With Ant-Man having brought Marvel’s Phase Two to a close, all MCU attention is now focused firmly on the next batch of films. Up first is Captain America: Civil War, which is to herald the arrival of the new Spider-Man. We found out last month that The Impossible’s Tom Holland is our new Webhead, but now we’re starting to get some details on Spidey’s first MCU solo movie.
Believed to be the first of a new trilogy tentatively titled Spectacular Spider-Man, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei has been cast as this universe’s version of May Parker. Peter’s faithful Aunt has often been depicted as younger and more hip in the comics of recent years, and this casting certainly suggests that the cinematic little old Aunt May is going to be getting a spruce up for the big screen. Now whilst that casting is confirmed, an interesting image has been doing the rounds which claims to know who Marvel and Sony want for their Spider-Man franchise in terms of both actors and characters. First up, the villains of Spidey’s first MCU solo adventure are believed to be Vulture and Scorpion, with Billy Zane up for the Adrian Toomes gig and American Pie’s Jason Biggs up for Mac Gargan. Elsewhere, Rachel G. Fox is wanted to play Mary Jane Watson, Timothée Chalamet (himself up for the Spider-Man role at one point) is in talks for Harry Osborn, Sami Gayle is wanted for Liz Allen, Jacob Latimore is in line for Flash Thompson, Miranda Cosgrove (yes, one of the kids from School of Rock – she’s now very much an adult, which will remind you just how old you’re getting) is up for Betty Brant, and Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey is in talks for Ned Leeds. Other casting rumours claim that the duo of Hugh Laurie and Forest Whitaker are in negotiations for the pair of J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson, respectively. Bar the casting of Tomei, all of the above is mere speculation at this stage, although it does come from reputable sources. Even if some of the above don’t get cast in the aforementioned roles, the actor and character names mentioned should give you some indication of which direction Marvel and Sony and looking to take the Wallcrawler when his new solo adventure hits screens on July 28th, 2017. Before that, Spidey will make a brief appearance in the Russo Brothers’ Captain America: Civil War, which is released on May 6th, 2016.
Whereas Spider-Man is trying on the iconic red and blue duds ahead of his impending MCU debut, there’s another familiar face who could be in line to get reinvented for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That man is Blade. The character was last seen cinematically in 2004’s Blade: Trinity, but star Wesley Snipes has recently talked up a possible return for the Daywalker. The details are sketchy at this point, although Snipes has confirmed that he’s met with Marvel for discussions on a number of topics, including the Blade franchise. Whether that means a Blade 4 or an appearance from the character in an already established movie or television Marvel property remains to be seen. As ever though, expect to hear more on any Blade developments as and when they develop.
Switching over to 20th Century Fox’s Marvel properties, it’s been a rough old month on that front. If Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four bombing wasn’t bad enough (we did warn you…), there was also a bit of a scare for the studio’s Gambit plans. The Remy LeBeau-centric movie has long had Channing Tatum attached to star in its titular role. Well it turns out that Tatum hadn’t officially signed a contract for the film, with stories earlier this month claiming that he was actually gearing up to walk away from this X-Men spin-off. Luckily for Fox, Tatum has now finally signed a deal to star and produce, although it’s been confirmed that there were a few sticking points during the process. With the Magic Mike star now on board to swing his magical staff, it’s also been revealed that the female lead of the film will be Bella Donna Boudreaux. The character has a complicated past with Gambit, with the two having been involved in an arranged marriage to appease the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild. Soon after, Remy would scarper, leaving a vengeful Boudreaux to develop her own plasmabased powers. Nobody has been cast in the Bella role at this stage, although SPECTRE’s Léa Seydoux, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’s Rebecca Ferguson and Mad Max: Fury Road’s Abbey Lee are the current frontrunners. To be directed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt, Gambit is currently pencilled in for an October 7th, 2016 release.
Sticking with the X-Men, the FOX network is still planning to develop a live-action show based on the famed mutants. CEO Dana Walden this month confirmed that the show is still happening, with the network in talks with Marvel at the moment and an official announcement expected soon. Despite not quite being greenlit at this stage, 24’ s Evan Katz and Manny Coto are already on board to serve as showrunners, with Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne already working on a script for the pilot episode.
In one final piece of Marvel news this month, the much-heralded Daredevil (it is pretty awesome, isn’t it?) has cast one of its key figures ahead of Season 2 hitting Netflix next year. After having already cast Jon Bernthal as The Punisher and with Bullseye confirmed to appear, the show has brought in G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Élodie Yung as Elektra Natchios. Elektra, of course, is famed for being one of Matt Murdock’s many ‘one trues’ and also for being one of the most deadly assassins in the Marvel Universe. She also just so happened to suffer a memorable death at the hands of Bullseye in the comic book world. Whether something similar happens in the Netflix-exclusive show, we’ll have to wait and see.