Jan. 15, 2015 | 11:55 a.m.
Key members of the Avengers Now! team are battling it out with the villainous Ultron in artist Ryan Stegman’s new poster for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. Known for his work on Marvel titles including “Superior Spider-Man,” “Wolverine” and “Fantastic Four,” among other projects, Stegman created the custom image for the convention. The event is set to take place April 24-26 in the South Building at McCormick Place, just days before the release of Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Set for release May 1, “Age of Ultron” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest (and most profitable) superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against the technological villain Ultron (James Spader). The film arrives as writer-director […]
Jan. 14, 2015 | 11:57 a.m.
In Marvel’s latest series for ABC, the 1940s adventure “Agent Carter,” James D’Arcy provides the perfectly cultured counterpoint to Hayley Atwell’s sophisticated spy as Edwin Jarvis. The man Friday to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark, Jarvis becomes a key ally for Peggy as she sets about to try to clear Howard’s name after he’s accused of treason — their Tracy-Hepburn-flair unquestionably add to the period charm of the limited-run show. “It’s a really fun role to play,” D’Arcy said on the set late last year. “They write such fabulous banter for us. We have fun when we’re shooting, we have fun when we’re not shooting; it’s great.” (Click through the gallery above for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Agent Carter.”) Set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the series sees Peggy working for […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 10:36 a.m.
“Daredevil,” Marvel’s first series for Netflix, will premiere April 10, with 13 one-hour episodes becoming available at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time, the streaming service announced today. The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock as the blind superhero who battles injustice by day as a lawyer, with Vincent D’Onofrio as his chief adversary, Wilson Fisk. The cast also includes Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich and Scott Glenn as Stick, as well as Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsey and Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area that’s inherent to Daredevil,” said showrunner Steven S. DeKnight at an appearance at New York Comic Con last year. “He’s one day away from […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 7:25 a.m.
The trailer for “Ant-Man” is out, offering fans a first glimpse of Marvel’s next stand-alone superhero movie. The long-anticipated film sees Paul Rudd as the titular character, a reformed thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. The trailer, which debuted during the series premiere of Marvel’s “Agent Carter” on ABC Tuesday, depicts an imprisoned Lang being offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man. “Scott, I’ve watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer. Second chances don’t come around all that often,” Pym tells Lang from across a table in what appears to be a police interrogation room. “I suggest you take a really close look at it.” Pym plays to Lang’s need to redeem himself as a […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 4:54 p.m.
Hayley Atwell reprises her “Captain America” role as coolly capable spy Peggy Carter in Marvel’s new short-order series, “Agent Carter,” which premieres Tuesday night on ABC. While the adventure takes place in 1946, it deals with some decidedly contemporary themes, according to the English actress. “In terms of her actual personal journey, it’s something that’s very modern,” Atwell said late last year on “Agent Carter’s” Los Angeles set. “In many ways, she could be considered a woman before her time. There happens to be no one else in the series yet that is like her, that has caught up to her abilities that’s a woman. She’s having to pave the way.” Set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the series opens with Peggy still grieving for Steve Rogers, who is purported to have died […]
Jan. 02, 2015 | 12:58 p.m.
Marvel is offering a tiny glimpse of its upcoming summer release “Ant-Man,” with a new, 17-second miniature teaser that might require a microscope for close study. The long-anticipated film sees Paul Rudd as the title character, a reformed thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. In the film, Lang must help his mentor, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength. Watch the very small clip below. The film features Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as antagonist Darren Cross. It also stars Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Abby Ryder Forston, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, John Slattery, Gregg Turkington and T.I. “Ant-Man” is directed by Peyton Reed, whose previous credits include “Bring It […]
Jan. 02, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.
Gracefully poised on a grand staircase inside historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, seamed stockings just so, Hayley Atwell radiated old Hollywood glamour as she waited for the cameras to roll. The star of ABC’s new limited series “Agent Carter” rested one hand on a carved wooden balustrade as makeup artists retouched her red lips, then at the director’s cue launched into a Tracy-Hepburn-style routine with actor James D’Arcy, the duo dissecting the details of a recent break-in at the home of billionaire inventor Howard Stark. Set in 1946, “Agent Carter” arrives as the latest small-screen venture from comic book entertainment powerhouse Marvel and sees Atwell reprise her role as supremely capable spy Peggy Carter from both “Captain America” films. FULL COVERAGE: Winter TV preview The eight-episode series, which premieres Tuesday, features a number of key characters from Marvel lore, […]
Dec. 22, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
Marvel has found its Luke Cage. Actor Mike Colter (“Halo: Nightfall”) will star as Luke Cage for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix show “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” a 13-episode series set to premiere next year. Krysten Ritter will play the title role based on the comics character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg will oversee the series, which is said to focus on Jones as she works as a private investigator in New York following a short-lived run as a superhero. Ritter appeared in AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” and in the comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” among other projects, and she can be seen on the big screen this month in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” about the lives of Margaret and Walter Keane. In addition to starring in Microsoft’s original series “Halo: Nightfall,” Colter’s […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 5:23 p.m.
Krysten Ritter is tipped to play the title role in “Jessica Jones,” Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series based on the character originally created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg will oversee the series, which is said to focus on the heroine as she runs her own detective agency while dealing with PTSD. Marvel did not officially comment on the casting. Ritter appeared in AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” and in the comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” among other projects, and she can be seen on the big screen later this month in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” about the lives of Margaret and Walter Keane. Rosenberg’s previous credits include the short-lived ABC series “Red Widow” as well as “Dexter” and the films in the blockbuster “Twilight” saga. “Jessica Jones” is the second of four planned […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 3:24 p.m.
It’s official — Ryan Reynolds will star in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool.” The “Green Lantern” actor had long been tipped to play Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth, but Fox confirmed Reynolds’ casting Thursday afternoon. Tim Miller will direct the film, which Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will produce. Reynolds first played the wise-cracking antihero in “X-Men: Origins — Wolverine.” In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex, Reynolds described his affection for the Marvel Comics character, who is both unstable and nearly impossible to kill. “With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day,” Reynolds said. “You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people […]