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Who are the all-new, all-different Avengers? Where did Ben Affleck make some Batman jokes? What place to sidekicks have in modern comic book movies? Which X-Men favorite is currently being cast for X-Men Apocalypse? What’s the latest on the Captain Marvel movie? Who does Robert Downey Jr. think is the most important character in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Has Donald Glover actually achieved his dream of being Spider-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Captain Marvel cast

There are still over three years until the Captain Marvel movie hits theaters on November 2, 2018. By that time we’ll have seen Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, a Spider-Man reboot, three new Star Wars movie and even an Avatar sequel. Probably.

That’s a long time before we need to start worrying about a character, but, a new rumor says not only has Marvel Studios secretly cast an actress to play the Captain Marvel, we’ll see her very soon. This is an unconfirmed rumor but, if it’s true, it might be a spoiler for the Marvel Cinematic Universe 2015 movies. Beware and read more below. Read More »

Captain Marvel

After years of chatter, Marvel finally confirmed last year that Captain Marvel would become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Exactly how and when she’ll make her first appearance is unclear, but we now know one thing for sure: it won’t be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Director James Gunn said as much this weekend. And while we’re at it, he downplayed talk of Venom‘s potential involvement as well. Read the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Captain Marvel comments after the jump.  Read More »

Marvel Phase Three incorrect

The information in the graphic above is now incorrect. After the landmark deal between Sony and Marvel late Monday night bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a new movie on July 28, 2017, Disney has announced they’ve pushed the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok, to November 3, 2017. That’s the day Black Panther was coming out. So that film has moved, too, as have Inhumans and Captain Marvel. Find out the new Marvel release dates below. Read More »

Joss Whedon universe

Joss Whedon has spent most of the past several years building the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first with The Avengers, then with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and now Avengers: Age of Ultron. And he’s certainly done great work within that universe. But now he’s sounding ready to move on.

In a new interview, Whedon reveals a desire to create his own universe — maybe something like “turn-of-the-century female Batman,” or “Sam Fuller meets Edward Gorey.” Consider us sold. Read the Joss Whedon universe comments, plus his explanation of why he (probably) won’t direct Captain Marvel, after the jump.  Read More »

Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow

Pretty much the moment Marvel Studios announced Captain Marvel for 2018, Emily Blunt emerged as a fan-favorite pick for the lead. It’s easy to see why. She’s got the wit and strength to play Carol Danvers, and we know Marvel’s noticed her because she’s been considered for other roles before.

Blunt has so far gone along with the fervor, gushing that she “loves” the idea. But don’t get too excited just yet — the actress admits that no offer has “officially” come her way as of now. Read the Emily Blunt Captain Marvel reaction, along with comments on her previous brushes with Marvel.  Read More »

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Christian Bale Dark Knight Rises

When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in 2016, Ben Affleck will be only the fifth actor to portray the Caped Crusader on the big screen. He’ll also be the first new Batman since Christian Bale‘s reign from 2005-2012, and Bale admits he felt a bit “jealous” seeing his signature role go to someone else at first.

Eventually, though, he came around and even offered Affleck some advice. Hit the jump to read the Christian Bale Ben Affleck comments — plus Emily Blunt‘s response to the Captain Marvel fan-casting.

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Jessica Chastain is one of the most popular and talented actresses working today. She’s in Interstellar this week, A Most Violent Year after that, then Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak and Ridley Scott’s The Martian next year. And those are just the confirmed ones.

When an actress has that much buzz surrounding her, you know the big guns come calling. And in Hollywood, these days, Marvel Studios has the biggest gun. Chastain confirmed in a new interview she’s spoken to Marvel about some possible things in the future, but she doesn’t want to play a secondary character. She wants to be a kick-ass hero with a costume and action scenes. However, even though she knows the Captain Marvel release year off the top of her head, she later said that was not the role she talked to them about.

But she did talk to them. So below, watch Chastain’s video interview talking about potentially working for Marvel and run through a few possible Jessica Chastain Marvel roles she could go. Read More »

marvel phase 3 theory

We’re all curious to see just what Marvel has planned for the next couple films in its current cycle, and then for the nine-film Phase Three. And we’ve resisted learning too much about Avengers: Age of Ultron, so we’re happily in the speculation camp with most of you. And for those who haven’t been Marvel Comics fans for a long time, the films announced this week might seem like a disparate bunch of stories. How do all these movies tell one unified story thread?

My friend Jackson is a comic book writer, an editor, and screenwriter, and he’s got a pretty compelling vision of what Marvel might have planned. After I read his unified theory of Marvel’s Phase Three plan I showed it to Peter, and he loved it enough that we’re presenting it to you now.

Nothing that you’ll find below is confirmed — this is speculation, but well-informed speculation. If you already know these comics and characters, take it as a jumping-off point for your own discussions about what Marvel might be doing. If you don’t consider this a second-level primer as to what Marvel might be up to.  Read More »

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