The collective Infinity Saga, which makes up the 23-film arc of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to date, concludes with Spider-Man: Far From Home. And while it may seem like Avengers: Endgame is the natural end to the Infinity Saga story, there’s enough in Far From Home to both wrap up that story and set up the future of MCU tales moving forward.
But one grand tradition that Marvel fans have grown to anticipate in the MCU movies will not continue with Spider-Man: Far From Home, and that’s the Stan Lee cameo. Of course, Stan passed away on November 12, 2018. And we had reported that Avengers: Endgame was intended to be Lee’s final cameo (he is spotted driving past the facility that “birthed” Captain America, shouting at soldiers that they should make love, not war).
But when the ReelBlend guys had a chance to speak with Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts about the making of his new sequel, co-host Kevin McCarthy asked if there ever was an early plan to include a Stan Lee cameo in the sequel, and Watts admitted to us:
And that makes sense. There’s real closure to Stan Lee appearing in Avengers: Endgame, and having that be his last on-screen appearance. That movie really does feel like the culmination to everything that began when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) stepped out of the shadows to discuss The Avengers Initiative with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). The Stan Lee cameos can’t last forever, and Endgame was the right place for them to conclude.
Also, I’m not 100% sure another live-action Stan Lee cameo would be able to top the AMAZING one that was included in the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This one makes me choke up, every single time.
The ReelBlend podcast conversation with Jon Watts is a home run. It’s completely non-spoilery, and can be heard in its entirety below. We will also have an episode that is loaded with spoilers posting AFTER the movie is out, so stay tuned for that.
Spider-Man: Far From Home may not have a Stan Lee cameo, but there are plenty of huge moments in the movie for die-hard fans. See for yourself when the movie opens in theaters on July 2.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been meeting up to do press once every few years for a Toy Story franchise project since the original Toy Story came out back in 1995. That’s nearly 25 years of talking about what it’s like to be Woody and Buzz on the big and small screens, and both men have a unique shared experience because of it.
However, you may be a little surprised to hear the two men are actually friends in real life. Toy Story 4’s Tom Hanks told CinemaBlend and other reporters ahead of the release of the movie that he and Tim Allen actually hang out a fair amount and pal around outside of work. Per Tom Hanks:
Still, Tom Hanks went on to tell reporters at the conference in Orlando that he’s well aware this relationship would never have been fostered without the common bond of Woody and Buzz.
Tom Hanks went on to talk about how when you are able to be a character in a Disney or Pixar movie, the character lives to infinity and beyond the work the actors put in to voice that character and bring it to life. Thanks to the Disney parks, those characters are bringing joy to families every day outside of the actors who play them.
It’s interesting to think about. Although Tim Allen was in a lot of family-friendly movies in the early nineties, for the most part, his character has been based around long-running and very popular TV characters. He currently stars in Last Man Standing, a show that was incredibly pulled from the cancellation grave in order to make more episodes.
On the other hand, Tom Hanks has enjoyed a long and prominent movies career with roles in a slew of different types of genres. If it hadn’t been for Toy Story, the two actors may never have really crossed paths, except for maybe polite exchanges at public events on occasion. Instead, they spend hours talking about all kinds of things.
Tom Hanks also mentioned ahead of Toy Story 4 that it was at Disneyland where he first pondered and realized how important Woody would be not only in the present, but for future generations. So the importance of the Pixar gig really does not seem to be lost on the actor.
The DC live-action universe’s tenure in theaters has been a fascinating one, as Warner Bros. is constantly changing its plan of action on the massive franchise. Things looked bleak after the poor performance of Justice League, although James Wan’s Aquaman showed that the DCEU was truly capable of. And the movie did so well that a sequel and spinoff were promptly ordered.
James Wan did the impossible with Aquaman, creating a rich underwater world and making a formerly laughable hero into a complicated and badass protagonist. As such, fans can’t wait for the sequel to arrive, and further expand Atlantis and its denizens. CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg recently spoke to Wan about the new horror flick Annabelle Comes Home, where Wan revealed that his next directing gig won’t be the Aquaman sequel– but another mysterious project. Check out their conversation below.
Those hoping to dive back into the deep with Arthur Curry and company (aka all of us) may be a bit bummed by this news. Because while James Wan is indeed working on Aquaman 2, he’s got another gig on his plate before returning to the DCEU.
James Wan’s comments to Eric Eisenberg at the Annabelle Comes Home junket line up with the reports we’ve heard regarding Aquaman 2‘s eventual production. When news of the sequel and spinoff first hit, it was believed that horror-infused movie The Trench would arrive before Aquaman‘s second solo flick. Wan’s involvement in the spinoff is unclear, so Warner Bros. could presumably bring in another director to helm The Trench, while Wan takes his time before returning for Aquaman‘s official sequel.
