You might remember him in CREED II as Victor Drago and now you may see him as a villain within the MCU in the upcoming SHANG-CHI & THE LEGEND OF THE TWO RINGS.
According to the Australian website Dark Horizons, it is being reported that professional boxer Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu has scored a secondary villain role in the upcoming Marvel Studios film.
Munteanu’s recent social media activity (namely Instagram) confirms that he has been in Sydney since January, which is around the time the likes of Tony Leung and Awkwafina arrived down under to prep for the shoot.
Now we understand that this could simply be a coincedence and doesnt 100% confirm him being part of the production, but if two plus two equals four (which it does) then it can totally back up this being a possibility. .
Should this be a lock and Florian is indeed playing a secondary antagonist, there’s a good chance he’ll be someone Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) will come up against in this underground tournament we’ve been hearing about. Tiger-Claw, Moving Shadow, Razor-Fist, and Ghost Maker are all possibilities.
We already knew that Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was locked and loaded. Movies such as BLACK WIDOW, DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS and THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER are already scheduled with release dates.
Today, Marvel Studios parent company, Disney set and announced release dates for five as of yet untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies. The films will be released on Oct. 7, 2022, Feb. 17, 2023, May 5, 2023, July 28, 2023, and Nov. 3, 2023. It can be safely assumed that one of those dates will belong to BLADE starring Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali.
What do you think may be the projects to fall in these slots?
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Walt Disney has just released an updated slate of its upcoming film releases. this also includes the films obtain through its acquisition of 20th Century Fox films. One of the notable things is the change in some of the release dates for films that were expected to arrive in theaters sooner.
Most Notably this distinction goes to Fox’s THE NEW MUTANTS. The horror mutant which was originally believed to be hitting theaters sometime this year will now arrive on April 3rd, 2020. The film which had been pushed back several times and experienced delays due to reshoots had many wondering if it would ever see the light of day. Now it will indeed be seen in movie theaters or either the Disney plus streaming platform or Hulu.
Also on the schedule are many Untitled Marvel projects. Post the events of Avengers Endgame many new stories are abroad and waiting to be told. There of course are films in which we know are either in production or development from Marvel Studios. These include a solo BLACK WIDOW film starring Scarlett Johannson, THE ETERNALS with Angelina Jolie, SHANG-CHI, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3. Other films that have been mentioned before were a BLACK PANTHER sequel and a DOCTOR STRANGE sequel.
Here are the list of slated dates so let your mind flow trying to places the films in their potential release dates.
May 1, 2020 -Untitled Marvel movie
Nov 16, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie
Feb 12, 2021 – Untitled Marvel Movie
May 7, 2021- Untitled Marvel Movie
Nov 5 2021 – Untitled Marvel Movie
Feb 18 2022- Untitled Marvel Movie
May 6, 2022- Untitled Marvel Movie
July 29, 2022- Untitled Marvel Movie
Marvel Studios first Asian led superhero film is moving along full steam ahead. The film now has a captain at the helm to steer the ship. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, Just Mercy) will helm the feature, which already had Wonder Woman 1984 writer Dave Callaham on board to pen the screenplay. Who will play the lead has yet to be cast.
Another amazing bit of news for this historical film is that Marvel is planning to assemble a largely and predominately Asian-American and Asian cast. Marvel is hoping Shang-Chi will follow a similar path by “introducing a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.”
Representation Matters and that has been shown more and more this year in both television and film. This has become more noticeable with the representation in superhero films. With Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, the upcoming Black Widow film and the in development no film. Now you can add another one to the list. Marvel Is developing a script for its first Asian Superhero in Shang-Chi.
It is being reported by Deadline that Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. Marvel has set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay, and Deadline is hearing Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors who want to do something as potentially monumental as was accomplished in Marvel’s first viable Best Picture candidate, Black Panther.
Black Panther was a critucal and cultural success given it connected into African and African American cultures and the sensibilities of its nearly all-black cast, with a black director in Ryan Coogler and writer in Joe Robert Cole. Marvel wants to do the same with Shang-Chi: introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.
Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, hatched by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin. The script will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. The comic launched around the time that Enter the Dragon became a global sensation and martial arts films raged. In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of Fu Manchu, who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off to the outside world. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father Fu Manchu might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor.