Marvel’s Kevin Feige Wanted Tony Stark’s Death In Endgame To Be Just As Impactful As Logan

It was expected going into Avengers: Endgame that while those who were dusted at the end of Avengers: Infinity War would somehow be brought back, there would nonetheless be permanent casualties when all was said and done. Sure enough, Black Widow and Iron Man both perished during the course of Endgame, with Tony Stark meeting his demise when he channeled the power of the Infinity Stones to turn Thanos and his army to dust.

While speaking about Tony Stark’s death, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recalled how when planning out how the hero who launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe would fall, he and the Avengers: Endgame filmmakers looked to the death of Wolverine in 2017’s Logan for inspiration on hitting the right emotional chord. In Feige’s words:

Like Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was a superhero audiences watched in action for a long time, with Jackman’s tenure as the clawed mutant lasting nine movies across 17 years. Wolverine died at the end of Logan from wounds sustained during a battle with his berserker clone, X-24, and his final words were to his daughter Laura, telling her she doesn’t need to become a weapon like she was made to be. That moment definitely pulled at the heartstrings.

In his interview with Empire, Kevin Feige talked about when work on Avengers: Endgame started, he and the other creative minds wanted to deliver the “stakes and real emotion” that fans wanted after years of there being the sense that deaths didn’t matter in the MCU. They were committed “100%” to taking Tony Stark off the board, and by making Tony’s death just as impactful as Wolverine’s would help with sticking the landing.

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously said that Tony Stark’s fate in the movie was “destiny,” as Tony was a futurist who could not rest until he defeated the threat coming for humanity, Thanos. He finally accomplished that goal, bringing into existence the one successful future that Doctor Strange glimpsed in Avengers: Infinity War, and whether you find Tony death more emotional than Wolverine’s or not, you could feel the heartbreak as Tony’s allies and loved ones watched him die.

While there’s always technically the possibility that Robert Downey Jr. could return to the MCU years down the line somehow, Avengers: Endgame gave a fitting and emotionally resonant conclusion to Tony Stark’s journey. We’ll be revisiting Black Widow’s life next year, but Iron Man will not be gracing the big screen again anytime soon, if at all.

Which makes sense, as Phase 4 marks a new direction for the MCU. Sure we’ll be reuniting with other familiar faces in the coming years, like Thor, Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel, but we’re also meeting plenty of new characters, like the Eternals, Shang-Chi and Blade. Tony’s death closed one MCU door and opened up a new one, similarly to what Wolverine’s death did for the X-Men franchise.

Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD, and you can purchase a Blu-ray/DVD copy starting next Tuesday, August 13. If you’re interested about what’s next on the horizon for the MCU, look through our handy guide.

Quentin Tarantino Says His Last Movie Will Be ‘Epilogue-y’

Quentin Tarantino has promised for years that he only plans on making 10 movies, and with the recent release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Tarnatino confirming that the Kill Bill duology counts as one movie in his eyes, that leaves just one last theatrical tale left on the list. When we’ll learn what this final movie will be about is unclear, but Tarantino envisions it as feeling like an epilogue to everything he’s delivered before now. Tarantino said:

Quentin Tarantino commented on his still-to-be-revealed 10th movie during a Moscow press conference centered around Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (via The Hollywood Reporter). He didn’t provide any other details on what he’s cooking up, though one would imagine that privately, he at least a general idea of where he wants to go for this final cinematic outing.

So if Quentin Tarantino sees Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the show-stopper of his filmography, then this unknown 10th movie might feel like a smaller-scale narrative in comparison. Perhaps that means it could be something akin to Reservoir Dogs, the movie that kicked off Tarantino’s feature filmmaking career. One fun, albeit unlikely way he could deliver on an epilogue is if the story outright confirms that all his movies are connected.

There’s certainly no shortage of options for what Quentin Tarantino could churn out as his last movie, from projects he’s talked about before like Kill Bill Vol. 3 or Killer Crow, or something new for him like a horror movie or 1930s gangster movie. Whatever it ends up being, there’s one thing we can count on: it’ll feature over-the-top violence.

And then there’s Star Trek, which Quentin Tarantino has been a fan of for a long time and he became connected to in late 2017 when he pitched an idea to Paramount that The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith turned into a screenplay.

