Hello there, everyone! In this week’s Weekend News Recap, we talk Ms. Marvel, Namor, the Flash film getting a director and the passing of the greatest, Muhammed Ali. Here are the biggest pop culture stories from May 30 – June 4.
Muhammed Ali Passes Away at 74
Boxing legend and global icon, Muhammed Ali, passed away Friday night at the age of 74 in Phoenix, Arizona. The former boxer was checked into the hospital Thursday for respiratory issues caused by Parkinson’s. Ali was not only known as the most charismatic boxer who can talk the talk and walk the walk, but he also was known as a both a philanthropist and social activist. His name was known to everyone from the sports world all the way to the comic book world. Muhammed Ali vs. Superman was published in 1978 by DC Comics. In that issue, a powerless Superman took on the champ and lost. The cover of the issue (shown as our featured image) is one of the most iconic covers in comic book history.
Marvel Has Their Eye on Brie Larson for Ms. Marvel
Oscar winner, Brie Larson, is reportedly close to starring as Ms. Marvel for Marvel’s first female lead film. Deadline has reported that Larson is the big front-runner for the role, surpassing Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde. Larson won an Oscar for her role in The Room. Ms. Marvel is scheduled for March 8, 2019 with a script written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve.
Marvel Reportedly Regains Film Rights for Namor
In more Marvel news, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, appeared on Kevin Smith’s podcast, Fatman on Batman and revealed that Marvel Studios has the rights for the character Namor. When asked by Smith about which studio has the rights for Namor, Quesada said “Yes, as far as I know yes we do. Yeah, it’s not at Fox, it’s not at Sony.” Namor the Sub-Mariner, is Marvel’s king of the seas. The character first appeared in a Marvel published book in Oct. 1939. Actor Brie Tee, who plays Shredder in the new Ninja Turtle movie, has already lobbied for the role.
The Flash Film Lands a Director
On the DC side of things, Warner Bros. has called on Dope director, Rick Famuyiwa, to direct DC’s speedster film The Flash. The film will star Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Barry Allen aka The Flash and is set for release March 16, 2018.