The Humans In The LEGO Movie Franchise Are Way Better Than Those In Toy Story

Warning: SPOILERS for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part are ahead!

The Toy Story movies and LEGO movies have a lot of common, mainly that they revolve around child playthings that come to life and go on crazy adventures. And naturally, these playthings are owned by humans, but when looking at these movies through these toys’ owners, that’s where a big difference is noticeable. Because while the main human characters in the Toy Story movies are primarily on the sidelines and usually come out of these storiesunchanged, the main human characters in the LEGO movies are actually important to the story, as well as grow and develop. In that regard, that makes the latter franchise more interesting than the former.

Just to be clear, I’m only talking about the main LEGO movies with the particular topic. No humans appeared in The LEGO Batman Movie, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie only used that kid and the old man as bookends to the main narrative. The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, on the other hand, used humans within the main stories, although that wasn’t immediately clear in the first movie. It wasn’t until approximately three-fourths into The LEGO Movie that we learned that Emmet Brickowski and the gang’s adventure was coming from the imagination of a young boy named Finn, who’s been playing with his father’s LEGO collection, but is chastised by his dad, a.k.a. “The Man Upstairs,” for “ruining” the playlets and ignoring the instructions.

Okay, maybe the LEGO events aren’t entirely fictional given that Emmet eventually became aware of Finn’s existence and the real world (and this becomes an even more curious subject through Rex Dangervest in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part), but the point is that not only is The LEGO Movie an allegory about Finn’s father’s perfectionism and how LEGOs should be played with, but by the end of the movie, Finn’s father realized the error of his ways, unglued the LEGO sets and allowed his son to play with the toys as he saw fit. Lord Business’ redemption and the LEGO characters succeeding represented Finn and Finn Sr. (whatever his name is) improving their relationship.

Thankfully, this human element was retained for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which built off the Duplo LEGO characters owned by Finn’s sister invading Bricksburg at the end of The LEGO Movie. This time around, the references to the real world were more on the nose, such as Queen Watevra Wa’Nab hailing from the “Systar System” and Emmet having dreams of “Our-Mom-ageddon.” And once again, the events in the LEGO story corresponded with the events of the real world, with Finn’s sister, Bianca, trying to play with her brother, but him not having any of it, eventually resulting in a big fight and their mother stepping in and forcing them to pack up their LEGOs. Ultimately, though, the siblings reconcile and learn to play together. Once again, the humans grow and develop from their small, but important life experiences, and that translates to what happens within the LEGO-verse.

Then there are the three Toy Story movies that have come out so far, with Toy Story 4 arriving this summer. These toys definitely exist in the real world, with the playthings pretending to be lifeless whenever humans are around. There are some exceptions to this rule, like when Woody, Buzz and the mutant toys belonging to Sid scare the teenager straight in Toy Story. But for the most part, humans are oblivious to the shenanigans these toys get into, and as a result, they’re basically the same person at the start of the movie as they were at the end. As key as Andy is to the first three Toy Story movies, he’s not a major player in these tales. It was emotional watching him go off to college in Toy Story 3 and having him give his prized toys to Bonnie, but we really don’t know that much about him. We didn’t need to.

None of this is to say that the LEGO movies are better than the Toy Story movies overall. In fact, in the grand scheme of animation history, the Toy Story series is likely to held in higher esteem, from how Toy Story was the first feature-length computer animated to how Toy Story 3 raked in numerous accolades and over $1 billion worldwide. Nevertheless, because The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part opted to take a different approach with the relationship between toys and their human owners, the result is that what goes down in the LEGO-verse echoes what happens in real life, which is the point. We’re watching the way these Finn play with these toys reflect how he’s growing and changing. If The LEGO Movie 3 happens, I wouldn’t be surprised if it took a Toy Story 3-like approach and showed Finn either packing up his LEGO upon reaching adulthood or, if they wanted to go even further into the future, show him playing with his and his dad’s LEGO collection with his own child.

