Marvel Mutterings: X-Men, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Guardian & Big Hero 6

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

This week: A new Gambit for the X-Men, a new director required for Ant-Man, Daredevil has a new star & showrunner, and a first look at Big Hero 6!

X-Men: producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed that Channing Tatum – who has been campaigning for the part – will play the role of Gambit in an as yet unspecified upcoming film. When asked which characters are in line for the big screen, X-Force, Deadpool and Gambit were brought up. Donner went ahead and clarified who would play Gambit by saying, “It is Channing. He’s a rogue. Channing, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau.” Right now it’s unclear if he’ll be in a solo film or in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but I have to say he’s a far cry from Taylor Kitsch, who was pitch-perfect as Gambit in the below-par X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Meanwhile writer Simon Kinberg has commented on the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse. The titular villain is apparently “more powerful than Magneto” – and we should expect that power to include blowing a lot of stuff up. “The kind of scope and scale we’re talking about is like disaster movie, extinction level event. Sort of Roland Emmerich-style moviemaking.” Nice! Kinberg added that he and director Bryan Singer will be approaching the massive set-pieces from a philosophical perspective: “We’ve also been talking about how to give him a real emotional and philosophical underpinning,” the writer says. “So he’s not just somebody who’s out there destroying the world because he can. What he’s doing is – in his mind – justified and validated by a real compelling, coherent philosophy.”

Check out the full interview, which confirms somes of the stars and that the film will be set in the 1980’s:

Ant-Man: Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’d heard that Edgar Wright will no longer direct Marvel’s Ant-Man movie. A joint face-saving statement from Marvel and Wright that claims the amicable decision stems from “differences in their vision of the film.” Meanwhile Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn took to Facebook and called the split a “breakup”, calling both Wright and Marvel “friends” while admitting his sadness at seeing them go their different ways. Ant-Man is still set to open on Friday 17 July 2015.

Daredevil: Charlie Cox is set to play Daredevil in the upcoming Marvel and Netflix TV show, . The 13 episode superhero drama will focus on Matt Murdock, blind lawyer by day, crime-fighting hero by night. Cox is the first person cast for the show, with Steven S. DeKnight confirmed as the new series showrunner, after Drew Goddard went off to Sony to work on their Sinister Six project, but rumours are he will remain onboard as executive producer.

Guardians of the Galaxy:  we’re in the home straight now leading up to the film being released soon, so there is a new trailer out:

Big Hero 6: Disney & Stan Lee’s new Marvel project has a trailer and first images:

With all the heart and humour audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. 

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action,“Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits UK cinemas in 3D in February, 2015.


Sources: Total Film, Total Film, Hollywood Reporter

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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