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"I never meant for any of this to happen…" Marvel has unveiled a teaser trailer for the next sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, opening in theaters in May of 2022 next summer. This teaser originally played at the end of the credits for Spider-Man: No Way Home, because it connects directly with that movie. After Strange opened the Multiverse for Peter Parker, causing the calamity that appears in that movie, things have been knocked out of balance and they don't know what will happen next. "The Multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little." Exact plot details are unknown so far, but this teaser clearly hints at the appearance of an Evil Strange, along with Wanda helping the Good Doctor try & make sense of the many Multiverses. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Doctor Strange, with a cast including Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Xochitl Gomez. And best of all, Sam Raimi is directing this one! His first movie since 2013. Can't wait to see what he's cooking up - because so far this looks VERY psychedelic and epicly mind-bending. Bring on the Madness of Multiverses.
What more can anyone say about Spider-Man that hasn't already been said? We've already had 7 live-action movies before this, not to mention animated series galore an the extraordinary Into the Spider-Verse movie, all the comics and history, and Parker's appearances in the other MCU movies. Everyone knows and loves Spider-Man / Peter, he continues to break box office records and draw enormous crowds. And even though they're re-invented him in Hollywood three times already, he still remains one of the most charismatic and adored superhero characters. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third movie in Jon Watts' stand-alone trilogy that, while intertwined with the MCU movies, focuses specifically on Parker and his struggle to figure himself out as a youngster and find his place in the world (of superheroes). It's also the first time any movie has successfully introduced the Multiverse concept in live-action and gracefully pulled off the impractical challenge of integrating the old with the new. This review contains spoilers - proceed with caution.
"I missed you, too!" Sony has surprisingly dropped the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, now officially titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One. And yes, it's a two-parter! Chris Miller on Twitter: "It's true, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is Part One of two films. Me, Phil Lord, [the three directors], and an incredible crew are working on both films simultaneously!" In this sequel, an epic adventure will transport Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Miles Morales across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered. Shameik Moore returns to voice Miles, and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen. Plus Issa Rae and Oscar Isaac (as "Spider-Man 2099" / Miguel O'Hara), but that's all they've named so far. This is a seriously AWESOME first look. Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best comic book movies ever made, and I am anxious this sequel won't be as good, but this is the kind of tease that makes me feel like they might just pull it off. I can't wait to see more.
"It was never just a heist!" Time for something truly epic. You've heard of Marvel marathons, you've heard of supercuts, but what if you took every MCU movie to date and put them together into one extraordinarily epic supercut? Yes. Someone did this. A Reddit user called "pizzabryon" has put together and
illegally fan-released this supercut which he has dubbed simply The Infinity Saga. Another fan already tried to edit everything together in what is known as "The Sacred Timeline Cut" (a reference to "Loki" and the timeline with all the MCU events), but this one is slightly different. The Infinity Saga takes "every MCU movie from Iron Man to Endgame" (23 in total) and has re-edited everything into chronological scene order. Meaning, whatever year that scene took place, has been put into order that way, including flashbacks and time travel stuff (he says "anything that didn’t involve or show the 'Endgame Avengers' was moved to the year it took place"). It's not just about cutting it all together, it's playing it out linearly which might be fascinating to see.
"You're flying out into the darkness to fight ghosts…" Sony Pictures has unveiled a second official trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third Spidey movie starring Tom Holland so far. In this adventure, he teams up with Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange to undo his identity reveal, following the events of Far From Home and his fight with Mysterio. And following the Into the Spider-Verse animated movie, which was first to open the doors to the Spidey Multiverse concept. This one brings back all of his former villains from the other movies, who don't like seeing Peter because he always takes them out at the end. The main cast for this one includes Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, J. B. Smoove, Martin Starr, J.K. Simmons, along with the villains Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, and Alfred Molina. There's also rumors that former Spidey actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are appearing in this, too. This is so exciting to finally see - a live-action Multi-Verse movie, and I'm all in for it! What an awesome trailer.
"We have to push the boundaries, take the risks…" Sony Pictures has debuted the second official trailer for Morbius, co-produced by Marvel Studios starring Jared Leto as the "superhero" known as Morbius the Living Vampire. A bit like Doctor Strange mashed up with Batman, the story follows a brilliant biochemist named Michael Morbius who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but then inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead. And thus he becomes "the living vampire". The cast also includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Charlie Shotwell, and Tyrese Gibson. We posted the first trailer for this way back in 2020, when it was set for release last year. Before all the delays. Now it's set to open in early 2022. They're hoping this will be another "superhero" hit, but it all just looks so strange. Hard to tell how many will be into this character. There's also hints at Rhino and Black Cat in here.
