Feige Promises Extra Dose of Hulk and Hawkeye in ‘Age of Ultron’

- 04-03-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Although the first Avengers film had plenty of action and was loads of fun, a couple of things that some feel it didn’t have enough of were The Hulk and Hawkeye. Aside from the travesty that was the 2008 Incredible Hulk film, neither of these two characters has gotten a movie of their own, despite cries from fans. Now, it appears as if Marvel Overlord Kevin Feige has heard the wail of the masses, proclaiming that both characters will see expanded roles in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron. (more…)

More from the ‘Age of Ultron’ Set – Close-Ups of Ultron, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

- 03-24-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s that time of year folks, when the rain begins to slow, the flowers begin to bloom and the folks at Disney/Marvel shoot the next big Avengers flick. Earlier today we had some sneaky video from the Avengers: Age of Ultron set to show you. And now, a closer look at what we can expect from some of the film’s characters. Scroll down to check out the close-up pics of Ultron, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. (more…)

‘The Avengers’ Animatics Reveals Hero Missing from The Battle of New York

- 08-26-13Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook

Joss Whedon has mentioned it before, but we finally have visual confirmation that early animatics and scripts for The Avengers did in fact feature the female superhero, Wasp. Among other major changes from the animatics, it seems Wasp was cut completely from the film, and only seemed to have a minor part as it was, along with a more comic-like costume for Hawkeye, and the fact that Loki was sent the “wrong army.”

In addition to the early write up of the “Avenger Assemble” scene, there are also a few other animatics; one demonstrating a different introduction of Iron Man, that used some of the same scenes as the Iron Man- Thor fight scene (the tree spot, in particular), another putting Tony in the opening “tunnel collapse” scene, and the last is a slightly altered version of the scene between Stark and Loki in Stark Tower.

These scenes are definitely Iron Man centric, so I understand why they were cut from the final script, but these are fun watches nonetheless. It’s clear that the best of each clip made it into the movie, but it’s always fun to wonder how the movie would have turned out, had they actually included these scenes in the movie. Do you see anything that you wish would have been used in the final film?

Kevin Feige Talks Expanding on Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Namor’ Film Rights Still at Universal

- 08-25-13Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook


While we are still unsure of what films Marvel has planned after 2015′s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel President Kevin Feige has confirmed the fate of a property that we haven’t heard much about in a while, and the fact that it won’t be in their 2016-2017 line-up, as well as what WILL be showing up in their future films.

First, let’s talk about some things that we WILL be seeing. I don’t know about you, but when I started hearing about Marvel’s Phase 2, I kept wondering “Where’s Hulk?” Mark Ruffalo was an enjoyable part of The Avengers, and hasn’t yet gotten a movie based solely on himself, since he took over the role of Bruce Banner, but it seems like Marvel’s President is in the same boat. When asked about whether or not they were going to take another shot at The Hulk in a solo flick, Feige responded, “I think we have something special with our Mark Ruffalo Banner, and we’d love to see where we could take his stories,” so, hopefully, that’s a bit a good news for any Hulk fans out there. If we don’t get a solo Hulk movie, Feige has confirmed that the green giant will play a “significant role” in The Avengers‘ sequel.

And, speaking of “significant roles,” it’s also been confirmed that Hawkeye, portrayed Jeremy Renner, is planned to have a much bigger role as well, with Feige saying “Joss has a great storyline in mind for him that shows a deeper side and further fleshes out our favourite archer.” This is smart, as CW’s Arrow really seems to be taking off, so it isn’t like people can’t get into an archer among a cast of superheroes, and Renner has a lot to offer to the trick shotting SHIELD agent.

Despite this sequel focusing on The Avenger’s nemesis, Ultron, it seems that there is a small chance of using the villain to introduce its comic version’s creator Hank Pym, otherwise known as Ant-Man. While there are plans to make an Ant-Man movie in Marvel’s Phase 3, the scene is just too busy right now, as Feige sums it up by saying “There are three or four slots. We’ve got six or seven things going. We’ve got to choose which four will go. It’s a Battle Royale!” I’m hard pressed to disagree with that, as even just writing this article was a bit overwhelming, considering the many different directions in which the films are going.

When asked about Namor the Sub-Mariner, Feige confirmed that the movie rights to the aquatic hero have not yet reverted back to Marvel Studios, replying simply, “That’s at Universal.” So we will, unfortunately, not be seeing Narmor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon. I don’t think there has really been much clamor for that film to be made, or for the character to be introduced, but I could be wrong. Anyone out there dying to see an underwater journey with Namor? Which movie or possibility of a movie are you looking forward to most out of Marvel’s line-up?

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Whedon Promises More Black Widow for Your Buck in ‘Avengers 2′

- 07-25-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Good news for anyone who’s a fan of hot redheads that can kick your ass, because Avengers director Joss Whedon is saying that Black Widow, played by lovely Scarlett Johannson, will have a bigger role in the currently in development Age of Ultron.

“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises,” Whedon told MTV News.

Of course, Black Widow is hardly limited to The Avengers films, appearing next in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Whedon is still keen on Widow because of what she represents.

“Although she in ‘Cap 2,’ [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.”

Whedon has previously said that he’d like to give both Black Widow and Hawkeye some more screen time in Avengers 2, but the question is between Ultron, and the rumored appearance of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, which character or characters will get the short end of the stick in The Avengers sequel? Only time will tell.

What say you Bastards? Looking forward to more ScarJo?

Source: Comic Book Movie

Jeremy Renner’s ‘Hawkeye’ Getting the Boot?

