First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Teases Dark Tone, Catastrophic Destruction

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The first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer for writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated superhero follow-up has leaked online under a week before its official release.  The sequel finds Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) teaming up once again to battle the devious robot known as Ultron (James Spader).  This is very close to the footage that was shown at Comic-Con, save for a different final shot and an extended clip that was shown of the so-called “Avengers Party.”  What’s clear from this trailer is that the tone is darker, the stakes are higher, and the threat is seemingly more nefarious.

Watch the trailer after the jump.  Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson and opens in theaters May 1, 2015. 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 Will Finally Be Released in the Proper Format: Audio Cassette

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A few weeks ago, Mondo announced they were releasing the year’s best soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, on vinyl, which was all well and good.  Everybody loves vinyl.  And yet I would have been slightly more impressed if it were being released on audio cassette since that’s what Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) has in the movie.  Of course, it’s a lot to ask a boutique operation like to manufacture cassette tapes.  It seemed like it an Awesome Mix tape would be a pipe dream.

Sometimes dreams come true.  A Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette tape will be released as a promotional item as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28th.  Yes, cassettes, especially when compared to vinyl, CDs, or mp3s, have awful audio quality, but this is really more of a collector’s item than anything else (seriously, do you even have a cassette player anymore?).  If you want to pick the cassette tape up (as well as support your local record store), click here to find participating locations.  The cassette, a joint release between Marvel and Disney-owned Hollywood Records, will only be available until the end of the year, but I have a feeling these are going to go very fast. [The Dissolve]

Charlie Cox Says the DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Is “Much, Much Darker” Than Anything Marvel’s Done Before

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Whether you’re a fan of their output or not, there’s no denying that Marvel Studios’ ambition is impressive.  They seem to really be swinging for the fences by kicking off the Civil War storyline in Captain America 3, and while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t the slam dunk many were expecting from the studio’s first foray into television, their subsequent TV offerings promise to at least move into different territory.  The upcoming ABC series Agent Carter has a period setting and is essentially a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show will kick off a mini Marvel universe on the small screen.

We recently got our first look at Daredevil star Charlie Cox as the titular superhero, and now the actor has spoken a bit more about the Netflix series, saying it’s significantly darker than anything Marvel has done before.  Read on after the jump.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, Discusses Possible Additions to the Team

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With Guardians of the Galaxy crossing $700 Million at the global box office (and the Blu-ray hitting on December 9th) it’s definitely a positive thing that writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the sequel, in fact he commenced work on the script on the Sunday after the film opened to larger-than-projected box office.  As a side note, back in January who would have thought this film would have been the biggest grosser of 2014 by a country mile?

Anyway, Gunn recently spoke about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and, while is comments were of course slight (they sort of have to be at this point) they’re interesting enough to warrant a small mention.  Hit the jump for more on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  The original film incidentally will have a ton of special features when it does get that Blu-ray release in December. Definitely picking that one up.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON to Mark Marvel’s Highest VFX Shot Count

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According to Marvel’s VP of Visual Effects and Post-Production, Victoria Alonso, Captain America: The Winter Solider had 2,500 VFX shots and Guardians of the Galaxy came in with 2,750.  You know how many Avengers: Age of Ultron may have?  More than 3,000, making it Marvel’s largest VFX count to date.  In order to make that happen, the studio will likely have to team up with seven to 12 VFX vendors in five to seven different countries.

Hit the jump for more on the Age of Ultron post-production process and Alonso’s thoughts on the new bill to increase tax incentives for filming in California.

What Is Marvel’s Civil War? An Introduction to the Comics Storyline That Pits Iron Man vs. Captain America

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Quite the bit of news has been revealed the past week.  Not only is Robert Downey Jr. in talks to co-star in the third installment of the Captain America franchise, but this may very well usher in one of the biggest storylines in Marvel history, Civil War.  Don’t know what Civil War is and why it’s causing such a fuss?  Collider has your back as we thought it would be a great opportunity to walk you through the origins of the event, its players, its ending, and how it could possibly be orchestrated in the current Marvel movie landscape.  Hit the jump for our in-depth look at the Marvel storyline, Civil War.

Rumor: Ewan McGregor Could Be DOCTOR STRANGE

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Ah, the casting saga of Doctor Strange continues.  I’m sure whoever director Scott Derrickson casts in the role will be great, but it’s interesting to see the wide breadth of names being mentioned for the part.  Derrickson and Marvel had been dancing with Joaquin Phoenix for a while before he dropped out and a lot of the subsequent online fan casting has mentioned names like Keanu Reeves and Ethan Hawke.

One of the names those fan casters haven’t brought up is Ewan McGregor, but here he is suddenly in the middle of the conversation.  And I don’t even necessarily think he’d be a bad choice.  He may not look the part on the surface, but there’s this thing he can do called “acting” that I’m sure could smooth everything over.  Hit the jump for more on Ewan McGregor potentially playing Doctor Strange.

Robert Downey Jr. Joins CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; “Civil War” Storyline Pits Iron Man vs. Captain America

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Last week, Robert Downey Jr. went on the record to clarify that Iron Man 4 was not in the cards for him.  Instead, Downey promised, “I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”  Downey also hinted at a secret plan he expected Marvel to announce soon.  That plan was revealed tonight.

