Listen, there are times in a blogger's life when they just don't want to report on a rumor because it hurts too much. When this rumor went up yesterday on Comic Book Movie, I thought I'd just let it slide. But I've now seen this story pop up in a few more places, so no matter how dubious the unnamed source is, I feel an obligation to Splash Page to write this up. Even though it hurts.
The unnamed source states that Hawkeye is due for a major overhaul during Marvel's Phase Two, and it could lead to a diminished role for Jeremy Renner in "Avengers 2" to make room for a set of twins, the character being written out of the franchise completely, being recast for "The Avengers 2," or being recast and involved heavily in the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." TV show. But how did these rumors even start?
Russell Crowe saw a finished cut of "Man of Steel" earlier this week and immediately took to Twitter to praise the film and his co-stars. In a series of tweets, the actor reflects on the film's many big moments and contemplates what the future holds for the relatively unknown leading man, Henry Cavill. Crowe, who plays Superman's father Jor-El, expressed a kindly and fatherly thought towards the actor playing Superman, tweeting:
Just contemplating how massive the change in life young Henry Cavill is about to deal with. @manofsteelmovie is excellent
Crowe has plenty of reason for contemplation. Superman is possibly the most iconic role an actor can play, other than maybe James Bond (and I'd argue that Superman is more iconic than Bond). Prior to portraying the Man of Steel, Cavill was best known as Guy Who's Not Jonathan Rhys Meyers on Showtime's "The Tudors." Cavill's in the big leagues now. You can check out the rest of Crowe's "Man of Steel" tweets below.
ABC's upfront presentation has already produced news about "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," most notably that the show is going to be great. Access Hollywood and IGN caught up with actors Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Agent May) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons), as well as producer Jeffrey Bell ("Angel"). The actors were all tight-lipped about the series, of course, but the video is still worth watching if only to see just how excited these actors are to enlist with S.H.I.E.L.D. Ming-Na's even busted out her boxing equipment!
Warner Bros. needs to do something with "Justice League" fast, otherwise interviewers will keep asking other people how to handle their potential franchise. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige previously offered his take on the DC Comics films, and now screenwriter Damon Lindelof has weighed in.
While promoting "Star Trek Into Darkness," which he co-wrote, the noted comic book fan was asked by the Hollywood Reporter how he would solve Warner Bros.' "Justice League" problem.
"The Justice League problem? I think a lot of that depends on 'Man of Steel.' The Justice League problem is not a problem of, who is the bad guy that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Superman, whoever you decide to pit them against. The problem is: What’s the tone of that movie? They've been struggling with launching their own tone.
Get ready to see a whole new side to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ABC premiered a trailer for the upcoming fall series during their New York upfronts, and the show looks like a fitting addition to the world Marvel has worked so hard to create. In fact, Deadline reports that the show owes it's entire existence to bonus footage from "Marvel's The Avengers," according to ABC Entertainment Group chief Paul Lee.
"Last spring, [Disney chairman] Bob Iger sent us some bonus footage from 'The Avengers' with a simple question, 'Is there a show here?'" said Lee during ABC's upfront.
One of the most exciting elements of the upcoming show is that it marks the return of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson. Though he was thought to have died during the events of last summer's "Marvel's The Avengers," Coulson is back and better than ever for... some unexplained reason. ABC might not be revealing that plot point any time soon, but Gregg has no problem promising people that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is a show they should tune in for.
Since Atwell's "Winter Soldier" scenes are all flashbacks, the actress was surprised to learn that Robert Redford is among the modern day cast. As The Big Issue found out, Atwell's a bit of a Robert Redford fan.
"Is Robert Redford in it? Really?" she asked. "Well, there you go, that shows how much I know! But now you have told me, and because I love him, I am going to call up the Marvel family, find out when he is filming, then I'll go down to the set to stalk him. That is my privilege! Thanks for the tip."
While the image has yet to be made into a poster, it will be used on the advance passes being sold at Walmarts starting on May 18th at 8 a.m. The "Man of Steel" Facebook page has all the details about obtaining the tickets, as well as a sneak peek at the tickets themselves (the negative space in the image is put to use, graphic designers!).
"The Wolverine" director James Mangold has been using his Twitter feed to talk a walk down memory lane, posting pictures from the film's production as the film nears it's July 26 release date.
Two of the tweets below show the director himself on set, directing actors and action sequences. Another tweet was taken this week, and announces that the film's score recording and sound mixing has begun. And the last tweet shows off Hugh Jackman getting up close and personal with Hiro Sanada. There aren't any major revelations to be found in any of the tweets, but it's still nice to see "The Wolverine" get a Twitter treatment similar to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
The extended trailer shows off some choice Joss Whedon jokes, especially the one about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s name, and gives us a better look at the show's core ensemble. Check out the trailer right now. Right. Now.
Get ready to see a lot of Melinda May cosplay on the con circuit this year, because she's a standout. We also get more time with the ever mysterious J. August Richards, who might be playing someone whose name isn't Cage or Rage if that funky jewelry that's glimpsed quickly is his.
What do you think of the full "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." trailer? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!
"I haven't caught wind of any of that," Ruffalo told Moviefone of rumors that some cast members won't return. "I was surprised to hear it, because I don't even think anyone's really started negotiating yet... As far as I know [everyone is back]. But sometimes actors are the last people to know what's going on."
Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.