Avatar: Way Of Water Concept Art Shows Off Pandora's Killer Shark In Detail

Concept art from Avatar: The Way of Water features an extremely realistic depiction of Pandora's deadly shark.
More than a decade had passed after the events of Avatar, and the plot of the sequel finds Jake and Neytiri fleeing to the reef-dwelling Metkayina clan to protect their Na'vi family from the hybrid Quaritch.
As the name of the sequel implies, the seas, coral reefs, and the amazing animals who call them home receive a lot of screen time.

A new piece of concept art for Avatar: The Way of Water reveals one of these creatures in greater depth.
Recently, Avatar sequel concept artist and chief creature designer Zachary Berger posted some concept art of Pandora's killer shark, the Akula, on Twitter.

Following a few hundred "blue sky" experimental variants of the Akula for the sequel, Berger settled on the "triangular, bifurcated, rattlesnake-meets-great white mouth" design featured in Avatar: The Way of Water, as he recounts in the Twitter thread above.

The creature design in Avatar: The Way of Water is a high point of the sequel along with the visual effects and technological accomplishments.
A prime example of this is the terrifying Akula, which appears during one of the most exciting underwater action sequences in Avatar: The Way of Water, in which Lo'ak is left alone by Aonung and his allies to try to escape the hazardous marine predator.
Lo'ak narrowly avoids certain death on many occasions, and the Tulkun called Payakan is largely responsible for his survival.

The Tulkun, like the Akula, is one of the most memorable animals in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Space whales, as these animals have been affectionately called, became an instant hit with moviegoers as soon as the sequel was released.
Humans in the Avatar universe go whale hunting because the Tulkun have a fluid in their brains called amrita that slows human aging. The Tulkun are strong, compassionate, and knowledgeable beings.
This allows the sequel to further emphasize its powerful anti-whaling message by making the Tulkun into sad heroes.

James Cameron's love of the water is evident in his films like The Abyss and Titanic, but the imaginative creature design in Avatar: The Way of Water is the clearest demonstration of his enthusiasm.
Both Avatar films were enormous financial successes, thanks in large part to the meticulous attention to detail that made them into the visually arresting spectacles they are.
The Art of Avatar: The Way of Water, a book by Tara Bennett, is now available for those interested in learning more about the creative process behind the creatures in the film. 

Puss In Boots 2 Proves Del Toro’s Golden Globes Speech Is Completely Right

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish unexpectedly validates Guillermo del Toro's bold declaration regarding animation from the 2023 Golden Globes.
Guillermo del Toro's first Golden Globe triumph since The Shape of Water was for Pinocchio, which took up the award for Best Animated Feature at the 2023 ceremony.
Del Toro made an impassioned acceptance speech after winning the prize, praising 2022 as a banner year for film, which he argued reflected positively on the animation industry since "animation is not a genre for kids, it's an art."

Puss in Boots 2, the Shrek spinoff, provides evidence that animated films can be financially successful.
Much of the dialogue in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is written with a younger audience in mind, and the film is clearly intended for them to enjoy.
The sequel's animation and plot are still enjoyable for those with a mature disposition.
Because of this contrast, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish has been well received by critics, demonstrating the breadth of animation's popularity.
That sums up Guillermo del Toro's point that animation is a medium and not a genre beautifully.

The aesthetics and plot of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish contribute significantly to the film's wide popularity.
As with another Dreamworks film, The Bad Guys, Puss in Boots 2 takes inspiration from Spider-strongest Man's visual and narrative components in its art and animation style.
Adult audiences have given Into the Spider-Verse a lot of acclaim despite the fact that they are not the target demographic since the plot contains heart and maturity not often found in DreamWorks movies.
Puss in Boots 2 profited greatly from DreamWorks' dedication to a degree of excellence everyone could enjoy, even if such elements weren't technically required for a children's film.

Because of its franchise placement, Puss in Boots 2 has achieved remarkable success.

