Friday, April 18, 2014

Last year when comic book writer Mark Millar was announced as the "godfather" of sorta for FOX he went onto state that a new reboot on the Fantastic Four franchise will occur and will be in the same cinematic universe as FOX's other property the X-Men. Then just last month FOX announced plans for a sequel to the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot a year before its first installment was released. They also announced a mystery "untitled FOX" film for 2018 which made many assume it was an X-Men vs Fantastic Four title.

Now the guys over at Schmoes Know have learned that unfortunately the first couple Fantastic Four films won't have any crossover's with the X-Men even though they are in the same universe:  
"According to a well placed source of ours close to the production of FF, Fox has NO PLANS to cross the universes together. That’s right, we can finally put the rumors to rest. It ain’t happening. At least… not yet. According to our source, Fox REALLY wants FANTASTIC FOUR to stand on its own without having to bring in some X-Men to help the movie along. Our source confirms there’s not even a whisper of this happening because, as mentioned, Fox wants FF to do well enough to warrant another sequel and then another and so on and so forth."
Now at first this sounds very disappointing not seeing the FOX universe be used to it's full cinematic  potential. But if you look very carefully this isn't all that surprising.  FOX simply wants to establish it's new stand alone Fantastic Four films before Wolverine comes into the same movie. Marvel Studios first established Captain America, The Hulk, Thor and two full Iron Man films before we got the crossover movie of the year in The Avengers.

So, in actuality this was all to be expected over at FOX. Expect several more X-Men movies (With solo spin-offs having no relation to the Fantastic Four) and a couple Fantastic Four movies before a crossover ever happens. This also doesn't mean references, easter eggs and name drops won't happen! So that's always something to look forward to...

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits this May; Fantastic Four hits Summer 2015

IGN recently sat down with The Amazing Spider-Man and longtime producer Avi Arad about their new film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Of course like always the question will Spidey ever crossover with The Avengers at Marvel or X-Men at FOX in which the producer said it will never happen until they have run out of ideas:
“I think I’m probably a little bit of the militant here. I think it will take a moment in which we’ve run out of ideas. There's so much to tell about Spider-Man. There's so much to tell about the Sinister Six. The relationship between Spider-Man and Venom will bring a whole other world in.”
He adds:
“But we really feel very confident that we have so much to do […] Peter Parker is unique; he's really different. He's not an Avenger. He's not an X-Man. He's unique and we revere that. And we'd rather work really hard to have the right ideas than – you know in the toy business we used to make toys glow in the dark when they weren't selling well and it gave at least another Christmas. We don't need it yet.”
This is all very interesting given that a couple years ago Avi Arad himself revealed that they wanted to have OSCORP Tower to appear within the New York skyline in The Avengers but yet never came to pass. A lot of fans also blame Avi Arad for the problems over at Sony but yet Spider-Man is a multimillion dollar property so he must be doing something right. Arad maybe a little jealous of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige who once worked for him and is now the head of the hottest company in comic book history at Marvel Studios.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 debuts this May

Taking place prior to the events in "Batman: Arkham Origins"... A bounty is placed on Batman by crime lord Black Mask, drawing eight of the world's greatest assassins to Gotham City on Christmas Eve... The most formidable of which is Deathstroke, who provides a bloody and violent demonstration of his skills for Black Mask.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today, the guys over with Vulture got word from FOX that despite early reports director Bryan Singer made with cutting Rogue out of X-Men: Days of Future Past she will indeed be in there! They even have the entire scene she will be in. Its more of an cameo instead of a full scene.

:: Minor Spoilers ::
"While Wolverine is gallivanting around in the past with the X-Men: First Class cast, though, Kitty Pryde is injured, and her future hold on Wolverine becomes tenuous. In order to preserve the time travel bond, then, the X-Men must find Rogue, who has the ability to absorb any mutant power. Unfortunately, Rogue is being held prisoner at Xavier Mansion, which has been transformed into a Sentinel-guarded military base, and the mission to find and rescue her — an expensive, lengthy sequence that involves Professor X, Magneto, and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) — was sliced from the film in postproduction after Fox executives worried it would pad the running time to over two and a half hours. Rogue is still brought in briefly to absorb Kitty's power and tend to Wolverine, but the machinations to get her there will now happen offscreen."
 The site went onto also mention that 3 secret mutants from the original trilogy are set to make an appearance as well! They add "to even hint at their identities would reveal a major spoiler."First, early last month we got a rumor that Kelsey Grammer (X-Men: The Last Stand) had come in to do a secret cameo as future Beast. This idea contradicts the most recent trailer when young Beast (Nicholas Hoult) asks Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) if in the future he is alive in which Wolverine bluntly answers "No". Unless of course the timelines change then Beast may very well be alive after the events of Days of Future Past! Which gives us two cameos left. They could include Tyler Mane (Sabertooth), Aaron Stanford (Pyro), Ben Foster (Angel), and of course James Marsten (Cyclops) & Famke Janssen (Jean Grey)! I think we all hope its the last two....

