Black Widow Director Teases Darker Characters In MCU's Phase 4
For the first time in nearly two years, the Marvel fandom is truly coming together to celebrate the upcoming release of a new MCU film. This is coming to a peak with the release of tickets for Marvel Studios' Black Widow, the first full-length film of Phase 4 and the 24th theatrical movie release overall.
Now that the movie is only a few weeks away from its arrival, promotional material and interviews are coming to the public in rapid-fire fashion to build hype for Scarlett Johansson's long-awaited first solo movie.
Black Widow is set to take a trip back to Natasha Romanoff's Russian roots while serving as a semi-prequel set after Captain America: Civil War. With that past comes an expected dark story for the movie's leading heroine as she finds herself fighting alongside her first family in a movie that's been said to give off similar feelings to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
This dark vibe could very well be the case going forward into other Phase 4 outings as well.
CATE SHORTLAND TEASES A DARK MCU FUTURE
Black Widow director Cate Shortland spoke with Fandango to tease the MCU's future after her movie debuts, specifically the darker feel that's on the way for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When asked about how this movie will connect to current and future MCU movies, Shortland teased a "whole legion of new characters" set to be unleashed. This new group is said to be particularly ambiguous, with Shortland revealing that some of them "have got a darkness in them" that will be explored:
"I think what's exciting is this whole legion of new characters is going to be unleashed. And I think what's really exciting too, is there's an ambiguity about those characters. So, whereas the, say, original legion was fairly black and white, I think some of these characters who are going to come to the fore have got a darkness in them."
While this is something that fans aren't "used to seeing," Shortland teased that "it's more complex" this time around with characters that "are more difficult."
She revealed that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is "very aware" of fans not wanting to "keep watching the same thing," with the Marvel crew intent on "adding different perspectives on the world:"
"And that's interesting, because that's not something that we're used to seeing as well. In some ways, it's more complex. Some of the characters are more difficult. But I think what people want is change. I don't think we can keep watching the same thing. And I think Kevin is very aware of that, I think he not only is switching it up with cultures and adding different voices, [but] what he's also doing is adding different perspectives on the world."
AMBIGUOUS CHANGE OF PACE IN BLACK WIDOW
While the MCU has built a great deal of success over the years, it seems clear that Kevin Feige and his team are intent on making sure the franchise continues by changing things up where needed.
Numerous Phase 4 properties have the inherent potential to be darker stories such as Oscar Isaac's Moon Knight and Mahershala Ali's Blade. However, it appears that more ambiguous characters may become more of a norm throughout the next few years.
This will be more obvious in Black Widow with Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova taking the spotlight amongst others in Natasha's Russian family, especially as her solo movie explores her Russian roots. That being said, this should only be the start of more intriguing stories and heroes that will take center stage over the coming years.
- The Direct
Black Widow will debut in theaters and on Disney+ via Premier Access on July 9, 2021.
Hulk's Son To Appear In She-Hulk Disney+ Series (Exclusive)
The MCU's Disney+ shows have shaken up the traditional formula of the franchise so far, and She-Hulk is expected to be no different.
Being presented as a “half-hour legal comedy,” She-Hulk will see Tatiana Maslany suit up as Jennifer Walters in the courtroom and the titular hero for more super-heroic escapades. Filming has commenced for the series in Atlanta, Georgia, though plot details are relatively scarce aside from a potential Skrull appearance.
The show will bring back MCU veteran Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, in addition to Marvel newcomer and Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry in an undisclosed role. Tim Roth was also confirmed to reprise his role as the Abomination, marking a grand return after being absent from the franchise since 2008's The Incredible Hulk.
Now it seems that another Hulk-like character will smash his way into the upcoming Disney+ series...
SHE-HULK SET TO INTRODUCE SKAAR
According to The Direct's sources, Skaar will appear in Marvel Studios' She-Hulk series. The character's rumored role in the show is unconfirmed by Disney and Marvel.
In the comics, Skaar is the son of Bruce Banner, conceived during the Hulk's tenure on Sakaar during the Planet Hulk storyline. He possessed very similar powers to his father, though also inherited abilities from his mother Caiera, a Sakaaran.
Being half-Oldstrong, Skaar was able to walk and talk mere moments after being born while also able to harness the power of the planet Sakaar itself. This allows him to achieve various tasks, including manipulating the planet's surface and its elements.
