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"It's a secret universe beneath ours." Marvel has revealed the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third movie in the Ant-Man series in the MCU. This sequel is set to open in theaters in February 2023 early next year. Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, along with Hope's parents Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, go on a new adventure exploring the Quantum Realm. This sequel also introduces the next big bad Marvel villain - Kang, played by Jonathan Majors. A "time-traveling, multiversal adversary" who is an alternate-timeline variant of the character He Who Remains from first season of Loki. Majors says Kang is different from HWR with a shifted psychology, due to the different characters surrounding him. The full cast also includes Paul Rudd back as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, and Randall Park. This looks pretty damn good so far, way more of a sci-fi mindf*ck than expected once they get into the Quantum Realm. And what is Kang up to down there? Hmm.
"Now is our time to strike!" Only a few more weeks to go until this opens. Marvel has debuted an extended 45-second TV spot for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the highly anticipated superhero landing in theaters on November 11th. The most recent main trailer debuted a few weeks back, promising an exciting follow-up with Wakandans going up against Namor and the Atlanteans. There are a few new shots in this showing all the VFX coming together. The nation of Wakanda is pitted against intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king T'Challa. The ensemble cast for this one Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Tenoch Huerta as Namor of Atlantis, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Angela Bassett returning as Ramonda. This might just kick ass because Coogler is behind the lens again, and I trust him more than I do Disney. Check out the new footage.
"Now is our time to strike." Marvel has revealed the main official trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the highly anticipated superhero sequel set to open in theaters in November. This follow-up to the outstanding Black Panther movie is handling not only the real world loss of Chadwick Boseman, beloved as the original T'Challa, but also introducing an entirely new race - the underwater Atlanteans, lead by Namor, who gets plenty of screen time in this one. The ensemble cast for this one Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Tenoch Huerta as Namor of Atlantis, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Angela Bassett returning as Ramonda. It looks like we finally do know they will introduce a new female Black Panther, revealed at the end of this trailer. Everything looks good! Still has a unique look and feel, and seems like an exciting follow-up to the first movie. Dive right in.
"I'm the last person standing between them and what they really want." Marvel has revealed another new trailer at D23 this weekend - for the highly anticipated MCU mini-series Secret Invasion, a sequel to the latest epic Marvel movies including Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. It's set to arrive sometime in 2023 with this first tease as our first look at any footage. In the series, Fury returns to Earth and teams up with Talos to prevent a Skrull invasion - hence the "Secret Invasion" since they are a race of alien shapeshifters. The crossover comic event series deals with this faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years. Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury, with Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull warrior Talos, Don Cheadle as "Rhodey", Cobie Smulders back as Maria Hill, plus Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Martin Freeman, and Olivia Colman. So far so good – footage is solid. I like the scruffy, bearded Fury finally ready to take on the Skrulls, I just don't know why needs to do it alone.
"One of you is a montser… masquerading as one of our own!" Marvel Studios has revealed their first look trailer at a new spin-off Halloween "Special Presentation" streaming one-off event. Uh whoa a horror special from Marvel?! Sounds great. The official title is Marvel Studios' Special Presentation: Werewolf by Night and it seems to be an hour-long special connected to the MCU by introducing another new Marvel character - known as the "Werewolf by Night." The special stars the wonderfully talented actor Gael García Bernal as Jack Russell, a lycanthrope superhero who fights crime using the abilities given to him by a curse brought on by his bloodline. The cast also includes Laura Donnelly, Harriet Sansom Harris, Eugenie Bondurant, and Kirk R. Thatcher. It was also revealed at D23 that beloved film score composer Michael Giacchino is directing this, his first ever full-length directing gig after some shorts. This is such a wicked cool trailer for this - and totally unexpected from Disney?! Looks like it will be extra fun monster mayhem.
"Catch it on the big screen!" Sony debuted a 15-sec spot for the upcoming theatrical re-release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has been dubbed the "More Fun Stuff Version." As we all know, No Way Home first opened in December 2021 and made tons of money because it brings back the two other Spider-Men using the Multiverse concept (spoiler! but we all knew it). Apparently many fans thought this movie was too dark and moody and depressing, expecting more fun high school stuff, which isn't as prevalant since the series has evolved. But Disney caved to their demands and has added 11 minutes of "fun stuff" footage back in for this theatrical re-release starting September 2nd. Why now and not in December again? I guess it's the only time theaters have extra space as the fall gets very crowded with new releases. Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker, with Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, J. B. Smoove, Martin Starr, J.K. Simmons, along with the legacy villains Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, and Alfred Molina; plus appearances by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. I don't know, I think the movie was fine as it was.
