The House of Ideas is tossing out small nuggets o’ information left and right this week. While none of it is particularly Earth-shattering thus far, there’s still a lot of ground to cover, so I’ll just get down to it. What follows is a short list of updates regarding various Marvel productions, from Thor: Ragnarok to Netflix’s “Iron Fist” to Captain Marvel and beyond…
First things first, Variety is reporting that Tessa Thompson (Creed) has been cast as the female lead in Thor: Ragnarok. With Natalie Portman no longer returning to the franchise and Jaime Alexander busy with her TV series (“Blindspot“), therefore unlikely to feature heavily, there was a vacancy in the rost and Thompson has filled it. Her new character has yet to be revealed, but Variety has described it as a “kind of superhero”. Valkyrie, perhaps? After all, the character has been rumored to appear in the film for awhile now. Regardless, Thompson joins Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins in What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi’s trilogy-capper to the Thor saga, which is slated for release in November 2017.
Speaking of Thor, comments made recently by Captain America: Civil War directors Joe & Anthony Russo have all but confirmed that the Thunderer will be appearing in one or both parts of their next Marvel effort, Avengers: Infinity War. While that might sound like a no-brainer, remember that the mighty Avenger will reportedly NOT be showing up in Civil War next month. The duo also hinted that Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) might be bringing his swagger to the two-parter in some fashion as well.
Marvel themselves have announced that David Wenham (300, The Lord of the Rings) has joined the cast of Netflix’s “Iron Fist“. He will be playing one of the soon-to-film show’s villains, Harold Meachum. In the comics, Meachum was the business partner of lead Danny Rand’s (Finn Jones) parents and had a hand in their demise. As a result, Wenham will portray the character both in the past and the present as we are are shown Iron Fist’s origin. Wenham joins the aforementioned Jones on the series, as well as Jessica Henwick, who was recently cast as sword-slingin’ hero Colleen Wing.
Moving on to other Phase Three efforts, Marvel movie mogul Kevin Feige recently offered updates for futures films Captain Marvel and Inhumans. It appears that the studio is close to securing both its lead and a director for Captain Marvel in the coming weeks, with announcements of both expected to be made by the end of the summer at the latest. Given how riled up the fans and critics alike have gotten over the lack of female-toplined superhero films, this should bring a smile to a lot of faces. Let’s just hope they make good on this promise.
As for Inhumans, while original set for July 2019 release as the final film of Marvel’s Phase Three, it appears that it might not make that date for a variety of reasons. Chief among them being that Disney has now set Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 5 for release around the same time. Inhumans is now expected to be bumped to at least 2020, possibly even later.