WILL BRUCE BANNER NOW HAVE TO PAY ALIMONY?
She-Hulk's introduction of Skaar to the MCU opens up a vast array of implications for the characters in the show as well as the universe as a whole.
Skaar's addition to the franchise brings another Hulk-related character to She-Hulk, joining Bruce Banner's Smart Hulk and the Abomination. This indicates that the show will be heavily reliant on Disney's ability to make CGI work for television. If Disney+'s track record is anything to go by though, Marvel Studios should be able to make the visual effects on par with, if not better than, what fans have seen in the MCU's Infinity Saga film offerings.
So how did Skaar come to be in the MCU? Looking at the comics, it is likely that Hulk's son was conceived sometime during the two and a half years between Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok. It is unclear what Hulk got up to prior to Thor's crash landing on Sakaar, but a secret son certainly wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility.
Considering the fact that Skaar ages much quicker than a typical human in the comics and that the time jump between Infinity War and Endgame, there would be plenty of time for Bruce Banner's son to grow up and subsequently pay his old man a visit.
So what could Skaar want with his father? Considering that She-Hulk is a legal comedy, it is possible that Skaar and his mother could be looking to get something out of the Hulk. Could Bruce be forced to take legal custody over Skaar? Or will the scientist be forced to pay alimony or child support for his negligence? Ultimately, Skaar's arrival could be a joyful reunion or a big shock for Hulk, and Jennifer Walters may have to use her skills as a lawyer to help her cousin out.
With Skaar being another young hero in the MCU, this could also signal a new member for the much-speculated and rumored project centered around the Young Avengers. Perhaps Skaar's inclusion in the show will be the first of many appearances to come.
- The Direct
She-Hulk is set to hit Disney+ in 2022.
Marvel Rumor Teases Iron Man vs. Gamora Fight In MCU's What If...? Show
Marvel has a massive slate of upcoming projects. In fact, it's almost overwhelming. Thankfully though, with Marvel's quality maintained through the newly released Disney+ shows, fans will be in for an awesome ride over the next few years.
Their third show, Loki, has just begun, and it's already doing an amazing job when it comes to viewership and popularity. In fact, the show's premiere has already overtaken both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
There's plenty more to come, of course. With massive shows such as Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye are still on the horizon this year, it's easy to forget what is likely to be one of Marvel's most fun Disney+ shows to date: What If...?
The first animated show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe promises to deliver fun and exciting adventures and focuses on alternate scenarios. Each episode will be based around a previous movie in the MCU, but a key event will be changed, snowballing the entire story into a new and exciting direction.
What If...? will be a truly unique experience for Marvel fans. While the show is still two months away, fans can take a look at potential details regarding one of the show's ten episodes.
GAMORA VS... IRON MAN?
According to The Illuminerdi, details for an upcoming episode of Marvel's animated Disney+ show What If...? have been leaked.
It's revealed that at least one of the episodes will feature Gamora, who will be sporting a similar outfit to what fans usually see of her. The key twist, on top of potentially still working under her father's guidance, is that she will be hunting a target: Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark.
What makes this concept so neat, is that Iron Man and Gamora have never interacted in the main MCU timeline. It's one of the many perks of not only the entire concept of What If? but also its animated form. Marvel can go in directions that were never before feasible, and explore things that still wouldn't be possible in the future for live adaptations.
THE MCU'S DEADLY ASSASSIN VS GENIUS BILLIONAIRE
A show such as What If...? has endless potential. It's a show that could provide Marvel with countless additional seasons, giving creative reigns to so many storytellers, letting them take their own spin on some of Marvel's biggest moments. For example, fans have a chance to see Robert Downey Jr.'s beloved Iron Man go up against the baddest woman in the galaxy in Gamora.
First, though, fans need to get to the first season. It's been said that watching episodes of What If..? feels like watching a proper MCU film. So if that's the case, the show is likely to become one of the most popular Marvel projects of the year.
I mean one of the potential episodes focuses on if Ultron actually beat the Avengers, and maybe even gets his hands on the Infinity Gaunlet—who wouldn't want to see that?
What If...? officially premieres in August on Disney+. Hopefully, soon, fans will know the exact day that they can start jumping into that endless multiverse of possibilities.
