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In many ways, the origins of Guardians of the Galaxy are unlike those of earlier Marvel Studios properties. For one thing, neither Stan Lee nor Jack Kirby is responsible in any way but the most tangential (Together, Lee and Kirby created Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and the Avengers, as well as the X-Men and next year’s Ant-Man; separately, Kirby co-created Captain America with Joe Simon and Lee co-created Spider-Man with Steve Ditko). For another, unlike earlier Marvel Studios movies, this one is based on a property that, for all intents and purposes, is less
- Graeme McMillan
Stan Lee has not only created over two hundred original comic book characters over the course of his singular, legendary career; he is also a fascinating character in his own right, as previously seen in With Great Power...The Stan Lee Story. His kitschy cameos in various Marvel properties over the years have helped cement him as someone who is just as well-known to audiences as his stable of superheroes. So it is not really surprising that in Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings, an hour-long animated film that is the first in a forthcoming trilogy based on the comic series of the same title, Lee voices a goofy version of his real life self, complete with constant gags about his career and his age that are of varying corniness. The problem is, even with his unoriginal old man humor, Lee is more fun here than any of the Mighty 7.
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- Lee Jutton
The year was 2011. Arnold Schwarzenegger had just ended his eight year stint as Governor of California and was now free to pursue his love of acting once again. Upon exiting office, everyone wanted a piece of his action. People were already clamoring for Arnold Terminator and Predator movies, as both franchises had struggled in his absence. These projects were quickly brushed aside, because one man wanted to bring back Schwarzenegger in a way the world had never seen before. The hype was huge, media circuses gathered trying to get an interview with this incredible team up no one saw coming. Stan Lee was bound and determined to make Schwarzenegger a superhero.
The Governator was going to be a new superhero based on Schwarzenegger's real life. With the help of his real life family, a closet of super suits, and a kid by the name of Zeke Muckerberg (not to be »
- Mick Joest
You almost feel bad for Sony at this point. The studio's relaunch of everyone's favorite webslinger has gone poorly, trailing the Sam Raimi films both commercially and critically, and the fanboys have delivered a thumbs down verdict. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is a mess of a movie that managed to be both overstuffed and underdeveloped, earning the least amount of money of any Spider-Man movie to date. Sony has now been forced to push "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to 2018, to move "Sinister Six" up 2016, and to quietly take "The Amazing Spider-Man 4" off the calendar. But there is still product to sell, so they've turned to the ever enthusiastic Stan Lee to pitch you on the Collector's Edition of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Here is the 91 year-old Marvel legend going all out to sell fans on an ersatz Electro head that — wait for it — lights up and contains the "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" film on Blu-ray. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hollywood Records and Marvel are releasing three albums from Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy on Tuesday, July 29.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates (“Watchmen,” “Slither,” “Dawn of the Dead”). Music plays a major role in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy as the great songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way.
Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, “One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape [Awesome Mix #1] that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. »
- Michelle McCue
“This place may be the weirdest, craziest place I’ve ever been,” said actor James Spader (“Ultron”) on Comic Con. “It’s really fantastically crazy.”
Marvel brought their A game to the Hall H audience at Comic Con 2014. The studio’s biggest announcement on Saturday was the sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy ahead of its release on Friday, Aug 1.
For those who couldn’t make it to San Diego, here’s a look at the panel from Avengers: Age Of Ultron where it was officially revealed that Josh Brolin will be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in director James Gunn’s Guardians film, as well as in future movies for Marvel Studios.
The stars of Avengers: Age Of Ultron signed autographs after the panel for the fans.
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- Michelle McCue
It was also officially announced that actor Josh Brolin can be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in Gunn’s upcoming film, opening in theaters this Friday, August 1st.
Brolin will also play Thanos in future movies for Marvel Studios.
“Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We’re incredibly excited for fans to see more of him as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.”
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— GuardiansOfTheGalaxy (@Guardians) July 27, 2014
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week! »
- Michelle McCue
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- Justin Vactor
Washington, July 26: Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in the upcoming Marvel project 'Doctor Strange.'
Though it is not confirmed if the 39-year-old actor would accept the role, a source claimed to the Hollywood Reporter, that the deal for the Scott Derrickson directed project was already ahead of the offer stage.
The film, which is being scripted by Jon Spaihts, centers on the former neurosurgeon who serves as the chief protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats, Sorcerer Supreme.
- Diksha Singh
Some possible casting news has just broken at Comic-Con as The Wrap has learned that Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange adaptation. The deal is said to be far from complete but insiders confirm that Phoenix is strongly considering the superhero role, which had previously been linked to Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.
