8 Marvel Rumors That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong




Hindsight is always 20/20, especially when it comes to Marvel and The Avengers. When you look back on all the events leading up to these cinematic endeavors, everything can seem so obvious in retrospect. Like, how could you not see it? Alas, when it comes to film reporting, nobody can know all the facts at the time. When you hear some saucy newfound rumors about the latest superhero blockbusters, you often have to run them with — aware of the fact that these headlines might be complete bogus, but never knowing for certain until you’re seated inside the theater and watching the film unfold.

Alas, we should admit upfront that nobody is perfect. Whether we reported on these facts or not, there are always rumors that seem too good to be true, and we find out the hard way that they were total fiction. It would take some time to track down all the false stories out there about the Marvel movies, but there’s no denying that some rumors are not only false, but totally weird when you have the benefit of time.

These are just a handful of the movie headlines that amusingly proved to be falsified after Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to a close this summer. Like we said, we could spend quite a few articles breaking down all the stories floating out there that weren’t totally true. But we’re highlighting these ones in particular to show you how, more often than not, several of these rumors seem silly when you know what really goes down.

Agent Phil Coulson Would Become Vision (The Avengers/ Avengers: Age of Ultron)

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before he became a significant posthumous motivator for the team in The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was often the guy in the suit representing S.H.I.E.L.D., giving orders and providing fleeting moments of exposition for the audience. He’s a guy who didn’t have a whole lot of stake in the action, until Joss Whedon gave Gregg a more well-rounded character who promptly came to a tragic end.

His death wasn’t long-lived, however. He came back for the long-running ABC series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which helped chronicle the events that happened outside of the movies in the MCU. And he also played a supporting role in the prequel Captain Marvel earlier this year. Before the show or this movie was released, however, there were some folks wondering how Marvel might try to bring back the character. Because people believed Agent Coulson wouldn’t simply stay dead, and one wild rumor that was floating around the interwebs was the possibility of Phil Coulson turning into Vision.

Granted, this rumor was quickly proved false when Paul Bettany became Vision, which made sense because he was already the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. since the first Iron Man movie. But that didn’t stop the rumor mill from churning, though even Clark Gregg addressed the ridiculousness of this rumor during an interview with ComicBook.com. Nevertheless, for some folks out there, there is a timeline where Coulson walked around with that little yellow dot on his noggin.

Captain America Dies At The End of Civil War (Captain America: Civil War)

It was expected there would be major consequences after the events of Captain America: Civil War. It wasn’t clear what exactly was going to go down, but it was clear that something big was going to happen. Things weren’t simply going to go back to normal. We didn’t know how major these events could end up being, but there was no way that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers ended their spat by simply patching things up and being friends again. The events of this particular blockbuster would spark devastating blows. For some folks, there was a big chance that Captain America would lose his life.

According to the report from Geek.com, the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, were considering shooting two separate endings for the film, one of which would involve Captain America dying. Granted, this one makes some deal of sense, only because the comic that inspired this tale saw Steve Rogers being assassinated shortly after it concluded. But for a franchise as hugely expansive as the MCU, it’d be an extraordinarily gutsy decision to end things on these terms. The Russos revealed in a Q&A, however, that this much-hyped ending was not only something they didn’t shoot; it was barely even considered.

Mar-Vell Being Star Lord’s Father (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2)

One of the biggest lingering mysteries of the original Guardians of the Galaxy was, “Who is Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father?” As we saw at the beginning of the original film, the half-human/half-alien galaxy saver didn’t exactly belong on Earth or any real planet of his own. There was the lingering desire, like the character, to know who was the distant patriarch for this character. Alas, before it was revealed to be Ego, the Living Planet, there were quite a few rumors floating out on the web, with one of the biggest rumors to be found was the possibility that Peter Quill could be related to Mar-Vell.

It should be noted that A) Mar-Vell is the correct spelling for this particular character and B) we are obviously not talking about Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson in a later movie. Marvel Comics’ Mar-Vell is a Kree supersoldier who was the first person to take on these superpowers in the comics, before an accident passed them over to Carol Danvers. Alas, it did not take too long before writer/director James Gunn denied these rumors. A female version of Mar-Vell would later be played by Annette Bening in the Captain Marvel movie.

Scarlet Witch Is The Villain And Working With Thanos (Avengers: Infinity War)

The Marvel movies typically carry a number of twists and turns, and the company prides itself on not letting spoilers come out in an untimely fashion. It’s hard to know for sure what is going to happen in the multiplex, and those surprise and thrills are often what make those movies into giant money-makers. In the heat of speculation for Avengers: Infinity War, there was one rumor floating around which would’ve been pretty bizarre if it came true: Scarlet Witch being revealed as a villain, then subsequently teaming up with that big meanie we know as Thanos to get the remaining Infinity Stones.

This rumor would certainly require some rigid explanation, since it was apparent that Scarlet Witch was fostering a loving relationship with Vision throughout the movies. Sure, it could’ve been a show, perhaps some complicated way of acquiring the Mind Stone lodged in Vision’s head, but it seems like it would’ve been more likely that she was the hero rather than the villain. And ultimately, it was apparent after these two Avengers movies that she wasn’t secretly hiding any villainous intentions. Unless something happens in WandaVision on Disney+ that makes her question her continued devotion to goodness, we should be able to push this rumor in the false camp pretty swiftly.

J. Jonah Jameson Is A Woman And Played By Veteran Actress Tyne Daly (Spider-Man: Far From Home)

Now, this rumor would’ve been a pretty interesting one if it were true. Before the big surprise during the end credits of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it was not clear if J. Jonah Jameson would have a place inside the MCU. There was also the question of if J. Jonah Jameson made it into the expansive cinematic universe, who would play the part? It wouldn’t be easy to step in the shoes of J.K. Simmons, the actor who made the role entirely his own.

So, what if instead of having another actor try to do a lesser version of his indelible work, they went in a total different direction? It’s certainly an interesting idea. But what would that entail? What if J. Jonah was a woman? And what if the role was played by veteran actress, Tony winner and six-time Emmy winner, Tyne Daly? This news was reported by International Business Times, and it is an idea that could’ve been interesting if it proven to be true, but it was revealed that the actress playing a new version of the character wasn’t in the cards for Marvel. Oh well. While this idea would’ve been a very interesting one worth exploring, it’s hard to complain if what we got in the last film.

Jason Biggs Would Play Scorpion (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Casting rumors can often fly out of any nook and cranny of the Internet. If you simply name an actor and a film, there is likely to be someone out there who believes so-and-so are up for this high-profile part. There are times when outrageous casting reports prove to be true (or, at least, actually in real consideration), and there are many others that are proven false. Nevertheless, this casting report might be one of the weirdest in cinema history.

Apparently, according to WhatCulture, there was a rumor flying around that Jason Biggs was in consideration for the role of Scorpion. While Michael Mando did briefly appear as Mac Gargan, he never became Scorpion proper in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and doesn’t appear like Biggs was ever even in talks for the movie. But it does make you imagine what that would be like, and it’s admittedly an image that’s hard to imagine. Nothing against Jason Biggs; he seems like a nice guy, but this casting would be very weird.

Tony Stark Learns Magic To Defeat Thanos (Avengers: Endgame)

After the cliffhanger at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, there were many people speculating what would happen next. Clearly the three hour movie would be an eventful one, and it would take some extreme measures for our disjointed heroes to restore balance and harmony in its fractured world. And since it was Robert Downey Jr’s final time playing the role of Tony Stark, it was expected he would play a big part in the character’s swift demise.

But how would that happen? Well, according to one theory reported by Den of Geek, it involved Tony Stark learning magic in order to gain the powers of Doctor Strange and beating Thanos for good. After all, Doctor Strange looked over all the options and he saw how it had to end. It’d make some deal of sense, therefore, that he might’ve seen another character learning his mystical art to bring everyone back and restoring the natural order of all good things. It wasn’t meant to be, however. If Doctor Strange looked at this option, he apparently realized that it ultimately wouldn’t work in the long run.

