Marvel Entertainment’s effort to replicate a world where several superheroes exist in the same continuum for the big screen has gotten underway. Led by writer/director Joss Whedon, Avengers began filming today – bringing together the stars of the Iron Man films, Captain America: First Avenger, Thor, and mixing in yet another version of The Incredible Hulk and adding Clint ‘Hawkeye’ Barton, among others, into the mix.
After the jump, check out the Disney press release for details on cast, crew and plot summary.
Like a lot of movie buffs who’ve mostly enjoyed the transition of Marvel superheroes to film, I was intrigued by the trailers for Thor and turned off by its clumsily designed rash of posters. This behind-the-scenes featurette has won me over. check it out!
Morean Baccarin [V, Firefly] is among the actors shortlisted to play Nick Fury’s ‘sidekick’ – the word used by Samuel L. Jackson to describe the character on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Others on the list include: Jessica Lucas [Cloverfield], Cobie Smulders [How I Met your Mother] and Mary Elizabeth Winstead [Scott Pilgrim vs. The World].
Initial speculation was that the character for which they are testing was The Wasp/Janet Van Dyne, but with Jackson’s revelation it seems more likely that the character could be Contessa Valentina De Fontaine, fury’s long-time confident and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. operative.
Whatever the case, given that Baccarin has worked with Avengers’ director Joss Whedon before, she might have an edge in the casting process.
The six-episode Marvel Knights Animation Presents Black Panther is coming to DVD! Based on the graphic novel by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr., Black Panther features an all-star voice cast that includes Oscar® Nominee Djimon Hounsou [Blood Diamond], Grammy® Winner Jill Scott [#1 Ladies’ Detective Agency] and Golden Globe® Winner Alfre Woodard [Memphis Beat, True Blood].
Marvel Knights Animation Presents Black Panther will be released on January 18, 2011.
For details, check out the official press release following the jump.
Marvel Entertainment is taking a serious interest in television programming. Today, the company announced the creation of a division to create TV programming based around its extensive library of comic book characters. Jeph Loeb was named Executive Vice-President, Television.
If you loved the manic energy and subversive style of the Crank movies – and the dark satire of Gamer, for that matter – then you’ll love this: according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, the co-directors of those films, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, are in talks to direct Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Nicholas Cage is in early talks to star in the sequel as well.
Why have vampires targeted the mutant population? And who’s the jaw-dropping new member of the X-Men? And just what is The Curse of the Mutants? These questions will be addressed when the Heroic Age’s first X-book, X-Men #1 – the first X-Men #1 in twenty years – drops on July 8, 2010.
The comic book is written by Victor Gischler, with pencils by Paco Medina. Cover art is by Adi Granov, with variants by Medina, John Romita Jr. and Marco Djurdjevic. The Romita and Medina variant covers and four pages of the book follow the jump.
Adding fuel to the rumors of Joseph Gordon-Leavitt taking on the mantle of Peter Parker/The Amazing Spider-Man is the news that  Days of Summer director Marc Webb has been signed to direct the next Spider-Man movie.
Sony’s billion-dollar Spider-Man franchise is undergoing a complete overhaul. According to deadline.com, creative differences have led to Sam Raimi pulling out of Spider-Man 4.
Now the next Spider-Man film will be written by Jamie Vanderbilt [Zodiac] and will reboot the series – taking Peter Parker back to high school, where he will be a teenager dealing with contemporary teen problems while simultaneously dealing with the problems of a neophyte superhero.
The film will have a new cast and director. A start fate for film is yet to be determined with a targeted release date of “summer 2012.”