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Back in 1998, comic book legend Stan Lee formed a startup company entitled Stan Lee Media, to manage a growing list of new characters that were being created. Shortly thereafter, Stan Lee himself cut ties with the company, before it went bankrupt in 2000. While that would normally be the end for a company like this, the defunct Stan Lee Media went ahead and sued Disney several times, starting in 2007, claiming they owned the rights to superhero characters created by Stan Lee, such as Spider-Man. Disney won every time, but now, according to Pirated Thoughts, the studio is now suing Slm, over nearly a half million dollars in unpaid legal fees.
Stan Lee Media never claimed that they owned the rights to several characters until the bankrupt company started filing lawsuits against Disney in 2007, at least six of them. The lawsuits claimed that Stan Lee transferred the rights to beloved characters like Spider-Man, »
Gone are the days when something as small as sticking Black Widow into Iron Man 2 would be enough to excite the fans of Marvel’s films. Now, after two gigantic Avengers movies and all those teasing post-credits stings, audiences have come to expect a bit more.
In reaction to this, Marvel Studios have turned Captain America 3 into Captain America: Civil War, lifting beats Mark Millar’s massive comic book crossover of the same name and stuffing shedloads of other superheroes into what was originally perceived as a solo adventure for Steve Rogers. Meanwhile, Hulk is set to appear in Thor: Ragnarok and they’re also developing Infinity War – an Avengers story so huge in its crossover-friendly scope that they’ve had to spread it over two movies.
After these three films reach cinemas, audiences will continue expecting massive Marvel movies with tonnes of cameos and lots of inter-franchise crossover excitement. »
- Rob Leane
To date, the character that has been the most difficult for Marvel to figure out on film has been the Incredible Hulk. He was put on the big screen in a film directed by Ang Lee. Then, the character was rebooted by Edward Norton, and eventually recast in the first Avengers film. Today, following two Avengers movies, and with plans for the Hulk to return in more, it.s clear that they have finally figured out what the character needed. Mark Ruffalo, the actor who now plays the part, credits director Joss Whedon with figuring it all out, which is why he.s still a little upset that Whedon won.t be back for more. Because Joss Whedon directed the first Avengers movie he was the one who actually cast Mark Ruffalo as the new Bruce Banner of the McU. It.s something of an odd situation for Ruffalo, since »
One of the many characters out there they fans everywhere feel deserves a new film is easily the Hulk. He had an Ang Lee directed solo-outing that come out in 2003, but was considered bad by some fans because of it's lack of action and explosive spectacles. But, it did do a very good job in delving into the Banner/Hulk Jekyll/Hyde relationship. But if that wasn't for you, a 2008 reboot was then released and packed quite a punch in the action department. This film was also very good, but for some odd reason, I've seen fans out there try and say the movie doesn't and shouldn't exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe... even though Robert Downey Jr. was in it as Tony Stark, which connected the film to everything else.
So now that takes us to today, where the Hulk has been a card that is close to Marvel's chest. »
- Nicholas Williams
“I knew for this particular work to function as a movie, it had to have a distinctive style,” says former Focus Features chief James Schamus about his feature directorial debut Indignation, “I didn’t want to box my actors into a particular, exact approach that would not let them breath.” After penning a number of Ang Lee movies such as Taking Woodstock, The Hulk; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution, Schamus got behind the camera with an adaptation of Philip… »
Fans have long been used to expecting the unexpected when it comes to the Marvel movies, especially when it comes to the studio's choice of directors. No one expected the studio to hire Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) to direct Thor: Ragnarok, but the move made more sense when producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed he wanted the director to inject more humor into Thor: Ragnarok. The Wrap caught up with the filmmaker at the Sundance Film Festival, where he briefly discussed his approach to the humor.
"Just take what they've done before. I'm just going to take the second Thor film and just add some jokes to that."
This summer, Marvel will kick off its highly-anticipated Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters on May 6, signalling the start of the summer movie season. This massive superhero adventure will not only re-unite practically every character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the notable exceptions of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but it will also introduce fans to the new McU version of Spider-Man, portrayed by Tom Holland. Last night, Marvel's own Louis D'Esposito shared a new photo on his Twitter page, which features himself and Tom Holland, who appear to be on an Avengers Quinjet.
