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Marvel, Starwars, DC and Film enthusiast. Sucker for streaming services. EIC at The Cine Geek, Writer at Streamr and Contributor at Cinema Reviewed.

Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

She-Hulk is one of Marvel Studios’ most highly anticipated upcoming Disney+ series now officially set to premiere on Disney Plus on August 17th, featuring Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters. The series was first announced back at the 2019 D23 Expo by Kevin Feige. Shortly after during the 2020 Disney Investor Day, Feige announced that Tatiana Maslany would be playing the titular role of Jennifer Walters, with Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Hulk and Tim Roth reprising his role as The Abomination and Charlie Cox reprising his role as Daredevil.

Now add Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze to that list of appearances!

In the latest Featurette for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law released by Entertainment Today a poster can be spotted in the background for one Johnny Blaze, the first ghost rider in the comics.

Previously portrayed by Nicholas Cage in 2007’s Ghost Rider and 2011’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Johnny Blaze is a motorcycle stunt performer, and entertainer turned Spirit of Vengeance. He was the son of famed stuntman Barton Blaze who tragically died during a stunt. He became bound to Zarathos the Spirit of Vengeance after making a deal with the DemonMephisto to spare the life of his surrogate father Crash Simpson.[20] Now with the power to control Hellfire and to inflict pain on those he deemed evil with his Penance Stare, Blaze seeks vengeance riding his Hell Cycle as the Ghost Rider.

Fans have long been campaigning for Ghost Rider’s introduction to the MCU. With Norman Reedus and Gabriel Luna both being highly rumored to join the MCU as Johnny Storm and Robby Reyes. So this would be a great opportunity to introduce the character to the MCU.

Possible Johnny Blaze appearance?

So this begs the question, could the infamous Johnny Blaze be making his MCU debut in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The series is already stacked full of cameos from Wong, to Frogman, to Daredevil. So another big cameo like the appearance of Johnny Blaze is not totally out of question. A full ghost rider suit up from the character is still highly unlikely. Fans have been

Who knows who will show up but it’s sure to be a blast! She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Starts Streaming on Disney Plus August 17th.

Also Check Out: Tim Roth’s Enormous Praise for She-Hulk and the cast.

Ms.Marvel Review: Kamal!

This is a Non-Spoiler Review for Marvel Studios’ Ms.Marvel the live-action adaptation of one of Marvel’s most popular recent comic-book characters. I would like to thank Disney for providing access to the first 2 episodes of the series which made this review possible. Kamal is an Urdu word which means wonderful or amazing and it really works perfectly in summarizing my thoughts on the series and Iman Vellani’s perfect performance as the character. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly a spectacle.

(L-R): Rish Shah as Kamran and Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Ms.Marvel or Kamala Khan also happens to be Muslim and Pakistani. So for someone like me who also happens to be both those things, the promise of this series brought about both great excitement and fear. The fear of it all really just stems from how poorly Pakistanis, Muslims and South Asians have previously been represented in Hollywood. Yes, sure the creative team is Pakistani but is that really enough to overcome decades of poor representation? After watching the first 2 episodes I can gladly say, Yes! This really does authentically capture the feeling of living in a Pakistani household. Obviously, it’s not perfect but it surely is a big step up from previous South Asian and Muslim characters in Hollywood. Even the MCU itself has been guilty of misrepresentation and stereotyping, with the only Muslim characters previously seen in the franchise being Terrorists all the way back in Iron Man (2008) and the South Asian character being nothing Karun in Eternals (2021) who himself was nothing more than a side-joke.

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Fun, Fun and more Fun!

Every time a new Marvel series comes out the same statement “nothing like we’ve seen before in the MCU” is used, fans online may disagree but this statement is entirely true, because none of the MCU shows have been similar to the other. They’ve all brought in a new flavor to the universe, be it the weird sci-fi multiverse aspects in Loki or the sitcoms in WandaVision or the exploration into mental health with Moon Knight. So what is Ms.Marvel‘s new flavor? The flavor of fun, which instantly gets you excited for the future of the MCU, also reminding you of everything that has happened previously in the universe. Even though it doesn’t have any returning MCU characters, other than a familiar DODC agent in the post credits of the first episode, Ms.Marvel feels the most connected to everything we’ve seen in the MCU till now. The series also makes great use of cartoons, street art, and thought bubbles, adding a great new dimension of the series. Which not only makes everything more enjoyable to watch, but also gives you a look into the fantasies in Kamala’s mind, resulting in the series feeling more like it’s comic-book counterpart.

