10 Marvel Villains Who Could Replace Kang as the Multiverse Saga’s Big Bad- Armessa Movie News

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The rollercoaster ride that is Marvel‘s Multiverse Saga keeps on turning. For, although it looked like the MCU was sticking by Jonathan Majors given his integral role in Loki season 2, it now appears his days as Kang the Conqueror are numbered.

According to a startling Variety report, Marvel execs and creatives recently hotly debated what to do with Majors and Kang at the studio’s annual Palm Springs retreat. Interestingly, despite fans assuming the most likely outcome would be the character getting recast, Marvel is known to be debating removing Kang as the Multiverse Saga’s big bad period and switching him out for a different villain.

If that is the road the studio decides to go down, luckily for Marvel, this universe isn’t short of iconic and/or powerful bad guys to pick from as Kang’s replacement. Here’s a few of the most compelling options.

Doctor Doom

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Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. As has naturally got fans talking, Variety confirmed that one of the characters Marvel is considering replacing Kang with is none other than the Fantastic Four’s eternal nemesis, the ruler of Latveria himself, Victor Von Doom. After Fox managed to screw him up twice over, the MCU certainly needs to do Doom justice at long last, and yes, casting him as the all-important chief threat of the Multiverse Saga would be one way to do that. Of course, there’s even comic book precedence for this, given that Victor is the big bad of 2015’s Secret Wars event, in his God Emperor Doom form.

The Beyonder

The Beyonder, Secret Wars villain
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The big bad of 1984’s original Secret Wars event, meanwhile, is the Beyonder. With everything pointing to Avengers: Secret Wars being a soft reboot of the MCU, it’s likely the movie will borrow from the 2015 storyline (which likewise hit the reset button of continuity) more than the ’84 version. Still, the Beyonder would still easily slip into the MCU’s mythos, given that it’s been introducing more and more cosmic entities of late (e.g. the Watcher and Thor: Love and Thunder‘s Eternity). We even just got a — highly camp and comedic — adaptation of the Beyonder in Disney’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cartoon.

Strange Supreme

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Marvel has developed a bit of an obsession with Dark Doctor Stranges, with the very similar but distinct variants Strange Supreme and Sinister Strange appearing in What If…? and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, respectively. In the latter, we discovered that every Strange across reality is destined to break bad except for the 616 model. Giving Benedict Cumberbatch a pay rise and asking him to step into Majors’ shoes as the Multiverse Saga’s big bad would be a simple way of fixing the Kang problem by making use of pre-established continuity. Alternatively, how about Charlize Theron’s Clea turning out to be the bad’un?

Apocalypse

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OK, so if Marvel is tempted to use a Fantastic Four villain that Fox failed to adapt properly as a Kang replacement, then why couldn’t they do the same with an X-Men villain? One who’s certainly powerful enough to pose a widespread thread is Apocalypse — you don’t get a name like that by being a mere nuisance. As tempting as it would be to have Oscar Isaac pull double duty as Moon Knight and En-Sabah-Nur, an all-new variant of Apocalypse, to distance him from the Fox version, would definitely be the way to go if the ancient mutant did rise up to steal Kang’s spotlight.

Annihilus

Annihilus Marvel Comics
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It’s easy to mix up Annihilus with Apocalypse for those not too familiar with the comics characters, due to their similar names and character designs, but actually Annihilus has a lot in common with the MCU’s Kang, which could make him a neat choice to fill his boots. Like Kang is the ruler of the Quantum Realm, Annihilus is the ruler of the Negative Zone and craves total domination of the universe. They even both have a thing for purple and green! Marvel could easily retcon him as a Kang variant, perhaps the deadliest of them all, and set him loose on the Avengers in Avengers: Kang Dynasty Annihilation.

Ultron

Infinity Ultron wields the Infinity Stones in What If...?
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Again, What If…? really could hold the secret to rescuing the Multiverse Saga, thanks to its various multiversal plotlines. We’ve already met Infinity Ultron, a variant of the android who was far more ambitious than Thanos in wielding the Infinity Stones. Get James Spader back, bring him into live-action and, boom, job done — a powerful villain who would hark back to the nostalgia of the MCU’s first two phases. He’d be especially deadly if Miss Minutes ever evolved into Jocasta, the Bride of Ultron, as Loki season 2 has suggested could happen.

Ravonna Renslayer

Photo montage of promotional images from Marvel Studios' 'Loki' and a panel from a Marvel Comics' issue where Kang the Conqueror and Ravonna Renslayer can be seen locking lips.
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Speaking of Loki season 2, maybe we’re thinking too hard about this when a totally creditable choice to replace Kang as big bad has already been threaded into the Multiverse Saga’s narrative. In Loki, we’ve learned that Ravonna Renslayer was once Kang’s partner in war, multiverse conquest, and love, until he wiped her memories and trapped her in a TVA desk job. She’s now more furious, vengeful, and power-hungry than ever. Given we’re told she was instrumental in winning the Multiverse War for He Who Remains, she should theoretically be a challenge for the Avengers to beat.

