Games of Thrones prequel casts first lead actor, Paddy Considine
Paddy Considine will play King Viserys I in the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon . © Provided by Total Film null The English actor – known for his roles in Peaky Blinders, Hot Fuzz, and The Death of Stalin – will play King Viserys I, an ancestor of everyone’s favourite Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. Viserys is chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Iron Throne and apparently wants to innocently carry on his grandfather’s legacy. However, as the original series showed us, good men don’t always make good leaders.
Cobra Kai season 3 is coming to Netflix in just a few weeks time and we couldn't be any more excited! After receiving a new lease of life thanks to a move from YouTube Red to Netflix, Cobra Kai's fanbase has been rejuvenated, the show being watched by millions on its new streaming service. © Provided by Total Film A still from Cobra Kai season 3
Of course, that meant many of us blitzed through the first two seasons, and are now eagerly awaiting Cobra Kai season 3. Well, the Karate Kid and his comrades return in January 2021, meaning you won't have to wait too long to see them all again. Need to know more about the upcoming episodes? Look no further, as we dive into all that you need to know about Cobra Kai season 3.
The 2020 movies still coming to UK cinemas
Despite Cineworld closing the doors of its 127 UK sites later this week and studios pulling nearly all of their blockbusters from the 2020 release calendar, many cinemas remain open and new films are still being released every week. So although we have to wait until 2021 until we can catch up with Messrs Bond, Romanoff, Toretto and Atreides, there’s still a wealth of new titles coming to cinemas, with something to suit every taste. The wonderfulDespite Cineworld closing the doors of its 127 UK sites later this week and studios pulling nearly all of their blockbusters from the 2020 release calendar, many cinemas remain open and new films are still being released every week.
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Cobra Kai season 3 release date
The Cobra Kai season 3 release date has been confirmed by Netflix: the new episodes will arrive on January 8, 2021.
Speaking to CBR, Josh Heald, the show's other co-creator, confirmed that they wrapped production before the end of 2019, adding that Cobra Kai season 3 was pretty much ready to go. "Thankfully, with season 3, we wrapped production before the end of 2019 and we wrapped post-production," Heald said.
They finished the final mix at the start of quarantine "with raising champagne and eating cupcakes and all the things you do to feel like you're at your absolute unhealthiest coming out of the completion of a season."
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Exploring the new Marvel TV shows - including casting news for She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel
It’s no longer enough to just focus on the movies. The new Marvel TV shows coming in 2020 and beyond are testament to that, each offering full-fat MCU adventures on Disney Plus, Hulu, and elsewhere.
But with Marvel’s rich tapestry of interweaving stories being so crucial to its success, knowing what comes when and how it all fits together remains as important as ever. To that end, we’ve got primers on all the major Marvel TV shows: WandaVision, Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, and much more.
Plus, we’ve been tracking the latest developments, reports, and rumours. Click on for new news on everything from a Nick Fury Disney Plus series to casting announcements for both She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel.
The Mank trailer teases Netflix and David Fincher's new movie
No doubt we'll be seeing a lot of Oscar chatter around Netflix and David Fincher's MankGary Oldman stars as notorious troubled screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the Citizen Kane screenplay for Orson Welles. The authorship of this script has been a longstanding controversy, with Welles giving himself a writing credit despite claims he didn’t contribute anything.
The full picture just got even fuller – and you can get the complete story of what’s to come with our comprehensive guide to the new Marvel TV shows.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is among the first of the new Marvel TV shows debuting on Disney Plus, but we're not sure exactly when. Previously, there was a ‘Fall 2020’ release but it's now got an ambiguous 2021 release window.
What we do now have is the first look at the series, thanks to a Super Bowl Marvel spot. Take a look at the trailer now, which also shows off a very quick rear-end-focused look at U.S. Agent, played by Wyatt Russell. That’s not America’s A**.
Yep, as the name – and trailer – may have hinted at: Anthony Mackie and Sebastan Stan are back as Falcon and Bucky ‘Winter Soldier’ Barnes respectively. They’ll be joined by the aforementioned Russell, as well as a returning Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). Further filling out the cast is another familiar face: Emily VanCamp is back as Sharon Carter.