- 05-16-13Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The character of Hawkeye, while he may be one of the less memorable moments of the two Marvel films he’s starred in so far, has still become somewhat of a familiar face.  Or rather, Jeremy Renner’s face has become familiar.  But that may not be for much longer, for if “sources” are to be believed, the actor-archer is not only absent from Marvel’s Phase 2, but Hawkeye may also be transferring to television – albeit with a different actor holding the bow.

So why all the changes?  Some are saying that Renner’s big mouth may be the cause of his being phased out of Phase 2.  When talking to Total Film, he had these words for his fans:

For 90 percent of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. It’s kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses … I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No.

It looks like his negative comments, however truthful they may be, could have pissed Marvel execs off.  After all, you don’t want the actors in your movies talking smack about them and potentially hurting future ticket/DVD sales right?  Just smile and nod and praise Kevin Feige, Jeremy and everything will be just fine.

If the rumors of his departure are true, it may also be true that the character of Hawkeye will be picked up by a fresh face and possibly transferred to Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a regular.  Seeing as how there are plenty of other characters to choose from for upcoming films (perhaps even a few that have the potential for a film of their own), it’s not difficult to see Marvel shifting the semi-popular character over to television.  Hell, maybe him and (Green) Arrow could go even go out for drinks some time, eh?


Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

New Trailer for ‘Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore’

- 03-14-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


There’s a new trailer out for Marvel’s Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, the direct-to-video Marvel Anime adaptation. Written by Brandon Auman and directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki this animated movie brings Matthew Mercer as the voice of Tony Stark and Walking Dead fan favorite Norman Reedus as the voice of the Punisher.

The Synopsis:

Billionaire Tony Stark, in his Iron Man armor, prevents an attack from a mysterious new foe, but innocent bystanders are killed, including his best friend War Machine, Lt. Colonel James Rhodes.  Detained for questioning by S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man escapes, determined to find the mastermind behind the attack. Pursued by Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man enlists the help of the ruthless vigilante The Punisher.  But can the Armored Avenger handle what he finds when he catches the person responsible and is forced to face his deadliest weapon, a biotechnology called Technovore that could wipe out all life on the planet?

Here’s the new trailer:

This is the first trailer released earlier this year.

Why neither trailer has any character voices is a mystery to me. I was excited to hear Norman’s take on the Punisher’s tone and voice and disappointed that we didn’t even get a taste of it in either trailer. Will you be pulling out your wallet to check this out in April?

The DVD/Blu-ray will be released on April 16th, 2013.

Via: Bleedingcool

COMICS REVIEW: ‘Hawkeye’ #1

- 08-02-12Comics, reviews Posted by Matthew Jackson

I have what I’d like to consider an advantage in reading and reviewing this comic, and that is that I have no clear idea in my head of what a Hawkeye comic book looks, feels or reads like. I know who Hawkeye is, of course (and yes, I knew who he was before the damn movie, so lay off), but he’s never been one of those characters who grabbed me. I used to feel the same way about Iron Man, though, and Matt Fraction is one of the writers (along with Warren Ellis) who turned that around for me. So, putting my faith in Fraction and dynamite artist David Aja, I snagged this debut issue and found myself swept into a gritty little world with a compelling, funny and completely freestanding Clint Barton at the center.


The Absolute Worst Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Assignments List

- 05-22-12Comics, Featured, Film, TV Posted by Mark Poynter


This NerdBastard has been a fan of S.H.I.E.L.D. since I first picked up a copy of Strange Tales and read about Super Secret Agent Nick Fury fighting to protect the world from the evils of Hydra. One read through and look at that fabulous Jim Steranko art and I was hooked like a 300lb marlin.

You can imagine my delight when watching the Avengers movie; seeing all those S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and equipment every time the Avengers were on the Helicarrier. This NerdBastard was in S.H.I.E.L.D. fan-boy heaven, but that got me thinking . . . an organization that big takes a lot of people to maintain and operate. If I were drafted into S.H.I.E.L.D.  (Hell I would be first in the volunteer line) what kind of job could I do? That lead me to think about what kind of job I might get stuck with . . .

The Absolute Worst “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Assignments (more…)

Sam Jackson Talks the Future of Nick Fury

- 05-02-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

When they started sewing the seeds for The Avengers back in 2008′s Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson was there helping to lay the ground work as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury. And ever since, Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. have become a bigger and bigger presence in the Marvel films, from The Incredible Hulk to the finale of last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

According to Jackson, the reason for that has as much to do with making S.H.I.E.L.D. feel like a real, functional organization as it does with being a cool Easter Egg.

“We do know that his organization is a real organization. His paranoia is not paranoia but a real founded fear,” says Jackson of Fury’s motivation in The Avengers. Apparently, one of the subplots of the film is Fury’s attempt to justify the necessity of the super-team. “There is a need for the Avengers Initiative, and that [puts him] at odds with the powers that be. Which we assume anyway, because he bucks against the system in an interesting way.”

Of course, The Avengers is the result of years of work and planning, but is there anyway that a “Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could be its own movie? Jackson says it can, but with conditions.

“Natasha [Scarlett Johansson] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye [Jeremy Renner] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn’t do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They’re essential elements of what’s there,” he explains. “I don’t know how much of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Marvel] want[s] to expose … I mean, we’re not superheroes. We’re more of a shadow world. So, it would be more like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with good toys—closer to a Bond movie than a superhero movie.”

Well that sounds provocative.

You can get a load of all of Jackson’s comments for yourself, via this video interview courtesy of MTV

Source: Blastr