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March 2009, Johansson first signed on to play Marvel Comics' Russian spy 'Natasha Romanoff' aka the 'Black Widow' in the feature "Iron Man 2", as an undercover spy for 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' posing as an assistant to 'Tony Stark' (Robert Downey Jr.) aka 'Iron Man'.
She was cast only after a scheduling conflict forced actress Emily Blunt to drop out of the part.
Johansson then reprised the role in director Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" (2012) confirming that Marvel was "really behind" the character. She portrayed Black Widow again in the 2014 feature "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".
- Michael Stevens
Jeremy Renner has been making the press rounds recently, and he can't avoid any questions regarding Avengers: Age of Ultron in which Hawkeye will have a much bigger role, and Captain America 3, which he might also be a part of.
In an interview with Starpulse, this is what the actor said about Age of Ultron and Hawkeye,
"It was fun to finally kind of discover who Clint Barton is a little bit, We have some good secrets revealed. I think everything that was great about the first Avengers, is exponentially expressed in this one. From the action, to the making fun of itself, and there's a lot more time spent with the Avengers together, after being so separated in the first one. We've got some great new goodies, and some good baddies."
The actor was then asked about Guardians of the Galaxy, which he loved, and whether or not he »
- Joey Paur
Jeremy Renner may have jumped into more movie franchises than he can handle. As it stands, the Oscar nominated actor barely has time to fit in passion projects like next month’s Kill The Messenger in between his blockbuster obligations. Coming off shooting The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the actor is currently working away on Mission: Impossible 5 – a series he signed a three-picture deal for after Tom Cruise personally convinced him to do so.
And next up, sequels are in early development for The Bourne Legacy where he may finally team up with Matt Damon, and Hansel & Gretel where the star will return alongside Gemma Arterton (once it finds a new director). It was this over-the-top schedule ...
- Rob Keyes
While promoting his "Kill the Messenger" movie, Jeremy Renner spoke about his Marvel contract, revealing that the studio has discussed a potential "Hawkeye" spin-off movie. "I think most actors will sign on to do, like... 'Captain America' 1-3 and then 'The Avengers' 1-3, and then you're done," he explained. "For me, I signed on to 'The Avengers' 1-3 and then 'Hawkeye,' in case they want to do a 'Hawkeye' spin-off." When the topic switched to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and how the film gave equal time to both Captain America (Chris Evans) And Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Renner said: "Right. I think that's why they want a Hawkeye/Widow movie so bad." It's clear by his comments that Marvel has no interest in giving Renner his own "Hawkeye" film, but there's apparently lots of interest in having Hawkeye team up with Black Widow for their own spin-off. »
"Oh, that's a rumor all right. I don't know what's going to happen. I know it's going to start shooting in March. I haven't had any official conversations about doing it or not."
He then spoke about the already wrapped "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the regularly scheduled in additional filming which has yet to come:
"We have to do some pick-up shots here and there, but for the most part [we're done]. Hulk has a more prominent role, and I have a more prominent role. There are a lot more scenes of the entire Avengers gang together - both in and out of the cape, so to speak. It's making me become a total fanboy. It's pretty fun to be a part of."
He also »
- Garth Franklin
As Jeremy Renner continues to make the press rounds for his upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, the actor cleared the air about a certain Captain America 3 rumor and teased new details about Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, despite claiming that he wasn't really interested in a Hawkeye solo movie last week, Renner does confirmed that he is signed on for one should Marvel deem it necessary. He then teases a possible Hawkeye/Black Widow team-up movie.
Most actors who take on a major role in any Marvel movie sign multi-picture deals that will span several years. When asked about his own Marvel contract, Jeremy Renner says the deal includes Marvel's The Avengers, next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, along with a possible Hawkeye spin-off movie:
Marvel's avengers Assemble is a show that had the tough role of replacing an excellent series (which is of course earth's Mightiest Heroes). While the first season was "Meh" and received quite the hate from adult animated series fans and parents (notice how i did not mention kids) it seems things are finally looking better for the show. Especially after a great first episode. According to The Daily Marvelite, the series is now being written by Kevin Burke and Doc Wyatt, two excellent writers who have already gave us some great Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episodes. Man of Action, who wrote most of the first season of Avengers Assemble, are now show consultants only (whatever that means). Other changes to the show is how the series will now focus on the whole team, rather than Iron-Man first then the team second. Roster wise, Ant-Man will join the team sometimes this season. »
Ben Affleck made an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael earlier today to promote Gone Girl, and as you might expect, talk soon turned to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. These questions were a little different however, and the actor was quizzed on working out to become the Caped Crusader, revealing some surprising inspiration in the process! "I have been getting bigger, yeah. I have been working out a lot. These are not roles that you can do and not exercise for. Audiences have now increasing expectations. Like, in the 50s, you could just be like Burt Lancaster and tall. That was ok, but now you see guys like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and all these guys whose bodies are just, you think, 'How is that even possible?'" Comparisons have been made between those two cast members of The Avengers and the very buff Ben Affleck, »
It was just a few weeks ago that we learned that Matt Damon would, seemingly, be heading back to the Bourne franchise for another go-round with director Paul Greengrass. That in turn means the likely pushing back of a "Bourne Legacy" sequel featuring Jeremy Renner's spinoff character, Aaron Cross. Now, we are getting Renner's thoughts on the whole issue. "The Avengers" star recently talked to HuffPost Entertainment about his upcoming movie "Kill the Messenger," and they asked him about the potential Bourne changes and the possibility of Renner's Cross, appearing opposite Damon's Jason Bourne. Renner appears to be very much for it all. Renner is quoted saying, "I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active." He adds, "I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan." Later in the article, on the subject of the potential team-up, »
- HitFix Staff
"...when 'Tony Stark' tries to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including 'Iron Man', 'Captain America', 'Thor', 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Black Widow' and 'Hawkeye', are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.
