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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Producers: No Alternate Spider-Men on the Big Screen

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Miles Morales, the character behind the Spider-Man mask in the pages of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, and the upcoming Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man, most certainly has his share of fans. The same can be said for Spider-Man 2099, the Scarlet Spider, and various other alternate Spider-Men.

However, movie audiences shouldn’t expect to see any of them in a feature film any time soon.

When asked by The Playlist about the possibility of a character other than Peter Parker portraying Spider-Man in a feature film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Matt Tolmach simply replied: “No.”

Avid Arid, the film’s other producer, elaborated: ”The one thing you cannot do, when you have a phenomena that has stood the test of time, you have to be true to the real character inside – who is Peter Parker? What are the biggest effects on his life? Then you can draw in time, and you can consider today’s world in many ways. But to have multiple ones… I don’t know if you remember, but Marvel tried it. And it was almost the end of Spider-Man.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced, Ford, Hamill, and Fisher to Return

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

After months of speculation, this week StarWars.com officially announced the cast for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.

The film, which takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, will see Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher reprise their iconic roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker will also return as Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2.

Joining the original stars will be…

- John Boyega (Attack the Block24: Live Another Day)
- Daisy Ridley (CasualtyMr. Selfridge)
- Adam Driver (Inside Llwen Davis, Lincoln)
- Oscar Isaac (Inside Llwen Davis, Drive, Robin Hood)
-  Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit films, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
- Domhnall Gleeson (About TimeTrue Grit)
-  Max von Sydow (Minority ReportRobin HoodThe Exorcist)

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” director J.J. Abrams said. “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII comes out December 18, 2015.

Source/Image: StarWars.com

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Star Wars Expanded Universe to “Turn A New Page”

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The Star Wars Expanded Universe, which fans know as the continuity that exists throughout the various comic books, novels, video games, etc., is about to “turn a new page.”

In other words, future Star Wars films and stories will not take place in the same continuity as the Expanded Universe. According to a release made via StarWars.com this week, the six Star Wars feature films, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, are “the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.”

The release continues: “In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe.”

To oversee a new continuity brought forth by Star Wars: Rebels and other stories, LucasFilm has formed a story group to ensure all content aligns.

“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” said LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”

This announcement coincides with news from Disney Publishing Worldwide and Random House. The companies will relaunch the Star Wars adult fiction line with Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which will be released on September 4.

StarWars.com indicates that while the Star Wars universe is changing, elements from the Expanded Universe may be incorporated into future projects. The release indicates that “…elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.”

Expanded Universe stories will reportedly stay in print under a new “Legends” banner.

Star Wars: Rebels premieres this fall on the Disney Channel, and Disney XD. Star Wars: Episode VII comes out December 18, 2015.

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Cyborg Cast in Superman/Batman Film

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Ray Fisher, a young actor known primarily for his theater work, has reportedly been cast as Victor Stone/Cyborg in the Superman/Batman film set for release in 2016.

In the DC Universe, Victor Stone is a teenager who becomes half machine after a tragic accident. In the recent company-wide reboot, Cyborg was made a member of the Justice League alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the company’s other major characters.

Directed by Zack Snyder, he as yet untitled Superman/Batman film will star Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The movie comes out May 6, 2016.

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Zack Snyder on Man of Steel Criticism, Christopher Reeve, Real World Consequences

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Director Zack Snyder and the creative team behind Man of Steel took a great deal of flack for the amount of violence and destruction in the film. However, in a recent interview with Forbes, Snyder said he believes much of the criticism the film received in that respect has to do with the fans’ perception of Superman.

“…I think with Superman we have this opportunity to place this icon within the sort of real world we live in,” Snyder said. “And I think that, honestly, the thing I was surprised about in response to [Man of Steel] was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman, you know? How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version but more the movie version… If you really analyze the comic book version of Superman, he’s killed, he’s done all the things– I guess the rules that people associate with Superman in the movie world are not the rules that really apply to him in the comic book world, because those rules are different…It’s just funny to see people really taking it personally… because I made him real, you know, I made him feel, or made consequences [in] the world.”

Snyder compared his work on Man of Steel to his work on the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen.

