Marvel Mutterings: More Marvel TV, Ant-Man Cometh & Guardians of the Galaxy!

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

Marvel to launch new TV programs, candidates for Ant-Man rise, and Michael Rooker talks GotG!

Marvel on TV: If you have been enjoying Agents of SHIELD as much as my family, then you’ll probably relish the idea of Marvel introducing a plethora of new made-for-TV content. Rumours are that although  Joss Whedon’s Agents Of SHIELD may not be floating everyone’s boat, Marvel Studios has a number of other projects in development, aimed specifically at VOD/streaming market. Marvel is packaging a miniseries and four on-going dramas, and touting them to outlets like Netflix, Amazon, and maybe even some channels not particularly known for producing their own original programming… Marvel is reportedly looking for an initial order of 60 episodes spread across all five series. Personally I think it’s a great idea, and my strongest contender for production would have to be a cartoon or CGI small screen version of Guardians of the Galaxy; what better could Marvel ensure the success of next year’s film than to get the kids wired on a TV show now . My wish list – now that’s a different matter: Planet Hulk and the Inhumans please!

Ant-Man: Rumours are that Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are up for Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. The pair are apparently in the final running to play Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s upcoming Marvel movie, although there is a chance that an unnamed third actor could grab the part. Gordon-Levitt has been linked with every comic-book role under the sun since The Dark Knight Rises, and would be umpteenth actor to potentially play a Marvel & DC hero (doesn’t sound that special anymore!) while this would be Rudd’s first foray into comic-book movies. Well, as Ben Affleck has put the kibosh on JGL playing Batman, “Bring it on!” I say…

Guardians of the Galaxy: Michael Rooker has been talking candidly about his new role, and more specifically hs relationship with Rocket Raccoon: “Rocket and I don’t get along, he’s a bit abrupt and brash for my taste,” he laughs. “I probably have a little Merle in me still, because I would roast him over an open flame and eat him for supper!” Referring to the end of his role as redneck Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead, Rooker has been filming Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, where he is playing the part of Yondu, the blue-skinned hunter and tracker who was one of the founding members of the Guardians in the comic-books. Rooker continues: “The paparazzi have a bunch of photos of Yondu – I think Yondu was the first of the characters that got totally exposed – and you can see the character looks totally different from the comic.” Yondu’s defining blue skin remains and Rooker compared the discomfort of wearing Merle’s Swiss Army appendage on the set of The Walking Dead, to being painted blue everyday for Guardians: “I’m still sore from the Merle’s arm,” he says, “That thing still bothers me, I couldn’t even imagine putting it back on right now, I’d be like ‘Oh no! Pleeease!’ But the blue is simple, it’s beautiful. The colours that we use in Guardians are just exquisite. When everything is put together – when you have wardrobe on and the lighting’s going – man oh man it’s beautiful, it’s going to look fabulous.”

Source: Deadline, Variety, SciFi Now

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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