Link Tank: The Future of the Fantastic Beasts Franchise After the Latest Financial Flop

The new Fantastic Beasts flopped, does Marvel really need trailers, is Deadpool in Doctor Strange 2, and more in Link Tank!

Jude Law as Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Fantastic Beasts franchise continues its fluttering financial returns with an all-time low opening for the Wizarding World.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the latest, most-cursed-yet installment of J.K. Rowling’s increasingly cursed Harry Potter franchise, which is now on track to post the lowest box office numbers of the entire Wizarding World series of movies. Per Variety, the film is set to bring in roughly $40 million this weekend, $22 million less than 2018’s The Crimes Of Grindelwald—a ‘blockbuster’ so fundamentally incoherent that reading a plot synopsis of it now (despite your humble Newswire writer having actually been dragged to see the damn thing in theaters back in the day) feels like stumbling into the manifesto of a flashback-obsessed psychopath.”

Read more at The A.V. Club

New rumors suggest that the Merc with a Mouth himself Deadpool could be one of the multiversal characters appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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“Did you think that we were done with rumors about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Did you think that every last possible cameo had been combed through and obsessed over? Well, the rumors are still rolling in! The latest one is that Deadpool will finally make his MCU debut in Doctor Strange’s new solo outing. But is there any truth to it? Here’s what we know!”

Read more at The Mary Sue

Trailers will always exist for marketing purposes, but does Marvel really need to release trailers for their new movies?

“If you’re on Twitter and keep up with anything related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then chances are you’ve seen Thor: Love and Thunder trend a few times over the last few weeks as fans kindly but firmly demand Marvel release a trailer. After all, the movie’s coming out in a little over two months, and thus far, we’ve only had a logo and some character art on the side of toy packaging; in a non-pandemic world, we would’ve had a cover story on Entertainment Weekly by now, plus about 13 character posters and 80 TV spots.”

Read more at Gizmodo

Pop superstar Billie Eilish is the latest mega-celebrity to appear on The Simpsons in a new short called “When Billie Met Lisa.”

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Billie Eilish has officially announced that she will be making an appearance on an upcoming The Simpsons short titled When Billie Met Lisa, slated to premiere on Disney+ later this month. The short will feature both Eilish and her brother Finneas who invite Lisa Simpson to join in on a jam session in the studio. The synopsis reads, ‘In When Billie Met Lisa,’ Lisa is discovered by chart-topping artists Billie Eilish and Finneas while searching for a quiet place to practice her saxophone. Billie invites Lisa to her studio for a special jam session she’ll never forget.'”

Read more at Hype Beast

Did you know Harrison Ford was initially supposed to star in Big? Discover more interesting facts about the classic film.

Big is hardly the only age-changing movie that has ever been made. But even today, it remains one of the sub-genre’s most enduring entries. Tom Hanks and director Penny Marshall were the two main reasons for the film’s success, even though they only became involved in the project after other, bigger names (in 1988 anyway) backed out. Isn’t that always the way?”

Read more at Mental Floss

LEGO has unveiled its latest series of collectible figures, this time with the legendary Muppets getting the minifig treatment.

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“Finally, weeks after they’ve been found in shops, reviewed by YouTubers, and advertised for sale by online vendors, LEGO has officially revealed the next collectable minifig series, the Muppets!”

Read more at Brickset