Martin Scorsese Clarifies Controversial Comments About Marvel Movies

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Director Martin Scorsese’s eagerly anticipated new movie, The Irishman, is arriving in theaters and on Netflix next month. And although the early reactions indicate The Irishman may very well be a masterpiece, a lot of the conversation recently has centered not on that long-in-the-making crime epic, but on the director’s controversial comments about Marvel movies. Scorsese has raised the ire of comic book movie fans by saying that Marvel movies aren’t cinema.

Martin Scorsese has also likened Marvel movies to theme parks and said that theaters shouldn’t be invaded by them. While promoting The Irishman, Martin Scorsese took the opportunity to (somewhat) clarify his controversial comments. He said:

What has to be protected is the singular experience of experiencing a picture, ideally with an audience. But there’s room for so many others now, and so many other ways. There’s going to be crossovers, completely. The value of a film that’s like a theme park film, for example, the Marvel-type pictures, where the theaters become amusement parks, that’s a different experience. I was saying earlier, it’s not cinema, it’s something else. Whether you go for that or not.

As you would expect, Martin Scorsese primarily values the theatrical experience of watching a movie with an audience, but he acknowledges that with the advent of streaming, there are lot of different ways of experiencing a story told on film. As he says, there will be crossover between those ways, as is the case with his film The Irishman, which will have a limited exclusive theatrical release window before heading to Netflix.

Based on what he said at the London Film Festival press conference for The Irishman, attended by Hey U Guys, the director does believe that there is room in the new media landscape for different types of stories. However, Martin Scorsese holds a certain type of cinematic experience sacred and he doesn’t believe that Marvel movies qualify.

The director doubles down on his belief that Marvel movies aren’t cinema and again makes the theme park comparison. He believes that Marvel movies have value and people can like them or not, but that they provide a different type of experience, and that experience doesn’t meet his definition of cinema.

It’s unclear exactly what Martin Scorsese means by saying the Marvel movies turn theaters into amusement parks. Does he mean because of how popular they are and how many people show up? Or is it because a bunch of kids are in the theater? Or does he just view superhero movies as movies devoid of story that are just a collection of set pieces? The director’s clarification wasn’t as clarifying as it could have been.

We still don’t know what makes something ‘cinema’ to Martin Scorsese. Earlier in the press conference, he said that he once thought that long-form TV was cinema, but now believes it’s not. So it’s still unclear what the requirements are, if it’s determined by the structure of a film, the format it plays in, the distribution method or the content. Are all action movies disqualified from the ‘cinema’ designation, or is it just those featuring superheroes? Is Avatar cinema? How about The Matrix?

Marvel movies are undeniably a picture you experience with an audience, and it’s a quality Martin Scorsese values, but rather than simply categorize them as a different genre of cinema, he believes they are something else entirely. Martin Scorsese went on to elaborate more on his comments that cinemas are being invaded by Marvel movies:

And we shouldn’t be invaded by it. So, that’s a big issue. We need the theater owners to step up for that to allow theaters to show more films that are narrative films. A narrative film can be one long take for three hours, you know. It doesn’t have to be a conventional beginning or end.

Here’s where I think you begin to see the real problem Martin Scorsese has with Marvel movies. He feels that theaters are being invaded by these types of films and on that point, he’s not entirely wrong. The superhero movie boom began in 2000 and really kicked into high gear with Iron Man in 2008, and the success of The Avengers in 2012 has changed what kind of movies are getting made and what’s dominating at the box office.

This change has coincided though with the rise of streaming services, so it’s not a simple issue. To Martin Scorsese though, the amount of Marvel movies seems to be a real problem. It seems like in his eyes, there’s a homogenization going on at the multiplex that is troubling to him. He thinks that it is on the theaters owners to diversify their offerings and show more of what he calls narrative films.

Martin Scorsese seems to have a different definition of narrative films because by the traditional definition, a narrative film is a film that tells a story. Every one of the MCU’s 23 films have told a story, and the Infinity Saga was a 23-film narrative arc. To The Irishman director though, a narrative film doesn’t need to have that traditional beginning and end structure.

It seems to me that what Martin Scorsese is really advocating for is a greater variety of cinema; for more original and unique and challenging movies to get made and for audiences to have more options than just a DC or Marvel flick at their local theater. That’s something that I don’t think most people or film fans would argue with.

