Marvel Mutterings: Ant-Man, Deadpool, Spider-Man, Guardians & Daredevil

Whether it’s Fox, Sony or the Marvel stable themselves, here are the world-wide witterings!

This week: Ant-Man expands his cast, more on the Deadpool movie, Spidey on loan to Marvel, Guardian go cartoon and the first look at Daredevil!

Ant-Man: Marvel’s upcoming bug-oriented hero has added another name to its roster: actor Martin Donovan (Weeds, Sabotage, Homeland, Hannibal) has signed on for a “pivotal” as-yet-unnamed role. The high probability is that he will replace Patrick Wilson, who recently dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Donovan’s a dab hand at playing troubled loners, as well as being frequently cast as villains, so it’s a good chance his character will go head-to-head with Scott Lang.

Daredevil: Marvel released the first look at their new NetFlix original series Daredevil:

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We’re not sure, are we, precious?

Deadpool: 20th Century Fox are trying to figure out exactly in which X-Men timeline the Merc With A Mouth will place his solo outing, given how X-Men Day of Future Past glossed over some of X-Men Origin: Wolverine‘s storyline, where Deadpool got his cinematic roots. “There’s definitely a sort of overall plan that we’ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now,” X-Men: Apocalypse producer/writer Simon Kinberg said, “and Deadpool obviously fits into that. So yeah, I guess I would say it’s part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films, some of which is inspired by the comics and some which is inspired by seeing what Marvel’s done with telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well. The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox.”

Here’s a thought: given that Ryan Reynold’s in all likelihood won’t do the role, and Hugh Jackman is clearly getting a little weary of playing The Wolverine, and the great comic banter & bickering between these two characters, perhaps this is the vehicle after X-Men: Apocalypse to cast fresh actors based on their one-screen chemistry… so, what do we think: Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson? Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum?

Spider-Man: Rumour has it that Marvel and Sony are considering working together on The Amazing Spider-Man franchise with a view to bringing him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the face of it, this doesn’t seem so unlikely, given that Sony are still reeling from the poor box office showing of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Spidey, like DC flagship Superman, suffers the same problem: how do you create a fresh spin on such a well-known story & character. Clearly DC realise that a standard alone Superman film would probably be a bit of a flop, so they have rolled in the big guns and teams him with The Bats. Equally well, how better to keep Spider-Man fresh by teaming him up with some of his other comic stable-mates?  HitFlix comments, “While I can’t get the confirmations I need to verify the story, I’m hearing that there are some very cool Spider-Man plans being discussed that would help Sony refocus their enormously important franchise while also opening up some connections in the onscreen Marvel movie universe that would blow fandom’s minds. Will it work out? I don’t know. I would love to be able to state for sure that it’s happening. What seems clear from what I’ve heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and if they can make that work creatively and on a corporate level, they will, and that means the world gets bigger again.”

Sony Pictures have a history of working closely with both Marvel & 20th Century Fox, – sharing merchandising rights with Marvel and working with Fox on shared rights (specifically allowing Spider-Man foe Kingpin to appear in Daredevil), and joint promotion (specifically the X-Men: Days Of Future Past trailer added to the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and allowing Spider-Man some kind of role in a Marvel film could be the oomph he needs…

That said, Badass Digest has rumoured that the whole series is being… rebooted? The site reports that, “Sony is going to soft reboot Spider-Man with Sinister Six, having a new actor playing a Spidey who works with the villains The Dirty Dozen style to take down a larger threat. Sony is going to put Spider-Man on the shelf for four or five years and see if they can develop any of the side characters into their own franchises. I’ve also heard that Venom is functionally dead again.”

I’ll have to hope that HitFlix have heard right…

Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s head of TV, Jeph Loeb, revealed some test footage and details for the Guardians Of The Galaxy animated series, coming to Disney XD in 2015. Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, programming and general manager at Disney XD commented, ”The movie and franchise quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. We’re looking forward to working with the great team at Marvel Television to deliver an engaging animated series that fans can enjoy each week. This is a very exciting time for the Marvel Animation Studio as we get to explore the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe by developing the first-ever Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy animated series,” said Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. “After starring in the biggest movie of 2014, everyone wants more of Star-Lord and his crew – now they’ll get it.”

Sources: THR, Comicbook.com, HitFlixBadass Digest

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