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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.

 

Less Jessica Jones More Supporting Characters in Season 2

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We got some interesting information this week regarding the second season of the Netflix Marvel series, “Jessica Jones.” The series showrunner Melissa Rosenberg revealed a bit more about what we can expect from the show when she chatted with Nerdist recently.

According to Rosenberg, season 2 will see less of the titular character dominating the show. This will give more of a chance to spotlight some other characters like Trish and Will Simpson (not to mention give star Krysten Ritter a break from shooting for nearly 6 months straight.)

“You have to earn secondary character stories. You have to flesh them out enough so they can eventually carry stories of their own, which is very much what season 1 was about,” Rosenberg told Nerdist. “So I’m hopeful I can at least give [Ritter] a day off in the six month period.”

Netflix to Start Production on Marvel’s The Defenders This Year

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After the amazingness that has been Netflix’s “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” I am pretty pumped for the Avenger’s style Netflix Marvel series “The Defenders.” And according to “Daredevil” actor Charlie Cox, the series is moving closer than we thought.

The actor revealed during a press event that series that incorporates many of the Netflix Marvel heroes will begin shooting this year. The news came out when a fan asked whether or not a third season for “Daredevil” was in the works. (Currently, a third season has not been announced. However, a spin-off series, centered on Bernthal’s character Frank Castle / Punisher and titled Marvel’s The Punisher, was ordered by Netflix in April 2016.)

“What we do know is, at the end of this year, we’re going to be making The Defenders, and, of course, Daredevil is very much a part of that foursome,” the actor said.

We are still waiting on the Iron Fist series starring Finn Jones and the Luke Cage series which stars Mike Colter (the character has appeared already in “Jessica Jones.) Marvel’s The Defenders features Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all fighting side by side to keep their micromanaged New York City Block known as Hell’s Kitchen safe.

 

 

There has been no official announcement regarding The Defenders premiere date nor the first season of Iron Fist or the second season of Jessica Jones. Luke Cage’s first season to premiere on Netflix Sept. 30.

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.

Marvel’s Deadpool Opens to Record $12.7 Million

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The highly anticipated Deadpool Marvel film finally hit theaters last week and it has payed off big time! The R-rated superhero movie grossed $12.7 million Thursday night, giving it the biggest preview number ever for an R-rated film and the biggest of all time for the month of February, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The title was previously held by The Hangover Part II for highest grossing R-rated Thursday opening ($10.4 million), launching over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey ($8.6 million) last year.

 

Deadpool even bested previous Marvel records held by Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($10.2 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($11.2 million).

It is only going to go up from there as it caps off Valentine’s Day weekend.

Avengers: Infinity War Will Feature 67 Marvel Characters

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According to the Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is about to expand even further in one quick burst.

According to the duo, the next Avengers film is going to see a staggering 67 Marvel characters appearing. How that is happening, is sort of unclear at the moment as the studio and directors are keeping relatively quiet. But they did speak out at the Wizard World New Orleans comic con hinting at a few details for the Infinity Wars story arc.

Turns out the character count reveal was actual a misstep. During their panel Joe dropped the bomb on fans, after his brother Anthony mistakenly referred to Peggy Carter — S.H.I.E.L.D.’s founder and Agent Carter’s central character — as Sharon Carter. Joe backtracked saying,

“We have so many characters we’re dealing with. We’re breaking ground on Avengers: Infinity War. We have a board with 67 characters on it. You have to forgive him.”

What is also interesting is WHO these characters could be. I mean you take away all the characters we already know between the movies, “Agents of Shield,” “Agent Carter,” and all the Netflix Marvel shows, and there is still a HUGE number of Marvel characters to account for.

But as many fans were quick to point out, the Russo brothers did not say specify that they were all superheroes or villians and we could merely be dealing with the general cast. Lets hope for the former.

Part one and two of Avengers: Infinity War are scheduled for release on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively.

Watch the First Trailer for Captain America: Civil War!

 

After months of waiting, we finally have the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War and boy, does it pack a punch to the heart. Iron Man and the Cap are no longer on friendly terms in the newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Steve Rogers has lost all faith in the government after discovering the corrupt agency S.H.I.E.L.D. has become and Tony Stark recklessly unleashed Ultron upon the world, is in favor of the act. Now Stark is willing to go head-to-head with Captain America, who is opposed to the act, to ensure that he complies with the government accord. Aside from opposing such an act, Rogers also wants to protect his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) who was brainwashed into becoming the evil Winter Soldier.

Things are going to get rough.

Captain America: Civil War is based on the 2006-07 seven-part limited Marvel crossover series written by Mark Millar. The series, also named Civil War, pitted Marvel characters against one another, leaving them to choose between Iron Man and Captain America with the tagline, “Whose side are you on?” The film was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed The Winter Soldier. The script was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

The film will also see the return of Avengers as well as the appearance of new Marvel characters including Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), also includes other characters from the Marvel Universe including Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Scarlett Witch, Peter Parker and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther.

Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016. Watch the new trailer below: