Right now Tom King is in the midst of plugging his work and meeting fans at San Diego Comic-Con, but he’s revealed that once the event is over, he’ll start tackling the New Gods script. In King’s words:
Tom King updated The Wrap on what’s happening with New Gods during “The Gathering,” a black carpet fundraiser for the Comic-Con museum. King wrote the comic book limited series Mister Miracle, which explored the Fourth World mythology created by Jack Kirby and received critical acclaim, so of all the people Ava DuVernay could recruited to help her on the New Gods movie, he’s an excellent choice.
While we’re a long ways away from learning any specific plot information for New Gods, just like in the comics, it’s expected to follow the twin planets New Genesis and Apokolips, the former ruled by Highfather and the latter ruled by Darkseid. Those worlds share a fragile peace with one another, and Darkseid’s efforts to conquer the universe and eliminate all free will using the Anti-Life Equation often results in the heroes of New Genesis stepping forward to foil him and his minions.
The Fourth World mythology was first referenced in the DC Extended Universe in Batman v Superman: Daw of Justice, as during Batman’s Knightmare, an Omega symbol was seen burned into the ground and a horde of Parademons helped overwhelm the Dark Knight’s forces. Then in Justice League, Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s uncle, came to Earth with his Parademon army to obtain the three Mother Boxes and terraform Earth into a new Apokolips.
The original plan was for Darkseid to appear in Justice League, setting him up to be the main villain in the next two sequels, but in the movie’s final cut, he only earned one mention, and there are no plans to make anymore Justice League movies anytime soon. However, it’s a good bet that Darkseid will be a major player in the New Gods movie.
As for who else will show up in New Gods, it was rumored earlier this year that the protagonists would include Mister Miracle and Big Barda, and Granny Goodness and her Female Furies would trouble them. It’s reasonable to assume that these characters will appear given their importance to the Fourth World mythology, but since Tom King hasn’t started on the New Gods script yet, we can’t say for certain yet if they will indeed pop their heads in.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any major updates concerning the New Gods movie. For now, you can look through our comprehensive guide on what other DC movies are in the works.
Now, as Endgame has fallen back down from the box office ranks to make way for other huge summer releases such as Spider-Man: Far From Home and The Lion King, the film is gearing up for its upcoming home release. Check out the exciting trailer below:
Gotta love this 3000! The DVD trailer is packed with additional footage from the making of the film, interviews with the star-studded cast, funny on-set antics and such that has us emotional about Avengers: Endgame all over again! The Blu-Ray will include an extra disc of bonus features that looks to appease Marvel fans still buzzing about every scene and line of the event film months later.
As the trailer teases, the DVD release will give us a closer look to how scenes such as the final epic battle was made, with fun moments such as Brie Larson hilariously quipping “This doesn’t feel cool, but if it looks cool, that’s what matters” while suspended in the air with a sea of green behind her.
We’ll also be treated to a number of deleted scenes – one looks to be an exchange between Iron Man and Rocket in the room where they figure out they will pull off the Time Heist. There will also be making-of featurettes, for all those scenes we sat there jaw-dropped during first viewings. How did they recreate the Avengers moments years later? How did Chris Evans’ Captain America fight himself?
The bonus features will also include a gag reel, which are always a treat in the MCU. The actors always look like they are having a good time working together and this time just about everyone is together. Hopefully we’ll get to see the Marvel women come together for that iconic shot when they come to Spider-Man’s aid!
The DVD trailer for Avengers: Endgame also looks to play tribute to Stan Lee as well, even showing the late great comic book legend filming his last cameo for the MCU. If those tears aren’t enough already, there seems to be plenty of emotional scenes between the actors during their scenes together, such as Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans hugging it out among others and the Captain America actor getting choked up during the film’s wrap.
The blockbuster will be available on digital on July 30 and on Blu-Ray/DVD on August 13.
AMC’s The Walking Dead has grown from its humble Season 1 beginnings to become an absolutely behemoth franchise. Two shows are currently running on the network, with a third Walking Dead series on the way. Clearly the zombie apocalypse isn’t slowing down anytime soon, but there has been a big question looming over the property: what’s happening with Rick Grimes?
