MARVELOUS DA7E 87: Marvel Calls on Adam McKay and a 17-year-old Kid

– by L-R

Welcome to ISSUE 87!

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME HERE: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.  

THIS WEEK:  There's a director on deck for Marvel, let's find out what movie he's attached to. Also - stopping by the old Spider-Man casting sphere and finally going out on a high note with some tantalizing images. 

As always, what a week for super-hero movie news. After pausing for television last week (and amazing television based on DC characters), it seems to be time to get back to the movies: Marvel movies.

After we clear Avengers: Age of Ultron, all eyes will be on Ant-Man, the movie that delighted fans of Edgar Wright by folding the project into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then pissed off the Marvel ambivalent when Edgar Wright left and was replaced by Peyton Reed. The name that fits snugly in between those two Ant-Man directors is Adam McKay (writer of this weekend’s Get Hard and director of the Will Farrell movies you like).

There were a scant few days after Edgar Wright’s departure that we thought Adam McKay might step in and direct the movie. Instead, he ended up doing another pass on the Edgar Wright script. Marvel seems to have liked whatever he brought to the project and his other films about guys with delusions of grandeur, so they like Adam McKay. If you’re a writer/director like he is, that means jobs.

From what we’ve heard at Team LR, Adam McKay is in the on-deck spot to direct a Marvel movie. Which Marvel movie remains hazy, but there’s logic we can use to narrow that down.

The Russo Bros are directing Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War (both parts). Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and James Gunn is returning for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. That leaves Thor 3, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and The Inhumans.

Captain Marvel deserves a female director and Black Panther deserves a minority director. For other reasons I can’t get into here, they’re off the list (trust me). Judging from other movies Adam McKay has directed like Anchorman and The Other Guys, the apocalypse of Asgard doesn’t look like a good place for McKay to stretch his acting chops.

That leaves Inhumans. Marvel Studios would like Adam McKay to direct a movie and that might be Inhumans. July 12, 2019 is still over four years away, but a good working relationship with Marvel as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is introducing the concept probably puts McKay on firmer footing with where Marvel’s headed for the end of their Phases.

Now begins Da7e’s idle thoughts on the news: Don’t you kind of want Adam McKay on a Spider-Man movie? Tonally? I get that putting him on Inhumans could mean anything because the Russo Brothers have directed stuff Arrested Development and Community, and Marvel’s proven it can let quirky directors build off their strengths, but if there was a character and script that Adam McKay should have directed, I can’t help but feel that script was Ant-Man.

But, as I’m reminded in Step Brothers, I can’t lose my dinosaur. Adam McKay has made some amazingly funny movies and if Ant-Man can present me with a superhero movie correctly that wields humor, I’d be all in for a McKay Inhumans.

Moving on, I hear they are looking a 16-17 year old white kids for the part of Spider-Man. BadAssDigest broke that Mateus Ward from Weeds had auditioned for the role. He seems about the right age for what Marvel/Sony are looking for but certainly he can’t be the only one on the docket, right?

Of course not.

Details are sparse and I’m sure we’ll have more going forward if we can get some people to spill some names, but Asa Butterfield might have Reddit suggested his way into an audition. Or they were always going to look at Asa either way and he just happened to be making coy comments about wanting the part on Reddit. Either way, might as well through Asa Butterfield on the “people considered” list. It’s another 16/17 year old brunette white guy, seems to fit.

Then again, he does turn 18 in a matter of weeks. Hurry Asa!

Stay tuned on 16/17 white guy watch 2015.

A few quick hits on my way out: 

Check out The Thing from Josh Trank's Fantastic Four! He looks like he did when he leaked really early on, but a bit more finished with smaller eyes. the sad fact is this was never a character that was supposed to exist as a realistic 3D rendering in a real world. So, yeah, The Thing looks dumb. 

The Thing always looks dumb. That's the reality of it.

Then again, official print advertising for superhero movies is also horrible, so I guess it could go either way.

And in the realm of "I'm just going to leave this here," check out who is behind The Hulk in this photo I was e-mailed of a surprisingly new looking Avengers and Ultron toy set.

Cap-tain Mar-vel. She's a hero. Gonna take pollution down to zero.

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