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Ant-Man 3 Isn’t In MCU Phase 4: Has Marvel Cancelled The Movie?

Ant-Man 3 isn’t part of Marvel’s Phase 4 slate, so does that mean the sequel has been cancelled? San Diego Comic-Con 2019 saw Marvel go all out in its Phase 4 blowout, revealing the next two years worth of movies for theaters and shows for Disney+; they also unveiled Mahershala Ali as Blade and confirmed the future of mutants and the Fantastic Four in the MCU. Despite the multitude of announcements, one franchise was strangely omitted from the event: Ant-Man.

While nearly every existing Marvel series was mentioned in one way or another during Marvel’s SDCC presentation, Ant-Man was completely ignored. Even when far out movies like Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Captain Marvel 2 were at least given a touch of lip service, as well as the fact that Marvel planned on bringing 20th Century Fox’s former properties – the X-Men and Fantastic Four – into the MCU, there wasn’t a single word about a prospective third Ant-Man film. Perhaps this is because Marvel doesn’t want to pursue another solo movie for Ant-Man or the Wasp.

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While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never had any outright bombs (though a case could be made for 2008’s The Incredible Hulk), both Ant-Man films rank within the lower echelons of the MCU pantheon. The original film made $180 million domestically ($519 worldwide) on the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron, while Ant-Man & The Wasp increased its total to $216 million domestically ($622 worldwide) proceeding Avengers: Infinity War. While those are certainly impressive numbers by most metrics, they don’t quite stack up against the likes of Captain Marvel ($1.1 billion), Black Panther ($1.3 billion) and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will soon cross the billion-dollar mark.

It’s important to note that the MCU is just that, a cinematic universe, and if a character isn’t the titular hero in their own film, that doesn’t mean they’re gone for good. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will co-star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and we’ve already seen Hulk share the stage with the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Tony Stark’s supporting role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Ant-Man doesn’t need his own movie in order to appear in the MCU. In fact, many would argue the character’s best appearances have been outside of his own franchise, as he was a veritable scene-stealer in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. Ant-Man 3 was never formally announced, so maybe this has been the plan all along. Perhaps Ant-Man could appear in a prospective Secret Avengers film, if such a thing may yet exist in the MCU.

Marvel’s Phase 4 is a unique beast from previous MCU eras. Since Phase 4 is only two years long, this suite of films and Disney+ programs will be densely packed with new art to enjoy, but also a transitional period for the brand in a post-Avengers: Endgame world. Ant-Man might have an extremely important role to play in the future of the MCU, but it might not be until after Phase 4 runs its course. Both previous Ant-Man movies released two months after an Avengers film. There is no Avengers film in Phase 4, so perhaps they’re saving the continuing adventures of Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne for the future, beyond 2021. Ant-Man & The Wasp ended without explaining the extent of Janet Van Dyne’s (Michelle Pfeiffer) new powers gained from decades of exposure to quantum energy. It’s easy to infer that she, as well as characters like Ghost, Bill Foster, and Hank Pym, still have a role to play in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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2019-07-24 08:07:35

Zak Wojnar

5 Cancelled Sequels and 5 Prequels We Still Want to See

Sequels and prequels seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days. Whether it’s Avengers: Endgame or Maleficent, these films continue the stories of the characters and plots we’ve already come to know and love. Often, if they’re well done — and sometimes even when they’re not — we welcome the opportunity to revisit familiar characters and their worlds.

Despite the number of sequels and prequels that are available for our viewing pleasure, though, there are some we never got to see. In some cases that was probably for the best. But in others we can only think wistfully about what might have been. Here, we’re talking about that second category: canceled sequels and prequels we still want to see.

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10 SEQUEL: HELLBOY 3

The Hellboy franchise was recently rebooted with Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking over for Ron Perlman in the lead role and Neil Marshall taking over for Guillermo del Toro in the director’s chair. The new movie was rated R and supposed to be darker and more graphic than the del Toro/Perlman version from 2004 and its 2008 sequel, The Golden Army.

Before the reboot came about though, fans were hoping for a third movie in the original series — and for a moment it looked like it might happen.  In January 2017, Del Toro announced on Twitter that both he and Perlman were in for Hellboy 3 and were planning to discuss the possibility with the character’s creator Mike Mignola. Then the next month, del Toro tweeted that the sequel wasn’t going to happen. Based on the dismal box office and critical drubbing taken by the reboot, this wasn’t for the best.

9 PREQUEL: DEACON FROST BLADE PREQUEL

Back in 2009, Stephen Dorff, who starred as villainous vampire Deacon Frost in the first Blade film in 1998 mentioned that a prequel trilogy was in the works that would focus on his character. Blade director Stephen Norrington confirmed a prequel was in development and that he planned to shoot it as soon as he finished work on a reboot of The Crow.

