moment that will be hard to top and may never be topped. That doesn’t mean Kevin Feige isn’t going to try though. The MCU’s Phase 4 begins next year, and with it, Kevin Feige and Co. will be introducing more new actors and more new characters to this ever-expanding franchise.