Catch up on the top stories in the MCU this week

By Stephen Ippolito | May 9th, 2021

Marvel Studios releases reel of upcoming films, includes first footage of Eternals

On Monday, Marvel Studios released a three-minute trailer for their upcoming film slate. Packed in it was our very first look at the long waited Eternals film. Also announced was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s release date (May 5th, 2023), AntMan and the WaspQuantumania‘s release date (February 17, 2023), Black Panther 2 will now be called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and that Captain Marvel 2 will be called The Marvels.

This felt really good to watch. After what everyone’s gone through over the last year, it’s good to see that things are starting to return to normal and that we will soon be returning to the theaters to watch our beloved Marvel films.

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Andrew Garfield shoots down rumors that he’s in Spider-Man: No Way Home

For nearly six months, rumors have been going around that previous Peter Parker actors Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire would appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home alongside Tom Holland. Since then however, not only has the studio not confirmed it, Holland himself has denied it.

Earier this week, Garfield has addressed the rumors for the very first time. While appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Josh Horowitz, who’s the host, started to ask him about it but was quickly interrupted by Garfield.

“There isn’t anything to ruin bro! I have to just quickly cut you off. There’s nothing to ruin. Like it’s so crazy too. Dude, it’s f****** hilarious to me because it’s like…I do have this Twitter account and I see like how often Spider-Man is trending and it’s people freaking out about a thing and I’m just like…guys, guys guys guys like…I wish I could just be able to speak to everyone and say like, I recommend that you chill. Like listen, I can’t speak for anything else but for myself. They might be doing something, but I ain’t got a call.”

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Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reveals that Doctor Strange was originally going to appear in WandaVision

One of the very few things that I did not like about WandaVision was that it lacked a major MCU cameo, specifically Doctor Strange. Going into the Disney+ series, it was known that it would tie directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So it was thought that the Sorcerer Supreme would make a quick guest spot.

Now in a new interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reveals that Strange was going to appear and that a deal with Benedict Cumberbatch had even been agreed to. Unfortunately he was written out.

“Some people might say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been so cool to see Doctor Strange. But It would have taken away from Wanda. We didn’t want the end of the show to be commoditized to go to the next movie – here’s the white guy, ‘Let me show you how power works.”

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Blade production start date pushed back from this September to July 2022; Directors list possibly revealed

It looks like we found our answer as to why Blade was not part of Marvel Studios’ upcoming film’s reel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has pushed back its filming start date from this September to July 2022. Unfortunately, this likely means that the Mahershala Ali-led film will not hit theaters till mid to late 2023, possibly 2024.

The reason behind the delay was to give Stacy Osei-Kuffour more time to work on the script. The writer was brought on board by the studio in February.

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Loki series’ premiere date moved up two days, new episodes will be released on Wednesdays

This week, Marvel Studios announced on social media that the upcoming Loki series will premiere on Disney+ two days earlier (June 9th) than previously announced. The studio also announced that new episodes of the Tom Hiddleston led series will be released on Wednesdays.

The previous Marvel-produced shows (WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier) for the Disney streamer were released on Fridays. No reason was given by the studio for the change, but I suspect it was made to separate itself from other streaming services’ new releases.

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Dave Bautista says Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will probably be the last time he plays Drax

It’s been widely known that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be writer/director James Gunn’s last go around with the popular Marvel Studios franchise. Now it seems it will also be the last time for another member.

During an interview with Digital Spy, actor Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, said that the third installment in the series will likely be his last.

 “I mean, as far as my obligations, I’ve got Guardians 3, and that’s probably going to be the end of Drax.”

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