Avengers: Damage Control, a virtual reality fan experience from ILMxLAB and Marvel Studios, is now open at select The VOID locations for a limited time. Tickets are available now.
In celebration of the opening, guests who experience Avengers: Damage Control this weekend at North America locations will receive an exclusive poster, while supplies last.
Avengers: Damage Control lets fans step into the MCU for the very first time and team up alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Groups of four will be enlisted by Shuri (Letitia Wright) to test her latest prototype design: Emergency Response Suits, created with a proprietary blend of Wakandan and Stark Industries technology. When sinister forces intervene, guests at the Wakandan Outreach Centers will find themselves recruited into action, exploring iconic locations across the MCU. Fans will fight side by side with Avengers like Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), and more.
Joining the location lineup for the groundbreaking VR experience is The VOID’s new Washington, DC center at Tysons Corner.
Like ILMxLAB’s previous collaborations with The VOID, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire and Ralph Breaks VR, Avengers: Damage Control pairs virtual reality with real-world sets and physical effects like heat, cold, and wind. The result is a uniquely immersive experience: a virtual world that guests can touch and feel, bringing their favorite Marvel characters to life in a way that’s never before been possible.
Participating locations include:
Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Mall of America – Minneapolis, MN
Cinemark – Plano, TX
World Trade Center – New York, NY
The Battery – Atlanta, GA
Tysons Corner – Washington, DC
Genting Highlands – Malaysia
The Rec Room at Round House Park – Toronto, Canada
The Rec Room at Square One Shopping Centre – Ontario, Canada
The Rec Room at the West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Canada
From the “House of Ideas” to the “House of Feige.”
Kevin Feige‘s influence within the Marvel world, and Disney, grows as he’s been named the company’s Chief Creative Officer. All of the company’s key creative executives across film and TV will now report to him.
In this role, Feige will be in charge of the creative direction for Marvel’s storytelling. That includes publishing, film, TV, and animation.
Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment (the comics and more) will report to Feige when it comes to creative/editorial decisions. When it comes to operations, sales, creative services, games, licensing, and events, Buckley will report to Ike Perlmutter who is Marvel’s Chairman. Joe Quesada is expected to remain as the creative lead for Marvel Entertainment and report to Buckley.
In another change, Marvel Television and Marvel Family Entertainment will move under the Marvel Studios banner which Feige runs. That change isn’t unexpected. During recent announcements at San Diego Comic-Con and D23 the television shows, which one would have expected to be under Marvel TV, showed the Marvel Studios banner. This lead to speculation that live-action storytelling as a whole was falling more under Feige’s control.
Fiege will continue to report to Walt Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn and co-chairman Alan Berman.
Mondo Music and Hollywood Records present the Academy Award Winning complete score to Marvel Studios’ 2018 film Black Panther.
Composed by Ludwig Göransson, the score to Black Panther is unlike any other piece of music composed for a superhero film. Göransson’s commitment to authenticity stands out in every note, combining traditional African instruments and vocal performances from legendary performers such as a Baaba Maal, with a Hollywood symphony, for a one-of-a-kind sonic experience.
The complete album, available for the first time on vinyl, on a limited 3XLP pressing featuring stunning illustrated artwork by Martin Ansin.
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 3XLP. Music by Ludwig Göransson. The complete score for the first time on vinyl. Artwork by Martin Ansin. Housed in a tri-fold Silver Foil jacket. Liner notes by Ludwig Göransson. Pressed on 3X 180 Gram Silver and Black colored vinyl. Also available on 3X 180 Gram Black vinyl. $45
Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has stated that “for the moment the door is closed” when it comes to Spider-Man‘s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there’s a chance of a return.
Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Vinciquerra also said “it’s a long life” cryptically hinting there is a chance for a return down the road.
Vinciquerra also stated that there’s “no ill will” between Marvel and Sony after the failure to reach an agreement and it’s been “an interesting couple of weeks” for the studio due to the fan reaction to the news.
Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige being stretched thin with the next phases of the MCU bwas part of the issue.
Sony is going ahead with their own Spider-Man universe as the company is in production on a sequel to Venom, a film based on Morbius, and “five or six” television series set in the Spider-Man world in the works.
Vinciquerra pointed towards Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Boys as to evidence their future endeavors will be fine and the studio is “pretty capable of doing what (they) have to do here.”
In the same talk, Vinciquerra stated Sony Studios wasn’t for sale and touched upon the studios’ decision to stay out of the streaming wars. That decision allows them to be “more transparent” to creators by not becoming “beholden to any platform.”
D23 gave us some artistical looks at upcoming films and television shows from Marvel Studios. Black Widow got a movie poster and WandaVision some key art, both by Andy Park. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier as well got some art.
The Black Widow poster is the first look at the design of Red Guardian who will be played by David Harbour.
All three posters have hints as to what we’ll see in the upcoming film and television shows. Get to decyphering!
Though they were introduced at San Diego Comic-Con, more casting for Marvel Studios’ The Eternals was revealed at D23.
On the stage at the convention was Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, and Don Lee. Three new members of the cast: Barry Keoghan, playing “Druig”, Gemma Chan who will be playing “Sersi” and Kit Harrington who’s playing “Dane Whitman,” were introduced.
Chan is already a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe having played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.
Dane Whitman is also known as the Black Knight, a character who has been rumored to join the Marvel live-action universe for quite some time and was rumored to have seen his debut in Avengers: Endgame, which obviously didn’t happen. A British superhero, his introduction plays to more rumors we might see more British superheroes like Captain Britain.
Also revealed was concept art for the film and the cast in their costumes.
Marvel Studios’ The Eternals comes to theaters November 6, 2020.
