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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Sony’s Venom – The Official Trailer

Here is the trailer to the new Venom movie, which is apparently scheduled to appear at CinemaCon, and let me tell you it does not disappoint. We loaded the original leaked version, but by the time it was out, the full version launched, and what looked like certain disaster at the start may actually prove to be Sony’s best offering in the Spidey-verse in quite some time.

The trailer gives us a lot of background as to who Eddie Brock is and how he ends up in possession of Venom. We also get a lot of Jenny Slate, who works at the Life Foundation, the company in possession of the symbiotes.

One of the more interesting parts of this trailer was Hardy’s Brock character seeking to make a deal with the symbiote to only do good things, that the symbiote summarily dismissed. It’s interesting because there are a number of different comic story lines being fed into this film, and where Brock or the Venom character go is up in the air. One thing for sure, he won’t be the only symbiote running around.

As we’ve covered before, this new Venom is expected to have some connection to the MCU, as Tom Holland is rumored to have filmed 2 days on the Sony set, and it is well-believed that since Sony “shared” Spider-Man back with Disney, that there is a continued interweaving of characters that will happen.  Venom comes out on October 5th. Does this trailer get you more excited? Let us know!

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 77

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Coming to you on the Laugh Factory podcast network, this week’s episode, with comics Jay Washington and Bobby Hill, is on fire with the latest info on Marvel and DC, including Wonder Woman, Shazam, Joker, Flashpoint, Booster Gold, Infinity War, Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel, Spider Man, and Silver & Black, plus recaps on Legends Of Tomorrow, Flash, Black Lightning, Arrow, Gotham, and Agents Of Shield.

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/TSEp77Final.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us! Also, get your free month of Stitcher Premium by going to http://stitcher.com/premium and using the promo code: TRUSTY. Check out Marvel’s new Wolverine podcast – out now!

Is The Team Forming For The Kitty Pryde Solo Film?

Fox has brought Brian Michael Bendis on board to develop a script for Tim Miller for an X-Men movie entitled 143

Despite being in the midst of being sold or bought or in purchase limbo for the next couple of years, Fox still has work to do in regards to producing films and television, and it appears they’re definitely going to keep making moves. The studio that runs the mutant universes for Marvel has announced the hiring of Brian Michael Bendis to write the script for a new movie that has the mysterious placeholder title of “143,” that Tim Miller is slated to direct.

If you are somehow unfamiliar with Bendis, he is the creator of Jessica Jones, which is getting close to it’s second season premiering on Netflix, as well as a number of other characters (Miles Morales/Ultimate Spider-Man) and comic series’. Miller has gotten his best exposure from directing the original Deadpool movie, and is currently working on the next Terminator film.

So what is “143?” Well, aside from being the old pager code for “I love you,” 143 likely refers to Uncanny X-Men #143 (cover pictured below,) one of the earliest stories starring Kitty Pryde, who we’ve known is getting her own movie for a little while now. For now, we’ll assume that Ellen Page isn’t coming back to play the titular character, although we’d love that. Who do you think should fill her shoes? Give us your thoughts on that and this movie!

 

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!

Remember The Flash Movie? It Has Directors (as in two,) Again

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With Walter Hamada firmly in control of the DC film universe and business in the new year starting to pick up, it seemed like official announcements were coming at any moment. That moment has happened, as the Flash movie (Flashpoint? The Ezra Miller One) has now picked up it’s 3rd director. Well, 3rd and 4th, as John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been tasked with helming the scarlet speedster’s feature length story.

If you’re unfamiliar with Daley and Goldstein, they were the writers behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, which bodes very well and plays into my belief that DC wants to keep the Flash as their Peter Parker-type character. They almost directed Homecoming until John Watts became available. On the downside, they also wrote the Vacation remake. Either way, the movie will obviously take a more comical tone, which already makes telling the Flashpoint story even more questionable. Joby Harold’s script is still the one they’ll direct as of this post.

Warner Bros. has had the luxury of taking their time here, with Miller in another major franchise under their banner that’s just started filming – the second Fantastic Beasts movie. There’s a weird outside chance that the delay and change may have been just what the film needed. Is this a solid first move by Hamada? Tell us what you think!

Sony’s “Silver And Black” Set To Begin Filming in Atlanta Next Year

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Yes, in case you forgot Sony is not just doing one Spiderman based film, they are doing several. The next one outside of the already in production solo Venom film, is that of “Silver & Black” and it’s going into production next year.

Silver & Black, now in its pre-production stage, will introduce filmgoers to the characters of Felicia Hardy (portayed by Felicity Jones inn the Amazing Spiderman 2)/Black Cat and Silver Sablinova/Silver Sable.  Now at the moment we don’t have any casting information but hopefully that will be released soon.
 

Oh yeah in case you think that Sony is stopping their Spider-verse with just these films…..they arent. Following the releases of both Venom and Silver & Black, Sony also has plans to release a film based on the Marvel Comics character Morbius the Living Vampire.

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That script is currently being worked on by Matt Sazama and Burk Shapless, who wrote the story for the 2017 Power Rangers film. Silver & Black is currently slated for a release on February 8, 2019.

Are you looking forward to Silver & Black and the rest of Sony’s Spider-verse films Let us know.