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Captain Marvel crosses $1 billion at the global box office

It’s been a good week for Marvel Studios, with Avengers: Endgame smashing presales records ahead of its release later this month, and now its first superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel is celebrating a box office milestone.

The Brie Larson-headlined franchise launcher took its global haul beyond the $1 billion mark this week, the film having grossed $361.5 million domestically, plus a further $644.5 million from international markets.

Captain Marvel is the first movie of 2019 to hit the billion dollar mark, and – incredibly – the seventh Marvel Studios release to reach that figure. The franchise has so far amassed an unprecedented $18.5 billion in total, and with both Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home incoming, the McU can expect to make plenty more bank in the coming months.

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows
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How casting across racial lines exposes Hollywood’s power imbalance

As Mary Queen of Scots and Hellboy have shown, colourblind casting and whitewashing are part of the same, complex argument

When is it Ok to cast across racial lines? This is one of the movie questions of our time, and it’s complicated. Let’s take two recent, apparently contradictory examples. Case one: Mary Queen of Scots, which included Gemma Chan – a British actor of Chinese descent – as Bess of Hardwick, a real-life, very-much-white ally of Elizabeth I. For some, Chan’s casting was “historically inaccurate”. Case two: the forthcoming Hellboy reboot, which made headlines last year when Ed Skrein was cast as Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character. In response to the angry reaction, Skrein withdrew from the role, and was replaced by Korean actor Daniel Dae Kim.

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Harry Shum Jr. Welcomes Baby No. 1

Harry Shum Jr. Welcomes Baby No. 1
Harry Shum Jr. is officially a dad! The Shadowhunters star and his wife Shelby Rabara welcomed a baby named Xia. They made the big announcement on Instagram on Thursday evening, by sharing a photo of their baby's teensy tiny feet.  Almost immediately, a plethora of their famous friends began flooding their comments section with warm wishes and congratulations. Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan wrote on Harry's Instagram, "ahhhhh congrats to you both and welcome Xia!" Other stars who congratulated the new parents include Henry GoldingKevin McHale and Sarah Hyland.  As their first pregnancy neared it's end, Shelby...
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80% of Goose’s scenes in Captain Marvel were CGI

It has been revealed by Captain Marvel‘s VFX technician that 80% of Goose the cat’s scenes were CGI.

Captain Marvel is currently enjoying a very successful run at the global box office and while fans are enjoying the sci-fi romp, it must be noted that one of the biggest surprise hits from the film stems from a loveable but very deadly cat named Goose.

No one was predicting the sensation caused by Goose but nevertheless, he has gone onto make quite the name for himself, terrifying everyone from Nick Fury to Kree warriors. But did you realise that 80% of Goose’s scenes were actually CGI?

VFX technician Chris Townsend has told the Huffington Post: “There are about over 100 shots of the cat in the film, 70 or 80 of them are CG.”

Townsend said the use of CGI was because it was often too difficult to get the actual cat
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Captain Marvel soars past $900 million at the worldwide box office

Marvel’s latest superhero franchise Captain Marvel has pushed its global haul past the $900 million mark, pulling in $35 million domestically and a further $52.1 million from international markets in its third weekend.

With $321.5 million from North America and $588 million overseas, the Brie Larson-headlined blockbuster has earned $910.3 million to date, and is expected to cross the $1 billion mark by close of play next weekend, becoming the seventh Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to do so.

2019 is certainly shaping up to be a big one for Brie Larson, who’ll be back on the big screen next month as Carol Danvers as she joins Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the fight against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame., while the Oscar-winner is also set to release her directorial debut Unicorn Store, which reunites her with her Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson. Watch the trailer here.

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The Flickering Myth Podcast #93 – Captain Marvel thoughts, critical reaction to Jordan Peele’s Us and more

Allen, Gerald, Tori, and Ej discuss their reactions to Captain Marvel (with some minor spoilers), early critical reaction to Jordan Peele’s Us, and much more.

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Us is directed by Jordan Peele (Us) and stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down), Anna Diop (24: Legacy), Shahadi Wright Joseph (The Lion King), Evan Alex (Kidding), Cali Sheldon (Friends), Noelle Sheldon (Friends) and newcomer Madison Curry.

Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) and sees Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island) leading the cast as Carol Danvers alongside Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Gemma Chan Talks Color-Blind Role in 'Mary Queen of Scots': "Art Should Reflect Life Now"

Gemma Chan Talks Color-Blind Role in 'Mary Queen of Scots':
Gemma Chan opens up about her color-blind casting as Bess of Hardwick in last year's Mary Queen of Scots in a new Allure cover story, saying that she believes "art should reflect life now."

In the profile, published online Tuesday, the English actress said that she noticed her casting as Queen Elizabeth I adviser Bess of Hardwick, a Caucasian woman, in the Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie-headlined film had provoked some controversy among internet trolls. "Why are actors of color, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race? And sometimes they’re not even allowed ...
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige reiterates that Captain Marvel isn’t invincible

Head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, has confirmed once more that Captain Marvel has weaknesses and won’t remain unstoppable.