Film series like Shrek and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

The popularity of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is all the more remarkable when considered in the context of the whole Shrek series.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, the sixth installment in the Shrek film series, is the first to come out after fans have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for another subpar entry.
Every film in the Shrek film series since Shrek 2 has been met with lukewarm at best critical reviews, fueling widespread belief that the quality of the DreamWorks franchise has steadily declined over time.
With the production of Shrek 5 having delayed, the series has relied heavily on memes and nostalgia for the first two films to keep it afloat, despite the fact that even the first Puss in Boots film was completely disregarded.

When you consider all of these factors, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish seems like an even more incredible success story than it currently is.
In addition to being a fantastic film in its own right, Shrek Forever After demonstrates that audiences remain enthusiastic about the Shrek series and that the franchise can continue to win over both adults and children.
Story-wise and visually, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish already does a lot to illustrate how much animation has to offer, and shockingly, it may just achieve the same by setting up Shrek 5. 

Avatar: The Way Of Water Proves The Box Office Is Broken

Some of the Modern Box Office's Biggest Mistakes.
A comparison of current box office figures to those of some past blockbusters indicates a significant difference in the performance of Hollywood's greatest movies, showing a significant loss in box office health despite some recent major hits as crowds return to cinemas.

While Avatar: The Way of Water's initial box office take was lower than expected, it has subsequently surpassed most of the other films in the top 10, demonstrating that the massive success of some of the biggest successes in cinema history is more skewed than previously thought.
Avatar: The Way of Water and James Cameron's other top 10 films had more in common with the box office juggernauts of yesteryear, and their success serves as a useful reminder of what a successful box office run looks like.

The second installment of "Avatar" has broken records at the box office.

Even though 2019 has already broken records for film office income, cinemas were already struggling before the epidemic hit.
Ticket sales have been on the decline for decades, and any recent income rise may be attributed solely to price hikes brought about by inflation.
The majority (8) of the top 10 domestic grossing movies were released in 2018 or after, and half (5) were released in 2012 or later.
Adjusting for inflation immediately reveals this problem. When it was opened in theaters in 1997, Titanic made $600 million in North America alone.
Inflation-adjusted, that's $1.12 billion, which puts it ahead of every other film ever (even before factoring in the $57 million it made from its 3D re-release in 2012).

Shrek 2 earned $441.2 million in the domestic market in 2004, which is equivalent to $707 million in today's values and would place it ahead of Black Panther as the sixth highest domestic earner of all time if we exclude movies that are currently in the top 10 on this list.
Earning $431 million in 1999 (equivalent to $778.7 million in 2018), Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is now the fourth highest grossing film of all time, passing Top Gun: Maverick in the process.
If we convert 1993's $357 million box office total to 2017's $743.1 million, Jurassic Park would still rank #5 in North America.
Inflation-adjusted earnings for 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, at $359.2 million, placed it ahead of James Cameron's Titanic by almost a billion dollars.

So, even though new movies are joining the top 10 domestic earners list almost every year, pushing older movies down the list, it's clear the actual economic value of these movies isn't climbing drastically, it's just that the measuring stick used to gauge their success (the dollar) is changing. Despite the undeniable success of modern blockbuster movies, viewing the box office through the counterbalancing lens of inflation reveals that blockbusters like Avatar: The Way of Water and Top Gun: Maverick aren't necessarily massive breakouts as their inflation-driven numbers would suggest, but rather, examples of what a historically healthy box office should look like. 

James Cameron Responds To Titanic's Infamous Door Dilemma

James Cameron has addressed the argument about Titanic's notorious door for the first time in 25 years.
The historical romance drama followed Rose (Kate Winslet), a privileged young woman, and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), an impoverished orphan, as they fall in love despite their social differences onboard the titular ocean liner.
Titanic, starring Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, and Kathy Bates, among others, is one of Cameron's most recognizable films. It was a box office triumph, generating over $2.195 billion over numerous theaters and became the first picture to exceed the billion-dollar barrier.

At the Television Critics Association 2023 panel Titanic: 25 Years Later, James Cameron addressed Kayla Cobb of Decider's long-standing question about the film's notorious door.