- The Direct
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So when Thor: Love and Thunder was announced, Tessa Thompson who plays Valkyrie said that part of the plot of the movie would focus on her finding her queen since she is king of Asgard now.
I hope that plot point stays and Disney doesn't screw it up. I would renjoy seeing Tails Waititi's take on her love story.
That being said, Chris Pratt is also in the film and tbh that feels like a hate crime.
Mahershala Ali's Blade Movie Receives Filming Update
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially in full-swing with mind-blowing content starting to arrive every week as the franchise's first Disney+ series WandaVision comes to an end. Not only will 2021 bring the most releases of any year in MCU history with four theatrical movies and six Disney+ shows in total, production will also be in motion for numerous entries releasing in 2022 or later.
Currently filming right now are both Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel (both releasing in late 2021), the highly anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home for theatrical release in the same timeframe, and two early 2022 arrivals in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Both She-Hulk and Moon Knight will reportedly get the cameras rolling in the next few weeks, and Black Panther II is confirmed to kick off its emotional shoot this summer.
SHARPEN THE BLADE FOR LATE THIS YEAR
Both Murphy's Multiverse and ComicBook's Phase Zero Podcast are reporting that Marvel Studios' Blade is set to begin production in late 2021.
The film has Mahershala Ali attached in the titular role and Stacy Osei-Kuffour writing the script, but the movie doesn't have a set release date as of yet.
Blade came in as the curtain call during the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, although it was the project that was the furthest out in development at the time. News on this hyped reboot has mostly been scarce, but it seems like the pieces are starting to fall into place, making this reported start date a real possibility.
Ali has been confirmed as the film's leading man for nearly two years, but Osei-Kuffour was just penciled in as the writer a few weeks ago. Marvel Studios has been actively searching for this project's behind-the-scenes leaders recently, and it seems certain that the next few months will bring more news and announcements confirming the directors and Ali's cast mates.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the verge of going supernatural, exploring a whole new side of the story that hasn't been touched on until now. Marvel Studios' Blade was suggested to likely be a PG-13 rated endeavor, and the early foundations for its story may already be laying themselves out early in Phase 4. With the magic and mysteries being touched on in WandaVision on Disney+, vampires could become a part of the MCU long before Maheshala Ali suits up as Eric Brooks.
Marvel Studios' new mystical endeavors will continue in full with Blade, which is now set to begin production in late 2021. It is currently speculated to take Marvel's open October 7, 2022 release slot.
- The Direct
I'm calling rn that the Loki show ends with loki destroying the tva which creates a multiverse since theres no one to keep the timeline in check and then doctor strange 2 goes from there 🤞
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WE WERE BLESSED.
Happy birthday Chris Evans, Captain of my Heart 💙
some people didn’t know Owen Wilson before loki???? like I get it but also how do you live not saying ‘woooooooow’ daily
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Study Group with the Marvel Crew
You have a big college exam coming up and everybody comes together to help you prepare for it.
Tony: Tries to motivate you by showing off his numerous awards, as well as boosting you up with a ridiculously long, lavish speech about how Stark Industries rose from the ground up. You’re half asleep by the end of it.
Steve: Sits down next to you, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, gazing in horror at the dozens upon dozens of papers spread across the dining table. “What even is this? We never had algebra when I was in school. Where’s the simple addition? The subtraction?”
Nat: Skim reads the notes then helps you write out flashcards, then quizzes you with them.
Bruce: Talking too quickly, describing the topics in depth while you scramble for a pen to write notes, but he’s speaking so overwhelmingly quickly and with such aggressive passion that you’re about to cry.
Peter (Parker): I’m literally a child. *talks you through the topics anyway because he’s also literally a genius*
Bucky: Knows nothing about what you’re studying so he brings you snacks and makes sure you take a fifteen-minute break every hour or so, and is always providing forehead kisses and whispered words of encouragement.
Sam: “I’m gonna be honest with you, Y/N, none of this makes sense to me. However, can I offer you a useless fact instead?”
Carol: Is actually super studious, knows alot about STEM subjects and is an incredible teacher, like, she’ll talk you through it (with diagrams and everything) and you’ll understand it.
Shuri: Is in video-call with you for hours, explaining the simplified versions, will also send you the notes she has on file for each topic/subject.
