Fan Art Imagines Ludi Lin as the MCU’s Shang-Chi | ScreenRant

Fans can now get an idea of how Ludi Lin would look as Shang-Chi, courtesy of some new fan art. Known as The Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi debuted in 1973 and was created by Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin in the wake of Bruce Lee’s surging popularity. In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of Fu Manchu, and was molded by his father to be a “living weapon.” How much of that will translate from the page to the screen, however, remains unknown – with some believing that instead of Fu Manchu, Shang-Chi’s father should the REAL Mandarin.

Shang-Chi was actually part of the original ten-movie line-up that Marvel had planned out in 2005, but fell by the wayside along with other projects. Kevin Feige ultimately resurrected the project, however, with Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer Dave Callaham penning the script and Destin Daniel Cretton signing on to direct. This will mark the first ever blockbuster Asian superhero film made by the American studio, and it will make Phase 4 onwards of the MCU an extremely diverse affair. As a result, the potential casting of the character has been the subject of much suggestion and speculation.

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Lin is reportedly one of the actors on the shortlist for the role. Now, thanks to a digital artist by the name of ApexFormMarvel fans get a sense of how the Chinese-Canadian actor would look in the role. Adorned in a comics-accurate costume, and with the character’s traditional weaponry, the artist renders the character with the kind of fittingly Asian backdrop only seen briefly in such MCU films as Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check out the image below:

Lin was most recently seen demonstrating his martial arts skills alongside the established MCU alum Pom Klementieff in the ‘Striking Vipers’ episode of Black Mirror. He has also made his mark on the big screen, courtesy of roles in such films as Power Rangers and, more recently, Aquaman. As proven by James Gunn now being set to direct both The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, his inclusion in a DC outing won’t prove much of a hindrance towards joining the MCU. He faces some stiff competition for the role, however, with 13 Reasons Why star Ross Butler also said to be in contention. Donnie Yen (from Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan) is also in talks for a prominent role.

Lin previously spoke to Screen Rant regarding his desire for the role. If that and some beautifully realized fan art was all it took to win the role, Lin would be a shoo-in. As it stands, the official casting remains very much in the air. With Marvel Studios hosting a panel at SDCC, however, and said to be fast-tracking their search for the right actor, it could be sooner rather than later that fans receive an official confirmation and new details regarding their Shang-Chi adaptation and its casting of the characters. All supporters of Lin can do is enjoy the image and keep their fingers crossed.

More: How Marvel’s Shang-Chi Movie Can Avoid Iron Fist’s Mistakes

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2019-07-14 08:07:38

John Atkinson

Marvel What If TV Series Imagines Peggy Carter As Captain America

The first episode of Marvel’s What If series for Disney+ will imagine a world where Peggy Carter becomes Captain America and Steve Rogers turns into the original Iron Man. Thanks to popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Marvel Studios has brought many now iconic characters to life on the big screen. The closely tied continuity has helped build an incredible universe, one that fans have latched on to.

But, the canon of the MCU can also prevent some stories from possibly ever being told. While Marvel Comics has alternate universes to play with, the MCU has not yet explored this concept fully. With the help of Disney’s streaming service though, it was revealed that Marvel Studios now will have an avenue to get even more creative through a What If animated series. Based on the comic idea of the same name, the show will change one moment in the MCU and show what could’ve happened in this instance.

Related: Everything We Know About Marvel’s Disney+ Shows

During Disney’s Investor Day that debuted the first look at Disney+, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige took the stage to discuss what his brand of the Mouse House would be bringing to the service. He confirmed reports that a What If series is in development, but also shared details on the very first episode. The debut episode will show a world in which Peggy Carter became a super soldier instead of Steve Rogers, which allows Steve to become the first ever Iron Man with a suit made by Howard Stark. The original actors – Hayley Atwell, Chris Evans, and Dominic Cooper – are likely to return to voice their roles.

