As has been reported heavily this week, there’s been a restructuring at Marvel Studios, with the company disengaging from Marvel Entertainment and CEO Ike Perlmutter and instead reporting directly to Disney. This is great news for Marvel Studios and president Kevin Feige, who will now have more control over the direction (and finances) of the MCU. But Feige was very close to leaving the studio entirely thanks to problems with Captain America: Civil War.
The week's over! You did it, and did it in sensational style. But while you've been off working and living and doing all those things that humans do, what have you missed in the world of comics? With Weekender, ComicsAlliance is here to give you a heads-up on some of the stories that you might have overlooked, and to showcase some great writing on comics for you to enjoy over pancakes this weekend.
It’s funny, fitting, and sort of cruel that Ant-Man’s version of the Wasp is named Hope.
The comic-book version of the Wasp is named Janet van Dyne, the longtime romantic and crime-fighting associate of Hank Pym’s Ant-Man. The film’s Ant-Man is Scott Lang (Paul Rudd); its Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is an older man who retired many years earlier. Hope (Evangeline Lilly) is his daughter, grown to adulthood and desperate for the opportunity to be a hero. Her father, though, has other ideas.
We're nowhere to be found in the Star Trek movies, or the Star Wars movies, or Jurassic Park, or The Fast & The Furious. To the best of my knowledge we're not in Mission: Impossible, or Planet of the Apes, or Die Hard, or The Dark Knight, or Transformers. We're not in Lord of the Rings, despite how it may seem, and we're not obviously in Harry Potter, though the author says we're there. We're not in Spider-Man, and somehow we're not even in the X-Men movies, though they are at least partly about us. We might be in The Hunger Games.
We are in James Bond. Of all the big movie franchises, that's the one that's really taken the time to present a handful of gay or bisexual characters in its fifty year history; but as damaged killers, and as uniquely challenging romantic conquests. And we're definitely not in the Marvel movies. Based on recent comments by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, we may not turn up there any time soon. You see, Feige isn't going to force it; he'll find an "organic" way to introduce LGBTQ characters to his fictional world.
With press for Ant-Man in full swing, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been dropping a lot of hints about the future of the MCU. In addition to clueing us in to Marvel and Sony’s plans for their Spider-Man reboot, Feige is also opening up about Black Panther, who will make his on-screen debut in Captain America: Civil War. But what is the new hero’s role in the upcoming film, exactly?
A lot of Marvel fans were a little concerned about the age (both actual and perceived) of new Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. Let’s face it, he has a baby face, and with that came a lot of detractors who said, “it’s Spider-Man not Spider-Boy.” This logic is highly flawed (Spider-Man was 15-years-old when bitten by the radioactive spider, four years younger than Holland), but Marvel president Kevin Feige has explained the choice to go young with Spider-Man saying they were very much influenced by John Hughes’ films.
When Marvel announced a release date for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 before the first one was even released, everyone thought Marvel was overestimating their strange space opera. And then it made a bajillion dollars and everyone on the internet felt like a fool. Now, the title for that sequel has been revealed and while it doesn’t bring any grand revelation with it, it’ll probably get you to crack a tiny smile.
Just a few months ago Sony and Marvel announced that an agreement had been reached for the studios to collaborate on a new Spider-Man. Finally, peace has been achieved in our time. Sony and Marvel recently hired Cop Car director Jon Watts to direct the new Spider-Man film, with Tom Holland starring as Peter Parker. But what else can we expect from this collaborative effort between studios? Marvel’s Kevin Feige has a few words to share.
If you were hanging around the internet for even a few minutes the other day, then you undoubtedly saw reports that Selma director Ava DuVernay had been officially hired by Marvel to helm Black Panther. Those reports were unsubstantiated and unconfirmed by Marvel — little more than a rumor that was reported without a source to back it up. But at least one related report has now been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige himself.
That first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made one thing very clear: Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero throwdown is not a Marvel movie. Not in character and especially not in tone. It was the latest punch thrown in the not-so-secret war between Marvel and DC, as Warner Bros. gears up to challenge Marvel Studios at the “shared universe” game. Whether intentional or not (and we’re betting on intentional), recent statements from MCU mastermind Kevin Feige feel like a direct jab at that Batman v Superman trailer and its dark, dreary tone.