Sony Wants To Beat MCU and Snag Keanu for Kraven the Hunter

Keanu Offered Kraven
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For a while now, Kevin Feige has been trying to get Keanu Reeves into the MCU. Reeves, who reinvigorated his career with the John Wick franchise, is no stranger to playing comic book characters (Constantine) in standalone flicks, or even superpowered roles (The Matrix 4 hits HBO Max later this year!), but he’s never suited up for a proper superhero flick.

Marvel, who has gotten their hooks into many a star, from Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo to Scarlett Johannson and Angelina Jolie, has not yet been able to convince Keanu to join up. And now Sony might beat them to it.

According to Illuminerdi, they’ve offered the star of last summer’s Bill and Ted Face the Music the role of Kraven the Hunter, which they want to be a tonal mash-up of Denzel’s revenge movie Man on Fire, and Hugh Jackman’s Logan.

Sony is currently loaning Spider-man to the MCU, allowing the studio to reboot the character into the Avengers after the Andrew Garfield series petered out, but they retain the rights to the rest of the Spider-verse. Aside from the animated Into the Spider-verse, perhaps the most acclaimed superhero movie of the past decade, Sony made the surprise hit Venom, which has a sequel, Let There Be Carnage, on the way, as well as Jared Leto’s Morbius movie (which may include Michael Keaton’s Vulture). They’re also supposedly developing a Madame Web flick, and Olivia Wilde was signed to direct a female-led superhero movie that some suspect will be Spider-Woman.

Clearly, Sony is trying to build up their Spiderverse, and if they do land Keanu as the big game hunter Kraven, things will suddenly get a lot sexier, both literally and figuratively. Plus, Sony will have scooped the MCU, who recently failed to snag Neo for their Moon Knight series.

Keanu has not signed to play Kraven, or any Marvel hero or villain, just yet, but not for lack of trying. One of these times, the right character is going to come calling. Heck, with the MCU paving the way for the X-Men to reboot themselves onto the big screen, maybe the man will actually get to play the guy he’s long wished to portray: Wolverine!

Sequel to Keanu Reeves’ Constantine Is in the Works, Says Costar

Keanu Constantine Sequel
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We live in the golden age of comic book movies, which means that some that just missed the cut may get a second chance at relevancy. One possible film that could fit the bill is a rumored sequel to Keanu Reeves’ 2005 superhero movie “Constantine”, and that sequel looks like it could be happening. Peter Stormare, one of the co-stars of the film, shared on Instagram that the “sequel in the works.”

Keanu is in a much different place now than he was in 2005, having ascended to near iconic status in Hollywood. A man who can do no wrong, and he’s also shown he’s capable of delivering a sequel, having released another Bill and Ted movie while also working on yet another Matrix film.

Peter Stormare, who played Lucifer in the 2005 movie about Reeves’ occult detective John Constantine, who can communicate with half-demons and half-angels, recently shared a picture of him from the movie with a simple message about a sequel.


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The movie was inspired by DC Comics (particularly Constantine’s Hellblazer comics), but it landed without the fanfare of some of Keanu’s other franchises (cough cough ‘The Matrix” cough cough). It hovered around a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although the movie has developed a cult fanbase over the subsequent years.

Reeves, hot off his John Wick-charged rejuvenation of his career, and working on his own comic book, could probably make another Constantine movie work. He said in an interview last year that he ‘always wanted to play’ the character again, and that he loved the world and the character.

The original director, Francis Lawrence, said previously the movie had been stymied by being PG-13, and that they would’ve loved to make a sequel to do the ‘really dark, scary version.’

With comic book movies having a much bigger audience in 2020 than in 2005, a darker ‘Constantine’ sequel with Reeves back as the main character would be a sure-fire blockbuster. Hopefully, in this case, Lucifer is telling the truth.

Marvel Rumored To Have Its Eyes on Keanu Reeves for Moon Knight Role

Keanu Reeves Rumored as Marvel's Moon Knight
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This has been a big year for both Disney+ and Keanu Reeves. Disney+ hit the ground running during their first eligible year at the Emmys, taking home an amazing seven Emmy wins for The Mandalorian alone. Keanu Reeves, meanwhile, has had a busy year of being an all-around excellent dude. Oh yeah, and he starred in the brilliant third installment of Bill & Ted, all while having several other movies in the works. Now, Marvel is working on a Disney+ adaptation of Moon Knight – and supposedly, they’ve got Keanu Reeves in mind to play the series’s protagonist.