T’Challa: Chimes in with motivating quotes whenever he passes by the camera while you’re on video-call with Shuri.
Fury: “Kid, you’re on your own.” *slides you a copy of the exam that he hacked into the college data banks to find*
Wanda: “I MADE YOU COOKIES TO MOTIVATE YOU BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!”
Vision: “Now, do you want the summary or the nine-hundred and forty-two thousand, three hundred-and-six articles I found on the internet. (I think of Vision like Alexa or Siri.)
Clint: Just stands behind you with his arms folded, reading over your shoulder and humming to himself, not actually helping.
Thor: If procrastination was a person, he literally distracts you so easily. “Look, mortal, there are birds outside the window!!”
Loki: Is the most helpful out of everyone. Sets up a quiet study space in his room and does practice questions with you and, if you get all flustered and frustrated with yourself, he’ll take you on a stroll around the grounds.
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𝗟𝗼𝗸𝗶:𝗘𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 1 "𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗣𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲"
𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐠/𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐮𝐬𝐞.
𝐃𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭/𝐫𝐞-𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞.
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Después del primer capítulo de Loki todos quedamos así: 🤡
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Thor Odinson (MCU) - Credit if using
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Plot: Loki and Bucky spend a night of passion with a woman. It was supposed to be just one night, but the three don't know yet that one night wouldn't be enough for Bucky, Loki and Y/N...
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"I thought it was just a simple family banquet." Y/N told Loki, startled, as they entered the ballroom.
Women in all variations of dresses and elegantly dressed men filled the hall. She stood between Loki and Bucky with her arms hooked in theirs. At first Y/N was unclear why Loki was wearing his Asgardian armor, including helmet, but now she understood. Bucky also blended in perfectly in his Asgardian attire, his hair were twisted at his sides and tied back. If Y/N hadn't known better, one might have thought he was an Asgardian. The hall fell silent and eyes turned to the three of them.
"Now Y/N. This is what a feast of the royal family looks like in Asgard." Loki laughed lightly.
"Prince Loki of Asgard accompanied by Lady Y/N Y/L/N of Midgard and Lord James Buchanan Barnes of Midgard." Shouted a servant loudly and they began to stride further into the hall.
"Since when am I a lord?" Bucky asked with a grin.
"Well, Lord sounds better than former assassin." Loki looked at Bucky and laughed. As they passed the people bowed to Loki, but Y/N could hear the soft whispers as well.
"A woman with two male escorts. The prince lives up to his title as the god of mischief." Giggled an unidentified woman. But instead of looking ashamed on the floor, Y/N lifted her chin proudly. Who could be lucky enough to meet and be loved by two wonderful men at once? They walked to the side and Y/N exhaled in relief. She smoothed out her green dress with gold accents. A servant handed them a tray with glasses, Y/N took it and looked at the drink. Just as she was about to take a sip of the strange drink, Loki carefully took it from her hand.
"This is Asgardian alcohol and is not suitable for you in your condition." He explained to Y/N and downed it down in one gulp. "That doesn't apply to me, though." She rolled her eyes.
"May I ask you for a dance, my lady?" Y/N looked to her side, there stood a man with short brown hair, but he was quite a bit shorter than Loki or Bucky. Loki chuckled softly and looked down at the ground, Y/N and the strange man followed his gaze, and around his feet several snakes coiled and began to snake up his leg. The man squealed and ran away in a panic.
“He's screaming like a girl!" Laughed Bucky and Loki.
"You guys are mean." Laughed Y/N, watching the man still running down the hall. "I'd like to dance."
"Well then, shall we?" Loki held his hand out to her and led her to the dance floors. Elegantly, he turned her around and pulled her closer to him by her waist. "You look beautiful today, Y/N." He spun her around the ballroom.
"Thank you. You don't look bad yourself." Y/N giggled. Loki spun her around and she bumped into a hard chest. Y/N looked up and gazed into the blue eyes of Bucky.
"Hello, my dear." Bucky smiled and danced the other half of the dance with Y/N. As the three left the dance floor all eyes were on them. Odin looked at them with anger, but Loki just bowed jokingly and smiled. Frigga came up to them and smiled.
"Y/N, you look beautiful. That dress fits you perfectly." Frigga looked at her more closely.
“Thank you Frigga, you look stunning as well." Y/N returned the compliment. Bucky and Loki looked at each other questioningly.
