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When a replacement direct was being sought for Marvel's Ant-Man following the exit of Edgar Wright, we mentioned that the filmmaker who ends up with the job won't have as huge of an impact as some might think. Why? Because at this stage in the game, the action sequences and pre-visualization of the film has already been completed, and they're not going to start over when it comes to that kind of work that Wright had already begun. And that's why, despite Yes Man director Peyton Reed taking over the job, the film's visuals will still have Wright's influence and style. So we suppose that's a bittersweet parting gift. Read on!
Back at the beginning of the month, a rumor swirled that predicted plans for the future of The Incredible Hulk within the Marvel cinematic universe. Obviously, the big guy will be an integral part of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but what about after that? Will Marvel Studios give him another standalone film? Mark Ruffalo believes they're working it out, and then we got word that Hulk might end up crossing over with Guardians of the Galaxy in a sequel that would see the cosmic superhero team encountering the mean green machine. However, director James Gunn has now denied those rumors, but we're not surprised.
Without a doubt we'll be getting a whole slew of updates from Marvel Studios later this week when Comic-Con gets into full swing in San Diego beginning with the convention's preview night on Wednesday, July 22nd. And before the big show begins, we've got a tease of what we might hear about when Kevin Feige takes the stage in Hall H on July 26th. Marvel has just announced release dates for five new films to hit theaters from 2017 through 2019, but it's no surprise that no titles have been revealed for these projects. And they join two other projects that already had release dates announced, but no titles revealed. Read on!
Just yesterday, Michael Rooker got his own Guardians of the Galaxy character poster as the blue-skinned character Yondu. Shortly after, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close saw their characters from Nova Corps get the same treatment. And today, it's a trio of bad guys who each get their own character poster. There's Lee Pace as the main villain Ronan (who is being puppeted by Thanos), Karen Gillan as Nebula (who is a descendant of Thanos) and Djimon Housou as Korath (who we've seen dealing with Star-Lord in the trailers). That should be it for character posters, unless Thanos ends up getting his own sheet. Look!
Hot on the heels of this mornings reveal of Ultron on the new cover for EW, the first real photos from The Avengers: Age of Ultron have popped up. While they don't show more of the title villain, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) look out of place in a normal house, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) are doing science, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) see some action in the woods and new heroes Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are in some kind of trouble. Even Don Cheadle pops up to hang out! We can't wait to see the first footage of the film at Comic-Con! Look below!
Not too long ago, an image teased the silhouette of Michael Rooker as Yondu, an important character from the comic books on which the forthcoming Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy is based. Keen eyes might have noticed a quick shot of the blue-skinned character in the extended trailer that debuted last week, but now everyone can get a really good look at the character since director James Gunn has just revealed a new character poster featuring the man himself holding an artifact that we've seen Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) handling in pretty much all the trailers. Does it have something to do with the Infinity Stones?
We're bound to get a huge first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron next week at Comic-Con in San Diego, but until then we have our first look at the titular villain and his robot army thanks to the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. James Spader plays the bad buy, but there's no site of him since Ulton just looks like an alien version of Iron Man. Speaking of which, the cover also features a glimpse at a new suit for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and also his patriotic partner Captain America (Chris Evans). Expect some more images to surface soon and plenty more news tom come out of Comic-Con next week. Look now!
There's no doubt that Marvel fans and cinephiles were pretty annoyed that Edgar Wright had stepped away from the Phase Three comic book title Ant-Man. The Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director was a big part of the interest in the lesser known hero coming to the big screen, and due to some behind-the-scenes trouble with the vision of the film between Wright and Marvel, they parted ways. But the studio chose Yes Man director Peyton Reed to direct the film and keep the production on schedule for release next summer. Now Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has opened up about the choice. More below!
Just last month we heard a rumor that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might not end up arriving in theaters on June 10th, 2016 as Sony Pictures planned, even before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived. Now it sounds like there might be some credence to that rumor as co-writer Roberto Orci has revealed that he's no longer involved in the third film in the rebooted Marvel franchise. This is likely due to the recent professional parting of the ways between Orci and his producing and writing partner Alex Kurtzman back in April, but a change like this puts the certainty of the franchise's release timeline into question. Read on!
There's been plenty of instances where sci-fi on film has informed technology in real life. Even though we may not be getting hoverboards in 2015, Back to the Future Part II still has inspired Nike to unveil power laces sometime next year. Now it's Iron Man that has inspired the United States military to build a tactical suit that is inspired by the work of Tony Stark and the high-tech suit that makes him a superhero. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) just unveiled a report about government plans for a project called TALOS, a suit that will be weaponized and bulletproof, not to mention increasing strength and perception. Read on!
Now that Marvel Studios has hired Yes Man director Peyton Reed to direct Ant-Man after the departure of Edgar Wright, production is looming closer. But before cameras roll, The Other Guys and Anchorman director Adam McKay was hired to do a rewrite in the wake of Wright and Attack the Block scribe Joe Cornish leaving the project after seeing it all the way through development. Supposedly, it was the rewrites from Marvel One-Shot write Eric Pearson that didn't jive with the duo, causing them both to leave. Now two more names will do one more run through to polish the script as well as being the on-set writers. Read on!
Something good, something bad, a little of both? Whatever you're looking for, we've got it! With under a month left until Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters, the studio has started pulling out all the stops on their marketing (including an IMAX preview event and all the usual marketing tricks). The latest launch is an interactive travel website title The Galaxy Getaways, featuring destinations all across this universe that put our home planet to shame. The site doesn't do much besides provide information on the universe in which this movie takes place, showing various places like Knowhere, Morag and Xandar. There are a few interactive web games and some other nifty features, but it's just a cool site for the movie.
There's been a lot of buzz about what Marvel might have in store for The Incredible Hulk following The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was bodybuilder and TV series star Lou Ferrigno who first started talking about plans for another standalone movie for the green machine, and The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo echoed his sentiments. Then just yesterday, Ruffalo was specifically asked about bringing a certain storyline to the big screen: Planet Hulk. However, the actor didn't seem to think that was the story to go with to continue Hulk's arc. But now it turns out that may not entirely be true, but Ruffalo wasn't necessarily lying.
Along with rumors from Lou Ferrigno that another standalone Hulk movie was coming after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has since been backed up by star Mark Ruffalo, we also learned that motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis was working on the film. Serkis had been working closely with Ruffalo regarding some more intensive motion-capture work to help bring the big guy to life in the Marvel sequel, and the actor's company The Imaginarium is performance capture consultant, just like on Star Wars Episode VII. But now we have word that Serkis actually has a role in The Avengers follow-up too.