Quentin Tarantino said last month that if he were to direct this Star Trek movie, he’s debating about whether to officially label it his 10th and final movie, or to make an exception and direct it, then his 10th movie. Either way, given the scope of Star Trek stories, particularly the ones told in a cinematic setting, it’s hard to see that having an epilogue feel.

In any case, stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest updates regarding Quentin Tarantino’s career. For now, you can keep up to date in what’s hitting the silver screen for the rest of the year with our 2019 release schedule, and be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

A Blumhouse Movie Has Stopped Marketing After The Recent Shootings

A rash of mass shootings in America that left 34 people dead and dozens more injured in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio have dominated the headlines recently. Now, in the wake of these recent shootings and the tragic losses of life, an upcoming Blumhouse movie has stopped marketing.

According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is hitting pause on the marketing campaign for the studio’s Blumhouse release The Hunt in light of the recent tragedies. In a statement, a rep for Universal said that the marketing has been temporarily paused out of sensitivity and that marketing materials will be reviewed moving forward. It seems that there will not be any TV or digital spots aired for the film, nor will any outdoor advertisements be put up.

ESPN already pulled an approved ad for The Hunt last weekend, but a TV spot did air on AMC during the season premiere of Preacher. It seems that will be the end of the TV spots for The Hunt, at least for the time being, while Universal evaluates the marketing materials and decides how to proceed.

The statement from Universal said that marketing has been “temporarily paused,” indicating it could restart at some point, but for now everything is on hold. The Hunt will not be delayed though, as it’s still set to release on September 27. Films have been delayed in the past following mass shootings, like 2017’s Death Wish remake, which was pushed back following the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

The marketing halt for The Hunt makes sense given the content of the film. In a plot that will sound familiar to anyone who read Richard Connell’s short story The Most Dangerous Game in high school, The Hunt follows a dozen strangers who are kidnapped only to wake up in a clearing where they are being hunted by elites.

The trailer for The Hunt is really fun and it certainly looks like another Blumhouse hit, but it pits characters on opposite sides of the political spectrum against one another and features lots of weapons, especially guns, and shows people hunting other people for sport. So it would be understandable for someone to be upset by seeing that given recent events and it is therefore probably a wise move on Universal’s part to suspend marketing for now.

The Hunt comes from Craig Zobel, who previously directed Z for Zachariah. The film is written by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse, who is the son of Lindelof’s fellow showrunner on Lost, Carlton Cuse. The Hunt features a fun cast including GLOW’s Betty Gilpin, Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Justin Hartley and Ike Barinholtz.

The Hunt opens in theaters on September 27. Check out our premiere guide to keep track of all the movies headed your way this fall.

Why Ryan Reynolds Wanted To Make Detective Pikachu

Actors make movies for a lot of different reasons. Artistic calling, a desire to win awards, and giant dump trucks full of money are just a few of them. Ryan Reynolds spent years trying to get a Deadpool movie made that would let the comic book character say whatever he wanted. As it turns out, Reynolds success in doing so had a little something to do with his desire to voice the title character in Detective Pikachu as well. He says he wanted to make a movie that his kids could actually watch.

Ryan Reynolds is best known now for his pair of Deadpool movies. However, a quick look at Reynolds entire filmography, from movies like The Hitman’s Bodyguard to Life to The Change-Up, shows that while these films are all very different, they have one thing in common, an R-rating. Pokemon Detective Pikachu, however, is only rated PG, which means the actor’s kids can actually see, or at least hear, their dad in this one. According to Reynolds…

Ryan Reynolds has two kids with Blake Lively at the moment (with a third on the way) who are three and five-years-old. Needless to say, not only are they two young to watch most of Ryan Reynolds’ movies, it’s going to be quite some time before that changes.

With kids that young it’s difficult to guess how interested they’ll even be in Detective Pikachu, but it is certainly the case that this will be one of the first of dad’s movies they’ll be able to watch.

While Ryan Reynolds has joked that there enough outtakes of Detective Pikachu to make an R-rated cut, by sticking with a PG rating the movie has an incredibly broad audience. Pokemon has been popular for a long time. Many of those people who grew up with it are old enough to see an R-rated movie today, but Pokemon is still making new fans every day thanks to video games and anime, and Detecitve Pikachu is a movie new fans can love and old fans can still appreciate.

