Marvel held a pretty epic presentation on Saturday that explains what the next few years are going to look like for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both in theaters and on Disney+.
Since I have the handy link above, I’m going to go in that order, if you want to follow along. Except I’m going to break that right off the bat with the first film as it just makes sense to go in release date order of release. I’m also going with Logo first and then my thoughts as that makes more sense to me.
Thanks to Variety for having a highlight reel of the announcements too!
It took ten years but Scarlett Johansson is finally getting her proper movie! With no Hawkeye in sight too! More on that later! She’ll be joined by Stranger Things and Hellboy, David Harbour, as The Red Guardian. I looked it up.
It only made 40 million worldwide on a 50 million budget, that isn’t ideal so Harbour is free to be other comic book characters. He deserves another shot. I haven’t heard anything about Stranger Things 3, so either people are respecting no spoilers or I’m just out of touch.
I’m a pretty big fan of Yelena’s take of being the Black Widow and I’m looking forward to how Florence Pugh portrays her. I didn’t realize she played Paige in Fighting with My Family. I must not have looked into it as I just assumed Paige would pull a Howard Stern and play herself in the movie about her life. Paige is 26 and would have gotten acting experience through WWE, I wonder what made that decision? Apparently the film is based on a documentary that I should probably watch now that I have so many questions. That won’t be answered in the documentary but still. Pugh will be one of the ladies in Little Women.
O-T Fagbenle, who I know from Harlan Coben’s The Five series (that I think about enough that we should really finish that series!) will be Mason, whoever that is. He’s also one The Handmaid’s Tale and I wonder if my wife recognizes him from the earlier show?
Rachel Weisz will be Melina, another character in the film. I imagine the film is going to be an origin story and it ends with Natasha coming back to life, right? Or a quick 15 minute origin story, she blips back to Earth and then just continues with her spy story, and then the film ends with her telling a hero that she’s alive? Those are the two easy options I came up with.
Johansson is only 34 so she must have been 24 when Iron Man 2 came out and she looks exactly the same, so she can totally pull off an origin story! I probably didn’t even need to look it up but I was curious. She’s been working since 2001’s Ghost World with some smaller roles before hand but gosh, she really blew up. I wonder what her thoughts are on Jennifer Lawrence, who is only 28, and what advice she’ll give her as they both have the same fans, I imagine.
Coming to theaters May 1, 2020.
The movie Marvel is hoping to recapture that Guardians of the Galaxy buzz with! Kevin Feige said it is going to have plenty of Jack Kirby in it, which would be the only thing I want want from it. Especially as I really don’t know the Eternals are. I’m sure Marvel will release like three trades that will be the inspiration for the film’s plot but it is pretty wide open as of now.
Richard Madden, Game of Thorne’s Robb Stark, is going to be Ikarus.
Kumail Nanjiani, who love, is going to be Kingo.
I’m not familiar with Lauren Ridloff who is going to be Makkari. My wife would probably recognize her from New Amsterdam’s Happy Place episode.
Brian Tyree Henry has been in a slew of things I haven’t seen, but he’s the voice of Jefferson Davis in Into The Spider-Verse, he’s going to be Phastos.
In a surprise announcement to me, Salma Hayek is entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Ajak! I do love me some Salma Hayek.
Wikipedia doesn’t have a page for Lia McHugh who is going to be Sprite. Which I am familiar with that Eternal as I’ve been curious why Kitty Pryde was known as the second Sprite. Just don’t pull her Tab!
I’m not familiar with Don Lee either, who is going to be Gilgamesh.
I knew Angelina Jolie was going to be in the movie, she’s Thena. Should be a pretty interesting film. I’m also not familiar with director Chloe Zhao’s work either.
Coming to theaters November 6, 2020.
I had forgotten that Daniel Bruhl is returning as Baron Zemo for the series! Now I’m even more excited! Once this is officially on Disney+, we will be subscribing to it.
Coming to streaming devices Fall 2020.
I must be way out of touch as I didn’t recognize anyone from the cast of this but I’m super excited!
