TV & Film

Marvel One-Ups DC, Announces Full Slate of Phase 3 Movies

For Phase 1 and Phase 2 of their Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios never revealed everything all at once. They gave us a big details, then filled in the rest of the schedule as time went on.

However, when Warner Brothers and DC Comics laid their plans out on the table a few weeks ago, giving the basic timeline for a ridiculously ambitious slate of 10 superhero movies though 2020, that was a game-changer. They mapped out the next decade, so Marvel Studios felt they had no choice but to do the same.

And so yesterday, at the El Captain theater in Hollywood, Marvel gathered nerds and journalist nerds from all walks of life (nerd life) for the unveiling of the complete schedule for Phase 3.

Last Two Films of Phase 2:

  1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
  2. Ant-Man (July 17, 2015) – starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly

Phase 3:

  1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016) – A.K.A. Iron Man v Captain America
  2. Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016) – Benedict Cumberbatch explicitly NOT confirmed
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017) – release day moved up from mid-summer
  4. Thor Ragnorak (July 28, 2017) – Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki
  5. Black Panther (November 3, 2017) – starring Jackie Robinson (i.e., Chadwick Boseman)
  6. Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet Part I (May 4, 2018)– that's right, Avengers 3 is a two-parter
  7. Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018) – featuring the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel
  8. Inhumans (November 2, 2018) – starring a bunch of people who aren't even famous yet
  9. Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet Part II (May 3, 2019)

Did Marvel share every detail? Of course not. We don't know directors for seven of the nine films, and while we know Captain Marvel will be a woman, we don't have a star.

But we know the dates of the films, and that was the point of all this: marking territory. You see, when WB and DC made their announcement, they gave years, not dates. Marvel gave the actual dates. So this was was the Hollywood equivalent of a dog peeing on a bunch of trees and fire hydrants.

[via EW]

Unsubstantiated Internet Rumor of the Week: Superman Prequel TV Series “Krypton” In the Works?

So far there is only one source for this rumor (Bleeding Cool), and they have very little information about it. But I'm going to relay the info to you anyway, because I like rumors, and because, if true, this one would be awesome.

Are you ready? Cause here it is: David S. Goyer, the man who scripted the Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel, is currently working on a Superman prequel television series called Krypton.

That's all we know right now. Perhaps it would focus on the relationship between Zod and Jor-El. Maybe it would be a courtroom procedural about a Kryptonian patent lawyer. Anything is possible—except the presence of Kal-el, because he wasn't born yet. Which means this show—er, rumor—would probably not exist without the success of that other DC Comics superhero prequel show, Gotham.

This is all be good news if you liked Man of Steel and its Krypton scenes. (Which I did.) And seeing as how Bleeding Cool has been right about other big stories in recent months, we need to give this rumor some credence.

‘Walking Dead’ Creator Confirms the Zombie Apocalypse Is Not a Dream, In Case You Were Worried

Before we get started, let me assure you that this post does NOT contain Walking Dead spoilers...unless you somehow didn't know The Walking Dead is about the zombie apocalypse. In which case, sorry moron.

Anyway, let's get to the point. There have been theories circulating blogs and internet message boards for quite some time that suggest the entire series could be a goddamn dream. What if Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) never really woke up from the coma? (Sorry, I don't consider plot details from Season 1, Episode 1 to be spoilers.) What if the whole thing is a fabrication of his comatose mind and there is no zombie apocalypse?

Like I said, this theory has been going around for a while, and we already know it's false because AMC is doing a Walking Dead spinoff with a completely different set of unrelated characters set in the same post-zombie apocalyptic world, and it would be pretty weird if that was also Rick Grimes's dream.

Still, last week somebody over at Uproxx wrote an article about these theories. And even though the article plainly stated that the theories are horseshit, it nevertheless concluded by asking—nay, demanding—that creator Robert Kirkman confirm, once and for all, that it's not all a dream.

He did:

Then he messed with us:

I knew it!

