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10 Actors Who Were Almost in Doctor Strange

14 September 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It was a beautiful validation for comic book fans everywhere when the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew so unstoppable that some of the trippiest and hardest-to-adapt characters were finally able to star in their own franchises, with A-list actors to boot. None have been weirder than Doctor Strange. And now, It's hard to imagine anyone other than Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, who Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduced in the pages of Strange Tales back in the summer of 1963. But things could have turned out a lot different.

As things got cooking for Marvel's Phase 3, there were a slew of big name actors in contention for the magical role of Doctor Stephen Strange. And a few A listers came very close to signing that contract. As Marvel puts it, Benedict Cumberbatch was always the first choice. But we're not so sure about that, as one particular »

- MovieWeb

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Industry Legend Stan Lee Has Already Filmed Cameos For Five Upcoming Marvel Movies

13 September 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Once known primarily as the founding father of Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four and so many other great Marvel characters, Stan Lee is now considered the undisputed king of cameos.

From Captain America: Civil War and The Defenders to this year’s Thor: Ragnarok, not a Marvel project goes by without some cute nod to the all-around industry legend – be it in the form of a well-placed poster or actual appearance. And you’ll be pleased to know that Stan Lee has already gone ahead and filmed cameos for five upcoming McU movies: Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, Avengers 4, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, and the forthcoming Ragnarok, which is said to include Lee’s funniest stinger to date.

It makes sense, too, given all of those named projects are simmering in various stages of development. In fact, the only notable absentee is Captain Marvel, »

- Michael Briers

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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Do Stan Lee Biopic Movie

11 September 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hollywood still churns out biopics often enough that one has to wonder why certain ones haven't happened yet. Namely, how hasn't someone decided to make a biopic about Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee? It is one of those things that is inevitably going to happen and if it ever does, we may just have a great candidate to play him. It turns out that Leonardo DiCaprio has expressed interest to Stan the man himself.

As reported by Aipt!, the 94-year-old Stan Lee recently appeared at Wizard World Nashville and the subject of a biopic about his life came up. According to Lee, he is neighbors with Leonardo DiCaprio and the two have actually discussed it. Here's what he had to say about it.

"Believe it or not, I've already discussed it with Leonardo DiCaprio. He's a neighbor of mine and we were talking one day some months ago, and he said, »

- MovieWeb

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"Titans" Casting Updates

1 September 2017 6:23 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

The new "Titans" live-action dramatic TV series, adapting DC Comics characters, will stream on DC's online digital service, showcasing 'Dick Grayson' aka 'Nightwing' (Brenton Thwaites), as he emerges from Batman’s shadow as 'Robin' to become the leader of a team of superheroes recruited from the 'DC Universe':

"'Dick Grayson' is one of the most important and iconic heroes in the DC universe, and it wasn’t easy to find him but we have," said producers of the new series, that will also include Steve Ditko's 'Hawk and Dove'. 

"Brenton Thwaites has the emotional depth, heart, danger and physical presence of the former 'Batman' protege and 'Titans' future leader. 

"We’re extremely lucky he’s chosen to bring his talents to this project and this character."

"Titans" is scheduled to start shooting September 2017 in Atlanta, according to a recent casting call breakdown.

"...Male, late 20's-early 30's, Caucasian. »

- Michael Stevens

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"Titans" - 'Hawk and Dove'

1 September 2017 5:47 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports, DC Comics' characters 'Hawk' and 'Dove', created by "Spider-Man" illustrator Steve Ditko (1968) will appear in the currently shooting "Titans" TV series:

"...the central concept of the heroes, inspired by political divides of the 1960's, followed two brothers with contrasting personalities and diametrically opposed ideologies who are transformed and granted powers of strength, speed, and agility.

"With 'Dove' representing reason and nonviolence and Hawk representing force and aggression, they complement one another and find a state of balance in order to effectively combat evil.

"Now, in today's toxic political climate, the liberal left-wing Dove has become an intolerant and fanatical aggressor, whereas the right-wing Hawk supports common-sense conservative values of family and security..."

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- Michael Stevens

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Actors Who Were Almost Spider-Man

1 September 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

How many actors have played Spider-Man? We've had more Spider-Man movies than there are Baldwin brothers, or Kardashian sisters. But so what? Everybody loves the friendly neighborhood webhead! It's been more than half a century since Amazing Fantasy #15 hit the stands and ever since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko gave us the kid who does whatever a spider can, Peter Parker's popularity has covered the world like a spider spinning its web. (Ugh sorry).

The wise cracking, hard working, hard luck hero is a young actor's dream. The number of guys who have wanted to get in that mask earned by Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland could fill a Spider-Verse movie packed with Miles Morales, Doc Ock, Spider-Gwen and every other comic version of the wall crawler. Here, we look at 10 Actors who were almost cast as Spider-Man. For whatever reason, they just didn't make it into that costume. »

- MovieWeb

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"Spider-Man: Homecoming" In China

1 September 2017 5:42 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new advance movie posters, supporting the September 2017 China release of the Sony/Marvel Studios feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming", based on 'Spider-Man' characters from Marvel Comics, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko:

To date, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" has grossed more than $300 million in North America...