Toy Story, on the other hand, is about what toys are up to when humans aren’t around or watching. It’s fun to see Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Slinky Dog and the rest of the main characters navigate the real world without being caught. But consequently, the humans just aren’t fleshed out because they’re on the sidelines, which makes sense given the direction Pixar wanted to go. After all, this isn’t the Human Story film series. That being said, it would be interesting to see what would happen if a human were to actually learn that toys are living entities and fully absorb this new concept, as opposed to thinking they were hallucinating or imagining things, like Sid probably ended up doing as he got older.

In any case, the LEGO movie franchise and the Toy Story franchises are each unique in their own ways, but as far as using humans goes, LEGO has the distinct advantage. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is now playing in theaters, and Toy Story 4 will come out on June 21. Those of you interested in learning what other movies there are to look forward to this year can browse through our 2019 release schedule.

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The Pirates Of The Caribbean Reboot Just Hit A Setback

For over 15 years, the Pirates of the Caribbean has brought Disney a treasure’s trove of success, but as Disney film chief Sean Bailey said, the franchise needs a “kick in the pants.” While the studio was in talks with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to have them steer the ship of the next Pirates film, the writing team are now taking one cue from the Disneyland ride – telling no tale.

That’s right, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are no longer attached to write the planned Pirates reboot, per Deadline. Back in October, the pair were reportedly in talks to pen the project. Sean Bailey previously expressed his excitement to have them aboard detailing they would make “pirates punk rock again” and bring “energy” back to the property. Disney will now either be looking elsewhere or abandoning the project all together.

Following the release of the fifth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in 2017, the studio announced it would be developing a sixth installment. However, after the swashbuckling adventure flick brought the lowest numbers of the franchise, it was rumored the next film would be a “reboot” instead, and without the return of Johnny Depp’s iconic Jack Sparrow. One rumor pointed to one of the ride’s pirates, a female buccaneer named Redd, who was recently revamped in the Disneyland attraction, could lead the retelling.

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies have made a combined $4.5 billion at the box office, though earnings have slowly started to sink in recent years. Dead Men Tell No Tales undoubtedly made a lot of cash worldwide (over $794 million), though only $172 million were domestic earnings. In comparison to Dead Man’s Chest’s over $1.06 billion worldwide and $425 domestic gross, the series has certainly fallen behind.

Calling on Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick was an inspired idea. The writing team have not only penned the Deadpool films, but also Zombieland, which has a sequel on the way this October. Reese and Wernick are also attached to a Clue remake under Fox and Disney that will star Ryan Reynolds.

Without Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, the next Pirates of the Caribbean would certainly have a different feel to it. The actor is enamored in his role as Grindelwald for Harry Potter spinoff franchise Fantastic Beasts for three more films. The actor has also recently received backlash for abuse accusations from his former wife, Amber Heard.

Pirates franchise leads Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have not showed any interest in returning to the franchise. Recent Pirates films have been dancing around their absence and shoeing in new characters each time, such as Penélope Cruz’s Angelica in Strangers Tides and the addition of Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner in Dead Men Tell No Tales.

So if Disney is planning on continuing the Pirates movies, a reboot is not only a good call, but maybe the only call. With Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick jumping ship, it could be some time before the franchise returns.

The 10 Greatest Rap Songs Created For Movies

People may not initially tie the world of cinema and hip hop together, unless of course they’re thinking of the various hip hop icons who have transitioned into the genre as actors. Despite the disconnect, hip hop and movies have gone together for quite some time and have given some great songs to the world. No, we’re not talking about Eminem’s “Venom” or that line in the song he dedicated to getting high off the scent of elephant manure.

