Has The Black Widow Movie Started Filming?

It’s a very exciting time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Endgame is getting deep into its theatrical run, breaking box office left and right. The blockbuster was an epic adventure that was deeply connected to the previous 21 movies, and it essentially wrapped up the Infinity Saga forever.

The MCU is showing no signs of slowing down, although its plans for the future are currently unclear. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the only upcoming movie with a release date, although there are a variety of projects developing at the studio. Chief among them is the Black Widow solo movie, which will finally give Scarlett Johansson’s signature Avenger the spotlight she deserves.

Fans have been eagerly anticipating Black Widow, especially as a strong cast was assembled to join Scarlett Johansson. Now it looks like that movie might already be in production, as a Twitter user revealed a potential shooting location outside Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. So should we expect the solo flick to be one of the first installments in Phase Four?

The future of the MCU is largely a mystery, as Phase Four’s slate of films haven’t been revealed to the general public. This was done in an effort to guard the secrets of Infinity War and Endgame, a task that grew increasingly difficult in the days leading to their respective releases. But now that Endgame‘s secrets are out and the spoiler ban has been listed, fans are looking to the future.

Of course, it’s important to note that the possible shooting location is not a guarantee that Black Widow is currently filming. In fact, David Harbour previously thought the movie would begin filming in June. So we’ll have to wait for an official confirmation.

The Black Widow movie has been a long time coming, so news that it might be in production is going to make the generations of Marvel fans very happy. Widow has been a supporting character in a whopping seven movie, Natasha Romanoff will finally take center stage in her own flick. But given the events of Endgame, it should be interesting to see how Marvel Studios approaches this project.

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. If you haven’t seen it yet, look away!

Black Widow had a strong outing in Avengers: Endgame. Following the time jump, it was revealed that Scarlet Johansson’s character was keeping Earth’s surviving heroes in communication. She helps devise the plan for the Time Heist after Ant-Man returns from the Quantum Realm, traveling to Vormir with Hawkeye to procure the Soul Stone. Natasha ultimately sacrifices herself to get the Stone, knowing she’ll help to bring back the dusted characters back to life.

Widow’s death was an emotional gut punch in Endgame, and it should be interesting to see exactly how Black Widow will acknowledge that, and continue the character’s story. Smart money says the movie will be a prequel, showing some of the title characters’ mysterious backstory and dark life as an assassin. Although since the multi-verse and time travel are also on the table, it seems like anything is possible.

CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things Black Widow, and you can see her in Avengers: Endgame— in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

IT Chapter Two Will Include Controversial Scene Cut From The Miniseries

IT is one of Stephen King‘s biggest novels, literally. Depending on the edition you read the novel clocks in at well over 1,000 pages, so clearly, not everything that takes place in the book will ever be in any version of the story adapted for the screen. The television miniseries from 1990 had to choose to leave some things out, but the upcoming sequel on the big screen will be including one major moment left out of the previous version.

Because IT the novel jumps back and forth in time, we see both the “present day” Derry and the one from the past both at the beginning of the story. In the present day timeline, the first vision of Pennywise the clown comes after a gay man named Adrian Mellon has just been the victim of a serious hate crime, a beating by three teenagers. While the TV version of IT left the moment out, the new film, IT Chapter Two, will include it. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman says the scene isn’t just memorable, but it’s also important…

Gary Dauberman’s description of the scene to THR might indicate a slight difference between the version on the screen and the version in the book. Dauberman says that Pennywise is hibernating, which would indicate he’s not actually part of the scene, but that his evil influence is simply being felt by those in the town.

However, in the novel, Pennywise is there. While the clown does not take an active part in the attack on Adrian Mellon, after his body is pushed from a bridge, Pennywise, or if we’re being specific, a clown, is seen with the bloody body in his arms.

It will be interesting to see how else the scene changes due to the way time has passed. One of the interesting things that the film version of IT has done is shift the time period, so the 1980s, which was the modern day for the novel, is when the first film took place, the sequel will see the main characters grown up in our modern day.

This moment is the very first scene in the modern timeline so it certainly does set the stage for what follows as Gary Dauberman said. It’s somewhat understandable that the TV version would leave it out, it would be hard to do the moment justice without showing it in all its violence, something television would have trouble doing now, never mind in 1990. The R-rated IT Chapter Two won’t have that issue.

The first trailer for IT Chapter Two was released yesterday, and it focuses on one scene, but a very different one. It’s not vicious and violent, but it’s creepy as hell. Check it out.

