Kevin Feige Confirms MCU Characters Will Appear in Sony’s Spider-Man Movies

About nine months ago, Marvel Studios president and mega-producer Kevin Feige, the architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said that based on the agreement he made with Sony Pictures to share the rights to Spider-Man, characters from the MCU "could" appear in Spidey's new movies for Sony. At the time, we all assumed that meant that it was a given those crossovers would eventually happen, but Feige's use of the word "could" meant there was still a chance — however small — that the MCU characters would be restricted only to Marvel Studios films.

Now, in a new interview with EW, Feige confirmed everyone's original assumption: those MCU characters will, in fact, appear in Spider-Man's solo films.

“He is in the universe now, and the fun of the universe is that characters go back and forth,” Feige said.

So that obviously opens the door to a ton of character possibilities, but it also opens a host of questions from the business side of things. As The Playlist notes, if an actor appears in a Sony Spider-Man movie, does that count as part of their nine-picture deal with Marvel? Or would those appearances have to be negotiated separately? How much do you think Robert Downey Jr. is going to get paid to show up in a Spider-Man movie? Or maybe those films will provide a good opportunity to introduce The Defenders on the big screen, since they're in the same general geographic area as Spidey?

The first Tom Holland Spider-Man solo film (possibly called Spider-Man: Homecoming, or maybe one of these other choices) hits theaters on July 7, 2017.

Marvel Comics Releases Preview and Art For GWENPOOL #1

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It's crazy to see how popular Gwenpool has become in such a short time, and thanks to Marvel and ComicBook.com, we have a preview of the upcoming comic Gwenpool #1. The comic comes from writer Christopher Hastings and artists Gurihiru and Danillo Beyruth. I really like the concept of this character and it looks like it's going to be a fun comic series. Here's the synopsis:

2015's overnight internet sensation takes center stage in her own ongoing series! Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you...until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! But they can't be, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something, right? And you know what that means...NO CONSEQUENCES! Could Gwenpool truly be Marvel's least responsible and least role-modely character to date? She can if she tries!
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Gwenpool #1 goes on sale April 13th.

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Watch This GREEN ROOM Red-Band Trailer

Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room is a brutal, tightly-paced thriller that's been making waves on the festival circuit and hits theaters next week. (I'll have a review for you then, but you can read Joey's out of Sundance right here.) But if you're interested in seeing the film, I implore you NOT to watch the brand-new red-band trailer that was just released.

I understand why the marketing department cut it together like this — they're all about simply trying to get asses in seats — but if you plan on seeing the movie, you'd be doing yourself a disservice by watching this trailer first. The way Saulnier plays with tension is such a huge part of why the movie works, and though you may not have context for it right now, if you go into the theater with these images in your mind, it will actively damage the experience of discovering how certain characters get out of sticky situations and — more importantly — which ones survive to certain points in the film. If you see someone blasting a shotgun in this trailer, you're going to be waiting for that moment in the movie; but the way the story is constructed, the film might want you to think that person is in danger of dying early on in the film.

You could argue that these reasons are the same for not watching any trailer, not just this one. I actually agree with that, but I realize that asking people to stop watching trailers altogether is ludicrous, and it's not something I'd want to ever happen. I loved the experience of watching the first teaser for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yesterday, but there's a chance I might skip watching future trailers just so I don't have any more cool moments teased for me beforehand. With Green Room, though, a film that's so small scale and dependent on its pacing and tension being broken up with bursts of violence throughout, it just seems like a damaging experience to see all of those elements shaken up and presented out of context. Just trust me on this one.

Benicio Del Toro To Star in Cuban Mafia Thriller THE CORPORATION

Along with Sicario 2, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and presumably another appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point, Benicio Del Toro has landed another major role. The Wrap reports that Paramount Pictures won a bidding war last night for the rights to T.J. English's upcoming nonfiction book The Corporation — beating out Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, MGM, and Skydance — and Del Toro will play the lead role in a story about the Cuban mafia.

The book centers on the Corporation’s founder, Jose Miguel Battle Sr., who died in 2007. Known as ‘El Padrino’ and ‘the Godfather,’ he was Fulgencio Batista’s bag man, bringing the Cuban dictator his cut from the gambling casinos when the Mafia ran Cuba. Battle escaped to the States, where he and other Cubans were trained by the CIA to invade the country in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion.
Having saved the lives of 28 of his men, the Godfather came out of that debacle as a certified hero to many Cuban-Americans. The core of the gang was trained as a unit and together formed the Corporation. They started out running the popular numbers racket, known as “bolita,” but soon moved on to money laundering and murder.