Moon Knight, AKA Mark Spector, first appeared in a 1975 Werewolf By Night comic. Former CIA agent Mark Spector gained his superpowers after his double-crossing employer left him for dead at an archeological dig. Khonshu, the Egyptian Moon God, made him a deal – a second chance at life, in exchange for being his incarnation on Earth. Spector was alive, but now held the responsibility of becoming Moon Knight. He created multiple identities to distance himself from his questionable past and invested his money in crime-fighting gear.

Moon Knight has never appeared in films, but Disney+ is finally giving this superhero the recognition he deserves with his own series. Rumors have begun circulating that Marvel hopes to have Keanu Reeves play the heroic but slightly mysterious millionaire, which makes sense – I mean, he does sort of play one in real life.

Marvel pursued Reeves for the 2019 Captain Marvel movie as well, but filming conflicted with John Wick 3. Keanu Reeves has already dipped his toe in the world of Superheroes, starring in DC’s Constantine in 2005. In real life, Reeves is kind-hearted and generous, always humble even with his immense success. On screen, Keanu Reeves kicks a lot of ass and breathes new life into every role he plays – it’s no wonder Marvel wants in on it.

No word on whether there have been actual discussions between Reeves and the people behind Disney+’s adaptation of the comic, but production is supposedly starting before the end of the year – in all likelihood, we’ll have our answer sooner rather than later.

Hopefully, that answer is “YES- Keanu Reeves is finally joining the MCU.” It’s about dang time.

Keanu Reeves Was “Mauled” While Adorably Reporting on Teddy Bears In 1984

Keanu Reeves Teddy Bear Convention

A lot of unsavory things have come back to bite celebrities in the butt lately – poor decisions from their pasts resurfacing, forcing them to face the repercussions of their actions. In the least surprising turn of events, a vintage video of Keanu Reeves has made its way back to the public eye, and as it turns out, he’s even more pure than we previously thought. Before there was John Wick, before The Matrix, even before Bill & Ted, Keanu Reeves turned his attention to the world of Teddy Bears.

After decades in the spotlight, Keanu Reeves has demonstrated time and time again that the only thing as massive as his talent is his heart. He goes above and beyond for his fans, is generous with both his time and money – overall, he is a most excellent human being. Somehow, through all of it, he’s managed to stay incredibly humble.

Completely in keeping with his character, an adorable video from 1984 recently resurfaced, showing a Keanu that looks about five years younger than he does now. Nearly four decades ago, Reeves worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show “Going Great” as a kids news correspondent. Reeves really went for it, throwing himself into the mission at hand-deliver the most pressing info about the first-ever Canadian International Teddy Bear Convention.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation dug up this gem in early September for National Teddy Bear Day (forgot to mark my calendar again), and we’re so happy they did. Little Keanu hits the convention-goers with hard-hitting questions right from the start, asking head-scratchers like, “Why are all the bears’ first names Teddy?” which is a thing that will absolutely keep me up at night.

Keanu digs deep, finding out the koalifications of the bears attending the convention. He approaches a woman asking, “what college did he go to?” which she answers without missing a beat. In fact, the bear is even repping his alma mater with a Paws Preparatory School t-shirt (but he didn’t flash a diploma, so we’re skeptical).

This simple yet delightful video is exactly the palate cleanser we need right now. Incredibly, even four decades after he ventured into the world of teddy bear conventions, Keanu Reeves is still bursting at the seams with a lighthearted youthfulness – congratulations, Keanu, on nearly 40 years of being pawsitively endearing.

RUMORED: Keanu Reeves and Ryan Reynolds May Team up for a Marvel Movie

Keanu and Ryan MCU Team up?
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Keanu Reeves has done just about everything.

He’s starred in action movies and comedies, trilogies and reboots, comic book movies, and cartoons. He’s currently filming two sequels back-to-back. About the only things he hasn’t done are appear in a Star Wars movie and headline an MCU outing.

But that last one may be changing. And he may be bringing another all-around good-guy with him.

Kevin Feige has been angling to get Keanu into a Marvel movie for years, and if the rumors are true, he may be picking up the flaming skull where Nicolas Cage left it.

Rumor has it that the MCU wants Keanu for their Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider, and that Ryan Reynolds may bring Deadpool along for the ride. (I hope he sits in the little sidecar!)

Nothing is final, but We Got This Covered has the scoop, and they’ve landed some good ones in the past. Keanu has no shortage of projects, from the next Bill and Ted’s coming out in a few weeks, to the currently-filming Matrix 4, and the eventual John Wick sequels.

