Netflix Surprises To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Fans With Big Announcement

Last summer, Netflix had a big hit on its hands with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Although the streaming platform rarely releases its ratings, it was no secret the rom-com was a massive success considering its lead, Noah Centineo, became a teen heartthrob overnight. Netflix has since pushed other rom-coms of its variety such as The Perfect Date and Always Be My Maybe, and had previously announced a sequel. But wait… hold for more good news, To All the Boys is going to be a trilogy.

Netflix has announced that a third movie called To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean is currently in production, back-to-back with the filming of To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. The film franchise’s stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo took to Instagram to announce the exciting news. Take a look:

That’s exciting news for fans! The pair showed their relief at finally being able to share details about To All the Boys 2 & 3 while on the set for project. Along with announcing Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the official release date for P.S. I Still Love You was also disclosed. The first sequel will come to Netflix on February 12, 2020, just in time for Valentine’s Day. P.S. I Still Love You looks to be introducing one of Lara Jean’s past crushes, John Ambrose McClaren, played by Jordan Fisher.

John Ambrose will write Lara back after receiving the personal letter her younger sister sent out to all her crushes and they will become pen pals. Since To All The Boys is based on a book trilogy by Jenny Han, it makes sense for the movies to be three movies. The titles follow the names of the three books exactly as well.

Since the young actors are growing up past the ages of high school students, shooting the films back-to-back is a good call. Lana Condor is already 22 years old and Centineo 23. The main stars are also gaining massive popularity since their breakout roles. Centineo will have a supporting role in November’s Charlie’s Angels and playing He-Man in 2021’s Masters of the Universe. Condor recently starred in Alita: Battle Angel, the Deadly Class TV series and 2020’s Girls Night.

The official To All The Boys account recently released this set photo of some of the cast having a boat party. Check it out:

This could be from the third film, as Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, as well as Madeleine Arthur and Trezzo Mahoro from the original cast are onboard. Considering Condor’s longtime boyfriend and fellow actor Anthony De La Torre also joined in and most high school students don’t hang out on nice boats, it’s likely an off day for the cast between shooting two films one-after-one.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is currently available to stream on Netflix! Two more are on the way!

The ‘Hardest’ Avengers: Endgame Cameo To Film, According To Anthony Russo

Avengers: Endgame was a who’s who of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to all the major heroes that we saw, the movie brought back a crazy number of important characters, many of whom had previously died, thanks to the movie’s time travel focus. We saw the return of Tilda Swinton, Rene Russo, Robert Redford, and more.

With such a star studded list of cameos, it wouldn’t be a shock if some of them were difficult to make happen, but director Anthony Russo says the most difficult “cameo” in the movie to schedule, actually involved three members of his extended family. According to Russo…

Anthony Russo tells Cleveland.com that, because of school schedules, getting the three kids together to film the scene with the Avengers: Endgame stars was actually the hardest cameo to make happen.

These three aren’t the only members of the Russo clan to appear in the film. Joe Russo’s daughter Ava portrays Lila Barton in the film’s opening scene. She’s the daughter of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye who is learning archery before becoming a victim of Thanos. Her sister is Lia, one of the kids in the scene with Hulk.

The other reason the scene may have been somewhat difficult is that it was an entirely new scene added as part of the reshoots on Avengers: Endgame. The Russo brothers explain in the commentary track on the new Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray that, originally, the fusion of Bruce Banner and Hulk was meant to happen at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. However, it was decided in editing that the scene didn’t work with that movie’s otherwise depressing finish.

The filmmakers then had to scramble to add a scene in Endgame to explain the change in Hulk. Reshoots are a standard part of filming these days, especially with big movies like Avengers: Endgame, so getting the stars like Chris Evans and Paul Rudd back was likely no problem, they were already planning to be there, but getting the non-stars together to complete the scene was something else.

Apparently getting Tilda Swinton to look like the Ancient One again, or having Robert Redford cameo in what may end up being his final on screen role, was easy compared to making sure three kids didn’t miss any school. It makes it sound like filming Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame back-to-back was as simple chore, which we very much know not to be the case.