...plus over $400 million internationally, with China expected to add significantly to the film's worldwide box office tally.

"...in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', thrilled by his experience with the 'Avengers', young 'Peter Parker' returns home to live with his 'Aunt May'. 

"Under the watchful eye of mentor 'Tony Stark' aka 'Iron Man', Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as 'Spider-Man'.

"He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself...

"...to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. 

"Peter must soon put his powers to the test when »

- Michael Stevens

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"Amazing Spider-Man: The Sinister Six"

24 August 2017 3:35 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Marvel Comics' "Spider-Man" #234, available November 2017, showcasing 'The Sinister Six' (in current development at Sony as a "Spider-Man' spin-off stand-alone feature) is written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Oscar Balduza, with covers by Patrick Brown, Mark Bagley, Mike McKone and Sanford Greene:

"...in Sinister Six' Reborn', part 1, the world of 'Miles' has been shaken a lot lately, but nothing will compare to what the mysterious 'Iron-Spider' and his brand new 'Sinister Six' will do. 'Sandman', 'Hobgoblin', 'The Spot', 'Electro' and 'Bombshell' join this mystery villain to make Miles' life a living hell..."

The Sinister Six first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (January 1964), by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko:

"...after suffering three defeats in a row from 'Spider-Man', 'Doctor Octopus' is separated from his tentacle pack. After his tentacle pack breaks free and helps Doctor Octopus get out of prison, he contacts »

- Michael Stevens

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"Doctor Strange": Unlimited Power

22 August 2017 11:08 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" #381, is written by Donny Cates and illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, with covers by Mike Del Mundo, Mike Deodato Jr., Mike McKone and Steve Ditko:

"...evil is everywhere and the world needs the 'Sorcerer Supreme' more than ever. But is the world ready for 'Loki' ? He has the cloak, the spells — he’s even got 'Zelma Stanton' as his assistant (and possibly more?) — but is this the chance he needed to become a hero, or is the god of lies dangerously close to unlimited power? And what happened to 'Stephen Strange'? ..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Doctor Strange" »

- Michael Stevens

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Stan Lee Celebrates a Marvelous Career in Comics and Film

18 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stan Lee, legendary comic writer and co-creator of iconic Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, is a spry 94 years old, and he’s still trying to outdo himself career-wise. (Sadly, Lee’s wife, Joan, passed away July 6 at the age of 93.) He arrives to work every day at the Los Angeles offices of Pow! Entertainment, where he continues to generate ideas for cutting-edge films and television projects, including the popular U.K. sci-fi crime series “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man,” starring James Nesbitt and Eve Best.

“I might come up with a new character who is more popular than the ones I’ve already done, or I might want to come up with a whole new kind of entertainment,” says Lee, whose hand and footprints will be captured in cement in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre on July 18. It is an event paid for and sponsored by the fan-funded media »

- Michael Tedder

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The Best TV Shows Based on Comic Books, Manga, and Graphic Novels — IndieWire Critics Survey

18 July 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV show based on a comic book, manga or graphic novel? Any current, older, live-action or animated show is fair game.

Erik Adams (@EricMAdams), A.V. Club

Batman” (1966) spent the better part of the past 50 years as the candy-colored punching bag for the “Biff!”s and “Pow!”s of those aiming to “protect” the character’s integrity — which is to say fans whose sole perception of the Caped Crusader is a tortured loner threatening the criminals of Gotham City through clenched teeth. I know, because I used to be one of them, someone who’d have reflexively answered this question with “‘Batman: The Animated Series, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best TV Shows Based on Comic Books, Manga, and Graphic Novels — IndieWire Critics Survey

18 July 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV show based on a comic book, manga or graphic novel? Any current, older, live-action or animated show is fair game.

Erik Adams (@EricMAdams), A.V. Club

Batman” (1966) spent the better part of the past 50 years as the candy-colored punching bag for the “Biff!”s and “Pow!”s of those aiming to “protect” the character’s integrity — which is to say fans whose sole perception of the Caped Crusader is a tortured loner threatening the criminals of Gotham City through clenched teeth. I know, because I used to be one of them, someone who’d have reflexively answered this question with “‘Batman: The Animated Series, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Martha Thomases: Getting Your Nerd On?

14 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The San Diego Comic-Con is next week, and I’m going through my annual trajectory of feelings.

On the one hand, I like comics. I like a lot of the people who work in comics. Twenty years ago, I had a great time when I went because San Diego is a lovely city and it’s pleasant to walk out of the convention center and see palm trees.

On the other hand, I don’t like huge crowds, and Sdcc has only attracted more of them. I don’t mean to begrudge anyone their good time, but I don’t necessarily want to be jammed in the middle of it. Especially when their good time is more and more about pop culture in general, and less about comics specifically.

Yes, you can still go and wallow in the sweet, sweet mud of comics love. My experience, the last time I tried, »

- Martha Thomases

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New Warriors: Marvel Casts Everyone's Favorite At&T Girl As Squirrel Girl

11 July 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Marvel Television seems intent on giving us more shows based on their characters by companies not named Netflix. While in my view this is obviously a terrible idea, I'm just a guy living paycheck-to-paycheck who gets really excited for twice-a-month trips to Chipotle. The head honchos over at Marvel TV, though, have a New Warriors show to cast.

