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Benicio Del Toro Joins The Marvel Universe In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

How do you make sure people go see a movie featuring a sentient tree and a talking raccoon in space? A recognizable cast is a good start. Guardians of the Galaxy has been adding a bunch of intriguing names to its cast, including Zoe Saldana and Glenn Close, who will be playing the leader of the interplanetary cop organization the Nova Corps. But today’s announcement might be the most intriguing because of the promise that this actor has been cast in a role that will bring him into other Marvel movies. Benicio del Toro has joined the cast in what Deadline calls ‘a lead role.’



What part could this be? Some have been saying he’ll be playing Rocket Raccoon, which would actually be delightful - but I have a hard time imagining that character popping up in a lot of other Marvel movies. But what if the role Del Toro has isn’t a hero? It makes quite a bit of sense that he could be playing Thanos, the Mad Titan, who has been set up as the villain of The Avengers 2. A multi-picture deal would lock Del Toro in for sneak bits in other Marvel films, like the upcoming Thor: The Dark World or Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Having Del Toro as Thanos would be incredible. He’s one of the strangest, most complex and - ultimately - strangely sympathetic genocidal maniacs in fiction, and i think Del Toro could bring something deep to the role. How this would all work - mocap, like Mark Ruffalo did with Hulk? Or just a voice? - isn’t clear, but it sounds like the sort of ambitious thinking that has made Marvel Studios not just the kings of superhero movies, but of pop movie culture in general.

Benicio Del Toro Joins The Marvel Universe In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

How do you make sure people go see a movie featuring a sentient tree and a talking raccoon in space? A recognizable cast is a good start. Guardians of the Galaxy has been adding a bunch of intriguing names to its cast, including Zoe Saldana and Glenn Close, who will be playing the leader of the interplanetary cop organization the Nova Corps. But today’s announcement might be the most intriguing because of the promise that this actor has been cast in a role that will bring him into other Marvel movies. Benicio del Toro has joined the cast in what Deadline calls ‘a lead role.’

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Coulson Is Alive And Well In First AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Promo

I feel like none of us are really prepared for how amazing Marvel’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be. We love Marvel, we trust Joss Whedon (and the people he trusts), and we’ve never really seen a television show that can expand upon and feed into an ongoing movie universe. How is this not totally exciting?

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New MAN OF STEEL Trailer Knows Its Own Strength

We now have a new Man of Steel trailer.

And this trailer came to play. Actually, it feels way less like a modern movie commercial and more like an overture. This story is going to be big, you can tell. Zach Snyder and Warner Bros. are selling this with a nearly palpable confidence. Man of Steel is either the real deal, or they’re taking “fake it till you make it” to a whole new level.

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Warner Bros president updates on DC Comics’ future movies, says Christopher Nolan won’t produce Justice League

Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros Pictures Group, has given EW an update on DC Comics’ next batch of superhero movies, and has confirmed that Christopher Nolan will not be producing the eagerly-awaited Justice League movie.

"It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward," says Robinov of Man Of Steel, the next major DC movie to hit our screens. "In that, it’s definitely a first step.



"I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world,” continues Robinov. “Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack [Snyder] and Chris [Nolan] have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world."

And speaking of Nolan, Robinov was quick to shoot down any notion that the director would be involved with Justice League, a position also confirmed by Nolan’s representatives. However, we may not have to wait too long to find out some more info about that project as a whole.

"We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making," said Robinov, tantalisingly. In the meantime there’s a shiny new Man Of Steel image revealed by EW to tide you over, with Henry Cavill showing once more that the suit most definitely fits.

Directed by Zack Snyder and co-starring Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner, Man Of Steel opens in the UK on 14 June 2013.

Warner Bros president updates on DC Comics’ future movies, says Christopher Nolan won’t produce Justice League

Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros Pictures Group, has given EW an update on DC Comics’ next batch of superhero movies, and has confirmed that Christopher Nolan will not be producing the eagerly-awaited Justice League movie.

