Sony & Marvel Studios have struck a whole new Spider-Man deal for the MCU

Sometimes relationships hit a bump and the involved parties take some time apart to try and figure out what their future without one another might look like. Often times that break leads them right back together, and they decide to give it another go with no guarantee the same issues won’t come back up in the future.

But for the moment, the parties are happy with their return.

That’s the case with Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios/Disney as after a summer spent wondering what was next for both after they had a pretty public breakup in regards to Spider-Man, the two studios are working together again. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a new deal has been struck and the two studios will share the friendly neighborhood hero for two more films, one solo Spider-Man film and one other to be named MCU movie (which would likley be something Avengers level big).

Not only are they back together, but they already have staked claim to July 16, 2021 as the date for the next entry in the Spider-Man saga within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is sure to brings sighs of relief to many since the most recent film Spider-Man: Far From Home left on a pretty huge hard to forget or ignore cliffhanger.

Jon Watts, who directed both MCU Spidey films, is in talks to return for the third film.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Marvel and Feige will lead point once more on the creative side for the co-produced film. Details about the deal have not been verified or released, meaning whether Disney or Sony ended up getting a bigger or lesser piece of the pie (originally Disney was getting none of the box office as part of the previous deal) is unknown.

Some sort of compromise or public enduced change or something came about though that made the parties return to the table and hammer out a deal after being so seemingly adamant that it was unlikely.

This previously unprecedented deal has been very fruitful for both sides, as Far From Home was the first Spider-Man starring film to blow past a billion at the box office and Marvel has been able to have Spider-Man, one of thier most iconic characters, stand alongside other big heroes for the biggest moments of their shared universe saga in recent years.

There is no telling what the future will hold though. There is a chance that they could have figured something out that can make future deals easier, or perhaps in a few years time we’ll all be going through this public break up spectacle once more.

We can only hope for the best, and enjoy the more MCU Spider-Man on its way while we can.

Hulu reportedly passes on Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider series

It turns out that the Ghost Rider may not ride again.

After picking up the Gabriel Luna starring Ghost Rider series, which was not to be related to Luna’s appearances as the character on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., alongside a series about Damion Hellstrom it seems Hulu is passing on the Rider, according to Deadline.

While Hellstrom is on track reportedly, Hulu and the creators behing Ghost Rider reportedly came to a creative impasse and the streaming network passed on the series. Hulu currently is home to Marvel’s Runaways and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger with the animated quintet of shows Marvel’s Howard the Duck, Marvel’s MODOK, Marvel’s Tigra and Dazzler Show, Marvel’s Hit-Monkey and Marvel’s The Offenders on the way.

Becuase the series is a Marvel property and becuase Disney already basically owns Hulu (they began a long process buyout from Comcast earlier this year), it seems unlikely that the show would find a home on any non-Disney platform since the House of Mouse is seemingly consolidating most of their content.

Depending on the content level it could end up on Disney+ but that depends on if they want to fit it alongside the already planned Marvel Studios show plans on that platform, since Ghost Rider is from the separate Marvel TV banner.

Rey seemingly takes a dark turn in new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage

Things have been relatively quiet on the footage front when it comes to December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, following the spring time release of the film’s first teaser trailer. Attendees of the Disney D23 conference were treated to a footage reel that featured mostly a montage to the series as a whole but contained some nuggets of new footage for the final film of the Skywalker saga.

Now that footage has officially been released online.

There are flashes of numerous heroes and villains and fleets and beloved characters, but one thing that stood out, easily verified by even a curoursy scan of social media, is the image of Rey seemingly having a dark turn. Clad in dark robes she shows off a pretty cool dual red bladed lightsaber that can extend into a lightsaber staff very similar to Darth Maul’s.

Emperor Palpetine seemingly fits into this film in some way meaning Rey’s turn could be anything from a Force vision to her actually being turned or her pretending to be turned to get to Kylo Ren or any other number of things.

For the time being the scene serves the purpose of getting folks talking, and that seems to be working.