He hasn’t played a superhero before unless you count Neo or Constantine, and adding him to their roster would be a big win for Marvel. As would looping Reynolds’ Deadpool into the MCU’s continuum, which definitely appears to be broadening as they prep to launch the first post-Thanos slate of films.

Or maybe Ghost Rider and Deadpool stand alone, together, in a series of R-rated buddy comedies. Honestly, I might prefer that!

Midnight Run with foul-mouthed superheroes? Sign me up!

The Matrix 4’s New Release Date and Everything Else We Know

The Matrix 4 What We Know So Far
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17 years ago, we were left with an incredible conclusion to The Matrix Revolutions (spoilers ahead, so read on at your own risk). We assumed, though, that the ending to this powerful trilogy was really the end. After three movies of man vs. machine, there was finally peace. Humans would be able to leave the Matrix, hooray! Unfortunately, this came at the cost of our two main characters – Trinity died in a hovercraft crash, and Neo sacrificed himself in an effort to destroy Agent Smith. A bittersweet conclusion, but one that left us with a sense of closure – that is, until the announcement of The Matrix 4.

The original release date for the next film in The Matrix series was supposed to be May 21, 2021, but due to delays in filming caused by COVID, the planned release date has been moved to April 1, 2022. Despite the nearly two years until its premiere, there is a lot of buzz surrounding this long-awaited and unexpected continuation of The Matrix series. You may be thinking, “I don’t even want to see this movie if none of my favorite characters are in it.” Here’s the good news – if you die in The Matrix (movie), there are about a million different ways the talented writers can bring you back.

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Lambert Wilson will all be returning for the next installment of The Matrix, but there’s no word yet about the plot itself. Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Neil Patrick Harris will also be joining the cast, hopefully with Neil Patrick Harris’s Dr. Horrible as the movie’s supervillain. I mean, weirder things have happened this year than a Matrix musical.

Sadly, the iconic Morpheus played by Laurence Fishburne won’t be reprising his role. “I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great,” Fishburne told The Wrap. “It is probably the role that I’ll be best remembered for, which is great; it’s not the only thing I’ll be remembered for, which is better. What I get with him is I’ve got Darth Vader in this hand, and I’ve got Obi-Wan in that hand. I’ve got Bruce Lee, I’ve got Muhammad Ali shuffled in there, and I’ve got kung fu.”

You will be missed but not forgotten, Morpheus. That is, unless Morpheus isn’t actually gone. A stunt like this is exactly the type of twist we’ve come to expect from The Matrix series, but we will, unfortunately, have to wait until 2022 to find out for sure. There is speculation that Fishburne won’t be returning because his character died in “The Matrix Online,” a MORPG that is somewhat of a continuation to the movie’s storyline, but even if that was the case, the people over at The Matrix studios clearly don’t have a problem with bringing characters back from the dead.

Recently, film industry sweetheart Keanu Reeves talked to Associated Press about filming in the midst of a pandemic. Though the situation isn’t ideal, Reeves takes a lot of pride in his team and their commitment to both the production and the safety of everyone involved. He explained, “Everyone loves the project and if you’re ever going to get in a situation that needs to be figured out, show business people are the best. We’re scrappy, we know how to get stuff done, we’re inventive, we think on our feet. It’s a great honor and I’m grateful to be working.”

We’re also grateful that you’re working – now more than ever, it’s important to have something to look forward to.

Studio Confirms John Wick 4 AND 5 Will Shoot Back to Back

John Wick Back to back

The pandemic and the resulting quarantine have wreaked havoc on Hollywood, halting productions, stalling release schedules, and generally putting the future of some highly-anticipated movies up in the air. One of those movies is Keanu Reeves’ next John Wick flick, the fourth in the action hero and all-around great guy‘s latest franchise.

Originally, John Wick 4 was slated to be released on Memorial Day weekend 2021, on the same day as The Matric 4, but thanks to the shitshow that has been 2020, it got pushed back a year to 2022. This would be a lot more disappointing if not for the recent news that John Wick 4 will be shot back-to-back with John Wick 5!

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer announced the new date for John Wick 4 and confirmed that the script was in the works, along with a script for John Wick 5, which they will shoot immediately after the 4th movie.

“We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theaters Memorial Day weekend 2022. We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 and 5 back-to-back when Keanu becomes available early next year,” Feltheimer announced.

That’s a whole lot of bullets to the head, which should be exciting to action movie fans everywhere.

Reeves has managed to stay busy throughout the quarantine, as he’s back shooting The Matrix sequel in Berlin after that production restarted, awaiting the now-accelerated release of Bill and Ted Face the Music, and is preparing for the publication of BRZRKR, the comic book he’s co-writing about an immortal assassin who looks an awful lot like Keanu Reeves.

