The Extended Cast Of The ‘Top Gun’ Sequel Has Been Announced

The Extended Cast Of The ‘Top Gun’ Sequel Has Been Announced

Some movies are so popular and successful when they open that the public knows a sequel is on the way, especially these days. The possibility for franchising an excellent film is at an all-time high as people are open to film series now more than ever. There are other times when a movie is not only successful from the jump but also goes on to be considered a classic and a sequel gets made decades after the original debuted. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but the main hope is that the new film does the older one justice and at least stays true to its roots.

 

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Back in May, it was announced that Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer would be back to reprise their roles as Maverick and Iceman in a sequel to Top Gun, over 30 years after the original opened in theaters for the first time. The 1986 film cemented Tom Cruise as Hollywood’s premier leading actor, and while some folks believe that Top Gun shouldn’t be added onto, most people are excited to see the gang getting back together. The film is currently titled Top Gun: Maverick. Whether or not it stays that is still to be determined.

 

 

This time around, Cruise and Kilmer will be starring as flight instructors for a new class of pilots in the United States Navy’s training school. Joining the returning actors will be Miles Teller, who will play the role of Goose’s son. His role has been announced, but he’ll be joined by Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Manny Jacinto, and Glen Powell in undisclosed roles. That would be a cast upon itself, but they’ve also added, as reported by Deadline, Lewis Pullman (Bill Pullman’s son), Kara Wang (Good Trouble), Jack Schumacher (Empire), Greg Tarzan Davis (Chicago P.D.), Jake Picking (Blockers), Raymond Lee (Mozart in the Jungle), Jean Louisa Kelly (Ant-Man), and Lyliana Wray (Strange Angel).

 

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How much of a role Cruise and Kilmer play is still to be seen, but for fans of Top Gun, it’s going to be great to see Maverick and Iceman return to the screen together. Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to open in theaters on June of 2020.

 

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Why Mark Ruffalo Actually Went On The Tonight Show With Avengers 4 ‘Spoilers’

Why Mark Ruffalo Actually Went On The Tonight Show With Avengers 4 ‘Spoilers’

By now, fans all over the world are fully aware that both Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo hold the reputation that if they’re provided with any important information about movies they’re involved in, they’ll let it slip to the public. Now, while that may be overblown quite a bit, they have certainly spoiled a couple of things. Marvel Studios and Disney, being the marketing gurus that they are, have begun using their reputations as a means to drop clues and reveals that immediately spread across the Internet like wildfire. In the age of social media, it’s a really cheap way and effective way to release information to the public. This being known, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that Ruffalo was being serious when he tweeted this…

 

 

The tweet came a day after Jeremy Condrad of MCU Cosmic reported that the name of Avengers 4 would be Avengers: Annihilation, claiming the report came from a “source who is most reliable.” If the report was true, it would make sense for Marvel Studios to get the information out there from one of their own folks before that news spread outside of the Internet circles. Luckily for Ruffalo, Jimmy Fallon and crew obliged him with censoring, but the entire act was obviously a troll. Nonetheless, it was very funny. Check out the clip below…

 

 

We’re still all waiting for Marvel Studios to either confirm what we already know or to give us the actual name of the film, but Ruffalo’s visit to Fallon wasn’t for that at all. Instead, it was to spread the word about the upcoming mid-term elections and push people to get out to the polls and vote. Masterfully done and using his own reputation as a means to get more eyes to his cause, Mark and Jimmy used our excitement and social media perfectly. Ruffalo joined young student/activists Jaclyn Corin and Delaney Starr on the show to urge young men and women to register to vote.

 

 

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you may fall, I think we can all admit that the ruse was well played. It also doesn’t take away from the fact that the Russo Brothers hilariously helped with the troll by “firing” Ruffalo for his spoilers. Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.