IT Chapter Two will hit theaters in September.

New Avengers: Endgame Trailer Goes In On Spoilery Content

Massive spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, look away!

Avengers: Endgame is going into its third weekend in theaters, and just continues to make insane box office numbers. The blockbuster has surpassed the gross of Titanic, and is currently the second highest earning movie in history. Endgame is showing no signs of slowing down, as the dense narrative warrants multiple viewings, especially from the hardcore fandom.

Co-directors The Russo Brothers officially lifted the Avengers: Endgame spoiler ban this week, after the film had two full weekends of showings. As such, the cast and crew have gotten a bit more chatty about their experience on set. And a new TV spot for Endgame is going ham on spoiler content, revealing tons of clips from the epic final battle. Check it out.

Holy HD footage. To this point, the only way you could watch Endgame‘s insane final battle against Thanos at the theaters. But this new TV spot will likely get tons of views, as it offers brief glimpses at the biggest battle in Marvel history.

The new Avengers: Endgame TV spot boast the film’s wild success and killer reviews. As praise for The Russo Brothers’ (final?) Marvel movie is shown in big letters, the audience is treated to exclusive footage from the lat conflict with Thanos. It’s a scene that brought every character imaginable, and some of the epic new team-ups appear in the new TV spot.

This latest Endgame commercial starts with familiar footage: we see the Avengers in their Quantum Suits, and assembled around a table at the Compound. But then the new clips start arriving, and they seriously deliver. To start, we see a clip from the moment where Marvel’s most badass female characters teamed up on the field. It’s a mind-blowing moment in the film, one that has erupted more than a few theaters into thunderous applause.

There’s also some brief shots from Avengers: Endgame‘s time heist. The survivors’ quest to assemble the Infinity Stones by stealing them throughout the MCU’s timeline was super ambitious, and one of the most fun and cameo-laden moments in the movie. Specifically, the new Endgame trailer shows some footage of the team who traveled back to the Battle of New York. We see Hulk’s confrontation with Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One, as well as the two Captain Americas facing off. Luckily, they both have America’s ass.

The latest Avengers: Endgame TV spot also includes some of the most epic shots of the entire film. After the dusted heroes are revived and joined the Avengers on the field, there’s an insane few moments of Earth’s forces running toward Thanos’ army. That shot and the battle itself are a big selling point in this new trailer, encouraging moviegoers to see it on the big screen one more time.

You can catch Avengers: Endgame in theaters now, and help it gain even more box office success. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movie.

Ryan Reynolds Knows They Can Make A R-Rated Cut Of Detective Pikachu From His Outtakes

Ryan Reynolds is best known as the foul-mouthed superhero Deadpool, but now he’s in theaters voicing a cute and cuddly little Pokemon who just happens to sound a lot like Deadpool. I certainly half expected little Pikachu to drop an F-bomb randomly in the middle of the new Pokemon movie just because he was voiced by Reynolds, and it turns out that sort of happened.

CinemaBlend had a chance to sit down with Ryan Reynolds and ask him if he thought about how fun it would be to just go ahead and make Detective Pikachu an R-rated movie, and Reynolds let our own Jeff McComb know that he actually recorded a lot of dialogue that would have been unsuitable for the PG-13 version of the film. According to Reynolds…

One can only imagine just how much fun a foul-mouthed Pikachu would have been. It certainly wouldn’t have worked for a lot of people, but the concept just sounds hilarious from the outset. If Reynolds really did let loose with the language on a regular basis as a way of clearing out his head, then there probably is enough content to create an R-rated version of the film.

Unfortunately, Ryan Reynolds wasn’t able to give us many examples of exactly the sort of thing that he said when he cut loose. Also, if you’re expecting to see an R-rated Blu-ray at some point, probably don’t. While Reynolds may have recorded some filthy dialogue, the animators certainly have no plans to turn those into actual scenes. As Reynolds tells us…

Since voice acting is usually all done before any animation is begun, there’s traditionally a lot of freedom given to voice actors to try different things in order to see what works best. Reynolds isn’t the first to use that freedom to go blue. You have to believe there are outtakes of Robin Williams and Don Rickles that Disney will never let us hear.

While we’ll never be blessed by a swearing Pikachu, the actual Detective Pikachu movie that we got is pretty funny even without the adult language. It’s in theaters now. To Hear Ryan Reynods’ complete comments to CinemaBlend, including one joke that he didn’t think would make it into the movie, but did, check out the video below.