Cameron adds that the piece of paneling on which Jack and Rose appeared to be floating was really from the ship's first-class lounge, making it much more cramped for them to be in there.
The writer/director of Titanic also detailed the scientific study that went into the sequence, including the fact that Jack "would have been unconscious" after eight minutes due to hypothermia, regardless of space.

The last minutes of the original film's plot see Jack and Rose seeking shelter from the bitter cold of the Atlantic after the ship has smashed into an iceberg. This is the time period from which the famous Titanic door conundrum originates.
For years, viewers have argued about whether or not Jack and Rose could have fit on the floating "door," with many criticizing Winslet's Rose for being "selfish" for taking up the entire space, leaving DiCaprio's Jack to perish in the cold and water.
In an episode appropriately titled "Titanic Survival," MythBusters investigated this question in honor of the film's 15th anniversary. They concluded that Rose and Jack could have survived hypothermia by staying afloat on the paneling until they were rescued, though they would have needed to use Rose's life jacket to keep the door buoyed above the water. 

Transformers Director Michael Bay Charged With Animal Abuse Allegations

After a pigeon was killed on set of 6 Underground, director Michael Bay, who has directed most of the Transformers films, was arrested and prosecuted.
After gaining recognition with the releases of Bad Boys and Armageddon, Bay went on to establish himself as a successful Hollywood filmmaker, being widely recognized for his lavish special effects and extensive use of pyrotechnic displays and CGI animation.
The Transformers movies have been Bay's primary emphasis as of late, although he has also directed the Netflix original 6 Underground and collaborated with Universal Pictures on the horror film Ambulance.

Bay ran afoul of the Italian authorities during filming of 6 Underground when rumors spread that a pigeon had been slain on site.
Since pigeons are a protected species in Italy, law enforcement has intervened to examine whether or not the death of the homing pigeon was caused by the film, which was produced by Netflix and starred by Ryan Reynolds.
Bay told The Wrap that the allegations against him would likely be dropped because he believes they are baseless.
Below is his explanation:

The footage is unmistakable and provides proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
There are a ton of eyewitnesses and cops on the scene who clear us of any blame.
And it debunks their one, misleading paparazzi shot.
Due to an ongoing legal battle, I am unable to provide any details, but I am optimistic that we will be successful when my day comes.
The Italian authorities gave me the option of paying a minor payment to resolve the situation, but I rejected since I did not want to admit culpability for harming an animal.

Bay denies that any animals were hurt in the making of 6 Underground or any of his other films, and he is devoted to defending the charges.
Bay dislikes contemplating his filmic legacy, although he strongly objects to being labeled an animal abuser, claiming instead to have been a dedicated advocate for animal rights throughout his whole life.
On three separate occasions, Bay's legal team has requested that the allegations against their client be dropped; each time, however, these requests have been denied by Italian authorities, and the case now looks to be headed to trial.

Although Bay is not believed to have been the dolly operator at the alleged event, he is nonetheless being investigated as a suspect in Italy because of his role as the film's director.
Bay plans on using testimony from witnesses, surveillance footage, and legal testimony to disprove any responsibility he may have had in the pigeon's untimely demise.
Eiza Gonzalez, who played a major role in the film Ambulance, has said that Michael Bay's "mischievous" and "mostly harmless" demeanor is the most unexpected aspect of his character.
Bay plans to defend his honor by any means necessary. 

MCU Theory: Thor's Ending Combines Iron Man & Cap's Endgame Fates

It's possible that what happens to Iron Man and Captain America in Avengers: Endgame will play into what happens to Thor in the MCU.
When the dust settled on Endgame, Thor was one of the few remaining founding Avengers and the lone survivor of the Big Three.
In order to be with Peggy Carter, Captain America traveled back in time, killing Iron Man and Black Widow along the way.
Thor's tale has continued through the Multiverse Saga alongside Hulk and Hawkeye.

