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'The Avengers 2' Will Assemble In Theaters On May 1, 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2012 1:37 PM
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Well, the speculation that has been knocking around for the past few weeks is more or less confirmed, as Marvel has officially stamped a release date for "The Avengers: [Insert Subtitle Here]" -- and you're going to be waiting three years.

'Daredevil' Heading Back To Marvel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 7:57 PM
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The writing was on the wall. With David Slade leaving the project earlier this summer, and Joe Carnahan revealing yesterday that his pitch for a "'Serpico' styled" take on "Daredevil" "went up in smoke," it wasn't exactly clear how Fox was going to hang on to the rights to the character with an October 10th deadline looming. And it looks like they won't.

Marvel Puts The Future Of Phase Two In The Hands Of Joss Whedon In Deal That Extends To June 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 9:02 AM
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“We’re in preproduction on a movie called ’Iron Man 3’ right now. We've got a great director called Shane Black who's taking the reins. It’s the first of what we refer to Phase Two of this Avengers Assemble talk, which will lead to an ‘Avengers 2.’ Those movies will be a part of that,” Kevin Feige said at the New York Comic-Con last fall. But a lot has changed since then, most importantly, the billion dollar success of "The Avengers," which basically no one saw coming. It was a game-changer not only at the box office, but critically with the Marvel movie earning some of the best notices of any picture they've done. But it also proved the value of a writer/director making the most of the opportunity to flex their muscle within the Marvel universe, and deliver the kind of results that pleased both hardcore fanboys and general audiences alike. And Marvel, wisely, want to continue to do that.

Fox Want Joe Carnahan For Gritty 'Daredevil,' May Give Marvel Silver Surfer & Galactus For Rights Extension

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 4:28 PM
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Has someone over at Fox been reading The Playlist? It was only a few weeks ago, shortly after David Slade exited "Daredevil," that we unveiled our list of possible replacements, and one of them was none other than Joe Carnahan. "He's got style, blockbuster experience and a good feel for street life, which seems to be a good mix for a project like this," we wrote, and it seems the suits over at the studio agree. 

Do You Want To See Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts Put On The Iron Man Suit?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2012 4:28 PM
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Well, we suppose it's not as out there as Mickey Rourke playing Ivan Vanko, or a talking raccoon and superhero tree in "Guardians Of The Galaxy," but it is still an idea that is enough to give one pause. Marvel has been thinking about strapping Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts into Tony Stark's Iron Man suit.

'Ant-Man' For 2014? If It Works With Edgar Wright's Schedule, Maybe...

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 17, 2012 6:56 PM
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Despite the semi-confusion at Comic-Con this weekend, Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" was officially announced as a Marvel film. Or at least, for a good 30-40 minutes after Marvel's presentation of Wright's well-received "Ant-Man" test-footage, no one in the audience, journalists included, could agree whether the film had been officially announced or not. Marvel Studio's website cleared that up with an official movie logo. The commotion, in part, was perhaps because unlike all the other titles officially announced, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians Of The Galaxy," etc., "Ant-Man" had not received a release date and still doesn't have one.

Discuss: Is Marvel Afraid Of Making A 'Black Panther' Movie?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 17, 2012 3:40 PM
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For a major studio who do nothing but make blockbuster tentpole movies, Marvel do, to their credit, take their fare share of risks. Casting Robert Downey Jr, an actor coming out of a decade or so of drug and alcohol addiction, and whose last film as a lead, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" made under $5 million at the box office, as the lead in "Iron Man" was certainly a risk, but one that paid off handsomely.

The Best & Worst At Comic-Con: Which Films & Studios Had Good, Bad Or Middling Reactions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.

Phase Two: What To Expect From 'Iron Man 3,' 'Thor 2,' 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' And The Rest Of Marvel's Slate

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 16, 2012 10:01 AM
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Phase One of Marvel's comic book movie plan was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. After the success of "Iron Man," the comics company-turned-film studio, who had started financing their own movies, started putting together a four-year-plan that would see an "Iron Man" sequel, as well as introductions to "Thor" and "Captain America," that would lead into team-up movie "The Avengers." And boy did it pay off. All the films were hits individually, before "The Avengers" became a phenomenon this spring, taking nearly $1.5 billion worldwide to date, making it the third-biggest-grossing film of all time.

Comic-Con '12: Thomas Jane & Ron Perlman Unveil Unofficial 'Punisher' Short Film; 'Star Trek 2' Footage Revealed...Kind Of...

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 15, 2012 10:41 PM
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A brief litle update on various bits and bobs from San Diego over the weekend so here we go...The last time we heard anything about the future of Marvel's "The Punisher" was last fall when Fox committed to a TV pilot that would bring the character to the small screen...and that's about it since then. But Thomas Jane, who played the character in the modestly received 2004 movie, has gone ahead and made his own short film without Marvel approval.

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