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Superhero Buzz: New Villain in The Amazing Spider-Man, Casting Info, A New Marvel Movie, and Photos Galore

Although the biggest film news of the weekend – or the year – has been Star Trek’s JJ Abrams taking the director’s chair for the new Star Wars films, this has also been a sizable weekend of movie news and photos galore.

Dr. Strange Getting a Movie

With the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Phase Two” starting with Iron Man 3 in May, Kevin Feige,s Marvel’s President of Production confirmed the long-standing rumor that a Dr. Strange movie is definitely in the works during their “Phase Three”. While many other characters have been in the running for their own movie, including Black Panther, Feige’s confirmation of a Dr. Strange movie hitting theaters after Ant-Man is sure to please fans, as well as give hope other heroes will get their day on the big screen. In an interview with MTV, he said “[Strange is] a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is ‘Ant-Man,’ which keeps us excited.”

Sahara and A Sound of Thunder screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer – who are currently working on the reboot of Conan the Barbarian reboot starring Arnold Schwarzenegger – reportedly turned in a draft last year for the movie so Marvel could shop the project to interested directors, but with a half a dozen writers going through Iron Man 3, it wouldn’t be shocking if the final product is vastly different.

The character, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963, followed a brilliant but arrogant surgeon whose career suddenly ends after his hands become irreparably damaged in a car accident. He would soon be granted magical powers, a reward for saving a powerful sorcerer known as “The Ancient One”. Patrick Dempsey has long been interested in play the role, which – if on track – could hit theaters the Summer of 2016.

Justice League Movie Only Happening if Man Of Steel is a Hit/2015 Might Get Smaller

In an interview with Variety, Warner Brothers may put the brakes on the awaited Justice League movie, should Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel bomb at the box office. This actually might not come as a surprise, because aside from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, films based on DC properties have been underwhelming. 2005’s modest Superman Returns warranted a reboot, and 2010’s Green Lantern was forgettable. Nolan, who is producing the Superman reboot, has already closed the book on a return to his Batman series, so it is up to Snyder’s take on Superman to carry the new franchises.

A script written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) will follow an as-yet-uncast Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern, which is rumored to follow JLA issues 183-185. The three issue arc has the Justice League battling Darkseid, the ruler of the planet Apokalips, who is attempted to move his planet into Earth’s orbit – destroying our planet in the process. 

Should the Justice League movie be cancelled, the 2015 summer slate will be that much lighter. JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII is expected to be pushed further back, leaving just The Avengers 2 as the most anticipated movie of 2015.

New Pics from Man of Steel

Since we’re talking about Man of Steel, check out the new pictures of Superman (played by Henry Cavill), the villain General Zod (Michael Shannon), and Superman’s biological father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe). Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Christopher Meloni also star in the film, arriving June 14th.

X-Men First Class gets more casting

Director Bryan Singer, who has vowed to use his twitter account to leak more information about his ambitious X-Men: Days of Future Past, has announced Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin will return to the franchise as Iceman, Kitty Pryde, and Rogue, respectively. In an interview with Empire, Singer also said that he has done research and spoke with fellow director James Cameron about time travel, which will be a prevalent theme in the new film. 

Arriving July 18th, 2014, Days of Future Past has Kitty Pryde traveling back in time to prevent a chain of events that would lead to a political assassination and the extermination of mutants by massive cyborgs called Sentinals. The growing cast already includes Patrick Stewart, James MacAvoy, Ian McKellan, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Jackman.

New Wolverine Pic is Quite Dapper

And speaking of Hugh Jackman, he is looking sleek and impressive in this new promo pic from James Mangold’s The Wolverine. Coming July 26th, the film follows Jackman’s titular character to Japan, where in his self-imposed exile, he finds a purpose to fight once again. 

Paul Giamatti Takes On Rhino Role

Just when we thought the casting for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was over, we’re now learning that Paul Giamatti is in talks to play the Rhino! In an exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter, indie star Felicity Jones has also been cast in an unnamed role.

The casting is a bit of a dream come true for Giamatti, who has long discussed his desire to play the villainous role. In an interview with ShowbizSpy, he explained, “I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid. It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit, and I always thought, ‘Why don’t they have The Rhino in one of their movies.’ But maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me.” He added, “If they ever go with The Rhino, I would be ready and waiting.

In the comics, The Rhino is a dim-witted thug from an Soviet bloc who gains superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability when he dons a polymer suit similar to a rhinoceros hide that covers his entire body except his face. The suit, of course, also has a massive and deadly horn. He will join Jamie Foxx, who has already been cast as the evil Electro

Coming May 2nd, 2014, the film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Shailene Woodley, and Dane DeHaan. 

Iron Man Spoiler?

The last story is about an armor that we might be seeing in Iron Man 3 that may hint to Guardians of the Galaxy and/or The Avengers 2. Check it out below, but beware: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!


A new toy is showing off a “Deep Space Suit” will be in Tony Stark’s collection. Kevin Feige previously teased that Iron Man could return to space after his selfless act of saving New York from Loki’s Army in The Avengers. 

Could this lead to the rumor that Tony Stark could appear in Guardians of the Galaxy? It would bring a well-known star to an otherwise unknown possible franchise. Or maybe this armor is for a space battle with the evil Thanos, the villain of The Avengers 2. Either way, this is a pretty bad-ass armor suit that you could see in a film full of surprises, if rumors can believed.


About Richard L. Vargas

Among many things, I'm a writer, blogger, news junkie, and pop culture enthusiast from New York City.


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