Instead, we’re talking about the 10 greatest rap songs that have been created for movies. Each song on this list is special in its own way and helped make the movie it was made for that much better. Listed in chronological order, here’s the breakdown of the best hip hop songs to have come from movies over the years.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II- “Ninja Rap”

There isn’t a lot to love about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze, but that Vanilla Ice cameo was pretty sweet. Those who say the rapper was a one-hit wonder clearly forgot about his rap about the green machine, who’s going to rock the town without being seen. If you’re looking for a song that perfectly encapsulates the fun and sillier side of early 90s rap, this is it.

Deep Cover- “Deep Cover”

This Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum drama was a fun ride from start to finish, and the theme song that accompanies it is an added bonus that’s been enjoyed long after the film. “Deep Cover” remains relevant in the hip hop world to this day not just because it’s a good song, but it was Dr. Dre’s solo debut and the first song from a relatively unknown rapper at the time, Snoop Dogg.

Dangerous Minds- “Gangsta’s Paradise”

Fun fact, “Gangsta’s Paradise” was originally eyed by the film Bad Boys to be its title track. Coolio told Rolling Stone Dangerous Minds offered more money, so the rights went to it. The move to Dangerous Minds wasn’t all bad, as one of the film’s producers ended up shooting the music video with Coolio and Michelle Pfeiffer. That producer was Antoine Fuqua who, as many may know, has since moved on to directing much bigger productions.

Space Jam- “Space Jam”

Quad City DJ’s were riding high in the mid-’90s, and the success of “C’mon And Ride It (The Train)” got them on Warner Bros. radar. According to Spin, the artists weren’t given any instruction beyond the song be “high octane” and mention Space Jam in the title. Suffice to say, the crew delivered in spades. Lemonhead later admitted he never saw the movie in theaters, making it the one film they contributed to he missed.

Men In Black- “Men In Black”

Will Smith has done many songs over his career for things he’s appeared in, and while “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,” may be his finest work, this is a close second. The song was Smith’s first single that didn’t include DJ Jazzy Jeff, and ended up being a track he included on his solo album Big Willie Style. It also has a catchy beat and easy to follow dance instructions, and who doesn’t love that?

Bulworth- “Ghetto Supastar”

How many album covers of singles feature Warren Beatty in urbanwear next to Pras Michel in a three-piece suit? Just one, and what a glorious picture it is for a weird film like Bulworth. The song was featured on the film’s soundtrack, and has become a classic arguably more noteworthy today than the film. Perhaps if Bulworth had won one of its three Oscar nominations it was up for that year, it would’ve been a different story.

He Got Game- “He Got Game”

This is perhaps the best film and hip hop combo on the list, as Spike Lee’s basketball drama mixed with Public Enemy over a sample of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” is something special. It’s all elevated by phenomenal performances by Denzel Washington and former NBA superstar Ray Allen. In fact, it wouldn’t be crazy to argue that Allen delivered the best on-screen performance of any NBA star prior and since then.

8 Mile- “Lose Yourself”

Even if his Venom track may be lackluster, there’s no denying that Eminem has contributed one of the most popular rap songs and best rap films of all time. “Lose Yourself” is viewed as one of the rapper’s greatest songs, and it pairs wonderfully with the movie loosely based on his time as an up and coming MC in Detroit. Also, some respect is due to the first hip hop song to ever get an Oscar.

Hustle & Flow- “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”

Eminem might’ve had the first rap song to be given an Oscar, but Three 6 Mafia managed to top him with one better. Their song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” for Hustle & Flow also got the award, and was the first hip hop song to have ever been performed during the ceremony. Considering the other great songs that are on this list, that’s kind of hard to believe.

Suicide Squad- “Purple Lamborghini”

One may not immediately remember Suicide Squad has a rap theme song, mainly because there’s so much music in it to begin with. Rick Ross’ song can be heard during the club scene, where Jared Leto’s twisted and only briefly seen Joker is hanging out in the club. The song also got a music video, which will give fans of this film some additional scenes with Leto’s Joker they may have felt robbed of.

