Tuesday, July 9, 2019

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a Triumph, a Must See!

Spider-Man: Far From Home arrived in theaters last week facing impossible expectations. In story continuity, it directly follows Avengers: Endgame, released just a few months ago to record-breaking box office success. In terms of its own internal story continuity, it follows the enjoyable Spider-Man: Homecoming, an admirably human film that followed the world-spanning action of Captain America: Civil War by scaling down the action and taking a more personal focus on protagonist Peter Parker, aka the teenage hero Spider-Man. Marvel has had a long series of triumphs lately, both in its main, Disney-produced Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and in the affiliated Spider-Man movies produced by Sony Pictures under a separate license. That sets the bar for Spider-Man: Far From Home almost embarrassingly high.

But the film clears that bar seemingly without effort. It’s an out-and-out triumph, an adrenaline blast of pure action and emotion that lives up to its predecessors and ably forwards the MCU story in memorable and even touching ways.

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Kevin Feige Speaks on the Future of Marvel, Acquiring X-Men and MCU’s First Asian Superhero

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has more than enough reasons to be happy right now. His latest superhero extravaganza Avengers: Endgame is on the road to becoming the highest grossing film of all time (it stands at the second slot right now, only behind Avatar) and has been incredibly received and appreciated by the audience.

Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that also gives closure to the story arcs of its superheroes – Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow.

Marvel and Kevin have all this while maintained a stoic silence about the future of MCU and what lies in store in Phase 4.

Kevin, during an exclusive media interaction on the sidelines of promoting Avengers: Endgame, had, however, hinted about the future Marvel films and how he plans to make the characters more diverse, now that Disney has acquired rights for X-Men from Fox.

Here are excerpts from the conversation:

Harry Styles, Miles Teller & More in the Running to Play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's Biopic

Five young actors have tested for the part of the King of Rock and Roll in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic. 

Ansel Elgort, the Baby Driver star who is about to start shooting Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story; Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron; & Miles Teller, the Whiplash actor who will be in the Top Gun sequel, tested for the filmmaker last week. 

Also taking part in the testing for the Warner Bros. project were British singer-songwriter turned actor Harry Styles and Austin Butler, who appeared on TV’s The Shannara Chronicles and has a role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tom Hanks is already on board the project as Col. Tom Parker, the legendary manager who controlled every aspect of Elvis' life. The movie is described as focusing on the late entertainer's rise and zenith, with a major aspect being his relationship with Parker. 

The lead role is expected to be filled in the coming weeks.

Mark Wahlberg In Talks To Replace Chris Evans In Paramount’s "Infinite"

Mark Wahlberg is reportedly in discussions to replace Chris Evans in Antoine Fuqua’s  Infinite.  Paramount has set an August 7 2020 release date for the action movie.

The pic is based on D. Eric Maikranz’s novel The Reincarnationist Papers and revolves around Evan Michaels, a man haunted by memories of two past lives. He stumbles upon a centuries-old secret society of similar individuals who make up the Cognomina, possessing total recall of their past lives and whose members have been agents of change throughout history. He seeks to join their ranks.

Variety reports that Evans couldn’t commit to the project due to scheduling issues.