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Media Watch: ‘Spidey’ Gets a Top Secret Spin-Off, Kusama To Sink Her Teeth into ‘Dracula, ‘The Mandalorian’ Wraps Season 2 & More!



Vin Diesel Confirms Valiant Cinematic Universe 

In an interview with Superhero Fanatic, Diesel confirmed that there are hopes for Bloodshot to take off and spawn future installments and that his film left open plenty of room to introduce other Valiant heroes and villains on the big screen.

“I think what [Bloodshot] does is that it opens the door for all of them,” Diesel said. “I think you’re going to see all of them. I think if you’re a fan of Valiant Comics, then you are going to be delighted to hear—and I think they’re going to wait until the movie comes out—but they’re going to start putting out into the press all of the Valiant comic books that are going into the cinematic universe. It’s going to be very exciting.”

While Diesel clarification that the studio is going to wait to see how this film performs is fair, Bloodshot has a few major hurdles to overcome, as early reviews for the film have done nothing but pan the effort for its lackluster action sequences, poor script from Jeff Wadlow (Fantasy Island) and Oscar-nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and generic story. Additionally, it’s only projected to open to $10 million at the box office, and given its $45 million production budget — with marketing costing more than likely costing double — that is no small hill to overtake.

Created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton, Bloodshot tells the story of a former soldier, Ray Garrison, killed and brought back to life with technological upgrades thanks to Rising Spirit Technologies, filling his body with billions of nanobots. This allows him to be the perfect soldier by healing from injuries, shapeshifting and even interacting with technology. Ray, aka Bloodshot, suffers total memory loss and struggles to reconnect with who he was while learning what sort of weapon he has become, with the help of a group of other augmented combatants known as Chainsaw.

The film will hit the theaters on March 13, 2020.


Richard E. Grant Joins Disney+’s Marvel’s Loki

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star Richard E. Grant has joined the cast for Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series, Loki. There has been no word on who the 62-year-old British actor is set to play in the upcoming series.

Loki will feature the return of Golden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston as the fan-favorite mischievous titular villain.

Hiddleston last portrayed the God of Mischief in last year’s highest-grossing film of all time Avengers: Endgame, where he successfully had stolen the Tesseract during Iron Man and Ant Man’s failed attempt to retrieve it. Joining Hiddleston are MCU newcomers Sophia Di Martino (Yesterday, Flowers, Into the Badlands), Oscar nominee Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror: San Junipero) with Di Martino rumored to play Lady Loki.

Loki will premiere on Disney+ in Spring 2021.



Disney+’s Marvel’s What If…? Will Release in 2021

Marvel Studios has set the release date for Disney+‘s highly-anticipated animated series, What If…?, revealing that the 10-episode first season will be making its debut in the Summer of 2021. In addition, Disney-owned studio has officially partnered up with Squeeze, a Québec City-based animation studio, to produce five of 10 episodes of the upcoming MCU series with the first season only focusing on stories from The Infinity Saga.

“Marvel was looking for a world-class animation studio to come up with a fresh and unique style that would be in keeping with their brand essence. We really clicked, right from our initial talks in Los Angeles last year, and they loved our proposal. I’m thrilled that our artists’ creativity and talent resonated so strongly in Hollywood.” Squeeze CEO and co-founder Denis Doré said in statement.

Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright has been cast to voice The Watcher, who serves as the narrator throughout the series. The MCU actors who are set to reprise their roles in the animated series have also been revealed including: Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Neal McDonough, Dominic Cooper,  Sean Gunn, Natalie Portman, David Dastmalchian, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Toby Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Rooker and Chris Sullivan.



Roberto Orci Will Pen Untitled Marvel Script for Sony

Sony has brought in Roberto Orci (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek: Into Darkness) to write an untitled Marvel film which will feature a new character from a different corner of the Marvel universe Sony currently has access to. Details are being kept under wraps but Sony owns Marvel Comics properties such as Nightwatch, Silk, Silver Sable, and Black Cat; as well as Spider-Man, Venom, Morbius, and Kraven The Hunter.



Karyn Kusama to Direct Blumhouse’s Dracula

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has hired Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) to direct their upcoming Dracula film. Blumhouse hopes to put a modern spin on the legendary Count with the film taking place in contemporary times. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who worked with Kusama on Destroyer and The Invitation, are currently working on the script. Kusama directed the comedy thriller Jennifer’s Body from a script by Diablo Cody. She also directed episodes of HBO’s The Outsider, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.



Jamie Foxx is Still Attached to the Spawn Reboot

McFarlane revealed during an interview with Shoryuken an “Academy Award-winning guy” had left the project sparking rumors that person was Foxx, but McFarlane clarified he was actually referring to a writer who had to leave due to conflicting schedules.

During the interview with Shoryuken, McFarlane revealed he’s confident “Hollywood is a different place right now; they understand the value of what Spawn can bring to a reasonable budget.”

