Rosario Dawson will not appear in The Punisher

Here’s some disappointing news Rosario Dawson will not appear in The Punisher, when it comes to Netflix later this year. 

In a recent interview, Rosario Dawson told Collider that her character, Claire Temple, will not be appearing in the series due to scheduling issues: 

At the end of the day, it’s really hard to get all of those casts together. For The Defenders, it was difficult to get everybody together. People are busy! There are so many times where I really want it to happen. I really wanted to do a cameo on The Punisher, but it doesn’t always work that way.

Ghost Rider to appear in Agents of Shield 

For a couple of months now, Internet speculation has been rife that the new series of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, would feature Ghost Rider.

Today, it was officially confirmed at the show’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego: Ghost Rider is indeed coming.

However, it won’t be the version of the character made famous by Nicholas Cage. Instead of Johnny Blaze, we will see Robbie Reyes as the Spirit of Vengeance.

After the panel, the cast took the the convention floor to unveil the car.

 

Netflix confirm Punisher series 

One batch. Two batch. A penny. A dime. This will come as no surprise to anyone who watched series 2 of Daredevil because, if you did. You saw this coming. Netflix announced today that they’re officially moving forward with a spin-off series for The Punisher.
Jon Bernthal will be reprising his role Frank Castle.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Bernthal was breath taking as The Punisher and they couldn’t have cast a better actor. He brought gravitas, weight, conviction and, emotion.
The Punisher is the sixth Marvel series ordered by Netflix. 

We have Luke Cage to look forward to later this year, with Iron Fist and The Defenders coming next year. Which will be ensemble miniseries, that includes Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and, Luke Cage. It’s currently unknown if The Punisher will be included in that line-up. 

The Punisher will be run by writer and executive producer, Steve Lightfoot. 

Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb said:

“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.’ Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”

Netflix Vice President of Original Content, Cindy Holland added:

“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.”

Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot said:

“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. 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.”


The Marvel/Netflix partnership has proven to be a hit with fans and critics. I can’t wait to see what they give us with The Punisher. I’ve enjoyed all three of The Punisher movies, but I’ve always felt a character as complex as Frank Castle deserved a TV series. 

Stephen Merchant cast in Wolverine 3

We all know that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine, in Wolverine 3. But what nobody knew, is that Stephen Merchant will also be in the movie.

Deadline broke news of Merchant’s casting, this morning. The role he’s playing has yet to be revealed, but I imagine given his comedic background, he will probably be some sort of comic relief.

The actor confirmed the news, by posting a video of him having his head shaved, on Instagram.

An actor prepares. #Wolverine3

A video posted by Stephen Merchant (@stephenmerchant) on


James Mangold is returning to direct and David James Kelly, is writing the script. Hugh Jackman has previously hinted, that the film will be inspired by the “Old Man Logan” range of comics, which follows an elderly, now-retired Wolverine on a road trip, with Hawkeye across a dystopian future. As Marvel own the rights to Hawkeye, it’s thought that Professor X will be replacing him.

Merchant got his big break, when he collaborated on The Office with Ricky Gervais. The pair then worked together on Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show, and Life’s Too Short. But recently the pair seperated creatively.


If Merchant’s casting seems a little strange, just remember in 1999, we heard a 6ft 2″ Australian, whom had only done musical theatre, would be playing the role of 5ft 4″ Canadian, Wolverine. The news did not go down well with X-Men fans.
Wolverine 3 will be Jackman’s last outing as the mutant anti-hero, Jackman has appeared in every X-Men film since the original in 2000, except of course for Deadpool.

Wolverine 3 scheduled for relaese in March  2017.

Spider-Man reboot rumoured to be called Spider-Man:Homecoming

Tom Holland is about to make his debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. The character will also star in his own MCU connected, solo movie in 2017, directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car). However; specific information on the reboot remain tightly under wraps at the joint Marvel/Sony compound.

rumoured titles such as; The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Spider-Man: The New Avenger have been doing th rounds since the Sony/Marvel deal was announced.

