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Harry Styles rumored to play a role in new secret Marvel movie

Published: 11/Sep/2020 23:39 Updated: 12/Sep/2020 2:19

by Theo Salaun

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A recent rumor revealed that Harry Styles is in an undisclosed Marvel movie, which has prompted an absolute surge of speculation and excitement from fans.

People really like Marvel and people really like Harry Styles, so it should be no surprise that fans are absolutely losing it at the prospect that those two worlds could be colliding. As of yet, there is no confirmation of anything, whether that be Styles’ role or the specific Marvel film — but there’s enough to drive speculation in multiple directions.

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In a since-deleted Tweet, Variety journalist and host of Netflix’s The Call Sheet podcast, Kris Tapley, responded to a tweet describing Styles’ role in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling as his first acting gig since Dunkirk by implying that this would actually be his second.

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Kris Tapley’s now-deleted tweet about Styles’ role in a secret Marvel movie.

In the response, Tapley succinctly drove what would turn into a frenzy for fans of Styles: “Second, if we’re counting the Marvel movie no one knows he’s in.”

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What can be gathered from that response is that Styles was cast, and acted, in a movie within the Marvel universe – and considering no one knew about his involvement, that film has likely been kept relatively under wraps, as well. Second, what can be gathered from Tapley’s deletion of the tweet is that he became concerned with the Styles stan community taking this information and running it into the ground.

 

Among the theories being thrown out there, the two biggest are that Styles may be involved in the next Marvel movie Sony has enlisted Olivia Wilde to produce – and the possibility that he will instead be joining the cast of Marvel’s Eternals, which is produced by Marvel Studios, themselves.

This latter theory could hold serious weight, as the Eternals’ actor, Richard Madden, confirmed in an interview, when asked about being starstruck by his fellow actors, that the confirmed cast will most certainly be expanding: “I always get starstruck, yeah. And there’s some more actors yet to be announced in that lineup, which is gonna be crazy.”

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As noted by Styles’ enthusiastic fanbase, Madden and Styles actually followed each other on Instagram back in December 2019. While that could end up not meaning much, where there is smoke, there is usually fire, and Eternals was filming during that period.

The Eternals’ first trailer premiered in April and fans have been desperate to find out more ever since. As far as “crazy” new casting additions go, Styles would most certainly rank highly. 

Still, everything is entirely mysterious right now. The tweet is deleted, simply spurring more rampant speculation surrounding Wilde’s film (Styles in Spider-Man, perhaps?), the Eternals, or some entirely other secret that no one, outside of a privileged few like Tapley, is aware of.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.