Hawke May Be Stranger Than Phoenix for New Marvel Hero

- 10-01-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Who is stranger? Ethan Hawke or Joaquin Phoenix? This may be the choice now before Marvel Studios and comic book fans as a new name has appeared in the race to play the next, great Marvel superhero: Doctor Strange. It was barely a month ago that is seemed like Phoenix had the whole thing sewn up, but today we have rumors that the Boyhood star has cut in and become such a sensation with the studio that he’s all but assured to take on the part of the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts. So is Phoenix really now off the casting sheet? Is Hawke now the one to beat, and how much does past experience with facial hair play into the casting decision? (more…)

No, Stan Lee’s Not The Watcher. Sorry.

- 09-30-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s human nature to want to find meaning in everything, to see if we can detect patterns where there may not necessarily be patterns. This is especially true when we’re talking about someone or some people who purposefully plant clues, let’s call them Easter eggs, into their stories for fans familiar with the source material to search out and enjoy. If some small things have big meanings, then why can’t every small thing have a big meaning, even if that meaning should be perfectly obvious.

In the grand tradition of reading too much into stuff, some fans have wondered if there’s a bigger meaning behind Stan Lee‘s constant appearances in the Marvel movies, you know, other than being Marvel Comics most famous writer and editor, and co-creator of their biggest characters. Well Lee confirmed over the weekend that the point to his cameos is that he’s Stan Lee, and he’s not playing The Watcher. (more…)

How to Make Movies the Marvel Way – A New College Course

- 09-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Since the rise of Marvel in the 1960s there’s been books, courses and comic con panels about making comics the “Marvel way,” but with the success of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps its time we start talking about making movies the Marvel way, and wouldn’t you know it, the annals of American higher learning is answering the call. That’s right nerds, starting in the summer of 2015, if your a student at the University of Baltimore, you too can learn all about the art of making Marvel movies, from a purely educational perspective of course. Now, the U of B ain’t exactly one of your top ten institutions for higher learning, but if you want to learn about comic book movies, maybe it should be. (more…)

Summer of 2016 is Going to be ‘Strange,’ Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme Gets a Release Date

- 09-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With several release dates between now and 2020 reserved, but actually not very much announced in terms of titles to those films being released, Marvel Studios has now pencilled in a name for the July 8, 2016 release date, a movie that’s been long in the works but was directly hinted at in this past spring’s hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That’s right, tie on your Cloak of Levitation, and shine up your Eye of Agamotto because the Sorcerer Supreme is coming to a theater near you in the Summer of ’16. The time has come for Doctor Stange! (more…)

Directors Promise ‘Captain America 3′ Will Change the Game Again

- 09-10-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of the great successes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that it managed to continue to build the Marvel Cinematic Universe without really drawing attention to it. Instead, it managed to expand the scope of the Marvel-related films, introduce new characters familiar to comic book readers, and challenged the characters we already had met with a shocking truth the upset everything they thought they knew. In essence, Winter Soldier continued building the world by essentially destroying a pretty big piece of it. Delivering such a gobsmack was a big risk that turned into an even bigger reward for Cap 2 directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose success with the film was evident in the way that Marvel awarded them the helm for Captain America 3 before The Winter Soldier even opened last April. In a new interview, the Brothers Russo made it clear that they’re not about to rest on the laurels, and are prepping another big game change for the MCU in part 3. (more…)

What Coulda Been… A Look at Stan Lee’s Deleted Cameo from ‘Guardians’

- 09-04-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The other day, we posted a story about an alternative cameo for Stan “The Man” Lee in the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. If you see the movie today, the godfather of Marvel Comics appears in a one scene on the planet Xandar as one of the faces in the crowd, but as James Gunn revealed at Dragon Con last weekend, he had a different idea about Lee’s cameo, but it never came to pass. Well, the director has come forth to reveal that it did, in fact, come to pass. Sort of. Thanks to the power of social media, Gunn got to clarify his comments, with art! (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Journeys With A Turkey’s Dream In Space

- 09-04-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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You came back! This time on RadioBastard things get a bit weird, Jeremy and Jason face-off against AJ and Paul (aka Apple Jax and Saul) from the Gobbledygeek Podcast in a test of wits and endurance as they all banter about the prospect of joylessness in the DC Movie Universe, Jimmy Olsen’s legs, the latest Doctor Strange rumors, a Hunger Games theme park and more!
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‘Thrones’ Director Game to Make a Black Widow Movie

- 08-27-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Dumping more napalm on the burning flame of desire for a female-led superhero movie, Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall has said aloud that he’s all for bringing a solo Black Widow movie to cinema’s everywhere, and it’s actually his Marvel dream project. The chorus has grown steadily louder for Marvel Studios to give the Russian spy-turned Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.-turned-Avenger her own adventure, and Scarlett Johansson seems more than up to the task of carrying her own comic book adventure (her current pregnancy notwithstanding), but why does Marshall want to make his Marvel movie Black Widow-centric? He recently explained his rationale in a new interview… (more…)

Netflix Boss Talks ‘Defenders’ and the Next Marvel Series Up, ‘Jessica Jones’

- 08-25-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With shooting on Daredevil well underway, all eyes turn to the rest of the proposed line-up of Netflix series based on Marvel characters. When will Luke Cage start shooting? Iron Fist? And who will be taking point behind the scenes on the epic team-up mini-series The Defenders? Good questions, and a high level executive at Netflix is offering some answers. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, in a recent interview, shared some info about going darker, who’s being cast right now, and in what way The Defenders will be following The Avengers model. (more…)

Vincent D’Onofrio Talks in Broad Strokes About Kingpin and ‘Daredevil’

- 08-22-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Marvel’s ambitious plan to turn four street level heroes into Netflix series before combining them into a team-like mega-series is, to say the least, ambitious. No less ambitious was the casting on the first series to reach the production phase, Daredevil, which includes a cast made up of Charlie Cox (Stardust) as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) in a mysterious role, and this man, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin or Crime – or Kingpin for short. Shooting on Daredevil is currently underway, and D’Onofrio took a minute to talk, however nebulously, about his new, important place in the Marvel Universe. (more…)