‘Loki’ Suggests a ‘Doctor Strange’ Line Is Key to MCU’s Future
►”I see a scheme. And in that scheme, I see myself.” The second episode of Loki dropped on Wednesday but if you’re still wondering about the implications, Richard Newby looks at the TVA’s links to the multiverse as the show’s ties to the MCU become more apparent. The deep dive.
—Hiding in plain sight. Bumper Loki coverage in today’s newsletter! Graeme McMillan takes a look at how Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character Ravonna Renslayer has connections to fan-favorite bad guy Kang the Conqueror, who is set to debut in Ant-Man 3. The story.
—Selling a trickster. Disney studios marketing head Asad Ayaz on dreaming up mischievous ways to engage fans over the six-week run of Loki and resuming the promo push for Black Widow after delays due to the pandemic. The interview.
In other news…
—Bowen Yang delights in Fran Lebowitz’s disapproval of his SNL impression.
—Taylor Swift’s next album to be Red (Taylor’s Version).
—Cheeky Kim Kardashian magazine cover censored by supermarket.
—Basquiat biopic newly remastered in black and white on its 25th anniversary.
—Lou “The Hulk” Ferrigno takes a (not so subtle) shot at the MCU.
—Annie Ilonzeh to star in NBC’s drama pilot Getaway.
—Asian auteurs Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Jia Zhangke talk collaboration and pandemic experiences.
—Drag Race winner on crafting distinctive fashion in the competition series that “changed the world.”
—Netflix, Spotify need to offer “more and more services” to avoid churn, Liontree CEO says.
—Kim Cattrall is not traveling to space on Artemis-1 but she did go to NASA space camp.
What else we’re reading…
—”Consolidation May Be Coming to a Screen Near You” [Wall Street Journal]
—”The Beatles: Get Back—An Exclusive Deep Dive Into Peter Jackson’s Revelatory New Movie” [Vanity Fair]
—”Demon Slayer: The Viral Blockbuster from Japan” [New Yorker]
—”How Hollywood’s Box Office “Parlor Game” Hurts Movies Like In The Heights.” [Los Angeles Times]
—”How the F9 Team Sought Justice For Han And Shaped the Franchise’s Future” [Los Angeles Times]
—”Why Straight Actors Playing Gay Are No Longer Automatically Acclaimed” [The Guardian]
… in 1987, Fred Schepisi’s comedy Roxanne hit theaters. Steve Martin, who also wrote this adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, starred as a big-hearted, and big-nosed fire chief who falls in love with a beautiful astronomer played by Daryl Hannah. The original review.
Today’s birthdays: Yuh-Jung Youn (74), Zoe Saldana (43), Robin Tunney (49), Paul Dano (37), Aidan Turner (38), Jean Dujardin (49), Hugh Dancy (46), Paula Abdul (59), Kathleen Turner (67), Mia Sara (54)