Ant Man Black Panther

Sites like this can talk and talk and confirm and confirm movies in the pipeline, but it’s something else entirely to hear it from the man who makes it all happen. Below, you have a chance to watch Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talk about both Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man, the first film of Marvel’s Phase 3, and confirm they’re developing a Black Panther movie.

The most interesting nugget regarding Ant-Man is Feige describes it as a “heist film,” a story structure Marvel Studios has yet to explore. He also says casting should be announced before the end of the year. Check out the videos below. Read More »

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Black Panther

Marvel Studios has no shortage of characters to develop as the stars of new films, but the company does have to focus on a few per year. The lineup for the next few Marvel films includes new outings for Thor, Captain America, and the Avengers, and the debuts of Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy. What comes next? Doctor Strange, the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe, is likely to be among the following lineup.

Perpetually a topic of rumor but not yet confirmed is Black Panther, a long-running Marvel character introduced in the mid-’60s. The leader of fictional African nation Wakanda, Black Panther was Marvel’s first attempt to create a major black superhero. And while he never hit popularity levels to rival Spider-Man, he’s persisted as a fan favorite for decades. There have been hints from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige that a Black Panther movie was on the way, and now Marvel godfather Stan Lee says the character is definitely in development. Read More »

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in The Avengers

Two pretty big rumors regarding The Avengers 2 are whipping around the Web today, so we figured they were worth a look. The first one seems most plausible. It concerns the possible inclusion of the Black Panther in the sequel and the hint comes from the chairman of South Africa’s Cape Town Film Studios. He said Marvel has been in contact about filming the Joss Whedon sequel there.

The second rumor is that Hawkeye could be recast. Jeremy Renner played the character in Thor as well as The Avengers, but citing a lack of activity in Phase Two and his negative comments about his role in The Avengers, one source believes the character could become the next War Machine or Hulk. Read More »

The Avengers

Here’s the reason Marvel signs actors to long contracts whenever possible. After the success of Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.‘s agents worked out a deal with Marvel in which the actor would receive  a percentage of the first-day gross for future films. That’s what led him to nabbing between $50m and $75m for The Avengers. Studios hate paying anyone up front like that whenever it can be avoided, and even Downey has laughed about the unusual pay rate he got to play Tony Stark.

Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?

Well, Downey is reportedly in talks for two more Avengers films, but there’s no plan set in stone just yet, and no public talk of Iron Man 4. Read More »

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman got a big career boost this spring by playing baseball hero Jackie Robinson in 42, and now he may be on the verge of raising his profile even further by playing a superhero. According to a new report, Boseman is the favorite to take the lead in Marvel’s Black Panther, long rumored to be part of the studio’s plans for Phase Three. Hit the jump for details.

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What kind of destruction is Electro causing on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Is there an update to the Morris Chestnut/Black Panther question? Want to see the best Iron Man 3 TV spot yet? Has Bryan Singer adopted another kind of social media on the set of X-Men Days of Future Past? Did someone post a description of the new Man of Steel trailer? Where can you see Val Kilmer as Batman, once again? How does UFC Champion Georges St. Pierre feel about appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Morris Chestnut

Marvel’s Phase Two is ready to start next month, and with all those films lined up, fans have begun heavy speculation on what Phase Three will hold. It’ll start on November 6, 2015 with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. From there the possibilities include Doctor Strange, another Iron Man/Thor/Captain America sequel or maybe Black Panther. The latter has been rumored for several years, with screenplays and pitches apparently falling by the wayside as Marvel focused on other films.

The latest update concerns actor Morris Chestnut. Best known for Boyz N The Hood, American Horror Story and this year’s Kick-Ass 2, Chestnut took to Twitter and Facebook Monday telling fans “It’s time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!” Just as the Internet began to pick up on the hint, he deleted the Tweet and Facebook posts. Read More »

Which noted comic book artist is working on X-Men: Days of Future Past? Want to contribute to a possible Batman web series? Is a noted actress up for the lead in Amazon? Who is the latest actor campaigning to play Black Panther? Has Mark Millar teased some hits at Kick-Ass 3? What do superheroes look like at their most intimate moments? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.  Read More »

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