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Most actors go through a lot just to get a coveted role. They might have to audition several times for a single part, competing with other actors who are also eager to land the role then waiting for weeks for a callback. However, Simu Lui didn't have to wait too long to become a Marvel Cinematic Universe star. The Kim's Convenience actor actually got the lead role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in only three short days.
Lui was introduced as Shang-Chi at the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Interestingly, he admitted that the casting happened rather quickly.
"I was cast on Tuesday. I screen-tested on Sunday in New York. This is the craziest, craziest dream," Lui told the audience.
That's right, Lui was screen-tested on the Sunday before SDCC and was immediately cast as Shang-Chi three days later. That means that Marvel Studios had found their Shang-Chi just four days before the Hall H panel.
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While it might seem like things are happening so quickly, Lui had actually been pushing for the role for several years. The Fresh Off The Boat star had looked back at his previous tweets asking Marvel for an Asian superhero (via Buzzfeed).
The MCU film will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and will also star Awkwafina in an undisclosed role. Tony Leung had been cast as The Mandarin and this time, we're getting a real Mandarin and not just an actor pretending to be the Marvel villain (we still love you though, Ben Kingsley).
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is scheduled for release on February 12, 2021.
Related: Black Widow Reveals Official First Look At Taskmaster Fighting Natasha Romanoff
People have been wondering if Taskmaster will be the major villain in Black Widow. Although there have been rumors and set sightings, there hasn't been anything official to confirm that Anthony Masters will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe flick. Luckily, we now have our first official look at Taskmaster in action.
The image was shared by Marvel Studios' Director of Visual Development Andy Park following the Black Widow footage reveal at Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Take a look at Park's tweet below.
Check out this 1st reveal of the keyframe illustration I did for the Black Widow film... & TASKMASTER!!! #blackwidow #taskmaster @MarvelStudios #scarlettjohansson pic.twitter.com/c4504e6BEu— Andy Park SDCC 4604 (@andyparkart) July 21, 2019
"Check out this 1st reveal of the keyframe illustration I did for the Black Widow film... & TASKMASTER!!!" Park wrote, tagging Marvel Studios in the post. He also added the hashtags #blackwidow, #taskmaster, and #scarlettjohansson.
That is definitely looking good and it should be enough to get people all hyped up for Black Widow. The illustration seems to depict the epic fight between Natasha Romanoff and Taskmaster that was glimpsed briefly in the film's footage that was screened at the Marvel Studios SDCC panel.
Interestingly, the Black Widow footage hinted at Taskmaster's connection to Nat. The fight between the two did more than just showcase their skills; it also looked like their moves actually mirrored each other. Could this confirm that Taskmaster taught Nat everything that she knows?
Needless to say, we can't wait to see more of Taskmaster as well as the other characters like Yelena Bolova in Black Widow.
Black Widow is scheduled for release on May 1, 2020.
Related: Loki Series Will Reveal What Happened To Tom Hiddleston's Character After Avengers: Endgame
We're getting more weirdness in 2020. Doom Patrol has just been renewed for a second season and the quirky DC series is set to premiere in two different platforms next year.
The renewal was confirmed at the DC Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and it's certainly welcome news for fans who have been concerned about the show's future (via Screenrant). Interestingly, it was also revealed that Doom Patrol Season 2 will air on DC Universe as well as HBO Max, the new WarnerMedia streaming service that will launch in early 2020.
There's a good reason why people were worried about Doom Patrol Season 2 being cancelled. After all, Swamp Thing was cancelled right after the premiere of its first episode and production for the second season of Titans has been halted due to a tragedy. Although we're still hoping for some good news about the two other DC Universe shows, we're just relieved that we haven't seen the last of the delightfully weird Doom Patrol.
So what can we expect in the second season? The previous season finale already dealt with Mr. Nobody, Ezekiel the Cockroach, and Admiral Whiskers. However, it might be time to learn more about Niles Caulder's daughter Dorothy Spinner.
The series stars Brendan Fraser as Robotman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer as Negative Man, and Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder. It's still unclear if Alan Tudyk will return as Mr. Nobody in the second season.
Doom Patrol Season 2 has not been given an official release date but is expected to premiere on DC Universe and HBO Max in 2020.
Related: Zack Snyder Reveals Army Of The Dead First Look With Dave Bautista
We already know that Loki is coming back in his own Disney+ series but will the show actually serve as a prequel to the God of Mischief's early days? The answer is, not exactly. As it turns out, the Loki we'll see in the highly anticipated Marvel series will follow the Loki that got away in Avengers: Endgame.
