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Led by ‘Shang-Chi,’ Disney Films Return to Box-Office Dominance

This weekend’s box-office results justified Disney’s decision to provide theater-exclusive engagements for the remaining 2021 theatrical release schedule. Led by a very impressive second weekend for Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” as well as strong holds for “Free Guy” and “Jungle Cruise,” the studio commanded nearly 80 percent of domestic ticket […]

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‘Shang-Chi’: Did Marvel Succeed In Introducing The Next Great Avenger? [The Playlist Podcast]

After all the hype from the Marvel Studios marketing machine, it’s finally time for the world to be introduced to “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” It’s been a little while since Marvel introduced a new character in a feature film (“Captain Marvel” back in 2019), and the studio is hoping people fall […]

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Marvel Studios Creative Exec Jonathan Schwartz On Shang-Chi, Secret Invasion, And Planning The MCU

Before becoming a full-fledged producer on Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Jonathan Schwartz worked as Kevin Feige’s assistant before quickly rising up the ranks to creative executive in time for “The Avengers” in 2012. He went on to co-produce the first “Guardians of the Galaxy,” executive produce “Guardians of the Galaxy […]

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‘Candyman’ Towers Over Box Office With Impressive $22 Million Debut

“Candyman” was summoned to the top of domestic box office charts, collecting an impressive $22.37 million from 3,569 theaters in its first three days of release.The R-rated slasher film, written by Jordan Peele and directed by “Captain Marvel 2” filmmaker Nia DaCosta, surpassed industry expectations despite fears the delta variant would keep people from going […]

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‘Loki’: How ‘Brazil’ and ‘Blade Runner’ Influenced the Tva and Lamentis-1 World Building

The first hint of “Loki’s” retro future look came from series creator Michael Waldron, who described it as “‘Mad Men’ meets ‘Blade Runner.’” That immediately clicked for production designer Kasra Farahani (“Captain Marvel”), especially when envisioning the Time Variance Authority (Tva), a floating series of modular workstations existing in its own world, tasked with keeping […]

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New ‘Star Trek’ Movie Beams Up ‘WandaVision’ Director Matt Shakman

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the final frontier: “WandaVision” director Matt Shakman has been tapped by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot to direct the next “Star Trek” feature film, from a screenplay by Lindsey Beer (“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”) and Geneva Robertson (“Captain Marvel”). J.J. Abrams is set to produce. The cast, however, […]

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‘WandaVision’s’ Teyonah Parris Isn’t Spilling ‘Marvels’ Secrets

For some actors, stardom didn’t take a break when a pandemic hit. And for Teyonah Parris that meant a breakout part in Marvel Studios‘ “WandaVision,” a leading role in the delayed (and highly anticipated) new incarnation of “Candyman” and an unexpected starring role in what is effectively the “Captain Marvel” sequel, “The Marvels.” Almost a […]

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