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    New Loki Featurette Spotlights Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Judge Renslayer

    Following last Wednesday’s series debut on Disney+, Marvel Studios has released a new Loki featurette for their newest MCU series, which gives the spotlight to Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Ravonna Renslayer, who was briefly introduced in the first episode. The video, which you can check out below, features some new footage from the upcoming episodes, highlighting Judge Renslayer in action.The new MCU character is a high-ranking judge in the Time Variance Authority, who has more to her than meets the eye. In the comics, Ravonna Renslayer has a romantic connection with Marvel villain Kang the Conqueror, who is also set to make his live-action debut in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and will be portrayed by Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors.RELATED: Loki Season 1 Episode 1 Recap & Analysis: ‘Glorious Purpose’Loki follows Tom Hiddleston’s fan-favorite God of Mischief as he gets arrested by the Time Variance Authority, after his escape with the Tesseract during Avengers: Endgame. The TVA, a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space, arrested him due to the damage he had done with the timeline. Now, he must willingly work with the TVA in order to fix the reality he broke or else face deletion from existence.Check out the featurette below:Joining Hiddleston are MCU newcomers Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Cailey Fleming, and Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane and Wunmi Mosaku.RELATED: Kevin Feige Teases Multiple Versions of Loki in the Disney+ SeriesLoki is executive produced and directed by Kate Herron from a screenplay coming from head writer Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty). Waldron is also the scribe for Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which Loki will reportedly have ties into just like with WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home.The first episode is now available for streaming on Disney+, with new episodes streaming every Wednesday through July 14.

    James Wan Unveils Official Title For Aquaman Sequel

    As Warner Bros. Pictures continues to prepare for the impending production start of the Aquaman sequel in July, director James Wan took to Instagram to reveal the official title for his highly-anticipated newest Jason Momoa-led DC film. He confirmed that the DC sequel will officially be titled as Aquaman and The Lost World, which is currently slated to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2022, after four years since the first film debuted in 2018. Its current release date will see the film going up against another high-profile feature in the form of James Cameron’s long-in-development Avatar 2.RELATED: Shazam! Fury of the Gods Set Video Shows Rachel Zegler’s CostumeAquaman 2 will again be directed by Conjuring Universe creator James Wan with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick writing the script. The sequel is produced by Wan and frequent collaborator Peter Safran. Wan previously teased that the sequel will feature a more serious and relevant story as well as some horror elements.The sequel sees the return of Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Amber Heard as Mera. It’s still unclear if other characters from the first film would also be appearing in the sequel like Nicole Kidman’s Atlanta, and Willem Dafoe’s Vulko. It was also previously reported that Momoa’s fellow Game of Thrones alum Pilou Asbaek was in talks to join the upcoming project.RELATED: DC League of Super-Pets Teaser Sets A-List Cast Including Kevin Hart & Keanu ReevesBased on the DC character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger in 1941, Aquaman had earned a gross of over $1 billion at the global box office, making it one of Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing DC film. The character made its live-action film debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and also later reprise the superhero role in Justice League.

    Shazam! Fury of the Gods Set Video Shows Rachel Zegler’s Costume

    A brand new video from the set of DC’s upcoming Shazam! Fury of the Gods has given fans a very brief look at Rachel Zegler in her costume. RELATED: Shazam! Fury of the Gods Director Drops First Footage of Zachary LeviThe video, which was taken by fans watching over the film’s production, shows Zegler off to the side and hanging out on set in costume. From the looks of it, her costume will be all golden and looks very similar to the costumes other members of the Shazam Family wore in the first film.You can check out the video below: AHHH RACHEL IN HER SHAZAM COSTUME, SHE LOOKS SO BADASS AND BEAUTIFUL LOOK AT HERRRRRR. Creds to Jachel_updates on ig. pic.twitter.com/QhFtRjEMsx— Ashley ♡ (@mylcsrxchel) June 9, 2021At the moment, it’s unknown who Zegler (West Side Story) will portray in the film, but it’s been rumored that she’ll be playing a villain and a key one at that. In the meantime, fans will have to wait just a bit longer for more information. The sequel will see the Shazam family going up against new villains, with the introductions of the daughters of Atlas, Hespera, and Kalypso, who are set to be portrayed by Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Kill Bill actress Lucy Liu.RELATED: Shazam! Fury of the Gods Set Photos Show Zachary Levi in New SuitShazam! Fury of the Gods will again be directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) from a screenplay written by returning scribe Henry Gayden. It will be produced by Peter Safran.Further details about the Shazam! sequel’s plot are still being kept under wraps but, most of the first film’s main cast are expected to return including Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Faith Herman, Meagan Good, Grace Fulton, Michelle Borth, Ian Chen, Ross Butler, Jovan Armand, D.J. Cotrona, Marta Milans, and Cooper Andrews.