"Have I not given everything?!" Another big San Diego Comic-Con reveal! Straight from Marvel's Hall H presentation comes the first teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, still set to open in theaters worldwide in November later this year. This is the highly anticipated sequel to the incredible Black Panther movie, with the challenge of figuring out how to continue following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who is still beloved as the original T'Challa. It seems this sequel will honor his death and hasn't recast him (yet), allowing the story of Wakanda to continue with the Wakandans trying to figure out how to protect their country. The ensemble cast for this one Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Tenoch Huerta as Namor of Atlantis, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Angela Bassett returning as Ramonda. There's a hint at the end of this that maybe they have found a new T'Challa. But they also must battle the blue-tinged Atlanteans, too. Have a first look.
"Whether you like it or not, you're now a superhero." She's green, she's big, and she can kick your ass – in court. Another trailer reveal during Marvel's Hall H presentation (in addition to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) is the second official trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, their next streaming series coming to Disney+ in August. Jennifer Walters navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk - she's apparently Bruce Banner's cousin. The new series introduces Walters, played by Tatiana Maslany, who struggles to balance her own life as a green-skinned superhero and her job at as a high class attorney. It also co-stars Ginger Gonzaga, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Jameela Jamil, along with two other Hulk stars: Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth (who became "Abomination" in the The Incredible Hulk movie from 2008). This looks a bit better than the first trailer, though still rough around the edges and the CGI doesn't work in every shot. But this looks fun.
"I am Groot!!" Marvel revealed the official trailer during San Diego Comic-Con for a new streaming series titled I Am Groot, a wacky anthology CG series premiering on Disney+ this August. Another spin-off with a Marvel character getting his own show on Disney+, why not? Each of the five shorts follows Baby Groot as he grows up in the galaxy, going on adventures with new and unusual characters that get him into trouble. Vin Diesel reprises his role as the voice of Baby Groot from the MCU movies, along with Bradley Cooper as Rocket. I Am Groot was originally announced back in December 2020. "A hero of few words returns." Groot first appeared in Marvel's Tales to Astonish #13 in November of 1960, and was originally an invader that intended to capture humans for experimentation. This looks like it will be amusing, but is there really so much they can do with a simple tree character that only says one line over and over and over? I guess so.
Landing in theaters worldwide this July is the 29th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Love and Thunder. It's the second MCU movie this year, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever still due in November. It is also the fourth solo Thor movie, following Ragnarok from 2017. Love and Thunder is once again directed by Taika Waititi, who brings his comedic style back to the story of Thor Odinson as he contemplates his place among the Gods. Natalie Portman's return has generated much curiosity, mainly due to her surprising reveal as The Mighty Thor, but Christian Bale joining as the antagonist has also raised expectations tremendously. With Waititi at the helm again, will Chris Hemsworth and company be able to deliver a better movie than Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? [A spoiler free review.]
"This ends here and now!" Disney has revealed another new 60-second TV trailer for Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder, landing in theaters in just a few weeks in the middle of this summer. This next Marvel sequel is directed by Taika Waititi following his fantastic Thor: Ragnarok from 2017. The God of Thunder is on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg (!!), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth back as Thor, Taika Waititi as Korg, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karen Gillan, Russell Crowe as Zeus, Sean Gunn, and Chris Pratt as Star Lord, plus a few other Guardians. I'm so excited for this movie! Can't wait to see it soon. Should be a blast this summer.
"In Gods We Trust!" Let's go! Disney has debuted the full-length official trailer for Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder, the next big Marvel sequel directed by Taika Waititi following his fantastic Thor: Ragnarok from 2017. The film finds the God of Thunder on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg (!!), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth back as Thor, plus Taika Waititi as Korg, Natalie Portman who finally gets into the action, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karen Gillan, Russell Crowe as Zeus, Sean Gunn, and Chris Pratt as Star Lord. I am SO glad they let Taika make another wacky Thor movie because this looks absolutely fabulous in every way, shape, & form! Hilariously original comedy along with some crazy twists and turns in the story. This is going to be a blast.