Rick Grimes was written off The Walking Dead last season, and the show moved on with a substantial time jump. But it turned out that Rick didn’t perish on the bridge that day, with Jadis/Anne taking him away on her mysterious helicopter. Andrew Lincoln is off TWD, although it was revealed that he’d continue Rick’s journey through a movie. And it was revealed today at San Diego Comic-Con that instead of airing on AMC, Rick Grimes’ movie is getting a full theatrical release.
In the last five years, Joe and Anthony Russo have become two of the most famous filmmakers in the world. While they had previously been best known for their work on beloved cult television shows like Community and Arrested Development, everything changed when Marvel Studios hired them to take the helm of 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since then they have not just directed three more Marvel movies– including Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame – but turned those projects into some of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
That kind of success has some major benefits in Hollywood, and now the directing duo is taking full advantage. The brothers have used their clout to start their own production company called AGBO Films, they are now they are now developing a full slate of projects to both produce and direct. Much of the work is still in the early stages and just starting to come together, but this morning at San Diego Comic-Con the two filmmakers did a great job preparing audiences for what to expect in the future.
Joe and Anthony Russo took the stage for their very own Hall H panel earlier today, and they revealed some interesting details about what is coming up for them – and for your digestion we’ve compiled all of the key information here:
The Russos are only a few months removed now from the insane back-to-back productions of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, but already they have settled on the film that they want to direct next. Cherry is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Nico Walker, and is particularly special to the Russos because it’s a story that brings them back to their home city: Cleveland, Ohio. Dealing with some intense subject matter like the on-going opioid crisis and the lives of veterans, the film follows an army medic with PTSD who becomes a serial bank robber in support of a deepening drug addiction. Tom Holland, who the directors notably cast as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, is set to star, but the project won’t be quite as kid-friendly as the web-slinging adventures, as it is going to be made with an R-rating in mind.
During the panel, Joe and Anthony Russo both noted that a big part of their mission with AGBO Films is creating a place where filmmakers can have opportunities that they might not find elsewhere in the industry, and the development of Dhaka is a great example. The movie is based on a script that Joe Russo wrote, but it is being helmed by Sam Hargrave – who is making his directorial debut after having previously been a part of the stunt department on all four of the Russos’ Marvel moviesThe film is set in India and centers on a mercenary (Chris Hemsworth a.k.a. Thor) who is hired by a businessman to try and rescue his kidnapped son.
Magic: The Gathering
Despite the name of the company, AGBO Films won’t just be making features, as they are also dedicated to developing small screen projects as well. One they are making, for example, is based on one of the great geek properties of the modern era: Magic: The Gathering. The show is being developed as an animated property for Netflix, with the possibility of someday spinning off into something in live-action. It’s still very much in the early days, but Joe Russo noted that those who are fans of characters Jace and Chandra should get very excited.
Most of the projects discussed during the panel are not going to be released until at least 2020, but that’s not the case for director Brian Kirk’s 21 Bridges – which will be hitting theaters on September 27th. The film features yet another major Marvel star, in this case Chadwick Boseman, and in addition to featuring a quick video with the actor discussing his experience working with the Russo brothers, we also got a brand new trailer, which you can watch below:
The Thomas Crown Affair
It was back in early 2016 that we first learned that a new version of The Thomas Crown Affair was in development with Michael B. Jordan set to star, and today the Russo brothers confirmed that it is still very much a thing that is coming together. Both filmmakers expressed real appreciation for both previous big screen versions of the story – famously starring Steve McQueen and Pierce Brosnan, respectively – but added that this new take will be brand new. Matthew Michael Carnahan, who wrote the movies State of Play and Deepwater Horizon in addition to 21 Bridges, is currently working on the screenplay.
The Electric State
All four of the Russo brothers’ Marvel Studios films were based on scripts by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and their collaboration will soon continue in the making of the new graphic novel adaptation The Electric State. Not much was said about what to expect from the project, but Markus and McFeely are writing it, and in the words of Joe Russo, “that alone is the reason to be excited about that project.”
