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Moon Knight and Werewolf By Night Reviews**

** First appeared on 2¢ Movie Reviews

Ulysses Bloodstone has died. His death brings the monster hunters together to pay their last respects and for one last hunt to see who will inherit the blood stone and the supernatural power it grants to the one who possesses it. It’ll be a hunt to the death, a bloody one at that, and what the hunters don’t know is that there’s already a monster in their midst.

This is Marvel’s second official foray into the horror genre after Multiverse of Madness and dipping its toes in the shallow end with WandaVision. I normally stay as far away from the genre. It’s not my thing. No thank you. I don’t do scary movies. But Marvel’s expansion into the supernatural and Monsterverse have made it impossible to stay away completely.
Gael Garcia Bernal shines bright as Jack Russell/Werewolf By Night, and I need to see more of this character and actor immediately. I loved the relationship he had with Elsa Bloodstone (Laura Donnelly) and need to see more of that as well. Does it turn romantic? I need to know! And I need to know now!

This special is in black and white, paying homage to horror movies of the 30s and 40s. It’s creepy and dark. Violent and bloody. More bloody than is typical of the MCU while still managing to stay within the confines of a TV-14 rating. There’s violent action scenes. A ritual involving the bloodstone and an incantation is performed to force Jack to turn into a werewolf before the full moon, and then the violence gets turned up a couple notches. It’s bloody. There’s blood spatters on the walls and dripping on the camera lens. Jack bites a guard’s ear off. Blood gushes. Someone loses their head. A couple of people get incinerated by Man-Thing who makes an impressive cameo appearance. I grimaced. My mouth dropped open. I didn’t keep a straight face for most of the 54-minute special. If it had been in color instead of black and white, I wouldn’t have been able to watch. It’s too bad my mom wasn’t here to see it. And despite all that, I enjoyed it. A lot. I wish it’d been a little darker, but then it would’ve earned a TV-MA rating. The only crime I thought this special committed was that it was too short! Congratulations, Marvel, you got me on board with monsters! Normally, I wouldn’t say Marvel isn’t for kids anyway, but this special is especially not. This bit of fun is for the teens and adults. I look forward to seeing these characters again and to seeing what else Marvel can achieve through their Special Presentations. You can stream Werewolf By Night on Disney Plus.

Steven Grant (Oscar Issac) lives a simple life as a clerk in an Egyptian History Museum gift shop. Strange unexplainable things start to happen like hearing voices and blacking out and waking up surrounded by dead bodies with no idea what happened. He discovers that he has Dissociative Identity Disorder and is the host body of Mark Spector and also the avatar of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu serving justice as the deity sees fit as his Moon Knight
Mark and Steven must learn to work together along with Mark’s wife Layla (May Calamawy)to save the world from Ammit’s version of justice by defeating the goddess her and her avatar Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke). Mark and Steven learn more about their origin in the process. PS. It’s heartbreaking.

This show was awesome and my second favorite MCU show behind WandaVision. It’s the most violent MCU show to date and it’s darkest pushing the boundaries of a TV-14 Rating. It’s super fun if you’re into Egyptian mythology and religion. It’s really violent. People get shot and stabbed. There’s hand to hand combat. It’s bloody and you get to watch someone being mummified alive and having an organ removed (I felt a little queasy). There’s a bunch of language with Shit being heard the most along with hell, damn, misuses of God’s name and a partial f-bomb.

As a Christian, I came away from the series with a sense of thankfulness that God doesn’t handle justice the way that the Egyptian gods do. That the God we serve is merciful when we don’t deserve it while the Egyptian ones are cutthroat and ruthless. For example Ammit hands out justice before a crime is ever committed. I’m so glad God isn’t like that or we’d all be in trouble! There’s a devotional in there somewhere I think I’ll write one.

The Supernatural side of the MCU is being built out nicely and I can’t wait to see what’s next! I’d love to see a season 2 in the future. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

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‘Breaking The Fourth Wall’- WandaVision Episode 7 Recap and Review

We’ve made it to the 2010s on WandaVision. This time around, they pay tribute to shows like Modern Family and The Office. The theme tune is extremely similar to The Office theme, and the characters often break the fourth wall.

Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) doesn’t have the energy to get out of bed after the traumatic events of Halloween Night. She didn’t even make it out of her costume before falling into bed. I can relate to lack of energy and motivation to do anything. Who doesn’t?

She decides to punish herself with a staycation which includes forfeiting parental responsibility of Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne). The boys try to get her out of bed, but Wanda refuses to budge. Billy tells her his head is “noisy, ” and he doesn’t like it. But even this isn’t a cause for motherly concern.

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The boys are in the living room trying to play video games, but something strange is happening: the controllers are glitching. They change from modern to old-school before turning into UNO cards.

Wanda finally manages to stumble down the stairs to break up her fighting twins before going to the kitchen to fix breakfast. The milk container glitches and changes from glass bottle to cardboard carton to back again. She has no idea why this is happening.

Back in reality Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) and Agent Goodner (Rachael Thompson) are standing outside the Hex, thankful that they weren’t captured inside. He asks her what’s happening on the broadcast. She tells him that there is none. They can’t see what’s going on inside of WestView. This won’t stop Hayward from carry out his plans, and tells Agent Goodner to keep preparing for today’s launch. Launch of what? We’re not given an answer.

Meanwhile, Vision (Paul Bettany) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) are mistaken for circus performers, thanks to Wanda’s WestView Circus expansion.

Vision tries to remind Darcy what happened the night before outside the hex. Now that Darcy’s inside, she has no memory, and believes that Vision is coming onto her. I think it’s the most amusing part of the episode.

Back at the house, The boys ask where Vision is. Wanda doesn’t know. Billy asks her about what Pietro said about Vision dying twice. Wanda tells him not to listen to him and says Pietro’s not their uncle. If he’s not Pietro, then who is he?

Wanda then proceeds to have a mental breakdown in front of the twins telling them that life’s meaningless. Not her best parenting move!

Agnes drops by unexpectedly and offers to take the twins off Wanda’s hands for a while. The boys are hesitant to leave their mom, but Wanda insists they leave, and Agnes herds them out the door.

When Wanda’s alone, the entire house starts to glitch and revert back to the 70s era in episode three.

While Agent Woo (Randall Park) and Monica (Teyoyah Parris) drive back to the Hex they discuss what Hayward could be up to. An eagle-eyed viewer noticed that the text Jimmy was reading from revealed that Hayward was the one to send the email to Vision in episode five.

In episode six it’s revealed that Hayward is keeping tabs on Vision. Monica and Jimmy speculate what this could mean.

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“Hayward wasn’t trying to decommission Vision. He was trying to bring him back online.” – Jimmy Woo

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Monica concludes that “Hayward wants his sentinet weapon back.” For what? Another Ultron level genocide event?

They arrive at S.W.O.R.D.’s temporary base where Monica tries to enter back into the Hex by way of space rover. Monica suits up and tries driving through the hex but it refuses to let her through. It forces the rover backwards. The hex tries rewriting the rover so it fits into Westview. Monica manages to escape.  The hex rejects the rover and ejects it. The rover has been changed to a truck.

(L-R): Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Meanwhile, back at the circus, Vision continues trying to break through to Darcy with little success. He finally distracts her long enough to undo Wanda’s spell and snap her back to reality. They manage to escape the circus via funnel cake truck. Paul Bettany and Kat Dennings are comedy gold when paired together!

Back at the house, Wanda’s world continues to glitch through several previous eras of the show. The stork from the nursery in episode three even makes a cameo!

The boys are at Agne’s house. Billy tells her he likes it there because it’s quiet. The noise inside his head has stopped. He tells her, “You’re quiet, Agnes. On the inside.” She looks at him strangely.

Back at S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters, Monica suits up and tries driving through the hex but it refuses to let her through. It forces the rover backwards. The hex tries rewriting the rover so it fits into Westview. Monica manages to escape.  The hex rejects the rover and ejects it. The rover has been changed to a truck.

