The Sunday Paper—November 20, 2022

This week featured a smattering of news throughout the entertainment industry. With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever rounding out its second weekend in theaters, M’Baku actor Winston Duke confirmed his character’s ending in the film. Deadpool 3 continues to make steady news. Rather, Untitled Deadpool and Wolverine is making news, and the new working title seems to be a clear hint to how big Hugh Jackman’s role in the film is. A recent casting rumor also points to the iconic X-Men villain Danger as the antagonist of the film. In the comics, she is the physical embodiment of the training room known as the Danger Room, which became a massive threat to the mutants.

It is now rumored that Harrison Ford’s Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross will both be the President of the United States and Red Hulk in Captain America: New World Order. Casting for the Wonder Man series has begun, which is expected to begin production in the Spring of 2023. With that comes a description of the villain of the piece, who happens to be the agent of struggling actor Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man. The villain may well be based on a character first introduced in 1991’s Wonder Man comic book series, created by Gerard Jones and Jeff Johnson. That series introduced Simon’s agent, Neal Saroyan, who was ultimately revealed to be a supervillain in charge of a cadre of assassins known as The Nobility. Bob Odenkirk is rumored to be in talks for the role, though it is unconfirmed at this time.

The upcoming Armor Wars remains intriguing, after having been announced as a streaming series but later revealed to be changing gears and being developed as a feature film. Producer Nate Moore this week explains that Armor Wars was simply “too big” to be a Disney+ series. It seems that Marvel Studios wanted to have a full budget for the armor, but bringing it to the big screen might mean the film’s story takes on a greater purpose in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In Marvel television news, if new rumors are true, Marvel Studios’ animation department may be facing some layoffs and are actively waiting for their release to greenlight future seasons. Agents of SHIELD star Chloe Bennett posted a very daisy-inspired photo, prompting more speculation that she may make her formal debut to the MCU. It turns out that Matt Murdock will likely find a new love interest in Daredevil: Born Again, as Karen Page actress Deborah Ann Woll made it clear she has not been asked back for the Daredevil revival. Another Born Again rumor suggests that hero White Tiger will be joining the show’s roster.

Peter Safran and James Gunn have only recently taken on the role of DC Studios’ co-CEOs. Warner Bros. Apparently, their long-term plans for the studio could be announced within the next couple of months, but all Henry Cavill and Man of Steel sequel plans have been stalled for the time being. Otherwise Warner Bros. is looking to adapt Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Greta Gerwig might be directing Netflix Narnia films, Margot Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean film is no longer happening, and Disney is eyeing a The Princess Diaries revival.

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