"It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward," says Robinov of Man Of Steel, the next major DC movie to hit our screens. "In that, it’s definitely a first step.

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Bryan Singer teases new concept art for Beast

Bryan Singer has tweeted what looks to be a new piece of concept art for blue-furred badass Beast, with the character’s design having undergone a subtle change for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

The new-look Beast seems to have more human definition in his facial features, and is more recognisably Nicholas Hoult than the more overtly bestial incarnation we saw in the last film.



For my money, it looks a definite upgrade on the First Class version, which looked a tiny bit silly at times. Beast is less of a teddy bear this time around, and all the better for it. 

Singer unveiled the new image accompanied by the caption, “Many a monster wears the form of a man; it is better of the two to have the heart of a man & the form of a monster”. That’s deep, man…

Co-starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Peter Dinklage, X-Men: Days Of Future Past will open in the UK on 18 July 2014.

"Many a monster wears the form of a man; it is better of the two to have the heart of a man & the form of a monster" twitter.com/BryanSinger/st…— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) April 5, 2013

Bryan Singer teases new concept art for Beast

Bryan Singer has tweeted what looks to be a new piece of concept art for blue-furred badass Beast, with the character’s design having undergone a subtle change for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

The new-look Beast seems to have more human definition in his facial features, and is more recognisably Nicholas Hoult than the more overtly bestial incarnation we saw in the last film.

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The Wolverine Gets a 20-Second Teaser and some Motion Posters

Just yesterday, the first bit of footage from tomorrow’s first trailer for The Wolverine was revealed by director James Mangold on the 6-second video service called Vine. But now the bigger tease is here with a 20-second sneak preview of the full trailer coming tomorrow, which will be nearly two minutes long. Keen eyes noticed interesting bits in the Vine video, including an appearance from Famke Janssen that may or may not just be footage from X-Men: The Last Stand. In addition, two rather boring motion posters have been revealed. One is quite familiar, while the other is all new and kind of cool to see, but still lackluster.

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Source: slashfilm.com

David S Goyer and Henry Cavill talk Man Of Steel

David S Goyer has been chatting a little more about the forthcoming Man Of Steel, this time with Total Film, and he’s divulged some intriguing hints at what we can expect from the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot.

Firstly, here’s what he had to say about the secrecy surrounding the movie - something we’ve typically associated with producer Christopher Nolan:


  It’s something Chris tried hard to do with the Batman films. I’m genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain. There’s so much of the movie that people don’t know, that hasn’t been touched upon. The trailer’s just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg.




As for the film’s serious tone - another Nolanism, you might say - Goyer was keen to separate Man Of Steel from the Dark Knight trilogy. “Relatable and realistic doesn’t necessarily mean dark,” he insisted. “I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight. Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope.”

In a separate interview with the same publication, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, also addressed the tone of the film, toeing the same line that realism and darkness aren’t necessarily one and the same thing. “It’s not betraying anything that Superman is,” Cavill argued, “but it is grounding everything in reality. It’s the story of this incredible being who can do incredible things, but whom we can associate with.”

They’re certainly promising noises, and thanks in part to the production’s admirable dedication to secrecy, we’re positively champing at the bit to see what this new incarnation of Superman will look like.

Man Of Steel will be released on the 14th June 2013.

David S Goyer and Henry Cavill talk Man Of Steel

David S Goyer has been chatting a little more about the forthcoming Man Of Steel, this time with Total Film, and he’s divulged some intriguing hints at what we can expect from the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot.

Firstly, here’s what he had to say about the secrecy surrounding the movie - something we’ve typically associated with producer Christopher Nolan:

It’s something Chris tried hard to do with the Batman films. I’m genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain. There’s so much of the movie that people don’t know, that hasn’t been touched upon. The trailer’s just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg.

