Marvel’s deal with Netflix to bring a quartet of heroes to television was a somewhat divisive move. The TV idea, with four shows building to one limited series starring super-team The Defenders, is ambitious and interesting, but a new TV show is not how some fans wanted to see Daredevil and Luke Cage.
Seems like many of the displeased fans have been mollified by Marvel’s additional plans for each show. Hiring one creator/showrunner to oversee each character’s series is a good move, which will hopefully give each series a unique personality. For Daredevil, the choice is Drew Goddard, who scripted Cloverfield and co-wrote and directed The Cabin in the Woods. The original report of Goddard’s involvement came just under a month ago, and Marvel has now confirmed and offered a bit of extra detail. Read More »
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Marvel has Joss Whedon, Warner Bros. has David Goyer and now Fox has a similar creative force. Though Mark Millar was hired last year to oversee some of Fox’s comic book properties, they’ve just signed Simon Kinberg to a three year first look deal he promises will include Marvel-like expansions of the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes. Read More »
Looking at pre-vis typically isn’t very interesting — for the most part, current rendered pre-visualization sequences are just like watching the movie through the filter of Taiwan’s Next Media Animation. And even when the pre-vis is as detailed as what Third Floor did for Thor: The Dark World (which is very detailed) it’s still mostly a very crude version of the film.
But this VFX piece on Thor: The Dark World starts out as a pre-vis piece, but soon turns into a short behind the scenes look at the mix of effects and locations used in the film despite the heavy reliance on digital work. Those are the great bits, really. Read More »
The latest edition of the Dorkly web comic has a great take on what its like for comic book fans to see a Marvel movie vs. non-comic book readers. Check out the full web comic after the jump.
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Outside of a trailer and a few scenes screened at conventions, very little is known about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We know S.H.I.E.L.D. plays a part, we know Bucky comes back as the titular villain, there’s some flirtation between Cap and Black Widow, and the film is the primary precursor to Avengers: Age of Ultron. But why and how does that all fit together? We’ll have to wait until April 4 to find out.
One character who plays a particularly mysterious role is Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones, who is portrayed by Frank Grillo. Up to now the actor, best known for his work with Joe Carnahan, hasn’t revealed too much about his role. In a new interview though, he called The Winter Soldier an “origin story” for a lot of characters and says Crossbones could return in future Marvel movies. Read More »
Marvel Studios finally confirmed what we’ve known for some time. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are joining Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening May 1, 2015. They’ll play the brother sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, who might have a bit of a problem with how The Avengers are doing things. Read the full press release below.
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Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures, has been discussing some well-publicized financial issues at the studio, and one quote in particular has a lot of people talking:
We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains.
Is she talking about the all-but-confirmed rumor the Sinister Six will eventually appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4? Will Spider-Man need to recruit another hero to help him win that battle? Or is Pascal talking about spin-offs set in the Spider-Man universe, such as the long rumored Venom film? We discuss below.
UPDATE: Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton added more fuel to the fire with this gem of a quote:
We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works.
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Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Just about every actor in Hollywood has been cast in, linked to, or rumored for a Marvel superhero at some point or other, but one story that’s cropped up quite a few times over the years is that Idris Elba was in the running to play Luke Cage. Elba himself seemed perfectly happy to roll with this particular claim, telling press he’d “like a stab” at the character.
Ultimately, though, nothing came of that chatter. The long-rumored movie languished in development, and a few weeks ago Marvel announced that they were developing the character for a Netflix series. But for what it’s worth, Elba confirms now that he actually got as far as meeting with Marvel at some point. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about it, as well as his comments on those James Bond and Jurassic Park rumors.
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