To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Pokemon Detective Pikachu Ticket

Pokemon Detective Pikachu raising a magnifying glass to its eye

Whenever there’s a 3D movie presented to the public, it’s a fair assumption that it wants to be the very best, like no one ever was. So when Pokemon Detective Pikachu announced it was going into the third dimension, you could very well imagine that one of its causes, besides entertaining the masses and bringing Pokemon to live action, would be that very prospect.

But as we’ve seen in the past, ambition can be hobbled by slip ups here and there. So we naturally find ourselves asking that big question life likes to hand us from time to time: to 3D or not to 3D? If you want to see what we thought of Pokemon Detective Pikachu, you can pika pika your way over to our official review and read the rundown.

For now though, it’s time to slip on those classic black glasses, pour another round of coffee (extra shot, black as night, thank you so much) and see if Detective Pikachu’s big adventure is worth the extra ticket money, or if you’d be better off buying a coffee to help keep you buzzed through the film.

3D Fit Score


Taking one look at the trailers for Pokemon Detective Pikachu, you could see that the 3D could be strong with this one. Between the amazing abilities that Pokemon execute in battles and life-saving danger, and the world of Ryme City being so lushly drawn, there was no way that this was going to stay a standard 2D film for long. Putting the right post-conversion job on this film would make Pokemon Detective Pikachu a marvel to behold.

Planning & Effort Score


In the screening of Pokemon Detective Pikachu that I attended, there were definitely some flaws in the presentation. However, I’m not so sure they were on the Planning & Effort side of the house, as the visuals held up rather well. The biggest issue I ran into was, surprise surprise, the brightness of the picture. Since that’s a big variable that depends on the location you’re visiting to see a movie like Pokemon Detective Pikachu, I can’t lay that at the feet of the 3D crew; especially when the depth and projection of the film’s enhancements work so well.

Before the Window Score


While I would have expected more visual assets being thrown off of the screen and into the laps of the audience, Pokemon Detective Pikachu certainly doesn’t let the Before The Window quotient go to waste. There’s some pretty impressive moments of objects being pointed at the screen, and even some good Pokemon attacks that do manage to come at the audience in brief moments. The large battle in the third act particularly uses this aspect of the visual palette well, because there’s Pokemon flying into action, and towards the camera, for all to see.

Beyond the Window Score


Pokemon Detective Pikachu has an amazing amount of depth to be portrayed in its picture. From the streets of Ryme City, to the countryside and more natural areas of the film’s visuals, there’s not only clear spatial reasoning between characters and their environments, there’s an extra mile that lets the background go on for what feels like forever. Characters are also perfectly spaced from one another, so there’s no confusion as to who’s operating in which piece of the action.

Brightness Score


And now we come to the greatest stumbling block for Pokemon Detective Pikachu. As promised, it was the brightness score that threatens to sink the high of seeing Pokemon on the silver screen, in true 3D glory. Now this ultimately comes down to how well your theater maintains its projectors, both in switching between 2D and 3D screenings, as well as maintaining a healthy bulb life. In the case of my screening of the film, the brightness was turned down way too low, which dulled the colors being presented on the screen more than they would be by just slipping on the glasses. Your mileage may vary on this factor, and it’s suggested you see this 3D presentation in a theater you know to be maintaining their gear.

Glasses Off Score


If your eyes get tired, or your mind gets curious during a 3D film, you’ll want to slip those glasses off and see what the world looks like without the aid of polarized lenses. Which leads to you, the audience, seeing that classic 3D blur that folks have been talking about for ages. Usually, the blur means that the picture is being manipulated to a certain extent, in order to make everything more 3D like; and in the case of Pokemon Detective Pikachu, there’s a real good quotient of blur. Except for some scattered 2D aspects, which tend to be included to help anchor things down or give the eye a break, there’s a lot of blur to the picture. The backgrounds especially benefit from the blur, which more than likely explains the impressive depths of this film’s picture.

Audience Health Score


One major factor that knocks down the Audience Health score for Pokemon Detective Pikachu is the lack of brightness. When a film is this dim, you start to feel your eyes getting tired, and you might get crankier than a Psyduck without its spa music. But in addition to that piece of the 3D puzzle wearing on the eye, there’s a couple transitions that feel like they wonk out the 3D picture a little extra. A scene involving a commute on a high speed train is an example of where the eye will be confused, as the panning involved in that shot blurs things a little. You won’t get nauseous, but you might need to take your glasses off more than usual.

