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Fans Campaign for Ryan Hurst to Play Sentry in the MCU

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Fans Campaign for Ryan Hurst to Play Sentry in the MCU

Back in October last year, the Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead actor, Ryan Hurst, had expressed his interest in playing the role of Sentry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since then, fans have been praising for Ryan Hurst to officially obtain the role of the powerful Marvel character. Many of his fans have also already begun to manifest and form a campaign in hopes that it would grab some attention from Disney and Marvel Studios. You can check out where it all started with Ryan Hurst’s original Instagram post below.

“Alright. Okay. Yeah. I’m very often asked if I would like to play a character from a comic book? Yes. Who? I didn’t know for a while. Such a fan of so many, but yeah. Dude with troubled past, superpowers equal/greater to SUPERMAN and Thor combined…and talks to dogs. I’m putting this out there. This dude. I’d like to play. Do your thing Insta.”

Over the course of the next few months since his initial Instagram post above, Ryan Hurst had been trending all over the internet, and across several social media platforms. As the actor continues to make more posts about his interest in playing Sentry through his personal social media accounts, many of his fans have decided that now is the time for Marvel Studios to make this a possibility. Some Ryan Hurst fans have also created some of their very own fan art, creating of what the actor could look like as Sentry. You can take a look at some of these epic Ryan Hurst/Sentry fan arts below.

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As the Paradise City actor has been quite vocal about his desire to be part of the MCU, he actually isn’t the only actor to “shoot their shot” at superhero roles. Back in 2013, Simu Liu, who starred in last year’s Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tweeted back in 2014, “Hey, [Marvel], great job with Cpt America and Thor. Now how about an Asian American hero?” Similarly, Eternals star Barry Keoghan tweeted, “Stan Lee, Please Make me a SuperHero.” Ryan Hurst is no stranger when it comes to roles of mighty and powerful characters, as he is taking on the role as Thor in the upcoming God of War: Ragnarök video game.

Related: Marvel Removes Two Disney+ Shows From Their Upcoming Slate

Everything You Should Know About Marvel’s Sentry

The Sentry made his first appearance in the Marvel Comics in The Sentry #1 in September 2000. The character was created by Paul Jenkins, Rick Veitch, and Jae Lee. In the late 1990s, Paul Jenkins and Rick Veitch developed the idea of “an over the hill guy, struggling with an addiction, who had a tight relationship with his dog”. Paul Jenkins thought of the character as “a guardian type, with a watchtower,” and also came up with the name “Sentry” after previously considering naming the superhero “Centurion”. After years of development, the character was finally introduced into the Marvel Universe.


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In Marvel Comics, Canada’s Department K along with remnants of the United States’ Operation: Rebirth pooled their resources to become Project: Sentry in the year of 1947. The project was an attempt to not only recreate the Super Soldier Serum (originally used by Captain America), but to also magnify its effects one hundred thousand times over. In the following thirty years since its initial development, Project: Sentry had been divided into nearly a thousand isolated subprojects, with the lab work being studied by private contractors. As another ten years went by, Robert “Bob” Reynolds, who was a meth addict at the time, broke into one of the laboratories where he then discovered the Golden Sentry Serum all for himself. Once he had consumed the serum, Robert Reynolds gained the power of a million exploding suns.


Although the Sentry’s exact abilities and their limits are currently unknown, the character has shown portions of his powers which consists of super strength, superhuman senses, flight, regeneration, immortality, energy manipulation, telekinesis, super speed, mind control, invisibility, and many others he had performed in the Marvel Comics. The Sentry generally holds back his powers, greatly restraining his full might. There is also an entity as a dark side effect of his abilities known as the Void. It has been speculated that for every benevolent act that the Sentry performs, the Void corresponds with attempting an act of malevolence. The Void exhibits more of a demonic form, capable of killing Thor while destroying the entire city of Asgard.

With Marvel Studios having yet to introduce the Sentry into the MCU, many fans are now hoping that Ryan Hurst will get to take on the role in a future project. While there also has been no other announcements or indications that the Sentry will be making his first appearance anytime soon, Ryan Hurst’s fans are still going strong in their campaign, so that Marvel Studios would seriously look into it. Whether it’s good or bad news for the people crossing their fingers for Ryan Hurst, it will only be a matter of time until some sort of details are revealed for the Marvel character. What are your thoughts about Ryan Hurst playing the all-powerful Sentry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you think the character should make his first appearance in the MCU soon?


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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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