Is there any actor in the world that is more decorated or busy with franchise work than Jude Law? The famous English actor is suddenly set to land in a variety of the most high-profile films in entertainment history. Law was recently picked up for the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” and now it looks like he will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the male lead in the recently announced “Captain Marvel” stand-alone film. What is Law going to be bringing to the table for the rapidly expanding MCU? Let’s find out.
Captain Marvel is one of the most famous characters in the legendary Marvel Cinematic Universe but it has taken years for the character to get adopted in a positive way onto the big screen. Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe first expanded onto the screen, nearly a decade ago, Captain Marvel has been a constant tease. What we are finding out now is that Law will be featured as Dr. Walter Lawson in the stand-alone film. This name is particularly interested because it is the human name that a Kree alien known as ‘Mar-Vell’ took after he came to Earth. For fans of the cosmic portion of the MCU, it appears that Law will be playing the role that will eventually become the iconic Captain Marvel. Of course, he won’t be alone as the only star-power in the film. Law will be joined by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and the story will take place at some point in the ’90s, serving as a prequel to the third face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we are currently enjoying.
For fans who had been following MCU news closely, this doesn’t mean anything is changing with the upcoming Carol Danvers story. We are still looking like we are getting a Mrs. Marvel, played by Law’s co-star in ‘Kong: Skull Island’ in Brie Larson, and that project still looks to be a full go. Fans who are paying close attention to the MCU are also going to be noticing that we are seeing some very real universe changes with the characters. MCU head Kevin Feige has been hinting that the MCU is going to dramatically change over the course of the next few years. Bringing in more Cosmic characters, like Dr. Strange and Mar-Vell, is likely a hint that we are moving toward a new universe — literally.
Marvel Television has cast Black Bolt for their upcoming Inhumans series.
Anson Mount, most famous for his role in Hell on Wheels, will be taking the part of Blackagar Boltagon, more commonly known as Black Bolt. The character is king of the Inhumans and leads a superhero team made up of members of his family.
Black Bolt’s power? His voice is so powerful that it can destroy entire cities with a whisper. Naturally, he tries to avoid speaking, leading his people though gestures and actions.
“Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently,” said Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. “His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing, almost regal persona made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt.”
Iwan Rheon has already been cast as Maximus, Black Bolt’s villainous brother. There are rumors that Elysia Rotaru will play Black Bolt’s wife, Medusa the Queen.
Originally slated as a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans will instead join the franchise’s burgeoning television line. Inhuman characters have already been foreshadowed on the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the comics, an alien race called the Kree experimented on some early humans back in the Stone Age, giving some of them enhanced abilities. These enhanced humans in turn experimented with something called the Terrigen Mists, which gives them superpowers. They live sequestered in a hidden city called Attilan, where different powers result in a rigid caste system. Stories generally revolve around the political and cultural changes within the city as well as the Inhumans’ increased involvement in the world outside.
In an unusual move, Inhumans will be available in IMAX theaters starting on Labor Day before its television premiere on ABC two weeks later (September 26, 2017).
Marvel Entertainment has been very quietly developing television shows for the last year that go beyond their ABC and Netflix slates. While ‘Agents of SHIELD’ saw a creative resurgence on the alphabet network, Marvel has also got coals on the fire with ‘Runaways’ at Hulu and ‘Cloak and Dagger’ at Freeform. Freeform appears to finally be getting into the action as a director has been hired for the first episode: Gina Prince-Bythewood.
You might know Prince-Bythewood for her work on the hugely acclaimed ‘Love and Basketball’ in 2000, or perhaps for the more recent ‘Beyond the Lights,’ showing the ups and downs of show business. She pulled double duty on both of those projects, and she’ll do the same for the upcoming series ‘Shots Fired,’ both writing and directing scripts. There’s no word yet if she’ll be directing additional episodes or writing scripts for ‘Cloak and Dagger.’
‘Cloak and Dagger’ is Prince-Bythewood’s first superhero project, and when news broke on twitter, the writer/director revealed that this is one project that will make her “boys very happy.”
The Freeform series will follow the two title characters as they navigate new super-powered waters. The series will follow the title characters, Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen, who are both teenagers from New York City learning about their new superpowers, but are also from very different backgrounds. In the comics, the two eventually fall for one another, bonding over tragic backstory and their new learning curve. Tyrone is Cloak, who can manipulate a substance called Darkforce to cloak others in darkness. Tandy is Dagger, who can create daggers made of light.
Though no cast has been announced yet, ‘Cloak and Dagger’ will film this year for a 2018 premiere on Freeform.