This post is an excuse for me to tie up a few loose Marvel ends. Rumors have come out for months, so I won’t try to summarize everything. But here is the new Empire cover for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. The whole gang’s here, and James Spader’s Ultron got his own cover (in the gallery). The covers look good. I’m over Thor, and Tony Stark grates, but the rest of them are awesome (especially Black Widow, Cap, and Hawkeye). There’s also a Super Bowl tv spot you can watch here. The biggest showdown we’ve seen so far in these trailers is Iron Man fighting The Hulk. Those physical throwdowns between Avengers seem to be the result of Scarlet Witch’s manipulations.
Marvel will begin production on Captain America: Civil War in April. Chris Evans will still play Cap, who will fight Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. Scarlett Johansson will be back as Black Widow; plus Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier; Anthony Mackie as Falcon; and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. We’ll also see the first of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Daniel Bruhl as a villain. I hope it doesn’t turn into the Tony Stark show.
Now onto much more speculative news. During Marvel’s Phase Three announcements, the studio announced their first female Marvel superhero movie, Captain Marvel (check her out here). I immediately pegged Natalie Dormer for the role. Now we’re hearing that Natalie might be the chosen one (via Pajiba). This is some interesting detective work. One of Marvel’s editorial directors, Ryan Panagos, maintains a Tumblr diary where he answers fan questions. Someone asked him about the Captain Marvel casting, and he posted a GIF of Natalie suggestively eating an apple.
Sounds like a tentative confirmation, right? Natalie and her trademark smirk would be excellent in the role. She’s a tough chick who kicks booty. Some people think her 5-minute stint in the first Cap movie should disqualify her for the role. If Marvel followed that rule, they’d lose out on the best actress for the Captain Marvel role. Go Nat!
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