Marvel’s latest entry into their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, came out just a couple weeks ago but is already the year’s highest grossing movie worldwide and is sure to take the #1 spot domestically before the end of the day. Not content with all of their current success, Marvel has to keep us addicted. They need to keep the perpetual hype train rolling. They’ve got like 30 movies still on the schedule (not that I’m complaining). So this week they announced bunch of new cast additions to some of their upcoming films. Once you see who they are, I’m sure you’ll agree that Marvel is just killing it right now.
For many, the highlight of Civil War was the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). If you stayed for the end credits scene you saw that the new Spider-Man will have his own movie. The film, titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, is due out July 7, 2017. It was announced earlier that Robert Downey Jr. would appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man but yesterday Marvel revealed who would be playing the film’s main villain. Michael Keaton is set to be playing the Vulture, an engineer who builds a strength enhancing wingsuit (think Falcon meets the Green Goblin).
Another character who made his debut in Civil War was Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). He’ll be getting his own movie in 2018 directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed). Coogler will be bringing his Creed star Michael B. Jordan in an unidentified role. Jordan appeared in the superhero movie Chronicle but that’s his only experience in the genre. He didn’t play a superhero in another movie other than Chronicle. Take my word for it. Trust me, don’t look for any other superhero movies he made.
Lupita Nyong’o is also rumored to be joining the cast which would confirm her status as Disney’s favorite actress. She’s already appeared the latest Star Wars and was also in The Jungle Book. Her next film is Queen of Katwe, about a Ugandan chess prodigy, the first theatrical release for ESPN films.
One of the most anticipated movies on the Marvel schedule is Thor: Ragnarok, the buddy superhero movie featuring Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, and Idris Elba are all confirmed to return as Loki, Odin, and Heimdall but Jaimie Alexander might not return as Sif.
However, to make up for that potential loss, there have been some huge new additions. Who are they?
- Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (an Asgardian warrior and ally of Thor)
- Karl Urban as Skurge (an Asgardian villain with a double bladed axe and a common pawn of Loki)
- Cate Blanchett as Hela (the Asgardian Goddess of Death and the film’s primary antagonist)
- Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster (one of the oldest beings in the universe and a former owner of the Mind Stone, which is now possessed by the Vision)
Cate Blanchett might be the most respected actress working today. That’s a huge get. Karl Urban has some huge nerd credibility appearing in the Lord of the Rings and Star Trek series. But Goldblum is the real prize. He’s the best. I’d watch him in anything.
As the MCU grows larger and more successful, their ability to add top notch acting talent increases. These immensely talented actors actually want to be in these movies. I’m sure the paycheck is nice but they wouldn’t consistently get such great actors in their movies if they didn’t want to be in them.