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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a really big one, containing more talented actors than we can count. But it’s only getting bigger, and that means there’s still room for other exciting additions. Like, Michael K. Williams hopes, Michael K. Williams. The Wire star confessed his desire to play Black Panther in a recent interview.

Meanwhile, another The Wire alum, Idris Elba, is stomping out rumors that he may play Luke Cage in the planned Netflix series. In fact, according to him, the role has already been cast with someone else. Hit the jump for more on the Michael K Williams Black Panther hopes and the Idris Elba Luke Cage denials.

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Luke Cage

As Marvel preps their first Netflix TV show, Daredevil, fans are already looking toward the other four shows: Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, with them all leading to The Defenders. It’s a unique time for each of those properties, as each has yet to cast anyone. Actors big and small are eyeing and vying for some of the leads.

One actor who’s both big and small has now put his hat into the ring to play Cage. His name is Mars Crain and while you may not have heard of him, he’s a hulk of a man, easily the personification of Cage. He got his start in Will Smith’s Hancock and was recently cast by Paul Thomas Anderson for his upcoming film, Inherent Vice. Crain seems poised to break out. To help facilitate that career upswing, he’s made a sizzle reel showing off his desire to play Cage for the Netflix show. Check out the Mars Crain Luke Cage video below. Read More »

Defenders NYC

Filming in the biggest U.S. cities can be incredibly expensive. Thanks to the costs of permits, security, and simple logistics, to actually film on location in New York City or Los Angeles is not financially feasible for many major productions. But most major productions aren’t backed by Marvel or Disney. Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special, multi-million dollar incentive program created specifically to lure Marvel Studios to New York to film the entirety of its Netflix series of shows, That’s 60 one-hour episodes total, which will now be shot in NYC.

UPDATE: We updated with the full press release.

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What Green Lantern bad guy is getting his own comic series? Want to read a new interview about The Secret Service? What’s Bruce Banner doing in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Are there lots of awesome looking Captain America: The Winter Soldier fan posters floating around? Is there a connection between The Avengers and Reservoir Dogs? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Idris Elba Confirms He Met With Marvel About ‘Luke Cage’

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Just about every actor in Hollywood has been cast in, linked to, or rumored for a Marvel superhero at some point or other, but one story that’s cropped up quite a few times over the years is that Idris Elba was in the running to play Luke Cage. Elba himself seemed perfectly happy to roll with this particular claim, telling press he’d “like a stab” at the character.

Ultimately, though, nothing came of that chatter. The long-rumored movie languished in development, and a few weeks ago Marvel announced that they were developing the character for a Netflix series. But for what it’s worth, Elba confirms now that he actually got as far as meeting with Marvel at some point. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about it, as well as his comments on those James Bond and Jurassic Park rumors.

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The announcement that Marvel and Disney are launching four characters on Netflix and ultimately building towards a super-team was a big deal. Starting in 2015 we’ll see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist on Netflix, and eventually they’ll all come together to form NYC-based team The Defenders.

But those characters may not be limited to appearances on Netflix. If the shows do well enough, Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and CFO of the The Walt Disney Company, says that any one of those characters could earn their own movie. Read More »

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Remember the report that Marvel was developing four new live-action TV shows with the intent to partner with a non-traditional TV outlet to present them?

The deal has been revealed, and the basic terms are that Disney and Marvel are setting up shows for Netflix based around four characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Those characters will each get a 13-episode series, and over “multiple years” the shows will build towards what will basically be a TV version of The Avengers, with the capper being a miniseries featuring Marvel super-group The Defenders. Read More »

What is the origin of this teaser trailer in which Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa plays Marvel hero Luke Cage? We know that Marvel Studios has talked about making a Luke Cage film, but this is not a trailer for that movie. This is, in effect, a trailer for a film that doesn’t exist. So did Isaiah Mustafa conjure this up on his own, or is there some other force at work?

Check out the teaser below and start talking about whether he seems right for the part. Read More »

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