It was also further noted that the Russo brothers definitely aren’t done developing properties based on comic books. While it’s a bit of a deep cut, they are now getting ready to produce a movie based around the First Comics character Grimjack – who was created by John Ostrander and Timothy Truman back in the early 1980s. The story centers on a grizzled hero named John Gaunt a.k.a. Grimjack, who lives in a world that blends science-fiction and fantasy and operates as a pan-dimensional mercenary.
The Battle Of The Planets
For right now Cherry is the primary focus of the Russo brothers when it comes to directing, but after that it’s possible that the siblings might try and bring The Battle Of The Planets to the big screen as a directorial effort. From the 1970s, the original show was an American adaptation of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, and it’s a big bombastic science-fiction adventure that centers on an intergalactic team called G-Force that works to protect the Earth from constant threats originating from the planet Spectra. This is a project that Hollywood has been trying to make for years and years, but now the Russos are doing their best to make it a reality.
Which of these projects are you most excited for? Hit the comments section below with all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, and stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for a whole lot more of our coverage out of San Diego Comic-Con 2019!
It turns out, though, that Ben Affleck’s scene in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will be special beyond this just being the actor’s return to the View Askewniverse. While speaking with CinemaBlend, Jason Mewes, who’s obviously playing Jay once more, revealed that his and Kevin Smith’s scene with Affleck will also include an appearance from his daughter, Logan Lee. So if the young girl decides later in life she wants to act, she can count this as her first credit.
Jason Mewes didn’t elaborate on how Logan Lee fits into Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, but since we saw in the trailer that Holden McNeil is at Hollywood Chronic-Con for a podcast recording to talk about his time working on Bluntman and Chronic, we can reasonably assume that Logan Lee will be an attendee… properly supervised by a parent, of course. Who knows, maybe she’s Holden’s daughter.
You can listen to Jason Mewes talk more about what it was like to work with Ben Affleck again below.
Logan Lee appearing in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is reminiscent of how Kevin Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, appeared in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as the infant Silent Bob. Harley will also appear in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, only now she’s playing Millennium Falcon, Jay’s estranged daughter from his time with Shannon Elizabeth’s Justice.
Of course, Ben Affleck is just one of the many cameos packed into Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. For one thing, he’s not even the only Batman actor appearing, as we’ll also see Diedrich Bader, who’s reprising Gordon the security guard and Val Kilmer, who’s playing Bluntman in the reboot movie opposite Melissa Benoit’s Chronic.
Other notable cameos in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot include Matt Damon (who Jason Mewes unfortunately wasn’t able to reunite with), Joe Manganiello, Fred Armisen, Method Man, Rosario Dawson, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Chris Hemsworth, Craig Robinson and Tommy Chong.
Poking fun at all the reboots and remakes that are more plentiful than ever, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot sees the hetero life-mates traveling back to Hollywood to stop a reboot of Bluntman and Chronic from being made, echoing the journey they took nearly 20 years ago in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back on the original Bluntman and Chronic. It is the seventh movie in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse (eight if you count 2013’s Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie).
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot hits theaters on October 15, but if you’re at San Diego Comic-Con, the movie’s panel will take place tomorrow evening after the big Marvel Studios presentation. Don’t forget to also look through our 2019 release schedule to find out what other movies are coming out later this year.
As the world gears up for IT Chapter 2 to complete the modern retelling of Pennywise the Dancing Clown’s epic battle with The Losers’ Club, there seems to be a bit of a problem looming in the recent distance. Much as the clown menace returns after almost thirty years to haunt his previous victims, the original interpretation of IT is about to potentially complicate things for Warner Bros and New Line.
Producer Larry Sanitsky, on behalf of himself and the late producer Frank Konigsberg, is looking to sue the studios for what he believes is a history of underreported earnings, as well as a breach of contract that reaches back to a deal struck by Konigsberg and Sanitsky when they signed on to be producers on the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation of IT.
According to the terms that were agreed upon in said contract, not only were the producers owed 10% of the net profits from any remake, but they were also supposed to have a stake in any sequels and/or remakes that arose from the production of IT.
The deal was in the wake of Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky losing the project in a merger between their company, Telepictures, and the studio that would produce the ratings bonanza of a miniseries, Lorimar Television.