The premise of the Loki series was revealed at the Marvel Studios panel at Hall H in this year's San Diego Comic-Con (via Comicbook.com). Instead of following a young God of Mischief, the show will reveal what happened to Loki after he escaped the Avengers after the Battle of New York.
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In Endgame, three of the Avengers (Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Scott Lang) went back in time to the Battle of New York to retrieve the Tesseract and Loki's sceptre. Unfortunately, things don't turn out too well for Tony and Scott when Alexander Pierce stepped in to take the Space Stone. Although they managed to create a distraction, the confusion also allowed Loki to get his hands on his favorite Infinity Stone and escape with it.
Personally, I thought that the scene in Endgame was going to be an excellent way to bring back the Loki who tried to rule Earth in the first Avengers movie. It would be interesting to see if he eventually grows more fond of humans in the series.
Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role in the Loki series, which is set to premiere on Disney+ in Spring 2021.
Related: Natalie Portman Wields Mjolnir In Awesome Thor: Love And Thunder Photo From SDCC
There are so many awesome surprises at the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, from the introduction of Simu Lui as the new Shang-Chi to the interesting direction that Doctor Strange 2 is taking. However, one of the biggest announcements was the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who will debut as the new Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Taika Waititi, who has been confirmed to direct Thor 4, was the one to make the announcement at SDCC. Waititi revealed that a female God of Thunder will be introduced in Love and Thunder. “For us, there’s only one person who could play that role and she’s here,” he said as Portman walked on stage. He then presented her with Mjolnir and you can see the awesome photo below.
I’ve thought a lot about it. I couldn’t decide if I was more excited about Love and Thunder or Fantastic Four. But Jane Foster Thor is coming first, so I can let myself be more excited for that right now.
Jason Aaron’s Thor run is the best. Absolutely read it. pic.twitter.com/ofB2TCNNO6
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) July 21, 2019
Portman herself had a cheeky explanation to why she's agreed to return in Thor 4. "I've always had hammer envy," she said with a smile.
The fourth Thor film is expected to adapt the plotline from Jason Aaron's graphic novel where Jane becomes the God of Thunder. However, a female Thor isn't the only thing fans can look forward to in Love and Thunder.
It was also confirmed that Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie will officially take over as the new King of Asgard and she will be out looking for her queen. This means Valkyrie is also the first LGBTQ superhero to lead in a Marvel Cinematic Universe flick.
Oh, don't worry, Chris Hemsworth is also in the film although we're not sure what he will be doing since Thor's previous occupations are now taken.
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled for release on November 5, 2021.
Related: Mahershala Ali Got Himself Cast As Blade In MCU Reboot
You loved (and hated) him as Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes in Luke Cage and now you'll love him even more as the Daywalker. Mahershala Ali is the new Blade in the surprise Marvel Cinematic Universe reboot that was announced at San Diego Comic-Con and it wasn't hard to get the role. All he had to do was ask.
Kevin Feige revealed to Associated Press that finding the new Blade was fairly easy. The Marvel Studios president admitted that Ali simply asked about the reboot and everything just fell into place from there.
"We are huge fans of [Ali], he wanted to come in and meet soon after he won his second Academy Award which was an honor. And within ten minutes, he basically was like, 'What's happening with Blade? I wanna do it.' And we went, 'That's what's happening with Blade. Let's do it,'" Feige said.
Now that's how you flex those Oscars. Ali won his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Moonlight in 2016. This was followed by another win for the 2018 film Green Book. Needless to say, this man can play any character he wants in the MCU but he chose to be a vampire (or half-vampire, I guess).
Blade was originally played by Wesley Snipes who has been very vocal about wanting to do more films where he could play the character. It is still unclear how Snipes feels about Ali's casting.
The Blade reboot has not yet been given an official release date. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
Related: Jeremy Renner Shares Hawkeye TV Series Teaser From SDCC 2019
Fans who were not able to attend the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con can only see the logos for the upcoming projects. Luckily, Jeremy Renner wants everyone to enjoy the Hawkeye TV series promo that debuted at Hall H this Saturday. The Avengers: Endgame star shared the video for his new Disney+ series on social media.
Renner posted the video on his official Instagram account. Check it out below.
View this post on Instagram What an amazing event to be a part of tonight at SDCC ... @marvelstudios @marvel #hawkeye #katebishop #?? A post shared by Jeremy Renner (@renner4real) on Jul 20, 2019 at 9:53pm PDT
"What an amazing event to be a part of tonight at SDCC," Renner wrote, tagging Marvel Studios and Marvel Entertainment. He also added the hashtag #hawkeye and #katebishop.
The possible Hawkeye TV series has been something that people were speculating about even before the premiere of Endgame. Although fans were hoping that Kate Bishop would be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the show, it looks like we'll have to wait until the series airs on Disney+ to see Kate in action.