"It seems like my mother isn't interested in me anymore." Loki said jokingly. Frigga looked at him and raised her eyebrow.
"That's entirely your fault for introducing me to such an interesting woman." Frigga looked again at Y/N. "I would also like to give you something." She looked questioningly at Frigga as she pulled something from the side of her dress.
"It has been given to the women in my family for generations. My mother gave it to me, but since I have two sons, I saved it for my daughter-in-law." She opened the small blue bag and took out a necklace with a blue gemstone pendant." Y/N looked at Loki, who had a surprised expression on his face. "And since I expect you to be my daughter-in-law one day, I want you to have it."
“But Frigga..." Y/N wanted to protest, but Frigga simply raised her hand with a smile. She gestured to turn around and put the chain around her neck. There was gasping in the hall, but Y/N was not clear why. She turned back to her and Frigga took her hands in his. "I thank you Frigga."
"You don't have to thank me." Frigga said and said her goodbyes.
"Shall we get out of here?" Loki asked mischievously.
"Are we allowed to? We just got here." Y/N seemed suspicious.
"That means we've been here long enough. Now, let's get out of here." Loki made the three of them disappear in a green mist. When Y/N opened her eyes, they had arrived in a large room even larger than her own. A large golden bed stood in the center of the room, with several bookshelves lining the wall. "Welcome to my chambers." Loki pulled her closer to him and kissed her passionately. "Norns, I've been wanting to do this for hours."
"Can someone help me out of this dress?" Y/N turned to the men.
“I’d love to, doll." Bucky quickly opened her dress and it bunched up at her feet. Y/N stepped out of the dress and turned back to them. She reached behind her and unhooked her bra before sliding her panties off her legs. Bucky and Loki both looked at her as if she was the most beautiful thing.
"Where is the bathroom?" Y/N asked, biting her lip. Loki pointed to the door behind her and looked at her body. She turned and swayed her hips seductively. At the door, she turned to the two men and smiled. "Won't you join me?" Y/N entered the bathroom and walked to the large, round bathtub.
She turned the faucet and water began to fill the tub. Y/N sat down on the edge of the bathtub as Bucky and Loki followed her. Both men began to undress and Loki dropped to his knees in front of her. He pulled her legs apart and put her legs over his shoulders. He licked over the slit of her pussy and sucked on her clit. His fingers traveled down her body to her pussy before he pushed two fingers inside her. Loki quickly thrust his fingers into her pussy. With a mischievous smile, he pulled away from her and pulled his fingers out.
Bucky got into the tub and held out his hand to help her in. Loki followed the two and sat down in the tub. Bucky sat down and pulled Y/N onto his lap in the warm water. She took his hard cock in her hand and pumped it a few times before guiding it to her pussy and lowering herself onto him.
"Mmm...Bucky..." Loki gently pushed Y/N forward onto Bucky’s chest and spread her ass cheeks. The tip of his cock began to press into her ass before filling her completely with one quick thrust. Y/N held onto Bucky's shoulders as they both quickly thrust into her. "Oh god!...Loki...Bucky."
"You feel so good, Y/N." Moaned Loki into her shoulder. "I don't think I can hold out much longer."
"Mmm..." Agreed Y/N, moaning as Bucky started rubbing her clit.
"Y/N you are so tight. You're driving me crazy." Bucky moaned and thrust his cock hard into her pussy. Loki pulled out of her ass almost completely, only the tip remaining inside her before he thrust back into her. His hands massaged her breasts and Bucky nibbled on her neck. Y/N's pussy tightened as both men began to pulse inside her. After a few more thrusts, they filled Y/N with their hot cum and Y/N began to shake as she came to her orgasm.
"Well that was fast." Bucky laughed. Y/N rested on his chest and Loki lay on her back.
"I promised you guys a full night..." Y/N stated mischievously and the three of them knew that the night had just begun.
Taglist is open! @smoke-and-sunsets @everybitch @coco-puffses
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Drake & Josh enter MCU?
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June 13, 2021
Happy 31 Birthday to Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
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Tony: I am big enough to admit I am often inspired by myself.
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I hurt my own feelings drawing this one so obviously I had to share it
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poorest little meow meow i think. he(wa)s evil so what
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June 13, 2021
Happy 35 Birthday to Kat Dennings.
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