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Five More Join the Cast of Marvel’s The Punisher

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Marvel’s The Punisher is continuing to gain steam. The production is moving forward in New York City and last week Marvel Entertainment has announced the addition of five more to the show’s cast!

New additions to the highly anticipated spin off series include Daniel Webber (“11.22.63”) as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society; Jason R. Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying) as Curtis Hoyle, a friend of Frank Castle’s and one of the few people who knows he is alive; Paul Schulze (“Nurse Jackie”) as Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle; Jaime Ray Newman (“Bates Motel”) plays Sarah Lieberman, Micro’s wife whose marriage has made her life far more complicated; and Michael Nathanson (Wolf of Wall Street) as Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah.

If you are a fan of the comics you might recognize some of those names. Two of the a five, Curtis Hoyle and Rawlins, are from the actual Punisher comics from Marvel with the other three being new creations for the series.

Jon Bernthal is set to reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil where he gave one of the best performances of any Marvel series . He will be joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo (the civilian name of the villain Jigsaw), Frank’s Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces who runs a successful private military corporation called “Anvil;” Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them; and Amber Rose Revah (Indian Summers, Son of God) as Dinah Madani; a highly-trained sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher.

Executive Producer and showrunner Steve Lightfoot commented on the new casting saying,

“We couldn’t have asked for a more talented group of actors to round out the cast of Marvel’s The Punisher. It’s a thrill to watch them each bring their characters to life with such layered, nuanced performances.”

Executive Producer Jeph Loeb added,

“Marvel TV is very proud of the cast of The Punisher. Each actors brings a special promise who surround Jon Bernthal’s exceptional performance.”

The Punisher first appeared in the MCU in the second season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix. This series is part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, which has already released the critically-acclaimed seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage, with Marvel’s Iron Fist coming on March 17, 2017. The heroes of these series will unite in the mini-series event Marvel’s The Defenders.

Executive produced by Steve Lightfoot, The Punisher spin-off series will premiere in 2017.

Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sneak Peek!

The first teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here and it looks so bitchin’ and also there is a Baby Groot in it that will melt your heart. Check out the teaser above!

The film follows our hero misfits as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sees the return of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Karen Gillan as Nebula; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker as Yondu; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell as Ego.

 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Look for it to hit the big screen May 5, 2017.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War On Digital HD on Sept. 2 and Blu-ray on Sept. 13

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One of the best entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War is set to release on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13. Join the nonstop action and pick their side—Team Cap, commanded by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or Team Iron Man, led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).

The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic, Captain America: Civil War.  In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), causing a catastrophic rift that escalates into an all-out feud.  Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout. Pick a side in this spectacular adventure, packed with mind-blowing action, suspense and exclusive bonus content!

Rogers and Stark are joined by a star-studded lineup of beloved Marvel Super Heroes, including Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), along with new recruit Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and joined by two new additions to the MCU: T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

Captain America: Civil War has conquered both audiences and critics when it debuted to $179.1 million—the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time—and earning a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is the highest-grossing film of 2016 domestically, internationally and globally, earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office.

Captain America: Civil War also continues Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 13th consecutive film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut at #1 at the domestic box office.

If you pick up the home collection, you’ll also get more than 60-minutes of thrilling, exclusive bonus material includes: an inside look at the evolution of lead characters Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, a behind-the-scenes exclusive on the making of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” never-before-seen deleted scenes and hilarious outtakes. Plus, home audiences can learn more about the latest additions to the MCU and get an exclusive, first look at Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, coming to theaters Nov. 4, 2016.

Bonus features include*:

DIGITAL HD/3D & BLU-RAY:

  • United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  • Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  • Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of “Captain America: Civil War.”
  • Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  • Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer. The DVD does not include any bonus materials.

Pick up Captain America: Civil War on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13.

 

Marvel TV Characters Unlikely to Ever Appear in an MCU Film

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If you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel Television Universe then you might have noticed something interesting. The Netflix characters have YET to make an appearance in the MCU. They barely even get a halfhearted mention in the movies is any type of recognition. SHIELD and Agent Carter have lots of crossover with the movies but the Marvel Netflix has so far been treated like the Harry Potter of the Dursley family.

However, according to Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, the television Marvel characters are unlikely to ever appear in one of Marvel’s films. He said,

I can tell you that part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing. Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter, Luke Cage] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.

It is not completely impossible though, just very unlikely. Loeb adds that part of keeping the worlds mostly separate is that he wouldn’t want any potential crossover to be meaningless such as, “We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” he said.

One small bit of good news for Netflix Marvel was hinted by Loeb. He mentioned that Rosario Dawson, who plays Nurse Claire Temple in Daredevil and Jessica Jones, is going to appear in, well, something. (She was recently announced to be appearing in “Luke Cage” and possibly “Iron Fist” as well. If this is the news he was hinting, I will be bummed. Put her in the movies!!!)

He said,

We have seen some characters that have appeared and crossed over. Most notably, one of our cast members that isn’t here because she’s working is Rosario Dawson, who continues the character of Claire Temple. So the short answer is we are already doing it. The long answer is as things go by, as the story dictates it, we’ve always been big fans of providing Easter eggs for our fans, but we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Adds Several New Stars

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We have officially entered phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with that Marvel has added several high profile stars to the next several movies in the lineup.

