Welcome to today’s installment of SUPERHERO ROUNDUP, wherein we take the latest and greatest bits and bobs of Superhero news and put them in a neat little bundle just for you (aren’t we sweet?). After all, it it our duty to give fanboys and girls the means to speculate, shake fists, possibly be amused but almost always be disappointed in movie adaptions of iconic heroes.

First up: Idris Elba Wants Luke Cage; Jaime Alexander For X-23

It was reported last summer that Marvel has a possible Luke Cage movie and or TV show in the works.  Luke Cage being an African American super hero for hire with super strength and impenetrable skin. According to SuperHeroHype, Idris Elba -best known for his role on The Wireannounced at the Thor press conference that he is interested in playing the role of Power Man. When Elba was asked if there were any other Marvel Universe characters he would like to play, he responded by saying, I’d like a stab at Luke Cage.

Recently we reported that Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice Guy) has been campaigning for the role, but there are a number of actors that are being considered, including Tyrese Gibson and Jamie Foxx.

Jaimie Alexander, (who plays Sif) also announced who she’d like to play in the Marvel universe by saying, “X-23!”Unfortunately, an X-23 is not in the works and if it were, 20th Century Fox would own the rights and not Marvel.

HIT THE JUMP for Spider-Man set pics (which include Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy and confirmation of Norman Osbourne) ‘Thor’s’ International Box Office numbers as well as Tom Hiddleston teasing Loki’s presence in ‘The Avengers’

Marc Webb‘s reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise has been filming for a weeks now. Last round of set pics that creeped along (like a spider..get it?) showed Andrew Garfield in full SM gear (I mean Spiderman gear you pervs) doing some action shots around some cars. The newest batch of pictures show Peter Parker & Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone. she’s hot)  between scenes. We also see some exterior shots of Oscorp Industries and two Oscorp guardsmen. This proves Norman Osborns’s involvement in the film, but it does not indicate that Spider-Man will be facing off against the Green Goblin; keep the rumors to a dull roar please. The Lizard is the big bad. Likely, Osborn Corp. is just a small reference to the Spider-Man mythos, maybe even laying the foundation for the eventual sequels. Though, it is has been speculated by comicbookmovie.com that Peter Parker interns at Oscorp. So it could be where Spider-Man gets his powers and or meets Curt Connors (aka The Lizard). Regardless, Andrew Garfield looks like a proper dweeb and Emma Stone is looking fine.

The Amazing Spider-Man, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3rd, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures.


Proving further that it will be a success at the North American box office, Marvel’s Thor has taken in a total of $83 million this weekend alone across the international box office market, readily claiming the #1 spot worldwide and is currently the biggest opening weekend by far. From THR.com:

Director Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of a Stan Lee comic book about an otherworldly renegade warrior defending planet Earth opened at No. 1 in the U.K. and Ireland ($9 million from 500 situations over five days), in France ($8.1 million from 579 locales), South Korea ($5.7 million from 513 spots), Italy ($5.5 million from 455 locations) and Spain ($5 million from 377 situations).

Thor also recorded first-place openings in several smaller markets, including Taiwan ($2.1 million from 58 sites for a per-screen average of $36,206), Singapore and the Philippines. In Vietnam, the opener yielded $308,000 from 19 sites, which Paramount said was a three-day debut record for the market.

Speaking of Thor: Tom Hiddleston Talks Loki’s Presence in ‘The Avenger’s

Actor Tom Hiddlston had been fairly silent prior to confirmation of reprising his ‘God of Mischief’ Thor role in Marvel & Joss Whedon’s crossover phenomenon The Avengers. However, recently chatting with I Am Rogue, the actor discussed highly on his presence in the film, from possibly confirming the Skrulls to spoiling the ending of Thor.

Will The Avengers explain what happened to Loki in the time between the actual end of Thor and the beginning of the end credit scene?

Hiddleston: There absolutely are references to what happened to him. There are references to where he’s been, and what he’s been doing.

Have you read the entire script to The Avengers yet, and if so, what did you think?

Hiddleston: Dude it’s absolutely amazing let me just tell you. I read the script again the other day and Joss Whedon has written the most extraordinary template of a film for this to happen. I feel like he has balanced it so well. All the different elements you want from all the different colors and flavors of each character are in there. Arguably seven not just four characters are in this and I think Joss has made a virtue of that potential unbalance. These are seven big egos, and I’m referring to the characters not the actors. They all want to be the alpha male, or in Black Widow’s case the alpha female. So he has made a virtue of that by having them all compete for the top dog slot. And while they are all fighting each other Loki can get to his business. Look it’s Hulk, Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury. What more can you ask for?

When do you begin shooting your scenes for the film?

Hiddleston: I start in about ten days. It’s already started filming. It started last Monday, April the 25th. Chris (Hemsworth) and I, as soon as Thor is up and running and out in the world, we’ll be out to New Mexico with the rest of them. I’m so excited man. I feel like I’ve built the character now, I’ve built the house and in a way doing a second film is like getting to take credit for it.

Finally, did you have any idea when you signed on to do Thor that you would also be in The Avengers as well?

Hiddleston: I knew it would be more than just Thor but I didn’t know for sure. If I had sucked in Thor then Kevin Feige would have said, “Tom thank you very much and we never want to see you again.” So in a way it’s a huge compliment and I’m very pleased to at least be asked back to the playground.

Thor opens in US theaters on Friday.

The Avengers in scheduled for release on May 4th, 2012.

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