Based on the bonus features that come along with the new Detective Pikachu Blu-ray, where Reynolds makes these comments, it seems clear that pretty much everybody loved making Detective Pikachu while stars Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton were Pokemon fans from when they were kids, others, like director Rob Letterman, had kids who were fans.

Based on the success that Detective Pikachu had at the box office, it seems quite likely there’s more to come from this live-action Pokemon universe. We could see sequels as well as spinoffs focusing on other popular Pokemon. There are, after all, hundreds of the things to choose from.

ABC’s Ariel ‘Can’t Wait’ To Congratulate Halle Bailey On Little Mermaid Casting

It’s been a busy month under the sea. First, Disney announced that Halle Bailey of sister singing duo Chloe x Halle would be playing Ariel in the studio’s live-action Little Mermaid. Then this week, Moana actress Auli’i Cravalho was cast as the Disney princess in ABC’s Little Mermaid Live! coming in November.

The two Ariels were present at the same event, Variety Power of Young Hollywood gala, on Tuesday. Auli’i Cravalho showed her excitement to share the role with Halle Bailey in different Disney projects. Here’s what she told ET:

Halle Bailey may have received some negative internet backlash following the announcement (primarily regarding her skin color not matching the animation’s fair-skinned character), but she’s getting a ton more support! Auli’i Cravalho follows original Ariel, Jodi Benson, and the first non-white Ariel, Diana Huey, who have shared the excitement of her casting.

Do you think the two Ariels had a chance to meet? No pictures were shared if they did! It’s not often that two young actresses get cast as the same iconic princess in the matter of a month. Maybe they can practice “Part of Your World” together and Cravalho can impart some Disney princess wisdom on Bailey since the actress has already played Moana for the studio!

Disney fans will be seeing Auli’i Cravalho’s take on Ariel much before Halle Bailey’s. ABC’s Little Mermaid Live! will be the network’s first time airing a live version of a stage musical, following in the footsteps of NBC and FOX, which have produced popular musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, The Wiz, Rent, Hairspray, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music for television.

Cravalho will be joined by Queen Latifah’s Ursula and Shaggy’s Sebastian for the live affair. Back on the big-screen side of things, Melissa McCarthy will reportedly be playing the sea witch – though she’s playing coy about it. Other casting reports have One Direction’s Harry Styles as Prince Eric, Crazy Rich Asian’s Awkwafina as Scuttle, Good Boys’ Jacob Tremblay as Scuttle and Javier Bardem as King Triton.

The televised stage version coming on November 5, 2019 will hold over fans until the live-action release. That project doesn’t have a release date yet, but production is expected to begin in early 2020.

Michelle Williams Confirms Her Return For Venom 2

Earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Michelle Williams wasn’t sure if she’d be back for Venom 2, joking at the time that they’d have to pay her either way. But in the months since then, evidently Williams and Sony were able to work out a deal because Anne Weying will be around for Venom’s next cinematic adventure.

When Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock turned into Venom, eventually Anne Weying got dragged into his… let’s call them antics. She would soon learn about Eddie bonding with the symbiote, and while they weren’t romantically back together at the end of the Venom movie, Anne and Eddie were certainly on better terms. It’s unclear if Reid Scott, who played Anne’s new love interest, Dan Lewis, will be back for Venom 2.

Let’s also not forget that Venom also saw Anne Weying and the symbiote bonding during Venom, giving us the cinematic She-Venom and that memorable, yet super weird kiss scene. When asked by Yahoo about if Venom 2 would bring She-Venom back into the mix, Williams responded:

You can watch/re-watch Anne Weying’s brief time as a symbiote-powered individual in Venom below.

One thing we can count on happening in Venom 2 is seeing the emergence of Cletus Kasady as Carnage, who is also a Spider-Man villain in the comics, but arguably has a greater antagonistic relationship with Venom. The Venom mid-credits scene introduced Cletus in prison, with Eddie Brock going to interview him in prison and Cletus promising that when he escaped, there would be carnage. Very on the nose.

While Venom 2’s release date hasn’t been officially announced yet, it’s expected to come out on October 2, 2020 since Sony has blocked off that date for one of its Marvel projects. Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more news on how the sequel is coming along, but for now, head to our 2019 release schedule to plan your trips to the theater for the rest of the year accordingly.