In Thor: Ragnarok, it was recently announced by Marvel that Jeff Goldblum is joining the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, one of the Elders of the Universe who loves to invent games. Karl Urban will play and Asgardian bad guy called Skurge and Tessa Thompson will portray Thor’s love interest Valkyrie. Cate Blanchett was added in a role that is only known as the mysterious and powerful new villain named Hela. We will also see the return of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki respectively. Mark Ruffalo is also heading to Asgard as the Hulk, which will mark his first time crossing over into a different realm.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton has been added as an unnamed villain. Tom Holland will lead the role as the titular character. According to screenwriter Jonathan M. Goldstein, this film won’t be another origin story.

 

Black Panther Adding Lupita Nyong’o For Major Role

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The upcoming MCU film, Black Panther has reportedly found a female lead in Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o. The film from Ryan Coogler is looking to cast the actress to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Marvel’s standalone film focusing on the character introduced in Captain America: Civil War. 

The details surrounding her potential character have not been revealed but we do know that her role will see her the main love interest to T’Challa/Black Panther.

Black Panther is being written and directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler. The character is both a great warrior and the king of Marvels’ fictional, technologically advanced African nation Wakanda. The character is also expected to appear in the two-part Avengers film, slated to premiere in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The Wakanda-based comic movie will hit theaters on Feb. 2, 2018. Production is looking to begin in early 2017.

Captain Marvel Possibly Appearing in Third Avengers Movie

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The Russo Brothers are clearly very excited about the upcoming third Avengers film in the MCU. They are “Accidentally” leaking lots of small details about the film all over the place. Most recently the duo may have let it slip that the comic books character, Captain Marvel will make an appearance in the third installment of the Avengers series.

The Russos already confirmed the appearance of 68 Marvel universe characters in the films so it would not be a stretch that Captain Marvel is one of those 68. After speaking at a Marvel event hosted by the Smithsonian Institute this past Friday, the Russo brothers appeared to let it slip that Captain Marvel will make her big screen debut at some point during part 1 or part 2.

It was also revealed last week that the next Avengers film is no longer being titled Infinity War: Part 1 and Part 2.

Currently, there are still plans from Marvel to make a Captain Marvel film though the slot has been pushed back several times. The production of Captain Marvel was first announced back in 2014, but then had its release date pushed back to March 2019 from July 2018 As of now, no announcement has been made as to who will play the Air Force pilot Carol Danvers.

 

Marvel Studios FINALLY Considering Black Widow Solo Movie

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After years of fans asking for and getting frustrated with the lack of, Marvel Studios and the cinematic universe are finally committing to a solo Black Widow film. FINALLY.

According to Kevin Feige, the studio is moving forward with a Natasha Romanoff film after the bulk of Phase 3 in the MCU is completed. Phase 3 began with this week’s release of Captain America: Civil War and will continue with Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther. Then afterward it seems like Black Widow will get her own slot.

“Where we go beyond that are ongoing discussions that we’ll focus on in the next few years because we have a lot to do before then,” Feige told Deadline.”I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow.”

While that is not a direct confirmation that her movie is for sure happening, this is the first time they have done any type of commitment towards the female hero’s own film. This is pretty huge for the hundreds of thousands of fans who have begged for a solo film (and merchandising for that matter) considering Black Widow is one of the main Avengers.

We so far have only had small glimpses into the past and person that was Natasha. In Avengers: Age of Ultron we learned that she grew up as a killer ballerina – a school who trains young girls in the arts of killing and skilled movements. She reveals that her her training ended with forced sterilization.

Scarlett Johansson hasn’t confirmed that she would sign on but last year she said,

“The character has a really rich origin story,” she told Collider. “In my mind, there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more—I think I could see her in a standalone film.”

More details will hopefully be released soon.

 

‘Inhumans’ Movie Officially Pulled from Marvel Schedule

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With the popularity of the television series, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and how well it has fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it wasn’t super surprising when Marvel announced an Inhumans movie into the lineup. What IS SURPRISING is that Marvel has dropped the film from the MCU lineup. So it looks like it may be cancelled.

A while back, Kevin Feige told Collider that Marvel is still planning to make the film.

Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.

However, since his comment, they have cancelled the 2019 release date and completely unscheduled it from the MCU phase 3, it doesn’t look so good. When Marvel first made the Phase 3 announcement it was 2014 and a different time. Inhumans was going to release between the two halves of Avengers: Infinity War but since 2014 Marvel has added Spider-Man: Homecoming, then Captain Marvel was moved up a couple months and Inhumans was bumped back thanks to Ant-Man and The Wasp. Now, the film is off the schedule entirely.

You can see the current phase 3 schedule for the Marvel Cinematic Universe below:

 

  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
  • Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
  • Black Panther – February 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 – May 4, 2018
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
  • Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 – May 3, 2019

Kurt Russell Officially Joins Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel

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The upcoming and highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy sequel has officially added Kurt Russell to the cast. The news was announced last week from a studio press release announcing the sequel’s start of production.

Unfortunately his role was not announced but we can hope that maybe, possibly, hopefully, Russell was cast as Star-Lord’s father. James Gunn had expressed interest last year in casting someone “prolific” in the role.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is currently filming in Atlanta and includes other new cast members such as Elizabeth Debicki and The Knick’s Chris Sullivan. The sequel is scheduled for release on May 5, 2017.

Returning cast members include Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan, with James Gunn back in the writer and director’s chair.