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It came to light shortly before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron that Captain Marvel was going to be revealed at the end of the movie as a member of The New Avengers. As we now know, this never came to pass. So why was she cut?
“Very, very early in development, there was a notion that there could be a ton of new people,” Marvel Studios producer Jeremy Latcham told guests at an Avengers: Age of Ultron home entertainment release party. “And then it was like, ‘We haven’t really introduced them. We don’t know where they’re gonna come from’. Joss kind of did not love that idea… It was an early discussion. Then it became, ‘We’ll just see Captain Marvel.’ Then that felt weird. Just to have one new person.”
“The truth is, it didn’t seem appropriate to have this new person in »
- Luke Owen
Captain America: Civil War is going to split the Marvel Cinematic Universe in half with a hatchet! And sides will be drawn, hence the title. As we know from the comic books, the two leaders standing on each side of these splintering factions are Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. What we don't know is who sides with who. A new rumor claims to have our answer. But is it true? Or is this just deductive reasoning?
Avengers: Age of Ultron gave us a pretty good idea about who will be siding with Captain America as the Unite States and other countries establish the Superhero Registration Act, which will identify each superhuman crime fighter and make them responsible for their actions. In Captain America: Civil War, the Act will be known as the Sokovia Accords. The new Avengers include Vision, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and War Machine with Steve and Black Widow co-leading the crew. »
Born in London in 1922, Macnee studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art but had to put his fledgling acting career on hold when he was called up to serve in the Royal Navy during World War II.
Macnee would reprise the role of John Steed for the 1976 revival The New Avengers, while his subsequent credits included the likes of The Howling, This Is Spinal Tap, A View to a Kill and Waxwork. He also lent his voice to Invisible Jones in the 1998 feature adaptation of The Avengers, »
- Gary Collinson
The distinguished British actor Patrick Macnee has passed away at age 93. Macnee personified the "typical" English gentleman in scores of films and TV appearances. He rose to fame as John Steed, the star of "The Avengers", the iconic TV series from the 1960s. He initially co-starred with Honor Blackman, then later Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson. He starred in "The New Avengers" in 1976. Macnee's also had a thriving career as a character actor in feature films. He appeared as young Jacob Marley in the classic 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol", as well as such diverse fare as "The Sea Wolves" , director Joe Dante's "The Howling" and spoofs such as "Young Doctors in Love" and "This is Spinal Tap". Macnee co-starred with his old friend Roger Moore in the 1985 James Bond film "A View to a Kill". He also »
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He briefly reprised his iconic, umbrella sword-wielding role for the short-lived mid-‘70s revival The New Avengers.
Macnee’s post-Avengers TV credits included the title role in ABC’s CIA series Gavilan, the 1989 miniseries Around the World in 80 Days, voicing the opening credits for TV’s original Battlestar Galactica, the CBS drama P.S.I. Luv U, the syndicated action-adventure series Thunder in Paradise and, most recently, a 2001 episode of Frasier. »
Macnee died at his Southern Californian home, in the company of his family, who are very much in our thoughts today.
Before Macnee embedded suave John Steed’s bowler hat and whangee-handle umbrella firmly into sixties British culture, the actor had roles in a score of television, film and stage productions, from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes to Bond, having begun his career as an extra at the age of sixteen.
Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This edition we’re spotlighting a very special crowdfunding campaign which is also a tribute to well-known and well-respected film and TV screenwriter Brian Clemens…
The horror short Surgery was the title of the last script to involve the great British TV and film screenwriter Brian Clemens before he sadly passed away in January 2015. His sons George and Samuel, in tribute to their late father, have shot Surgery and want to invite you to help them raise the £4,000 needed to cover the post-production, CGI and film festival costs.