Directed by the returning J.J. Abrams, the film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher. It opens on December 20.

Emperor Palpetine looms in the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster

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If the ominous cackle at the end of the first teaser trailer wasn’t enough of a hint about a villain from Star Wars’ past potentially being tied to the end of the Skywalker saga, the newest poster should help with that.

Released during Disney’s D23 Conference then shared on Twitter, the first poster for this December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker featured the heroic Rey and villainous Kylo Ren in mid-lightsaber battle while the haunting image of Emperor Palpatine hovers evilly above them.

How Palpetine might tie into things is very unclear since the evil emperor seemingly met his demise at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Over the years it’s become common to see Jedi masters return from the realm of death as force ghosts, outside of Anakin Skywalker, once he renounced evil, we haven’t seen anyone from the Dark Side really truly have that ability. Perhaps that is about to change, or something else entirely is at play.

We will find out soon enough, either way.

Directed by the returning J.J. Abrams, the film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher. It opens on December 20.

Marvel Studios’ Externals adds Kit Harrington, Gemma Chan & Barry Keoghan to cast

During San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Studios laid out a lot of their upcoming docket from big screen films to shows on Disney+ that tie inot that film universe. One of those films was the Externals, starring the ancient Marvel characters, that had quite a star studded cast already.

After various rumors surfaced online, during the Disney D-23 Conference it was made official that Gemma Chan (who played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel) and Kit Harrington are part of the cast playing the characters of the External hero Sersi and the non-External Dane Whitman (also known as the Black Knight) respectively. Also joining the cast is Barry Keoghan playing the villainous External known as Druig.

Immortal beings created by the universal entities known as the Celestials, the Externals were one of many Jack Kirby creations in the Marvel Universe. Their presence and prominance in the comics has shifted back and forth over the years.

Sersi and Whitman though not only have both served as Avengers together, mostly in the 90s, but were characters that had a very dramaitc at times romantic relationship. Whether that plays into the film is unknown.

Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film also stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena. The film opens in theaters on November 6, 2020.

Marvel Studios reveals release date for Black Panther sequel

It was never a question of if but when in regards to Marvel Studios returning to Wakanda and the adventures of the Black Panther & his friends and family. Now the when has been officially answered.

During a panel at Disney’s D-23 Conference it was announced that Ryan Coogler is returning to direct Black Panther II, not the official title, which will debut in theaters on May 06, 2022.

Coogler will work on writing and directing the film which will see Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and Martin Freeman all return to their roles from the previous film. All but Freeman has appeared since the first film was a hit in 2018, showing up in Infinity War and Endgame where their places within the Marvel Cinematic Universe were grown and cemented.

There are a lot of questions that will no doubt come with the film from the foe to how things will go in the film, especially since during Endgame time leapt forward five years meaning that Wakanda was without its king and the rest of the royal family for five years and might have made some changes or such since it was assumed he might never return.

Whether this film will be used to wrap up the previously announced Phase 4 of films or to kick off Phase 5 is not clear at the moment, but now fans know exactly when the next part of the story will happen.

Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends to debut on Disney Junior in 2021

As Disney & Sony are seemingly still over odds about how or if Spider-Man will continue to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or settle into Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, Disney is making sure they still have a Spider-Man related offering for some fans.

As reported by Variety, Disney Junior will be the home of a brand new animated series Spidey and His Amazing Friends, the first full length series for the network, starring Peter Parker as well as his amazing friends Gwen Stacy/Ghost Spider and Miles Morales/Spider-Man in 2021. Geared towards Preschoolers and their family, the series will follow the trio along with other heroes like Hulk, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel and more in their battle against evil.

“Preschool kids already love Spidey, so they’ll be delighted to have Peter Parker thwipping across their screens in this new series” Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment Senior Vice President Cort Lane in a statement. “Everyone at Marvel is thrilled to launch our first preschool series on Disney Junior, the gold standard platform for the audience. We believe parents and kids will be excited about these stories filled with themes of friendship, cooperation, solving problems and using your abilities to help others.”

The series will debut at some point in 2021.