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    CS Soapbox: Why Ken Jeong Should Replace T.I. in Ant-Man 3

    CS Soapbox: Why Ken Jeong Should Replace T.I. in Ant-Man 3 With 50% of all living creatures wiped out of existence, the universe needed a savior in Avengers: Endgame. Enter U Store’s (Self Storage) resident security dude, who made it possible for Ant-Man to capitalize on his return from the Quantum Realm. Scott Lang would go on to help save the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, but not before Ken Jeong’s security guard freed him from that warehouse prison—every hero needs a sidekick.  Jeong’s Endgame appearance was part of a series of related cameos in the MCU. Before directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo brothers worked on the NBC sitcom Community. When they were hired by Marvel Studios, they brought some Community alum along with them.  Following Danny Pudi’s cameo in The Winter Soldier, Community cameos became a sort of running joke in the MCU; everyone from Yvette Nicole Brown (also in Endgame), Donald Glover, and Jim Rash to Aaron Himelstein and DC Pierson have made an appearance (Brie Larson and Randall Park have even become recurring characters). Now, there’s an opportunity for Jeong’s security guard to become a full-fledged character in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.  RELATED: Ant-Man 3: Rapper T.I. Will Not Return For Quantumania If you haven’t heard, T.I. will not be returning alongside Paul Rudd in the threequel. The news comes amidst allegations against the rapper/actor and his wife for “sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, false imprisonment, intimidation, assault and harassment.” T.I. was never formally announced as part of Ant-Man 3 so he may not have been a part of the film in the first place. However, it seems unlikely the writers wouldn’t want to keep the franchise’s comedic trifecta intact.  T.I. debuted alongside Scott’s friend Luis (Michael Peña) as fellow ex-con Dave. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott, Luis (Michael Peña), Dave, and Kurt (David Dastmalchian) ran a security company astutely named Ex-Con. That said, if Scott’s crew is going to remain full it’ll need a new quirky character, and who better than Jeong’s inaudible security guard with an affinity for JG Ballard’s The Terminal Beach?  After “Security Guard” got Scott out of the storage cage, they presumably had some interaction offscreen. He probably told Scott about Thanos, the past five years, and maybe they even talked a little shop. After all, they’re both in the security game—which is why it makes sense for Scott, having lost Dave, to bring his new friend into the fold as a hilarious foil to Luis and Kurt. In fact, it makes so much sense, it’s probably already happening.  RELATED: Kathryn Newton Joins Ant-Man 3, Officially Subtitled Quantumania! With over 20 years of acting credits, Jeong has established comedic chemistry with pretty much everyone. We tend to associate him with belligerent characters like The Hangover’s Mr. Chow, crying “toodle-oo motherf*ckers” in an exaggerated accent. Despite limited screen time, he always seems to steal the show. From appearances in Crazy Rich Asians, Community as a tyrant hell-bent on Greendale domination, or even across from Rudd in Role Models, and working with Peña recently in Tom and Jerry, Jeong is built for larger-than-life supporting roles. However, he didn’t always have to be loud to get his point across. Sometimes all it takes is 9 seconds of silence and a Tom Selleck stache.  We took notice of Endgame’s intrepid defender of storage. So, ditch the hat and give the man a name. Since Endgame was reportedly the Russos’ last Marvel film, the move would solidify Greendale Community College’s unspoken hold over the MCU—a subtle reminder of the cinematic universe’s best entries. In Ant-Man 3 his character could be nuanced, awkward and nerdy (for lack of a better word), worthy of the science fiction he reads. A turn similar to when he donned the white coat for his sitcom Dr. Ken. With a villain as infectious as Kang the Conqueror on the horizon, a hero, or rather, a sidekick, is just what the doctor ordered. 

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Deadline brings word that Xochitl Gomez (The Baby-Sitters Club) has joined Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Details on Gomez’s role in the sequel are being kept under wraps. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange Joins Spider-Man 3! Cumberbatch will next be reprising his role as Dr. Stephen Strange in the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man 3 in addition to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel is being described as the first horror film in the MCU with Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch returning as the titular sorcerer supreme and Elizabeth Olsen also appearing as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. According to Kevin Feige, the upcoming Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki will both directly impact the events the Doctor Strange sequel. Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch appeared in Avengers: Endgame, where they were both last seen attending Tony Stark’s funeral. Loki also appeared in Endgame and was last seen after the events of the Avengers’ first battle in New York, where he escapes with the Tesseract cube. Originally set to be directed by Scott Derrickson, the sequel will now be helm by Spider-Man‘s Sam Raimi with Loki head writer Michael Waldron set to rewrite the script that was first written by The Turning scribe Jade Bartlett. Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Benedict Wong will be reprising their roles, with Rachel McAdams not expected to return to her role of Dr. Christine Palmer. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters on March 25, 2022. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Production Start Date for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness The first Doctor Strange movie was released in 2016 with Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the titular role. Joining him in the film were Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West. It also featured the MCU debut of critical characters from the pages of Marvel Comics, including Benedict Wong as Wong, plus Mads Mikkelsen as villain Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One (who is of Celtic origin in the film instead of East Asian origin). Doctor Strange was directed by Scott Derrickson, whose previous credits were primarily horror films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us from Evil. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

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