Marvel Mutterings: Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Iron Patriot & Daredevil

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

This week: Edgar Wright talks Ant-Man, the Spider-Man family grows, Iron Patriot / War Machine signed up for Age of Ultron, and Daredevil gets his TV show-runner!

Ant-Man: Edgar Wright has finally turned his attention to the lead-off entry in Marvel Studios’ “Phase Three” – Ant-Man. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Avenger made his debut in back in Jan ’62) as a variation on Richard Matheson’s novel The Shrinking Man and DC Comics’ own creation, the Atom. The original Ant-Man was one Henry Pym, a scientist who developed a chemical with which he could change his size. Pym is slated to make his big-screen debut when Ant-Man arrives in July 2015, and Wright shared his thoughts on the Marvel Movie Universe, and the comics that have inspired him. “2000 AD and Marvel,” Wright tells us, “were the things I used to read when I was a kid. Those were the two sorts of things. 2000 AD was a big thing in the UK back then. Both me and Simon (Pegg) grew up on that comic. And I loved the Marvel Universe.” Wright names Spider-Man as his favourite hero, adding, “I would gravitate towards those comics because they were generally funnier and there was a bit more of a mischievous spirit in Marvel.” Wright remarked that, unlike fellow Marvel director Joss Whedon, he doesn’t have to worry much about continuity, and considering his unique comedic flair, it’s easy to speculate that Ant-Man will be the most autonomous Marvel movie yet. “I think they do stand alone,” says Wright. “I think that’s what’s kind of clever about the movies, is that they work sort of like the comic books. They’re standalone stories, and there are elements that link them. But I think that’s what makes The Avengers the treat that it is – it’s bringing six disparate characters together.” Having largely done adult-appeal films, Wright appreciates the irony that his next movie will be a superhero film. “But in a way, it’s a challenge,” he says. “It’s a challenge to do. Shaun and Hot Fuzz and World’s End are all R-rated films. I like the challenge of making a PG-13 film. Because you’ve got to entertain in a different way. You don’t have the same tools. It’s also different in terms of Scott Pilgrim. They’re both adaptations. It’s nice to be able to do an adaptation. “It’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to do Ant-Man straight away and that I wanted to do World’s End. It was important to me that me and Simon do a purely original screenplay as our next movie. But it’s nice to have the opportunity to mix it up.” Wright is visibly weary of the constant questions he’s received about Ant-Man since the film was first announced – in 2006. “I feel like people want so much information,” he sighs. We point out that since the Edgar Wright “brand” is so well established, audiences know the percentage of humour they’ll get in his films, and the first thing fans want to know is if that percentage will be found in Ant-Man. “No, no, no,” he says – adding, “I want to know that breakdown! It’s like vitamin water – I want to know the nutritional facts! “No,” Wright laughs, and concedes to answer this one question: “I think it would be as funny as the other Marvel movies that have come out.” Ant-Man is due for release in summer 2015 by Marvel Studios.

Amazing Spider-Man 2: following hot on the heels of last week’s first trailer, check out the new international version which features a lot of new footage, much more humour and a better look at Rhino – looking good Sony!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_z61rmiN35E

And speaking of Sony’s own Marvel Universe, they’ve now officially confirmed Sinister Six and Venom spin-off films to be released alongside The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (Jun 2016). Sinister Six, is based around a variety of Spider-Man’s classic villains (the team has a history of change), will probably include Vulture, Electro, Sandman,  Kraven, Mysterio, and Doctor Octopus – three of whom are all appearing in some form or another in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and will be written by Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Cabin In The Woods‘ Drew Goddard. Venom, which is based upon one of Spider-Man’s fan-favourite super-villains, later re-invented as an anti-hero, will be developed by Star Trek Into Darkness and Amazing Spider-Man 2 writing team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci along with Men In Black‘s Ed Soloman. Speculation abounds as to plotlines: perhaps the Sinister Six film would be a heist-style picture, pitting the six against an even bigger bad, OsCorp for example. Venom, on the other hand, could be pitched as a Dark Knight-esque anti-hero.

However, the bad news is, that whilst The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may well be setting up plans for more sequels, star Andrew Garfield asserted that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is the last film with his name on it. “I mean, I’m under contract for another one after this… as far as a fourth one? That’s not anything to do with me,” said Garfield, flatly. “But yeah, I think what we’re doing here is we’ve established the world. And now we get to really play inside that world.” It’s hard to imagine the rest of the series without him, and Garfield is probably just laying down the groundwork for a very favourable contract renegotiation – if the fans come, the studio will pay…

Avengers: Age of Ultron:  Avengers director and Marvel Phase 2 mastermind Joss Whedon revealed that Don Cheadle’s Rhodey will have ”a part to film in the next Avengers movie.” Colonel James Rhodes was last seen in Iron Man 3 wearing his Iron Patriot armour. Cheadle himself has spoken about how War Machine might handle being a member of the Avengers line-up, and which other superhero he’d find common ground with: “Probably Captain America, he’d love winding Tony up,” laughs Cheadle. “He’d tell him [Cap] to take the piss out of Tony all the time, like, ‘Talk about his height!’” Also, with Robert Downey Jr signed on for more Avengers movies, but not more Iron Man films – is Cheadle being groomed for the lead role in Iron Man 4?

Daredevil: we commented above about Drew Goddard’s involvement in the Sony / Marvel / Spider-Man universe, details are emerging about the deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, with Goddard as the show-runner on the Daredevil show. He will write and direct the first episode, setting the tone and look for the show, while also serving as series executive producer for the 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Other shows to be produced under the deal include ones featuring Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming event – The Defenders.

Sources: SFXSony Pictures, Yahoo!, USA Today, Sci-Fi Now,

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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