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‘Avengers 2′ to give Hulk and Hawkeye bigger roles

- April 2nd, 2014

If you were a fan of the secondary characters in 2012′s Avengers team-up, then you’ll like this tidbit. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, both Hulk and Hawkeye will have more of the spotlight when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits screens next summer.

It “was important in the characters you haven’t seen [since the first Avengers movie] — Hulk being one of them and Hawkeye being one of them — [that] Ultron will make up for it,” Feige tells JoBlo. “They have very big parts in Age of Ultron.”

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In the comics, Hawkeye was successfully rebooted by Matt Fraction in 2012. Meanwhile, Hulk has had two previous screen incarnations – 2003′s The Hulk and 2008′s The Incredible Hulk, which is part of the Marvel cinematic universe.

Since Avengers, we’ve seen Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and this week’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And coming soon, we’ll see Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America 3, another Thor and Doctor Strange. There’s also a possibility of a Black Widow spinoff. But there has been no news on whether we’ll see Hulk or Hawkeye in their own standalone film.

“Part of the fun of Age of Ultron was saying, you’ve seen another Iron Man adventure before, you see another Thor adventure and another Cap adventure, but we haven’t seen the Green Goliath again,” Feige says.

Ultron will also be dropping two additional heroes (at least) into the next Avengers including Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. So, along with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Black Widow, I’m not sure how much additional screen time there can be for Hulk and Hawkeye, but I’m pleased nonetheless.

Hulk was a scene stealer in the first film (really, Mark Ruffalo deserves his own film), while Clint Barton was relegated to mostly a background role after he was put under mind control by Loki. still, I’d like to see a Matt Fraction-version of the character on the big screen with Jeremy Renner starring.

Are you happy for more Hulk and Hawkeye in the Avengers 2? Sound off in the comments below.

Chris Hemsworth says DC no competition for Marvel

- September 21st, 2013

Marvel’s Mightiest Avenger just dropped the hammer on DC Comics.

While making the promotional rounds for his upcoming racing drama Rush, Chris Hemsworth was asked by Jake Hamilton (via CBM) about the rivalry between Marvel and DC.

“We’re just winning aren’t we?” said Hemsworth. “That’s not really a rivalry.”

When Hamilton told the Thor star that last summer’s Avengers trumped The Dark Knight Rises at the box office, Hemsworth took another dig adding, “Did we? Good.”

He became more measured as he continued: “Look you can’t not be excited about your film being part of something that does that well, but it all kind of benefits each other. If one film opens big, then most likely people want to come back to the movies and see something else. So it all feeds into each other.”

Still Hemsworth did raise an uncomfortable point for DC fans. So far, when it comes to dollars and cents, Marvel owns the comic book movie box office. Seven of the 10 highest grossing films are Marvel, with The Avengers sitting in first place.

This summer’s Man of Steel just managed to squeak into the top 10, and outside of Batman and Superman, DC doesn’t have another comic book property that has been a hit on the big screen.

That all might change with Man of Steel 2, and Justice League, but right now, Hemsworth is right. It isn’t a rivalry, Marvel is just winning.

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Is Joss Whedon ready to kill an Avenger?

- August 27th, 2013

When it comes to comic book characters, you can kill ‘em, but whether they stay dead or not, that’s a completely different story (Remember Agent Phil Coulson, who was killed in The Avengers? He’ll be back on the small screen this fall in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

EW talked to Joss Whedon about his upcoming Avengers sequel and broached the possibility of the writer-director killing off one of Marvel’s heroes in Age of Ultron.

Although he has said that his philosophy for the next film is “Death, Death and more Death!”, Whedon says it’s more of a joke.

“I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’” he tells EW. “They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’”

Whedon also confirmed what he has already said about a 150 times: Loki won’t be back in Age of Ultron.

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“Every movie is going to be a different villain,” he said. “Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing.”

Honestly, I love it when films throw audiences for a loop. Remember how crazy it was when John Doe killed Mills’ wife in Se7en? So I think it would be cool if Whedon killed off a B-list hero during Age of Ultron. Just saying.

In additional news, newly released storyboards for The Avengers reveal a scene featuring The Wasp.

“There was a very Wasp-y draft that I wrote,” Whedon told Cinema Blend last year.

The animatics by artist Federico D’Alessandro show The Wasp with the other Avengers in the climactic finale in New York City.

