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What’s In Store For Phase Two Of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?
What’s In Store For Phase Two Of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?

With the extraordinary success of the most recent Avengers movie, attention is now focused on what lies in store for phase two of Marvel’s cinematic universe.

With the inevitable sequels already filming or well into pre-production, questions and rumours are abound about what exactly lies in store for Marvel and who will be next to make an appearance?

Further possibilities have come to light concerning Shane Black in Iron Man 3, with a possible hint that Ant-Man himself will be making some sort of appearance in the post-credits. According to the most recent podcast from The Playlist, it seems that the post credits scene in Iron Man 3 will effectively serve as the introduction to Hank Pym aka Ant-Man.

What’s more, the scene is reportedly to be directed by Edgar Wright, just as Joss Whedon directed Thor’s post credits scene directly setting up The Avengers.

This would make sense as Edgar Wright has been attached to an adaptation of Ant-Man for the last few years now, and this could well back up Wright’s earlier statements, saying that he was hoping to shoot some of Ant-Man this year.

Marvel have gone on record saying that Iron Man 3 is going to be a completely standalone story with S.H.I.E.L.D only playing a minor role this time around with Cobie Smolders’ Maria Hill playing a similar role to what Agent Coulson did in the first Iron Man film.

News also comes today in relation to William Sadler’s role in the movie. It was first reported that Sadler would be playing Dr. Sal Kennedy, a longtime friend of Tony Stark, in the threequel. Now, The Playlist via their podcast, report that Sadler will actually play a general and superior to Don Cheadle’s Col. James Rhodes.

The Avengers producer Kevin Feige talks The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers producer Kevin Feige talks The Amazing Spider-Man

Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige recently finished work on the latest Marvel movie The Avengers and is said to be very pleased with how it turned out. However, he recently got to cast his eye over The Amazing Spider-Man and admitted that he feels the movie is very encouraging at this stage.

Feige explained, “Yes. It’s excellent. It’s not finished, but what I saw was very encouraging and very good. And the whole notion of [I hate that they] “reboot this, that” should go away when people actually see the movie.”
 
He then went on to discuss how he felt about his own movie The Avengers. Kevin added, I’m very happy. We’re not talking about the next one right now, we just finished this last week and I don’t get to rest, I start Iron Man 3 in five weeks.  But Joss needs to rest and enjoy this, and we need to unleash it on the world and see if other people feel the way you do.  So we’ll see.”
 
The Avengers stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo and is released in the UK on April 26 and the US on May 4. Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans and is released on July 3.
 
Which movie are you most looking forward to seeing?
Scarlett Johansson discusses The Avengers beating
Scarlett Johansson discusses The Avengers beating

There has been a lot said about the upcoming Marvel movie The Avengers and we have seen a lot of clips and trailers. One of the clips shows Scarlett Johansson in a fight sequence and it appears that one of the fight sequences from The Avengers really took its toll on the actress.

Johansson explained to MTV News, “The stunt sequence that I’ve been the most proud of is probably my fight with… Actually, I don’t know if I can say! Can I say? I don’t know if I can. All I can say is that I had to fight someone else in this film, and they beat the crap out of me in stunt rehearsals. I have to say I could not believe it.”
 
She added, “I was like, ‘Can you hold it back, OK? You know, I’m trying to work it out here. I’ve got smaller muscles than you.’ I was dragged across the [floor]. When we finally finished [filming] that scene I was just happy to be alive.”
 
Scarlett continued, “We all took a pretty big beating. I would have to say either [Black] Widow or Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). We’re on the ground so we’re fighting hand-to-hand and it hurts.”
 
The Avengers is set to be released on April 26 in the UK and May 4 in the US.
Marvel closer than ever to making Ant-Man movie
Marvel closer than ever to making Ant-Man movie

It has been reported that Marvel are closer than they have ever been to making a big screen adaptation of the comic book hero Ant-Man. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that he is in regular contact with writer Edgar Wright and progress has been promising.

Feige explained to Bleeding Cool, “I’ll just say it’s closer than it’s ever been in its long maybe eight-year history, and I usually e-mail Edgar every two or three days and over those eight years it’s got further away and closer.”
 
He added, “We are now closer than we’ve ever been, so I hope it will come together shortly.” It was reported late last year, that Scott Pilgrim vs the World director Edgar Wright and his co writer Joe Cornish had delivered a brand new draft of their Ant-Man script.
 
