Universal Studios Hollywood Closing Through The End Of March Due To Coronavirus

Universal Studios Hollywood is closing through the end of March due to coronavirus concerns. Recently, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, causing civilians around the world to take additional security precautions against the aggressive virus. Amid coronavirus concerns, events around the globe are being postponed or canceled, including South by Southwest (SXSW), video game convention E3, and the premiere of James Bond film No Time To Die.

Universal Studios Hollywood released a statement following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban of gatherings of more than 250 in the state:

The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14. The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28 as we continue to monitor the situation. Universal CityWalk will remain open. We will provide timely updates as conditions evolve.

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With a tally surpassing 124,500 cases worldwide, the coronavirus has caused an upheaval in travel sectors, the stock market, the health care system, and the entertainment industry. Now, Universal Studios Hollywood joins the growing roster of establishments locking their doors amid COVID-19 concerns. Starting March 14, Universal Studios in Hollywood will be closed. Universal City Walk will remain open, and the iconic theme park is eyeing a reopening date of March 28.

Home to iconic attractions, including Transformers: The Ride 3D, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Jurassic World – The Ride, Universal Studios Hollywood’s decision to close arrives on the heels of New York City’s Broadway theaters going dark and Disneyland officially closing the park in Anaheim, beginning March 14.

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2020-03-13 00:39:38

Bethany Guerrero

Marvel Studios Kevin Feige Will Tease Upcoming MCU Slate At CCXP

Kevin Feige will be on hand to promote upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe releases next week during CCXP 2019. This year, the MCU concluded their Infinity Saga, punctuated by the record-breaking success of Avengers: Endgame. Though the franchise has closed the book on its first era, they’re showing no signs of slowing down. At their Hall H panel during San Diego Comic-Con this year, Marvel officially announced their Phase 4 slate, which consists of multiple feature films, as well as TV shows for Disney+. The studio’s even in the earliest stages of putting together Phase 5, slating Black Panther 2 for a May 2022 release.

Marvel’s kept themselves busy generating buzz for what’s on the schedule. In addition to the aforementioned Comic-Con panel, the MCU had a sizable presence during the 2019 D23 Expo in August, where they unveiled Eternals concept art, confirmed even more Disney+ TV shows, and announced new cast members (among several other reveals). One would imagine after all that, Marvel would be inclined to take the rest of the year off, but the ever-busy Feige will still be running the hype machine into December.

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According to omelete on Twitter, Feige will attend next week’s CCXP in Brazil, where he’ll discuss the MCU’s future. Take a look at the post in the space below:

CCXP has emerged as a prominent venue for studios recently. Just last year, the likes of Shazam, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man: Far From Home were showcased there, screening footage to get fans excited about what’s in store. Marvel won’t be alone at the 2019 edition of the convention, as it was previously announced DC will be on hand with a Birds of Prey panel. Judging by the MCU’s lineup, it’d be reasonable to assume Black Widow will be a primary focus of their presentation, since that movie is first out of the gates in May 2020. It’s highly possible the film’s first trailer will debut at CCXP, ahead of an official release so it can be attached to screenings of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. There may also be some teases for Eternals and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, as those projects also release next year.

It’ll be interesting to see if Feige keeps attention on the immediate present (i.e. Phase 4), or is willing to provide hints about what’s further down the line. At Comic-Con, he did tease new movies for X-Men and the Fantastic Four were in the works, following Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox. Fans are understandably eager to see those characters join the MCU in some capacity, but any announcements will depend on how far along those films are in development. Regardless, CCXP should be an exciting event to keep track of.

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Source: omelete

2019-11-29 01:11:54

Chris Agar

Ryan Reynolds Teases Meeting With Marvel Studios | Screen Rant

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is teasing a recent meeting with Marvel Studios, could this be a sign that the Merc with a Mouth heads to the MCU soon? We know he’ll get there eventually, following Disney’s buying out of Fox’s movie and TV assets earlier this year. That mammoth deal allows Marvel to reclaim control over the film rights to some of their most beloved characters, including the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Sadly, Spider-Man’s continued MCU presence still depends on Disney’s ability to stay on Sony’s good side.