3D Fit Score 5
Planning & Effort Score 4
Before the Window Score 4
Beyond the Window Score 5
Brightness Score 3
Glasses Off Score 4
Audience Health Score 3

Pokemon Detective Pikachu is a beautiful movie to look at, with some impressive 3D elements that could be even more impressive if shown correctly. It’s hard to totally judge the 3D component, with a screening that was so dark as the one I encountered, but I’d be willing to say that it’s exciting enough to take a chance and see it in a theater you trust to be up to snuff. But if you end up seeing the film in 2D instead, just make sure the screen you see it on is nice and crisp, because this film deserves as clear a picture as possible.

How Will You See Pokemon Detective Pikachu?

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Jeremy Renner Shares Video Right Before Getting His Avengers: Endgame Mohawk

It’s been two long weeks since Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters, and the fandom is still recovering from the film’s myriad twists. The Russo Brothers meticulously crafted the blockbuster, connecting the story to myriad other installments and giving the original Avengers lineup significantly more screen time. This includes Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, who returned from his Infinity War absence with a fresh new haircut and penchant for murder.

Ahead of Endgame‘s release, there was a ton of talk about Hawkeye’s new mohawk. Play on words aside, Clint Barton’s new do has been turned into countless memes, and is already iconic in its own right. Now Jeremy Renner has shared a video from the movie’s set, revealing the moments before his mohawk was born. Check it out.

Way to cut out the big ending, Renner. This video shows Hawkeye moments before the new mohawk arrived. If only the actor knew how many jokes would come out of Twitter.

This new video, which comes to us from Jeremy Renner’s official Instagram, is a peak behind the curtain of Marvel Studios’ top secret process. Since the MCU is such a well-oiled machine at this point, it’s easy for the public to forget that the franchise is just full of regular people doing their job. This includes the hair and makeup team, who are tasked with creating each characters’ signature look. Cue the Hawkeye fade.

The contents of Avengers: Endgame were kept under wraps until the film’s release, with both the studio and Russo Brothers doing everything they could in order to guard the myriad twists. This means the cast must follow strict guidelines, with many actors not given full scripts or the details of scenes before filming. And videos needed to be kept under lock and key for years.

Now that Avengers: Endgame is going into its third weekend in theaters, the cast and crew are finally getting more chatty about the massive blockbuster’s contents. Co-directors The Russo Brothers officially lifted the spoiler ban after Endgame‘s second weekend in theaters, so social media and regular water cooler talk has really stepped up in regards to the myriad plot twists of the 22nd MCU installment.

With the spoiler ban lifted, cast members from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been slowly revealing behind the scenes look at Avengers: Endgame. Jeremy Renner wasn’t the only Avenger to snap videos from the set, with Chris Pratt posting clips from the film’s epic final battle. Plus, we’ve seen photos from the all-female Marvel lunch, which was apparently thrown by Robert Downey Jr. himself. Overall, it looks like Endgame was a blast to make–despite the sky high anticipation and pressure coming from the fans.

Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Dwayne Johnson Shares Jumanji 3 Set Photo With Karen Gillan

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a massive hit that ended up giving Star Wars: The Last Jedi more of a run for its money at the box office than anybody ever expected. Jumanji and Star Wars are now getting ready to go head-to-head once again as Jumanji 3 is set to go up against Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Dwayne Johnson recently shared a new photo of himself and co-star Karen Gillan which shows the pair in a brand new setting, a desert.

If you didn’t actually see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, then the title is still a pretty big give away that the last movie took place entirely within a jungle setting. Since we don’t know what the plot of the new film is, it’s been unclear how it would plan to differentiate itself from the last movie, and it seems that at least part of the reason is that the story will unfold outside of the jungle setting that Jumanji has been so closely related to .

Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram post shows sand as far as the eye can see. Other images that we’ve seen from production show the main cast in different outfits, including clothing that’s clearly meant to keep them warm, which would imply they also end up somewhere very cold. I assumed we’d see them in the snow, though it’s possible they could just end up at the desert at night.

Beyond that, the only changes come in the form of additions to the cast. Danny Devito, Awfwafina, and Danny Glover have been confirmed to be in the film, but their roles have not been revealed, so whether they’re real world characters, in-game characters, or any two of them combine to make up a single character inside and outside the game, is anybody’s guess.

Beyond the backdrop, the image doesn’t tell us much. It’s just two of our favorite characters from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle looking sufficiently badass, but really that’s good enough.

Karen Gillan herself responded to Dwayne Johnson’s post with some great comments. She says “Awkward teenage love and crime” is the name of her autobiography. Gillan also gets a very positive response from her current on-screen dad, Josh Brolin.

