The latest marvelous Marvel Comics related news items from August 24th - 26th, 2013!
Official posters and stills from "Thor: The Dark World"!
Given all the recent news about a certain casting announcement involving a flying rodent, it can be easy to forget that Marvel Studios actually has another film being released this year. The sequel to "Thor" from 2011, "Thor: The Dark World", is set to hit theaters on November 8th. To that end, two official posters have been released featuring both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Rene Russo (Frigga), Jamie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), among others, are all set to reprise their roles from the previous film. The original "Thor" two years ago cost some $150 million to produce and hauled in just under $450 million worldwide.
One of the newcomers, Christopher Eccleston, is set to play the main villain of the piece, Malekith the dark elf. Empire Online has some seventeen official images from the film on display, including a good look at Malekith himself. Apparently, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" won't have a monopoly on mythical action this year. It will be fascinating to see how well it will stack up against the final haul of "Man of Steel" this year.
Scarlet Witch & Rocket Raccoon Casting! And Yondu revealed!
To continue along the theme of updates on Marvel Studios, Hollywood Reporter has some interesting rumors regarding casting for "Guardians of the Galaxy" (due in 2014) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). Apparently, Bradley Cooper (star of "The Hangover" series) "is in early talks" to voice Rocket Raccoon in the aforementioned space adventure flick. While Rocket himself will be a CGI/motion capture creation in the film itself, he naturally will need an actor to portray the dialogue. Directed by James Gunn, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is already set to star Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora) and Dave Bautista (Drax), with Vin Diesel rumored to be voicing the tree-like Groot. It will also co-star many other distinguished actors such as Michael Rooker as Yondu, whose first pictures from the set were spotted over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen (the younger sister of "Full House" stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) is "in negotiations" to play Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch for the Joss Whedon directed sequel to "The Avengers". Mostly known for indie films, this would easily be the biggest role of her career if it proves true. Whedon has gone on record stating that the Witch's caped costume wouldn't be translated exactly, and her abilities involve altering probability. The role of her twin brother Quicksilver hasn't been cast yet for "Avengers: Age of Ultron", although Fox Studios was quick to shove their version of the character into their upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past". The interesting thing is that according to licensing agreements, Marvel Studios may use both twins, but they cannot use the term "mutant" or mention their father, the villain Magneto.
"Venom" officially canceled!
As revealed by Marvel themselves, the most successful "Amazing Spider-Man" spin off in years is coming to an end in November. "Venom #42" will be the final issue of the series, which has been written solo by Cullen Bunn since the 23rd issue (and co-written by him for a little longer). Bunn stated that he'd be trying to tie up loose ends as the series ends, which focus on not only Flash Thompson/Venom, but his new partner, Mania. At nearly 45 issues (which doesn't include several "point one" issues), "Venom" has been one of Marvel's longest lasting volumes in years.