Marvel Mutterings: Ant-Man, Spider-Man & The X-Men

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

This week: Ant-Man has his anchor, Spidey a new trailer, the X-Men’s Sookie goes Rogue, but part 3 gets its writer team!

Ant-Man: Marvel have announced that The Anchorman star, Paul Rudd, is officially confirmed as the actor playing Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man movie! The role had been hotly contested, but the field narrowed last week when Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced he would be producing (and possibly directing/starring in) an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, thus taking him out of the running for Ant-Man… and certainly Marvel supremo Kevin Feige is all over the decision: “When [Ant-Man director] Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” he says. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”

Amazing Spider-Man 2: Sony are pulling out all the stops with a new trailer featuring largely new footage – credit where it’s due, (and I’m not a Garfield fan), but this film is shaping up to be epic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COD-PABZVkM&feature=player_embedded

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Bad news for all you Sookie Stackhouse fans out there: although Bryan Singer has been all set to reunite the old and the new cast for time-travel epic X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Anna Paquin’s Rogue, who was only returning for one scene, has been axed! 🙁 “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” explained Singer, “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”“She did a fantastic job,” clarified Singer. “She was awesome in the sequence. She’s a brilliant actress. I would work with her in a heartbeat. “She completely understood. It’s very disappointing, but she’s very professional and she knows that stuff happens, particularly with material you shoot early on in production. Films evolve.” Harsh!!!

X-Men: Apocalypse: Bryan Singer did his tweet thing to confirm the writing team for his X-Men: Days Of Future Past follow-up, X-Men: Apocalypse. That team will be X-Men: The Last Stand (uh-oh!) and X-Men: Days Of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg, and X2: X-Men United (still the worst X-Men title EVER!) writing duo Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Singer also alluded to Apocalypse’s origins, saying cryptically, “It’s snowing in Egypt.”

Sources: Marvel, Entertainment Weekly, Twitter

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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