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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men vs. Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Lucifer, Powers and more…
We’ll start this edition of The Week in Spandex off with 2015’s first – and easily most-anticipated – superhero movie of the year Avengers: Age of Ultron, and this week saw Marvel debuting a couple of new theatrical posters for the follow-up to 2012’s The Avengers, which confirmed that Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig) will both feature in the credits-bursting cast list, and Danny Elfman will also supply “additional music”. It’s also kicked off a series of new character posters which so far includes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) [see here], The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel’s eight-part series Agent Carter drew to a close on Tuesday evening with the season finale ‘Valediction’ [read our review here], and now writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (whose credits also include Captain America: The First Avenger and its sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier) have been speaking to EW about a potential second season and where it could lead story-wise.
“When we were figuring out the show and the backstory of the show, we had a really nice story about who Peggy is and where she came from. We just didn’t have any time. I would love to tell that story,” states Markus, with McFeely adding, “That’s one of our strongest ideas for the second season: What makes Peggy, Peggy? We like what Peggy is, but if you ask some hard questions, you might wonder: but why is she that way? We have some thoughts on that.”
The duo »
- Gary Collinson
Captain America: Civil War was one of the bigger news items to come out of Marvel.s massive announcement of the Phase Three slate. Not only will it introduce Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther to the cinematic universe, it will also pit Chris Evans. Captain America against Robert Downey Jr..s Iron Man. But, as one of Marvel.s screenwriters reminded us recently, we.ll see the first seeds of discord planted in The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. Collider recently spoke with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writing duo who.ve been working on a number of Marvel projects. In addition to writing the first two Captain America movies and the Agent Carter series, they have returned to pen Civil War. However, as McFeely revealed, they did not have any involvement in that scene we saw from Age of Ultron that sets up tension between the star-spangled »
You may remember during last year's "Marvel Event" that a scene was shown featuring Steve Rogers and Tony Stark sharing a fairly tense exchange, something which later seemed like an obvious Captain America: Civil War prelude. In a lengthy interview with Collider, co-writer Stephen McFeely revealed whether or not it was an intentional set up of what's to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! "I’m glad they put that in there, but I don’t even know the relationship between when we decided to Civil War and when that scene was put in, so it could just be good tension,a good scene, but it’s a clean set up. It’s a good intro." You have to imagine that Joss Whedon had some sort of inkling of plans for Civil War, but it's more obvious now than ever before that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be serving as »
Marvel's Agent Carter went on a brief one-week break last week, but the show returns with the all new episode "The Blitzkrieg Button" on Tuesday, January 27 at 8 Pm Et. Marvel has released the first clip, which shows Jarvis (James D'Arcy) trying to negotiate a deal with a couple of thugs, although his bizarre choice of currency ($1,000 bills) leaves these criminals wanting more. Fortunately for Jarvis, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) uses her covert skills to take out a group of gun-toting underlings standing guard while the deal goes down, arriving just in time to save Jarvis.
Peggy may be in more trouble than usual when fugitive Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) suddenly returns for mysterious reasons. And Chief Dooley (Shea Whigham) chases a new clue all the way to Europe that threatens to destroy Peggy's future at the Ssr. The series also stars Chad Michael Murray as Ssr Agent Jack Thompson and »
MovieCastingCall.org has put out a new casting call for Marvel's highly-anticipated Phase Three sequel Captain America: Civil War, which not only reveals that production will begin this April in Atlanta, Georgia, but seemingly confirms the villainous identity of Daniel Brühl's character, after he signed on to star in November. While it has always been suspected that Daniel Brühl is playing the villain, this casting call claims to reveal that the actor is playing Baron Zemo, a nefarious Hydra villain from the Civil War comics. In addition, the casting notice also has the first synopsis for Captain America: Civil War, which reads as follows.
