Comic Con kicks off in San Diego on July 11, and with the show only a month away we haven’t had too much concrete news about what will appear, and what is likely to miss the show. We know that The Dark Knight Rises won’t be there, as Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan have avoided SDCC in the past, and the film opens just after the event, anyway.

But what will be there? Quite a few studios aren’t bothering with the big Hall H panels that have been a cornerstone of the film presence in the past: Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation reportedly won’t do Hall H panels, and Universal remains undecided on that front.

But Disney and Marvel will be in Hall H, and Warner Bros. has plans to show up with non-Nolan footage. More info is below. Read More »

Zachary Levi is going from the Buy More to Asgard. The star of the cult TV show Chuck is in negotiations to join the cast of Alan Taylor‘s Thor 2 as Fandral, one of the Warriors Three. But wait, you say. Wasn’t that part was played by Josh Dallas in the first film? Correct. However, Dallas now stars on ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time and had to bow out of the Marvel sequel for that, leaving the door open for Levi. Oddly enough, Levi was reportedly first cast as Fandral in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor but his show Chuck got picked up for another season and he had to do that. Now the roles are reversed. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Disney has changed the release dates of two major 2013 releases. First, Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger has moved back from its May 31 release to July 3, 2013, a date previously occupied by Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse.

Then there’s Alan Taylor‘s Thor 2 which will arrive a few days earlier. It’s been moved from November 15 to November 8. [The Film Stage]

After The Avengers, the Marvel Movie Universe is a whole new world and, if you listened to our podcast, you know its bounds are limitless. Iron Man 3 is now filming, Captain America 2 is in the works and Thor 2 will start shooting before the year is out aimed at a November 15, 2013 release date. There are two other films in the works as well.

On the Asgardian front, all we’ve really heard about the movie is that director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) would create a whole new Asgard. That along with some casting – Natalie Portman‘s Jane Foster will return along with Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and other supporting characters – hasn’t really given us a good idea of the plot. A recent report added some more pieces to the puzzle, though, with Mads Mikkelsen likely to play a new villain.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has now confirmed that Thor 2 will have a “major new villain” but it will not be Thanos, whose finger prints were all over the events of The Avengers. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

NOTE: This post deals with a major plot point in The Avengers. If you haven’t seen it, please turn away, major spoilers follow.

Ever since the first Iron Man, one character has been the rock of the Marvel Universe: Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. Though he didn’t appear in The Incredible Hulk or Captain America: The First Avenger, we know from The Avengers he’s very familar with “the big guy” and quite a fan of Mr. Rogers too. Add that to appearances in both Iron Man films, Thor and The Avengers and you understand why he’s such a fan favorite. He’s the human personification of the connectivity in the Marvel Movie Universe. That’s why, when Joss Whedon decides to kill him in The Avengers (I warned you there would be spoilers) you really feel something for him as does the team.

This is a comic book world though and ever since The Avengers started breaking box office records fans wondered if the tried and true practice of comic book resurrection would happen in the movies for Agent Coulson. There’s evidence and speculation on both sides of the spectrum. Read More »

A couple of notable casting choices for upcoming Marvel movies hit this afternoon, and let’s start with Mads Mikkelsen, who is in talks to play the bad guy in Thor 2. We don’t know much about the plot for the Alan Taylor-directed film at this point, and we don’t know what role Mikkelsen will play. Tom Hiddleston will still be around as Loki, but we don’t know how he fits into the story, either. Many questions. We do know that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that Thor 2 will have another big villain aside from Loki, and so now we have an actor to pin to the question mark role.

I also know that Mikkelsen is a great presence, and an actor whose work I greatly enjoy. I was sad that he didn’t end up leaving the greatest mark on Casino Royale when playing the antagonist in Daniel Craig’s first Bond outing, but I can always go back to his great work in three films from Nicolas Winding Refn: the first two Pusher films , and Valhalla Rising.

Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth in his third outing in the title role, is scheduled for November 15, 2013, and should shoot later this summer. [Variety]

After the break, Ashely Hamilton joins the cast of Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 as the villain Firepower, and we’ve got confirmation of previous rumors about the film. Read More »

Does Chris Hemsworth think Thanos will appear in Thor 2? Want to see some new images from The Dark Knight Rises? How did the visual effects for the interfaces in The Avengers work? Could Bill Murray have been in Iron Man? What happens when The Hulk meets The Kardashians? Do new toy images blow a character reveal in The Dark Knight Rises? And what do The Avengers look like reimagined as Hello Kitty? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to see a ton of behind the scenes images from The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man? Why are Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone singing? When does The Wolverine start filming? Will Loki be redeemed in Thor 2? Who is rumored to play Lobo in a new movie? What’s the link between the NBA and The Dark Knight Rises? Which site says Ant-Man has been greenlit? Has a famous comic writer created his own convention? And want to read descriptions of some scenes in Man of Steel? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Bloodthirsty fish, show-offy zebras, superpowered brothers, and overgrown manchildren run wild in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Josh Trank still not sure on Chronicle 2
  • Similarly, Joss Whedon undecided on Avengers 2
  • More Grown Ups 2 shooting news in New England
  • MIB3‘s viral campaign concludes with a final video
  • Chris Rock rocks out in a new Madagascar 3 clip
  • The Hoff features prominently in clips from Piranha 3DD
  • Chris Hemsworth spills about Thor and Loki’s relationship

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Bruce Wills gets some co-stars, a God returns to Asgard, Tintin gets a companion and much more in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about:

  • Two television stars have joined A Good Day To Die Hard in supporting roles.
  • Idris Elba confirms he’ll be back for Thor 2 and has some ideas about his character.
  • Screenwriter Anthony Horowitz confirmed Professor Calculus will appear in Tintin 2.
  • Edgar Wright discusses the possibility of a sequel to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
  • A new commercial for Prometheus has more potential spoilers.
  • A sequel to Jonathan English‘s 2011 film Ironclad is in the works.

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