These details are only from the first episode, but the promise of the concept is already exciting. Atwell’s Peggy Carter became a fan favorite character immediately after debuting in Captain America: The First Avenger. She reprised the role a few times in the movies, but Atwell also returned to lead Agent Carter on ABC. This will be the latest chance for her to play the character again, but do so in a brand new way. Peggy and Steve are very like-minded, so this will be a fun way to show how she could’ve excelled as Captain America if given the chance.

Additionally, the potential of Evans’ Steve Rogers remaining “Skinny Steve” and getting a suit of armor instead is a fun hypothetical for What If to play with. What will make this version of the MCU all the more entertaining is that Howard Stark will be the one who still manages to make Steve a superhero. If Tony Stark wasn’t jealous of him already, just imagine what this alternate version of him would think. Hopefully future details on the What If series will continue to exhibit this type of creativity in the months to come.

More: Disney+ Streaming Service’s Fall 2019 Launch Date Confirmed

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2019-04-11 05:04:23

Cooper Hood

Avengers: Endgame Fan Art Imagines Shareholder Meeting Footage

Warning! SPOILERS for Captain Marvel

Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel joins the surviving heroes as they travel in space in new Avengers: Endgame fan art. After officially debuting in the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck-directed Captain Marvel, the strongest hero in the MCU will soon team up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and their allies as they take down Thanos (Josh Brolin) and restore order and peace in the universe after the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Marvel Studios is keeping plot details for Endgame tightly under wraps. Despite releasing a trailer and a Super Bowl spot, it’s still difficult to gauge how things will shake out in the Phase 3 capper with both previews revealing barely anything narrative-wise. The description for the latest footage for the film shown at Disney shareholder meeting, however, gives fans more context as to what to expect in the movie. According to it, Carol sits down with the heroes at Avengers HQ devising a way to find Thanos – confident that they’ll win this time with her on their side. This becomes the inspiration for a brand new fan art visualizing the team traveling to space.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Theory – Thanos Will Reverse The Snap Himself

Courtesy of digital artist ultraraw26 on Instagram comes an illustration featuring Captain Marvel co-piloting a spaceship with Rocket (Bradley Cooper) with Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and War Machine (Don Cheadle) for Endgame. The creator’s caption adds a fun twist to it with the Guardian of the Galaxy supposedly warning those aboard his vessel to not throw-up –  a callback to the time he, Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) did an extensive space jump ending with the sapling vomiting in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Check it out below:

With Captain Marvel‘s mid-credits scene having already established how Carol comes in contact with the Avengers back in Earth, Endgame won’t have to spend that much time resolving this particular subplot – a clever creative move considering that the film is expected to have quite an elaborate plot. This way, the movie can quickly move forward with the heroes’ task-at-hand locating Thanos and finding a way to reverse the catastrophic effects of The Decimation. Whether that involves traveling back in time or into the Quantum Realm (or both) remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see the core Avengers reunite and work with newer heroes such as Carol, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Rocket.

Considering that Captain Marvel can fly in outer space on her own without the need of a ship, she’ll probably just do that in Avengers: Endgame. Although given her Air Force history, there’s a chance that she won’t pass up the opportunity to pilot a vessel. What’s more interesting in this artwork is seeing more grounded characters Captain America and Black Widow flying to outer space. Among the remaining heroes from Infinity War who are not cosmic-based, only Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) have gone to space. Assuming that a version of this visual come to fruition in the movie, fans will definitely be on the look out on Steve’s reaction, especially considering that he’s a man from the 1940s.

More: Nebula Talks Thanos’ ‘Retirement Plan’ in Avengers: Endgame Footage Description

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2019-03-13 12:03:26
Ana Dumaraog

Simon Pegg Interview: The Boys

Amazon’s upcoming comic book adaptation, The Boys, dropped some big news at New York Comic Con this week; not only did was the first clip from the show revealed, but so was the news that Simon Pegg would be appearing in it. The Boys is an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series of the same name, which satirizes the superhero world and imagines life in a universe where those with powers become corrupted by them – but maintain their public image.