Before Thor: Love And Thunder, Taika Waititi Has Another Secret Movie Coming

A few weeks ago, we learned that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi would be returning to the MCU to direct Thor 4, which we later found out would be called Thor: Love and Thunder. It seemed possible that would be his next directing effort, but that won’t be the case. Before he gets started on the film that will conclude Marvel’s Phase 4 slate, Taika Waititi has another secret movie coming.

Taika Waititi has a new project lined up at Fox Searchlight, the specialty division of 20th Century Fox now owned by Marvel Studios parent company Disney and also the studio releasing the filmmaker’s upcoming satire Jojo Rabbit. According to Deadline, the project is Next Goal Wins, based on the 2014 British documentary of the same name from directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison.

Next Goal Wins follows Dutch soccer coach Thomas Rongen as he attempts to turn the historically terrible American Samoa soccer team from perpetual losers into winners. The doc premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and went on to win the Best Documentary award at the British Independent Film Awards. Taika Waititi will adapt the doc into a feature script alongside Iain Morris.

The plan is for Next Goal Wins to shoot this fall before Taika Waititi dives back into the world of Marvel for Love and Thunder, for which he has already completed the script. You can check out the trailer for the Next Goal Wins documentary in the video below to see the story Taika will be working with.

Prior to the Thor 4 news, we thought that Taika Waititi’s next film following Jojo Rabbit would be the anime adaptation Akira at Warner Bros. Akira was supposed to shoot this fall, but unfortunately with Marvel wanting to get started on Thor: Love and Thunder early in 2020, the productions were too close together for Taika Waititi to realistically be able to do both.

So on the downside, Akira‘s stay in development hell gets extended once again, although Warner Bros. supposedly still wants Taika Waititi to circle back around to the project once he’s done Thor 4. But the silver lining is that we get not one, but two smaller movies from Taika Waititi in between his MCU outings, not to mention the episode of The Mandalorian he directed.

Next Goal Wins sounds like Cool Runnings with soccer and definitely seems to be a heartwarming and fun story that Taika Waititi can bring to new audiences with his own unique voice. Next up though is Jojo Rabbit, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

If you won’t be in attendance at TIFF, Jojo Rabbit opens in theaters on October 18. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the exciting movies, big and small, headed your way this fall.

Why The Kitchen’s Director Didn’t Have Her Leads Do Firearm Training

There are many ways that movies can use violence. Some use it for comedy and entertainment; some use it for shock and horror; and some use it to illustrate societal ills. If it’s something that is inherent to a narrative, it’s really up to any individual filmmaker how they want it to be portrayed. Take for example the new thriller The Kitchen. Given that it’s part of the gangster genre, violence is necessary to authentically tell the story – but writer/director Andrea Berloff took extra steps to ensure that it was never glorified, as I recently learned during the film’s Los Angeles press day.

Sitting down with Berloff for an on-camera interview, I asked about her personal philosophy regarding on-screen violence – particularly because of the way in which I noticed it was shot in The Kitchen. She explained that it was very important to her that the murder and mayhem portrayed in the film never reflect well on the characters, and that there were actually multiple steps taken behind the scenes to make sure that got across.

In The Kitchen, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss play the wives of three members of the Irish mafia who start up their own criminal outfit when their husbands are sent to prison. While they are characters who are aware of what their spouses do, they don’t have any kind of first-hand experience, which brings an extra logic to Andrea Berloff’s thoughts on her stars’ preparation.

Trying to avoid having her lead characters look cool holding a gun was only one way in which the writer/director went about un-glorifying violence in The Kitchen. The most gore-heavy action (such as body dismemberment) occurs off screen, and when shown, blood isn’t in great abundance. Andrea Berloff also revealed that there was a bit of tweaking done in the sound department during post-production.

If you find yourself flinching with every gun shot that you hear while watching the film, then you are behaving exactly as Berloff wants. As she explained, the sound mix for The Kitchen goes up a few decibels more than normal whenever a gun is fired, as the idea is that the moments make you feel uncomfortable and on edge… as you would if you heard a crazy loud gunshot. Said Berloff,

Again, being a mafia movie set in late-1970s Hell’s Kitchen there is a necessity to rack up a body count, but putting that front and center was never something that Andrea Berloff wanted to do with the film. Summing it up, she said,

You can watch Andrea Berloff discuss her philosophy regarding on-screen violence and its use in The Kitchen by clicking play on the video below:

Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Common, and James Badge Dale, The Kitchen arrives in theaters this Friday, August 9th, and we’ll have more from my interviews with the cast and director coming your way in the next few days.

