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Producers Say ‘Spider-Man’ Crossovers With ‘X-Men’ & ‘Avengers’ Won't Happen Until "We’ve Run Out Of Ideas"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 18, 2014 12:46 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
OMG, an “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” mid-credits sting in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Crosssssooooverrrrrrrr! Nope, as you’ve probably read by now. The only reason that this unlikely event – a 20th Century Fox movie being promoted within a Sony/Columbia tentpole – happened was because it was essentially in director Marc Webber’s contact. The filmmaker owed another move to Fox Searchlight (sibling company of parent Fox) after “(500) Days of Summer,” and so in order for him to make “The Amazing Spider-Man” and the sequel, Sony had to agree to promote one of Fox’s upcoming movies (they chose “X-Men Days of Future Past” in the aforementioned example).

Disney Meets With Marvel About More Potential ‘Avengers’ & ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Spin-Off Solo Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 16, 2014 1:58 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy/Avengers
Everyone wants a spin-off. That’s the talk du jour. It’s not enough to just have a franchise, you need solo films to keep that franchise going and going. It’s the new black: release a movie every other year while the main mothership has its flagship super-movie every two or three years, right? Fox hopes to do the same with the “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” series and Mystique (a mooted spin-off while the super-hero team carries on every other few years). And Marvel obviously already has this plan in place: an “Avengers” movie ever few years and in between them they have their solo character movies, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Ant-Man,” “Thor: The Dark World” etc.

Best To Worst: Every Marvel Movie Ranked

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 3, 2014 4:00 PM
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Best To Worst: Every Marvel Movie Ranked
Even by the ambitious standards of Marvel, 2014 is going to be a big year. They've got this weekend’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (review here) and hopeful franchise-starter “Guardians of the Galaxy,” while rival studios have the forthcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (at Fox) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (at Sony). No matter who is bringing them to the screen, Marvel has become a blockbuster brand, underscored by “The Avengers” scoring the third-highest-grossing-film of all time.

Kevin Feige Says Marvel Movie Map Plotted To 2028, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Spinoffs Considered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 10:28 AM
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There are no sure things in the movie business, and audience tastes can change at any time, but right now, Marvel is as close to a solid bet as it gets. The comic studio is simply dominating the genre by not only delivering what fans want, but staying (mostly) true to the characters, and creating a world that audiences are clearly invested in to the tune of $1.5 billion in worldwide sales for "The Avengers." And it's a not a shock that Marvel has captured the attention of the business world.

First Look: Marvel Concept Art Reveals How Scarlett Witch & Quicksilver Will Appear in ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 19, 2014 11:45 AM
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Scarlett Witch: Concept Art
The Marvel Universe of comics has thousands of beloved characters and many of the A-list heroes have clocked time as members of "The Avengers." The sequel to Marvel's 2012 billion-dollar grosser, "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron" will boast at least two new major members from the comics: Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and The Scarlett Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen).

Redbox's 10 Most Rented Films Of 2013 Reveal People Really Like Melissa McCarthy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 24, 2013 11:02 AM
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Sometimes it's hard to tell if the buzz around an actor or actress exists simply among entertainment writers or has currency in the real world. And so, when Melissa McCarthy broke out in 2011 with "Bridesmaids," earning an Oscar nomination (among other accolades) it remained to be seen if that success would be a springboard to future hits. And indeed it was.

'Kick-Ass' Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson Confirmed To Play Quicksilver In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 30, 2013 3:35 PM
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Well, that was fast. Despite Marvel Chief Kevin Feige cautioning that "The Avengers 2" was some ways away, Joss Whedon had just started screenplay, and therefore the new characters of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch could potentially not land in the final version of the script, casting is underway. And a frontrunner for the role of the speedster Quicksilver has already been found. The Wrap reports that "Kick-Ass" and "Savages" star Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the main actor Marvel is eyeing for the role. No decision has been made yet and no other actors in the running have been revealed.

Joss Whedon Talks Killing Off Marvel Characters Plus Watch 'Iron Man 3' Alternate Ending & Wasp In 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 9:39 AM
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If Marvel has proven one thing thus far in their cinematic universe, no one is ever really dead. As we saw in "The Avengers," with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) seemingly dying only to be resurrected for this fall's TV jaunt "The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the long term value of a character is worth more than short term dramatic stakes. But the question is, can Marvel or current creative godfather Joss Whedon get the brass ones to actually kill off a beloved character? Well, the answer is simple: it has to make sense.

Marvel Announces 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' As Its Sequel Title

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 20, 2013 10:27 PM
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Avengers 2 logo
Well, that was kind of anti-climactic. With Warner announcing an untitled Superman & Batman film for summer 2015 earlier today, fans at Comic-Con were hoping that Marvel Studios would try and top the rival studio with various possible announcements. After all, there's plenty of options, there's been an abundance of talk about Phase 3 films and Marvel has planned two dates for 2016 (May 6, July 8) and one for 2017 (May 5) without revealing what those films will be. But it wasn't meant to be if you were hoping to find out what they were. If you were expecting to receive announcements about "Dr. Strange" or "Black Panther" movies, or more casting about the "Avengers" sequel, it didn't happen.

Hugh Jackman Has A Terrible Idea To Put Wolverine, Spider-Man & The Avengers Together In The Same Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2013 4:00 PM
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With Marvel's "The Avengers" making a billion or so dollars, it seems every studio is now ramping up anything in their catalog that even smells like a team up movie. Hell, Marvel themselves is bringing the group action next summer with "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise just got expanded to four films and currently features about twenty new characters, Warner Bros. teases "Justice League" eternally, Fox is gearing up "Fantastic Four," and we think the credit scroll for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" might be longer than the actual movie...need we say more? But what if one movie could unite them all? Well, Hugh Jackman has an idea that will give a nation of super-nerds wet dreams tonight.

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