Louis D’Esposito

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Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) lives in a three-story town house in New York’s Greenwich Village. A very special building with that iconic circular window. The rest of the building seems to change slightly with each new artist, but that window remains. Now we’ve got our first look at the Doctor Strange Sanctum Sanctorum set and that fantastic window courtesy of Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D’Espisito. (more…)

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We’re at a point in the life of the Marvel Cinematic Universe where there’s such a number and diversity of characters across many backgrounds, that anyone can show up any time in any movie or show. Falcon popped up in Ant-Man, Lady Sif teamed twice with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Spider-Man will make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Speaking of Spider-Man, there’s been a lot of excitement about his induction into the MCU, with speculation focused on a) his role in Civil War and b) what to expect from this 2017 solo movie. But now there’s a c) What if Spidey is going to appear in Doctor Strange? (more…)

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It looks like Hayley Atwell can reply on some familiar guidance behind the camera when she takes Peggy to the small screen in Agent Carter on ABC. It was announced today at the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic Con that amongst the directors lending their talent to the first season of the solo adventures of Steve Rogers’ Girl Friday are Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). (more…)

Till now it was really just a rumor, although many of us in the fan community more or less took it to be true because of its sheer awesomeness, but James Gunn has said yes, he is directing Guardians of the Galaxy, and he’s also doing a re-write on the script. Here’s what the filmmaker said on Facebook (via /Film), finally confirming that he’ll be the man behind the camera on Marvel’s first space-based story:

“For a month or so there’s been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Until now I haven’t said anything, because I’m trying to be less expulsive about this project than I am about the rest of my life. But last night I got the go-ahead from Kevin Feige to let you all know that, yes, indeed, I am rewriting and directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

As a lifelong lover of Marvel comics, space epics, AND raccoons, this is the movie I’ve been waiting to make since I was nine years old. Kevin, Joss, and all the folks at Marvel have been amazing collaborators so far, and we’re committed to bringing you something majestic, beautiful, and unique. I am incredibly excited. I am also incredibly grateful to the fans and the press for all their words of encouragement and support regarding my involvement with this project since the news first leaked. Thanks – you have, honestly, touched and overwhelmed me.

And that’s it for now. Other than the occasional photos of my dog and cat here on Facebook, I’ll talk to you again in August 2014 when ‘Guardians’ is released!”

‘Tis the perils of big budget Hollywood filmmaking I guess. It’s nice to get confirmation that Gunn is going to be writing his own script too for Guardians. Much like Joss Whedon and The Avengers, Gunn is too unique a voice to be merely employed as a hired gun and filming somebody else’s words. Gunn will be taking over scripting duties from first-timers Nicole Perlman  and Chris McCoy.

In other Marvel movie news, studio co-chair Louis D’Esposito offered some insight on the plans for Marvel’s Phase 2, the broad title for all Marvel movie projects staring next summer with Iron Man 3 and culminating with The Avengers 2 release in 2015.

In an interview with Cine Premiere (by way of Comic Book Movie), they began by asking  D’Esposito about the appearance of new characters (read: potential new Avengers) in the next group of films. (Forgive the nature of the quotes, their taken from the Spanish translation.)

“[W]e discussed it at the time and I think in The Avengers 2 [we] will see some new characters,” says D’Esposito. “We’re currently working on Phase 2 and we have Iron Man 3 , Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so we returned to those franchises to enlarge them, but I think in The Avengers 2 will see one or two new characters.”

On the surprise choice of mid-credits cameo, Thanos: The Mad Titan, D’Esposito says that he was confident it would be a good hook for the audience, many of whom had no idea who Thanos was. “I think Thanos’ presence keeps the audience interested. At the end of Iron Man, many did not know who was Nick Fury and many wondered who the [guy with the eye] patch [was. It] serves to generate interest and from there you can go ahead and tell their stories.”

As for whether or Thanos will terrorize the Guardians or the Avengers in the not too distant future is not exactly clear. But D’Esposito says that Marvel’s working their plan. “In the development process we have many characters and stories [that] are always planning and a concept that we thought we could use and would be unsatisfactory. [We] decided to do it. [I don’t] think there’s a secret formula. As you know we have a Black Panther, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and more that we are developing and [we want them] all to be made, but [a] few [films] are made before others.”

Here’s the Phase 2 rundown of release dates (as if you didn’t already know).

  • Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013
  • Thor: The Dark World – November 8, 2013
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
  • The Avengers 2 – May 1, 2015

Sorry Fans, No Heroes in Marvel Shorts

Marvel has enjoyed unprecedented success building its cinematic universe, including the highly popular series of short films included on each subsequent Blu-ray release of Marvel Films. But each of the shorts so far, including the upcoming Item 47 being released with The Avengers, focus on events from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s point of view, and fans have been wondering if Marvel might see an opening in using this as a platform to introduce more substantive, previously established Marvel characters, like say, The Black Panther or Luck Cage.

In an interview with Film Junkies, Marvel co-president Louis D’Esposito unceremoniously shot down that possibility. Find his exact comments below:

“I love Black Panther, he is one of my favorite characters. But before we have a filmmaker on board, it is difficult to do anything. Because we want to involve them in the processes such as casting or design issues or even other areas for which one hires a director. So if we have a director on board and knew that we would turn Black Panther or Luke Cage and Ms. Marvel or whatever for a figure that is, then we would do maybe. But right now it is logistically a difficult hurdle.”

Well maybe I oversold the negative. He said it was a logistically difficult hurdle right now, but he didn’t completely rule it out. It just might be a good idea worth exploring. There’s only the whole Marvel universe at their disposal.

Source: Blastr

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