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Terrence Howard Says Marvel Tried To Kill His Career & One-Sided Contract Led To His Exit From 'Iron Man' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 10:43 AM
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Ever since it was revealed that Terrence Howard wouldn't be reprising his role in "Iron Man 2," ultimately replaced by Don Cheadle, there has been plenty of ink spilled about why the actor was bounced from the Marvel universe. Way back in 2008, EW reported that circa "Iron Man," it was Howard -- not comeback kid Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow or Jeff Bridges -- who was actually the best paid actor on that set. The first one to sign on, Marvel wasn't able to renegotiate his deal, but perhaps found another workaround. Rumors suggested that Howard was being difficult on set and/or the filmmakers weren't happy with his performance, leading to early drafts for "Iron Man 2" minimizing his participation. So when Marvel circled back to the actor for "Iron Man 2" with a much lower offer than the first movie, well, we'll let Howard take it from here....

Former WWE Wrestler Dave Bautista Is Drax In Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 14, 2013 7:12 PM
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Marvel Signs WWE's Dave Bautista for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
You need a big man to play a big superhuman character. And while Marvel Studios reportedly flirted with "Conan The Barbarian"/"Game Of Thrones" star Jason Momoa, the role has gone to someone else. THR reports that WWE wrestler Dave Bautista has closed his deal to play Drax The Destroyer in their upcoming adaptation of "Guardians Of The Galaxy." Other actors up for the role apparently included Isaiah Mustafa and Patrick Wade.

Joss Whedon Says 'Hulk' Is "The Most Difficult Marvel Property" & Doesn't "Think The First Two Movies Nailed It"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 11:39 AM
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Man, for a property and movie of which there are currently "no plans," it seems folks just can't stop talking about the prospect and possibility of a "Hulk" film and what exactly it should be. While rumors have been flying about about a possible "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" based movie, current Marvel godfather Joss Whedon has called them nonsense and as he reveals in a longer statement today, getting Bruce Banner right on the big screen is a challenge.

Shane Black Says 'Django Unchained' Has "Poisoned The Well" For A '70s-Set 'Black Panther' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 5, 2013 2:49 PM
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Kevin Feige Suggests "Django Unchained" May Have Killed A '70s Black Panther movie
Today's premiere of the third trailer for "Iron Man 3" (which starts hitting theaters around the world next month) has given us our best glimpse so far at Marvel's Phase Two -- the run of solo movies, including "Thor: The Dark World," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," that will bridge the gap between last year's mega-hit "The Avengers" and its 2015 sequel. But clearly, the comic-company-turned-studio have plans beyond that, and assuming the films continue to be successful, we'll continue to see other side projects like the upcoming "S.H.I.E.L.D" TV show, and others besides.

Joss Whedon Calls 'Planet Hulk' Rumors "Nonsense"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 10:42 AM
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Update (03/05/13): To add a further nail to the coffin, Joss Whedon was asked by IGN during a junket for "Much Ado About Nothing" as to whether it was true that "World War Hulk" and "Planet Hulk" would provide inspiration for future Marvel movies. The director responded "Well, I"m not really supposed to comment, but no, that's nonsense." There are denials aimed at keeping things vague, and then there are denials because something's just untrue, and this seems to be the latter. As you were.

Rumor: Marvel's Plans For A New 'Hulk' Movie Include Storylines From 'Planet Hulk' & 'World War Hulk'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 8:59 AM
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Of the many things that contributed to the billion-dollar success of Marvel's "The Avengers" last year, one of the most obvious was the reboot of The Hulk. Now inhabited by Mark Ruffalo, the character was more tortured than ever before (if that was even possible), but also more funny, instantly charming fans and newcomers alike around the world with little more than the words: "Hulk smash." And while a standalone movie seemed like a no-brainer, last spring fans were told that the earliest they would see that happen is 2015.Additionally, while a TV series for the character was teased at the time as well, Guillermo Del Toro recently suggested those plans are on hold for now. So what gives? Well, if these rumors are close to correct, The Hulk will be a major player in Phase Two and Phase Three of Marvel's rollout.

Kevin Feige Confirms 'Doctor Strange' Part Of Marvel Phase Three, Says Edgar Wright Key To 'Ant-Man'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 26, 2013 4:29 PM
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Marvel's making like a kid loaded with candy, aren't they? Their slate takes them all the way to 2015's double-fisting of "The Avengers 2" on May 1st and "Ant-Man" that November 6th. Speaking to MTV recently, Feige revealed that the Edgar Wright-directed "Ant-Man," which will have been in development for eleven years by the time the film hits the screens, will launch what the company considers "Phase Three."

Watch: While You Wait For The Movie, Here's Marvel's 1991 TV Pilot For 'Power Pack'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 5, 2012 1:42 PM
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Remember Marvel’s Power Pack? Well, this writer doesn’t, but they were one of the second tier Marvel properties being mooted for a small-budget big-screen adaptation a couple years ago. They were among characters like Luke Cage, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, et al. (none of which have yet come to pass), but when the rumor first circled, we highlighted Power Pack as the property that likely had the most crossover appeal thanks to its pre-teen X-Men style set-up.

Marvel's Delayed Phase One Box Coming In 2013 With Phase Two Tease & More Deleted Scenes Including 'Thor' Alternate Ending

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 10:40 AM
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Back in September, Marvel was getting ready to drop an elaborate box set, including all the Phase One films, housed in a fancy briefcase featuring a replica of the Tesseract (see above). But there was a small problem. The design of the briefcase was copyrighted by a German luggage company and the paperwork and rights hadn't been cleared by the comic company for use in this kind of packaging. The result was a delay on the set, and lots of unhappy faces this Christmas. But, there is a silver lining -- the set is now back on track and will feature even more for fans.

Sean Howe's 'Marvel Comics: The Untold Story' & The 5 Most Tantalizing Marvel Movie What-Ifs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 5, 2012 11:00 AM
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Sean Howe's brilliant new book, "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story," is a fascinating history of the House of Ideas, from its humble beginnings to its place as a multimedia pop culture juggernaut (and everything in between). What makes Howe's book so fascinating (and such a compulsively un-put-down-able read) is how human it is. He's interested in characters, but not the kind that fly or shoot lasers out of their eyes. And as the book rolls along, it becomes clear that Howe is less interested in the Marvel that is currently nestled within the Disney conglomerate and pumping out billion dollar spectacles like this summer's "The Avengers," than in the hardscrabble, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation that made it so impactful in the first place. Along the way, too, it tells the story of Stan Lee, who moved away from the characters he created and the format he originally conceived and more obsessed with Hollywood and translating those heroes to the big screen. What follows is the most fascinating, bizarre, and out-there possibilities of the one-time cinematic Marvel Universe.

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