MARVEL MADNESS #7: Ryan Reynolds IS AWESOME, CIVIL WAR Updates, An APOCALYPSE Is Coming, And More!


So prepare yourself for a mountain worth of Marvel news coming to you! We have a vast amount of all things Marvel related this week. We're talking Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War, Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, and a hell of a lot more!

So enjoy!!

DEADPOOL NEWS


Ryan Reynolds took a break from getting hit in the face as Wade Wilson to make a young fan's day. 15-year-old Calista King paid a visit to the Deadpool set last week, and not only scored a sweet looking sword but was also given a walk-on part in the movie. Reynolds also posted a second image of the Merc With a Mouth relaxing in front of that cheesy electronic fire. By the sounds of things, the bearskin rug must have picked up a couple of stains.




Back in March, Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) told MTV that he would be interested in appearing in the new Deadpool movie, and now the film's star Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) has been asked if Wolverine will "pop up."

"God I hope so, that would be really nice," Reynolds told the Australian website news.com.au while promoting Woman In Gold. "I dunno, we’ll see. It seems like he’s open to it, but it’s gonna be more of a scheduling issue than anything else."

In the comics, Wolverine and Deadpool have intertwining backstories and beyond that they have done plenty of verbal and physical sparring. Plus, the two actors are close friends. That friendship began on the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), which is the first time Ryan Reynolds played Wade Wilson/Deadpool.

The image below (which we've had to split into two unfortunately) is featured in this month's edition of Empire Magazine, and as you can see, it gives us yet another great look at Ryan Reynolds in costume as Deadpool. This hopefully means Empire will have a cover story on the movie in an upcoming issue as we still don't know a huge amount about the movie despite a ton of set photos finding their way online recently.



While taking a short break from leaping dramatically over moving cars and murdering Mario Lopez, Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds had the chance to make one young fan's dream come true. Tony Acevedo is currently fighting against Hodgkin's Disease, and recently got the chance to visit the Vancouver set to meet Reynolds and the crew - courtesy of the Make A Wish Foundation.
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Reynolds went to Instagram to show his feet but not his feet, Deadpool's ones!



Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller, and stars Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa Carlysle), T.J. Miller (Weasel), with Ed Skrein, and Brianna Hildebrand (Ellie Phimister). The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on February 12, 2016.

MOVING ON TO CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR 


According to Lainey Gossip, who has been nonchalantly dropping some interesting tidbits about the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now, the aforementioned African Market sequence is actually the "first big action set piece of the movie [...] that kicks off the Civil War." Apparently, there will be a lot of innocent civilians killed amid the battle between Cap's new Avengers team and Crossbones, which seems to be the "international incident" mentioned in the official synopsis that will ultimately cause the world governments to enforce some control over superhero activity.

About the Winter Soldier, Lainey Gossip reveals that he will be "the touchstone of the conflict" in Captain America: Civil War especially considering secret identities are not as big of an issue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they are in the "Civil War" comic book storyline. Many have been wondering just how Bucky will factor into the superhero-packed adaptation, but we know from Avengers: Age of Ultron that he's still being sought out by Captain America. And it's been said that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)  "may be using the government registration" to also help track down the brainwashed super soldier who assassinated his parents, as revealed in The Winter Soldier.

Furthermore, it was recently reported that the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) will also be hunting down the Winter Soldier for reasons currently unknown, but Lainey Gossip adds that Crossbones also wants the Winter Soldier, or rather his "HYDRA pet," back under his control. The source then dropped this very intriguing nugget: "Civil War is a critical moment for Sebastian Stan and Bucky Barnes—he has to get everyone on his side by the end of this movie, because his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a lot bigger."


After visiting the set of Captain America: Civil War over the past few days, star Jeremy Renner, who played the awesome & badass Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, officially suited up this week to shoot his first scenes in the Marvel epic. To celebrate the occasion, Renner shared two behind-the-scenes snaps of him on set, one of which may have revealed an updated logo for the movie. Check out his tweets below:




Perhaps the most exciting thing to come out of last week's batch of photos from the Civil War set was our first look at Frank Grillo in costume as the villanous 'Crossbones'. Evidently filming some sort of stand-off against Chris Evans' Captain America and more than a few of his Avengers pals, this appeared to be one of the movie's earlier action sequences (although there's really no way of telling for sure at the moment). Fans excited to see more of Brock Rumlow may be about to be a little disappointed though, thanks to a recent post from the actor's official Instagram account:

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While this isn't official confirmation by any means, Grillo's post appears to signal the end of his time on set. This would suggest that the masked villain will have a somewhat limited role in the sequel. Given the sheer size of the Civil War cast, this is hardly surprising, with most of the film expected to feature the heroes of the MCU at odds with one another - as opposed to facing off against a more conventional villain like Crossbones.

