Jon Watts Hopes To Bring Back Another Homecoming Character In Future Spider-Man Films

Although Peter Parker was accompanied by numerous familiar faces during Spider-Man: Far From Home, including Ned, MJ, Flash Thompson and Betty Brant, the fact of the matter is that a lot of the folks in their class were brand new, like Brad Davis, who was a middle schooler right before they disappeared. So it would be interesting to explore the other half of that new status quo and see what Liz’s life is like as an adult.

People Are Shaming Jason Momoa For Not Being In Aquaman Shape

There’s a not insignificant chance that if Jason Momoa is onscreen in a movie or TV show, he’s going to be shirtless. The actor has made a career playing badass characters like Aquaman, that often allow him to show off his impressive physique. It turns out that some people are quite attached to that physique because they are shaming Jason Momoa for not being in Aquaman shape in a recent photo.

First, check out the photo of Jason Momoa in question:

This image from US Weekly’s Instagram apparently shows Jason Momoa while he is on vacation in Venice. You’d think this was the first image of a new superhero costume, because let’s just say people have opinions on it with some shaming the Aquaman actor’s physique. One person even called him fat, saying:

Well, that is quite the stretch. Without seeing the picture, based on this comment alone you might think Jason Momoa was hoping to jump from DC’s Aquaman to Marvel’s Blob. Jason Momoa isn’t even remotely fat in this photo; he just isn’t cut in the way that we are used to seeing him onscreen. For some people that disparity is the problem. One commenter said:

Jason Momoa is carrying a little bit more fat or water weight, but he still clearly has abs. His six-pack isn’t popping like an action figure and apparently for some that is cause enough to shame him. This is of course ignoring the fact that he is literally on vacation and not actively training to look like a superhero. One person even implied his body doesn’t look manly anymore, saying:

Pretty absurd stuff considering the actor is 6-foot-4 and in good shape. Fortunately, comments such as these were in the minority, with many coming to Jason Momoa’s defense and quite a few saying they even prefer the actor this way. One commenter made sure to let everyone know that Jason Momoa is still attractive, saying:

This was a common sentiment on Instagram, with many professing their love for Jason Momoa and whatever physique he has. Of course, saying that Jason Momoa has a dad bod in this photo is far from accurate. He’s just a fit dude who’s not actively training at the moment.

It’s extremely difficult to remain chiseled year-round, and it requires constant training and a strict diet to maintain the low body fat percentage to look like a superhero. And again, he is on vacation and not being paid to work out at the moment. So definitely not a dad bod, as one Instagram commenter made hilariously clear:

Indeed, Jason Momoa’s so-called ‘dad bod’ is likely an aspirational goal for many people and what they would hope their ‘after’ photo would look like. His physique here is definitely not unhealthy or something the actor should be ashamed of. He’s living a great life though, so I doubt he’s too worried about it.

For those ridiculously lamenting Jason Momoa’s abs, there is nothing to worry about. Unless DC goes the Thor route from Avengers: Endgame, I expect Jason Momoa will be back in his peak physical condition for Aquaman 2. Before that DC sequel arrives in 2022, Jason Momoa will be back onscreen next year as Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.

Check out our premiere guide to prep for all the biggest movies still coming this year and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.

Rumor: News About Enchanted 2 Is Finally Coming

Since that was seven months ago, it’s definitely imaginable that since Disenchanted has pushed farther along with final drafts, the logistics of budget and music and an announcement is on the way. But on the other hand, the project was first introduced back in 2010, reportedly at one point production was to begin in 2017… which obviously didn’t happen either. We’ll have to take this rumor with a grain of salt because in this case, seeing is believing.

Annabelle Vs. Chucky: Who’s The Better Killer Doll?

 

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There are Mary Shaw’s dummies in Dead Silence, the creepy puppets from the Puppet Master franchise, that fiendish clown from Poltergeist, and even Gary Busey as The Gingerdead Man. Yet, there are no bloodthirsty inanimate objects quite as iconic as The Conjuring’s Annabelle or the main boogeyman found in Child’s Play, Chucky.

Annabelle and Chucky have been terrorizing unsuspecting innocents for decades, if you count the alleged real-life haunting history that inspired Annabelle, but more on that later. The killer dolls both returned to the big screen this summer in Annabelle Comes Home and a modern reimagining of Child’s Play with a new twist on the character and featuring the voice of Mark Hamill.

