The day Marvel fans have been waiting for is here: Spider-Man is returning home.
After tentative rumours that the web slinging hero might show up in Captain America 3: Civil War, Badass Digest and Latino Review are reporting audiences can see Peter Parker join the rest of the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018.
Although the deal has yet to be finalized, BadAss Digest’s Devin Faraci suggests that the silent answer from Marvel’s camp instead of an outright dismissal of the newest reports suggests secretive handshakes and meetings are happening behind closed doors.
It’s been a struggle for years to get Marvel, now Disney, and Sony to work on a contract wherein they could both share the beloved, young character. Rumours about his involvement in Civil War fell flat when contract negotiations were muddled between high level executives, but it appears things are definitely on track.
BadAss Digest also reported that Sony was supposed to have a Spider-Man summit this month, and if it has indeed already occurred, that would explain the recent news surrounding Spider-Man’s involvement in the distant Marvel film.
While the three year wait seems promising for Marvel and Sony to finalize contracts regarding who keeps majority ownership over Spider-Man, it also means there’s room for deals to go awry. Sony could still pull out of the deal in a couple of months, leaving Marvel to rummage through the archive of characters they own that could make the jump from page to screen successfully.
Other news from the sites include confirming that Thor and Captain America will not be making their return in the first part of the Avengers infinity series, as previously rumoured, but will instead be put on reserve until the second installment in 2019.
Benedict Cumberbatch may have been officially revealed as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, but the casting rumours surrounding the film have yet to simmer down completely.
Bill Nighy (About Time, The World’s End), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), and most importantly, Morgan Freeman have apparently all been approached by Marvel Studios to take on the role of the Ancient One, superhero film news site Latino Review reported Monday.
The Ancient One is a crucial character in the Doctor Strange universe. He’s the mad man –the previous Sorcerer Supreme- that eventually becomes Stephen Strange’s mentor.
It’s still unclear just how big of a role the Ancient One will have in the film since Marvel has explicitly said the Cumberbatch lead project won’t focus on the character’s origin story.
That being said, Morgan Freeman would make for a pretty outstanding Ancient One. He has plenty of experience playing cosmic characters in a variety of genre movies, and would be a perfect contrast to Cumberbatch’s newbie magician.
As the film gets closer to shooting, more information about the casting of secondary characters will be revealed.
Until then, it’s rumour mill central.
Disney has just dropped the first teaser trailer for next summer’s Tomorrowland. The highly-secretive film pairs George Clooney with director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in a story from Damon Lindelof (LOST).
In the spot we see Britt Robertson being released from a detention centre. As she’s handed back her belongings, she is given a pin with the letter ‘T’ on it. It’s not hers she says, but when she touches it she’s immediately transported to a field that’s nestled beside a futuristic-looking city.
“What if there was a place?” George Clooney teases in a voiceover. “A secret place, where nothing was impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world.”
The clip fades to black, and then we get a glimpse of Cloony’s Frank Walker. “You wanna go?” he asks. The title card comes up before a split second bit of action.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof hinted that film’s sci-fi leanings. “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle,” Lindelof tells the magazine. “Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.”
Tomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.
Hey internet, you’re going to want to sit down for this one – the Avengers 3 may have just gotten a release date.
All of this is ahead of Comic-Con, so don’t expect any confirmations or denials from the Kevin Feige camp anytime soon. They’ve got their hands full already.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, amidst various release date announcements from the FOX and Sony camps, Marvel is joining the bidding war.
It took only hours after Sony made the announcement they were delaying Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 4 to an announced date for Marvel to swoop in and snap up the May 4, 2018 weekend.
Although Disney won’t confirm what movie will be released (remember, busy with other things), one source close to the Reporter confirmed it would be a big movie and it falls directly in line with the other Avengers release dates.
The first Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 and Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released May 1, 2015. If the rumours of the unannounced project being the third Avengers movie are true, it would be exactly six years after the first movie premiered.
Talk about fan pandering in the best (and most convenient way) possible.
The May 4, 2018 weekend announcement comes just one week after Disney revealed they had five massive films set for release dates through 2019.
With Sony and FOX reorganizing their big budget blockbusters to get the biggest bang for their buck, it’s very apparent the bidding war has only just begun.
Let the games begin.
Do you hear that buzzing?
That’s the sound of fanboys and girls everywhere collectively trying to figure out what the next five movies are that Marvel could have planned for their cinematic universe.
Marvel Studios made headlines once again Friday evening when they released the dates for five unannounced films that have already earned set release dates.
Here we go Marvel fanatics, prepare to scratch these dates off on your electronic calendars:
- July 28, 2017
- November 3, 2017
- July 6, 2018
- November 2, 2018
- May 3, 2019
Although it’s difficult to speculate what these films may be at this current moment in time, I’m going to hazard at least one will be a Captain America title, one will be a third Avengers title, and one will most likely be a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
We already know Chris Evans has at least one more Captain America film left in his contract, and most of the Avengers cast have confirmed they’d be willing to do a third title in the series.
While I don’t have any proof to back up my Guardians of the Galaxy theory, I’d like to think that considering Marvel hasn’t released a one-off title in quite some time, Chris Pratt and friends are going to stick around for at least a second film.
The July 6 spot is the least mysterious of the bunch, however. Marvel already announced the highly anticipated Doctor Strange film would be released in 2017, and if speculation rumours are true, July 6 will be the day Doctor Strange makes his debut on movie theater screens around the world.
Agree? Disagree? Let us know what your hypotheses are in the comment section below!