High Evolutionary

The High Evolutionary in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
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Thinking along similar lines, who else is there already knocking around the Multiverse Saga who could easily step up in Kang’s stead? Well, how about the villain of Phase Five’s most acclaimed movie so far, the High Evolutionary? James Gunn has confirmed that the evil scientist is still alive at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Seeing how obsessed he was with playing God in the threequel, imagine how much more dangerous the High Evolutionary would get if he discovered the multiverse and teamed up with his variants to make himself ruler of all reality?

Mephisto

Mephisto
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Weirdly enough, it feels like the shadow of Mephisto has been hanging over the Multiverse Saga as much as Kang, even though he has yet to appear on screen. Starting with WandaVision, folks have been convinced Marvel’s answer to the devil can’t be far away. And it is heavily rumored that Sacha Baron Cohen’s mystery character in Ironheart could be the horned hell lord himself. It would be a seriously impressive example of the power of fandom if everyone’s hunger for the character resulted in Mephisto becoming the big bad of the whole saga.

Thanos

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No, I’m serious. Hear me out…

We know Marvel’s desperate to recapture the glory days of the Infinity Saga, yes? It’s even tempted to bring back Robert Downey Jr. and the other OG Avengers. But let’s extend that line of thinking for a moment and ponder the question… What if Thanos replaced Kang as big bad? Either bring in an even deadlier variant or reveal that he never actually died when Iron Man dusted him, as has been heavily theorized.

There’s a reason Star Wars keeps coming back to Darth Vader over and over. Try as Lucasfilm might, he’s impossible to top. Likewise, Thanos is Marvel’s greatest villain and it’s not going to be able to recapture the impact he made on audiences and pop culture alike. So maybe it’s time to stop fighting that and embrace it.

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Is Marvel in Trouble? The 10 Most Shocking Revelations About the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, Explained- Armessa Movie News

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“Is Marvel in trouble?” That seems to be the question that’s been asked over and over again ever since the Multiverse Saga began, but some fresh fuel has been added to the fire to make fans ask the question with even more immediacy and anxiety.

Variety has shared a jaw-dropping exposé about Marvel’s, well, honestly kind of catastrophic 2023, reporting various shocking behind-the-scenes developments concerning everything from Jonathan Majors’ future in the franchise to the state of The Marvels. Here’s the 10 biggest revelations that are making us realize if Marvel really is in trouble.

1. Marvel doubted Jonathan Majors as Kang even before his arrest

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Marvel’s creatives held their annual Palm Springs retreat this September and, according to Variety, what to do with Jonathan Majors was apparently, and unsurprisingly, the big discussion point. Interestingly, though, it’s claimed that the studio has been doubting whether to stick behind Jonathan Majors as the focal point of this saga since Quantumania massively underperformed, before the actor’s legal problems began.

2. Marvel is considering promoting Doctor Doom to big bad

Doctor Doom Marvel Comics
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When it comes to replacing Majors as the Multiverse Saga’s big bad, generally the conversation has revolved around which actor could take over the role of Kang. One alternate option that Marvel discussed at the retreat, however, was ditching Kang altogether for a different main villain. Doctor Doom, in particular, was touted as a potential pick, although it’s unclear how popular this idea was.

3. Marvel is considering resurrecting Iron Man and Black Widow

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Marvel is desperate to recapture its glory days, that much is clear, and that might even involve convincing its old stars to return to the fold. The studio is reportedly unafraid to break the bank and invite Robert Downey Jr. back as Tony Stark, not to mention Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. As you’d expect, the multiverse would be the reason how these heroes could return following their deaths in Avengers: Endgame.

4. The Marvels required a hefty 4 weeks of reshoots

Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau in The Marvels
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Reshoots are nothing to write home about when it comes to Marvel productions, but the fact that The Marvels had to undergo an entire month of extra filming in order to get it in usable condition is still more than a little eyebrow-raising. Marvel is believed to have felt the film was suffering from a “tangled storyline” after principal production, hence the hefty reshoots. Unfortunately, test audiences still only gave it a “middling” reception.

5. Director Nia DaCosta exited The Marvels during post-production

Nia DaCosta
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In further alarming The Marvels updates, director Nia DaCosta is said to have ditched her big MCU debut during post-production. The filmmaker supposedly stepped away in order to start work on her indie drama film, Hedda, starring Tessa Thompson. “If you’re directing a $250 million movie, it’s kind of weird for the director to leave with a few months to go,” said an insider source.

