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20th Century Fox wants the world to know that they’ve not forgotten about card-trickster, Gambit. They might not be announcing a nine-film plan with crossovers more tangled than a box of Christmas lights, but they’ve officially revealed that Channing Tatum will lead the X-Men spinoff with Josh Zetumer onboard to pen the first draft.
Tatum’s name has been linked to Gambit for some time now, as the actor first showed interest in the role over a year ago. While today verifies his involvement, he spoke out earlier this month on the direction the story will take, implying it will be a unique origin story.
Now we’ve learned who will be tasked with bringing that tale to light, as Fox has hired RoboCop scribe Josh Zetumer to pen the screenplay. With only one feature to his name, Zetumer might be considered a risky move, but it seems »
- Gem Seddon
While the terms of last month's settlement between Marvel and the estate of Jack Kirby—the legendary artist who created much of the Marvel Universe with writer Stan Lee—were never made public, it seems that its effects are starting to kick in. A number of Marvel comics available this week now credit the King of Comics in their masthead. The change was spotted by Comic Book Resources, which posted the credits pages of a number of titles that featured characters co-created by Jack Kirby. As Cbr notes, there wasn't much in the way of fanfare—no announcement was made, »
- Joshua Rivera
Marvel Comics and and the Jack Kirby estate recently settled a lawsuit over the rights to several iconic superhero characters that Jack Kirby created with Stan Lee while working for Marvel back in the 1960s and 1970s.
The terms of the settlement were not revealed, but Marvel and the Kirby estate issued a joint statement that said,
“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history."
It looks like they've started the process of honoring Kirby's contribution to Marvel, as they've quietly made a change to some of its comic books. In recent issues of Fantastic Four and X-Men a new credit line has been included that reads “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby." This has not been present in the previous issues of either comic. »
- Joey Paur
The late, legendary creator's name has been included in a series of titles this week after the publisher settled out of court with Kirby's heirs.
All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 and Wolverine and the X-Men #11 feature the credit "Created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby", with Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 featuring "Captain America Created By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby" (via Robot 6).
The details of the settlement of the long legal battle between Kirby's family and Marvel over the many characters he helped create have not been revealed publicly.
Their joint statement simply read: "Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honouring Mr Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history."
Marvel Studios was previously criticised for ignoring Kirby's contributions, but eventually »
For years the Kirby family have had a legal dispute over the rights of some of the most popular Marvel characters, but in this week´s releases we can see a little change in the credits of some specific comics. The recap/credits pages of All New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #14, Wolverine and the X-men #11, Inhuman #7 and Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 now include a creator credit for Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, as well as Joe Simon in the latter issue. This new additions are said to be part of the settlement between Marvel and Kirby´s family reported about a month ago. Here´s an image for comparison: It may not look like a lot but in an industry full of conflicts over the rights of multiple characters it can be incredibly significant for some people and definitely a step in the right direction. According to ComicBook, »
Just as Marvel was making a big deal about its film announcements this week with a blow out presentation at the El Capitan theater in Los Angeles, the company quietly slipped another change into its comic books. The company released new issues of Fantastic Four and X-Men with a credit line that reads “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The line was not present in the previous issue of both comics (h/t to the watchful spotters at Bleeding Cool who first flagged this). The credit line is likely to appear in other comics Kirby had a hand in creating
- Andy Lewis
Movie News - Benedict Cumberbatch has landed the lead role in the new film Doctor Strange. The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' actor is in final negotiations with Marvel for the lead role in the upcoming superhero movie, according to Deadline. He will star as Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange - a former neurosurgeon who serves as the sorcerer supreme and the primary protector of earth against magical and mystical threats - in the live-action film. The 38-year-old star is said to have been approached by the studio after talks with 'Walk The Line' actor Joaquin Phoenix came to an end. However, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy have also been mentioned in regards to the coveted role. John Spaihts is currently writing the script for the film - which is to be directed by Scott Derrickson - following a first draft penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. »
Stan Lee Media Inc., the company founded by Stan Lee in 1998 and then abandoned by him three years later, has lost its second big decision in as many days and probably its best hope of ever being adjudicated the rightful owner of "Spider-Man" rights. This time, the decision comes from a Pennsylvania judge who was tasked with figuring out what to do about Slmi's somewhat innovative attempt to intervene in Disney's lawsuit against a theatrical producer. In September 2013, Disney lodged a complaint against American Music Theatre, which put on Broadway: Now & Forever, which featured references to
- Eriq Gardner
Marvel Studios have confirmed new movies, based on several of their most popular comic book characters, including "Captain America: Civil War", that will be integral to their growing 'Marvel Cinematic Universe':
...which also ran through various other titles published by Marvel at the time.
The plot follows a storyline in which the Us government passes a 'Superhero Registration Act' designed to have superpowered characters act under official regulation.
The events of the series touch upon themes of liberty, moral responsibility and civil order, with good-intentioned superhero characters finding themselves on different sides.
