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Joss Whedon took the stage at Hall H today to intro a brief teaser clip for a new film. The footage featured animated close-ups of metal being pounded into shape as we hear clips of dialogue from The Avengers. But as the metal object revolves and the camera pulls back the head of Ultron is revealed.

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Vin Diesel

Briefly: At the end of today’s Riddick panel at Comic Con, room was made for one last question. A guy stepped up to ask Vin Diesel what his vision — emphasis on that word — might be for his possible role in the Marvel Universe. The actor laughed and said he regretted allowing one last question, since it brought up the one thing he’s not supposed to talk about.

Diesel then said that there is “some very big news coming at the end of the month” with respect to Marvel. Why it would take place later in the month, rather than at Marvel’s panel tomorrow, is open to question. Regardless, he’s continuing the long tease about just what he might end up doing for Marvel Studios. The same range of speculation about the answer continues, with the idea of him voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy or playing Vision in The Avengers 2 being the biggest options fans are talking about. (One writer said Diesel told him the role involves a love story, which vaguely suggests he could play Thanos, the being who is in love with Death.)

 

Vin Diesel

This is more a “don’t get your hopes up” piece than anything else. Vin Diesel is happy to use Facebook and Twitter to issue missives to his fans. Some of these feature concrete info about films like the Fast and the Furious sequels and Riddick. Others are more cryptic, as when he recently talked about setting up a meeting with Marvel Studios. Today Diesel said the meeting went well, and threw in a couple words and ideas that got peoples’ imaginations running.

But are his teases anything more than talk? Hard to say from here. Read More »

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Robert Downey Jr. will be back as Iron Man, but not in an Iron Man movie. The actor, whose lucrative multi-picture contract with Marvel Studios ended with Iron Man 3, has just signed a two picture deal to appear as the character both The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. A potential fourth Iron Man film is not part of the deal, which gives us some major hints at where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going. Read More »

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Loki memorably made his debut in Thor and then even more memorably provided the Hulk with some Asgardian rag-doll action in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. And we know the character has a significant role in Thor: The Dark World, which hits this fall.

But if you’re expecting Loki to reprise his villainous role in The Avengers 2, might be time to come up with a new expectation. Whedon is talking more and more about his team-up sequel — which is still quite a way off, with release planned for 2015 — and he seems to say that Loki won’t have a role.  Read More »

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A monkey wrench has been thrown into our collective understanding of what Marvel has in store for Phase Two. We’ve seen what Tony Stark is up to in Iron Man 3; we have an idea what Thor will tackle in Thor: The Dark World; and Captain America is currently working his butt off filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Next up is 2014′s James Gunn film Guardians of the Galaxy, which starts shooting in England this Summer, followed by Joss Whedon‘s sequel The Avengers 2 in 2015. Many assumed whatever happens with Gunn’s team of galactic superheroes would dovetail into what happens with Whedon’s team on Earth. Well, that might not be the case, according to Whedon. A new quote suggests the Guardians will not appear in The Avengers 2. Read More »

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Briefly: We’re going to see two versions of the Marvel character Quicksilver — a speedster mutant who is Magneto’s son — on the big screen in the next couple years. One will appear in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Evan Peters. Given how many other characters are already known to be in that film, expect Singer’s version of Quicksilver to have a relatively small part, along with his sister, the Scarlet Witch.

Joss Whedon has also written the sibling duo into The Avengers 2. Due to the fact that Fox has a lock on rights to Marvel’s mutant characters, Whedon’s depictions will be slightly different, but they’ll be in the film all the same. And now Quicksilver is the first reported new casting for the film, as Aaron Johnson is reported to be the frontrunner for the role. He doesn’t have the gig yet, but the Kick-Ass and Savages actor is close to getting it, reports The Wrap. Read More »

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The mutant speedster superhero Quicksilver found himself at the center of two competing Marvel movies last week. We already heard Joss Whedon wrote Quicksilver and his sister, the Scarlet Witch, into The Avengers 2. Then Bryan Singer shocked us by casting Evan Peters as the same character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, set in an entirely different universe. Rumors swirled about a Marvel vs. 20th Century Fox pissing match and while those can be neither confirmed or denied, one of the principals did appear in public to talk about the character.

Joss Whedon was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week and explained why he inserted the characters into The Avengers 2. He doesn’t mention Singer’s film explicitly but he explains the subjective, and objective reasons they’ll be in his film. Read that, as well as a quote teasing the sequel’s villain, below. Read More »

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