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The Avengers

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Man, those Marvel types are a fickle bunch, eh?  I mean geez, the guys create one mega-million dollar “shared universe” cinematic behemoth, generate another few hundred million dollars in advertising and tie-in product revenue, and single-handedly save not only their company but the superhero genre itself from the Pit of Despair, and they think they can just pick and choose whomever they want to play their characters on their own time frame.  The nerve!

Okay, that pseudo-rant is not all entirely accurate.  Marvel is working closely with Sony to pick the successor to the Spider-Man mantle, what with their “shared business universe” and all, so all sides need to be on the same page with the casting – and apparently, Asa Butterfield won’t be the winner of this race.  While the reasoning for his being dropped isn’t immediately clear, some people think he may have rubbed Marvel the wrong way by recently hopping on Reddit threads and replying to posts about him portraying the web-slinger.

According to The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider, there are only three actors left in contention for the role of Spider-Man in the MCU: Tom Holland (“The Impossible”), Charlie Plummer (“Boardwalk Empire”), and Matthew Lintz (“Kill the Messenger”).  In his report, Sneider indicates that Plummer is the leading choice from the Marvel side, and Holland is the frontrunner in the eyes of the Sony camp.  The two companies are going to have to start drawing straws or something soon, as romor has it that Spidey is slated to start filming his portion of Captain America: Civil War next month.

The newest Captain America film – jokingly labeled Avengers 2.5 by many fans, due to the high superhero count – is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.  Sound off below, fellow Bastards: who would you most be interested in seeing cast as Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man?

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Is anyone truly excited about Marvel’s Ant-Man – yes, no, maybe? Seems most are considerable unimpressed with Marvel’s latest entry into their Cinematic Universe. Maybe it’s because the lead characters super powers of shrinking down to the size of a popcorn kernel and talking to Ants isn’t all that interesting. Or, maybe, it’s something deeper. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was as nonstop kinetic force – it was as fun and exciting as a super hero movie can get. Any Marvel solo film following a blockbuster like would be akin to being the guy that has to go on and perform after The Beatles .

Obviously feeling that Ant-Man isn’t tracking as strong as they may like, Marvel has dished out some movie posters with some familiar faces. When in doubt, cross promote!  (more…)

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The Marvel Comic Universe features a plethora of characters – some that would translate well off the colored pages and onto a movie or TV screen, and some that wouldn’t.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently plugging away at full steam, and after a rocky start with the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Marvel’s TV offerings seem to be hitting their stride as well.  Of course, both the film and television productions are all part of the larger MCU, which begs the simple-sounding yet very-convoluted questions: what characters will be added, and how? (more…)

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Disney has long been at the forefront of pushing boundaries when it comes to kids and their interaction with imaginative toys and experiences.  The Disney Infinity toy/game hybrid series has been doing extremely well these last few years, and of course, Disney’s theme parks themselves are essentially one big immersive experience.  Now, the company is ready to make another leap: Playmation, wearable smart technology that they hope will blur the lines of gaming and imaginative play all the more.

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Production is currently underway on Captain America: Civil War, and since they’re doing a lot of shooting outside in Atlanta, that means set pics, set pics and more set pics! What we’ve seen so far reveals the new Avengers – Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Ant-Man (?) – in action against Crossbones Brock Rumlow in his nouveau Crossbones armor. But the question, in the midst of all this and the rumored cornucopia of heroes and villains in Civil War, is what role Bucky “The Winter Soldier” Barnes plays in the plot. We know that Sebastian Stan is back, though we have yet to see hide nor hair of him on set, so what is Bucky up to in Civil War, and how does he fit into the plot? We may have an answer, and this should go without saying, spoiler alert! (more…)

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They say it’s never better than the first time, and it turns out that that’s kind of true for Joss Whedon and his foray into blockbuster filmmaking. Not for the first time, Whedon is talking about the difficulties in making Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the difficulties in trying to top himself while improving himself after the smash hit that was 2012’s The Avengers. With then one movie under his belt, Whedon became the second most successful director in terms of box office take of a single movie of all time. For his encore, he took on the hotly anticipated sequel to the superhero movie, which wasn’t just facing the crush of expectation left over from The Avengers, but of the other four Marvel Studios movies released in-between Avengers adventures too. In that case, it’s pretty understandable then that in Whedon’s case, two was enough. (more…)

Quicksilver – Did He Or Didn’t He?

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Before we even start, be warned, spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron are ahead. You probably knew that, considering the title, but if you are among the dozen or so people on the planet who has not yet seen the movie and want to avoid spoilers, now is the time to leave.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. (more…)

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A comment by Idris Elba, who plays Heimdall, started the rumors flowing last year when he let it slip that he had filmed an Avengers: Age of Ultron scene with Tom Hiddleston as Loki. While Heimdall does show up in the sequel, it has been confirmed now that Loki does not; you can find his cameo on the cutting room floor. But why, why deprive us of our Loki?  Director Joss Whedon explained the decision to MTV News. (more…)

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Even this age of consistent big event movies, it’s hard to think of anything as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first blockbuster Avengers was a minor miracle of form and function, taking three characters with their own film series, as well as a myriad of supporting characters, and brought them all together in a fun, action-packed and character-driven adventure that also reflected the specific voice of its filmmaker. Looking back, watching The Avengers unfold, Joss Whedon made it look too easy, which is why Ultron seems all the more susceptible to “sequelitis.” Age of Ultron is bigger, louder and even more stuffed with characters, references and action than the first, but while the endeavor seems at times to be getting away from Whedon, he does seem to achieve everything the movie needed, and wanted to do. (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)