6. She-Hulk was even more exorbitantly costly than Secret Invasion

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Remember when Secret Invasion came under fire for sporting a budget of over $200 million? Well, it turns out She-Hulk: Attorney at Law earned an even bigger price tag, costing around $25 million an episode and $225 million in total, making it $10 million more expensive than SI. The blame is being rested squarely at Kevin Feige’s door by those in the know, thanks to creative overhauls that required VFX to be redone late in the day.

7. Kevin Feige is being “spread thin” as Marvel piles on the projects

Kevin Feige at SDCC 2022/Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'
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Speaking of Feige, the Marvel president has always been viewed as the studio’s golden goose with his hands all over every single product that comes out the pipeline, but lately it’s felt like certain films and shows have been missing his magic touch. It seems that’s because there are just too many productions coming out for Feige to give each one the attention he’d like. “These days, he’s spread thin,” was the ominous warning given by Variety‘s source.

8. Bob Iger was furious over Quantumania‘s VFX troubles

MODOK in Quantumania
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In the wake of Quantumania‘s release, Marvel’s VFX artists came forward about the toxic working conditions they faced on the film, which ultimately led them to unionize. Disney’s comeback kid CEO Bob Iger is said to have been “apoplectic” about the bad PR fallout from this and was looking for someone to blame for why Marvel’s “quality control” was “plummeting.” Insiders say this was the real reason long-term producer Victoria Alonso was fired, as a “scapegoat.”

9. ‘Bizarre’ Blade screenplay sidelined Mahershala Ali’s antihero

Mahershala Ali in a purple suit faces the left while Blade from the Marvel comics looks fiercely to the right.
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Remember Blade? The Mahershala Ali reboot was announced over four years ago and it’s seemed to be spinning in place ever since. Various scripts have come and gone, with one “bizarre” rendition reportedly female-led and filled with “life lessons,” with two-time Oscar winner Ali reduced to the “fourth lead.” As things currently stand, Logan‘s Michael Green is the latest screenwriter and its budget might be shrunk to less than $100 million.

10. It all rests on the arrival of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four

2015's Fantastic Four/2000's X-Men
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With the Multiverse Saga definitely not going as Marvel hoped so far, the studio looks to be banking it all on the incoming arrivals of two lucrative Fox IPs, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. With exciting new characters and brands entering the fray all the time, then, Marvel might not be in as much trouble as it appears. Like one expert that Variety spoke to put it, “Writing the Marvel obituary would be ill-advised.”

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After years of churning out successful box office films and raking in billions of dollars, Marvel Studios is in allegedly crisis mode and not only because some of their recent films and TV shows have been struggle, but because Jonathan Major’s legal woes don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

According to Variety, the higher-ups at Marvel Studios are panicking about where their future is going to be headed as their hardcore fanbase have begun to lose interest in their film content and the legal consequences that the star of their next few Avengers films, Jonathan Major, remains murky as he’s still set to stand trial for domestic violence later this month. After being anointed the next big Marvel villain as Kang The Conqueror for Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Majors found himself in major trouble after his girlfriend accused him of putting hands on her earlier this year.

After the incident became public, other people who’ve worked with Majors and/or dated him came out with their own negative stories about the ascending Hollywood star which led to rumors that Marvel was going to recast the role of Kang The Conqueror to avoid negative publicity. Still, Majors remains a part of the MCU but with the recent disappointing films releases and Disney+ shows, it seems like some drastic measures are going to be taken to revamp the struggling franchise and Majors might actually be out of a job sooner or later.

Variety reports:

“Marvel is truly fucked with the whole Kang angle,” says one top dealmaker who has seen the final “Loki” episode. “And they haven’t had an opportunity to rewrite until very recently [because of the WGA strike]. But I don’t see a path to how they move forward with him.”

Beyond the bad press for Majors, the brain trust at Marvel is also grappling with the November release of “The Marvels,” a sequel to 2019’s blockbuster “Captain Marvel” that has been plagued with lengthy reshoots and now appears likely to underwhelm at the box office.

Yeah, The Marvels looks like it’s going to bomb at the box office but you never know.

Because of how dire things are looking at the current moment, ideas have been thrown around to revive interest in the MCU including cutting Kang out of the MCU and bringing in Dr. Doom for the next few Avengers films and even actually bringing back the OG Avengers to life including Iron Man, Black Widow and Captain America (who’s still alive, but in another time).