Black Panther 2 Expected To Bring Back One Key Supporting Character

Naturally the majority of T’Challa’s allies in Black Panther came from his home nation of Wakanda, but there was one outsider who lent some assistance in the conflicts against both Ulysses Klaue and Erik “Killmonger” Stevens: Everett Ross, who met T’Challa during the events of Captain America: Civil War. While we’re a long way off from getting to see Black Panther 2, Martin Freeman expects he’ll be reprising Ross during the sequel, saying:

While plugging his newest movie, Ode to Joy (which also stars Gotham’s Morena Baccarin), Martin Freeman was asked by Collider if there are any plans for him to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it doesn’t sound like any papers have been signed just yet, the Sherlock star is confident he’ll be participating in Black Panther 2, so it’s only a matter of time before everyone is officially put in order.

When exactly Everett Ross and the rest of the Black Panther gang will return is hard to say. Although it was officially confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that Black Panther 2 is in development, Phase 4 is already filled from 2020 to 2021 with both movies and Disney+ shows. So the earliest we could see the sequel is sometime in 2022, but there’s also the chance it could be saved for the following year.

Everett Ross has been a supporting character in the Black Panther corner of the Marvel mythology since 1998 (he was created by Christopher Priest and Kenny Martinez). In the Marvel Comics universe, he was a U.S. State Department employee who escorted foreign diplomats while they were in America, which is hold he met T’Challa. Eventually Everett became an expert in Wakandan culture and a trusted ally to T’Challa and the rest of the monarch’s family.

Within the MCU, Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross first served as the Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Counterterrorism Center in Captain America: Civil War, reporting directly to U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. Everett worked alongside Tony Stark to apprehend Bucky Barnes after he was framed for the United Nations bombing, and when Helmut Zemo, the true perpetrator, was later captured, Everett oversaw his incarceration.

By the time Black Panther rolled around, Everett Ross was working in the field and ordered by the CIA to buy a vibranium sample from arms dealer Ulysses Klaue. That led him to crossing paths with T’Challa again, and while the two of them were initially at odds, Everett would help the Wakandan hero and his allies when they attempted to overthrow Killmonger from the throne by remotely piloting a Wakandan jet and destroying the advanced weaponry that was intended to be sent out of the country.

Everett Ross was last seen in the Black Panther mid-credits scene, where T’Challa announced Wakanda’s true nature to the world. Since many years passed between the events of Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, not to mention that it’s unclear how long after Endgame Black Panther 2 will take place, it’s entirely possible that by that point, Everett has developed a much closer relationship with Wakanda and its ruling family.

Along with Martin Freeman believing he’ll play Everett Ross again and Chadwick Boseman obviously reprising T’Challa, it’s also been confirmed that Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright will be back for Black Panther 2 as Shuri and Okoye, respectively. Behind the scenes, Ryan Coogler is back to direct the sequel and is currently writing the script.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on Black Panther 2 as they come in, but for now, browse through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else is hitting the big screen during Phase 4 and beyond.

Good Boys Is Off To A Great Start At The Box Office

The summer movie season may be starting to wind down, but it looks like a trio of middle-schooler Good Boys are right on time to school at this weekend’s box office. The R-rated comedy about the hilarious antics of 12-year-olds as they make their way to a “kissing party” had a strong start on Thursday preview screenings starting at 7pm, earning $2.1 million ahead of its weekend debut.

Good Boys is now heading into an expected $11-12 million opening weekend after its previews in 2600 theaters, per Deadline. The comedy had an expected production budget of $20 million, so this is a great start for the new release. Good Boys also stacks up nicely next to other R-rated comedy releases in recent years. The movie is tracking above 2018’s Blockers, which earned $1.5 million during its Thursday night previews, Tag’s $1.3 million and Game Night’s $1 million.