"In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S government's Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all super powered individuals to register their powers and report to S.H.I. »
After Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man close out Marvel Phase Two later this year, Phase Three will kick off with Captain America: Civil War. The sequel is adapted from the Civil War comic book series written by Mark Millar. While doing press for his new adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service, the writer offered his thoughts on Marvel's upcoming adaptation. Here's what he had to say:
"They're a money machine, they're amazing. Whatever they do is gonna be a billion dollar movie and it'll be great. You know as a fanboy I grew up, since I was 4 or 5 I planned to be Spider-Man. Even now I still think it's possible! I couldn't be more relaxed about it. Almost any other studio could screw it up. I'll just show up on the night and enjoy the film."
It remains to be seen if he will be involved in the adaptation, but »
While still making the rounds for his new drama film, Black or White, Anthony Mackie has teased his return as Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, this time during an interview with Collider as well as an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. When the former news outlet had asked about Captain America: Civil War, Mackie revealed that he had read the latest draft by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. "Let’s just say it’s a wing-ding-doozy of a time," he said. "The great thing about it is, after seeing Avengers I joked and said Captain America 2 was Avengers 1.5. Now with Avengers 2 coming out… Captain America 3 is so far beyond Avengers 2.5 and onto the realm of Avengers 3.8. It’s by far one of the most stupendous rides Marvel has put together." Meanwhile, during his chat with Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Mackie had joked that losing his wings in Captain »
Writers Tease What’s Coming in Captain America: Civil War. After Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans will be eagerly anticipating next year’s Captain America: Civil War. Screenwriter team Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely teased about what’s to come. Speaking at the Television Critics Association panel, the screenwriters [...]
Continue reading: Captain America: Civil War (2016): Writers Talk Film and Appearances From Other McU Characters »
- Mufsin Mahbub
Things aren’t looking so good for Hawkeye right about now, because at the moment he’s the only core Avenger who isn’t confirmed to appear in Captain America: Civil War or any future Marvel films. According to directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will be back for the big brawl between Cap and Iron Man, meaning she won’t bite the dust when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters in May.
It comes as no surprise that Johansson will be back for a fifth outing as the deadly assassin. She’s long been a fan-favorite of the big screen Avengers team, and had a significant role to play in last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- James Garcia
Chances of survival are slim for the team of villains known as the Suicide Squad in the upcoming film of the same name. They have already lost one of their own, though it’s not due to the story’s high stakes. It’s been revealed that Tom Hardy has departed from Suicide Squad, with another big name rumored to replace him. And on the Marvel movie news front, Scarlett Johansson has been confirmed for Captain America: Civil War.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hardy will no longer co-star in Suicide Squad due to scheduling conflicts. Hardy was lined up to play Rick Flag, the Suicide Squad team leader with a military background. It’s believed that Jake Gyllenhaal has been offered the chance to play the vacated role, but no official deals have been made. As shown below, the movie still retains a star-studded lineup:
Jared Leto as The Joker, »
- Derek Anderson
We already know that Captain America: Civil War will feature the return of several key players from last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, both in front of and behind the camera. Naturally, Chris Evans will be back as Captain America himself alongside Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Frank Grillo (Crossbones), with new casting additions Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther). Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will also be back with directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. During a recent press event in Beijing, Anthony Russo confirmed that Scarlett Johansson will also be back as the Black Widow.
"We've been preparing for the movie since the one debuted last year. So, we've been working on it for a long time now. We're very happy how it's coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War and »
For those worried about whether or not they would see Scarlett Johansson take part in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War as Black Widow, be assured that she will be there. During The Television Critics Association Press Tour (don't fall asleep, I promise), writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sat down for an interview and opened up about the major superhero movie sharing details about Johansson’s involvement, as well as Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Howard »
- Graham McMorrow
One of the shining lights of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow being such an integral part of that film's story. Yet with the announcement of the third film "Captain America: Civil War" and the inclusion of both Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther characters, the assumption was she wouldn't have much of an appearance in 'Civil War'.
