A Look at Future Marvel Comics Adaptations by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Marvel Studios

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I think we can safely say that we are living in a golden age … a golden age of comic book movies.  From follow-ups to the Avengers franchise, to a newly rebooted Spider-Man series, to past and present X-Men uniting to fight giant robots, who would have thought we’d ever see any of this during the days when we were lucky to get a Blade movie once in a blue moon? Though with this glut of costumed heroes hitting the silver screen, it’s sometimes hard to keep straight what is rumor and what is fact.  Seems like the perfect time to walk through what has been confirmed and what is still rumor in the world of Marvel’s mutants, gods, and charismatic billionaires in iron suits.

Hit the jump for an overview of the future Marvel comics adaptations—from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox—that we have on tap for the coming years.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Will Feature Motion-Capture Thanos; James Gunn Says Film Connects to AVENGERS 3

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With each new Marvel Studios release, fans are not only eager to dig into whatever solo adventure is on display, but also to see how the film connects to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.  The recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier serves as a prequel of sorts to Avengers: Age of Ultron, setting up the story for Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated ensemble sequel.  We still have one Marvel film left to go before Age of Ultron hits theaters in 2015, but it’s looking more and more like Guardians of the Galaxy will be more removed from the immediate MCU than the other films—at least for now.

In the latest issue of EW, Guardians writer/director James Gunn spoke a bit about the film, confirming that big baddie Thanos will indeed appear in motion-capture form, and teasing that the pic very much connects to Avengers 3.  Read Gunn’s full comments after the jump, along with a few new images from the unabashedly weird-looking Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks about a Plan to 2028, a Potentially Revealing Scene from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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Businessweek just published a lengthy profile about Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  If you want an easy, definitive reason why Marvel films have been so successful, you need look no further than Feige.  Where other studios have scrambled to figure out how to handle their superhero properties, Feige has a clear vision for Marvel Studios.

A large part of Businessweek’s article is about the development of Marvel Studios, higher-ups doubting Feige, Feige sticking to his guns about staying true to the comics, and Feige winning.  Even among fellow Marvel people, Feige has to make compelling arguments like when he insisted that the majority of Captain America: The First Avenger should take place in the 1940s, and that doing so wouldn’t alienate young audiences.  He was absolutely right.  Hit the jump for Feige’s far-reaching plans for Marvel Studios as well as his involvement in an interesting scene from Guardians of the Galaxy.

SINISTER Director Scott Derrickson in the Running to Direct DOCTOR STRANGE; Jonathan Levine and Mark Andrews Still in the Mix

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A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson.  Derrickson mostly has a horror background.  His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Infernoand he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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Patrick Wilson in Talks to Join Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN Starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas

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Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man has been lining up talented actors left-and-right with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas set to lead the picture, and Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, and Clifton Collins Jr. all circling the film.  Now another excellent actor is in the mix as The Wrap reports that Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) is in talks for an unknown role.  Because Wright is already going in a different direction with the story by putting Scott Lang (Rudd) center stage and moving the more-familiar Hank Pym (Douglas) to a supporting role, it’s difficult to know how many of the other characters will be plucked from the comics and how many are from scratch.  Either way, I hope Wilson signs on since he’s a great addition to every film he’s in.  He’ll next be seen in Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch and he’s also attached to star in the indie The Man on Carrion Road.

Ant-Man will open on July 17, 2015.  Bill Pope (The Matrix) will handle the cinematography, and Steven Price (Gravity) is composing the score.  Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) co-wrote the script.

ABC to Air Sneak Peek at THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on One-Hour Special MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE

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All hail corporate synergy!  Because Disney owns ABC and Marvel, next month the network will air a one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, which “goes behind the scenes of the comic-media empire.”  It basically sounds like an hour-long commercial for their own product, but I doubt fanboys will mind.  The special will provide ‘a “sneak peek” of an undisclosed nature from next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as new footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.  There will also be some promotion of the deeply disappointing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will include footage from upcoming episodes.

Hit the jump for more.  Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00pm.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th; Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st; and The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Drew Pearce Talks RUNAWAYS Movie, the Similarities between the Comic and His Script, What He Would Do with Joss Whedon’s Run, and More

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I was a big fan of the Marvel Comics series Runaways.  Created by Brian K. Vaughan, the series focused on a group of teenagers who runaway when they discover that their parents are a group of supervillains known as “The Pride”.  As the kids try to find their way, they stumble upon surprising aspects of their birthrights.  It’s a great story about adolescence intertwined with Marvel Universe staples such as aliens, mutants, and magic.  Over three years ago, Drew Pearce was hired to write the screenplay based on the success of his superhero parody series, No Heroics.  The project seemed like it was gearing up for production, but then it went into stasis as The Avengers became the studio’s big “team” movie.

