With the release of Avengers: Infinity War, it’s the perfect time to check in on the wide world of superhero movie news. From Marvel to DC to Pixar and beyond, we’ve rounded up the biggest superhero movie news April had to offer.
X-Men and Deadpool Won’t Join The MCU – Yet
With the announcement last year that Disney will buy out Fox, many were excited about the prospect of Disney acquiring the film rights to popular Marvel characters that have been under Fox’s control, such as X-Men and Deadpool. Finally, Wolverine would be able to grace the screen alongside Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers.
Comic book fans in particular realized how much this would open up both franchises, as some of the great comic plots come from the overlap of all of Marvel’s mightiest heroes.
Fans will have to wait a while longer, as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told The Playlist it will take several years before this could happen, and it won’t happen during MCU phase 4, as Disney’s buyout of Fox won’t be finalized until an estimated summer 2019.
Maybe there’s hope for phase 5?
New Venom Trailer Reveals Tom Hardy’s Transformation
Sony has released a full trailer for Venom giving us our first appearance of the iconic symbiote.
This new take on Venom is a bit out of left field. It seems to exist in a universe all its own, detached from its superhero, Spider-Man. It features the attempted revival of director Ruben Fleischer, who hit the ground running with Zombieland and then stumbled dramatically with Gangster Squad. And, oh yeah, it stars Tom Hardy, who seems to relish the art house and the dramatic blockbuster.
Now that the new trailer has appeared, things are making a bit more sense. This take on Venom seems to be the halfway between Sam Raimi and David Cronenberg; a late 80s mashup of grisly horror, big time thrills and just the right amount of camp.
Anti-hero and villain superhero movies are a rare and tricky thing, so it’s tempting to cheer on Venom if only for its audacity.
Marvel Searching For A Female Director To Helm Black Widow
Avengers fans have long been waiting for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow to get a standalone film of her own, and Marvel is finally working to make it happen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has been actively searching for a director for the film, and is considering female directors including Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom).
During a recent appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Scarlett Johansson spoke about a Black Widow film, saying, “The only way to do it would be if it were something that we’ve never seen before that was really groundbreaking and incredibly badass. I think if anyone could make that happen my boss Kevin Feige could. He’s a visionary.”
Feige’s vision for Black Widow includes hiring Jac Shchaeffer to write the script (she penned The Hustle, a gender swap remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to be released this summer), and the effort will be supported by Thor: Ragnarok executive producer Brad Winderbaum.
Rumor has it that the film’s plot will feature Black Widow living in the U.S. 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, as scooped by That Hashtag Show. Sounds pretty juicy – let’s make it happen, Feige.
Aquaman and Shazam! To Screen In Panoramic Format, First Footage Released At CinemaCon
Warner Bros. has announced that its upcoming DC Comics films Aquaman and Shazam! will screen in a 270-degree panoramic format called ScreenX, following the recent success of the Dwayne Johnson headliner Rampage in the format.
Set for release in December, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as the titular king of Atlantis, reprising his role from 2017’s Justice League.
Director James Wan confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the story will revolve around the sibling rivalry between Aquaman and his brother Orm, a villain known as Ocean Master, played by Patrick Wilson. DC villain Black Manta is also slated to appear, with the first footage of the film confirming this released at CinemaCon.
Meanwhile, Shazam! is set for release in April 2019. CinemaCon also revealed that Wonder Woman 2‘s storyline will be set in the 1980s and the film will be released in November 2019.
Christina Hodson Replaces Joss Whedon On Batgirl, Female Director To Helm Harley Quinn Project
After the departure of Joss Whedon as writer-producer-director of Batgirl, the film seemed in jeopardy and fans wondered if Warner Bros. would move forward with the project that Whedon had championed.
However, there is good news for Batgirl fans, as Warner Bros. has chosen Christina Hodson, writer of the forthcoming Bumblebee movie, to script the film.
In other DC movie news, Deadline reports that director Cathy Yan has been selected to helm an untitled Harley Quinn project that may be the rumored Birds of Prey movie. The film will be executive produced by Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie, who produced and starred in the Oscar-nominated I, Tonya.
M. Night Shyamalan Debuts First Glass Footage
For those that haven’t seen Shyamalan’s Split, read no further. We’re about to get into spoiler territory.
All good? Great. If you saw Split, you know that the end revealed a not-so-subtle link to Shyamalan’s first “superhero” movie, Unbreakable. Early for its time, Unbreakable was a twist take on the genre that asked what if Superman was a regular guy?
Now, Shyamalan is combining his best impulses as he mashes up bonafide horror — James McAvoy’s terrifying monster-man from Split — with a superhero story for a sequel to both Split and Unbreakable called Glass. The first footage of the Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, McAvoy starrer debuted at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Set to be a “grounded superhero movie,” Glass will feature Willis’ invincible man facing off against both a beastly McAvoy and the sinister villain Mr. Glass, played by Jackson in Unbreakable.
Though the film is set to be reserved, Jackson’s response in the Hollywood Reporter to the title was anything but: “It’s about time I got the title role in my own [expletive] movie.” If that doesn’t get you excited about Glass, I don’t know what will.
Spider-Man Is Leaving The Boroughs
There goes the neighborhood. In a surprise move, New York’s finest superhero will be taking his web-slinging overseas in the forthcoming Spiderman: Homecoming sequel, Slashfilm reported. After seeing him tear it up in Leipzig in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker will sling webs and make quips in London and beyond.
The ever tight-lipped Kevin Feige—Marvel movie architect and mastermind—didn’t go further into specifics, but the possibilities are limitless.
Incredibles 2 Is Tracking To Open With $110 Million
The Pixar machine is basically a money-printing outfit at this point. On top of making heartfelt, inspiring and beautiful movies for kids and adults alike, Pixar has the uncanny ability to draw out crowds in a big way. Their lowest opening weekend movie, The Good Dinosaur, still brought home $39 million. Most studios would kill for that kind of opening.
Now, Incredibles 2, Brad Bird’s 14-years-later follow-up to one of the greatest superhero movies ever, is slated to have one of Pixar’s biggest openings ever on May 15. It will be a big day for Pixar and superhero movies alike, as Incredibles is one of the few homegrown superhero franchises that didn’t come from a preexisting medium. Incredibles 2 is tracking at a cool $110 million, $40 million more than its predecessor.