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Thor Love and Thunder: Pasifika, Indigenous, Queer, Disabled perspectives

Fresh perspectives on Taika Waititi‘s latest for Marvel. Let’s see how Thor Love and Thunder applies the organizing adage: “closer to the problem = closer to the solution”.

Jeanne is a Queer Biracial Tongan media critic and author known for sharing her unique perspective on popular media on Twitter, guest appearances on podcasts, and arguing in bars about temporal paradoxes.  https://twitter.com/fangirlJeanne.

Johnnie Jae is an Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw founder, journalist, organizer, creator, and futurist empowering others to chase their passions and create for healing and revolutionary change. She is the founder of A Tribe Called Geek, an award-winning media platform for Indigenous Geek Culture and STEM, and #Indigenerds4Hope, a suicide prevention initiative designed to educate, encourage, and empower Native youth. Jae is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots and LiveIndigenousOK as well as a founding member of the Fan Organizer Coalition. 

Jena English is an educator/filmmaker currently teaching film and media at a girls school in Los Angeles. She is also a graphic designer and photographer. Her most recent project is Validation, a web series about the life and times of a parking attendant with a heart of gold. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8749735

PS Jean’s epic Thor tread is a must-read https://twitter.com/fangirlJeanne/status/1551661323456356352

Shang-Chi Director will take on Avengers: The Kang Dynasty

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Destin Daniel Cretton will direct Marvel‘s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Cretton previously directed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for the film studio.

After that film Cretton signed an overall deal with Marvel. He is currently developing a series with Andrew Guest focused on Wonder Man. There’s also the Shang-Chi sequel that’s in the works.

The writer(s) for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty have not been revealed but the film will help close out Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s expected to arrive May 2, 2025 and will be followed by Avengers: Secret Wars on November 7, 2025.

The seeds for the film are being laid out now as a version of the character debuted in Loki and being played by Jonathan Majors. He will next appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania which is out February 17, 2023. That film launches Phase 5. The version in Ant-Man is different than the one in Loki as there’s multiple versions of the character.

Also revealed is that Bassam Tariq will be directing Blade which is scheduled for November 3, 2023; Julius Onah is directing Captain America: New World Order which is scheduled for May 3, 2024; and Jake Schreier is directing Thunderbolts which is the last film of Phase 5 and comes out July 26, 2024.

SDCC 2022: Marvel Studios lays out Phase 5 with some surprises with Phase 6 news!

Marvel Studios took to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to show off what we can expect for Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that kicks off in 2023 and goes through summer 2024. Some new rumored new projects were announced with dates as to when we can currently expect the releases:

  • Ant-Man/Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023
  • Secret Invasion – Spring 2023 on Disney+
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Phase 3 – May 5, 2023
  • Echo – Summer 2023 on Disney+
  • Loki Season 2 – Summer 2023 on Disney+
  • The Marvels – July 28, 2023
  • Ironheart – Fall 2023 on Disney+
  • Blade – November 3, 2023
  • Agatha: Coven of Chaos – Winter 2023 on Disney+
  • Daredevil: Born Again – Spring 2024 – Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio are returning on Disney+
  • Captain America: New World Order – May 3, 2024
  • Thunderbolts – July 26, 2024

Thunderbolts finishes off the phase and in the comics was originally a story about villains who acted as heroes while the major heroes of the Marvel comic universe were missing. The reveal of the villains is considered one of the best reveals in comics. Since then, the concept has been reworked as a kind of Suicide Squad for Marvel villains as well as a police force. It’s unknown what direction the film will take the team but the concept has been teased in recent films and shows.

Interestingly, Armor Wars was absent from the phase though Don Cheadle returns as War Machine in Secret Invasion. Also of note:

  • MODOK will be in Ant-Man/Wasp Quantumania
  • Ant-Man/Wasp Quantumania was shown with Kang at the end
  • Cosmo voiced by Maria Bakalova will be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Gamora will be leading the Ravagers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the end of the series and of note Rocket was not in a team shot at the end. The High Evolutionary will be the villain and Adam Warlock was shown
  • Daredevil: Born Again will be 18 episodes
  • Secret Invasion trailer shown
  • Wong and Daredevil will be in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever showed off Attuma and Namor
  • Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary!

Here’s the map of Phase 5 courtesy of here and here.

Beyond Phase 5 comes Phase 6 with… Fantastic Four! Avengers: The Kang Dynasty! Secret Wars!!!

  • Fantastic Four – November 8, 2024
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty – May 2, 2025
  • Avengers: Secret Wars – November 7, 2025

Phase 6 is dubbed “The Multiverse Saga“!

Phase 6 looks like it has 8 more projects that are unnanounced.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 6

And, once again, the rumors for Hall H have been proven wrong with no announcement of “The Mutants” the “leaked” title of the X-Men Marvel Cinematic Universe reboot. Expect whatever is to come for that to fill on some of those blank spaces for Phase 6.

Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan & Desi Community Power

“I want Ms.Marvel to give us the kind of personal fuel to continue to do this work and keep our eyes on the campaigns we’re trying to win.” —Sabiha Basrai.

Ms. Marvel, the MCU’s latest on Disney+ gets a close read from our expert panel. We open with a spoiler-free pitch of why we enjoyed the show then cover the full TV series.

