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MarvelBlog News for February 14th, 2022

MarvelBlog News for February 14th, 2022

This past week, Netflix dropped a bomb that has stunned Hollywood. Let’s talk about the ramifications of this shocker in MarvelBlog News.

The Defenders Are Free!

Source: Marvel Studios

Okay, let’s start with news of the unexpected. After years of rumors, we finally gained clarity about the fates of the Defenders.

Let’s rewind a bit and briefly discuss the history of these characters. In 2013, Netflix entered into a historic deal with Disney.

Photo: Screenrant

At the time, Disney had no interest in owning and operating a streaming service, as it earned far too much money from network and cable television.

So, Disney happily licensed some of Marvel’s comic book characters to Netflix. In fact, all the Mouse saw was upside.

Disney would earn revenue from the licensing agreement. Plus, comic books and merchandise would sell better for the newly promoted characters.

Source: Marvel Studio

When Daredevil debuted, Netflix quickly recognized the extreme potential of the premise.

The streaming service chose to greenlight several other series, including Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and The Punisher.

By the time the last episode of The Punisher aired in January 2019, everyone knew the gig was up.

Source: Marvel Studios

Then Disney CEO Bob Iger had determined that providing Netflix with Marvel characters was akin to selling nuclear weapons to emerging countries.

Those are his words, not mine. During a recent media tour, Iger explained his epiphany about this business arrangement.

Photo: Getty Images

Iger apparently woke up and realized that if Disney wanted to become a player in streaming media, it couldn’t sell key assets to competitors.

Netflix had anticipated this move, and the two parties ended their agreement amicably.

Source: Marvel Studios

After all, Netflix still wants content from Disney occasionally. Ergo, the top streaming service cannot anger a potential ally.

Over the past three years, everyone has wondered whether any members of The Defenders, Netflix’s Marvel characters, would appear in the MCU.

Source: Marvel Studios

Now, we have our answer…

Coming on March 1st

Because I don’t want to spoil you, I must remain vague here. Suffice to say that we’ve already gained our answer to this question.

A recent Marvel television series and a Marvel movie reintroduced characters from these shows. At this point, we all deduced something was up.

Source: Marvel Studios

Still, virtually all information suggested that Netflix would own the rights to the various Marvel series in perpetuity for the foreseeable future.

Now, everyone is expressing shock, as multiple sources have confirmed an ending is near.

Source: Marvel Studios

When the calendar rolls from February to March, Netflix will lose the licensing rights to stream various Marvel shows.

For precision, Netflix will stream these series through February 28th, 2022. Then, at midnight on March 1st, the rights will revert to Disney.

Here’s the second interesting part. Disney hasn’t commented on how it will proceed with the rights.

Photo: Netflix/ Marvel Studios

After all, much of the content doesn’t seem like the best fit for Disney+.

I mean, I might be the biggest Jessica Jones fan on Planet Earth, and I still question the fit.

She’s an alcoholic who the Purple Man brainwashed. Also, she has justifiable mommy issues. Even Bambi doesn’t get this dark. And don’t get me started on The Punisher.

Photo: Netflix/ Marvel Studios

So, there’s a good chance Disney+ doesn’t host these series. Instead, they may turn to Hulu.

Since many people own the Disney Bundle anyway or, at the very least, subscribe to Disney+ and Hulu, that’s an agreeable fallback plan.

Disney hasn’t commented yet. But, even if it doesn’t, we should know the destination for these shows on March 1st.

Source: Marvel Studios/ Netflix

The instant the rights revert, Disney should start airing them. Perhaps the closest analogy here is Marvel’s Runaway, which is currently available on Disney+, though.

Miscellaneous Marvel Notes

Since we have one massive story this week, I’ll hit everything else quickly.

Photo: CNBC

Current Disney CEO Bob Chapek revealed several tidbits about Marvel properties during a recent earnings call.

Perhaps the most interesting one is that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will arrive on Disney+ this summer.

Source: Marvel Studios

Obviously, Disney wants to capitalize on the movie’s expected popularity to drive Disney+ subscriptions.

Chapek also reiterated that Moon Knight will debut on March 30th. He also indicated the timeline for the following two projects.

Source: Marvel Studios

Presuming he wasn’t speaking out of turn, Chapek indicated that Ms. Marvel will debut second, followed by She-Hulk.

Remember from a recent update that Marvel is reportedly doing second seasons for both those series as well.

Source: Marvel Studios

A director of She-Hulk’s episodes wouldn’t confirm this, but they indicated that someone should ask Kevin Feige. So that’s a yes without saying yes.

Marvel also released two promo images for Empire Magazine. Here they are:

🚨 #MoonKnight aka Marc Spector is on the cover of Empire Magazine. pic.twitter.com/i1DIQigs7v

— Cosmic Marvel (@cosmic_marvel) February 11, 2022

 

Here’s the Morbius poster as well:

New poster for #Morbius 🧛‍♂️

In theaters April 1. pic.twitter.com/zaK5HxdUaY

— Cosmic Marvel (@cosmic_marvel) February 9, 2022

 

As an FYI, someone who saw a finished cut of the project indicated that it won’t win any Oscars, but it also won’t win any Razzies. Take that as you see fit.