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Well, it’s ten years later and we’re still waiting. Not only hasn’t the Deacon Frost prequel materialized, The Crow reboot hasn’t made it out of the starting gate either. While Dorff has moved on to other projects, including the most recent season of HBO’s True Detective, Norrington hasn’t directed a film since 2003. Despite the demise of this project, there has been talk that we might see Blade at some point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fingers crossed.

8 SEQUEL: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT 2

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit came out in 1988 audiences were rapturous. The zany animation/live action hybrid quickly inspired talk of a sequel. There were many attempts at scripts and ideas over the past 30 years, but they were all nixed. Then, in late 2018, director Robert Zemeckis mentioned that a complete sequel script exists, and it was good. But Disney, the owner of the character, was indifferent.

Zemeckis has actually been touting this screenplay since 2016 when he revealed that the movie would be a continuation of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica’s story and that it would take them from film noir to the 1950s. While Zemeckis loved the script, he lamented Disney’s lack of interest. It would be fun to revisit the world of Roger Rabbit after all this time. Although it’s possible given the long wait that the audience for a sequel could be limited.

7 PREQUEL: ALIEN: AWAKENING

When Ridley Scott decided to make a prequel to his enduringly popular Alien, fans were ecstatic. Then came 2012’s underwhelming Prometheus, which mostly just left fans befuddled. Yet, in 2017 Scott followed it up with another prequel film, Alien: Covenant. The movie was less esoteric than its predecessor but still wasn’t embraced by audiences. It fizzled at the box office.

Before Covenant ever hit theaters, Scott was already talking about another prequel in the series, Alien: Awakening. A script was already written that would have returned the action to LV-426, the planet from the original movie. There, Michael Fassbender’s unfeeling android David would come up against the Engineers introduced in Prometheus. However, preproduction was scuttled after Covenant didn’t live up to expectations and the Disney-Fox merger ended any possibility of the project moving forward. All hope isn’t lost though. During the Disney panel at CinemaCon in early April, a plan was announced to add new chapters to a set of franchises, including the Alien franchise. It would be amazing if Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley returned for another Alien installment.

6 SEQUEL: MATHILDA

Luc Besson’s 1994 film Leon: The Professional has become a cult classic. And while many fans believe the movie had the perfect ending and doesn’t need a sequel, a script for a follow-up was reportedly written that focused on Natalie Portman’s character, Mathilda. The film would have depicted the character’s evolution as she grew up and followed in Leon’s footsteps.

Both Besson and Portman were on board, but then things fell apart. Gaumont, the studio that owned the rights to the property wouldn’t let the project move forward. It’s too bad. Mathilda was an interesting character and it would have been fascinating to see more of her story.

5 PREQUEL: BOBA FETT

When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was clear we were going to see a lot more Star Wars. Soon rumors of all sorts of sequels and prequels set in a galaxy far, far away were flying around. One of those was a Boba Fett prequel that would have told the story of the beloved bounty hunter. James Mangold, who helmed Logan, was even on board to direct. Then Solo: A Star Wars Story failed at the box office and the higher-ups at Lucasfilm were forced to reevaluate their strategy for the franchise.

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At this point, the studio has reportedly scrapped the project in favor of the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Still, Boba Fett has seen so little screen time, it would have been fun to learn more about his backstory. And given what Mangold did for Logan, his take on the material may have led to an especially rewarding take on Boba Fett.

4 SEQUEL: TRUE LIES 2

The Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle True Lies, directed by James Cameron, centered on agent Harry Tasker’s double life as a family man and secret government agent. The movie was enormously popular when it came out in 1994. Its winning blend of action and comedy plus its amusing characters made it ripe for continuation. And for a while, it seemed like it just might happen.

At first the sequel was delayed by Cameron’s work on a little film called Titanic. Then. 9/11 happened and Cameron apparently rethought the project, believing it might not be appropriate to laugh at terrorists after the horror of the real-world events. Nonetheless, rumors of the possibility of a sequel have continued to swirl. However, with Cameron currently tied up working on the Avatar sequels it’s hard to believe True Lies 2 will ever move forward.

3 PREQUEL: THE VEGA BROTHERS

Two of auteur Quentin Tarantino’s first and most lauded films were Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Each told a complete story and Tarantino has never made a sequel or prequel (unless you count Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2, but that could be considered one complete work). It turns out that the director has considered the possibility though.