Good Boys may surprise since Blockers went on to gross $20 million during its debut weekend, Tag nabbed $14 million and Game Night scored $17 million. The movie also has been blessed with great reviews from critics, as it currently has a 79% fresh score among critics and 91% among early audiences. CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg gave Good Boys 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “consistently funny.”

The raunchy comedy is opening next to a slew of new releases including 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Angry Birds Movie 2 and critical darling Blinded By the Light. Angry Birds had a headstart with a Wednesday release and is expected to score with $16-$17 million Friday to Sunday earnings, behind Hobbs & Shaw, which will likely continue at No. 1 for the third weekend in a row.

Good Boys will likely best 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, which is said to open at $9.5 million after the shark-infested sequel made $516k on Thursday night. Where’d You Go Bernadette and Blinded By the Light will fight for the 10th position since The Lion King, Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Art of Racing in the Rain are still very much in play for the top 10 this weekend.

Good Boys is the second Superbad-type R-rated comedy to come out in 2019, since Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, also had a premise of the misadventures of misfit friends trying to navigate the popular party space. Booksmart starred two hard-working female teens making the most of their final night as high school students, while Good Boys has middle-school boys using foul-mouths and coming across very adult content (such as sex toys and porn) on their way to a spin-the-bottle party they’re nervous about attending.

Check out Good Boys is in theaters now!

Now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Ripping Quentin Tarantino Over His Bruce Lee Scenes

Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood takes some significant liberties with the way history actually transpired, but it seems that the thing people have the biggest issue with isn’t how the movie deals with Sharon Tate and Charles Manson, but rather how it handles Bruce Lee. First the actor’s daughter called out Quentin Tarantino for the portrayal, and now Lee’s friend former NBA Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has done the same.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar starred alongside Bruce Lee in the actor’s last film, Game of Death, but he was a longtime personal friend of Bruce Lee as well. In a new column for THR, Abdul-Jabbar says that, while he loves Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker, he thinks the director’s decision’s regarding Lee’s portrayal in the new movie are sloppy and a bit racist. He writes…

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bruce Lee is played by Mike Moh and only has one significant scene. In the flashback sequence, we see Bruce, on the set of his show The Green Hornet, speaking in front of an assembled group of crewmen. He is boasting about his fighting abilities and how he would easily be able to defeat Cassius Clay if the two met.

A stuntman, named Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, takes issue with Lee’s bragging and Lee challenges him to a little light sparring. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar specifically calls out this idea in his piece as well, claiming that he witnessed similar events happen with Bruce Lee in real life, and the actor never wanted to fight.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s comments come following something of a war of words between Bruce Lee’s daughter Sharon and director Quentin Tarantino. She was the first to publicly criticize the portrayal of Bruce Lee in the movie. Tarantino, for his part, claimed that his version of Lee wasn’t as far from the real thing as Sharon Lee was claiming, and that the scenario in the movie was ultimately fictional.

Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood chooses to portray what Bruce Lee’s friends and family are calling a stereotyped version of the actor rather than the real man. In the end, the movie isn’t trying to be historically accurate, but that isn’t necessarily a good reason to do it.

You can judge for yourself, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood is in theaters now.

Nina Dobrev Shares The Sexy First Photos From Her New Movie Lucky Day

Ooh la la. Nina Dobrev filmed her role in Roger Avary’s Lucky Day a few months after The Vampire Diaries series finale aired in 2017. The film is only just now sharing photos and an international trailer for its release “soon.” That “soon” is from Dobrev herself, who shared the first two official photos.

The second photo, which you have to slide to see, shows The CW alum getting a lot more risqué with the sexy stuff than we’re used to seeing:

Nina Dobrev’s Chloe has a sexy chic French look — maybe that’s why the first trailer has French subtitles, and France seems to have the only release date I can find, on September 18?

Here’s the international trailer, which includes even more overt sexiness:

Lucky Day was written and directed by Roger Avary, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction. This movie follows Red (Luke Bracey), a safe cracker who has just been released from prison. He’s trying to hold his family together as his past catches up with him in the form of Luc (Crispin Glover), a psychopathic contract killer who’s seeking revenge for the death of his brother.

