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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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Disney Investor Day: Marvel Edition

On December 10th, Kevin Feige announced a boatload of exciting Marvel shows and movies coming over the next three years. Plus, he debuted several highly anticipated trailers for Disney Plus shows including WandaVision, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If?

WandaVision:

Coming January 15

A new poster was released:

Falcon and Winter Soldier:

Coming March 19

A poster was released:

Loki:

Coming May 2021

What If?:

Coming 2021

We got a Sizzle Reel for Ms. Marvel:

Coming 2021

Marvel will NOT be recasting Chadwick Boseman as T’challa. Black Panther 2 will be in theaters July 8, 2022.

Guardians of the Galaxy will receive two spin-offs including a holiday special written and directed by James Gunn. It will be released on Disney Plus in 2022. The other spin-off is series of shorts featuring Groot. It’s called I Am Groot, and will feature “several new and unusual characters.” It will stream on Disney Plus. Guardians of the Galaxy will release in theaters sometime in 2023

Ant-Man 3’s subtitle is Quantummania. Katheryn Newton is joining the cast as Cassie Lang, and Jonathan Majors has been officially confirmed to be playing Kang the Conqueror.

A new Disney Plus series, Secret Invasion, was announced. It will star Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury, and the return of Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, everyone’s favorite Skrull from Captain Marvel.

Another new series for Disney Plus was announced: Ironheart. Dominique Thorne will Riri Williams.

Don Cheadle will be returning as James Rhodes in the upcoming Disney Plus series, Armor Wars. It will be about what happens when Tony’s tech ends up in the wrong hands.

Moon Knight is about a “complex vigilante.” According to Kevin Feige is an “Indiana Jones-story.”

Tatiana Maslany is confirmed as She-Hulk. Mark Ruffalo will be returning as Bruce Banner, and Tim Roth will be returning as the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk (2008).

Hawkeye will be coming to Disney Plus in late 2021.

Here’s a first look at Hailee Steinfeld in action as Kate Bishop.

Christian Bale will be playing Gorr the God Butcher, the villain of Thor: Love and Thunder. It will be out in theaters May 6, 2022.

Iman Vellani (Ms. Marvel) has joined the cast of Captain Marvel 2 along with Teyonah Parris (Adult Monica Rambeau). It will release in theaters November 11, 2022.

Xochitl Gomez is confirmed to play America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It will release in theaters March 25, 2022. Kevin Feige describes Director Sam Raimi’s work on it as “scary, thrilling and mind-bending.”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released on July 9, 2021.

There will be announcements about Blade “very, very soon.”

John Watts will direct the Fantastic Four MCU reboot.

On the Pixar side of things, Chris Evan’s will be lending his voice to the human version of Buzz Lightyear in a prequel called Lightyear. It will land in theaters June 17, 2022.

In other news, Deadline reported that Jaimie Alexander will return to the MCU as Lady Sif in Thor: Love and Thunder. It’s also rumored that she’ll appear in Loki as well.

Which upcoming Marvel project are you most excited for? Personally, I’m most excited for WandaVision and Hawkeye. Leave a comment. I’d love to read them.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

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Captain Stark

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We finally have a WandaVision trailer and it looks AMAZING!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj9J2ecsSpo

According to some digging from Murphy’s Multiverse, WandaVision appears to be premiering this Thanksgiving weekend! You can check out the source codes here:

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 And also they’ve heard that Darcy will be the one to reconstruct Vision during the series though when these two meet up is unclear.

I can’t wait to see Darcy again. She was one of my favorite Thor characters. I’m so glad she’s back! 

Murphy’s Multiverse was on fire this week with the scoops! Marvel is looking to cast to major supporting characters in Ms. Marvel including Kamala’s friend Zoe Zimmer and her future sister in law Tyesha Hillman.

They are looking for a white actress aged between 16-20 and a black actress aged 27-33 respectively.

I am so excited for this series. I really loved the comics and hope the series does them justice.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw confirmed that filming for Loki has restarted.

