Marvel fans sad Henry Cavill, Jodie Comer rumors were wrong – The Hollywood Reporter

As dust settled on Marvel’s D23 In the presentation, fans had a number of offers to chew – from castings for Lightning And the Captain America: New World Orderto me Trailers for secret invasion And the werewolf at night. What did they not get? Henry Cavill and Jodi Comer In the MCU or the full cast of the Fantastic Four that have been tweeting, even though those rumors have no clear basis in reality.

Yes, the rumor mill is always swirling. Fans are eager to know what will happen in the pipeline, to see their speculation validated, and to relieve their impatience. It is (mostly) understandable and fun. But the inaccuracies are beginning to influence, albeit slightly, public opinion in official advertisements and even shape the conversations surrounding films. It’s ultimately a minor concern right now in the grand scheme of things, but it’s interesting in terms of how social media continues to drive fan culture and how that relationship will continue to evolve.

Reading shovels is often part of the excitement for many fans, and there is a good selection of shovels to always count on. Despite this, as we saw recently with the D23 this past weekend, unreliable adventurers have managed to garner the attention that comes from spreading shaky information and backing it up with a “trusted source” that likely doesn’t exist. Entire sites and accounts have dedicated themselves to this misinformation. Nothing new. I still remember when star wars episode two It was allegedly titled “Fear Creeping” in the early 2000s when I was still using dial-up. And before that, rumors circulated freely on message boards and in fans. It’s often harmless fun, and those of us who can spot a lie can either ignore them or at least make fun of this nonsense. I mean, of course Daniel Day-Lewis wouldn’t play Doctor Dom.

Should these fake reporters be called because of their lies? Some critics and analysts in the media seem to think so. Others just let them be noise to listen to or avoid at your discretion.

Earlier this month, a man who runs a Twitter account known mostly for sports commentary and racing podcasts claimed that he had been reliably informed that actors John Boyega, Cavill, Comer, Daisy Edgar Jones, John Krasinski, Giancarlo Esposito and Denzel Washington would all be announced. To join the MCU by Kevin Feige at the D23 Expo. tweet It collected 14,000 likes, was shared and re-shared online. Fans tried their best to pair the actors with characters they would likely play. Fan art made. YouTube videos uploaded. Small, but confidently arrogant quarrels began on Twitter about whether Representative X was the right actor, age or talent for the character X. Family members texted me asking if I had heard about the cast and if it was correct. So how many arithmetic talents are confirmed in D23? no one. zero. Not even one.

It would be funny, and still somewhat funny regardless, if it didn’t immediately muddy those who bought out entirely what that account was selling because of the ads. “We promised Fantastic Four and X-Men casting,” some accounts sigh, although that never happened. “Maybe they cut those ads off the commission because of the leak,” others have tried to justify, despite the theory that it doesn’t hold any water.

It’s not like we need to be grateful to a giant media company for what is essentially a self-invested ad show, but I’m pleased with the complaints fans didn’t receive enough when there were two publicly released clips and several lead ads.

This came on the heels of the July release of San Diego Comic-Con which revealed most of List of stage 5 and 6, after some ludicrous claims that the MCU no longer had a plan. One account tweeted that Marvel no longer cares what fans want, which is a funny feeling considering these movies sell themselves and anyone who complains will see if they were announced during a panel. No, we don’t need to be grateful. But at the same time, we don’t need to see any of these ads to sell tickets and the numbers flow to go up. It is purely fan service.

But besides the immediate disappointment from some fans about a panel not lining up with the “scoop” allegations, there is also an impact on the reactions to the films themselves. We saw some of this with Doctor Strange in a multiverse of madnesswho had some fans, is working to weed out rumors from “reliable sources” and step in and sign the equivalent secret warsinstead of Dr. Gharib sequel. Because of the false scoops, some people came forward and wrote The multiverse of madness In Their Heads, a movie featuring Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, Andrew Garfields’ Spider-Man, Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider, Wesley Snipes Blade, Ewan Groffwood, Mister Fantastic, Hugh Jackman Wolverine, Ben Affleck Daredevil, Ryan Reynolds Deadpool, along with MCU characters, Loki, Sylvie and Kang .

Oh, and Chris Evans is back as HYDRA Cap. And also, Tom Cruise as the Superior Iron Man. And I think somewhere out there, Dr. Strange had a cameo.

It’s not that the lack of any of these characters had an impact on the box office, the overall positive reception, or that there were no valid criticisms regarding other aspects, but it did exacerbate this problem for some fans who felt they owed something. Because they read a rumor on the Internet.

So, I can’t help but wonder what would happen if Jodie Comer wasn’t cast as Sue Storm after fans had already decided she was “perfect” for the role because Scoop claimed it was true. What actress would have to deal with fans who claim she isn’t as good at casting as another actor who might not have been in the role? And if the actress portrayed as Sue isn’t a white blonde woman? Well, we already know how a lot of people will react to that.

What happens when the characters who were said to be part of a movie are absent because they were never part of the stadium? There was some grumbling about the fact that the Red Hulk was not included in the announced line-up for Lightning, despite being a member of one particular series for nearly a decade. Someone tweeted to me that we got a promise of Red Hulk She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (we were not), so it must be in Lightning.

I found it potentially disconcerting that there is now a backlash from audiences who conflate an unreliable scoop with a real promise from a studio or filmmaker. It’s just an annoyance at the moment, but I think we’ll start to see more audio feedback on these projects that just don’t quite live up to what some have said.

I don’t necessarily think it will affect the creative process, but it will affect conversations about these films, perhaps leaving less room to judge the film based on its merits if a lot of fans become interested in the so-called scoop insights from the filmmakers. We call it intuition. Call it a rumour. Hell, call it bullshit. But please, don’t call it a scoop.

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