Several other animatics leaked online over the weekend showing a different introduction for Iron Man in the movie and what Comicbookmovie.com theorizes is our first glimpse of an evil Jarvis, which could hint at the Ultron storyline in The Avengers 2.

Would you like to see Marvel off one of its heroes in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Vote below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

A ‘Man of Steel’ spoiler Batman fans will love

- June 1st, 2013

WARNING: This post contains spoilers

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Over the last few months, there has been plenty of talk of how Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will hint at a larger DC Universe and be the launchpad for an eventual Justice League movie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, Warner Bros. boss Jeff Robinov confirmed that the Superman reboot would be, “Setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward.”

Snyder also acknowledged that Warner Bros. expected him to “keep them on course” for a Justice League team-up.

Since then, rumours have swirled about a Lex Luthor appearance – evidenced by a building bearing the Lex Corp brand in an early trailer and a report on Ain’t It Cool – and perhaps a cameo from the Dark Knight himself.

Now we’re getting word from Collider that Man of Steel will be making a direct reference to Batman.

Quoting from an interview their partners at Omelete did with Snyder, Collider reveals that, “The Wayne Enterprises logo is on a satellite that Zod destroys.”

So there you have it. Batman, Bruce Wayne, Joker, Robin, Penguin and Scarecrow all exist within the same universe as Supes.

After he made this big reveal, Snyder was asked if he wants to see Batman and Superman in Man of Steel 2, to which he answered: “I don’t know. Everything is interesting at this point. And don’t forget that Lex is out there, doing who knows what…”

In a separate interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Snyder does say that any potential Justice League movie should follow Man of Steel 2, much like how Marvel positioned The Avengers.

“Look … completely hypothetically, I feel like you need … to get Superman a little further down the road, I think, before you can do a Justice League movie.”

So what do you think? Would you want to see a Batman/Superman movie? Should DC copy Marvel’s playbook to help set up a Justice League film? Let us know in the comments. You can also check out the most recent trailer and featurette below.

Robert Downey Jr. ponders life after Iron Man

- April 18th, 2013

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Thanks to Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. has been on top of the world since 2008.

After an extended stint on Hollywood’s C-list (a rep as a drug-abusing bad boy will do that to you), Marvel gave Downey Jr. the opportunity of a lifetime by casting the unproven star in the title role of the film adaptation of its popular comic.

At the time, it was a gamble because it was the first film in Phase I of Marvel’s cinematic plans. If Iron Man tanked, chances are we might not have seen Captain America, Thor or The Avengers.

The roll of the dice was a success and led to Downey’s $50-million payday for The Avengers.

But with the release of the third instalment next month, and the propensity for Hollywood to recast lead roles in ongoing franchises (Bond, Spider-Man, Batman), he knows the part won’t be his forever.

“At whatever point I’m done with this, I’m going to have a bit of a crisis, because I probably haven’t even fully ingested how much I’ve enjoyed it, how much it’s meant,” Downey Jr. tells GQ.

Downey Jr. doesn’t have a deal in place for Iron Man 4 or Avengers 2.

When asked if he would quit the character at age 50 (he’s 48), Downey Jr. replied, “I don’t know. Right now I don’t have a contract to do anything, and I did for the last five years.”

Downey Jr. is expected back for The Avengers 2 – “I like being a company man… and I still feel there’s a couple other things we’ve gotta do.” he said last month.

Iron Man 3 marks the start of Marvel’s Phase II, which continues with Thor: The Dark World, next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy and, in 2015, The Avengers 2.

After that, the company will move on to Phase III, adding new characters Ant-Man and Doctor Strange into the mix.

“So much of the stories we’re telling is about the core ‘Avengers’ characters we’ve now met, and they’ll be evolving in big, surprising ways, in Cap’s next movie and Thor’s next movie and of course in Iron Man 3, as we get them all into the next Avengers film,” Marvel’s movie boss Kevin Feige said in an interview with Empire earlier this year.

“Beyond that… Ant-Man is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop.”

So while we might get an Iron Man 4, it doesn’t look like it’ll come anytime soon.

What do you think? Should Downey Jr. turn in his armor after Avengers 2, or do you want to see him play Tony Stark a couple of more times? Let us know in the comments.

You can also check out the latest trailer for Iron Man 3 and a six-minute behind-the-scenes look at the new film below.