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Samuel L. Jackson Once Wasn’t Completely Sure Nick Fury Would Stay Black in Marvel Films

Samuel L. Jackson Once Wasn’t Completely Sure Nick Fury Would Stay Black in Marvel Films
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most central figures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his role as Nick Fury. But Jackson wasn’t entirely convinced that the movie version of Nick Fury would resemble his comic book counterpart.

How Samuel L. Jackson reacted to Nick Fury looking exactly like him in the comics Samuel L. Jackson | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Jackson wasn’t immediately aware of his likeness being used for the Nick Fury character in the comic books Marvel produced. Jackson has always been an avid comic book reader and collector. So the actor first learned about Nick Fury’s sudden resemblance towards him while doing his routine comic book shopping.

“I still buy comic books, so I go to this store in L.A., Golden Apple, and I was in there one day and I’m passing the rack and I see this thing, The Ultimates, and I go,
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Toy Sales Took Control Of Spider-Man: The Animated Series' Season 1 Story

Toy Sales Took Control Of Spider-Man: The Animated Series' Season 1 Story
These days, Spider-Man is as ubiquitous as the Marvel Cinematic Universe of which he's a part. In recent years the character has come to fully realize his potential as an everyman hero by literally appearing as a multitude of varied characters across different forms of media. From Miles Morales to the many different incarnations of Peter Parker to emerge from the multiverse, Spider-Man has truly come into his own in the 21st century.

But back when I was a kid, there was nothing like the bevy of Spidey products on offer today. In fact, if you weren't reading the comics, there wasn't really much to delve into in the early '90s. Sam Raimi was yet to make his seminal movie saga, and James Cameron couldn't get his vision for the character off the ground after Carolco, the studio behind his action classic "Terminator 2," bought the rights and then went bust.
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Tim Miller Steps In For Eli Roth To Handle ‘Borderlands’ Reshoot As Roth Cooks Up Feature Version Of ‘Grindhouse’ Trailer ‘Thanksgiving’

Tim Miller Steps In For Eli Roth To Handle ‘Borderlands’ Reshoot As Roth Cooks Up Feature Version Of ‘Grindhouse’ Trailer ‘Thanksgiving’
Exclusive: After word circulated today on the fanboy sites that Eli Roth has been supplanted by Deadpool’s Tim Miller on the long gestating Lionsgate vidgame adaptation Borderlands, allow Deadline to lend a little insight to what is actually happening. Roth handed over the reins on two weeks of reshoots to his pal Miller, because he has to get going with Thanksgiving, the horror film based on a mock trailer that Roth made for the Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse film. Roth has not been fired, despite a flurry of speculative reports to the contrary.

The Thanksgiving trailer presented the gory teaser about a pseudo movie in which a slasher makes his own carving board out of the inhabitants of a Massachusetts town that makes a big annual fuss over on the annual turkey day. One of the pivotal scenes involved Roth himself, separated from his head while in the
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Why Ben Affleck's Daredevil Cameo Was Cut From Elektra

Why Ben Affleck's Daredevil Cameo Was Cut From Elektra
Here's why Ben Affleck's Daredevil/Matt Murdock cameo was cut from Elektra. While comic book movies once struggled to find success outside of the Batman or Superman franchises, they started taking off in a big way during the 2000s thanks to films like Spider-Man. Unfortunately, there was still a belief among studios that female-led superhero movies didn't work, which to them was reinforced by the failure of 2004's Catwoman starring Halle Berry or by 2005's Elektra. This was fronted by Jennifer Garner, who reprised the titular role from 2003's Daredevil, fronted by Ben Affleck.

This spinoff saw Elektra protect a young girl from a group of assassins. While reference is made to the events of Daredevil - including Elektra's death and resurrection - Affleck's Daredevil/Matt Murdock doesn't appear. This wasn't always the case, as a brief dream scene saw Murdock appear to Elektra in a dream, asking her
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‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Poster: How Many New Multiverse Web-Slingers Can You Spot?

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Poster: How Many New Multiverse Web-Slingers Can You Spot?
Miles Morales is about to encounter more Spider-People than he ever imagined. And thanks to a new poster for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” we know that includes the Scarlet Spider and even Spidercat. But if you look closely, you’ll spot even more.