Tony Stark Has To Kill His Parents (Avengers: Endgame)

Like we said earlier, there are a number of ways one could predict things going down for Avengers: Endgame. Certainly, everyone and their brother had their own predictions for what would entail in this climatic fourth Avengers movie. But it’s hard to think of a bolder, darker turn-of-events for these heroed than to have Tony Stark kill his own parents in order to sacrifice the people that the iron-clad characters loves the most. Uh … well … yeah…

The logic (such as it is) would suggest that Tony Stark would need to get the Soul Stone, and the only way to do so is to obviously sacrifice a person he loves above all others. In this theory, which was also published by Den of Geek, it’s posited that this would require Tony to go back in time and kill his parents all before they were killed in the car crash. Frankly, it’s a very complicated and hard-to-follow theory that’s probably one the filmmakers never considered.

Obviously these are only a handful of the misleading rumors that’ve been spread about these Marvel movies. News seemingly comes from a variety of sources these days, and it can be hard to figure out what is accurate and otherwise until you are seated in the theater, watching it all unfold. It keeps a lot of people on their toes, including us media folk. But it also creates lots of kooky, hard-to-believe theories, especially in retrospect — as seen here. And we’ve already got a few theories cooked up for what might happen in Phase 4 and beyond. So, perhaps, this new cycle will just keep on spinning.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the latest updates concerning the MCU, and look through our handy guide to learn what’s coming in Phase 4 and beyond.

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Cate Blanchett Picks Her Favorite Marvel Movie, And It Isn’t Thor: Ragnarok

There’s a lot to love in Marvel movies, and a lot of Marvel movies to love. At this point, it seems like every actor in Hollywood, save Keanu Reeves, is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I for one have certainly wondered from time to time how many of the actors who haven’t had their careers taken over by the MCU actually play close attention to it. It turns out that Cate Blanchett is one star that does.

Blanchett played Hela in Thor:Ragnarok, but she’s also seen all the other Marvel movies, if only thanks to her kids, but she knows them well enough to know that her favorite in the series wasn’t her own movie, but rather Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

Cate Blanchett tells ET that she really excited for Natalie Portman and the news that she’ll be taking on the mantle of Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder. It seems that she really loves the fact that more women are taking on positions of power within the MCU stories, which may be why Captain Marvel is her favorite movie so far.

It wouldn’t have been that crazy if Cate Blanchett had said that Thor: Ragnarok was her favorite movie. Beyond the simple fact that she’s in it, it also was the first Marvel movie to have a woman as the primary villain, which was still a step forward for Marvel Studios.

Could we see the poular MCU villain face off against the new Thor? Blanchett either has no clue, or she’s playing coy. Either is possible.

It seems likely that, for anybody who loves to see women taking their place alongside the men of the MCU, the forthcoming slateof films  has a lot to look forward to. Beyond the next MCU movie, Black Widow, we’ll see The Eternals, which has an incredibly inclusive and diverse cast. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will have an important part to play in the next Doctor Strange movie, and she’ll also co-headline her own Disney+ series. The upcoming Hawkeye series will see the archer pass his bow onto a woman, and then of course there’s Natalie Portman’s return to the MCU as The Mighty Thor.

And then on top of that, there’s the fact that we know that Captain Marvel 2 is a movie that is coming. It’s not part of the upcoming Phase 4, but Kevin Feige did confirm at SDCC that it is coming. Perhaps it will become Cate Blanchett’s new favorite.

Marvel’s Shang-Chi: People Actually Think Simu Liu Is ‘Too Ugly’ To Play The Hero

Simu Liu has been on top of the world since being cast as Marvel superhero Shang-Chi. He’s been witty, self-deprecating, and — from here — very easy on the eyes. However, the Chinese-Canadian actor is apparently not considered very handsome to many people in China.

A video recently went viral, showing people on the streets of Beijing slighting Simu Liu’s looks and saying he may be attractive to Americans but he’s not up to the Chinese standards of beauty. The actor responded to reports — and he responded so well, it just served to prove he’s pretty much perfect inside and out. Fans are now flooding his mentions with compliments, so the sour lemon of the video is now officially sweet summer lemonade.

Asian Boss posted a video on the topic, starting by noting that both Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina were considered “very ugly” on Chinese social media. So the reporter hits the streets with a photo of Simu Liu to gauge the opinions of average people in Beijing.

One woman said he’s “quite handsome.” Another said “I’d give him a 6. … He’s just about average. I don’t think he’s considered handsome by Chinese standards.” Another would give him a “7.5,” but then said he’s not really handsome.

