Peter Jackson Says He Doesn’t Like the Franchise-Driven Nature of Hollywood; Won’t Do a Marvel Movie

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With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies now in theaters, filmmaker Peter Jackson has finally come to the end of his tenure in Middle-earth.  The journey has been over a decade long, and while he tackled a few other projects in between the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit sagas, he’s maintained a focus on larger-scale films that pushed the boundaries of technology and scale.  However, Jackson says he now wants to go back to making considerably smaller films, ones that focus on true stories from his native New Zealand.  It’s a return to form really, as Jackson first broke into the mainstream with his excellent New Zealand-set drama Heavenly Creatures.

In a recent interview, though, Jackson not only says he’s eager to return to smaller movies, but he actively dislikes the “Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon”, saying he has no interest in directing a Marvel movie.  Read on after the jump.

Marvel and Netflix’s DAREDEVIL TV Series Wraps Production

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Following the new images from Daredevil we saw this weekend, executive producer and showrunner Steven DeKnight has tweeted that the upcoming series has wrapped production.  As we previously reported, DeKnight says that while Daredevil will be “grittier and edgier” than anything Marvel has done thus far, they’re still “not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity,” even thought Netflix gives its TV series the freedom to do so.  Daredevil will also be the second limited series for Marvel following this January’s Agent Carter.  However, unlike that series, Daredevil will remain on hiatus until the big crossover series, The Defenders, which won’t arrive until after Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist premiere, and none of those have even entered production yet, although Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are in the casting stage.

Hit the jump for DeKnight’s tweet and more on Daredevil TV series.  The series will premiere sometime in 2015.

Official ANT-MAN Synopsis and Character Details Released; New Cast Additions Confirmed

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Now that Marvel’s Ant-Man has wrapped principal photography and is in the post-production part of its journey, the studio appears to be getting all of its ducks in order in regard to introducing the film to the general public.  While the Marvel Studios brand is strong, they still have to sell this movie (one of their weirder titles) to people who have no idea Edgar Wright was ever attached to or fell off of the project and who don’t care about what his take may have been like.

Hit the jump for the official Ant-Man synopsis and to learn about the smaller character additions that were made during production.  While I love Wright and think his take would have been great, I’ve got to come clean and say that director Peyton Reed is no slouch in his own right.  I’m very much still looking forward to July 17th, 2015.

Sony and Marvel Discussed a New SPIDER-MAN Trilogy and a CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Appearance; Phil Lord and Chris Miller Developing Animated Spidey Comedy

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There have been many, many reports lately about what Sony Pictures may or may not be doing with its Spider-Man franchise after the disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but now we have some clarity on what has actually been discussed and what’s definitely in the works, albeit under some pretty lousy circumstances.  Sony has been the target of a very aggressive and incredibly damaging attack from a hacker group that’s now demanding the studio not release The Interview in theaters later this month, and today some internal emails from the studio were released online as a result of said attack.

We will not be publishing any of the emails here, but the folks at the Wall Street Journal did some digging after seeing that some of the emails revealed Sony and Marvel definitely did have discussions about teaming up on new Spider-Man films.  Moreover, an animated Spider-Man comedy is in development from The LEGO Movie directors/geniuses Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  More after the jump.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN Wraps Filming

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Just yesterday, Warner Bros.’ massive DC Comics movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wrapped principal photography, but it appears that Marvel also had one of its own features complete filming the same day.  Director Peyton Reed announced on Twitter that principal photography on Marvel’s Ant-Man movie is now complete.  Considering the rocky road the film had towards production, it’s actually kind of impressive that it’s in the can.  The project lost its co-writer/director Edgar Wright back in March, but Marvel scrambled and reworked the film in time to start filming this past July.  More after the jump, including a full recap of the film’s somewhat bumpy road to fruition.

A Done Deal: Marvel Confirms Benedict Cumberbatch Is DOCTOR STRANGE; Logline Revealed

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It’s Official.  Confirmed.  Signed, sealed, and delivered.  After months of rumors, negotiations, and close calls, Marvel has officially confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed be the star of Doctor Strange, putting an end to the longest casting process since…well probably True Detective Season 2.  Regardless, the studio has found its man, and producer Kevin Feige has high praise for the star:

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing the film from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. Hit the jump for more on this long road to finding Doctor Strange.

