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Back in the day (mostly) before he was a big time director, Jon Favreau hosted a show on IFC called Dinner for Five. It was a pretty simple concept: Favreau and four guests — a mix of actors, writers, directors, and comedians — would eat dinner and shoot the bull, and then they would cut the best bits into a 30 minute episode. It was great. The casual atmosphere made everyone more candid and relaxed than they might be on a traditional talk show, plus they might be drunk. Dinner for Five is how I know that Frank Darabont lived above Tom Cruise’s garage to write Mission Impossible 3, and he loved it. (Darabont wrote the first draft. He's not credited, but in the same episode he talks about how much he hates the WGA's rules for writing credits.) Also, in the Season 2 premiere a Daredevil era Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner appear »
- Mily Dunbar
With The Dark Knight, the majority of fans agree that Christopher Nolan perfected the big screen Batsuit. Batman Begins was certainly a step in the right direction (especially after the hard to forget Bat-nipples in Batman & Robin), but streamlining the suit and giving the Caped Crusader the ability to actually turn his head would ultimately make a world of difference.
Of course, Christian Bale’s time as Batman came to an end with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, and we’re now all anxiously waiting to see what Ben Affleck will look like in the iconic costume. Rumour has it that a first look at “Batfleck” is on the way, so we thought that now would be a good time to look ahead to the designs which Batman Vs. Superman director Zack Snyder will have hopefully looked at for inspiration.
We’ve also listed a number of other takes on »
- Josh Wilding
Marvel recently got back the rights to Daredevil. But instead of moving forward with a movie, the studio teamed with Netflix to create a new TV series. But which characters, outside of Daredevil, can Marvel use? "The Amazing Spider-Man" producer recently said that Kingpin was a potential character that the Spider-Man franchise can use. But according to Marvel head Kevin Feige, "we either have [Kingpin] or someone share." This situation is similar to agreement Marvel has with Fox for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, which will appear both in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Feige also commented on the rights of Namor and Elektra, stating: "No, Namor I think is a little complicated, the way some of them are. Elektra I think we have. I think that was part of Daredevil, and that's clean and simple." The "Daredevil" series is set to premiere in 2015. »
Feature James Hunt 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00
This article contains spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may have lacked the next-movie teaser Marvel Studios likes to pin onto their films, but that doesn't mean we haven't got any clue as to where the Spider-Man franchise is going. With Sony's stated goal of turning the property into its own universe of films, we got to thinking: what clues are there in Amazing Spider-Man 2 that might get followed up as the franchise expands?
Just so you don't get spoiled, we're going to put a big picture up here. After that, it's spoiler territory...
Still here? Right then...
With production on Marvel Studios’ first Netflix series Daredevil set to get underway this July, it’s only a matter of time before we find out which actor will succeed Ben Affleck as the Man Without Fear, as well as which supporting characters will be making their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut when the road to The Defenders gets underway.
Speaking to IGN, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has confirmed that both Wilson Fisk – a.k.a. The Kingpin – and Elektra Natchios are available to Marvel Studios, should they choose to include the characters in the miniseries: “Kingpin we either have or somehow share,” said Feige. “Namor I think is a little complicated, the way some of them are. Elektra I think we have. I think that was part of Daredevil, and that’s clean and simple.”
As it happens, the rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner remain with Universal Pictures, while producer »
- Gary Collinson
Daredevil has been a mainstay in the Marvel Universe for 50 years, but it took nearly two decades for this iconic superhero to get a legitimate arch nemesis to call his own. When Frank Miller and Klaus Janson first incorporated Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin of crime – a villain previously associated with Spider-Man – into Daredevil in 1979, it dramatically changed the course of the series. Fisk was unquestionably the missing piece of the puzzle – bringing a physically and intellectually imposing villain into a world that was getting darker and grittier thanks to Miller and Janson’s film noir-inspired sensibilities.
