The Punisher has been making the gossip rounds as Daredevil cast and creators espouse their interest in seeing Frank Castle go up against Netflix’s Defenders. We don’t yet know if Marvel intends to rebirth the Punisher for the MCU, but should anyone don the famous skull emblem, a certain Tom Hardy would like to throw his hat in the ring.
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Despite a cast that is pretty well jam-packed, Captain America: Civil War is not quite done. The upcoming Marvel sequel — jokingly codenamed Avengers 2.5 — has now added Emmy-winning actor and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman to the cast in an unspecified and secret role.
If you haven’t seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet, now is your chance to turn back, as this post addresses a question raised by the mid-credits scene at the end of the new film. Many fans have pointed out something strange about that scene — something that doesn’t quite make sense given what we know about the MCU so far. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has an explanation for you, if you just can’t wait another movie (or three) to find out.
It’s not coincidence that Scarlett Johansson guest hosted SNL on the same weekend that Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in theaters, so of course the show had to do a Marvel sketch of some kind. And unlike the previous Avengers sketches cooked up for Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner, this one is actually a pretty effective dig at the Marvel movie machine. More importantly, it’s very funny.
When the credits rolled on The Avengers back in 2012, patient audiences were treated to a cameo appearance from one of the biggest bads in the entire Marvel universe: Thanos, the “mad titan” who was the puppet master behind the Chitauri invasion of Earth. Since then, Marvel’s mid-credits stingers have rapidly evolved in importance, teasing future movies and setting up characters who would become significant years down the line. Avengers: Age of Ultron is no different and the mid-credits scene on the sequel hints at even more massive events for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Late last year, Idris Elba let slip that he and Tom Hiddleston filmed Avengers 2 cameos in a scene with Chris Hemsworth as Thor. But, if you've seen the movie, you've noticed that Tom Hiddleston and Loki are nowhere to be found. What gives? Director Joss Whedon says that the scene they filmed just “didn’t play.”
Though Joss Whedon recently said not to expect many Avengers 2 easter eggs, there are still some things in Age of Ultron that eagle-eyed Marvel fans will notice if they're paying attention. We've compiled a list of all the easter eggs we noticed after our second screening of the film. Is there anything you noticed that we missed? Drop it in the comments below and we'll add it!
Just before filming began on Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson found out she was pregnant. A movie like Avengers can't just be delayed, so Marvel used a variety of tricks to hide the pregnancy including shooting her from the waist up, using three stunt doubles and CGI-ing out her growing belly. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which follows the latest adventures of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
Once Marvel acquired the rights to Daredevil, it was unclear just what the studio was planning on doing with the character, whose last on-screen iteration didn’t work out so great. The solution: a partnership with Netflix for a new series, which — along with a handful of others — will lead into the epic Defenders series. With the help of Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Daredevil has been a big success for both Marvel and Netflix, but there was one person who would have rather seen the crime-fighting hero back on the big screen.
By the time you read this, I will be on my way to “The Ultimate Marvel Marathon.” It’s 11 films back to back to back; all the official entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from 2008’s Iron Man to this week’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the final credits roll, I will have sat through — and hopefully written about — approximately 27 hours of superhero movies.