Agent Carter directors

At today’s Marvel Television panel, the first four directors for ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D prequel series Agent Carter were revealed. The four filmmakers all hail from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both feature and short, and include some names you might not expect to be directing television. Find out who the Agent Carter directors will be after the jump.

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Patrick Wilson Exits ‘Ant-Man’

Patrick Wilson Ant-Man

Changes continue for Marvel Studios and Ant-Man. While the film retained its primary cast members, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, after original writer/director Edgar Wright left the project, other members of the supporting cast have now departed. Patrick Wilson, who signed on early this year, has dropped out of the cast, along with Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman. Read More »

Loki's staff

Tomorrow is the day almost everyone at Comic Con is waiting for — we’ll be in Hall H for all of the movie studio presentations — Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures and most importantly, Marvel Studios. But in advance of Marvel’s panel in Hall H, something mysterious has appeared at the Marvel booth on the San Diego Convention Center show floor. Marvel Entertainment has posted a photo which shows a familiar object, the staff used by Tom Hiddleston’s character Loki. But the staff is situated inside a mysterious new device. Hit the jump to see the Loki’s staff display at the Marvel booth.

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Doctor Strange Joaquin Phoenix

Rumors about who might play Doctor Strange have been swirling for years now, involving everyone from Justin Theroux to Benedict Cumberbatch. But as Phase Three draws near, it’s time for Marvel to zero in on some serious contenders. And today, we’ve heard that their top pick is none other than Joaquin Phoenix. Hit the jump to get the dirt on Doctor Strange Joaquin Phoenix.

Update: Sites such as THR and Deadline are now saying that Phoenix is beyond the offer stage and into actual talks for the role. Phoenix has yet to accept the role, but things are moving forward. Original story follows.

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Constantine pilot review

John Constantine is a tough character to put on screen, and the Constantine pilot constantly struggles with finding its take on the character. Matt Ryan plays the Brit magician, whose business card bills him as a “master of the dark arts,” in a way that demonstrates a clear idea of the character as a damaged but still cocky guy. That’s well and good, and a pretty direct import of the character as often seen in comics.

But the show around Ryan isn’t always so sure of itself. In fact, this pilot is frequently a bit of a mess, and even verges into incoherence. There are some logistical reasons for that latter point, but that doesn’t change the fact that multiple points of this pilot are muddled and unclear. Anyone looking for a more faithful version of the character than seen in the 2005 film will have to wait for the show to really find itself, and I’m not certain new viewers will fare much better. Read More »

Guardians Premiere

San Diego Comic-Con is upon us so, with Superhero Bits going on a short hiatus, we’re blowing things out with a four page Super Size column!

Want to hear the showrunner of Daredevil talk about the show? Which Avenger is coming back to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Is Agent Carter in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Are Arrow and The Flash going to cross over? What happens to Thor when a lady takes over the Hammer? How big was the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy? Is Hot Toys making the Helicarrier? Can Marvel Studios make a Namor movie or not? Can you donate to a documentary on Batkid? Are there problems with the Batman v Superman batsuit? Read about all this and more in this massive, four page Superhero Bits. Read More »

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Batman has gone through many different looks over the years, and he’s about to get one more in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Today, we got a good close-up look at the latest version of his Batsuit thanks to San Diego Comic-Con. Check out some photos after the jump.

UPDATE: A new photo was revealed Thursday afternoon. See it below.

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The Flash Poster

The CW’s pilot for The Flash roars to life in a way that announces a show that has found its feet even before airing. Perhaps that’s because this is a spin-off from the increasingly popular Arrow, and The Flash inherits some of Arrow’s sensibility and DNA, despite being clearly intended as a brighter and more easy-going companion to that show.

This is a series that can experiment with all the overly “comic book” elements that have been part of Flash stories: the concept of super-speed; bad guys with names like Weather Wizard and Mirror Master; and time travel. As seen in this pilot, The Flash is a breezy bit of fun packed with indications that writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns aren’t going to avoid the weirder bits of Flash history. Read More »

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