Loki, Black Widow leads TV series, films for the rest of 2021 Marvel releases


Hannah A. Papasin
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

Loki, Black Widow leads TV series, films for the rest of 2021 Marvel releases

It could be because as Filipinos we could not turn to our politicians as good examples, and the reputation of our police and military has long been tainted with accusations of corruption and human rights violations.

Thus we turn to people like the latest Miss Universe bet or Manny Pacquiao as role models. Our idea of heroism and pride skews more to the glossy world of pop culture and entertainment, not to science or social work or education.

Isn’t it a wonder then that Filipinos are among those who have constantly reward clashing titans Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe with box office with resounding box office receipts?

Of course, none is happier than the studios that hold the rights for both universes.

Speaking of which, a lot has been lined up for both universes.

Loki, probably the most beloved Marvel villain thanks mainly to the luminous performance of Tom Hiddleston, will be premiering Disney + (yay for those who grieved at the start of Avengers Endgame). Directed by Kate Herron (Daybreak, Sex Education), Marvel.com says in its promotionals that the series will cover events after the Avengers Endgame.

Meanwhile, Black Widow (finally!) leads Phase 4 of the new MCU franchise. Marvel.com says that this time, the film will cover the time before the super spy joined the Avengers as she “confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises”.

The trailer has fans wetting themselves as familiar faces (Rachel Weisz) and David Harbour known to fans as Hellboy, and Sheriff Hopper in Stranger Things, now donning the mantle of the Red Guardian). The nifty action-packed trailer also gave us a glimpse of the Taskmaster, the purported villain of the film.

“You can’t outrun who you really.” That was the voiceover from the new trailer of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a film that stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi. And yes, trailer basically teases a man having flashbacks about his assassin training as a child, The film also stars Wong Kar Wai muse Tony Leung (TONY LEUNG! THE TONY LEUNG! — heart calm down) as Wenwu, Shang Chi’s father, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh (!!!) as Jiang Nan. The film will be released on 3 September to theaters.

“Throughout the years we have never interfered, until now.”

The news that Marvel Studios will release Eternals was met with derision by fans, mainly because of their ubiquitous absence in the battle against Thanos. That one line from the trailer seemingly gives a tenuous explanation why.

The first trailer for Marvel Studios’ excited fans of Game of Thrones as it reunites two brothers in the series: Jon Snow and Robb Stark – or their actors at least.

Richard Madden (aka Rob Stark) will start as “the all-powerful Ikaris” according to Marvel.com, with Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as the soul Sprite, Don Lee as the Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as aloof loner Druig, Angelina Jolie as the Thena, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman aka the Black Knight. Eternals release date is 5 November 2021.

The last for 2021 is Spider-Man No Way Home, the third in the Tom Holland-led franchise. Movie is to be directed by Jon Watts. Instead of a teaser trailer, we see a title reveal as Tom, and co-stars Jacob Batalon and Zendaya talk about the latest movie. “They gave us a fake name again,” Tom whines. To which Jacob and Zendaya said it was not surprising given Tom’s tendency to spoil things. “Name me one thing that I actually spoiled!” he demanded. “The last movie title,” Zendaya replies. And then camera pans to a whiteboard with the words Spider Man No Way Home at dead center, surrounded apparently by alternate titles. The latest Spiderman movie will be released 17 December 2021.


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