No Spidey for ‘Civil War’ But for ‘Infinity War’? Maybe…

- 12-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The ongoing cyber-hacking issues of Sony Pictures have been both morally ambiguous and informative. In the wake of the cancellation of the release of The Interview, which Nerd Bastards commented on earlier today, news continues to be parsed from stolen e-mails about the various people and projects at Sony’s two studios, and a lot of that news has concerned Marvel Studios, the Walt Disney Company and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We discussed yesterday how negotiations to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War came apart as time was getting down to the wire for production to get started on the film. The end result was that there will be no cameo in Civil War for Spidey, but that was by no means the end of the discussion, and by no means the end of the negotiations. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many ways to draw Spider-Man into the fold. (more…)

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Moving On Spider-Man-Less

- 12-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In the comic book version of Marvel’s Civil War, a pretty key part is played by Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man; his backing of Tony Stark and the pro-registration movement was the watershed moment in the miniseries when Spidey unmasked as Peter Parker at the end of Civil War #2. When the plot line of the third Captain America was revealed to be based on Civil War, many fans wondered if it was a sign that Spidey might come home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after rumblings over the last several months (confirmed by e-mails released by hackers last week) that Sony was looking at a Spider-Sharing deal with Walt Disney and Marvel Studios. As we know now though, that talk was just talk, and sources inside Marvel are confirming that Captain America: Civil War is now proceeding without Spider-Man. (more…)

Oh Shiny! Get a Close-Up Look at Iron Man’s New Armor From Marvel’s ‘Age of Ultron’

- 12-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Going around the blogosphere today, is this Hot Toys 1/6th scale figure of Iron Man from Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Other sites have been toting it as “First Look at New Iron Man Armor from AOU”. Uh, excuse me, but wasn’t there a Age of Ultron trailer released a few weeks ago which got a billion or so views, and in it, multiple appearances/shots of the actual on screen Iron Man in armor? Release a toy, and now suddenly everyone cares? It befuddles me sometimes how certain things gain momentum around the net. Regardless, this is one of the best Iron Man toys submitted unto Nerddom and truth be told, it does give us our best close-up look at the new armor.  Have looksie after the break and file it under “stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t afford to have”.  (more…)

Is Frank Grillo’s Crossbones The Main Villain In ‘Captain America: Civil War’?

- 11-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Frank Grillo has come along way career wise in such a short space of time. From a partially unknown regular in season one of Fox’s hit show Prison Break to great supporting roles (End of Watch, The Grey, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and leading roles in movies and TV shows (Kingdom, The Purge 2: Anarchy). His name is really starting to get out there and this has been facilitated by his high profile standout performance as Brock Lumlow (Crossbones), which has essentially trajected his career from a tropospheric plateau to the stratospheric. Furthermore, given what we know about the history or Captain America and Crossbones, this speculation does not come as a total surprise. (more…)

Marvel Cast Daniel Brühl In ‘Captain America: Civil War

- 11-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Marvel has officially announced the casting of German actor Daniel Bruhl for an unspecified role in Captain America: Civil War. The actor – who is probably best known for his ambiguously endearing-but-nasty role as Frederick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds – joins a cast that already boasts three superheroes. Captain America: Civil War has an impressive line-up, including Chris Evans’ Cap. America, Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, newcomer Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier. Unfortunately there is still no word on Frank Grillo’s involvement in the film as Crossbones. (more…)

Marvel’s Hot on The Trail of Those Responsible For Leaking ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer

- 11-06-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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While fan response has been positive to Marvel‘s decision to “roll with it” when Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, that was scheduled to premiere during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was leaked online almost a week early, word around the Internet Water Cooler is that Marvel wants to continue to “roll with it.” Roll right over the person responsible for leaking the trailer and throwing a monkey wrench in Marvel’s cross promotion event with a ten ton Marvel steam roller. Marvel recently filed papers in a California Federal Court in an attempt to issue a subpoena on Google for information about the leaker. (more…)

Downey Explains Stark’s Head Space in ‘Age of Ultron’ – Defends ‘Iron Man 3′ Ending

- 10-31-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Iron Man 3 ended on a somewhat definitive note, which was necessary given real life predicaments where in Marvel Studios was unsure if it might lure Robert Downey Jr. back for further, and future, adventures. It marked an important change for Downey’s character Tony Stark as he underwent surgery to have the shrapnel in his chest removed, thus making it no longer necessary for Stark to have an Arc reactor in his chest. It suggested that maybe, Stark was no longer in a place where he needed his Iron Man alterego and is moving on to new things. But since Downey is back for Avengers: Age of Ultron, so is Stark and Iron Man, and in a new interview, Donwey suggests that Stark will be as affected by the events of Iron Man 3 in Age of Ultron, as he was in Iron Man 3 after events in The Avengers(more…)

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Teaser Footage From Marvel’s Big Phase 3 Announcement & MOAR!!!

- 10-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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It didn’t take too long for some of the video from Marvel‘s big live streaming Phase 3 announcement event earlier today. They may tell no one to film anything, but you know someone is going to do it anyways. Now we’ve got three clips for you. (more…)

When Robert Downey Jr. Asks For A Vowel… You Damn Well Give That Man an ‘Avengers’ “A”

- 10-20-14Uncategorized Posted by Mark Poynter

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Here’s a fun fact. If you fully spell out Robert Downey Junior‘s name, the only vowel in the English alphabet missing is an “A”. You know, A-E-I-O-U-&-Sometimes-Y. Now word is making the Internet rounds that someone at Marvel felt that obvious hole in Robert Downey Jr’s life needed to be filled. Filled with that 30 foot tall Avengers “A” in the movie, the one pictured above. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Is A Valid Replacement For Saturday Morning Cartoons

- 10-10-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Smack dab between two very successful Con appearances as ‘guy who lingers at the long boxes too long‘, the boys are back with their contractually obligated attempt at a solid hour of pop-culture news and other strangeness. This week Jeremy and Jason tackle: (more…)