Netflix isn’t shy to spend the big bucks on big names. Last year, the platform gambled on a blockbuster called Red Notice featuring A-list celebrities like Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. This year, the big budget went to The Gray Man, a thriller from MCU stalwarts, the Russo brothers.
Much like the former, The Gray Man opened warmly towards audiences, amid colder reception from critics. The latter doesn’t really matter to Netflix, though. Hearing the applause from the audience, Netflix has decided to jumpstart more titles situated in the universe.
Announced today, the Russo Brothers, Ryan Gosling, and writer Stephen McFeely are returning for a sequel to the original film. Further, Netflix has also greenlit an untitled spin-off film set in the same universe as the original. It will be written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, potentially hinting at a more comedic take on the universe.
The original film was based on a book series written by Mark Greaney. Netflix has a wealth of content to adapt for its platform. Similarly, the Russo brothers are well acclimated to cinematic universes, having directed the most ambitious team-up movies in film history, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
For its part, Netflix is adamant to create its own hit cinematic universes. Besides The Gray Man, the platform has also invested in follow-ups to its popular titles such as The Witcher, Squid Game, Stranger Things, and Army of the Dead.
In the meantime, The Gray Man is available for streaming now on Netflix.
SEE ALSO: Now Playing: The Gray Man
Amazon Prime Video expands content for Philippine viewers
Including a new Amazon Original
Starting August 2022, Amazon Prime Video will expand its content for Philippine viewers. It will add more local titles featuring the country’s top celebrities as well as exclusive Asian shows.
The move will be highlighted by the release of a new Amazon Original, Comedy Island: Philippines (Base Entertainment) which is a comedy challenge show featuring comedians and other celebrities.
Local Originals will include Big Night starring Christian Bables, How To Love Mr. Heartless with Sue Ramirez, and Whether The Weather Is Fine featuring Daniel Padilla.
Thanks to local licensing deals, Filipino streamers will also be able to watch exclusive Korean titles and anime hits, such as:
- Nothing Serious (Son Seok-gu/Gong Min-jung)
- Toy Soldiers: Fake Men 2 The Complete (Julien Kang)
- Demon Slayer
- Jujutsu Kaisen O
Other Hollywood blockbuster films and series subscribers may enjoy include The Good Doctor, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and Thirteen Lives.
To cap it off, a local campaign featuring Anne Curtis has also been launched to encourage more viewers to subscribe.
Prime Video will be available in the Philippines for an introductory offer of PhP 149 a month until December 31, 2023.
MCU unveils plans for Phase 5 and 6
The Infinity Saga is officially over
Years after the end of the Infinity Saga, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still alive and kicking. More movies and series are coming out to set up what’s next for the future. Besides the slate of post-credits stingers, Marvel has another one tried-and-tested method to stoke the hype: San Diego Comic Con. During this year’s event, the MCU once again unveiled unannounced titles and offered more peeks at already announced ones. Without further ado, let’s unravel what’s coming to the Multiverse Saga.
What remains of Phase 4
With a bunch of Disney+ shows and theatrical releases already in the bag, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is winding down Phase 4. The recent lineup of titles both introduced new characters and dealt with the aftermath of Thanos.
The final titles for Phase 4 will do more of the same, while ushering in the start of Phase 5. During this year’s SDCC, the MCU revealed new trailers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (coming to Disney+ starting August 17) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (coming to theaters on November 11). Wakanda Forever will notably end Phase 4.
Oh, and if the main MCU entries are too much, Marvel also revealed a new trailer for I Am Groot, a series of shorts featuring Baby Groot. It will start streaming August 10 on Disney+.
Phase 5 builds on the future
While Phase 4 focused on bridging old Marvel with the new, Phase 5 shifts attention to the future. It starts off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, coming to theaters on February 17, 2023. There are no trailers yet, but we have a poster. Plus, Marvel confirms that both Kang and MODOK will be villains for the feature.
After Ant-Man 3, Secret Invasion will drop sometime in the spring of 2023. The thriller will feature Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and the Skrulls as the world takes on an invasion of alien shapeshifters.
Then, James Gunn is unleashing the third volume of this cosmic saga, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will feature the return of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon’s (Bradley Cooper) origins, and the debut of Adam Warlock (Will Poulter). It shows on theaters starting May 5, 2023.
The Marvels will premiere on July 28, presumably featuring Kamala Khan from the recently concluded Ms. Marvel series.
The next film will take a while, though. Sprinkled between and around them, Disney+ has a flurry of shows to stave off any superhero cravings, including Echo, Loki Season 2, Ironheart, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
Blade is also coming to cinemas on November 3, 2023. Finally, on May 3, 2024, the Captain America franchise comes back to the big screen. This time, Sam Wilson is at the helm in the aptly titled Captain America: New World Order.
Then, in a blockbuster announcement, Marvel has confirmed that Charlie Cox is returning as Daredevil in his first MCU show, Daredevil: Born Again. Vincent D’Onofrio is also returning to the franchise. It premieres during the spring of 2024.
Finally, Marvel is capping off Phase 5 with Thunderbolts, coming to theaters on July 26, 2024. It will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and (presumably) Wyatt Russell’s John Walker.