The movie started filming in September 2017 in Canada. It looks like Nina Dobrev went back for some ADR (automated dialogue replacement) recordings in 2018:

She’s also front and center in the poster Roger Avary recently shared:

Back in October 2017, Roger Avary told Variety that Lucky Day brings together many of the the characters he’s cultivated into a single neo-noir, aggressive, violent, funny, irreverent, politically incorrect movie. He said it’s in the spirit of both True Romance and Pulp Fiction.

It’s an exciting project for Nina Dobrev, who shot to fame on TV through Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Vampire Diaries, and most recently on the CBS sitcom Fam. She’s been trying to branch out into more films, from XXX: Return of Xander Cage and Flatliners, to the romantic comedies Dog Days and Then Came You, plus the political drama Run This Town.

Nina Dobrev recently shot another indie movie, the comedy Sick Girl, her first project after CBS decided not to give Fam a Season 2. So it sounds like she’s really showing some range out there in the film world.

No clue when Lucky Day will be released in the U.S., and on what platforms, but stay tuned.

8 Marvel Rumors That Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong

 

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Hindsight is always 20/20, especially when it comes to Marvel and The Avengers. When you look back on all the events leading up to these cinematic endeavors, everything can seem so obvious in retrospect. Like, how could you not see it? Alas, when it comes to film reporting, nobody can know all the facts at the time. When you hear some saucy newfound rumors about the latest superhero blockbusters, you often have to run them with — aware of the fact that these headlines might be complete bogus, but never knowing for certain until you’re seated inside the theater and watching the film unfold.

Alas, we should admit upfront that nobody is perfect. Whether we reported on these facts or not, there are always rumors that seem too good to be true, and we find out the hard way that they were total fiction. It would take some time to track down all the false stories out there about the Marvel movies, but there’s no denying that some rumors are not only false, but totally weird when you have the benefit of time.

These are just a handful of the movie headlines that amusingly proved to be falsified after Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to a close this summer. Like we said, we could spend quite a few articles breaking down all the stories floating out there that weren’t totally true. But we’re highlighting these ones in particular to show you how, more often than not, several of these rumors seem silly when you know what really goes down.

Agent Phil Coulson Would Become Vision (The Avengers/ Avengers: Age of Ultron)

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before he became a significant posthumous motivator for the team in The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was often the guy in the suit representing S.H.I.E.L.D., giving orders and providing fleeting moments of exposition for the audience. He’s a guy who didn’t have a whole lot of stake in the action, until Joss Whedon gave Gregg a more well-rounded character who promptly came to a tragic end.

His death wasn’t long-lived, however. He came back for the long-running ABC series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which helped chronicle the events that happened outside of the movies in the MCU. And he also played a supporting role in the prequel Captain Marvel earlier this year. Before the show or this movie was released, however, there were some folks wondering how Marvel might try to bring back the character. Because people believed Agent Coulson wouldn’t simply stay dead, and one wild rumor that was floating around the interwebs was the possibility of Phil Coulson turning into Vision.

Granted, this rumor was quickly proved false when Paul Bettany became Vision, which made sense because he was already the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. since the first Iron Man movie. But that didn’t stop the rumor mill from churning, though even Clark Gregg addressed the ridiculousness of this rumor during an interview with ComicBook.com. Nevertheless, for some folks out there, there is a timeline where Coulson walked around with that little yellow dot on his noggin.

Captain America Dies At The End of Civil War (Captain America: Civil War)

It was expected there would be major consequences after the events of Captain America: Civil War. It wasn’t clear what exactly was going to go down, but it was clear that something big was going to happen. Things weren’t simply going to go back to normal. We didn’t know how major these events could end up being, but there was no way that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers ended their spat by simply patching things up and being friends again. The events of this particular blockbuster would spark devastating blows. For some folks, there was a big chance that Captain America would lose his life.

