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Talking AQUAMAN and WONDER WOMAN, VENOM Casting, and the MCU Future

Talking AQUAMAN and WONDER WOMAN, VENOM Casting, and the MCU Future

In case you haven’t noticed, we here at Nerdist are especially fond of our caped crusaders, our masked vigilantes, our high-flying, skyline-decimating guardians angels–you know, superheroes. And today’s episode of Nerdist News Talks Back covers all our favorite big scree day-savers in one fell swoop. Whether your particular superpowered tastes lie with sea kings, Amazonian queens, Wakandan princes, or Asgardian gym rats, we’ve got your interests covered. So tune in to watch host Jessica Chobot, Managing Editor Alicia Lutes, and writer Amy Vorpahl talk Marvel, DC, and more.

First up, let’s dive deep into this latest image from James Wan’s upcoming contribution to the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman. We’ve gotten plenty of glimpses of Jason Momoa’s seafaring crime fighter already, but this marks a fresh new look at Amber Heard’s character Mera.

On top of this, rumor has it that Aquaman is being compared to the likes of Raiders of the Lost Ark and, perhaps even more curiously, Romancing the Stone. What do you think of Mera’s get-up, and of this ambitious direction for the film?

Keeping it in the DC family, we move on next to Wonder Woman. With only a few weeks left until her film’s release date, we’ve begun to hear from select critics about just how good the movie is… and it’s good! At least that’s what the masses–and our own Jess and Alicia–have to say. Does this breed new hope for the DCEU in general?

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Now, we’re not really super if Scrooge McDuck and his raspy-voiced nephews qualify as “superheroes,” but they are at the very least devoted citizens. In any event, the DuckTales reboot cast Lin-Manuel Miranda, who himself might also be a superhero, as the technical genius Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a.k.a. Gizmoduck. Any chance Miranda’s casting means they’ll be doing musical episodes?

Back in the superhero fold, we’ve heard a bit about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For instance, we’re hearing that Black Panther may take shape as a political intrigue thriller, Thor: Ragnarok will focus on Hela’s attempts to seize the throne of Asgard from Loki, and Infinity War will finally bring Thanos’ quest for the Infinity Stones to the forefront of the action.

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And last but not least, every superhero needs a good villain, and one of the best in Marvel Comics history is Spider-Man’s nefarious foe Venom. News broke today that Sony’s long gestating Venom movie, directed by Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer, will star none other than Tom Hardy as the central evil-doer. Shout out your own thoughts on the casting as we chime in with ours, and let us know what you’re expecting of AquamanWonder Woman, the MCU, and, of course, DuckTales!

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