Readers with songs they loved that they felt should’ve been included in the list can feel free to sound off in the comments. After all there’s a surprising amount of songs beyond this list, many of which just barely missed the mark for appearing. For more on music in films, read up on James Wan’s reasoning for including a Pitbull song in the midst of Aquaman.

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The Frozen 2 Trailer Just Shattered A Huge Animation Record

Remember back when Frozen became a cultural phenomenon. Well, audiences aren’t letting it go! Thursday morning, the first trailer for the film’s highly-anticipated sequel dropped and a lot of people tuned in to a catch the first glimpse of Disney animation’s big holiday release. In 24 hours, Frozen 2 became the most viewed animation trailer of all time, and the studio is celebrating. Check it out:

That’s right, buzz around the first Frozen 2 trailer snowballed into a record-breaking 116.4 million views in one day’s time, per Disney’s Frozen 2 Twitter. It has crushed The Incredibles 2, which previously held the highest number of 113.6 million.

After fans have been getting the cold shoulder concerning anything Frozen 2 related as the studio gears up for its many other exciting releases, the first look is here! The two-minute trailer teased an intense follow-up to the 2013 musical, as Elsa attempts to cross intense ocean waves by using her powers, Kristoff leads a pack of reindeer and Anna grabs a dagger and slices the screen at an unseen threat.

The trailer also introduced two new mysterious characters, which some speculate to be Anna and Kristoff’s kids, while others believe it to be Anna and Elsa’s parents in a flashback. Overall, the beauty of the trailer’s release is how little it actually tells audiences about what to expect from Frozen 2, except for introducing a new tone, setting and showing images that pique interest without offering much context.

It’s no surprise Frozen 2 is sparking so much interest months ahead of its release. Frozen is still Disney Animation’s highest-grossing movie to date. The 2013 musical earned over $1.27 billion at the box office worldwide and Olaf knows how much else in toy sales.

After the previous record-holder, Incredibles 2, released its much-watched first look, it went on to become the top-earning animation film ever at the domestic box office. I’m betting Frozen 2 might be bumping Frozone down to second place after it hits theaters this November.

Disney has celebrated a couple other 24-hour record-breaking trailer drops recently. The 90-second teaser to the upcoming live-action Lion King was released on Thanksgiving Day and was watched 224.6 million times in one day, becoming the most-viewed Disney trailer. A few weeks later, the much-awaited trailer for Avengers: Endgame dropped with 289 million pairs of eyes on it during its debut, breaking the all-time in history trailer debut view record.

There’s a lot to be excited about concerning Frozen 2, such as who will Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown be playing? What will the new songs sound like? Why is Elsa steadfast on going beyond those waves? The animated sequel hits theaters on November 22.

Captain Marvel Could Make Less Than We Thought Opening Weekend

Back at the beginning of 2019, the long-range box office forecasting on Disney’s Captain Marvel had the debut flick for Brie Larson’s ultra-powerful character tracking at a massive $140 million opening weekend. We’re now only a few weeks away from seeing the heroine that Nick Fury called when the need was most dire on the big screen, and it’s looking like Captain Marvel could make less than we thought opening weekend, coming in around $100 million.

The early tracking estimates are largely confident Captain Marvel will hit the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, according to Deadline. The metrics, like the fact that the trailer was viewed 109 million times in the first 24 hours, indicate that there is a lot of interest in this movie.

An opening weekend of $100 million is way below the huge $140 million that was predicted in January, but the closer you get to a film’s actual release, the more reliable the tracking becomes. Therefore, this $100 million estimate is probably a safer bet than the previous long-range prediction.

That said, it is always worth mentioning that box office prognosticating is more guesswork than science. This was made evident recently when Glass was tracking at upwards of $70 million opening weekend and came in at around $40 million. The box office is in a bit of a funk right now and one of Deadline’s sources indicated that Captain Marvel could make anywhere from $80 million to $120 million.