“[In Watchmen]…We really wanted to show it wasn’t just like they thought, like the PG-13 version where everyone just gets up and they’re fine. I really wanted to show the violence is real, people get killed or get hurt, and it’s not fun or funny. And I guess for me, it was like I wanted a hero in Superman that was a real hero and sort of reflected the world we live in now.”

Zack Snyder will direct Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Superman/Batman film, which comes out on May 6, 2016.

Source: Forbes

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Bryan Singer Talks X-Men: Apocalypse

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Bryan Singer, director of next month’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as X-Men and X2: X-Men United, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the next film in the series, X-Men Apocalypse.

Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty are among those developing the film, which Singer says will not be an exact replication of the Age of Apocalypse storyline fans know from the Marvel comic book universe.

Singer said the film will focus on the returning cast members from X-Men: First Class. James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) are all scheduled to return for the film. We may also see younger incarnations of characters like Gambit and Nightcrawler. The movie will also reportedly take place during the ’80s.

“I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ’80s,” Singer said.

Singer noted that elements from Days of Future Past will influence Apocalypse, but the ending of the former won’t directly set the stage for the latter.

“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse,” Singer said. ”What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

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A Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – Covering His Ground

TITLE: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
STARRING: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford
DIRECTORS: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
STUDIOS: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
RATED: PG-13
RUN TIME: 136 min
RELEASED: April 4, 2014

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a unique beast among the Marvel Studios library. It doesn’t star a loveable, wise cracking hero like the Iron Man films. It’s not a majestic ride like the Thor films. It doesn’t feature a world-decimating threat like The Avengers, either. Rather, The Winter Soldier is an interesting blend of espionage thriller, mystery, and superhero action flick. That’s the kind of story we’ve seen numerous times on comic book pages, but one we rarely (if ever) see on-screen. It’s a great little niche for the Captain America brand, and all in all, makes The Winter Soldier a unique chapter in the universe-encompassing saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we thought it was. A devastating secret is revealed that makes fugitives out of Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Natasha Irons/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Along with their new ally Sam Wilson/Falcon, they must discover and defeat the parasite that has been rotting S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside out for so many years. But to do so, Rogers will have to face an old friend. Someone from he past he thought was long dead. Enter the Winter Soldier.

The first thing that struck me about The Winter Soldier was the use of a costume based on the one that first appeared in the pages of Steve Rogers: Super Soldier. The less colorful look seems to nullify the character from some of the “hokey American boy scout hero” vibe, which some casual fans plague him with. It’s also a much more practical, soldier-like costume (not that superhero costumes have ever been considered with practicality). But in the end, the film also isn’t afraid to give us our hero in the red and blue suit. While the movie isn’t as colorful and flamboyant as some of its Marvel Cinematic siblings, it doesn’t hide from that side of the character, which speaks to the filmmakers’ respect and admiration for him.

What The Winter Soldier really illustrates, especially now that we’re in phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is just how different the various franchises are. For the most part, each one has its own designated ground to cover. Cap is the idealist who tackles ethical questions regarding freedom, and the price one pays for it. Thor is the mystic warrior of the group, who battles threats from other realms. Iron Man is the technological wonder, known for his trademark wit. And Hulk (from what we’ve seen of him at least), is our horror/monster movie character. Mind you, the lines between these various franchises can blur at times, as at the end of the day, they’re all superhero movies. But Marvel has done a beautiful job of making each character and their world very distinct. Thus, it becomes that much more epic when they all come together in an Avengers movie.

The movie’s titular character, played by Sebastian Stan, is awesome. He’s got a fantastic look, and all of his action sequences with Cap, Black Widow, and Nick Fury are awesome. The only major complaint I have about him deals with his connection to Steve Rogers during World War II. We saw this character in the first film, and we’re reminded of him early in this one. But the friendship and the closeness the two characters had isn’t emphasized enough to make the reveal of The Winter Soldier’s identity the weight it should have. Comic book fans may feel it because they’re already familiar with this relationship. But casual moviegoers, and even the more devoted Marvel movie fans may be left wanting more.