    Jameela Jamil Joins the Cast of Disney+’s She-Hulk

    The upcoming Disney+ She-Hulk series has officially gained a major character, as Variety is reporting that Jameela Jamil has joined the show. RELATED: First Look at Mark Ruffalo on Set for She-Hulk RevealedJamil (The Good Place) will reportedly take on the role of Titania, a supervillain with incredible strength and one of the main rivals of She-Hulk in the comic series. Jamil will join a cast that’s already packed with talent, including Renée Elise Goldsberry, Ginger Gonzaga, and Oscar nominee Tim Roth who will reprise Emil Blonsky aka Abomination from the Edward Norton-led The Incredible Hulk. Mark Ruffalo has also been spotted on set and will reprise his role as Bruce Banner in the series. Marvel Studios is currently in production on the She-Hulk series coming to Disney+, with information on the plot currently being kept under wraps.RELATED: She-Hulk Set Photos Show Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer WaltersThe series is being developed and written by Jessica Gao, who wrote the “Pickle Rick” episode of Rick and Morty‘s third season. Kat Cairo (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dead to Me) and Anu Valia (Lucia, Before and After) will direct and executive produce.

    Loki Season 1 Episode 1 Recap & Analysis: ‘Glorious Purpose’

    It only makes sense that a show centered around the God of Mischief could be a bit tricky to fully grasp on first watch. Marvel’s growing list of TV shows airing exclusively on Disney+ put out an intriguing first episode of Loki centering around one of the MCU’s first and more distinctive characters. Needless to say, this Loki Season 1 Episode 1 recap includes spoilers for both the show and related films.The premiere opened with a quick recap of the scene from Avengers: Endgame where the time-traveling group of heroes return to New York not long before the battle against Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the original The Avengers. There they fumble about their goal of retrieving the Tesseract, and in turn the Space Stone, and ultimately fail when it gets in the hands of a handcuffed Loki who uses it to poof himself out of the room. Great job, guys.Time Variance Authority, or TVA for ShortThe new show truly begins when Loki is spit out through a portal and lands in the vast Gobi Desert of Mongolia. After a quick and quite pathetic attempt at taking charge over the locals, Loki’s latest attempt at power is decisively halted when a group of armed and tactically clothed soldiers appear. Loki is quickly apprehended and taken through another portal. Enter the TVA.Let’s get a rundown for this new organization known as the Time Variance Authority. Their mission is simple. Keep the history of events in the world set to occur just as they were planned without the interference of outside forces, especially those involving time travel. Multiverses, or the existence of separate timelines, do not exist in this world primarily thanks to the TVA. Long ago the Multiversal War broke out where several timelines fought it out for dominance. The higher beings known as the Time-Keepers stepped in and formed a single existence known as the Sacred Timeline. Anything that deviates from this one path is neutralized and reset.RELATED: Loki is a ‘Cosmic Mistake’ in New Disney+ TrailersWhere is the Time Variance Authority? We don’t know. When is this taking place? Also a mystery. How is all this possible? Technology is involved but definitely not magic, much to Loki’s disappointment. We do know the TVA brings in these time-changing criminals known as Variants to not only fix their alterations to the timeline but also sentence them to some kind of ruling or punishment. After his stint in the desert, Loki is brought into the TVA headquarters where he quickly learns he doesn’t have much say or power to do anything but comply. Loki, or rather Variant L1130, ultimately makes the case that he was not the one to tamper with the timeline and that the Avengers were guilty of time traveling. He was merely a result of it. Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Judge Ravonna Renslayer claims that according to the Time-Keepers, what the superheroes did was “supposed to happen.” Loki’s escape was not. Before Loki could be sent off to be reset as charged in his verdict, Owen Wilson’s Mobius appears to snatch Loki away for his own purposes.A Chat With the God of MischiefMobius leads Loki to a separate room where a device plays Loki’s memories from his past and his future. It’s important to keep in mind, the Loki we see here has only existed through the first Thor film and a portion of The Avengers. What Loki has gone through and how he has developed is simply not a thing yet.Once settled in, Mobius questions Loki’s motives and desires in his quest for power. Loki ironically sees freedom as a choice to take a worse path whereas his rule over Earth and beyond would have “made it easy for them.” Cue the memories! Loki is shown his eye plucking misdeeds along with his defeat in New York and a new scene involving his role as the infamous D.B Cooper, a real-life criminal who robbed an aircraft and was never found. Apparently this was the result of a lost bet with Thor! It’s not long before scenes from Thor: The Dark World are thrown up on the screen. Loki sees his indirect involvement in the death of his mother, an event he has yet to experience. A Variant on the LooseWhen Mobius leaves the room after hearing news of an incident elsewhere, Loki manages to escape using the device that controls his location in this weird time and space. Loki reaches the evidence room and finds the Tesseract he parted ways with not long ago. Like the many Infinity Stones sitting around it, the Tesseract and all other objects have no power here. It’s then that Loki realizes the TVA is the greatest power in the universe.After evading getting captured, Loki returns to the room of memories and flips through the rest of his life. We see the death of Odin and the destruction of Asgard from Thor: Ragnarok as well as his ultimate death by the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. An emotional Loki, now aware of his planned path, fights Wunmi Mosaku’s Hunter B-15 and is ultimately confronted by Mobius once more. Loki admits he does not enjoy hurting people and does so more of a means to an end, a way to inspire control through fear.RELATED: Loki Meets the TVA in New Clips and Featurette For Disney+ SeriesWhy does Mobius have such a fascination in understanding Loki and why does he need his help? Working with Minutemen soldiers, Mobius is an agent that handles criminals that pose more of a threat than your average Variant. After discovering a separate group of Minutemen murdered in 1549 France and other spots in history, Mobius asks for Loki’s help in capturing this unhinged Variant. Oh, and the person they’re looking for? Another Loki. Before the credits roll, a scene in 1858 Oklahoma shows a cloaked figure attack another group of Minutemen before the same mystery person snags the reset charge before it can be activated.Things are moving quickly for Loki’s world and the Disney+ exclusive show will release each of its six episodes on a weekly basis. Catch each episode of Loki, along with our detailed recap, every Wednesday.

