Marvel Entertainment and Disney are getting close to announcing the next chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While 2012 will only see the release of The Avengers, Marvel has already planned two movies for 2013: Iron Man 3 (opening May 3) and Thor 2 (opening July 26). 2014 will also have two releases from the comic book company, though which ones is still a secret.
Box Office Mojo reports that two mystery projects will open in 2014, with "Marvel Untitled 1" will open on May 16, 2014, while "Marvel Untitled 2" will open June 27, 2014. No details on which movies they might be, though there are a few obvious possibilities. what are the possibilities? >> Posted 08.08.11 by Ryan
Despite the glut of comic book superheroes on the big screen in recent years, there have been few available roles for black actors to charge in and save the day. It's no wonder then that there is big competition for the the title character in one of the only comic book movies in development based on a black hero, Marvel Studios' Luke Cage.
Tyrese Gibson of Transformers fame was one of the first to campaign to play the character over two years ago, and he recently challenged Marvel to "show some more respect" to Luke Cage and "get some traction" on the movie. British actor Idris Elba has also expressed his interest in jumping from the golden halls of Asgard as Heimdall in Thor to the mean streets of Harlem in Luke Cage. Isaiah "Old Spice Guy" Mustafa did both of them one better, actually putting together a trailer showing what a movie with him in the lead might look like. Now, Eric Thomas Wilson has also put together his own trailer as a video pitch to show why he should be the one to don Cage's silver tiara (yeah, we know Luke stopped wearing that when he stopped being "Power Man," but it makes for a nice mental image). watch Wilson's Luke Cage trailer >> Posted 07.19.11 by BrentJS
Due to the continuing popularity of comic book movies at the box office and in the home video marketplace — not to mention the effect starring in one can have on an actor's career, ahem, Robert Downey, Jr. — some actors have taken to openly campaigning to play the title roles in superhero movies that are barely even in development. Last week, Patrick Dempsey reiterated his interest in playing Dr. Strange in a live-action movie, a project that is only in the scripting stage at Marvel Studios at this point. An even less developed project at Marvel Studios is a Luke Cage adaptation, which doesn't even have a screenwriter(s) attached as of yet. Of course, that's not stopping actors from campaigning to play the steely-skinned Avenger.
Just over a month ago, Isaiah "Old Spice Guy" Mustafa actually released a pitch video that was more or less a trailer for a Luke Cage movie with Mustafa as the Harlem hero, a role British actor Idris Elba also said he was interested in while doing press for Thor back in May. At the recent premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, actor Tyrese Gibson, who first threw his hat into the ring for the role of Luke Cage more than two years ago, challenged Marvel Studios to "show some more respect" to Luke Cage and "get some traction" on the movie adaptation because he is "ready" to go. what did Gibson say about Luke Cage? >> Posted 07.02.11 by BrentJS
In April, actor Isaiah Mustafa — best known for his appearances in Old Spice commercials — admitted he was openly campaigning for the role of Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage. Mustafa said that he already "already had a meeting with Marvel" where he revealed that he was "a gracious reader of their comics and that I wanted to be Luke Cage."
While there was no reason to doubt Mustafa's passion for the role, the actor has taken his campaign to another level with a pitch video starring the actor as the character. watch the video >> Posted 05.31.11 by Ryan
When it comes to Marvel Entertainment's post-Avengers slate, president Kevin Feige has mentioned several of Marvel's comic book properties as possibilities, whetting the appetites of fans hoping for their favorite characters translated into a big screen movie. Feige recently mentioned that individual movies featuring characters from The Avengers is hopefully the next step — in addition to the continuing adventures of Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. While screenwriters have been hired to write an adaptation of Doctor Strange and the screenplay for Ant-Man has been delivered to Marvel by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, Feige confirmed last year that the character of Luke Cage is another property that could be adapted.
The character of Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, was created in 1972 by writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita, Sr. and was one of the first African-American superheroes to be featured in his own comic book (Luke Cage, Hero for Hire). Actors have been lining up to play the part, with Thor's Idris Elba hinting at playing the role last October, calling the role "interesting".
