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Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston will be in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Marvel is just full of surprises: Idris Elba will be making an appearance in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, the star recently revealed.

The actor, who played Heimdall in 2013’s Thor, broke the news to the Telegraph“I’m in Avengers,” he said. “And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.”

Marvel's Phase Three: A two-part 'Avengers' threequel, Black Panther movie, female Captain Marvel, and more ...

Marvel Studios spends most of its time clamping down on secrets, so when they open up the vault, it’s usually for something big. In this case, it was colossal—and bound to bust loose on its own.

Marvel announced so much news on Tuesday morning at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, it’s difficult to know where to start: A two-part Avengers 3? Official confirmation that Iron Man and Captain America will do battle in a Civil War saga? More exploration of the cosmic realm in Inhumans?

It was also a major announcement in terms of diversity. Marvel is giving us its first superhero film to star a black actor, with Chadwick Boseman portraying Black Panther, and another that places a female character in the title role, Captain Marvel (although no actress has been chosen yet.)

The only way to approach it is to run through it in chronological order (before the Infinity Gauntlet renders time meaningless)

Read on …

Sony ponders 'Robin Hood' universe, because why not?

As The Avengers showed us all, people love “shared universes.” You can take any random bunch of movie ideas—don’t bother with worrying about them being any good or anything—as long as you make sure they’re in that shared universe, people will love it. (Case in point: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.) This works out for movie studios too—money’s tight, why should they have to keep churning out entirely new universes for every new movie that waltzes  in? That’s just wasteful! Share ‘em! Shove it, Carl Sagan!

Which is why we’re probably going to get a shared universe of Robin Hood films. Perplexed? You shouldn’t be! Robin Hood and his Merry Men, as you should know, were like The Avengers of yore, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to THR, Sony is considering dropping $1-2 million on a pitch called Hood by Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott, which would be the start of a series of films about the legendary bandit and his band of Merry Men. There aren’t many details about the project at this point, but its tone reportedly aligns with “Mission: Impossible and the recent Fast & Furious movies,” which is a really obtuse way of saying “fun as hell.” Which is really this movie’s only hope, because as far as shared universes go, it looks like it’s turtles all the way down, folks.

Marvel unveils 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' props at Comic-Con

Marvel unveiled three props from Avengers: Age of Ultron at their Comic-Con booth over the weekend—now you just have to guess what the props are.


Watch James McAvoy threaten to hand the Avengers their asses, punch Hugh Jackman -- VIDEO

Do the stars of  X-Men: Days of Future Past want to see a crossover with the Avengers? That’s one of the questions James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman field in their SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Jess Cagle (premiering May 23 at 7 p.m. ET on EW Radio). Because you really need to see McAvoy’s answer to get the full effect, you’ll want to watch the sneak peek below.

He likens the situation to a boxing match — if the audience interest is there, someone’s going to make it happen. “I would like to see us fight them, though. I’d like us not to team up. I’d like to see us fight them and, you know, annihilate them, as we surely would,” he says, laughing. “Be like, ‘Hey, Robert Downey. Oh, here you go. There’s your ass.’ ‘Sorry, I’ve got a bunch of asses in my hand. I think they belong to you Avengers?'”

In the second clip, McAvoy steals the scene again by massaging Stewart and punching Jackman. Enjoy. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon directed a post-credits scene for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Joss Whedon is currently hard at work on Avengers: Age of Ultron, the superteam super-sequel that promises to turn 2015 into the most superpowered summer since 2014. But one does not merely walk into Age of Ultron. In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige confirms that Joss Whedon directed one of the post-credits sequences for next month’s Captain America sequel The Winter Soldier. It would appear that — like the Thor sequel and Avengers — the film has two post-credits scenes, a development which promises to leave our Post-Credits Pantheon in tatters. READ FULL STORY

'Avengers: Age of Ultron': James Spader to play maniacal robot in Marvel sequel

Avengers: Age of Ultron has its psycho robot.

James Spader has signed on to play the villain in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming superhero sequel, Marvel announced today. READ FULL STORY

How Chris Hemsworth lost 30 pounds for 'Rush'

Chris Hemsworth was still filming The Avengers when made an audition tape for the role of British Formula One driver James Hunt in Rush. The tape impressed Rush director Ron Howard and the film’s writer-producer Peter Morgan, but the pair had one major concern. As Hemsworth was still filming The Avengers he had the musclebound physique of Thor rather than that of the lithe Hunt. “He had the right look, assuming he could lose the weight,” says Howard. “Chris said, ‘Thor can’t even get in an F1 car — but I will be able to.'”


Marvel's delayed 'Phase One' box set to now feature 'Phase Two' tease -- VIDEO


Get ready for Marvel’s Phase One, take two.

The comic book studio’s 10-disc, 6-movie box set of films, spanning from 2008’s Iron Man to last May’s The Avengers, was put on hold in September due to a lawsuit over its suitcase packaging but now the collectors package (featuring a different case, but the same glowing Tesseract cube) is heading back into stores.

The Blu-ray set will go back on pre-sale later today, for release on April 2, and EW has learned the exclusive details about some of its new components.

Marvel used the downtime to add a showcase of the studio’s upcoming Phase Two slate of movies to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe: Phase One.

And the set will also include deleted scenes from each of the past films, such as this variation on the ending to Thor, with a rooftop Natalie Portman sending out the most long-distance “I miss you” message in history.


A gunslinging raccoon? Marvel moving forward on 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie -- BREAKING

Last September, with The Avengers already underway, Marvel Studios revealed it was developing plans to bring together a new team.

“There is an opportunity to do a big space epic, which Thor sort of hints at in the cosmic side of the universe, with characters in a property called Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told EW last year.

They’d already been laboring to create “The Big Idea,” which was company slang for the long slate of connected movies culminating in this May’s The Avengers.

With Guardians, they’re looking beyond Earth for their heroes. READ FULL STORY

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