Scott Derrickson directs. Created in 1963, Doctor Strange is the story of an arrogant surgeon who is injured in a car accident and goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel universe. Using his magical powers, Strange protects the Earth from attacks from other realms.
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- Steve Barton
Since Scott Derrickson was confirmed as director, the big question swirling around Marvel’s adaption of Doctor Strange is who will play the Sorcerer Supreme. The question may now have an answer, with The Wrap reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks about the role.Despite rumours swirling around such notable names as Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Theroux and Jared Leto, it would appear that Phoenix is closer than anyone to making a deal. That said, there has been no official confirmation and even the site’s sources have specified that there’s no contract in place just yet. Phoenix also seems a surprising choice given his apparent reluctance to take on blockbuster roles in recent years and Marvel’s reputation for having actors sign multi-role contracts.The character of Doctor Strange was originally conjured from the brains of Stan Lee and art genius Steve Ditko, and began »
Move over Benedict Cumberbatch and those persistent rumors. Marvel and director Scott Derrickson might have found their Doctor Strange. Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to star in the titular role for Marvel's potential new franchise. I think this is perfect casting because I think Phoenix is essentially always a great choice. He's one of the finest actors of our generation and can effortlessly disappear into pretty much any role. Hit the jump for more on Joaquin Phoenix potentially playing Doctor Strange. Per The Wrap, multiple sources have confirmed that Phoenix is in discussions for the role. Marvel is also expecting Jon Spaihts' rewrite of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer's script to come in soon. What do you think of this potential casting? Good choice? Or did you want to see someone else in the role? Does Phoenix have what it takes to play a neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer living in Greenwich Village? »
- Evan Dickson
Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange. It's unclear if the actor will accept the role, but a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the deal is further along than just the offer stage, as has been reported. Scott Derrickson is directing the Marvel feature about the former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Doctor Strange, who made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe more than 50 years ago, was first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the pages of Strange Tales No. 110. If the deal closes, it
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
The comicbook follows a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear »
- Justin Kroll
Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele debuted a couple of hilarious sketches from "Key & Peele" at Comic-Con International 2014, including a wild take on Stan Lee (played by Peele) and an '80s-set action movie featuring one man's (a denim-clad Key) unerring talent for neck-breaking. After their panel, HitFix caught up with the duo to discuss their nerdiest sketches to date, their love for Reginald VelJohnson, and their long, long history in sketch comedy. »
- Louis Virtel
"...much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in...
"Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script - not the entirety of the script, but some of it - and it's going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of'Ant-Man' that we could possibly make.
"Again Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don't necessarily know what it is, »
- Michael Stevens
In their annual Comic Con issue, Entertainment Weekly had the first photos for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. You may have seen them in EW’s magazine or online, but in case you missed them, we got them all for you right here.
In addition, Marvel also revealed new concept art posters from the film.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier was set up to be the Phase 2 lynchpin between Marvel’S The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The Marvel Cinematic Universe changes dramatically by the end of the film, and that was by design.”
“We really wanted »
- Michelle McCue
Stan Lee won't be appearing at this year's San Diego Comic-Con convention.
Lee cancelled his appearance after losing his voice due to laryngitis.
"Unfortunately Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances," Lee's spokesperson said.
"Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time."
The comic book legend was initially slated to appear on Friday and Saturday.
Fans can see Lee next in Guardians of the Galaxy, out in Us theaters on August 1 and in the UK on July 31.
Lee recently revealed his favourite Marvel story.
Watch a trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy below: »
Sony has confirmed that "Sinister Six", a "Spider-Man" spin-off feature, focusing on a group of 'Spider-Man' villains, will be released November 11, 2016, written/directed by Drew Goddard ("Cabin In The Woods"), based on classic Marvel Comics characters created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Steve Ditko:
The original incarnation of the group was organized by 'Doctor Octopus' and first appeared in "The Amazing Spider-Man Annual" #1 (January 1964).
"...'Doctor Octopus' contacts every known enemy of 'Spider-Man', but only 'Vulture', 'Electro', 'Kraven the Hunter', 'Mysterio' and 'Sandman' respond. Knowing he'd never be able to keep the team together, Doc Ock formulates a battle plan in which each individual member of the 'Sinister Six' would battle Spider-Man in a carefully chosen location.
"Spider-Man himself had his own problems, as he had somehow lost his powers and prepared to return to normal life as a teenager.
"As Peter returned to his »
- Michael Stevens
Stan Lee won’t be making it to Comic-Con this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the otherwise healthy Lee is canceling his appearances after losing his voice due to a case of laryngitis.
Lee created many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters—including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—with help from legendary artists like Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with the comics industry.
As such, he’s become a staple both on the convention circuit and in superhero flicks—go see a movie with a Marvel character in it »
- Joshua Rivera
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