Filming for the Shazam! movie has been completed for a couple of months now.
But that hasn’t stopped updates surrounding the project from surfacing as we learned today. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly it has been reported that Djimon Hounsou will now be playing the role of the Wizard in the project.
This news came as a shock to many fans because the last we heard of the Wizard in the Shazam! movie how he was going to be portrayed by Ron Cephas Jones. However that has now changed with Hounsou (who is most recently known for his role as Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy) jumping into the DC universe.
Ironically he will be starring in both the Captain Marvel (the original name or Shazam!) and Shazam! films next year. The Wizard plays an important role in the titular characters mythology, he’s the main reason why Billy gets his powers. I can’t help but think if anyone else could be making a surprise appearance in this film given how this news was kept under the radar for a long time.
Djimon Hounsou will be joining the likes of Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Ross Butler, Asher Angel and many more in Shazam!
Shazam! will be released on 5 April 2019
Let me know in the comments what you think of this casting news.
The second trailer for Avengers Infinity War came out a week ago and yet and I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve seen the trailer around 100 times. Initially when I first watched the trailer I gave my thoughts and opinions on it. And while I was happy with the analysis I put out on the trailer, the more I watched the trailer the more stuff I started to pick up. So for this article I want to give my analysis on things I missed when I first wrote about my thoughts on the trailer. It also maybe some stuff you missed out too. Keep in mind I don’t try to portray myself as an expert so please feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong.
Where is the soul stone
My biggest question going into this film is “Where is the Soul Stone?”. Arguably it’s the most important stone that makes up the infinity gauntlet. The Soul Stone will allow the owner to take control over people’s soul by taking away life and also bringing people back to life. You can see why this is the infinity stone that we haven’t seen at all in the MCU yet. With the first trailer I thought that the Soul Stone was located in Wakanda as we see a huge battle taking place there in both trailers. Also it has been reported that the final act of the film will take place in Wakanda. However after watching the trailer multiple times it’s clear that the scenes in Wakanda are not related to the Soul Stone, again I could be wrong. But If you listen to Tony Stark’s lines closely throughout the trailer he says how they need to use what Thanos wants to their advantage. We see shots of Vision who posses the mind stone along with Scarlett Witch in Wakanda. Now I think they’re hiding Vision in Wakanda. Which of course makes sense given the Wakanda’s technology and secrecy, they would provide the best chance of taking out Thanos when he eventually tracks them down.
How many Infinity Stones does Thanos have?
Throughout both trailers whenever we see Thanos with the infinity gauntlet he only has 2 stones. These stones are the Power Stone and the Space Stone. If we believe the third act of the film takes place in Wakanda we see the shot of Captain America going up against Thanos and again he has the same two stones on his gauntlet. However I am willing to bet that Thanos has more than 2 stones at this point. If you remember in the first trailer they CGI’d Thor’s eye back in, they also did the same with the Thor: Ragnarok trailers. I think at this point Thanos would have at least picked up another Infinity Stone from The Collector which is the Reality Stone.
Thanos collects the Tesseract
When Thor: Ragnarok ended we were treated to an after credit scene where Thanos’s ship showed up in front of Thor and the rest of the Asgardian’s that survived the destruction of their homeland. I believe this film will open with Thanos collecting the Tesseract from Loki as we see the Black Order are standing around him in the trailer. We also see shots of Thanos almost torturing Thor in front of Loki forcing him to give up the Tesseract. Somehow I think the ship will eventually blow up and Thor finds himself crashing on ‘The Milano’ where he meets the Guardians of the Galaxy. What happens to Loki after this is interesting, does he join Thanos and the Black Order? Also with this scene it’s important to note that Bruce Banner is also present on that ship. Judging by how the first trailer opened with Banner crashing into Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum alerting Tony and the others of Thanos’s imminent arrival. Maybe we’ll get to see a fight between Thanos and Hulk early on in the movie which should be epic.
Ebony Maw is apart of Thanos’s team which is known as the Black Order. They will play an important role in the film by doing a lot of Thanos’s dirty work and maybe even collecting some infinity stones for him. I feel the most important member of the Black Order will be Ebony Maw. Just to give you some background on the character’s abilities one of his main traits is persuasion. He can use mind control to take over someone’s thoughts and movements. Clearly from the trailer this ability will be used on Doctor Strange. As we saw from the trailer Ebony Maw is torturing Doctor Strange and I believe he’s in the process of taking over his mind. I believe Ebony Maw will be using Doctor Strange to locate a number of Infinity Stones that Thanos is looking for. My guess would be that’s how they find Vision hiding in Wakanda given how secret Wakandan is to the rest of the world.
Let me know your thoughts on the trailer
Did I miss out anything from the trailer that you picked up on?
We are just one month away from one of the biggest comic book movies ever. It feels like forever since we got that first trailer for Infinity War back in November last year. Now we are finally getting the second trailer tomorrow! The Russo Brothers did hint that the trailer would be coming sometime this week on Twitter with themselves asking for the trailer. Well it looks like we don’t have to wait much longer now as the Marvel Studios Twitter account posted a video with the tagline ‘Tomorrow’.
As for what I hope to see from the trailer I honestly don’t know. I loved the first trailer so much I don’t know how they’ll top that but I trust them. I’ll be fine with just one trailer if it were up to me because I’m that hyped for the trailer.
Here’s a list of what I want to see from this upcoming trailer:
- Reference to where the soul stone maybe located
- More interactions with characters we haven’t seen before
- More scenes in Wakanda
- Focus a little more on Thanos, especially the Children of Thanos
- Are there anymore locations in this which we haven’t explored yet?
- Shots of characters we haven’t seen yet (Hulk not Banner, Hawkeye, Ant-Man)
That’s all I have for my expectations… Not a lot I know mainly because of that first trailer but I trust Marvel will hit it out the park again with this trailer.
Let me know your expectations for the trailer tomorrow
Be sure to come back here tomorrow as I will have a full breakdown/review of the trailer.
One of the biggest comic book movies ever has not got a new release date. Initially set to be released on May 4th in North America Avengers: Infinity War will now be released a week earlier on April 27th worldwide! This was done to match up with the release dates of the European markets which is a smart decision in my opinion, especially great for trying fans to avoid spoilers because people like me were going to see it a week earlier (not that I would spoil it though). Like Marvel does they have their own way of doing things and they announced this new release date publicly in a twitter conversation between Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Studios Twitter account. RDJ asked “Any chance I could see it earlier?”.
Here was their response:
Just like that they announced a new release date for their biggest movie ever! While I loved seeing Marvel films early because I live in the UK I love this news. Honestly it was hard for me not to talk about films that released a week earlier without going into spoilers.
Let me know you think of this news down below
“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe but this… does put a smile on my face” – Thanos
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