“I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF FILMING WHEN THE PANDEMIC HAPPENED, SO I HAD A REAL BREAK, I’VE BEEN PAINTING AND READING. LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, I WAS AT HOME FOR A LONG TIME,” SHE SAID. “NOT TO MAKE LIGHT OF THE SUFFERING GOING ON, BUT IN SOME WAYS, IT HAS BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO GET A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THINGS. IT IS DOWNTIME THAT PERHAPS I MIGHT NOT HAVE HAD, AND NOW I’M THANKFUL TO BE BACK TO WORK. IT’S BEEN A JOURNEY FOR EVERYONE, BUT IT’S ALL FOR A GREATER REASON AND THE GREATER GOOD.”


The first trailer for Hulu’s Helstrom was released:

According to MCU Direct, Marvel is looking to cast two major supporting characters for MoonKnight, possibly MoonKnight’s best friend Jean-Paul Duchamp:

20-40 (YEARS OLD), WHITE MALE. A STEREOTYPICAL GOOD LOOKING, OVERLY ENTHUSIASTIC, LESS INTELLIGENT THAN AVERAGE BUT STILL LOVABLE. ACTOR MUST BE FLUENT IN FRENCH.

And his love interest Marlene Alraune:

20-35 (YEARS OLD), ALL ETHNICITIES, FEMALE. A MANIPULATIVE OPERATIVE IN A SECRET ORGANIZATION, CAPABLE OF GOING FROM COOL AND TOUGH TO WARM AND FRIENDLY IN A HEARTBEAT.

According to Murphy’s Law podcast, MoonKnight has been cast, but it hasn’t been announced yet.

Variety reported that Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury in Disney Plus series. The unnamed show already has a writer, Kyle Bradstreet of Robot Chicken fame, will write and executive produce the series. It’s being speculated that it could be a S.W.O.R.D. series or a New Warriors series.

That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading.

Over and out,

Captain Stark

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‘Loki’ and FAWS Rumors

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During an interview with Hey U Guys, Tom Holland had this to say about his recent meeting with Sony and Marvel:

“I know everything now. (About what’s happening in SpiderMan 3) I had my big pitch meeting with Marvel and Sony about two weeks ago and I know all the secrets. But I’ve also done about a thousand interviews so I know how not to spoil a movie anymore. ”

Yeah, right! I’ll believe it when I don’t hear any spoilers!

According to GWW, Moon Knight is expected to start filming in mid-November in Atlanta, Georgia. Filming will take place at Pinewood Studios, and Murphy’s Multiverse has said that some filming is rumored to take place in the UK.

@ProdWeek has reported that Spider-Man 3 will film under the working title Serenity Now.

According to Knight Edge Media, Marvel is looking for an “Alison Brie type” of actress to play She-Hulk.

 

 

 

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Murphy’s Multiverse has heard that some scenes for Thor: Love and Thunder may be filmed in Vancouver.

The above source also heard that some of Falcon and Winter Soldier plot may need to be reworked. Apparently, part of the story revolved around some sort of pandemic similar to what’s currently going on with the Corona Virus. So as not to copy current events, they might reshoot some scenes.

Hawkeye is rumored to start filming late September.

She-Hulk is expected to start filming sometime in November. MCU Cosmic has reported that Mark Ruffalo has had “preliminary talks” about appearing in the series.

@DanielRPK has shared that Wiz Kid, a Mutant character, will appear in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

“Otherwise known as Takeshi Matsuya, Wiz Kid is a computer genius confined to a wheelchair who has the mutant ability of technoform where he can create machinery with his mind.”

(Source: MCU Cosmic)

Since the character is wheelchair-bound, I hope they get a disabled actor to play him. This could be great representation for the disabled community if Marvel plays their cards right!

Sebastian Stan posted this picture on his Instagram:

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Several sources including MCU Cosmic and GWW are speculating that Clé Bennett (Center) will be playing Battlestar in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Bleeding Cool has reported that the Squadron Supreme will show up in the Loki series. The Squadron Supreme is Marvel’s version of DC’s Justice League.

The more rumors come out, the more interested I have become toward the Loki series.

 

 

 

 

 

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THR reported that Chris Evans is in talks for the role of “dentist Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s abusive and sadistic boyfriend, who finds great pleasure in his chosen profession. The role is flashy (the character loves to use laughing gas) and comes with the scene-stealing signature song, “Dentist!” Scarlett Johansson is rumored to be playing the aforementioned Audrey.

If talks go well, Cap and Nat could be reunited onscreen.

 

Jurassic World: Dominion started filming a few days ago.

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Credit: Colin Trevorrow’s Instagram

 

THR has reported that Michael Rooker has joined the cast of the Showtime pilot The President is Missing.

“Rooker will play the government agent tasked with protecting the vice president (David Oyelowo) in the adaptation of James Patterson and Bill Clinton’s mega-selling novel. He joins a cast that also includes Janet McTeer, Medina Senghore, Paul Adelstein and Gina Gallego.”

You can read the show’s synopsis below:

“The drama centers on Oyelowo’s James Martin, the powerless and politically aimless vice president of the United States. When he unexpectedly becomes president halfway through his administration’s first term, he walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis both inside and outside the White House. Attacked on all sides, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he has to choose whether to keep his head down, toe the party line and survive or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.

Rooker will play Greg Parkes, the special agent in charge of the vice presidential detail. The impossible task of protecting Martin has proved more than a warrior like Parkes can bear.”

Backstage.com reported that Tom Hiddleston’s Netflix series White Stork has been given the green light. Casting has begun, and the series will begin filming this Summer in London.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

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Captain Stark

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‘Falcon and Winter Soldier ’ Behind the Scenes Photos

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A still from New Mutants has been released:

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Just Jared released several BTS photos of Falcon and Winter Soldier:

Here is a photo from Just Jared of Kit Harrington and Gemma Chan filming for Eternals:

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Deadline reported Kevin Feige is in early talks with ABC about doing another show after Agents of Shield ends.

While at the TCAs, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke had this to say about it:

“We love our partners at Marvel and we’re sad to see [Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D] go, it’s been a big part of our history. We’re looking forward to working with Kevin Feige and we’re at the very beginning of conversations with him now about what a Marvel and ABC show might look like. Right now, Marvel’s focus has been on Disney+, as it should be.”

Variety reported that Scott Derrickson, Director of Doctor Strange, unfortunately won’t be returning to direct Doctor  Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences.” Marvel released this statement:

“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.”

DiscussingFilm reported that Marvel is looking for African American and female actors to play villains in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

MCUCosmic reported that Morbius will reference MCU’s Spider-Man. There’s also been rumors that J. Jonah Jameson will make an appearance.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Victoria Alonso has said that Marvel won’t use CGI to resurrect dead actors.

I think this is a good plan because I don’t think a computer could ever or replace an actual person!

Collider reported that Christian Bale is “in talks” to star in Thor: Love and Thunder in an unknown role.

Bat-Man invading the MCU. Could this end the Marvel vs. DC debate and unite the fandoms. Or will it only make the devision between fandoms worse? Only time will tell.

Murphy’s Multiverse reported that Marvel is looking for British child actors, one boy and one girl. Charles speculates that they could be looking for an actor to play Kid Loki. Here are the casting descriptions:

Male, 10 years old, British, Open Ethnicity, smart and brave with a sharp wit and life experience beyond his years…RECURRING

Female, 10 years old, British, Caucasian, in tears over a frightening situation, she relies on her intelligence and resilience to find a way out.

 

There’s also a casting call for professional wrestlers or actors with fighting experience for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. For speculation as to why, you can find more information here:

Another ‘SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS’ Casting Call May Give Further Support to the “Tournament” Leak

In an interview with The Wrap, David Harbour describes his character, Red Guardian, in Black Widow as “the Captain America of his day for Russia. And he was the great hope of Russia, in a certain sense.”

He also said that Red Guardian was ”a bit of a father figure” for Natasha.

One of my favorite scoopers, Daniel Richtman has said that Moon Knight is expected to start filming this August.

 

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Cate Blanchett stars .in Mrs America steaming exclusively on FX on Hulu.  You can watch the trailer below:

 

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

Over and out,

Captain Stark