The Marvel Studios panel just began in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con, and president Kevin Feige didn’t waste any time announcing loads of new details. He was preceeded by a video reel that proclaimed “Phase Two Begins Now!” and gave titles to a pair of Marvel sequels, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Solider.

That Cap sequel title should make a lot of people happy, and tells fans a lot about the storyline of the sequel — pretty much everything we need to know, really. We should see scenes that take place in World War II as we learn the truth about Cap’s sidekick Bucky, and then scenes in the present day in which the seemingly dead soldier is revived as a personality that isn’t exactly friendly to Cap.

In addition to those titles, Endgar Wright showed up to help announce Ant-Man, and that’s going on as I type this. We suspect some test footage will be shown, and Germain will have an update on Ant-Man in a few minutes.

In the meantime, Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on August 1 2014. That’s the logo above, and a concept shot of the team is after the break, along with new logos for the other films.

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Lots of odds and ends today in Sequel Bits. Here we go:

  • It seems a video game based on The Expendables 2 will be coming out.
  • Dominic Cooper isn’t sure if Howard Stark will return in Captain America 2.
  • 20th Century Fox is sending out a great Taken 2 Father’s Day card.
  • Kevin Smith promises Jay and Silent Bob’s animated film will be rolled out in 2013.

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Well, this is interesting, and possibly a good idea. Anthony and Joe Russo, the brothers who worked on Community and also wrote and directed the caper comedy Welcome to Collinwood, are in talks to direct the Captain America sequel for Marvel Studios. Read More »

NOTE: This post deals with a major plot point in The Avengers. If you haven’t seen it, please turn away, major spoilers follow.

Ever since the first Iron Man, one character has been the rock of the Marvel Universe: Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. Though he didn’t appear in The Incredible Hulk or Captain America: The First Avenger, we know from The Avengers he’s very familar with “the big guy” and quite a fan of Mr. Rogers too. Add that to appearances in both Iron Man films, Thor and The Avengers and you understand why he’s such a fan favorite. He’s the human personification of the connectivity in the Marvel Movie Universe. That’s why, when Joss Whedon decides to kill him in The Avengers (I warned you there would be spoilers) you really feel something for him as does the team.

This is a comic book world though and ever since The Avengers started breaking box office records fans wondered if the tried and true practice of comic book resurrection would happen in the movies for Agent Coulson. There’s evidence and speculation on both sides of the spectrum. Read More »


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I’d like to welcome all the new Marvel Studios fans to the fold. The Avengers hit the $1B mark this weekend, and it is on track to break all sorts of impressive-sounding box office records. That implies that there are a lot of happy returning Marvel fans who’ve been on board for the ride since Iron Man was released a few years ago, but there are also a lot of new converts.

This update is mostly for the new followers. In a video interview with Bloomberg, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talks about the studio’s future plans. Feige speaks with some specificity about the plans to shoot new films over the course of the next year: first Iron Man 3, then Thor 2 and Captain America  2. He also explains that the studio has two films planned that are as yet unannounced. Those who’ve been following along with Marvel’s developments over the past couple years will be familiar with that plan. But for the new fans, check out the video interview below. Read More »

Thanks in a large part to this past weekend’s The Avengers, we’ve got a ton of superhero-related odds and ends for you today. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass illustrator claims sequel will shoot this summer
  • Scarlett Johansson really wants a Black Widow spinoff
  • Joss Whedon isn’t ready to think about Avengers 2 yet
  • Captain America 2 will be closely linked to Avengers
  • Ben Kingsley is still developing his Iron Man 3 character

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A poster, some behind-the-scenes footage, and a rather intriguing bit of potential casting lurk in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • A rumor says David Tennant wants to do Fast Six
  • Peter Berg is still really excited to do Hancock 2
  • Kevin Feige teases a change of pace for Captain America 2
  • Here’s what goes on behind the scenes of Men in Black 3
  • TRON: Uprising poster promises to re-program the future

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Maybe you heard, but Marvel’s The Avengers is coming out in a few weeks and it’s pretty damn good. Joss Whedon’s superhero epic had its world premiere this week and the cast and crew have begun their whirlwind international press tour, which included several interviews with /Film. Some will be posted soon, others – the ones that deal with major spoilers – will be held until after the release.

Several outlets have begun posting their findings, though, and much of the talk is obviously looking forward to the next round of Marvel films: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2 – all of which are confirmed, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and The Inhumans, which are each in various stages of development.

After the jump, we’ve complied on all of those films. Click below to read those and check back soon for our interviews with the cast and crew and The Avengers. Read More »

One of the most heart-wrenching moments in last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger came near the end, when (SPOILER ALERT, obviously) Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) promises Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) a date that he fails to make because he sacrifices himself to save the world. When he wakes up in 2012, their scheduled appointment, of course, has long since passed. But according to director Joss Whedon, the pair almost had a better-late-than-never reunion in The Avengers. More after the jump.

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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Deadline has learned that F. Gary Gray has withdrawn from consideration and is now in negotiations to instead direct the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton for New Line Cinema. Last week Disney announced a April 4th, 2014 release date for the a sequel.


There’s something that really appeals to me about the idea of the Welcome to Collinwood directors taking on the Captain America sequel for Marvel Studios.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We know that Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely have been writing a sequel to the 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. But no director has been hired; we didn’t know if Joe Johnston would return, or if Marvel would turn to someone new, and possibly cheaper.

Now there’s a report that the shortlist to direct the new Cap film is down to four people, but two of those four are a package deal: George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), and Anthony and Joseph Russo, who made Welcome to Collinwood, and are perhaps better known for working as producer/directors on Community. Read More »