Also coming along in the Disney-Fox deal is Deadpool, memorably played by Reynolds in two movies to date, both of which proved incredibly successful at the box office. Well, and he also played Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we don’t really like to talk about that one. The huge profits of Deadpool and Deadpool 2 went a long way toward proving that an R-rating isn’t a financial death sentence for a comic book movie, a fact that is currently being reinforced by the massive haul earned by DC’s Joker origin film.

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It remains to be seen whether any mainline MCU films will ever be rated R, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has said in the past that when it comes to Deadpool, the studio is taking the attitude of not fixing what isn’t broken, and plans to stay on the same R-rated track. It’s still unclear if and when a third proper Deadpool film will happen, but Reynolds is now stoking the fires of fans with a recent tweet showing him at the offices of Marvel Studios. Check it out below.

Reynolds, in his usual sarcastic manner, captioned his photo with the assertion that he went to Marvel Studios in an attempt to replace Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark. Obviously, a meeting with Marvel creatives designed to hash out what’s next on the big screen for Deadpool is much more likely. An X-Force film was planned at one point, but following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them rather make a third Deadpool solo film as a way of re-introducing him to audiences under the Marvel Studios banner.

Whichever way Disney and Marvel Studios goes with Deadpool’s next film, it’s almost impossible to imagine one won’t get made, and that Reynolds won’t return to star. Deadpool is a certified money-making franchise now, and to end it prematurely would be a mistake for all involved. Then again, the same could be said of Spider-Man’s presence within the MCU, and we all saw how close that came to ending.

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Source: Ryan Reynolds/Twitter

2019-10-14 04:10:09

Michael Kennedy

Studios Risk Losing Rights To Die Hard, Predator, Beetlejuice And More

Predator, Beetlejuice, Die Hard – some of the most beloved movies from the eighties may soon change hands with regard to their copyrights, altering who can make reboots or sequels in the future. The studios that produced these films stand poised for a legal battle to retain their dominion over the properties. And if they lose, it’ll change everything for the future of movie franchises as we know them.

As with many things in life, it all began with the music. The Copyright Act of 1976 opened a doorway for songwriters and musicians to regain the rights to songs licensed to record labels and other entities after a period of 35 years. This gave recording artists a chance to renegotiate the terms of their contracts, which were oftentimes unfair, having been drawn up when the artists were unknown and had little leverage. It took a while for the rest of the entertainment industry to catch up, but in 2003, Section 203 of the Copyright Act gave similar termination rights to authors. And the authors are beginning to use them.

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According to THR, a barrage of legal proceedings by novelists and screenwriters looking to claw back their copyrights is taking Hollywood by storm. Among those looking to take advantage of their newfound rights is Gary K. Wolf, who wrote Who Censored Roger Rabbit, the mystery novel that Disney adapted into 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The estate of the late Roderick Thorp, whose book Nothing Lasts Forever was turned into Die Hard in 1988, is now taking measures to secure the rights from Fox. Michael McDowell, the writer of 1988’s Beetlejuice, also has descendants measuring legal options against Warner Bros. And Gale Anne Hurd, the screenwriter behind 1984’s The Terminator, is getting in on the action as well.

For those noticing a pattern in the timeline during which these movies were made, it’s no coincidence.  The primary stipulations of the Copyright Act require that the license to the work have been originally granted on or after January 1, 1978, and that 35 years have passed since publication under the grant. This places the films of the eighties squarely within the legal sights of authors wishing to invoke the Act. Another requirement of the regulations is that the author’s product not have been written as a ‘work for hire.’ Victor Miller, screenwriter of Friday the 13th won a hard-earned victory in U.S. District Court last year, the judge proclaiming that although his work was commissioned by the film’s producers, their lack of control over him as an employee meant it was no work-for-hire. Since then, authors have been following Miller’s lead, and studios have been running scared over the potential loss of their intellectual property. This was actually the cause of the recent reboot of Pet Sematary, as a termination notice served by Stephen King could mean the imminent loss of Paramount’s hold over that copyright.

