Big Marvel Movie Contracts Are Being Phased Out, Per Kevin Feige – /Film

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Marvel Studios revealed that its first-ever animated series “What If?” will be released on Aug. 11, with new episodes dropping on Disney Plus every Wednesday. VarietyMarvel’s ‘What If?’ Series Coming to Disney Plus in August, Drops New Trailer

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Feige also announced that Jeffrey Wright had been cast as the Watcher, who narrates the series. Goldblum later indicated in November that Robert Downey Jr. would be reprising his role as Tony Stark in the series. wikipedia.orgWhat If...? (TV series)

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Once upon a time, believe it or not, the superhero movie landscape was in a state where the idea of committing oneself to a multi-picture contract to star in them was something of a turn-off to many actors. Obviously, others didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance and that’s a major reason why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown into an unstoppable juggernaut today. Somewhat surprisingly Kevin Feige has indicated that the studio has reversed course and stepped back from insisting on these lucrative but massive contracts.

Samuel L. Jackson holds the unofficial record for Marvel’s most long-term commitment at nine films (including cameos) as SHIELD stalwart Nick Fury, while many of the core Avengers cast signed on for six picture deals that occasionally would need to be re-upped as the shared universe expanded further and further — by all accounts, this had even been occurring quite recently, too. But perhaps that was an indication of a shift in preference towards shorter contracts, as Feige himself commented on Marvel’s past history in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (h/t ScreenCrush):

“[Long-term contracts] got a lot of attention way back when, with I think Scarlett [Johansson], and [Chris] Hemsworth and [Chris] Evans and Sam Jackson. It varies now.

It varies, project to project, cast to cast. Really, what we want are people that come in, are excited to be in the universe, are excited at the opportunity to do more things, as opposed to being locked into contractual obligations.”

For as much popularity and success as they’ve enjoyed on the big screen, Marvel’s proficiency behind-the-scenes in terms of dealing with the business side of the industry shouldn’t be discounted. Countless eyebrows were raised when those deals were first announced with much fanfare, but it’d be a safe bet that Feige knows that the MCU is in a very different place now than when it first sprang into existence back in 2008.

Audiences love superheroes, that much is clear, but I’d say they love the specific actors embodying those heroes even more. Marvel was smart to establish a strong sense of continuity and stability early on (Ed Norton’s Bruce Banner and Terrence Howard’s Rhodes excepted), reinventing their stable of C-tier heroes in large part due to plenty of smart choices on the part of casting director Sarah Finn. Now, however, the MCU sees itself at a crossroads where newer characters will be taking the place of the old guard. If viewers are able to go along with, say, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) filling in Captain America’s shoes, then it makes perfect sense to reflect that adaptability with their deal-making as well.

At this point, Feige & Co. seem to know what they’re doing. We wouldn’t bet against their business acumen just yet.

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Marvel Studios Executive Teases Multiple Animated Shows In Development

Screen Rant 10 July, 2021 - 02:05pm

Marvel Studios exploring the animation world with Marvel's What If...? opens up the MCU to plenty of possibilities. The recent What If... trailer gave audiences a glimpse of exactly what can happen. The multiverse-centric story includes alternate versions of Peggy Carter, Black Panther, Killmonger, Thor, Gamora, and other MCU characters, with most of the show's cast comprised of MCU actors. After the promising look at What If...?, it appears that more animated MCU content is on the way.

Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt is a Production and Development executive at Marvel Studios, and she celebrated the release of the What If...? trailer by sharing it on her LinkedIn page (via The Direct). Her post included a caption that read, "Get ready for the first of many amazing animation series! Thrilled to be working with these talented crews!" This heavily teases that Marvel Studios already has multiple animated shows in development. No shows beyond Marvel's What If...? are confirmed at this time.

As for what animated shows Marvel Studios could be working on already, Feige already confirmed Marvel's What If...? season 2 is happening, so that could be one. There were also rumors a few years ago that Marvel Studios was developing Power Pack as an animated show instead of a live-action movie as once imagined. If more Marvel Studios animated shows are coming, then it will be interesting to see if they are all part of the main MCU continuity or if any are completely separate. It will also be fascinating to see if any help push the main storylines and characters forward.

The potential of Marvel Studios making more animated content also opens up some exciting possibilities thanks to Disney. While Marvel's What If...? looks to have good animation teams behind it, Marvel Studios could also work with Pixar or Walt Disney Animation Studios on new animated shows, or even movies. Such a collaboration could be a huge win for all parties, especially after great fan art of the Avengers in Disney's animated form. Now, fans will just have to wait and see what other animated MCU shows are announced in the future.

Source: Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt [via The Direct]

All The Hypothetical Scenarios Covered In Marvel’s ’What If’

UPROXX 09 July, 2021 - 03:33pm

The show’s premise is simple: exploring all the various hypothetical situations that could have completely changed the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, as simple as that might sound in theory, the results look as complex as they are exciting.

Since the show was announced a few years back, we’ve gotten a few glimpses at what we can expect from it. In the latest trailer, several of the premises of the ten-episode mini-series were revealed. Based on all these clips, we’ve compiled a list of what the show will cover, as well as what films are sure to be explored. Here are the various questions we’ll get answers to in the upcoming series.

Out of all the scenarios we’ve seen, this one is the least out there but is still incredibly exciting. Referring to herself as Captain Carter, this episode will put Peggy front and center as everyone’s favorite shield-wielding Avenger. While it’s unclear what Steve is up to while Peggy is saving the day, it wouldn’t surprise us if their love is so strong it spans multiverses. However, if we’re being a bit bleak, it also wouldn’t surprise us if the feeble-but-brave soldier didn’t make it without the serum. Either way, it looks like we’re in for quite the treat and some real badassery from an already beloved character.

While Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa is going to be an extremely emotional watch, the idea of seeing the late actor reprise his iconic role (well, kind of) one last time is heartwarming. In this episode, What If will explore what would have happened if Yondu had abducted T’Challa rather than Peter Quill all those years ago. Rather than become the Black Panther, T’Challa steps into the jet-pack-equipped shoes of Star Lord in this hypothetical tale. Whether we see a goofier side of T’Challa — or a more serious side of Star Lord — it’s an interesting combo we can’t wait to see.

2008’s Iron Man is the one that started it all, making the idea of seeing it play out different pretty mind-boggling. Whereas the first movie placed Iron Man in a position where he intimately learned the cost of war, there’s no telling how meeting Erik would shape his opinions on warfare. Would he use his money and resources aid Erik, or perhaps try to find a way to help him through more peaceful means? In addition, what would this change mean for the way the entire MCU played out? Would the Avengers still form? Would Civil War ever happen? While this isn’t the wackiest situation on this list (just wait until you read the next one), it doesn’t have far-reaching consequences for nearly every character.

While this might seem absolutely wild — and it’s kind of is — this episode actually draws inspiration from an incredibly famous series of comics written by none other than The Walking Dead author Robert Kirkman. The story unfolds when Fantastic Four leader Reed Richards opens a portal to a zombie dimension where superheroes retain their intelligence and powers but are driven by the need to feed on human flesh. The entire series is infamously gruesome and bleak — much like The Walking Dead — and it will certainly be interesting watching Marvel embrace that in a Disney+ series.

Based on the trailers we’ve seen, in addition to the four hypothetical scenarios listed above we’re also going to see episodes providing unique takes on Iron Man 2, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, the first Thor movie, and Infinity War/Endgame. If they’re anything like the others — or perhaps even more out there — we’re in for quite the time with What If hits August 11.

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