(L-R): Mohan Kapur as Yusuf, Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Saagar Shaikh as Aamir, and Nimra Bucha as Najma in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Family

One of the things I was most excited to see was how the Pakistani family household would feel. Would it feel stereotypical, oppressive and lifeless, like Hollywood would have you believe, or would it be the full of life and real family that I see at home everyday. I’m very happy to say that it does very much feel like a real Pakistani Muslim family. Be it Aamir reciting Ayat U-Kursi (verses of the Quran) in the morning, her Dad’s unfunny jokes, reciting Bismillah before her driving test or the 100s of random decorations sprinkled throughout the house, this feels like a Khan household. The use of classical and modern Pakistani Music also goes a long way to make it all feel very authentic. Mohan Kapur and Zenobia Shroff are great as Kamal’s parents. But Iman Vellani, truly just steals the entire show, you can feel every bit of her excitement and nerdiness. Both her and Aamir perfectly embody to typed of Desi Muslim kids who were raised abroad. One thing that could’ve been given a better look at was the accent work for Kamala’s Mom and dad, as it doesn’t represent a Karachi accent, where they are supposed to be from or a typical Pakistani English accent. This is really just a nitpick but is distracting to me, as someone who can instantly differentiate accents. Another big letdown is Nakia (Yasmeen Fletcher), in the comic book Nakia is a strong proud Muslim activist who is a big part of Kamala’s journey in self acceptance. While, in the series she is a mere shadow of the character she was in the comic. What we see of Nakia is mostly great, however, we don’t really see much of her. She doesn’t serve a purpose to the narrative and is there just for the sake of being there. This is from jsut the first 2 episodes so hopefully her arc has more importance to the narrative in the next 4 episodes.

Islamic Representation

Islamic representation was by far the factor I was most worried about, going in. The Islam in the series is definitely the best representation of the religion we’ve got in pop-culture. But that isn’t a very high bar however, due to years of racism, stereotyping and islamophobia. The series does well to flesh out each of the Muslim characters as actual Muslims. Aamir reminding everyone to pray, Kamala reciting Bismillah before her driving test, Nakia wearing her hijab with great power and the many discussions in the Mosque make her community feel like a real Muslim community. It is by no means perfect, but it does feel authentic. Changing small things like music playing while they are praying in the mosque could really make it feel better. One other thing was the exploration of Eid in Episode 2. This was pointed out to me by Vin of The Cosmic Circus, it’s not made clear if this is Eid Al-Adha, celebrated after Hajj (The annual pilgrimage to Makkah), or Eid Al-Fitr, celebrated after Ramadan. It is only referred to as the “lesser Eid”. Which makes it seem like it is referring to Eid Al-Fitr which is commonly referred to as small Eid and takes place after Ramadan. Where the confusion comes in is that no reference is made to Ramadan and no character is ever shown to be fasting. Since then Mo Hoosen from Streamr had pointed out that this was indeed Eid Al-Adha which is after Hajj.

So it seems that this was actually Eid Al-Adha which is very reassuring, because missing on something so basic and vital would’ve brought the series a few pegs down. , but it is what Hollywood has previously accustomed us to expect. I will be talking more on the specifics in my spoiler-breakdown on Thursday.