So what does this mean for the future of movie franchises, and perhaps even TV series? That depends on whether the authors continue to prevail in court. The producers of Friday the 13th have already filed an appeal. Movie studios have deep pockets and teams of seasoned attorneys ready to bite and claw to keep their cash cows grazing in their own fields. It could take decades for the legal system to clarify whether these actions by writers are viable and profitable. But a series of legal wins for the little guys, especially if they make it to the top of the judicial chain, could give novelists and screenwriters power and leverage over the use of their works from that point on into the future. However, the most important question remains: Is this a good thing for fans? Well, it doesn’t take a Supreme Court Judge to know that the best person to shepherd a franchise of stories into publication is likely the person who loves them the most. That person is most often the one who created them.

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Source: THR

2019-10-02 09:10:22

Jason Robbins

Sony Worldwide Studios Head Shawn Layden Leaves PlayStation

One of the most important figures at Sony is stepping down from his position, as the official PlayStation Twitter has announced that Shawn Layden is departing his role as Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios and is leaving the company. Leyden has often been the face of PlayStation at public events for several years, and has spoken publicly about the decision for Sony to skip E3 2019.

Layden began his tenure with Sony back in 1987, where he started out as a Communications Assistant for the company. He would spend more than three decades with Sony, rising to the position of Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in 1999, before becoming President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan in 2007. In 2014, Layden became President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, and was made the Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios in 2018.

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It’s been revealed that Layden’s time with Sony is at an end. The official PlayStation Twitter account reported that Layden is departing from Sony Interactive Entertainment in a positive message that thanked him for his years of service to the company. The reason for Layden’s departure from Sony has yet to be revealed, and he hasn’t spoken about the issue on social media as of the time of writing. There’s currently no word regarding a successor for Layden’s former position. Layden is the second high-ranking executive to depart from Sony in 2019, as Kaz Hirai retired from his position as Chairman in June.

Layden’s tenure at Sony has seen the company reach new levels of success, as the PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console of this generation. Sony had a record fiscal year in 2018, which means that Layden is leaving the company on a high note as it prepares for the PlayStation 5 era. The PlayStation 4 has had a string of massively successful exclusives during Layden’s time with the company, with games like Bloodborne, God of War, and Marvel’s Spider-Man helping the system to stay ahead of the consoles released by Microsoft and Nintendo.

Layden isn’t the only significant public face from the video game industry to step down from his position in 2019, as Reggie Fils-Aimé retired from Nintendo this year. It’s currently unclear whether Layden has retired from work altogether or if he’s moving to another company, so it’s possible that his time with the video game industry is not over yet. The departure of both Hirai and Layden from Sony means that the company will need new public faces as it enters the crucial PlayStation 5 generation in 2020, and it remains to be seen who will rise to the task.

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Source: PlayStation/Twitter

2019-09-30 08:09:22

Scott Baird

Who Runs Marvel Studios If Kevin Feige Leaves For Star Wars

With Kevin Feige developing a Star Wars movie, one thing that’s on fans’ minds is who could replace him as the head of Marvel Studios should he choose to leave the studio for Lucasfilm. It came as a shock to Marvel and Star Wars fans alike when it was announced that Feige is working on a Stars Wars movie, especially since he has been so invested in shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which now involves even more IP than it did a few years ago. The idea that Feige is now associated with the Star Wars franchise has led to speculation that Feige could step down as the MCU’s chief. So if this were to happen, who could replace him? Feige’s best replacement option would be the studio’s EVP, Victoria Alonso.

At the moment, it seems as if Feige is only developing one movie for Lucasfilm, and he will be working alongside that studio’s president, Kathleen Kennedy. What the movie is about, when it will release, and how far they are into development are all questions that likely won’t be answered for some time, and given how busy Feige has been with shaping the MCU’s Phase 4, it stands to reason that they are only in the early stages of developing this project. What’s interesting is that this news came on the heels of Sony and Marvel splitting over Spider-Man, with the official reasoning being that Feige didn’t have time to work on a property that Disney didn’t own (Spider-Man’s rights are held by Sony). So with him being so busy with the X-Men and Fantastic Four, too, does him taking on a Star Wars project mean that he’s on his way out of Marvel Studios but going into Lucasfilm?