Not only will The Trench arrive first, but it may be “significantly” before Aquaman 2 hits theaters. As such, we might expect James Wan to take more than one directing gig before returning to his DC franchise. He confirmed to Eric Eisenberg that his next movie wouldn’t be a DC sequel, although he was purposefully cryptic regarding what that project will be.
While James Wan’s career began with his outstanding contributions to the horror genre, he’s since proven himself capable in bigger budget projects. Furious 7 has become one of the most beloved installments in the franchise, and then made a big splash at the superhero genre with Aquaman.
Annabelle Comes Home is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movie.
But you know what? I’m OK with it. Hell, I support it, and I plan to head back to theaters to see Avengers: Endgame for a fifth time, paying for a ticket out of my own pocket, because I, too, want this incredible superhero ensemble to be the highest-grossing film of all time.
Nothing changes in my life if Avatar remains the high-grossing film on the global charts. Avengers: Endgame can be very proud of the its $2.4 billion worldwide haul. The world will continue to spin, though it will spin around James Cameron’s orbit.
But as Avengers: Endgame barreled through box office records left and right, I’ll admit I became personally invested in the blockbuster’s quest to finally dethrone Avatar, for two reasons. First, I love Avengers: Endgame. It has become my all-time favorite movie, knocking John McTiernan’s original Die Hard out of the spot that used to be known as my personal favorite movie of all time. I grew up as a Marvel kid. Seeing all of these heroes on screen in a movie that, narratively, justified their team up? It was Geek Heaven.
Professionally, I also just consider the construction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be the most incredible, borderline-impossible achievement in terms of production, storytelling, continuity, marketing… all of it. It’s a delicate house of cards that should have toppled at some point over the course of 11 years. All credit to Kevin Feige and his miraculous team for pulling off the magic trick that has been the MCU. And no matter where it all goes from here, they will be able to point at the Infinity Saga and say, “For 23 movies, we did it. Here it is. No one can touch that.”
And I want that effort to be rewarded with the top slot on the worldwide box office charts.
Secondly, there aren’t a lot of movies that will have a legitimate shot at selling enough tickets to dethrone Avatar, which was a phenomenon in its day (and benefitted greatly from the increased price of a 3D movie ticket). If not Avengers: Endgame, then what? Possibly Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but after the performances of Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Last Jedi, that franchise isn’t a sure-fire bet.
Avatar 2? I mean, possible, and wouldn’t that be ironic?
No, I actively root for Avengers: Endgame because it feels like the only real shot we have at seeing the champ dethroned, and there’s something exciting about that. It’s also a golden opportunity for a movie I personally like to be in that top slot, so I’m invested.
And that’s why I’ll be going out this next weekend to drop down some ticket money to throw a little more support behind Avengers: Endgame. As support for the Russo Brothers, and their miraculous accomplishment. As support for Marvel Studios, and the world that they have created on screen. A world I have grown to love 3,000 And yes, to get my hands on this beautiful poster.
After nearly endless speculation from fans, the next Batman movie is finally starting to take shape. Robert Pattinson has been cast as the new Dark Knight, and if casting for the lead role has been done, then casting for every other role likely isn’t too far behind. A new rumor has surfaced that one actor who is contention for a role in The Batman could be Andy Serkis.
Serkis worked with Matt Reeves, the writer and director of The Batman, on the two Planet of the Apes films that Reeves directed, so it’s far from surprising that Reeves might want to bring in those people that he’s worked with before and knows he works with well.
The rumor comes from the Batman on Film site, which makes it clear that no decisions have been made and that, while two separate sources have apparently confirmed to them that Serkis is in the mix for a role, nothing has been decided yet. The only other specific detail that is mentioned is that the role Serkis is in consideration for is not a motion capture performance.
The obvious place to look to where Serkis might end up being cast is Batman’s Rogues Gallery of villains. Rumors have indicated that several different bad guys known to Batman fans might be part of the new film, which would mean several places for big names to strut their stuff as over the top comic book villains.
The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter have all been rumored to appear in The Batman. Honestly, Andy Serkis could potentially play any of them. Although, it has to be said that Serkis as the Penguin has a certain feel to it that seems right. The biggest hurdle to that idea is that the same report that reveals the Serkis rumor indicates the casting notice for Penguin is looking for somebody 20-40 years old, and Serkis is 55.
