Wakanda Forever, Al Young, Henry Cavill, Michael Che, Halston, Olympia Dukakis, Peter Staley, Marvel Studio Phase 4, Chelsea Handler, and More: #GAYNRD DAILY

MONDAY BLUES were in full effect as we enter the first week of May in GayNrd’s round-up of news, art, bric-a-brac, and ephemera from all corners of the interwebz and social media. Art above: DC Comics’ Blue Devil by Brian Bolland.

PHASE FOUR of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is nearly here and MSU rolled out a sizzle reel featuring a voice over by Stan Lee that teased Black Widow, The Eternals, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

On Monday, Marvel delivered on that accord in a pretty major way, debuting an epic sizzle reel for its Phase 4 slate. In and amongst the slate is new footage from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as the very first footage for Marvel’s Eternals. There also is confirmation for the titles for two of the franchise’s upcoming sequels — Captain Marvel: The Marvels, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

In addition to the aforementioned titles, Phase 4 is also expected to include a number of new major titles. On the theatrical side, this includes Black Widow, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way HomeGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. New Fantastic Four and Blade films have also been confirmed. For Disney+, this includes Loki, HawkeyeShe-HulkMs. MarvelMoon Knight, What If…?, Armor WarsIronheartand Secret Invasion.

The way you can see Wanda’s silhouette behind the title.

HENRY CAVILL owned his Superman role in a series of tweets. “Henry answered a Superman question… “Zod definitely had it HALF right”! Henry really understands these characters.”

MICHAEL GONZALES eulogized poet Al Young: “Al Young has been one of my favorite writers since I discovered his music related essays at St. Mark’s Bookshop, back when it was actually on St. Marks Place. Those essays were quite inspirational and can be found in his terrific books Drowning in the Sea of Love , Things Ain’t What They Used to Be, Kinds of Blue, Bodies & Soul and Mingus Mingus: Two Memoirs (with Janet Coleman). He also co-edited one of my favorite literary magazines Yardbird Reader. Blessings to his son Michael Young, who took care of his dad until the last day.”

The New York Times said: Writing a poem, Mr. Young believed, was only part of the process. Reading it live — something he did with a compelling, resonant voice — was the other. “It’s not complete,” he told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2005, “until someone processes it.”

MUST READ Peter Staley says “Copy edits DONE! Woo-hoo! I’m finished writing/editing my fucking memoir. Also, here’s an updated cover. I literally made room for my boyfriend,  Anderson Cooper (reducing the font size of my name to squeeze him in). I’d prefer him on top (ahem).”

Pre-order here.

THAT DAMN Michael Che is coming to HBO Max. Watch the trailer.

GREEK American actress Olympia Dukakis died Saturday at 89. Variety: Olympia Dukakis, who died on May 1 at 89, had a face like no one else’s. Stern but perpetually amused, with a warm leer of a grin that could light up a scene, she looked like the comedy and tragedy masks fused together. That’s a fitting reference, since Dukakis was of Greek heritage and, in a stage career that stretched back to 1961, appeared in classics from “Electra” to “Titus Andronicus” to “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Yet even when she was carving out her place in movies and TV, often cast as the Grande Dame Who’s Smarter Than Anyone in the Room (it’s telling that she took on that role as far back as the 1969 Dustin Hoffman/Mia Farrow trifle “John and Mary,” when she was just 38), the Dukakis face, part cherub and part statue, made it seem that whatever reality she was confronting, she saw the absurdity of it, and the heartbreak as well. She hopscotched from one ethnicity to the next: Italian in “Moonstruck,” Southern aristocrat in “Steel Magnolias,” Jewish in films like “The Cemetery Club.” But that was because of the universal language of which Dukakis was the grandmaster. In role after role, she spoke mom: imperious, testy, kind, haughty and, in the end, always looking out for you.

CHELSEA HANDLER remembered her mother in an Instagram post: Today would have been my mom’s 80th birthday. Love you, girl.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler)

 

BACK TO BACK Wonder Woman covers. The original golden age version and Alex Ross’ painted beauty below.

FASHION ICON Halston biopic trailer doesn’t explain why this woman is snorting a jockstrap.

 

STAYING disciplined every day. Also smiling because i am really happy and thankful to see you coming back daily to see my photos. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Jonas Em (@jonasemvs)

CLEAR HEADED Nancy MacLean said on Real Time with Bill Maher,  “America has an extremely racist history and it has a really impressive anti-racist history.”