In his mind, this responsibility falls on the theater owners to offer more options to consumers. Perhaps theater owners could dedicate more screens to non-blockbuster fare, but that ignores the financial imperative. The film business is ultimately a business and Hollywood supplies what consumers demand. So it’s about getting these movies made in the first place in addition to getting them shown in theaters.

While I doubt Martin Scorsese cares, if he was hoping to reduce the heated internet debates over his comments, this isn’t going to do it. There are plenty of holes you can poke in his argument if you want, but it’s ultimately his opinion and he’s entitled to it. Personally, I tend to view it as a well-intentioned and partially defensible argument delivered in a poorly explained way.

You can see Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman in select theaters on November 1 and on Netflix on November 27. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what other movies are coming this year.

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s Runtime Possibly Revealed

The end of the Skywalker Saga is almost at hand. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just over two months away, and, while fans are mostly just sitting and waiting for a new trailer to drop in order to see what new details about the story it might reveal, it looks like one piece of info may have come about through other channels.

The film’s runtime may have been revealed thanks to movie theaters scheduling showtimes. If accurate, then Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will come in at 155 minutes, or two hours and 35 minutes long. For comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, came in at two hours and 15 minutes long, while The Last Jedi was two hours and 32 minutes long, making it essentially the same length as The Rise of Skywalker reportedly is. The info comes from an image of theater showtimes posted to Reddit.

It’s unclear where this information came from exactly, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. Tickets are not officially on sale yet. However, that new trailer everybody is expecting will likely also come with the announcement that tickets are on sale, and as such, theaters are probably gearing up for that to happen right now, so this info is very likely on the level. It would also fit with some of the information we do have.

These days it seems like all major event movies exceed two hours in length, so a movie over two and a half hours long is no shock, especially since Star Wars: The Last Jedi did the same thing. Even if this 155 minute runtime isn’t perfectly accurate, it’s possible, even likely, the movie hasn’t completed editing quite yet, one would expect the movie will come in at a runtime something like this.

Of course, exactly what we’ll see inside that two and a half hours or so is anybody’s guess. We’ve seen one teaser trailer and this year’s D23 Expo gave us some additional footage. The next trailer is expected any day now. There was an indication it might hit during last Monday’s Monday Night Football game, but that didn’t happen. Previous Star Wars trailers have debuted during the broadcast, so keeping an eye on next week’s game isn’t a bad idea.

Whenever the trailer does arrive we’ll certainly get some new footage of the movie, though the entire trilogy has thus far done a good job of giving us trailers while still largely keeping even the basic plot secret, and so I wouldn’t expect Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to change that. We’ll get plenty of material that makes us ask questions, but little that gives us answers, thus giving us plenty to talk about for the next two months until the movie actually arrives.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be in theaters, maybe for 155 minutes at a time, starting December 20.

Why Terminator: Dark Fate Is Rated R

The Terminator franchise is one of the most beloved properties in the sci-fi genre. As such, news of its upcoming sequel Terminator: Dark Fate thrilled the generations of moviegoers who have been following the war against machines. Tim Miller’s blockbuster will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2, which is largely considered the strongest installment in the franchise. Miller and James Cameron have made their intentions to get a hard R rating clear, and that official rating was recently confirmed. And now we know exactly why Dark Fate is going to be an R-rated romp.

The first two Terminator movies were rated R, allowing Cameron to not hold back when it came to the adult contents of his movies. But the sequels didn’t always follow suit, as PG-13 ratings were given to movies like Salvation and Genisys, in an attempt to appeal to the broadest audience. But Terminator: Dark Fate has officially been given an R rating from the MPAA, with the reasoning listed below:

Well, that sounds about right. Thrilling Sci-fi violence has always been at the heart of the Terminator franchise. And the trailers for the Dark Fate have teased that Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor will be cursing freely, while also uttering some of the most iconic lines of dialogue from the long-running property. As for nudity, we all know how new Terminators are transported from the future: stark naked.

