It’s been known for a while that Derek Luke had been cast in Captain America: The First Avenger, but it was unclear what role he’d be playing — until now. It’s recently been revealed that Luke will be playing the part of Gabe Jones, part of the elite WWII Howling Commandos squadron. Read more after the jump.

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Since Nick Fury’s surprise cameo at the end of Iron Man, Marvel has been actively trying to figure out how best to tie together each of the stand-alone superhero outings leading up to The Avengers. Between Tony Stark’s mention of the “Avengers Initiative” in The Incredible Hulk and the locating of Thor’s hammer in Iron Man 2 — along with Fury’s more prominent presence during that film’s latter half — it’s debatable to what extent these inclusions actually contribute to the overall narrative. Are they purely fan service, or are they helping drive forward the story?

Come this summer, we may finally find out the answer. Or will we even have to wait that long?

After confirmation by Samuel L. Jackson that he would not be making an appearance in Thor, it now seems that isn’t the case. Nick Fury will in fact be featured in both of this year’s Marvel blockbusters, showing up in Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger in equal measure. Learn more about his roles in those films, as well his role in The Avengers, after the break. Read More »

Howard Stark

Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger takes place during World War II, which makes it hard to do a lot of the Marvel Universe cameos we’ve become accustomed to over the past couple years. But you can expect to see one Stark in the film, just not Tony Stark.
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Nothing like a good rumor to close out a Friday. Today’s tantalizing but unconfirmed tidbit is that Tommy Lee Jones is circling a role in Captain America. What role? We don’t know. Or, more to the point, the sources that told UGO that this is happening don’t know.

It’s a good idea — hell, it’s a great idea. Captain America will be a war picture to some extent, and there’s got to be a Colonel or a General for which Mr. Jones would be ideally suited. You can’t get a much more commanding presence without digging up Sterling Hayden. I’d love to see it (Jones…though also an exhumed Sterling) but for right now I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high.


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Red Skull

No, this super high resolution computer rendering is not concept art from Joe Johnston‘s The First Avenger: Captain America. This is a fan created concept rendering of what Red Skull could look like in movie form. The computer generated image was created by Sven Juhlin, and passed along to me by /Film reader cole. In the upcoming big screen adaptation Red Skull will be played by Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings). Check out the full image after the jump, along with a recent quote from the director about the casting of Weaving.

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We always love running well crafted fan made movie trailers and posters. The best of the bunch was probably that Green Lantern movie trailer featuring Nathan Fillion from last year. The newest fan edited trailer to hit the web is for Marve’s Thor. But while admiring that trailer, I noticed that the YouTube user, who goes under the name EditNinja, has created quite a lot of trailers for comic properties.

Films include: Thor, Wonder Woman (starring Angelina Jolie), Spider-Man 6 (A Bourne-style take starring Julia Stiles), Spider-Man (A bubblegum pop reboot from Disney), Black Widow (Starring Scarlett Johansson), Marvel 1910 (HBO Television series opening), and The First Avenger: Captain America (starring Chris Pine and Hugo Weaving). Not all of them are amazing, but I thought I’d highlight a few of his trailer edits that I enjoyed watching. Watch them now, after the jump.

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It’s a delicate balancing act, deciding which elements from a comic book to bring into its film adaptation. We’ve gotten drips and drabs recently about who might be showing up The First Avenger: Captain America, but we’ve now learned that The Howling Commandos will be making an appearance too.
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nick fury

Samuel L Jackson has confirmed rumors that Nick Fury will NOT appear in Marve’s Thor, but will have a part in The First Avenger: Captain America. Jackson told IESB that he had no idea why he wasn’t featured in the upcoming Marvel film, despite being name-dropped in the Hollywood trades.

When asked about a potential Nick Fury film, Jackson interestingly called The Avengers “pretty much” his “own starring vehicle for that character”. And the actor also revealed that The Avengers is gearing up to begin production in February 2011, which doesn’t give Joss Whedon much time to iron out a new script before all the heavy duty preproduction design work must begin. Read the whole interview on IESB.

Meanwhile, Stan Lee‘s Thor cameo has been scooped over at FanBoyWeb (or course, this is still unconfirmed). We’re keeping the information after the jump incase you want to avoid any possible spoilers.

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Now that Marvel has tasked Joss Whedon with directing The Avengers, it’s time to wonder what will happen with the script as it currently stands. When you’ve got a guy whose primary facility is with writing rather than directing, obviously there’s the assumption that he’ll have a pass at the script. Indeed, Whedon is apparently primed to have a go at Zak Penn‘s draft of The Avengers. But a new report says he’ll also do some work on Captain America. Read More »

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Video Blog: The Future of Marvel Movies

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Earlier today, Hayley Atwell was cast as the female lead in The First Avenger: Captain America. When geek news like this breaks, I’ll often talk to Steve from Collider on the phone and we’ll tell each other what we think. It’s conversations like these that originally led to us to record our first video blogs. After a few minutes of talking this afternoon, we realized with the recent announcement of Joss Whedon on The Avengers movie, we both had a lot to say about not only Captain America and The Avengers, but the future of Marvel movies and the choices the studio has made and might make in the future.

So we recorded a video blog on the future of the Marvel movie universe. Some of the things we discussed were Marvel casting and directorial choices thus far, the pros and cons of Joss Whedon, casting unknowns versus movie stars, what’s up with Ant-Man and is Edgar Wright going to direct it, is Marvel being cheap with their actors and directors, did Jon Favreau get offered Avengers, Thor talk, The Runaways talk, will the merger of Marvel and Disney lead to a Pixar Marvel movie, why hasn’t someone hired Brian K. Vaughan to direct a movie, and Frosty pitches a television show concept called The Marvel Universe , which would be a perfect fit on ABC.

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