‘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…)

First Official Photo of Paul Rudd in ‘Ant-Man.’ Here. Now.

- 08-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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As we reported yesterday, production has begun on Marvel Studios‘ twelfth feature Ant-Man. The Peyton Reed-directed flick has been in development since long before there was a Marvel Studios, but now it’s finally becoming a reality, adding an important and historic piece of comic book lore to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By now you’re saying, “Quit stalling! Get to the picture!” Okay, calm down. Without further ado, let’s take a look – and it’s okay because its not-spoilery – at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, AKA: Ant-Man! (more…)

Yup. Mickey Rourke is Still Pissed at Marvel

- 08-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s worth remembering that before the recent brouhaha about Edgar Wright and Ant-Man that this episode wasn’t the first time that Marvel Studios has struggled in its relationship with talent. There was Terrence Howard‘s somewhat unceremonious replacement as James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the Iron Man movies, and there was that time Eward Norton‘s Bruce Banner suddenly looked a lot like Mark Ruffalo. But in in one specific case, it appears that bygones aren’t yet bygones. During a recent interview, actor Mickey Rourke re-affirmed that if he gets a collect call from Marvel, he will not be accepting the charges. (more…)

Who is Star-Lord’s Daddy & What Does He Do? and Other ‘GOTG 2′ Hints

- 08-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Left a subtle jab by Yondu (Michael Rooker) at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the great unanswered questions left to be resolved for the sequel is the identity of the father of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt). Of course, the character’s comic book origin offers an answer to that question, but from the sounds of it, and a new interview with director James Gunn, those of you beholden to all things comic book-y in terms of GOTG are about to be in for another surprise. That information, and whether or not the biggest bad of all in the Marvel Universe will play a significant role in the sequel, will be revealed after the jump… (more…)

Marvel Studios Completes ‘Inhumans’ Script, Ready for Directors

- 08-12-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It looks like this is the phase of Marvel Studios development where they’re going to strut. After Guardians of the Galaxy proved that a comic book based on an out-there concept couldn’t just be turned into a competent film, but the smash hit of summer with all audiences, Marvel looks ready to push again by finishing a script based on a bunch of characters even more out there than the Guardians, the Inhumans. Are movie-goers ready for a trip to the Blue Area of the Moon, and a peek at the Terrigen Mist? We’re about to find out as Marvel has indeed completed a draft for The Inhumans. (more…)

Brolin Knows When Thanos Will Be Back to Menace the MCU

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

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Thanos. He’s the bad guy you love to hate. He’s only appeared in two movies so far and with a combined running time of less than five minutes, but if you’re at all interested in the coalescing story arc across all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, you can’t talk about it much before mentioning Thanos. So you’re big, and purple, and mean, but you’ve had your @$$ handed to you twice now, once when your army was decimated on Earth and again when a ragtag group of criminals, including your own adopted daughter, robbed you of the MacGuffin you were so desperate to possess, now what do you do? Josh Brolin may know. He does, after all, play the part of Thanos. (more…)

‘Twin Peak’s MacLachlan Coming to a Stranger World – The Marvel Universe

- 08-07-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Kyle MacLachlan may be best known for playing FBI Agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks, a man sent to a small town investigate the death of a young woman only to discover a mysterious and foreboding world with mystical powers and the unexplained. Well, it seems that MacLachlan knows what we likes because he’s next heading to another mysterious and foreboding world with mystical powers and the unexplained: the Marvel Universe. MacLachlan will appear in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a new, but very pivotal role. (more…)

Watch 2 Deleted Scenes from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

- 08-06-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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If you’re coming down from the high of Guardians of the Galaxy, but are looking for new Marvel Studios something, then here you go. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will arrive on home video in just over a month, and if you want a reason aside from the obvious to buy the disc when it comes out, maybe the following videos will sweeten the deal. Now like a lot of deleted scenes, we’re not shown anything substantive or necessary to the story, but they do also offer some insight into how the film shook out in the editing room. Plus, we’re all completest obsessive compulsive types here, am I right? (more…)