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We should have really seen this coming. before Marvel Studio's was formed, the rights to alot of the companies comic book characters were shopped out to different studios. While many of those rights have returned to the fold, mainly due to disappointing movies (looking at you Ghost Rider and Punisher), the one big holdout is Fox, and, specifically to this article, X-Men. A rights grey area exists between Marvel and Fox when it comes to two characters important to both the X-Men and Avengers franchise: Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch. The son and daughter of the X-Men's nemesis Magneto, they are also important and long standing members of The Avengers, and as such the rights belong to both Fox and Marvel, with the condition being if Fox uses them their history with The Avengers cannot be mentioned, while Marvel cannot go near their lineage or refer to them as mutants. »
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As Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe continues to find success – with Iron Man 3 launching Phase 2 to a total box office take of over $1 billion worldwide - we’ve also seen a number of other properties return to the Marvel fold. In some cases this is because the production companies who temporarily owned them missed the deadline for rebooting the property, allowing the rights to revert back to Marvel (see: Daredevil). In other cases, as with Sony and Columbia’s recent return of Ghost Rider, the properties have been sold back to Marvel because the other studios simply didn’t want to use them any more.
Perhaps it’s no surprise, given those recent precedents, that so much attention was given this week to a rumor that Sony was considering selling off major franchises like Spider-Man and Resident ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Sony Pictures has denied rumours that it could sell its Spider-Man movie rights to Marvel Studios.
A spokesperson has quashed reports that the sale could expand Marvel's cinematic universe with the addition of Peter Parker.
Sony co-chair Amy Pascal told Ain't it Cool that the company would "never ever ever" let the Spider-Man rights go.
The report apparently emerged from a misunderstanding regarding Sony's rumoured plans to separate its entertainment and technology divisions into two separate companies.
While Marvel Studios controls The Avengers and related properties, 20th Century Fox retains the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Sony holds Spider-Man.
Several properties - including Daredevil, Ghost Rider and Blade - have recently reverted to Marvel.
Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently shooting for release on May 2, 2014.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rolling gallery: »
Update: Reports have Killing Season getting a theatrical release on July 12th in "large markets" but without much other details and a release less than 2 months away, this is still quite a drop for both actors. There was a time, not very long ago, that a movie from the director of Ghost Rider and Daredevil, starring Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro and Academy Award Nominee John Travolta would have been a lock to get a wide theatrical release and at least a respectable box »
- Alex Maidy
News Glen Chapman 21 May 2013 - 06:38
Kevin Feige has been providing an update on characters under consideration for Marvel Phase 3
As Kevin Feige tends to do, the Marvel Studios boss has been providing an update on various elements of the Marvel cinematic universe giving a handy rundown on plans for each character in the process. Here's what he had to say, in a new piece at EW:
"I would love Strange to be a part of that only because he's a great character. He's a great standalone character. He's got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven't done yet. There's a whole supernatural/magic alternative dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven't ever touched on. So that's exciting".
"What we're excited about exploring and expanding is Mark [Ruffalo] – and Banner's not in Planet Hulk at all. »
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
In a spoiler-filled exchange with MTV, Lindelof opened up about the John Harrison villain reveal, linking back to Wrath of Khan and an alternate title for the film.
Lindelof claimed that he and the production team engaged in "a fair amount of back and forth" regarding Benedict Cumberbatch's character revealing himself to be classic Trek villain Khan.
"It was never really a 'Should we or shouldn't we?' as much as it was 'We really have to do this but if we don't get it right people are going to kill us'," Lindelof said.
"I think that character is so iconic - he has such an intense gravity in the Trek universe, we likely would have expended more »
Now that we've seen a big chunk of footage in the form of spectacular full trailers and some stunning TV spots, it's time to dive behind the scenes of Man of Steel, the promising return of Superman directed by Zack Snyder. This new featurette features some awesome new footage along with interviews with Clark Kent and Superman himself, Henry Cavill, along with the aforementioned filmmaker, his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder, The Dark Knight trilogy producer Charles Roven and co-stars including Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and more. Watch it! Here's the featurette for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel from Walmart: And here are the two new banners from Man of Steel, via ComingSoon: Man of Steel, the new DC Comics Superman reboot, is being directed by Zack Snyder, of Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen & Sucker Punch previously. Christopher Nolan is producing, and co-wrote the »
- Ethan Anderton
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Arrow, Booster Gold, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans Go!, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, The Incredibles 2 and more...
Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two new »
- Flickering Myth
After the success of The Walking Dead, it has been speculated that Marvel may attempt to jump on the zombie craze by moving forward with a movie adaptation of Marvel Zombies. Robert Kirkman previously mentioned that he hadn’t been approached about it and recent comments from Kevin Feige suggest that we won’t be seeing a Marvel Zombies movie any time soon:
Via EW: “I know… Zombies is such a funny thing because its such a cool comic and it’s such a cool idea, but the bigger profile becomes what starts to happen [with fans]… Are you going to draw figures in chalk with your 3-year-old with Hulk eating someone? Or Captain America with his brains coming out of the top of his head? Probably not”
It doesn’t look like a Marvel Zombies movie is in the cards yet, but Marvel recently regained rights to Blade and Ghost Rider, »
- Jonathan James
A third reboot of the Hulk franchise could also make the comic publisher's movie division lineup.
Feige told Entertainment Weekly that while "99%" of the studio's time is dealing with productions for its Phase Two project - including Avengers 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World - some characters are already slated for priority in the next stage of output.
Feige said: "We started working with Edgar on that movie right in the dawn of us becoming our own studio.
"It goes back so long you maybe even remember our 2006 appearance at Comic-Con. Edgar was on that panel talking about Ant-Man. And it had been a few years [of planning] at that point. »
Marvel fans have plenty to look forward to over the next couple of years, with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy building to the release of The Avengers 2 in 2015. However, with Iron Man 3 getting Phase Two of the McU off to a billion dollar start, Marvel Studios is wasting little time in formulating its plans for a third cycle of movies. So far, all we know for certain is that Edgar Wright's long-awaited Ant-Man will kick-off things off in 2015, but speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel's President of Production and super producer extraordinaire Kevin Feige has offered a few new comments on several potential projects, including... deep breath... Doctor Strange, Iron Man 4, Inhumans, Runaways, Daredevil, The Punisher, Blade, Ghost Rider and even Marvel Zombies! Here's what he had to say...
On Doctor Strange: "I would love Strange to be »
- Flickering Myth
Marvel's Phase Two is already underway with Iron Man 3 in theaters, and Thor: The Dark World coming this Thanksgiving. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is shooting right now, with Guardians of the Galaxy deep into pre-production and The Avengers 2 screenplay completed. So that means Marvel is of course thinking about their Phase Three plans with only Ant-Man confirmed at this point. What else might be included in this third leg of the Marvel movie legacy?
Kevin Feige recently caught up with Entertainment Weekly, and offered a list of potential titles, with the fact that Doctor Strange is likely to be confirmed next. While we've heard most of these titles batted about the Internet before, one title sticks out like a sore thumb, and that's Marvel Zombies. We haven't really heard this mentioned before in terms of being included as a Marvel Phase Three project.
Here are the possible »
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Kevin Feige and got an update on what was and wasn’t in the cards for Marvel’s Phase 3 and beyond.
Ant-Man: This one is happening. Apparently it’s director Edgar Wright who has been postponing the project up until now. Wright will begin working on it later this year after he’s finished with all things The World’s End.
Iron Man 4: Feige said, “I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th. I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that. »
- Alex Corey
The good news is that a number of Marvel comics properties are back in the hands of Marvel Studios and may once again be seen on screen. The bad news is that the feature treatment ain't happening for all of them. Marvel's Kevin Feige talked about a number of planned and possible superhero films coming up in the next few years, including an adaptation of the lesser-known property Inhumans. More recognizable names - like Blade, Punisher, Ghost Rider and Daredevil - are also under Marvel's control once again, but will have to find the right time, place and treatment to fit into the studio's current plans. Hit the jump for updates on the above-mentioned properties and more, including the chances of a Marvel Zombies one-off. EW recently held an extensive interview with Feige, who spoke candidly on a number of Marvel's properties. One particular hero Feige stayed quiet on was Black Panther, »
- Dave Trumbore
by Brett White
Even though Phase Two of Marvel's film endeavors has just kicked off with the billion dollar blockbuster "Iron Man 3," speculation and anticipation is spreading well past the current set of films and into the still mysterious Phase Three. Entertainment Weekly managed to get a lot of information from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, with the head honcho commenting on every Marvel movie currently rumored to be in the works. The article is incredibly in-depth and worth a read.
