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Spider-Man: Homecoming star Zendaya doesn't have white skin or red hair, hence why the internet exploded last week when it was revealed that she will play Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Marvel Studios reboot. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has already leapt to her defence (without confirming the casting of course), but Zendaya has another high profile supporter in Stan Lee. Talking in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Lee - who is credited with the character's creation alongside John Romita, Sr. and Steve Ditko - had this to say about the actress joining Spider-Man: Homecoming. "If she is as good an actress as I hear she is, I think it’ll be absolutely wonderful. The colour of their skin doesn’t matter, their religion doesn’t matter. All that matters is that this the right person for the role." Honestly, it's hard to »
Even before Kickboxer: Vengeance hits screens this week, the film’s star, stunt performer turned leading man Alain Moussi is already hard at work filming the third entry in the series, Kickboxer: Retaliation. Vengeance, retaliation… do I see a pattern developing? You might be thinking, isn’t revenge merely a synonym for retaliation? Perhaps we can also look forward to Kickboxer: Reprisal and Kickboxer: Retribution. A sequel of sorts to Kickboxer (1989), the lazily titled new film follows Kurt (the aforementioned Moussi, last seen as Jai Courtney’s stunt double in Suicide Squad) who travels to Thailand to study Muay Thai kickboxing under the cruel tutelage of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). After an initial sparring match, we learn that Kurt’s brother Eric was killed in the ring by Tong Po, leaving our hero hellbent on revenge. Unable to defeat his brother’s killer, Kurt finds a new »
- Tony Hinds
A lot of fans were taken aback when a rumor broke that Zendaya's role in Spider-Man: Homecoming wouldn't be that of a new character, but of the tried-and-true love interest Mary Jane Watson, a character who has traditionally been portrayed in the comics as a redhead. As there is with any bit of comic book movie news, there were some who were offended by this choice in actors, as they considered her hair color to be one of the character's defining traits.
Since the rumor hit the web, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn came to Zendaya's defense -- all while steering clear of any official confirmation that she'd actually be taking on the role. More than anything, Gunn was in support of a physical difference to Mary Jane, so long as her personality is intact.
Now, Zendaya has another big supporter -- this time in the »
- Joseph Medina
James Gunn, the Guardians of the Galaxy director, has weighed in on Zendaya‘s casting as Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Homecoming – which is still merely a popular rumor. James Gunn On Zendaya’s Casting While Gunn claims to be as in the dark as the general public as to what character Zendaya is playing in Spider-Man Homecoming, he made […]
- Chelsea Regan
If you're going to call a group of heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy, you'd do well to give them something pretty serious to guard against. Enter this giant, tentacled monster that looks like the Sarlacc pit from Star Wars hooked up with the Kraken from the Clash of the Titans remake. James Gunn shared the concept art on his Twitter account, where he later clarified that this big bad is called an Abilisk. A quick search for Abilisk in reference to Marvel comics doesn't...
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If you're going to call a group of heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy, you'd do well to give them something pretty serious to guard against. Enter this giant, tentacled monster that looks like the Sarlacc pit from Star Wars hooked up with the Kraken from the Clash of the Titans remake. James Gunn shared the concept art on his Twitter account, where he later clarified that this big bad is called an Abilisk. A quick search for Abilisk in reference to Marvel comics doesn't reveal much, so this may be a creation of Gunn's for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Either way, it looks incredible and we can't wait to see how the team - particularly Baby Groot - take it down. Oh, and if you're worried about them hanging out in space without helmets on (which...
- Peter Hall
We’re eight months away from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting the big screen, and while we’re still waiting on the first trailer to get in front of our eyes, some new concept art has come our way, via Empire, featuring our favourite bunch of a-holes fighting off a gigantic alien monster, which director James Gunn has dubbed an ‘Abilisk’ that could form the basis for one of the movies big action set-pieces. As much fun as the first movie was, something big and crazy like this was missing, but with this piece of concept art and Kurt Russell taking on the role of Ego the Living Planet (it’s exactly what you think), big and crazy is exactly what this sequel promises. Apparently, the creature was featured in the first look footage from San Diego Comic-Con, and with the absence of new Guardians members Yondu, Mantis, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
There is a constant push and pull in this business about what to report and when, and I think more often than not, media outlets fail both their audiences and the filmmakers they’re covering. A perfect example happened at the end of the week when it was reported that Zendaya will be playing Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now, casting news in general isn’t really a spoiler unless you’re the sort of fan who doesn’t even want to know which characters are in the movie you’re about to watch. I’m not sure why you’d be reading movie news if you’re that much of a spoiler purist, but let’s assume that particular Venn diagram of people exists. In the case of this Spider-Man news, though, it isn’t just a piece of casting news. If Zendaya is indeed playing Mary Jane, »
- Drew McWeeny
Next year is going to be jam packed with plenty of things for Marvel fans to enjoy. Not only are we getting to see Thor and Hulk team up in Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Spider-Man: Homecoming, but we are also getting the highly-anticipated follow up to James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. We are all still waiting for Marvel Studios to release the trailer that was shown at San Diego Comic-Con, but in the meantime, we can enjoy a brand new piece of concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The art was revealed by Empire and features the Guardians doing battle. In short, it is way awesome. The centerpiece of the new image is a brand new, as-of-yet unnamed space monster, which has a lot of random tentacles, pinkish-red hair, many rows of very sharp teeth, and it is big. Very, very big. Attacking from the right side is Star-Lord, »
We learned Disney star Zendaya was cast in Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming back in March but a new rumor of who she's playing has some fans outraged. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has made lengthy comments about race, comic book casting, and fan reaction. Details were scarce in the initial report which said Zendaya would be playing "Michelle." At the time I assumed it was likely a coverup to keep the secret of who she was really playing under wraps for a while. The rumor now is she's actually playing Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's long-standing love interest. Some fans did not want to accept this news because Mj is portrayed in the comics as a white woman with red hair. Many other fans were quick to argue it wasn't a big deal, some with the most simplest of responses: @r_scottc so you're good then? »
- Jill Pantozzi
For all of the sci-fi tropes littered throughout Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn breakout hit had Marvel’s eclectic crew squaring off against a relatively human nemesis in Ronan the Accuser. That all looks set to change in time for 2017 – judging by the sequel’s new concept art, that is.