McFarlane added he does have a few demands for the movie, however: “I have very few demands for the movie. It has to be rated R, there’s no debate around that. With the story I want to tell, my intent goes back to that Spawn Cloud. I am less concerned about what happens in the movie as long as Spawn is “cool” and “badass”. The last demand is that I am the director. That’s it. Everything else is up for conversation. I just want to show that there are better and smarter ways to entertain an audience than what they are used to. So much more is possible once you open yourself to rated R stories. But I can’t just do a cardboard version, I need the budget to do it. Just enough to make it the right way.”



First Look at Apple TV+’s First Animated Sitcom, Central Park

Apple TV+ has released the official trailer for their upcoming animated musical sitcom titled Central Park, which hails from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard.

Central Park follows a family of caretakers, the Tillermans, who lives in the titular New York City locale. As park manager Owen and journalist Paige raise their kids, they must fend off hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long-suffering assistant, who would love nothing more than to turn the park into condos.

The voice cast features Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Stanley Tucci (Feud), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), and Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick).

Central Park will drop on May 29.



Altered Carbon: Resleeved Trailer Released

Netflix has released the official trailer for their upcoming anime adaptation titled Altered Carbon: Resleeved which hails from Cowboy Bebop creator Dai Sato. The newest sci-fi series will be available for streaming on March 19th.

Set in the same universe of Netflix’s live-action sci-fi series, Altered Carbon: Resleeved will explore new elements of the story mythology. On the planet Latimer, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.

The anime series is created by Dai Sato, who is known as the creative mind behind the popular Cowboy Bebop. It is directed by Jō Nakajima from a script co-written by Sato and Tsukasa Kondo. The new adaptation is a production by Japanese animated studio Anima.



Thor: Love and Thunder to Feature Guardians of the Galaxy Characters

Guardians of the Galaxy characters will appear in Thor: Love and Thunder!

The news was revealed during an interview with Vin Diesel while the star was promoting his upcoming movie Bloodshot.

“I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park,” Diesel said. “He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it. Thor will also, the director talked to me about [how] Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy… That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”

James Gunn had previously confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will take place after the fourth Thor movie. It has not been revealed how big a role the Guardians will play in the film.

Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive in theaters on November 5, 2021.



Netflix’s Lost in Space Renewed For Third and Final Season


Lost in Space has been renewed for a third and final season at Netflix. Season 3 is set to premiere in 2021 and will feature the conclusion of the Robinson family’s space journey towards Alpha Centauri.

“From the beginning, we’ve always viewed this particular story of The Robinsons as a trilogy,” Estrin said. “A three-part epic family adventure with a clear beginning, middle, and end. It’s also worth noting that, with what these characters go through just trying to survive each episode — if anyone deserves to catch their breath before their next mission — it’s Will, Penny, Judy, Maureen, John, Don West, Dr. Smith… and The Robot. And, of course, Debbie the Chicken. So while this chapter of Lost In Space is coming to a rousing conclusion, I’m excited about continuing to explore new stories with my friends at Netflix, and for all of the incredible possibilities that lie ahead.”



First Look At DC Universe’s Harley Quinn Season 2

DC Universe has released the first-look teaser for the upcoming second season of Kaley Cuoco’s popular adult-animated series Harley Quinn, featuring the titular villain as she tries to make her escape from The Penguin, voiced by Wayne Knight (Toy Story 2). Harley Quinn will return on April 3rd

The series will follow Harley Quinn‘s adventures after her break with the Joker. The story will focus on Harley along with Poison Ivy and other DC castoffs as they try to help each other in order to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of Doom. The first season ended on an exciting cliffhanger, with the story for the second chapter still being kept under wraps.



My Spy Postponed Until April

Guardian of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista’s My Spy experiences yet another delay with STXfilms officially changing the release date of the upcoming action comedy. The film was originally scheduled to premiere last year in August but was suddenly pushed back to March 13, 2020. Now, My Spy will make its debut in theaters on April 17th which will go up against Guillermo del Toro’s horror film Antlers and Carey Mulligan’s drama thriller Promising Young Woman.



The Mandalorian Season 2 Has Wrapped

The Mandalorian star Gina Carano (Deadpool) took to Instagram to reveal that production has officially wrapped on the upcoming second season of Disney+’s hit Star Wars prequel series which is expected to make its return later this year in October.

The Clone Wars creator Dave Filoni will be back in the directing chair, joining cast member Carl Weathers as well as Jon Favreau and Bryce Dallas Howard in the second season’s new director lineup.



Final Trailer for Marvel’s Black Widow Trailer Released

Marvel Studios has released the final trailer for Cate Shortland’s highly-anticipated MCU film Black Widow, featuring lots of new footage that highlights chemistry and teamwork between Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova.

Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. The film is expected to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War.

Black Widow will also feature a star-studded cast including Golden Globe nominee David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) as Yelena Belova, Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason.

Black Widow will open in theaters on May 1st.



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