In the years that followed, Daredevil and Kingpin evolved into one of comics’ very best hero/villain pairings. The two have engaged in a long-term game of cat and mouse that has featured brutal beat downs, cerebral mind games, heartbreak, betrayals and unlikely alliances. And these storylines have been crafted by »
- Mark Ginocchio
Back in April 2013, Marvel Studios reclaimed the rights to Daredevil, after 20th Century Fox failed to get production started on their proposed reboot, which Joe Carnahan was at one time set to direct. What wasn't known at the time is whether Daredevil characters Kingpin and Elektra came with this deal. Today, Kevin Feige reveals in an interview with IGN that the studio does have the rights to Elektra in full and at least partial rights to Kingpin.
Marvel currently has a shared rights deal for the characters Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch with 20th Century Fox, since these characters pop up in both the Avengers comics and the X-Men comics. The deal includes provisions that Marvel Studios can't reference the characters' X-Men history, »
A few days ago, Kevin Feige sat down with IGN Movies for a lengthy interview about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Near the end of the interview, Feige was asked about the rights for Kingpin, who most fans want to appear in the upcoming Daredevil Netflix show. In response, Feige said that "Kingpin we either have or somehow share." Given that Avi Arad has stressed that Kingpin was also a potential character that could be used in Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, it seems that Wilson Fisk falls under the same shared character umbrella as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Feige also commented on the rights of Namor and Elektra, but seemed to be less sure in his response: "No, Namor I think is a little complicated, the way some of them are. Elektra I think we have. I think that was part of Daredevil, and that's clean and simple. »
Drew Goddard is closing in on a deal to direct Sony's The Sinister Six, a spin-off of its The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. The filmmaker signed onto write this new super villain adventure back in December, when it was just a possibility that he may helm, with those plans now being set in motion.
Although it isn't exactly known what villains will be included in The Sinister Six, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal revealed last month that these characters will be introduced at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which serves as a direct link to this new feature. Fans noticed that harnesses for Doctor Octopus and The Vulture were featured in the trailer, but their inclusion in the spin-off has not been confirmed.
The original version of The Sinister Six in the comics featured Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture and Kraven the Hunter, but there were also several »
The film centres around an FBI agent who infiltrates a criminal ring hidden inside the world of Southern California extreme sports.
Butler will take on the role of Bodhi (played by Patrick Swayze in the original), who seeks nirvana by living on the edge, and is responsible for inducting the undercover agent Utah into the criminal circle.
Michael C. Hall would like to make the leap from antihero to hero.
Although talk of Netflix and writer-director Drew Goddard courting Hall to play the titular hero in the upcoming “Daredevil” series may be nothing but a rumor, Hall is still interested in portraying the man without fear.
“I would definitely consider it … but I can’t tell you any inside information because I think they’re nothing but rumors,” Hall told Vulture on Sunday at the premiere of his new Broadway play, “The Realistic Joneses.”
After eight seasons on Showtime’s dark drama “Dexter,” Hall said he’s seeking projects with short-term commitments.
“I really am enjoying mixing it up a little bit, and I’m committing to things that have a foreseeable end in sight when I start them, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of (a new series) happening at some point,” he told the site. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
If you thought it would never actually happen when it was announced Luke Bracey was going to fill the shoes once occupied by Keanu Reeves in a remake of Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break well, guess again. Not only is the movie moving forward with Ericson Core, longtime cinematographer on films such as Daredevil and The Fast and the Furious, directing and Gerard Butler co-starring, now Ray Winstone has joined the cast (via Variety) and will play elder to Bracey's Johnny Utah. Written by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall), the film will follow a similar plot line as the first with Bracey as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent assigned to infiltrate a gang of thieves who share a common interest in extreme sports. Butler plays Bodhi, the leader of the gang and role originally played by Patrick Swayze, and Winstone will play Pappas, the role played by Gary Busey in the 1991 original. »
- Brad Brevet
Those complaining of comic book movie fatigue, ready your comments. Marvel Studios apparently has plans in place to continue to make movies based on its comic book properties until 2028. Last August, Marvel president Kevin Feige admitted to Wired that he "we’re planning for the year 2021" though he added that he wasn't sure it would all happen. Well, looks like they went ahead and planned another 7 years as well.