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One of his ideas was to delve into the backstory of Reservoir Dogs’ Vic Vega (a.k.a. Mr. Blonde) and Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega. The characters, who were played by Michael Madsen and John Travolta respectively, were brothers and the prequel would have centered on their adventures in Amsterdam. In Tarantino’s hands this could have been a twisty, turny addition to his canon that shed more light on two unique characters. Alas, given the actors’ ages and Tarantino’s focus on other projects, it looks like it will never be.

2 SEQUEL: GALAXY QUEST 2

Galaxy Quest was a hysterical space opera comedy that saw a group of washed-up actors from a Star Trek-like show recruited by aliens who believe they really are the brave crew of a starship. Twenty years after its release, the movie remains beloved for its hilarious story and strong performances.  It would have been a blast to go another round with the cast.

Then, a few years ago there was talk of a potential sequel. The movie’s lead, Tim Allen, mentioned that a sequel was close to being made with the original cast returning. However, co-star Alan Rickman sadly passed away and that seemed to end the possibility of the new movie being made. The most recent word was that a Galaxy Quest series at Amazon involving both returning and new cast members was put on hold after problems at Paramount. Still, never give up, never surrender!

1 PREQUEL: FURIOSA

Mad Max: Fury Road was an unexpected delight when it premiered in 2015. Yet, while Tom Hardy’s title character was good, Charlize Theron’s character, Imperator Furiosa was a revelation. Furiosa was a tough, vulnerable woman in an unforgiving world. So fans couldn’t wait to spend more time with the character in a Furiosa-focused prequel.

Writer-director George Miller supposedly has a script ready and Theron was excited to reprise her role. Yet, there seems to have been minimal forward momentum. It was reported that a lawsuit between Miller’s production company and Fury Road studio Warner Bros could be to blame. Regardless, Miller and Theron aren’t getting any younger so the prospects of this prequel happening get dimmer with each passing day. Still, we’d love to visit Miller’s rich world again.

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2019-04-23 01:04:59

Cynthia Vinney

Why The Gifted Has Been Cancelled By Fox & Marvel

After two seasons, Fox has canceled The Gifted. Here’s why, and whether the show have a future. Loosely inspired by the X-Men’s “Days of Future Past” timeline, The Gifted was something of a deep cut into X-Men lore, with none of the A-list X-Men; in fact, the best-known character is Emma Dumont’s Polaris, the daughter of Magneto, who’s something of a third-stringer in the comics.

Legion and The Gifted were the result of an unprecedented partnership between Marvel Television and Fox networks. In recent weeks, though, it’s become clear that both X-Men TV shows are coming to an end. Noah Hawley’s Legion will end after season 3, with FX CEO John Landgraf explaining that Hawley always planned a three-season story. The more striking news is that The Gifted has been canceled by Fox after season 2. Naturally, most X-Men fans have assumed all this is something to do with Disney’s purchase of Fox.

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Those fans are right, albeit in a far more indirect way than they’re assuming. It’s important to remember that Disney’s purchase did not include Fox Broadcasting, because Disney already own a broadcasting network and wouldn’t be allowed to buy another. Fox Broadcasting is now the only network not affiliated with a television studio and, in a recent conference call, Rupert Murdoch indicated that its future lies in partnering with studios that aren’t aligned with a broadcaster, such as Warner Bros. TV, Lionsgate and Sony Pictures TV. Industry analysts expect Fox to approach these studios and offer to air their shows in return for some sort of equity in the programming. The Gifted – which is now completely owned by Disney – doesn’t fit with that particular business model.

Significantly, according to Deadline, Fox felt The Gifted‘s linear ratings simply didn’t justify continuing with the series. Although it performs well online, The Gifted‘s second season averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating in Live+7, about half of its Season 1 average (2.0), and 3.3 million viewers. In an interview with SlashFilm back in February, showrunner Matt Nix admitted he expected Fox to pull the plug because of these viewing figures.

“My sense is that the most likely thing is that if we come back, we’ll come back in some sort of creative way. Some partnership, because I think what we’ve discovered is that fans of The Gifted are big fans of The Gifted. We have a solid fan base and it’s a little small for the broadcast networks. But we do well on streaming so there may be, my hope is that there’s something to work out in that realm… I don’t anticipate a 22 episode season on broadcast but I’d love to be wrong.”

Nix’s caution has proved to be prophetic. As he noted, there is a chance that The Gifted could be picked up elsewhere, most likely by one of Disney’s streaming services. It’s unlikely that would be Disney +, given that particular service appears to be reserved for Marvel Studios content; Marvel Television seems to have been relegated to Hulu. The partnership between Marvel Television and Hulu has deepened over the last few months, with the announcement of an “Offenders” range of TV shows, so The Gifted does have a shot. Unfortunately, Deadline reports that as yet there have been no real conversations about this possibility.

