If you’ve been looking at the casts for Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Flash and thinking “Man, these superheroes just keep getting younger and younger!” you’re not alone. Then again, Thor: Ragnarok just brought the 69-year-old star of Jurassic Park into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So maybe these multi-generational casts all even each other out? While you ponder that, here are the highlights of the last seven days’ superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: The Fastest Cameo Alive
Even in his 2018 solo movie, Ezra Miller’s Flash isn’t going to be going it alone, judging by this tweet from director Rick Famuyiwa:
— Rick Famuyiwa (@RickFamuyiwa) September 26, 2016
For those wondering what’s so telling about the image, it’s the addition of a Cyborg Funko figure beside the Flash figure… although the reveal that Famuyiwa has rewritten the screenplay shouldn’t be considered small change, either.
Why this is super: DC and Warner Bros. seem very convinced that inter-connectedness is what’s going to finally convince everyone that their films are going well—and given that the high points of both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were cameos by other heroes, they might actually be right. Either way, raising Cyborg’s profile ahead of his own 2020 movie isn’t a bad idea.
SUPER IDEA: Tom Holland Showing NYC His Spidey Suit
The Spider-Man: Homecoming production has hit New York, and to celebrate, Tom Holland thought he’d give fans the clearest look at the current Spider-Man costume yet
Why this is super: Really, doesn’t he look like Hannah Blumenreich’s cartoon? This might be a sign that Tom Holland could be the ideal cinematic Spidey or, at least, the best we’ve seen to date.
SUPER IDEA: Thor Getting Jurassic
Another beloved movie star is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent interview, Sam Neill revealed that he will be part of Thor: Ragnarok. “I did a couple of days on Thor, just before I came over here,” he said. Don’t go expecting any kind of tease about who he’s playing in the movie, however. “I had to sign all sorts of things that say if I say anything else, Marvel’s secret agents, and they are lethal, will come and get me, and probably my children as well,” Neill joked. At least… we hope it’s a joke.
Why this is super: The real question (beyond who Neill is playing, of course) is whether Neill’s appearance is merely a cameo or setting up something for the future. After all, as fun as it’ll be to see Dr. Alan Grant face off against Thor, having him show up in Avengers: Infinity War would be even better.
SUPER IDEA: The Doctor Is… Everywhere
But despite all of that, the most talked-about piece of Strange news this week was still Benedict Cumberbatch apparently confirming that he’ll be part of Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. Hope you like Doctor Strange, everyone. You’ll be getting a lot more of him soon.
Why this is super: As unimpressed as we’ve been with Strange to date, we have to admit we’re beginning to turn around the closer we get to release, with that ridiculous/hilarious Mads Mikkelsen/Cumberbatch exchange above helping out considerably. Dammit. We’re going to actually really enjoy this, aren’t we?
SUPER IDEA: Who Says This Isn’t the Era of Mighty Marvel Mystery Projects?
Well, this is interesting. In a heralding an expansion of the relationship between 20th Century Fox and IMAX there is a strange mention made of “the studios untitled Marvel film” that will be one of Fox’s “future tentpoles.” Technically, there are three Marvel movies on the Fox slate right now: the untitled Wolverine movie next year, and then two untitled movies in 2018. One of them is presumably the second Deadpool, but the other? It could be New Mutants, the always-delayed Gambit, or even another X-Men… and that’s not even including the possibility of a Fantastic Four sequel, should the studio start worrying about making too much money. Place your bets in the comments as to which one feels more like a tentpole.
Why this is super: As much as we hope this is a Fantastic Four movie just for people’s reactions, this almost certainly has to be the next X-Men movie, right? If so, we can but hope that it’s the 1990s Dark Phoenix jam that has been hinted at in interviews. Come on, Sophie Turner. Don’t let us down.