‘Captain Marvel’ Won’t Find a Director Until Next Year

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Originally, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige expected to have selected a director for the upcoming Captain Marvel film starring Brie Larson by the end of 2016 but it seems that is no longer the case. The studio has already met with filmmakers who could potentially direct the project, however, it was when Marvel only had an idea of what film they were going to make. Per a tweet from Variety reporter Justin Kroll, we now know the Marvel has a treatment being developed with plans to continue the selection process to choose the right director after the new year.

It’s good to know the studio is taking their time, making sure they develop a plan and get things right as opposed to other franchises that make their decisions based on audiences reactions to their films. The character of Captain Marvel is an incredibly important character as she will be Marvel’s first female superhero leading a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel is looking for someone who can do more than just look good while in action.

With Larson in the role, she will no doubt bring an emotional depth that could help the film transcend the superhero genre (even as fantastical as the character is — flying around blasting energy from her hands as she defends the earth from alien threats) and make the first female lead Marvel feature stand out as something more than just another comic book movie.

Captain Marvel is slated to hit theaters March 8, 2019.


‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel Already Has a Release Date

Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t swing into theaters until July 7, 2017, but with the Marvel/Sony joint production set to make truckloads of money, and a planned trilogy already in the works, the studios are wasting no time prepping the sequel to what could be Summer 2017’s biggest blockbuster.

Deadline reports the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters July 5, 2019.



Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailers Sling onto The Web


Marvel’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Next summer the web crawler slings into theaters in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first standalone film featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker. The film follows Peter as he balances his dual identity of a budding superhero while he navigates the everyday life of a teenager in high school. It will also introduce The Vulture (Michael Keaton), who finally makes his debut on the silver screen after having been rumored to appear in a Spider-Man film since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.

The domestic trailer made its debut tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live and an international trailer has been released as well (via Joblo).

An exclusive photo featuring an unmasked Peter has also been released via USA Today.

Spider-Man: Homecoming slings into theaters July 7, 2017.

The film stars Tom HollandMichael KeatonDonald Glover, Jacob BatalonZendayaMartin StarrMarisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. Written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Frances Daley. Directed by Jon Watts.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.




Ryan Reynolds Opens Up About David Leitch Directing ‘Deadpool 2’

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It came as a major shock when Tim Miller exited Deadpool 2 over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. With production set to begin this spring in order to meet a January 2018 release date, Fox had no time to waste finding a replacement director. The studio landed on David Leitch. Not only does Leitch have the action chops required to take on a superhero film a la John Wick and also Captain America: Civil War for which he served as a co-director on the film’s second unit, he also has experience working directly in the X-Men franchise at Fox as an action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well as directing the second unit on The Wolverine.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds opened up about Leitch coming on board to helm the sequel to what is the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time:

“Everbody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.” 

Deadpool didn’t just have comedy and action, it had style. Which is exactly what Leitch brings to the table. Not only that, with Leitch in the mix, the sequel has the potential to be a more thrilling follow-up to the merc with a mouth’s first outing. But the big question with Deadpool 2, after the first feature grossed truckloads of cash, winning over the executives at Fox, was whether or not the sequel would get a bigger budget.

In the same interview, Producer Simon Kinberg told EW that in order to hold on to the magic of the first film, the sequel needs to not go the route of other franchise blockbusters and up the ante but rather stay small and true to the original flick:

“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film. It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”

Kinberg’s words are refreshing. Deadpool 2 could have easily become just another comic book movie with Deadpool trying to stop some epic disaster but instead, it will go against that grain. One of the most impressive things about the first film was how incredible the film managed to look with an estimated budget of $58 million. With Miller out, Deadpool 2 needed a director who could achieve that same scale while still keeping it small and intimate and that’s exactly why Reynolds said Leitch was chosen to direct the film:

“Everybody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”

Deadpool 2 is set to hit theaters on January 12, 2018. But Fox isn’t stopping there. The studio is already developing a third feature with so that if the franchise goes as planned, Deadpool will be joined by the X-Force team in Deadpool 3.



New ‘Logan’ Photo Clarifies Richard E. Grant’s Role

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The marketing campaign for Hugh Jackman’s third and final outing as Wolverine is continuing to ramp up to the film’s release via social media. The official Instagram has dropped another substantial reveal confirming Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice.

The film features an older Logan on the run from Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the Reavers in the year 2024 as he protects and mentors Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen) A.K.A. X-23. The film also features a plot involving the government turning mutant children into killing machines in a top-secret government program called ‘Transigen’.

In the comics, Laura was the daughter of Dr. Sarah Kinney, who was a renowned mutant geneticist that was tasked with creating a clone of Wolverine after the top secret government program failed to recreate the Weapon X experiment.

After the program had failed, Kinney proposed they create a female clone due to the Y-chromosome of Logans genetic sample being damaged. Despite her superiors protégé, Dr. Zander Rice denying her, she went ahead and produced a female subject anyway ultimately convincing her superior, Dr. Martin Sutter to move forward with the experiment. Rice then forced Kinney to serve as a surrogate mother for the clone as punishment for her insubordination leading her to give birth to Laura.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Boyd Holbrook. Written by David James Kelly and Michael Green. Directed by James Mangold.