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2019-04-19 07:04:32

Thomas Bacon

10 Cancelled Marvel Movies We Wish Got Made

The superhero movie genre has never been as big as it is today, and a great deal of the success can be attributed to the influx of Marvel movies, specifically with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The shared universe is about to release its 21st film since 2008, but Marvel movies were being made long before. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and the original X-Men helped kick off the new milenium, while the first true live-action movie came with Howard the Duck in 1986.

In the forty-plus years since, some of the greatest superhero movies of all-time have come from Marvel’s library of characters. But, for every couple of major hits, there are also movies that disappointed audiences. There’s been the highs of Spider-Man 2 or The Avengers, but then the lows like Fantastic 4 or Daredevil. Of course, not every Marvel movie that is put in development gets made.

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In the latest Screen Rant video, we take a look at 10 cancelled Marvel movies we wish actually got made. One of the most high profile films is Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, which was cancelled when the director asked for more time to develop the movie. But, there’s also even older projects like a cancelled female-led musical Silver Surfer or a few different takes on Doctor Strange. Check out the full list in the video below:

Since all of these projects were cancelled, only a few of them continued on in some form. ABC, IMAX, and Marvel TV famously swooped in to save Inhumans from a complete cancellation, but they did anything but. The Inhumans TV series was a complete misfire and made a future on the big screen anytime soon even more unlikely. The Magneto origin movie was also somewhat saved, as Fox decided to fold elements of the movie into the soft reboot to the franchise they did with X-Men: First Class. Considering how much of a standout Michael Fassbender’s Magneto has been, it makes the potential of a true standalone movie all the more intriguing.

While these are just ten of the projects we know about, there could be many other promising pitches that soon get cancelled or completely retooled. Once Disney’s deal for Fox becomes official, Marvel Studios will regain access to the X-Men and Fantastic Four and Kevin Feige is expected to reboot almost all of the characters – except for maybe Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. This could close give Drew Goddard another cancelled superhero movie in X-Force, while it would also mean the end of Channing Tatum’s Gambit, Tim Miller’s Kitty Pryde, and many more. If these Marvel projects do wind up being cancelled, then there could be several new candidates worthy of being on this list.

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2019-02-22 01:02:08

Daredevil Cancelled By Netflix

Netflix has officially cancelled Daredevil after three seasons. Marvel and Netflix struck a deal years ago to bring original live-action TV shows to the streaming service. DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage, and Iron Fist were the initial deal that was scheduled to lead to The Defenders.

Marvel and Netflix started the partnership with Daredevil and cast Charlie Cox in the role of Matt Murdock. The first season arrived in 2015 and instantly set the tone for this corner of the MCU and was looked at as a major hit. Netflix quickly renewed Daredevil for a second season that came out in 2016 and finally launched season three of the series just a few weeks ago. The new season was as well-received as any of the previous, but some metrics showed a continued decline in interest. This was the same for all Marvel/Netflix shows, and started the movement of Netflix canning these properties. Iron Fist was the first to go and then Luke Cage also was canceled – both after two seasons.

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The rush of cancellations made many fans worried about the future of the remaining Netflix properties, and now Deadline has revealed that Netflix has cancelled Daredevil after three seasons. Netflix issued the following statement about their decision:

“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix. We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note. We’re thankful to showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years. While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.”

The cancellation of Daredevil comes on the heels of Oleson confirming he recently pitched his idea for season 4 to Netflix. The decision to cancel the series is likely not an indictment on his pitch, but rather the latest piece of evidence that all of these Netflix/Marvel cancellations are not a coincidence, seeing as Marvel will have original content released via Disney’s new streaming service Disney Plus. The good news for fans of the first three seasons is that Netflix confirmed in their statement that the series’ first three seasons will continue to be available to stream for several more years.

However, it may be the end of their statement that offers a glimmer of hope for Marvel fans and possibly even the actors involved with the series. Netflix says Daredevil “will live on in future projects for Marvel,” so that could be a sign that Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige are instead interested in regaining control of these characters. Whether or not Charlie Cox’s version of Daredevil or Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Kingpin get promoted to the big screen is unknown at this time, but such a move would be wildly accepted by fans.

Of course, now that Daredevil has joined Iron Fist and Luke Cage in getting canceled, the future of the remaining Marvel/Netflix series is probably not too bright. The Punisher season 2 and Jessica Jones seasons 3 are both expected to debut sometime in 2019, but with three of the five standalone shows canceled, the Netflix corner of the Marvel universe appears to be ending, and fans should probably be prepared for The Punisher and Jessica Jones to receive similar fates.

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Source: Deadline



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