Marvel Mutterings: Capt America, Fantastic Four, Ant-Man & Wolverine

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

This week: the final word before The Winter Soldier is released, the FF’s director may be out, Wolverine 2 coming in 2018, and the first shots of Ant-Man!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A new poster of our new villain:

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In Captain America: The First Avenger, we watched as plucky Bucky apparently died after falling from a moving train into an icy ravine. And in the upcoming sequel, it seems the film will begin with Steve Rogers not just mourning his lost 1940’s world,  but still coming to terms with the loss of his best friend. When the Cap came to the rescue of his pal from the Red Skull, and finds him strapped to a chair, having been tortured and subjected to experimentation, it’s possible that this will be the reason for his resurrection, and co-director Anthony Russo, explains that it won’t be a happy reunion when the Cap discovers that he’s up against one of his closest friends, “We wanted to take a really grounded approach to the movie, and the Winter Soldier, even though he has a bionic arm, is in some ways a more grounded villain than the Red Skull is.” “He’s an enhanced human being like Cap, and their abilities match up against one another in a very similar way, which is what I think’s brilliant about Brubaker’s creation. We always say that a hero is only as good as the villain, and this villain in particular is a gift from a storytelling standpoint. He has such an emotional connection to the lead hero; they’re basically brothers fighting each other, so you can’t ask for a better or richer back story between a hero and a villain. For us, the relationship between Cap and the Winter Soldier is potentially more engaging than with Cap and the Red Skull.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released in the UK on 26 March.

Fantastic Four: Anonymous source claims that 20th Century Fox was so unhappy with how Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot was working out that they wanted to get rid of both the director and Simon Kinberg’s script. Apparently, other directors have been approached, and apparently the studio has also taken issue with the cast, who have yet to sign contracts. Apparently Trank’s Twitter feed had dried up, which he had been using to tease the FF fanbase about the upcoming reboot. Other sources, however, have said that the studio are perfectly happy with Trank, and filming is still set to begin in six months’ time. Personally, I’m not a fan of any aspect of the casting I’ve seen so far, so if Trank tanks, then c’est la vie!

Fantastic Four is set to be released on 6 March 2015

Ant-Man: In case you missed them, Marvel released some first shots of the super-small hero…

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Wolverine 2: When asked when we could expect to see a sequel to 2013′s The Wolverine, director James Mangold revealed that filming will begin as soon as shooting finishes on Bryan Singer’s third film in his series, X-Men: Apocalypse (ear-marked for 3rd March 2017):

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Furthermore, it seems Mangold has now lined up a screenwriter. The film, which according to Mangold will also based on a classic Wolverine arc, will be written by David James Kelly, who previously re-wrote David Slade’s unmade Daredevil movie for 20th Century Fox.

Sources: Sci-Fi Now, Bleeding Cool, Screen Crush, Deadline

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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