Saturday, October 18, 2014
Fans of one of Marvel's biggest box office hits won't have to wait much longer to own a copy of Guardians of the Galaxy as it is set to become available via digital download November 18th. Pre-Order your copy after the jump!
In what was one of the biggest yet most confounding news stories of the week, Warner Bros. dropped their entire DC Entertainment film slate through 2020 on the world this past Wednesday.
In an interview with Colllider's Adam Chitwood, writer/director Adam McKay (Step-Brothers, Anchorman) gave some insight into rewriting one of Marvel's longest-developing projects, the changes made and how Paul Rudd may have helped save the film.
Though his name is still being thrown around for the title role in Doctor Strange and for a role in WB's The Suicide Squad, The Wrap's Jeff Sneider informs us that Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) is also up for the role of the villain Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse, the follow up to last summer's extremely successful (and very entertaining) X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "A Hen in the Wolfhouse", puts Agent Simmons' undercover status at risk. After the jump, watch as HYDRA Head of Security, Bobbi Morse, reveals a S.H.I.E.L.D. mole among the ranks of HYDRA!
It seems that just about every male leading man has had his name thrown into the mix for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange. With the film set to go before cameras about 5 months from now, time is running short for the Studio to find its man.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Yep...Marvel Studios will bring Civil War, one of it's largest and most successful comic events to the big screen, over the course of Phase 3, beginning with the third Captain America film in 2016.
In what may be the biggest news to date concerning the MCU, Variety has delivered a huge exclusive reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is in the final stages of negotiating a new deal that would see him join the third Captain America film to kick off the on-screen version of Civil War, a comic-book crossover event from 2006 that saw heroes face-off against each other over the Superhero Registration Act which required all heroes to reveal their true identities and register with the government. While Tony Stark sided with the government, Steve Rogers vehemently protested and became a fugitive, taking a loyal band of heroes underground to fight for their privacy.
Variety reports that while Downey's contract originally only included one more film (Avengers 3) as Iron Man, the actor was very interested to stay on in the role as long as he continued to be more than a bit player, something that this arc will ensure. While there were some creative differences between Studio executives and Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige that almost led to rewrites of the Captain America 3 script, Feige's intense belief in his vision for the MCU kept negotiations alive and allowed for the deal to be reached.
While we don't know all the events that will transpire in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's clear that several of the Avengers will likely not be happy with Stark in the aftermath of the destruction wrought by his creation, Ultron. It's interesting to note that Variety's report mentions that the 3rd Captain America film is only going to be the beginning of the Civil War story line, giving Marvel time to introduce a slew of new characters both in the films and via their TV series, such as Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, all characters who had roles in the comic book event.
Interestingly enough, the onset of the Civil War story arc lines up nicely with some of the other rumors we've seen lately surrounding the future of the MCU. First of all, the recent rumors of Marvel negotiating with Sony over the rights to Spider-Man seem to be validated. Spider-Man is at the very core of the Superhero Registration Act war. While he originally sides with Tony Stark, Peter Parker switches sides and joins up with Rogers' underground movement. While Marvel could use another character in Parker's place, Spider-Man's arc in the story is a classic one and would be a great way to add him to the MCU.
Another character who is of great importance to the Civil War by his absence is The Hulk. It just so happens that while the Civil War is going on, Hulk is busy kicking ass in space as a gladiator during the Planet Hulk story. While Marvel has long-denied they'd pick up this story, savvy readers should know by now that denials from studios do NOT mean the truth is being told.
The aftermath of the Civil War saw several interesting turns and 2 teams of Avengers formed. While Tony Stark went on to become the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he also sets up a team of Avengers. Meanwhile, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange and Clint Barton set up shop as an underground team of New Avengers. And what of Captain America following the Civil War...well, my friends, I've been telling you this for a VERY LONG time...
There's much more to be said about this story line and it's MAJOR repercussions for the MCU, but for now get out and read Mark Millar's Civil War series and let your mind go wild about how Marvel will move all the pieces on the board to set up what could easily be one of the biggest grossing films of all time...Avenger vs. Avenger!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Marvel was a large presence at NYCC '14 this weekend and last night gave the world its first look at the upcoming Daredevil series, set to premier on Netflix in 2015, and, once again, they seem to have hit the mark.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Marvel revealed the description for the 6th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "A Fractured House", and it may hint at Marvel continuing to add comic book characters and organizations to the MCU.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Last night's episode continued what's been a nice run to begin the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., revealing some of HYDRA's dirtier tricks. Next week's episode looks to show Coulson and May going undercover while chasing the answer to the mysterious writing that's been haunting the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.