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Comedy director Adam McKay has already gotten his foot in the door at Marvel Studios by doing a rewrite at the last minute on their Phase Three film Ant-Man (though he couldn't direct like they wanted him too). The move was surprising since McKay is better known for films like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers (which will get a sequel at some point), but it sounds like Marvel enjoyed what he did on the page, and they're still interested in getting him behind the camera too. Speaking with Crave Online, McKay mentioned working on Ant-Man, and teased there might be something in the works.
"Now I am free... There are no strings on me." Well, after Hydra leaked this first teaser trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron a couple hours ago (it wasn't supposed to debut until next week after the new "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." episode on Oct 28th), Marvel just decided to bite the bullet and release it early, and we're really glad they did. This looks dark, awesome and action-packed. There's so much going on from James Spader's awesome taunting as "Ultron" to our heroes seemingly getting into a lot of troubling situations. Plus it has Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) & Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in action.
While the internet is abuzz with the leaked trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (we will not post until it's made officially available), we would like to call your attention to something else cool that's still Marvel-related. Being a kid can be tough in this day and age with all the social media, bullying, and all the coming-of-age stuff that is common for all generations. But it can be even harder for kids who find themselves at a disadvantage because they are missing a limb. One man hopes to give some of those kids a hand...literally. Pat Starace has created a working prosthetic hand that looks like it belongs to Iron Man.
Hot on the heels of news that fans will be able to get a dancing Groot toy just in time for the holidays, another treat from Guardians of the Galaxy will be available for purchase this holiday season too. Besides the ragtag group of misfits that make up the titular cosmic crew from Marvel's successful flick, one of the biggest stars of the film is the classic pop rock soundtrack. And now you'll be able to own and listen to it exactly like Star-Lord would because Billboard reports you can buy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 on cassette tape beginning November 17th. So now that friend of yours with a shitty car will have great music. Look!
Many lead stars of the big screen have taken mementos from the sets of various films they've worked on. It's a nice token to remember that specific time in your life. Sometimes they steal them, other times they pay for them, but sometimes the production company just decides to give them to the stars. However, we're betting that no one has a movie memento as cool as what Robert Downey Jr. received from the set of The Avengers, courtesy of Marvel. You might remember a certain "A" from the sign on the side of Stark Tower, mostly because it was the only letter leftover after the action in Manhattan. Well, Downey now owns that.
While Tom Hardy was recently listed as being up for a role in the forthcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, the first film that will follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's got another comic book project chasing him too. The Wrap reports that The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star is also being courted for the titular villain role in X-Men: Apocalpyse. Funnily enough, Hardy was also shortlisted to once be up for the role of Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch, the latter of which is still in the running for that role as Marvel continues to find someone to take the lead role in their Phase Three film.
The last couple days have brought some big news for fans of both Marvel and DC Comics movies, and now one actor in particular has drawn the attention of both sides. THR reports Ryan Gosling, a gifted actor who has strayed away from big franchises and blockbusters, is currently being courted for two big comic book roles. First, Marvel Studios has met with the actor to take the title role of Doctor Strange, joining names like Ewan McGregor and more who are also in the running. Since Gosling is just one of many names, and doesn't seem all that interested in these kind of films, don't hold your breath, but it's possible. Read on!
If you loved X-Men: Days of Future Past over the summer, today is a good day, because the time traveling X-Men franchise mash-up hits Blu-Ray & DVD today. One of the best parts of the film was when Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, got a chance to show off the potential of his super speedy powers. As Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) are trying to break Magneto (Michael Fassbender) out of a seemingly inescapable prison, Quicksilver goes into his speedy Zen-style state while listening to "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce, and the result is awesome. But how did they make it? Watch!
For those who haven't heard, Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the running for Marvel's forthcoming Phase Three title Doctor Strange. He was in talks, but apparently it just didn't work out. So now Marvel is still looking for a leading man to become the Sorcerer Supreme in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). And in typical internet fashion, a new rumor has popped up from Badass Digest, citing an untested source, that has pegged Ewan McGregor as doing some research for the role by checking out some comic books. But it sounds like he's one of a few contenders.
This is the biggest Marvel news to arrive since the revelation that The Avengers would be assembling on the big screen. While Robert Downey Jr. dashed hopes of Iron Man 4 happening, he did say that had some other Marvel projects coming up and that an announcement was imminent. Well, that news has broken and it has Downey reprising the role of Iron Man in a completely different franchise. Variety reports Downey will star in Captain America 3, and the sequel will kickstart the massive Civil War storyline that rocked the entire Marvel Comics universe eight years ago and pit Steve Rogers against Tony Stark. More below!
Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, fans have been demanding that there be some kind of toy made available for purchase that allows them to bring the adorable dancing, baby, potted Groot home with them. Funko was the first to respond with a Pop! Vinyl version of the growing tree hero, and while it's a cute little guy, it still doesn't dance. But thankfully, Mashable has learned that Marvel has teamed up with KIDdesigns to have a real dancing Groot toy on shelves this December, just in time for Christmas. Groot will dance and wiggle to the tune of Jackson 5's song "I Want You Back." See the dancing Groot in action below!
As we suspected, yesterday's revelation from Robert Downey Jr. that Marvel had plans for Iron Man 4 has had the reins pulled back. After appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" yesterday, Downey also went over to "The Late Show with David Letterman" on his publicity rounds to promote The Judge hitting theaters this weekend. Letterman also asked him about Iron Man 4, and it sounds like Marvel wanted him to clear things up as well. Downey went back to his old stance saying, "There's no plans for an Iron Man 4. There's no script for Iron Man 4, but they do have a plan and I think they're gonna announce it." Read on!
Just last month, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that there were no plans for Iron Man 4. He was asked directly about whether or not another sequel was in development, and he flatly said, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." However, if we're to believe a casual chat that Ellen DeGeneres had on her own talk show with Downey today, then that might not be the case anymore. The charming Ellen flat out asked Downey whether or not there would be an Iron Man 4, and he said, "I know there's going to be a bunch more Marvel movies. And they have big ideas of how to do it best, and we're in the middle of negotiation, blah, blah, blah..." And then she just went for the gold. Watch what happened!
Over the past couple days, an interesting but vague story has been circulating about Marvel's plans for The Avengers 3. While there have been rumors that it might be split into two films, the contracts for the actors would make that tricky since most of them don't have enough films left in their contracts to fulfill a two-film split like that. But word on the street is that most of the heroes we've seen in The Avengers so far won't appear in the third assembly of the team, and that they're being saved for something else after that. Details are still too vague to really speculate on what that could happen with Avengers 3, but talks of someone big swinging into the Marvel cinematic universe could shake things up even more, but in a good way. Read on!