Chris Evans Has a Great Idea if Disney Buys Fox and More MCU News

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Remember that Disney-Fox deal? The one that would reunite all of Marvel’s characters, allow the X-Men to punch the Avengers and give a single corporation even more control over our lives? Talks had stalled for a while, but they’ve reportedly started back up again, with some outlets predicting a deal by next week. Yay, capitalism! But hey, at least we’ll be entertained on the march to the mouse ear mines. Marvel star Chris Evans pitched a movie idea so good, it might be worth the terrifying corporate consolidation.

If you’ve spent this entire century so far watching every comic book movie to come out (oh god, what am I doing with my life?), you know Evans’ wasn’t new to the superhero genre when he signed on to play Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It wasn’t even the first time he played a Marvel character. Before anyone took the concept of a Cinematic Universe seriously, Evans played Johnny Storm in Fox’s 2005 Fantastic Four movie. He played the role again in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Neither of those movies were what you’d call good, but they hold a special place in my heart. They’re campy and bad in a fun way. They feel like someone made movies out of Silver Age comics, recognizing that if you took out the laughable stuff (like the Fantasticar), you’d take out what makes the characters fun in the first place. And hey, their both better than Fox’s last attempt at a Fantastic Four movie. As far as I’m concerned, they’re still canon. Which brings us to Evans’ pitch.

On. Board. Take my money, take everything I own, I want to see this movie. How great would it be to see Chris Evans act against himself?! Especially when you imagine his proper 1940s Cap reacting to bro-y daredevil Human Torch. If there’s anyone who can annoy Captain America more than Iron Man, it has to be Johnny Storm. Evans can also handle himself in a comedy. Before either of those roles, he appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, the only decent spoof to come out of the gold rush that followed Scary Movie. Evans was funny in it, and it’d be cool to watch him play both straight man and comic in a superhero double act.

Evans isn’t the only superhero actor who had ideas when he read the news either. Ryan Reynolds though, had a very different kind of movie in mind.

That man just is Deadpool, isn’t he?

Wolverine (Via Marvel)

Until this deal goes through, Marvel still can’t make any X-Men movies, but that isn’t stopping them from producing any other adaptations. The comics company announced that it’s breaking into the world of podcasts with Wolverine: The Long Night. It will be a scripted audio drama centering on everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant. Written by comics writer Ben Percy, the series will follow two agents who investigate a string of murders in Burns, Alabama. Their main suspect is Logan, who will be played by Richard Armitage. That’s right, Thorin Oakensheild/Trevor Belmont/Guy of Gisbourne himself is the new Wolverine.

Honestly, I’m just happy that podcasts have brought radio plays back into popularity. As someone who used to love listening to old Sherlock Holmes radio mysteries (awkwardly interrupted by advertisements for Petri Wine), I’m happy to have new stories to listen to. Also, plenty of comics were turned into radio dramas back in the day, so it’s cool to see that tradition being revived for the modern age.

Wolverine: The Long Night brings our fans a whole new way to experience our iconic characters and the Marvel Universe,” Marvel New Media’s Dan Silver told Variety. “This tremendous cast will bring a thrilling level of intrigue and drama to our listeners. The character of Logan and this landscape make it the ideal premiere vehicle for us, and we’re excited to continue to explore the dynamic possibilities of the podcast medium.”

Wolverine: The Long Night will be released on Stitcher Premium in the spring of 2018.

Finally, in more X-Men news, the New Mutants movie continues to go all in on the freaky with the release of its poster, Comic Book reports. When the film was first announced, director Josh Boone described it as a mutant horror movie. Based on “The Demon Bear Saga” from the New Mutants comics, this will be the first in a trilogy of horror movies set in the X-Men universe. Just in case the freaky trailer hadn’t convinced you this movie was going to be terrifying, the poster should do the trick.

Via 20th Century Fox

Each of the movie’s main characters is represented there, trapped in a wall and screaming. From the top, it’s Mirage played by Blue Hunt, Sunspot, played by Henry Zaga, Cannonball played by Charlie Heaton, Magik played by Anya Taylor-Joy, and Wolfsbane (in werewolf form) played by Maisie Williams. It certainly conjures the image from the trailer where a character appeared to be attacked by creatures in the walls. The Demon Bear is a demonic monster that haunts Mirage’s nightmares and eventually becomes physical.

Boone describes this first movie as a “rubber reality” supernatural horror movie, while the two that follow it will explore different subgenres of horror. This movie is sounding cooler by the minute.  The New Mutants will hit theaters on April 13, 2018.

 

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