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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Hayley Atwell

Marvel has finally found an actress to play the lead female role in Joe Johnston‘s The First Avenger: Captain America. 28-year old British actress Hayley Atwell will play the Captain’s World War II girlfriend Peggy Carter.

As you might recall, a couple weeks back it was reported that Marvel Studios was testing British actresses for the role, including Alice Eve, Keira Knightley and Emily Blunt. Eve was said to be Marvel’s top choice for the role after Blunt passed. Not sure what happened but HeatVision is reporting that Atwell clinched the role after screen testing in London last week.

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Captain America

Who knows how, but Earth’s Mightiest somehow got director Joe Johnston to comment on the recent casting of Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers in The First Avenger: Captain America. Johnston reveals that Evans didn’t even have to audition for the role, as the filmmaker had already seen all of his films and was “championing his cause”.

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Alice Eve in Captain America?

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Marvel: is the top contender for the female lead role in Captain America out of your league? E! Online reports that 28-year old British actress Alice Eve has become Marvel’s current top choice to play Peggy Carter in Joe Johnston‘s The First Avenger: Captain America.

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Emily Blunt Passes on Captain America

Emily Blunt

A couple weeks back it was reported that Marvel Studios was testing leads for the female role of Peggy Carter in Joe Johnston‘s The First Avenger: Captain America. All three actresses were British: Keira Knightley, Alice Eve and Emily Blunt are under consideration.Apparently Marvel made an offer to Blunt, but the Hero Complex has confirmed that the actress has officially passed.

The actress was close to signing on to other projects, which probably offered bigger paychecks than Marvel is use to giving. Marvel’s short list for the role has now been narrowed down to Knightley, Eve and a couple others. It should be noted that Blunt was also offered the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, but was forced to pull out due to an option Fox used to cast the actress in Gulliver’s Travels. As you know by now, Scarlett Johansson replaced Blunt in the role.

Sebastion Stan

The obvious tagline: from shortlist to short pants!

A couple weeks ago, Sebastian Stan was on the rumored list of actors in whom Marvel was interested for the role of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. That role went to Chris Evans, but Stan must have made some impression on Marvel. (Or he’s got a great agent.) The actor has been cast as Bucky, who is essentially this story’s version of Robin. Read More »

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Confirmed: Chris Evans is Captain America

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The casting search for Steve Rogers aka the title role in The First Avenger: Captain America has finally come to the end. Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston have hired Chris Evans for the role.

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Captain America

Briefly: It’s like watching a horse race in slow motion. We’ve done plenty of talking about the actors who are in the running for Captain America. And while all the lists that have circulated aren’t 100% confirmed, they’ve been echoed by enough different sources that they can be considered generally trustworthy.

Now there’s a slight update: according to IESB, the shortlist is now only three names: Chris Evans (Sunshine, The Fantastic Four); Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, Stop-Loss) and Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl). I’ve stumped for Evans before, but am a bit surprised that he’s still on the list, because of that Fantastic Four association. But that’s no big deal in the long run, as the Marvel Studios film universe has nothing to do with the Fox version of Marvel’s characters. (Confusing!) Evans is easily the best choice here.

And while we’re on the subject, fancy comic artist/painter Alex Ross said today that the only person to play Cap should be Jon Hamm, because, “Captain America is supposed to be the patriarch of the Marvel universe. To get a guy in his early to mid-20s is only thinking about where the character began, not what he ultimately needs to become.”


The forward momentum on casting The First Avenger: Captain America seems to be moving rather slowly. Sure, casting Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull is a great start, but there is still that famously contentious shortlist of possible actors to play Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. That list has had a couple names knocked off, but now there’s word that one more has been added: Ryan Phillippe.

Meanwhile, Ed Norton is talking about his work with Marvel as the Hulk, and where he might fit into the studio’s long-range plans. Read More »