Phase 6 brings out the big guns
Though it’s still quite some time away, Marvel has already announced a few big titles coming to Phase 6. Much like Phase 3 from the Infinity Saga, Phase 6 is a doozy, featuring big names and catastrophic implications for the distant future.
First up, Marvel has confirmed that Fantastic Four is coming to theaters on November 8, 2024. Marvel’s first family is finally debuting. Fans already got a taste with John Krasinski’s cameo in Multiverse of Madness. This time, it’s for real. With the family’s debut, the studio might also be ready to unleash its other recently acquired titles like X-Men.
Finally, presumably the climax of this multi-title arc, Phase 6 will feature a two-parter Avengers movie. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will show on May 2, 2025. Meanwhile, Avengers: Secret Wars will premiere on November 7, 2025.
While the name doesn’t indicate much, Secret Wars means untold implications for the multiverse. The first Secret Wars comic event introduced Spider-Man’s Black Suit, which eventually evolved to become Venom. The second one, which concluded in 2015, saw the death of the entire multiverse, merging Marvel’s comic books into one smooth timeline. Only time will tell if the MCU’s Secret Wars will feature the same implications.
Also, don’t expect Phase 6 to be just a three-title phase. Marvel will likely announced more for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as time goes by.
Now Playing: The Gray Man
Streaming on Netflix
Netflix’s very own spy action flick is upon us. The Gray Man follows Six, played by Ryan Gosling, who is a CIA top agent. One mission sees him uncovering agency secrets which inevitably puts a target on his back. Going above board, the agency hires a private contractor played by Chris Evans to hunt him down.
Luckily, some members of GadgetMatch were able to watch an advance screening. Here you’ll find their quick thoughts on the movie.
“Incredibly self-aware dialogue”
Rodneil: If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to watching the movie. Then, I checked the cast and saw Jessica Henwick and Ana de Armas. Sold. After actually watching the film, it makes you want (or want to be) Ryan Gosling’s Six (his character’s name).
Six is just, as Suzanne (Henwick) said towards the end of the movie, freakishly good at what he does. He’s the ultimate spy flick action man. Resourceful, slick, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and like any main man in an action movie, incredible at using a handgun.
What elevates the movie, for me, is how incredibly self-aware the dialogue is. You will hear the characters quipping and making fun of action movie tropes without taking away from the overall tone of the movie. The humor here functions like a breather and doesn’t distract from the action and drama of the film.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable movie. Watch with your lover.
“Reminded me why I like action films”
MJ: The Gray Man sort of reminded me why I like action films. The unexpected twists and turns; inescapable moments where you clench your fists in excitement. It’s like the moment in amusement parks where you take those thrilling rides, enjoying all the way up to the top and then you suddenly fall. It was thrilling; adrenaline filled my body.
Aside from adrenaline, I felt intense passion for Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas. They were great in their roles, and they made you feel invested in the story.
The kickass scenes kept me on my toes, bedazzling me in almost every scene. It’s something I’d probably watch over and over again, like Legally Blonde.
“I was literally clenching my fist”
Apple: Unlike Rodneil, I must admit I was really waiting for this film, like I watched all the teasers and trailers of it. Because come on, why wouldn’t I when you have Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans together, right?
I expected ‘hot scenes’ (well there were some but I won’t spoil you) but what I really didn’t expect were literally hot scenes – bloody, explosive, fast and furious scenes that were just heart-stopping. I was literally clenching my fist almost the whole time and I loved every minute of it. Definitely my kind of action film.
Oh and also for Bridgerton fans, which is also on Netflix, you also get a taste of Regé-Jean Page in a suit here. So, I think I’ve said enough to make you see the film. Watch it, you’ll thank me for it.
“Powerhouse cast, Gosling is cool AF, but Evans steals the show”
Andre: To me, it was like John Wick meets Jason Bourne. It’s probably not too unfamiliar plot wise but the action was really intense. Numerous times, I found myself grabbing on the seat cringing with every demonstration of pain on screen but then lots of times I was laughing at their antics. Plus there were just so many creative ways of taking down the baddies.
Powerhouse cast, Gosling is cool AF, but Evans steals the show with that annoying attitude and ‘stache.
They’re really fun to watch and I still haven’t gotten over the action that I’ll likely be watching again on Netflix.
The Gray Man streams on Netflix starting July 22.
What else to watch on Netflix
The Gray Man isn’t the only thing new on the streaming platform. Here are other things to watch out for on Netflix:
Recently added and Streaming Now:
- Spider-Man: No Way Home
- Vinland Saga
- Resident Evil (The Netflix Series), Resident Evil Collection
- Extraordinary Attorney Woo
- Sea Beast
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Complete Edition)
- Better Call Saul
- Uncle from Another World
- The Sandman (August 5)
- Kakegurui Twin (August 4)
- Day Shift (August 12)
- Uncoupled (July 29)
- Carter (August 5)
- A Silent Voice (August 1)
- Naruto Shippuden (August 8)
- The Most Hated Man on the Internet (July 7)
- Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Movie (August 5)
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