If you're unfamiliar with the New Warriors, keep your chin up. They debuted in the pages of Thor in 1989, had their own book for parts of the 90s, and then were subsequently completely killed off in 2006 in the opening chapter of Civil War. Of course, this being a comic book company, a new New Warriors later formed, but the show seems to be based off the original team. Sadly, we won't get to see them offed in Civil War since, you know, that movie already happened (and Kevin Feige's having nothing »

- Brian Jasper

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Marvel’s 'Black Panther' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Lead New Era of Diverse Superhero Films

10 July 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a Spider-Man movie for a new generation -- a generation that desires to see a franchise reflective and representative of the world they currently live in. Yes, Tom Holland's Peter Parker still has to balance crime fighting with homework; and yes, he's still white, but the cast of characters around him are not. 

"That was the intention. You know, because it’s 2017," John Francis Daley, who co-wrote the film with Jonathan Goldstein, told Et at the movie's Los Angeles premiere on June 28. 

"It was also important to make this the real world. The Marvel universe lives in a real sort of place, so we wanted to be a part of a real school. The real school is in New York," added Goldstein. 

The Spider-Man first created by Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the 1960s did live in a "real sort of place," but a seemingly »

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10 ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

7 July 2017 4:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

(Spoilers: Do not read if you haven’t seen “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”)

With Spider-Man’s move into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character’s first solo outing was bound to include plenty of fun nods to the other famous superheros. From Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man, to Peter’s school showing PSAs featuring Captain America, and references to Thor, Shield, and more, there was plenty for fans to take in.

But there were also more subtle nods to the ever-expanding McU as well as to the wall-crawler’s own 55-year history. Here are 10 Easter eggs from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” you may have missed.

Spider-Man Theme Song

The film starts right off the bat with a nod to Spider-Man’s long history. Rather than include the usual music that plays over the Marvel logo opening that’s included in every film, the music in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is actually the theme from the 1967 “Spider-Man” cartoon.

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- Jacob Bryant

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A Sad Day As Stan Lee's Wife Joan Passes Away

7 July 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It's hard to completely gauge the impact that Stan Lee has had on this planet, but I don't think it would be wrong to say that without Stan Lee the world would be a much duller place.

Stan Lee is the co-creator of most of the Marvel heroes we watch in droves on cinema screens across the world. Just as the world prepares to pounce on the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, whose title character also just happens to be Marvel and Stan Lee's most famous creation, it is with sad heart that we report the death of Stan Lee's Wife Joan at the age of 93.

After suffering a stroke, and being hospitalized earlier this week, Joan sadly passed away yesterday. Joan is survived by her husband Stan and their only daughter, Joan Celia. 

Joan Lee was a British hat-model before she married Stan Lee and »

- Cam Clark

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Review: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' is the Best Spider-Man Movie Yet

6 July 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko, Spider-Man first appeared in 1962's Amazing Fantasy #15, an anthology series published by Marvel Comics. The character's origin story goes something like this: Midtown High's only professional wallflower, Peter Parker, becomes a web-slinging "wall-crawler" when he is bitten by a radioactive spider and acquires the proportionate strength and agility of an arachnid. 55 years later, Spider-Man has become one of the most popular superheroes ever, inspiring countless comics, cartoons, video games, and not one but two film franchises: Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007) and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man series (2012-2014). Those movies, produced and distributed by Sony, have their moments, but ultimately fail to deliver a definitive take on the character. Enter the appropriately titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, a new film co-produced by Marvel Studios proving third time's the charm. After making his spectacular debut in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man (Tom Holland »

- Adam Frazier

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Spider-Man

6 July 2017 2:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With Spider-Man: Homecoming arriving in cinemas worldwide this week, it’s time to think about what we actually know about the red and blue webslinger. Traditionally Marvel’s biggest and most beloved superhero, Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1962 and very quickly took pop culture by storm. Over the decades, he’s joined the Avengers, had multiple love interests, faced dozens of supervillains and survived cancellation, company-wide relaunches and the perils of low comic book sales.

But what might you not know about Peter Parker? Well, thanks to the several movie and TV versions and the general popular image of the character, there are a lot of developments and elements from the comics that you may well not be familiar with.

From the details of his gruesome transformations to the shocking facts of Peter Parker’s true origins, here are 10 things you may never have known about Spider-Man. »

- Christian Bone

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How the Vulture Became the Villain 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Needed

6 July 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Adrian Toomes is an old man with a bad attitude. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Toomes, better known as the Vulture, first appeared in 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #2 and was the second supervillain Spider-Man fought while he was still getting his feet wet during the Silver Age of comics. Since their first showdown, the Vulture has grown into one of Spidey’s key antagonists. He’s a founding member of the Sinister Six supervillain supergroup and is the central villain in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming film. Not bad for a guy who looks like he should be using a walker and »

- Mark Ginocchio

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