The image, released Tuesday morning, once again places Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales at the center of the action. But, where he’s upside down, the rest of the Spider-Verse is right side up, and staring directly at you. And like we said, there are a lot of them. There are the obvious staples, like Hailee Steinfeld’s Spider-Gwen and Oscar Isaac’s returning Spider-Man 2099. But fans are pretty stoked to see some other variants, too.

To Miles’ left is someone who appears to be Ben Reilly, also known as Scarlet Spider. “When the Scarlet Spider comes to the silver screen, my time on this Earth is
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‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Trailer: Miles Morales Squares Off With Hundreds of Alt Spidies (Video)

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‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Trailer: Miles Morales Squares Off With Hundreds of Alt Spidies (Video)
The first trailer for Sony Picture Animation’s highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” really packs a punch.

The follow-up to the Oscar-winning animated hit shows our young hero, Miles Morales, squaring off with hundreds of alt Spider-Men across the multiverse.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” will be released in theaters on June 2, 2023.

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The official synopsis is as follows: “Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.
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‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Trailer: Miles Morales Swings Back Into View

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Trailer: Miles Morales Swings Back Into View
There’s always another multiverse to explore in the Spider-Man world. Following the record-smashing success of live-action “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the Sony-Marvel property lands another installment with animated “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” in theaters June 2, 2023.

The sequel to the 2018 Oscar-winning “Into the Spider-Verse” will focus on the romance between Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) while continuing the multiverse-bending action adventure. The film finds Miles and Gwen as they team up with other Spider-People “to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.” There will be more than 240 new characters introduced.

Issa Rae and Oscar Isaac join the ensemble cast, with Jake Johnson also reprising his previous Peter B. Parker role for the sequel. Jason Schwartzman voices new villain The Spot, inspired by an ink blob on canvas.

Soul” co-director Kemp Powers, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” director Joaquim Dos Santos, and
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‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Trailer: Dozens of Spider-Men Fight Miles Morales

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Trailer: Dozens of Spider-Men Fight Miles Morales
Get ready for another trip through the Spider-Verse.

Sony has unveiled the official trailer for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the sequel to its critically-acclaimed 2018 animated film “Into the Spider-Verse.”

The trailer begins with a slightly older Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) talking with his mom, who’s worried that he’s not her little boy anymore. After some flashbacks to the original movie, new footage shows off Miles and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) traveling through different universe and running into dozens of alternate Spider-Men. There are also first looks at Issa Rae’s motorcycle-riding Spider-Woman, Jorma Taccone’s high-flying villain Vulture and Oscar Isaac’s brutal Spider-Man 2099.

After a touching message from Miles’ mom, the trailer cuts to the young hero being attacked by dozens of alternate Spider-Men while web-slinging around. It seems like things are a bit different in Spider-Man 2099’s world, as he and Gwen argue over who are the real heroes.
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Why Marvel Studios Can't Give Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's Namor His Own Solo Movie (Yet)

Why Marvel Studios Can't Give Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's Namor His Own Solo Movie (Yet)
When a character shows up in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, it's usually to set them up for a spin-off. After the debut of Riri Williams/Ironheart (Dominique Thorne) in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," she's set to head to Disney+. However, you shouldn't hold your breath for a solo project about the movie's true break-out star: Namor the Sub-Mariner (Tenoch Huerta Mejía).

Now, Namor almost assuredly will be returning; the ending of "Wakanda Forever" all but promises that. However, it will be in another supporting role, not a headlining one. The reason why? The movie rights to Namor's character are split between Marvel Studios and Universal. This means that the two studios are in a deadlock; neither can make a Namor solo movie on their own because neither has the complete legal right to.

Let's explore the specifics of this rights-sharing deal, the history behind it, and its creative implications.
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Why ‘Wakanda Forever’ Villain Namor Won’t Get His Own Standalone Marvel Movie

Why ‘Wakanda Forever’ Villain Namor Won’t Get His Own Standalone Marvel Movie
In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” we’re introduced to a fearsome new villain named Namor. Played by Mexican actor Tenoche Huerta, Namor comes from an undersea community, his life defined by subjugation and colonization. At one point, he explains the origins of his name: If amor means love, then he’s an outcast (a mutant) starved of affection. No amor. Namor. He’s without love, a loner. He’s also a loaner. Because Marvel Studios doesn’t actually control the character.

