Marvel’s Star Wars comics have been on a roll recently. The ink wasn’t even dry on our glowing review of their new Lando Calrissian comic when the next series set in the newly-rebooted canon was announced: Chewbacca. Yes, Han Solo’s Wookiee companion will star in his own miniseries and we didn’t know how much we wanted this until we heard the news.
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After months of rumors and half-truths, everything about the new Spider-Man has come together in the past few weeks. Actor Tom Holland officially signed on to play the new wall-crawler. Director Jon Watts was hired to helm the next Spider-Man movie. And now, Marvel COO Joe Quesada has started talking up the new costume, using words like “awesome” and phrases like “blow people away.”
Marvel Studios may not be at Comic-Con 2015, but that’s not keeping some stars from talking up the studio and its potential projects. It’s been 11 years since the release of the disappointing Blade: Trinity, which sent the comic book film franchise out on a sour note, leaving fans hopeful for a more proper send-off for our favorite half-vampire hero. That never happened, but Wesley Snipes is still giving fans hope.
Ant-Man star Corey Stoll could’ve blown me off. Somehow his appointment to call me got lost while he was doing press for the latest Marvel movie, and he had already wrapped for the day and was headed home. But instead of canceling, Stoll called while he was driving home, and even after a long day of movie promotion, you could still tell how excited he is to be in this movie. He’s not one of those actors who pretends he’s a big geek while pushing a superhero movie, but in reality has never read a comic cook: he’s the real deal. In fact, as he says below, he originally wanted to be a comic-book artist. I spent the afternoon talking to Stoll about his role in Marvel’s latest film, whether he thought about leaving the film when Edgar Wright was replaced and how he was surprised as anyone else how much he enjoyed working on it.
Marvel is all about bigness. In the last couple years, the comic-book company turned Hollywood goliath has become become synonymous with a certain kind of blockbuster that’s so large it metastasizes beyond its own borders and crosses over into others. Marvel doesn’t make movies; they make universes. But you can paint yourself into a corner by perpetually topping yourself. At a certain point, how much bigger can you get?
Start the puns now: Marisa Tomei has joined the cast of Sony and Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot in the role of Aunt May. Marisa Aunt May! See, it’s fun. You try. We can’t have a Spider-Man film without Uncle Ben and Aunt May, and since the studios are heading back to the drawing board with the origin story (again), it’s time to revisit Peter Parker’s family.
Marvel really isn’t holding anything back when it comes to the Ant-Man previews, and with a little over a week to go before the film hits theaters, we have officially reached Peak Marketing. The studio has released an extended IMAX preview for the film, which runs at just under six minutes in length and features new footage mixed with stuff we’ve seen in previous trailers and TV spots.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. successfully brought the MCU to the small-screen, but did you know that the Avengers-adjacent series shares DNA with both Skyfall and Mission: Impossible? That’s just one piece of Level 7 intel from the fourteenth episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which assembles its own Marvel-ous team for ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Last week, Marvel released the first in a series of Ant-Man viral videos, which set out to give Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang a little more backstory and connect the studio’s newest hero to the larger MCU. The second viral video has arrived today, and it once again features Leslie Bibb’s reporter Christine Everhart (last seen in the Iron Man films) shedding some light on Lang.
Agent Carter Season 2 has been shaping up ahead of Comic-Con with a brand-new poster, as well as characters both confirmed and debunked to return, and now we can add more to the former. Chad Michael Murray has confirmed his return to Agent Carter Season 2, while buzz suggests Dominic Cooper will make an appearance as Howard Stark as well.