With Iger publicly acknowledging the downside of a Marvel TV glut that “diluted focus and attention,” the keepers of the comic book empire are considering some dramatic moves. Sources say there have been talks to bring back the original gang for an “Avengers” movie. This would include reviving Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, both of whom were killed off in “Endgame.” (That shouldn’t be a stumbling block — in comic books, beloved characters are often killed off, only to be resurrected thanks to the power of things like the multiverse.) But the studio hasn’t yet committed to the idea — if it were able to bring those actors back, it wouldn’t come cheap. Sources say Downey Jr.’s upfront salary for “Iron Man 3” was around $25 million. 

Yeah, we’d definitely sign up for the return of the OG Avengers. It was all downhill for the MCU after Iron Man bit the dust and Captain America dipped to find love and happiness in the 1940’s.

Still, how this all unfolds is anyone’s guess as their has been talks of the MCU getting a reboot at the end of The Avengers: Secret Wars which will lead to a new MCU which will feature The Avengers along with The X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spider-Man all in the same reality. Should be interesting to see what Marvel Studios does going forward though as they have their work cutout for them to once again reign at the box office as they did in their heyday.

What do y’all think Marvel should do with their struggling franchises? Let us know in the comments section below.

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‘The Marvels’ Might Just Introduce a New Version of Captain Marvel After All, but That Doesn’t Mean the Brie Larson Haters Have Won- Armessa Movie News

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In a last-ditch attempt to sell as many opening weekend tickets as possible to boost those poor box office projections, Marvel is taking an Oprah Winfrey approach to each new promo for The Marvels that comes along: “You get a spoiler! You get a spoiler! And you get a spoiler!”

On top of one trailer teasing a crossover from a Thor character and another going so far as to hint at an X-Men crossover of all things, fresh footage might’ve hinted at the introduction of a new version of Captain Marvel herself.

Before the Brie Larson haters out there start cheering that they’ve won, however — no, there’s little chance that the Oscar-winning actress is going to be replaced with someone else. By the looks of things, the opposite is actually true. Brace yourselves, Brie antis, because you’re about to receive a shock: there’s a possibility The Marvels is about to debut a second MCU role for Larson.

Is Binary making her MCU debut in The Marvels?

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While less flashy and attention-grabbing than the aforementioned Thor and X-Men teases, there’s a glimpse at a curious “new” character in a recent The Marvels promo that hints at a big change to Captain Marvel’s mythos. It’s possible she might be getting her very own cosmic twin!

We all know Captain Marvel’s glowing Binary form is uber-powerful but did you know that it’s so powerful it became its own entity? As seen in 2021’s Captain Marvel #34, Carol Danvers managed to expand her abilities beyond what she’d ever achieved before and manipulated her photon blasts to create a living being, a duplicate of herself out of pure energy. Later, once Carol went missing, Binary took over as Captain Marvel in her stead.

Binary Marvel Comics
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As you can see from the comics illustration above, the figure Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau is seen meeting certainly seems to be wearing a matching, or at least very similar, costume to Binary. That said, there doesn’t seem to be a distinct glow-y aura around the figure, as you would expect. It’s entirely possible that Carol will just get an outfit upgrade over the course of the film, then, wearing her classic Binary costume rather than creating the Binary entity herself. Even so, just that would sow the seeds for Binary to appear at a later date, thereby teasing a double role for Brie in, say, Avengers: Secret Wars?

Imagine the haters’ reaction if, instead or in addition to the likes of Tobey Maguire and Hugh Jackman, Avengers 6 delivers twice the Captain Marvel? We need it to happen now, just for the fireworks.

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MCU Blade Writer Responds To Report Of Mahershala Ali’s Hero Being The 4th Lead In The Marvel Movie – Armessa Movie News

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This article covers a developing story. Continue to check back with us as we will be adding more information as it becomes available.

Summary

  • A writer on Blade clarifies that he never saw a version where Mahershala Ali’s character was treated as the fourth lead or the narrative was led by women.
  • According to the screenwriter, Blade was in 99% of the scripts he worked on and was in almost every scene when he was involved.
  • While the writer is unsure about recent developments, he seriously doubts that Ali’s character was ever the fourth lead in any draft.


One of the writers on Mahershala Ali’s Blade reboot is clarifying reports about the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero movie having him as a fourth lead in his own film.

It has been less than a day since the initial report emerged, but Michael Starrbury, one of the screenwriters who worked on Blade, has broken his silence on Ali’s character supposedly being treated as the fourth lead in his movie, sharing the following:

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Even though Marvel may be reassembling the OG Avengers, rebranding an upcoming spinoff movie too good for Disney Plus as a sequel is a bad idea- Armessa Movie News

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It’s becoming more and more clear that Marvel Studios is as desperate for the MCU to return to its glory days as the fans are.