In other Marvel movie news, »
- Michael Stevens
Above: continuing their series of digital anthologies, Film Comment has a new one on Jean-Luc Godard that collects everything the magazine has published on him since 1962 (!). These Goodbye to Language GIFs are just for fun: For Cinema Scope Online, Angelo Muredda takes down Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman:"While the film is ostensibly an angry manifesto stumping for artistic integrity in the face of a pablum-peddling culture industry that’s traded Raymond Carver for Stan Lee—as well as an illiterate critical class unwilling or unable to cultivate its technical competency—Birdman’s squawk is all but neutralized by its tepid bite. Though it is self-righteously mean in its broad strokes (as all polemics inevitably are), Birdman is also—this being an Iñárritu joint—an overeager, conspicuously crafted art object whose virtuosity is matched only by its digestibility. Snottily sniping at everyone but the exact sort of people who will »
Stan Lee will forever be a comic book legend, but the company he left behind will also be a bit of an embarrassment to his legacy. The latest news about Stan Lee Media Inc. comes on Wednesday in the form of a short memorandum by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Slmi was founded in 1998 during the height of the dot-com boom, but when Lee later returned to Marvel and his namesake company declared bankruptcy in 2001, it triggered suspicion that Slmi's assets were improperly raided. For a time, Slmi shareholders had
- Eriq Gardner
One of my favorite movies of 2014 is opening this weekend: writer-director Dan Gilroy's debut feature, Nightcrawler. In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job. While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him. While I've seen Gyllenhaal deliver some great performances End of Watch, Prisoners, Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, his work in Nightcrawler takes him to the next level. It's easily one of my favorite performances of the year and absolutely worth a full price ticket to see this weekend when the film opens. For more on the film, read Matt's glowing review or watch the red band trailer. During my exclusive video interview with Dan Gilroy he talked about casting Gyllenhaal, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting Black Panther on the big screen with Chadwick Boseman in the title role. The film has bounced around for over a decade, with John Singleton as director then Wesley Snipes as star then nothing but stall outs and brick walls. Now the character, credited as the first black superhero (created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966), finds himself an important piece of Marvel’s future Avengers plans-- he'll first appear in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own movie on November 3, 2017. There’s a lot of history to draw from for a solo feature film, and while we don’t know yet which characters will and won’t appear in the movie, here’s a good primer for the major...
- John Gholson
Following a massive announcement by Warner Bros. regarding their slate of DC superhero films out through the end of the decade, Marvel, released their own lineup in a press event today. And now they’ve just released the first TV spot for Agent Carter, a new series inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. The show stars Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokai, and Shea Whigham. Agent Carter debuts on ABC in January of 2015. Watch the video below.
Here’s the official synopsis for Agent Carter:
ABC presents its second action packed series from the creative minds at Marvel in “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” inspired by the feature films Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with »
The king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, T’Challa joined the Avengers in 1968. He will be prominently featured in “Captain America: Civil War,” May 6, 2016, before being spun off into his own film on Nov. 3, 2017.
Wakanda has the world’s largest deposits of vibranium, a highly durable meteoric ore that is used to create the mesh in Black Panther’s costume and Captain America’s shield. The material will play a larger role in future Marvel movies.
But so will Black Panther, a character that has long been in Marvel’s plans as a potential franchise »
- Marc Graser
If you thought the biggest Marvel news you'd get this week would be about Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange, hold on to your butts. Marvel just announced its "Phase 3" plans in Hollywood on Tuesday, revealing tons of new movies in the works, including sequels, standalone films centered on new characters (including its first female-centric movie), release dates, and franchise stars. There's a ton of new information, so we've boiled down the biggest points for you right here. The Title of the Next Captain America Movie The third movie in the Captain America franchise will be called Captain America: Civil War, and it will come out May 6, 2016. The Title of the Next Thor Movie The third movie in the Thor series will be titled Thor 3: Ragnarok, and it will be released on July 28, 2017. President Kevin Feige noted that the word Ragnarok "means essentially the end of all things." Tom Hiddleston »
For a sizable portion of comic book fans, the news that Marvel Studios will be releasing a Captain Marvel movie in July 2018 is long overdue. But for others (especially non-comic fans of the Marvel characters), there might be a sense of “Wait, Captain who?” Marvel has had a Captain Marvel in its lineup since 1967, when Stan Lee and Gene Colan introduced an alien soldier called Mar-Vell (no, really) in the pages of Marvel Super-Heroes No. 12. That isn’t the same Captain Marvel who’ll be showing up onscreen four years from now, however; that Captain Marvel
- Graeme McMillan
Following a massive announcement by Warner Bros. regarding their slate of DC superhero films out through the end of the decade, Marvel, not to be outdone, released their own lineup in a press event Tuesday.
Here’s the full lineup up through 2019, via Deadline:
May 5, 2015 – Avengers: Age Of Ultron
July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017 – Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 (previously July 28, 2017)
July 28, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
November 3, 2017 – Black Panther
May 4, 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War – Part I
July 6, 2018 – Captain Marvel
November 2, 2018 – The Inhumans
May 3, 2019 – Avengers: Infinity War – Part II
And here’s /Film Critic Peter Sciretta’s tweet straight from the event:
Final marvel release lineup #MarvelEvent pic.twitter.com/ddI2Igonhy
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 28, 2014
- Brian Welk
Earlier today, the studio announced its Phase Three slate of releases, including a two-part Avengers adventure in 2018 and 2019.
In a Q&A with media after the event in Los Angeles, the studio's president Kevin Feige addressed the possibility of solo outings for the popular characters.
Asked about a follow-up to 2008's The Incredible Hulk, Feige explained: "We'll see. For now, he'll be appearing with his friends in the other films."
Further pressed on a solo adventure for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, he added that for now she would continue to appear in the Avengers films, but promised that the character would have a key role going forward.
Yesterday, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had entered final negotiations to play Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel Phase Three adventure. Today, from the heart of Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater, Marvel did not confirmed the actor, but they did announced a July 8, 2016 release date for the upcoming standalone adventure along with the official logo.
Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange from a script by Jon Spaihts. The story follows a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.The character was originally created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Marvel's Kevin Feige will produce.
It is not yet known how, why or if Benedict Cumberbatch's participation will expand into The Avengers 3 to be part of the new team roster teased earlier in the week by Kevin Feige. As Captain America 3, which arrives a year earlier, »
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