Things weren't helped by the fact that no official release or announcement about the film seemed to include her name. This week though, during a recent press event in Beijing, co-director Anthony Russo confirmed (via Cbm) that she will be back:
"We've been preparing for the movie since the one debuted last year. So, we've been working on it for a long time now. We're very happy how it's coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War »
- Garth Franklin
When Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely entered into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's hard to imagine that they would have had any sort of inkling that they would turn Captain America into the best stand alone Marvel franchise. With Captain America: Civil War now occupying their collective quills, Markus and McFeely are getting ready to not only introduce a new Avenger with Black Panther, but to possibly continue the story of Peggy Carter and her relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Steve Rogers. If you thought the third Captain America movie was going to be just action, it looks like you were wrong. IGN managed to catch up with the two writers at the recent TCA press junket, which saw Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely promoting their recent project, the television event series Marvel's Agent Carter. So what better time to ask the two about just what's »
In case you haven.t noticed, superhero movies are all the rage and have bene dominating the box office. Marvel is finding such huge success with its cinematic universe surrounding the Avengers, and it.s got stuff in the works all the way through 2018. DC will soon beef up its offerings, as well, with a movie slate that extends into 2020. Why is this genre doing so well now, when past efforts haven.t worked as famously? Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the gents who wrote Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are returning to pen Civil War, keep getting asked this question and they.ve got an answer. As quoted by IGN, McFeely told a small group of reporters: Why are comic books so prevalent? Why are these movies doing so well? In some ways, we.ve become a genre that you can do well now given the world »
The men that wrote both cinematic Captain America adventures so far have been tasked with writing the third film in the series. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will once again put the words into Chris Evans's mouth as he dons the blue suit, grabs his shield, and heads out for his most ambitious solo project, Captain America: Civil War. Considering they wrote both of the previous films, which had drastically different narrative styles, what's the plan for the next one? What about Peggy Carter, who's seemingly becoming more entangled with the Stark family than we ever expected?
IGN sat down with half of that writing duo, McFeely, to tackle some of these questions. In terms of the style and tone of Civil War, it sounds like we can expect a more fluid continuation of what we saw in The Winter Soldier. Where as the first film was a patriotic, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were present at the TCA Winter Tour yesterday to promote their ABC series Marvel's Agent Carter, but the writers also shed new light on their highly-anticipated superhero sequel Captain America: Civil War, which kicks off Marvel Phase Three next year. The writers teased that the Civil War story line, which pits Avengers Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) against each other, has been in the works for quite some time. Here's what Stephen McFeely had to say in an interview with IGN.
"It's been on and off the table for a while, let's put it that way. And it's a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we've established, and everyone's established in the McU are serviced and sound correct, right? Because there's a difference between the characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007. The »
Appearing at the Television Critics Association winter tour to promote Marvel’s TV series Agent Carter, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely naturally fielded questions about their work on the third Captain America film, subtitled Civil War. As old Marvel Cinematic Universe hands, they were fairly circumspect on what they could say, but did offer up some news on how they’re tackling the tricky storyline.Civil War, of course, adapts the famous run of the comics that saw Cap and Iron Man going head to head over the issue of a government plan to force superheroes to register their real identities. While the film version won’t directly channel the storyline, it’ll be a huge influence. "It’s been on and off the table for a while, let’s put it that way, and it’s a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we’ve established, »
While attending the Television Critics Association press tour today for their writing/ exec producing duties on Marvel and ABC's Agent Carter miniseries, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were eventually pressed about their work on the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War. Without going into details about the plot, the screenwriters did discuss a potential dynamic between Peggy Carter and Tony Stark, the casting of Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa aka the Black Panther, and of course the "Civil War" source material. "As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question (of who Peggy was to Tony Stark) has been in and out all over the place so who knows," McFeely told IGN. "So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But...we saw (Peggy) in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around. »
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