Darakshan Raja is a Pakistani – American organizer and Bhangra DJ. She is the founding executive director of Muslims for Just Futures (MJF), a grassroots organization that builds power in Muslim communities through collective care, organizing, advocacy, and movement-building. https://twitter.com/DarakshanRaja

Harini Marchadi is a college student studying biology and history. She is particularly interested in questions of nationalism in formerly colonized nations and interactions between countries affected by colonialism. https://twitter.com/harini_marchadi

Sabiha Basrai is a graphic designer and social justice organizer involved with economic justice, immigrant rights, and anti-war organizing since the mid-1990s. For the last 16 years, Sabiha has been a co-owner of Design Action Collective where she works at the intersection of visual arts and activism. designaction.org

Sabiha shared a list of some of her fave orgs fighting for justice here and in South East Asia. They won’t all fit in my show notes so read them here: https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn/status/1549938780022374400?s=20&t=n5a2G7PaqgcZbFBILt5n7w

Marvel’s Zeus gets the Pop! treatment

Thor: Love and Thunder is sure to heat up the box office and Funko has revealed a new Pop! figure based on Zeus from the film. Zeus is portrayed by Russell Crowe, his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

You can order the figure now. It’s expected to be released in August 2022.

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Jon Watts Exits Fantastic Four as the Director

MCU Fantastic Four

It looks like Marvel‘s Fantastic Four is off to a bumpy start as Jon Watts has left the company’s reboot. Directors leaving projects before they get rolling isn’t uncommon with Marvel films and not much should be read into the decision.

Watts directed all three of Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man films turning them into a multi-billion dollar cinematic hit.

The decision by Watts is reported as his wanting to “step away from superhero filmmaking”.

In a statement, Watts said:

Making three ‘Spider-Man’ films was an incredible and life changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige in a separate statement said:

Collaborating with Jon on the Spider-Man films has been a true pleasure. We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.

Watts was announced as the director of Fantastic Four during the Disney Investor Day presentation in December 2020. No release date has been announced.

Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Original Gets a Vinyl Release from Mondo

Mondo continues its ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe soundtrack series with the premiere physical release of Joel P. West‘s original score to last year’s Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

As always, all new releases go on sale on Wednesdays at 12PM CT.


Music by Joel P. West. Artwork by Dani Pendergast. Featuring Liner Notes by composer Joel P. West. Pressed on 2x 180 Gram Colored Vinyl. Also available on 2x 180 Gram Black Vinyl.


Marvel’s The Eternals with filmmaker Brandon Wilson

“I hate to spoil a good evil overlord narrative but… “ – Brandon Wilson.

Because our take on Marvel‘s The Eternals isn’t a referendum on diversity in corporate movies (dear lord can you imagine if it freaking was?! screaming) Join us for a nuanced analysis of the movie.

Filmmaker Brandon David Wilson returns to talk about The Eternals from his perspective as a filmmaker, lecturer, and lifelong Marvel comics fan (which an eye for criticism). Follow him at https://twitter.com/Geniusbastard

Brandon Wilson is a filmmaker and lecturer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended UCLA where he took a B.A. in African-American Studies and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Brandon has directed two micro-budget features: 2005’s The Man Who Couldn’t… which is on YouTube and Sepulveda from 2016 which is streaming for free on Vimeo.

Wilson has taught Film Analysis for Filmmakers and Introduction to Editing courses at UCLA. He also teaches at Columbia College Hollywood, Los Angeles Valley College, NYU’s Los Angeles Branch, and Long Beach City College where he teaches classes on auteur filmmakers, national cinemas, the essay film, and diversity in cinema.

Listen to experts discuss The Eternals comics for more on the source material.

Hero Collector announces new Marvel Museum with Spider-Man, Captain Carter, and more!

Hero Collector, creators of high-quality collectibles from across the worlds of pop culture, are rounding out the festive season for filmgoing fans and comic book collectors by revealing the next wave in their Hero Collector Museum series – replica artifacts belonging to the greatest superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)!

Debuting earlier this year as part of an exclusive launch in Walmart stores, the first wave of Hero Collector Museum collectibles featured signature weapons, masks, and gadgets – such as Iron Man’s Arc Reactor, Black Panther’s mask, and Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir – brought to life as hand-painted collectibles.

These highly detailed polyresin sculpts each stand between 6-8 inches tall atop a display stand, and come in a stylish windowed box – perfect for the shelves of fans and retailers alike. They represent Hero Collector’s continued expansion into retail, with new imprints and display-friendly packaging aimed at reaching a larger audience.

This next wave will feature three iconic items from the MCU: Spider-Man’s “Iron Spider” mask from the Infinity Saga, Iron Man’s nanogauntlet from the climax of Avengers: Endgame, and even Captain Carter’s Union Jack shield from the recent smash hit show, Marvel: What If!

The next wave of the Marvel Museum Collection will launch in Q1 2022 at retailers and online, to be followed by a third wave of releases in Q3 2022.

Disney Delays its Marvel 2022 Movie Slate and More

Marvel Studios

Disney has announced that it is delaying its upcoming releases for some major films. The decision is related to “production” not concerns about COVID and box office returns according to reports. Multiple unknown films have also been removed from the schedule as a whole with one actually moving up its release date.

Below is the list of what’s delayed including the original and new dates.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney) previously dated on 3/25/22 moves to 5/6/22
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) previously dated on 5/6/22 moves to 7/8/22
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney) previously dated on 7/8/22 moves to 11/11/22
  • “Untitled Indiana Jones” (Disney) previously dated on 7/29/22 moves to 6/30/23
  • “Untitled Disney Live Action” (Disney) previously dated on 7/14/23 is removed from schedule
  • The Marvels (Disney) previously dated on 11/11/22 moves to 2/17/23
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Disney) previously dated on 2/17/23 moves to 7/28/23
  • “Untitled Marvel” (Disney) previously dated on 7/28/23 is removed from schedule
  • “Untitled Marvel” (Disney) previously dated on 10/6/23 is removed from schedule
  • Untitled 20th Century” (20th) previously dated on 10/20/23 is removed from schedule
  • “Untitled Marvel (Disney) previously dated on 11/10/23 moves to 11/3/23
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