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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!
Back in 2011, before Guardians of the Galaxy was a box office hit, it was just a hope for Marvel Studios to turn into another hit comic book movie franchise. And at the time, another lesser known title was also being kicked around for a possible big screen adaptation: The Inhumans. This would basically be Marvel's answer to Fox's tight hold on to the X-Men franchise as it follows a race of early human beings who were turned into a race of superhuman warrior-servants by the Kree, the alien race from Guardians of the Galaxy from which the villain Ronan the Accuser hails. They too become an ensemble of heroes like The Avengers. Now the film might actually be on the way, and Vin Diesel may be involved in his second Marvel project.
Just recently, we got our first official look at Josh Brolin as Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy. Even if you haven't seen the film, Marvel revealed a first look photo at the True Grit and No Country for Old Men star as the cosmic villain who will end up creating tons of problems for The Avengers in the future of the comic book studio's cinematic universe. We're not sure when we'll next see the big bad guy pop up on the big screen, but Brolin is aware of at least one upcoming appearance, and he told IGN as much when he talked about how he came to the role, and how Comic-Con helped him understand the character even more.
Just yesterday, Warner Bros. blinked in their face-off with Marvel that would have seen Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice going head-to-head with Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016. But neither studio would have won in that scenario, so Warner Bros. made the smart decision to move the film to March 25th, 2016. Either the studio aims to start summer early, or they see what's becoming more and more obvious: blockbusters don't need to open during the summer anymore. But along with this date shift, the studio also announced a slew of new release dates for DC Comics films through 2020, adding to Marvel's future slate that runs through 2019. But is this truly exciting stuff, or just overkill? More below!
Earlier today, we featured a video highlighting easter eggs that can be found in Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest hit film based in Marvel's cinematic universe. And now we get a guided tour of Star-Lord's ship, the Milano, in the same vein of MTV's indulgent show "Cribs" from awhile back. Chris Pratt leads the tour of the ship, which is named due to young Peter Jason Quill's crush on "Who's the Boss" star Alyssa Milano, showing off the touch screens, his small bunk where he hooks up with various alien ladies and more. It's a very cool practical set full of a bunch of goodies Quill has accumulated over the years. Watch!
Before Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, we highlighted an extensive video that pointed out pretty much all of the Marvel easter eggs that had popped up in the comic book studio's cinematic universe up through Thor: The Dark World (since Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn't out on home video yet). And while no one has the convenience of watching Guardians of the Galaxy at home to notice these easter eggs, Mr. Sunday (via SlashFilm) has taken the time to point out some of the fun references in the film that viewers have noticed and director James Gunn and producer Kevin Feige have confirmed. Watch below!
Back during the madness of Comic-Con, some adjustments to Sony Pictures' plans for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise were revealed with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 being pushed back to a release sometime in 2018 and The Sinister Six actually getting a release date on November 11th, 2016. But that's not all Sony has in store for the webslinger's cinematic universe. We know that the Venom film is still on the way, and buried in an extensive Deadline report on Sony's plans for Spider-Man is a rumored title for the film along with news of development for a female superhero film set in the Spider-Man film universe.
It's no secret that Guardians of the Galaxy is a box office hit, and another in a long line of successes for Marvel Studios. The sequel was greenlit and announced at Comic-Con just a week before the first film hit theaters, and fans and new audiences alike are fully embracing this ragtag team of space misfits. And while writer and director James Gunn deserves to be celebrating and lining up some other big jobs outside Marvel, he actually spent the weekend working on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and took the time to write a heartfelt thank you to his cast and crew who helped him make this sci-fi hit possible.