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With Kevin Feige at the head, Marvel Studios has been pumping out up to three Marvel movies a year since 2017, and this trend will continue at least through 2022. With everything that’s on his plate, it’s worth wondering how Star Wars will fit into his schedule. If this Star Wars movie proves successful, then it’s theoretically possible that Feige would leave Marvel for Star Wars, which would mark another challenge for him as a producer given that the Skywalker saga would be over and Star Wars would be a clean slate. If a scenario like this were to happen, Marvel Studios would be left in capable, experienced hands. Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso is the most likely choice to replace Feige as the head of Marvel Studios. She has produced every film in the MCU since the very beginning, with the sole exception of The Incredible Hulk.

When considering that the MCU has brought in over $22 billion at the worldwide box office under Feige’s leadership, it may look like Feige is irreplaceable, but Alonso is someone who can be trusted to pick up where Feige left off. Alonso, who previously had a background in visual effects, again has executive produced every MCU movie since The Avengers and has been with the studio since Iron Man. Along with co-president and executive producer Louis D’Esposto, Alonso has worked closely with Feige on each movie and is heavily involved in the decision-making process.

Alonso already helps oversee the development of all the Marvel movies, so if Feige were to step down, it’s doubtful that much would change if Alonso took his place, and given the massive financial success that the MCU has brought Marvel and Disney, that would be for the best. Plus, it would work naturally considering that Feige wanted to build the Infinity Saga, which has now wrapped, so he could move onto something else while Alonso continues to shepherd the MCU forward. After all, it was never a one-man operation, despite Feige being the face of the studio.

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2019-09-26 04:09:23

Nicholas Raymond

Gears 5: The Biggest Launch For Xbox Game Studios This Console Gen

The recent release of Gears 5 has broken all previous sales records and is now Xbox Game Studios’ biggest launch title of this console generation. The latest installment in the long-running Gears of War franchise, Gears 5 was developed by The Coalition, formerly known as Black Tusk Studios, and directly follows the events of Gears of War 4. Although it was already revealed more people on Xbox are playing Gears 5 than Fortnite, very few people expected the game to do this well.

Reviews of Gears 5 have been rather favorable since the game’s release, even though issues with Xbox Live kept some players from fully enjoying the title upon launch. The game’s story follows Kait Diaz, an Outsider of alien descent, and features many more open-world type levels than have been seen in the series previously, along with the return of Horde mode and a playable Dave Bautista.

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According to a statement from Aaron Greenberg, the General Manager for Xbox Games Marketing, Gears 5 saw over three million players in its opening weekend, making the third-person cover shooter the most-played Xbox Game Studios game since the release of Halo 4 in 2012. This is effectively double the amount of players Gears of War 4 attracted in the same amount of time, perhaps due to Gears 5’s inclusion as a new Xbox Game Pass title.

Gears 5 isn’t just selling well on the Xbox One, either. Greenberg reports that sales of the game on PC have nearly tripled when compared to Gears of War 4, and Gears 5 is not only the biggest-ever launch on Xbox Game Pass for PC, but also Xbox Game Studios’ largest debut on Steam to date. It’s worth keeping in mind these numbers also include the four-day early access period granted to Gears 5 Ultimate Edition and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate purchasers, and that no such subscription service was in place when Gears of War 4 was released.

While truly an impressive sales accomplishment, Gears 5 could have sold much less and still ended up as one of Xbox Game Studios’ fastest moving titles. Although owners of multiple game development companies, the past few years have seen only games like Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves make any sort of splashes in the larger gaming landscape. The inclusion of Gears 5 in subscription services like the Xbox Game Pass means some players who may not have spent $60 on a one-time purchase will be able to download and play the game anyway, and therefore comparing player counts between past and current titles become slightly more complicated than the numbers make it appear. The fact that LOTS of people are playing Gears 5 right now, however, remains certain.

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Source: Xbox

2019-09-16 02:09:59

Christopher Teuton

Mark Ruffalo Welcomes She-Hulk to the Marvel Studios Family

Upcoming Disney+ TV show She-Hulk receives a warm welcome from the man himself: Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo has played Bruce Banner/the Hulk since 2012’s The Avengers, taking over the role from Edward Norton, who played him in 2008’s standalone film The Incredible Hulk. Ruffalo has since played the Hulk in numerous other MCU films, including the rest of the Avengers movies. He also co-starred in Thor: Ragnarok, furthering Hulk’s friendship with fellow Avenger Thor. Though there has been talk of another solo film starring the Hulk, Ruffalo squashed those rumors a couple of years ago, citing Universal’s rights to the potential movie.