The only sure thing about Marvel's Phase Three is Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man." The film's been greenlit for years, and Feige reveals that "Ant-Man" was actually partly responsible for the creation of Marvel Studios. After numerous meetings with studio executives unfamiliar with Marvel's lesser known characters who just could not grasp the concept of Ant-Man, Marvel decided it best to make their own movies (that first movie? "Iron Man »
- Splash Page Team
You didn't think Marvel was going to let you off the hook that easily, did you? Nope, the comic book company is already planning Phase Three of its sprawling media empire. Sounds sinister, doesn't it? It's not! We promise. Phase One began with "Iron Man" and culminated in "The Avengers." Similarly, Phase Two just kicked off with the release of "Iron Man 3" and will end after a total of five movies with 2015's "The Avengers 2." Even though Marvel is still knee-deep in Phase Two, studio prez Kevin Feige gave EW a very early preview of what's coming down the pipeline. Feige said, "I'd say 99 percent of our time right now is purely spent on Phase Two… It's five colossally giant motion pictures that we have to produce. So that's taking up the time. But within the next year or so we'll start the advanced planning for post-'Avengers 2.'" The »
- Jenni Miller
Big things happen in threes.
With Iron Man 3 heading into its third weekend, now is the perfect time to look ahead to what Marvel Studios may be planning for its own third act — the evolving multi-movie slate known as Phase Three.
Phase One for the comic book studio was the series of films that culminated in last year’s The Avengers. Phase Two begins with Iron Man 3, and will build to Avengers 2 in 2015, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy in between.
The question that still hasn’t been resolved, »
- Anthony Breznican
Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror thriller The Vatican Tapes will be written and directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengenace, Crank) and will be distributed in the Us by Lionsgate with a fall 2014 release. Lakeshore will be starting principal photography in Los Angeles in July. The film is off to a fast start before the opening of the Cannes festival this week, with sales to eOne in Canada, eOne/Hopscotch in Australia, Universum in Germany, Jaguar Film International Distribution in the Middle East, Ipa Asia Pacific in Thailand; D Productions in Turkey, and Sun Distribution Group S.A. in Latin America. Lakeshore and Sierra Affinity are formally introducing the film to international buyers in Cannes this week.
- Michelle McCue
Lakeshore Entertainment's horror thriller The Vatican Tapes will be written and directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, Crank) and will be distributed in the Us by Lionsgate with a fall 2014 release. Lakeshore will be starting principal photography in Los Angeles in July. The film is off to a fast start before the opening of the Cannes festival this week, with sales to eOne in Canada, eOne/Hopscotch in Australia, Universum in Germany, Jaguar Film International Distribution in the Middle East, Ipa Asia Pacific in Thailand; D Productions in Turkey, and Sun Distribution Group S.A. in Latin America. Lakeshore and Sierra Affinity are formally introducing the film to international buyers in Cannes this week.
The Vatican Tapes marks Lakeshore's third partnership with Neveldine after he penned the screenplays for Jason Statham starrers Crank and Crank High Voltage as well as Gamer. Neveldine's other films include Nicolas Cage »
Some quick news is coming in from the Cannes Film Market that must be music to both Lionsgate's and Lakeshore Entertainment's ears. It sounds as if The Vatican Tapes is poised to be a rather hot property at the big dance!
From the Press Release
Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror thriller The Vatican Tapes will be written and directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, Crank) and will be distributed in the Us by Lionsgate with a fall 2014 release. Lakeshore will be starting principal photography in Los Angeles in July. The film is off to a fast start before the opening of the Cannes festival this week, with sales to eOne in Canada, eOne/Hopscotch in Australia, Universum in Germany, Jaguar Film International Distribution in the Middle East, Ipa Asia Pacific in Thailand, D Productions in Turkey, and Sun Distribution Group S.A. in Latin America. Lakeshore and Sierra »
- Uncle Creepy
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