Arriving by way of Empire, the image above sees Star-Lord and Co. looking horns with some form of tendrilled nasty, and the beast is currently unnamed, it’s as though the Sarlacc pit itself rose from the sands of Tatooine to wreak havoc. What we do know for sure is that, should this abomination feature in Gunn’s 2017 release, it likely won’t be the only villain cramming up Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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That’s because we know Elizabeth Debicki is on board as Ayesha, a character pitched as the “golden High »
- Michael Briers
A new piece of concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is arriving in a new issue of Empire Magazine, but writer/director James Gunn has gone ahead and revealed it online. While this new images doesn’t feature any new members of the team (as revealed in the first piece of released concept art, […]
- Jacob Hall
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has shared a new Andy Park illustration that's going to appear in the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine. The artwork features the original team members (no sign of Mantis, Nebula or Yondu here) battling a giant space-creature (Gunn tells us it's called an Abilisk) with the aid of some jetpacks. Whether something like this will actually occur in the movie remains to be seen, but it's a pretty cool way to keep the hype going until we get that first teaser trailer. First digital look at #GotGVol2 concept art shared in the new @empiremagazine. Have a great week, all! #GotG pic.twitter.com/frZLH5JqjC — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 22, 2016 Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must »
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has revealed a new piece of concept art for his upcoming sequel to the 2014 Marvel blockbuster, which sees Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket Raccoon battling a giant space creature, while Baby Groot has a little fun…
Given that the concept art is missing the new members of the team – Nebula, Yondu and Mantis – it would seem a safe bet that this action sequence takes place early in the film… assuming it makes the final cut, of course.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. »
- Gary Collinson
Even though director James Gunn has a comfortable home at Marvel Studios after directing Guardians of the Galaxy and the forthcoming sequel, he has no involvement with Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, Gunn takes it upon himself now and then to keep the rumor mill controlled and comic book fan rage in check. So when a rumor […]
- Ethan Anderton
Thor’s making a house call for a very specific Marvel Universe doctor. Doctor Strange, that is. Actually, we don’t know that for sure, but it looks like that’s at least a strong possibility. Daley Pearson, a writer for shows like The Strange Calls and 7 Days Later, is based in Australia where Thor Ragnarok is shooting, and he posted some photos from the set of the film. There’s a great one of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and director Taika Waititi, who may well be the funniest person to ever make a Marvel movie, and that’s a pretty high bar when you’ve got dudes like Shane Black, James Gunn, and Joss Whedon in the mix. There’s something that looks like a construction site. And then there’s this one — — where Hemsworth is holding a business card with a handwritten address on it. That address? It »
- Drew McWeeny
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including a huge confirmation of who will will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, is a secret Big Lebowski spin-off in production? production on Mission: Impossible 6 grinds to a halt, and much, much more…
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Not one of these actors is actually a metahuman.
It’s about time we laid down some ground rules for comic book movie casting. Real truth time, y’all. Firstly Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall in Thor. Yeah, that’s right. A non-mythical, non-Norse actor was cast in mythical, Norse role. But that was early in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. They were still learning.
Elba reportedly can’t even see everything in the Universe at once.
And then, over at Fox, »
- Oli Davis
The changing of races and genders in superhero films is something new that Hollywood has been recently experimenting with in greater numbers. While many dedicated comic book fans get upset when their childhood hero is portrayed differently onscreen, the changing of the role opens up opportunities to many other diverse actors.
This may, however, still be a touchy subject, as the industry has been accused of whitewashing roles (like The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange,” for a recent example), but it also stirs up controversy when it’s the other way around.
This week, rumors surfaced that the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film had cast Zendaya to play the role of Mary Jane Watson — a character that is traditionally portrayed as white. Now, the singer and actress herself is half black and half white, but that didn’t stop people online from criticizing the news.
Her role hasn’t been confirmed by the studios, »
- Liz Calvario
Yesterday it was reported that Zendaya is portraying the character of Mary Jane Watson in Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, as opposed to the previously announced ‘Michelle’. Sadly, while the rumour is yet to be officially confirmed, some fans were quick to express their displeasure over the decision to change the race of the long-time Spidey love interest, prompting Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to take to Facebook to express his support for the (potential) casting.
“People get upset when something they consider intrinsic to a comic book character changes when adapted for a film. I get this. There are movies I dislike because I think there’s a basic misunderstanding of the story or the character when the comic is transferred to film (I still hate how in the first Batman movie the Joker was revealed as the murderer of Bruce Wayne’s parents, for instance. »
- Gary Collinson
At this late stage in the superhero game, it's clear that the various studios are intent on shaking up some of the older, more iconic characters. So when it was reported that Disney Channel pop star Zendaya had been cast as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, it should have come as no surprise. Yet it was an announcement that didn't set well with fans. Despite having already gone through this same thing with the Ghostbusters, Johnny Storm and Doctor Strange's The Ancient One.
From the get-go, Sony and Marvel have stated that they are making this next Spider-Man reboot an all-inclusive affair, with a very diversified cast. Traditionally, Mary Jane Watson is portrayed as a white woman with red hair who is based on Ann-Margret from the movie Bye Bye Birdie. In the original Sam Raimi trilogy, she was played by Kirsten Dunst, who came under »
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