Simu Liu is going to be outstanding as Shang Chi!
I’m glad that we’re finally getting the real Mandarin and Tony Leung is going to be awesome at it! I’m glad Marvel Studios found a way to properly introduce him into the MCU.
He’s Little Tony to Tony Leung Ka-fai’s Big Tony.
Coming on February 12, 2021.
We still haven’t seen Captain Marvel – I’m hoping we buy it off of VUDU next weekend. We’ve been waiting to buy it for when we can actually watch it. Teynoah Parris is going to be playing adult Monica Rambeau, which is terrific to have that plot thread picked up. Parris was Dawn Chambers on Mad Men. She’s also Detective Pamela Rose on Empire.
I’m super excited about this show as I just want more Wanda and Vision! Hopefully Vision has all of his emotions or gets them back by the end of the show’s run.
Coming Spring 2021 to Disney+.
I wasn’t hot on Loki until Endgame, then I had one of those ah-ha moments and I’ll love to see what Post-Avengers Loki is up too without all of that fun character development he got from the films that came after that. He should be pretty fun.
Coming to Disney+ Spring 2021.
Like a dman fool, I was saying how it might not be necessary to get a proper sequel to Doctor Strange but I’ve been proven way wrong. I’m glad Marvel is running with the idea of the Multiverse that was teased in Spider-Man : Far From Home.
We’ll have to see if they reveal the MCU to actually be considered Earth-199999, officially named in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z 5.
I love how Marvel isn’t making the mistake they did with the Netflix series (more on that later), and actually making sure the events of the Disney+ series matter by making sure the plot threads are picked up in the movies. I was never worried that once the characters went to “TV,” that they would never come back to films but as proof, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) will be in Doctor Strange’s film and it will take place after the events of WandaVision.
Coming to theaters May 7, 2021.
The first series actually set in the MCU, and not just inspired by it, and it is just a fun take on the MCU! So far, we only know there will be an episode based on the idea of Agent Peggy Carter becoming Captain America. I’m sure there will be several other episodes that would be equally fun. Hopefully the original actor will do the voicework for their character like we know Hayley Atwell will.
Jeffrey Wright, Felix Leiter from the latest James Bond films, will be providing the voice of The Watcher! He was also Colin Powell in Oliver Stone’s W and Beetee in the Hunger Games films.
Coming to Disney+ Summer 2021.
This show will get me excited once they cast Kate Bishop. I’m getting myself pretty jazzed for a Young Avengers film that might be in the works. I’m also hoping with Jeremy Renner coming back to TV, that we can get a re-release of ABC’s The Unusuals as that was a fun show. It only had ten episodes but I’m reminded of that show a bunch. Mostly when I’m reminded of Renner and when I wonder whatever happened to Amber Tamblyn, She’s going to be Mariette Callows in the upcoming Y : The Last Man series coming to FX as simply “Y” which like “er” will be very difficult to Google.
Monique Gabriela Curnen being in the Dark Knight didn’t bring the show back on any streaming device but with Disney only ABC, I wonder if the show will appear on Disney+? She was Detective Anna Ramirez.
The Unusuals also had LOST’s Harold Perrineau (Walt!) and the original Adam Goldberg! Such a great show. Now I wish I can watch it all over again!
So yeah, maybe there might be something about this show that will get me to think about the show itself. Hopefully Matt Fraction gets some dollars from this, that’ll be nice.
Coming to Disney+ Fall 2021.
I loved Comic Book Queers Legacy’s idea of simply calling this film, Thour, that would have been super fun!
Natalie Portman is coming back to the MCU and she’s going to be Thor! How amazing is that!?! I can’t wait to see what she looks like as Thor!
I was going to make another difficult to Google joke but “Natalie Portman Goddess of Thunder” should at last bring some images
Yep, that worked! That makes two awesome humans who are worthy to pick up Mjolnir.
I wonder if Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard will be in this? Maybe at least as cameos?
Also, will the Guardians show up for a fun cameo as they drop Thor off on his latest adventure? They have to address it at least for a line of dialogue.
Coming to theaters November 5, 2021!
We end with Blade! Mahershala Ali will be the daywalker, Blade! Ali is 46 to Wesley Snipps 56. Gosh, Snipps has six kids! He hasn’t been working much but has two films in post-production right now, Dolemite Is My Name and Cut Throat City.
So Mahershala Ali has played one other Marvel character, Luke Cage’s first season villain, Cottonmouth. So that’s a shame that Marvel is not only double dipping into other roles already but also, it sort of implies the Marvel Netflix series don’t really matter. I guess there is an argument to be made that nowadays, it doesn’t really matter, but also, it isn’t like Ali was a hero character being recast as another hero. But he was pretty pivotal to Luke Cage’s first season.
But Ali is a great actor so it makes total sense that Marvel will want to keep working with him. I’m just having a silly knee jerk reaction.
No date for when the film comes out but oh boy, what an amazing late of TV and Films!
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PSPrices notified me that Late Shift was under seven dollars. Apparently the game has gotten below five but I had recently gotten paid and I figured I’ll treat myself to a new game.
I was going to do eight playthroughs, one blind, and then follow the guide and do the official seven endings but then I figured, why not just do the seven endings as the game is an hour and half each time and I’m pretty limited in my time I get to play. I don’t really regret it, I’m three playthroughs in and having a great time. I’m breaking it up with other games as I broke down and made a list of five games to play so I’ll have a nice rotation. The third one was my favorite until midway through it. So I’m hoping the order of playthroughs is worst to best.
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After watching how much fun the PlayStation Access crew had playing XCOM 2, I figured I’ll get it a shot and recreate my family, plus Spider-Man, Santa Claus, Dr. Peter Venkman, and Kitty Pryde.
So I played with the tutorial and then did the first mission. We lost the forced character, which was lousy that I couldn’t immediately play with four created characters but then I was thankful that I only lost the one soldier, and it wasn’t one of my characters. There is perma-death, even on the easier mode, so I was being super careful. Maybe too careful as I had forgotten we were on a deadline with only so many number of rounds but right at the last round, my wife was able to disarm the bomb. She eventually got seriously wounded and can’t fight for the next 23 days. So now I’m worried about sending any of my people out. Like a f’n coward.
So I made us three and then Spider-Man, she got wounded, so I needed an extra created character. So that’s when I made the other three people.
I’m not sure how much I’ll actually commit to playing but I’ll try to get it a few more matches.
I earned the tutorial trophy last year when I first played it during June 2018 when it was a free game through PS Plus. Looking over the list, I probably should be playing on Normal and I’ll see if I can change the setting or I can at least start a new game as I bet it would only take an hour to get back to where I currently am.
I saw that there is only one online trophy and all I had to do was start and finish a match so I did that. I went with a super basic team and two people didn’t want to just give me the trophy so they dropped out. Then the third person went ahead and fought me. It went a tad longer than I thought it would but it was pretty fun to get a little more experience with the game.
I wanted to get a more official team line-up photo but I couldn’t select any of my three created characters so that killed my buzz for creating more people as well as continuing that playthrough. It might be another year before I play again.
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With this rotation idea, I finally started Batman : The Enemy Within, and it is so good! I took Catwoman to the Batcave and tried to romance the heck out of her! It really is all I wanted to do and I’m so glad I got back into the game. Alfred seemed supportive. I’m probably going to upset Gordon as I did warn her the police were coming. I’m not sure if he’ll get the chance to yell at me as I also took the heat for Catwoman stealing Harley’s laptop and Mr. Freeze put me in a tank and froze me. I have two more chapters but I honestly don’t know how I’m going to get out of this.
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So I have two chapters before the platinum for Batman and five playthroughs before the platinum for Late Shift and now I’m in my head about a very silly thing. My last three platinums are for Lego Movie 1, Lego Marvel Superheroes 1, and Lego Avengers, so it would look pretty cool if I got Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 instead of how it will be spaced out with two games in-between it but I’ve also made my peace with it. LMSH2 is such a massive game and I’ve taken long enough breaks from it now that that’s simply the prize I have to pay. Plus, it is a silly thing and I’m not even sure who else would even notice that. Or they will see my list and see how I snuck in two quick games. Though I’ve been having Batman : The Enemy Within on the backburner for way too long! Foolishly long!