(L-R): Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and Executive Producer Sana Amanat behind the scenes of Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Final Thoughts

Sana Amanat who is also an American-Pakistani raised in Jersey City is the showrunner, with British-Pakistani Screenwriter and Comedian Bisha K. Ali, who also wrote episode of Loki, serving as Head-Writer. Oscar-Winning Pakistani Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is also involved and will be directing 2 out of the 6 episodes. Recently, Sharmeen Spoke with Mohammad Kamran Jawaid of the Pakistani publication Dawn-Icon Magazine where she highlighted the intricacy and importance that was placed on making the series feel authentically Pakistani. Ms.Marvel has always been a cultural icon, connecting with teenage girls across the world, specifically with South-Asians of all ages and genders, who really haven’t been exposed to much positive or authentic representation in Hollywood. As a Muslim and Pakistani myself I have never felt and truly represented in any form of mainstream media. With G. WIllow Wilson and Sana Amanat’s Ms.Marvel (2014) graphic novel being the rare mainstream media to ever feel authentic to my experiences as a Pakistani. It truly represents the Pakistani experience living abroad, which can connect with anyone who has ever struggled with their identity. As someone who was born in Pakistan but has lived abroad for most of their life, the story immediately resonated with me and I hope it with resonates with others like me and those from different backgrounds.

I would like to thank Disney and The DDA group for providing access to the first 2 episodes of the series which made this review possible.

Ms.Marvel arrives on Disney plus June 8th.

WandaVision and Moon Knight Writers Join ‘Agatha: House of Harkness’

Agatha: house of Harkness was a series that surprised everyone when it was announced at Disney+ day last year. Emmy-nominee Kathryn Hahn will reprise her role as Agatha Harkness for the upcoming WandaVision spin-off.

The series will reveal more about the character first introduced in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision. Jac Schaefer, who served as head writer and executive producer on WandaVision, returns for Agatha: House of Harkness. Be sure to hide all dogs named Sparky. Now WandaVision and Moon Knight wrters Peter Cameron, Cameron Squires and Laura Donney have joined the series as writers, discovered through a Writers Guild of America West listing.

Peter Cameron, Cameron Squires and Laura Donney will pen the series.

New listings have now been found on the website for the Writers Guild of America West, whic has revealed that writers who previously wrote WandaVision and Moon Knight will now be working on Agatha: House of Harkness for a 2023/2024 release. Peter Cameron who co-wrote Episode 5 On a Very Special Episode…’ and Episode 6 ‘All-New Halloween Spooktacular!’ of WandaVision and Episode 3 ‘The Friendly Type’ and Episode 4 ‘The Tomb’ of Moon Knight, Cameron Squires who wrote Episode 7 ‘Breaking the Fourth Wall’ of WandaVision and Laura Donney who wrote Episode 8 ‘Breaking the Fourth Wall’ of WandaVision will be the writers for the Agatha Harkness focused series.

It looks like the series will follow the same tone as WandaVision since Jac Schaeffer is already onboard, possibly a bit of a darker comedy, based on the other credits for these writers. The witch themes of the series should make for an interesting dark-comedy drama series. Maybe the series could see her as the caretaker of the children of the Fantastic 4‘s Reed Richards Mr.Fantastic and Sue Storm the Invisible Woman, as she was in the comics. It will also be interesting to see if the series is a prequel to WandaVision or a sequel dealing with the events after Wanda traps her as Agnes.

2023/2024 Release Date

The listing on the WGA website for Agatha: House of Harkness had it on for 2023/2024 release, so it is most likely that the series will premiere on Disney Plus in late 2023 or early 2024. With a possible 11th October, 2023 release in time for Halloween as Lizzie Hill of The Cosmic Circus reported that the series would begin filming on late-October this year. Marvel Disney Plus shows take 12 months from start of filming to release so this would fit in perfectly in that way. Which would be perfect for the series since it is Witch-themed.

Also Read: Everything you need to know about Marvel Studios’ Echo.



‘She-Hulk’ Trailer Finally released with August 17th Release Date

She-Hulk is one of Marvel Studios’ most highly anticipated upcoming Disney+ series now officially set to premiere on Disney Plus on August 17th, featuring Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters. The series was first announced back at the 2019 D23 Expo by Kevin Feige. Shortly after during the 2020 Disney Investor Day, Feige announced that Tatiana Maslany would be playing the titular role of Jennifer Walters, with Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Hulk and Tim Roth reprising his role as The Abomination, (last seen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). Earlier in the year I predicted that the series would premiere on Disney Plus on August 10th. Now Marvel Studios has finally released an amazing first trailer for the series, also confirming the release window, just a week later than my prediction.