Still, that doesn’t mean that Andy Serkis couldn’t end up as Oswald Cobblepot. He’s generally portrayed as older than Batman and they can always make Serkis, or anybody else, look younger with makeup or CGI if it’s truly important that Penguin not be older.
There’s a good chance that whoever the villains turn out to be, and however many of them there are, they’ll all end up being actors that we know. Not every comic book movie role goes to an A-list name, but many of them do, and the bigger names that get cast, the more buzz the movie will produce.
Of course, any Batman movie doesn’t really need to do anything more than simply be a Batman movie to generate buzz. He’s DC’s most popular, and most successful, character when it comes to the big screen.
There was a time when Kevin Smith was one of the hottest young filmmakers on the scene. His debut movie Clerks was an indie movie darling and his followups like Mallrats and Chasing Amy were embraced by audiences even if they weren’t always critical successes. However, it’s been a while since any of Kevin Smith’s movies have been major hits with audiences or critics.
It seems that the idea that Kevin Smith’s movies aren’t good anymore is something that Kevin Smith has heard before. In fact, he’s even been told by some why this has supposedly happened, that his movies got bad after he started his family. For what it’s worth Smith doesn’t dispute that such a thing might have happened, he simply doesn’t care if it did. As the writer director recently said on Twitter…
It’s certainly true that many great artists have created their art by channeling their pain. Kevin Smith says that if that’s what he needs to make great movies again, he’s perfectly happy never doing that, because he’s happy with the life that he has now with his family.
Kevin Smith’s initial run of movies, the tangentially related Clerks through Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, helped build Kevin Smith a lot of adoring fans. However, his recent efforts, like Yoga Hosers and Tusk have largely…not done that. They may not be great movies, but there are very few directors who have never made bad movies.
However, Kevin Smith is still a very popular personality, he’s mostly still famous simply for being Kevin Smith. He spends his time recording podcasts and making live appearances. He’s also been directing a significant amount of television, including shows like The Flash and Supergirl.
We will have an interesting opportunity to see if Kevin Smith still has “it” coming up here very soon. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will see the return of the characters and the style that brought Smith to prominence in the first place. In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the title duo attempted to sabotage the production of a film based on their comic book superhero alter egos. Now, with the increased popularity of superhero movies and reboots, those characters are being rebooted, and so Jay and Silent Bob will once again try to stop the movie from happening.
If you’re one who believes that Clerks 2 was Smith’s last good movie, then maybe the issue is that he has particular skill with those sorts of movies and characters. He hasn’t made a movie in his “View Akewniverse” since Clerks 2, so maybe that’s all that has been missing all this time.
If the new movie works, that’s great, and if it doesn’t it sounds like the last person who is going to worry about it is Kevin Smith.
It’s been over two months since Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters, and blew the collective minds of the fandom. The Russo Brothers surpassed even Infinity War in regards to scope and box office appeal, and Endgame‘s wild events like the Time Heist and final battle resulting in a blockbuster that was begging to be re-watched. Plenty of fans did just that, helping the movie become the second most profitable release of all time, trailing just behind James Cameron’s Avatar.
But Marvel Studios is making one last effort to get that #1 spot in film history, and is doing so by re-releasing Avengers: Endgamewith additional footage. It’s a last push that will likely bring Endgame past Avatar‘s total profit, especially as it arrives just before Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters. Now Captain America himself is encouraging the fans to run back to theaters, as Chris Evans posted on social media:
Chris Evans’ may have hung up his shield for good with Avengers: Endgame, but he remains one of the MCU’s biggest cheerleaders. And he wants to make sure the hardcore fandom gets back in theaters to these this new version of The Russo Brothers’ massive blockbuster.
Chris Evans regularly uses social media to directly communicate with Marvel fans, as well as the general public. So when Avengers: Endgame‘s re-release date and emotional new poster were released, Cap took to Twitter to encourage us all to head back to theaters. Fans are eager for any information about the MCU after Endgame‘s release, and new footage and/or post-credits scenes could provide just that.
Avengers: Infinity War changed the MCU forever, when Josh Brolin’s Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life. Endgame picked up on that narrative, including a five year time gap. Ultimately the Avengers were able to snap everyone back into existence, but the shared universe is now repopulated with the vanished, and there’s no telling what’s to come next in Phase Four.
Indeed, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a complete mystery, as Kevin Feige and company are focused on the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home before, which will be the final installment in Phase Three. That’s part of what makes Avengers: Endgame‘s re-release so appealing, as it has the potential to tease the future of the franchise– especially when it comes to post-credits scenes.
