The Marvel Comic-Con Panel Proves We'll Pay To See Ourselves As Heroes

Welcome to a new era.

It’s been a big week for comic book fans. The Marvel Comic-Con announcements have been dropping left, right and centre, along with a new era of diversity and inclusion.

First up, it was announced that Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek and Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry would be joining the Marvel Universe as part of The Eternals. The series, which is slated for release in November 2020, is also set to introduce Marvel’s first deaf hero.

Next, fans were treated to the news that Mahershala Ali will be replacing Wesley Snipes as Blade in an upcoming reboot of the film and there was also the confirmation of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which will feature newcomer Simu Liu, Tony Leung and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina.

But the exciting announcements didn’t end there. Much to the delight of fans, it was revealed that Natalie Portman would play the female Thor in Taika Waititi’s next instalment of the film, and Tessa Thompson confirmed Valykrie as Marvel’s first LGBTQ hero.

It’s quite clear from all the Marvel Comic-Con reveals that the media franchise is well and truly ushering in a new era of diversity and inclusion within the universe. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige said this new phase was inspired by the legacy of the late, great Stan Lee.

According to Feige, all the characters in the Marvel Universe are inspired by the spirit of ‘soapboxes’ and the social consciousness that Lee was so passionate about. 

“We’re just the stewards, the current stewards, of these characters that he and his co-creators brought together — and all of them were created in that spirit of those ‘Soapboxes,’” Feige said. “That was very much what Stan’s worldview was, and that’s what these movies represent.

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“Because that is — how do I put this — it’s the right way to be. It is the way the world should be. And one of the great things about movies is you get to showcase the world that you want to reflect and the way you want the world to be. And that’s what he did with these characters.”

It’s true. Not only is there a lot of money to made by shining a mirror on society as it currently stands (and how we want it to be), but there is comfort and hope in seeing ourselves reflected as superheroes, no matter who we are, where we’re from or how we identify ourselves. 

Taron Egerton Could Play Wolverine, But There's One Big Problem

To claw or not to claw, that is the question.

If you’re a Wolverine fan you’d be well aware that Hugh Jackman has hung up his claws after 17 years in the longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero, which he proudly holds a Guinness World Record for.

Well done, Hugh. Credit: Giphy

Hugh might’ve said his goodbyes to the franchise, but that doesn’t mean Wolverine ceases to exist. Mark Millar, who has written some of Marvel’s highest-selling graphic novels recently took to Twitter to make the bold claim that the next Wolverine would be played by Rocketman star, Taron Egerton.

While the tip comes as exciting news to Egerton’s fans, there’s one big problem: the actor himself isn’t so sure he’s the right “candidate” for the job. In a recent interview with Heart Breakfast, Egerton said he doesn’t know if he’s “quite grisly enough” to fill Hugh’s shoes.

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“That one I think is just a rumour,” he said. “As far as I’m aware it’s unfounded. I don’t know if I’m quite grisly enough.”

“If the people at Marvel think I am, then great, let’s go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere,” he said.

Hugh is quite grisly. Credit: Giphy

Taron Egerton isn’t the only actor who has been forced to squash similar casting rumours. Earlier this year, Daniel Radcliffe also had to deny claims he was going to play Wolverine after he made a passing joke about the film. “This is what happens when you make jokes,” he told IGN. “Wouldn’t it be great if you could start casting yourself in things by just saying them in interviews?”

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While it sounds like neither Egerton, nor Radcliffe are aware of any future involvement in the film, Mark Millar has a penchant for predicting the outcome of Marvel film casts. In 2017, he tweeted that he thought Robert Pattinson would make a great Bruce Wayne. Fast-forward to 2019, and his prediction came true with the news that R-Patz had, indeed, been cast as the next Batman. 

If this is anything to go by, we might be seeing Taron Egerton clawing up after all. Watch this space.

All These Very Famous People Talking About Cats Want To Convince You That 'Digital Fur Technology' Is A Thing

Picture: Idris Elba in a "perfect fur covering."

It’s official: CATS  the musical is coming to the silver screen with a star-studded cast who REALLY love cats, and something called “digital fur technology.”

Today, a teaser trailer for the upcoming film was released and there’s quite a bit to unpack. The clip features stars of the film, including Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, James Corden, Ian McKellan, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Hudson talking about felines with an intensity that feels, well, a little excessive.

It’s a lot. Credit: Giphy

Between extremely dramatic music and shots of Taylor Swift’s equally-as-intense theatrical dancing, the actors speak about their backgrounds and experience with the film. We even get to here about Judi Dench thinking it was “all over” when she snapped her Achilles’ tendon on the 1981 production of the musical.

The wildest part of the teaser is when we find out that the set has been supersized so it will be seen from a “cat’s perspective,” and director Tom Hooper mentions the concept of “digital fur technology, to create the most perfect covering of fur.”

ME-OWWWW. Credit: Giphy

James Corden says, “These are people, but they’re cats, and it’s kind of blowing my mind. There is nothing else like it.” Idris Elba adds, “This is a moment for you to step into a world that’s completely designed to entertain.” We’re still talking about a tribe of mythical cats, right?

It ends with Taylor giving us her best ‘rawr’ and wow, I need a strong drink. I have never wanted to see Idris Elba dancing in a perfect covering of digital fur more in my life. The official trailer for the film drops this Friday. Strap yourselves in, feline fans. 

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