As we learn more and more news about the upcoming Marvel shows on Disney+, Fangirlish wants to make it easier for fans of the franchise to get up to date on all the things they need to know. This biweekly round-up includes some of the biggest and most fun news from the last two weeks about all of our upcoming favorite Marvel shows, like WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Solider and Loki.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
We’re starting to get some really fun peaks into The Falcon and the Winter Soldier now that the series is less than a month away. We got new photos from the series earlier this week, which we of course analyzed. We also know that Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, Sharon Carter, and Baron Zemo will have their own episodes of Marvel Studios: LEGENDS — premiering March 12th on Disney+. On top of all of that, we’re starting to get new TV spots promoting the series. These are important to keep an eye on if you’re trying to see all the new footage you can before the series premieres. A good place to catch those (if not on TV) are on the show’s official social media accounts.
Plus, Keisha Hatchett at TVLine spoke with TFATWS head writer Malcolm Spellman about the upcoming series. It’s a touching interview that speaks to the importance of Sam Wilson as a Black superhero and details how Spellman joined the project. We can’t recommend this interview enough. Here’s some of what Spellman shared:
“I believe that Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a nice progression with the mantle that [Black Panther director Ryan] Coogler and Chadwick [Boseman] left us. I really do believe that these giant Black icons are necessary, not only for Black kids, but for white kids to start to absorb — our people as being big and heroic.”
Additionally, the magazines are starting to roll out as a means of promoting the series. TFATWS already received a spread in Entertainment Weekly. This time the cover of SFX magazine (now available to order) is dedicated to the series, along with interviews with Spellman, series director Kari Skogland, and stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Emily VanCamp spoke with E! News on what to expect from the show. VanCamp also appeared on the cover of LA Confidential and discussed TFATWS in that interview. She said, amongst other things, “Without going into too much detail, I think it’s going to make a lot of people really happy to watch this story unfold and these adventures take place.” Check out all of those interviews for more on all things The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
As always, there is plenty of WandaVision news to share for this round-up. Of course, there is the Marvel Must-Haves for Episode 6 and Episode 7. Marvel also dropped a whole batch of merchandise for Agatha Harkness, as she deserves! Funko Pops enthusiasts will be pleased to know there are a couple of new ones included in that merch drop — Billy, Tommy, “Pietro,” and Monica. Similarly, we already know that WandaVision will be the first project to receive an episode of Marvel Studios: ASSEMBLED — premiering March 12th on Disney+. Maybe most importantly, you can stream “Agatha All Along” wherever you listen to your music. It’s all anyone’s been listening to since last Friday.
There have been a ton of interviews coming out with cast and crew members, amping up the excitement around the final episodes of the season. Teyonah Parris spoke with Variety about that now-infamous aerospace engineer, but the heart of that interview is about Parris’ love for Monica Rambeau. Parris spoke with The Hollywood Reporter too and shared that the ending is “epic and incredibly sad.”
Head writer Jac Schaeffer echoed the same sentiments in a recent conversation with io9’s Charles Pulliam-Moore. Schaeffer said that she wanted the show “to feel complete and for there to be a true emotional catharsis that audiences get to experience themselves.” We’ve been on quite the emotionally charged journey with Wanda and Monica, so it’s reassuring to hear there is a beginning, middle, and end to the story on WandaVision.
Before we get to that ending, there is still a surprise cameo that we have yet to see. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany have been teasing this for a few weeks now. Bettany went even further recently, confirming that Evan Peters is not the person he’s been alluding to as this special guest star. For an interview with Esquire, Bettany stated:
“There is one character that has not been revealed and it is very exciting. It’s an actor I’ve longed to work with all of my life. We have some amazing scenes together, and the chemistry between us is, I think, extraordinary, and it was just fireworks on set. So I’m really excited for people to see that stuff.”
It may very well be that you’ll already know who this guest star is by the time you read this round-up, if said person appears in Episode 8. Fingers crossed that’s the case because we don’t know how much more teasing we can take!
Tom Hiddleston will grace our TVs when Loki premieres Friday, June 11th on Disney+. We already wrote about this new date and what it could mean for the MCU’s line-up for the rest of the year. That premiere date makes us optimistic that we’ll be getting a lot more Loki news soon. Until then, we do have an interview with Owen Wilson to share with you. Wilson recently appeared on Sirius XM”s The Jess Cagle Show and said that Hiddleston caught him up on all things Loki and the MCU, which actually helped him with his character in the end. In this same interview, Wilson confirmed that his character is in fact Mobius. We don’t have to wait too much longer to see who Mobius is and what he wants with Loki.
Kevin Feige shared a few production updates on the Disney+ series at the Television Critics Association Winter 2021 Tour, and that included Moon Knight. According to a Decider, Feige said the series begins shooting shortly after She-Hulk is intended to start, which is in a few weeks. Feige does mention a plan to have some of the series develop into two or three seasons, but he excludes WandaVision from that list. This isn’t entirely shocking considering the studio’s focus on streaming and the reports about Loki‘s Season 2.
The cast and crew keep speaking highly of the project and Isaac — despite there being no official word of his casting in the titular role. Most recently, Ethan Hawke (who has been cast as the villain) spoke about Moon Knight on The Ringer’s podcast The Watch. Hawke spoke on what or rather who drew him to the project — the director Mohammed Diab and Oscar Isaac.
“A lot of it is Oscar, to me, to be honest with you. I find him to be a very exciting player in my field. I like what he’s doing with his life. He reminds me of the actors, when I first arrived at New York, that I looked up to. Oscar’s younger than me, and I like the way he carries himself, and I like the way he thinks. And in general, good things happen when you’re in the room with people that you like the way they think, right?”
All of the puzzle pieces are falling into place for Moon Knight, so hopefully we’ll get an official confirmation on Oscar Isaac’s casting soon.