Endgame surprised the fandom by not including any credits scenes. Instead, the cast of the MCU were given an epic curtain call. And when the credits stopped running, there was no extra scene tagged on. Instead, the movie’s ending was given the chance to sit with the audience.
As it currently stands, Avengers: Endgame is $30 million and change behind Avatar‘s total worldwide gross. And while it’s steadily been losing steam at the box office, the re-release will likely be the last step to possibly toppling that record. But with stars like Chris Evans helping to lead the charge, things may be looking up.
Avengers: Endgame‘s re-release will arrive June 28th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Our last MCU movie of the year drops into theaters next week when Sony and Marvel Studios open the anticipated sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. And fans around the world are incredibly excited to find out where their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man goes in the chapter after Avengers: Endgame. You know, where he had dusted, and then come back from the dead.
One man holds all of the secrets to Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jon Watts is back at the helm of this sequel, having directed Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And during the recent London press junket, Watts agreed to a lengthy sit down with the ReelBlend boys to dive into the details of this new movie. It was awesome
We broke the conversation into two segments. This one, above, is the NON-SPOILER section of the chat. You can listen to all of that above without having seen the movie. But SEE IT! Because in next week’s ReelBlend episode, we will have a deep-dive spoiler conversation with Jon Watts about all things Spider-Man: Far From Home, and you are going to want to listen to it.
Before we got to this week’s interview, Sean, Jake and Kevin break down the recent trailer for Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel that Stephen King wrote for The Shining. Have you seen it yet?
Kevin and Sean also caught up with Toy Story 4, and discuss whether it works or not, and where it falls in the ranking of the four total Toy Story movies.
The Blend game, this week, focused on the films of Danny Boyle. Part of this is tied to the fact that Boyle has a new movie, Yesterday, opening in theaters. But also, Danny Boyle is freaking amazing, and the more we are able to talk about his brilliant films, the better.
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I confess! I didn’t hate Netflix’s Murder Mystery. I liked it more than I expected to, anyway, since I’m not exactly an Adam Sandler fan. I do love Agatha Christie stories and whodunnit mysteries, though, just like Jennifer Aniston‘s character. I watched Murder Mystery after Netflix had already touted its own mysterious viewing figures, saying the movie had the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film.
Sure, most critics didn’t care for Murder Mystery, and several viewers felt the same. But I know I’m not the only one who didn’t mind spending an hour and a half watching this light summer stream, and many of us would return for a sequel.
Since Murder Mystery was apparently very popular (if Netflix’s figures were accurate) and the ending could be viewed as setting up a sequel, I can certainly see a case for Murder Mystery 2. Netflix could even make its own little Poirot-esque franchise out of Adam Sandler’s “detective” Nick Spitz. So here’s the case for a Murder Mystery sequel.
It’s Obvious Where Murder Mystery 2 Could Go Next
The ending of Murder Mystery found Adam Sander’s New York City police officer Nick Spitz and Jennifer Aniston’s hairdresser Audrey Spitz riding the Orient Express train. They got their tickets courtesy of Dany Boon’s Inspector Laurent Delacroix, who appreciated their assistance with (see: completely solving without him) the Monte Carlo murders. Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous novels, following detective Hercule Poirot.
So all Murder Mystery 2 would have to do is come up with another murder (or several) on board the train, and hopefully devise a different ending from both the book and the recent 2017 Kenneth Branagh movie, since most of us already know how that story ends. Both Nick and Audrey Spitz could continue to work together to solve cases, he as an officer with a much better chance of really becoming a detective now, and she with her background as an avid reader of murder mysteries.
This Could Be The Start Of A Whole Series
When movies do well, we tend to hear about sequels. Sometimes a sequel is forced, and just about studios seeing dollar signs, but in this case Murder Mystery could potentially launch a whole series of movies following Nick Spitz, Audrey Spitz, and even Inspector Laurent Delacroix with his perfect smoke rings. Kenneth Branagh has been talking about starting a whole Agatha Christie Cinematic Universe — and I am all the way down for that — and it’s been shown that there’s plenty of room in the murder mystery market for multiple movies and shows.
Series from Father Brown to True Detective, Grantchester, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Midsomer Murders, and many more have shown the popularity of this genre. Combine that with the mainstream popularity of Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sander and you have the makings of a light, fun, comedic franchise on your hands. It’s not going to be Citizen Kane, or even The Thin Man with Nick and Nora, but it could be fun.
Success tends to draw more famous people. Murder Mystery started as a project for Charlize Theron, and at one point names like Colin Firth and Emily Blunt got thrown around. They didn’t end up in the final movie, but with numbers like Netflix is touting, A-list celebs may want to stand beside Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in the sequel, with more names following for future projects.