To Jimmy’s dismay, Monica decides to run through the Hex on her own. This is the first time we see the inside of the Hex. It’s all static, wavy lines, and flashing lights and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing scenes of the episode. This is also a superhero origin story for Monica; this is where we see get her powers. As she pushes her way through, she’s surrounded by the voices of her mom, Nick Fury, and her Aunt Carol. This was a beautiful scene to watch and an empowering moment for Monica. One of the best scene of the episode!

On the drive back to the house, Darcy tries to jog Vision’s memory of past events that occurred during Infinity War. How does Darcy know about his death and that Wanda had to watch?! She wasn’t even there! Maybe she was given a crash course in history over the last five years? They keep getting stuck in traffic on the way back to the house.

Vision thinks Wanda’s to blame for the traffic. He doesn’t think she wants him to come home and using her magic to create obstacles.

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Monica bursts into Wanda’s house unannounced to warn her about Hayward and his plans for Vision. But Wanda won’t listen. She uses her powers to remove Monica from her house. When Monica lands, a lightning bolt appears and her eyes glow signifying she has powers of some kind.


Wanda accuses Monica of being the reason for all the bad things happening including the drones, missiles, and the fake Pietro.

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MONICA: No, wait, Pietro, no, no, no, that wasn’t us.

WANDA: All you do is lie!

MONICA: The only lies I’ve told are the ones you put in my mouth

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Monica tells Wanda not to let Hayward turn her into a villain. Wanda believes she already is one. Agnes watches the entire exchange from her window and goes out intervene. She acts very protective of Wanda but why?

Agnes takes Wanda back to her place. Wanda wants to know where the boys are. Agnes thinks they’re in the basement. Wanda heads down into the creepiest basement ever but the boys are missing.

Agnes confronts Wanda and reveals she’s Agatha Harkness, a witch.


It was a reveal that comics fans saw coming. (🙋) It wasn’t a huge surprise, but the reveal was fun! Especially when accompanied by a catchy theme song that pays tribute to The Munsters.

It’s revealed that Agatha has been behind all the strange goings-on in Westview. Including Pietro dropping by unexpectedly and killing Sparky.

This episode has the first mid-credits scene of the show: Monica investigates around Agatha’s house and opens the doors to the basement, “Pietro” sneaks up behind her saying, “Snoopers gonna snoop.”


I wonder what will happen next on WandaVision

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‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ Disney+ Details

Another week. Another update! *Crickets continue to chirp.*

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Deadline recently reported on a bunch of  interesting details about the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney+ show:

1. It will premiere in August 2020. (So far away!)

2. Kari Shogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) will direct all six episodes.

3. Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp will be reprising their roles as Zemo and Sharon Carter respectively.

4. The show will be about Sam Wilson as he deals with accepting the shield and the responsibility of becoming Captain America.

 

HN Entertainment has reported that Black Widow is expected to be filming scenes in Budapest, Hungary.

So does that mean that we finally get to find out what happened in Budapest?! Please, Marvel! I need to know!

 

Several posters were released for Spider-Man: Far from Home.

 

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse will be released on Netflix on June 26th.

Jessica Jones season three will be released on Netflix in June.

HN Entertainment reported that filming for The Eternals will mostly take place at Pinewood Studios UK.

Rumors

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MCU Cosmic reported that there are several options Marvel is considering to integrate Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool into the MCU:

1. A new solo film. Maybe Deadpool 3.

2. A Disney+ limited series

3. A guest starring role in Spider-Man 3.

The guy behind MCU Cosmic, Jeremy Conrad, has said that his source “has delivered 100% for me in the past.” It will be interesting to see if any one of these pans out.

On Murphy’s Law podcast, Charles Murphy shared an interesting rumor about the upcoming WandaVision:

“I’ve heard that as this show unfolds, it’s gonna find Wanda really starting to come into her powerset and that the reality-altering powers from the comic are gonna make their way into MCU.”

Keep in mind that these are just rumors and that NOTHING HAS BEEN CONFIRMED by Marvel Studios or anyone affiliated with them!!!