X-Men: Days of Future Past smashes into theaters May 23rd

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, who is known for the best scoops on the Tolkien world, is reporting that Warner Bros is planing on changing the title of the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy. The site is saying that the title may be called The Hobbit: Into The Fire.

Now that sounds like a good title for the movie considering the conclusion of the Desolation of Smaug, but why the sudden change?

Stay tuned for more.

Empire (via Nerd Following) released some new promotional information about X-Men: Days of Future Past. Apparently, UK versions of Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature a post-credit exclsuive clip for Days of Future Past. No, this is not a post-credit stinger like Marvel Studios has made famous but a simple a scene from Days of Future Past out May 22nd. Its nothing more than cross-studios promotion.
Now this isn’t a post-credits sting as we’ve seen before in the Marvel universe, setting up some sort of crossover between the two worlds. Rather, it’s a clip from the X-film that gives us a taste of the action we’re in for. We’ve been told by Sony that the clip will be attached to the film in the UK.

The scene featured sees Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Lucas Till’s Havok and Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men. Without wishing to spoil anything, let’s just say that Mystique once again demonstrates her formidable fighting skills in the brief segment.
 The Amazing Spider-Man & X-Men: Days of Future Past debut this May

It seems Warner Brothers just loves messing with their fans. From the left field casting of Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg as Bruce Wayne, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor respectively. To this....300 and Batman vs Superman cinematographer Larry Fong posted what seems to be the very first behind the scenes image from Batman vs Superman. Its actually just a pic of a camera...with a businessman in the background. Bruce that you buddy?!
Unfortunately, we simply don't know who that is in the photo since Mr. Fong would not release the information. So take with a grain of salt until further confirmation comes through. Otherwise if it is Bruce Wayne...WB must be the ultimate trolls releasing the very first picture of our new a blurry shot just to mess with fans.

Batman vs Superman debuts May 2016

Several days ago one of the Jake Lester over at Comic Book Therapy asked a great question on Twitter about who owns The Kingpin. It was revealed last year that when Kingpin was used in 2004's Daredevil feature film, he was actually "loaned" to FOX by Sony since he is actually under the Spider-Man contract banner.

Well, the guys on IGN decided to ask Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about who actually owns The Kingpin himself. It turns out Marvel and Sony get to use to Kingpin! "Kingpin we either have or somehow share." Along the lines of how FOX and Marvel is allowed to use Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch.

They also went onto ask about if Elektra came over with Daredevil since their were several rumors saying she was not apart of the Daredevil banner. Lucky for you Elektra fans she is at Marvel Studios as well! Unfortunately Namor is another story...
"No, Namor I think is a little complicated, the way some of them are.  Elektra I think we have. I think that was part of Daredevil, and that's clean and simple."
Daredevilis headed to Netflix!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits May

Last year during the press rounds for White House Down actor Channing Tatum dropped the ball that he has always wanted to play the Rajun Cajun himself Gambit in a spin-off X-Men film. Then, it was revealed by longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner that she has been wanting to do a Gambit film for a very long time. The last time we saw Gambit on screen was his extended cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Taylor Kitsch.

During an interview with MTV at the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend the actor reveals he has indeed met with FOX about the potential Gambit spin-off:

"I met with Lauren Shuler Donner,And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave… He’s the most un X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who’s like the anti-hero. He’s a thief. He’s not even a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment." 
Now Kitsch did a good job as Gambit for being in the film in an extremely limited role and I would have preferred he returned for a spin-off but lets face it Channing Tatum attached to a project simply sells. I have come to actually like Channing Tatum in the recent years due to his comedy but this is about the money. The reason Fox is considering Tatum for Remy LeBeau is simply because it sells. It's the same reason they are considering a Mystique spin-off with Jennifer Lawrence.