Marvel Says No Black Widow or Hulk Standalone Films in the Works

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Marvel Studios announced a number of new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier today, but it also confirmed a couple of characters that won’t be getting their own movies anytime soon.  The studio has long talked about the possibility of a standlone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was always non-committal about the prospect.  The same can be said for Hulk, who was successfully rebooted in The Avengers thanks to Mark Ruffalo and Joss Whedon.  The character was a standout in the 2012 superhero team-up movie, and fans began asking when we might see a new Hulk movie from Marvel.  Feige made similar comments about that prospect, saying it was a possibility but that nothing was in the works at the moment.

And now, on the cusp of new Marvel films like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans, Feige says there will not be a Black Widow movie nor a Hulk movie anytime soon.  More after the jump.

Check Out Images from Today’s Marvel Event Featuring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chadwick Boseman

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You’ve no doubt perused some of our coverage from this morning’s Marvel event, with announcements ranging from Avengers: Infinity War to the casting of Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther, but now Disney has released official images from the event if you want an even closer look at what went down.  The centerpiece was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige bringing Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Boseman out to the stage, all of whom will star in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.  Evans and Downey Jr. were good sports about the event, “duking it out” in front of the crowd of onlookers in reference to the Civil War storyline which pits Cap against Iron Man.

Take a look at some of the Marvel event images after the jump.  Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Watch Thanos Flaunt His Infinity Gauntlet in Footage from the AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Announcement; Film Is the “Culmination” of the MCU

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This morning, Marvel Studios broke a lot of news during a presentation to press and VIPs.  While we’ve covered the big announcements, we haven’t yet been able to actually see what was shown to the people in attendance.  However, video has now surfaced of the short teaser announcement for Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II, which shows the villainous Thanos wielding the colorful Infinity Gauntlet—the key to his power that sets the Infinity War storyline into motion.  Additionally, in a new press release Marvel has revealed a tiny bit about the two-part Infinity War event film, saying it’s “the culmination of everything that has come before.”

Hit the jump to watch the Thanos Infinity War video and to see what Marvel has to say about the films.

CAPTAIN MARVEL Movie Set for a July 6, 2018 Release

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It’s about time; we’re getting our first female-led Marvel superhero movie!  The studio just announced a massive lineup of films and a Captain Marvel movie is on the list.  Carol Danvers’ solo film is officially set for a July 6, 2018 release.

Does this news prove the rumor that Captain Marvel could pop up in Avengers 3 (now titled Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II) true?  That’s still a toss-up, but now that her solo movie is confirmed, there are loads of possibilities to consider.  Hit the jump for more on that and for some information on the character.

THOR: RAGNAROK Set for Release on July 28, 2017; Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Returning

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Marvel Studios made some big announcements today during its fan event, one of which is the confirmation of the Thor 3 title and release date.  The studio announced that Thor: Ragnarok will open in theaters on July 28, 2017, with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston confirmed to reprise their roles as the God of Thunder and his tricky brother Loki, respectively.  Moreover, in introducing the film, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said it’s the key movie in the studio’s Phase Three, as it takes place directly after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  So what is a “Rangarok”, you might ask?  Find out after the jump.

Two-Part AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Announced for May 2018 and May 2019

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Thanos.  Is.  Coming.  During Marvel’s massive news dump for its fan event today, the studio announced that Avengers 3 will be two-part team-up story arc that will rival Warner Bros.’ two-part Justice League adaptationAvengers: Infinity War Part I arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War Part II opens on May 3, 2019.  Ever since the big purple alien Thanos showed up at the end of The Avengers, fans have been wondering when he’d finally wreak havoc on the team of superheroes.  Most assumed he’d pop up in The Avengers 2, until Marvel opted to use Ultron as that film’s villain.  Josh Brolin filled the role of Thanos in what was essentially a cameo role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but even then he really didn’t have much to do.

Nevertheless, patience is a virtue, as we now have an arrival date for when this very, very bad guy will cause trouble for the Avengers team, and it’s gonna take two whole movies for him to be vanquished.  More on the Avengers Infinity War movies after the jump.

Marvel Reveals Phase 3 Release Dates: BLACK PANTHER in 2017; CAPTAIN MARVEL in 2018; AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR in 2018 and 2019

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It’s been just two weeks since Warner Bros. unveiled its DC Movie lineup, but Marvel is already stealing back the spotlight with an enormous slate of its own.  Here’s the overview of Phase 3:

All movies will be released in 3D.  Hit the jump for more on the big announcement.

Official Synopsis for AGENT CARTER Teases Secret Missions for Howard Stark

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Marvel has released the lengthy official synopsis for its second foray into television, Agent Carter.  The initial logline revealed that the show takes place in 1946 and sees Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter character navigating the male-dominated world of the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) following the end of the war while also mourning the loss of Steve Rogers.  This new synopsis adds that Carter turns to Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) after she’s stuck doing administrative work for the SSR.  Stark enlists Peggy’s help when he is framed for selling his deadliest weapons to the highest bidder, and he sets his butler Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) to assist her as she attempts to track down those responsible.  This “desk clerk by day, spy by night” hook appears to be the central conceit of the show, but the synopsis also teases an overall arc as Peggy begins to find that those she works for are not who they seem.

Read the full lengthy Agent Carter synopsis after the jump.  The show also stars Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokai, and Shea WhighamAgent Carter debuts on ABC in 2015, likely during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s midseason break.

Benedict Cumberbatch In Talks to Lead Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE

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Marvel Studios has finally found its next superhero.  The studio has been developing an adaptation of the mystical comic Doctor Strange for some time, and finally put the project on the front burner earlier this year when they hired Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) to direct.  The next order of business was filling the lead role, and while Marvel’s string of successes might lead you to believe finding an actor to be the next Marvel star would be easy, it turned out to be some tricky business.  Joaquin Phoenix entered into a protracted negotiation process to fill the role, but at the last minute he walked away from the project, likely uncomfortable with the kind of windfall that comes from accepting such a role (ie. contract options, press commitments, sequels, etc.).

The studio went back to the drawing board once Phoenix walked away, looking at a number of different actors for the part, but now it appears that the actor who may be filling the role is somewhat of a familiar face in relation to Doctor Strange: Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch.  More after the jump.

Adam McKay Says He May Direct a Marvel Project

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Adam McKay may not have been able to commit to directing Ant-Man this summer, but it seem as though his choice to come aboard as a screenwriter could land him in the director’s chair on another Marvel project at some point.

During a recent interview for the short film compilation We The Economy, McKay briefly discussed what he’s got coming up and it includes something that he’s in the early stages on over at Marvel.  Hit the jump for more on what McKay has in the works.

Assemble 2015: First Official Teaser Poster for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer came early, and Marvel has followed up by releasing the first official teaser poster with the tagline “Assemble 2015.”  Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) “from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the sequel directed by Joss WhedonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.  Check out the poster after the jump.

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.

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