“I think it's time for Bucky to go out there and have an identity outside of the circumstances that we've met him through,” Stan said at an unnamed comic convention (as reported by Comicbook.com), while Mackie said at SDCC that he wants to find out "what makes The Winter Soldier tick… and what ticks him off.” Whatever happens, if the show echoes the espionage-heavy tone of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they won’t have any complaints from us.
Tomb Raider 2 release date now unknown after indefinite delay
Lara Croft will have to wait for her box office returnOriginally set for March 19, the Tomb Raider sequel is now off the schedules completely. What that means for Wheatley, who has just signed on to helm The Meg 2, is unclear.
Those looking forward to Cap's new look will also be pleased to know that set photos have revealed both Sam Wilson's suit and a returning villain, Georges St-Pierre's Batroc.
Like the upcoming Black Widow movie, this new Marvel TV show is one to file in the “Hang on a sec, aren’t they dead?” column.
Focusing on Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision, the Disney Plus series, which had an original release window of December 2020 (now "coming soon" in 2020), will revisit the boy-meets-girl story that was doomed in the most unlikely of circumstances – y’know, when the boy had a stone with the power to destroy the universe forcibly removed from his forehead in Avengers: Infinity War. That.
WandaVision’s premise, though, is wholly unique to not just the MCU but perhaps in all of television. As the new trailer shows, Wanda will be pulling out all the surreal sitcom stops to keep her loved one by her side. Is it a set-up of her own making? Well, she’s pregnant in one scene and married in another. This domestic bliss, while all happy and homely at first glance, could soon tear apart at the seams, especially if Wanda if sub-consciously calling the shots.
Of course, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany return in the post-Endgame adventure. WandaVision will also star Teyonah Parris as an all-grown-up version of Monica Rambeau (who later becomes Photon in the comics) from Captain Marvel and Kat Dennings returns as her Thor character, Darcy Lewis.
Every new Star Wars movie and TV show confirmed so far
Here's the low-down on all the new Star Wars movies coming our way over the next few years When are the upcoming Star Wars movies coming out? That's a harder question to answer than you may imagine. Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched the sequel trilogy back in 2015, there's been a new Star Wars movie every year. Yet, we're now going through a major dry spell – with no big-screen Star Wars adventures until 2023. And we have no idea what to expect from that movie. The future of Star Wars, for the meantime, is not in cinemas.
Hinting at the show's direction at SDCC 2019, Kevin Feige says: “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before.” It will also serve as a lead-in to another big Marvel Phase 4 project, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Olsen may reprise her role as Wanda Maximoff there, too.
Speaking of which (witch?), Wanda is going to be developed far more than she ever was on the silver screen. Olsen told a buzzing Hall H crowd at SDCC: "We’re gonna have a lot of fun. We’re gonna get weird, it’s gonna get deep, and have lots of surprises. We’re finally going to understand Wanda Maximoff.”
How weird? Check out this new WandaVision poster, highlighting a slice of 1950s domestic bliss tinged with all the surreal sitcom trappings of Too Many Cooks. We're sold.
Jac Schaeffer, one of the writers of Captain Marvel, is on board as showrunner, says the Hollywood Reporter, while Feige has described the series as “something unexpected and surprising, as well as something we can only do in a long-form series.” Marvel’s currency is now so high that it’s earned the right to experiment, so expect the MCU to visit places it's never been before with WandaVision.
Unlike Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision is looking likely to hit its December release, though a recent leak suggested that it could come as soon as November 27.
Loki has the potential to be the biggest of all of Disney Plus' MCU shows, seeing as the trickster god is by some distance the highest profile character making the move to television. And just when you thought this new Marvel TV show had to be a prequel series detailing the God of Mischief’s history as a thorn in his brother’s side, Avengers: Endgame changed the rules again.
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The Mandalorian season 2, episode 2 release date and time is here - including a change for UK fans‘Time’ is the operative word here, too. While The Mandalorian season 2 release dates are locked in, including next week’s episode, the time it starts streaming is going to change from the premiere – at least for UK fans. Below, we’ll have the lowdown on why that is, as well as when you can watch season 2, episode 2 – plus a larger look at The Mandalorian season 2 release schedule so you can plan your Fridays (and holiday season) accordingly.