So I’ve completed my two Inhumans chapters, there was a silly Minikit I should have been able to grab in the first of the two missions, but Crystal was too close to the platform and it started rising up before I realized there was a free floating minikit. But that’s what Free Play is for. I’m nowhere near the platinum for this game, I realize.
While exploring the underwater city, we noticed there was a race for the Homecoming suit, so I got that for Walker Dennis. It took longer than I was thinking it would. The races for no reason are much harder in this game with how the controls are. I’m not great at flying races and I had forgotten how bad I was at swimming races from Lego Dimensions. But they made it super easy to restart races so I kept pressing Circle and eventually got it.
I keep falling into the trap of trying races when Walker is also playing and the split screen is not productive for racing.
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Referring to romancing, I’ve finally committed to playing Beyond : Two Souls again as well. I completed The Dinner chapter. Jodie put on a fancy dress, made a nice Asian Beef dish, and then she and Ryan totally made out.
There were two chances for Aiden to ruin the night, that lasted way to long, to the point where I felt tempted to do something destructive to get out of playing as him, but it eventually timed out.
Next is the Night Sessions chapter. It started with a young Jodie so I can’t imagine it will be too long.
Looking at the chapters list, I think I’m finally at the half way point.
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KITT has finally come to Rocket League so for two dollars, he can be yours too! Now I’m just waiting for the Rocket League : Game of the Year Edition to go on sale so I can snatch up the game proper.
Thanks for Rocket League for hosting their own video!
I can’t tell if the license plate is red or is that just the light from the back making it look that way? Also, there is a clear red stripe going around KITT that shouldn’t be there but I guess a sleek all black car wouldn’t look as exciting against other cars.
Apparently, KITT doesn’t have a Super Pursuit Mode, any voice work from William Daniels, nor any of the iconic sounds. It would be cool if we at least got the sounds. Even cooler would be if we got KARR! But it took them four years to get KITT so we probably have to wait a long time before we get that. The game came out in July 2019, so we’re in their anniversary month right now. Now it all makes sense.
Actually, PSPrices has been blowing up my phone with discounts! The Game of the Year edition is currently 50% off so I scooped it up so quick as $13 is quite a deal, down from $25! So hopefully we’ll start playing that tonight or tomorrow.
There is an entire summer sale going on right now through the PlayStation Store.
With the deals, I should get at least one of those Batmobiles and then wait on those five Hot Wheels cars, at least three of them are bundled together.
The Witcher 3 Complete Edition and Fallout 76 Tricentennial edition are heavily discounted too. Though both games are pretty well discounted most of the time anyway, so don’t pay full price for those two. One day, I’ll have both of those as well.
In all of my excitement, I went ahead and bought the three Batmobiles for six dollars.
So the only other cars to tempt us are:
Triple Threat for $6
Gazella GT, MR11, and FAST 4WD (three cars I don’t recognize by name)
Bone Shaker $2
Twin Mill III $2
For the grand total of ten dollars!
But now I only have $14.15 in my PSN wallet so I’m going to have to put ten dollars on there just to get back over my $20 goal. I should treat myself to a $25 card and have plenty of future fun to be had.
We were able to start playing last night and we got super addicted to playing and I stayed up late and started chipping away at the trophies! Such a fun game! We’ve heard 32% of the trophies and I got at least one trophy per DLC except for Champions Field. I thought I was going to get the trade five rare items for an ultra rare but I only have one item and it isn’t trade-able so I’m going to have to play a bunch more. But I’m going to have to as one, it is a super fun game, and two, it is going to take a long time for me to drive 50 km.