The situation around Namor harkens back to the pre-Marvel Studios/pre-Disney era of making movies out of Marvel Comics characters, before the studio streamlined and controlled intellectual property. Before Marvel Studios made “Iron Man” as its own independently produced film, the company was in the habit of licensing or selling off rights to characters to other studios — the X-Men went to Fox, Spider-Man went to Sony, etc.
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10 MCU Projects That Changed Their Direction Despite Initial Plans

10 MCU Projects That Changed Their Direction Despite Initial Plans
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is back in action with the newest entry Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which marks the 30th film in the entire franchise. From the inception of the MCU, the goal has always been to tell interconnected stories featuring pop culture's biggest superheroes.

Since Phase One, many projects have changed from their original plans. Over the years, various projects have been officially announced. However, that isn't an absolute guarantee it will come to fruition as some of them have been repurposed into television shows or plot points have been folded into other films.

Runaways

A Runaways film was announced in 2008 with creator Brian K. Vaughn set to co-write the film with Drew Pearce. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist filmmaker Peter Sollett was hired two years later with plans for the film to be a part of Phase Two. However, following the success of The Avengers, Pearce explained that
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The Sam Raimi Acting Role That Got Him Directing Spider-Man

The Sam Raimi Acting Role That Got Him Directing Spider-Man
Sam Raimi is known for his directorial style, but a big part of why he was chosen to direct Spider-Man was thanks to his acting. Raimi got his start making indie films in college with close friends like Scott Spiegel and Bruce Campbell, who Raimi would collaborate with regularly on future projects. Some of Raimi's hits include the Evil Dead series and a short unknown comedy film called Indian Summer. It was thanks to this last film that Raimi was brought on to direct Spider-Man, introducing the character to the big screen like never before and opening the door for superhero films that have dominated the box office ever since.

In Sean O'Connell's book With Great Power: How Spider-Man Conquered Hollywood During the Golden Age of Comic Book Blockbusters, O'Connell discusses how Sam Raimi went from directing horror to directing Spider-Man films. "[Indian Summer] made a lasting impression on producer Avi Arad,
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Kirsten Dunst Originally Thought She Was Playing Gwen Stacy In Spider-Man

Kirsten Dunst Originally Thought She Was Playing Gwen Stacy In Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst famously played Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, but she thought she was going to play Gwen Stacy – and she actually almost did. After spending years in development hell and coming across a number of obstacles, Spider-Man finally made the jump to the big screen in 2002 in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. The movie told the origin story of the web-slinger as Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) was bitten by a genetically engineered spider during a school trip, which granted him spider-like superpowers. Peter then took the identity of Spider-Man and started fighting crime in New York City.

In this first adventure, Spider-Man came across the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), and because that wasn’t enough, Peter was also dealing with a lot in his personal life, starting with the death of his uncle, Ben. Peter was also doing his best to survive through high school, and Spider-Man introduced his high school crush,
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Superhero Bits: When Captain America: New World Order Begins Filming, Secret Wars Rumors & More

Superhero Bits: When Captain America: New World Order Begins Filming, Secret Wars Rumors & More
(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)

In this edition of Superhero Bits:

Tom Holland's Spider-Man (unofficially) enters the Spider-Verse.

Get tickets to see "The Batman" live with an orchestra.

Getting to the bottom of a big "Secret Wars" rumor.

"Captain America: New World Order" begins filming in early 2024.

All that and more!

Batman: Arkham City Riddler From McFarlane Toys

The folks at McFarlane Toys have a riddle for you, DC fans. The toy-maker has revealed an upcoming figure in the form of this Riddler inspired by the version of the character from the "Batman: Arkham City" video game. For the moment, there is no word yet on pricing or a release date,
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Why Spider-Man Producer Is Unhappy About MCU & Sony Deal

Why Spider-Man Producer Is Unhappy About MCU & Sony Deal
Spider-Man producer Avi Arad blasts Marvel's deal with Sony, which allowed the comic book character to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man is one of Marvel's most beloved and iconic heroes, and once the MCU launched, audiences began clamoring for an appearance from their favorite webhead alongside the franchise's other heroes. Before Spider-Man appeared in the MCU, Sony had created five live-action Spider-Man movies with two different lead actors. Once Marvel Studios, Disney, and Sony came to an agreement to share the character, Tom Holland took up the mantle of Spidey and swung into the MCU in 2016, though Sony has continued to produce separate Spider-Man-adjacent content, including the Spider-Verse films and Sony's Spider-Man Universe comprised of the Venom movies, Morbius, and more.