It's possible that Thor's adventure is coming to a conclusion. He's beaten Thanos, Gorr, and plenty of other foes.
Chris Hemsworth's MCU future has been discussed since the film's polarizing reaction, and the actor has hinted that his leave may occur in his next appearance.
Moreover, if this is the case, there remains the question of when it may occur and, more importantly, how.
Will he follow Tony Stark's lead and sacrifice himself by falling on his own God-killing ax?
What if he didn't have to wind up like Steve Rogers?
It's possible that the answer is both.

Whether or not Thor appears in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty remains to be seen, but it would be shocking if he didn't.
He's one of the MCU's most potent heroes, and he's been around since the beginning as one of the founding Avengers.
He should be an integral part of the squad against Kang the Conqueror because of his extensive background in countering threats of global destruction.
With Thor still active in the MCU, there's no practical reason for him not to be part in what looks to be one of the Avengers' toughest challenges yet.

And there's good reason to believe that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will be Thor's last appearance in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
Since he has been in more Avengers films than any other character (apart from the Hulk and Hawkeye, who should potentially return), and since he has also had more of his own films, his tale may be coming to a close.
After all, an Avengers film is still the pinnacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Thor should be afforded the same honor. 

Kang's Villain Costume Gets Best Look Yet In New Quantumania Image

A new promotional image for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania shows Kang the Conqueror looking better dressed than ever.
The third Ant-Man film will introduce the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Kang the Conqueror, a multiversal warlord who plans to conquer all realities.
The stunning, comically accurate and elegant outfit he wore has now been shown.

Kevin Feige, the MCU's executive producer, recently spoke with Empire about the forthcoming role of Kang and how he differs from prior villains in the MCU.

In this interview, Feige mentions a time machine that Kang has but can't use since it's broken.
The new promotional image of Kang features not only his stylish attire but also his Time Chair, the same equipment from Marvel Comics that lets its owner to travel through time and space.
Feige has commented as follows:

"When we first meet Kang, he is in a situation where he needs to regain his authority.
If he can connect his spacecraft and gadget to the internet, he can travel to any location at any time.
If only he could get his hands on some Pym particle-wielding, smart scientists."

The Avengers are a strong group comprised of many different heroes and entities, yet they are not indestructible on their own.
Even though they were ultimately successful in defeating Thanos and reversing the Snap in Avengers: Endgame (with a significant assistance from Ant-Man himself), their setback in Infinity War shows that they can be beaten.
With his vast reach and power, Kang the Conqueror can alter history itself.
When the Avengers eventually meet each other in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, they will have their hands full.

He will be more formidable than Thanos, the previous major enemy in the MCU.
If he could once defeat the Avengers, then Kang certainly might as well.
Now that the multiverse is accessible in Phase 4, there are numerous excellent and terrible versions of Kang.
To prevent the more militarized versions from spreading havoc across all realities, Loki has already developed He Who Remains, a somewhat beneficent variant who acted to protect the Sacred Timeline.
Sylvia's murder of him signaled the end of that shield, and now Kang the Conqueror's potential release from the Quantum Realm poses a danger to the whole material universe.

Kang's superpower is his ability to move freely through time and space.
To employ time travel against the Avengers, he must first use Ant-Man to obtain the MacGuffin he needs to reactivate his Time Chair.
Although the Avengers utilized time travel to erase Thanos' victory, Kang may turn this strategy against them.
Kang the Conqueror might pose a significant threat to the Avengers if he acquires superior technology, has a keen strategic mind, and develops an insatiable desire for bloodshed.
Although it will be some time before Kang encounters the Avengers, I expect that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania will demonstrate the time traveler's formidable might. 

James Gunn Already Teased GOTG Vol 3's High Death Count

Only a few short months remain until the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and in the recently released Disney+ special, James Gunn has already foreshadowed the film's emotional toll and disturbingly high body count.
It's becoming more apparent that not every member of the spacefaring Guardians crew will survive their next battle with the High Evolutionary, portrayed by Peacemaker's Chukwudi Iwuji.
Despite the generally optimistic tone of the MCU, this film is guaranteed to make audiences cry.

