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Hailee Steinfeld is ‘Locked In’ as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye

Back in July, The Illuminerdi reported that the long confusion over who would play Kate Bishop in Hawkeye was finally resolved when Hailee Steinfeld signed on. Now, Marvel Studios hasn’t made any casting announcements since SDCC last summer and all casting information such as this comes from the Hollywood Trades; and they broke the Hailee news last September. Since Marvel hasn’t made any announcements since July 2019 and the Hailee new was that September, some refuse to believe she’s been cast without an official announcement.

Now comes even more evidence supporting what was reported back in July. Today Daniel Richtman revealed a new casting grid for Hawkeye (which is probably a few weeks old) that shows both Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld as “set” in their roles for the series. “Set” means they’ve been cast and are locked into their roles.

Hawkeye will reportedly begin filming sometime this month, meaning those waiting for an official announcement from Marvel about Hailee Steinfeld will probably see spy photos from the Atlanta shoot appear on places like JustJared long before they hear anything from the studio. After all, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is nearly done filming entirely, and Marvel Studios has only officially announced three cast members in that film…

Marvel Finds Their Ms. Marvel!

The long search is over, and despite what people on the internet have been claiming with fan-casts for the last few weeks; a newcomer will star as Ms. Marvel on Disney+.

Deadline reports that newcomer Iman Vellani will star as Kamala Khan in the upcoming Disney+ Ms. Marvel series. As Kevin Feige promised at D23 Expo, Ms. Marvel will then head to the big screen as a major member of the MCU.

This truly is Kamala’s year as not only will her Disney+ series begin filming soon, but she’s also the main character in Marvel’s Avengers game. Pretty soon she’ll also be on the big screen, and likely a member of the Young Avengers team that Marvel is starting to build up with the Disney+ shows…

Spider-Man: Far From Home Promoted on a Disney+ Ad

While all of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe films are now available to stream on Disney+, the service is obviously missing the three movies that aren’t owned by the studio. Universal’s The Incredible Hulk and Sony’s two Spider-Man movies aren’t yet streaming on the service, but now there’s a sign that one of those might possibly be on the way.

Last November when Disney+ launched, the studio said they were “hoping” that they would be able to offer the Sony MCU films, and now a banner ad on the ShopDisney Marvel section promoting Disney+ shows the poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home:

Now, ShopDisney has made mistakes similar to this in the past. Last year the description of a Genis-Vell Captain Marvel figure said it was from the movie, sparking people to run articles claiming the character was a surprise appearance. However, a text description on a product is vastly different than including a poster of a non-Disney movie on an ad for Disney+…

Nick Fury’s Return on Disney+ is at Last Confirmed!

Nearly two years ago on the MCU CosmicCast, I talked about how one of the series Marvel was considering for the upcoming Disney streaming service involved Nick Fury. This was before The Falcon and The Winter Soldier or even WandaVision were officially confirmed, and at the time I was attacked by larger sites calling this site “unreliable” for saying that a Nick Fury show was in the cards. Today, that bit of news has been confirmed.

Variety confirms that Samuel L. Jackson will return to the role of Nick Fury in a Disney+ series. They don’t say what show it’ll be, but it’s possible it could be the Secret Invasion show or it could be a young Nick Fury show with Jackson appearing to set up stories from the past, like the rumored Mace Windu show.

Marvel Studios is shooting three shows at a time in this pandemic era. Right now they’re finishing Falcon, Loki, and WandaVision. After that Hawkeye, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel will film. Then we’ll see She Hulk and two unannounced series start. This Nick Fury appearance likely is one of those other two shows.

WandaVision’s Sitcom Eras

One of the oldest “leaks” about WandaVision was that the show would explore and pay tribute to some iconic eras of American sitcoms throughout at least the first half of the series. As Wanda’s vision progresses, we’ll see nods to some pretty familiar sitcoms across history. The trailer for the show, as well as the big game spot earlier this year, has confirmed how each era is used.

The 1950s

When Wanda and Vision are newlyweds, the show is inspired by 50’s sitcoms such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, and I Love Lucy.