Despite the drop from the previous tracking, $100 million would still be a major win for Captain Marvel’s opening weekend. Although Captain Marvel is a huge MCU release, it is also an origin film for a superhero we haven’t seen onscreen before. The only MCU origin films to pass $100 million in their opening weekend were Iron Man with $102 million in 2008 and Black Panther last year with $202 million.

Anecdotally, it does seem like Captain Marvel has a fair bit going for it that could elevate it to the $100 million mark and possibly beyond. For one, it’s Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, and there is certainly an appetite for that as Wonder Woman’s $103 million opening weekend showed.

Captain Marvel is also arguably the year’s first, real, big name blockbuster, and it has been a while since the last MCU movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp last July. The trailers have also been solid, including a Super Bowl spot and Captain Marvel was teed up for success about as well as a film can be with the tease in Avengers: Infinity War’s end-credits scene.

We only have a few more weeks to find out if Carol Danvers indeed goes higher, further, faster at the box office. Captain Marvel opens on March 8. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see everything else you can look forward to this year, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your movie news.

The Black Panther Line That Was Essential To The Movie, According To Kevin Feige

Not every line of dialogue a screenwriter pens for a movie will end up making into the final cut. However, during Black Panther’s development, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made sure that Erik “Killmonger” Stevens’ last words before his death would not be altered in any way during shooting, as he felt that the entire movie could be built around them. When asked at what point he realized that Black Panther was going to “attract a community that has been underserved” in the superhero genre, Feige responded:

There are a lot of ways that Black Panther stood out from other superhero movies, Erik Killmonger being among them. Michael B. Jordan received heaps of praise for his performance as Killmonger, and the character has since been labeled by many as one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best villains. But as Kevin Feige told THR, Killmonger’s final moment was instrumental to building the entire movie. Like any other major motion picture, Black Panther went through alterations, including a deleted Killmonger line before his death resulting in the movie’s ending being changed, but it was ensured that Killmonger’s last words about not wanting to be imprisoned was kept in, and that proved to be the right call.

Although the MCU has experienced a lot of success in the nearly 11 years since Iron Man came out, Black Panther stands out a particularly notable triumph. Besides being incredibly successful critically and commercially (it’s collected over $1.3 billion on the latter front), T’Challa’s standalone feature has earned numerous accolades over the last couple months, including winning two Grammys and two SAG awards. Next up on Black Panther’s awards season journey is the Academy Awards, where it’s been nominated in seven categories, including Best Picture. As for Killmonger, despite him dying, it’s been rumored that Michael B. Jordan could reprise the character in the future.

You can find out how Black Panther fares in the Oscars race when the 91st Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 24 on ABC. As for the future of the property, Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright will reprise T’Challa and Shuri, respectively, in Avengers: Endgame this April. Black Panther 2 has also officially been given the green light, with Ryan Coogler returning to write and direct. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on how the sequel is developing.

How A Scream Mask Came In Handy For One Million Lottery Winner

In general, Halloween costumes are the kind of things you use once and then throw away, because unless you reuse them year after year, there’s not really a good reason to hang onto them. However, having a costume lying around can come in handy in unexpected ways as one lottery winner in Jamaica proved. The lottery winner actually wore the Ghostface mask from Scream to collect his winnings. Take a look:

What an odd sight. Surrounded by people in professional-looking business attire is a dude in a mask from the classic 1996 horror film. The photo of him signing official documents is especially funny, like “If you could just sign here and here Mr. Ghostface.” This wasn’t just a stunt or an attempt to be funny though; the lotto winner is wearing the Ghostface mask in order to conceal his identity.

That’s likely because lottery winners in some countries dress in disguises as a way to protect their identities out of fear for their safety. Better to not open yourself up to a potential crime by letting people know who you are and how much money you have thanks to the lottery.