Despite the overall positive tone of the remainder of the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, this one phrase from Drax seems to hint that he and maybe other Guardians will be killed off in the next movie.
Outside of Avengers: Endgame, the only other appearance of the whole Guardians team in which every member of the squad survives is the Christmas special.
Not only does this sentence disclose the sad conclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but it also emphasizes this point.

The Guardians Holiday Special not only shows the crew closer than ever before, but it also verbally teases the death of a significant member in the next feature.
Even the cold and aloof Nebula seems to have strong affections for the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, setting the stage for a heartbreaking loss for all of them.
The Guardians, at the pinnacle of their heroic careers, are on the verge of experiencing the worst setback in all of their MCU appearances to yet. 

Maguire's Spider-Man & Jackman's Wolverine Unite In Avengers 6 Fan Poster

Fan art for Avengers: Secret Wars features Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.
Marvel Studios' exploration of parallel universes and alternate timelines continues in Phase Five of the Multiverse Saga.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has barely begun, with Phase Four having already utilized the multiverse in a number of films and television series.
Quantumania, starring Ant-Man and the Wasp and focusing heavily on Kang the Conqueror, will be a major turning point in the Multiverse Saga.
In the end, both Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars may be traced back to Phases Five and Parts Six, respectively.
The two next Avengers movies will reveal whether the Multiverse Saga or the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity Saga is more impressive.

Since there is no limit to the number of universes in existence, fans are curious as to whether characters from alternate realities will make an appearance in either of the two Avengers films.
A new fan poster for Avengers: Secret Wars features Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

The 2021 film Spider-Man: No Way Home included Maguire's return to the role of Peter Parker, alongside Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield's versions of the character.
To play Logan in Ryan Reynolds's forthcoming Deadpool 3 film, Hugh Jackman is coming out of Wolverine retirement.
In the film, Wade Wilson will make his permanent Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut.

Before the MCU, there wasn't much in the way of live-action superhero films in the early 2000s.
Prior to the tremendous success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the concept of shared worlds in film was not very widespread.
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Bryan Singer's first X-Men films have been credited with revitalizing the superhero film genre for many years.
Superhero films like Batman & Robin (1997) and the X-Men (2001) didn't start gaining mainstream traction until the early 2000s.
Their commercial success is proof of this; Spider-Man made over $825 million worldwide in 2002.

As a result of legal disputes, crossovers between X-Men and Spider-Man were never produced.
When you consider how legendary Maguire and Jackman are in their respective roles, it's easy to understand why their meeting in Avengers: Secret Wars would be a historic event.
Both the X-Men and Spider-Man film series became staples of the superhero film genre, with many installments in each series before being rebooted.
This might have the same impact in Avengers: Secret Wars as the reunion of three generations of Spider-Man in 2021. 

Luther Movie Teaser Reveals Netflix & Theatrical Release Dates

A new trailer for Luther: The Fallen Sun has revealed both the streaming and theatrical premiere dates, ending years of anticipation.
Starring as the title character, Elba led the cast of the BBC crime thriller series as he struggled with his obsessive behavior for solving the crimes presented to him, including his complicated relationship with murderer Alice Morgan, from whom he gained insight into the mind of a psychopath and tracked down multiple criminals.
Elba received a Golden Globe and four Emmy nods for his role as Luther during the course of the show's run, and his performance was so well received that many fans have been eagerly awaiting the long-awaited film continuation since the show's fifth season began four years ago.

Idris Elba has taken to Twitter to unveil a brand new trailer for Luther: The Fallen Sun, with just a few months left till the film is available to stream.

Although it doesn't feature any actual film material, a new trailer has announced that the Elba-led drama will debut in cinemas on February 24 and on Netflix the following month on March 10.
A March debut on Netflix was all that had been announced about Luther: The Fallen Sun.

Luther: The Fallen Sun was planned for a streaming release, so it will be intriguing to see why Netflix wants to put it to theaters first.
The streaming service typically reserves theatrical releases for its high-profile projects or those they are trying to promote to awards season voters, such as Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which received two Golden Globe nominations, and Noah Baumbach's White Noise, which received one Golden Globe nomination for Adam Driver's lead performance.
However, Rian Johnson's whodunnit sequel has been the main topic of conversation regarding Netflix's theatrical distribution strategy, with many reviewers and moviegoers expressing dismay that the picture was only allowed a one-week release despite the original film grossing over $311 million at the box office.