Considering the incredible power displayed by Carol at the end of Captain Marvel, its easy to get carried away and think the character is an unstoppable force, and that she needs not fear death from any enemy.

This would be a mistake, however, according to Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige. In a recent interview with Slash Film, Feige discussed Carol’s powers and confirmed that every character in the McU can be killed:

“Well, the point of this movie was to see her exactly as you said, unleashed, unchained. What happens when she taps into her full potential not being held back? So it was not the time to hold back. It was not the time to emphasize limitations or loss. We’d seen that over the course of the rest of the movie.
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Why Gemma Chan's Crazy Good Year Is Only Just Beginning

Why Gemma Chan's Crazy Good Year Is Only Just Beginning
In the past 12 months, everything has changed for Gemma Chan. For starters, the actress became a household name thanks to her role as Astrid in Crazy Rich Asians. And after portraying a socialite with a heart of gold, Gemma became an award show favorite with appearances at all the big ceremonies including the 2019 Oscars and 2019 Golden Globes. This week, Allure decided to make the 36-year-old its April cover girl. And despite her notoriety and performances in front of the camera, Gemma swears she's "quite shy." "In a new social situation, I'd much rather sit back and let other people talk first," she shared with the publication. "I prefer to listen and, I suppose, get the measure...
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Kevin Feige says Captain Marvel is about to lead the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe

The times they are a-changin’ for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Avengers: Endgame set to bring the curtain down on one chapter of the McU and launch us into a brand new Phase of the blockbuster superhero world.

It’s widely expected that Endgame will mark the end of the story for several prominent characters from the first ten years of the McU, with fresh faces taking centre stage as we head into a new decade. And, after a triumphant solo debut (with over $760 million at the box office in just ten days), Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is set to be at the forefront of this new-look McU, as confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

“When we found out that Brie Larson might be interested in joining our world, we had a number of meetings,” said Feige in the official Captain Marvel Movie Special magazine. “She was a
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Funko unveils new Captain Marvel Pop! Vinyl figures

Funko has unveiled four new Pop! Movies vinyl figures for the superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel which includes Carol Danvers with the Tesseract, two variations of Goose in his Flerken form, and a Speciality Series limited edition Ronan the Accuser; check them out here…

Fly higher, further and faster with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful Super Hero who holds the universe in her hands as a Pop! figure. Wearing her iconic blue, red and gold uniform, Captain Marvel is holding the much-sought-after Tesseract—the containment vessel for the Space Stone. Help Pop! Captain Marvel conceal this precious weapon. If Captain Marvel happens to need backup Pop! Goose is ready to spring into action, in her true Flerken form. A Goose Chase with a 1/6 rarity reveals Goose already half-transitioned into her Flerken form.

Captain Marvel might be packing a formidable set of superpowers but she’s got her work cut
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Captain Marvel scores huge second weekend, global total now at $760 million

After scoring the second biggest global opening for a superhero movie last weekend, Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster Captain Marvel has now taken its worldwide haul to a marvellous $760 million.

Domestically, Captain Marvel dropped 55% from its opening weekend to top the chart with $69.3 million, taking its North American total to $266.2 million in ten days. That’s more than the entire box office runs of the likes of Venom ($212 million), Justice League ($229 million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($233 million), The Amazing Spider-Man ($262 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Globally, Captain Marvel has surpassed The Winter Soldier ($714.3 million) to become the McU’s eleventh-highest grossing film, and at this point it looks set to become the seventh Marvel Studios movie to reach a billion worldwide.

See Also: Kevin Smith shares his thoughts on Stan Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from
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Talos arrives in Marvel Puzzle Quest with Captain Marvel tie-in

Talos the Skrull Warlord, the most devious spy in all of the Skrull Empire, is now available on Marvel Puzzle Quest as a 4 star character. With his ability for shapeshifting and stunning opponents, Talos is one character fans will want on their roster.

Talos comes with several unique abilities that will make him an invaluable member of any team. These abilities are:

Stunning Blow – With this ability Talos is able to stun enemies with his stun baton and leave those he hits stunned for two turns. Not only does this leave the enemy stunned but it also creates a Blue 3 turn Countdown tile that destroys 2 AP in the enemy team’s strongest colour.Access Granted – Using his shapeshifting ability Talos is able to disguise himself and infiltrate the enemy for access to their plans. To do this, Talos can create 1 Trap tile to shapeshift into his target opponent then, while
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Samuel L. Jackson has revealed how Spider-Man’s reaction to Nick Fury is different than Captain Marvel’s

Samuel L. Jackson, who recently starred in Captain Marvel, has revealed how Spider-Man’s reaction to Nick Fury is different than Carol Danvers’.

One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s main strengths is the copious opportunities to see different beloved characters interact with each other, often having already appeared in their own movies. In Captain Marvel, Carol got to interact with McU mainstay Nick Fury and the two developed quite a close bond as a result.

But how about Spider-Man? How will his interactions with Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home differ to Captain Marvel’s? Well, Samuel Jackson discussed this very subject in a recent interview with Radio Times:

“The energy level’s totally different. The dynamic between the characters too.

