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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…)

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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…)

SDCC16: Marvel Studios LIVE BLOG

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Last year Marvel Studios sat out San Diego Comic Con, and the whole affair felt somewhat emptier without it. (Remember when The Avengers were introduced in 2010? Good times.) So let’s call this “The Return of the King” and consider what’s coming out in Hall H at 5:30 PST (8:30 EST): We know James Gunn will be there with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stuff, and Scott Derrickson seems likely with some Doctor Strange news and/or footage. But what else? Thor: Ragnarok? Black Panther? Perhaps we might learn who’s going to done the uniform of Captain Marvel, or the identity of Michael Keaton’s villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Let’s not get our hopes too high and go straight to Hall H for the straight dope.  (more…)

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One of the films on the horizon for Marvel is the highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok, which will end the trilogy of solo Thor movies. It’s been rumored that not only will The Incredible Hulk (as popularly played by Mark Ruffalo) be appearing in the film, but that a good portion of the film’s story will be adapted from the Planet Hulk comic story-arc, in which the Hulk becomes champion, and then ruler, of a super-powered gladiatorial planet in the far reaches of space. Well, something just arrived at SDCC that seems to confirm this story once and for all.  (more…)

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the hotly-anticipated sequel to 2014’s surprising smash success from Marvel Studios, has just unveiled a new concept art from Andy Park. The sequel, which is again directed by James Gunn (known also for Slither and Super), is expected to continue the story of Star-Lord and compatriots defending the galaxy-at-large from Thanos (and his minion horde). The images show off Mantis, the newest member of the team’s screen adaptation, as well as a Baby Groot without his flowerpot; this new look at the team can be seen after the break below. (more…)

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Back in the 90s, and the mad scramble to monetize their properties and make some cash as they were on the brink of bankruptcy, Marvel Comics sold the rights to its characters to a number of different studios. The X-Men went to 20th Century Fox (as did the Fantastic Four and Daredevil), Blade went to New Line Cinema, Hulk to Universal, and Ghost Rider to Sony (where he was joined – eventually – by Spider-Man). Slowly, but surely, Marvel’s been bringing everyone back into their bosom, and now it seems another character maybe ready to take their rightful place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not to mention Atlantis. (more…)

Marvel Mel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been expanding with each film and phase. With it comes some truly memorable characters and the actors have done a magnificent job at literally transforming themselves into becoming those characters. Ask a number of people who Robert Downey, Jr. is and the majority would likely say Iron Man (or perhaps Tony Stark, but less likely). The actor’s names have almost become synonymous with their Marvel role. Most fans would probably be up in arms if, say, Chris Evans decided to stop being Captain America and someone else came along to fill the role. It wouldn’t be the same! Well, get this… way back when Marvel was still working on Phase I, the studio originally approached an actor to land a key role in their film(s) but that actor passed. That actor was Mel Gibson. (more…)

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By the time the credits rolled on Blade: Trinity, a lot of people thought of further Daywalker adventures by paraphrasing the immortal words of the farmer in Babe, “That will do, Blade. That will do.” Given Patton Oswalt’s now infamous oral history of the behind the scenes rancour of the film, the fact that Trinity was in anyway comprehensible is a tribute to David S. Goyer and his editor. It does make you wonder though: why would Wesley Snipes want to come back? Is he looking to make amends for past cinema sins, or given the present superhero movie hysteria does he know a good deal when he sees it? (more…)

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This time last year, a controversy started erupting about Disney, toys, and Marvel Studios‘ then-latest hit Avengers: Age of Ultron. A LEGO set was released, based on a prominent action scene in the film, but one of the players in that scene was conspicuous by *her* absence. From there, a #WheresNatasha campaign was launched as mothers and fathers of young girls asked hopelessly for toys featuring the sole female Avenger. Did Disney still labor under the opinion that a) girls don’t like action figures and b) that boys won’t play with girl action figures? Apparently that was the opinion of Disney execs, or at least it was circa 2013. (more…)