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Now that Marvel Studios has Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to play Doctor Strange in the Phase Three film of their cinematic universe, it's time to fill out the rest of the cast. THR has word that Marvel has their eye on Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) for a leading role in the film, but there's no specifics on what character he might play. Reportedly some sources are saying that Ejiofor is wanted for a villain role while others say the opposite. All we know about Doctor Strange right now is that Cumberbatch is playing the title character, a surgeon named Stephen Strange who becomes the titular sorcerer supreme.
Even though Captain America: Civil War is still over a year away, directors Anthony & Joe Russo have been working on the film since Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted last April. Production is actually gearing up to begin this spring, and we already know a decent amount about the film. Despite a lack of specifics, the title tells us that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) will come to blows with Tony Stark, with Robert Downey Jr. playing a major role in the film. And we'll also see the introduction of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther as well. And now the Russo brothers confirm Scarlett Johansson is back.
Last year, in the midst of the Sony Pictures hack, there were several movie news stories that surfaced due to the materials obtained from the motion picture studio. One of the most interesting revelations was that Marvel Studios had been talking with Sony Pictures about getting Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War. The webslinger is an integral part of that comic book storyline and his presence on the big screen would have been huge, but talks fell apart, and while the character could still have a cameo, he won't have a huge role if something can be worked out. But that doesn't mean Marvel has given up on geting Spidey into the Marvel cinematic universe in a big way if a big, new rumor is to be believed. More below!
It's a new year, and we have two more Marvel Studios releases to look forward to. We just got a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (check out our closer examination of it right here), and a teaser trailer for Ant-Man coming later in the summer. But now we have a cool video from CineFix as part of their ongoing 8-Bit Cinema series, and this one reaches back to 2014 to turn Marvel's surprise sci-fi hit Guardians of the Galaxy into an old school video game. Every single time one of these videos gets released, all I want to do is play a real 8-bit video game version, but that feeling is even stronger for this one. Watch below now!
Last night, a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron popped up during the College Football National Championship game, and it was online right away to watch over and over again. Thankfully, this one had tons of new footage that we didn't see in the first teaser trailer (or even the slightly extended version), and we got to see even more of Tony Stark and his Hulkbuster fighting Hulk (for a reason that we don't yet know, but keep reading for a solid theory). And because we're pretty damn excited for this comic book sequel, we wanted to take a closer look at the trailer, and examine some curious things glimpsed in it.
"This vulnerable world needs something more powerful than any of us." It's 2015, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron is under four months away. That might seem like a long time, but soon enough we'll be in theaters watching our favorite superhero team deal with a new threat. Now a new trailer has arrived to showcase more of what we can expect from the Marvel blockbuster, and we get to see some more of the power that Ultron (James Spader) brings to the table to wreak havoc on the world, not to mention new shots of Hulk and Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor and the normal-sized new Iron Man suit. Watch it below!
Though the teaser trailer for Ant-Man showed off a little bit of what we can expect from Marvel's second summer release this year, there was no glimpse of our villain, played by Corey Stoll, in the suit he eventually creates for himself to become Yellow Jacket. That's likely because much of the visual effects aren't finished (the sequences of a miniature Paul Rudd riding an ant in the trailer are from footage created for Comic-Con this past summer). But the good news is that we now have a glimpse at what Yellow Jacket will look like as a formidable opponent with some official concept art that has surfaced. Look now!
This summer brings the end of Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe, and while the first phase culminated with an assembly The Avengers, this time the second phase actually ends with Ant-Man (watch the teaser trailer here). And for those who are looking to keep their excitement up for both of Marvel's blockbuster entries this summer, editor Adrian Conlon has put together a great supercut running through the entirety of Phase Two, from Iron Man 3 to Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, there's teases of what we've already seen from The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well, all with the help of Glitch Mob's "Can't Kill Us." Watch below!
"Second chances don't come around all that often…" Paul Rudd has always been great, but it was still surprising to learn that he was taking the lead role in Marvel's forthcoming superhero flick Ant-Man. Rudd has never been an action hero, but you wouldn't know it from this first teaser trailer. It's certainly a teaser trailer, but it also gives us a good idea of what kind of action we can expect from the film. I'm definitely anxious to see more interaction between Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Rudd as Scott Lang. That'll be what holds this movie together, I think. Take a look below and let us know what you think of this tease?
Tonight will bring the first teaser trailer for Marvel's second summer release this year, Ant-Man. The film stars Paul Rudd, entering new territory as a thief turned superhero who can shrink down to the size of an ant. And hot on the heels of an ant-sized teaser for the film (along with the human-sized one shortly thereafter), the superhero now gets a teaser poster that is actually pretty bold. It shows our title hero, but he's super tiny, amidst a pure white background along with just a title and a date. That's a great teaser poster, and I'm impressed they didn't even use the star power of Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. Look!
After being officially attached to the X-Men spin-off focusing on the card-throwing, kinetically charged Cajun mutant Gambit, hot star Channing Tatum has revealed that 20th Century Fox has officially dated the film for release. Tatum took to Twitter with an amusing update that said, "How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?” This comes after we learned on Halloween that RoboCop reboot write Josh Zetumer was hired to script the mutant spin-off film, which has us a little concerned. But the good news is that it's based on a treatment written by character creator Chris Claremeont, so we're hoping for the best. More below!
Yesterday, Marvel Studios trolled their loyal audience by releasing an "ant sized" teaser for the forthcoming trailer for this summer's release of Ant-Man. The video was super small, making it impossible to see anything, even if you zoomed in. But today they've released a human-sized version for consumption. However, since it's a teaser for a teaser trailer (yeah, we're rolling our eyes too), it doesn't show much. Though we do get a couple good shots of Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll in the film, plus another look at Paul Rudd looking a bit rough. Don't worry though, because the full teaser trailer arrives on Tuesday, January 6th, with the premiere of "Agent Carter" on ABC, and we'll have it online shortly thereafter.
If you're one of those people who hated Spider-Man 3 and have been patiently waiting for director Sam Raimi to admit that the final chapter of his webslinging trilogy is terrible, then we have good news. Raimi was speaking with Nerdist (via Pajiba) on their podcast, and when the host said "I don’t think that ‘bad’ is the right word,” Raimi quickly countered with "Awful!" But thankfully, he actually went into further detail about what didn't work with the third film. Unfortunately, he doesn't specifically mention the absolutely ridiculous jazz montage and club sequence, but he recognizes the biggest problems in the movie. Read on!
One of the earliest acclaimed blockbusters of the year was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it's been available on Blu-Ray and DVD for awhile. However, one of the things you may not have found in the extras on the home video release was this impressive visual effects reel from Industrial Light & Magic. By now, you know that much of what we see in the big action sequences in Marvel Studios' films is not real, with visual effects creating all the unbelievable things you're seeing brought to life on-screen. With this particular movie, it's moreso the meticulous creation of the destruction that's incredible. Watch below!