Though Hulk has been a constant presence in the MCU, Marvel has struggled to get She-Hulk on-screen. She faces the same issues that Hulk does, in that Marvel also doesn’t have the solo movie rights to her character. However, similar to the Hulk, Marvel has found a work around with the recent announcement of the She-Hulk TV show for Disney+. Though not much is known about the new show yet, including a release date, Marvel did reveal that She-Hulk will join Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight as part of the MCU’s Phase 4.

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In the comics, She-Hulk, aka. Jennifer Walters, is Bruce Banner’s cousin. A lawyer by day, Jennifer is shot by a crime boss, so her cousin gives her a transfusion of his own blood. Unlike Bruce, as She-Hulk, Jennifer maintains her personality but still becomes stronger when angry. She-Hulk also uses her skills as a lawyer to provide legal counsel to other superheroes. Ruffalo shared his message to She-Hulk on Twitter, saying, “Welcome to the Marvel Studios family, She-Hulk!” He followed this up with a link to Marvel’s announcement about the show. Check out Ruffalo’s tweet below:

In addition to Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk will join several other Disney+ series that have been announced in the last year. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, starring Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, will bow in 2020. Then, 2021 will see the arrival of four new shows, including animated series What If…? and WandaVision, which will reunite Scarlet Witch and Vision after his death in Avengers: Infinity WarLoki, starring Thor‘s Tom Hiddleston and Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner will also debut that year.

The MCU and Marvel TV have long had a one-way relationship, with the TV shows beholden to what happens in the films, but the films largely ignoring what happens in the shows. That was largely down to the movies and TV shows being run by separate departments – Marvel Studios and Marvel TV respectively. However, Ruffalo’s message to She-Hulk speaks to a new phase of Marvel entertainment, where Marvel Studios creates its own shows for Disney+ and these will tie directly into the movies. WandaVision, for instance, is expected to have an effect on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as Elizabeth Olsen is appearing in both. Their close release dates have many fans speculating that the events of WandaVision will explain Scarlet Witch’s role in the film and her connection to Doctor Strange. Though we’re a long way off from seeing a similar team-up between Hulk and She-Hulk, Ruffalo’s tweet indicates that he may be open to the idea.

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Source: Mark Ruffalo

2019-08-27 09:08:56

Rebecca VanAcker

New Black Widow White Costume Revealed At Marvel Studios’ D23 Booth

While at D23 Expo 2019, Marvel Studios reveals a new Black Widow white costume worn by Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) in the upcoming MCU movie. Ever since her introduction in 2010’s Iron Man 2, fans have been calling for Black Widow to get her own movie. Now 10 years later, Johansson will finally lead her own MCU movie with Black Widow, directed by Cate Shortland from a script by Jac Schaeffer. The Black Widow movie was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con last month by Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, and its May 2020 release date was officially announced.

Though it was only confirmed last month, Black Widow started filming earlier this year and fans have gotten glimpses of Johansson’s movie through set photos. Recently, Black Widow set photos showed a new costume Johansson will sport in the movie. That one was gray with black accents. However, based on the Black Widow D23 footage details, Johansson’s Natasha will have another new suit, this one in all white. Then, following the Walt Disney Studios panel at D23, where the Black Widow footage screened, Marvel Studios revealed the white costume to the public.

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At the Marvel Studios booth on the show floor at D23 Expo 2019, the Black Widow white costume was unveiled on a mannequin. A video posted by ComicBook’s Brandon Davis posted a video showing the costume from multiple angles, which can be viewed below; ComicBook also posted photos of the front and back of the costume. As seen in the video and photos, the suit appears to be an all-white spin on Natasha’s basic jumpsuit, with black accessories including a belt, leg holsters, wrist gauntlets.

In the comics, Natasha sports an all-white costume with gold accents on the variant cover of Black Widow: Deadly Origin #2 written by Paul Cornell with art by John Paul Leon and Tom Raney. The four issue series was published 2009-2010 prior to Black Widow’s introduction in Iron Man 2, and sees Natasha Romanoff/Natalia Romanova deal with skeletons from her past resurfacing – which is quite similar to what we know about the movie. In Black Widow, Nat will reunite with a fellow agent from the Black Widow program, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), and confront her past.

