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After two days off, Superhero Bits is back with a vengeance! Want to see a new Captain America: The Winter Soldier featurette? How about a new poster? What’s happening on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Is Joss Whedon coming back for Avengers 3? Which scenes were deleted from Thor: The Dark World? Did fans, and Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige, react well to the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer? What will Thanos be after in that film? Would it be possible for Batman to face The Terminator? Did Terry Gilliam almost make Watchmen? Read about this and so much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Kevin Feige on the set of Iron Man 2

Ask Marvel President Kevin Feige why his Cinematic Universe has worked so well and he’ll say “planning.” It was planning that put Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man, had S.H.I.E.L.D. become a big part of Iron Man 2 and put an Avengers trailer at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. It’s planning that has Phase 2 of the Universe all but set. Iron Man 3 is out and Thor: The Dark World is next, to be followed by next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. The current phase culminates in May 2015 with Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will be followed by Ant-Man. That’s a lot of planning.

But, according to Feige, those three years are literally not the half of it. In a revealing new piece in Wired Magazine, the man with the plan says Marvel has movies laid out through about 2021. Read More »

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The brilliance of Marvel is not only in the studio’s execution of story; it’s in the dissemination of information. Take, for example, Comic-Con. All Marvel President Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon had to do was reveal three words, “Age of Ultron,” to completely redirect the conversation about the path of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the next few years.

Another example was the tag of 2012′s The Avengers. Showing the uber-evil Thanos as the mastermind behind Loki’s plan suggested he’d be the next great nemesis for the super-team. But, the reveal of Ultron as the villain in the Avengers: Age of Ultron changed that.

Joss Whedon, the writer and director of both The Avengers and next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, now explained more about the role of Thanos. He was “never meant to be the next villain” and was only teased to give fans a taste of how big this Marvel Cinematic Universe can really get. 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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Here’s the reason Marvel signs actors to long contracts whenever possible. After the success of Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.‘s agents worked out a deal with Marvel in which the actor would receive  a percentage of the first-day gross for future films. That’s what led him to nabbing between $50m and $75m for The Avengers. Studios hate paying anyone up front like that whenever it can be avoided, and even Downey has laughed about the unusual pay rate he got to play Tony Stark.

Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?

Well, Downey is reportedly in talks for two more Avengers films, but there’s no plan set in stone just yet, and no public talk of Iron Man 4. Read More »

Joss Whedon said it’s “nonsense.”  Mark Ruffalo said it’s “not in the works.” Yet the idea of a standalone Hulk movie, maybe even a Planet Hulk movie, keeps coming up. The rumor gained real traction when Latino Review said The Avengers 2 would set up a Phase Three standalone movie with Hulk on a planet by himself, setting up an Avengers vs. Hulk showdown in The Avengers 3. That rumor was then seemingly obliterated. However, both Ruffalo and Whedon have recently clarified their thoughts on the whole thing. They haven’t changed their tunes, but each – especially Ruffalo – has left the door open a bit.

After the jump, read what the director and star had to say about Hulk as well as Whedon’s thoughts on a DC Cinematic Universe, how S.H.I.E.L.D. is going and Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »

Few would argue that a major highlight of Marvel’s billion-dollar hit The Avengers was Mark Ruffalo‘s turn as the Hulk. The character popped off the screen with incredible action and provided some of the best moments of the film. But at the end of the movie, he drives away with Tony Stark and, if we’re to believe the release slate, he won’t return for some time. Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy are all scheduled before The Avengers 2. There’s nary a Hulk mention in there. Seems odd that the entire story would ignore the unlikely star of The Avengers.

It seems that’s because the Hulk will be a major player moving ahead from there. As I speculated a few months back, it seems the Hulk will return in The Avengers 2, and start a storyline that’ll push forward through the hypothetical end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3: The Avengers 3. If true, this rumor contains major spoilers so proceed with caution. Read More »

It seems like every longtime Hollywood star is trying to revive their best-loved characters right now, so why should Robert De Niro be any different? He’s already working on another Midnight Run, and he’s now publicly acknowledged that he’s not entirely against doing another Raging Bull, either. Also after the jump:

  • Nicholas Stoller will ask Jason Segel for notes on Muppets 2
  • Young Agent K annoys Agent J, goes bowling in new MIB3 pics
  • More MIB3 footage surfaces in the music video for Pitbull’s theme
  • Marvel’s Civil War storyline could maybe appear in Avengers 3
  • Here’s where Star Trek 2 is shooting in Los Angeles this weekend
  • Here are more Star Trek 2 set photos of Zachary Quinto

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