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"All I ever wanted was a normal life." Marvel Studios has released one more 60-second trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, arriving in theaters starting in September in just a few months. The full-length trailer landed back in June and it looks like a promising new Marvel adventure with a brand new superhero. The start of a whole new era. Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained to be an assassin by the Ten Rings organization since childhood and has tried a create a normal life for himself in San Francisco. He is forced to confront his past when they try to draw him in again. This also stars Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Florian Munteanu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, Dallas Liu. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, of Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle previously. I'm hoping this movie is as good as it looks! And I really want to see more of this badass underwater dragon.
Co-created by Stan Lee, Don Rico & Don Heck, Black Widow made her first appearance in 1964's Tales of Suspense #52, published by Marvel Comics. Introduced as an antagonist for Iron Man, Natasha Romanova was a Russian spy who later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a member of the Avengers. In 2010, the character (renamed Natasha Romanoff) made her film debut in John Favreau's Iron Man 2, played by Scarlett Johansson. She has since appeared in six Marvel movies, including 2019's Avengers: Endgame, in which she sacrificed herself so Hawkeye could retrieve the Soul Stone, saving her best friend — and all humankind — from the genocidal warlord Thanos. Now, Natasha is getting her own standalone adventure, a prequel exploring the fan-favorite character's origins in surprising & exciting ways.
"I told my men - they wouldn't be able to kill you if they tried." Marvel Studios has released the full-length official trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel movie with an Asian superhero character. The first teaser debuted back in the spring, and now we get a better look at where this new Marvel movie is headed. Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained to be an assassin by the Ten Rings organization since childhood and has tried a create a normal life for himself. This also stars Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Florian Munteanu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, Dallas Liu. This Marvel movie is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, of Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle previously. Damn! This new trailer is a huge improvement over that teaser, it's looking damn good. All the fights & action scenes in here are solid, and all the characters have more dimensions to them.
"Throughout the years we have never interfered… until now." Marvel + Disney have unveiled the teaser trailer for their next big Marvel Studios movie due out later this year titled Eternals. Of course they waited for the Academy Awards, because now they get to say this is directed by Best Director Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao, who shot this in the summer of 2019 before the pandemic. This movie introduces us to a whole new set of celestial superheroes - the saga of the "Eternals", a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. They reunite again to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Starring Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Gemma Chan as Sersi, plus Kit Harington and Barry Keoghan. This is a really lovely first look trailer, with lots of stunning footage from Chloe Zhao. Looking forward to this one.
"Yummy!" Sony Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for the Marvel sequel titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage, aka just Venom 2. The first Venom movie was generally disliked by most critics for being too wacky, but that didn't stop them from bringing him back for more! Directed by Andy Serkis, this new sequel introduces us to the other fan-favorite villain Carnage. Woody Harrelson co-stars as Cletus Kasady, the serial killer who also becomes the host of an alien symbiote. Tom Hardy returns as Venom / Eddie Brock, and the cast includes Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, and Peggy Lu as Mrs. Chen. This trailer itself looks SO much better than the first movie. That final shot of Carnage still needs some VFX polish, but so far so good! I've got a much better feel about this. It seems they've figured out the balance of humor and horror. Sink your teeth into the new Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage trailer.
"What the future brings… will be worth the wait." Marvel Studios has released an exciting "sizzle reel" of footage for their upcoming movies and new era of Marvel productions currently in the works. They're no longer calling this "Phase 3" or whatever, especially after the pandemic. And this new video focuses entirely on their superhero movies, as the TV shows are already getting their time in the spotlight on Disney+. We know there are a few new Marvel movies already scheduled to land this summer - Black Widow now opens in July, and Shang-Chi is currently set for September. But beyond those, what's next? Who needs to wait for Comic-Con?! Bring on the reveals NOW! Marvel introduces the names of a few big sequels (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Captain Marvel 2: The Marvels, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania) and confirms a bunch of release dates. But… we all know release dates are subject to change based on whatever might be happening in the world. Next up, we expect to see a full trailer for Chloe Zhao's Eternals soon. But for now, enjoy this emotional preview and celebration of the all the movies that Marvel Studios has been bringing us.
