Week 22. – Movie News – Hardy’s Venom Farewell, Noa’s Telescope Mystery

Noa’s Telescope Mystery

The question of what Noa saw through the telescope at the end of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” continues to haunt Owen Teague. The actor played the newest lead ape in the Planet of the Apes franchise and starred in the recent hit, which takes place generations after Caesar’s death. Towards the end, Noa excitedly looks through a telescope and sees a strange discovery, but the audience is never quite shown what Noa is actually looking at.

In an interview with Forbes, Teague dismissed one possible option. While some theories concluded that Noa saw the Icarus, the ship that carried the original human stars of 1968’s “Planet of the Apes,” Teague revealed that he likely did not see the astronauts returning home. He explained that the timeline is not advanced enough for the Icarus to appear, as the 1968 movie occurs much further in the future. According to Teague, the story is still set in the 2300s or 2400s, not the late 3000s as in the original film.

Teague hopes the series will eventually link up with the 1968 movie’s timeline, seeing Noa’s role evolve in the creation of a society akin to the world of Dr. Zaius. He speculates that Noa’s discovery through the telescope is more metaphorical, representing a broader realization that there is much more to learn about the world. Noa and his companions are on the brink of uncovering a deeper history and understanding of their universe.

The sequel to “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” will likely reveal more about what Noa saw. It could be a different ship, a satellite, a celestial event, or even another planet that piques his curiosity. While Teague insists it’s not the Icarus, the mystery remains open, leaving fans eager for answers in the upcoming installment.

X-23’s MCU Future

As “Deadpool & Wolverine” nears its release, Logan actor Dafne Keen discusses whether X-23 will appear in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe installment. With 2024 having only one MCU movie, this Phase 5 film is significant for The Multiverse Saga. Numerous cameos by past X-Men characters are anticipated, sparking speculation about Keen’s return as X-23, following her Marvel debut in 2017’s Logan.

In a new interview with On Demand Entertainment for the Star Wars series, The Acolyte, Keen addressed the rumors about her potential involvement in “Deadpool & Wolverine.” Keen expressed her excitement for the film but clarified that she will be watching it as a fan. She also mentioned her desire to reprise her role as Laura, urging Marvel to consider her return. Keen’s full comment reflects her enthusiasm for the project and her admiration for the cast and crew involved.

The speculation around Keen’s potential appearance continues, given the secrecy often maintained by Marvel Studios. Actors have historically denied their involvement in MCU projects to preserve surprises for the audience, as seen with Andrew Garfield’s denials before “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Keen, already part of the Disney umbrella through The Acolyte, may also be bound by similar constraints, heightening the stakes of any potential spoilers.

It would be a significant surprise if Marvel Studios did not bring back Keen’s X-23 for “Deadpool & Wolverine.” Her portrayal in Logan was highly praised, and fans would welcome seeing her return as an older Laura alongside Hugh Jackman. Hopefully, Keen’s appearance in “Deadpool & Wolverine” remains one of the movie’s exciting secrets.

Silent Hill Reboot Teased

Konami has released the first trailer for “Return to Silent Hill,” teasing the franchise’s return to the big screen. Directed by Christopher Gans, who helmed the original 2006 movie, the 2024 feature is an adaptation of 2001’s “Silent Hill 2” and serves as a reboot of the movie series. In “Return to Silent Hill,” Jeremy Irvine’s James Sunderland ventures into the unnerving fog of Silent Hill in hopes of finding his love, unprepared for the mind-shattering horrors within.

Without using any single dialogue, the trailer features several faithful recreations of moments from the game, including James’ mirror sequence, alongside the reveal of key characters, including Laura (Evie Templeton) and Maria (Hannah Emily Anderson). The teaser also gives a glimpse of Silent Hill’s horrific residents, with hordes of Nurses charging at James before a colossal Pyramid Head looms tall above him.

This year has been pivotal for the Silent Hill franchise, marking a return after years of dormancy. “Return to Silent Hill” offers Gans the chance to finally adapt the second game, a plan initially set aside for the 2006 movie. Additionally, a full remake of “Silent Hill 2” is slated for release in October, promising to remain faithful to the original while offering a modern twist. The new movie and game remake aim to satisfy longtime fans and introduce Silent Hill to a new generation.

Hardy’s Venom Farewell

Tom Hardy is ready to tango one last time with Venom, the Marvel anti-hero he has played for the past six years. The actor stars in the first trailer for “Venom: The Last Dance,” which is billed as the final film of Hardy’s trilogy, in which he plays journalist Eddie Brock — a man who bonds with an alien symbiote, together becoming Venom.

Hardy has taken a hands-on approach with the Venom franchise, earning a story credit on “The Last Dance” and the previous entry, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (2021). His frequent writing partner Kelly Marcel steps into the director’s chair for this installment, which opens on October 25. The Last Dance follows “Venom” (2018), which became a surprise overperformer at the box office, earning $856.1 million globally. Hardy followed that up with “Let There Be Carnage,” which topped $506.8 million at the box office despite pandemic challenges and a general softening of the superhero movie market.

The franchise has been an outlier success for Sony as it tried to build out a universe of movies based on ancillary Spider-Man characters. Films like “Morbius” (2022) and “Madame Web” (2023) brought in significantly less than Hardy’s films, and “The Last Dance” will test the continued appetite for the franchise. The studio also has “Kraven the Hunter” due out December 13, just weeks after “The Last Dance” arrives. Stars of “The Last Dance” include Juno Temple and Chiwetel Ejiofor.