MarvelBlog News for September 19th, 2022
The fallout from the 2022 D23 Expo continues. Marvel took an online drubbing for its lack of massive reveals, but those folks missed the point. We just learned plenty about the future of the MCU. We’ll talk about a few highlights in the latest MarvelBlog News!
The Secret Invasion Update
I’m warning you right now that we will talk a LOT about the Secret Invasion Disney+ series before it arrives. Marvel has penciled this one into the lineup as the anchor product for MCU television. As such, it just matters more than the rest.
We’re talking about a service that already contains stories for Hawkeye, Captain America, and Scarlet Witch, among others. Secret Invasion will tie together several character arcs, including some from Marvel blockbusters like Captain Marvel.
Understandably, MCU fans have pored over every split-second video from the new trailer. As a reminder, here’s that clip:
The two new characters you couldn’t help but notice are the ones whose identities have come into focus. Olivia Colman, an Academy Award-winning actress, has hidden the details of her character. However, it’s now an open secret that she’s playing Sonya Falsworth.
Marvel fans just gasped at this, as it’s potentially a massive deal. In the comics, Nick Fury worked with the Howling Commandos, a group that included James Montgomery Falsworth.
I don’t think Marvel would choose the last name Falsworth as a coincidence. She’s likely the daughter or granddaughter of that character. By taking this approach, Fury would have a personal connection to Falsworth, which makes her disgust for his actions all the more devastating.
The other character is apparently entirely new. One Night in Miami’s Kingsley Ben-Adir will portray Gravik, who may or may not be based on a comic book Skrull named Granok.
Whatever way Marvel goes with the story, Gravik works as the rebel leader of the Skrulls and someone with an extensive history with Talos, Fury’s Skrull friend. Based on that trailer, Gravik probably isn’t friends with Team Fury. However, you never know who may work together by Secret Invasion’s end.
Is Deadpool 3 Coming in September 2024?
One of the hidden benefits of D23 is that Disney has firmed its upcoming release schedule. The studio announced a ton of new release dates for Marvel, Pixar, and Disney titles. So, now the producers can lock in the dates for principal photography.
The most intriguing tidbit is that Deadpool 3 is apparently shooting soon, possibly even by the time you read this. I say this because one of Disney’s release date updates involves Untitled Marvel Movie. It moved from February 16th, 2024, to its new target date of September 6th, 2024.
Many insiders believe that this project is either Nova or Deadpool 3. Since that date is two years from now, the timeline fits perfectly for Deadpool 3. Marvel would have more than 18 months to work on special effects and audience test screenings before Deadpool 3’s release.
Given the recent visual effects crisis in the industry, that’s a reasonable timeframe for this project. Keeping that in mind, Agatha: House of Harkness will also start filming in December. Production Weekly lists the project as shooting from December through May.
First, that’s an extensive shoot for a Marvel series, which makes me wonder about the episode. Second, Disney still lists a winter 2023/2024 release date.
In case you’re wondering why that is, movie CGI requires more time than television since big screens are more demanding. So they’ll show the CGI flaws more savagely. Third, I think the speculation comes down to fans wishing/hoping more than anything.
Still, some folks speculate that Madisynn could wind up in Agatha: House of Harkness. The demon story does need resolution, after all.
Jeff Loveness must have turned in a terrific script for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I say this because Loveness will apparently get the first crack at Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Writing the next MCU Avengers movie is arguably the best gig in Hollywood, and Loveness just snagged it.
Presumably, the scribe will work in tandem with Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of The Kang Dynasty. Marvel indicated during various panels that the events of Quantumania will tie directly into the next Avengers movie.
So, having the same person write both makes perfect sense. The intriguing subplot is that Cretton may not direct Avengers: Secret Wars. Recent rumors suggest that Marvel has its eye on another famous MCU director.
While these are just nebulous reports, at least for now, don’t be surprised if Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler ends up with the most prestigious gig in the MCU. I’m hearing he’s on the shortlist. Then again, I was hearing Penn Badgley as Reed Richards, and that’s apparently on hold.
Kevin Feige wants input from director Matt Shakman about who he wants in the First Family. Everything in the MCU remains in flux until filming begins. In casting news, Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola has joined the cast of Ironheart.
The timing of this means that Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola just filmed her scenes for Ironheart, which is performing principal photography as we speak. Also, a 20-year veteran of Disney animation recently posted this on his Instagram account.
Insiders are taking him at his word. So, I will, too. He will apparently helm an MCU animated series.
That hiring comes with intrigue, as Brian Kesinger’s bio on his official website emphasizes his Steampunk roots. So, is a 1602 animated series in the offing?
Finally, there’s this.
That’s all for this MarvelBlog News, have an excellent week Marvel fans