The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 79


Fresh off of C2E2 in Chicago, comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill are back to load you up with everything going on in the live-action worlds of Marvel and DC, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network. This week, we get you the latest info on The Avengers, Eternals, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants, Jessica Jones, Titans, Batgirl, Batman, Black Adam, Aquaman, Legends Of Tomorrow, Flash, Black Lightning, Arrow, Gotham, Krypton, Agents Of Shield, and Legion.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix & New Mutants Both Delayed!


In a move that comes straight out of left field, Fox made an announcement tonight that multiple movies are changing dates, including both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants (again!) The studio that may soon be falling into Disney’s hands has pushed up Bohemian Rhapsody (starring Rami Malek,) to November 2 of this year from it’s original, Christmas Day slot.

That was the original release date for Dark Phoenix, but it has now been moved back to February 14th of next year. If February of next year sounds familiar, that’s because New Mutants, which was initially scheduled to open next month, had been pushed to February 22nd, 2019. With Dark Phoenix taking over February, the Josh Boone directed hero/horror movie is sliding all the way back to August 2nd!

All of this, plus their other moves would give the appearance that Disney is far more involved with what’s going on at Fox than we might think. Rhapsody, a smaller scale, more Oscar worthy pic, clears the way for Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms to clean up on the opening weekend in November. Fox made a handful of other moves to it’s non-superhero slate as well.

There’s a large speculation that New Mutants may end up on Disney’s new streaming service, but considering they’re eschewing the darker material, Hulu would be the place it would likely land if it falls out of theatrical release. That would be a shame for such a daring concept. What do you think about all the moves? Let us know!


We Finally Have “Something” About Jessica Chastain’s Character in X-Men:Dark Phoenix


We still have no real clue as to whom Jessica Chastain will be portraying in X-Men:Dark Phoenix. The fires burns deep to figure out how the Academy Award nominated actress fits into the X-Men franchise.

Now the first and obvious choice was with this one going into the Dark Phoenix saga, Chastain would be portraying Queen Lilandra of the Shi’ar Empire. Chastain has since denied that. But what we do know is that she is supposed to be playing a mysterious shape-shifter. Of course this gives a bunch of possibilities, one being that she is one of the shape-shifting aliens known as Skrull.

Here’s where it gets kind of weird because the Skrulls aren’t in the Dark Phoenix story and they are potentially set to be involved in one of the next couple of Avengers films.  but that for the moment is neither here nor there. But currently Chastain’s character name is being Smith. Now of course this is a dummy name to keep people from finding out and we probably wont fully know until we get either a teaser or a full trailer.

X-men:Dark Phoenix is scheduled to hit theaters November 2nd!

Our First Look At X-Men Dark Phoenix (The Latest One)

In case you’ve forgotten, which, of course you haven’t – we get a new one of these every two years, whether they’re good or not – there is a new X-Men movie on the way. Despite the wealth of X-Men stories in the comics built around essentially the current team of cinematic characters, Simon Kinberg is going back to the Phoenix Saga to tell the story of Jean Grey and the X-Men in space, where they will face of with Jessica Chastain, this go-round.

Entertainment Weekly has a full story and pictures, explaining that Kinberg actually wrote the script for the previous cinematic attempt at telling the Dark Phoenix story, that one starring Famke Janssen as the titular hero gone nuclear. Bryan Singer, who was at the helm for the last two X-Men films, is sitting this one out as Kinberg takes over directing duties, and considering Singer’s recent issues and stories of previous problems coming to light, that may mean good things. Check out EW for the full breakdown, and check back with us for more breaking info across the Marvel and DC universes!

Oh So Jessica Chastain is NOT playing Lilandra in Dark Phoenix


Well isn’t that quite the swerve. Many were looking at the one potential glimmer of hope after hearing that X-men:Dark Phoenix would not be an intergalactic adventure X-men:Dark Phoenix would not be an intergalactic adventure as one would hope. That glimmer being that Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain would be portraying Lilandra, the head of the Sh’iar Empire.

Well according to ScreenRant that seems like it’s not the case.

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After months of speculation, Jessica Chastain says she won’t be playing Shi’ar leader Lilandra in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. For fans of the X-Men, the chance to see the infamous Dark Phoenix story realized on screen has been a double-edged sword. Once already, aspects of the plot have been brought to life, but X-Men: The Last Stand wasn’t quite what fans had hoped for. Next year, the reboot of the franchise will try their hand at the plot when X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives, but there’s no telling how true to form it will be either.

A few months back, word broke that Lilandra and the Shi’ar Empire would be coming to the X-Menuniverse in Dark Phoenix. For fans of the comics, this signaled at least an attempt to adapt the full breadth of the source material. Even more exciting, Jessica Chastain looked to be playing Lilandra as the actress finally came aboard a superhero property. Since then, however, word has emerged that the new film won’t be too focused on the intergalactic. Now, it looks as if Lilandra herself might not even be involved.

Jessica Chastain took to her Instagram to kick off her first day of filming for X-Men: Dark Phoenix with a long and complete recap of the Double Rainbow video. The fun quickly ended, though, when she confirmed in the comments she would not be playing Lilandra. The comment has since been deleted, but it read: “Hey folks, want a scoop? Im not playing Lilandra…..” The deletion of the comment could paint the whole thing as trolling, but the actor could have simply been advised to remove the information.

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If Chastain isn’t playing Lilandra, it certainly raises a number of questions. One is whether Lilandra and the Shi’ar will even factor into the movie. There’s also the question of who Chastain will play. Early word of her involvement pegged her as a villain, so there’s no shortage of characters from the comics. Recent word of a casting for young Jean Grey could even hint Chastain will play an older version of the character, now that the timelines are different. Perhaps the Phoenix Force will even transform Sophie Turner into Chastain, similar to how Billy Batson becomes Shazam.

It’s also possible that Chastain will play a more humanoid rendition of the Phoenix Force itself. Often, ethereal forces from the comics are rendered as more humanlike in films and TV, so it’s easy to see the actor doing voice work or even motion capture to bring the entity to life as it descends on Earth.

With Deadpool 2 and New Mutants reported to have wrapped, all eyes will be on Dark Phoenix‘s production when it comes to next year’s slate of X-Men films. As such, it shouldn’t be too much longer until we know more about the movie, its villains, and Chastain’s role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Jessica Chastain in talks for X-Men:Dark Phoenix



Deadline reports longtime X-Men series writer and producer Simon Kinberg has officially signed on to write and direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will bring back the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, including James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler).

Kinberg will also produce the film alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker.

In addition, actress Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the villain of the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Should the actress strike a deal for the picture, THR reveals she will take on the role of Lilandra, emrpess of the Shi’ar Empire, an alien race that is in search of and eager to eradicate the Phoenix Force. Sophie Turner will reprise her role as Jean Grey in the film, the host of the Phoenix Force and subject of the Shi’ar’s search. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to open in theaters on November 2, 2018.

Kinberg previously confirmed that the next X-Men movie would jump ahead ten years from Apocalypse, offering a 1990s setting for the sequel. The X-Men comics saw a commercial boom during the ’90s, following character redesigns by Jim Lee, which went on to be the basis for the fan-favorite animated series.

2018 is set to be a banner year for the X-Universe as Dark Phoenix will cap off the year following Josh Boone‘s New Mutants on April 13, 2018 and Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018