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– A trio of new trailers.
– Venom 2 incoming?
– The James Gunn saga continues.
Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. drop new trailers
While every week sees tons of new trailers, there are three this week, of varying lengths, that perhaps stand out the most. The first, a simple teaser, finally gives us our first look at one of the Disney live-action remakes. Namely, Aladdin, as directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari. There’s not a whole lot to the teaser (being a teaser and all), but it gives us a good look at Massoud as Aladdin and the general aesthetic the film is going for:
Next up comes an actual trailer. This time, the focus is on the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. The first adaptation was released in 1989, six years after the book’s release. While some liked it, overall, that film didn’t get the best reviews, but considering the quality and popularity of Stephen King adaptations as of late (I personally would recommend Gerald’s Game on Netflix, if you haven’t seen it already) this newer film will no doubt fare a lot better with audiences:
Finally, an extended trailer, this time courtesy of Warner Bros. This time, Aquaman is front-and-centre, with a whole five minutes of footage being revealed. Don’t be alarmed though, as director James Wan has claimed that this new footage barely scratches the surface of the actual movie:
Aladdin, Pet Semetary and Aquaman hit cinemas on May 24th 2019, April 5th 2019 and December 21st 2018, respectively.
Venom is a monstrous success
(Mild spoilers to follow)
While Venom has been panned by critics (including our own Ryan Pollard), audiences seem to have looked upon the film more favourably. Produced on a budget of around $100 million, the film, as of yesterday, has already brought in around $300 million worldwide, which means, whether critics like the movie or not, the film is a success for Sony.
This no doubt means that a sequel is pretty much inevitable. The film already set up a second film, featuring Woody Harrelson as Carnage, no less, in the mid-credits scene. While some may debate the merits of seeing Venom in a CGI clash with another symbiote-coated bad guy, the fact is that while Riot is more of an unknown villain, Carnage has always been a hugely popular comic-book character, so that will no doubt draw in anyone on the fence.
Furthermore, Venom‘s success may give Sony the confidence boost they need to power ahead with their Spider-Man-less Spider-Man universe. Although the vampire film Morbius, starring Jared Leto is the only film that seems to definitely be moving forward currently, the studio has previously toyed with the idea of making Black Cat and Silver Sable films, as well as a film centered around the Sinister Six. Other rumours point to stand-alone villain movies about the likes of Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio.
We may well be seeing the beginning of a villain-centric cinematic universe here with Venom. However, there is always the possibility that this success may lead Sony to repeat their mistakes on Amazing Spider-Man 2, and go too big too quickly, thereby prematurely ending the franchise. Only time will tell.
Venom is in cinemas now.
Gunn trades Galaxy Guarding for Suicide Squad(-ing)
You no doubt remember that kerfuffle a month or two ago that came about when James Gunn was fired from Disney for tweets posted some years back. The tweets were said to be of a questionable nature, featuring jokes about paedophilia and rape, amongst other things. While some of these tweets were actually misconstrued retweets (the older versions of Twitter didn’t highlight the fact that something was retweeted, and instead just had the letters RT featured in the tweet), the case against Gunn was damning enough that Disney refused to reinstate him as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, even after a horde of fans rallied against his firing, and the cast of Guardians penned an open letter voicing their dissatisfaction with the decision.
The most vocal opponent of this decision was Dave Bautista, who declared that if Disney didn’t at least use Gunn’s script, he would walk. Fortunately, that will not be the case, as James’ brother, Sean, confirmed that Disney will use his already completed script, even if they won’t rehire him to direct.
But losing out on directing Guardians 3 won’t set Gunn back too much, as within a week of his firing, other studios were already clamouring to snatch him up. As of this week, we know that one of those studios is Warner Bros., who have hired Gunn to write the next Suicide Squad film, and if all goes well, direct it too. This does mean that previous Suicide Squad 2 director Gavin O’Conner (The Accountant) is probably out of the picture, but whatever happens from here on out, the sequel to Suicide Squad will no doubt be a hell of a lot better than the Squad’s first outing.