It Would Probably Get Another Big Audience
No one can verify Netflix’s mystery figures, but I don’t doubt that Murder Mystery had a big audience. I do doubt, however, that Murder Mysterywould’ve made a ton of money in theaters. It belongs on Netflix, and so does a sequel.
According to reports, Murder Mystery was viewed by 30,869,863 accounts in its first 3 days. That would make it the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. The figures included 3,374,914 accounts in the U.S. and Canada, and 17,494,949 worldwide. Netflix confirmed the figures, without ever backing them up with any hard data, but added that the streamer only counts views if members finished at least 70% of a film. So that many people (reportedly) finished 70% of the film in the first three days.
I’m not surprised, and I think Murder Mystery 2 would also be a big draw. Both Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston have major name recognition and attract their own fans, and a movie on Netflix doesn’t require you to do much of anything but press play — assuming Netflix doesn’t just start it for you automatically. Plus, the first movie was only 1 hour 37 minutes long, and a sequel could be similarly brief. Since it’s playing at home, or wherever you stream, you don’t have to sit through commercials and previews. It’s an easy, breezy watch. Perfect for another summer’s streaming.
If Netflix Is Already In The Adam Sandler Business, It Might As Well Be In The Murder Mystery Business
Netflix loves Adam Sandler. Apparently he does well for the streamer, so execs keep investing in that relationship. His movies — from The Ridiculous Six to Sandy Wexler — are never popular with critics, but they have to be doing well with viewers for Netflix to keep making more. Sandler became the first major movie star to premiere movies on a streaming service like this, and his Happy Madison Productions seems very happy at Netflix.
Netflix reportedly has more than 139 million subscribers worldwide, and counting, so Adam Sandler’s projects are reaching a huge audience. With Disney+ on the horizon, Netflix has to be careful to focus on projects that its viewers want to watch. Whether you liked Murder Mystery or not, a lot of people apparently watched at least 70% of it just in its first weekend; if even half of those viewers return for a sequel, that’s good news for Netflix.
Jennifer Aniston said Adam Sandler was the only reason she signed on for Murder Mystery, after working with him in the com-com Just Go With It. If Netflix wants more from Sandler, and Aniston is willing to return for more movies with Sandler, then I think a Murder Mystery sequel could be a good use of Sandler’s Netflix movie deal. It’s better than whatever else he’d be putting out!
If you’re curious to see the movie yourself, check out Murder Mysterynow on Netflix.
Avengers: Endgame hasn’t finished its theatrical run, and is looking for one final box office boost by jumping back into theaters with new material this weekend. However, if you can’t make it back out to the cinema for one final look at the epic climax of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you won’t have to wait too long to be able to watch the movie as many times as you want.
Today Marvel announced that Endgame will be released on Digital HD July 30, followed by a Blu-Ray release August 13, and it’s got a lot of bonus material, including six deleted scenes, and one that appears to dive deeper into the relationship between Tony Stark and his father.
The home release for Avengers: Endgame will include six deleted scenes. Most of them have vague titles that only hint at what they contain, like “bombs on board” or “Avengers take a knee.” However, one scene is called “Tony and Howard” and that one is pretty self explanatory.
It’s likely that there’s an additional scene between the characters of Tony and Howard Stark when Iron Man and Captain America time travel to the 1970s. If there is, it would make sense why it was cut, no additional scene was really needed, but since the movie (and largely the MCU in general) is a story about childrens’ relationship with their fathers, any scene that adds to that is worth seeing.
We’ve been told that the re-release of Avengers: Endgame that is hitting screens this weekend will include a look at one deleted scene, so it’s likely one of the six that will be included on the Blu-ray.
Other special features include featurettes dedicated to Stan Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Captain America, and Black Widow. They’ll also be a director’s commentary which is sure to be full of interesting information. And for those that love to laugh, a gag reel is also included.
Depending on how well the re-release of Avengers: Endgame goes, there’s a decent chance the movie could still be in theaters when the Digital version of the movie is released, if not the Blu-Ray as well. It shows just how big the movie has become. At this point we just don’t know when it will leave the big screen for good.
There is another 2018 date that’s important for fans of Endgame. December 11 has already been revealed as the date the movie will be released on the Disney+ streaming service. This may be the first big test of just how big Disney+ will become. How many people will want to own a copy of Endgame as soon as possible and pick up the Blu-ray? How many will wait and just spend $7 a month to simply be able to watch it whenever they want a few months later?