According to the report from Geek.com, the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, were considering shooting two separate endings for the film, one of which would involve Captain America dying. Granted, this one makes some deal of sense, only because the comic that inspired this tale saw Steve Rogers being assassinated shortly after it concluded. But for a franchise as hugely expansive as the MCU, it’d be an extraordinarily gutsy decision to end things on these terms. The Russos revealed in a Q&A, however, that this much-hyped ending was not only something they didn’t shoot; it was barely even considered.

Mar-Vell Being Star Lord’s Father (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2)

One of the biggest lingering mysteries of the original Guardians of the Galaxy was, “Who is Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father?” As we saw at the beginning of the original film, the half-human/half-alien galaxy saver didn’t exactly belong on Earth or any real planet of his own. There was the lingering desire, like the character, to know who was the distant patriarch for this character. Alas, before it was revealed to be Ego, the Living Planet, there were quite a few rumors floating out on the web, with one of the biggest rumors to be found was the possibility that Peter Quill could be related to Mar-Vell.

It should be noted that A) Mar-Vell is the correct spelling for this particular character and B) we are obviously not talking about Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson in a later movie. Marvel Comics’ Mar-Vell is a Kree supersoldier who was the first person to take on these superpowers in the comics, before an accident passed them over to Carol Danvers. Alas, it did not take too long before writer/director James Gunn denied these rumors. A female version of Mar-Vell would later be played by Annette Bening in the Captain Marvel movie.

Scarlet Witch Is The Villain And Working With Thanos (Avengers: Infinity War)

The Marvel movies typically carry a number of twists and turns, and the company prides itself on not letting spoilers come out in an untimely fashion. It’s hard to know for sure what is going to happen in the multiplex, and those surprise and thrills are often what make those movies into giant money-makers. In the heat of speculation for Avengers: Infinity War, there was one rumor floating around which would’ve been pretty bizarre if it came true: Scarlet Witch being revealed as a villain, then subsequently teaming up with that big meanie we know as Thanos to get the remaining Infinity Stones.

This rumor would certainly require some rigid explanation, since it was apparent that Scarlet Witch was fostering a loving relationship with Vision throughout the movies. Sure, it could’ve been a show, perhaps some complicated way of acquiring the Mind Stone lodged in Vision’s head, but it seems like it would’ve been more likely that she was the hero rather than the villain. And ultimately, it was apparent after these two Avengers movies that she wasn’t secretly hiding any villainous intentions. Unless something happens in WandaVision on Disney+ that makes her question her continued devotion to goodness, we should be able to push this rumor in the false camp pretty swiftly.

J. Jonah Jameson Is A Woman And Played By Veteran Actress Tyne Daly (Spider-Man: Far From Home)

Now, this rumor would’ve been a pretty interesting one if it were true. Before the big surprise during the end credits of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it was not clear if J. Jonah Jameson would have a place inside the MCU. There was also the question of if J. Jonah Jameson made it into the expansive cinematic universe, who would play the part? It wouldn’t be easy to step in the shoes of J.K. Simmons, the actor who made the role entirely his own.

So, what if instead of having another actor try to do a lesser version of his indelible work, they went in a total different direction? It’s certainly an interesting idea. But what would that entail? What if J. Jonah was a woman? And what if the role was played by veteran actress, Tony winner and six-time Emmy winner, Tyne Daly? This news was reported by International Business Times, and it is an idea that could’ve been interesting if it proven to be true, but it was revealed that the actress playing a new version of the character wasn’t in the cards for Marvel. Oh well. While this idea would’ve been a very interesting one worth exploring, it’s hard to complain if what we got in the last film.

Jason Biggs Would Play Scorpion (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Casting rumors can often fly out of any nook and cranny of the Internet. If you simply name an actor and a film, there is likely to be someone out there who believes so-and-so are up for this high-profile part. There are times when outrageous casting reports prove to be true (or, at least, actually in real consideration), and there are many others that are proven false. Nevertheless, this casting report might be one of the weirdest in cinema history.