The latest reports are claiming execs are even considering inviting back first-generation heroes last seen in Avengers: Endgame. But could that cause upcoming projects to be retrofitted into established brands? While there’s no official indication of that just now, in the wake of the shocking info that Marvel is tempted to bring back Robert Downey Jr., folks are wondering… could Don Cheadle’s Armor Wars become Iron Man 4?

As per a lively discussion on the /MarvelStudios subreddit, Redditor u/WhatIsAName88 pondered, “Would an Armor Wars film do well or far better if it was released as a fourth Iron Man film with a lot of mention of Stark or what about a lot of cameos of Avengers and other big name characters?” While that concept would no doubt appeal to a studio looking to recapture the love for the Infinity Saga, hardcore MCU followers are — perhaps surprisingly — against the notion.

How about we let Cheadle, who’s been around since 2010’s Iron Man 2, and Rhodey, a character who goes back to 2008’s Iron Man, just have their moment?

And does everything have to be about cameos? Loki season 2 is being held up as a “great example” of how the MCU can still appeal without resorting to crowbarring in old faces.

Is there really anything wrong with making Armor Wars a mid-budget movie with a strong script, like maybe what Blade is going to turn out to be?

It’s nice to see that Rhodey’s role in the universally panned Secret Invasion hasn’t hurt his reputation among the fandom, but it remains to be seen how the chips will fall with Armor Wars, which might’ve been bumped up from a Disney Plus drop to a theatrical release but has yet to be assigned an official place on the slate.

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‘The Boys’ Universe Is Miles Ahead of Marvel in One Major Way – Armessa Movie News

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The Big Picture

  • The Boys successfully brings real-world issues and problems into its narrative, creating impact and repercussions that other superhero franchises, including Marvel, fail to achieve.
  • The creative freedom of The Boys, as a relatively newer franchise, allows it to incorporate weird and satirical elements from the comics in a way that works for the TV series.
  • The Boys incorporates real-world elements into its story, functioning as a satire of the superhero genre, while Marvel, with its idealistic approach, struggles to effectively address similar issues in its movies and TV series.


Right now, we’re living in one of those blessed periods for superhero fans, when new episodes of Gen V and Loki air within moments of each other. Both shows are getting great reviews and telling some great, weird stories that we love to see. The MCU and The Boys have become the two main powerhouses in the superhero genre nowadays (hopefully DC will soon find its way under James Gunn, too), but they couldn’t be further apart in what kind of stories they tell and, even when they do tell similar ones, in how they tell them.

One of the things people usually mention when talking about why they like The Boys is how this particular universe manages to bring real-world issues and problems to its own narrative. Many other franchises have been trying to address these topics in movies and series, especially Marvel, but fail to create the same impact and repercussions The Boys does. Why is that, exactly? How come the House of Ideas, with so many different superheroes, can’t be more relevant in stirring debate around current events while The Boys does it pretty much with every new episode?

The Boys

A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

Release Date
July 26, 2019

Cast
Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Colby Minifie, Aya Cash

Genres
Superhero, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Crime

Rating
TV-MA

Seasons
4

Studio
Amazon Studios

‘The Boys’ Has More Freedom With Being a Relatively Newer Franchise

The Seven standing in formation in The Boys
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There’s a lot of pressure when adapting decades of widely known material from comics and beloved characters into movies or television series, but The Boys doesn’t have any of that these days. Compared to Marvel, The Boys comics are relatively new, actually, having been around since 2006. The comics also had more freedom to do their own thing because they were published by Dynamite, a smaller brand that allowed co-creators Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson free rein over their own story, and that’s how the TV series got so much weird stuff to pull from. This isn’t necessarily better or worse than writing for a big brand — it’s just different, and worked perfectly when it was time to take the comics to the small screen.

With all due respect to the comics and the hardcore fans who’ve been around since day one, it’s pretty safe to say that The Boys is mostly known for its flagship series on Prime Video, as well as its two spinoff series, The Boys Presents: Diabolical and Gen V. These shows may have even more creative freedom than the comics because they’re not necessarily limited to the original storylines and can find success on their own terms. Instead, the franchise led by Eric Kripke does its own thing by bringing real-world stuff to the writers’ room and choosing to be not so much an adaptation, but fully embracing its satirical nature (but more on that later). In that sense, the things it pulls from the comics are never adapted exactly as they take place in the comics. The concepts may be there, but they don’t serve the purpose of the series if they aren’t adapted.

