Don't Bother Getting Excited About That Marvel/Fox Team-Up Rumor

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

But Fox/Marvel isn’t the only rumor getting debunked this morning. Plus Bryan Cranston talks about being a giant blue head with an unhealthy interest in teens with attitude, actor Benedict Wong discusses Dr. Strenge’s Wong, and more. Spoilers, ho!

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There was a rumor about Marvel and Fox partnering up to combine their superhero universes that made the rounds yesterday, after Matt Key, a producer on director Kevin Smith’s podcast “Fat Man on Batman” said the following:

I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds, that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…‘ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel…


Even assuming that Kevin Smith’s podcast producer has sources inside the highest echelons of Marvel Studios and Fox, his announcement that the two studios have “ kind of talked, but not really” doesn’t even warrant a grain of a salt at this point.

Dr. Strange

Actor Benedict Wong spoke about playing Wong in the film. Traditionally, Wong has been Strange’s majordomo, but it seems like he’ll now have far more to do with Strange’s mystical training:

I’m certainly not going to be the tea-making manservant. We’re heading in a different direction. He’s more of a drill sergeant. There isn’t any martial arts for Wong in ‘Doctor Strange,’ actually. He’s more of a drill sergeant to Kamar-Taj. He’s one of the masters of sorcery.

[Den Of Geek]

Power Rangers

Bryan Cranston spoke about being the most overqualified floating head in the history of cinema, namely the Power Rangers’ alien mentor Zordon:

Yes, it’s motion capture and it’s a lot of CGI-work. The tenant of that storyline is that this a real person who is trapped in this etherworld and it becomes this in-the-wall so to speak of [the command center], He still has a heart and mind, but an agenda that he’s got to get these five Power Rangers to defend the earth or else everyone they know will be killed. So, it’s exciting.



Star Wars: Episode VIII

Speaking of rumors that have been blown out of proportion, after Mark Hamill said “I finish Episode 8, and then I’m out of work” at a London charity event, fan speculation that Luke would be dying in Episode VIII went rampant. Hamill has since clarified his comments:


[Hollywood Reporter]

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

This supernatural thriller, based on the book by on Liz Jensen, is about a boy whose life seems plagued with a multitude of very unlucky circumstances, and the doctor (Jamie Dornan) who tries to figure out why. Here’s the first trailer:

Suicide Squad

FunkoPop has revealed its Sand Diego Comic-Con exclusive figure of Batman from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. As you can see, Batman is clearly wearing some kind of breathing apparatus, lending more credence to the rumors that he’ll be diving into the water to rescue Harley Quinn at some point.

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[Heroic Hollywood]

The Space Between Us

The film, about a boy (Asa Butterfield) raised scientists on Mars who makes his first journey to Earth will open on December 21st.


[Hollywood Reporter]

Minecraft: The Movie

The Minecraft movie will now premiere at some point during summer 2019.


Dimension 404

Constance Wu and Megan Mullaly have joined Hulu’s sci-fi series.

Inspired by the Internet’s “404” error code, Dimension 404 aims to evoke that 3 AM feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web and stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know.



American Horror Story

Cheyenne Jackson will return for the show’s sixth season.


[Spoiler TV]

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.


Rob Bricken was the Editor of io9 from 2016-18, the creator of the poorly named but fan-favorite news site Topless Robot, and now writes nerd stuff for many places, because it's all he's good at.

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My guess is that Fox really doesn’t want to make another Fantastic Four movie on their own. knowing it’s likely to lose money again, but also really doesn’t want to let Marvel get the rights back, and may be doing very early exploration (given that they have six years left before they have to act) on how to avoid either option.

X-Men movies are probably in a certain amount of trouble, too, but don’t appear to be at the “losing a ton of money” stage. Granted, Apocalypse probably broke even, at best, and if it weren’t for Deadpool, Fox would probably be panicking about now.