While Annabelle Comes Home has made double the killing at the box office over the Child’s Play remake, the real competition lies in the question of which of these dolls is the deadliest. While there is little chance of an Annabelle vs. Chucky crossover movie anytime soon, we can have our own little hypothetical battle right here. Who will win?

Annabelle

Other than Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s portrayals of real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, the most essential connective tissue of The Conjuring Universe is little, creepy-ass doll known as Annabelle. Behind her lingering stare and devilish grin is exactly what you might expect: pure, relentless evil.

Inspired by Ed and Lorraine Warren’s investigation of a haunted Raggedy Ann doll in the 1970s, Annabelle turned out to be a real scene-stealer in James Wan’s 2013 smash hit The Conjuring before starring in her own self-titled spin-off a year later and its sequels: Annabelle: Creation in 2017 and Annabelle Comes Home this year. The character, or “artifact” if you will, has since become, arguably, the most recognizable symbol for evil in The Conjuring Universe.

The thing is, that is all Annabelle really is: a symbol. The doll itself does not walk, talk, or even kill. Other than the occasional slow head turn or suspension of gravity, Annabelle rarely moves because the doll is merely a vessel for which a demon attaches itself to in order to wreak havoc on anyone near.

The demon in question, however, is one mean son of a gun. It manipulates objects and people’s minds’ to nightmarish effect, throws people across rooms like a piece of garbage, has no sympathy for children, and when its appearance is revealed during a pivotal scene of 2014’s Annabelle, it makes the initially unsettling doll appear as friendly as a Barbie.

Annabelle has the bare minimum of requirements to make you an assured victim of pediophobia (fear of dolls). However, if you already had a fear of dolls prior to the birth The Conjuring Universe, perhaps it was the fault of Annabelle’s opponent in this competition for deadly doll superiority.

Chucky

It may sound like the name that bears purity and innocence, but nowadays, when you hear the name “Chucky,” you cannot help but picture the sociopathic, red-headed, bloodthirsty menace. He is a selfish, uncompromising merchant of death driven by his own inhumanity, most likely because he is barely human himself.

At one time, Chucky was the human Lakeshore Strangler Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) until Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) shot him in the chest in the climax of an intense chase through a toy store at the beginning of 1988’s Child’s Play. With his fate quickly approaching, Ray finds a solution in a doll part of the popular “Good Guy” toyline, which he transmits his soul into by the use of black magic.

When Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) finds a good deal on a “Good Guy” for her son Andy (Alex Vincent) from a street peddler, on the very night she brings it home, strange and tragic things begin to happen. Soon, she discovers that her son’s toy is a new incarnation of a sadistic, foul-mouthed murderer who will stop at nothing to find a new human body to take over.

What sets Chucky apart from other possessed toys of sinister intent is that he has a real “animated” personality that is bigger than his own body, aside from the fact that he is able to walk and talk in his mostly rubber form. He is a criminal of passion, in the sense that he has a real passion for cold-blooded murder and has a snarky quip to follow every kill as an expression of his satisfaction.

While Chucky’s kills are often very gruesome and he obviously loves his knife, he has also been known to take advantage of the supernatural to aid him in his treachery. In the original Child’s Play, when Charles Lee Ray is not strangling innocent people in cold blood, he is practicing voodoo with the help of a man named Dr. Death (Raymond Oliver), whom Chucky, in his doll body, later kills using a voodoo doll.

It is also through the use of voodoo that Chucky transmits the soul of Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly) into the body of a doll to make her his wife in Bride of Chucky. It also explains how Chucky manages to return for a Child’s Play sequel (which there are six) no matter how many times he is “killed.”

The secret to Chucky’s enduring villainy is not black magic, however, but the love of his fans. Horror hounds come back to see the killer doll in action, even when things got really weird in Seed of Chucky when he and his bride Tiffany have a child, because his dark wit and inventive sadism has made him one of the most beloved slashers in cinematic history.

Annabelle Vs. Chucky

What scares you more: A knife-wielding, trash-talking toy brought to life by the soul of a serial killer or a doll with a grim, unchanging expression with an unwaveringly evil spirit attached to it?

The similarities between Chucky and Annabelle, in essence, begin and end with the juxtaposing appearances of being harmless child’s playthings with more sinister agendas. With that in mind, both have the advantage of being the last suspect any logically-minded person would consider in a murder investigation and could make any deadly occurrence look like an accident.

