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The expansive cast of Marvel Studios and Sony‘s Spider-Man: Homecoming has been known for some time, but their exact roles have been left to the realm of mystery and conjecture… Until now! A tweet has lent some insight into who might be playing who in the Spider-Man movie, their relation to comic book counterparts of the same name, and even their connection to the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe. As revealed yesterday, we know that Zendaya is portraying Mary Jane Watson but what other revelations await fans when the amazing wall-crawler returns to the big screen in his next solo adventure next summer. (more…)

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the all-devouring, inescapable pop-culture force that it has become, hasn’t had as easy a time on television as it has in film. Sure, the Netflix entries (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) have done remarkably well, and the trend is looking to continue with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the small scale Avengers-ish mashup The Defenders; however, Netflix is not traditional format television, and part of the reason of the aforementioned programs’ success is their “R-rated” appeal. The ABC network, de facto home of everything Disney (Marvel included) on your TVs, hasn’t had as much success. (more…)

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Not too long ago, Anna Kendrick called “shotgun” on Squirrel Girl, the rodent themed Marvel comics super-heroine that started as something of a gag, but became an actual fan favorite. To be clear, Marvel has never announced plans to make Squirrel Girl (or any of the teams she’s been on, like the Great Lakes Avengers) into a movie—Kendrick has simply stated her interest in playing the character (even though she admitted to knowing little about her, outside of a few comics her brother sent her). Now, someone else in Hollywood is saying “Hey Marvel, I’m team Squirrel Girl!”  (more…)

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Do you remember the Infinity Stones? Shiny rocks, vast amounts of powers, one of them is stuck to the head of Vision in the MCU? They were central to the plot of Captain America: First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, and of course, the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and have more or less had a presence in every Marvel movie to date post Iron Man 2, but haven’t really been seen much lately. They went completely unmentioned in Ant-Man, and were barely a footnote in Captain America: Civil War. They’re a pretty central plot device to the entire world of Marvel, and yet they don’t seem to be the headline ‘artifact of doom’ right now. It might have fans wondering whether they’ll make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at all. Well, director James Gunn once again has the answers.  (more…)

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During San Diego Comic-Con 2016, at the Marvel panel, we were flat out told who Kurt Russell was playing in the movie, despite it being a secret up until that point; not only he is Star-Lord’s father, but he is also Ego the Living Planet, and not J’Son of Spartax, like in the comics. His costume from the film was also revealed to us on Twitter and Instagram. Many fans, unable to avoid the news, were a bit dismayed; the character change was so out of left field, they felt it would’ve added a nice twist on the movie’s story. Director James Gunn has responded by telling us it’s not a spoiler. But how?  (more…)

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According to the normal rules of TV, when you’ve got something good you keep cranking it out until no one wants any part of it anymore. Netflix isn’t following any established method though, they’re taking a different approach: always leave them wanting more. Such is the case for their slate of Marvel Studios programming. One would think that with the tremendous, flattering success of Jessica Jones, and the warm reception for Daredevil season two, that Netflix would want to get new seasons of those shows rolling post haste. But no, we won’t see those shows again for a while. About two years to be precise. (more…)

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This will only feed into the petty fight between fans of Marvel and the fans of DC, but it’s an interesting story about just how far the reach of San Diego Comic Con goes outside of Hall H. You may recall from our weekend Comic Con binge some degree of difference between the coverage of the two major panels, Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios; while Warners dumped everything online almost as it happened, Marvel only shared the new Doctor Strange trailer with the home audience. If the point of something like Comic Con is to attract attention, then measuring reaction on social media should be a good indicator if you were successful, and one studio was very successful indeed. (more…)

Would Joss Whedon Make a Black Widow Movie? “Duh”

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If you like female superheroes then this was a good year at San Diego Comic Con for you because on the one hand Warner Bros. gave us the first Wonder Woman trailer, and on the other Marvel Studios introduced us to Captain Marvel Brie Larson. But come on! We know that there’s been one superheroine that’s been kicking butt since the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for years fans have said that she deserves her own movie. Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow getting the solo spotlight she’s earned is still sadly a long way off, but if Marvel is interested, a director with a proven track record in the MCU might be willing to help make it happen. (more…)

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Kurt Russell seems to be on our radar quite a bite lately, whether it’s starring in The Hateful Eight, having comics written about old characters of his, or joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Star-Lord’s father, the man is coming back to the public eye in a big way. Speaking of being Star-Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, it was recently confirmed the actor would be Ego the Living Planet, which came as a surprise to many fans. Now we get to see just a bit of what will be on the screen later next year.  (more…)

Spidey homecoming

Today has been a bluster of news related to comic book movies, but one of the most anticipated projects from Marvel Studios is definitely Spider-Man: Homecoming; the film will continue the story of Tom Holland‘s take on the world’s most famous wall-crawler (after his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War). Today, in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, more details (some of which have been long rumored) about the film have finally come to light, and and the hype for Spider-Man is absolutely more real than ever.  (more…)