Summary of the best Marvel news from February 16th - 19th, 2013!
Latest "Iron Man 3" poster reveals Guy Pearce!
Continuing the trend from last week to reveal character posters for "Iron Man 3", due in theaters May 3rd of this year, Marvel Studios has revealed a poster for "brilliant geneticist Aldrich Killian". He will be played in the film by Guy Pearce, one of several new actors to the franchise alongside Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin. Last week, a poster revealed Don Cheadle's James Rhodes in the Iron Patriot armor.
"Iron Man 3" appears to be loosely based on the "Extremis" arc of "Iron Man" by Warren Ellis and Andi Granov, circa 2005-2006. It centers around the creation of a techno-organic virus which soon involves Tony Stark as well as other nefarious agents who want to make it a weapon. This is hardly Pearce's first go around with a Marvel Comics film; he was offered the lead role in Fox Studios' "Daredevil" in 2002-2003, but declined.
First image and more casting news for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"!
Director/producer Bryan Singer tweeted an image of the past and present wheelchairs of Professor X over the President's Day weekend. The film is expected to be a time traveling affair featuring younger versions of the cast from the "X-Men: First Class" film as well as the "present" versions from the series of "X-Men" films that Singer began in 2000. Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as "current" Xavier, while James McAvoy will return as the younger Xavier.
Variety has also announced that Peter Dinklage, best known for HBO's "Game of Thrones", has been cast as the antagonist for the film. That role has yet to be named, but it was also an announcement Singer made himself via Twitter originally. The film debuts July 18th, 2014 and will reunite most of the original cast of "X-Men". The original comic book story by Chris Claremont involved a time travel quest to prevent Sentinels from ruling the world. This will be the first film Fox produces from their Marvel licenses since hiring Mark Millar as a creative consultant.
Marvel's "Dexter" comic delayed...again!
The task of publishing a licensed comic book based on the hit "Dexter" series on Showtime may prove as difficult as capturing the titular serial killer himself. As Newsarama notes, the mini series as written by TV show creator Jeff Lindsay was first announced in October 2011 and took a year to appear in official solicitations. It has now been delayed for a second time. The five issue series was intended to be drawn by Dalibor Talajic, but a cause for the delay remains unknown.
The show is near the peak of its popularity so Marvel may miss some opportunity with delays for this series. It could be speculated that this is intended for the book store and graphic novel market, and thus any monthly issue sales are a bonus. Marvel currently publishes licensed material from their Disney owners and is suspected to gain the Star Wars franchise once the current contract with Dark Horse Comics ends.
Will Conan be Drax?
Latino Review has issued a rumor that Jason Momoa, star of the 2011 "Conan the Barbarian" film from Lion's Gate is in the running to play Drax the Destroyer for Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" film for 2014. Other figures stated to be testing for the role include wrestler/mixed martial artist Dave "Batista" Bautista and Isaiah Mustafa, the "Old Spice" commercial actor who usually is attached to Luke Cage rumors. Earlier in the month, Marvel Studios announced that Chris Pratt had been cast as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. A superhero team in space featuring little known characters is among the biggest gambles Marvel Studios has made, so getting the cast right will be a delicate task.
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