As often happens in true stories like these, a die-hard detective incessantly tracked the group for fifteen years and eventually brought them down. Sounds like the basis for a cool movie. Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production company will produce, while David Matthew (Vinyl) will write the screenplay. No director or start date have been announced yet, but we'll keep you posted.

GAME OF THRONES Star Pedro Pascal Steps Into KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Just yesterday, we wrote about how Kingsman: The Golden Circle teased the surprise return of a character thought dead in the first movie, and now the film has added a new champion in former Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal.

Deadline reports that Pascal will play a character with the amusing name of Jack Daniels, though no further details are known. I'm not sure if he's going to be on Eggsy's (Taron Egerton) side or that of Julianne Moore (the movie's reported new villain), but maybe he'll be working alongside Halle Berry's head of the CIA.

(Spoiler alert for Game of Thrones ahead.)

After having his character's head completely obliterated by The Mountain on Game of Thrones, Pascal moved on to star in the first season of the Netflix series Narcos (which is still on my list of things I need to watch). Matthew Vaughn returns to direct, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters on June 16, 2017.

Marvel’s CLOAK AND DAGGER Series Gets an Official Synopsis

Yesterday we learned that Marvel was developing a new TV series based on the comic Cloak and Dagger. The series is coming to Freeform, which was previously known as ABC Family. This news got fans of the property incredibly excited, and they should be! This is a great comic with great characters and it has the potential to be a great series...if it's done right.

The network has since released the following official synopsis for their adaptation:

This exciting new series is an adaptation of the beloved Marvel characters aimed squarely at young adults. This live-action interracial romance follows Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart—but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.
The series will mark a third network for Marvel TV live-action properties, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and others on ABC, Daredevil and more on Netflix, and now Freeform taking on Cloak and Dagger.

The show currently has no release date, stars attached, writers, or even a showrunner, but at least they know what they want out of it. I hope it doesn't turn out to be a cheesy, young adult-type show because it sounds like it could be, which would confirm the fears of some fans. I just hope it really dives into who these characters are and they find a nice balance of drama, humor, and awesomeness like The Flash and Supergirl

Slick-Looking Officially Licensed Marvel Motorcycle Helmets

For those of you motorcycle enthusiasts out there looking to geek up your motorcycle gear with some Marvel fandom, helmet manufacturer HJC Helmets has the perfect collection of helmets. These officially licensed Marvel helmets were inspired by Iron Man, Captain America, and The Punisher.

They will hit stores in May, and the Cap and Punisher helmets will cost you $174.99. The Iron Man helmet is a bit pricier and comes in at $249.99. The reason that one is more expensive is because it includes a special Face Shield with a one-touch SunShield included.

If I had a motorcycle I'd buy the whole collection in a heartbeat. 

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Doug Liman Is Back to Direct EDGE OF TOMORROW Sequel; New Writers Hired

Last year we learned that Tom Cruise had an idea for an Edge of Tomorrow sequel that he pitched to director Doug Liman and writer Christopher McQuarrie. That idea was later locked and loaded and pitched to Warner Brothers, and now the studio is taking it to the next step and putting it in development.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has hired Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse to write the script. They are the screenwriters behind the Jesse Owens biopic Race, which I really enjoyed. The report it said that McQuarrie would be directing the film, but the writer later took to Twitter to say that news is wrong and that Liman would be back to direct the film.

Edge of Tomorrow was a great film that not only received critical acclaim but also did well at the box office. Cruise is obviously set to reprise his role, and Emily Blunt is expected to come back and kick some more ass. I absolutely loved her in this movie! 

The movie ended in a way that didn't really need a sequel, but they obviously have an idea that they are all excited about. This is a very talented team of people developing this sequel, and I can't wait to see what they have come up with and how they will continue the story of these characters in this world. For those of you who don't think think a sequel should be made, McQuarrie previously had this to say:

"Right away, there were people on social media saying, 'Don’t do it, it should never have a sequel, etc., etc.' And I’m just laughing because I’m like, 'You guys don’t even know what we are talking about! You have no idea!' Look, that was one of the best creative teams I’ve ever worked with as far as a team of rivals: Emily is one facet of that; Doug Liman is a completely different and opposing force; Tom Cruise is another. And there I am in the middle, just playing to these three really strong, really smart people."

I don't think these guys would make a sequel if they didn't have a great idea that would make fans happy. It's not like they need to make it; they are always working on projects. So the fact that they are getting back together for another film says something.