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Kevin Feige Says Marvel May Now Release One Sequel And One New Franchise Each Year, Also Denies 'Planet Hulk'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 4:46 PM
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Marvel Studios
"Here we are now, 14 years since the first Marvel movie I worked on. At that point it had been eight years and for about those eight years people had been asking ‘How much longer gonna last?’ ‘When are people gonna get tired of these movies?' And my answer always was ‘People only get tired if a whole slew of terrible ones come out’. And it was our job to make sure that doesn’t happen," Marvel honco Kevin Feige said last week. "If there are other people out there interested in that not happening as well, I’m all for it!" And while there have been patchy superhero movies (see Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" for example), for Marvel at least, they've kept the quality level mostly consistent, so why not continue?

Exclusive: James Gunn Says 'Planet Hulk'/'Guardians of the Galaxy' Rumors Are "A Bunch Of Complete Bullsh*t"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 21, 2014 9:05 AM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy, James Gunn
Last year, Latino-Review reported that the "Planet Hulk" comic book storyline would soon be stomping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (In the comic book, the Hulk is banished from Earth and winds up on a fearsome world, following a "Conan"-style trajectory from gladiatorial warrior to ruler of the planet.) The rumors were debunked, but late last month, Hitfix teased a potential "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel that would also feature "Planet Hulk"-style story elements (head to that site for the full, potentially spoilery details). Well, we recently spoke to "Guardians of the Galaxy" writer/director James Gunn, and he set the record straight on both counts.

Rumor: Marvel's Hulk Movie Plans Won't See Him Fighting Alone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 10:57 AM
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“I don’t think ['Planet Hulk'] is the way to go yet,” Mark Ruffalo recently told MTV. “I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators.” And at first, this seemed like an about face from the actor who not that long said Marvel was considering a Hulk standalone movie, with "Planet Hulk" long rumored to be the source material. But if you close one rumor window, another one opens, so strap in. And by the way, there will be big spoilers ahead.

Good Idea Or Bad Idea? Mark Ruffalo Says Marvel Now Considering 'Hulk' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2014 11:18 AM
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It would seem the tide is shifting on Marvel's feelings about making a new, standalone Hulk movie. The character — one they've tried twice before to make into a viable standalone franchise — has perhaps never been more popular thanks to Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of the green monster in "The Avengers." And while that led to a flurry of fanboys begging for a new Hulk movie, as of last year Ruffalo revealed that Marvel had "no plans" to make that happen. And even Marvel's guru Joss Whedon said it's "the most difficult Marvel property." But the character is a popular one, stopping by recently (and randomly) in a World Cup ad for Nike, so perhaps Marvel is changing their stance regarding Bruce Banner?

Lou Ferrigno Claims Solo 'Hulk' Movie To Follow 'Avengers 2'; Andy Serkis Helping With Mo-Cap On 'Ultron'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 2, 2014 9:04 AM
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Despite the successful run on TV screens in the late '70s and early '80s, the Hulk has proven to be a tough sell on the big screen, with no less than three actors playing Bruce Banner in less than a decade and Marvel itself at the helm of the last two iterations. While last spring came word from the lastest Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, that there were “no plans for a stand alone,” leave it to the most iconic Hulk of them all to start the rumor mill anew.

Watch: The Hulk Stops By In 4-Minute Nike World Cup Ad

Nike World Cup The Hulk
The World Cup will soon be upon us and advertisers are mobilizing to get the attention of the world. And Nike's Risk Everything campaign is rolling hard, kicking off with an ad directed by Jonathan Glazer. Now Ringan Ledwidge is behind the camera for the next spot which is a bit more light-hearted, and a lot more random. Read More »

What Does The Netflix Partnership Mean For The Marvel Universe? 7 Points To Consider

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 8, 2013 1:44 PM
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Marvel/NetFlix
Has the revolution begun? Netflix announced just a few days ago that they had delivered 2 billion hours of just streaming content in their fourth quarter this year. Before that, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos provoked the industry with a confrontational keynote speech about releasing films day-and-date on the streaming service and warning theater owners that they will "kill movies" if they continue to resist multi-platform distribution. A convenient, self-serving statement, he's since back pedaled away from those comments (after all, it’s Netflix who mostly benefits here).

Interview: Eric Bana Talks The Real Life Politics Behind 'Closed Circuit,' His Life After 'Hulk,' And Whether Or Not He'd Do 'Star Wars'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2013 6:30 PM
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Ciarán Hinds, Eric Bana, Closed Circuit
Now is a very good time for "Closed Circuit," a movie about the British judicial system and the proliferation of CCTV around London, to be released. With the firestorm of controversy surround illegal surveillance, Edward Snowden and PRISM, and the general feeling of unease knowing that there is a pretty good chance that the email you sent to your college roommate is being intercepted and reviewed by some higher power, it's an ideal moment for a claustrophobic, conspiratorial thriller like "Closed Circuit." Few thrillers tap into the zeitgeist like this film does. In the film, Eric Bana plays Martin Rose, a public-court lawyer assigned to defending a Turkish national who seems to have played a role in a deadly London bombing. As his investigation continues and he navigates Britain's controversial closed court system, he's drawn into a shadowy, conspiracy-laced world and reignites an old flame with his "special advocate" lawyer.

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.

Mark Ruffalo Says There Are Currently "No Plans" For A 'Hulk' Standalone Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 12:44 PM
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After Joss Whedon's response that rumors about a "Hulk" standalone movie were "nonsense," and other nerd sites declared chatter that a Marvel effort based on Planet Hulk was 1000% inaccurate, Mark Ruffalo has used the almighty power of Twitter to finally weigh in on Hulk-gate. Yeah, don't hold your breath for a green monster smashing stuff up on screen anytime soon.

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