Stormfront’s (Aya Cash) story, for example, doesn’t have the same impact in the comics because there is no relationship with Homelander (Antony Starr), so her Nazi past couldn’t be as relevant as it was in Season 2. Back then, we had to watch important people making Nazi references and dog whistles on TV while many people remained unaware of it — part of Stormfront’s most impactful storyline in the series. Without these changes, there would be no sense in even making a The Boys TV series, because the comics just always go there. Stormfront is such an impactful character that she’s responsible for Homelander’s current idea that Supes are actually better than ordinary people and should be treated as such. In Gen V, we see the “Supes Lives Matter” movement as a consequence of that and a mirror of a similar real-world idea. In the comics, Stormfront’s role is mainly being the Nazi we see getting punched (which is always nice, of course), and not even by the girls in the group. That’s how the series gets the comics to work for them — and not the other way around, as we’ll see with Marvel.

‘The Boys’ Wouldn’t Work As Well If It Didn’t Incorporate Real-World Elements Into Its Story

Antony Starr as Homelander in 'The Name of the Game' from 'The Boys'
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The main premise of The Boys in both the comics and the TV show is: What if superheroes were real? The answer is that they would live in the same world as us, watching the same news and having their thoughts similarly influenced by everyday things. They would be celebrities who speak their twisted minds in public, vying for public attention and adoration as something they are owed for their service, which they wouldn’t see as a responsibility.

This is how satire is supposed to work because this question has already been asked countless times in the superhero genre, both in comics and on-screen. We like to think of The Dark Knight as realistic with its dark and gritty approach to superheroes, but the fact is that it’s almost naively idealistic — a billionaire using their resources to help ordinary people isn’t even fathomable in our world. The whole premise of Spider-Man is that having powers invites their own responsibility to the community — which in itself is an ideal, but wouldn’t have any translation in reality. In fact, the harsh reality is that Batman would probably put Peter Parker in jail and Miles Morales in juvie.

As a satire of the genre, the purpose of The Boys is to take all the ideas behind the superheroes — who are supposed to be just that, ideas for what we ourselves aspire to be — and show us how it would look in the mirror. Marvel can’t do that because they aren’t a satire, they’re the ones who make the ideals. They do have satirical characters like Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), but even he knows that he’s part of a larger machine that just doesn’t work like that.

The MCU Is a Problem in Itself When Addressing Real-Word Issues

Falcon and Winter Soldier walking down an empty street, both looking back at the camera.
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There’s a lot of pressure when adapting decades of widely known material from comics, not to mention beloved characters, into movies or television series. Marvel is all about that; otherwise, the fans would go crazy. For a long time, their comics have been setting the standard in superhero storytelling because they understood their role as being something unattainable. No one can swing through buildings, there’s no super soldier serum, and no one has designed suits of armor that allow them to fly — but if they had, this is how they should behave, and that’s great. We need role models because we are flawed, but heroes can’t be. That’s why Captain America and Superman may sound boring, but it’s what actually makes them great.

But Marvel has always done a better job of tackling real-world issues in the comics than in its movies and TV series. Anyone who’s ever read Captain America: Red, White, and Blue has surely been impacted, but, when this storyline was brought to screens in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it sounded a lot like “having a talk.” This is arguably the MCU work that tries the hardest to address racial and social issues, and it succeeds for the most part, but its crowning achievement is turning Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) into an idea. No one calls him “just Falcon,” as he wants, because even in the MCU they need their ideals and role models. The MCU is still an idealistic comic book world, meaning that it shows us how things should be, not how they are. Of course, there are racial issues there, too, and it’s clear by the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that the white people at the top aren’t happy with a Black Captain America, and that’s realistic, but the series ultimately still wraps up with being about how we can be better by sticking to our ideals.

There’s yet another issue that serves as an obstacle to the MCU when it comes to addressing real-world problems: the stakes. Marvel has several different planets and realms where the action takes place, and all of those inevitably have to come together at the end to fight one common threat. It did so in the Infinity Saga with Thanos (Josh Brolin), it’s doing it now in the Multiverse Saga with Kang (Jonathan Majors), and it will do it again after that. That’s how the MCU is supposed to work, with one movie or series serving as a step on a staircase that leads to the great all-encompassing arc that threatens everything. When there are cosmic or multiversal stakes, it’s very hard to put someone like Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) in perspective, as important as his life and suffering really are. Even his experience is but a step in Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Winter Soldier’s (Sebastian Stan) road to that multiversal battle — and we talk about it, sure, but way less than we should. When it comes to the various superhero stories being told on-screen, there are some aspects that the MCU still reigns supreme over, but ultimately, the world of The Boys is succeeding in ways that Marvel hasn’t figured out how to tackle.

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Kevin Feige Having Fingers in Too Many Pies to Apply His Magic Touch Proves Marvel Needs to Change- Armessa Movie News

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It was bombshells galore at Marvel Studios today as the company’s annual retreat revealed a cacophony of chaos happening behind the scenes. And at the center of it: Kevin Feige.

