Rumor du jour: Spider-Man To Join MCU In 2018’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1′

- 01-14-15Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Nothing beats a good ‘is-Spider-Man-going-back-to-Marvel’ rumor. This one is especially good due to the source that it came from. It’s no secret that Marvel and Sony have been conversing with each other regarding a deal to bring Spidey into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. We seen some of the conversations that were shared through the Sony Hacks scandal just before Christmas. For some Marvel fans, it looked like Christmas had come early in the form of speculative talks about Spidey returning home.  Supposedly the web-slinger would appear in Marvel’s 2016 release Captain America: Civil War. However, talks dissipated as a deal could not be reached that satisfied both parties. Consequently, the natural assumption was that Spidey was to remain at Sony, and they were unsure how to move forward with the character due to the lackluster performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2but now we have something a little more concrete. (more…)

Looks Like Marvel & Sony Might Have Struck A Deal To Save Spider-Man!

- 12-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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To say that Sony has been having a bit of a bad spell as of late would be a complete understatement. It seems like things are going from bad to worse for the company; with constant news hitting the headlines from the Sony Hacks debacle – with the studio eventually caving in to the hackers; admitting defeat by pulling Seth Rogan and James Franco‘s comedy The Interview from theatres nationwide. One interesting aspect of the hacks has been the ongoing leaks of ‘back-and-forth’ conversations/negotiations between Marvel and Sony that have been progressively hinting at some kind of eventual conclusion – and due to the relentlessness of Marvel director Kevin Feige – this has only made it all the more inevitable (he’s gained somewhat of a reputation as being a slightly formidable character). Thusly, it seems that the struggling company are willing to give up some of the proverbially fiscal Spider-Man pie, and it seems that Marvel is feeling rather sweet-toothed this time round: and we are saying to  executives, dig in and enjoy the party. (more…)

‘Ant-Man’ Star Evangeline Lilly Reveals New Story Details

- 12-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Evangeline Lilly – who is best know for her performance as Kate on the J.J. Abrams produced ABC sci-fi mystery series Lost – has been steadily building up quite the CV after an initially quite stint when Lost officially went off the air in 2010. Starring in films such as the Hugh Jackman vehicle Real Steel, and having a prominent role in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy playing elf warrior Tauriel, has no doubt upped her stock in Holywood. Now, with another starring role in Marvel Studios Ant-Man (playing Hank Pym‘s daughter), Lilly is set to grace the big screen again as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in mid July 2015. While promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lilly has been spilling the beans on the storyline of the tightly-lipped Peyton Reed vehicle. (more…)

There Is A Reason Marvel Is Not Planning A ‘Hulk’ Solo Movie

- 12-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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After Mark Ruffalo‘s superb performance playing the Hulk in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers (2012), his incarnation as the green-monster-with-anger-issues became a fan favorite; leading to the ultimate question “When will Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) be getting his own film.” Thusly, when Marvel Studios started rolling out Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor standalone movies, the Hulks absence from Marvel‘s release schedules became more apparent. Mark Ruffalo has appeased fans slightly by promising that the Hulk has a much bigger role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but will this suffice? It actually turns out there is a reason the Hulk has not been included in Marvel’s scheduling for a solo outing in the Cinematic Universe, and although you may be disappointed at first, it’s actually a really cool reason. We will leave you to judge for yourselves. (more…)

James Gunn On Proposed ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ And ‘Avengers’ Crossover

- 12-12-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Ever since Marvel announced its release slate for the next five-years, everyone presumed it would eventually lead up to an Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover. James Gunn has been asked about this numerous times as of late, especially while he has been on the promotional circuit pushing the Blu-ray and dvd release of his film. In interviews, Gunn always comes across as being very protective of the world and characters he has created in Guardians Of The Galaxy, so when there are ever any questions about a crossword within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he always seems  pretty despondent about the whole concept of the Avengers and the Guardians teaming up. However, given that they are the Guardians of the Galaxy; it would make more sense to give Gunn more time for the fans to explore his characters and their motives in more detail, and to explore the Galaxy that they are protecting. Therefore, it’s understandable at this point in time that Gunn‘s mindset is nowhere near, even contemplating how the crossover is going to come about at this point in time. After all, he has only just recently started work on the Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  (more…)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment… Wait, I Mean ‘Space Avengers’

- 12-09-14Comics, Film, Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

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Just when you thought it was safe to go buy a copy of James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD or Blu-Ray, the folks over at Screen Junkies went and gave it the Honest Trailer treatment. You’re going to love how far they had to reach to get the jokes this time, even they admit that they’re really reaching. (more…)

Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of Scarlet Witch defines scale of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

- 12-08-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is showing no signs of wavering just yet; with myriad parody trailers – from the George Lucas cut, to the Wes Anderson version – being churned out on a daily basis. So it’s nice to see some footage from other highly anticipated tent-pole films coming out next year – particularly if it happens to be a brief behind-the-scenes clip from Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. What is so great about this footage? …well, apart from its briefness, it’s the way in which it somewhat manages to demonstrate the actual scale of how colossal this mega-budgeted superhero film is actually going to be. From this thirty-one second clip, we can extrapolate the magnitude and scale of what has went into the second installment of The Avengers  – and just going by this, we are definitely going to be treated to an action-packed – Hulk-smashing – extravaganza. (more…)

Nova Will Not Be Part Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2′

- 11-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Soon after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was confirmed, people turned their attention to what could be in store for the sequel and what new characters they might be seeing in the sequel. One character who has been getting a lot of mention is Nova – the Earth-born hero – who fights for Xander and the planets Nova Corps and is also a major warrior who fights against the Kree and the Skulls, albeit, in various incarnations. Furthermore there was also talk about Peter Quill‘s father showing up in the second installment.

In a recent interview with Movieweb,  James Gunn  talks about what impact these characters will have on the sequel – or rather lack there of. (more…)

Do Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch Tie Into Marvel’s Other Phase 3 Films?

- 10-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Jed Harris-Keith

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Since the announcement that the character Quicksilver and his sister, mutant children of X-Men villain Magneto, would appear in both X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there’s been a question as to how Ultron director Joss Whedon would deal with the matter of the twins’ genetic heritage. At issue is the fact that X-Men and the Avengers do not inhabit the same movie universes: 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to the X-folks while Marvel Studios hold the movie rights to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. However, Quicksilver and his sister Scarlett Witch are characters that exist in a grey area as far film rights are concerned, which gives both studios the chance to use them in their stories. Still, Fox owns the movie rights to the term “mutant.” So, if they can’t be called mutants, how will Whedon explain Quicksilver and his sister the Scarlet Witch’s origins in Ultron? Comments by Marvel Studios suggests that the explanation will still be not quite human. (more…)

Feige Takes Spider-Man Question During Marvel Mega Event

- 10-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The speculation was running rampant before Marvel Studios‘ big info bomb earlier today that one of the details to be revealed concerned the movie rights to one of Marvel Comics‘ biggest characters. On the one hand, Marvel is proving that they can make an event out of anything, even little heard of titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, or Black Panther, or The Inhumans, but on the other hand the studio bigwigs and Disney shareholders would probably love to get a piece back of some of those marquee characters. Spider-Man has been association with Marvel since the web-slinger’s inception in 1962, but the movie rights remain buttoned up with Sony where they are, for all intents and purposes, trying to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear (not that Spider-Man is a sow’s ear). But might that be changing… (more…)