Krysten Ritter

UPDATE: Marvel.com has confirmed Ritter’s casting and the title of the show, A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The original story follows and the press release is after the jump.

Marvel has yet to cast Captain Marvel, but they’ve chosen the lead of the Netflix series Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter, best known for her work on Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars, has been tapped to play the lead character. Jones is a superhero with post-traumatic-stress-disorder who retires and becomes a detective, helping both regular people as well as superheroes. Melissa Rosenberg is showrunning the series, which will be the second of four Marvel Studios is bringing to Netflix. The first, Daredevil, is almost done shooting its first season. Read more about the Jessica Jones casting below. Additionally, it’s looking like Mike Colter will be cast as Luke Cage. Read More »

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After much speculation and a ton of unconfirmed reports, Marvel has finally officially announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange. We first got word that the Sherlock/Star Trek Into Darkness star was in talks to play the Sorcerer Supreme back in October. Cumberbatch got involved after Joaquin Phoenix dropped out. It seemed like each day brought a new rumor about a potentialDoctor Strange lead. Names like Ethan HawkeJared LetoEwan McGregorMatthew McConaugheyColin FarrellJake Gyllenhaal, and Oscar Isaac were all floated as well. Days later Marvel announced a November 4th 2016 release date for Scott Derrickson-directed adaptation but did not make any casting announcements. And today Marvel confirms its a done deal – Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange. Read the full Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange press release after the jump.

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Agents of SHIELD Coulson

Though I gave up on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D very early in season one, I hear from lots of people it gets better every single week. And this past week, it sounded like things took a potentially very significant step forward from even that. There were two specific references to upcoming and past Marvel Studios movies that may hint at what’s to come not only in Phase Two, but Phase Three. One possibly links to Guardians of the Galaxy and the other definitely suggests Inhumans. Read the Agents of SHIELD spoilers below. Read More »

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Certain filmmakers are just always going to do their own thing. Someone like Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino have no interest in making someone else’s vision. They make films to convey their own vision and if someone asks them to do anything else, that’s the end of the conversation.

It seems more and more likely Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios had that kind of dispute. For several years, Wright had been working on his vision of Ant-Man but once Marvel started to actually consider it, they realized it wasn’t what they wanted. That’s probably what created the “differences in their vision of the film” cited in the original departure statement.

Now, that’s a statement bolstered by Ant-Man co-star Evangeline Lilly. The actress, who was cast by Wright, is in the film as Hank Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne. She said that while Wright’s vision for the film was incredibly exciting, she believes it wouldn’t have fit in with the other movies Marvel has created. “It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was,” she says. Read Evangeline Lilly’s Edgar Wright Ant Man quotes below. Read More »

Agent Carter premiere

Fans who thought they were in a middle of a long, nine month lull between Marvel movies are in luck. ABC and Marvel have decided to extend the premiere of Agent Carter on January 6th to a two hour, movie-length episode. Below, read the brand new detailed plot synopsis and more about the new Agent Carter premiere. Read More »

Age of Ultron reshoots

Avengers: Age of Ultron is going back to set for reshoots in January, and that is giving rise to some interesting speculation about where and when we’ll see the introduction of some of Marvel’s phase three characters. Reshoots are always planned into a Marvel production; the studio finds each film’s story and tone in editing even more often than most films do, and the reshoots theoretically also allow each film to fit into Marvel Studio plans that weren’t firmed up when production began. So the Age of Ultron reshoots aren’t a sign of trouble; they’re just how Marvel works.

The reshoots do offer a chance to speculate on what work will be done. We now know the primary cast will reassemble for the new work, with Tom Hiddleston also likely to suit up as Loki. And can we expect either Captain Marvel or Black Panther (or his father) to be cast for these reshoots? Along with that news, there’s also a report that the two halves of Avengers: Infinity War will shoot back to back int he UK in late 2015. Read More »

nova in guardians 2

One character that has been the subject of speculation for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is Nova, the Earth-born hero who acts (in various incarnations) as a major warrior against the Kree and Skulls, fighting for Xandar and the planet’s Nova Corps in addition to getting into his own adventures.

Other members of the Corps showed up in Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ve seen concept art that reportedly represents designs for the character cooked up for the first Guardians, and some have guessed that Nova would be one of the characters set to debut in the sequel. Don’t bet on that, according to writer/director James Gunn, who says he wants to keep the emphasis on one single man from Earth.
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In case you didn’t know, Friday we get our first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And there’s already been a lot of talk about it. Lots of speculation, lots of discussion, lots of everything. Most of it has been positive and exciting. Some has been more negative and questioning. Why do we care so much about this trailer? Why is this trailer, out of every trailer, creating such a fuss? Who cares?

Well, there is a very good reason for the excitement. Friday’s release of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a huge deal and I’m going to explain why. Basically, it’s a unique anomaly in modern movie culture. Below, read why The Force Awakens trailer is so special. Read More »

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