This individual opted for a fun movie reference when collecting his winnings. Maybe he’s a fan of Wes Craven’s movie or maybe this was just the mask he had. He didn’t wear the full Ghostface costume though, so perhaps he couldn’t find the rest or never had it, either way, the mask came in handy. He didn’t take any chances either, in addition to covering his face he even wore gloves to make sure he couldn’t be identified in any way.

Evidently a Jamaican woman previously collected her prize dressed as an emoji, which it must be said, does not represent a movie that is as good as Scream. So this kind of thing isn’t unexpected, which is probably for the best because I tend to think walking into a place that distributes money wearing a Ghostface mask might give off the wrong impression.

According to USA Today, the winner, referred to as “A. Campbell” purchased the ticket in Kingston, Jamaica and won over $1.1 million from the Jamaican gambling company. He waited 54 days to come forward, which was probably a savvy move if he was getting his affairs in order and looking for that mask.

The man going by A. Campbell apparently plans to use his winnings to buy a house. He looks happy about it too. The Ghostface mask is quite expressive and actually appropriate for a lottery winner, a mix of shock, happiness and a little bit of fear.

Check out our 2019 release schedule for the biggest movies you can look forward to this year and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the ways movie memorabilia can help you. And if you have the winning lottery numbers, go ahead and leave them in the comments.

The Emotional Reason Sam Elliott Had A Hard Time With A Star Is Born’s Press

Following its $420 million+ worldwide box office earnings and whopping eight Oscars nominations, A Star is Born has a lot to celebrate. The film has become one of the buzziest films of awards season, largely thanks to the talent of Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott’s work on the musical drama. Amidst the starry-eyed success, Elliott was surrounded by devastation. In his words:

Wow, that’s intense! In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sam Elliott spoke out about how the Woolsey Fire that swept across Southern California’s Malibu in November affected his and his wife Katharine Ross’ home, which was almost destroyed. It’s crazy to imagine promoting a glitzy film such as A Star is Born while dealing with the emotional tragedy that brushed through his neck of the woods. It certainly couldn’t have been easy.

Sam Elliott said while much of Malibu is covered in green now, a lot was lost in the Woolsey Fire and it’s going to be a long time before it goes back to how it was. Thousands of homes were burned during the wildfire, including the homes of Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus and Neil Young, along with The Bachelor mansion from the ABC show and sets used for HBO’s Westworld.

As Malibu begins to pick up its feet, Sam Elliott can celebrate his first Oscar nomination ever for Best Supporting Actor, among the many nominations the Bradley Cooper film has received nods for, including for Best Picture and Best Original Song for “Shallow.” The actor has been performing for 50 years and known best for his roles in Road House, Tombstone and The Hero, to name a few.

The actor was particularly a highlight in A Star is Born as Jackson Maine’s older brother and manager, who says the film’s most memorable lines about “12 notes” (if you know, you know). In terms of the Oscar’s race, Elliott shares the category with Green Book’s Mahershala Ali, who has overwhelmingly been the favorite during award season.

Sean Penn recently penned an essay about his disappointment how he thinks A Star is Born isn’t being recognized enough as other nominees such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book have been elevated in conversation. The film has already reached and touched so many and Sam Elliott’s honest story about promoting the film through the Woolsey Fire is incredible.

A Post-Dark Universe Reboot Of The Mummy Was Pitched

It hasn’t even been a full two years since Universal Pictures attempted to kick off the Dark Universe with The Mummy. Unfortunately for the studio, the movie underperformed commercially and was met with mostly negative critical reception, resulting in the Dark Universe stalling before it had a chance to properly get off the ground. Still, evidently Universal is still interesting in keeping The Mummy property alive, as Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander pitched a Mummy reboot to the studio. Here’s a “little peek” of the filmmaker’s pitch:

After a fan expressed enthusiasm at seeing what she could do helming a Black Widow movie, Lexi Alexander, whose directing credits also include Lifted and episodes of TV shows like Arrow, Supergirl and S.W.A.T., revealed on Twitter that she’d gone to pitch her idea for a new Mummy movie a few weeks ago. As the above character dialogue indicates, Alexander’s take on The Mummy mythology had a “reverse-orientalism” tilt, something quite different from what we’ve seen in previous Mummy movies.