“Spider-Man’s a little more reluctant to engage with Nick Fury than Carol Danvers was. He has an intimidation factor. Even though he is Spider-Man, and I’m just Nick Fury,
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Captain Marvel pushes the McU beyond the $18 billion mark at the box office

After scoring a bumper $455 million global opening this past weekend (the second-biggest ever for a superhero movie), Marvel Studios’ female-fronted superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel has pushed its worldwide haul to $550 million by close on play on Wednesday – and in the process, the McU has now surpassed $18 billion in total box office receipts.

You have to go back to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger for the last time that a Marvel movie failed to hit the half billion dollar mark – something that has only happened on three occasions out of 21 movies (the others being The Incredible Hulk and Thor).

In total, the McU has now grossed an enormous $18.072 billion – almost twice that of its nearest rival franchise Star Wars on $9.307 billion – and with Captain Marvel going strong, Avengers: Endgame opening next month, and Spider-Man: Far From Home in July, $21 billion is certainly in reach this year…

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Kevin Smith shares his thoughts on Stan Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo

Minor Captain Marvel spoilers follow…

In addition to a rather touching tribute which saw the Marvel Studios logo celebrating the on-screen career of Stan Lee, the superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel also featured one of the last ever cameos from the late comic book legend.

With Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers in pursuit of a Skrull, Captain Marvel finds herself in a train carriage, where she stumbles upon a familiar face reciting the line “Trust me, True Believer” from a script to Kevin Smith’s 1995 comedy Mallrats.

Smith, who was a close friend to Stan Lee, has now shared a video featuring his thoughts on the cameo, explaining how he found out about it, and what it means to him on a personal level. Watch Smith’s emotional video here…

See Also: Kevin Feige explains why Nick Fury never used Captain Marvel’s pager before Avengers: Infinity War

Set in the 1990s,
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Captain Marvel almost opened with Carol on Earth

The script for Captain Marvel almost began with Carol Danvers on Earth according to the film’s co-director Ryan Fleck.

Origin stories are always tricky and with Captain Marvel, they decided to go for a less traditional approach and begin the tale somewhere in the middle, with Carol already with the Kree and possessing her powers.

However, this wasn’t always the plan for the movie as co-director Ryan Fleck has revealed that the film once began with Carol on Earth when she was a pilot in the Us Air Force. Speaking to Empire, Fleck said:

“The original opening to the script was a simulated combat situation in her fighter jets. There was a whole Top Gun-style sequence that we were even planning to shoot for a while. Even though it was an awesome introduction to Carol and Maria Rambeau – and I think it would have been fun for the
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Captain Marvel’s post-credits scene was originally going to connect to Thor: Ragnarok

At one point in time, Captain Marvel‘s post-credits scene was going to tie into Thor: Ragnarok. Spoilers follow…

Captain Marvel is finally with us and fans around the world have had the chance to see the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for themselves. It seems to be going down pretty well if you look at the box office receipts.

A point that is often discussed with the McU is post-credits scenes and for Captain Marvel, this involved a cat that isn’t all that it seems coughing up the Tesseract in humorous fashion. This wasn’t always the plan, however, as at one point the scene was going to tie into Thor: Ragnarok, as revealed in Empire‘s interview with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck:

“There was an idea on the table about having Jude Law emerge from his pod on Sakaar, and then have
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‘Captain Marvel’ Soars to $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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‘Captain Marvel’ Soars to $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” is expected to fly past $500 million at the worldwide box office on Tuesday.

The blockbuster has taken in $164.3 million in its first four days, along with $325.6 million in its first six days in international markets. China is the biggest foreign market with $95 million, followed by South Korea with $25.3 million, the U.K. with $18.1 million, Brazil with $14.7 million, and Mexico with $13.7 million.

Disney also said the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 21 titles have topped a cumulative $18 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Captain Marvel’s” $455 million global opening weekend was the sixth-highest launch of all time. “Captain Marvel” posted the 18th-biggest domestic debut ever, since “Incredibles 2” launched with $182 million in June. It performed well above studio projections, which had pegged the film at $125 million.

Larson stars as Carol Danvers, the pilot who becomes the vastly powerful Captain Marvel after the Earth is caught at
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige on the possibility of adapting Secret Invasion

Warning. Captain Marvel spoilers follow…

When it was first announced back at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that Carol Danvers would be going up against the Skrull Empire in Captain Marvel, fans immediately began speculating about the prospect of a ‘Secret Invasion’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – perhaps as the next big arc for the McU after Avengers: Endgame and Thanos.

If you’re unfamiliar with Secret Invasion, it was a big comic book event from 2008, whereby the shapeshifting Skrulls had embarked on a long-term invasion of Earth by assuming the identities of many of the Marvel Universe’s heroes.

Now, those who’ve seen Captain Marvel will know this seems a little unlikely at this point, although Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is refusing to rule out the possibility:

“I think like the Kree and like humanity, there are good Skrulls and there are bad Skrulls, but one of the things
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