 

 

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Marvel Studios Reveals Initial Captain Marvel Concept Art First Shown At SDCC 2017

Marvel Studios Reveals Initial Captain Marvel Concept Art First Shown At SDCC 2017

The clock is ticking for Captain Marvel, that is to say, that the release date is getting closer for the movie every day, and that means new bits and pieces are coming out that show us more about what’s to come. Not long ago, we got the first trailer for the film and finally got to see Brie Larson playing Carol Danvers in all her glory. At least, we got a whole trailer’s worth of footage. After a long time speculating, fans finally got to see exactly what the film adaptation of Captain Marvel will look like. After all, there are decades of comicbook arcs to pull from.

 

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This has been a long time coming. The Captain Marvel character has been a part of Marvel Comics for over 50 years, and the film adaptation was announced over two years ago. Since then, all there was was a handful of set photos with no context. There have been plenty of iterations of the character over the years, so any clues about what the final look will be have been heavily analyzed from the start. The green Kree suit, in particular, had fans questioning what the final product would look like since it was a far cry from the red, blue, and gold that we were expecting.

 

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Even though the green suit is still going to be used in the film, the traditional red, blue, and gold was always the plan, and now there’s old concept art to prove it. Marvel Studios’ Director of Visual Development and artist Andy Park revealed a piece that was only shown to a few lucky fans back in 2017 at San Diego Comic Con.

 

The design looks remarkably similar to the suit we saw in the trailer as it shows Danvers, as portrayed by Larson, in a triumphant pose, the gold star shining brightly and everything. Check it out below:

 

 

Hopefully, more behind-the-scenes art is to come so that all of us can get a better look at the new parts of the universe that Captain Marvel is bringing to life in the MCU. The film is only a few months away, so it will be very interesting to see exactly how all of the concept art that has been created over the past few years will be utilized in the final cut!

 

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‘Venom’ Breaks October’s Thursday Night Record, And Tom Hardy’s Performance Is Being Praised!

‘Venom’ Breaks October’s Thursday Night Record, And Tom Hardy’s Performance Is Being Praised!

Today is the day that many of us have been waiting for as Sony Pictures’ Venom has officially opened in theaters across the country, and although the film hasn’t been a darling with the critics, fans who have seen the movie have been pretty positive in regards to their reception of it. When it was announced that Tom Hardy had signed on to play the roles of Eddie Brock and Venom, expectations jumped through the roof. With the talent he possesses, it should have been expected, and even in many of the more negative reviews of the film, his performance has been spoken about as the brightest spot. So, from the looks of things, he’s delivered once again.

 

Matt Tolmach, manager of both Spider-Man franchises before Marvel Studios’ took over, spoke to ScreenRant about Hardy taking on the role:

“You look at the movies he’s made. He takes massive risks, he is so complicated and brilliant and nuanced and original. It always feels… it always has integrity. So, lining up an actor who brings that, and also is just a bad a–, I mean you just stand next to him. He’s a real bad a–, so is Eddie Brock, so is Venom. So, things just lined up.”

Director Ruben Fleischer spoke about him taking on both the role of Eddie Brock and the voice of Venom:

“… the way he did it was incredible to watch. He would wear an earwig and he would basically pre-record all of Venom’s lines. And so, he’d be in the middle of a scene, talking to Michelle [Williams] or by himself, the sound guys would just trigger Venom’s voice. So, he’d have something to react to and then he’d talk to it and then they’d play Venom’s line back.

“So, he really was hearing voice in his head the whole time, which is why I think the performance feels so real and so natural. When he’s walking on the street, when he first hears Venom and he’s like, ‘Who said that, who said that?!’ He’s literally hearing the voice in his head. So, he has something to react to. Which I think makes it so realistic, his performance.”

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Whether or not you feel the film is good or not is up to you when you see it, but the mixed reviews haven’t slowed down the movie’s success. Reports are showing that the film grossed over $10 million on Thursday in domestic sales, which is an October record for Thursday previews. The film is expected to reach up to $70 million over the weekend, and possibly double that when we count in international numbers. Things are looking good for Venom. Another anti-hero is making its way to the #1 spot!