It's also possible that he's just waving goodbye to Atlanta, before moving on to film scenes at a different location.


Images of Damion Poitier filming a scene in what appears to be the set of Captain America: Civil War have surfaced online. For those who aren't aware, Poitier first appeared in The Avengers as Thanos, making this Civil War appearance the second time in the MCU for the actor/stuntman.



We could only guess who he's playing or what he's up to. Based on the super cool set pics which made the rounds earlier this month, the assumption is that Poitier's scene is set in the same African market where all those fight scenes happened.

Aside from playing character roles, it's worth noting Damion Potier also happens to be a professional stuntman so this scene could very well be a stunt scene. However, it's also worth noting that back in July of 2014, Poitier went on the record stating that he and Marvel have been in talks of an undisclosed role. Now July 2014 may seem so far back to where we are now but given how these films were in development for God knows how long, this could be the role Poitier was talking about. If this is indeed that role, it may be meatier that we expect it to be considering how early it was set.

As of this writing, Poitier has been reached out to by a fan via Facebook but has declined to divulge any info. Whoever he's playing, it is very cool to see the former Mad Titan once again in the MCU.



While taking a break from battling Chris Evans' Super Soldier and the new Avengers team last week, actor Frank Grillo call into the 93.3 WMMR radio station to talk about his return as Brock Rumlow aka Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War. When asked about set photos revealing his full costume, Grillo said, "It's funny because people really responded to it - it went viral, trended [like crazy], so I've been getting phone calls." The Winter Soldier actor then joked that his supervillain character is actually his alter-ego. "Crossbones is a violent, violent villain in these series," he said with a laugh. "And I finally feel I've been understood now. I feel complete; [people] get me."

Frank Grillo was then asked about the many filming locations for Captain America: Civil War, which includes Iceland among others. "My part of it is down here in Atlanta, but I think they are going off to Berlin for a little while," he explained. Speaking of his filming schedule, Grillo posted on Twitter last week that he had wrapped his scenes in Atlanta. And while this led many to believe that he would be killed off early in the movie, the actor's latest tweet may lay that speculation to rest. "To answer all those who think #Crossbones is done....... Don't get caught [with] your guard down," Frank Grillo tweeted earlier today along with the #MayhemNeverDone #x hashtags.

Anyhow, back at his 93.3 WMMR interview, Frank Grillo talked a bit about the ensemble cast of Captain America: Civil War. "[These movies] film for months and months and there's a lot of characters, so It's great fun." he started. "And everybody down here gets along real well. Me, Evans, Anthony Mackie, and Jeremy Renner were hanging out last night, having some food. Just a bunch of cool guys getting a chance to be eight-year-olds for a little while."


In other interesting Captain America: Civil War news, Paul Bettany, who is set to reprise his beloved Avengers: Age of Ultron role as the Vision, recently tweeted that he has arrived in Atlanta, Georgia to start shooting. Furthermore, several "Bidder" roles have been added to the cast on the Internet Movie Database which implies there will be some sort of auction scene in the highly-anticipated Marvel movie. Playing the "Auctioneer" is actor Ray Sahetaphy from The Raid movies.


In Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) use the flash drive to track a mysterious signal coming from Steve's old military training base Camp Lehigh in Wheaton, New Jersey. When they get there they soon discover a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker.

In the animatic, there are some slight changes as well as some significant ones.

There are several flashbacks to Steve's skinnier self, while the film only used one.

In the film, they come across photographs of Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Col. Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones). In the animatic, Col. Phillips' photograph is on the ground and Steve cleans off the dust that has gathered on it and re-hangs it on the wall.

When they activate a supercomputer containing the preserved consciousness of Arnim Zola (voiced by Tobey Jones), they are informed by Arnim that Hydra grew inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that threats like Howard Stark were killed off. In the film, it shows Winter Soldier being involved with Howard's death, but that isn't the case in the animatic.

Originally, Arnim was going to reveal that Baron von Strucker is now in charge of Hydra, but that reveal was left for the post-credits scene.

In the film, Zola stalls Steve and Natasha so that an airstrike can kill them, which will also destroy his computer-self. But, in the animatic Zola isn't okay with sacrificing himself and tries to make a deal with Steve. He'll help them escape if Steve clicks a switch that will allow his consciousness to escape the bunker and go onto the internet. Before pulling the switch, Steve demands Zola tell him about Project Insight, which he does. This is the information that Agent Sitwell gives them in the film. After that, Steve keeps his word and frees Zola. He then escapes with Natasha through a secret passage, instead of jumping into a hole and shielding himself and Natasha with his shield as they did in the film.

The animatic was created by James Rothwell, based on storyboards by Philip Keller.





Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Martin Freeman, Captain America: Civil War is set for release on May 6, 2016.

X-MEN NEW NOW


Bryan Singer has taken to Instagram to reveal that Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are now on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, and the photo below...tells us nothing! There are obviously a lot if questions about the characters in the movie that we have though, including whether or not Beast will remain in that form for the entire thing this time around or will again be able to control it.

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The supremely talented Oscar Isaac was recently a guest on the Monkeys Fighting Robots podcast recently and briefly touched on his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse. On the latter, Isaac confirmed that he's already begun filming for Apocalypse and that he's still digesting the script and developing his take on the character.  "I’ve been reading the script a lot and trying to come at for me, a interesting angle. Definitely focusing on the fact he is the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of god and that energy going in. We’re playing with that. What we are trying to do is make his philosophy and what his mission is, one that is both simple but also holds water, that really makes sense throughout the whole movie. I think Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer, we’ve been able to come up with something very cool."




2016 is a crowded and incredibly exciting year for superhero movies, but one release which is flying somewhat under the radar is Gambit, an X-Men spinoff starring Channing Tatum. The actor landed the role after making it clear in interviews how interested in the Cajun character he is, and Fox are currently in the process of hunting for a director. So, just how excited is the actor about the movie?

"I love Gambit," Tatum says in the latest issue of Empire Magazine. "I grew up in the South; my father's from Loiuisiana. We'd go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He's kind of a tortured soul and he's not a good guy. But he's not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!" It sounds like the movie is going to be pretty faithful to the comic books then, but that's not a huge surprise what with X-Men scribe Chris Claremont writing its treatment.

As for the current status of Gambit, the actor added: "Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it's killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It's always about saving the world (Laughs), but maybe we're going to shift things a liittle but. There's so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians of the Galaxy route. All I can say is, I'm super excited." 


Who is Caliban? He's a mutant with the ability to sense other mutants within a 25 mile radius, and as well as being a Morlock, Caliban has been a member of X-Factor and X-Force. However, it's his relationship with Apocalypse which will no doubt come into play in X-Men: Apocalypse. As a Morlock, the character looked pretty emaciated and unimpressive, but he later transformed into a far more impressive figure when he decided to align himself with Apocalypse.

According to ComicVine, "For a while Caliban was known as Hellhound, but was later officially announced as Death, Archangel's replacement in Apocalypse's Horsemen. He would use his enhanced senses and strength to locate more mutants for Apocalypse, and his personal anger and rage to punish his enemies." How much of this will factor into X-Men: Apocalypse remains to be seen.

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Well, this is very interesting. The Pepsi sign definitely appears to indicate that the scene below(thanks to Empire) from X-Men: Apocalypse is taking place in the 1980s rather than a desolate future of some sort, and it looks like Cyclops and Jean Grey are wearing costumes which are at least somewhat similar to the uniforms the youngsters have in the pages of All-New X-Men. Hey, at least it's not black leather anyway. Who they're battling isn't clear (Archangel seems like a likely candidate) or what that structure is, but common sense says it all has something to do with the movie's titular villain!


Photographer Melissa Paradis has managed to get some very nice snaps of a few of the cast members of X-Men: Apocalypse in and around the Montreal set of the movie. As you can see they're clearly not gearing up to shoot anything here, but, unlike Alexandra Shipp who's covering her (presumably) white hair with a hat, Olivia Munn's purple-tinted do is on full display as she pets her pooch. Hopefully we'll get some pics of theese guys in costume over the next few days.