Official Trailer

Synopsis

Directed by Kat Coiro (Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9)
and Anu Valia (Episodes 5, 6, 7) with Jessica
Gao as head writer, “She-Hulk: Attorney at
Law” follows Jennifer Walters as she navigates
the complicated life of a single, 30-something
attorney who also happens to be a green 6
foot-7-inch superpowered hulk. The nine-
episode series welcomes a host of MCU vets,
including Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim
Roth as Emil Blonsky/the Abomination, and
Benedict Wong as Wong.

Cast

The nine-episode series welcomes a host of MCU vets, including Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/the Abomination, and Benedict Wong as Wong. The cast also includes Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Kat Coiro and Jessica Gao. Co-executive producers are Wendy Jacobson and Jennifer Booth

Plot and Surprises

All the talk surrounding mystery characters showing up has caused many fans to speculate on who may show up, with Marvel Studios head Kevin Fiege teasing fans saying that  “you never know what Marvel characters are gonna pop up from episode to episode.”

Charlie Cox’s Daredevil finally made his MCU return as Peter Parker’s lawyer in last year’s Spider-Man No Way Home. So an appearance in another superhero-related legal setting would make perfect sense. Rumours of Cox’s appearance in the series started just 10 days after the Daredevil rights were handed back to Marvel Studios. Insider Grace Randolph reported that he would show up in She-Hulk alongside an appearance in the third Tom Holland Spider-Man movie, which turned out to be true. Since then, many more trusted scoopers have reported the same, adding that this will be a different side of Daredevil with rumours of him donning his classic red and yellow suit from the comics. Charlie Cox has since also added fuel to this fire by saying that he knows that Matt Murdock will be appearing in other things, with She-Hulk being one of the most likely candidates. Along with this Megan the Stallion, Jessica Jones and shockingly Kevin Fiege are also among the rumored list of cameos.

Who knows who will show up but it’s sure to be a blast!

Also Check Out: Tim Roth’s Enormous Praise for She-Hulk and the cast.

Everything You Need to Know About Marvel’s ‘Echo’

Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Hawkeye debuted Alaqua Cox’s Echo a deaf Native American character with a deep connection to both Kingpin. Streaming exclusively on Disney, the origin story of Echo revisits Maya Lopez, whose ruthless behavior in New York City catches up with her in her hometown. Production is officially underway on Marvel Studios’ Echo, coming to Disney+ in 2023. Previously the unforgiving gang leader was determined to make Ronin, aka Clint Barton, pay for killing her father. Then later shifting her hate to the man who she has known as her Uncle for her entire life in the form of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. Production on the series begun just 2 weeks ago, so it’s great to see that quick progress has been made. The series is also set to mark the return of Charlie Cox as daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin as earlier in the year we made a discovery of a cast listing which confirmed their appearance in the series.

First Look

Who is Echo?

Her father was of the Cheyenne Nation and secretly a mob enforcer working for the Kingpin. They were good friends, but, at one point, he outlived his purpose and Kingpin decided to gun him down. As Kingpin was about to shoot him, he used his last words to ask that he take care of Maya. When she found her dying father, he reached out to her, leaving a bloody handprint on her face. This becomes a part of Echo’s future costume as she sought to take her revenge from Kingpin, teaming up with Daredevil. The MCU’s version of the character follows a similar story as her father still works for Kingpin but in the MCU it is Ronin, who is Hawkeye’s darker persona, who kills her father. But in the same way as the comics Kingpin is responsible for his death as in the MCU Kingpin sends Ronin after her father.

Official Synopsis

Streaming exclusively on Disney, the origin story of Echo revisits Maya Lopez, whose ruthless behavior in New York City catches up with her in her hometown. She must face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward. Echo also stars Chaske Spencer (Wild IndianThe English), Tantoo Cardinal (Killers of the Flower MoonStumptown), Devery Jacobs (FX’s Reservation DogsAmerican Gods) and Cody Lightning (Hey, Viktor!Four Sheets to the Wind), with Graham Greene (1883Goliath) and Zahn McClarnon (Dark Winds, FX’s Reservation Dogs).