 

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A poster for The Current War starring Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch has been released.

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It will be released in theaters in the United States on October 4th.

Deadline reported that Michael Peña will play the villain in the upcoming Tom and Jerry live-action/animation hybrid film from Warner Brothers.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the release date for Taika Waititi’s live-action anime adaptation Akira will be released in theaters on May 21, 2021.

EW reported that Chris Pratt will be reprising his role as Owen Grady in a new Jurassic World  ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

@BorysKit reported that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have joined the cast for Christopher Nolan’s latest film Tenet.

 

That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

 

 

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‘Eternals’ Casting And ‘Thor 4’?

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Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson will be on Ellen on April 23rd to promote Endgame.

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That Hashtag Show reported that Marvel is looking to cast an Asian actor who’s openly gay or bisexual in their twenties to play James, a character described as “intellectual, emotional, and has a strong sense of family.” How To Get Away With Murder’s Conrad Ricamora is rumored to be at the top casting list.

The Wrap reported that South Korean actor Ma Dong-seok has been cast in an unknown role in The Eternals.

USA Today released two stills from Spider-Man: Far From Home have been released:

 

 

 

 

Spider-Man: Far From Home Director John Watts told USA Today had this to say about Peter Parker in the upcoming film:

“He really just wants to have this simple, normal, relaxed vacation where the thing that he should be most worried about is whether or not MJ actually likes him back.”

Tessa Thompson talked with LA Times about the possibility of a Thor 4:

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Sony announced that Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released on July 2nd.

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Chris Hemsworth announced that he’s joined the cast of Kevin Smith’s Jay And Silent Bob reboot.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Paul Rudd will host the season finale of SNL on May 18th.

A trailer for Hobbes And Shaw trailer featuring Idris Elba as the film’s villain has been released:

 

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Letitia Wright has joined the cast of Death On The Nile, a sequel to Murder On The Orient Express. She will play “Rosalie Otterbourne, a lead suspect in the story, which follows Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) as he attempts to unravel the murder of a young heiress while on vacation in Egypt.” Filming will begin in September.

Deadline reported that Disney has cancelled The Mouse Guard two weeks before production started. The film was being made by 20th Century Fox which Disney now owns as part of their merger with Fox. Andy Serkis and Idris Elba were set to star. The movie is being shopped around to a new studio with the hope that someplace like Netflix will save it.

 

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Omaze is offering a chance for you and a friend to meet Tom Hiddleston after seeing him in a performance of Betrayal in London on May 27th. To enter make a donation to Red Nose Day USA. You can enter here:

https://www.omaze.com/experiences/tom-hiddleston-london-theater?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_content=omaze&utm_campaign=experiences.tom-hiddleston-london-theater&utm_term=PitchSelf-filmed&oa_h=3vnij5&fbclid=IwAR2T7qrXq8Ir0WBxE4Z6M6e5bU9U22vcwAjk05NlssuibQ8GOI5oPf07bkI

 

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‘Black Widow’ And ‘Endgame’ And ‘The Eternals’ Oh, My!

It was a busy week of Endgame hype which will only increase in the final three weeks leading to the film’s release.

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A couple new Endgame TV spots were released:

A Special Look:

“Thano Wins:”

Dolby Cinema poster:

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Real 3D poster:

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IMAX poster:

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Boss Logic x2:

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Another official poster:

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Another promo poster:

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Promo art:

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A behind the scenes Endgame clip was released:

Endgame has been officially rated PG-13.

AMC Theaters will be having a 59 hour Marvel Marathon leading up to the release of Endgame.

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When Endgame tickets went on sale, Fandango released an interview with co-director Anthony Russo. The entire article  is worth the read. You can find it here:

https://www.fandango.com/movie-news/avengers-endgame-tickets-now-on-sale-plus-our-exclusive-chat-with-co-director-anthony-russo-753680

Fandango reported that Endgame broke the 24-hour presale record in six hours and outsold Infinity War in an hour.