We also learned what I had previously suggested. Spider-Man: No Way Home will make its streaming debut on Starz, which owns the first rights to Sony releases.

Source: Marvel Studios

More Miscellany

X-Men 97 just revealed two tantalizing tidbits. The first involves the husband/wife team of Eric and Julia Lewald.

They were co-creators on the original series and will return for the new episodes! Speaking of which, Disney has confirmed 10 episodes coming in mid-2023!

Photo: Marvel Studios

The biggest casting news of the week involves the Sony side of Marvel. Kraven the Hunter has cast Russell Crowe for an unidentified role.

However, speculation has centered on Crowe playing Kraven’s father, as the story involves many members of the extremely violent and crazy family.

Photo: BossLogic

From Crowe’s perspective, he’ll join both Marvel universes in a matter of months. Remember that he’s also Zeus in Thor: Love & Thunder.

The other big casting news of the week is that Anthony Ramos of Hamilton will play a significant role in Ironheart.

Source: Marvel/ HBO

Ramos recently starred in the movie version of In the Heights. It’s a big get for Disney/Marvel.

Finally, in news of what might have been, director Reid Carolin recently stated that Gambit was mere months away from filming when Disney killed it.

Source: Marvel

The Channing Tatum project fell victim to Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s assets.

Marvel executives had little control over Fox’s film projects and weren’t enthusiastic about another one they hadn’t developed.

Source: Marvel/ Bleecker Street

If you’ve seen Dark Phoenix, you realize this was probably the right call. It’s still regrettable, though.

 

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Doctor Strange 2 : Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Deleted Fight Scene – FanArt

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stunned fans straight away by revealing that the Scarlet Witch will be the film’s principal adversary. This res

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stunned fans straight away by revealing that the Scarlet Witch will be the film’s principal adversary. This resulted in some really fantastic battle sequences between the MCU’s two most powerful magic-wielders, but there’s been a lot of talk about more of it appearing in deleted scenes.

The majority of that attention has been focused on the sequel’s abandoned opening scene, in which Wanda Maximoff would have killed Earth-616’s Baron Mordo. She would have decapitated him and gave Strange the severed head when they first met at the farm, leaving little mistake about who Strange would face during Doctor Strange 2.

Over the last several months, concept art has also hinted more deleted sequences, including a flashback to Strange losing his sister at the lake and a tease showing the wicked Nightmare in action. Fans can now see more deleted Scarlet Witch action, which would have pitted her against Strange once again early in the Multiversal sequel.

Doctor Strange 2’s Deleted Scarlet Witch Battle Illustrator David Allcock released a collection of storyboard drawings including a previously uncovered deleted sequence from Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness through Twitter user @itsjustanx. This scenario would have pitted Doctor Strange against the Scarlet Witch as Strange and America Chavez jumped across the Multiverse after leaving Kamar-Taj.

Strange uses his magic to free Chavez from the Scarlet Witch’s grasp while Chavez opens one of her star portals.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

The scene when Chavez falls through with the blue light from her portal around her in-frame seems very similar to what appeared in the final cut of the film.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

It would have had the Scarlet Witch really pursue Strange and Chavez into the star gate, employing images similar to those seen before when the villain was pushing through mirrors.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

Along with Wanda pursuing the heroic team, they would have encountered other demons while traversing the Multiverse. There was even a chance they’d run across one of the more sinister Strange Variants, akin to how Earth-616’s good doctor confronted Sinister Strange at the conclusion of the narrative.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

As the Scarlet Witch pursued Strange and Chavez, she would release more of her actual power, which she had garnered while delving into the pages of the Darkhold.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

In her chase, the villain would have seized Chavez by the wrist, however it’s uncertain whether the action would have progressed as it did in the final edit of Doctor Strange 2.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

Marvel Parallels Avoided With Deleted Scene?

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

With Doctor Strange 2 clocking in at little over two hours, it’s hardly unexpected that so many deleted scenes and concept art have been published now that the film has come and gone. This sequence would have certainly added a couple of minutes to the running length, although it’s unclear whether it would have come with the universe-jumping scene or taken its place entirely.

Furthermore, given Marvel’s vast history, this deleted battle has some resemblance to another sequence seen by fans in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, which starred Thor, Loki, and Hela. This three got into a similar brawl when Loki summoned the Bifrost to transport him and Thor to Asgard, prompting Hela to leap in and fling them over the rainbow bridge into the uncharted realms of space.

