The Hulk, The Flash, & Mortal Kombat: That’s News To Me

That’s News To Me June 28-July 4

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings released a new trailer that has everyone talking while The Flash movie news is starting to roll in fast. Let’s once again check in on everything happening in nerd culture film news!

Hulk villain returning?

It’s been well over a decade since Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk film became just the second entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bruce Banner was of course ultimately recast with Mark Ruffalo becoming the big guy.

Aside from appearances from William Hurt’s Thurderbolt Ross character in Civil War, The Infinity War, and Endgame, it has seemed the 2008 film has been treated as a contained event.

That’s not the case anymore as one of the threads left unpulled from that movie is showing up again.

With the release of the new trailer for the highly-anticipated film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a lot of buzz has been made about what appears to be the Hulk villain Abomination showing up in the trailer. It looks like Abomination is in a cage fight of sorts against Doctor Strange’s sidekick Wong.

Well, speculate no more. MCU President Kevin Feige has confirmed that is indeed Abomination fighting Wong.

We’ll have to wait until the film hits theaters on Sept. 3 to see just how Abomination fits into this movie. But it is a continuation of a pleasant trend in recent MCU entries, showing that previously dispatched villains are far from forgotten.

The Shang-Chi movie notably brings back the character of The Mandarin (sort of). We’ve seen The Mandarin (sort of) in Iron Man 3 when Ben Kingsley gave us the fake-out of all fake-outs. Now the TRUE Mandarin is finally coming.

More from Marvel

  • Speaking of Kevin Feige, in an interview with Slash Film he teased that Black Widow may not be the only prequel of an established MCU character we get, saying,” But the notion of exploring the past, present, and future of the MCU is certainly in the cards for all of our characters.”
  • Feige can’t help but open up about the possibilities for the MCU. When asked during a virtual forum about the possibility of Wandavision Season Two, Feige said, ““That’s the first place where that story will continue but there will be other places,” according to Deadline.
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever officially started production this week. The sequel to the 2018 hit is scheduled to release July 8, 2022.
  • James Gunn said recently on Twitter that he had conversations with Marvel and DC about the possibility of a crossover between the Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad. Gunn of course has directed two Guardians films and has a third on the way, while his first go at the Suicide Squad releases later this summer. A crossover is extremely unlikely but talk about a ‘What If’!

Director giving peeks at The Flash

The Flash director Andy Muschietti hasn’t held back recently from giving fans a lot to look at. 

In recent weeks he has taken to his Instagram page to give glimpses of Ezra Miller’s Flash costume, Sasha Calle’s Supergirl costume and Micheal @$%#%$#% Keaton’s Batman costume.

As if this wasn’t enough to get people excited, first looks at Keaton and Miller on set have come out on social media.

And finally, Calle is the first superhero from the upcoming film to be seen in costume on set. Notably, Calle is capeless in this photo. Perhaps the cape will be added as a post effect.

The Flash is scheduled to release on Nov. 4, 2022. It will star the aforementioned actors as well as Ben Affleck reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Ron Livingston taking over Billy Crudup’s role as Henry Allen.

More from DC

  • Casting is underway for the Green Lantern Corps TV series coming to HBO Max. Illuminerdi reports Tobias Menzies (Rome, Game of Thrones, Casino Royale) is in talks to play Sinestro, a former Green Lantern turned villain, in the series. The show will take place — at least in the beginning — before Sinestro turns to evil and becomes a Yellow Lantern.
  • The official costumes for the Shazam family in the upcoming Shazam: Fury of the Gods movie have been revealed. Director David F. Sandberg shared the first look on his Twitter account, but you can also check them out in this article from IGN.
  • If you’ve watched the new Suicide Squad trailer, you likely caught a reference to Superman. In the film, Idris Elba’s Bloodsport will be imprisoned at Belle Reve after attempting to kill the Man of Steel with a Kryptonite laced bullet.
  • A 4K/Blu Ray/UHD release of the Zack Snyder’s Justice League (a.k.a. The Snyder Cut) has been announced for a Sept. 7 release. It is listed on Amazon ranging from $29.99 for the DVD and $49.99 in 4K.

More Mortal Kombat Koming

Warner Bros. and Netherrealm Studios have announced a sequel to 2020’s animated straight-to-video release  Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. The next film, Mortal Kombat: Battle of the Realms is expected later this summer, though no exact date has been announced yet.

Jennifer Carpenter and Joel McHale will reprise their voice acting roles from the first movie: Sonya Blade and Johnny Care respectively. Director Ethan Spaulding, screenwriter Jeremy Adams and producers Rick Morales and Jim Krieg are among returning members of the crew from Scorpion’s Revenge.

New members of the cast of characters will include the Kuai Liang version of Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat II and D’vorah (first appeared in Mortal Kombat X).

More from Video Game Adaptations

  • Sonic 2 has wrapped filming. The sequel to the 2020 surprise hit will introduce fan-favorite characters Tails and Knuckles in larger roles. Tails appeared for a moment in the first movie.
  • Lionsgate confirmed Eli Roth’s Borderlands has finished filming by showing a first full look at the character Claptrap. Jack Black will voice the character. 
About the Author
Joe is a contributing writer for Back Lot 605. He has had an obsessive relationship with movies from a young age. His first big-screen love was the original Ghostbusters, which he watched on repeat while playing with the action figures and proton pack. He often found himself watching movies this way. He even watched the Rob Schneider mega…flop Surf Ninjas for nearly an entire summer. Joe graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication in 2017. He currently writes for The N’West Iowa REVIEW, based in Sheldon, IA. During his free time, Joe enjoys playing music, playing video games, reading and watching sports. Some of Joe’s favorite films are Monster Squad, Batman, The Professional, Predator and The Empire Strikes Back.
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