Artist Reimagines What MCU Posters Would Look Like in the 1970s

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To say that movies have come a long way in their time would be understating over a century of history of an entire artistic medium which has indelibly reshaped pop culture, global politics, and societal trends. To watch and study the transformation of cinema over the decades is to study how society views itself.

Which is why it's fun to see the characters of the ​Marvel Cinematic Universe—which has singularly redefined what it means to be a blockbuster movie in the 21st century to the point where the rest of the industry is still playing a game of catch-up—reimagined as they might have been if they were released in the late 1970s, a golden age for B-movies right on the cusp of the brawny action films of the 1980s.

To that end, artist Peter Stults designed a series of four movie posters made in the style of '70s kitsch of some of the ​biggest Marvel characters had they been introduced to the mainstream some 40 years earlier.

Making the rounds on Twitter, one of the posters recasts Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man with Paul Newman, the de facto, classically good-looking film star of the day. Directed by the great western legend John Sturges, the film would feature a young James Earl Jones as Rhodey and Sir Rex Harrison as the treacherous Obadiah Stane. Fittingly, the poster shows the Iron Man suit in the background of Newman toasting the audience, promising that while Tony is a billionaire, playboy philanthropist, "You will know him as something more."

The second poster presents a George Miller-directed Thor film starring, of all people, Mel Gibson. It's hard to remember now, but Gibson was once the go-to movie star for savage action films. Teaming him up with his Mad Max director would guarantee that the proposed Thor would be a gritty, hard-boiled, ​well-paced thriller.

The cast would be rounded out with Swedish actress Lena Olin as Jane Foster, Julian Sands as Loki, and Gregory Peck as Odin. The poster shows Gibson with a more traditional Thor costume and Sands in the original Loki horned helmet.

The third poster is a take on the ​comedy-heavy Ant-Man. In a stroke of fantasy-casting genius, the national treasure that is Paul Rudd is recast by the late, great Gene Wilder, who was very much the relatable, tender-hearted comedy star of his day. Just remembering his performance in the original The Producers gives a good idea of how he would react if he were suddenly given shrinking powers.

However, the cake goes to the proposed 1970s Doctor Strange starring none other than the Thin White Duke himself David Bowie, and directed by cult psychedelic director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The cast goes on with kung-fu film legend Yu Wang as Wong, Oscar James as Mordo, and fantasy actress Cyrielle Clair as either the Ancient One or Dr. Christine Palmer.

Bowie's famously bizarre personality, intense performances, and penchant for the fantastical make him not so much a perfect casting choice as an assumed one, and Jodorowsky is the perfect auteur to bring to life the trippy imagery and concepts that the early Doctor Strange comics were known for. It literally couldn't get ​more ideal than this.

Game of Thrones Prequel Star Naomi Watts Has Never Seen the Original Series

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Rob Kim, Getty Images

​It's hard to imagine anyone who is not watching Game of Thronesand nearly impossible to think that someone who is about to star in the highly-anticipated spinoff hasn't seen any of the series. But that's apparently the case with ​Naomi Watts who, after being cast in the Thrones prequel series, had to get to work on watching the show.

While speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Watts admitted she's just now getting into the hit HBO series, but is already "beyond" a fan.

"I am late coming to it, I have to say," Watts said. "But that's how I am with lots of things in life. I am bingeing it right now and studying. It's very exciting."

Watts's character's name in the prequel is not known at this time, but according to Variety, she will play "a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret."

The prequel series is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, in the Age of Heroes. Fans have been speculating since it was only ​rumored that Watts was being cast that perhaps she could play an ancestor to the House Lannister, as her physical features match the family in the TV series.

Tom Hiddleston Will Return as Loki for Live-Action Series for Disney+

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Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images for Gucci

After various reports and rumors claiming Marvel's Loki would be getting his own TV series for the new Disney+ streaming service, Disney CEO Bob Iger has finally confirmed the news.

In an official press release, it was also announced that ​Tom Hiddleston will be reprising his role as "Loki, the god of mischief" for the live-action series.

It was back in September that Variety first reported that both Loki and Scarlet Witch would be getting their own TV series for Disney+, with Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen reprising their respective roles. It was also rumored these series would only be around six to eight episodes apiece, allowing the stars maintain their otherwise busy schedules.

In the same release, Disney ​announced a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story live-action prequel series, starring Diego Luna, who will reprise his role of Cassian Andor.

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me," Luna said. "I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey."

With its slate of A-list properties, Disney+ is already shaking up the small-screen with its announced original series. The service is not expected to debut until at least late 2019.