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Marvel definitely likes to tease. Its been an interesting last few weeks, between the Guardians of the Galaxy news and Thanos chatter recently, but there's more! And this time it involves everyone's favorite big green guy - Hulk! Following up with more quotes from, likely, the same interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, MTV (via Collider), who also provided the most recent Thanos updates, published another piece mentioning future possibilities of Marvel movies. Maybe World War Hulk, even Planet Hulk, as well as talk about what's beyond Avengers 2. This is getting very exciting, but this stuff is still a long ways out.
Thanos is coming. Just the other day, it was confirmed from a Marvel insider that Thanos, the big purple villain at the end of The Avengers, would be the big bad villain in a number of upcoming movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. No big surprise, as that's exactly what/why they were teasing when he showed up in the credits anyway. Yep, time for the Infinity Gauntlet and more. Its going to lead up to something epic and they're scheming. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently chatted with MTV and confirmed Thanos is up-and-coming and spoke a bit about future plans. He even mentions Phase Three.
Judgment is Coming. It's almost time. Obey the law, or else you will be judged and sentenced immediately. Arriving in theaters this week is Dredd 3D, starring Karl Urban as the new Judge Dredd. I'll be there, seeing this film again, because it's so awesome. Entertainment Weekly has posted the latest Mondo poster designed by artist Jock (@jock4twenty) for Dredd, being revealed and sold at Fantastic Fest this week as part of the film's final premiere at the fest. I think it's simplistically bold, and badass, and I would like to get my hands on one somehow. View the full-size Jock Dredd print below. And go see Dredd 3D this weekend!
Briefly: It has been announced and/or confirmed by Deadline that the official release date for Marvel's The Avengers 2 is now set for May 1st, 2015. Only three years to go! Joss Whedon will be writing and directing the sequel to this year's ensemble superhero team-up box office smash. Pretty much exactly what we expected to see, following Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy in the next few years leading up to this (plus maybe Ant-Man?). Can we expect Thanos to be the (really) big, bad villain this time around? Possibly, but like with Loki they're never going to confirm until we're sitting in theaters at midnight on April 30th. Can't wait! Mark it down in the calendar.
Here we are, at the end of the 2012 summer. Chris Nolan has finished his epic Batman trilogy. Joss Whedon brought together Marvel's heroes for an assembly of Avengers. Zack Snyder is hard at work finishing up his Man of Steel reboot of Superman. So what's next? Justice League. After the incredible worldwide success of The Avengers, we knew Warner Bros and DC Comics would push for a Justice League movie sooner than later, and have already commissioned a new script that's being sent around to prospective directors. Ben Affleck, director of The Town and Argo for WB, was one of the first they sent it to. But who else? Who, realistically, could (or should) direct a great Justice League movie? We want to know what everyone thinks!
Earlier today we reported that, despite rumors involving potentially trading characters with Marvel, Fox was not interested in moving forward on Joe Carnahan's Daredevil pitch. The news originally came from Joe Carnahan himself this morning, who expressed his dissatisfaction tweeting: "Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids. We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side." He later returned to respond and then, tonight, after getting enough followers decided to post the two videos of the Daredevil pitches he put together for the public's entertainment. They're good.
I knew we'd hear something about this sometime soon, but I didn't realize it would be this soon! And this kind of name! Variety is now reporting that Warner Bros has "approached" Ben Affleck to direct their in development Justice League movie, which got kicked into high gear after The Avengers broke box office records. Affleck went from actor to director a few years ago, and is currently finishing up Argo for Warner Bros, where he also made The Town, so they've worked with him quite a bit already. He's not signed on and is "the only candidate who's been sent Will Beall's Justice League script", but he's the first big name to land.
Last month a small bit of information from a stuntman prompted the assumption that Thor: The Dark World would be dealing with Dark Elves somehow. And given that bit of information, we assumed that the new villain, originally slated to be played by Mads Mikkelsen before he dropped out due to scheduling, would be Malekith The Accursed, the leader of the Dark Elves. It turns out our assumption is correct is Deadline reports Christopher Eccleston is set for the villain. However, at this time specific story details about the plot, or how Loki might come into play with this new villain have yet to be revealed. More below.
This isn't so much a big piece of news, as it just a cool filmmaker's "tip" to tie in with everything Batman and Christopher Nolan. The director hasn't done too many interviews, and doesn't speak with any press from online, but Empire (being a magazine) was lucky enough to catch up with him for an interview, which they ran in this podcast. Batman-News.com points out a great quote during the interview with "advice" to anyone who will be taking on the Batman character in future years. Yea, you know what we mean. He's done, but I think even Nolan knows Warner Bros/DC Comics will likely bring back Batman back, one day.
Though the excitement for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is high (the title alone gets comic book fans all tingly), there's certainly been some skepticism amongst fans about hiring sibling TV directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo (best known for their work on "Community") taking the reins from Captain America: The First Avenger helmer Joe Johnston. Thankfully, an intrepid reporter caught up with Anthony at the Television Critics Association panel and, at great length, talked about how he and his brother landed the job, what they intend to bring to the film (without giving anything away), and much more. Read on!
Here's something exciting for Superman fans. While any other news related to the movies this weekend has been overshadowed by the tragic shooting, there's a story definitely worth hearing about the new Superman trailers playing this weekend. We've expected Warner Bros to finally debut a trailer for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel playing with The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, and while they definitely have, early reports coming in are that there's an alternate version. In fact, there may be two unique, different teaser trailers for Man of Steel playing out there, with slight variations and our first look at any Superman footage.
Sadly, Casino Royale bad guy Mads Mikkelsen has stepped out of the villain role in Thor: The Dark World (which is the sequel title we learned at Comic-Con last weekend). Of course, we can only be so disappointed since we never learned just what villain the actor would be playing. However, today we might have a thread leading us to figuring out that mystery. Stuntman James Grogan was recently interviewed by a site called I Review Too (via ComingSoon), and he talked about working on the Thor sequel, along with a certain bit of direction that "Game of Thrones" helmer Alan Taylor gave him and the stuntmen. Read on!