The only real question right now about the project is that the film began production only this past February, and with a December release date, the movie isn’t going to have a lot of time for post-production compared to your average blockbuster. While there weren’t necessarily a lot of digital effects in the last film, there were some, and it looks like the post production team may end up with a tighter than usual window for getting that work done.

Overall Jumanji 3, or whatever it ends up being called, is looking to be a lot more of the same fun that made Welcome to the Jungle a hit with audiences.The next Jumanji is set for release December 13.

James Gunn And Michael Rooker May Be Re-Teaming For Suicide Squad 2

James Gunn and Michael Rooker have already worked together once in the superhero realm through the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies. While Rooker’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is over, now that Gunn is also lending his talents to the DC Extended Universe, it’s looking like these two might get to reunite in Suicide Squad 2, a.k.a. The Suicide Squad.

According to The Wrap, Michael Rooker is currently in talks to play King Shark in Suicide Squad 2. He’s been a part of the officially-designated Task Force X in recent years, particularly during the New 52 era, and it was reported last week that he’s one of the characters that will make up the team when it returns to the big screen.

Jason Momoa Says Aquaman 2 Story Is ‘Locked’

Last year’s Aquaman finally got Warner Bros.’ DC film franchise back on the right track with a solid critical response and a massive box office performance. While the DCEU’s most successful movie to date won’t be getting a sequel until late 2022, work has already begun on Aquaman 2. In fact, they already know where the sequel will go because the story is locked down, as Jason Momoa explained:

Jason Momoa sounds quite enthusiastic about returning to the Aquaman role, and although he didn’t give any hints about what it would entail, he did reveal that the story for Aquaman 2 is already ‘locked.’ So although it is still years away, a plan is already in place for what will happen in the sequel to the $1 billion-grossing film.

It also sounds like the sequel could again be primarily focused on Arthur Curry’s story and maybe the relationship between surface dwellers and those above versus extraterrestrial threats. Aquaman was successful with this approach, and with DC’s relaxed stress on cinematic universe connectivity, it makes sense.

We’ve previously heard that Aquaman screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick was returning to pen Aquaman 2, and based on his comments on The Ellen Show, Jason Momoa worked with him to nail down the story. Now all that’s left is to translate that story into a script and turn that into a movie. There’s plenty of time to do that and producer Peter Safran indicated that the approach is to take that time to get things right.

Although Aquaman 2 is a long way off and the story could certainly change, it is encouraging that Jason Momoa can already say that it is locked down. That means that he and those involved have a certain level of confidence with where they want to take the story and the characters. Ideally, that also means that the locked story is a good one.

With Jason Momoa apparently having some input on the story of Aquaman 2, I’ll be curious to see how much of an environmental message it has. While on Ellen, Jason Momoa was promoting his Mananalu water, aluminum-canned water that is recyclable and an alternative to single-use plastic bottles that often wind up in the ocean. He’s really living Aquaman’s mission to protect the oceans and perhaps that message will find its way into the sequel film as well.

Regardless, there are plenty of directions the story of Aquaman 2 could go. Aquaman’s end-credits scene seemed to set up Black Manta and Dr. Stephen Shin as antagonists in the sequel, and there are of course other comics elements it could draw from as well. Whatever the story is, Jason Momoa will also have his beard back by the time we see it, which is probably for the best.

I imagine we’ve got a while to go before we find out what Aquaman 2 will be about, but hopefully before long we’ll hear whether or not director James Wan is returning, as that is still not entirely clear.

Aquaman 2 dives into theaters on December 16, 2022. However, a new Star Wars movie was just announced for that same date, so we’ll see if Aquaman 2 stays in that spot. For movies arriving just a bit sooner, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.

Disney Needs To Make A New Planet Of The Apes Remake, On One Condition

Planet of the Apes characters

With all the excitement surrounding Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar of late, it’s easy to forget that Disney’s collection of franchises recently got bigger thanks to the purchase of 21st Century Fox. Among the studio’s new acquisitions is the Planet of the Apes film series, and during CinemaCon last month, it was one of the Fox franchises that Disney indicated would continue on post-regime change, although there doesn’t appear to be anything in active development right now.

It’s been over 50 years since the first Planet of the Apes movie was released, and thanks to the reboot trilogy than ran from 2011 to 2017, the franchise has had new life breathed into it. I’m game for Disney delivering a new Planet of the Apes movie and would especially be interested in a remake of the original, but on one condition: it needs to be set in the same continuity as the reboot movies.

Most of you are probably saying right now that we’ve been down this remake road before, and it did not go well. That’s true. In 2001, after over a decade in development hell, Fox finally released a Planet of the Apes remake, which Tim Burton directed and starred folks like Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter and Paul Giamatti. It ended on quite the cliffhanger, and it was abundantly clear that just like the original did, Fox intended for this new Planet of the Apes to spawn sequels.

This Planet of the Apes proved to be a financial success, making over $362 million off a $100 million budget, but it was met with mixed-negative critical reception. Tim Burton declared he’d rather “jump out a window” then work on a sequel, and Fox eventually just shut down plans to continue this iteration of the franchise, paving the way for what would become Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Disney is certainly within its rights to press the reset button start on the entire Planet of the Apes franchise again, but that would be a mistake. The mythology crafted by Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes is too rich to toss aside, and it actually makes a more direct Planet of the Apes remake sound a lot more interesting than starting from scratch.

Fox was wise to move away from the traditional Apes canon and instead use the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy to look back on how Earth’s apes became super-intelligent and how humanity was almost wiped out and how the survivors started losing their intelligence. It was an interesting and more ‘realistic’ look at how an ape uprising would occur.

Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes

Now that the groundwork has been laid, and Caesar’s story has ended, we’re free to jump forward several centuries to see how ape society has evolved since Caesar led his followers to their promised land. Naturally it’ll look a lot like what was shown in the original Planet of the Apes movie, but naturally there’s also room to take some creative liberties in order to stand out from what’s come before.

If you’re not interested in retreading original Planet of the Apes territory, that’s fine, because Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes work perfectly fine on their own. There’s never a guarantee that origin stories do well, but both critically and commercially, these movies all succeeded, and I’d argue that this Apes trilogy is one of the best movie trilogies of all time.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that Disney would rather have the next Planet of the Apes movie have closer ties to War for the Planet of the Apes, perhaps by following Caesar’s son, Cornelius, as an adult. That would be fine, but in terms in terms of setting and aesthetics, we’ve gotten three movies worth of apes running around on a ‘normal’ Earth. Wouldn’t it be more interesting to instead see how they’re descendants are doing in a civilization that somewhat resembles what humans once lived in?

Think about it: we’re arguably more invested in the apes than ever now that we know their background. We watched over three movies as they rose from common animals to simians with human-level intelligence, and now humans are on their way to becoming as primitive as the apes once were. Now that their ‘origin story’ is out of the way, we can finally move forward and see how the fruits of Caesar’s labor led to the apes flourishing on this new Earth centuries later.

Naturally this paves the way for the original Planet of the Apes story to unfold, albeit with some adjustments to ensure it fits within this reboot continuity properly, such as the newest Cornelius (i.e. the one that Roddy Mcdowell played) being a direct descendant of Caesar. And naturally if Disney delivers a Planet of the Apes remake, that doesn’t have to mark the end of this iteration of the franchise. With all the money that Disney paid for Fox, you can be sure the company’s not going to bring Planet of the Apes back to the big screen for a one-and-done tale.

George Taylor in Planet of the Apes

The key difference, though, for any sequels to follow Disney’s Planet of the Apes remake is that outside of George Taylor coming to the future (Rise of the Planet of the Apes has a news report of the Icarus leaving Earth, and a later newspaper headline reveals the ship was lost), time travel would be incorporated. In the original Planet of the Apes film series, Zira and Cornelius were transported in time to the contemporary United States, and their son, Caesar, ended up the catalyst for the future his parents came from. It was a cyclical timeline!

That doesn’t need to happen in this version of the franchise. The apes became smart through exposure to a viral-based drug, so there’s no reason to go back to this period. Instead, we can focus on more on fleshing out this strange society even more so than the original Planet of the Apes movies did. Rather than eventually nuke the world, which is what happened in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, we can explore a different kind of aftermath from George Taylor’s presence, one that perhaps leads to human and ape relations improving and, over time, Earth returning to something more familiar.

Since Fox will now only be making five to six movies per year under the Disney banner, it remains to be seen when the studio will decide to tackle Planet of the Apes. Whenever that time comes, the studio would be better served piggybacking on what Fox delivered earlier this decade and presenting a Planet of the Apes remake through that lens as opposed to beginning completely anew.

Let us know what you’d like to see next from the Planet of the Apes franchise in the comments below. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for any updates on what Disney has in store for the Planet of the Apes, and for now, you can learn what movies are hitting theaters later this year in our 2019 release schedule.

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