Pearce went on to co-write Iron Man 3, and now he’s written and directed the latest Marvel One-Shot, All Hail the King.  During our conversation, we geeked out a bit over Runaways, and he told me how his script compared to the comic, how it could be The Godfather of the Marvel Universe (in terms of families and a crime syndicate), how he would use Joss Whedon‘s run from the comics, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  All Hail the King will be available on the Blu-ray for Thor: The Dark World, which hits shelves on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to Co-Write THOR 3

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With the post-Avengers bump, Thor: The Dark World grossed $633 million worldwide, a 40% increase on Thor‘s $449 million total.  That is sufficient reason for Marvel to follow up on the cliffhanger at the end of The Dark World in a sequel.  Variety reports the studio has hired Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost to co-write Thor 3.  No plot details are known at this time, but Chris Hemsworth is expected to return.  Kyle and Yost’s first writing credits are for the animated series X-Men: Evolution.  Yost worked on the Thor 2 script while Kyle worked his way up to senior VP of production and development at Marvel Studios.

This comes on the heels of the announcement that the Russo brothers are in early negotiations to return for Captain America 3.  Hit the jump for a look at all the Marvel movies on the calendar.

THE COLLISION: Episode 64 – THOR: THE DARK WORLD and the State of Marvel

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Thor: The Dark World, and decide that every time a Marvel movie comes out, we assess the current state of the studio and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We talk about the consistency of the movies, their quality, the exciting future especially as it pertains to Guardians of the Galaxy, looking ahead to phase three, self-critique of supporting teaser culture, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations. [This podcast contains spoilers about Thor: The Dark World]

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Separating Art from the Artist”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

TOP 5: THOR: THE DARK WORLD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix, 47 RONIN Set Visit, Blockbuster Video Is Dead

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Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.

Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix Featuring Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones; Will Lead up to THE DEFENDERS Mini-Series

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Reactions to Marvel’s first live-action series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has been lukewarm, but the studio and parent company Disney are forging ahead with more live-action series with much bigger characters.  Disney has announced that they will be bringing “multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to [Netflix].”  The first series will be Daredevil, followed by (in unknown order) Jessica Jones (featured in comic book series Alias), Luke Cage (who had an on-again, off-again affair with Jones), and Iron Fist.  All four series will lead up to bringing the character together for “Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”  Marvel Television will produce in association with ABC Television Studios.

Hit the jump for more including the press release.

Ben Kingsley Says He Recently Finished Filming on a Secret Marvel Project

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[If you haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, stop reading this article] One of the best film twists in recent years was how Shane Black handled the reveal of the Iron Man’s arch-nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).  It wasn’t just a hilarious surprise, but also a clear sign that Marvel was going to do what was best for their movie rather than try to work around fidelity to the comics (also, there wasn’t much complaining when Ben Kingsley was cast even though he’s not Chinese).  Black and Marvel decided to have their Mandarin turn out to be an adorably clueless actor/drug-addict named Trevor Slattery.  The character was originally supposed to die at the end of Iron Man 3, but thankfully they kept him around, and now it appears we’ll be seeing him again.

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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks DAREDEVIL and THE PUNISHER; “We’re Trying to Figure out What to Do”

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Marvel has already locked Phase Two, but other than Ant-Man, Phase Three is wide open.  Furthermore, the powerhouse studio now has two major characters back in their stable.  Daredevil and The Punisher both reverted back to Marvel when the rights lapsed at Fox and Lionsgate, respectively.  Obviously, if Marvel gives the characters new movies, they’ll be reboots, but in a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says they’re still figuring out how to proceed with these valuable properties.

Hit the jump for what Feige had to say, and click here for what he had to say to Steve at the press junket for Thor: The Dark World.

THE PUNISHER: DIRTY LAUNDRY Producer Adi Shankar Responds to Marvel Shutting Down a Fan Film

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Marvel recently shut down a Punisher fan film, and this indirectly brought Adi Shankar into the conversation.  Shankar produced the fan film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (click here to watch it, and click here to watch his other fan film, Truth in Journalism; he also makes mainstream movies) starring Thomas Jane, who played Punisher in the 2004 adaptation.  Shankar has written an open letter responding to Marvel’s takedown notice.  Reading over his letter, I strongly disagree with some of his points.  I believe it oversimplifies a studio’s position regarding their properties, and ignores that the studio doesn’t necessarily mind reproduction, but it does mind context in those reproductions assuming those reproductions become a hit with the mainstream.

But the crux of the argument is a hotly debated one: who owns this material?  Does it belong to the studios or the fans, and why would studios want to stop fans from trying to bring a new spin to the material?  Hit the jump to read Shankar’s letter, and sound off in the comments.

Hayley Atwell Interested in Marvel’s In-Development AGENT CARTER TV Series

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A couple weeks ago, we reported that Marvel was in the early stages of developing a TV series based on Agent Peggy Carter, who was played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger and in the new Marvel “One-Shot”, Agent Carter.  Since the TV series is in early development, there was no word on whether or not Atwell would continue to play the role, and in a recent interview she said she read about the news like everyone else.  However, if Marvel wanted her to be involved, Atwell tells Digital Spy, “it’s certainly something I would be a part of doing. I’d be interested to show different sides of Peggy.”  She continued, “I love the Marvel lot, they’re really great people to work with, so it would be nice to go back and work with them again. I’d definitely do it.”

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