Female Iron Man - Ironheart

Back in July, Marvel Comics announced that Tony Stark would be stepping down from the mantle of Iron Man and passing it off to a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams. Since the Iron Man title didn’t really apply anymore, she was revealed to take on the name of Ironheart.

Tony Stark already encountered Riri Williams in Invincible Iron Man #12 after the MIT prodigy reversed engineered an old Iron Man suit and used it to stop a prison break, but an upcoming issue of the comic gives us a little more insight into her backstory, including a glimpse at one of her suits. Read More »

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman - Thomas Wayne - Batman v Superman

Right now Zack Snyder is hard at work on Justice League over in Iceland, where we just got our first look at Amber Heard as Mera, the Queen of Atlantis. The film marks the continuation of the DC Extended Universe that began with Man of Steel and grew with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latter film allowed Zack Snyder to realize his dream of bringing his take on Frank Miller’s more grizzled version of The Dark Knight to the big screen. The Caped Crusader ended up being played by Ben Affleck, but at one point Snyder had someone else in mind, and it’s actually still possible for him to follow through on that. Read More »

Doctor Strange box office tracking

Eight years and over a dozen films in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about as reliable as movie franchises get. They’re very often among the top grossers of the year, and reliably draw positive reactions from critics, hardcore fans, and casual moviegoers alike. At this point, you’d have to be a fool to bet against them.

Still, Doctor Strange presents a bigger challenge than many Marvel films. It’s not a sequel, but an all-new adventure, featuring characters who are largely unknown to the general population. Can Doctor Strange keep Marvel’s winning streak going, or will it be their first stumble? We’ll find out for sure in a couple of weeks, but for now we’re happy to report that early tracking suggests Doctor Strange will be just fine. At the very least it’s likely to top Ant-Man, the last new superhero to come out of the MCU.  Read More »

Batman Rebirth - Watchmen

How will the rest of the DC TV superheroes react to the arrival of Supergirl? How did a Black Panther hat result in a woman getting kicked off a flight? How much could Doctor Strange make in its opening weekend at the box office? Why does Marvel feel it’s necessary for Captain Marvel to have a female director? What’s up with the Watchmen in DC’s Rebirth initiative? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »


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Doctor Strange and Christine Palmer

Although Doctor Strange is the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, all of its core characters are new to the big screen. Sure, comic book fans might know about the Sorcerer Supreme or the Ancient One already, and sure, even casual moviegoers are probably familiar with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. But what will Cumberbatch be like as Stephen Strange, or Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo? A new featurette offers a closer look at some of the performances we can look forward to seeing in the movie.

Meanwhile, there’s also some news about one character we won’t be seeing in Doctor Strange. Ever since we learned Rachel McAdams would be playing Christine Palmer, fans have wondered if she might take on her comic book alter ego, Night Nurse. However, Kevin Feige has now shot down that rumor in no uncertain terms.  Read More »

Daniel Bruhl as Helmut Zemo in Captain America Civil War

In the end, all those rumors about Daniel Brühl playing Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War turned out to be true. However, the version of Zemo we saw onscreen wasn’t much like the one we know from the comics. He had a completely different backstory and a completely different look. Gone were the purple mask and militaristic outfit; instead, we got a normal-looking guy in everyday civilian clothing. Were it not for the fact that Brühl’s character is explicitly identified as “Zemo” in the film, you might not even know they were supposed to be the same character.

But it seems Marvel Studios did at least consider the classic Zemo look at one point. Artist Andy Park has shared an interesting bit of conceptual art that shows what a more traditional Zemo could have looked like in Civil War. Check out the Civil War Zemo concept art below.  Read More »

Wonder Woman Tone

One of the most common criticisms of the DC expanded universe so far (from fans and critics alike) has been the consistently, overtly dark tone of the movies. Both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just seem dour for the sake of being dour, and while Suicide Squad had a little more fun with the comic book world, many are hoping future movies will lighten up a bit. The tone of Justice League certainly indicates a change in tone, at least if the sizzle reel from Comic-Con is any indicator, but it sounds like Wonder Woman will be the one that really stands out.

Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, producer Deborah Snyder and director Patty Jenkins recently opened up a bit about what to expect from Wonder Woman, specifically with regards to how it will be different from the previous DC movies, especially with regards to a lighter tone.

Find out what the filmmaker had to say about the Wonder Woman tone after the jump. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Female Roles

The Guardians of the Galaxy may be a mostly male crew, but James Gunn wants you to know he won’t ignore women in their next outing. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director has promised his film will “not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck.” Read Gunn’s comments on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 female characters below.  Read More »

Black Widow Movie - Scarlett Johansson

Since Marvel Studios already has their roster set through 2019, we won’t be seeing a standalone Black Widow movie anytime soon. However, Kevin Feige did say after that line-up is finished, “I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.” There’s no indication as to what kind of movie we’d get featuring Black Widow, but Scarlett Johansson sees endless possibilities.

Find out what the actress thinks about the prospect of a Black Widow movie after the jump. Read More »

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Is There Another Villain in ‘Wolverine 3: Logan’?

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We’ve read a decent amount of information this week about Logan, Hugh Jackman‘s eighth and final outing as the Wolverine. The film comes out in less than five months, but because 20th Century Fox and all involved have done a fine job keeping details about James Mangold‘s sequel under wraps, we don’t know a whole lot about the movie. Not until this week did we even know who Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) was playing in the film. Holbrook was confirmed as one the film’s villains, but a new look at Logan shows Donald Pierce (Holbrook) maybe isn’t alone in his fight against the Wolverine.

Below, see the villain a new Logan photo calls to mind.

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