Evangeline Lilly Says Edgar Wright’s “Incredible” ANT-MAN Didn’t Fit Into the Marvel Universe; Judy Greer Reveals Her Role

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Fans are understandably excited about the slew of Marvel movies that Marvel Studios announced last month, but believe it or not, there are actually two Marvel films that genuinely exist (ie. footage has been shot, actors cast) that are poised for release next year:  Joss Whedon’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron hits in May, and then we’ll get Ant-Man in July.  Ant-Man is currently in the final stretch of principal photography in Atlanta, and by now you’re no doubt familiar with the project’s shaky road to production.  Writer/director Edgar Wright parted ways with the film months before filming, Marvel hired Adam McKay to rewrite the screenplay, and Peyton Reed replaced Wright in the director’s chair.

One of the most intriguing questions about the project concerns the version of the film we’ll never see: Edgar Wright’s.  Actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne in the film, hasn’t been shy about speaking her mind with regards Wright’s departure, and in a new interview she reveals that she almost left the project altogether and discusses how Wright’s vision differed from the new script.  More after the jump.

ABC Extends AGENT CARTER Series Premiere to Two Hours

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Even though I hear the show has picked up in its second season, I’m still not eager to return to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Instead, I’ve turned my excitement to ABC and Marvel’s new series, Agent Carter.  I like everything I know about it so far: strong protagonist played by Hayley Atwell; only eight episodes; it was created by Captain America: The First Avenger writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely; and it’s a spy series set in the 1940s, which is a time period we don’t see on television.

ABC has now announced that the one-hour premiere has been extended to two hours, which basically makes the Agent Carter series premiere into a movie, and I’m absolutely fine with that.  The trade-off is that the series is now seven episodes, although technically it’s still eight because the first and second episodes have been combined to make the extended premiere.  The series premieres on January 6, 2015 on ABC.  Hit the jump for the plot synopsis.

Everything You Need to Know About BLACK PANTHER: An Introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s New Addition

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Of the new characters set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the next five years, one of the biggest fan-favorites has to be T’Challa, aka the Black Panther.  The Black Panther is different from most heroes due to the fact that he runs his own country.  Yes, T’Challa is the leader of the fictional African country known as Wakanda, a technologically advanced powerhouse that is light years ahead of the rest of the world in almost every respect.  The Black Panther is set to star in his own movie in November of 2017, will have a prominent role in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, and the role has already been cast with Chadwick Boseman of Get On Up and 42 fame bringing him to life.  With such a high-profile character finally getting the big screen treatment, now seems like a good time for an introduction to one of Marvel Studios’ newest heroes.  Check out everything you need to know about the Black Panther after the jump.

Marvel Releases Official Phase 3 Timeline Image

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You may remember seeing glimpses of a full timeline of films for Marvel’s upcoming Phase 3 slate during the studio’s big unveiling presentation, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting seeing as how Marvel Studios dumped a lot of big news that day.  Not to worry, because Marvel has now officially revealed the Phase 3 timeline image, which might come in handy when trying to keep track of all the superhero movies we have on tap.  Ant-Man was originally supposed to kick off the next phase, but that film has now been moved under the Phase 2 banner as sort of a post-script after Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The real Phase 3 festivities begin on May 6, 2016 with the release of Captain America: Civil War, which pits Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man against Chris Evans’ Captain America, with Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Daniel Bruhl’s unnamed villain also in the mix.

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THE COLLISION: Episode 109 – Marvel Phase Three and Facing off against Warner Bros./DC Comics

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the massive announcement regarding Marvel Phase Three.  We look at what the plan implies, what was left behind (poor Ant-Man), how enthusiasm for the future makes us forget the present (Avengers: Age of Ultron looked like an afterthought after the Phase Three announcement and that movie hasn’t even come out yet), the inevitable clash with Warner Bros./DC, marketing to fans, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“World War II Films and Fury“), 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 and @AdamChitwood.

First AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Clip Features an Avengers Party and Hammer Shenanigans

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Disney has released the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip from writer/director Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel.  The clip debuted earlier tonight during ABC’s new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where the first trailer was set to premiere before it leaked last week.  Age of Ultron sees the titular Avengers battling a force of their own invention, as Tony Stark’s new robot Ultron gets a mind of his own and decides that humanity is in need of wiping out.  This clip is essentially what was shown at Comic-Con this summer, and it shows that despite the serious tone of the trailer, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.  In the clip, the Avengers are letting off steam in the form of an Avengers party in Stark’s penthouse, as they each take turns trying to lift Thor’s hammer.  Shenanigans ensue.

Watch the first Avengers: Age of Ultron clip after the jump.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. JacksonAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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.

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.

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