As for how deadly each doll really is, Annabelle, despite a few fatal encounters, has never been much of a killer. The demon that resides in the doll is less concerned with taking lives and more interested in claiming souls in attempt to possess the living.

Chucky has a similar goal, given that his plastic body was only meant to be temporary at first, but he has no trouble slashing people up until he finds a human host. In fact, as of 2017’s Cult of Chucky, the doll has racked up a body count of 38 since the original Child’s Play, with a new inventive method for each victim and funny quip to match.

Annabelle, even during her films’ most frightening moments, is never the scariest thing about a scene. The doll’s unchanging expression is deeply unsettling, but severely lacks in personality.

What makes Chucky so entertaining and memorable is how animated and menacing he is and his relentlessness to keep anyone out of his way, even after “death,” makes him a force to be reckoned with. Annabelle is not nearly as deadly and will never be as iconic as Chucky.

Annabelle, your grim expression and demonic deeds make you the stuff of nightmares. However, Chucky’s endless tirade of carnage and gigglishly evil and lively persona earns him this win.

Who doll haunts your nightmares: Annabelle or Chucky?

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Listen To Beyonce’s New Song From The Lion King

As a song, “Pride” open with some vocalists singing in Swahili. It is the same language used in the opening lines of “The Circle of Life”, as well as various other songs in the Lion King Broadway musical. Eventually it switches to English, as Beyonce takes over lead vocals. It’s a song clearly about Simba, where Nala is encouraging her childhood friend to return to Pride Rock, and dethrone his treacherous Uncle Scar. That’s exactly why Nala leaves the community, and searches for her future King in the jungle.

Walt Disney World’s Toy Story Land Filled Google Street View With Pixar Easter Eggs

Pixar is known for making emotional movies that tug at our heartstrings. It’s also known for filling the backgrounds of those emotional stories with fun easter eggs for fans to go looking for. Finding a new easter egg after repeat viewings of a favorite Pixar film is always fun. It’s one of the reasons fans watch the movies over and over again.

However, it seems that Pixar is no longer content with simply filling its movies with easter eggs. Now, Disney has taken things to the next level and filled real life with Pixar easter eggs, in a manner of speaking. Much of Walt Disney World is viewable through Google’s Street View, and that includes the newest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land. Recently, it was discovered that the Google cameras captured a number of Pixar references that were planted by Disney within the land itself specifically for Street View. Check them out below.

Toy Story’s Sid

Sid is the “villain” of the original Toy Story, and is known for taking toys apart and putting them together in slightly disturbing ways. He’s easily recognizable by his skull t-shirt, which also id’s him as the garbage man seen briefly in Toy Story 3.

It seems that Sid has made his way to Andy’s backyard, as near the massive Luxo Ball (another popular Pixar easter egg) a man can be seen wearing the same skull shirt.

Finding Nemo Backpack

In addition to being one of Pixar’s most popular movies, Finding Nemo has also been an easter egg in other Pixar movies. Boo has a toy Nemo fish in Monsters Inc, and a board game starring the missing clownfish can be seen in Riley’s memory in Inside Out.

Another Nemo easter egg can be found if you follow the path between the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction and the Woody’s Lunchbox quick service eatery. There you’ll find a woman standing alone looking at some of the cool decorations of Toy Story Land, and she has a little Nemo hanging from her backpack.

The Blue Umbrella

While most of the easter eggs hidden in Google Street view are references to Pixar features, one of them in a reference to a popular short. The Blue Umbrella followed the title character, an apparently sentient umbrella, being carried by somebody on a busy city street. He sees a red umbrella that he falls for and attempts to get closer to her. It’s a beautiful, nearly silent tale of romance, and at Toy Story Land we see that the two umbrellas are still together.

The pair can be seen on one of the walkways overlooking the popular Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster.

A113

A113 is probably the single most popular easter egg in all of animation. It’s a reference to a particular classroom at CalARTS, where many great animators learned their craft. Because so many have been through room A113 (not just those that worked for Disney), the reference can be found in many animated films, but since so many of Pixar’s top talents went to school there, the number pops up frequently in Pixar movies.

The number can be found on the t-shirt of somebody who is posing for a picture. If you follow the same path where we found the Nemo easter egg behind Toy Story Midway Mania, you’ll find this one.

Pizza Planet Truck

In the original Toy Story, Woody and Buzz find themselves on board a delivery truck for a place called Pizza Planet. While this would seem to be a minor plot detail, for whatever reason the Pizza Planet truck, in one form or another, has made in it into nearly every Pixar movie since.

