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Most people are familiar with the standard operating procedure when it comes to auditions in Hollywood. An actor prepares a scene or is given pages of a script to work from, sits or stands in front of group of people (director, producers, casting director, etc.) in a room, and performs in hopes of being seen as the perfect fit for a particular character or film. This has been the process used by studios and filmmakers for decades - but it's apparently not the method used by the folks over at Marvel Studios.
Tony Stark’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get even bigger, and if Marvel is wise, they’ll make sure to include him in the Black Panther movie to show him traveling farther down his new path.
There are weeks that I struggle to decide what the subject of Hero Blend should be. Do I check in to see what’s happening with the X-Men, or are the developments with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice more interesting? This week there was no struggle.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has big plans for the coming years. To keep it all straight, we've laid out the next few years worth of Marvel Studios films, which encompass the remainder of Phase 2 and the officially announced Phase 3 lineup.
It’s still a strong possibility that Marvel will figure some way to get Spider-Man into its MCU. What Marvel wants, Marvel tends to get. But seeing the aftermath of the El Capitan party, it also seems like Marvel has a backup plan.
Earlier today we met the newest member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, whenever an actor agrees to a contract with Marvel, it's never for just one film, which leads us to wonder exactly how many movies Chardick Boseman is signed on for. It turns out that we didn't have to wait that long for an answer to this burning question.
Marvel is offering up some major updates today, among which are the planned release dates for their hugely anticipated upcoming projects, specifically in Phase 3. Here's the list of movies they announced with release dates and some excellent title art...
Remember during the aftermath of the Avengers: Age Of Ultron when everyone started speculating that Black Panther would make an appearance in the movie? Well, it turns out the speculation was right, at least on a vague level. We still don’t know whether T’Challa will show up in the upcoming film, but we do know he will be getting his own movie!
The Avengers 2 is being titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel will add new superheroes to the returning group of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Find out who those new superheroes are, and more, right here.
We’ve been hearing whispers about Black Panther’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years and years now, and while he hasn’t shown up yet, it may not be long before the character makes his live-action feature debut. After all, the brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has what appear to be some rather big hints that Black Panther is coming sooner rather than later.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is adding three more superheroes to its lineup, adding up to nine Avengers for 2015. One notable Avenger from the comics that hasn’t been announced for the movie is Black Panther, but Marvel may have something up its sleeve for the ruler of Wakanda next year.
One of the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe rumors is that Captain America, Thor and possibly Black Widow won’t appear in Avengers 3. Instead, they will be saved for another film down the line. If this proves to be true, Marvel needs to make sure that these secondary supeheroes to form the new Avengers team in the threequel.
The time is right for actors looking to make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe to speak up if interested. And first to say it loud and proud is Michael K. Williams of The Wire and Board Walk Empire.
When I asked Washington if he’d even been approached by Marvel to play a hero, he told me the answer. When I followed up and asked if it was something he’d even be interested in, he confessed a major truth.
We have been hearing that the menacing Ultron will have to travel to Black Panther’s home land of Wakanda to pick up valuable resources in Joss Whedon’s sequel. But it’s unclear if an actor will have been cast to play the hero T’Challa in a Marvel movie for this potential cameo.
Kevin Feige is continuing to tease new Marvel projects, and the two latest names to get dropped will delight fans and actors alike. Let the dream casting begin.
All kidding aside, by “contract” he could just be speaking of a hypothetical contract. As in, “I didn't sign anything, so I'm not anything yet.” Or is he winking at the fact that he can't legally say anything, but he has talked to Marvel about the role?
John Boyega is destined to become an icon of pop culture when Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters in 2015. But the Nigerian-Brit who drew international notice with his lead role in the 2011 sci-fi adventure Attack the Block is looking to another universe for his next role - more specifically, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So, aside from some obvious guesses, those seven slots could be filled with several different Marvel properties. Which are they? Will we see The Punisher again? Could The Inhumans make their presence felt? And what's Thor up to?
We all know Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige have a master plan that theoretically takes them to 2028. We just don't know what projects will take them to that point... or at least we don't know for sure, as seven names have popped up that point towards where the studio might be going with this hero business.
Marvel Studios movies have featured a good number of black actors playing strong supporting roles from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury to Don Cheadle as James Rhodes to Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, but one step they have yet to take is making a solo movie about a black superhero. The easiest way for them to do this is with a film about Black Panther (their most popular black superhero in the comics), but while the project has been in development for years it has never actually happened.
How many Marvel movies do you want? How about all the Marvel movies? Right now, the studio is stepping up to the plate and blasting them out like Barry Bonds with a handful of flax seed oil coupons. And who could blame Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for getting a little bold and presumptuous?
Lee was asked several questions about possible upcoming Marvel movies, and while most of this probably has to fall into the category of “speculation,” Lee likely is in the loop on decisions pertaining to Marvel properties, and I don’t think he’s pulling this information out of thin air.
Talk of Marvel finally making a Black Panther movie has been around basically as long as Marvel has been making movies, and since way before movies like The Avengers were big enough to assume Marvel could do whatever they want. There's nothing officially in the works to make the Black Panther movie happen, but a lot of fans are hoping that might change at Marvel's Saturday Comic-Con panel… and one of the company's executives just added a lot of fuel to that fire at another Comic-Con panel
He may still have to beat out Morris Chestnut, a much older and more established actor who's also been rumored for the role, and who knows what other actors who might be on the shortlist. But the fact that a shortlist may exist at all is a strong sign that the Black Panther movie really is happening-- even if the likes of Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and who knows what else still seem to be ahead of it in line.