While we’ve been basking in the warm, loving glow of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One has been quietly assembling its various components. First, Felicity Jones was cast in a lead role. Then Ben Mendelsohn supposedly joined the ensemble. Now, Riz Ahmed, who is probably best known for playing the straight face to Jake Gyllenhaal’s memorable craziness in Nightcrawler, is supposedly signing up.
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Did anyone really think Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, wouldn’t live to see the end credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Of course not. However, now we have confirmation from Olsen herself, who revealed that she not only survives her first Marvel movie outing, she’s already prepping her second. Yep, the Scarlet Witch is going to have to pick a side in Captain America: Civil War.
When it was announced that a Mad Max video game was arriving later this year, most discerning gamers and movie fans assumed it would be a quick cash-in on Mad Max: Fury Road. The new trailer, our first extended look at the game, is a nice reminder that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Simply titled Mad Max, the game isn’t specifically based on the new movie. Instead, it seemingly borrows from all four films to create an open-world game that encompasses everything you love about George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action series.
It was rumored a while back during the big Sony e-mail hack that the studio was eyeing Phil Lord and Chris Miller for an animated Spider-Man film. Now that Sony and Marvel have reached an agreement to cross the web-slinger over into the MCU, some progress is being made in the realm of Spidey, and the studio has officially confirmed The LEGO Movie duo for a new animated project — one that will be part of the new continuity.
In addition to the growing slate of live-action takes on their classic animated tales, Disney is expanding their plans for new versions of old favorites with some interesting talent. Their latest acquisition is an outline from Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan for a new take on the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale, which is certainly a surprising project coming from Gilligan.
Now that Marvel and Sony have struck a deal allowing Spider-Man to appear in the MCU, it was only a matter of time before a new web-slinger was chosen. The new deal will see Spidey make his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War, while Marvel will work with Sony on rebooting the character once again. While an actor hasn’t been chosen to replace Andrew Garfield just yet, there are some interesting names on the shortlist of contenders.
In case you were not aware, there’s been a little dispute over at Marvel regarding the Ant-Man writing credits. Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish originally wrote the screenplay for the pint-sized superhero film, but once Wright departed the project, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd did a little rewriting. While Marvel intended to give Wright and Cornish “story by” credit only, the pair will now get a screenwriting credit following the results of their recent dispute.
We’ve gotten a look at Paul Bettany’s Vision in recent Avengers: Age of Ultron marketing materials, but we haven’t had a chance to see his incredibly powerful superhero in action…until now. The actor appeared on BBC’s The One Show, where he debuted a new clip featuring the introduction of his android hero. It’s short, but it definitely gets the job done.
Production recently began on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but that hasn’t stopped the director from adding to the film’s super-villainous lineup. Joining the impressive and ever-growing roster of stars is rapper/actor Common, last seen in last year’s critically acclaimed Selma.
While Marvel is inarguably the major leader in superhero films right now, they could stand to take note of DC and Warner Bros.’ latest initiative. The comic book publisher is joining forces with the movie studio to launch DC Superhero Girls, a new directive aimed at young women that will include TV shows, action figures, apparel, books and more. It’s a great new multimedia project that sets a strong precedent that other publishers and studios will follow, if they’re smart.