It’s expected the movie will also tie up all loose ends regarding Johansson’s character, since Black Widow died in Avengers: Endgame. Fans are also hoping it will shed light on the references to her past, including her time in Budapest with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and her previous run-in with the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), though neither Hawkeye nor Winter Soldier are confirmed to appear in the movie – yet.

As for the new Black Widow white costume, it’s certainly striking, especially compared to Nat’s typical black jumpsuits, and will no doubt make actions scenes more visually dynamic. However, it’s unclear how much Johansson will wear the white suit in the movie. It was only featured briefly in the Black Widow D23 footage, and it’s unclear if the scene was a flashback or not. Nevertheless, considering Black Widow maintained the same basic look throughout all her prior MCU appearances (with the exception of her ever-changing hairstyles), it will be cool to see Johansson sport more than one new costume in her solo movie. Hopefully fans will get a look at the new Black Widow white costume whenever the film’s first trailer drops.

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Source: Brandon Davis, ComicBook

2019-08-24 06:08:46

Molly Freeman

Ms. Marvel Live-Action TV Show Confirmed For Disney+ By Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios is developing a live-action Ms. Marvel TV show for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. To compete with other streaming services, Disney+ is set to feature a whole catalogue of TV shows and movies from their various IPs, including those they recently acquired from Fox. However, the streamer will include original films and television as well. For its part, Marvel Studios is producing a host of TV shows for Disney+, all of which will connect directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Previously announced Marvel Studios Disney+ TV shows include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, LokiWhat If… and Hawkeye. At the studio’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel last month, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed the MCU Phase 4 release dates, including the release windows for its Disney+ TV shows – the first of which, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, will premiere in Fall 2020. Today, shortly before Disney+ is set to lead a panel at Disney’s D23 Expo, it’s being reported fans will be getting another Marvel Studios TV show from the streamer – and it centers on a character fans have been asking to join the MCU for years.

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Now, THR is reporting that Marvel Studios is developing a live-action Ms. Marvel TV show, which will introduce Kamala Khan to the MCU. Based on the Ms. Marvel comic book series, writer Bisha K. Ali will serve as showrunner on the TV show. Ali is currently working on Hulu and Mindy Kaling’s Four Weddings and a Funeral TV show. It’s unclear at the time of this writing whether Marvel and Disney will confirm the Ms. Marvel TV show during the Disney+ D23 panel, but the timing of this report may indicate they will.

Update: Marvel Studios confirmed the Ms. Marvel TV show at the D23 Disney+ panel and released the logo, which can be seen below. They also confirmed she’ll crossover into the MCU movies.

In the comics, Ms. Marvel was the superhero name of Carol Danvers, but then she became Captain Marvel. That paved the way for the comics to introduce Kamala Khan in a 2013 issue of Captain Marvel before spinning her off into her own series as the new lead character of the Ms. Marvel comic series. Kamala is a Pakistani American teenager from New Jersey who gains superpowers through Terrigenesis. A fan of Captain Marvel, who’s well-known in Kamala’s universe, she takes on the moniker of Ms. Marvel to honor the elder superhero. Ever since her debut, Kamala’s Ms. Marvel has been a fan-favorite superhero, and MCU fans have been calling for her inclusion for years now. In fact, some fan discussion posited Captain Marvel could introduce Kamala to the MCU. That ended up not happening, and Feige even confirmed Kamala hadn’t been born yet when Captain Marvel‘s 90s storyline took place.

Still, fans of Ms. Marvel are no doubt excited to see Kamala headlining her own Marvel Studios TV show. Since it will be produced by the studio rather than Marvel TV, which is distanced from the movie division and its projects not as connected to the MCU, it’s much more likely fans will get to see Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) appear on screen together either in the TV show or a future movie. Still, Ms. Marvel is so beloved in her own right she can undoubtedly stand on her own as a lead character of a Marvel Studios production, and Ali will be tasked with doing the character justice. Hopefully, more information about the Ms. Marvel TV show and what fans can expect from the Marvel Studios project will be made public soon enough.

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Source: THR

2019-08-23 04:08:30

Molly Freeman