"Let's roll again! I'm on!" Marvel + Disney have revealed a fun official trailer for their next episode in their behind-the-scenes doc series called Marvel Studios' Assembled. This "making of" series ties in with the new Disney+ Marvel shows that have been debuting this year - including WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki coming up soon. This one is for the latest ep about The Making of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which takes a closer look at what went into creating this series. Not only does it cover production, but it seems to also talk about story details, and how the new characters transitioned from Chris Evans' Cap to Anthony Mackie's Falcon. "Go beyond the shield and behind the scenes." I always love seeing behind-the-scenes featurettes because we get a glimpse at how massive and complex filmmaking is - big sound stages, thousands of people, enormous sets, cameras, and more. This launches today on Disney+.
"I shall reclaim my family!" Hulu has unveiled the official trailer for a new animated series streaming in May called Marvel's M.O.D.O.K., about an egomaniacal super villain. This stop-motion animated series is from one of the lead animators on "Robot Chicken", and features 10 episodes of mayhem and depression. M.O.D.O.K., a bad guy with a really big head and a really little body, struggles to maintain control of his evil organization after it is bought by a multinational tech company, while juggling the needs of his demanding family. Patton Oswalt stars as the voice of M.O.D.O.K.; he's joined by Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly, and Sam Richardson. And for those curious his name stands for "Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing" but it seems like he's got other big problems to deal with like a divorce and his kids. Ahaha this looks hilarious.
"I trained you… so the most dangerous people in the world couldn't kill you. Son… it's time for you to take your place by my side." Marvel Studios has debuted a teaser trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel movie featuring an Asian superhero character. This is one of those "who are you?" trailers introducing the character to the world. Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist who was trained to be an assassin by the Ten Rings organization since childhood and has tried a create a normal life for himself in America. The cast includes Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Florian Munteanu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, Dallas Liu. This is the first Marvel film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, of Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle previously. And it's an impressive teaser! This got my attention, I'm curious to see more. Not the best dialogue in this, but everything else looks awesome.
"You're not big on trust, are you?" Marvel + Disney have revealed a full-length official trailer for their next new series titled Loki, debuting on Disney+ streaming starting this June. They know how to keep the flow going! After Wanda Vision and Falcon & The Winter Soldier this year already, they're moving right into Loki and his mysteries and madness. The series takes place after/during the events of Avengers: Endgame when Loki steals the Tesseract. He's brought to the mysterious Time Variance Authority after traveling through time altering human history, but finds himself trapped in a crime thriller of his own making. Tom Hiddleston returns to star as Loki, with a cast including Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, and Erika Coleman. This looks like SO much devious time travel fun, and I dig Hiddleston's Loki! Looking forward to this amusing time-circus.
"We have to go back to where it all started." Disney reveals one more trailer for Marvel's Black Widow, which was delayed from its opening last May for more than a year due to the pandemic. It's now set to open in July and will be available on Disney+ in addition to theaters at the same time. This is the fourth (and final, final) trailer for the movie after three others last year before the shutdowns. This new stand-alone solo movie is directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland and is set between the Civil War and Infinity War movies. Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff, returning from the previous Marvel movies. The cast also includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, David Harbour as Red Guardian, plus William Hurt, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle, and Michelle Lee. This trailer is really overselling all the action - let's hope the rest of the movie kicks ass, too.
"I have a plan…" "Oh yeah, what is it?!" Disney has revealed the first full trailer for the new Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier from Marvel Studios, and we're breaking our no-TV rule because this looks pretty damn cool anyway. This is one of the first spin-off series to follow the events of Avengers: Endgame (in addition to "WandaVision" now streaming) and the ending in which Cap hands off his shield to The Falcon. The series continues where that left off and follows them on more new missions. Sam Wilson aka Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie, and Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan, team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities, and their patience. The recurring cast also includes Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, and Wyatt Russell. At first glance, this seems like an entertaining way to continue the story with Falcon & Bucky, and this looks a bit more low key than the movies. Worth a look.