The partnership between Steve Rogers and Natasha Irons is interesting to watch. There’s definitely a certain sexual chemistry between them, which is interesting when you consider what we saw between Natasha and Clint Barton/Hawkeye in The Avengers.  Whatever there is between them is doomed to fail because of their obvious philosophical differences. But Cap, the ultimate straight-laced good guy, and Natasha, who has such a checkered past, definitely make an intriguing duo. Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), Cap’s love interest in the comic book continuity, doesn’t have as prominent a role as I’d hoped. But hopefully they’re just setting the stage for something in the third film. Interestingly enough, The Winter Soldier has a great scene between Steve Rogers and an elderly Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), his love interest from the first film. Peggy’s relation to Sharon Carter is never explored in this film. But again, ground work.

All in all, Captain America: The Winter Soldier manages to stand a step above most other Marvel movies. It’s a hell of an action movie. And while I wouldn’t say the film raises any pressing questions about freedom or the American way, there are some ethical issues on the table that give it enough extra depth to set it apart from other comic book movies.

RATING: 8/10

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Ninja Turtles Co-Creator Speaks on New Movie

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Peter Laird, who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Kevin Eastman in the ’80s, recently spoke to ComicBookMovie.com about the trailer for the new Jonathan Liebesman-directed movie.

An Overview of the New Trailer: “I was impressed with what I saw of the production values — if nothing else, it looks like the new TMNT movie will have a lot of stuff going on and looking good (that toppling tower, for example) — but the changes to the basic design of the Turtles seemed to me to fall into the “fixing what is not broken” category. It’s altogether possible that, in the context of this new movie, these designs will work well and not seem so odd, but I still point to what Jim Henson’s “Creature Shop” team did with their rendering of the Turtles in rubber and paint as the best translation (in live action, anyway) of the Turtles as Kevin Eastman and I created them. That being said, so far I have only seen this short trailer with just a few brief glimpses of the Turtles. My opinion could change…”

On the Additions to the Turtles’ Look: “It may just be a personal preference of mine — and one informed by twenty-five years with the Turtles as co-creator working on those green dudes — but the extra “stuff” added to the Turtles’ outfits just seems extraneous to me, and a bit silly in spots (I mean, thin bamboo armor for a Turtle’s shell?). Maybe it will work, but right now, I don’t see it. I prefer the simpler versions.”

On the More “Human” Look of the Turtles: “…When I watched that trailer for the first time, and came to that bit near the end where Michelangelo takes off his bandana, revealing his full face to April, complete with human-looking nose, I immediately flashed back to the early days, back in 1984 or 1985 when we were living in Sharon, CT and just beginning to take steps into the world of licensing the TMNT. It was during that time that we received a letter from a small movie company — I think it was New World — offering us a deal to do a live-action TMNT movie, wherein they suggested that the way to go was to choose some (at that point in time) “hot” young comedians, dress them up in Turtle costumes, but leave their faces bare… except for a layer of green paint, so their zany comic expressions could be easily visible.

As you probably know, we turned that one down. Remember, this was well before the first animated TMNT series was  even a glimmer in anyone’s eye. It’s intriguing to contemplate what the history of the TMNT might have been had we accepted that first live-action movie offer.”

It should be noted that Kevin Eastman has served as an advisor on the new film.

For the full interview, check out ComicBookMovie.com.

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Will Nathan Fillion Appear in Guardians of the Galaxy?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Having starred as Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, voiced Green Lantern in numerous animated movies, and crooning as Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible‘s Sing-Along Blog, Nathan Fillion has no shortage of fanboy cred. But he may soon get even more

During a St. Louis Comic Con panel this week, Fillion was asked whether he wanted a part in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Castle star’s response was: ”[Want] to get a part? Or maybe did. I’m just saying maybe. Maybe it’ll be a surprise. Maybe check the credits of the movie when you watch it.”

Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1.

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Kevin Feige: Marvel Studios Has Movies Planned Through 2028

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

In a recent interview with Bloomberg Business Week, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige noted the company has plans for cinematic ventures that extend nearly a decade and a half into the future.

The article reads: Feige can produce an unlimited number of films with interweaving story lines and characters, creating a vast audience for almost any Marvel movie. People might show up for The Avengers, meet the Black Widow, and come back for her movie, too. There’s a map of films reaching far into the next decade on the wall of Feige’s office. “It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it,’” he laughs. “They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”

Marvel Studios has produced movies based on Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, which eventually led to The Avengers. The studio’s upcoming films include Guardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.

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