Having been unceremoniously executed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Loki’s earlier incarnation found a Tesseract-shaped escape route during Captain America, Iron Man and Ant-Man’s trip back to the timeline of the first Avengers movie.
Back in February 2019, the Hollywood Reporter said that the new show will see Loki (Tom Hiddleston reprising his role from the movies) “popping up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events” – a fact seemingly confirmed by Kevin Feige’s appearance at a Disney investor event (reported by SlashFilm), where a photo in the background clearly shows Loki in a ’70s city, as Jaws is playing at the cinema.
However, Feige said at SDCC 2019 that the Loki TV show will take place after Endgame. Of course, with the multiverse timey-wimey stuff still up in the air (and the interesting choice of logo which could hint at four different Loki eras), who knows what tricks the God of Mischief has up his sleeve?
Tom Hiddleston has also confirmed that the show will approach two major questions: Loki's death, and what happens to the Tesseract. There might even be a female Loki on the cards, as Sophia Di Martino has reportedly been cast in a lead role.
Just a few seconds of Loki footage has been revealed, though we've noticed that the letters on Loki's prison jumpsuit, TVA, stands for Time Variance Authority. In the comics, they're judge, jury, and executioner on all things time travel-related. If Loki is in their sights, it's only because he's been messing up the timestreams in his own smarmy way.
However this plays out, Loki adventuring through time and space being a bit naughty sounds like a TV show we want to watch. It's arriving in Spring 2021.
The MCU is set to take its first steps into animation, alternative history and the anthology series with Disney+’s What If?, launching in Summer 2021.
If the comics are anything to go by, we'll be getting a series featuring a left-turn down the road less travelled when it comes to iconic MCU moments. Indiewire reports that the first episode will show what would happen if Peggy Carter had been turned into a super soldier instead of Steve Rogers, while comic book story “what if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?” will reportedly form the basis of one episode.
The cast is, well, incredible: Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, Karen Gillan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Neal McDonough, Dominic Cooper, Sean Gunn, Nicole Portman, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Toby Jones, Djimon Honsou, Michael Rooker, and Jeff Goldblum all return as their MCU characters, while Jeffrey Wright will voice The Watcher. The late Chadwick Boseman was also set to appear, though it's not yet known if he recorded his lines for the project.
The chance to see an alternative view of the Marvel movie timeline sounds intriguing and fun – though the version of MCU history where Tony Stark never escaped from captivity in Afghanistan may be rather brief...
Nick Fury Disney Plus series
The most prolific MCU actor returns! Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as the ex-director of S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury. Beyond that, we don't know much (no release date, no cast news, no plot details), other than Mr. Robot writer Kyle Bradstreet being set to write and executive produce the Disney Plus series.
She Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel
Why are these all bundled together? Well, frankly, we don't know a great deal about the TV shows that will introduce these trio of characters to the MCU just yet. A logo for each show was revealed in 2019, alongside the fact that they're coming to Disney Plus in the next few years (and then some), Marvel has been reluctant to share much more until very recently.
Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany has been cast as She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) while Ms. Marvel has recruited several directors: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys For Life), Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face), and Meera Menon (The Walking Dead) are all on board.
Ms. Marvel has also been cast: Iman Vellani will play Kamala Khan in the Disney Plus series. We're just waiting on a Moon Knight announcement now, though expect that to be a bit further out.
Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao has been brought in to write She-Hulk, while each of the three characters will also appear in future MCU movies. Mark Ruffalo has even spoken of being in talks for a She-Hulk appearance.
Other than that? Watch this space.
Hulu animated shows
On Hulu, there were originally four new Marvel TV shows, ones devoted to M.O.D.O.K. (aka Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing), Hit-Monkey, and Tigra & Dazzler. The plan was for them to all come together to form a supergroup called – wait for it – The Offenders.
However, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler have been cancelled, while little has been heard about Hit-Monkey. There is some good news, though, in the shape of M.O.D.O.K, which has a cast in place: Patton Oswalt is set to play M.O.D.O.K, while Aimee Garcia plays his wife, Jodie. Parks & Rec's Ben Schwartz and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero will play their son and daughter respectively.
