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– Star Trek 4 no more?
– Spider-Man, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
– A Notorious murder, still unsolved?
Read on to find out more.
Two Chrises Trek away from the Stars
With the announcement that Patrick Stewart was returning to play Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek TV series, you’d think that Trek fans would be having a pretty great week, right?
Unfortunately, to counter-balance that great news, the film side of the Trek universe (or universes) was hit with a major blow.
To recap, there are currently two big Star Trek films in various stages of development. The most talked about is of course Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie, which will supposedly go for an R-Rating and also may never actually materialise. Parallel to that, there’s the sequel to Star Trek Beyond, which was set to see Chris Hemsworth return as George Kirk, who would presumably have been reunited with his son James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) through some sort of time travel shenanigans.
‘Would’ being the optimal word here, because while Paramount attempted to negotiate pay with the various cast-members, both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have now left the production due to insufficient pay.
So, one would assume, until Paramount can get their lead actor and the actor around whom the plot revolved back on board, Beyond‘s sequel won’t be happening.
The Star Trek ‘Kelvin Timeline’ trilogy is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.
New Spider-Mentor confirmed?
After holding the rights to cinematic Spider-Men for over a decade, Sony gave in in the mid 2010s and made a deal with Marvel Studios, allowing them to use the character (ie. make them a good Spider-Man movie). In Sony’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, a character far more comic-book accurate than his predecessors (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) was introduced, and to integrate him into the MCU, he was joined in his solo outing by Iron Man, who became something of a mentor to Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.
After Homecoming‘s release, it was suggested by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige that subsequent Spider-Man movies would continue this trend, and see Peter Parker teaming up with an established hero in each of his outings.
Many names have been thrown about since then, from Captain Marvel, to Thor, the Hulk and even Doctor Strange. But the guessing game may be at it’s end, as it’s been reported that Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders will both be returning to the MCU in Spider-Man: Far From Home, meaning, unless another hero is confirmed, Spider-Man’s new partner is former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury.
What’s also cool is that that means that Jackson’s Nick Fury will probably be appearing in all three Marvel movies coming out next year; Captain Marvel, Avengers 4 (one would assume) and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into cinemas on July 5th 2019.
Johnny Depp film being buried deep?
Remember when Johnny Depp was one of the most beloved actors in the world, then became hated due to his various questionable and abusive tendencies? How times change.
In spite of that change however, Depp is doing fine when it comes to getting work, with his next film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hitting cinemas later this year. Outside of his more magical outings, however, there was set to be a crime thriller about the murder of the Notorious B.I.G., titled City of Lies.
In City of Lies, Depp was set to play real-life LAPD officer Russell Poole, and was to tell the biographical story of how Poole’s two decade long investigation into the deaths of Tupac and Biggie finally gained some traction after Poole teamed up with reporter ‘Jack’ Jackson (played by Forest Whitaker).
However, due to public perception surrounding Depp being at an all time low, and the fact that Depp was once again accused of assault (this time directed towards the film’s location manager) while filming, the film’s distributor, Global Road, has removed it from their release schedule.
Whether it will be picked up by another distributor like Netflix is unknown at the time, but for now anyway…