We knew there’d be some announcements at D23 and Marvel brought the goods with three new series for the streaming service. Marvel Studios has announced television shows based on Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. All three are known to have been in the works or have been mentioned by Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige.
What is new is interesting is that some of these shows were assumed to be movies, Ms. Marvel especially. Moon Knight and She-Hulk were both rumored to be in the running for shows on Netflix before that deal went south.
British writer Bisha K. Ali has been tapped for Ms. Marvel to write and act as showrunner. It is assumed the series will star Kamala Khan, an Inhuman who took on the mantle from her idol Carol Danvers (though in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Danvers has never gone by Ms. Marvel.
She-Fulk first appeared in Savage She-Hulk #1 and was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema. Jennifer Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner and in the comics gained her powers due to a blood transfusion. She’s also a lawyer balancing her life as a lawyer and superhero.
Moon Knight was created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin and debuts in Werewolf by Night #32 in 1975. Marc Spector is a former Marine turned mercenary and near death is offered a chance at life if he becomes the god Khonshu’s avatar on Earth. What’s notable is Spector is Jewish, the son of a rabbi.
Kamala Khan is the newest of the three characters debuting in Captain Marvel #14 in 2013. Created by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, the character is a New Jersey Muslim teenager who’s also Inhuman and gains her powers after Terrigen Mist is unleashed around the world.
These shows are all under the Marvel Studios banner showing the expansion of the power and reach of that arm of Marvel and its head Kevin Feige.
These shows are in addition to the already announced The Falcon and Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, and Hawkeye which will all debut beginning in late 2020 and throughout 2021.
In other Marvel Studios news, Kit Harrington is rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Wyatt Russell will join The Falcon and Winter Solider as John F. Walker, aka U.S. Agent.
Hey, kids. The dust settled on San Diego Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, and we had quite the earthquake of Marvel Studios news. I’m going to take a bit of a look at what we know about Phase 4 and just prognosticate on what we might get.
Generally, since 2014, every time there’s a film, we get at least one assortment associated with it. Typically, we’ve been getting something on the order of one Spidey assortment per year, one Avenger assortment (more or less), and others influenced by what’s on-screen. Examples include the Cap-centric Mandroid group of 2014, GOTG waves in 2014 and 2017, Doctor Strange in 2016, and so on. With that set-up place, let’s look at what’s coming, beginning in 2020.
Phase 4 was introduced with the idea that it will include both the films AND the Disney+ series. Films slated are Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, andThor: Love and Thunder, while the Disney+ series are The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, What If? (animated),Loki, and Hawkeye. I’m also going to note that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up next year, too, while Cloak and Daggercontinues on FreeForm and Ghost Riderand Helstromjoin Runawayson Hulu (though it’s questionable at this point if ANY of those canonically belong to the MCU. That’s a debate for another time).
It’s interesting to note that a lot of potential figures for
items above have been covered in recent years or will be soon. There’s a
classic comic-style Shang-Chi coming in a Spidey wave. Cloak and Dagger hit in
a Spidey wave last year. The Mighty Thor (Jane), Loki, and Valkyrie were
covered in the sole Ragnarok wave,
with Loki and Valkyrie getting other versions in recent Avengers product (a
Wal-Mart exclusive two-pack in Loki’s case). David Harbour is playing Red
Guardian in Black Widow, and the
comic version of RG appeared in the 2016 Cap wave. MCU Scarlet Witch and Vision
were in a TRU exclusive two-pack more than a year ago, and other versions of
both have found their way into other waves. Both MCU Falcon and Winter Soldier
were in a Target exclusive two-pack last year, and Hawkeye’s Ronin persona was
in this year’s second Endgame
assortment. That’s a lot, right?
Again, purely speculating, it seems likely that Black Widow will bring us a couple of Natashas (yeah, we’ve had some recently, too, but she’s the lead), Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz’s Iron Maiden, and some form of Taskmaster (yeah, there have been 2 others in the last 3 years, but still). I’m going to publicly hope right now that, movie appearance or not, the BAF is Ursa Major. That would be very appropriate and very awesome.
The Eternals, to me, is wide open. I figure we’ll get a nice round-up of the mains, like Ikarus, Thena, Ajak, Gilgamesh, and the rest. Similarly, Shang-Chi will obviously get us an MCU version of the lead and the first “real” Mandarin. It would be cool to see a classic comic Mandarin, too. Lots of room to move there.
For Doctor Strange, well, it’s a bit harder. We have recent
Wandas and Doctor Voodoo (who is rumored to appear). However, if they do
introduced the rumored Clea and Nightmare, they could do them, the Doc, Wong
(still not a Legend!), maybe a Damian Hellstrom (nod to the series) and get a
cool assortment with an appropriate supernatural BAF. I actually think Thor: Love & Thunder has it the
hardest, as ALL of the announced leads have had multiple figures in the past
couple of years. That’s to say that they might not lean in hard; hell, they
never did the Warriors Three, and I want a comic-style Volstagg BAF.
I would like to see TV’s Agents
of S.H.I.E.L.D. get some love before they go. Seven seasons, and no Quake?
Or Agent May? Even if this turns into an exclusive boxed set repurposing
Coulson and using Everett Ross parts for Fitz, etc, it would be great to see
before they retire.
All right, kids, that’s just some initial speculation. What
do you hope to see happen out of these various projects? Peggy as Cap? A new
Kate Bishop? A new US Agent? Talk to us.
No, you’re not misreading things. Episode forty five did come out last week, but some how Alex forgot to finish editing this episode. It’s about a month late at this point, so I’m only kinda sure that we were talking about who we’d cast for the X-Men in the MCU. Beyond that? It’s as much a surprise for me as it is you.
As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.