Movie News Bits: Marvel and Sony Edition

Welcome back to Movie News Bits. Here, we have some news on two Sony Marvel movies, a surprise character who was cut from Avengers: Infinity War, why one Marvel movie may never happen, and a director who expresses interest in the franchise.

  • Evangeline Lilly finally debuted as The Wasp in this summer’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, and her performance was widely loved. The positive buzz has led to fans wanting a proper solo film for Wasp, but Lilly doesn’t want that. Why? At Fan Expo Boston last weekend, Lilly says she prefers to see Wasp teaming up with others. “…I actually don’t like the idea of a Wasp standalone film, because Ant-Man and Wasp, since the very beginning in the comic books, were always a team. And really, they’re kind of one of the only proper and true teams in the MCU, otherwise it’s mostly a lot of individuals. And I love the team aspect of it, I love watching the interplay between Wasp and Ant-Man in Ant-Man and the Wasp. For me it’s the most fun part of the film.” However, she says she’s totally down to do an all-female Avengers movie if that happens. (Source: ComicBook)
  • Avengers: Infinity War featured dozens of beloved characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but not everyone made it in. One character who was cut was none other than Howard the Duck. Joe and Anthony Russo explain that Howard had a cameo in one draft. The scene in question would have seen Star-Lord trying to collect information from Howard on a planet, and it would have taken place during a poker game. Oh, and Ken Jeong was going to be there too. Unfortunately, the scene didn’t fit within the big picture, so it was cut. (Source: Fandom)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home is now filming, but casting is still underway. Actor Remy Hii, who appears in this weekend’s Crazy Rich Asians, has landed a role in the upcoming sequel. As usual, his role is currently being kept under wraps. The film will introduce several new characters, including Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5th, 2019. (Source: The Wrap)
  • Moving on to another Sony production, we have word on the female lead in Morbius the Living Vampire. Apparently, Martine Bancroft will be in the movie, and casting is currently underway. In the comics, Martine was Michael Morbius’ fiancee, but she was also his first victim and became a vampire too. Jared Leto plays Morbius in the movie, with production expected to begin in November. (Source: That Hashtag Show)
  • Antoine Fuqua has directed several hit action movies, but he has yet to tackle a comic book movie. Could that change in the future? In a recent interview, Fuqua confirms that he was approached to direct Morbius the Living Vampire, but for him, a superhero film has to be the right one. “I’ll probably take some meetings soon, talk to those guys about it… For me it has to be the right one, in the right situation because there’s so much visual effects going on and – ‘Where’s the director in it all?’ I need to understand it because it’s like management…they have a machine, they’ve got people, there’s the design, the whole thing is sketched out[…]Is the director doing that? Or is it a hundred other people?” He concludes by saying that he plans to meet with Marvel’s Kevin Feige. We’ll see how that works out. (Source: HeyUGuys)

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