The MPAA’s official reasoning for Terminator: Dark Fate‘s R rating should excite the hardcore fans out there. In many ways, it represents a return to form for the franchise. The Terminator movies were decidedly more adult when they first hit theaters, which is part of the reason why they resonated so much with audiences. They were thrilling, terrifying, and thoroughly entertaining. And by going back to an R rating will allow Tim Miller to tell a story that closely connects to Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

As a filmmaker, Tim Miller has already seen major success with an R-rated blockbuster. Deadpool broke new ground for the superhero genre, proving that a PG-13 rating wasn’t necessary to make an insane profit at the box office. Plenty of other R-rated superhero movies have followed in the years since Deadpool hit theaters, and now Miller will use that same rating to bring the Terminator franchise home.

Overall, Terminator: Dark Fate looks like it’s going to make fans of Terminator 2 very happy. The upcoming blockbuster will ignore the rest of the other sequels, creating a new timeline in the process. While the heroes avoided Judgement Day, the past 28 years haven’t been especially kind to Sarah Connor. She’s had a life of hunting Terminators, although her resolve will be questioned once she’s forced to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Carl and Mackenzie Davis’ Grace.

Walt Disney World’s Skyline Is Finally Back Open After Guests Were Stranded In Gondola

While the attractions at the Walt Disney World theme parks are always the things that most people like to focus on, more eyes have been on the park’s new Skyliner transportation system over the last week. The system only went online at the end of September, but following a failure on October 5, the system had been completely shut down.

However, there is finally some good news as the Skyliner has been put back into operation. Following testing, the system started back up on Monday, though it is currently working a somewhat limited schedule, as it seems there is still some work to be done to get the Skyliner fully operational.

The Skyliner’s standard hours of operation will be from 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM seven days a week. However, according to the Walt Disney World website, the Disney’s Hollywood Studios line will be down all day today, October 16, and the other two lines will be down until 1:00 PM. On the 17th and 18th of October, all three lines will down in the morning and will resume operation at 1:00 PM. After that, it looks like things will be back to normal.

The Disney Skyliner is an airborne gondola system which connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation resort.

The Skyliner was going to be an incredibly useful innovation at Walt Disney World because if you’ve ever been there, you know that simply getting around the massive resort can be a chore. Buses are the primary mode of getting from one place to another and they never seem to arrive at the right time.

While the Skyliner certainly doesn’t fix this problem entirely, it’s a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse last weekend when the Epcot line of the Skyliner stalled leaving dozens of guests stranded in mid-air for about three hours. This was certainly a worst case scenario for the new Skyliner, so it’s little surprise that the system remained down while Walt Disney World tried to figure out what had happened, and, more importantly, tried to make sure it wasn’t going to happen again.

Luckily, the system crash had only limited repercussions for the guests. One gondola was evacuated by the Reedy Creek Fire Department, and one guest was treated and released from the hospital, but that appears to have been the worst of it. Beyond that, there was simply the inconvenience of being stuck, and the resort had stated they were working with those guests to attempt to remedy the situation.

After the system updates this week we’ll see if the Skyliner goes into a full permanent operation or if occasional shutdowns will be necessary to keep it in otherwise working order. As frustrating as regular stoppages might be, that’s certainly preferable to seeing people get stuck.

Matrix 4: Looks Like Another Original Star Is Returning

With nostalgia continuing to help dictate the film world, seemingly any movie property could return to the silver screen for a reboot or long-awaited sequel. This includes The Wachowski’s Matrix franchise, as director Lana Wachowski is back behind the camera for an upcoming fourth movie. The Matrix 4 (or whatever it will be titled) will feature the return of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss, who will be joining a new cast of actors. And now it seems another star is returning: Jada Pinkett Smith aka Niobe.

That’s right, Neo and Trinity won’t be the only OG residents of Zion who are returning to continue the war against artificial intelligence. Because while fans are thrilled to se the return of this dynamic duo, Jada Pinkett Smith is in talk to reprise her role as Niobe. Niobe is a supporting character in the two Matrix sequels, and was even the protagonist of her own video game. Clearly Smith knows the character well, and it looks like she may play her for a fourth time.

This news comes to us from Deadline, and is sure to excite the many fans of the Matrix franchise out there. While the upcoming sequel’s story is a total mystery, it’s becoming clear that The Matrix 4 will be intimately connected to the previous installments in the property. Because while a new story could be achieved by focusing on Neo and Trinity, more returning characters helps to flesh out the universe, and catch up on the fan favorites that helped occupy the steampunk property.