For those genre fans who’ve been living in a cave for the last 50 years or are just a little too young to have »
- Stuart Wright
With just over a month left until Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters, there are still a number of rumors swirling around this highly-anticipated Marvel Phase Two sequel, and how it will set up the first Phase Three movie Captain America: Civil War. There has been plenty of speculation that the movie will end with a radically different Avengers team than in the first two movies, and today a report from Superhero News reveals exactly who those team members are. There will be plenty of Spoilers from here on out, so read on at your own risk.
The new Avengers team will be lead by Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), with The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), The Vision (Paul Bettany) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) rounding out the team. The site also "confirms" that another rumor, which claimed that Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) actually dies, »
Welcome To Issue 78!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
This Week: I've learned my lesson not to get excited on Twitter about things I'm in the process of reporting. But, I have the information I promised, because I promised.
Quietly he tweets this tweet, hyping his column next week, because he thinks he knows the fate of Spider-Man.
— Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) January 11, 2015
January 11th was too early. And I had to sit on my hands through Golden Globe coverage which I know you guys don't care about, but the world does and I didn't want them to squelch my superhero movie news. And the worst part is the people that Do notice you hinting about stuff are Not the people you Want to notice you hinting about stuff.
If you know what I mean. »
We pay tribute to Brian Clemens, a screenwriter and producer whose work lit up 1970s cult TV and beyond...
Brian Clemens, who died earlier this week aged 83, was a highly respected screenwriter and producer both for TV and Film. He will chiefly be remembered for his work on The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals but his credits were numerous and encapsulated a real golden age of cult, escapist television from the 1950s onwards.
Clemens was born in Croydon in July 1931. He spent his National Service as a Weapons Training Instructor. After spending time as a copywriter, he established himself as a scriptwriter - sometimes using the pseudonym "Tony O'Grady" - O'Grady being his mother's maiden name. He received his first commission from the BBC at the age of 24 - a thriller called Valid For Single Journey Only. He went on to write for many of the big TV »
Screenwriter and producer Brian Clemens has passed away at age 83 in his native England. Clemens wrote scripts for some of the most revered British television programs of the 1960s and 1970s including "Danger Man" (aka "Secret Agent"), "The Avengers", "The Persuaders", "The Professionals", "The Baron" and "The New Avengers". Clemens also produced or executive produced several of the aforementioned shows. He also contributed single episode scripts for other popular shows including "Highlander", "The Protectors" and "Remington Steele". Clemens wrote numerous scripts for "Father Dowling Mysteries" and three "Perry Mason" TV movies in the early 1990s. A prolific writer, he also wrote screenplays for feature films beginning in the 1950s. His credits include "Station Six Sahara", "The Corrupt Ones" (aka "The Peking Medallion"), "See No Evil", "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad", Disney's "The Watcher in the Woods", "Highlander II: The Quickening" and the Hammer horror film "Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter »
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TV writer and producer Brian Clemens has died, aged 83.
Honoured by the Queen in 2010 for services to broadcasting and drama, he passed away on Saturday (January 10), his family confirmed.
Clemens also wrote and produced for Hammer Films, while also co-writing the story for Highlander II: The Quickening.
He was also involved in The Elstree Project, whose spokesman said: "Brian gave his support and time to The Elstree Project and is featured in our documentary film, through clips from the oral history interview he gave to us, as well »
Brian Clemens, one of the defining writers of British television in the 20th century, has passed away aged 83. Best known for his work on The Avengers and numerous other cult series of the telefantasy genre, he also scripted shows across the pond such as Diagnosis: Murder and created my own personal favourite The Professionals. Still shown on ITV4 to this day, it concerned the adventures of a pair of laddish hard men operating for fictional government department CI5, and put stars Martin Shaw and the late Lewis Collins on the map.
Born in Croydon, Clemens had his first short story published before hitting his teens and went on to write for television and film full time after a stint in advertising. He performed scribbling duties on a wide variety of programmes including Danger Man and Richard The Lionheart, but it was delivering the pilot episode of The Avengers that made his name. »
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