While Marvel have been in production to market their wide range of blockbusters -- from Spider-Man: Homecoming to Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, another title has been quietly going about their business. Ant-Man and the Wasp will see Paul Rudd return as Scott Lang. And, with Michael Douglas doing likewise for another portrayal of his 2015 character Hank Pym, a new face has signed on.
43-year old Randall Park is set to play Jimmy Woo, a member of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. According to The Tracking Board, the Fresh Off the Boat star will link up with Black Mirror's Hannah John-Kamen for the blockbuster. All while Marvel loosely tie in their television property to the big screen. Woo's origins in the comics reach as far back as October 1956 when he debuted in Yellow Claw #1.
Homecoming Opening Puts Spidey In Elite Company
When the Sony-Marvel executives were rebooting Peter Parker for the third time in quick succession, few had hoped for the type of figures that have been emanating from theaters across the globe this week. Variety reports that Spider-Man: Homecoming scored a box office taking of $120m since it opened on July 7 to sit alongside Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman as the only titles in 2017 to go past $100m for opening week.
Surprisingly though, it is not the best record for a Spider-Man movie as 2007's Spider-Man 3 burst out of the gates to debut with $151.1m. Ironic that would end up being the feature that required the studio to recast and rethink their entire strategy for the character moving forward.
Universal's Despicable Me 3 enjoyed the runner's up slot this weekend via a total of $37m, coming in front of Edgar Wright's critical smash hit Baby Driver on $12.5m. Warner Brothers also enjoyed some more joy from another Friday to Sunday showing of Wonder Woman to add $10m to their $720m total, leaving Transformers: The Last Knight in fifth position courtesy of $6m.
Marvel Remembers Joan Lee
This week, Stan Lee's partner Joan passed away at the age of 93 following complications from a stroke. Having been such a beloved and loyal partner to the comic book creator over the decades, Marvel issued a tribute video with a message included.
"On April 14, 2017, Joe Quesada, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, sat down with Stan Lee at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. The video was originally planned to be part of a series from the event scheduled for release later this year. In remembrance of Joan Lee and her importance to Marvel and the history of comics as a whole, we felt it appropriate to release this now."