Niobe was a total badass during her appearances in the first two Matrix sequels. She’s the best pilot of the rebel forces in real life, as well as an extremely capable within The Matrix itself. She was also notably sceptic on Neo’s fate as The Chosen One. But she still fought the machines with everything she had, and believed in Neo as a leader.

The role was specifically written for Jada Pinkett Smith, who was personally recruited by the Wachowskis ahead of The Matrix Reloaded filming. And aside from her big screen appearances, the character was also the protagonist of action adventure video game Enter the Matrix, which arrived in 2003 alongside the release of the first sequel. The Wachowskis directed that game, which included extra footage to help further expand the franchise.

Not much is known about The Matrix 4, but clearly the cast is slowly coming together. If Jada Pinkett Smith officially reprises her role, she’ll be joining the likes of Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, Neil Patrick Harris, and Aquaman‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The latter two actors’ roles are a mystery, although it was rumored that the Abdul-Mateen II could be playing a young version of Laurence Fishburne’s Morphius. It’s unclear if Fishburne will play his signature character again.

The Matrix 4 is expected to arrive sometime in 2022. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Zombieland: Double Tap Reviews Are Up, See What Critics Are Saying

Zombieland: Double Tap cast

It’s been 10 years since the original Zombieland and while that amount of time passing can frequently mean death to a franchise, Zombieland was a movie that, like the titular monsters, never seemed to completely stay dead. The team that brought the first one to life was always interested in making a sequel, and the fans that made the first one a hit seemed willing to wait for it to happen.

Now, that sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, is here, and based on the reviews that are hitting the internet, it looks like those fans that have been waiting for more Zombieland are going to be pleasantly surprised. The new movie is more of what you love, even if not every critic is sold on the idea that’s enough.

CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg reviewed Zombieland: Double Tap and gave the film 3.5 stars, saying the movie is both a solid zombie movie and a hilarious comedy.

Zombieland: Double Tap is a solid addition to the big screen zom-com legacy, and a funny, freaky 10 year reunion.

This sentiment is largely echoed by most of the reviews that are coming out. If you liked the first one, you’ll like the new one. While pretty much all the critics love the core cast, and agree that they haven’t missed a beat for the most part. What helps Double Tap stand apart is the new cast of the film. Several new characters join the band of heroes we know. Zoey Deutch is getting a lot of praise for her role. IGN specifically calls her out, while calling the movie one of the funniest of the year.

Zombieland: Double Tap is a riot, and a lot of that is due to Zoey Deutch and her character, Madison. While it doesn’t quite achieve classic status in its own right, when it comes to sequels that do the original film justice, it is up there. It’s worth the wait, your time and your money.

While Zombieland: Double Tap is ultimately a comedy, it’s also a zombie movie and that means the movie does have its share of action, though EW feels the action is largely unnecessary. Instead, if there’s an element about the film that works alongside the comedy, it’s actually the emotional core of the story.

For all the flying intestines and skulls that split open like past-due melons, Double Tap has another squishy organ at its center: a big, goofball heart.

Of course, there are those that, while they agree that Zombieland: Double Tap, is a fun, and funny, movie, feel that, since the sequel doesn’t try to be more than the original, it’s going to be a movie that lacks the staying power of the first movie. iO9 is one who holds this view.

Ten years later, Zombieland: Double Tap does all the same things the original did. And that’s pretty much it. The result is a suitably entertaining follow-up that’s fun but forgettable.

Birth. Movies. Death. hold a similar opinion of Double Tap. Even having just seen the movie there’s a feeling that it’s being forgotten. Ironically, the fact that there aren’t really any elements that are truly bad might be working against it.

Zombieland: Double Tap is mostly just fine. There are far worse ways to spend a couple of hours at the movies, but at least a bad movie would be a little more memorable than this.

Taking things a step further than that, while THR is also one of those who promise that fans of the original Zombieland will enjoy Double Tap, the reviewer doesn’t think anybody will be be clamoring for another sequel after this one.

When closing narration includes words to the effect of “until next time,” even viewers who’ve fully enjoyed themselves may hope it’s an empty promise.

Even if Zombieland: Double Tap doesn’t earn quite the following that the original movie did, there’s certainly nothing wrong with a movie that’s just hilarious for a couple of hours. Fans looking for that will get everything they need.

Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters on Friday.