Plot

Kingpin has a deep connection to Echo, as seen in Hawkeye, acting as a father figure for her. However, fans may be wondering how he would return after his death in the series finale for Hawkeye. Fans of the comics will have noticed that his death was an exact remake of a comic book panel from the Daredevil Parts of A Hole comic book in which Kingpin gets shot in the same way but survives and is only left injured in his eye. It seems that the MCU will be adapting this story line. In the comics Daredevil and Echo have a long running relationship deeply connected to her wanting to get revenge from Kingpin for killing her father. Which is the same reason why Echo shoots Kingpin in the series. This paved the way for both characters to return in the Echo series and allows for various different arcs to be explored.

Cast

Echo stars Alaqua Cox as the title character with Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox returning as Daredevil and Kingpin along with Chaske Spencer (Wild IndianThe English), Tantoo Cardinal (Killers of the Flower MoonStumptown), Devery Jacobs (FX’s Reservation DogsAmerican Gods) and Cody Lightning (Hey, Viktor!Four Sheets to the Wind), with Graham Greene (1883Goliath) and Zahn McClarnon (Dark Winds, FX’s Reservation Dogs).

Director

Episodes of the series are directed by Sydney Freeland (Navajo) and Catriona McKenzie (Gunaikurnai). Executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Stephen Broussard, Richie Palmer, Marion Dayre, and Jason Gavin (Blackfeet). Co-executive producers are Amy Rardin, Sydney Freeland, Christina King (Seminole), and Jennifer Booth.

Release date

The Series is scheduled to wrap filming in mid-august so taking into account the regular 5-7 months of Post-production for Marvel Disney Plus shows the Echo series should premiere on Disney Plus around February-April of 2023. So the series hsould premiere on Disney Plus on April 12, 2023.

Also Read: Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin and Charlie Cox’s Daredevil confirmed for Echo.

Night Sky Interview with Chai Hansen and Kiah McKirnan

Night Sky is an upcoming series coming to Prime Video on May 20th, spanning space and time. The series follows Irene (Sissy Spacek) and Franklin York (J.K. Simmons), a couple who, years ago, discovered a chamber buried in their backyard which inexplicably leads to a strange, deserted planet. They’ve carefully guarded their secret ever since, but when an enigmatic young man (Chai Hansen) enters their lives, the Yorks’ quiet existence is quickly upended…and the mystifying chamber they thought they knew so well turns out to be much more than they could ever have imagined.

The supernatural sci-fi series is set to premiere its first episode on Prime Video May 20th and I was able to have a nice chat with stars Chai Hansen who plays Jude and Kiah McKirnan who plays Denise in the series as they spoke about their experience working on a supernatural thriller type series. Chai talked about how it differed from his past experiences in the genre and Kiah spoke on how much more difficult her role was compared to past projects.

Night Sky is a very sci-fi, supernatural and thriller type of a series, so how was it like working on a series like this?

Kiah: Well it was incredible top to bottom, some of the sets were just like out of this world and mind boggling so to be able to play the normal house but then go into a portal, How fantastic is that, it’s pretty rare.

Chai: It was fantastic, we were talking about this just before, It’s such an honor to work with such talented actors as well. Kiah is such a good scene partner. I do really appreciate the intricacies of the emotional nuances of when an actor really brings true authentic emotion to their craft and it’s just an honor to watch them work in the scene with them. So that was one of the things for me that definitely stand out.

Kiah: Ditto!

Chai you have more experience working in shows like this which have more sci-fi and supernatural elements to them, So how was Night Sky more unique and different compared to your past experiences?

Kiah: Good Question!

Chai: Well first of all, I’ve never done anything else other than fantasy sci-fi, it’s kind of my genre. You know, I’ve never played a human before. (laughs) You know the past shows I’ve done I have played a fish, a monkey, so this was definitely a great experience. I think just basically because just the format of the show it’s just so intricate and specific. The script was so specific that you kind of have to really pay attention to what was going on, in some of the other shows you sort of just improvise and go in tangents a bit more. But this was so specific that it was a challenge but also it was so rewarding at the end to see the final product.

