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Thor: Ragnarok & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Details!

A few weeks ago we got a hefty dose of info on the third solo outing for Thor with THOR: RAGNAROK with a number of casting announcements and a few sparse details that tease the story. Now, you’ll recall that we broke the casting news of Mark Ruffalo back in October of last year, which has obviously been confirmed since then. The other new additions announced last week are Cate Blanchett as Hela,Karl Urban as Skurge, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (and yes, even Jaimie Alexander has assured us she’ll return as Sif).

Since our initial report of Ruffalo appearing as Hulk in the film we’ve heard rumors of how the story will play out and just how “Planet Hulk” the film will be. Well, here’s what we know: The film will definitely have the Planet Hulk element in it, operating as a kind of mash-up with the Ragnarok story. How Thor ends up on the planet in question is unclear, but he will definitely be involved in some gladiatorial games run by none other than Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. In terms of Hulk’s appearance in this portion of the film, he will be rocking the one-shoulder armor as seen in the comics, so expect him to be decked out in the familiar Planet Hulk look.

And speaking of appearances, expect a major change in the look of The God of Thunder himself for this part of the film as he will be sporting a shaved head (but not completely bald) for at least a portion of the film. Also, expect a very different look for Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, who is traditionally a blonde-haired warrior type in the comics. For RAGNAROK she’ll be wearing war paint on her face, much like a Native American warrior, which should be an interesting take on this variation of the character.

In terms of story, there’s still much in the air, but the gist of Thor’s mission in the film is that he needs to find the ultimate weapon to stop Ragnarok and reset the universe. What is that weapon and how does he gets set on that path? Your guess is as good as ours, but the whole thing just sounds like a big ball of awesome already, so we’re on board with whatever direction they go. With the official cast details released last week and now more on the look and feel of the film, THOR: RAGNAROK is sounding more and more like a solid event film more so than another solo outing. Sound familiar? I’m pretty sure the solo Marvel films will only remain as such for the first outing with each new sequel being more of an ensemble piece going forward. Expect to see that across the board and we’ve already seen it trickling into the comic book films of DC and Fox’s X-Men films. It’s the new shit, so settle in.

Now, on top of the Thor scoopage, we also have some tidbits on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, although these are more confirmations than brand new scoopage, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Director James Gunn is hip deep in production on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and thus far we don’t know too much about what he has in store for the next iteration of Marvel’s space-set franchise. But, just to get caught up before I put out this latest bit of info, here’s what we know so far.

Now, outside of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel returning to their respective roles in the film, we also have some new players in town, including Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Tommy Flanagan as Tullk, and three other actors in mysterious, unknown roles, including Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell, with one of them presumably being Star-Lord’s long-lost father, although that’s not something I can confirm at all. Just my own speculation.

However, there’s one other star that we don’t know of yet and that’s Elizabeth Debicki, who you may know from THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE GREAT GATSBY, and The Night Manager. Now, although we can’t confirm that she’s playing this specific role, we can confirm who the main villain of GUARDIANS 2 is…and it fits Debicki quite well.

The villain is none other than Ayesha aka Her aka Kismet aka Paragon. Yes, she’s gone by many names and had quite a few forms in the comics, but almost always as a blonde goddess-like being.Comic Book Movie broke this back in March, so credit where it’s due, but we can confirm from our own independent sources that the villain in the film is, in fact, Ayesha.

Now, the significance of Ayesha in GUARDIANS 2 and the greater MCU is rather huge, especially when you consider that she was created by The Enclave, a group of scientists dedicated to taking control of the world, starting with the creation of the perfect genetic beings, made to restart humanity. Their first version of this, called HIM, would later evolve into the character known as Adam Warlock, who escaped The Enclave. However, The Enclave made a second being, which became HER aka Ayesha, who also escapes and goes looking for HIM, who she considers to be her perfect mate to start a new perfect race.

How much of that origin factors into GUARDIANS 2 we can’t say, but we know that Ayesha is the main antagonist for our fun-loving space criminals/superheroes and it certainly teases at some broader strokes into the cosmic realm of the MCU.

In addition to confirming Ayesha as the main villain, we can also confirm that Guardians of the Galaxy will most definitely be teaming up with The Avengers for the upcoming AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR films. How much or how little they’ll appear is unclear, but expect the team-up that The Russo Bros. have been tap dancing around in the press rounds for Civil War.

And that wraps up this little Marvel scoop. Again, nothing major or hugely spoilerish, just some fun elaborations on already announced information that should help get you excited for things to come.

THOR: RAGNAROK is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3rd, 2017 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is set to hit play on May 5th, 2017.

X-FORCE Already In The Works: Will Likely Feature ‘X-23’ As The New WOLVERINE

Thanks to the roaring success of Deadpool, we know Cable will soon make his debut in the highly anticipated sequel, which means the long-rumored X-Force film can’t be too far off and according to Fandango, it’s actually a lot further along in its development process than we initially thought as in the script is being penned as we speak. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, it sounds like the next iteration of Wolverine will almost definitely be an integral part of the team.

