“Disney Cinematic Universe” anyone?
Considering the “Shared Universe” concept that is gaining lots of popularity in the film industry such as the DC’s DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Marvel’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse and Universal Studios’ Universal Monsters, there is now speculation that Disney might be taking that route as well.
Sean Bailey, President of Motion Picture Production at Walt Disney Pictures aka “the man in charge of Disney’s live-action films”—told Deadline that none of the remakes will get direct sequels, but spinoffs and prequels may be on the table. While he didn’t confirm anything, he did make this comment,
“Marvel has Iron Man, Captain America and Thor; we have Cinderella, Snow White, and Belle. Pairing those characters with great live-action talent and technology, something that Walt always aspired to, with technology that has moved so far forward, just seemed a smart way to go.”
While that isn’t much to go on, one can’t help but wonder if what he was hinting at was the possibility of a shared Disney Universe. Perhaps the adventures of Timon & Pumbaa? Alladin’s Genie getting his own origin story perhaps? or maybe even the adventures of Gaston and Le Fou before Beauty and The Beast… wait, nevermind *cough*; BUT TIMON AND PUMBA SOUNDS GOOD, RIGHT?!
The Future of Chris Evans as Captain America
While we’d still have to wait for quite a bit until Avengers: Infinity Wars hits the theaters, rumors in regards to 2019’s Avengers 4 has already begun. Partly because both films are shooting back to back. One of these rumors is that Chris Evans (Captain America) may leave the franchise once his contract is up, which is due to end once Avengers 4 is completed.
In light of this speculation, Collider recently asked Evans whether he’d be sticking around in 2020 and beyond. And while he expressed his love of Marvel, their films, and his character, he made it clear that the decision’s not entirely up to him.
“It’s really not up to me. My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘No more.’ I think Hugh Jackman has made 47 Wolverine movies, and they somehow keep getting better. It’s a character I love, and it’s a factory that really knows what they’re doing. The system is sound, over there. They make great movies. If they weren’t kicking out quality, I’d have a different opinion. But, everything Marvel does seems to be cinema gold. And like I said, I love the character. The only reason it would end is ‘cause my contract is up. After Avengers 4, my contract is done. Talk to Marvel. If we engage further, I’d be open to it. I love the character. It’s almost like high school. You certainly always look to senior year, and then, all of a sudden, senior year happens and you’re like, ‘I don’t know if I’m ready to go.’ It’s tough thinking about not playing the guy.”
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 IMAX+ Character Posters
Just yesterday, the neon detailed IMAX poster for the film was released (image above). It came with director James Gunn’s insistence that the format was the best way to see the upcoming film. Here’s how Gunn described the process of tailoring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to IMAX:
“I personally oversee the 3D, crafting every shot, and only in IMAX do we shift aspect ratios during big scenes so that you get nearly 30 percent more screen size than anywhere else. Unlike many other films today where screen size shifts and 3D are afterthoughts, we plan our aspect ratios during the script stage, and every single shot is tailored for 3D as we shoot it.”
Besides the IMAX poster, James Gunn and the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have released these brand new character posters on social media,