Did I already say “that’s a whole lot of bullets to the head?” I think I did. But it bears repeating. Thankfully, with two more movies featuring his latest iconic action hero on the way, it doesn’t seem like Keanu is in any danger of emptying the chamber.

Bill and Ted Go Behind the Scenes, Announce Early Theater and On-Demand Release

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Our global nightmare has upended the film industry, but there are still some bright lights to look forward to. None more anticipated in the short term than Bill and Ted Face the Music. And during a time when we’re conditioned to expect bad news when it comes to movie releases, star Alex Winter actually posted some most excellent news on social media this week: B and T 3 is hitting on-demand and theaters a week early.

He also posted an awesome behind-the-scenes video slash feature with some of the actors and team behind the movie. Fans have waited nearly two decades for Keanu Reeves and Winter to reprise their infamous roles. The third film in the franchise also is the debut for another most excellent duo, Bill and Ted’s daughters.

For Bill and Ted Face the Music, our heroes are dads, which makes them even cooler in our eyes. The film was originally supposed to be in theaters in August, until COVID, and it was pushed to early September. It’s not clear why the film release is moving up, but there’s little in the way of competition at the end of the month, so whatever movie theaters are actually open will be showing the hotly anticipated film.

For the rest of us, we can get it on-demand on August 28th.

Keanu Is Writing a Comic Book and the Main Character Looks Like Him

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Keanu Reeves is a popular guy on The Dad.

Not only does he star in some of our favorite movies, including the John Wick Series, The Matrix (the fourth installment is due next year… we hope!), the Toy Story series, and Bill and Ted‘s (which hits on-demand in about a month), he’s an all-around good dude who is constantly behaving like a real-life version of the superhero-type characters he often portrays on screen.

For his latest project, Keanu is finally joining the comic-book game, but not in the way you might think. He’s not suiting up – yet; instead, he’s leaving acting behind for a minute and shifting gears into writing.

He is teaming up with writer Matt Kindt to pen a 12-issue limited comic book series called BRZRKR.

According to USA Today, BRZRKR is illustrated by Alessandro Vitti and is “action-packed and hyperviolent.” It’s about a warrior who has spent centuries fighting battles and in 2020 finds himself doing dangerous jobs for the U.S. government – to prevent them from exposing his identity. It sounds a little bit like Netflix’s recent The Old Guard, with former Keanu co-star Charlize Theron, which was itself based on a comic series.

“This character who was born 80,000 years ago, half man, his father’s a war god. It’s a little fantasy in reality,” Reeves explained. “I had this image in my head of a guy fighting through the ages because of his father’s compulsion to violence.”

The main character of BRZRKR resembles Keanu, so perhaps one day he’ll play his own creation on screen: “I’d love to play Berzerker!” he admitted. “It’s a really fun story so if it’s not me, hopefully someone can play it.”

For now, he’s enjoying being behind the scenes.

“I guess I’m in the writing room,” he told USA TODAY from Berlin, where he was prepping for “Matrix 4” and “Skyping pretty regularly” with his co-writer.

“We’re excited about what’s happening,” Reeves says. “The story’s taking some really interesting twists and turns.”

So has his career, which is entering its fifth decade and shows no signs of slowing down. Especially if he’s able to parlay his stardom into comic book success.

You can get the full sneak peek from Boom! Studios here.

The first issue of the comic hits shelves on October 7th.

We’re Totally Pumped for Bill & Ted 3 After Seeing the New Trailer

Muscular Bill & Ted 3
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Sequels and remakes and reboots and reimaginings never stop, and often they’re just retreads and boring new versions of old movies and stories we love. Sometimes, though, every once in awhile, something unexpected arises…

Like a third Bill and Ted’s movie. That takes place now. And features the two lovable moron wanna-be universe-saving musicians as dads grappling with midlife crises after their so-called destinies failed to come to fruition.

Bill and Ted Face the Music is set to come out this August – at least it was, before the pandemic hit, so as of now it’s slated for theaters and OnDemand on September 1st. And we have a full trailer to prove it. And this thing looks wacky!

The modern-day versions of Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan, as played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, are the same, but different. They’re still buds, but now they’re in their forties, with daughters, and dashed dreams. The first trailer reminded us to be excellent to each other. The new trailer sees them trying to recapture their mojo and write the song that will save the universe, with a little help from some old friends.

The synopsis: The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of the now middle-aged best friends as they set out on a new adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe, helped by their daughters (played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine), a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends.