In an interview with Businessweek (via ComingSoon), Feige revealed that he has a "map" of Marvel movies on his office wall. "It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope," said Feige. "You go, 'What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it.' They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028."
- Ryan Gowland
Nothing can stop this Marvel juggernaut from happening.
In a Business Week article, it highlighted some future goals and plans for the movie franchises. Since Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion more than four years ago, Marvel proved to be a gold mine for the House of Mouse.
Besides the obvious “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opening this Friday and “Guardians of the Galaxy” for August 1st, there are plenty more Marvel movies in the works since his plan is to issue multiple Marvel movies a year.
According to Disney Presdient Bob Iger, Marvel “could potentially spin off members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, which include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon, in their own features.” Wow, individual spin-off movies for these characters? Marvel definitely expects it to be a huge Blockbuster this summer.
In addition, Iger and Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn met with the Marvel team »
- Gig Patta
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Big Hero 6, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Force, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Catwoman, Gotham, Son of Batman, Arrow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more...
Marvel Studios may have started rolling out its latest Phase Two offering in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it was Avengers: Age of Ultron that grabbed most of the Cinematic Universe headlines this week as principal photography on Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated sequel got underway in Italy (doubling for Serbia). The shoot revolved around a big action sequence, with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) battling a load of guys in mocap suits, as well as a stand in for James Spader's Ultron. »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) Sony Pictures made it officially known last December that both "Venom" and "Sinister Six" villain-centric movies are in the works, along with at least two more "Amazing Spider-Man" films, following this May's second installment. Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal told Entertainment Weekly that viewers will get a glimpse of characters that will "probably" end up in the film franchise's Sinister Six. "At the tail end of ['Amazing Spider-Man 2'] we set up some of the other characters that will probably end up being in the Sinister Six," Pascal said, in the cover story of the EW issue on sale Friday. "We're going forward on all fronts." Exactly who will comprise the silver-screen Sinister Six is yet to be seen, but 2012's "Amazing Spider-Man" introduced The Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans), and the sequel adds Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Green Goblin (Harry Osborn, played by Dane DeHaan). There have been »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
Marvel Studios is set to continue its TV expansion this year by kicking off production on Netflix's miniseries for The Defenders, and speaking to Hitfix at Paleyfest, Marvel's head of television Jeph Loeb has confirmed that cameras will start rolling on Daredevil in New York City this July.
"Jessica Jones comes after that," said Loeb. "And then after that, Iron Fist and then after that Luke Cage, and then that'll culminate in The Defenders."
- Gary Collinson
The Avengers may have stopped off in New York City to fight a wave of invading aliens and a mad Norse demi-god, but once the smoke cleared they got on with their superhero lives, some of them travelling very far away indeed. In the everyday life of the city, a team of home-grown heroes are about to join the Marvel small-screen universe: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and finally a team-up of all four in The Defenders.
Daredevil, probably the best known of these characters thanks to the 2003 film starring Ben Affleck, will be the first to get a series. All of the shows will be filmed in New York, and Marvel recently ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
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Here in the UK we're just five days away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios continues Phase Two of its Cinematic Universe with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The review embargo for Chris Evans' second solo outing lifted on Thursday evening, and it looks like Marvel has knocked it out of the park once again; you can listen to the thoughts of Luke Owen and Scott Davis in the latest Flickering Myth Podcast, and here's an excerpt from Luke's review:
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a movie where everything gels. »
- Gary Collinson
Feature James Clayton 21 Mar 2014 - 06:02
As Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives, James considers the future phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is imminent, and it's only a matter of days until the movie lands at your local multiplex. It will be a massive hit. After the second Steve Rogers solo outing, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Two will continue later in the summer with Guardians Of The Galaxy. That will also be a massive hit.
Phase Two finishes with Avengers: Age Of Ultron and that's going to arrive on May Day 2015. That will be a massive hit, as will Ant-Man - directed by Edgar Wright - which will follow a couple of months later to get Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the McU if you're into the whole brevity thing) underway.
Meanwhile, a string of upcoming live-action Netflix series will join »
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