Angelina Jolie in talks to direct “Captain Marvel”

That’s right, the Oscar-winning actress and director might be directing the first female lead Marvel movie! When Captain Marvel hits theatres in 2018, it’ll be the 19th movie in a series of interconnected movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

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From cnet.com: “Captain Marvel is a name adopted by various characters in Marvel comics, beginning as alien soldier Captain Mar-Vell in 1967. The movie will focus on the current incumbent, Carol Danvers, who made her debut as an Air Force officer in 1968. From 1977 she was known as Ms Marvel, adopting the title of Captain Marvel in 2010 with a new costume designed by British artist Jamie McKelvie. The title role in the film is yet to be cast.”

Jolie’s past directorial endeavours were the 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. Her next stint in the director’s chair will be a film that she’s also starring in – opposite husband Brad Pitt – By The Sea, which she also wrote. 

If Jolie is chosen to direct, it’ll be refreshing to see a woman directing the first female-led Marvel movie.

What do you think of Jolie as a prospective director? Who do you think should be cast as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel? Our favourite suggestion so far: Natalie Dormer!

 

Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to deal with Sony

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Photo courtesy screenrant.com

Buckle your seat belts, Marvel fans, ’cause you’re in for a treat! Marvel and Sony have struck a deal that’ll make it possible to have Spider-Man in upcoming Marvel Studios productions, as well as potentially have other Marvel-owned characters appear in Sony flicks.

The only downside: this Spider-Man will not be based on either of the already-in-existence Peter Parkers. The new Spidey would be introduced in an already announced upcoming Marvel movie, very likely Captain America: Civil War, and would then have his own stand-alone film following that appearance.

Some reports say that Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, will be joining Amy Pascal as producer on the film.

“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

What do you guys think?

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“Ant-Man” Directorial Contenders Meet With Marvel Studios

Marvel is definitely not slacking on their promise to find a new director for the film so that the July 17, 2015 release date is not pushed back.

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The studio met with a group of potential directors, which includes Adam McKay (Anchorman), Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), to look into filling the gap left by Edgar Wright earlier this week. Wright, a favourite in the Marvel community, left the project due to creative differences with the studio.

Ant-Man fans, who do you hope gets the job? Is there someone that you think Marvel should consider?

“Agent Carter” Confirmed for Eight Episodes

Marvel’s Agent Carter was confirmed to have eight episodes by Hayley Atwell, the actress who plays the title character.

Hayley Atwell

The order for fewer episodes could be a fantastic development, as it allows for tighter story telling and the series won’t suffer from over extension like other shows stretched to 22 episodes. Carter will run during the mid-season hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which provides fans with constant new material.

Watch Hayley Atwell’s interview discussing her hopes for the series below:

Are you looking forward to the new Marvel production? 

Marvel and Edgar Wright Part Ways on “Ant-Man”

Edgar Wright has stepped down as director of the film, citing “creative differences” with Marvel as the reason for his departure, and despite being attached to the project since 2006.

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Marvel’s statement says that the split was amicable, and will not have an impact on the expected July 17, 2015 release, and that “a new director will be announced shortly.”

Ant-Man will star Paul Rudd in the title role, along with Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, and Corey Stole.

Who do you think Marvel should appoint as the new director? Are you sad to see Wright go?

 

TrulyLuminary’s Top 5 Most Anticipated New TV Series

With all the new shows being ordered to series, we thought we’d make a list of the Top 5 that we’re looking forward to seeing! So, without further ado, the list:

5. Selfie

The ABC-produced sitcom, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho, is a modern adaptation of My Fair Lady. The series focuses on Eliza Dooley (Gillan), who is more concerned with her social media accounts and getting “likes,” than being liked.

“After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media ‘followers’ than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.” Cho will be playing Henry, the man in charge of re-marketing Eliza.

Why are we excited about Selfie? Well, we’re glad you asked!

The series will show us a new side of the actors, who have done quite a bit of Sci-Fi/Fantasy work in the past; Gillan on the BBC series Doctor Who and in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Cho in the Star Trek reboot.

4. The Flash

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With all the hype around superheroes right now, there’s no question as to why The CW ordered DC’s The Flash to series! Starring Grant Gustin, this show got it’s start in an episode of Arrow.

In case you aren’t familiar with him, here’s a little bit about the character straight from DC comics:

“Young Barry Allen’s life stopped the minute his mother was murdered. The true killer never found, its mystery obsessed Barry, driving him to become a forensic scientist. Consumed by his work, he spent his life chained to his desk, solving every case that flew across it. But when a freak lightning bolt hits a nearby shelf in his lab, Barry receives super-speed, becoming the Flash. Now, he’ll race up buildings, across oceans, and around the world to get his man — while getting introduced to a world so much bigger than his old life of microscopes and cold cases.

Able to run at near light-speeds, his powers provide the ultimate caffeine kick: He can run up buildings, move so swiftly he phases through objects, create sonic booms with the snap of his fingers — and never needs to order delivery. Despite his speed, Barry can become so obsessed with crime-solving he can still lose track of everything else around him, leaving the fastest man alive constantly running a minute behind.”

Looks like The Flash will be airing at 8 PM on Tuesdays on The CW! Here’s a first look:

3. Gotham

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It sure seems like DC comics will be taking the television route with their stories as they bring yet another adaptation of their comics to primetime.

“Gotham is a story about the origins of the great DC Comics super-villains and how they came to be. Catwoman, The Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy. What made The Joker The Joker? How Scarecrow became Scarecrow,” says Bruno Heller, writer and executive producer.

“A lot of what this show is about is the relationship with a young Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne.” (Mirror.)

What we’re excited about: the back stories! Who doesn’t want to know why these villains are the way they are?

The show will air on Fox on Mondays at 8 PM.

2. Marvel’s Agent Carter

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Agent Carter is a spin-off of the hit ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.LD, and is very big news for fans of the Captain America franchise.

From Marvel’s website:

“Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad.

Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.

Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Marvel’s Agent Carter is executive produced by Christopher Markus, Steve McFeely, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Jeph Loeb.”

The show will run for 13 episodes in the same time slot as S.H.I.E.L.D and will bridge the the time that S.H.I.E.L.D is on hiatus.

If this clip doesn’t convince you that Hayley Atwell is amazing, we don’t know what will!

1. How to Get Away With Murder

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The ABC and Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama is unlike anything we’ve seen thus far.

The  synopsis, courtesy of IMDb: “A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot that will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.”

Why we’re excited about it: Have you seen the trailer? No? Watch it!

What do you think of these new series? Which ones will you be watching? Did we miss one that you think should be on the list?

Stan Lee’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Cameo Revealed

A few weeks ago, amid rumours that Stan Lee would not be making a cameo in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, it was announced that he, in fact, will be making an appearance.

Stan Lee

MoviePilot reports that Stan Lee will be playing a Xandarian citizen in the film, although it is unknown what he will be saying.

Guardians is a Marvel Entertainment adaptation of their comic book of the same name. The synopsis from IMDb: “In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.”

“Xandar is the home of the Nova Corps – seen in trailers and promotions – with Glenn Close their leader, Commander Rael…” reports MoviePilot. 

The film stars Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close, and is directed by James Gunn.

Photo courtesy of MoviePilot
Photo courtesy of MoviePilot.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theatres August 1.