Johnson has said he'd want to try to have a bigger theatrical release for Knives Out 3, and Netflix may be trying that theory out with Luther: The Fallen Sun.
In light of the fact that Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery apparently earned Netflix its greatest box office haul to date, the streaming service may be optimistic that the excitement around Elba's return will help the picture earn more money than Johnson's much anticipated follow-up.
At this moment, however, it is unknown if Luther: The Fallen Sun will have a wider or longer theatrical distribution than Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. 

Happy Death Day & Freaky Crossover Update Given By Blumhouse

The producer of both films has addressed the possibility of crossover between Happy Death Day and Freaky.
The 2017 original Happy Death Day was immediately followed by the 2019 film Happy Death Day 2U, which combined the time loop premise of Groundhog Day with a traditional college campus slasher film.
Both films were directed by Christopher Landon, who went on to direct the slasher hybrid Freaky Friday in 2020, prompting calls for a crossover between the two franchises. The producers of both films have given their OK to the proposal.

The creator of Blumhouse, Jason Blum, and M3GAN's director and producer, James Wan, recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about their impending killer doll film.
The topic of discussion shifted to the Freaky Death Day crossover and whether or not it will actually happen.
In regards to the project's prospects, Blum was quite pessimistic, saying, "I wouldn't have very great hopes," yet he was careful not to completely dismiss the idea.
See the rest of his words below:

Blum's suggestion that the crossover between Freaky Friday and Death Day was more likely to occur a few months ago is noteworthy.
It's hard to say what could have changed in that time to dampen enthusiasm for the picture, beyond the obvious truth that audiences age and lose interest with time.
Although the exact context of the comment may never be known, there is a glaring reason why a Happy Death Day/Freaky crossover may never happen: the cast and crew of both franchises are extremely busy.

Kathryn Newton, who portrays last girl turned killer and back again Millie Kessler in Happy Death Day and Freaky, is a major roadblock for the continuation of the crossover between the two films.
Cassie Lang, formerly played by Abby Ryder Fortson, will be portrayed by her in the forthcoming MCU film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and her character's arc might continue in future films.
Due to their schedules, the show's main creatives are unlikely to be able to work together for weeks at a time on a single set. 

James Gunn Honors Stan Lee For His 100th Birthday With Twitter Post

The late Stan Lee's 100th birthday is celebrated by James Gunn, who pays tribute to him.
The enormous success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is entirely due to the contributions of the legendary comic book creator.
Lee was famous not just as the creator of some of the most famous comic book characters of all time, but also for his outsized presence and instant recognizability.
He became well-known after making several guest appearances in Marvel movies and TV series.
One month shy of his 96th birthday, Lee passed away in 2018.

Even now, four years after his death, Lee is universally celebrated as a legendary figure in the comic book industry.
Gunn, who helms the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy flicks, sent a tribute to Lee on Twitter on his friend's birthday.
The note was brief and straightforward, containing "We wish Stan Lee a joyous centennial!
Friend, you will be sorely missed."
Gunn also included images of the two of them together with the icon who, although playing a little role in the development of the Guardians of the Galaxy, proudly portrayed them and kept his habit of making a cameo in those films.

Lee always wanted to see his works adapted on the big screen.
TV studios were the only ones willing to adapt his characters in the beginning.
The Incredible Hulk, starring Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby, was created as a consequence and ran for five seasons.
Unfortunately, not all adaptations met with success; a Doctor Strange TV movie, Captain America flicks, and spinoffs of The Incredible Hulk starring Thor and Daredevil all bombed.
Spider-Man was adapted for television, but critics and even Lee himself were not happy with the results.

