Today is a very busy day for Marvel fans, and we have a lot of updates and rumours here for you. In the last few hours Paul Bettany has been cast as the villain/hero Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there are rumours that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 might be one of Marvel and Disney’s 2016 release date slots, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is said to set up the events in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and if that wasn’t enough, we have a new poster for Captain America as well.
Let’s get started shall we!
Variety confirmed in the early hours that Paul Bettany (Priest, Gangster Number 1, Legion, Iron Man) has been cast as the android character, The Vision, in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This will not be Bettany’s first Marvel outing as he has been voicing Tony Stark’s A.I. system J.A.R.V.I.S for all three Iron Man films.
Production starts next month, with director Joss Whedon and cast members like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. The Vision was an android created by the robotic villain Ultron, who was meant to be one of Ultron’s henchmen but who instead turns against him and becomes a hero.
Kevin Feige will produce.
Bettany is repped by UTA and Affirmative Entertainment and can be seen next in Alcon’s “Transcendence.” The Daily Mail first broke the news.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in cinemas on May 1, 2015.
Last year Marvel booked a number of release date slots, two in 2016 and one in 2017, however no films have been confirmed for any one of those dates, which will be part of Phase Three. Phase Two is in full motion as we have already had Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (March 28th), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st) and finally The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1st 2015) make up the rest of Phase Two.
Phase Three begins with Ant-Man on July 17th, but the dates of May 6th 2016, July 8th 2016 and May 5th 2017 have not been filled, although there are plenty of rumours of what those films could be. May 5th 2017 is thought to be The Avengers 3, while Dr Strange is expected to be in there somewhere too.
However, the folks at JoBlo.com have heard that the first slot may be given to a sequel to James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, depending on how audiences react to it when it comes out in the summer. Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s most risky film yet as it uses characters not as well known in the Marvel universe as the likes of, say, Iron Man and Thor, so expect some seriously heavy marketing for the film to kick into gear shortly.
JoBlo are hearing that the “Untitled Marvel Film” slated for release on May 6, 2016 is in fact Guardians of the Galaxy 2, with an animated series based on the comics set to debut on Disney XD in Fall 2015.
Marvel have not commented, but since we have already seen sequels to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, no doubt a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will be in the pipeline too. Besides, Marvel have planned out there releases right up until 2020, so no doubt all of their new character films will be getting sequels.
Guardians of the Galaxy is written and directed by James Gunn, and the cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio Del Toro.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Here’s Marvel’s release schedule as it stands right now:
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
- The Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
- Marvel Untitled (possibly Guardians 2) – May 6, 2016
- Marvel Untitled – July 8, 2016
- Marvel Untitled – May 5, 2017
Walt Disney Company CEO and Chairman Robert Iger told investors that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will “set critical events in motion” that lead to The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Not exactly big news I know, but its good to hear to confirmation. Captain America: The Winter Soldier released a new trailer for the Super Bowl last week, and I have to say that I was floored by its brilliance. It looks amazing, and it makes sense that this is the film to set up The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The next film in Marvel’s schedule after this is Guardians of the Galaxy, and considering its set in space, and also the characters, it just doesn’t fit into the Avengers world right now. Thankfully, Thor: The Dark World was able to tease Guardians, while Captain America will, from the sounds of it, more than just tease The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Iger also said that the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be “reflected” in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.
While on the subject of Captain America, a new poster has been released which puts Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce front and center.
Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (Captain America: The First Avenger) & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger). Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers) return as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 2) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 2) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger, Black Swan) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (Marvel’s The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (The Ring 2, Revenge) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due for release on 28th March, 2014.
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.