Since Lorimar is a division of Warner Bros, and their studio remade IT into a two-part motion picture with their New Line Cinema production brand, Sanitsky believes that there is a substantial amount of money owed, especially with the runaway success of director Andy Muschietti’s IT bringing in around $700 million worldwide.
While it’s not sure how much of the net profits to the 2017 would go to Larry Sanitsky and the estate of Frank Konigsberg, it’s bound to be quite a bit of money with that result on the books. One could imagine that the supposed amount would grow exponentially with the debut of IT Chapter Two this September, as the long awaited finale to the Derry set saga could quite possibly outdo its predecessor.
While it’s not certain what the next steps will be in these legal proceedings reported by Variety, the furthest this matter might reach is a settlement agreement reached just in time for the release of IT Chapter Two; so as to block any sorts of attempted injunctions that would delay the film’s release. That’s just a guess on our part, as the reality could always be more or less complicated.
Meanwhile, another Stephen King remake is apparently playing by the rules that Sanitsky and Konigsberg set in their contract. Larry is also one of the parties involved in the original production of The Tommyknockers’ 1993 television adaptation, and he is most definitely involved in helping bring that project into the modern age, alongside producer James Wan.
IT Chapter Two revives Pennywise’s reign of terror, just in time for a dramatic conclusion, on September 6th. Should there be any major updates between now and the film’s release, we’ll report back here on CinemaBlend with the latest news.
The brand new Lion King is… pretty much just the old Lion King with a new (albeit amazing) coat of paint. If you’ve seen the 1994 animated original, then you know know exactly what happens, every plot point, every song. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few differences between the animated version and the new photo realistic version.
As with many previous Disney remakes, the differences are minor details. The changes don’t make you take a new look at the material in any way. Still, for those people who have the original version memorized, every little difference counts. Here are the biggest of them.
Nala has a much larger role
For being essentially the female lead in The Lion King, Nala’s role in the original film is pretty small. She goes with Simba to the elephant graveyard as a cub, then is the one who convinces him to go home as an adult.
While that’s still her main purpose in the new film, she does have a larger role in the remake. We actually see the scene where she leaves the Pridelands looking for help. We also get a new sequence when Simba catches up with her after he decides to return, complete with a brand new Beyonce song. She also plays a larger role in the final battle, taking on Shenzi the hyena herself.
Timon and Pumbaa have a lot of fresh jokes
A great deal of the dialogue in the new Lion King is lifted directly from the original. It’s not just that the plot is the same, many of the conversations are word-for-word, absolutely identical to the previous film.
The biggest change in this regard comes from Timon and Pumbaa. A lot of their dialogue is new for the remake, and much of that is because Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen came up with all new jokes themselves. The two have said much of their work was improv, and it shows.
Zazu isn’t a prisoner
After Scar takes control in the original movie, the next time we see Zazu he’s in a cage, having been imprisoned by Scar. He’s serving the new king against his will, mostly by singing to him to keep him entertained.
In the remake Zazu is free, and he appears to be in hiding. In fact, he’s serving the previous royal family in secret. We see him giving his morning report to Sarabi rather than Scar. He also gets a few good licks of his own in during the final battle with Scar and the hyenas.
The hyenas think Simba might actually be dead
After Scar tells Simba to run away, he decides he wants to be sure the cub is never a problem and so he sends the hyenas after him to kill him. In the animated original Simba makes it through some brambles and the hyenas decide they don’t want to deal with that, so they just figure Simba will never return and tell Scar the lion is dead.
In the new film Simba takes a tumble off a cliff and the hyenas figure the fall probably killed him. They don’t know for a fact he’s still alive as they did originally.
There are new lyrics to “Hakuna Matata,” sort of
If you’re a fan of The Lion King soundtrack then there is a lot to enjoy about the new film, as all of the songs that you love can be found. Most of them are identical to the previous version, but there are a couple of exceptions. One of the funnier changes is that a line in “Hakuna Matata” has been extended.
The verse that tells the story of Pumbaa in the original film sees Timon stop Pumbaa when he sings the line that rhymes with “down-hearted”, but in the new version, Pumbaa gets to complete the line. What makes it all the funnier is that Pumbaa actually expects Timon to stop him, in one of the film’s fourth wall breaking moments.
