For the first time in what seems like forever, it’s been a big week for movie news! Marvel and Star Wars both provided their fair share of content to hold fans over until the COVID-19 pandemic allows them to return to business as usual. So without further ado, let’s get you caught up on what happened This Week in Hollywood!
Marvel casts Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conquerer in third “Ant-Man” movie
Marvel has made a potential major announcement for the future of the MCU. Jonathan Majors, coming off of his critically acclaimed leading role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” has landed a lead role in the upcoming installment of the “Ant-Man” franchise. According to Deadline, Marvel has not official confirmed who he’s playing, but their sources say it is almost definitely Kang the Conquerer
Why is this such big news? Well, it is extremely likely that Kang will be the next big villain for the MCU after Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. The character also has a rich history in the comics with heavy connections to both The Fantastic Four and The Young Avengers, both of which are confirmed to be major players in the future of the MCU. This connection also gives validity to the rumors that “Ant-Man 3” will introduce one or both of these classic comic book teams.
‘The Mandalorian’ season 2 trailer released
The trailer for the hotly anticipated sequel season to Disney+’s mega-hit has been released much to the delight of fans. The trailer itself acted more as a teaser than a full trailer, revealing very little about the plot, but it does tease some very interesting sequences and characters that will be sure to satisfy and thrill fans when the season premiers on October 30.
Marvel casts Tatiana Maslany as the title character in the upcoming ‘She-Hulk’ series for Disney+
Marvel has had quite the week for casting. Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” “Perry Mason”) has landed the coveted role of Jennifer Walters in the upcoming Disney+ series. According to the comic book source material, Jennifer Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner (A.K.A. The Hulk) and receives a blood transfusion from Banner after an accident, giving her the similar but slightly altered powers of The Hulk.
The series is one of many Disney+ shows produced by Marvel Studios coming down the line. No official release date has been revealed for any of the shows, but this casting news means that the show is further along in production than some of the other Marvel shows.
DC Universe shows to migrate to HBO Max, ‘Harley Quinn’ renewed for season 3
Warner Media announced that its consolidating its DC content into HBO Max. The media giant announced that DC’s independent streaming service, DC Universe, will rebrand itself DC Universe Infinite and become a comics-only platform for hardcore DC fans. All of its film and tv content, including its original shows “Titans,” “Doom Patrol,” and “Harley Quinn,” will find their permanent home on on HBO Max.
In addition to this announcement, it was announced that adult animated series “Harley Quinn” has been renewed for a 3rd season. This long awaited announcement came at the excitement of fans looking to get a satisfying story arc including Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s trailblazing, on-screen relationship. No word yet on a release date for the new season, but seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on HBO Max.