Downey is close to signing a deal to co-star in Captain America 3.  The sequel will use the “Civil War” storyline, where the Superhero Registration Act mandates that anyone with superhuman abilities register with the U.S. government and agree to act as law enforcement.  Captain America opposes the legislation, but Iron Man supports it, setting up Downey to play the villain.  More after the jump.

DAREDEVIL Comic-Con Panel Recap: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and More Unveil Clips from the Upcoming Netflix Show

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You like those brand new Daredevil images?  How about some footage descriptions to go along with them?  Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, hit the main stage podium again today to bring Daredevil to New York Comic-Con.  Not only did we get the chance to see four clips from the upcoming Netflix series, but Loeb also brought out the cast of the show including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Toby Moore (Wesley), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa) and Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich), marking their very first public appearance together.

Hit the jump for some Q&A highlights and a description of the clips shown in my Daredevil Comic-Con panel recap.

Keanu Reeves Talks DOCTOR STRANGE and His Stance on Comic Book Movies in General

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For the past week or so since Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations to play the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange (and even before that really if you go back a few months) the internet has been torn virtually asunder by chatter regarding whom might be right for the role.  One of the names that has been bandied about in recent days is Keanu Reeves and I can see why he’s a fan casting favorite.  Not only does he have the right look and demeanor for the role, but he’s worked with director Scott Derrickson before on The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Steve caught up with Reeves today and, while the bulk of their interview centered around the f*cking fantastic John Wick, they discussing the notion of playing Doctor Strange and doing superhero movies in general.  Hit the jump for Reeves’ thoughts on Doctor StrangeJohn Wick hits theaters on October 24th.

Robert Downey Jr. Hits the Repulsors on IRON MAN 4; Says He’s Not Doing the Movie but Will Continue to Work with Marvel

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Yesterday on Ellen, Robert Downey Jr. said he and Marvel were in the middle of negotiations for Iron Man 4.  However, later that night, he went on The Late Show, and told David Letterman that not only is there no script, but when pressed to give a definitive answer on whether he would do the movie, Downey responded:

“Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

He also said that Marvel does “have a plan, and I think they’re going to announce — they’re very secretive about it,” which is a statement one could say about Marvel Studios at any point in time.  Hit the jump for more.  Downey will next be seen as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens on May 1, 2015.

Marvel’s Vendetta against Fox Continues; Comic Writers No Longer Allowed to Create New X-MEN Characters; FANTASTIC FOUR Comics to End Next Year

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While Sony Pictures and Marvel might be able to work out a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the bitter rivalry between Marvel and 20th Century Fox continues.  Fox owns the screen rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Marvel has retaliated by undermining those properties.  According to Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont [via Bleeding Cool], the company has forbidden the creation of new X-Men characters because those characters could then be used by Fox.

Hit the jump for more on how Marvel is trying to hurt Fox’s profits even if it means canceling comics.

Robert Downey Jr. Dismisses “Mel Gibson Directing IRON MAN 4” Comments But Confirms Film Is in Development; Talks SHERLOCK 3 and More

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Robert Downey Jr. is quite the popular guy, so it’s no surprise that his AMA on reddit was a heavily populated affair.  Downey Jr. took some time to answer a number of different questions in promotion of his upcoming drama The Judge, and during the course of the AMA he touched on a number of issues.  Chiefly, Downey Jr. dismissed his recent comment about starring in Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson directs as a simple offhanded remark (as was made clear in the context of the full interview; not sure why everyone started reporting this as fact in the first place).  He also touched on the likelihood of making an appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the status of Sherlock Holmes 3, a noir-tinged Perry Mason project that he’s developing, and he even made brief mention of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Additionally, while appearing on The Ellen Show Downey straight-up admitted that Iron Man 4 is in the works.  Read on after the jump.

Rumor: Could Marvel and Sony Team Up to Bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man are all Marvel, but that doesn’t mean Marvel Studios, Fox and Sony have to play nice – or play together at all for that matter.  Even though the Deadpool movie was finally officially announced, there has been talk of Marvel Entertainment possibly killing off the character in the comics and, on top of that, the Fantastic Four comic book series might be canceled as well.

However, even though there’s no sign of Marvel warming up to Fox anytime soon, there is a rumor floating around that the studio could join forces with Sony to finally link Spider-Man to the MCU.  Hit the jump for more.

Martin Donovan Joins ANT-MAN in Unnamed, “Pivotal” Role

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Ant-Man has been filming for almost two months, but they’ve just added another bit of casting.  According to THR, Martin Donovan (Weeds) has joined the cast to play a “pivotal” role that’s being kept under wraps.  At this stage in the game, it’s presumably a minor role, but if it’s “pivotal”, I’m going to assume it might have consequences far beyond this movie, and with Marvel, that’s my working theory: everything branches out to much, much bigger stuff.  Or maybe he’s just a guy that tells Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) some stuff about ants.  Entomology is important.

The film also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John SlatteryAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Donovan will next be seen this December in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice.

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