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While we reportted last month on the possibility of one of 2009's hottest actors appearing in an upcoming superhero film, it appears that has not come to pass. Movieline recently spoke with The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner, who revealed that he in fact will not be appearing as Hawkeye in Thor. Here's an excerpt from the site's interview with the actor.That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want to do these things - they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who's writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort »
It's out with the old and in with the new as 2009 transitions into 2010 in just a few short hours. There's no question that it's been a fantastic, crazy and occasionally tumultuous year for comic book fans thanks to film releases like "Watchmen" and compelling news stories regarding "Iron Man 2," "Green Lantern" and others.
But all of that is in the past now. It's time to look forward at what we can expect in the new year. There are still many announced comic book movies and television shows that lack official casting, but with some of these projects heading into production in 2010, it's only a matter of time before the secrets are revealed.
While we all have our own favorite franchises and characters, these are the five heroes and villains I'm dying to see cast in 2010.
- Josh Wigler
By now you probably all know who Kevin Feige is - if not, he's the current President of Marvel Studios and is now responsible for bringing us Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers. He began his Marvel career as associate producer on Bryan Singer's X-Men in 1998, even though it didn't hit theaters until 2000. Now a decade later he looks back at how comic book movies have become so much more than just a fad and how there's so much more in store in their future. "As the year 2000 dawned, Marvel Comics had only recently escaped bankruptcy and the company's future stood on shaky ground at best. Flash forward 10 years." "With landmark achievements in film, animation, publishing and digital media behind it, Marvel not only solidified its hold on the comic book world, [but] it established itself as an incredibly successful worldwide entertainment brand with few peers." »
- Alex Billington
With Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, Thor rumors have been flying around the Internet for a month now, with Renner saying recently that he hasn't "heard anything". Yesterday, Renner explained to Movieline how the rumors started and why he's probably not playing Hawkeye after all.
That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want to do these things — they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who's writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The »
- Ryan Gowland
Director Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk may not have been the smash hit that its Marvel Studios cousin Iron Man turned out to be, but it still made a hefty profit at the box office. And with both of the Hulk's antagonists — Gen. "Thunderbolt" Ross (played by William Hurt) and Emil "Abomination" Blonsky (Tim Roth) — still alive and well at the end of the movie, the stage is set for a sequel.
Leterrier has gone on the record as saying he would be interested in revisiting the Hulk, whether in a sequel or in The Avengers movie, a team that the Hulk helped create in the Marvel comic books. Also, Edward Norton, who portrayed Bruce Banner, the man who becomes the Hulk, has expressed interest in reprising the role, assuming he has the time in his schedule.
In the most recent Hulk news, Roth told MTV that he has »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Although I have no real problem with the idea of Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye in another of he endless Marvel Comics adaptations, the Hurt Locker star and possible Best Actor nominee says there's nothing to the rumor that launched about a month ago. At the time, Renner admitted he'd been sent the script to Thor, in which Hawkeye is set to be introduced prior to a larger role in The Avengers.
"Hawkeye could be interesting," Renner said in November. "I think they're pretty awesome, trying to make superhero movies almost plausible and not just some fantasy thing."
Now, however, the actor says it was just an exploratory part of the process and that he's not going to be playing the character at all. Telling Movieline that his friendship with Avengers writer Zak Penn gave him an early look at what would be planned for the character, Renner explains, "The only »
- Colin Boyd
Amidst the excitement of certain A-list actors — Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson — possibly appearing in The Avengers movie together, it’s easy to forget that Academy Award-nominee Tim Roth is also hanging around the Marvel movie universe.
Roth, of course, played the villain Emil Blonsky in 2008’s Incredible Hulk. Despite ultimately getting his Abominable behind whipped by the Green Goliath, the character could conceivably return to cause more trouble for Bruce Banner/Hulk. The question is, besides an Incredible sequel (which might happen, even if Incredible Hulk only grossed about $260 million worldwide), could we potentially see Blonsky appear in such films as the upcoming Avengers or Thor?