"As the villainous 'Ultron' emerges, it is up to 'The Avengers' to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
"Together with »
- Michael Stevens
"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' needing a break from stopping threats, 'Tony Stark' creates 'Ultron', a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark's 'Iron Legion'.
"However, things quickly go awry when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth..."
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'. »
- Michael Stevens
It's become something of a tradition now to get trailers for the follow summer's big films in November and December. And it looks as if the promo for one of the biggest is going to shoot out of the traps first.
If reports are to be believed, Joss Whedon is putting together the first trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which is set to play alongside Christopher Nolan's upcoming Interstellar. Given that Interstellar is released on November 7th, that would put The Avengers 2 trailer just over a month away.
The news broke courtesy of a presentation given by Warner Bros in Russia, that was reported at Film Pro. Obviously, it's not been confirmed, nor would we expect it to be. But it does make sense. »
Even though Avengers: Age of Ultron is yet to be released, or even have its first trailer, many Marvel fans are speculating into what may be included in Avengers 3. Without a doubt Marvel is currently on a roll with their movies. They are both loved by fans and critics alike and making a splash at the box office. The trend with some successful movies at the moments in to split them into two. This allows the studio to make more money, which many people will call selling out but sometimes it can be justified. Sometimes a film can’t be long enough to explore everything the filmmakers want to explore so splitting the film in two helps.
Many people will go on to say that they disagree with Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows being split in two, »
- Thomas Roach
With Avengers: Age of Ultron set to bring the curtain down on Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this coming May, it’s surely only a matter of time before Marvel Studios kicks off the marketing campaign for Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated sequel. And, if FilmPro is to be believed, we’ll be getting the first trailer for the film alongside the release of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi epic Interstellar, which opens in theaters on November 7th.
The first teaser for 2012’s The Avengers was released in October on 2011, and with Marvel Studios set to have a presence at the New York Comic-Con in a fornight (which will include the unveiling of Marvel’s first Netflix series Daredevil), I personally wouldn’t be surprised if we see the first trailer for Age of Ultron some time in the next two or three weeks. But, we shouldn’t have »
- Gary Collinson
Easter eggs are little in jokes and references that only fans of a property will really recognize most of the time. A number of television shows feature them (Fringe has several, including a nod or two to The X-Files). Buffy and Angel, however, are just full of them.
That’s not surprising. Buffy and Angel’s writing team, and production company Mutant Enemy, were some of the most meticulous planners around, often plotting episodes (or at least plot points) years in advance. To put that in comparison, many shows are just write-as-you-go, down-to-the-wire productions with scripts coming in just weeks in advance of episodes shooting. And while Buffy had its share of last minute changes, the forethought of the writers was simply unparalleled in prime time television at the time (and for the most part, since).
A large part of that can be laid at the feet of »
- Jay Anderson
Will we see the first teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron in late October or early November? That's what a new Russian website is claiming, as they confirm that the first footage from this highly-anticipated Marvel sequel will be attached to Interstellar, in theaters November 7th.
This, of course, has not been confirmed by Marvel or Disney. FilmPro Russian recently attended a Cinema Expo held in their country, where the information was revealed during a Warner Bros. exhibit. Translated, this is what they claim:
It has been speculated that Marvel and Disney are planning a marketing strategy for Avengers: Age of Ultron that is similar to the first Marvel's The Avengers. The full-length trailer for that blockbuster debuted in October of 2011, a year before the film's release. »
Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have settled their long-running copyright dispute over characters he created for the studio. This comes just days before the matter was to be taken to the Supreme Court.
This is their joint statement:
"Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Jack Kirby's significant role in Marvel's history."
Jack Kirby was a 'work-for-hire' who helped Stan Lee create some of the biggest characters in the Marvel universe, most of which are now either raking in big bucks on the big screen or soon headed there. He held no rights to such famous works as Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the original X-Men and a number of other characters both well-known and obscure.
The settlement between Disney, Marvel and the Jack Kirby estate is confidential. »
In the latest Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at the recently announced Deadpool movie – possibly starring Ryan Reynolds – William Shatner’s invovlement in Robert Orci’s Star Trek 3, the latest update on the Power Rangers movie, Ridley Scott talks on Prometheus 2 And Blade Runner 2, Jeremy Renner teases a Hawkeye appearance in Captain America 3 and much, much more…
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…will star Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) alongside regular cast members Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier). He will next be seen in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (official synopsis time…), the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When »
- Oliver Davis
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Gotham, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Arrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America 3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, The Defenders, Avengers Assemble, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Powers and more….
Fox got the new small screen superhero TV season underway this past Monday with the premiere of the hotly-anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham, which enjoyed strong ratings, pulling a 3.2 rating with adults aged 18-49, and 8.2 million viewers from its highly competitive time slot. The pilot episode seemed to have a lot of admirers, although Flickering Myth’s Anthony Stokes and Anghus Houvouras were both unimpressed – check out their reviews here and here. And looking ahead, we’ve got three promos for the second episode entitled ‘Selina Kyle’, which you can see here and here, »
- Gary Collinson
Rumour has is that Robert Downey Jr. will say goodbye to the character of Tony Stark after just two more movies, the first of which is next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, followed by a third Avengers film expected in 2017/2018. Many cannot imagine anyone else taking over the iconic role. However, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has suggested that the role will eventually be recast and this will be a continual process as seen with long-standing franchies such as James Bond and Doctor Who. But Kevin Feige has also expressed the possibility of introducing new Avengers and phasing old ones out, giving characters a definitive ending and avoiding the need to recast.
Despite his immense popularity as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. recently stated in an interview that as an actor playing a character, »
- Thomas Roach
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