The ‘Boys’ of the comic title are a group of vigilantes, mostly without superpowers, who take it upon themselves to keep tabs on the various ‘supes’ in this world – and occasionally, to take them down. The series follows Butcher (Karl Urban), his new protege Hughie (Jack Quaid), and the rest of their gang as they wreak havoc on the twisted supes that the world sees as heroes, and it promises to be violent, foul-mouthed, and hilariously dark. After the reveal that Pegg would be appearing in the show as Hughie’s father, we sat down to talk about what fans can expect from his new character on the show.

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SR: So, obviously this was a big reveal for The Boys today. Can we ask now how big your part in the show is?

Simon Pegg: I’m a guest role. I think I’m in a few episodes, and it was something that we really wanted to do from the off. When the show became a reality, they were very kind to get in contact when Jack was cast and say ‘maybe you can be in the show’. And I think I suggested that maybe I could play Hughie’s father or something.

SR: So it was your idea?

Simon Pegg: Well, I can’t remember, but I feel like I did say that! Whether or not they had already had the character in mind I’m not sure, because he certainly… he serves a real purpose in the show. He’s not in the comic book, but I think in the show he represents the possibility of Hughie not taking action. And the show begins with this terrible tragedy that happens to Hugie and he has two choices; he can stay on the sofa with Dad like every Campbell man has in the past, or he can actually change his life.

And so, as a sort of visual representation of Hughie’s possible destiny, the Dad works really well as a character.

SR: And do we see any of Hughie’s Mom?

Simon Pegg: No, she passed away, so it’s just Hughie and Dad, and they have a very sweet relationship. That picture that you saw of us, the family shot, is very much prior to A-Train doing what he does. They have a very sweet little… you know they are just father and son, and he’s still got his toys in his bedroom, and they live together, and Dad dotes on him. He’s a nice guy, he’s just very ineffectual.

SR: How do you feel about the fact that in the comics, obviously Hughie is Scottish and now we’re coming over to the US for this series? Are you going to be an English Dad or are you going to do the American accent?

Simon Pegg: Well, we talked about this, and I think what happened was initially I was going to play Hughie’s Dad as Scottish in reference to the comic book, but then we decided in a way that if Hughie was used to a British accent of any kind, it would make Butcher less alien to him, in a way. Because Butcher’s got to feel like he’s from a completely different world, you know, and so he has this rough Cockney accent, and so we thought ok, let’s make them American. So I play Hughie’s father as American.

SR: Which other character are you most excited about? Which one is your favorite, either in the comics or the show… is it the same one?

Simon Pegg: I was just really happy to see the Supes, you know! When I did my first scene it was quite early on in the shoot and not all of the Boys had actually arrived. I hadn’t met Karen [Fukahara] or anybody and I was kind of like, really wanting to see some superheroes. And then when I came back to shoot some more scenes later on I got to see A-Train, and pictures of the other ones, and it was just really great to see them in 3D! But the one that I saw that was a full on ‘there he is, right in front of me’ superhero was a real treat.

SR: Do you think that this show is going to be particularly appealing to people who are maybe getting a little of that so-called ‘superhero fatigue’?

Simon Pegg: Yeah, I think that in a weird way, as a satire on superheroism, that’s kind of the least of what this show is, in a way. It’s a broader satire about the notion of power and celebrity, and it just so happens that the subjects of that particular analysis are superheroes in this show. We do, obviously, satirize superhero culture a little bit, and people might enjoy the parallels to other known superheroes that The Boys delights in. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a superhero show, I think it’s just a welcome change of tone, for sure. But it’s not like, I don’t think it’s sneering at its roots in any way. In the great tradition of comics like The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, it’s kind of a slightly skewed version of that world, no less reverent.

SR: And other than yourself, because obviously your character doesn’t exist in the comics, were there any other major changes that surprised you, going in as a fan? At least, I am assuming you are a fan!

Simon Pegg: I am, yes! Everything that I saw, I really really liked, and I appreciate the importance, when making an adaptation, of not being too slavish. You can tie yourself in knots by being desperate to please, and I think that the best thing you can do with a story that first appeared in 2008 sis to make sure that it feels relevant in 2018. So they’ve done everything they can to do that. So the changes that I saw felt completely in keeping with the spirit of the comic book, and I know that’s what Garth Ennis really wanted as well, and Darick Robertson (the artist). And so as long as they maintain the kind of mission statement of it I’m happy to see it change. It must change, in the same way that The Walking Dead as a comic book is very different to the series, but it still has its own personality. TV is a different medium, you know, and it should have its own identity.