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The reason I don’t have as much money in my PSN card is because Dead by Daylight had some more items for sale, namely both Ash Williams and Leatherface for half off which made them both combined for six dollars. If I had deep pockets, I would have just threw all of my money towards the DLC but like my gaming goals of buying my wishlist once they are only a certain price, I’ll start with the cheapest options and work my way up. I should just say heck with it and treat myself to Ghostface as he’s who I really want. Maybe once I’ve gotten my moneys worth with Rocket League, I’ll jump back to Dead by Daylight.
I can’t imagine I can properly pay two multiplayer games but maybe I’ll do it like I do my main games and make one my chill game one day and the other the chill game on another night. That’s probably exactly how I’ll end up doing it. I’ve spent so much money on these games, I better commit to playing them!
I bought Michael Myers and have barely used him, and I’ve only used Leatherface the first night I bought him. I’m a bit of a stickler for using the dailies to direct how I play. So I’ve had several survivor tasks so I’ve been bouncing between Ash and Laurie from Halloween.
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I thought I wrote about Friday the 13th : The Game before but it doesn’t appear like I have. Dead by Daylight has some lengthy wait times, both during the matching phase and then for the final lobby portion. So I’ve taken to looking at my fellow survivors’ trophy lists. We can’t see the killer, for the surprise element I’m sure, but when we play as the killer, we get to see all of the survivors. I never think to check out the killer’s trophies after the game though. Unless I’ve earned a trophy, then I follow all of those peeps who made it possible.
So I kept seeing all of these players who had Friday the 13th : The Game as a game they all have played. Which makes sense as they are both horror mutliplayer games, where a group of people (counselors vs survivors) are against a killer (Jason v Multiple Options). I like how the counselors can actually fight against Jason, though it is super complicated to actually kill him, but at least we can take the offense instead of just hiding and working generators. That being typed, I still prefer Dead by Daylight.
My other problem is that we can’t choose to play as Jason, it is a random draw. We get to chose our counselor and which Jason we want to play, but it is a 95/5 chance of playing as Jason. Once we see Jason in the opening scene, at least one can tell if they are going to be Jason if he matches. I barely even saw the first Jason option and when I did, it wasn’t me.
I must have played 30 matches as a counselor and I finally unlocked Deb. She might be my favorite at the moment. I unlocked her at level six.
I should say I have never seen a Jason film so I just learned she is from Jason Goes to Hell, The Final Friday. The ninth film in the franchise. She’s Jason’s 92nd victim.
I was playing so much I was tempted to get the costume DLCs, as they are only two dollars each and there is only two of them. One is the bathing suit and one is a fun costume option.
Then I got to finally play as Jason and now I’m done with the game for a bit. We were so close!
Deb’s costume is a bunny costume! That’s when she won my heart!
But not my two dollars. Who knows, maybe I’ll stop being a fuddy duddy and just spend the four dollars but I also have plenty of time as well.
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So my break from Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 and my addiction to Dead by Daylight also led me to playing Warframe and Apex Legends, as I kept seeing both of those games on people’s trophy lists. Which makes sense as people who like multiplayer games probably like free multiplayer games.
I didn’t take to Apex Legends, I’m no good at shooting people, but it was fun running around. I got the jump master trophy and felt like I had done by part.
Warframe, I had a much better time with, and I could see myself playing a few more nights with it. Sort of like how I’m given these PS Plus games, I feel like I can pick them up and drop them at any time. Like, I didn’t earn the games, so I didn’t have to fight for them, or they are not as real to me, if that makes any sense. But I’m learning that they are a lot of fun. I have committed to the idea of playing a game until I get the first trophy and then seeing where I land after that.
I also hadn’t gotten to the online portion of Warframe, but I did the tutorial and the first real mission and earned the Rank 2 trophy, No Longer a Rookie.
I have been seeing a lot of GTA V trophies but I rather not take the Lego Marvel Collection disc out and replace it with GTAV and then sit for three minutes as the game loads. Maybe that can be my next physical game I play. I should at least try to beat the main story as well as complete the online tutorial, as that’s the trophy I see most people have earned, and I can at least do that much.
Girlfriend Reviews also just did a video for the game so it is just on everyone’s mind, I supposed.
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It was a very fun series!