    DC & Warner Bros.’ Blue Beetle release a on HBO Max

    In a report published by The Los Angeles Times, it was seemingly announced that Warner Bros. will be releasing its DC project Blue Beetle exclusively on HBO Max, along with the studio’s Batgirl project. It was revealed in February that Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto will helm DC’s first Latino-fronted superhero story.RELATED: New In the Heights Featurette Highlights Lin-Manuel Miranda’s NeighborhoodThe announcement of a film centered on the Jamie Reyes iteration of the titular hero first came in 2018 with Zev Foreman attached as executive producer on the project for WB and Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, writer of the Gina Rodriguez-starrer Miss Bala and a previous draft of Universal’s long-in-development Scarface remake, set to write the screenplay. Sources report that the studio is eyeing a fall production start date for the film, with Foreman and Dunnet-Alcocer still in their respective positions.Click here to purchase the first volume of the DC Rebirth storyline of Jamie Reyes’ Blue Beetle!In the comics created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hammer, Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes is the third character to assume the mantle of the Blue Beetle after Dan Garret and Ted Kord. The character first appeared in 2006’s Infinite Crisis #5, followed by his own monthly series that debuted in May of 2006 with Blue Beetle #1.RELATED: Odessa Young Joins HBO Max’s True Crime Miniseries The StaircaseJaime Reyes discovered the Blue Beetle scarab on the way home from school with two of his best friends Paco and Brenda, half-buried in a disused lot. Reyes took the scarab home, curious as to what it might be. That night, the scarab came alive, and grafted itself to the base of Jaime’s spine, and provided him with a suit of extraterrestrial armor that can be modified to enhance his speed and strength, as well as to create weapons, wings, and shields.

    Issa Rae to Voice Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman in In to the Spider-Verse Sequel

    (Photo by Lee Vuitton/AM PR Group via Getty Images)The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Emmy nominee Issa Rae (Insecure) will voice Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel. The script is co-written by Lord, Miller, and David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and has a release date of October 7, 2022.RELATED: Willem Dafoe Is Reportedly Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Main VillainRae will join Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld in the animated comic book sequel, who are reprising their roles as Miles Morales/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, respectively. Plot details are being kept under wraps but will reportedly feature multiple Spider-powered characters “across Marvel Comics’ time and space.”It was announced in April that Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson will serve as the film’s trio of directors.Lord, Miller, Amy Pascal, Avi Arad, and Christina Steinberg are all returning to produce the Sony Pictures project, with Alonzo Ruvalcaba co-producing. The original Spider-Verse director Peter Ramsey will executive produce, along with Aditya Sood.RELATED: Spider-Man: No Way Home Will Reveal Sony’s Plan to Connect With MCUThe 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film follows teen Miles Morales who becomes the Spider-Man of his universe and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. The movie won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and grossed $375.5 million at the global box office.