The Direct has offered an early glimpse at the upcoming book With Great Power: How Spider-Man Conquered Hollywood during the Golden Age of Comic Book Blockbusters by Sean O'Connell,
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Daniel Kaluuya joins voice cast of ‘‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’

Daniel Kaluuya joins voice cast of ‘‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’
Daniel Kaluuya has joined the voice cast of the sequel ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

Kaluuya will take on the voice role of Hobart “Hobie” Brown, a.k.a. Spider-Punk.

The follow-up to ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ follows Miles Morales as Brooklyn’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, plunged into the multiverse where he joins forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-folks to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.

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Shameik Moore returns as Miles; Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099; Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen, Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ dad Jefferson Davis; Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mom Rio Morales; Issa Rae as Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman; Jorma Taccone as Vulture; Rachel Dratch; Shea Whigham; Greta Lee; and Jason Schwartzman as Spot.

Justin K. Thompson, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Kemp Powers are directing,
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‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’: Daniel Kaluuya Boards Sony’s Animated Sequel

‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’: Daniel Kaluuya Boards Sony’s Animated Sequel
Nope‘s Daniel Kaluuya is the newest addition to the voice cast of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-VerseSony’s follow-up to its experimental hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which grossed over 384M worldwide and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2019.

The actor joins an ensemble which will also include Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Greta Lee, Issa Rae, Rachel Dratch, Jorma Taccone, Shea Whigham, and Jason Schwartzman, as previously announced.

The original feature directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman watched as the teenage Miles Morales (Moore) became the Spider-Man of his universe, then joining with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat to all realities.

The new Spider-Man will be another epic adventure transporting Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood web-slinger across the Multiverse. He’ll again join forces in the new title with Gwen Stacy
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Daniel Kaluuya Cast in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ as Spider-Punk

Daniel Kaluuya Cast in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ as Spider-Punk
Daniel Kaluuya has gone from one Marvel world in Wakanda to another in Sony’s Spider-Verse.

The “Nope” star will join Sony Pictures’ animation film, sequel to the 2018 “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” as the voice of Hobart “Hobie” Brown, a.k.a. Spider-Punk.

The second film will follow Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who has taken on the mantle of Brooklyn’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, as he reunites with Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) to navigate the complicated web of the multiverse in the shadow of a new villain and team of Spider-People.

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Justin K. Thompson, Joaquim Dos Santos and Kemp Powers are directing the feature, which weavews into theaters on June 2, 2023. Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Christina Steinberg are producing. Lord and Miller will also be credited as writers on the film,
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Peter & Mary Jane Were Broken Up In Raimi's Spider-Man 4

Peter & Mary Jane Were Broken Up In Raimi's Spider-Man 4
Had Spider-Man 4 been produced, the film would have seen Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson broken up after the events of the third film. Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy helped push the superhero movie genre forward with bringing to life one of the greatest comic book characters with actor Tobey Maguire. While the third film was a box office success, it was also somewhat divisive among fans, due to the handling of certain characters. The ending had Peter defeating the villains and losing his best friend, while his relationship with Mary Jane was left on an ambiguous, yet hopeful note that had audiences wondering if they were still happy together.

Spider-Man 4 entered development in 2008 and was set for a release sometime in 2011. Details were sparse, but actors John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway were set to be in the film as the characters Vulture and Black Cat. Following the
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Daniel Kaluuya Joins ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Voice Cast

Daniel Kaluuya Joins ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Voice Cast
Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya is swinging into Sony’s Spider-Verse.

The actor has joined the cast of Sony Pictures Animation’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” a sequel to the groundbreaking “Into the Spider-Verse” which also nabbed an Academy Award. He will be voicing the role of Hobart “Hobie” Brown, a.k.a. Spider-Punk.

The film follows Miles Morales as Brooklyn’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, plunged into the multiverse where he joins forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-folks to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered. Additional cast includes Shameik Moore as Miles; Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099; Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen, Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ dad Jefferson Davis; Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mom Rio Morales; Issa Rae as Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman; Jorma Taccone as Vulture; Rachel Dratch; Shea Whigham; Greta Lee; and Jason Schwartzman
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