The latest actor to throw his silver headband into the ring is Isaiah Mustafa, known to the public as the Old Spice pitchman "the Man Your Man Could Smell Like." Mustafa told SuperHeroHype that he has "already had a meeting with Marvel" about playing the character. mustafa's a "marvel maniac" >> Posted 04.21.11 by Ryan
British actor Idris Elba is busy these days, in no small part due to comic book movies like The Losers and the upcoming Thor. Elba's association with comic book adaptation is just beginning, however. In a conversation with Total Film, Elba explained that Thor is the start of a long association with Marvel Studios.
I have a picture deal with them (Marvel). I can't tell you much about that, but I can tell you I'll be back.
One of the Marvel movies that will bring Elba back is Ghost Rider 2. THR reports that Elba has joined the production as "an alcoholic warrior monk" that must find the Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage). After Ghost Rider 2, Elba will move on to the title role in Cross, based on the novel by James Patterson. After that, Elba told Total Film, the actor may be ready to join more Marvel movies. And what about Luke Cage? >> Posted 10.07.10 by Ryan
Marvel Entertainment struck gold with 2008's Iron Man, even though the character initially lacked the same popularity as other Spider-Man or Wolverine. With Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America slated for the summer of 2011, and The Avengers following in 2012, Marvel has a busy couple years ahead of them, and has no plans of stopping.
In April, a report stated that Marvel and parent company Disney were planning movies for their secondary, less recognizable characters in the lower-budget (for Hollywood, anyway) range of $20-40 million dollars to be shot post-Avengers. Marvel may be altering that plan with another strategy. Marvel shorts to tease us? Read More >> Posted 06.22.10 by Ryan
Sure, Marvel has Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, and Avengers lined up for release through 2012, but that's not stopping them from planning even more Marvel movies. According to CHUD, Marvel is meeting with screenwriters and directors about some of their less mainstream characters — the sorcerer Doctor Strange, preteen superheroes Power Pack, mutant and pop star Dazzler, hero-for-hire Luke Cage, and many others. More on Lee's top choices and his Thor cameo details >> Posted 04.23.10 by Ryan
Director John Singleton hasn't even started production on his latest project, Tulia, and fanboys everywhere are already asking, "What's next?" Little wonder -- Singleton is attached to direct adaptations of two popular Marvel Comics titles: Luke Cage and The Black Panther. Though he won't say which one he'll do first, Singleton is more than happy to discuss other details, including which actors he'd like to see suit up in the lead roles.
While Tyrese Gibson remains the clear favorite to play Luke Cage (thanks largely to his profile-elevating turn in the blockbuster Transformers), the ideal choice for The Black Panther remains unclear. Up until now, much of the speculation regarding who might play the Panther has centered on multiple Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou -- an obvious choice, given that the character is African and that the Benin-bred Hounsou is the most prominent African actor working in Hollywood today.
In a recent exclusive interview with Reelz.com, Singleton added another name to the list. "Chiwetel Ejiofor could do it," Singleton volunteered, referring to the acclaimed star of Talk to Me and Children of Men. Born in Great Britain to Nigerian parents, Ejiofor has the pedigree as well as the acting chops to handle the Panther role. And anyone who's seen Serenity (all seven of you) knows he can handle action. Just ask the browncoats. Posted 08.10.07 by reelz
Fanboys eager to see Marvel Comics heroes Luke Cage and The Black Panther on the big screen could end up waiting quite a while before either one arrives in theaters.
John Singleton, who is attached to direct both Luke Cage and The Black Panther, will first take on Tulia, based on the true story of 46 African-American residents of a small Texas town who were wrongly imprisoned in 1999 on dubious charges of drug possession. Halle Berry is set to star.
Singleton starts principal photography on the film, which is already being dubbed the Erin Brockovich for African-Americans, in about two months, with a release date planned for sometime next summer.
After that, it's either Cage or Panther -- Singleton hasn't decided yet which one he'll do first. "It depends on which script is available and which one is the best situation for me," he said yesterday in an exclusive interview with Reelz.com. Posted 08.01.07 by reelz