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Writer Drew Pearce Says 'Runaways' Movie Still Possible In A Post-'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Marvel Universe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2014 5:10 PM
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Exclusive: Earlier today we got a chance to chat with Drew Pearce, the British screenwriter who co-scripted last summer's "Iron Man 3," and who has written and directed a short follow-up of sorts, a Marvel One-Shot entitled "All Hail the King." We'll have more from that interview in anticipation of the short film's debut on the "Thor: The Dark World" Blu-ray at the end of the month, but while we were talking to Pearce, we had to ask him about the status of the project that brought him into the Marvel fold—an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona's "Runaways." Surprisingly, it might not be as dead as we'd imagined.

New Image Of The Heroes From 'Guardians Of Galaxy' Shows Off Chris Pratt, A Raccoon, A Tree & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 4:14 PM
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Walt Disney is saying goodbye to 2013...but looking ahead at 2014. And their slate of 14 films includes two major Marvel movies, and today we have a full look at the heroes of one of them...

Interview: Kevin Feige On 'Thor: The Dark World,' Firing Carter Burwell & Reclaiming 'X-Men' & 'Spider-Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 30, 2013 4:11 PM
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Kevin Feige has made a pretty good case for being the most successful Hollywood producer of recent years. The 40-year-old President of Production at Marvel Studios started barely a decade ago, graduating from being Lauren Shuler Donner's assistant to associate producer on the first "X-Men" movie — the film that launched the 21st century wave of comic book film — and since then, has had some kind of role or credit on every Marvel-derived project.

Genredom: Vin Diesel, Marvel, Bad Robot Teaser, Benedict Cumberbatch Might Still Be In 'Star Wars' (Probably Not Though) & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 5:30 PM
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Nerds are an easily excitable bunch, especially if they're in the position of also being journalists (or maybe "journalists" with airquotes is a better distinction), where flights of fancy and endless speculation can easily usurp actual reporting. Such is the case with boundless theorizing about Benedict Cumberbatch being in "Star Wars: Episode VII," which seems to be more a case of collective wishful thinking than anything concrete or remotely plausible. Well, there's even more on that subject (prepare your eyes, as they're about to roll), as well as further details on that mysterious Bad Robot trailer from a few weeks ago and Vin Diesel running his mouth again about what he's doing with Marvel. Have the largest grain of salt you can find at the ready.

'Game Of Thrones' Star Natalie Dormer Flies To 'Mockingjay,' Craig Roberts Experiences 'The End Of The World' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 23, 2013 1:51 PM
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We’re still a couple of months away from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but Lionsgate is already moving forward with the two-part finale “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.” THR is reporting that “Game of Thrones” actor Natalie Dormer is joining the finale as “Cressida, a director who joins the rebellion.” MILD SPOILERS—Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss consents to being part of the rebellion’s propaganda machine and Dormer’s character will aid in the crafting of the materials meant to inspire the people of Panem to rise up against the capitol. Dormer will appear in both parts of the film.

Bradley Cooper To Voice Rocket Raccoon In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 9:01 AM
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As we noted yesterday, Bradley Cooper has spent the last few years making a conscious effort work with filmmakers of esteem on projects with some weight and substance — folks like Susanne Bier, Derek Cianfrance, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe and Clint Eastwood. But is the actor now ready to sit in a recording booth and collect some easy, low-paying money for a voice role? If the folks at Marvel have their way, that could be the case.

Watch: D23 Expo Presentations For 'Thor 2,' 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' 'Maleficent' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 10:31 AM
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Disney's D23 expo -- the Mouse House's equivalent to San Diego Comic-Con -- came and went this past weekend, bringing much of the world's manchild population to Anaheim for several days of Disney-related fun. Given the studio's increasing dominance of the tentpole field thanks to their acquisition of Marvel and Lucasfilm, hopes were high that some hot news might drop, but outside of some casting for some Pixar movies, it didn't really happen.

Vin Diesel Plays To Strengths By Voicing Uncommunicative Lump Of Wood In Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 9:01 AM
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It's been one of the more intriguing movie-news related mysteries of the last few months. Concrete-voiced "Fast & Furious" star Vin Diesel has been hinting on his Facebook page for a little while that he was in discussions with Marvel about taking some kind of role in one of their upcoming projects. With "Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" already quite a way into production, it seemed that it was more likely to be either "Guardians Of The Galaxy" or "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron," and so speculation flew, with guesses ranging from the voice of Rocket Racoon or Thanos in the former to The Vision or Ultron in the latter.

No Loki For 'Avengers 2,' Joss Whedon Teases More Details, While Edgar Wright Says Ultron Was Never Part Of 'Ant-Man'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 5, 2013 5:46 PM
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You know you're dealing with the obsessive, knotty world of comic book movies when merely announcing the title of a movie can send a legion of dedicated super-fans into a speculative frenzy. This was the case when Marvel unveiled the subtitle for their highly anticipated sequel to last year's "The Avengers," titled "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." (For those without a basement full of long boxes, Ultron was a robot menace that turned out to be one of the team's deadliest foes.) While the movie isn't going to be released until the summer of 2015, details have started to emerge about what to expect from the sequel, with handsome dandy Tom Hiddleston confirming that his fanciful Loki will not be the villain for a second (third, if you count "Thor") time, Edgar Wright clarifying the film's connection to his own "Ant-Man" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" writer/director Joss Whedon offering further tidbits (including stuff about Thanos and The Vision).

Joss Whedon Explains Why Ultron Can Arrive Before Pym In 'The Avengers 2,' Kevin Feige Confirms Thanos In 'Guardians'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 22, 2013 9:03 AM
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Even with promising new footage for their new projects, star-studded panels, and an in-character appearance by Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Marvel Studios still took the lower-key approach to Comic-Con this past weekend, favoring elaboration over any earth-shattering announcements. One of these, the reveal of Ultron as the villain in “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” clarified a piece of the film's plot, but director Joss Whedon insists it won't barge into another planned Marvel property.

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