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John Krasinski Is Teaming Up With Ryan Reynolds For A Fantasy Comedy

John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds are both currently experiencing some of the best success of their career, with the former flying high thanks to acclaimed horror hit A Quiet Place, and the latter making hits like the Deadpool movies and Detective Pikachu. Any project either of them do earns instant attention, which makes it all the more exciting that they are now planning their first collaboration.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, both stars are now attached to make the fantasy comedy Imaginary Friends – which John Krasinski is also set to both write and direct. The trade report says that the project recently inspired a bidding war among the major studios, with Sony and Lionsgate putting in significant bids, but it appears that the movie is going to be made by Paramount.

Ryan Reynolds will play the film’s main character – a man with a peculiar gift: he has the ability to both see and communicate with the imaginary friends of other people. This includes not only those currently hanging out with their creators, but also those who have been “forgotten or discarded.” A conflict arises when the hero discovers that some of these friends aren’t so friendly, and that because of his gifts he must act to try and save the world.

There is no word yet on the role that John Krasinski will play in the film.

Being still very, very early in the stages of development, Imaginary Friends doesn’t have a timetable just yet, so we can’t say for certain exactly when it will be made. And that’s an interesting detail considering both Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are pretty busy right now.

Meanwhile, John Krasinski has not only been continuing his career as a feature filmmaker, with A Quiet Place: Part II currently in post-production and scheduled for May 20, 2020, but also has been busy making television. He plays the titular role in Amazon Prime Video’s Jack Ryan series, which is currently rolling out its second season.

We can’t say for certain right now exactly when we will get to see Imaginary Friends come together, but it is most certainly now a movie that is firmly on our radar. To see what actually is coming out soon, be sure to check out both our 2019 Release Calendar, and our 2020 Release Calendar.

Scarlett Johansson Is Pushing For That All-Female Marvel Movie

There’s a moment in the final battle in Avengers: Endgame where many of the female heroes of the MCU appear together onscreen, prepared to run defense for Captain Marvel and the Infinity Gauntlet. It was a brief glimpse of what an all-female Marvel movie could look like, which is something that has been discussed and championed by the universe’s actresses since before even Captain Marvel hit theaters. Actress Scarlett Johansson is still pushing for the all-female Marvel movie, and when recently addressing the possibility, she said:

Scarlet Johansson is a big believer in her fellow MCU actresses, and she loves the prospect of seeing them all onscreen for their very own team-up movie. The actress thinks that it’s something special when all of those talented women come together. Therefore she wants to see an all-female Marvel movie just from a fan perspective, and she believes that the audience demand to see it is there as well.

So as if there was any question, Scarlett Johansson is still rooting for the project to get made, even if she may not be a part of it – which leads us to the elephant (or Soul Stone) in the room. The reason why Scarlett Johansson doesn’t know much about her future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fact that Black Widow died in Avengers: Endgame. This occurred before that final battle, so her character’s absence was keenly felt in that shot with all of the female superheroes.

There is the upcoming Black Widow solo film, but that will be a prequel, and Black Widow’s death puts her and Scarlett Johansson’s presence in any future MCU outings that take place after Avengers: Endgame, including a potential all-female movie, very much in doubt. The actress admits as much to Variety in the interview.

That fate might preclude Black Widow from showing up opposite Valkyrie and Scarlet Witch and Okoye and the Wasp and all the rest of the female Marvel heroes in an all-female movie, but Scarlett Johansson is still going to bang the drum for it, hoping that it will happen. She isn’t alone in this hope either.

We first heard about this idea a couple of years ago, well before Marvel’s first female-led solo film hit theaters. Apparently a bunch of Marvel actresses, including Scarlett Johansson, pitched the idea to Kevin Feige. Tessa Thompson has been a major champion of the idea and recently Elizabeth Olsen also spoke about her belief that such a movie would have a huge impact.

It’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility. That shot in Endgame was likened to the A-Force team from the comics, which was a team led by She-Hulk – who will soon be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in her own Disney+ series. The MCU already has enough female heroes to constitute an all-female Avengers team if the powers that be want it to happen, and it works in the overall story Marvel Studios is trying to tell.

Even if this all-female Marvel movie that Scarlett Johansson is pushing for doesn’t happen, it’s not like there will be any shortage of women kicking ass in Phase 4 and beyond. After Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, 2020 will see a bunch of new female characters introduced in Eternals. There is also the aforementioned She-Hulk series, WandaVision and Ms. Marvel all coming to Disney+. And let’s not forget that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will pick up the hammer in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, possibly for the last time, in Black Widow, in theaters on May 1, 2020. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to see all the huge movies on the way next year.