The synopsis for the show, via Marvel, makes it sound like one of the more unique series currently in the works: "Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!"
Sony's Spider-Man shows
This one is still in the early stages, yet could be among the most exciting of all the new Marvel TV shows, the Disney Plus offerings included. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are working on a couple of projects. That includes “a handful of live-action shows using Sony’s Marvel characters, of which there are like 900 characters” according to Miller (via Deadline). “We’re figuring out a way to develop the shows so that each are their own unique experience but also related.”
Among the characters that Sony definitely have access to are the stable of Spider-Man heroes and villains that roam everywhere from New York City and beyond. An interconnected web of shows spinning out of Lord and Miller’s undoubtedly great track record with licensed characters (let’s not talk about Solo) could mean that Sony has the next mini-MCU on its hands.
The first of which could be Silk, with Amazon reportedly in talks to land the series. Silk will follow Cindy Moon, who ended up getting bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker. What are the odds?
Elsewhere, Sony Pictures chairman Tony Vinciquerra has confirmed that there are "five or six" Spider-Man shows currently in the works. Phew. That's a lot of Spidey.
It looks like we might get a change of scenery this season, as Hurwitz confirmed that a portion of filming took place in Okinawa – what is Johnny up to over there? The brief teaser above – which is mainly a recap of everything that has happened so far – also hints that we might learn more about the legendary Mr Miyagi.
We know very little about what's in store in terms of plot, and there's one question we're all desperately hoping to get an answer to: does Miguel pull through?
Well, we have a resolution to the question of "does Miguel die?" as Xolo Maridueña confirmed that he's back for season 3. In a tweet from November 2019, the actor wrote: "Season 4 wrap on Cobra Kai. Can NOT wait for you guys to see the amazing work this team has put together. I am thankful for everyone’s hard work and commitment and humbled to be a part of the Cobra Kai familia." He later clarified he meant to write "season 3" rather than "season 4".
His survival from being kicked onto a bannister was also confirmed in the season 3 release date announcement trailer, which you can watch below. There's fleeting other footage in the montage, though it's certainly enough to get us excited.
As it stands, all we can do is speculate until we have a full Cobra Kai season 3 trailer. Meanwhile, Johnny Lawrence himself, William Zabka, has assured us all that season 3 will knock it up a gear. "It's not going to disappoint," Zabka told PopCulture. "But it's also unexpected. The one thing that the writers are so great with is that if you tried to track this from Season 1 from episode one, you couldn't because there are so many twists and turns and ups and downs, and it continues in Season 3."
Kreese actor Martin Kove has also teased season 3. “You’re going to see a lot of leadership [from Kreese]," he recently said. "Unquestionably there will be a lot of – I can’t expound on how much action – but there’s a terrific amount of that, and you’ll see the prowess. I can’t really say very much, but it’s quite exciting. And it’s very surprising. All the elements, very surprising. And you’ll be very happy because it goes further into the stories of the characters you love.”
Cobra Kai season 3 cast
We know for a fact Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) will return – and there are a few loose threads from past seasons which might mean we can expect some old friends to appear again, too.
Johnny's son Robby Keen, for example, spent the last two seasons training under LaRusso, but he fled after putting Miguel on life support. There's no confirmation on when we will see him again. Miguel's mother Carmen (Vanessa Rubio) also appeared briefly in season 2 as Johnny's love interest – perhaps that will rekindle and Johnny will gain some sense of stability?
While Netflix is keeping hush about returning characters, John Kreese has also been confirmed to reappear. The big bad is currently running things at the Cobra Kai dojo after stealing it in that shocking season 2 finale.
Cobra Kai season 4
Yes, we're here to talk about Cobra Kai season 3, but Netflix has already revealed that season 4 is "in training". A statement from Netflix reads: "Cobra Kai Never Dies."
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The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 release date and time is hereChapter 10, then, is imminent. Below, we’ll run you through everything you need to know to make sure you’re there from literally the second it drops. That even includes what time The Mandalorian season 2, episode 3 starts streaming in both the US and UK. Time zones be confusing, people.