Because of the box office bomb that was Howard the Duck, Lee was having problems greenlighting any further cinematic adaptations of his work.
Not until Blade and X-Men hit theaters, anyhow.
Soon after, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man reached theaters and paved the way for the creation and financial success of subsequent big Marvel films.
When Kevin Feige was put in charge of Marvel Studios with the intention of creating a shared world in the vein of the comics, Lee was completely on board.
In addition, Feige has kept up Lee's practice of making brief cameo appearances in films by having him show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to lend credence to the widely held fan notion that he has been the same character in all the Marvel movies this whole time.

Despite his passing, Lee is still celebrated for his contributions to Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There have been suggestions that Marvel may continue his cameo habit even after his death, although this seems doubtful and could be seen as disrespectful.
Gunn, along with the rest of the Marvel cast and crew, has nothing but admiration for Stan Lee and the happiness he provided to fans all around the world.
Along with news of a documentary on the Marvel comic book creator premiering on Disney+, it seems that Stan Lee will never be forgotten. 

Fast X Vin Diesel Reveals Timeline For The First Trailer Release

Vin Diesel gives an update on the release of the first Fast X trailer.
Beginning with 2001's The Fast and the Furious, the franchise has come a long way since then.
It has now grown into a massive blockbuster series that has spanned the world and continues to expand with each new film.
Fast X, scheduled for release in 2023, will mark the beginning of the end for the franchise, with Fast & Furious 11 scheduled to wrap up the main series a few years later.

Diesel announced the release date of the first Fast X trailer on Instagram.
Sharing a selfie of himself and his on-screen sister, Jordana Brewster, he hinted at the surprise.
With the release of the FastX trailer now less than two months away, the countdown is on.
The author was Diesel.
Given that the Super Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 12, that timing might indicate the first Fast X teaser will release at the NFL contest.

The next Fast film, Fast X, will mark the beginning of the end for the popular auto racing series.
It's been estimated that Fast X cost $340 million to make, which is a substantial sum.
With that sum, Fast X would be on par with another enormous film ushering in the conclusion of a franchise, Avengers: Infinity War.
The $316 million production featured numerous A-list actors, cutting-edge CGI, and intense action sequences.
We can probably expect to see all of things in plenty in Fast X, especially in the action scenes.

Fast X will include the return of various fan-favorite characters from previous installments of the Fast & Furious franchise, as well as the introduction of new characters who are expected to have an influence on both of the series' conclusion films.
Jason Momoa, who will play the antagonist, is a fresh addition.
Actor Jason Momoa has described his character as "extremely cruel," making him a formidable foe for Vin Diesel's Dom and his gang in Aquaman.
Beyond that, information about the characters is being kept secret.
Brie Larson, Alan Ritchson, Daniela Melchior, and Rita Moreno will all make their first appearances in the Fast film series in Fast X.
So far, not much is known about them either, but Moreno's role as Dom's grandma has been confirmed. 

Wakanda Forever Only Showed 10% Of Talokan, Says Black Panther VFX Artist

Despite the title, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever only showed a small portion of Talokan, Namor's city.
Wakanda Forever, the sequel to 2018's Black Panther, picked up after T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) was killed off.
The loss of their monarch threw the great city of Wakanda into chaos, and they had to deal with a new enemy that had emerged from the sea: Tenoch Huerta's Namor.

In order to ensure the safety of his people, Namor, who governed the undersea kingdom of Talokan for hundreds of years, sought for an alliance.
Although Talokan was crucial to the plot of the film, viewers didn't get to see it very much.
The majority of the movie occurred on land, however there were a few underwater sequences that featured Namor and Letitia Wright's Shuri exploring the city.
The designs of Talokan and its warriors required extensive prep work that viewers never got to witness.
That's why Wt FX animation supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kintombo assured ComicBook that Talokan isn't done yet.

"In other words...
Only 10% of the [Talokan] plan has been revealed to you.
None of the residences next to Namor's throne room were accessible to us.
It's easy to overlook the fish swimming in and out of the throne room's clusters on the walls.
The city is enormous, by any standard.
Amazingly, the art team created a stunning fly through that let us explore the city and select a specific region to highlight."