Well, also Jonathan Majors, but that’s a temporary problem. As president of Marvel Studios, Feige is the backbone of the entertainment behemoth and his fingerprint is all over the cinematic franchise. Up until recently, that was a good thing, but ever since Phase Four began, the MCU has been inundated with rotten reviews, poor box office reception, and audience fatigue that currently threatens to dwarf the sequel to its 2019 billion-dollar success, Captain Marvel.

The Marvels is just days away from blasting into cinemas, but box office predictions paint it half the savior as its predecessor. The film, initially slated to release on July 8, 2022, was shuffled around the calendar numerous times to allow for post-production fixes. Eventually, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania took its release spot to give the team more time to tinker. Once upon a time — i.e. before the Marvel machine became too large to handle — Feige’s superpower for swooping in at the last minute with post-production edits wouldn’t have been a bad thing, but according to an inside report conducted by Variety, that couldn’t be farther from the truth nowadays.

“Kevin’s real superpower, his genius, has always been in postproduction and getting his hands on movies and making sure that they finished strongly,” a source close to The Marvels said. “These days, he’s spread thin.”

Marvel’s unique process has been under considerable scrutiny lately, what with its TV endeavors getting publicly criticized for foregoing all the traditional models of making television without the desirable numbers or audience interest to prove such deviations beneficial. Post-production edits are nothing new in filmmaking, but Marvel Studios has earned a notorious reputation for heavily relying on back-end adjustments to fix what could have been avoided, had proper preparation been implemented at the beginning. Basically, Feige gets the last word, and sometimes that last word means entire swaths of scripts have to be reworked.

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This was perhaps most evident on the Disney Plus series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, where Feige’s last-minute input resulted in what was then the penultimate episode becoming the premiere episode. If you’re looking for someone to blame for Tatiana Maslany’s awful VFX as the Green Goliath, blame Feige.

Indeed, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed suspicions of superhero fatigue when he suggested the studio would be pulling back on its serialized endeavors to stave both audience fatigue and astronomical spending. Shows such as Echo and Agatha: Darkhold Diaries received revised release dates and were moved from 2023 to 2024. Meanwhile, the endlessly delayed Blade movie has been given the smallest budget in MCU history, which may end up being either a sign of careful spending or impending doom. 

“Writing the Marvel obituary would be ill-advised,” said Jason Squire, professor emeritus at USC School of Cinematic Arts. “Kevin Feige is the Babe Ruth of movie executives, and Marvel has the most profitable track record in movie history. No question.”

That may be true, but something has got to give if Marvel hopes to earn back the trust it’s lost in the years since the COVID-19 pandemic birthed its television department and gave way to too many projects to keep track of. Feige is just one man, and while one man can do a lot, not even all the genius in the world can help him be in several places at once.

Unless Marvel Studios finds a way to rework its process, we could find ourselves reviving beloved MCU alum from the dead for the sake of milking sentimentality. If Feige truly wishes to maintain complete control over his empire, he either has to scale back output to allow for unforeseen, last-minute adjustments, or revisit whether what worked 15 years ago is still applicable today. To that last bit, I say: “the numbers don’t lie.”

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Marvel Finally Corrects What the MCU Got Wrong About Nick Fury – Armessa Movie News

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Summary

  • The comics are correcting the MCU’s portrayal of Nick Fury and reminding fans that he was the true leader of the Howling Commandos, not Captain America.
  • Nick Fury’s impact on the team is highlighted as Captain America is hesitant to take over even temporarily, showing how much the team reveres Fury’s leadership.
  • The comic emphasizes how different the team operates without Fury, with in-fighting and a lack of cohesion, demonstrating his essential role in both the team’s dynamics and the narrative.


Warning: Spoilers for CapWolf & the Howling Commandos #1!The comics are getting around to correcting what the MCU got wrong about Nick Fury in regard to the Howling Commandos. It’s common to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe occasionally take onscreen liberties when adapting the comics that came before it. One of those liberties was establishing that Steve Rogers led the Howling Commandos during the 1940s when, in the comics, they were Nick Fury’s team.

The comics have decided to remind fans who the Commandos truly belong to in CapWolf & the Howling Commandos #1 by Stephanie Phillips, Carlos Magno, Espen Grundetjern, and VC’s Travis Lanham. The issue opens in 1942-era France as the Commandos are interlocked in a battle against the Nazis that ends with Sergeant Fury sustaining a serious injury.

It’s made clear that Fury is the leader of the team, with Cap only taking over as a temporary alternate under Fury’s orders.