Kiah previously you played Anne in ‘Mare of Eastown’ who is much more assured, while here your character is more broken and challenged so how was it playing a character like this?

It was a little bit difficult at times because you had to make decisions for a character who didn’t necessarily make decisions and it was a big deal at the point when Denise was able to kind of let go off all the stuff she was really holding on to that was holding her back, to be able to release that then have a journey after that. It was really exciting and so I look forward to what might happen with her if we’re so lucky to see her again.

It was great watching you both and Thank You for the opportunity to talk.

Thank You and nice to meet you man.

Both Chai and Kiah were very humble to talk to, and it was great fun having a chat with them.

Thank You to the folks at Prime Video for providing this opportunity!

Also, Check out our Interview with Slow Horses Star Christopher Chung!

She-Hulk Confirmed for August 17th Release Date

She-Hulk is one of Marvel Studios’ most highly anticipated upcoming Disney+ series now officially set to premiere on Disney Plus on August 17th, featuring Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters. The series was first announced back at the 2019 D23 Expo by Kevin Feige. Shortly after during the 2020 Disney Investor Day, Feige announced that Tatiana Maslany would be playing the titular role of Jennifer Walters, with Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Hulk and Tim Roth reprising his role as The Abomination, (last seen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

Disney UK Confirms August 17th Release date

Previously rumors had come out which stated that She-Hulk would come out later in the year but I had predicted an August 10th release due to its production information. Disney UK has now listed the series for an August 17th release date.

https://www.disney.co.uk/marvel-on-disney-plus

This is great news since this means that the series is just 3 months away from release. It also means that we should have the first trailer for the series on June 6th which would be 72 days prior to release which is Marvel’s tradition with Disney+ shows and their trailers. This also shows that the series will explore a blood-transfusion between the 2 characters and how Jennifer gets her powers.

Reasons For This date

The series was undergoing reshoots in Atlanta in march, amidst rumours of a possible Jessica Jones appearance. Given the confirmation of Ms. Marvel‘s release, the series will clearly premiere after Ms. Marvel. The show is currently set to end on July 13th, after which the Star Wars series Andor is expected to release. So – if Andor should release afterwards on July 20th, She-Hulk might premiere 2-3 weeks later, on August 3rd or 11th. She-Hulk has also been confirmed to have 10 episodes, so this would have it ending on October 5th. Recently, a Brazillian News website Chippu has also claimed that they had heard that the series would premiere in August, adding more credence to our August 3/10 prediction.

However, recently a rumor has come out which has cast doubt on the date and instead states that the series will debut in late 2022 or early 2023 due to high amounts of VFX left to be done, which would place it in any time between November and January. This rumor is from a less trusted source so should be taken with a grain of salt since no evidence or past rumor has suggested a release that late. Anything is possible but our August 3/10 date seems the most likely till now. This release window has now been confirmed by Disney UK for just a week later on August 17th.

Cast

Kevin Feige announced that Tatiana Maslany would be playing the titular role of Jennifer Walters, with Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Hulk and Tim Roth reprising his role as The Abomination, (last seen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) announced on Twitter that she would be playing the fan-favourite villain Titania. Set photos also revealed pictures of Jameela’s stunt double with Mark Ruffalo. Her casting was previously announced back in June last year and was described as “a glamorous social media influencer, Kardashian-esque with a dark side, alongside Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga (Kidding) will play Walter’s currently unnamed best friend, Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) will be playing a character called Amelia, with Josh Segarra (Arrow) is confirmed to be appearing, playing a currently unknown character.

She-Hulk will be streaming exclusively on Disney Plus August 17th.

Also read Tim Roth’s praise for the series.