SR: And finally, I think we have time for one more, so given that you know the works of Garth Ennis, would you think that The Pro would be an interesting thing to be adapted next? And would you like to appear in that one, if it did?

Simon Pegg: [LAUGHS] I think anything he does is always… I think Garth kind of writes specifically to try and challenge people not to adapt… as if to say ‘alright, adapt that then!’. You know, things that just seem completely unadaptable. So, yes, I would always be happy to be involved in anything that Garth does, I’ve been a fan a long time, so yeah.

And, now they’ve done Preacher and now this, I think it’s paved the way for pretty much anything he does to appear in some form, you know, however mental. I shouldn’t say that, it’s the wrong word to say.

SR: Well, it’s a very British word.

Simon Pegg: [CHUCKLES] Yeah. So – who knows, you might have started a rumor – this is how these things start!

Next: Everything We Know About Preacher Season 4

The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.

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2018-10-10 01:10:06 – Rose Moore

Fan Art Imagines Rosario Dawson in a Night Nurse TV Show

New fanart from BossLogic imagines Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple as the star of her own Marvel TV show: Night Nurse. Claire is currently one of the elements unifying Netflix’s collection of Marvel TV shows, having appeared in all of the shows except for The Punisher. She’s been romantically involved with both Daredevil and Luke Cage, but is currently a free agent after her recent break-up with Luke.

What Claire is best known for is patching up New York City’s street-level superheroes when they get injured (which happens a lot). Vigilantes who are wanted by the police can’t exactly stroll into the nearest hospital, so instead they’ve all somehow ended up gravitating towards Claire at one point or another.

Related: Daredevil Returns From The Dead In First Season 3 Photos

Popular superhero artist BossLogic has unveiled a new piece of artwork that pitches a Night Nurse TV show for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney Play. In addition to making about 500 Disney movies and 7,000 TV show episodes available all in one place, Disney Play will also feature original content, including live-action shows with MCU movie characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch. The studio reportedly aims to produce five original TV shows in Disney Play’s first year, and BossLogic makes a convincing argument that this should be one of them:

Between the TV news report referencing Thanos’ fateful snap and the various items left behind by New York’s superheroes, the image could be interpreted as an ominous future where all of the Marvel/Netflix superheroes were erased from existence. Then again, maybe Claire’s patients are just very forgetful. Iron Fist’s mask is hanging from the IV stand, Jessica Jones’ scarf and camera are nearby, and on the bed is Misty’s bionic arm, Colleen Wing’s katana, Daredevil’s mask and nunchucks, and Luke Cage’s bullet-riddled hoodie. Avengers Tower is also visible through the window, with Iron Man taking flight.

The name Night Nurse originated with a short-lived run of Marvel Comics in the seventies, which featured a trio of roommates who all worked as nurses during the night shift at Metropolitan General Hospital. Decades later, Brian Michael Bendis brought Linda Carter (the main character in the Night Nurse comics) back, reinventing her as a superhero ally who helps Daredevil after he gets shot. The comic book version of Claire Temple was a doctor with a talent for treating superheroes, and wasn’t a member of the original trio of nurses, but Marvel’s Netflix series combined the character of Claire Temple with the character of Night Nurse. The association was mostly implicit until Luke Cage season 2 featured Gregory Isaacs’ song “Night Nurse” in a tender scene between Luke and Claire.

The idea of a hospital drama set in a superhero universe is certainly intriguing, especially as a way to tie the various corners of the MCU together. Until then, however, you can catch Claire Temple in the upcoming third season of Daredevil on Netflix.

More: Daredevil Season 3 Teaser Trailer & Synopsis

Daredevil season 3 arrives on Netflix on October 19, 2018.

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2018-09-29 08:09:32 – Hannah Shaw-Williams