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Source: totalfilm.com

Kevin Feige on Pepper Potts’ role in Iron Man 3

Gwyneth Paltrow has been a solid element in the Iron Man movies, and even with the focus clearly not being focussed on her for the majority of the time, her chemistry with Downey Jr is great and she brings a lot to the role of Pepper Potts. With the release of Iron Man 3 drawing ever closer Kevin Feige has been chatting about what we can expect from Pepper Potts in the upcoming film:


  The love triangle in this movie is really between Tony, Pepper and the suits. Tony, Pepper and his obsession with the suits, and the obsession with technology. And it’s sort of unique for a big super hero summer blockbuster franchise to have that kind of layers.




He continued:


  Yes, there’s a bad guy. Yes, the stakes are very, very, high – the President of the United States is in danger. Air Force One is attacked. There are big stakes to this movie. But the real stakes are, is Tony going to be able to set aside the obsession to spend all day, every day, in that workshop, tinkering with the suits in order to focus on, as he says in the trailer, the one thing that matters most – Pepper. And actually that’s what the movie is about.


Feige also added that “I will tell you this. In this movie we play with the convention of the damsel in distress. We are bored by the damsel in distress. But, sometimes we need our hero to be desperate enough in fighting for something other than just his own life. So, there is fun to be had with ‘is Pepper in danger or is Pepper the saviour?’ over the course of this movie”.

Finally, he teased that “In terms of where we go with future movies, we’ll see. In the comic books she does get a taste for the suit and becomes her own hero named Rescue, who doesn’t necessarily battle other people, but is on missions to help people and to save people. Will we do that down the line with Gwyneth Paltrow? Who knows…”.

Well, I suspect you do, Kevin…

Kevin Feige on Pepper Potts’ role in Iron Man 3

Gwyneth Paltrow has been a solid element in the Iron Man movies, and even with the focus clearly not being focussed on her for the majority of the time, her chemistry with Downey Jr is great and she brings a lot to the role of Pepper Potts. With the release of Iron Man 3 drawing ever closer Kevin Feige has been chatting about what we can expect from Pepper Potts in the upcoming film:

The love triangle in this movie is really between Tony, Pepper and the suits. Tony, Pepper and his obsession with the suits, and the obsession with technology. And it’s sort of unique for a big super hero summer blockbuster franchise to have that kind of layers.

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Mark Ruffalo on future Hulk movies

You don’t need us to tell you that one of the many achievements of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers was just what it managed to do with the character of The Hulk. Ang Lee’s Hulk movie certainly has its fans, but it failed to take off in the way that Universal was hoping. Then there was the less ambitious but no more successful The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton.

However, Mark Ruffalo’s take on the green ball of raging anger really connected, and so loudly appreciative was the response to him, that chat began almost immediately about a new standalone Hulk project. Recent rumours, now denied, then suggested that Marvel was weaving The Avengers 2 towards a new Hulk film.



Well, the current big screen Hulk, Mr Mark Ruffalo, has addressed the current round of rumours on his Twitter account. “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk”, he Tweeted. “The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers 2. No plans for standalone”.

He went on to add that “I am not giving up on another standalone Hulk. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring”.

It’s easy to read too much into a Tweet, of course, but it’s interesting that he said that he’s not “giving up”. Does that mean he’s been pressing for a new Hulk film himself, we wonder?

The Avengers 2, featuring Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, will be in cinemas in the summer of 2015.

Mark Ruffalo on future Hulk movies

You don’t need us to tell you that one of the many achievements of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers was just what it managed to do with the character of The Hulk. Ang Lee’s Hulk movie certainly has its fans, but it failed to take off in the way that Universal was hoping. Then there was the less ambitious but no more successful The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton.

However, Mark Ruffalo’s take on the green ball of raging anger really connected, and so loudly appreciative was the response to him, that chat began almost immediately about a new standalone Hulk project. Recent rumours, now denied, then suggested that Marvel was weaving The Avengers 2 towards a new Hulk film.

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