Hayden Christensen Teases ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Fight Sequences and Anakin’s Struggle

Obi-Wan Kenobi is the next Star Wars series scheduled to be hitting Disney Plus in just two weeks. The series has been the most anticipated Star Wars series among fans for some time since it marks the return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen after 17 years. The series is set 10 years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat: the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as an evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his eopie in a scene from Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

Arriving May 27, Obi-Wan Kenobi its first 2 episodes together on Disney+ on 27 May. Currently the series is having it’s press tour where during an interview Hayden Christensen spoke about the fight sequences in the series.

Prequel-Inspired Fight Sequences

Hayden Christensen recently spoke with Empire Magazine and gave details about the amazing sequences in the series:

“We’re more in line with the prequels than we are with how the fights are in the original trilogy. These characters have aged, but not that much yet.”

Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) in Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

This is exciting to hear as it shows us that the series will be dealing with the direct problem sleft at the end of Revenge of the Sith.

Anakin’s Struggles

“He’s always going to be struggling with the loss of Padmé. He’s got Anakin buried deep down inside. There always has to be that element of Anakin there, because he does eventually find redemption in the end – through the love of his son, no less. So there has to be that bit of him in there for Luke to be able to access. There’s a lot going on.”

This is great to hear since it shows that we will get to see a side of Vader who is deeply conflicted and is learning the ways of the Sith at the same time

Final Confrontation

With both Christensen and McGregor returning it is inevitable that we see a confrontation between Darth Vader and his old master Kenobi. The first concept art for the series gave us glimpses of this confrontation, now new promo art has given us an even better look.

This confrontation promises to be an emotion one, most likely left for the end of the series. However, with the posters and promo art teasing the fight so much it may appear even earlier in the series. The series will follow Kenobi as he looks over Anakin’s son Luke and is in hiding being a Jedi from the Empire.

Fifth Brother (Sung Kang, center) and Stormtroopers in a scene from Lucasfilm’s OBI-WAN KENOBI, exclusively on Disney+. © 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

Preparation for The Series

The series released a final trailer last week which gave us a new look at Kenobi’s return and a first live-action look at The Inquisitors who audiences were first introduced to in the animated Star Wars: Rebels. So it may be helpful to catch up on the series before Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres. It may also be helpful to watch The Clone Wars animated series which gives a lot more depth to the relationship between Anakin and Kenobi. We may even revisit some sequences from the series in live-action since Hayden Christensen is also returning. Watch the full trailer for the show below.

Also Read our Season 1 Review for Moon Knight.

Sneakerella Review: A Fun Mess

This is our Review of the Disney+ original film Sneakerella, set to stream exclusively on Disney+ on the 13th of May. Set in the vibrant street-sneaker subculture of New York City, Sneakerella is a high-energy, music-driven movie that puts a contemporary twist on the “Cinderella” fairy tale. 

Messy, But Fun

Sneakerella is the latest in the extensive history of films that tell the classical Cinderella story with a modern twist. This iteration of the trope tries to appeal to the younger generation with cool pop-culture references and “Sneakers”. The film is a blast at times but it’s general inconsistency of quality and tone greatly take away from the experience. Yes, it sounds like a laughable concept and it is, but it’s important to remember that it is definitely a concept that could appeal to kids. The film does well in that aspect in a way that it ends up being a Disney Channel movie rather than something you would want to advertise your shiny subscription service with.

A Cinderella Story

Sneakerella follows our Cinderella character El a teenage boy who is an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens who hides his artistic talent from his overburdened stepfather and two mean-spirited stepbrothers who constantly thwart any opportunity that comes his way. His Prince Charming comes in the form of Kira King, the daughter of a basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King. With a little nudge from his best friend and a sprinkle of Fairy Godfather magic, El finds the courage to use his talent to pursue his dream of becoming a ‘legit’ sneaker designer in the industry. The film’s plot itself is quite messy and the way the film starts is a disservice to some of the more fun and heartfelt moments throughout the it. Sneakerella adds its emotional touch with the classic Cinderella loss of parent plot point, in this case El has lost his mother. His passion for sneakers comes from her so this allows the audience to feel for him. The film really shines when it focuses on those classic Cinderella tropes where showcase the differences in the lives of El and Kira. To the point where after watching it made me log onto Disney+ and re-watch Cinderella.