In a recent interview with MTV, Roth said he’s signed on for two more films, but doesn’t know where that deal will ultimately lead. However, he pointed out that Incredible Hulk definitely ties into Iron Man, and that those »
Don’t go fitting Jeremy Renner with purple tights just yet. It appears the Hurt Locker actor is no sure thing to play Hawkeye, the master marksman of Marvel Comics' 'Avengers' universe.
Just a few weeks ago, we reported Renner was a leading candidate to play the character, who would likely make his debut in the upcoming Thor. According to Renner, he had become friends with Zak Penn, one of the writers for the upcoming Avengers movie, and their conversations occasionally turned to Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye.
"We've become friends over time and [Penn] was thinking maybe Hawkeye could be interesting. He sounds like an interesting character," Renner had told Empire.
In a recent interview with Movieline, Renner didn’t necessarily double-back on all the talk connecting him to Hawkeye, but made clear he is not officially on-board. He also said the character is not a lock to appear in 2011’s Thor, »
Last month The Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner spoke quite openly about possibly playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, and maybe Thor. The internet seemed pretty welcoming of this casting as many thought he would be perfect for the role, however he was recently interviewed by Movieline and he revealed that it was blown a little [...] »
The Hurt Locker is one of the best movies of 2009 and its star, Jeremy Renner, has a bright future ahead of him. For us comic book movie fans, we hope that future involves Renner taking on the role of Hawkeye in some of the upcoming films by Marvel Studios.
Last month, the rumor of Renner playing Hawkeye made headlines everywhere following the glowingly positive reception of his performance in The Hurt Locker and an interview with Empire where the actor revealed that he went in to talk to Marvel about Captain America but instead ended up talking the character of Hawkeye. Nothing official came of it (that we know of) but if were to happen, he said that the character would likely appear in Thor and that he’d be honored to be looked at for franchise role such as this.
With this match made in Heaven, many thought it had to be the case. »
- Rob Keyes
A month ago, an offhand quote from The Hurt Locker lead Jeremy Renner seemed to position him as Hawkeye for Marvel's upcoming films like The Avengers, and consequently put the geek vultures into a frenzy. Now the actor says it was all for nothing, and that the role isn't his. We've heard these denials before, so the question is: do you believe him? In November, Renner told Empire that he'd been talking about two in-character appearances with Marvel. He also said, "Hawkeye could be interesting. They’re going to send me some stuff on it, see what it is." At the time the latter quote seemed like too little to really build expectations on, but the notion of the actor adding meat to what is likely to be a small role was too appealing to ignore entirely. Now in an interview with Movieline, Renner says there's no deal. That was »
- Russ Fischer
Watch a recent Associated Press interview with director Guy Ritchie on the film “Sherlock Holmes” by director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla, The Gamekeeper) and starring Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory, The Notebook), Jude Law (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Mark Strong (Robin Hood) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 2, The Avengers) as Sherlock Holmes. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Sherlock Holmes. Synopsis: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie stills and more from “Sherlock Holmes” from [...] »
- Brian Corder
While the title of this post is certainly no surprise to fans who know anything about the character of Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), what we weren’t sure on is whether or not she’d be a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Iron Man 2 specifically.
From the latest trailer for Iron Man 2, there is a hint that we’ll be seeing Scarlett Johansson’s Russian super spy join the side of good and work for Nick Fury and The Avengers during the story of this movie.
In the books, Natasha Romanoff is initially an enemy of Iron Man (her first mission in the Us involved her assassinating him) but defects to the United States from the Soviet Union. She starts with freelance work for S.H.I.E.L.D., »
- Rob Keyes
Rumor has it that director Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" was based on an original comic book concept. But even if that's not entirely true, there is absolutely no question that the latest "Holmes" adventure has plenty in common with the paneled page.