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TheRealStanLee.com Attends The ‘Venom’ Movie Premiere!

TheRealStanLee.com Attends The ‘Venom’ Movie Premiere!

*** Minor spoilers for Venom ahead. ***

 

We are Venom.

 

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It’s a line that doesn’t hold quite the same meaning as “We are Groot,” but is just as iconic. First spoken on the comic book page, then induced goosebumps in the 1990s Spider-Man animated television series, and finally brought to nightmarish life by Tom Hardy in Sony Pictures’ Venom, the phrase is as seminal as the character’s jagged teeth and elongated tongue. So, does the new Venom film bond with the character’s long and storied history?

 

TheRealStanLee.com was lucky enough to attend the big screen premiere of Venom in Los Angeles on October 1st to kick off the Halloween season. We walked the black carpet, rubbed elbows with the film’s stars, and were treated to an early screening of the movie.

 

When the film was first announced, many fans questioned how the studio would make a Venom movie without Spider-Man. We at TRSL.com were as equally skeptical but were pleasantly surprised by the finished product.

 

The film revolves around investigative journalist Eddie Brock (played by Tom Hardy) and his quest to expose a malicious corporation called the Life Foundation for their human rights violations. The immoral research company had been sending manned exploratory missions into space. After investigating a rogue asteroid, one of the shuttles brings back a handful of amorphous alien creatures that are dubbed symbiotes.

 

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In order to survive, the symbiotes need to bond with another living being. The Life Foundation has been testing this symbiotic relationship with live human hosts, with deadly results. Whilst investigating the Life Foundation’s headquarters, one of the symbiotes attaches to Eddie Brock. Miraculously the creature doesn’t kill Eddie; instead, it gives him superhuman abilities and one wicked toothy grin. Thus, the alien anti-hero Venom is born!

 

The symbiote seizes control of Eddie’s body, taking him on a wild ride through San Francisco in search of human brains to feast on. Meanwhile, the head of the Life Foundation, Carlton Drake (played by Riz Ahmed), is bonded to another symbiote named Riot who plans to bring the entire race of alien slime balls to earth. The only one who can stop him is Eddie Brock/Venom – if they can work together long enough to survive.

 

Venom is a self-aware sci-fi/horror flick that feels right at home in the spooky October schlock movie season. The film’s success hinges on Tom Hardy’s fascinatingly goofy performance as Eddie Brock. The character brings a strange and unexpected charm to the dark comic book movie.

 

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The oddball relationship between Eddie and the demonic sounding symbiote is both fun and funny and brings life to what could have been an otherwise by-the-numbers superhero tale. The buddy-rapport and banter between extraterrestrial parasite and man was nothing our audience seemed to expect but found uproariously amusing and fresh.

 

Speaking to the Spidey-less adaptation issue, it was hard not to be disappointed that the comic book origin story and association with Spider-Man was removed from the film. Seeing the alien organism first bond with Peter Parker and then move on to Eddie Brock, carrying baggage from the bad break-up, would have been a treat for fans. We wonder how their rivalry will develop without the shared backstory, if the two ever do meet in a crossover with the MCU.

 

We did notice a small nod to the larger Spider-Man universe when one of the astronauts in the opening sequence was named checked as ‘Jameson,’ as in the son of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson. And then there’s that killer end credits scene, which we’ll remain mum on for now. But other than those two instances, the movie was fairly self-contained.

 

Overall Venom was a smaller scale horror/sci-fi romp, elevated by a truly uncanny performance by Tom Hardy. It’s not an exact adaptation of the Venom you know and love from the comics, but if you surrender yourself over to the movie, much in the same way Eddie Brock surrenders his body to Venom, you’ll be rewarded with a fun flick.

 

Check out a few of our photos from the premiere below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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