It can also be found in Toy Story Land of course. While a place to actually buy pizza was apparently too easy, instead, you can find a mother holding a toy version of the Pizza Planet truck in front of an (apparently empty) stroller at one of the tables surrounding Woody’s Lunchbox.

Coco Guitar

Pixar is the animation studio at Disney that is not known for its music. While Coco wasn’t musical in the Disney tradition, it is a movie largely about music, and a very special guitar plays an important role in the film.

That guitar can be seen across from the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction, on the bench outside the restrooms. A young girl looks to be playing the guitar for a friend. We would have to assume the song being played is “Remember Me.”

Buy N’ Large

Buy N’ Large is the massive corporation responsible for sending humanity into space in Wall-E, as well as the company mostly responsible for the waste that has required people to go to space in the first place. Since then, the company has shown up as an easter egg in other Pixar films, including as a race sponsor in Cars 3.

The logo is viewable on the back of a t-shirt being worn by a guest who is watching guests enjoy the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction.

Lightning McQueen’s Number

Most major Pixar franchises have been represented here, but one of the most popular characters Pixar has ever created is Lightning McQueen. The race car has his own show elsewhere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but he wasn’t left out of Toy Story land, at least not on Google Street View.

You can find a person watching the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster wearing a Lightning McQueen jersey complete with his name and racing number.

Moving through Toy Story Land in Google Street View is actually kind of fun if you’re a fan of the park. But haven’t been there in a while, it’s a great way to remember your time there. The other Walt Disney World parks can also be visited.

I’m guessing they’re not full of interesting easter eggs, as those would have been discovered by now, but when and if Google Street view visits Batuu when Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge next month, we’ll have to check and see if we get a bunch of cool Star Wars easter eggs for that one.

The Hardest Co-Star To Be Mean To, According To Pet Sematary’s Jeté Laurence

Warning: SPOILERS for Pet Sematary are in play. If you haven’t seen the film yet, come back once you’ve caught up with all the gory details.

One of the best things about cinematic evil is that, much like adversaries in the real world, it can come from anywhere. In Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, it’s through the possession of the Creed family’s son, Gage, that some of the most surprising evil is allowed to rear its head; but in the 2019 film version, those duties are flipped to Jeté Laurence’s Ellie.

Through Jeté Laurence’s intense performance, the villainy of the “new” Ellie is palpable, which is the complete polar opposite of her sunny demeanor. Which lead to asking the question of which co-star was the hardest to act so cruelly towards on screen.

You might already have an answer to that question, but when CinemaBlend spoke with Jeté Laurence during a recent press day for Pet Sematary’s home video release, it pretty much confirmed our own idea as to what that answer might be:

Out of anyone in the Pet Sematary cast’s lineup, it’s to be assumed that Lithgow would be the hardest to be mean towards. Despite his ability to play some pitch perfect villains throughout his career, the iconic actor has also played his share of goofballs and sympathetic characters.

Certainly one of his most sympathetic performances in recent years was that of Jud Crandall, the local farmer who Louis Creed sees as a father figure and ultimately a friend of the Creed family who tries to keep Ellie from discovering that her cat, Church, has died. Unfortunately for him, the act of resurrecting the family pet costs him his life, and at the hands of the little girl he became such good friends with.

A surprising, but welcomed change from Pet Sematary’s source material, it’s now the older daughter of Jason Clarke’s Louis and Amy Seimetz’s Rachel that finds herself killed and resurrected, with the darkness of the Wendigo attached to her once she’s come back from beyond the veil.

Watching the behind-the-scenes footage of Jeté Laurence included on the film’s recent home video release, as well as speaking with her personally, it’s readily apparent that the young actor dug deep to portray the evil that slowly overtakes her character.

Jeté Laurence’s efforts are even more remarkable when you compare them to the work she does in the earlier parts of the film, where Ellie is an upbeat girl who’s getting to the point in life where her curiosity is starting to look past the curtain on the reality of the world around her.

Another interesting fact to note is that one of the first experiences Jeté Laurence had with the horror medium was watching the film Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark. That tale also focused on a child questioning and observing the line between the world of normalcy and that of the extraordinary, and much like Bailee Madison before her, Jeté Laurence had added her own unique contribution to the world of horror.

At its heart, Pet Sematary is a story about a family being changed by death, both in their knowledge and their reactions to the concept itself. In its source novel, as well as its film adaptations, the story of the Creed family’s descent into madness is hard for even some adults to handle without getting rattled.

