Guardians of the Galaxy 3

James Gunn has said he no longer plans to respond to rumors about which characters will or won’t be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but that isn’t stopping the rest of the internet from speculating. A new rumor has cropped up today indicating that a really big character from the comics will be dropping by the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. And when we say really big, we mean it literally. Find out who it is below. Be warned that potential spoilers lie after the jump.

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doctor strange wong actor

The cast Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson assembled for the upcoming Doctor Strange film was already stellar before they went and tossed another wonderful character actor into the mix. Benedict Wong, best known for playing NASA Jet Propulsion Lab director Bruce Ng in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, has joined the mystical superhero adventure as Wong, Stephen Strange’s manservant and right-hand-man.

Although the character of Wong will require Derrickson and his team to walk a very fine line, the casting of an actor as fine as, uh, Wong will surely give them a solid head start.

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thor ragnarok villain

Last month, we learned that Cate Blanchett was in talks to join the cast of Thor: Ragnarok and there was much rejoicing. Any movie would be lucky to lure the phenomenally talented Blanchett into its cast, so the thought of her joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some capacity is mind-boggling. This is “Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange” level casting. We live in an age where our finest thespians have no problem taking a shift or two in comic book movies.

But who would Cate Blanchett be playing in the third Thor adventure, which is a buddy film starring the Odinson and the Hulk that will be directed by What We Do in the Shadows’ Taika Waititi? A new report has hit the internet claiming to know the answer to that question and it sounds about right. Still, consider this a rumor until we hear something official.

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legends of tomorrow trailer

Legends of Tomorrow is the latest show from DC Comics. They have a good track record with Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, and producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg remain involved. Phil Klemmer is the showrunner for this one, and /Film got to sit down with him after a panel for the Television Critics Association.

Legends unites Arrowverse characters Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel), Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee), Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh). Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) comes from the future to enlist their help catching Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), and so begins a time-traveling adventure that begins Thursday, January 21 at 8PM on The CW.

Ahead of the premiere, I sat down with Klemmer to get the details on what’s ahead for our heroes in season one and beyond.  Read More »

X-Men Apocalypse Trailer

X-Men: Apocalypse has a huge cast of characters, some of whom are returning to roles from previous films, and quite a few of whom are inheriting younger versions of characters that appeared in the first three films. There are even a few new additions, such as Psylocke. While on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse last year we talked to many of the cast members about what is new and different for their roles in this film.

Below, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Fassbender explain where their characters are in life as the new film opens. Read More »

thor ragnarok plot

The first two Thor movies have their moments, but they’re among the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s more forgettable chapters. They never reach the heights of The Avengers or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but they never tumble to the dismal lows of Iron Man 2. They’re just kind of there, a great showcase for a handful of weird ideas and Chris Hemsworth‘s always entertaining lead, but not too much more.

Everything we’ve heard about Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Marvel Studios is trying to make the third solo adventure of the Odinson something special. First and foremost, it’s no longer a solo movie but a team-up adventure with Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk. And puny Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, says the sequel a road movie in the vein of Midnight Run.

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X-Men: Apocalypse - Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer has shepherded the X-Men franchise from its origin through to this year’s latest installment, X-Men: Apocalypse. Well, there was that little break in there for X-Men: The Last Stand, but with that exception Singer has been intimately involved with the core series films in a major capacity, typically as director.

This latest film gives Singer the chance to do a few things he never go to do the first time around, such as detail the early years of Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). It also features what could be the series’ biggest and weirdest villain to date: the body-hopping, power-amplifying, centuries-old Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac).

Oh, you didn’t know about the body-hopping part? That’s one of the details Singer explained in a very long interview when we and a few other sites visited the set of the film in Montreal last year. Below, read the first half of this giant talk, in which Singer goes deep and gets candid about the history and future of the X-Men. Read More »

Suicide Squad header

The buzz for Suicide Squad was initially unremarkable. Our first glimpse at the film was a shot of Jared Leto as The Joker, which most fans didn’t seem to care for. With the grill and the “edgy” tats, fans weren’t fond of where director David Ayer was taking the character. But once they saw the villain in action, especially in the latest trailer, fans warmed up to Ayer’s “worst superheroes ever” picture. The film is now exhibiting even more signs of promise, as it has enlisted composer Steven Price.

Learn more about the Suicide Squad composer and the Joker after the jump.

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new spider-man release date

Today has been an absolutely fascinating reminder that the schedules movie studios block out years in advance are just blueprints – anything and everything can change at a moment’s notice.

Earlier today, Star Wars: Episode 8 evacuated its May 26, 2017 release date and set up camp on December 15, 2017. This shift (which is nutty for a number of reasons) allowed Disney to place Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in that vacant Memorial Day weekend. As for the July 7, 2017 release date previously held by Captain Jack Sparrow? Well, let’s just say that Sony took this opportunity to supply the next Spider-Man movie and their Jumanji remake with shiny new opening weekends.

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