X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), will hit theaters on May 27, 2016 and stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Ben Hardy (Angel), Olivia Munn(Psylocke), Lucas Till(Havok) and Lana Condor (Jubillee).

FANTASTIC FOUR NEWS


A new international look at Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot has been released it is mostly made up of footage from earlier trailers, but there are some previously unseen shots of Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and the Thing getting used to their burgeoning abilities. 



So begins Michael B. Jordan's letter (via EW) in response to the backlash his casting in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot received. His character, Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch, was a white guy in the comics so even though Jordan had proven himself a fine actor with roles in the likes of Fruitvale Station and Chronicle, this was always going to be a problem for raci..., err, purists. The actor had commented on this previously in interviews, but this the first time he's come out with a full, in-depth response.

He goes on to say that he's stopped being bothered by the negativity, and can see everyone's perspective when it comes to going against 50 years of comic book continuity. "But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961," he continues. "Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?"

"You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”
"Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.
To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it."

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Directed by Josh Trank, The Fantastic Four reboot stars Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Woman, and Jamie Bell as the Thing. The film is scheduled for release on August 7, 2015.

AGENT CARTER & AGENTS OF SHIELD NEWS


Iain DeCaestecker & Nick Blood had the following conversations talking about the future of Agents of SHIELD in the upcoming third season!


"Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) embarks on a deadly new secret mission to protect the world from new threats in the wake of SHIELD's wars with Hydra and a rogue faction of Inhumans."


Some good news for Agent Carter fans here. Actress Haley Atwell has revealed that the upcoming second season of the show will run for 10 episodes - 2 more than its debut season. Peggy and co. are set to return to our screens during Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s midseason hiatus, but there's no word on whether the extra couple of Agent Carter episodes will have any bearing on the length of the third season of Marvel's flagship series.

Atwell also says that she'll be crashing the Atlanta set of Captain America: Civil War next week, but she's most likely just kidding since we know that.


“Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.”


When it came to boarding ABC’s Marvel limited series Agent Carter as composer, Christopher Lennertz, who had an interview with Deadline, already had the job before the cameras rolled. More specifically, he served as composer for the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter short that was included on the Avengers DVD. The short’s director, Marvel copresident Louis D’Esposito, also helmed Agent Carter’s first episode and served as the series executive producer.

What made Lennertz—a 2006 Emmy nominee for his Supernatural score—the lead contender for the gig was his experience with 1940s-era military music as well as the spy genre sound, respectively accentuated in his scores for the Steven Spielberg World War II videogame Medal of Honor and the 2005 James Bond game From Russia with Love.

“They wanted the music to be smart and lush,” says Lennertz of the direction from the Marvel folk. “(Agent Peggy Carter) isn’t a superhero, but she’s a super spy, and the action music lives in the world of James Bond and Mission: Impossible.”

In exuding Carter’s spirit, Lennertz employed brass indicative of the big band era, specifically French horns for the action scenes, as well as strings. “Peggy is sexy and seductive and with the strings one can slip into espionage and tension,” explains the composer.

At one point, Lennertz’s orchestra numbered 60 members, including a Russian men’s choir for a folk choral piece used in episode five. But one of the most vital instruments that truly captured Carter’s aura was Lennertz’s use of the alto flute. “It feels like a strong woman’s voice, especially as she’s sneaking around” he says of the instrument heard frequently in composer John Barry’s Bond scores. “It also has that spy quality. Peggy is a real ’40s woman—curvy and strong. She can hold a machine gun with the best of them.”

JESSICA JONES NEWS

A couple of weeks ago, Netflix unveiled the latest synopsis for A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which is currently filming in New York and should wrap sometime in July. Since then, however, things have been relatively quiet besides some set photos.

With the show nearing the end of production, that should change soon enough. We should be getting an official logo soon, if not a concept poster, and possibly an official still or two to get fans excited for the release later this year. (As of right now, there is no official release date although it is looking like it'll be in November or December.)

For now, we have a few photos of Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and David Tennant (Purple Man), thanks to the DailyMail, on set to hold us over.







Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need... especially if they're willing to cut her a check.

RANDOM TIDBITS


The Amazing Spider-Man Universe is dead. Andrew Garfield will no longer be playing Peter Parker when the wall-crawler makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, and Sony's spinoff plans have been put on the back burner while Kevin Feige looks to repair the damage they did to the franchise.

One idea thrown around by Sony was a female led spinoff, and some "Sony Hack" emails actually addressed the possibility or bringing Emma Stone back as either Spider-Gwen or - seriously - Carnage. That could still happen, and when MTV News caught up with the actress, they asked her if she would be interested in taking on the role. It sounds like she very much is, and while Stone points out that a lot of moving parts would have to come together to make it happen, Marvel and Sony would no doubt have a hit on their hands if they moved forward with Spider-Gwen.

The video is also well worth a watch to see Bradley Cooper's complete befuddlement at the name as he questions why she would be called Spider-Gwen when Spider-Man isn't called "Spider-Peter".



Latino-Review.com reported, and backed up by El Mayimbe, that Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game) had been cast as the new Spider-Man. After that news broke several trades denied Butterfield got the part, but did verify he is the frontrunner.

That same day, a link to that story was posted on Reddit. Nothing unusual about that, except for the fact that Asa Butterfield himself dropped in and made two comments, which he later deleted. He did so using the screename "Stimpers," which he verified for an AMA years back.

Because Butterfield hasn't appeared in a lot of projects over the past few years, many outlets have been using old images of the actor when he was much shorter. This has led to a misconception about his height, which Butterfield clarified.

He then deleted those comments. Why? Notice how he didn't confirm nor deny the report. Was he instructed by Marvel or his agent to delete them?

Source: Comicbook.com


And those aren't the first comments Asa has made regarding Spider-Man on Reddit. Here's two more comments (screengrabs) he made months back.

Source: Comicbook.com

Source: Comicbook.com


Some audition tapes were going around for season two of Daredevil, and they appear to be for fan-favourite character Elektra. They're looking for actresses with martial arts and dance experience, and the two featured here both have very exotic looks.

As you can see, there is no videos here as they have now been removed from many video sites, adding some weight to the speculation that they were meant for the role of Elektra.

Elektra for the uninitiated is a lethal scarlet assassin. Daredevil's most fearsome enemy as well as his former lover and most renowned as being the greatest assassin in the world.


A few weeks ago, we heard reports that Marvel were interested in hiring director Ava DuVernay to helm one of their upcoming Phase 3 movies - widely rumored to be either Black Panther or Captain Marvel. The Wrap, who originally broke the news, recently sat down with actor David Oyelowo, who received a Golden Globe nod for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in DuVernay's Selma. The actor insisted that a studio like Marvel would be "smart" to hire his longtime colleague:

“The thing about Ava is everything she touches she elevates. She bakes into it who she is. So, if Marvel is as smart and as brave to go on that journey with Ava, I’m personally the first in line to see what she does with that. I think she’s going to take it in directions that are both exciting and provocative, and different to what you’ve seen thus far. It’s always going to be a Marvel movie, but she is so singular as a director that I think her, plus that brand is an exciting idea.”

While Oyelowo did seem very excited to see his friend join up with the world of CBMs, he himself appeared to be a little more hesitant about the idea of starring in one:

“For me personally, I tread with caution around the notion of those kinds of characters. Depending on which one of them you’re playing, there’s always a danger you’re going to get so identified with this larger than life character, that it could become tougher for audiences to believe you in other roles.”
Check out some fantastic Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art that was recently posted by Marvel Studios' conceptual designer Josh Herman, and the visual effects company MPC (Moving Picture Company).

Josh uploaded the work he did on Iron Man's Mark 45 armor (along with Phil Saunders), Hulkbuster armor (along with Josh Nizzi), the villainous Ultron (along with Ryan Meinerding and Charlie Wen) and various designs for the peacekeeping robots known as the Iron Legion.

MPC released four images featuring designs for the interior of Avengers Tower, formerly known as Stark Tower. We got a good look at during the party scene that Ultron (voiced by James Spader) crashed. What a party pooper.













And that is that for another Marvel Madness. Hopefully you are all stocked up on all things Marvel for this week! Check back next week for more!

PEACE!!

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