Comic Strip: More ‘Ant-Man’ Problems, Thanos and Daredevil Cast, and Marvel DVDs
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Marvel tries to fix ‘Ant-Man,’ Daredevil and Thanos get cast, and the Marvel movies (and show) coming to DVD and Blu-ray.
It’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 1 — In 60 Seconds!
The latest installment of ScreenCrush’s original video series, “Everything You Need to Know in 60 Seconds,” takes on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ It seems appropriate as season 1 of Marvel’s first live-action series in its Cinematic Universe will be hitting DVD and Blu-ray this September 9 (scroll below for details), and those looking to bone up to remain up to date with those water cooler conversations need only check out the video above. It takes only 60 seconds!
Did you catch our last one on ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’?
Marvel Can’t Seem to Find an ‘Ant-Man’ Replacement
The week before last saw Marvel Studios battling through one of the roughest points in its history: director Edgar Wright left ‘Ant-Man’ over changes to his script. The scramble for a new helmer began and a few names came to light: Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Adam McKay were reportedly Marvel’s first choices. Then, on Friday, McKay entered final negotiations and would see star Paul Rudd teaming with his ‘Anchorman’ director again! This would give the consistently hilarious McKay a chance to stretch his legs! This would …
And then McKay dropped out less than 24 hours later. Fleischer and Thurber are still possibilities, but at this point, many have started wondering if Disney will just cancel the entire project at this point. If they do find a director in time for its summer production start, can he possibly create something worthwhile? That’s the big question and it’s ugly stuff.
When things at Marvel seemingly couldn’t get uglier, a new rumor hit the internet: Marvel comics is supposedly removing the Fantastic Four from their public image avoid giving Fox’s new reboot any free publicity. Yes, Marvel has no problem sabotaging their “first family” to make a point. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Marvel’s Daredevil and Thanos Are Named
But things weren’t all doom and gloom for Marvel!
In truly exciting news, the studio’s casting pick for the big ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers’ villain Thanos was revealed — the terrific Josh Brolin has been cast as the Mad Titan. When we last glimpsed the cosmic supervillain at the end ‘The Avengers,’ he was played by a temporary actor as a placeholder, but the voice casting of Brolin gives us an indication of where they’re taking the character. Thanos is a powerful, intimidating presence and Brolin is one of the most masculine and threatening actors working today. His Thanos will look and sound like a real physical threat, a far cry from the lithe Loki and the robotic Ultron.
And while we’re on the subject of casting, Marvel finally named its new Daredevil for its forthcoming Netflix original series, and it’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ star Charlie Cox. Matt Murdock is a tricky role, but Cox is capable of exuding serious physical presence despite his small frame and friendly face. As the first of Marvel’s five Netflix series, it’ll be up to Cox to win over audiences and get them to commit to the streaming-only side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We think he’ll do just fine.
And speaking of Netflix, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star Clark Gregg isn’t being shy about wanting to make an appearance in those upcoming shows, telling Movie Pilot:
I’d be really disappointed if I don’t get to show up in New York for Daredevil, or Iron Fist was a huge favorite of mind in comic books as a kid. I’ve had more than my share so I shouldn’t be greedy but it would be a huge geekout moment for me if I got to meet Daniel Rand.
One Final Round of X-Men Tidbits
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ has officially been in theaters for over a week, but the news keeps on coming! Let’s run ‘em down nice and quick.
- Writer Simon Kinberg now says he wants the X-Men to crossover with the Fantastic Four, despite saying otherwise just a few weeks ago. Speaking with THR, he sad:
In the world of Marvel Studios and everything they’re doing that we’ve been inspired by, anything is possible. I would say purely as a fan of comics and these film franchises, I would love to see it, but it has challenges.
Full interview HERE.
- Anna Paquin filmed a massive subplot for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ that ended up on the cutting room floor. If you ask us, it should have been left it. Said Kinberg:
The Rogue/Anna Paquin scene was by far the biggest cut we made, and that was more my fault than anything. When I was crafting the script, I wanted to create a subplot for old Charles and old Eric—Patrick and Ian—to have a mini-mission together, one final adventure. And that’s what the Rogue sequence was—that they went to retrieve Rogue. But it felt like it didn’t come from the spine of the film, it was an appendage where I just wanted to see the old guys get in the X-Jet for one last ride. It was a narrative detour, and in a film with this much momentum and narrative flow, you can’t afford any detours.
Read more at the AV Club.
- We recently chatted up Stan Lee, who revealed the shocking reason why he didn’t make a cameo appearance in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’:
The one I didn’t do a cameo in was the new ‘X-Men’ and only because they shot it in Montreal, and I was somewhere else and I couldn’t get there at that time.
Our full interview HERE.
- And finally, this image is just plain awesome.
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) May 27, 2014
Original ‘Flash’ Gets New Role
(Is this another Toldja moment?) We already knew that original Flash John Wesley Shipp (longtime Flash fans will remember he played Barry in the ’90s version that failed to take off) joined the cast of The CW’s new scarlet speedster series, and we even spotted him in that extended trailer, but now we have confirmation on his role. He takes the part of Henry Allen, the father of super-speedster Barry Allen.
Can you spot him in the trailer? Watch again below:
LEGO Batman 3 Could be the Best Video Game Ever
On one hand, it’s a little sad that the LEGO video games consistently produce more satisfying superhero adventures than anyone else. On the other hand, who cares? LEGO Batman 3 looks like less of a Batman game and more like the amazing Justice League video game you used to dream about when you were a kid.
Play it with your children. Or your friends. Or alone. No shame!
Here’s a New-ish ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer
Apparently, Disney thought the previous trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ with its spaceships and tree-aliens and talking raccoon and adventure, wouldn’t appeal to kids. So they went ahead and cut this “family friendly” version. There’s not much new here, but have at it.
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Has a Quiet Week
While Marvel spent the bulk of the week battling bad press and trying to escape from the increasingly volatile pit that is ‘Ant-Man,’ Warner Bros. and DC got super silent, resulting in one of the quietest ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ weeks in some time. So here’s what we have:
- Batman fan and Ben Affleck buddy Kevin Smith defended that awkward title, claiming it’s perfectly fine because it exists to set up a future ‘Justice League’ movie rather than directly call back to ‘Man of Steel.’
- One of Affleck’s physical trainers is Matt Damon’s brother, Jamie Damon. We leave this bit of trivia with you so you can think up your best jokes and leave them in the comments below.
Coming to DVD/Blu-ray: ‘Captain America 2,’ ‘X-Men’ and ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is just about to end its very successful theatrical run, so it’s no mistake that Marvel officially revealed the DVD and Blu-ray, which will hit shelves on September 9, 2014. In typical Marvel Studios fashion, the cover art is bland and uninspired, but that stopped surprising us a long time ago. What IS surprising, however, is that there won’t be a Marvel One-Shot film in this release. (See HERE for full DVD, Blu-ray contents.)
Across the aisle, 20th Century Fox revealed our first look at the ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Deluxe Edition, which will come with a little Magneto helmet. It’s not the greatest accessory to have on your shelf, but, hey, it’s significantly better than an ugly Electro head. (Details HERE.)
Also hitting DVD and Blu-ray from the Marvel-verse is ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ season 1! Aside from all 22 episodes, the DVD and Blu-ray releases will also feature behind-the-scenes material, VFX breakdown, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and even that ‘Marvel Studios Assembling a Universe’ TV special! This baby will drop alongside ‘Captain America 2′ on September 9. (Full details HERE.)