Apparently, according to WhatCulture, there was a rumor flying around that Jason Biggs was in consideration for the role of Scorpion. While Michael Mando did briefly appear as Mac Gargan, he never became Scorpion proper in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and doesn’t appear like Biggs was ever even in talks for the movie. But it does make you imagine what that would be like, and it’s admittedly an image that’s hard to imagine. Nothing against Jason Biggs; he seems like a nice guy, but this casting would be very weird.

Tony Stark Learns Magic To Defeat Thanos (Avengers: Endgame)

After the cliffhanger at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, there were many people speculating what would happen next. Clearly the three hour movie would be an eventful one, and it would take some extreme measures for our disjointed heroes to restore balance and harmony in its fractured world. And since it was Robert Downey Jr’s final time playing the role of Tony Stark, it was expected he would play a big part in the character’s swift demise.

But how would that happen? Well, according to one theory reported by Den of Geek, it involved Tony Stark learning magic in order to gain the powers of Doctor Strange and beating Thanos for good. After all, Doctor Strange looked over all the options and he saw how it had to end. It’d make some deal of sense, therefore, that he might’ve seen another character learning his mystical art to bring everyone back and restoring the natural order of all good things. It wasn’t meant to be, however. If Doctor Strange looked at this option, he apparently realized that it ultimately wouldn’t work in the long run.

Tony Stark Has To Kill His Parents (Avengers: Endgame)

Like we said earlier, there are a number of ways one could predict things going down for Avengers: Endgame. Certainly, everyone and their brother had their own predictions for what would entail in this climatic fourth Avengers movie. But it’s hard to think of a bolder, darker turn-of-events for these heroed than to have Tony Stark kill his own parents in order to sacrifice the people that the iron-clad characters loves the most. Uh … well … yeah…

The logic (such as it is) would suggest that Tony Stark would need to get the Soul Stone, and the only way to do so is to obviously sacrifice a person he loves above all others. In this theory, which was also published by Den of Geek, it’s posited that this would require Tony to go back in time and kill his parents all before they were killed in the car crash. Frankly, it’s a very complicated and hard-to-follow theory that’s probably one the filmmakers never considered.

Obviously these are only a handful of the misleading rumors that’ve been spread about these Marvel movies. News seemingly comes from a variety of sources these days, and it can be hard to figure out what is accurate and otherwise until you are seated in the theater, watching it all unfold. It keeps a lot of people on their toes, including us media folk. But it also creates lots of kooky, hard-to-believe theories, especially in retrospect — as seen here. And we’ve already got a few theories cooked up for what might happen in Phase 4 and beyond. So, perhaps, this new cycle will just keep on spinning.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the latest updates concerning the MCU, and look through our handy guide to learn what’s coming in Phase 4 and beyond.

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Cate Blanchett Picks Her Favorite Marvel Movie, And It Isn’t Thor: Ragnarok

There’s a lot to love in Marvel movies, and a lot of Marvel movies to love. At this point, it seems like every actor in Hollywood, save Keanu Reeves, is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I for one have certainly wondered from time to time how many of the actors who haven’t had their careers taken over by the MCU actually play close attention to it. It turns out that Cate Blanchett is one star that does.

Blanchett played Hela in Thor:Ragnarok, but she’s also seen all the other Marvel movies, if only thanks to her kids, but she knows them well enough to know that her favorite in the series wasn’t her own movie, but rather Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

Cate Blanchett tells ET that she really excited for Natalie Portman and the news that she’ll be taking on the mantle of Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder. It seems that she really loves the fact that more women are taking on positions of power within the MCU stories, which may be why Captain Marvel is her favorite movie so far.

It wouldn’t have been that crazy if Cate Blanchett had said that Thor: Ragnarok was her favorite movie. Beyond the simple fact that she’s in it, it also was the first Marvel movie to have a woman as the primary villain, which was still a step forward for Marvel Studios.

Could we see the poular MCU villain face off against the new Thor? Blanchett either has no clue, or she’s playing coy. Either is possible.

