The Marvels' Box Office, Deadpool Leaks, and More Top Pop Culture News of the Week


It’s been a bit of an up-and-down week for the House of Ideas, as Marvel both pulled out of reporting any further on The Marvels’ box office performance and Ryan Reynolds bit back against Deadpool 3 set leaks. All this, more Doctor Who, and even Star Wars’ 2024 made the list of our most read stories, so here’s you might have missed this week!—James Whitbrook

Disney Gives Up on The Marvels

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in The Marvels

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in The Marvels
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Marvel Studios is not reacting well, at all, to having its first real box office bomb in 15 years. After years of unprecedented success, including four of the 10 highest-grossing films of all time, the studio’s latest release, The Marvels, is on the opposite end of the spectrum. After about a month in release, the film has begun to taper off its box office run and will be, by far, the lowest-grossing movie in the entire franchise, failing to crack $100 million domestically and only flirting with $200 million worldwide. – Germain Lussier Read More


Ryan Reynolds Releases New, Totally Real Deadpool 3 Set Photos

Stars of Deadpool 3 Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.

Stars of Deadpool 3 Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
Screenshot: YouTube

A day after asking the world to stop with the Deadpool 3 set photos, Ryan Reynolds made a surprising next move. Reynolds not only released some new Deadpool 3 set photos, but he made sure the photos were filled with yet-to-be-revealed cameos. – Germain Lussier Read More


Deadpool 3 Set Pictures Reveal the Return (and Death?) of Another X-Men Character

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Chris Hemsworth teases his villainous turn in Furiosa. The Last of Us season 2 sets a date to begin production. Netflix reveals its next Gundam project. Plus, what’s coming on Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, and more. To me, my spoilers! – Gordon Jackson and James Whitbrook Read More


The Marvel and Star Wars Shows Coming to Disney+ in 2024

Jude Law, along with Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Robert Timothy Smith, and Kyriana Kratter, may have one of two new Star Wars show in 2024.

Jude Law, along with Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Robert Timothy Smith, and Kyriana Kratter, may have one of two new Star Wars show in 2024.
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The year 2023 was a fairly huge one for Marvel and Star Wars shows on Disney+. Marvel brought us Loki season two, What If…?, and Secret Invasion. Star Wars gave us The Mandalorian season three and Ahsoka in live-action, as well as Bad Batch, Visions, and Young Jedi Adventures in animation. Will 2024 live up to that output or will there be less? – Germain Lussier Read More


The Fast and Furious Franchise Has Done Paul Walker Dirty

Walker, seen here in the first Fast and Furious movie, died in 2013.

Walker, seen here in the first Fast and Furious movie, died in 2013.
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When one of the biggest stars of a franchise dies, obviously that franchise is no longer going to be the same. Such is the case for the Fast and Furious franchise which, 10 years ago last week, lost one of its original stars, Paul Walker. Since Walker’s death, several films have been made continuing the Fast story, and with each subsequent entry Walker’s character has been treated with an odd disregard and growing disrespect that feels at odds with the series’ universal message of family. – Germain Lussier Read More


Russell T. Davies Talks Doctor Who Fandom’s Wild Anniversary Expectations

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Doctor Who fans, when given a speculatory inch, will take the most absurd mile you can imagine. This isn’t necessarily a criticism—Doctor Who itself is about the unexpected, and the joy of that is what makes its fans going a little doolally when they have no idea what to expect part of the fun. But showrunner Russell T. Davies thinks he might have gone a little too far with this week’s anniversary special. – James Whitbrook Read More


Doctor Who Has Aired Bernard Cribbins’ Final Appearance

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When Bernard Cribbins passed away in July 2022, Doctor Who fans knew they’d get to see him one last time in the series, after set pictures revealing him shooting a scene with Catherine Tate and David Tennant emerged online. But while there were plans for more, what we saw when that scene broadcast this past weekend is what we’re getting. – James Whitbrook Read More


Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy Gets a Worthy Tribute Poster

A crop of a new Batman poster by Gabz.

A crop of a new Batman poster by Gabz.
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Which Christopher Nolan Batman film is your favorite? Most people would say The Dark Knight—which, clearly, is incredible. Personally, my pick is Batman Begins, just because of the way it handles Batman’s origin. And we’d imagine someone out there is just such a big Tom Hardy fan, their favorite is The Dark Knight Rises. – Germain Lussier Read More


Luke Wilson on Finding His Batman Voice

Luke Wilson on Finding His Batman Voice

The Merry Little Batman actor chats with io9 on developing his voice for the DC character.


Director Francis Lawrence on Making Netflix’s BioShock Film

Director Francis Lawrence on Making Netflix’s BioShock Film

The Hunger Games director chats with io9 about the upcoming video game movie.


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