Marvel has announced that Namor cannot have a standalone movie due to licensing difficulties with Universal Pictures, but there has been no official indication on when Namor or his city would feature next.
As with the Hulk, Marvel sold the rights to Namor before the MCU was established, limiting his appearances to supporting roles.
However, Namor and his undersea warriors do have a chance to make a difference in a few strategic areas.

Given his prominence as a villain in the comics, the King would fit in well as an opponent in the Fantastic Four film.
Namor is one of the Fantastic Four's longest-running antagonists; he'd be a great first opponent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
For a group that has to create its own heroes, a proven villain is ideal.
There's only so much screen time in a movie, so focusing too much on the antagonist might detract from the strength of the heroes' squad.
Given Kevin Feige's previous statement that Marvel's Fantastic Four won't be an origin narrative, there is still opportunity for a figure like Namor to arrive.

Namor and Talokan might return after Fantastic Four in the forthcoming films Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Namor's return to action would be most appropriate during the last battles with Kang the Conqueror, much to how all of Marvel's heroes banded together in Infinity War and Endgame to take on Thanos.
The people of Talokan must be present to support their fellow heroes, since Wakanda will inevitably be pulled into the conflict as their major ally.
It's also an excellent chance to expand upon Talokan's portrayal in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. 

Black Adam's HBO Max Release Timing Couldn't Be Worse

The December 16, 2022 release date for Black Adam on HBO Max is quickly becoming anticlimactic.
With the star power of Dwayne Johnson and the unexpected return of Henry Cavill's Superman, Black Adam was widely anticipated to be a financial success for Warner Bros. Discovery when it was released in theaters that October of 2022.
Black Adam was supposed to be a step in a new direction for the DCEU; it featured a new antihero as well as another flagship superhero team in the form of the Justice Society of America; but, it underperformed both critically and commercially.

Black Adam, which grossed less than $400 million worldwide in theaters, will now debut on HBO Max barely two months after its theatrical debut.
Since Black Adam has a high production cost and a large marketing effort, it's possible that DC Studios and Warner Bros. Discovery will take a financial hit from the movie.
However, it's impossible to overlook the fact that the DCU has undergone a major management change in the two months between Black Adam's theatrical premiere and its appearance on HBO Max, and that this change will effect not only this film but everything else that DC Studios still has on its release plan.

Forgoing the character's tie to Shazam's mythos, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has previously stated that Black Adam would be a stepping stone to a Black Adam and Superman face-off.
The likelihood of a Black Adam sequel has diminished due to the film's weak box office showing.
James Gunn and Peter Safran, the new leaders of DC Studios, have already made it clear that they will be taking the DCU in a completely different path by rejecting Patty Jenkins' proposal for Wonder Woman 3 and confirming that Henry Cavill will not be returning as Superman in any future films.

The movie has strong ties to known narrative strands and characters from the former administration, even if Black Adam is a new character for the DCU.
Both Superman and Viola Davis's Amanda Waller made cameo appearances in Black Adam, forever connecting the franchise's future to other contemporary DC concepts that are expected to be phased away within the next months and years.
The future of Black Adam on HBO Max appears bleak at best, given the service's own worrisome cancelations and quick deletions as of late, unless the show experiences unforeseen success.

Given that Henry Cavill's comeback as Superman was a significant selling point for Black Adam, it's hard to imagine that the film would do better on streaming services.
Cavill's return to the big screen as Superman was praised as a triumph and provided spectators optimism for the character's future, despite merely being a part of a post-credit sequence.
This sequence was so confident in Superman's bright future that it even featured John Williams's famous Superman music.
Unfortunately, this was not to be, as it has since been confirmed that Cavill will no longer play Superman.

However, there is less of a draw to see Black Adam only for that scenario because it seems less plausible that Black Adam would ever actually meet Superman.
Black Adam works fine as a stand-alone adventure, and not every comic book film needs to be part of an overarching continuity. However, the film's story was met with lukewarm reviews, and audiences were won over by the movie's large-scale action sequences, which are more impressive on the big screen than on a home theater system.