The premise of the Hawkeye TV show is still a mystery. Nevertheless, it is possible that the series will show Renner's Clint Barton training the young Kate to be his successor. It is still unclear if other MCU characters will show up in the show.
Hawkeye has not yet been given an official release date. Likewise, the actress who will play Kate Bishop has not yet been announced. Nevertheless, the SDCC panel confirmed that the new series will premiere on Disney+ in Fall 2021.
Related: James Gunn Addresses Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Snub At Marvel SDCC Panel
There is little doubt that San Diego Comic-Con 2019 had an exciting Saturday, thanks to the several announcements at the Marvel Studios Hall H panel. However, some fans were understandably disappointed that the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was not mentioned as one of the upcoming Phase 4 projects. Luckily, James Gunn has explained why his Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel was snubbed at SDCC.
A fan reached out to Gunn on Twitter to express their support for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Slither director immediately responded with a hopeful message. Take a look at his tweet below.
Sorry to disappoint. Guardians Vol. 3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first. ❤️ https://t.co/gFodDqiDvl— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 21, 2019
"Sorry to disappoint. Guardians Vol. 3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first," Gunn wrote.
It has already been confirmed that Gunn will need to complete work on the DC Extended Universe film before he could start production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The good news is, The Suicide Squad is already expected to begin filming by early next year so it won't be long before Vol. 3 gets made. In addition to that, Gunn has already finished the screenplay for the third Guardians film so it could begin production almost immediately.
The past year has been truly crazy for Gunn when he was fired from the MCU film. However, Marvel and Disney have reinstated him as director of GOTGV3 earlier in 2019. Needless to say, we can't wait to see his new films soon.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 does not have a release date yet. The Suicide Squad is scheduled to premiere on August 6, 2021.
Related: Black Widow SDCC Footage Description Teases MCU's Biggest Mystery
Zack Snyder might not be at San Diego Comic-Con but he has a good reason for skipping the event. The Justice League director has just confirmed that he is still busy working on his new film Army of the Dead and has shared the first official look at the cast led by Avengers: Endgame star Dave Bautista.
Snyder shared the image on his Vero account as a way to explain his SDCC absence. Check it out below.
"Couldn’t make it to #SDCC2019 because we’re busy killing zombies," Snyder wrote. He added the hashtags #AOTD and #Firstlook.
That certainly looks like a solid team you don't want to mess with especially if you're a zombie. It's also great to see Bautista is getting more awesome roles before working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Needless to say, we're already looking forward to this new Netflix film.
The official description for Army of the Dead reads as follows:
“The adventure is set amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.”
The movie will star Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Chris D'Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, Samantha Win, Theo Rossi, Huma Qureshi, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rich Cetrone.
Army of the Dead is Snyder's first directorial work after 2017's Justice League. The film is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2020.
Related: Zack Snyder Reveals Deleted Justice League Scene Of Wonder Woman Killing Steppenwolf
There is little doubt that Marvel Studios dominated at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday with its huge announcements about its upcoming projects. However, the most anticipated part of the Hall H panel was for Black Widow, which is set to be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe flick after Avengers: Endgame (and Spider-Man: Far From Home). Not surprisingly, the Scarlett Johansson movie didn't disappoint as new footage was screened and it teased on one of the MCU's biggest mysteries.
The Black Widow SDCC footage is not available online (surprise, surprise) but here's an awesome description of what was shown at SDCC.
The footage opens with a montage of Natasha Romanoff in her other Marvel films as she muses, “I used to have nothing. Then I got this job. This family. I was better because of it. I’ve made mistakes. I can’t go back.”
This is followed by the Marvel logo then a reveal of where the next scene takes place: Budapest. Nat walks into an old building with her gun drawn as a voice behind a door proclaims, "I know you're out there."
"I know you know," Nat answers as she enters. "Do you want to talk like grownups?" When she turns a corner, she finds Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) who also has her gun out.
"Is that what we are?" Yelena asks. The two begin a complicated exchange of guns as they try to take each other's gun before the fight finally begins.
It's a complicated fight that ends with the two choking each other but it quickly moves to a scene where Nat is pouring out some drinks. “Good to see you too, sis,” she tells Yelena. “You just had to come to Budapest, didn’t you?”
This is followed by a montage of action sequences that includes a motorcycle chase, a car crash, and yet another fight with a character that may or may not be Taskmaster.
So yes, it looks like we'll finally find out what happened in Budapest, that place that Nat and Clint Barton just can't stop reminiscing about. It's an exciting idea considering that it could mean that Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye will show up in the movie.
Black Widow is scheduled for release on May 1, 2020.
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