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Your weekend movie news roundup!

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Weekend blues? Then stave them off with our instalment of the hottest movie news.

Rey, Finn and Poe will back after Star Wars: Episode 9

With this December's The Last Jedi continuing the adventures of the characters played by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, the assumption was their journey would come to an end in the as-yet-untitled Episode 9, due for release in 2019. However producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says we're not ready to say goodbye to these heroes just yet.

In a chat with The Star Wars Show Kennedy mapped out 10 more years of Star Wars blockbusters and confirmed the aforementioned characters would become this generation's equivalent of Luke (Mark Hamill), Han (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher).

"We're sitting down now, we're talking about the next 10 years of Star Wars stories, and we're looking at, narratively, where that might go," Kennedy explained. "Future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters: Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8, but we're also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us places we haven't been yet. That's exciting, too, because it's a vast galaxy far, far away."

This puts us in an intriguing position: the main saga storyline is, as we've mentioned, set to end with Episode 9, although the spin-off anthology movies spearheaded by last year's Rogue One are poised to go on indefinitely. (Solo: A Star Wars Story is the next one, arriving in 2018.) So what territory could we potentially be heading into?

Can we expect to see older versions of Ridley, Boyega and Isaac's characters in the coming decades? Will they get their own spin-off movies? And where does Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren fit in? Of course it's all speculation at this stage – but some Star Wars news is better than none at all, right? Check out the full interview with Kathleen Kennedy below.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe crosses $5 billion at the US box office

Dare we say... Marvel smash? The template established by the studio, whereby solo character movies lead into ever-more significant expansions of their cinematic universe, has yielded an almost unbroken stream of box office winners. Their 19th movie, Thor: Ragnarok, has stormed the US weekend box office to the tune of $121 million, elevated by enthusiastic reviews and the fresh input of director Taika Waititi.

Even more significant is what Ragnarok's success means for the MCU as a whole: its takings have buoyed the Marvel movie franchise into the $5 billion realm domestically speaking, making it the first franchise to do so. Although 2012's Avengers Assemble remains their biggest financial hit with $1.5m globally, this is the news the studio have no doubt been waiting for as Iron Man approaches its 10th anniversary next year.

Check out the highest-ranking Marvel movies on Rotten Tomatoes.


Tom Hardy marks 2 weeks of Venom filming

Amazingly the Spider-Man spinoff movie already has a fortnight's worth of footage under its belt – little wonder star Tom Hardy is taking a break as seen in the Twitter snap below.

Directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer the movie centres on Eddie Brock who develops a dark alter-ego through contact with an extraterrestrial symbiote. Hardy is playing the movie via motion capture although that can't be seen in the image, further fuelling speculation as to what this particular Venom will look like. (He turned up played by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.)

Venom is due for release in October 2018. Find out everything you need to know about the movie right here.