[via Screenrant]

TLC Cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Because Child Molestation Is a Bit Too Real for Reality TV

Bad news, everybody. TLC has officially cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, your favorite reality show about obese hillbillies.

The reason? Mama Boo Boo (actual name June Shannon, pictured here) is dating a convicted child molester who just finished a 10-year sentence FOR MOLESTING HER EIGHT-YEAR-OLD RELATIVE.

I wish I was kidding—about the child molester, about the fact that a mother of young children would date such a man, about the fact that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was a television program that actually existed—but I am not. Apparently Shannon was dating the man ten years ago when he went to prison, and I guess the fact that he forced himself on a child wasn't a deal-breaker, because they're back together now that he's out.

As a result, this woman with no discernible talent, skill, or intelligence—who had nevertheless become the well-paid star of a famous reality TV show—has totally shredded her family's meal ticket.

When TMZ first reported the news yesterday, TLC's response was that they would be "reassessing" the show's future—meaning they just needed time for their lawyers to get all the paper work in order.

Today they officially pulled the plug. Instead of giving you an actual excerpt from their actual statement, though, I'll give you this rough translation:

"We thought it would probably be a bad thing to have a reality show about children living with a child molester. So we cancelled it."

Good call, guys.

[via THR]

Good News Everybody! You Don’t Have to Watch ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Next Week Because the ‘Avengers 2′ Trailer Already Leaked Online

Yesterday we learned the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron would premiere during next week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and I said you didn't really need to watch the show because it would be available online 10 minutes after it aired.

Well, I was wrong. It's already available. The thing leaked last night. And Marvel knows who's behind it:

Haha, good joke guys. I probably wasn't going to tune in to ABC next week to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I definitely won't now. Sorry.

Now, here's the good stuff:

For those of you who aren't familiar with the entire Marvel cannon, Ultron (voiced by James Spader) is a creation of Tony Stark. (Whoops.) And that giant Iron Man suit is called the Hulkbuster...for reasons that should be obvious.

In any case, Avengers: Age of Ultron looks f-ing fantastic, just as we all knew it would. May 1, 2015, cannot come soon enough.

First Trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ to Premiere During ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Just a few weeks ago there was a rumor going around that the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron would premiere before screenings of Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Interstellar. However, today I'm really glad I didn't write a post about that rumor, because it turns out the first Age of Ultron trailer will actually premiere on ABC during next week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The exact date and time, in case you want to plug it into your phone and set a little reminder for yourself, is Tuesday, October 28, at 9/8c.

The announcement was made last night, as the credits rolled for this week's episode. It was then followed up with confirmation tweets from the official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers Twitter accounts.

Of course, this actually makes all the sense in the world when you think about it. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a spinoff of the Avengers franchise (without all the awesome superheroes) centered around Agent Coulson, a somewhat important character from the films. Why the hell wouldn't Marvel and their Disney overlords debut the new Avengers trailer during that show? It might actually get non-hardcore nerds to watch it...assuming they don't realize they can just watch the thing online about 10 minutes after it airs.

[via Hero Complex]

Apparently Everybody Wants Bane to Be in Their Superhero Movie

Today, on the heels of last week's major superhero movie announcements from Warner Brothers (re: the DC Universe) and Marvel (re: RDJ and Captain America 3) we've got some pretty interesting news from Fox. Apparently Bryan Singer, director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, wants Tom Hardy to play Apocalypse.

If Singer gets his man, this would be Hardy's second major comic book villain. In case you somehow didn't know, Hardy also played Bane for Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises.

Here's the thing, though. Apocalypse isn't his only option. Hardy's name has recently been bandied about in connection with the DC supervillains flick Suicide Squad, too, and a few months ago he was supposedly being pursued for Marvel's Doctor Strange.

Of course, it's obvious why everybody wants Hardy for their comic book movies. He was a total badass in DKR and is in general a fine actor. However, we don't know if the guy even wants to play another supervillain, despite the fact that he would make a pretty sick Apocalypse.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

[via Screen Rant]