Friday, March 1, 2024

Ayo Edebiri Exits Marvel’s Thunderbolts, Geraldine Viswanathan Steps In

Ayo Edebiri, everybody’s favourite honorary Irish actress, had a superb 2023 — she took dwelling the primary /Movie Annual TV Individual of the Yr award, to not point out some little award known as an Emmy.

She gained the latter award (Excellent Supporting Actress in a Comedy Collection class) for her position as Sydney Adamu in “The Bear,” which everybody retains telling me is great however I am apparently the one individual alive who nonetheless hasn’t watched it. She was additionally hilarious as unhappy teenage lesbian Josie in “Bottoms” and April O’Neil in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.”

She’s a rising star — and I will be sincere, Marvel Studios is normally the place such stars go to burn out. The studio makes a behavior of recruiting new expertise, like administrators sizzling off the indie circuit or actors whose faces persons are beginning to acknowledge. However slightly than deliver elevated, these artists get subsumed into the Marvel machine and finally do little else. Even Robert Downey Jr., the actor most synonymous with the MCU, instructed the New York Instances Journal final 12 months that “Oppenheimer” was an opportunity to stretch his appearing muscle mass that he hadn’t gotten to work out as Iron Man.

My /Movie colleague Ryan Scott has additionally famous that Yeun and now Edebiri’s departures counsel that Marvel films are not high priorities for actors like they might’ve been 5 years in the past. The as soon as sturdy Marvel behemoth has been flailing just lately — possibly actors are making the fitting name that their careers are finest served elsewhere.

“Thunderbolts” is presently scheduled for a 2025 launch.

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