"OMG trick arrows?!" Yep! Marvel Studios has debuted two more 60-sec trailers for the Hawkeye series, the next superhero TV series connected directly to the MCU after "WandaVision" and "Loki". This one takes place in "post-blip New York City", following the former Avenger Clint Barton. His goal is to get back to his family for Christmas. But only with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer with dreams of becoming a super hero. The two are forced to work together when a presence from Barton's past threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit. This might be pretty dang good, folks! Jeremy Renner returns to co-star with Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, and a fun cast including Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d'Arcy James, plus newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Along with "Lucky" the Golden Retriever. The Christmas vibe of this makes it so magical. Actually looking forward to watching this.
"Time to get bloody… Two dudes, two fates." Hulu has launched a full trailer for the new animated Hulu series called Hit-Monkey, another fairly unknown Marvel character getting his own show. It was initially conceived as part of a shared universe connecting to The Offenders, then it was decided it would be better as a stand-alone series. The teaser arrived a month ago, but this full trailer kicks WAYYY more ass than that first look. Doesn't even matter if he's an "obscure" character, I'm down for this. Marvel's Hit-Monkey series tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin named Bryce (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld. The voice cast includes Olivia Munn, George Takei, Ally Maki, and Nobi Nakanishi. Uh yeah, this looks awesome! The animation looks good and the story seems fun, even though it's crazy dark and kinda weird. Bring it on.
"It's not the typical place, it's not the typical shots, it's not the typical cast." Marvel Studios has debuted a brief new "making of" featurette for their fall movie Eternals, directed by Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao. We already featured the full trailer for Eternals just a few months ago, but with tickets on sale starting today, they're ramping up the marketing. This movie introduces us to a set of celestial superheroes - the saga of the "Eternals", a race of immortal beings who once lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. They reunite again to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants (Loki, anyone?). Eternals stars 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 does look pretty dang good, I must say. Read an interview with Chloe Zhao on Fandango and book your tickets for opening week.
"It's time to put an end to this monkey business." Hulu has revealed a first look teaser for a new animated series on Hulu called Hit-Monkey, another fairly unknown Marvel character getting his own show. It was initially conceived as part of a shared universe connecting to The Offenders, then it was decided it would be better as a stand-alone series. Hulu also recently debuted the M.O.D.O.K. animated series based on another obscure Marvel character. Marvel's Hit-Monkey series tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin named Bryce (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld. The voice cast includes Olivia Munn, George Takei, Ally Maki, and Nobi Nakanishi. This actually looks damn good - at first glance it seems like a mashup between John Wick and Archer, but with a hitman monkey. As wacky as this all seems, I'm quite curious to give it a watch.
"When I wore this suit, I made a whole lot of enemies." Marvel has unveiled the first official trailer for the Hawkeye series, continuing with acclaimed TV shows connected to the MCU following "WandaVision" and "Loki" earlier this year. This one takes place in "post-blip New York City", following the former Avenger Clint Barton. His goal is to get back to his family for Christmas. But only with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer with dreams of becoming a super hero. The two are forced to work together when a presence from Barton's past threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit. Jeremy Renner returns to co-star with Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, and a fun cast including Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d'Arcy James, plus newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Along with the most adorable Golden Retriever, of course, who is playing "Lucky" from the comics. I really dig the holiday vibe of this, Marvel definitely knows how to craft an entertaining show that everyone be watching this fall.
"I've just been thinking about… how to fix all of this." And here we go! Sony Pictures has finally revealed the first official trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland after Homecoming and Far From Home. We have been waiting a very long time to see this trailer, with an opening currently scheduled for December in just a few months from now. Holland returns again as Peter Parker / Spidey, this time teaming up with Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange to undo his identity reveal, following the events of Far From Home and the "Loki" TV series on Disney+. And following the Into the Spider-Verse animated movie, which was first to open the doors to the Spidey Multiverse concept. The cast includes Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, J. B. Smoove, Martin Starr, J.K. Simmons, and rumors of appearances by former villains Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, and Alfred Molina (who is in this trailer!). This is one exciting teaser, yowza. Tons of footage and introductions and tons going on in here.