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Late last fall, 20th Century Fox pushed back the release dates of both their reboot of Fantastic Four and the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. Now it looks like those dates have been changed yet again. The Wrap reports Fox has pushed Fantastic Four from its June 16th, 2015 release to later in the summer on August 7th, 2015. That's not surprising considering the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy has been cleaning up the box office in the weeks since hitting theaters on August 1st, mostly because August and September are usually empty of big releases as the calm before the storm that is awards season begins.
The power of social media and the positive reaction to a leaked test reel for an adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero known as the Merc with a Mouth has pushed 20th Century Fox to set a Deadpool movie for release on February 12th, 2016. From their official Twitter account, 20th Century Fox made the announcement by linking to a story from THR that confirmed visual effects wizard Tim Miller is still set to direct the film for the studio. And it's presumed that Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star, since he's been a big part of getting this project made and starred in the test reel, but there's no deal locked in place.
While we still don't know who will end up taking the title role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, with Joaquin Phoenix being the last actor linked to the role, that doesn't mean the comic book studio isn't getting production in order. And Screen Daily reports Marvel is currently working out their schedule with Pinewood-Shepperton Studios across the pond (where Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now) to shoot the film starting around May 2015, lining the film up for release on July 8th, 2016. The date has yet to be confirmed but since it's Marvel's most immediate project following next summer's release of Ant-Man and this is the next date in their long list of reservations, it just makes sense logically. More below!
This weekend, Marvel's out of this world adventure Guardians of the Galaxy became an even bigger success as it became the first film this year to cross the $300 million mark in both the domestic and foreign box office charts. That's not an easy feat, and not even Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The LEGO Movie reached that milestone. And as a sort of celebration, we thought it would be cool to highlight an awesome fanmade video paying tribute to the Marvel film. For those who don't know, the video game Destiny was released this week (from the creators of Halo) and it's a pretty big deal. And someone already took the time to recreate one of Chris Pratt's opening scenes as Star-Lord within the video game. Watch!
For some reason, there have been rumors that Marvel Studios will bring back Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in another sequel outside of his already contracted appearances in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. But Variety finally went straight to the man himself while he was promoting his new drama The Judge at TIFF this past weekend, and when they asked about this rumor, Downey confirmed, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." Co-star Gwyneth Paltrow thought as much in April of last year, before Iron Man 3 was released, and it sounds like that's true after all. Read on!
Yesterday, there were some reports going around about an alternate cameo that Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee would have had in Guardians of the Galaxy instead of what ended up on the big screen. Rather than being called an old pervert by Rocket Raccoon, the comic creator was almost part of The Collector's expansive collection of aliens, creatures and other goodies. When our heroes arrive in The Collector's lair, they would have encountered Lee in one of the containers, not unlike the Dark Elf or Chitauri soldier we can see in the background (or the end credits cameo), and he would have flipped off Groot. So what happened?
There has been so much buzz and success for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy since the film hit theaters last month. The sci-fi action flick just topped the box office again this past weekend, and is now the highest grossing film (domestically) of the year so far. Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. recently praised the film saying that it might be Marvel's best one yet. And the demand for a cute dancing Groot toy has resulted in the real thing. Now we figured we show off some fun from before the film was made with Karen Gillan shaving her head to play the bald, cybernetically enhanced villain Nebula, daughter of Thanos. Cutting that long, gorgeous red hair clearly wasn't easy, and that's serious dedication on Gillan's part. Watch below!
Now that The Avengers have assembled on the big screen, everyone is very familiar with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. But those aren't even the original Avengers, and they're not going to always be the superheroes who assemble to save the world. As Marvel continues to broaden their cinematic universe, they're introducing new characters who will replace the original team eventually. But the question is just who will step up to join the team? Doctor Strange and Ant-Man are on the way, but that's only two people. Well, a new rumor says we might find out next year who else might enter the superhero assembly mix by way of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read on!
Since Scarlett Johansson had a pretty meaty part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as her S.H.I.E.L.D. agent character Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Wid0w), is there a chance that Jeremy Renner will get the chance to do the same with his character Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) in Captain America 3? Well, it certainly sounds like Marvel has some kind of plan for the bow and arrow expert to pop up in the sequel. Speaking with Collider, Renner said, "There are rumblings of Captain America 3. I don't know what's going to happen there. I've got to find the time, man. I'm trying to stay home and I can't." Read on!
Everyone is feeling pretty proud of themselves for making this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a popular charitable trend, and it's hard to be cynical about something so silly doing so much good. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt even partook in the challenge himself, but it's another heartwarming gesture of generosity that has a lump in our throats. Pratt was able to hook Marvel up with Children's Miracle Network Hospital to arrange a special screening of the sci-fi adventure for patients and their families at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles earlier this week. But that's not even the coolest part. More below!
Following the start of production on Ant-Man yesterday, along with the addition of Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale and John Slattery to the cast of Marvel's Phase Three comic book film, we have our first look at the superhero story. Paul Rudd plays a thief named Scott Lang who will go on to become a superhero with the help of scientist and mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and now we get to see him looking rugged before he takes a turn towards being a hero. He's got some kind of cut on his face, and looks like he's getting ready for a heist. It's not much, but we're glad Marvel got this out there before spy photos emerged. Look!
It's been a long road for Marvel's adaptation of their comic book Ant-Man. For over 10 years Shaun of the Dead writer and director Edgar Wright had developed the film for Marvel with Attack the Block writer and director Joe Cornish helping him out. Wright was officially attached to direct the film in 2006, and spent the years since getting the film together, adapting as Marvel began to build their cinematic universe beginning with Iron Man and leading up to The Avengers. The universe continues to grow with films like Guardians of the Galaxy, and sadly things at Marvel got too complicated for Wright as he and the studio disagreed over the direction of the film, and he dropped out. But Marvel decide to march onward. Read on!
Following speculation yesterday that Vin Diesel might be teasing fans with a potential role in Marvel's gestating adaptation of their comic book The Inhumans, we have more fuel for the fire with news that the comic book studio is ready to make some progress on the project. Collider has word that Marvel intends to develop a feature film version of The Inhumans much in the same way that they developed Guardians of the Galaxy, which only makes sense since the two were rumored around the same time in 2011. Reportedly there's a script that has been completed by Joe Robert Cole, and it will be shopped to filmmakers soon.
When Guardians of the Galaxy made a huge splash at the box office for its opening weekend, rather than just bask in the glory of success, writer and director James Gunn was already getting to work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which has already been slated for release on July 28th, 2017. Now that the first film is over a week old, everyone is starting to ask about the sequel. One of the biggest mysteries left open from the first film was the identity of Star-Lord's father, who had hired Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravagers to retrieve Peter Jason Quill from Earth. But the group of thieves decided against it. Read on!