Marvel are currently in the process of delivering a number of movie sequels but it seems that they are keen to get some new Marvel characters adapted for the big screen. As well as Ant-Man, there has previously been talk of a Black Panther movie, an Inhumans movie and a Guardians of the Galaxy film.
 
Who would you like to see playing the titular character in an Ant-Man movie?
Who will direct Captain America 2?
Who will direct Captain America 2?

Marvel movies are taking over Hollywood at the moment, with an average of two movies released every year. Later this month we have The Avengers heading our way and then after that it will be Iron Man 3, followed by Thor 2 and then Captain America 2.

The question is, who will be directing the Captain America sequel, as it appears that Joe Johnston, who directed Captain America, will not be returning to helm Captain America 2. Well Vulture have reportedly gotten their hands on the director shortlist for Captain America 2.
 
The first name on the list is F. Gary Gray, whose work includes The Italian Job, Law Abiding Citizen and The Negotiator. Then there is George Nolfi, who is better known for his writing than his directing, although he did director last year’s The Adjustment Bureau.
 
Finally there is Anthony and Joe Russo, who have directed the movies You, Me and Dupree and Welcome to Collingwood. To be honest, none of the aforementioned directors really fit the bill for us but Marvel still have plenty of time to choose the right person for the job.
 
Who do you think should direct Captain America 2?
Marvel characters to appear in The Avengers 2 
Marvel characters to appear in The Avengers 2 

The Avengers movie is little over a month away and is set to be one of the biggest and best movies of the year, so it is no surprise that people are already talking about a sequel. After The Avengers, we still have a Captain America 2, Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 to deal with but The Avengers 2 will not be long after.

So, with the inevitable The Avengers sequel set to head to the big screen in the future, which Marvel characters should we expect to appear in it. Well pretty much everyone must be in agreement that it was a surprise not to see Ant-Man in The Avengers, since he was one of the founding members.
 
However, an Ant-Man movie is currently being worked on, giving it the possibility to be released before The Avengers 2, so that people are familiar with him in advance, or after The Avengers 2, so that people already know who he is, helping the Ant-Man movie at the box office.
 
Two other characters that many people seem to want to see in The Avengers 2 are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. The inclusion of these two characters would make for a great back story, since they are the children of Magneto. There have also been mentions of Black Panther, Vision and Luke Cage, among many others but we will just have to wait and see.
 
What Marvel characters would you like to see appear in The Avengers 2?
Stan Lee The Avengers cameo is his best yet
Stan Lee The Avengers cameo is his best yet

Comic book legend Stan Lee has been making cameo appearances in movies based on his comics for years now but it seems that he is finally getting to have some real fun with them. Stan has admitted, in an interview with Collider, that his cameo in The Avengers is his best work yet.

Lee explained, “The Avengers cameo that you will see, when that movie opens up, is possibly one of my best. And you know how good mine have been, but it is so funny. I can’t tell you what it is ‘cause they’d kill me, but it is funny.”
 
He added, “So is the Spider-Man one, by the way. They’re deciding to make my cameos a little funnier. They know that’s what brings the audiences in, of course, so they’ve gotta play them up.”
 
With the amount of Marvel movies that are due out over the next few years, the 89 year old Marvel genius is set to be kept quite a busy man. The next Stan Lee cameo appearance in a Marvel movie is expected to be in Iron Man 3, which is due out next.
 
In the meantime, you can catch Stan Lee in his latest cameo appearance, when The Avengers is released on April 27 in the UK and May 4 in the US.
Joss Whedon reveals how The Avengers movie came about
Joss Whedon reveals how The Avengers movie came about

The Avengers director Joss Whedon has revealed how he came to helm, what is expected to be, the biggest and best Marvel movie to date. Joss claims that he had no idea that he was being courted for the job and just thought he was helping out.

Whedon explained, “It unfolded slowly for me but I think that might just be because I’m slow. I’ve been circling around with Marvel for a long time. It felt to me like it was a favour which I sometimes do; I read the script, give my opinion.”
 
He added, “I said [in regards to the early Zak Penn script draft for The Avengers] well, this doesn’t work, but if I was going to do an Avengers movie, here’s what I’d do. Then gradually we started meeting again and I was like, is this a job interview? What’s happening here?”
 
Joss continued, “I suddenly started thinking the more I was thinking about it the more I wanted to do it, and this was a courtship process the entire time and I was just a little thick.”
 