In the end, it looks that this confrontation between Doctor Strange and the Scarlet Witch was never even pre-visualized, since this is the first time fans have seen this scene shown in public. While it would have undoubtedly provided another fantastic combat scene to the already packed film, leaving it out maintained some of the emphasis on Strange and America as they began their first journey across the Multiverse.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available to watch on Disney+.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Extended Cut Trailer Is Now Available

Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third-highest-grossing MCU film ever, is poised to return to cinemas across the globe in the coming weeks. Sony and Marvel are

Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third-highest-grossing MCU film ever, is poised to return to cinemas across the globe in the coming weeks. Sony and Marvel are preparing to send fans back to the MCU’s first real Multiversal event, “The More Fun Stuff Version,” when Tom Holland’s third and largest solo Spidey trip takes a second run on the big screen.

The extended edit of No Way Home will feature 11 minutes of material that did not make the initial theatrical release in December 2021, according to reports. More material starring Charlie Cox’s “very smart lawyer,” Matt Murdock, as well as other exchanges with Holland and the two other Spider-Men, portrayed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, are possible.

The advertising tour for the new No Way Home extended cut began with a new poster that included all three Spider-Men, as well as all five villains and a scattering of supporting characters. This promotional tour now continues with a new trailer for the film, however it doesn’t exactly include any…new stuff.

New Trailer for No Way Home Extended Cut

Watch: Spider-Man: No Way Home Extended Cut Trailer Released

Sony Pictures has published a 30-second clip for Spider-Man: No Way Home’s theatrical re-release, which begins on August 31 in Indonesia.

Surprisingly, despite the promise that fresh material would be added in this edit, this teaser has no new footage.

The commercial focuses mostly on Peter’s struggles with the film’s five Multiversal antagonists, including Happy Hogan’s phone conversation in which he asks Peter who they are all. The closing scene of the teaser depicts Peter leaping into fight against the criminals, with the other two Spider-Men cut out, but the Lizard is still hit by the air, exactly as he was in the second trailer.

The whole trailer is available below:

Sony is back with another Spider-Man trailer.

Sony Pictures rocketed to the top of the entertainment business with the original release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, despite a difficult couple of years of releases. The studio had its most successful film ever, shattering box office records and generating over $2 billion in its first run.

Despite the hype for the “More Fun Stuff Version,” Sony made no attempt to tease anything new that would be presented in this new edit of the threequel. The studio didn’t even bother to replace the scene of all three Spider-Men leaping into fight on the Statue of Liberty, instead settling for the error-filled picture in which the Lizard is assaulted by a secret figure.

Regardless of these gaffes, anticipation is growing for what Sony and Marvel have in store with material not included in the initial December 2021 edit. And, if nothing else, the threequel is still one of the most popular superhero films in history, which should be plenty to entice fans to return to the big screen a few more times.

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Marvel’s Biggest Multiverse Reveal Is Wasted

This article contains Edge of Spider-Verse #2 spoilers.Marvel Comics squandered their most significant multiverse disclosure. Multiverses may be trendy rig

This article contains Edge of Spider-Verse #2 spoilers.

Marvel Comics squandered their most significant multiverse disclosure. Multiverses may be trendy right now, but Marvel Comics has been using the notion for decades. The finest multiverse tales allow you to ponder the question “What If…?” – to picture universes where heroes were beaten instead of triumphing, planets were broken, or entire new champions created. Sometimes these “What If…?” tales help to establish concepts that will ultimately make their way into the regular comic book narrative, and maybe even into the movies themselves. In the comics, Jane Foster initially appeared as Thor.

Edge of Spider-Verse #2 features “A Single Thread,” a short narrative by Dan Slott and Paco Medina that has just been used to change the history and nature of the entire Marvel world. The universe started untold billions of years ago, long after the ancient Elder Gods were expelled, according to Edge of Spider-Verse #2. Gaea and Oshtur started producing new gods and demigods, and they entrusted the construction of the universe to the early spider-goddess Neith. She fashioned the Web of Life and Destiny, which is centered on Earth-001. Finally, the Spider-hidden Verse’s genesis has been exposed.

Marvel has just rewritten the structure of the whole multiverse.

It’s odd, though, that Marvel practically squandered such a big disclosure. The real nature of the universe is introduced in what seems to be a tangent or side-story to the main event, rather than in a large ” event ” issue with a great amount of hype behind it. This choice is even more astounding considering the importance of multiverses in popular culture, and Marvel Comics’ own multiverse is now serving as inspiration for the MCU’s. Spider-Man: No Way Home, like the comics, has established spider-characters as prominent players in the universe.

Marvel Wastes Its Biggest Multiverse Reveal

To be fair to Marvel, Edge of Spider-Verse #2 does have some backstory. The first Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries debuted with the original Spider-Verse storyline in 2014, and its second issue featured the famous Spider-Gwen. Marvel may have decided to make the second issue of this new Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries seem just as important – but if so, the comic book publisher could have pushed it more aggressively.

It’s enthralling to discover the real genesis and nature of the MCU’s cosmos. The important issue is whether it will survive much longer; this tie-in is tied with the End of the Spider-Verse event, implying that the multiverse’s laws are going to be altered. Marvel’s universe has been defined, but it may not last.

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