When it was announced that Season Two of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix would feature the “Daredevil vs The Punisher” storyline, fans went crazy with excitement. When Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal was cast as army veteran turned vigilante Frank Castle, even better. As we watched that season, most of the best parts did involve The Punisher and it was a refreshing take on the character. Bernthal’s performance was praised by audiences and critics alike. Not only was he the one man army that could take out groups of mobsters, or steamroll through an entire wing of prisoners with one knife, but he also had a sweet side and offered Karen Page advice as well as reflect on time with his dearly departed daughter. It was almost a foregone conclusion that he would get his own Netflix show. When first rumored that Punisher would get a show, it was immediately debunked by producers. However, it looks like we will be seeing more of Frank Castle after all. (more…)
We are just days away from seeing Team Iron Man face off against Team Captain America in Marvel’s newest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War. The stakes are high for both sides as a Superhero Registration Act threatens to tear the Avengers apart. Team Iron Man believes that registering their identities with the government will help protect innocent civilians from collateral damage. Meanwhile, Team Captain America thinks that such an act would do more harm than good. Fans have been choosing a side for months, and both teams are ready to go head-to-head. However, with all of this talk of “which side are you on,” there is one man who has yet to align with one of these teams. We are of course talking about the head honch of Marvel himself, Stan freaking Lee.
Yesterday marked the earlier than proposed release of Deadpool on digital download. Fans have been itching with anticipation to see the film again after its roaring success in theatres. The film captured the essence of Deadpool perfectly, with a mix of gratuitous violence and childish jokes And for those of you that didn’t enjoy Deadpool (the very few of you!) you’re in for a bit of a bumpy ride on the internet over the next few weeks, as Deadpool is released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Now, you may think that you could unfollow all Deadpool fans on Twitter, unsubscribe from those pesky movie news feeds and avoid any instagram profiles that are a little bit obsessed with the Merc With The Mouth but you might still struggle to avoid him. (more…)
There is a serious issue with whitewashing in cinema at the minute. Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Dormer have been the actors whose roles have most recently been pushed into contention as they both take on roles originally written for Japanese characters. Even more recently, Marvel have found themselves accused of whitewashing in their upcoming movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange. But it is not the protagonist that the issue is with, this time it is Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One that has been accused of being wrongly cast. The question here is, have Marvel made the right choice in their casting and is that choice justified? Earlier today Marvel released a statement regarding their stance on the issue of Tilda Swinton‘s role… (more…)
Marvel have been talking about making an Inhumans movie from as early as March 2011, and there has been no shortage of tantalising updates in the time since. Stan Lee was reporting talking about development in 2012 and a script by Joe Robert Cole, who also wrote the Black Panther movie due for release in 2018, was said to making good progress in the summer time of 2014. (more…)
It seems as if every day there is another piece of news coming out of Marvel Studios regarding one of its many projects, as the MCU moves into phase three and beyond. Yet again Marvel dropped another few bits of information on the public and like all news… With the good, always comes the bad! Earlier today Robert Downey Jr. was revealed to have signed a contract, confirming his appearance as Iron Man (obviously!) in Spider-Man: Homecoming (you can read the NerdBastards article here.) But as Thanos opens a door, he closes a window. It seems that talks between Michael Keaton and Marvel have broken down in relation to his part in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Rumours spread like wildfire after Michael Keaton had been confirmed to be in talks to be part of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Marvel fanbase lost their minds. Keaton is well known for portraying the lead roles in both Batman (1989) and Beetlejuice (1988) and came was thrown back into the limelight with the insanely brilliant Birdman (2015,) where he received an Oscar nomination. Keaton’s cult following means he is an ideal addition to any superhero film. Unfortunately it seems that the talks stalled at the offer stage.
Keaton could still be involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming but his current stance is that he is out of the proceedings. It would be incredibly interesting to see where Keaton would fit into the MCU and their upcoming Spider-Man film. Only time will tell who will play what in the film but I think it is safe to say Keaton would be welcome to the Spideyverse with open arms, particularly by the fans.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for release July 7th, 2017.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a number of recurring characters who have a huge impact on each film they appear in. Even if those characters appear for a short amount of time, they change the film for the audience in one way or another. A perfect example of this is Anthony Mackie’s Falcon in Ant-Man. If Ant-Man felt at all disjointed from the rest of the MCU the appearance of Falcon brought their worlds together. There is one character however, who has made more than one appearance without affecting the proceedings too much… Thanos (Josh Brolin.) He has made a couple of appearances with very little screen time but Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Parts I & II are about to change that. (more…)
A new set of pictures featuring Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) and Jessica Stroup (90210) on the Iron Fist set are making the Internet rounds. Stroup plays Joy Meachum in the new series, a childhood friend of Danny Rand and these pictures show Rand meeting Meachum as she exits her building. Rand looks like he just got back from Burning Man and Meachum doesn’t exactly look thrilled to see him. (more…)
The release of Captain America: Civil War inches ever closer and it seems like every day Marvel has some new material to whet the appetites of fans. Surely some will complain, “You’re showing us the whole movie already!” But Marvel has historically been very deft in their marketing, keeping some very big twists quiet until the release of the movie (think the Mandarin in Iron Man 3). Besides, with a 147 minute running time, you could take out all of the material released thus far and still be left with a longer-than-average movie. Lamentations of over-saturated fans aside, the march toward Civil War must go on and today is given no quarter. A new TV spot features the very first clip of the exciting new hero, Black Panther, speaking and of the Wakandan accent. Check it out below!
With Captain America: Civil War kicking off Marvel’s Phase 3, Kevin Feige spoke with Entertainment Weekly on several subjects including Phase 4. On May 6, 2016 the 13th movie of the Marvel Studio’s franchise hits theaters. Only 11 movies are slated for the third phase including Thor:Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War Part 1 and 2. One big question still loom on the horizon; when will Marvel Studios make Inhumans? Currently Inhumans are part of Agents of Shield’s main plot and Marvel Studios might be waiting for the TV show to finish their scripts. You can find a full listing of all Phase 3 movies here. Kevin hints at what’s in store for Phase 4. (more…)