The Avengers is set to be released in the UK on April 27 and in the US on May 4.
Joss Whedon reveals The Avengers influences
Joss Whedon reveals The Avengers influences

The Avengers director Joss Whedon has revealed what movies had the biggest influence on how he approached his Marvel movie. Joss told Total Film that the two movies that had the biggest influence on The Avengers were Black Hawk Down and The Dirty Dozen.

Whedon explained, “[The Dirty Dozen was] the first movie I referenced when Marvel asked me what I’d do if they gave me the [Avengers] script. People forget, but that movie is an hour-and-a-half of training and 20 minutes of Nazi fighting.”
 
He added, “It helped me to say, you can have time to let these people get to know each other; their conflict can be as interesting as their conflict with the villain.” Whedon then went on to discuss how The Avengers is also influenced by the Ridley Scott movie Black Hawk Down.
 
Whedon continued, “That’s when I realised we needed a war movie. With this many heroes, the only way you can really earn them - earn the idea that they are heroes - is that you put them through a meat grinder.”
 
The Avengers is set to be released in the UK on April 27 and in the US on May 4.
Joss Whedon discusses The Avengers egofest
Joss Whedon discusses The Avengers egofest

The Avengers director Joss Whedon has revealed how people warned him that the movie set was likely to be an egofest, with so many big star names involved. However, Joss has defended the cast of The Avengers, claiming that everybody involved was chilled out and had fun.

Whedon explained, “The Avengers was the most ego-free set that I can remember being on. They were all in it to play, to help each other, they were having a great time, there was a lot of trust. That’s something one works hard at.”
 
He added, “In the case of The Avengers I was lucky because a lot of the movie had been cast before I came along, obviously they already had their own movies. Some people said, ‘Well, it’s going to be an egofest’. I said, ‘No, I think these people are actually going to be looking out for each other’. And they really were.”
 
Joss Whedon recently revealed how he was given the freedom by Marvel to make The Avengers movie that he wanted to do. It was also confirmed recently that Joss Whedon had a Batman movie idea rejected a few years ago.
 
The Avengers is set to be released in the UK on April 27 and in the US on May 4.
Joss Whedon praises Marvel for The Avengers freedom
Joss Whedon praises Marvel for The Avengers freedom

The Avengers director Joss Whedon has praised Marvel for giving him the freedom to make the superhero movie that he wanted. Joss admitted to Den of Geek that there were certain parameters laid out for him but that, ultimately he was free to do his own thing.

Whedon explained, “They said, ‘here are the things we need; here is the villain, we want this to happen; we need the conflict here; here’s the third act, it will involve the following’. Which I’m fine with. That’s great, give me the parameters, because then I know where I’m going, and it does some of the legwork for me.”
 
He added, “I know what their agenda is in terms of style, and what we’re delivering, in terms of thrills and the adherence to the Marvel universe, with which I’m very familiar. But it was like comics, because they didn’t interfere. I told them ‘this is the kind of movie I want to make’, and they said ‘all right, make that movie’. And that is what happened.”
 
Joss continued, “They were as un-meddlesome as any studio I’ve ever worked with, even though they had the very strict touchstones that had to happen. So it was a weirdly free experience.”
 
The Avengers is set to be released in the UK on April 27 and in the US on May 4.
The Avengers SFX chief reveals the enormity of the movie
The Avengers SFX chief reveals the enormity of the movie

Chris Wells, who is the special effects chief on the forthcoming Marvel movie The Avengers, has revealed how he believes The Avengers is set to dwarf all of the other Marvel superhero movies to date. Chris claims that The Avengers is by far the best Marvel movie that he has ever worked on and he believes that fans who have been disappointed with some of The Avengers characters in the past, are in for a treat.

Well explained, “This thing has gone so big that Marvel are dwarfing their other franchises. For people who enjoy the comics and haven’t really liked the way some of the characters were treated in other movies, I think they’re going to be a little more appeased by this one. Especially the Hulk. They let the Hulk be Hulk and that’s great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It’s fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don’t think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does.”
 
He added, “There’s a whole intro that happens before you start even getting the titles and it’s pretty big. There’s nothing small in this movie. I went to a screening with all the temporary visual effects and it was pretty fleshed out. It’s a long movie but it doesn’t feel like it. Out of all the comic book movies and franchises I’ve worked on, this is the best one I’ve seen so far.” The Avengers stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson and is set to be released on April 27 in the UK and May 4 in the US.