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Welcome to the latest installment of Movie News Bits. In this installment, we have an update on Sony’s Silver & Black, confirmation of a character’s return in Avengers 4, Charlie Cox’s thoughts on Ben Affleck’s Daredevil, Colin Trevorrow’s first comments on leaving Star Wars Episode IX, and word on when we’ll see the next Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Sony has been developing Silver & Black as the second installment of its own Marvel Universe, following Venom. However, earlier this year, the movie had a delay in production, and we haven’t heard any casting news, despite being scheduled to release February of next year. Why is that?

Speaking with Screen Rant, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood says that the current focus for the Silver Sable-Black Cat teamup is to perfect the script. “The update is just really pounding out the script. It all starts with the script. You gotta have a great script so we want to make sure that’s right before we jump in.” Clearly, Prince-Bythewood’s top priority is in the right place. Fingers crossed that it will result in a great movie…even if we have to wait a little longer to see it.

This bit contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War, so if you haven’t seen it yet (seriously?), stop reading now.

Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer was among the many Marvel heroes who died in Infinity War, following Thanos’ snap. However, it is expected that at least some of these deaths will be undone. (Come on, did you really think Spider-Man or Black Panther would be gone for good?) Now, we have confirmation of Drax’s return.

Speaking with Collider (transcription via ComicBook), Bautista confirms that Drax will be back in both Avengers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. So, while he doesn’t know how Drax will be resurrected, he’s coming back. “I got a lot of texts saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re dead, your character is dead. They were really like heartbroken and I was like ‘I’m gonna be in [Avengers] four. I’m gonna be in Guardians 3.’ I don’t know how they’re bringing me back, yeah but somehow I’m going to make it because, as far as I know, I am going to be in Guardians 3, so I have to be back.”

Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is out in 2020.

Before Charlie Cox’s portrayal of Matt Murdock on Netflix, Ben Affleck starred in the 2003 Daredevil movie, which has received mixed to negative reception to this day. So, what does the new Daredevil think of the old one?
At Comicpalooza (transcription via CBM), Cox admits that he really likes Affleck’s performance as Daredevil. “I happen to think Ben Affleck’s performance as Daredevil is fantastic. I really like his Matt Murdock… I stole a lot of stuff. So, I think he does a really good job.” However, Cox admits that he’s not a fan of the actual movie, saying he prefers “slightly darker” Daredevil stories. “In my opinion, the best Daredevil comics are the ones that are geared towards a slightly more mature audience and I think that what the show captures is that level of sinister, dark tone, I guess. But I like Ben Affleck’s Matt Murdock.”

Originally, Colin Trevorrow was set to write and direct Star Wars Episode IX. However, last year, he became the latest director to be fired over “creative differences” with Lucasfilm. J.J. Abrams later took over.

Speaking with Empire Online, Trevorrow talks about his exit for the first time. He maintains a largely positive retrospective, saying that he got to show his story idea to George Lucas and Mark Hamill. “I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t want to affect the way that fans get to see these films. When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they’re made, the more it reveals that they’re just movies. But they’re not just movies, they’re more than that. Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.” So, while it’s unfortunate Trevorrow won’t get to put his stamp on Star Wars, he certainly doesn’t sound bitter about the experience.

Back in December, Sony released the first trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, showing off the movie’s unique animation and more. Now, we have an idea of when the next trailer is out.

Director Peter Ramsey confirmed on Twitter that the next Into the Spider-Verse trailer is out in June. An exact date has yet to be confirmed, but it’s possible that it’ll be attached to theatrical showings of the next big animated movie, Incredibles 2, which debuts on June 15th. But, that’s just speculation at this point.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters on December 14th.

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