A new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 synopsis hints at former rumours. God is dead, and The Emoji Movie has a new title. Gotham adds a Vale — but not the one you'd expect. The Flash season three is definitely putting its own spin on a major comic book storyline. Plus, more Dark Tower teases and Grimm's return. Spoilers get!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2/Doctor Strange
Marvel has released new synopses for both films — here's the Guardians one, which seemingly hints at the previous rumours that antagonist Nebula could join the Guardians officially:
Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favourite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
And here's the new synopsis for Doctor Strange:
Marvel's Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
Even more casting! The Hollywood Reporter says newcomers Isabella Amara, J.J. Totah and Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. have joined the cast in undisclosed roles.
Meanwhile, comedian Hannibal Buress has signed onto the cast, according to Variety. Once again, the role is undisclosed.
Production on the film has officially begun, with star Tom Holland taking to Instagram to confirm the start of filming.
Spider-Man: The Animated Movie/Emojimovie/Hotel Transylvania 3
Sony has revealed a slew of new information about its upcoming animated movies. Bob Perisichetti will direct the animated Spider-Man film, while Genndy Tartakovsky will in fact return for the third Hotel Transylvania, after saying he wouldn't.
Finally, the nightmare from which we will never awaken has been given a nightmarish new name — and an equally nightmarish logo.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Laura Haddock joins the cast, taking to Twitter to confirm her role.
— laura haddock (@laurajhaddock) June 20, 2016
The Dark Tower
Idris Elba has posted a new teaser for the film to Twitter.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) June 19, 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence
A very silly/cool Japanese poster for the film replaces the Statue of Liberty with the Unicorn Gundam (because why not?). [CBR]
A slew of new character posters for the film have been released — more at the link. [Coming Soon]
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Speaking of posters, here's a new teaser poster, released with the promise of something more to come in the near future — presumably a new trailer. [CBR]
Pinches of salt — both for this rumour and to throw over your shoulder, as tradition dictates — at the ready, because Screen Geek claims that Marvel is eyeing the villain Mephisto as the primary antagonist of the Luke Cage/Daredevil/Jessica Jones/Iron Fist crossover extravaganza.
Mephisto is basically Marvel's answer to Satan, an extradimensional demon who has crossed paths with many Marvel heroes — perhaps most infamously Spider-Man in the One More Day storyline, in which Peter Parker makes an absurd deal with the devil to sacrifice his marriage to Mary Jane Watson to keep his Aunt May alive.
Given that of the four Netflix heroes only one — Iron Fist — has anything approaching a mystical power, fighting Satan seems like it would be a bit out of their league.
Jamie Chung has been cast in the recurring role of reporter Valerie Vale — who, according to TV Line, will in fact be the aunt of comics character Vicki Vale. According to the site, Valerie will be a "crackerjack reporter dead set on uncovering the truth behind Indian Hill" that sees Jim Gordon as the heart of her story.
Grant Gustin has indeed confirmed that the third season premiere is indeed named "Flashpoint" after the comics event (that set up the creation of the New 52 universe in 2011) the show's season two cliffhanger was inspired by, in which Barry Allen saves his mother from death, drastically changing the present.
FLASHPOINT. This is not drill. https://t.co/nzq2NJh9pl
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) June 20, 2016
Finally, in a video shared to Facebook Bitsie Tulloch reveals that season six premieres October 28.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.