According to the BBC, Sony Pictures  have registered the domain name ‘SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com’. Which seems to suggest that Spider-Man: Homecoming could in fact be the upcoming film reboot. However, that doesn’t guarantee it. Studios will often register multiple domain names, just in case.

Benedict Cumberbatch stops by New York comic book shop, dressed as Doctor Strange

Production wrapped yesterday on the upcoming Marvel movie, Doctor Strange. To celebrate, director Scott Derrickson and, Benedict Cumberbatch stopped by New York comic book store, JHU Comics. Cumberbatch was in full Doctor Strange costume, he even took time to pose for pictures with the staff.

 

 

 

JHU even released their security camera footage, which captured the event. He shows up around the 50 second mark.

Tom Holland shows off Spidey flips

It’s hard to believe that we’re just two short months away from seeing Captain America:Civil War. The thing I’m most excited about seeing in this movie is Tom Holland’s take on Spider-Man. Back in August, the actor posted a video on his instagram account which showed him practising some moves.

Yesterday, he posted a video of himself doing something called a “side summy” it’s pretty impressive.

We still haven’t seen the new Spider-Man costume, but I assume that’s because both Sony and Marvel are still ironing out the finer points in their contract.

I’m sure Holland will be great in the role, but personally I would have brought Andrew Garfield back. In my version, Peter Parker would now be in his late thirties, retired and married to Mary Jane. Something would have happened that made him put on the famous suit again, I would have then killed Peter Parker off. Given him a heroes send-off, he would have died saving The Avengers. I would have then introduced Miles Morales in the post credit scene and kicked off a new franchise, with a new Spidey.

Gambit removed from 2016 schedule

Deadpool is currently shattering box office records, it’s made over $600 Million worldwide. Fox also have X-Men: Apocalypse out this summer. However they were due to have three Marvel titles out this year, with Channing Tatum-starring as the Gajun superhero, Gambit.

Gambit was originally scheduled to be released in October this year. But the production has entered a sort of “development hell” phase. The original director Rupert Wyatt walked away last September, which caused a delay in production. In January, it was reported that production would begin in March, with Live die repeat’s Doug Liman now directing.  Alien: Covenant will now move into Gambit’s original slot.

Personally, I can’t see this movie ever happening. Fox were seeking someone with a big draw to step into Hugh Jackman’s place. They now have Deadpool and, ryan Reynolds.

Fox also revealed the release dates for two unnamed Marvel projects, October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018. I suspect the 2018 date will be Deadpool 2.

 

Marvel Universe Live is coming to the UK

Marvel superfans, unite! For the first time ever, the iconic Marvel Super Heroes and villains will be brought to life in a spectacular live action family arena show, when Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble touches down in the UK this September.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 4 March at 9am, and are available from AXS.com or by calling 08448 24 48 24.

This show is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with an epic show unlike anything seen before. Bringing together the largest assembly of Marvel characters in a live production, audiences will be able to watch some of their favourite Marvel Super Heroes step out of the silver screen and onto the stage – bringing the action to life right before their eyes.

Everyone will be able to cheer for their favourite Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and more, as they battle Loki and Marvel’s most sinister villains in a live, action-packed arena performance for the whole family. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever, with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

Vice President of Europe North at Feld Entertainment, Inc. Steven Armstrong said:

“We are delighted to bring Marvel Universe LIVE! to the UK, giving families an opportunity to enjoy this spectacular live show for the very first time. The audience will feel like they’ve been transported into a jaw-dropping Marvel blockbuster film, with an engrossing storyline and non-stop stunts”.

Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada added:

“To see all the elements of this spectacular live show come together has been truly incredible. The technology utilised in the show is not only going to blow your mind, it is going to take you to a whole new Marvel world like nothing British families have ever seen before.”

Join Marvel families for this monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

Trailer-Daredevil series 2

 “You know you’re one bad day away from being me.”
Today, Netflix released the first full trailer for series two of Daredevil, and it’s pretty spectacular. 
We’ve finally been given a proper look at Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and he looks fantastic. 

Here’s the synopsis:

Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.
Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.

The series sees Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson all reprise their roles from series one. With the addition of Élodie Yung as Electra. 

Series 2 goes live on March 18th, 2016.