By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
This week we hear a bit about the status of Star Trek 4 which we had last heard had been put on the shelf. Plus Hulu executive Craig Erwich talks about reviving the Marvel series that have been cancelled on Netflix while the Russo brothers talk about how long Avengers: Endgame might be. Let’s kick it off with Star Trek.
Star Trek 4
J.J. Abrams successfully reboot Star Trek in 2009 and followed that with a sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Unfortunately, Star Trek Beyond failed to light up the box-office which had serious consequences for the film franchise. With Paramount tightening the purse strings, both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth pulled out of Star Trek 4 and the entire film was put on hiatus.
While we don’t quite know the status of the film, Zachary Quinto spoke at the TCA press tour about the project. Here’s what he told Slash Film:
I mean, it’s been a broad conversation that we’ve been having for a while in terms of what’s the future of the franchise. It’s in process, so I don’t know exactly what to say other than there’s no plans for a movie happening at this moment.
[…] I would love to [make the film]. I feel like it’s been an anchor of my creative live for the last over ten years now, so if I can go back to it, I’ll always be happy to. I love my ‘Star Trek’ family so we’ll see how it goes.
At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that Star Trek 4 is pretty much cancelled. With word that Paramount is looking to Quentin Tarantino to head a new Star Trek reboot, I think this iteration of the franchise may be done.
Defenders on Hulu
Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil were quickly cancelled in short order over at Netflix while Jessica Jones and Punisher are probably on the chopping block. We know that Marvel can’t make new live action projects from these properties for two years but what happens when that’s up? Hulu executive Craig Erwich was recently asked if the streaming service would be interested in picking those series up. Here’s what he said via Screen Rant:
Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in. It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.
Fox owns the biggest stake in Hulu so when Disney acquires it they’re in a great position to show a darker side of the MCU. Hulu also has a working relationship with Marvel with the show Runaways so it would be a great fit. What remains to be seen is whether the original actors will return or if they’ll be recast.
Avengers: Endgame Runtime
For over ten years, Marvel has been telling a story that will conclude with Avengers: Endgame. With such a large cast and so much story to wrap up, you have to wonder how long the film will be. In an interview with Collider, directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the film might end up with a three-hour runtime. Here’s what they revealed to the outlet:
I think the studio is down with what the best story is. Right now, we think the movie is playing well and we’ve had great responses from our test audiences and we’re feeling very good about where it is. We’re still doing work to it. We’re not done with it. Again, this is a culmination film of 22 movies, it’s a lot of storytelling to work into it. Emotion is an intrinsic part of that to us. When you have to tell a really complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, it just requires a certain amount of real estate. This one, in particular, feels like three hours worth of real estate.
Of course they’re not quite done with the edit so they don’t have picture lock just yet. The movie is guaranteed to make buckets and buckets of money but I bet the studio would rather the film be closer to 2.5 hours to fit in an extra showtime per day.
Marvel is in a really interesting place right now. Of course Avengers: Endgame is going to also plant the seeds for what comes next in the MCU so it will mark a new beginning along with wrapping up the current Infinity Stones storyline. Disney shifting into streaming and creating shows from some of the film series second tier character’s and the acquisition of Fox means we’ll be seeing Fantastic Four and the X-Men in the MCU sooner or later, I think there will be big changes ahead for the franchise as a whole.