Jake Gyllenhaal To Be Mysterio In The Spider-Man Sequel

After almost a year of speculation and suspicion that Jake Gyllenhaal would be next up to wear the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight after Ben Affleck, news comes from the MCU that the former Prince Of Persia has instead decided on making his superhero movie debut in a giant fishbowl helmet. That’s right, Gyllenhaal is all but a lock to take on the role of Spider-Man villain, Mysterio, in next year’s sequel to last year’s “Homecoming.” At one point, nearly 15 years ago, when Tobey Maguire’s negotiations to come back for the original Spider-Man 2 were in limbo, Gyllenhaal almost became Spider-Man. Now he will play the main villain in the 3rd version of a Spider-Man sequel.

The original Mysterio was Quentin Beck, a failed Hollywood stuntman and effects wizard who used his skills to start a life of crime. Often his tricks were capable of throwing off Peter’s abilities, like his “Spidey-sense,” which will possibly play in the sequel, considering we just started seeing it in Infinity War. These threads usually lead somewhere. There have been a few other incantations of Mysterio over the years, but if there’s a Sinister Six team-up going on, he’s usually a part of it. Considering that Michael Keaton (who played Vulture, often a Sinister Six member, in “Homecoming”) is returning, along with already getting an early incantation of both the Shocker, and the Scorpion, we could be witnessing the second in a march towards a similar run, here, as that would give us 4 of 6. Sony has long wanted a Sinister Six movie, and with Disney’s (and Feige’s) help, putting something together that’s cohesive, is far more likely. Of course, we also have to make sure Spider-Man comes back from the damage inflicted by Thanos in Infinity War (*wink* *wink*.)

While I’m more than excited to see Gyllenhaal in the MCU, and as a Spider-Man villain, no less, it’s an interesting choice, considering all the buzz about him being the favorite to take over as the next Bruce Wayne. Again, I’m at a loss with the difficulty Warner and DC have had at landing an actor that really WANTS to be Batman for an extended period. More importantly, does this mean that the rumors about Ben Affleck expressing an interest to continue as the Caped Crusader are true? What do you think? Hit us up on our socials, or here, and let us know!

*The as yet unnamed Spider-Man sequel is scheduled for June 5, 2019

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Marvel Hires Writers For “Eternals,” So You Know They’re Serious

If you caught our latest podcast (here,) you will have heard about Marvel’s plans to move away from it’s earthly heroes for an otherworldly, highly super-powered Eternals movie. Many are somewhat unfamiliar with the Eternals, and in in keeping with that, Marvel has hired an unfamiliar writing duo as well.

Matthew and Ryan Firpo have been given the go-ahead to take the first crack at turning out a viable script. To date, the brothers are largely unknown, with their main claim to fame being a script for a movie called “Ruin,” which made the Black List and has attracted the attention of Gal Gadot and MadRiver Productions.

As we all know, those who start on a Marvel script may not be the ones who end up with the credit for it by the time the film arrives, and creating an entirely alien world where everyone seemingly has powers is no easy undertaking. We will know whether they’ve got the goods, soon enough. What are your thoughts on Marvel bringing in untested talent for their next step? Let us know!

The First Trailer For Sony’s Venom Is Here!

Today, we get the first trailer from Sony’s new Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. As it’s only a teaser, we don’t get to see the symbiote in full action mode, but we get a healthy dose of Hardy as Eddie Brock, and at least a peek at the sentient black blob that will consume him. We’re sure to see more soon, as this is expected for an October 5th release, but for now, tell us what you think of the teaser!

Are We Wrong About Venom? New Surprising Details

For months, your Trusty Sidekicks have been bemoaning Sony for running out an ill-advised Venom movie on their own, off the back of Spidey being shifted to the larger MCU through a partnership with Disney. On our latest podcast (which you can catch the latest of here,) we even lament what we thought was causing this move by Sony, to flood us with Spiderverse characters out of defensive pride over giving up the storytelling reigns on their main Marvel character.

Not so much today. News has come out that Tom Holland has been shuttled from the Avengers: Infinity War set, to the Venom set, both filming in Georgia, for 2 days as Peter Parker in the Tom Hardy led Venom movie. Not only that, but rumor has it that the Carnage pic Tom Hardy leaked is actually indicative of the fact that Cletus Kasady will be the villain of the film, and will be the source of the additional symbiotes.

As it turns out, it’s very likely Feige and the Disney MCU team has been more involved with what’s going on in the Spiderverse than they wanted to let on. In fact, some of you may recall the Feige/Amy Pascal interview in which Pascal suggested as much, leading to one of the most hilarious Marvel press junket gifs of all time, the “Feige WTF” react (video below.) If it turns out, Feige and the MCU are parenting the entire Spiderverse, and it’s not just macho pride producing from Sony, it definitely changes our expectations for the success of not only Venom, but the upcoming Silver & Black as well. Does this change anything for you? Let us know!

The Gangs All Here – It’s The Official Trailer For Avengers: Infinity War!

The waiting and wondering is finally over as Marvel dropped the first official trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. Bringing together the entire cast of heroes (and some villains) that we’ve seen over the course of the last 10 years of Marvel releases, Infinity War is set to deliver a showdown with Thanos, whom we initially saw briefly at the end of the first Avengers movie.

While the trailer has some changes from the leaked one from Comic-Con, a lot of the scenes have carried over, and I’m fine with that, as I’d prefer just enough information to wet my beak. Some of the highlights to note for sure are that Bruce Banner is back on earth and in Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Santorum, Spider-Man will end up trying to take on Thanos one-on-one, Loki apparently plays a part in trying to steal the mind stone from Vision (at least that looked like his scepter,) and of course, Captain America is back, front and center before this is over. Overall the trailer just looks clean and crisp and foretelling of an amazing story. Can’t wait to talk about this one on the podcast. Hit us up with your thoughts!

 

 

Could We Possibly Get The Female Thor

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Since her inception in the comic books, Jane Foster as Thor has made waves and people want to see more of it even the potential of her inclusion into the Marvel Cinematic universe.

Well Marvel president Kevin Feige recently  discussed the potential arrival.  Feige has stated that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will look very different after the untitled Avengers 4 which is currently in production.  Not only that, with actors like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth whose contracts are ending soon, we may see a new generation of Marvel heroes coming up to the stand.

Feige has said, “We always look back to the comics to get those ideas, […] sometimes very specific storylines like ‘Civil War,’ sometimes just nuggets or characters like ‘Planet Hulk.’” Feige continued, “So anything that’s happened in the comics, even a female Thor, become great potential and the ideas from which future movies can be born.”

If that happens then its incredible step forward and who knows, we could hopefully see the inclusion of Riri Williams -IronHeart

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Until then, Thor: Ragarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017, starring  Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Spiderman Has Been in the MCU for a While Now

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With Spiderman:Homecoming just a week away not only is the anticipation building but we are starting to get a bit more information about Peter Parker. Now we initially thought that our first introduction to Peter in the MCU came in Captain America:Civil War but the web-slinger himself Tom Holland has delivered another tidbit of information.

Remember in Iron Man 2 when the hammer drones went rogue at the Stark Expo? Well there is a belief that the youngster wearing an Iron Man mask who stands up to one of Justin Hammer’s drones is, in fact, the future Spider-Man.

In a recent interview, the actor revealed that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has told him that the kid saved by Tony Stark is indeed Peter.

“I can confirm that is Peter Parker. I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool,” he added. “I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”

Whether or not that was meant to be Peter at the time is hard to say and it’s something that only Feige and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau probably know for sure. Either way, this is an incredible Easter Egg and one hell of a retcon which gives Spidey a very special place in the MCU. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out whether or not this moment is actually referenced in Spider-Man: Homecoming.