Catch up on the latest MCU news that broke this week – Blade finds director, Black Panther 2 adds Michaela Coel, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin to appear in Hawkeye series

By Stephen Ippolito | July 25th, 2021

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever adds Michaela Coel to its cast

On Wednesday, Variety reported that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever added actress/writer/producer/director Michaela Coel to its cast. Production for the Ryan Coogler sequel began last month at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.

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The outlet didn’t reveal who Coel would be playing in the film. As usual, I’m sure this will now cause fans online to go crazy and try and guess who it is. In fact, I’ve already seen a few people on Reddit speculate that she’s playing Storm.

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Marvel Studios chooses Bassam Tariq to direct its Blade film

On Monday, the reliable Justin Kroll at Deadline reported that Marvel Studios is in talks with Bassam Tariq to direct its upcoming Blade film. While the deal isn’t don’t yet, Kroll says that he is their top choice to helm the project.

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Best known for directing Mogul Mowgli in 2020, Tariq’s hiring comes after a long search by the studio that began last fall.

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Rumor: Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin will appear in the Hawkeye series

Over the last six months, there have been rumors that certain actors would reprise their roles from Netflix’s Marvel shows in upcoming MCU projects. In January it was reported that Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil would appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Around that same time, there were rumblings that Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones would appear in the She-Hulk series. Now a new report says that another fan-favorite character will also be making his MCU debut soon.

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According to moderators on the r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers Reddit page, Vincent D’Onofrio will reprise his role as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in the Hawkeye series. They also said that Cox was also set to appear but had to back out because of scheduling issues.

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Arrow actor Josh Segarra joins the cast of She-Hulk series

Despite already filming for the last couple of months, it seems that Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk, is not done casting. According to Justin Kroll at Deadline, actor Josh Segarra has joined the series in an undisclosed role.

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Fans of the CW’s DC series Arrow will certainly recognize Segarra. During the show’s fifth season, he played Adrian Chase/Prometheus, who was that year’s “big bad.” Some of his other credits include Orange Is the New Black and Chicago P.D.

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Marvel Studios executive says more animated shows are on the way

In just a couple of weeks, Marvel Studios’ first animated series, What If…?, will be premiering on Disney+.  Now according to one of the studio’s executives, more animated shows are on the way.

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During an interview with Variety, Marvel Studios executive VP of film production Victoria Alonso revealed that “a few other shows” are in the works. She also said that Marvel has what she described as a “mini studio” working on them.

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