Black Panther

Next year’s Captain America: Civil War finally brings Black Panther into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and by the looks of it he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. That’s him getting a sunlit hero shot, kicking the crap out of Cap’s beloved Bucky, and outrunning Cap himself — this guy is no slouch. But he’s not getting his own movie until 2018, which means we’ve got many, many months of speculation ahead of us.

For starters, we’re dying to know exactly what this movie is. What genre is it? What’s it about? Who’s in it? Marvel being Marvel, they’re not giving away too many plot details this early in the game. But studio head Kevin Feige‘s latest comments do give us a better sense of the film’s overall feel, and teases its connection to Avengers: Infinity WarRead More »

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (header)

Marvel can take big swings these days. This year, they turned Ant-Man — a character most people are hardly familiar with — into a box-office hit, following the massively successful and equally obscure Guardians of the Galaxy. When Marvel’s name is on a film, people will show up, which is why it’s the perfect time to introduce Doctor Strange. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) can get weird with this comic book adaptation, and from the sound of it, that’s what he’s doing.

After the jump, read Marvel’s CEO Kevin Feige‘s comments on just how strange (not a bad pun, I promise) of a comic book movie Doctor Strange might be. He also gets into the character’s unique abilities and accessories — like the Eye of Agamotto, which could turn out to be very important to the MCU later on.

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Doctor Strange

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks gorging ourselves on new footage, photos, and details from Captain America: Civil War, due out next summer. But Marvel’s other big theatrical release of 2016, Doctor Strange, remains shrouded in mystery. Not only is the character brand-new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he represents a more mystical side of the MCU that hasn’t been explored too deeply in the films so far.

Shooting on Doctor Strange has only just begun, so it’ll likely be a long while before we get a real trailer. But to tide us over in the meantime, director Scott Derrickson and producer Kevin Feige have dropped a few hints about what we have to look forward to — including a first peek at some Doctor Strange concept art. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

marvel studios updated calendar

Yesterday, Marvel Studios announced a bunch of changes and additions to their release calendar. Among the announcements were an Ant-Man sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp set for 2018, new release dates for Black Panther and Captain Marvel and three yet-to-be-announced Marvel movies scheduled for 2020. So the question I’ve been getting over the last 24 hours is this: What does Marvel Studios have planned for 2020?

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Marvel cinematic universe breakdown

In the next five years, we’ll see more than 25 comic book movies. Will audiences continue to care about men and women fighting in tights? Steven Spielberg doesn’t think so. Now, Marvel head hancho Kevin Feige responds to Steven Spielberg. Read his response after the jump.

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marvel contingency plans

I attended a Q&A with Marvel head Kevin Feige last night which you can read about elsewhere on the site (Infinity Stones/Infinity War and the future of the Marvel Universe). One quote in particular no one seems to be focusing on is something Feige said when answering my question about how they can insert a character like Spider-Man into the long-term arc leading to Infinity War, which has clearly already been plotted far in advance.

His answer contained a little nugget of information: Marvel has contingency story plans in the far-off case the company is able to get back the movie character rights for some of the properties they don’t currently control. As you know, this currently stands at the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes, which includes Wolverine, Silver Surfer, Deadpool, Cable and others. Find out exactly what Feige said about the Marvel contingency plans, after the jump.

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Last night I attended an event where Marvel head Kevin Feige and Avengers producer Jeremy Latchem were in attendance answering questions about Avengers: Age of Ultron and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  You can read everything they said about plotting the Infinity Stones in the first two and upcoming phase three of the MCU, and where they are headed in The Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 in our other post. In this post you can find all the interesting answers that didn’t fit thematically in the other post:

  • How does it feel to be able to include Spider-Man in the MCU?
  • How was Spider-Man inserted into the plan they already had leading towards The Avengers: Infinity War?
  • Does Marvel have plans for Fantastic Four and X-Men in the chance they get the rights back?
  • Will The Marvel television characters or storylines ever appear in the Marvel movies? Would characters be recast?
  • Why didn’t Captain Marvel and other Marvel character have a cameo at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron?
  • When will Guardians of the Galaxy cross over with the earth bound Marvel heroes?
  • When will we get more casting announcements for Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2?
  • How does Howard The Duck make it back to Earth?
  • When will Marvel One Shots short films return?

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Disney held an event at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to celebrate the home video release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (which hits stores and VOD on October 2nd 2015). They unveiled a new Tyler Stout print for the film, and Marvel head Kevin Feige and Avengers producer Jeremy Latchem were on hand for an extensive 26 minute question and answer session.

As with most of these Question and Answer sessions, the queries thrown at Feige began at the Avengers sequel but quickly diverted to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, The Avengers: Infinity War and Jon Watts’ Spider-Man reboot. Its so much that we’re going to divide this into two posts. This first post will focus on how Marvel plotted the Infinity stones in phase one and two and the upcoming phase three leading to The Avengers: Infinity War. Here is what is answered:

  • When will we see the final two Infinity Stones?
  • When did they know that they would start introducing the Infinity Gems?
  • Was making the Tesseract an Infinity Stone planned after the fact?
  • Will Avengers: Infinity War be an end of the story told thus far?
  • Has the entire story leading to the conclusion in The Avengers: Infinity War Part II been planned out already?
  • Were the Avengers: Age of Ultron visions a prediction of the future that could come in Infinity War?

After the jump you can check out the Tyler Stout Avengers Age of Ultron poster that premiered at the event. You can also watch the entire question and answer session captured on video. I believe I was the only one in attendance who was recording video, so while you might read some choice quotes elsewhere — this is a bit of an exclusive.

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actors playing two Marvel characters

When Chris Evans was sought after and eventually won the role of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avengers, some fans were a little bent out of shape about that because the actor had already played the Human Torch in 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four. To some, it just seemed like overkill to have the same actor play two different Marvel superheroes.

However, as we’ve seen, the Marvel cinematic universe is far removed from what 20th Century Fox did with Fantastic Four or what Sony Pictures did with Spider-Man. And in the end, Chris Evans has turned out to one of the best parts of the Marvel cinematic universe, and easily one of the favorite Avengers on the team. So it all worked out.

But now that the Marvel cinematic universe has been established, is there a chance that we could see actors playing two Marvel characters in that comic book world? Thor: The Dark World star Zachary Levi reveals that he has spoken to Kevin Feige about that very question, and the answer might surprise you. Read More »