“Be Prepared” is almost entirely different
One of the highlights of the original Lion King is Jeremy Irons’ performance of the villain song “Be Prepared.” While there were early rumors the song wouldn’t even be in the new version, that tuned out, luckily, to be untrue.
However “Be Prepared” goes through a lot of changes for the new film. It’s less of a song in the new Lion King and more like a spoken word piece. The lyrics are also almost entirely different, with only the line about “teeth and ambitions” surviving. Which is good, because it’s literally one of the best lines in either version of the movie.
Simba doesn’t fit in
In the animated movie, from everything that we see, Simba’s life with Timon and Pumbaa is everything that he wants it to be. He’s got freedom and he lives a care-free life. However, a new scene in the remake makes it clear that Simba doesn’t really fit in. Simba and Timon and Pumbaa aren’t living on their own here, but as part of a commune of various animals.
All of the animals that Simba lives among are prey, and while he clearly has no intention of hurting them, those animals are simply unable to see him as anything other than a predator. It a sequence that helps reinforce how out of place Simba is here.
Scar wants Sarabi to be his queen
Ruling the Pridelands doesn’t go all that well for Scar in either version of the film, but in the animated one Scar appears content to rule alone. This time he’s looking for a mate.
In the remake, he attempts to convince Mufasa’s mate Sarabi to be his new queen, mostly as a way to get the lionesses to do what he wants. This scene does call back to a sequence that almost was in the original movie, where Scar tries to convince Nala to be his mate in order to give him heirs, but the scene never made it to the final cut of the movie.
The differences between the animated original and the new Lion King aren’t enough to drastically change the movie, which is one of the issues many critics have with it. Having said that, both movies have their charms and the handful of differences do keep the remake from being exactly identical to its predecessor. One thing the two movies likely will have in common, they’re going to be huge box office hits.
Unlike many tentpole blockbusters, the horror genre is not known for producing 2+ hour films. That makes Ari Aster’s wild new horror flick Midsommar something of an anomaly. Midsommar clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 27 minutes, but it turns out it could have been even longer with all the footage left on the cutting room floor. Fortunately, not all that footage will go unseen for long, because Ari Aster is putting together a director’s cut of the film, as he explained:
Ari Aster’s reveal of a future director’s cut of Midsommar came in response to a fan question during a Reddit AMA. Not only is the director working on an extended cut of the film, but it won’t be one of those piddling director’s cuts with just a few minutes of deleted scenes either; he’s anticipating that it will be at least a half an hour longer.
If you’re wondering where Ari Aster got the 1 hour 20 minutes he mentioned from, the director previously spoke to GameSpot and said that his original cut of Midsommar was an epic 3 hours and 45 minutes. So if you do the math, he cut 78 minutes or roughly an hour twenty, from the theatrical version of the film. He won’t be reincorporating all of that into his extended cut, but a half-hour plus is significant.
The question now obviously is: what was cut from Midsommar and what will be put back in for this director’s cut of the film? We’ll mostly have to speculate, but Ari Aster did tell GameSpot that one of the scenes that was excised for the theatrical cut came in the middle of the film and involved a huge fight between Florence Pugh’s Dani and Jack Reynor’s Christian.
The director said he never could have imagined that he would cut this scene until he did, so the extended cut presumably gives him an opportunity to put it back. I can definitely see where a scene like that would be beneficial. Dani and Christian’s relationship throughout the film is strained but for me personally, I think seeing a real contentious fight between the girlfriend and boyfriend could add to the arc of their relationship and would help enforce Dani’s decision at the end of the film.
A director’s cut could also give us greater insight into the world of the film and the mythology at play. Maybe we’ll get even more of the horrific and nauseating rituals performed by the cult. The real question is whether or not audience members can withstand another half an hour or more of seeing what goes on inside Ari Aster’s head.
Ari Aster didn’t offer any details about his plans for the director’s cut of Midsommar like when or how we can see it. If he’s working on it now perhaps it will be included on the film’s eventual Blu-ray release. That would be great for horror fans that don’t want to spend 3+ hours in the theater and prefer to immerse themselves in the barbarity of Ari Aster’s daylight horror, from the comfort and safety of a darkened living room.
