Friday, March 1, 2024

James Gunn Might Poach ‘Loki’ Director for DC as ‘Echo’ Upends Every part We Thought We Knew

2024 is a curious 12 months for the superhero world as Marvel and DC are virtually on pause this 12 months, with the actual fallout for main modifications to return not being felt till 2025.

For instance, as James Gunn prepares to shoot subsequent 12 months’s Superman: Legacy proof signifies he might be swiping the brains behind Marvel’s Loki for his personal. In the meantime, the Thunderbolts forged could lastly be locked in as the way forward for the MCU on Disney Plus appears to have been thrown for a loop by Echo.

Issues could seem quiet on the MCU/DCU entrance now, however simply you wait, subsequent 12 months goes to be loopy

Is James Gunn simply the beginning of Marvel’s administrators leaping ship to DC?

Milly Alcock attends Vogue World: London 2023 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on September 14, 2023/Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow artwork
Photograph by way of Karwai Tang/WireImage/Picture by way of DC Comics

Within the wake of Home of the Dragon‘s Milly Alcock being confirmed because the DCU’s Supergirl, some curious social media exercise has eagle-eyed followers questioning if Supergirl: Lady of Tomorrow may see one other Marvel director pulling a Gunn out of their pocket and hopping over to DC. Particularly, Kate Herron — recognized for helming Loki season 1 — interacted with Alcock’s publish about her casting. So far as we all know, Alcock and Herron don’t have any skilled connection, so it’s doable the Intercourse Training alum is in talks to direct the Superman: Legacy spinoff. Might this be just the start of the mass Marvel director exodus? Who may Gunn poach subsequent? The Russo brothers?! We are able to however dream…

Chart-topper Echo price a mere fraction as a lot as She-Hulk and Secret Invasion

Alaqua Cox's Maya Lopez poses on a motorcycle in an Echo promo image/Tatiana Maslany's She-Hulk screams in anguish.
Pictures by way of Marvel Studios

One thing needed to be carried out. The budgets for Marvel’s streaming reveals have been rising nearly with every new venture, till we obtained to the purpose the place She-Hulk and Secret Invasion price as a lot as Avengers motion pictures for a weight loss program slice of the success. Enter Echo, which premiered on each Disney Plus and Hulu earlier this month and immediately topped the charts for each platforms. How a lot did that price? Because it seems, simply $40 million — that’s about 17% of She-Hulk‘s exorbitant $225 million pricetag. In different phrases, anticipate many extra Marvel Highlight collection on the horizon and much fewer about inexperienced CGI characters. Dangerous information for anybody nonetheless dreaming a couple of “Shrek and Mike Wazowski Meet The Hulk” present.

Thunderbolts dropping one other cast-member because it positive factors two extra means it’s time to put in a revolving door

Lewis Pullman visits The IMDb Portrait Studio at Acura Festival Village/Sentry in Marvel Comics
Photograph by Corey Nickols/Getty Pictures for IMDb/Picture by way of Marvel Comics

You know the way DC’s Suicide Squad franchise kills off its characters over the course of the film so that you don’t know who’s going to make it to the tip? Effectively, Marvel appears to be pulling off an elaborate advertising and marketing tactic alongside the identical strains for its personal reply to Process Pressure X. The anti-hero team-up film has been confronted with so many casting modifications this January that we are able to’t make sure who’ll truly be in it by the point the movie releases in July 2025. Because it occurs, Lewis Pullman is formally changing Steven Yeun as Sentry whereas The Bear favourite Ayo Edebiri is likewise out, leaving Geraldine Viswanathan (Dangerous Training) to fill her sneakers. Simply don’t take away Sebastian Stan or Florence Pugh, Marvel, and we’re golden.


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