Related: Stan Lee Hated One Major Nick Fury Retcon


Nick Fury Leads the Howling Commandos

Nick Fury talks Captain America into being the alternate leader of the Howling Commandos-1

The Howling Commandos were a World War II-era strike force unit that debuted in 1964’s Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The original iteration of the team was introduced as an extension of the United States Army Rangers. Over the years, their lore would either evolve or be twisted entirely, but one remaining constant is that Nick Fury would be portrayed as the leader of the team in some shape or form. The Marvel Cinematic Universe would suggest otherwise on the big screen, but the comics are reminding now reminding fans of the impact that the original Nick Fury Sr. had on the group, long before his more recent retirement.

Nick Fury’s Impact on the Howling Commandos

Nick Fury talks Captain America into being the alternate leader of the Howling Commandos-2

The fact that Captain America is so hesitant and reluctant to lead the Howling Commandos in Fury’s place, even on a temporary basis, really highlights what kind of impact the future S.H.I.E.L.D. director has on the team. In the mind of Cap and (as readers see later) other members, the Howling Commandos are unequivocally Nick Fury’s team. In their view, not even Captain America has the right to take over from him even on a brief basis. Readers will quickly see how drastically different a Howling Commandos unit is without Nick Fury.

Whereas the team led by Fury runs smoothly during the opening battle, the Howling Commandos under Cap can’t even get on the same page before the mission begins. The plane ride to the mission is overshadowed by in-fighting among the members, including Dum Dum Dugan, who takes umbrage with someone else trying to lead Fury’s team, calling Captain America “a gimmick with some special abilities” that’s bound to get them all killed. While the MCU tries to tell the Howling Commandos story without Nick Fury, the comics reiterate just how essential he is to the team both in-universe and narratively.

CapWolf & the Howling Commandos #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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‘Glad this was cut’: The cancelled crossover of MCU Phase 4’s crowning glory with a Marvel movie giant faces a multiversal panning- Armessa Movie News

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Spider-Man: No Way Home earned its place as easily the most successful of the MCU’s Multiverse Saga offerings so far with its 3x webslinger team-up, so you’d think a deeper dive into Spidey’s movie history would’ve been even more popular. Well, think again.

As we’ve become aware of before, exactly how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would encounter Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s wall crawlers went through a few different iterations before the storyline we see play out was settled upon. It turns out that one version of the plot even saw Doctor Strange and Peter 1 pulled into Maguire and Garfield’s universes, allowing them to interact with familiar scenes from the Raimi Spider-Man trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man films.

Concept artist Phil Saunders even revealed his artwork for these scenes, including one piece that inserts Benedict Cumberbatch and Holland’s Peter into Maguire’s battle with Bonesaw from 2002’s Spider-Man. Destined to leave fans drooling at the mouth, right? Actually, they kinda hate it.

Contrary to popular belief, Marvel fans don’t just care about crossovers above all else, as Redditors revealed they were “glad” these scenes were cut as they would’ve “served zero purpose for the story.”

“This would have just [felt] like meaningless fan service,” wrote another fan, not in need of servicing.

For others, this just would’ve awkwardly highlighted the superior visuals of the earlier films in comparison to No Way Home.

Honestly, visiting other familiar universes seems like something we’re bound to do in Avengers: Secret Wars, so hopefully folks respond to that more positively than they do these nixed No Way Home crossovers.

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‘Batman & Robin’ May Have Cost Marvel Its 1 Shot at Landing Tom Cruise- Armessa Movie News

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Unless something drastic changes, two places you won’t be seeing Tom Cruise anytime soon – or ever, for that matter – are streaming exclusives and superhero stories.

Of course, we can all remember the rumor mill exploding into life when far too many people convinced themselves that blur in those Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promos heralded the surprise debut of the Mission: Impossible icon as a Tony Stark variant, while unfounded speculation has linked him with the Marvel Cinematic Universe for almost as long as the franchise has existed.

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The scuttlebutt isn’t without merit, obviously, considering Cruise was considering an offer to headline Iron Man in the late 1990s, but since then he hasn’t even come close to circling a comic book adaptation in an official capacity. The MCU can get pretty much whoever it wants based on the cavalcade of A-listers and legends to have popped up over the years, but cinema’s foremost daredevil has never seemed like a realistic get.

As it turns out, Batman & Robin may have played a part in keeping Cruise away from Marvel long before a shared universe was a twinkle in Kevin Feige’s eye, with new book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios noting that his “asking fee at the time was more than even a profitable studio like Fox was willing to risk on an untested superhero property.”

That would have been after Joel Schumacher’s neon-and-nipples dumpster fire but before Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man gave the genre a new lease of life and turned it into a cultural phenomenon at the turn of the millennium. It can never be ruled out with 100 percent certainty that Cruise won’t find his way to the MCU eventually, but if he doesn’t, then he’ll always be one of its biggest-ever “what ifs?”

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