Midsommar is now playing. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of the biggest movies still to come this year.
San Diego Comic Con kicked off Thursday with a grand presentation of Tim Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate, which will see the triumphant return of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor after 28 years away from the big screen and act as a direct sequel to T2: Judgement Day. Director Tim Miller famously took on Dark Fate after exiting another sequel: Deadpool 2.
It was certainly a surprising decision considering how successful the filmmaker proved to be with the material, but he reportedly left due to creative differences. Following the release of David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 over a year ago, he was asked about the sequel that got away at Comic-Con. Here’s what he said:
“Interesting” as a descriptor has a reputation of being used to stay neutral or steer away from sounding negative anyway. It’s all in the verbal response he gave Variety. Check it out:
Tim Miller left the project in October 2017, after his take on the sequel didn’t match those of the other creatives– including the film’s star/producer/co-writer Ryan Reynolds. They reportedly didn’t agree on the tone, style and casting for the sequel. Miller has also said he wanted to make a relatively small scale movie again, as he did with Deadpool’s $58 million budget. Fox didn’t go that route as the summer blockbuster cost double the price to make at $110 million.
While Tim Miller’s exit couldn’t have been easy, it ended up to be a win-win situation for Deadpool 2 and its former director. It allowed him to free up his schedule for Terminator: Dark Fate and do something completely new with his talents. Miller is a huge fan of the Terminator franchise, and he described his chance to contribute to it as “unbelievable”.
Terminator: Dark Fate takes the franchise back to its roots in a lot of ways. James Cameron wrote and produced the film after letting go of creative control of the films for years. Along with Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwartnegger is back in a different and mysterious role and Edward Furlong will be back as John Connor. The new cast including Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta, all of which will be introduced in the R-rated film.
Terminator: Dark Fate will come to theaters on November 1, 2019.
A month before Thor: Ragnarok came out, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feign revealed that the movie would be the first part of a special Hulk trilogy. The big payoff to that arc came in Avengers: Endgame, when Bruce Banner and Hulk were finally merged into one being: Smart Hulk, or Professor Hulk, if you prefer.
However, originally the plan was for this intelligent version of Hulk to surface during Avengers: Infinity War, but it was decided that that movie wasn’t the right time for the transformation to occur. Now Christopher Markus, who co-wrote Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame with Stephen McFeeley, has elaborated on the reasoning behind saving Smart Hulk for Endgame, saying:
So had Hulk’s story in Avengers: Infinity War progressed as initially conceived, Bruce Banner and the green monstrosity would have fixed their “communication problems” in the middle of the Battle of Wakanda to deliver a well-deserved beating to Cull Obsidian, the brutish member of Thanos’ Black Order. It sounds cool on paper, but tonally speaking, it just didn’t work for the creative minds.
Instead, Hulk didn’t come out again after his brawl with Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, which directors Joe and Anthony Russo attributed to the Green Goliath getting tired of always having to save Bruce Banner. Fortunately, Banner was still able to defeat Cull Obsidian in Infinity War; he just did it in the Hulkbuster armor.
As for the problem for Smart Hulk already existing at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame during the movie’s main shoot, this was rectified by filming the diner scene during reshoots where Bruce Banner explains to Captain America, Black Widow and Ant-Man how in the five years between The Decimation and the time heist, he worked in the gamma lab for 18 months to fuse the brains and the brawn together, resulting in the birth of Smart Hulk, the best of both worlds.
This decision ultimately paid off in better balancing Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Christopher Markus also added during his panel with Stephen McFeeley at San Diego Comic-Con:
Becoming smart wasn’t the only way Hulk changed during Avengers: Endgame, as his arm was also severely damaged when he channeled the power of the Infinity Stones to bring everyone who was snapped away five years earlier back to life. And yes, that injury is permanent.
While Avengers: Endgame marked the end of one chapter of Hulk’s life and the beginning of another, it remains to be seen if we’ll explore this new chapter further. There are still no plans to give him another solo movie, and it’s hard to say if he could pop up in another hero’s movie like he did in Thor: Ragnarok. Rest assured, we’ll be sure to let you know if/when Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk returns to the big screen.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on what’s happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For now, you can learn what the franchise has coming up in our handy guide.