A few weeks back, we caught word that James Mangold‘s Wolverine 3, which will (presumably) be Hugh Jackman‘s final adventure as the fan-favorite hero, might be looking to introduce his clone, X-23, to the X-Men films universe as a potential replacement to take on the mantle of Wolverine in future X-Men films. 20th Century Fox neither confirmed or denied the report, so Fandango decided to take it upon themselves to clear up the matter with X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer.

While speaking with him at the X-Men: Apocalypse press junket in London, they learned that not only had Singer pitched an X-Force movie to the studio, he had already pitched the idea of a female Wolverine as well: “I have discussed that with the studio, I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female.” Singer didn’t reveal much more about the new Wolverine, not even whether we would first see her in the Wolverine 3 or in the X-Force, but he did confirm that work on an X-Force script is currently underway: “Simon [Kinberg] is in the earliest script stage, so that’s kind of where that stands, and we’ll see how it evolves.” Singer added that his involvement at this time is strictly on the idea level.

On another positively exciting note, with the burgeoning success of Deadpool and the development of more unique X-Men spin-offs like Josh Boone‘s New Mutants and the X-Force, Singer teased that he absolutely envisions a scenario in the relatively distant future where we could see all of these properties unite with the X-Men on the big screen for a massive event picture. However, before everyone gets ahead of themselves, he assures fans, he has no plans on rushing it: “It has to be done right, Anytime you throw all these characters together to hit a start date, it can make a lot of money, but it can also be a clusterf**k. To me, it has to be done with a lot of care. These things can get overwhelming, and if a character doesn’t belong in a movie, don’t use him. If the tone can still maintain itself, I’m all for it. What I’m not for is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works.” Sounds like the right way to do it, and would be a great opportunity to use Galactus as a common extinction-level threat.

As for Singer’s future with the long-running franchise, considering he’s been a producer on almost every single X-Men movie, save for the first, it’s a safe bet that he’ll be involved on some level moving forward. On the directing front, Singer doesn’t rule out possibly returning to helm the next X-Men sequel or even the aforementioned X-Force movie: “If I am the guy to produce or direct it, my input will grow. To where I’m either finding a director — like Matthew Vaughn, who did a magnificent job directing X-Men: First Class — or I’ll be on set myself, back in the same universe just trying to make a difference.” Luckily for him, he still has a ways to go before he has to make an official decision and for now, following the impending release of X-Men: Apocalypse, he can shift gears to his next project, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which kicks off production this fall.

So, what do you guys think? Excited for the future of the X-Men?


RUMOR: AQUAMAN Director James Wan May Be Next In Line To Depart The DC Films Universe

RUMOR: AQUAMAN Director James Wan May Be Next In Line To Depart The DC Films Universe

RUMOR: AQUAMAN Director James Wan May Be Next In Line To Depart The DC Films Universe

Is the DC Films Universe facing a Crisis? According to a new report, there’s an awful lot of chaos behind the scenes of Justice League, while James Wan could be about to move on from directing Aquaman.

Birth. Movies. Death have weighed in on Seth Grahame-Smith’s decision to depart The Flash, and it sounds like a lot of big changes are currently happening behind the scenes at Warner Bros. in regards to their DC Comics adaptations. According to the site, they’re now “at odds” with Zack Snyder over Justice League, and there has been, “Lots of fights between Snyder and the WB execs, and lots of pressure from Burbank on Snyder, who is shooting in London.” Of course, seeing as that movie started shooting just weeks after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, not many changes could be made at that stage, hence why there are now a lot of clashes as the studio looks to ensure they don’t end up with another critical and commercial (to a lesser extent) disappointment.

However, particularly interesting is the news that Aquaman director James Wan could be the next filmmaker to part ways with the studio over “creative differences.” According to the site, their sources tell them that “Wan is feeling a tremendous amount of trepidation about Aquaman…Aquaman needs Wan, and right now Wan is trying to decide if he needs that hassle.” It’s also mentioned that the movie could be delayed to iron out any kinks, but with Wan frequently commenting on his plans for the character, it would be genuinely shocking if he were to quit now. This is strictly a rumour for the time being anyway, but be sure to share your thoughts on this news in the comments section below.

Marvel And Netflix’s PUNISHER Spinoff Officially On The Way; First Teaser Image Released

Marvel And Netflix’s PUNISHER Spinoff Officially On The Way; First Teaser Image Released

<FONT COLOR="RED">UPDATE:</FONT> Marvel And Netflix's PUNISHER Spinoff Officially On The Way; First Teaser Image Released

It was rumored and then seemingly debunked, but now EW reports that we will indeed be getting a Daredevil spinoff starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher.


In a bit of news sure to please fans of Jon Bernthal‘s ultra-violent take on the Marvel vigilante, EW reports that the Punisher character first introduced in season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil is officially getting the spinoff treatment.

Apparently Hannibal writer/executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.

There’s also the implication that we may see Castle show up in the superhero ensemble show, The Defenders, before he takes the fight to the scum of Hell’s Kitchen in his solo adventure.


“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,”said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot. “After watching Jon’s performance in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”

Batman: The Killing Joke Trailer