Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.
Avengers: Endgame Full Trailer is Here!
Last week Marvel Studios dropped the first full Avengers: Endgame trailer and lit the geeksphere aflame:
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The trailer opens with a direct callback to the movie that launched the MCU – Iron Man – as we see Tony Stark in the OG Iron Man armour with a voice over reflecting back on his journey as a hero and cinematic leader. Captain Marvel makes a huge splash, and in the wake of the success of her title feature, it’s not surprising to see her more heavily featured here than the previously released tease. The detail fans seem most excited to discuss is the appearance of Hawkeye’s daughter.
The Family Barton has been a part of the MCU since the much maligned Avengers: Age of Ultron when we finally got confirmation of Clint living a more Ultimate Hawkeye lifestyle. Having never learned the names of the children and with Hawkeye’s daughter learning to nock a bow fans are wondering if this biological daughter is going to be our MCU version of Hawkeye-girl, Kate Bishop.
… well, that and Clint’s questionable new haircut.
Personally, unless we’re going to see other Young Avengers folded into the MCU I don’t really need the girl to be Kate Bishop. What’s wonderful about Kate is she stands on her own very separate and Clint and I think tying them to each other as father and daughter wouldn’t allow for the dynamic between the two characters readers have come to love since the Fraction/Aja run during Marvel Now.
If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, I will caution you against it because there’s a team shot toward the end which confirms the survival of some characters – a revelation I, personally, think would have been more satisfying to experience real time with the movie in a few short weeks.
Shang Chi Snags Destin Daniel Cretton to Direct
Marvel Studios continued making waves last week with the announcement in Deadline Hollywood of Destin Daniel Cretton being tapped to direct the upcoming Shang Chi: Master of Kung Fu movie. Cretton is perhaps best known for his work on the celebrated film Short Term 12 which starred another Marvel alumna, Brie Larson. He is also currently directing another Larson project, Just Mercy, which just so happens to co-star Black Panther villain, Michael B. Jordan.
With Cretton signed on it appears Marvel Studios is continuing the tradition of hiring directors to helm project they directly reflect, like they did with Ryan Coogler on Black Panther and Anna Boden on Captain Marvel.
Fans are now stuck on the edge of our seats waiting for the announcement of who will play the eponymous Master of Kung Fu (you can find my article: 5 Actors Who Should Play Shang-Chi for some thoughts on just who it should be!)
AMC is Developing an Orphan Black Spin-Off
Per Variety Temple Street Productions (who produced the original Orphan Black series), is working with AMC in active development on a spin-off of everyone’s favourite clone saga.
Sources stressed, however, that this would not be a spinoff or reboot of the original series, but rather a completely new story set in the same world. The producers are currently seeking a writer for the project and are looking to bring in multiple people to pitch different takes on what the show could be.
As Variety pointed out, Orphan Black was originally developed by BCC America. With this new project being helmed at AMC one is left to wonder how much the series will stray from the source material.