Check out the buff trailer:

Keanu Is Auctioning Himself off for a Children’s Cancer Charity

Superhero Keanu
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Keanu Reeves is on one heck of a hot streak.

My dude’s resurgence began with John Wick, and despite the fact that the fourth movie was delayed due to Coronavirus, it will be hitting theaters in 2021, the same day as the fourth Matrix movie, in which he also stars, and later this year, the third Bill and Ted‘s movie will premiere, featuring Bill and Ted as dads who haven’t quite realized their universe-saving potential.

All this while he continues to get noticed, as much as he tries to avoid it, for his philanthropy and just general kindness and generosity behind the scenes.

During the hellscape that is 2020, he’s stepping into the spotlight for another good deed. He’s auctioning himself off for a date night to raise money for Camp Rainbow Gold, a charity for kids with cancer that’s based in Idaho. The auction is called the “Shine for Camp Online Auction” and it’s sure to get a lot more attention now that Keanu has attached himself to it.

You can spend 15 minutes with a cool Keanu Reeves, but the bidding starts at $10,000.

“Bill & Ted. Speed. The Matrix. John Wick. You know him. You love him. This is truly priceless and now you have the chance to Zoom with him from home! Get your questions ready and spend 15-minutes with actor, director, producer and musician, Keanu Reeves,” reads the description of the auction item.

Of course, this being 2020, the meeting will have to take place over Zoom. And Camp Rainbow has some restrictions:

“Camp Rainbow Gold and/or the celebrity has the right to cancel the call if there is threatening or inappropriate behavior.” Keanu don’t truck with that. The call also has to take place the week of July 6th, so no rain-checking!

Bidding is open until June 22nd. Be excellent to each other.

Trailer for Bill and Ted 3 Reminds Us to Be Excellent to Each Other

Bill and Ted 3 Trailer

It is official; we finally have a trailer for Bill and Ted 3. Earlier today, the first trailer for Bill and Ted Face the Music hit the internet, quickly going viral. The long-anticipated sequel star Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprising their infamous roles in a movie they had long been dedicated to.

“Whoa,” is the one-word reaction most fans have had to the trailer dropping. There was a hint it would be coming today, when Winter coyly acknowledged that today, June 9th, was officially “Bill and Ted Day” (because it’s 6/9…and if you don’t understand the reference, from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, go ahead and skip on to a different article).

It’s our first full look at Winter and Reeves back in their iconic roles, and it will only add to the huge buzz the movie has generated so far.

The plot for the movie is simple enough, as the now older best friends are warned from a visitor from the future that only their song can save the entire world. So there’s time-traveling, rocking out, and hitting plenty of the notes that made the franchise beloved. In a new twist, Bill and Ted are helped by their daughters on this quest to find the song to bring harmony to the universe.

The movie comes out in August and the official trailer is a great way to celebrate #BillandTedDay and a great reminder to be excellent to each other.

John Wick Is Livestreaming for Free, Tonight at 9 PM ET

John Wick Livestream

First things first: this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Don’t blow it, guys!

Of course, Mother’s Day isn’t until Sunday, so you have some time to grab that last-minute gift – and to squeeze in some decidedly non-Mother’s Day activities.

There aren’t any sports this year, thanks to the pandemic, but there are plenty of action movies. But watching them alone can be pretty boring, so why not watch with a crowd, all while safely ensconced at home? This Friday, before we all settle in for a weekend of mimosas, marigolds (do moms like marigolds?), and long-distance phone calls, we can come together to get some adrenaline out of our systems with a modern action classic.

This Friday night at 9 pm ET, Lionsgate Studios is hosting a free live stream of John Wick on their YouTube live stream channel. They’ve previously aired The Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, and La La Land – and this time it’s Keanu Reeves’s first outing as taciturn hitman hellbent on revenge against the Russian mobster who murdered his dog. Talk about Mother’s Day weekend counterprogramming!

The movie will air on Lionsgate’s YouTube livestream to raise support for theater workers who’ve been out of work while cineplexes across the country are shut down to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here’s the official description of the event: A star-studded celebration of the theatrical filmgoing experience hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and brought to you LIVE. Benefitting the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, dedicated to helping people who work in the motion picture industry and currently providing financial assistance to theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Host Jamie Lee Curtis is joined by Keanu, Halle Berry, Lance Reddick, and Asia Kate Dillon, plus filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.

I have no idea why Jamie Lee Curtis is involved, but hey, the more the merrier!

Unless your mom, or your lady, is keen on dozens of vicious gunshots to the head, something tells me this will be a largely dad-centric affair. But you’ll make it up to her on Sunday.