Brie Larson Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Trying To Join The Star Wars Franchise

In recent weeks, Brie Larson hasn’t been shy about her desire to become a part of the Star Wars universe. It started when a wave of speculation was generated by the news that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is currently developing his own story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and it has sparked a campaign of sorts from the star of Captain Marvel.

Late last month the Academy Award-winning actor posted a photo of herself wearing a Jedi cloak, wielding a lightsaber, and hanging out with C-3PO, and now she’s followed it up posing with another version of the classic Jedi weapon at ACE Comic Con:

ACE Comic Con is an annual fan convention that takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, and Brie Larson took part in the festivities this past weekend while the event was in full swing. Stopping by the photobooth, the actor struck a pose with one of science fictions most iconic weapons.

As intimated above, it’s interesting that the lightsaber we see her holding here isn’t the same as the one in the photo from two weeks ago. That one was relatively stout and had a blue blade (it’s hard to say for sure, but it looks like Anakin/Luke Skywalker’s), while this one appears to be a custom build with a much longer hilt (which appears to be blue), and it has a pink blade.

What’s funny about seeing Brie Larson publicly showcasing her love for Star Wars is that it’s reminiscent of how her Kong: Skull Island/Captain Marvel/Unicorn Store co-star Samuel L. Jackson found his way into George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. Per the actor, he got his role as Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace because he did an interview on television where he expressed his desire to be a part of the franchise. If things go as well for Larson as they did for Jackson, maybe we’ll see her carrying the lightsaber above on the big screen.

Of course, Samuel L. Jackson is far from the only person to land a major role this way. In Hollywood, if you’re big enough, and you have proven talent, letting the universe know your desires can have significant influence. This is a business where passion is appreciated, and it goes a long way.

We’ll just have to wait and see if Brie Larson becomes a part of Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie, or even part of the other two trilogies that are currently in the works (or maybe even a Disney+ show?). For now the good news is that the actress has some exciting stuff in the works, including not only a bright future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also a key role in Destin Daniel Cretton’s upcoming Just Mercy, which earned acclaim following its world premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Good News, Tessa Thompson Thinks Creed 3 Will Happen

Before 2015’s Creed even hit theaters, whispers were going around that MGM loved the film so much that they made two sequels a priority for their box office future. Now, after the one-two punch of that film and its 2018 sequel, Creed II, there is still a fair amount of optimism that the third entry in Adonis and Bianca’s story of love and glory will happen in due time. And no one seems more convinced than the woman who brought the latter half of that pair to life, Tessa Thompson.

During an appearance at a ACE Comic Con Marvel panel, alongside Captain Marvel herself Brie Larson, Thompson was asked if she or her fellow MCU compatriot would contribute music to the Marvel film canon. She answered that question by taking a left turn and discussing her movies in the Rocky franchise, saying

Right about now, Marvel fans are probably melting down with happiness at the idea that Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson could work together on a fire anthem that’d bring Creed III fans into the same corner as those who stan for a Valkyrie/Carol Danvers collaboration. On top of that blessed scenario, the fact that Thompson is of the mind that Creed III will happen, per her remarks reported by obtained via, is pretty exciting as well!

With Creed II seeing Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis and Thompson’s Bianca now raising a daughter on the heels of a hard fought victory in the ring against Ivan Drago’s son, Viktor, there was a lot of room to question just how Adonis could possibly get back into the ring. Perhaps even more importantly, though, is the question is whether or not Bianca would even let Adonis do it, as Tessa Thompson’s character was rightfully worried about Jordan’s titular fighter ever boxing again after getting creamed by Viktor Drago in hero and antagonist’s first match up.

A lot of questions are left to be answered when it comes to what sort of circumstances could make Creed III a reality. At the very least, one of those questions is answered pretty readily, as Tessa Thompson feels pretty game to bring Bianca back to the big screen, and with a song in her heart.

Creed III may not be happening any time in the near future, as it’s not a project that currently has a director or a script, but you can hear Tessa Thompson as the voice of a new generation’s Lady in Disney’s Lady and The Tramp, which will premiere on Disney+’s platform on November 12th.