Between the film's director and the four principle actors in the movie, "Sherlock Holmes" has more than a few connections to comic book cinema. Read on for our rundown of some of the links between the cast and crew of "Sherlock Holmes" and the comic book community.
As if anyone needs a reminder, Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark, the leading man behind Marvel's "Iron Man" film franchise. Comic book fans recently got a taste of Downey's return to the role of Stark in the action-packed "Iron Man 2" teaser trailer. Beyond playing Ol' Shellhead in the "Iron Man" series and the upcoming "The Avengers, »
- Josh Wigler
While we have seen superhero teams on screen before in X-Men and Fantastic Four, we've not yet seen several heroes crossing over from their own films into one ensemble movie.
This will happen in The Avengers, the 2012 Marvel Studios team-up movie bringing together Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and possibly Hawkeye, Edward Norton's Hulk, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and others.
Staff at Marvel Comics are excited to see how the concept of uniting all those characters will work on the big screen.
In an interview with Newsarama, several of them have given their views on the Avengers film.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis, who for five years has been the 'architect' of the Avengers comic, is part of the creative committee that consults on movies in development at Marvel Studios, including The Avengers.
He told Newsarama: »
- David Bentley
With Iron Man 2 set for release next May and Kenneth Branagh's Thor ready to start filming in January, Marvel's next superhero project to get off the ground will be The First Avenger: Captain America.
A year after the film comes out in 2011, the stars-and-stripes supersoldier will go on to appear in team-up film The Avengers.
Director Joe Johnston recently joined the Captain America project after finishing work on horror remake The Wolfman, due out in February. No casting has been announced yet, though fans (and The Geek Files itself) have been putting forward lists of possible contenders.
But could it be filmed in the UK?...
In the latest tidbit, California-based props maker Independent Studio Services has hinted that the movie will be shot in Britain.
Actually, it's not such a 'Wtf! »
- David Bentley
JustJared got their hands on this stunning new photo of Ashley Greene from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” at the world premiere of “Sherlock Holmes” by director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla, The Gamekeeper) and starring Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory, The Notebook), Jude Law (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Mark Strong (Robin Hood) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 2, The Avengers) as Sherlock Holmes. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Sherlock Holmes. Synopsis: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the [...] »
- Brian Corder
While the folks on the DC Comics side of the aisle have had plenty of success through "The Dark Knight" and hope to achieve similar results with "Jonah Hex" and "Green Lantern," many eyes are understandably on Marvel's ambitious plan to link "Iron Man," "Thor" and "The First Avenger: Captain America" together in 2012's "The Avengers."
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada— who, alongside creators like Brian Michael Bendis, has had a notable level of involvement in Marvel's movie projects — spoke about what he believes separates Marvel Studios' output from other comic book films. In essence, it has everything to do with the comic book creators themselves.
"But the beauty of the Marvel films now, is that guys who work in comics are involved, »
- Josh Wigler
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law talk about team work at the New York premiere of the upcoming film “Sherlock Holmes” by director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla, The Gamekeeper) and starring Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory, The Notebook), Jude Law (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Mark Strong (Robin Hood) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 2, The Avengers) as Sherlock Holmes. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Sherlock Holmes. Synopsis: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie stills [...] »
- Brian Corder
2008 was clearly the year of Robert Downey Jr. And why not? The man has gone through a lot of personal adversity (granted, most of which was his own doing), but managed to pick himself up to re-establish himself and his career. The year started for him with two smash hits, Iron Man and Tropic Thunder, and then went on to give a solid performance in "The Soloist".
Now, 2010 seems to be set for another huge year for Downey. On Christmas day, just over a week away, the new film "Sherlock Holmes" will open. Then to kick off the Summer movie season in May, Downey returns as Tony Starks in "Iron Man 2".
So as we enter this season of Downey, I thought I'd take a moment to look back at his films up to this point, and offer my personal list of his best performances. (Remember, this is a list of his best performances, »
- John Campea
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