Best of the rest of the Marvel news from Jan. 28th – 30th, 2013!
Full “Age of Ultron” teasers revealed!
Following up on last week’s news, Marvel Comics have released two more character teaser images for “Age Of Ultron”, their upcoming “event” style story beginning in March. They feature Iron Man (in retro armor) and Hawkeye, in addition to Black Widow, Red Hulk and She-Hulk. The series will be written by Brian M. Bendis and drawn by Bryan Hitch. This series has been hyped for nearly two years and is only now ready for print – hopefully without delays. The series will be 10 issues long with the first six issues being released three times a month and the final four issues shipping bi-monthly – which will allow Marvel to sell a ten issue series across eight months. It will take place in a world taken over by Ultron where Marvel’s heroes will have to lead a rebellion.
Is “Spider-Men 2” coming?
In additional Bendis news, the writer teased on Twitter yesterday (Jan. 29th) that a sequel to his crossover mini series between the traditional Spider-Man with the Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales). No time table was announced, but Bendis simply stated that a sequel was inevitable. It sold quite well last year, although it would have to wait some time to mingle with continuity, as the current “Superior” Spider-Man is quite a different animal.
“Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man” films part of Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate!
MTV has interviewed Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, in regards to the “Phase Three” of their Marvel related films. With “Iron Man 3”, “Thor 2”, “Captain America 2” and “Avengers 2” all confirmed sequels for 2013-2015, the studio also plans to release new films about different properties. “Ant-Man” as directed by Edgar Wright will see release in November 2015, and Feige has confirmed interest in a “Doctor Strange” film. Feige says of Strange, “He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have.”
Doctor Strange, Marvel’s “sorcerer supreme”, was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1963, although he has often struggled to survive in his own ongoing series for decades of time here and there. Also heavily connected to the “Defenders” franchise, Strange’s alternate media adaptations have been reduced to TV appearances (such as a 1978 TV movie and a few animated series guest stints) and an animated DVD film from 2007. Marvel and Disney likely see Dr. Strange as a decent attempt to ape some of the success of Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter film series, and it will remain to be see how well that works.
Is the Rhino heading into “Amazing Spider-Man 2”?
The Hollywood Reporter has claimed that veteran character actor Paul Giamatti is in talks to play the Rhino in Marc Webb’s sequel to last summer’s “Amazing Spider-Man” from Sony. If true, he naturally joins Jaime Foxx’s Electro, Dane DeHann as Harry Osborn and Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson. Returning stars such as Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spidey), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and Sally Field (May Parker) are also confirmed. If true, it would naturally mark the large behemoth’s first appearance in cinema. Giamatti has claimed that the Rhino was one of his favorite villains as a child reading comics, so it would be a good role for him. Giamatti is a well known comics fan, having starred in SyFy’s pilot episode of Mike Mignola’s “The Amazing Screw-On Head” and Eric Powell’s attempts for a “Goon” film.
Actress Felicity Jones is also rumored to be considered for the cast, but her role is unknown. The sequel is set to begin filming next month for release in 2014.
More stars return to “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”!
Director of the latest Fox studios X-Men venture, Bryan Singer, has Tweeted that Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore will return to the series to reprise their roles as Rogue and Iceman, respectively. They naturally join Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and James Marsden as all but reuniting most of the core cast of Singer’s first two X-Men films. While actors from “X-Men: First Class” will also be returning, the time spanning projects looks to be very close to an “X-Men 4” in all but name. The film is set to release July 18th, 2014.
Bryan Singer directed “X-Men” and “X-Men 2” and then produced 2011’s surprising modest hit, “X-Men: First Class”. His return to X-Men cinema seems to follow after Fox hired Mark Millar as a consultant for their Marvel licensed properties; X-Men being their biggest.
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