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After various delays, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally began with WandaVision. And while that Disney+ just released its series finale, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will be here before we know it. Fans are eager to catch up with the title characters of that upcoming series, especially since Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson was given Captain America’s shield at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame. And now Chris Evans has explained why the First Avenger made this choice.
Theoretically, the current release model could see A Quiet Place Part II making an early, potentially decisive move in the summer 2021 landscape. But with a bunch of other studios looking to turn what initially looked like another thin summer into a packed season of entertainment, it might not be long until the competition gets back to business as well. Who knows what other movies might start clawing back vital theatrical real estate?
If I am being completely honest, though, there is only one X-Men character I believe Andra Day would deserve to be cast as over any of them. Ororo Munroe (better known as Storm, and previously portrayed by Alexandra Shipp and Halle Berry) is one of the most powerful and popular women in comic book history, and should, undeniably, be a major part of the MCU once she and her fellow mutants are inducted.
The only issue is that Andra Day would have a little competition to face, as fellow singer/actress Janelle Monae has also campaigned for the role in the past. Plus, we would not be able see Storm share the screen with her husband, T’Challa, following the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman in 2020. On the bright side, if Day were to win the role, the possibilities of what she could do to make it all her own, by bringing the same unstoppable fierceness she brought to Billie Holiday, are endless.
Billy Bob Thornton
If you’re reading this, chances are I don’t need to tell you who Billy Bob Thornton is or do a deep dive on his resume, which includes Armageddon, Monster’s Ball and Bad Santa. That said, The Gray Man will mark Thornton’s first movie since 2018, when he appeared in both London Fields and A Million Little Pieces. He’s also starred as Billy McBride in the Amazon series Goliath, which premiered its third season back in 2019 and has been renewed for a fourth and final season. If I had to guess, I’d say that Thornton will play one of The Gray Man’s villains, but don’t hold me to that.
In an age where every old property gets a chance to return and reinvent itself (hello there, Cobra Kai), the Jumanji films to date have been very successful… so successful, in fact, that modern audiences might not even know that the two films centered around The Rock, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillen and Jack Black were spinoffs of an older Robin Williams adventure. The bottom line is, this is a winning franchise for Sony, a studio that doesn’t have a ton of lucrative franchises, so the fact that they’d want to continue with them makes all of the sense in the world.
Alan Tudyk (Tuk Tuk)
Playing the part of Tuk Tuk, a bug/armadillo/pug hybrid, Alan Tudyk voices an odd-but-loyal sidekick in Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Tudyk is known for his role as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Fox’s short-lived Firefly and its film continuation, Serenity. Also, he appears in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Wonder Boys, A Knight’s Tale, Knocked Up, 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Trumbo, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Deadpool 2, 42, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Death at a Funeral (2007). Additionally, Tudyk wrote, directed, and starred in the web series, Con Man, for which he was Emmy-nominated. As a voice actor, he’s heard in I, Robot, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Frozen II, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Big Hero 6, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Ice Age, Zootopia, Moana, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Aladdin (2019).
On television, Alan Tudyk’s other credits include Suburgatory, Newsreaders, Powerless, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Dollhouse, and V. Currently, he can be seen in Doom Patrol and heard in Harley Quinn.
Will Raya And The Last Dragon Be Available To Buy On DVD?
Even though you will be able to watch Raya and the Last Dragon streaming, starting Friday, March 5, the movie won’t be available for physical home release, at least not at this time. An exact release date has yet to be announced for the latest Disney movie, but if we consider the physical release of Mulan, which came out on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2020 (two months after release), we could see the same thing happen with Raya and the Last Dragon.
It should be noted that unlike Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon is also being released in theaters, meaning that its success at the box office could push back the home release.
Ant-Man and the Wasp was definitely something different for the actress, who usually gravitates toward dramas and a lot of other films way north of superheroes riding on ants. Michelle Pfeiffer admitted that acting in front of green screens and suits is a bit odd, but it’s nonetheless something she is really excited about. And of course, she gets to work with an all-star cast and a beloved storyline we’re all lining up to continue to see play out with the MCU.
Wait, Who’s Shao Kahn?
First appearing in 1993’s Mortal Kombat II, Shao Kahn is, basically, the god behind the guy. The ruler of the Outworld that the Mortal Kombat tournament takes place in, there’s a rich history that saw Kahn make many enemies throughout his conquest of that mythical realm. Ultimately, his ambitions lie in the conquest of all realms, including that of Earth. But what’s more, Shao Kahn has some personal ties to other Mortal Kombat fighters we’ve already glimpsed.
This time, Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has enlisted Star Trek: Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez to write an “original” Star Trek movie, per Deadline. The television writer apparently pitched this idea herself, but it’s unclear if this will feature Captain Kirk and his crew or a wholly new set of characters. Vazquez has been working in TV for over a decade on shows including Nikita, Runaways and Fear of the Walking Dead, and she will also develop George R.R. Martins’ new dragon HBO series, Roadmarks, as announced just last week.