Louis D'Esposito wouldn't clarify where, and when, for that matter, this photo was taken, but fans on Twitter have been replying to this tweet with a variety of suggestions. It's possible that Captain America: Civil War could be undergoing reshoots right now, but that hasn't been confirmed as of yet, »
In Harry Clayton, the veteran comic-book creator Stan Lee has created an engaging and unusual detective – even if the show doesn’t lack genre cliche
Detective Inspector Harry Clayton is a London cop with plenty of the usual Di baggage – he’s got a massive gambling habit, he’s separated from his lovely lawyer wife (the gambling habit had something to do with it), he still loves her, though; it’s complicated. So far, so a million other cop shows.
But Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky1), as you might guess from the title, is created by Stan Lee, Marvel legend and co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and dozens of other comic-book heroes. So our Harry gets himself a little superpower, too: the ability to control his own luck.
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- Sam Wollaston
Cate Blanchett may have just landed another Oscar nomination for the drama "Carol," but the actress has an even more buzzworthy prospect on the horizon: A starring role in a Marvel tentpole flick. Blanchett has been rumored for weeks to be joining the cast of "Thor: Ragnarok," and now, there may be some clues as to who she's playing.
First came word that Blanchett would be one of the female leads of the flick. Then, earlier this month, Mark Ruffalo -- who's set to reprise his Hulk role in "Thor 3" -- let it slip that she would be playing a villain. And Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige also teased that the film would be very different from the first two "Thor" movies, and take place primarily in the cosmos.
Using those clues, the folks over at Geek.com have pieced together that Blanchett is probably playing a character called Hela, »
- Katie Roberts
While we still have a few months left until Marvel kicks off Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War, the studio is in various stages of production on several other Phase Three movies. Doctor Strange is currently filming, working towards a November 4 release, while shooting begins next month on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017). The next project that will get under way this year is Thor: Ragnarok, with filming slated to begin this summer in Australia, and while there is still very little we know about the story so far, another rumor has surfaced from Geek.com, involving the fate of Odin (Anthony Hopkins). There may be spoilers below for Thor: Ragnarok, so read on at your own risk.
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister 6, season four, premieres Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 9:00am Et/Pt, on Disney Xd. The series' voice cast includes: Drake Bell as Peter Parker/Spider-Man; Chi McBride as Nick Fury; Steven Weber as Norman Osborn; Greg Cipes as Danny Rand/Iron Fist; Logan Miller as Nova; Misty Lee as Aunt May; with recurring guest star Stan Lee, as Stan the Janitor.
Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, season three, premieres Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 8:30am Et/Pt, on Disney Xd. The series' voice cast includes: Adrian Pasdar as Iron Man; Fred Tatasciore as Hulk; Roger Craig Smith as Captain America; Travis Willingham as Thor; Troy Baker as Hawkeye; Laura Bailey as Black Widow; and Bumper Robinson as Falcon.
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- Ethan Anderton
In just a few months, Marvel kicks off Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War, which features perhaps one of the biggest ensemble casts in the studio's history. All of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, old and new, will be back, except for Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), with new characters getting introduced like Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). This movie will help set the stage for Avengers: Infinity War Part I in 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II in 2019, but it seems those two movies might have the biggest casts yet.
Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will move directly from Captain America: Civil War to Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, which we reported will shoot back-to-back over a nine-month stretch, starting in late 2016. There is very little we know about the plot yet, but the directors both appeared »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers, Infinity War, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Agent Carter, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Force, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and more…
Entertainment Weekly helped to usher in the New Year by peeling back the curtain on November’s Phase Three origin story Doctor Strange, releasing the first official images of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, along with some concept art for the film [see here and here], as well as some details on Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo [see here] and Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams’ as-yet-unrevealed characters [see here and here]…
…As well as revealing that Benedict Cumerbatch’s popularity almost cost him the role of Stephen Strange, Marvel Studios »
- Gary Collinson
14 items from 2016
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