The Late 60s/Early 70s

Wanda and Vision want a family, and when she’s pregnant in the series; it takes on the look and tone of a late 60s sitcom such as The Brady Bunch.

The 1980s

We’re going to see the Vision family grow up before our eyes in the series, and when the twins are babies; we’re taken to the 1980s and shows like Family Ties and The Cosby Show.

The 1990s

When the twins are old enough to go trick or treating on Halloween, the series jumps to the 90s and takes inspiration from the “TGIF” sitcoms that dominated ABC on Friday nights during that era.

What’s Next?

We’ve seen forty years of sitcoms referenced up to the point where the twins (Wiccan and Speed) are around eight years old or so (based on the age in the auditions). What happens when they’re older and closer to the Young Avengers age? Do we see 2000s era sitcoms? Or is that when the series goes full epic Marvel movie and leaves the TV stuff behind?

Peacemaker is Getting a HBO Max Series!

John Cena’s Peacemaker from The Suicide Squad is going to star in his own HBO Max series, written by James Gunn and he’ll also direct some of the episodes. The news broke in the trades today, but Gunn addressed it on Twitter as well:

I actually knew about this back in July and teased it on Twitter:

I didn’t run a story as certain trade reporters like to debunk things until they’re able to break the news, and honestly I didn’t want to put up with that headache. Still, it’s nice to see it confirmed and I’m actually surprised we learned about it officially so soon. I guess the reaction to The Suicide Squad at DC Fandom confirmed they should reveal it.

The MCU Slate Shifts (Again)

What many have been dreading has happened. Instead of doing a hybrid theater/streaming release for Black Widow like they did for Mulan, Disney has delayed the movie to 2021 and as a result the MCU slate has shifted yet again. This also could explain why The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was officially delayed to 2021 when the WandaVision trailer was released. There are rumored to be some thunderous things setup in Black Widow that bolt on into the events Falcon.

This is what the MCU 2021 release schedule looks like now in terms of movies:

  • Black Widow moves to May 7, 2021.
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings moves to July 9, 2021.
  • Eternals moves to November 5, 2021.

The side effect of all of this is that we might see Loki after WandaVision and before Black Widow/Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series, which was originally set for an “early 2021” release has recently resumed filming and could possibly land somewhere in the February through April window before Black Widow hits theaters.

Disney+ Confirms The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Delayed to 2021

We’ve suspected it ever since everything was delayed due to the pandemic, but now it’s official.

The Disney+ website has confirmed that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has been delayed to 2021:

It’s likely that Black Widow will release at some time between the debut of WandaVision and this series, as rumors say that Falcon references thunderous things set up in Black Widow.

The First Full WandaVision Trailer is Here!

We got a quick glimpse at WandaVision during the Super Bowl earlier this year, but with December rapidly approaching; Marvel Studios revealed the first trailer for the first Disney+ MCU series during the Emmys.

There’s no release date other than “Coming Soon”, but we’re likely to find out that information on October 7th when Disney holds a new Disney+ Investor’s Day to reveal new information about the upcoming shows.

Here’s the trailer!

A Tom Cruise Cameo is Rumored to be Under Consideration for Doctor Strange 2

Long ago, before even Blade and the first X-Men movie ushered Marvel to the big screen, the comic magazine Wizard would do fan-casts for imagined live-action movies of Marvel comics. One of the most common, and popular, castings was Tom Cruise as Iron Man. That almost became a reality in 1998 when Cruise wanted to produce and star in an Iron Man movie. Obviously, history turned out differently in this universe, but what about in another?

We’ve already heard how Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would feature alternate versions of existing MCU heroes from other universe, but now comes a rumor of a pretty cool idea. According to Daniel Richtman, Marvel is toying with the idea of doing some high-profile cameos in the film; and one of those is apparently having an Iron Man from an alternate universe and have him played by Tom Cruise.

Of course this would only be a cameo, as it’d be pretty crazy to bring back Iron Man in the 616 MCU universe and have him be played by Tom Cruise, but it’d be a very cool nod to all of those past fan-casts and that 1998 Iron Man production that never happened.