For Jeté Laurence, not only was she not scared of her role as Ellie the Great and Terrible, she took the opportunity to give us one of the most interesting screen villains we’ve seen in 2019. The resulting portrayal of one of Stephen King’s most chilling foes is a work to behold, even if poor Jud Crandall had to go down as a result. Just as Laurence found it a bit difficult to seal the fate of John Lithgow’s character, you can’t deny that when the killing blow arrives it’s absolutely horrifying. At least if the rumored prequel moves forward, Jud won’t have to worry about watching his Achilles heel as much.

Pet Sematary is now available on Digital HD, 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

What We Want To See From Marvel Studios At Comic-Con

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After snapping away half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios decided to let that cliffhanger linger in our collective consciousness by skipping out on San Diego Comic-Con altogether in 2018. In doing so, fans were denied any insight into what the future held for the MCU beyond what had already been announced. It’s now a year later and things are much different.

With Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home all having been released in theaters this year, Marvel’s Phase 3 and The Infinity Saga are now finished. It is appropriate then that Marvel is officially making its triumphant return to the hallowed Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Marvel Studios returns to Comic-Con with an hour-and-a-half presentation at 5:15 p.m. local time on Saturday, July 20.

Obviously, Marvel Studios is taking a page out of Nick Fury’s book and not telling anyone much of anything about what the Hall H presentation will entail. However, we know head honcho Kevin Feige will be on hand and the expectation is that fans will finally get a glimpse at what cinema’s biggest franchise is planning for the future.

With this exciting presentation nearly upon us, it’s time to speculate about what we think we might see and what we want to see from Marvel Studios at Comic-Con this year.

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The Avengers: Reassembled

With the hugely successful release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios just accomplished an unprecedented feat in cinematic history, and the word is that the studio will take a much deserved victory lap at Hall H. We know that the Russo Brothers have their own panel in Hall H on Friday, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them show up here. But what fans really want to see, and what may be happening, is that the Avengers will be reassembled on the Hall H stage.

Given the events of Avengers: Endgame, this could be the last time we see the Avengers, particularly the original 6, on stage together. Marvel likely knows that it would be really cool and meaningful for the actors that took this universe into the stratosphere to come take a bow in front of the adoring crowd. Fans will want to say goodbye to these actors, especially for Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and tell them ‘I love you 3000.’ This seems like it has a solid chance of happening.

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The Phase 4 Slate

Thanks to various reports and even Kevin Feige’s own comments, we have some idea of what Marvel has in store for Phase 4, or whatever designation it ascribes to the next set of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Widow, The Eternals, Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, Shang-Chi and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are all on the way, but we don’t have official confirmation of these movies or know where they will fall on the release calendar. I’ve debated the merits of Marvel not revealing its entire Phase 4 slate in the past, but I think we all want to know at least some of Marvel’s future plans even if they’re not all revealed at Comic-Con.

The titles themselves could provide things to speculate about, as was the case with Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. And attaching film titles to release dates would paint a picture at what lies ahead. While perhaps unlikely, I would also love to have Marvel announce a film that we haven’t previously heard about. Captain Marvel 2 could be a possibility after the success of the first film.

Natasha Romanoff training

Clips Or A Teaser For Black Widow

Fans have been asking for a Black Widow solo film starring Scarlett Johansson since the character made her MCU debut back in 2010’s Iron Man 2. Now it’s finally happening, and all it took was for Black Widow to die! As far as we can tell, Black Widow seems to be the furthest along of the MCU’s Phase 4 titles and will likely the next MCU movie we’ll see following Spider-Man: Far From Home. Yet other than reported casting, we know very little about it.

Black Widow is currently filming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get clips or a full teaser at San Diego Comic-Con. The Guardians of the Galaxy cast famously showed up at Comic-Con with footage just two weeks into shooting, and Black Widow could make a major splash by doing the same. There is major love for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, and after her Endgame sacrifice, fans want to know what the story of Black Widow is and when exactly it takes place. It seems like a safe bet we’ll get answers to some of our questions in less than two weeks.

Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek

Casting News And Confirmations

Like the films arriving in the coming years, no casting has been officially announced for Marvel’s upcoming films, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a pretty good idea of who’s coming aboard thanks to various reports. Marvel seems to be assembling a murderer’s row of talent for its future movies, and it would be great to have some of these reported and rumored castings confirmed. It would be even better have those confirmations come from the actors themselves showing up to greet the Comic-Con crowd.

Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek are all reportedly attached to The Eternals, so hopefully we’ll get confirmation of these castings and more than that, insight into what characters these actors are playing. The same goes for Marvel’s other upcoming movies. Maybe we’ll even get some surprise casting announcements that haven’t already been reported. For instance, maybe Marvel has landed an actor to play Shang-Chi that the studio can announce in Hall H.

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Some Surprises

The MCU is always surprising us, whether it be with ambitious slate announcements or post-credits scenes. It is part of Marvel’s DNA and I think the fans and media members packed into Hall H will all be hoping and expecting to be surprised during Marvel Studios’ presentation. Surprises could range from previously unreported castings to intriguing titles to new movie announcements (beyond what we know is coming). Provide enough good surprises and fans will walk out satisfied. Of course, the Thing in the room can’t go unaddressed.

Marvel Studios parent company Disney now owns 21st Century Fox, and thus Marvel has access to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men once more. Everything Kevin Feige has said indicates that these characters, especially the X-Men, will not be joining the MCU anytime soon. So although we probably won’t be hearing about a new movie featuring these characters, it would be nice to at least get a mention of the fact that they are coming. But what a banger it would be to end the press conference with the announcement that Marvel’s prodigal First Family is finally returning with a new movie.

These are just a few of the things we are hoping to see from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, and that’s just on the movies side of things. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+ in a big way with multiple TV shows designed to tie in to the films in a consequential way. On screens big and small, Marvel Studios has us eager to see what’s next and fortunately, we don’t have long to wait to find out.

Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters this year, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your San Diego Comic-Con coverage.

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Deadpool’s Colossus Wants To Play Kraven In Marvel’s Spider-Man 3

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a serious roll right now, currently raking in the bucks with Avengers: Endgame‘s re-release, as well as the newest installment in the property, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The latter closed out Phase Three, and allowed Tom Holland to have his second solo movie, and whopping fifth performance as Peter Parker. But the fandom already has their collective eye on the future, and the inevitable Spider-Man threequel that should arrive in the mysterious Phase Four.

Sorry, David Harbour Isn’t Playing Fantastic Four’s The Thing In Black Widow

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a strange place right now. Phase 3 is officially over and we officially know absolutely nothing about Phase 4. Of course, we all know that a Black Widow movie is apparently currently filming, and that David Harbour reportedly has a role in that movie, but we all have to pretend like none of that is happening.

With the movie forthcoming, a lot of rumors have spread about what role David Harbour would be playing. One of the more recent theories was that he would actually be playing Ben Grimm, The Thing of Fastastic Four fame. However, Harbour has now killed that rumor saying that the fact that he used the word “thing” to describe his role is not something that should have been read into. According to Harbour…

The rumor was born from an appearance that David Harbour made at a comic-con in London a couple months ago, he reportedly stated “I’m glad this thing is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and many took that as a veiled reference to the character he would be playing.

However, Harbour now says that the word “thing” was just the word he happened to use and it didn’t mean anything. This confirmation came as he and his Stranger Things co-star Winona Ryder answered some of the web’s most searched questions for Wired. It seems that a lot of people have been looking into this rumor, now when they do, they’ll discover it’s not true.

Of course, it has to be said that David Harbour wouldn’t be a terrible choice to play The Thing when that day eventually comes. He’s naturally a big guy and with a bit of CGI help he would be look great as a big yellow rock of a man.

Of course, there was one major item that made this rumor unlikely from the start. The idea that Marvel would be moving that quickly to introduce the Fantastic Four characters in the MCU is a stretch.

Marvel Studios has repeatedly said it’s in no hurry to bring the characters recently acquired via the Fox merger into the fold, and while it’s certainly possible the studio could be intentionally misleading us, every indication is that, while we may know nothing about Phase 4, Marvel has been working on it much longer than the Fox deal was a sure thing.

You can check out David Harbour’s comments in the video below. It’s worth it if only to watch the look on Winona Ryder’s face as she tries to process what exactly The Thing is, and the fact that he can’t talk about the movie that he’s making.

While we may not officially know what David Harbour is doing in the MCU, there’s a good chance that we’ll have an answer soon. San Diego Comic-Con is just over a week away and Marvel Studios has a major Hall H panel planned. It’s there that we expect to get our first official look at Phase 4. Any answers we don’t get there will likely come at Disney’s own D23 Expo in August.