Author: Alex Coop

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Preacher comic series turning into TV show

Fans of the bloody comic book series Preacher will be happy to know a pilot based on the series is being filmed for AMC.

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen – who worked on This is the End together – will work alongside Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin to adapt Vertigo’s acclaimed series, which ran from 1995 to 2000, and was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

The book follows a preacher named Jesse Custer, who was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis during an incident which killed his entire congregation and demolished his church. His quest to find God is shard with his companions Tulip and Cassidy. Cassidy also happens to love drugs. Over the course of their journey, they run into many problems, and face several enemies, both sacred and profane.

Though there hasn’t been any promise for a series, a pilot is often a good sign of things to come.

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Inclusion of Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron offers exciting possibilities

The man who voiced Jarvis in all the movies featuring Iron Man, will play vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Paul Bettany (Legion, Firewall)  was announced to play Vision on Feb. 7, and conversation surrounding the movie’s storyline have flourished since the announcement.

In the comic book world, Ultron was created by a man named Hank Pym, also known as Ant-Man. Vision, a synthetic humanoid like Ultron, was created by the super-powered sentient machine to battle the Avengers. In time however, Vision defected from his master, betrayed his original programming, and as a result joined the superhero team. Age of Ultron will tweak some of these story elements, while still maintaining the strong character development the characters of the Avengers movie have established up to this point.

The movie will likely make Tony Stark the brains behind Ultron’s creation. Following some type of conflict, Ultron will betray Tony, and create his version of Vision by hacking Jarvis, Tony’s artificial A.I, and putting him into a shell of some sort (perhaps another Iron Man suit, or an entirely new body created by Ultron himself). Because Jarvis knows everything there is to know about Tony Stark and his alter-ego Iron Man – not to mention the Avengers group itself – this sets up some highly entertaining possibilities when it comes to how Ultron will approach the battle against the Avengers, and what aspects of Tony’s life he uses to destroy his maker.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for a May 2015 release.




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Oscorp plays big part in Spider-Man spinoff films

If you guessed that Oscorp would play an important part in the ever expanding web of stories surrounding New York’s popular web-slinger, you were spot on.

Film and television writer Robert Orci, one of the creative minds behind the recently announced spinoff films starring Spider-Man’s most popular enemies, opened up a little in an interview with IGN. When asked about what role Oscorp played, Orci said the powerful company is very important in how the villains are created, and it represents the good and the bad science has to offer humankind.

“It’s nice to have that organizing principal, but it wasn’t like, ‘We must keep it at Oscorp.’ It flowed naturally from the story development,” he said.

It would be difficult to stray away from this concept, and have villains from these spin-off movies originate outside of Oscorp now that such a heavy focus on the company has been established in the Amazing Spider-Man, and based on the trailer, Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unfortunately, this could very easily translate to a lousy origins tale for the Sinister Six, one of the announced spinoff films, if all they do is simply grow these villains in a test tube at Oscorp. Venom, the other planned spinoff from Sony, could mirror the origins tale found in the Ultimate Spider-Man series, where the black suit was actually created by Richard Parker – Peter’s father – and Eddie Brock’s father, in an attempt to cure the suit’s host of serious illnesses. Whichever direction they take, the outcome of a possible anti-hero with the emergence of Venom, who actually fulfills this role in the comics, could be far more interesting than just another villain bent on destroying Spider-Man and the rest of the city.

If you’re worried that the spinoffs are to replace The Amazing Spider-Man 4, which is penciled in for a 2018 release, you can rest easy.

“I think with Spider-Man 4, the intention is for it to be Spider-Man,” Orci said.


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Peter Parker returns in Slott’s ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

Comic book writer Dan Slott, the man who killed Peter Parker and brought about the Superior Spider-Man series, has confirmed the existence of the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man series, which will debut in April, and mark the return of the real Peter Parker.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Slott said, “we’ve gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it’s going to be the greatest feeling.”

Slott’s short-lived promise to keep Peter Parker dead is no surprise, considering the endless amount of super hero revivals that have happened over the past few decades. The writer said he’s had a plan in place for Spider-Man since before the debut of Superior Spider-Man” #1, when Doctor Octopus swapped his consciousness with Peter’s before dying due to the punishment his body took during his villainous career.

“To do that for a solid year of my life, that’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do — to look small children in the eye at a convention and lie to them,” Slott said.

Whether the emergence of the new series signals the end of Superior Spider-Man is unclear. Interestingly enough however, the release of the Amazing Spider-Man #1 will be very close to the launch of Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. What will happen to the Superior sister titles – Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Superior Spider-Man Team-Up – once Peter Parker makes his miraculous recovery is at this point also unknown.


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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Finally Arrives

The trailer for Amazing Spider Man 2 is out,  and it’s full of the expected with a few surprises here and there.

It starts off with the web slinger stating the obvious about how opponents stronger than him will eventually emerge. Some epic-trailer moments will certainly please hardcore Spider Man fans, as Spidey’s strength and bullet-dodging abilities are show-cased in a few poetic slow-mo sequences. His suit has undergone some cosmetic changes, reflecting the classic red and blue suit we all know and love, which was slightly tweaked in the Amazing Spiderman.

We’re introduced to Harry Osborn, previously played by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider Man movies. Dane DeHann takes on the role here, and he seems to be sporting the infamous emo-Peter haircut from Spider Man 3. Nevertheless, DeHann looks the part and sounded promising during his few seconds of dialogue, but looked alarmingly similar to the New Goblin from Spider Man 3 during the few shots of him flying around on the glider.

The Rhino – a longtime enemy of Spider Man – makes his movie debut here, portrayed as a hulking mech, or robot, or something. I’m a little skeptical about his inclusion, but as long as he doesn’t turn out to be an integral part of the whole story, the Rhino could be pretty fun to watch as he does what he does best –  wreck stuff.

A few seconds of the preview also teases us with Doctor Octopus’s mechanical arms and the Vulture suit, both of which are stashed in Osborn’s secret lab. It’s evident that they want to develop these villains through Osborn’s enterprise Oscorp, but hopefully they don’t all turn out to be test tube experiments with no background development whatsoever.

We also finally get to see Electro – played by Jamie Foxx – in action. It’s eye candy at its finest. Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think.

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Captain America: Winter Soldier trailer released

The new trailer for the upcoming Captain America: Winter Soldier movie was released today.

Glimpses of major supporting roles are teased throughout the trailer including Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury character, Scarlett Johansson, who of course is the Black Widow, and new comer Anthony Mackie who becomes “The Falcon.”

The movie has a bit of an uphill battle, considering it was the lowest-grossing Marvel Studios movie – aside from the Incredible Hulk – and simply doesn’t have the same following Iron Man and Thor do. However, Captain America: The First Avenger is a terrific movie, was generally well-received, and the trailer really showcases its intriguing conspiracy-theory vibe.

The movie comes out next year on April 14. You can check out the trailer for Captain America: Winter Soldier below.