It seems likely that, for anybody who loves to see women taking their place alongside the men of the MCU, the forthcoming slateof films  has a lot to look forward to. Beyond the next MCU movie, Black Widow, we’ll see The Eternals, which has an incredibly inclusive and diverse cast. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will have an important part to play in the next Doctor Strange movie, and she’ll also co-headline her own Disney+ series. The upcoming Hawkeye series will see the archer pass his bow onto a woman, and then of course there’s Natalie Portman’s return to the MCU as The Mighty Thor.

And then on top of that, there’s the fact that we know that Captain Marvel 2 is a movie that is coming. It’s not part of the upcoming Phase 4, but Kevin Feige did confirm at SDCC that it is coming. Perhaps it will become Cate Blanchett’s new favorite.

Marvel’s Shang-Chi: People Actually Think Simu Liu Is ‘Too Ugly’ To Play The Hero

Simu Liu has been on top of the world since being cast as Marvel superhero Shang-Chi. He’s been witty, self-deprecating, and — from here — very easy on the eyes. However, the Chinese-Canadian actor is apparently not considered very handsome to many people in China.

A video recently went viral, showing people on the streets of Beijing slighting Simu Liu’s looks and saying he may be attractive to Americans but he’s not up to the Chinese standards of beauty. The actor responded to reports — and he responded so well, it just served to prove he’s pretty much perfect inside and out. Fans are now flooding his mentions with compliments, so the sour lemon of the video is now officially sweet summer lemonade.

Asian Boss posted a video on the topic, starting by noting that both Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina were considered “very ugly” on Chinese social media. So the reporter hits the streets with a photo of Simu Liu to gauge the opinions of average people in Beijing.

One woman said he’s “quite handsome.” Another said “I’d give him a 6. … He’s just about average. I don’t think he’s considered handsome by Chinese standards.” Another would give him a “7.5,” but then said he’s not really handsome.

One harsh critic said he’d get a “3.5” because he looks “old” and “old-fashioned.” Another non-fan said she was surprised and “disappointed” to learn he’ll be the superhero, since they have more handsome Chinese actors for the role. Simu Liu looks all right to “foreigners,” one said, but Chinese people prefer men with a delicate face.

One of the men in the video said Americans and Chinese just have different beauty standards — he also said he thinks all Americans look the same, and figures Americans probably feel the same about Chinese.

All in all, it was a disappointingly shallow read on Simu Liu. (It’s disappointing when anyone is valued numerically. People are not movies to grade.) The video found its way to the actor, and he reacted with humor on Twitter, and thoughtfulness on Facebook.

That tongue-in-cheek tweet was met with the kind of responses you might expect — with fans lashing out at the video, joking “if it’s Opposite Day,” and complimenting his hotness.

He shared a lengthy statement on Facebook directly responding to the video, leading with a joke and getting into more serious territory:

I love that he turned this insult into an inspiring “teachable moment.” As Simu Liu wrote:

Good for him. It’s sad but not surprising when early conversation about a star is about his or her looks. Film is a visual medium. But it had to cut even deeper for Marvel’s first Asian lead superhero be derided for his looks by people from his own native China.

But, again, the upside is that this is giving many, many fans a chance to tell Simu Liu that he’s very handsome, but also has a dozen other great qualities to him — all shown off by his reaction to this “controversy” in China.

You can tell he’s been following the reactions, and appreciates the support:

I have no doubt Simu Liu will win over fans around the world.

China is the second biggest box office market in the world after the United States. I seriously doubt this early talk about Simu Liu’s looks will hurt Marvel’s take there when the movie comes out on February 12, 2021. It’s just like when someone does a man-on-the-street report in the U.S. and you disagree with just about everything people say. China is way too big a country with WAY too many people to let one opinion speak for everyone. Other early reports pointed to many Chinese fans being thrilled to see Chinese hero Shang-Chi played by a Chinese actor. Like anywhere, it’ll be a mix of positive and negative responses. Welcome to humanity.