The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for May 10, 2018
Remember the “Thanos Demands Your Silence” spoiler warning that the director of Avengers: Infinity War put out just before the film’s release? Well, Deadpool has his own version, above.
The upcoming Avengers 4, due out in 2019, will close a chapter in the Marvel Universe, but Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, says it’s not the end of the franchise: “The goal, of course, is for the fourth in the Avengers series to have a significant conclusion. But given the popularity of the characters and given the popularity of the franchise, I don’t think people should conclude that there will never be another Avengers movie.” Disney recently acquired 21st Century Fox and is in the process of securing rights to the company’s Marvel properties, any of which could be integrated into the Avengers series down the road.
Oscar-nominated Annette Bening will join Brie Larson in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “details on Bening’s character are being kept hidden deep in the Kree Empire but scientist is said to be in her job description.” Reporter Justin Kroll reports the Bening will be playing Carol Danvers’ mother.
Sony has given an Oct. 18, 2019, release date to the Mr. Rogers drama You Are My Friend, with Tom Hanks playing lead. You Are My Friend is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.
Sony has also set Bad Boys for Life to open on Jan. 17, 2020. Bad Boys for Life is the third film in the action comedy franchise, with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as detectives in the Miami Police Department, Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey. The original Bad Boys grossed $144 million in worldwide box office and was the first major feature film hit for both Lawrence and Smith. 2003’s Bad Boys II generated $273 million worldwide. Bad Boys for Life will open during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Shrek producer John Williams is teaming up with Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower’s Riverstone Pictures on a series of animated features with budgets of $15M-$20M apiece. Already set are Goose Chase and The Silk Road Rally, which will both be written by Charming’s Ross Venokur. Goose Chase follows Mother Goose characters as they try to save the world and find love, and The Silk Road Rally features a car race conducted by a zany cast of characters along the famous Chinese trade route. Other projects include Genetapets, Alien Rock Band, Zorgamazoo and Brobots.