    Doctor Strange 2 Writer Teases a ‘Very Sam Raimi’ MCU Sequel

    Ahead of Loki’s highly-anticipated premiere on Disney+, showrunner Michael Waldron has opened up about the process of rewriting Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness through the pandemic. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Waldron confirmed that following Scott Derrickson’s exit, he and director Sam Raimi had to start the sequel “from scratch.”“I knew I wanted to stay in the family,” Waldron said being enlisted onto the Doctor Strange sequel, while Loki was about to start shooting. “I felt like Loki was in a great place and I was eager for what the next challenge would be.”He continued, “How do we just make a movie in two months? [He recalls thinking]. But COVID quickly descended upon us. We’re not shooting now until November. So I got to spend my 2020 on Zooms with Sam Raimi. Not too bad.”Waldron went on to share that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was inspired by a number of films including Indiana Jones, who he thinks is somewhat similar to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. He also continued to tease that the sequel is going to be something that fans haven’t seen before in the MCU, describing it as “very Sam Raimi,” and an “incredibly visually thrilling,” film.“He’s Indiana Jones in a cloak to me,” He said. “He’s a hero who can take a punch. That’s what made those Harrison Ford heroes so great. Those guys get their asses kicked. Look at Stephen Strange in the first movie. He’s really getting beat up but he’s very capable and everything. I can tell you that it’s a ride…very Sam Raimi. The film is incredibly visually thrilling. John Mathieson, our D.P., who shot Gladiator and Logan—I think the look of it is going to be unlike anything you’ve seen in the MCU before.”RELATED: Kevin Feige Teases Multiple Versions of Loki in the Disney+ SeriesDescribed as the first MCU horror film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sees the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as he reprises his role as Dr. Stephen Strange. This time the Sorcerer Supreme will be joined by Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlett Witch, portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen who is coming off from the critical success of WandaVision. The sequel is expected to tie into the events from WandaVision, Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home.The sequel will also feature MCU alums Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams, who are reprising their roles as Karl Mordo, Wong, and Dr. Christine Palmer, respectively. It will also feature the introduction of the live-action debut of fan-favorite Marvel hero America Chavez., who will be portrayed by newcomer Xochitl Gomez (The Baby-Sitters Club).RELATED: Secret Invasion: Emilia Clarke Breaks Silence on Her MCU CastingThe film is directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy) from a script written by Emmy-winning scribe Michael Waldron (Loki). It is executive produced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.  Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently slated to debut on March 25, 2022, as part of Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Phase 4.

    The Rock Gives Tiny Glimpse of His Black Adam Costume

    Fans have been anxiously awaiting more information regarding DC’s upcoming Black Adam film, and in a recent Instagram post, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave fans an extremely tiny glimpse at things.RELATED: Young Rock Star Joins Cast of Dwayne Johnson’s Black AdamIn a recent post, Johnson shared a series of photos of himself in a board meeting for Zoa Energy. At the bottom of the post, though, Johnson teased that fans with a keen eye would spot that he was actually wearing his Black Adam costume during the meeting, albeit covered up in a black cloak. As Johnson is currently shooting the film, he’s got to stay in costume during any meetings outside of that. “If you swipe left and zoom in, you’ll see a small piece of my gold Black Adam [costume] peeking out from under my black cloak of secrecy (my weekly board meetings all take place during my 30min breaks from shooting Black Adam),” wrote Johnson.The photo itself (which you can see below) isn’t too much of a look, however. Fans can just spot some gold from Black Adam’s iconic golden lightning bolt sticking out near the top of the costume. For a more in-depth look, fans will have to be patient as filming wraps up and more is released. 📸: In @TheRock’s recent Instagram post, you can see a peek of his BLACK ADAM costume! pic.twitter.com/HqCZfQTZye— Black Adam Updates (@blackadamnews) May 20, 2021Black Adam will be led by Dwayne Johnson, who has been attached to play the titular anti-hero for over a decade now. It will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), who worked with Johnson on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, from a screenplay written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani.The film will also feature the live-action film introduction of the Justice Society of America, whose members will be portrayed by Pierce Brosnan (The Foreigner) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) as Hawkman. The film will also feature Sarah Shahi (City on a Hill), Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) and Bodhi Sabongui (Legends of Tomorrow) though their roles are currently being kept under wraps for now.RELATED: Black Adam Filming Begins as Dwayne Johnson Posts First Set Photo!Based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, the film is being produced by Johnson and FlynnPicturesCo’s Beau Flynn alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, while Scott Sheldon will be overseeing the project for FlynnPictureCo.Originally scheduled for December 2021 release, Black Adam has recently been pushed back to July 29, 2022.

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