We’re almost through April, and so far, the year has been a great one for movies. As Hollywood gears up for the start of the summer movie season, news keeps percolating. This week brings news of Sony’s first R-rated Marvel character movie, first-look posters, box office updates, and more.

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Ted Lasso Star Juno Temple In Talks For Venom 3 Role

Ted Lasso star Juno Temple is set for her next project and it will be very different than the bubbly, driven Keeley Jones. It’s been reported that the actress is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Venom 3. Current character details for Temple are unknown, but it would certainly be fun to see her step into the role of a villain or antihero. After the first two movies made a combined $1.3 billion, it was inevitable that a third Venom movie would be made. This time, the threequel is being directed by longtime writer and Hardy creative collaborator Kelly Marcel in her directorial debut. Marcel also wrote the screenplay off a story she co-developed with Hardy. It will be interesting to see what her plans are for the talented Temple in her first superhero project.

Super Mario Bros. Is Definitely Going To Make A Billion Dollars

Those who doubted the power of Super Mario prior to the release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie can only stand back and marvel as the animated movie continues to rack up millions at the global box office. The movie has officially crossed the $900 million dollar mark as of yesterday, generating $901.2 around the world with no signs of slowing down. Considering the movie also opens in Korea and Japan this week, it would not be a surprise to see it hit the exalted billion-dollar mark sometime next week. So far, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has set a number of milestones, including

  • The second-highest-grossing animated movie since 2019 (behind Minions: The Rise of Gru)
  • Second biggest animated studio movie since 2019
  • Fifth biggest Universal animated movie of all time
  • The seventh-highest-grossing studio movie released since 2019

Character Posters For Disney’s Live-Action The Little Mermaid Have Been Released

The first posters for the live-action The Little Mermaid have been released by Disney, and they show off the more photorealistic tone of the movie and sea creatures closer to reality than cutesy animated creations. Check them out below:

The Little Mermaid is in theaters on May 26.

Kraven the Hunter Will Be Sony’s First R-Rated Marvel Character Movie

This week was CinemaCon, which brings some of the biggest movie news every year. During Sony’s presentation, the studio revealed that its upcoming Kraven the Hunter will be rated R, making it Sony’s first Spider-Man character universe movie to get that rating. When presenting the trailer, star Aaron Taylor-Johnson confirmed as much, exclaiming to the crowd, “Will it be rated R? F*ck yes, it’s going to be rated R.” Considering the teaser trailer that followed opened with Taylor-Johnson’s Kraven squaring off against two mercenaries and dispatching them by stabbing one in the neck and biting off the nose of another one, it seems Kraven the Hunter is going to deliver on that R-rated promise in spades.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Heading Back To The Big Screen For The First Time In Four Years

Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the world of movies in a movie that is – you guessed it – an action-thriller. He’s set to lead Breakout, with The Expendables 4 director Scott Waugh at the helm. The movie is set to start filming this year in Eastern Europe. Schwarzenegger will, naturally, be in the lead role. The synopsis describes a tense plot: “When his stepson is framed and sentenced to 25 years in a foreign country, Reynolds makes a daring jailbreak to save him and must overcome an overzealous prison warden in a race against time to avoid capture and flee the country.”

Trailers & Clips of the Week

And now, your trailers and clips of the week.

A Strange Way of Life – Official Trailer

Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke is a hell of a combo.

The Equalizer 3 – Official Trailer

Robert McCall is back, baby!

The Flash – Official Trailer #2

Will this reinvigorate the DCU? We’ll see!

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