Quick Hitters - Marvel Style:Spider-Man 2, Black Widow And Venom News
CURB YOUR HOMECOMING. JB SMOOVE JOINS SPIDER-MAN 2
According to Deadline, one of the highlights of the utterly amazing Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO is headed to the land of superhero movies.
JB Smoove, who brilliantly plays Leon Black on HBO's Curb, has joined the cast of Marvel's Spider-Man: Far From Home. No details were revealed, as far as whom Smoove would be playing, but given his talents, I'm guessing it'll be a somewhat comedic role. Interestingly, the report did say that his role in the Spider-Man sequel is described as being one of the lead roles.
Smoove joins Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Michael Keaton and Jake Gyllenhaal in the Jon Watts is directed film. Far From Home is being written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who also wrote Homecoming. I like Spidey 2's chances of being a hit.
Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters July 5, 2019
BLACK WIDOW FINDS A DIRECTOR
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has signed director Cate Shortland to helm their upcoming Black Widow movie, starring Scarlett Johansson.
Marvel Studios selected the Lore director from a field of 70 candidates to take on the "origin" story of the former-assassin before she became an Avenger.
No details about when the Black Widow standalone will be released, but given Avengers 4 is about wrapped and Scarlett's fairly clear schedule, you've got go figure cameras will be rolling sooner rather than later.
SONY'S VENOM: A HORROR MOVIE WITH ZERO CONNECTION TO THE MCU?
It's been revealed the forthcoming Venom starring Tom Hardy will have zero connection to Spider-Man or Marvel Cinematic Universe. Obvs.
EW released a couple of new photos from the forthcoming movie and in their coverage, they clarify Sony's Venom will not relate to the MCU. Allegedly. I say if Venom tanks, we'll be seeing Tom Holland's Spider-Man appear in the MCU-adjacent Sony-verse before 2020.
Brilliant move really. Why would they want to connect to one of the most profitable superhero properties of all-time? Sony's really dropping the ball here. Te MCU only has Spider-Man on loan for a few more movies, so using Venom to build the Sony Spider-verse was a wise move, because it would eventually include Peter Parker. Not featuring our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man is a mistake of epic proportions for Sony. Fail , Sony. Fail.
Venom swings into theaters on October 5, 2018.
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