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Marvel Comics news: "Amazing Spider-Man 2", Marvel ladies on ABC and Iron Fist

The web-slinger's next film is heading towards us!
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The latest in wall crawling Marvel Comics related news items for January 18th - 20th, 2014!

More "Amazing Spider-Man 2" emergency filming and more updates!

UK based website Daily Mail scored quite a scoop; that some extra filming for Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" was done yesterday around the Brooklyn Bridge featuring Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy). Considering there are less than four months left before the movie hits theaters, scenes such as this tend to be the teasers inserted during the extra long credits sequence. Or, it could be a last minute sequence added late in the editing process for continuity. The film, which is chock full of villains, hits theaters May 2nd.

Meanwhile, actress Shailene Woodley may not be returning as Mary Jane Watson in 2016's "Amazing Spider-Man 3" after all. It was announced last year that "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" actress had filmed some scenes for "Amazing Spider-Man 2", but it was as a cameo and director Marc Webb felt the character was worth more than that. It was originally assumed that she would return with more screen-time in a future Spider-Man film, but in the time since, Woodley will go on to star in the "Divergence" series of films - yet another film franchise built around a youth book series. The first debuts in March and the next two are slated for the next two years after that, making it more difficult for Woodley to appear in "Amazing Spider-Man 3". Woodley keeps things ambiguous, as one never knows how well the first "Divergent" will go.

Finally, Digital Spy revealed two more posters for the film online.

Two Marvel ladies are heading to ABC!

In a week in which The CW passed on a "Wonder Woman" show, it is good to see that the house of ideas has not abandoned the notion of seeing their heroines hit the small screen. A rumor which has circulated for some time was that a TV series starring Hayley Atwell as WWII era agent Peggy Carter would be coming to ABC, which currently is airing "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Now those rumors come closer to reality as Deadline reports that Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the creators of "Reaper", will be producing and writing (respectively) the series, dubbed "Agent Carter". Atwell starred in a "one shot" style episode which was planned as bonus footage for the blu-ray for "Iron Man 3", and the series would follow her exploits fighting HYDRA and other threats after Steve Rogers is frozen in "Captain America: the First Avenger".

The aforementioned "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", which has struggled in the ratings since its hit debut last year, is planning another appearance by a character from the "Marvel cinematic universe". This time it will be Jaimie Alexander as Sif, from "Thor" and "Thor: The Dark World". Unlike previous cameos by Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill in the pilot and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in the second episode, this twelfth episode appearance by Sif is said to be "integral". The show returns February 4th and despite any ratings struggle, ABC has already renewed it for another season.

Iron Fist returns to comics in April!

It has been about four years since the end of "Immortal Iron Fist" written by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, and Duane Swierczynski (and mostly drawn by David Aja). Since then the character has continued to appear in several crossover events, including notable roles in "Shadowland" and "Avengers vs. X-Men". Now as a part of their "All-New Marvel NOW" editorial push, Kaare Andrews is set to write and draw a new Iron Fist series, called "Iron Fist: the Living Weapon".

Last seen drawing many comics including runs on "Astonishing X-Men", "Ultimate X-Men" and "Spider-Man: Reign", Andrews is also a budding film director, having directed a direct to video film "Altitude" as well as the next in the "Cabin Fever" franchise. Now he intends to write, draw, color and ink his own unique run on an Iron Fist book. In an in depth interview with Newsarama, Andrews has stated that he was more inspired by the origins from the 1970's and his love of action films than on the "Immortal Iron Fist" run, despite having drawn covers for it. He sees Danny Rand as a warrior who was once driven purely for revenge and having to live with the consequences of it, and that he will face no end of enemies for this new run. The character is set to have a Netflix show soon, so the success of this series will only add to the character's recognition. Sales will no doubt determine how long or short the series runs, but Andrews himself says he has "year of story already mapped out", which is on par with the average length of time a new Marvel series lasts.

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