One harsh critic said he’d get a “3.5” because he looks “old” and “old-fashioned.” Another non-fan said she was surprised and “disappointed” to learn he’ll be the superhero, since they have more handsome Chinese actors for the role. Simu Liu looks all right to “foreigners,” one said, but Chinese people prefer men with a delicate face.

One of the men in the video said Americans and Chinese just have different beauty standards — he also said he thinks all Americans look the same, and figures Americans probably feel the same about Chinese.

All in all, it was a disappointingly shallow read on Simu Liu. (It’s disappointing when anyone is valued numerically. People are not movies to grade.) The video found its way to the actor, and he reacted with humor on Twitter, and thoughtfulness on Facebook.

That tongue-in-cheek tweet was met with the kind of responses you might expect — with fans lashing out at the video, joking “if it’s Opposite Day,” and complimenting his hotness.

He shared a lengthy statement on Facebook directly responding to the video, leading with a joke and getting into more serious territory:

I love that he turned this insult into an inspiring “teachable moment.” As Simu Liu wrote:

Good for him. It’s sad but not surprising when early conversation about a star is about his or her looks. Film is a visual medium. But it had to cut even deeper for Marvel’s first Asian lead superhero be derided for his looks by people from his own native China.

But, again, the upside is that this is giving many, many fans a chance to tell Simu Liu that he’s very handsome, but also has a dozen other great qualities to him — all shown off by his reaction to this “controversy” in China.

You can tell he’s been following the reactions, and appreciates the support:

I have no doubt Simu Liu will win over fans around the world.

China is the second biggest box office market in the world after the United States. I seriously doubt this early talk about Simu Liu’s looks will hurt Marvel’s take there when the movie comes out on February 12, 2021. It’s just like when someone does a man-on-the-street report in the U.S. and you disagree with just about everything people say. China is way too big a country with WAY too many people to let one opinion speak for everyone. Other early reports pointed to many Chinese fans being thrilled to see Chinese hero Shang-Chi played by a Chinese actor. Like anywhere, it’ll be a mix of positive and negative responses. Welcome to humanity.

Kevin Hart Is Getting His Own Superhero Movie

Before you, the audience, start dream casting who Hart might best fit in the DC or Marvel universes, his own superpowered film, entitled Night Wolf is a bit different. This new project is being described as a superhero movie combined with Meet The Parents, as the narrative will show what happens when a man meets his fiancée’s parents for the first time, only to find out that her father is a true blooded super.

The Mortal Kombat Movie May Have Found Its Liu Kang

Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular video game series of all-time and it previously spawned what many would say is one of the better film adaptations of a game ever made. However, that was over 20 years ago, and so it was no surprise when a reboot film was announced, and it may have just found its first star. Ludi Lin is reportedly in talks to take on the role of Liu Kang.

Ludi Lin played the small role of Captain Murk in James Wan’s Aquaman. Wan is producing the new Mortal Kombat movie. However, recently Lin also played the almost too perfect role of Lance in the Black Mirror episode “Striking Vipers.” Lance was a video game avatar inside a game which was clearly inspired by Mortal Kombat and other tournament fighter style games. It seems Ludi Lin was actually auditioning for Mortal Kombat with the role and didn’t even realize it.

Variety reports than Ludi Lin is in negotiations to play the role of Liu Kang, a Bruce Lee-inspired martial arts fighter who enters the Mortal Kombat tournament in hopes of saving the earth from an evil sorcerer named Shang Tsung.

Liu Kang is the hero of the original Mortal Kombat movie and is canonically the winner of the tournament of the first Mortal Kombat game as well. Having said that, the exact plot of the new movie is unknown, and considering how many characters have been added over the years and how many different games there have been, it’s anybody’s guess how important Liu Kang will be to this movie.

With Liu Kang apparently close to being cast, and the role of Sub Zero having already been set, it seems likely that other major Mortal Kombat names will find actors in short order. Characters like Johnny Cage and Sonja Blade, would be conspicuous by their absence if they somehow weren’t in the movie, so that seems unlikely. Writer Greg Russo has spoken about the difficulty of figuring out which characters to include in the new movie. There are so many different options available, and too many to include everybody, it seems likely that some fans’ favorite characters are destined to be left out.

The new Mortal Kombat movie currently has a release date set for March 5, 2021, which means it will likely begin filming sometime at the end of this year or early 2020.