Avengers: Endgame Writers Clarify Captain America’s Ending

Avengers: Endgame‘s release was back in April, and soon enough the rabid Marvel fandom will be able to get ahold of their own physical copies. DVD and Blu-ray copies are hitting stores in a matter of days, and plenty of new information about the blockbuster should come with the special features. Writers Christopher McFeely and Stephen Markus have been helping to promote the upcoming release, and recently clarified more information about Captain America’s twist ending.

The final scenes of Avengers: Endgame saw Steve Rogers become an old man, after living his life with Peggy in the past. It was a beautiful and emotional conclusion, but fans had plenty of questions about the timeline. One theory was that the current Steve Rogers was living during The Avengers’ adventures, watching a younger version of himself save the world. Now Markus has seemingly confirmed that, saying:

Touche. While it seems like the MCU could have the narrative, Christopher Markus believes that an older Steve Roger was alive during the events of the Phases One through Thee. Obviously he had to be sure not to interact with his younger self, although he did have some luck when still living as a younger man: the other Steve was frozen in ice.

Christopher Markus’ comments to Collider are sure to excite the Marvel fans who subscribed to this fan theory. Captain America’s happy ending was the final twist from Avengers: Endgame, allowing the character to finally rest and be reunited with the love of his life. It was a fitting ending, in stark juxtaposition to the sacrifices made by Black Widow and Iron Man in order to reverse the snap and defeat Thanos.

But the scene in question was relatively short, so there are plenty of questions and fan theories lingering regarding Steve Rogers’ final bow. Christopher Markus’ tenure at Marvel may be over, but he’s got an idea of how things went down for Chris Evans’ signature character. It seems that there were two Steves in the new timeline, with the other character staying in the sidelines. What’s more, it might indicate that was also at Peggy’s funeral in Captain America: Civil War.

The use of time travel in Avengers: Endgame should presumably have a ton of fall out in Phase Four and beyond. A major macguffin has been introduced, and the Avengers’ Time Heist is sure to have affects on various timelines. Loki’s escape created its own timeline for his Disney+ series, and Steve Rogers’ life with Peggy is a total mystery.

Avengers: Endgame will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 13th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Why Daniel Radcliffe Isn’t Interested In Doing Any Remakes

Can you believe Daniel Radcliffe has been making movies for 20 years now? It all may have started at the age of 10, but the child star has seen what some actors hope to see in a lifetime. He played one of the most iconic characters ever before turning to indie darlings such as Swiss Army Man, What If and Imperium. So when it comes to Hollywood’s recent order of business to recycle old ideas in new ways, he sees right through it. In his words:

The actor has stayed pretty clear of big-budget franchises since wrapping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011, but he did play the Igor to James McAvoy’s Victor Frankenstein in 2015, though that venture completely bombed. However, this comment certainly puts a bit of a damper on those excited about the Wolverine rumors the actor was the center of months back.

Daniel Radcliffe is still laughing off the situation months back that inspired some incredible fan art of him as the X-Men character. Here’s what he said in the Yahoo! Interview:

In a Wired interview earlier this year, he was given popular Google searches involving his name and answered them. One asked if he was the next Wolverine, to which he answered sarcastically – poking fun at the stark difference in his and Hugh Jackman’s sizes. Of course it went viral and some of his coworkers were led to believe he actually signed on to the role.

It’s true. In the comic books, Wolverine is actually stands at a stalky 5’3, which is quite close to Daniel Radcliffe’s height of 5’5. Hugh Jackman on the other hand is 6’2. But then again, Radcliffe or anyone playing the next Wolverine has some massive claws to follow. Jackman’s performance as Logan was just iconically incredible and I’d guess Marvel Studios isn’t jumping to step on the legacy he’s only just left for the character.

Kingsman and Rocketman actor Taron Egerton was the most recent actor to be at the center of Wolverine rumors, though he shot them down, saying he doesn’t know if he’s “quite grisly enough”. Although the actor showed an interest in joining the MCU, it’s easy to understand Radcliffe and Egerton’s lack of eagerness to cast themselves after Jackman’s role.