For those of you interested in this kind of Mummy reboot, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever see this, as Lexi Alexander noted that her pitch “will obviously never get made.” Still, considering how the last Mummy movie, which starred Sofia Boutella as the eponymous entity and Tom Cruise as U.S. Army sergeant Nick Morton, was received, it could be interesting to take the next reboot in a drastically different direction to distinguish it from its predecessors.

It was announced last month that the Dark Universe, for all intents and purposes, is dead, and that forthcoming movies centered on the Universal Monsters will take an “individualized approach” that are filmmaker-driven. In other words, just like what’s happening with the DC Extended Universe franchise at Warner Bros, Universal is no longer as concerned with focusing on the interconnectivity of a shared universe. So this kind of Mummy movie could stand out better if it didn’t have to work with tying in with the other creature properties.

There’s no word yet on what the next Universal Monsters movie to be released will be, although currently The Invisible Man is in development as a standalone feature. Johnny Depp is no longer attached to the project, Upgrade writer Leigh Channel is penning the script and Jason Blum is producing. Bill Condon’s The Bride of Frankenstein is also still in development, but there’s been no major update on its progress for over a year.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the biggest updates concerning the Universal Monsters, including if/when a new Mummy reboot gets the green light. For now, you can look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what movies are arriving later this year.

How Much Brie Larson Is Earning For Captain Marvel

In less than a month, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will bring forth another superhero origin story: Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers. It marks the first female-led MCU film and looks to be a crucial precursor to Avengers: Endgame. Larson is reportedly making $5 million for Captain Marvel, from a $150 million budget that is certainly expected to be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters.

Yes, girl! Brie Larson’s paycheck tops the $500,000 Robert Downey Jr. received for his first Iron Man film and Chadwick Boseman’s $2 million for Black Panther, per The Hollywood Reporter. However, she won’t be making more than Scarlett Johansson for her upcoming solo Black Widow movie, which she is reportedly getting $15 million for. Johansson’s earnings compare to Chris Evans’ for Captain America: Civil War and Chris Hemsworth’s for Thor: Ragnarok, who were also paid $15 million.

For the 29-year-old actress’ first outing as the hero, Brie Larson is certainly getting a fair wage for starring as the hero. For the DC Extended Universe’s first female-led origin story, 2017’s Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot was reportedly only paid $300,000, though after the incredible $822 million worldwide success of that movie, she likely took home some sweet bonuses and was said to be renegotiating her base salary for Wonder Woman 1984.

Brie Larson is previously best known for her 2015 Best Actress Oscar-winning performance in the emotional drama Room, although she has also starred in Kong: Skull Island, Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now. The actress transformed her body for the role, working four hours a day in the gym with a personal trainer to achieve the power to literally push a Jeep up a hill, dead-lift 225 pounds and hip-thrust 400 pounds.

Captain Marvel will follow the heroine in the ‘90s as she lands on Earth with some memory loss about her past and teams up a younger Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the planet becomes caught in the middle of a galactic war between the Skrulls and Kree. The movie also stars Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Lee Pace as Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau and Jude Law as the still-to-be-officially-identified commander of Starforce.

Early tracking has Captain Marvel scoring $140 million during its opening weekend, with the potential to break records for March currently held by Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and Warner Bros’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The release will undoubtedly win the weekend, as no other major movie has dared to go head-to-head with Captain Marvel’s opening day.

Eyes are especially on Captain Marvel’s release because it is said to have an important connection to Avengers: Endgame, coming less than two months later and also starring Brie Larson with the rest of the broken-hearted Avengers. Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8.