Considering how popular the first Mortal Kombat movie still is with many fans, there are probably a lot of people anticipating this updated version. Hopefully, the new movie will have a killer soundtrack as well.

Why Disney’s Live-Action Mulan Is Facing A Boycott

Disney’s last two live-action remakes of its popular animated films have been massive box office hits with both making over $1 billion at the global box office. However, it looks like the company’s next big remake, Mulan, may have something of an uphill battle when it comes to success, as a movement has begun telling people to boycott the movie.

Liu Yifei, the Chinese actress who will play Fa Mulan in the movie when it is released next year, recently made a post to Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, where she seems to speak in support of Hong Kong police during the ongoing protests currently enveloping the nation. Her post translates to “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now.”

In response, those who feel that the protesters are taking on an oppressive regime and combating brutality themselves, have now begun to use the hashtag #BoycottMulan and take the actress to task for her comments.

The Hong Kong protests started in June in opposition to a bill that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China. That bill has since died, but the protests have continued as a fight for democracy. While they have been largely peaceful, there have been moments of violence recetnly. Earlier this week police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong’s airport. Some protesters did use force against police. It’s possible that this specific event was what Liu Yifei was referring to with her social media post.

It’s anybody’s guess at this point just how much steam a boycott movement could gain, or lose, over the next several months. Mulan isn’t hitting theaters until March, and by then all of this could be a memory. At the same time, the Hong Kong protests have no end in sight and if they are still going on in March, then the boycott will likely not have been forgotten either.

It’s also impossible to tell how many people will ultimately care. The number of people using the hashtag on Twitter is not inconsiderate, but the wider movie going audience around the world may not even be aware of the boycott, and so even if one happens, it may not make a dent in the box office.

Many of the boycott posts on Twitter make sure to tag Disney and ask them why their star is supporting brutality, so you can be sure the studio is currently dealing with this. The studio certainly doesn’t want any of this to reflect on the movie, so you can expect the marketing team to be trying to fix the optics of this situation. It will be interesting to see how Liu Yifei reacts to the reaction to her comments. Will she walk them back in any way to try to calm the upset fans?

Mulan hits theaters March 27, 2020.

The Disgusting Prop Jason Isaacs Couldn’t Keep From Event Horizon Because It Was Too Expensive

As an actor, some of your most memorable moments come from the many deaths you suffer on the stage or screen. For Jason Issacs, one such memory involves a particularly gory death from the cult classic Event Horizon, in which his character of D.J. is gutted and strung up over an operating table.

It was a scene so absolutely bloody that not only is it one of the notable deaths in the entire film, Issacs wanted to keep the replica of his own dead body! Submitted for your approval, the story below:

Leave it to the man who would later play Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise to come up with such a diabolical decorating plan. As if keeping a lifelike replica of yourself ripped open and bloodied up wasn’t chilling enough, hoisting it over the dinner table would be one hell of a conversation starter.

The short version of how Event Horizon dealt Issacs’ character into the great beyond is that even his position as the ship’s medic couldn’t protect him from the villainous Dr. Weir, played by Jurassic Park vet/fellow professional baddie Sam Neill.

As the hellish influence upon the derelict ship is in full swing at this point, Weir gets creative with his prey. Which means that D.J. is going to have some severely un-elective surgery executed on his person. While we can talk around the details all day, it’s undoubtedly a more visual experience, and we’ve got the footage for you below.

Note that there’s a fantastic shot of the prop around 02:21, but if you’re a big Jason Issacs fan, you can start watching the clip below as of 00:49 to get the full effect.

Admittedly, the scene behind this prop isn’t even the most traumatic for those who have watched or will embark upon watching Event Horizon, as this is a movie that included a scene merely referred to as “the blood orgy.” It’s part of how director Paul W.S. Anderson earned his horror chops, which would only grow with his origination of the Resident Evil franchise years down the line.

It’s also through commentary by Anderson on the Event Horizon DVD that tells a slightly different story about Jason Issacs’ request to obtain his prop corpse. Thanks to the internet, this information is also available for your perusal, along with some alternate shots of poor D.J.’s display in the medical bay. See for yourself below.

As Event Horizon just celebrated its 22nd anniversary, and the film has been recently announced as an Amazon series in development, Jason Issacs’ tweet remembering this odyssey into the depths of space and the bowls of Hell comes at the perfect time. While it was released to theaters as a box office bomb, the film did eventually gain a following on cable and home video among genre fans.

It was a long, but fruitful road for Event Horizon into the hearts of its fans, and it’s unfortunate that Issacs couldn’t commemorate that experience by showing his dinner guests where the replica of his own heart would lie in his prop body. Amazon, you may want to include some language in the contracts of your cast to stave off any upset in your new series’ cast ahead of time.

How The Good Boys Filmmakers Totally Avoided Answering Any Adult Questions During Production

All one has to do is look at the plot description of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky’s Good Boys and the inherent challenges are immediately understood. After all, raunchy comedies are easy when you’re working with adult actors; but a bit more challenging when your stars are just kids. In that scenario they are going to ask a lot of questions that are uncomfortable to answer, but the filmmakers had a system for totally avoiding them.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky at the Los Angeles press day for Good Boys, and during our conversation one thing we specifically discussed were the questions being asked on set that no adult ever wants to hear from a young kid. As you can see by clicking play on the video below, deflection was very much the name of the game, and simply letting the parents help the child actors when curious about some of the comedy’s more mature content:

As you would expect, stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon definitely did have questions about the assortment of adult material featured in Good Boys, and it basically took a quick learning process for them to understand that not all of their queries about the content were going to be fully addressed.

It was apparently really at the start of production when the lead actors were innocently asking about the more adult content, but as the filmmakers explained, that was something they made adjustments for fairly quickly:

In addition to having the parents readily available to field particular questions, another element that was working to the benefit of the Good Boys filmmakers was just the general atmosphere of a movie set and the way in which actors interact with writers and directors. Because of its disruption potential, asking too many questions is a tad on the uncouth side in production culture, and that helped tamper down the uncomfortable conversations. Said Lee Eisenberg,

Of course, in cases of extreme emergency there was also what could be dubbed “The Dumb Method,” as Stupnitsky explained:

The film, which co-stars Molly Gordon, Will Forte, Midori Francis, Lil Rel Howery, and Retta, is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Game Of Thrones Creators Might Not Write All Their Upcoming Star Wars Movies

However, now that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have hopped from HBO to Netflix, it’s possible this may impact how much work they’re doing on the Star Wars franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the men are currently writing the treatment for their Star Wars trilogy and are committed to fully writing at least one of those movies.

Beyond that, though, it remains to be seen if they’ll write the other two installments, as was the original plan, or if they’ll be involved with this arm of the Star Wars franchise beyond writing. When it was officially revealed they were tackling what was vaguely described at the time as a Star Wars film series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would also produce.

While you’d think that could still be the case even if they only end up writing one Star Wars movies, perhaps this deal with Netflix now prevents them from contributing as producers. Or maybe something has just shifted on the writing front where now that the men are partnered with Netflix, they have to divert some of their focus from Star Wars to the streaming service.

A source who spoke with THR said that Netflix’s brass were informed about David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ Star Wars schedule, but aren’t concerned, as they weren’t expecting the duo’s first output for 10 years. So with that mindset, one would think that these men would ideally have enough time to pen all three of these Star Wars movies, but perhaps enough things have changed that now they just want to get things rolling and then pass the proverbial ball off to someone else.

And let’s not forget that this isn’t the only new Star Wars trilogy officially on the way. The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson is also working on his own trio of movies that will move past the Star Wars legacy characters, similarly to what David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have planned.

There is also reportedly a Knights of the Old Republic movie being written by Avatar’s Laeta Kalogridis, and this could be the first entry of a new trilogy. It had been rumored that the Benioff/Weiss trilogy could be set in the Old Republic time period, but unless new information comes to light, it sounds like Kalogridis’ movie is completely separate from whatever it is they’re plotting out.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about what’s happening with Star Wars on both the big and small screens. In the meantime, find out what’s coming out to a theater in this galaxy for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark: 5 Stories From The Books We’d Like To See In The Sequel

Andre Øvredal’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is an absolutely wonderful adaptation of the book series by author Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell. Not only does it does a fantastic job weaving together the disconnected shorts from the source material, but it matches them with the classic and horrifying imagery with which they’ve always been associated. The only bad thing is that the single movie couldn’t fit in more of the terrifying tales – but that’s where a sequel comes in.

While the first Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark may have utilized some of the most memorable parts and images from the books – including shorts like “Harold,” “The Red Spot,” and “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!” – but there is still tons of material left to mine in a potential follow-up film. To bring this point to life, we’ve gone back through the Schwartz and Gammell trilogy to find five stories that we want to see in a second chapter, starting with a fan favorite:

Sam’s New Pet (Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones)

This one is so well-remembered by those who grew up reading the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books that it’s actually kind of shocking that it didn’t wind up making it into the first movie. It’s a classic urban legend, centering on a family that is in love with their new stray hairless dog rescued from the streets of Mexico – right up until they discover that it is actually a rabid, deformed sewer rat.

Similar to “The Red Spot,” this is a fairly easy story to adapt into any larger narrative, as all that’s required for set up is for a character to adopt a pet. It may start as your everyday cute movie dog, but the machinations of Sarah Bellow’s book could turn it into a total horror show (especially if a practically built monster is created based on Stephen Gammell’s illustration above).

Wonderful Sausage (More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

As far as terrible monsters go, there is some serious juice to be squeezed out of a butcher who makes delicious sausage from seriously messed up ingredients – not limited to pigs, kittens, puppies, and people. He’s a serial killer driven to homicide due to the demand of his business, and while it might be a bit tricky to include because of the restrictions on blood in PG-13 movies, he could also be a wonderful terror for Stella to face in a Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark sequel.

Making this one work in a follow-up story is a bit trickier, but perhaps Stella’s journey takes her to an entire fictional town brought to life from Sarah Bellow’s stories, and each establishment features its own taste of horror… including the local butcher shop. We’re not quite sure how the film might go about incorporating the sight of a severed arm holding a fork with a meatball on it, but given the work done in the first movie we’re not doubting the possibility.

“May I Carry Your Basket” (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

A big part of what makes “May I Carry Your Basket” such a great little story is that it starts in such an innocent place. Sam Lewis is a nice guy – a nerdy chess player – who finds himself out late one night, and sees an old woman in the cold. All he wants to do is help by carrying her basket, but instead he is treated to the sight of a very active decapitated head that jumps out and bites him on the legs.

This is really built as a jump scare story, but much like the creation of The Jangly Man from “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!” there is a lot of potential to expand in a film adaptation. Perhaps the subject of this story could be Stella’s dad, played by Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris, as he is certainly painted as a genuine guy in the first Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. This could be a great way to both deeply illustrate his character in a sequel, and get him in on the horror action.

The Girl Who Stood On A Grave (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark)

Some of the best shorts in the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark come packed with a sweet ironic twist, and this one is no exception. At first you fully expect that the girl who is dared to plunge a knife into a grave is going to suffer at the hands of some kind of reanimated corpse – but instead it’s really her fear that ultimately kills her, as she doesn’t realize what’s holding her back from running away in terror is that she unknowingly stabs the knife through her dress and pins herself to the ground.

The specific operations of the story in a Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark sequel could potentially change the way that “The Girl Who Stood On A Grave” is adapted, but it would be pretty amazing to see it used as a big final scare – kind of like the opposite of the final moment in Carrie. It would feel fresh, while also being a nod to one of the greatest moments in horror cinema history.

The Wolf Girl (Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones)

The fact that Stella is on the road and leaving Mill Valley, Pennsylvania at the end of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a nice wide open door that could really allow the sequel to pick up anywhere. And while it’s the last story we mention in this feature, the subject of “The Wolf Girl” could inspire a pretty scary opening.

Taking place along the Rio Grande, this is a simple story about a girl raised by wolves basically since birth, and particularly thanks to Stephen Gammell it’s a great big screen monster opportunity (just imagine the creature in the top image corralling a bunch of wolves to attack the protagonists while sitting around a campfire). Guillermo del Toro certainly loves his practical effects and makeup, and seeing The Wolf Girl brought to life would surely be both a treat for him and for us.

Is there a short from the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books that we didn’t mention but that you would love to see in a possible sequel? Hit the comments section below with all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions, and stay tuned here on CinemaBlend as we continue to cross our fingers and hope for a follow-up to get the green light following its strong opening weekend.