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.

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‘New Mutants’ Rumored To Begin Filming in May 2017

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With Bryan Singer exiting the X-Men franchise after the poorly received X-Men: Apocalypse and the contracts on James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence having expired, 20th Century Fox is rumored to be considering a reboot of the X-Men franchise.

Fox could be kicking off a new era of the franchise with New Mutants. Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars) has been developing the project for some time now with Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) rumored to star as Wolfsbane.

Per a new report from Le Journal de Montreal, the production office for the seventh installment of the X-Men franchise opened yesterday at MELS studios. Set construction for the film will begin in January with shooting to get underway in May lasting for several months.

It is unknown whether or not this could be a continuation of the current franchise or a reboot, however. Josh Boone retweeted Den of Geeks coverage on the story, teasing the film going into production could be New Mutants.

New Mutants seems like the perfect way to give the Fox’s X-Men universe the refresh it desperately needs in order to wash the bad taste of X-Men: Apolocaypse from audience’s mouths. The franchise needs a new lease on life brought to fruition by some new blood and rolling with a set of different characters is a smart way to go.

Fox recently set two release dates for untitled Marvel projects including November 2, 2018, and February 14, 2019. Considering Deadpool was originally released around Valentines Day, with the sequel set to hit theaters next January and Deadpool 2 & 3 shooting back to back, it’s likely Deadpool 3 will land in February 2019, leaving November 2018 open on the release calendar for New Mutants to make its debut.





‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Teaser; Trailer Coming Tomorrow

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The major films releasing next summer are all premiering their trailers in time to run next week when the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters and Marvel/Sony is making no exception with Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Sony Pictures revealed a teaser of the web-slinger who first made his debut in Captain America: Civil War this past weekend at CCXP and now that teaser has hit the web. The teaser reveals Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) giving Peter (Tom Holland) a case from Tony Stark which contains the the web wings upgrade for his suit.The web wings were first seen when Spider-Man made his very first debut in Amazing Fantasy #15.

The official trailer for the film will make its debut tomorrow night on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.

The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Donald GloverZendaya, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr., with a script penned by Jonathan Goldsteinand John Frances Daley. Directed by Jon Watts.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.




‘Iron Fist’ Showrunner to Take on ‘The Inhumans’


Just a month ago Marvel announced a groundbreaking partnership between IMAX and Disney/ABC Television Group to bring Marvel’s The Inhumans to the small screen. In an unprecedented move, the series will first see a theatrical debut exclusively in IMAX theaters on Labor Day 2017 for the first two episodes shot entirely with IMAX cameras. Following the theatrical debut, ABC will capitalize on The Inhumans by premiering extended versions of the first two episodes before beginning its fall run on September 26, 2017. Currently, the series is capped at eight episodes with subsequent action sequences also to be shot with IMAX cameras.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has signed on Iron Fist showrunner Scott Buck to bring The Inhumans to fruition. Buck is best known for his work on the final three seasons of the showtime drama Dexter. While the last three seasons of Dexter weren’t the greatest, the decision to hire Buck signals a confidence in him. Marvel must be very satisfied with the Iron Fist series which makes it’s debut on Netflix March 17, 2017.

The official press release for The Inhumans describes the superhero team as a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers. The Inhumans were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965.





5 New Images From ‘Iron Fist’ Spotlight The Heroes And Villains

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Netflix has released five new images from Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Iron Fist. The images showcase Danny Rand (Finn Jones), Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), and Marvel Netflix fan favorite Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). In addition, we also get a look at the children of Harold Meachum, villains Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward (Tom Pelphrey) Meachum.

In the comics, after years spent in the mythical city of K’un-Lun, Danny Rand— the son of Wendell Rand, co-founder of Rand-Meachum Inc.— returns home vowing revenge for the murder of his father at the hands of his business partner, Harold Meachum. Meachum saw an opportunity to take over control of Rand-Meachum and he seized it when he cut Wendell’s safety rope as the two were crossing a crevasse in the Himalayas on their way to K’un-Lun.

Iron Fist Premieres March 172017 on Netflix.

Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.







‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 Officially Announced



In the closing moments of the first season of Luke Cage, Luke (Mike Colter) was being carted off to prison after his true identity was revealed to the world. We knew it would only be a matter of time before his innocence was proven after Bobby Fish found the documents that would clear his name in Pop’s Barbershop. But in Luke Cage, the bad guys can win. And they did win. It’s obvious Luke has unfinished business with Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) at the end of the series so a second season featuring Marvel’s hero of Harlem seemed a no-brainer.

Today, Marvel made it official, taking to Facebook and Twitter to announce the culturally relevant series will indeed return for a second season. Unfortunately, a release date has not been set but we can rest assured Luke will be back to help accelerate the demise of the self-destructive villains of Harlem most likely sometime in 2018.

Luke will next be seen in 2017 when the team-up series, The Defenders hits Netflix. The series pits the street level heroes of the Netflix corner of the Marvel cinematic universe against a villainous Sigourney Weaver whose role is still a mystery.

Luke Cage season one is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

The series stars Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Rosario Dawson, Frank Whaley, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, and Alfre Woodard. Executive Produced by Cheo Hodari Coker.