A Blast for Kids

Yes, it sounds like a laughable concept and it is, but it’s important to remember that it is definitely something that will appeal to younger viewers. Both El and Kira are quite lovable characters so it really endears you into both of their dreams and wishes. The film does well in that aspect in a way that it ends up being a fun Disney Channel movie rather than something you would want to advertise your shiny premium subscription service with. There are a lot of flashy, colorful and creative scenes with paint and sneaker which are truly mesmerizing and fun to watch. The friendship between El and Sami and how they navigate his crush on Kira naturally lends itself to be great for kids to enjoy and relate to.

Runtime and Music

A lot of extra plot lines are forced in to the film for a more modern, really taking way from the narrative. The film is also quite long, having a runtime of nearly 2 hours. Which really isn’t needed and just takes away from the film. A faster pace would’ve definitely been able to iron out the films messy plot into a more linear story. The music in the film is great, almost feeling like a Linn Manuel Miranda soundtrack akin to West Side Story and In The Heights at times, but never really at that level. With the film’s rendition of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” being a clear highlight. The music has a lot of energy combining multiple genres like rap and hip hop into the soundtrack. This provides for a high energy package.

Final Thoughts

Sneakerella is a truly bizarre concept of a film which provides a blast of a journey which may be entertaining to kids and teenagers but really doesn’t provide much for adults. The plot itself is never able to grip you in and the writing really falls flat at times. This is what Disney Channel movies were mocked for being, having great music, poor writing and a messy plot.

Watch Sneakerella exclusively on Disney+ May 13, 2022.

Also Read our Review for Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight.

‘Doctor Strange in The Multiverse Of Madness’ estimates increase to $187 Million Domestic and $460 Million Worldwide Opening Weekend

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is the culmination of the Multiverse saga for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, continuing stories directly setup in WandaVision, Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home. So a grand box office for the film has always been the expectation from fans and box office experts alike. The film has made $185 million in it’s domestic Box Office opening weekend, becoming the eleventh biggest domestic opening weekend of all time and the biggest of the year. Disney has now updated this estimate to $187 Million so it seems the film’s actuals will be even higher than previously thought.

Biggest Opening Weekend of 2022 and 10th Biggest Ever

Final numbers for the film’s Opening Weekend Box Office have just come out and the film has made a Grand $187 Million, managing to easily become the No.1 film of the weekend and the Biggest Opening Weekend of the year. The Film has also become the 11th Biggest Opening Weekend of all time. Beating WB’s The Batman’s 24 hour Ticket Pre-sales amount. Trades like Box Office Pro had forecasted the film for a $165 – 205 Million opening weekend. The Film landed exactly there with $185 Million.

Estimates Increased – Monday

Disney has now updated their estimates to a higher $187 Million so it is likely that the actuals for the film will be closer to $190 Million. We should finally get the film’s actual box office opening weekend earnings number today.

We have been seeing through the week that forecasts continued to increase, reflecting the stellar ticket sales and online trends, Marvel already announced that they had made $42 Million in pre-sales as of last week so a big opening weekend was expected. The film had already made $90 Million on it’s first day so an opening this big was always on the cards.

Our Forecast:

Domestic Total – $500 Million

Worldwide Opening Weekend – $460 Million

Worldwide Total – $950 Million – $1.1 Billion

Marvel Studios continues Box Office Domination

The film premiered this Friday and had a lot of things going in it’s favor, trending daily along with Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch. It is also a direct continuation of the events in Spider-Man: No Way Home which was the Box Office King of the last 2 years, making almost $1.9 Billion worldwide. Doctor Strange has also become a household name since his first film, playing a big role in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way Home which currently stand as the No.2, No.5 and No.6 highest box office grosses of all time. While, Wanda Maximoff of The Scarlet Witch has also become a fan-favorite character after she got her own hit series WandaVision. The film was predicted to debut even higher but has still debuted at a very high spot.

Stay tuned for all the latest updates for Doctor Strange in The Multiverse Of Madness and many more as the film hits theaters May 6.