Robert Downey Jr shared this behind the scenes picture of him and Tom Holland:

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New character posters were released:

 

 

The Hollywood Reporter reported that the final runtime for Avengers: Endgame is 3 hours and 58 seconds officially making it the longest MCU film ever!

James Gunn has been credited as an Executive Producer on Avengers: Endgame. 

(Credit: Walt Disney Studios)

The Russo Brothers were awarded the Directors of the Year Award at CinemaCon.

 

Joe Russo visited Mumbai, India for an Endgame fan event and shared several interesting tidbits:

1. Endgame will be Stan Lee’s final cameo.

2. An LGBT character will be introduced in the MCU “very soon.”

3. Tom Holland wasn’t given a script “because he has very hard time keeping his mouth shut.”

When Xpress Cinema asked for Endgame plot details, Joe would only say that “Endgame isn’t from Thano’s perspective.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that a special screening of Endgame will be shown at the Moscow International Film Festival on April 23rd before it’s released anywhere else.

 

Editing on Endgame has been completed:

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Deadline reported that Jimmy Kimmel is having an Endgame themed week.

Monday: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, and Paul Rudd.

Tuesday: Danai Gurira

Wednesday: Jeremy Renner

Thursday: Don Cheadle

 

Black Panther took home eight NAACP Awards including:

Actor in a Motion Picture: Chadwick Boseman

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan

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Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Danai Gurira

Directing in a Motion Picture: Ryan Coogler

Writing in a Motion Picture: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole

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Breakthrough Role – Motion Picture: Letitia Wright

 

Variety reported that Captain Marvel has crossed over the billion dollar line at the box office  making it the seventh Marvel movie to do so.

Cloak and Dagger season 2 premiered this week and Marvel artist @PhilNoto designed a poster for the occasion:

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Funko has released a preview of their Spider-Man: Far From Home merchandise:

 

Everything will be released on April 22, 2019.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Zoe Saldana had this to say on Disney rehiring James Gunn:

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During an interview at CinemaCon, Dave Bautista says that if James hadn’t been rehired he would’ve tried to have gotten out of his Disney contract:

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Black Widow News:

Discussing Film reported that Black Widow will start filming June 10th.

The Hollywood Reporter: David Harbour has joined the cast of Black Widow in a currently undisclosed role.

He had this to say in an interview with Entertainment Tonight at CinemaCon:

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Variety: Rachel Weisz is in talks to join the cast of Black Widow in a currently undisclosed role.

The Eternals News from The Hollywood Reporter:

1. Angelina Jolie is reportedly playing Sersi, a character described as “a more outgoing Eternal who has not been afraid to move among humankind.”

2. Kumail Nanjiani is in talks for a currently undisclosed role.

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A poster and trailer were released for Tilda Swinton’s movie The Dead Don’t Die was released:

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It releases in theaters June 14, 2019.

A trailer and poster have been released for All Creatures Here Below, starring Karen Gillan and David Dastmalchian, has been released:

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It will be released in theaters and on VOD May 17, 2019

According to Dateline, Dave Bautista will star in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. The film will be available to stream on Netflix.

HN Entertainment reported that Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct a new series for FX starring Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America. You can read the synopsis below:

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(Synopsis Credit: The Hollywood Reporter)

A First Look of Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in Chaos Walking has been released:

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Variety reported that Warner Brothers and James Gunn have decided to remove Deadshot from the Suicide Squad sequel. Idris Elba was previously reported to be playing that role, but now he will be playing a new and currently unknown character.

Vin Diesel announced via Instagram video that he has been cast in the Avatar sequels. 

 

Rumors

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According to Deadline, rumors going around at CinemaCon are saying that Dr Strange could be released in November 2020. This is highly doubtful considering that previous reports from The Hollywood Reporter said that Dr. Strange has a May 2021 release date. Another wrench thrown into this particular rumor is that The Eternals, which seems to be further along in development, is rumored to be released in November 2020. No one will know for sure until Marvel makes the official announcement.

The Canberra Times reported the rumor that Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first film with an Asian protagonist could be coming to Sydney, Australia for filming.

 

That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark