Greetings and salutations to all the congregation in the cyber-chapel. Time for some news bits from around the internet for your perusal. Open up those bibles you call your minds and read-up on today’s sermon!
*Current box-office estimates show that Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has now made $502.2 MILLION WORLDWIDE ($167 million domestic/$335.2 global)!!!!!
The Star-Spangled Avenger’s sequel starring Chris Evans in the titular role has far surpassed it’s predecessor, Captain America: The First Avenger (which made about $370 million globally, in it’s entire theatrical run, as opposed to CA:TWS, which has hit this new number having only been at the worldwide box-office over the course of several weeks).
*Here’s a photo (below) from the upcoming 20th episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC featuring Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward and J. August Richards as Mike Peterson/DEATHLOK.
The show is closing-in on it’s imminent season 1 finale and has had a rather tumultuous time of it, getting it’s proper footing and satisfying fans. Over the course of recent episodes, the show seems to have finally found it’s legs and has delivered some SHOCKING stuff.
*Not all that long ago, word went around from X-Men: Days Of Future Past director, Bryan Singer that Anna Paquin’s character Rogue was cut out of the May 23rd debuting film, citing that the scene she was involved in was too “extraneous” to the film’s story.
Now a representative from 20th Century Fox has stated that Paquin WILL be in the movie, but also added the role is, “Essentially, a cameo.” If that’s indeed the case, then we can at least look forward to seeing a little bit of Marvel’s mutie “Mississippi Marauder” in the upcoming X-flick.
*Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige recently talked about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was asked whether or not the character of Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was now under the Marvel Studios umbrella. Feige stated that given The Amazing Spider-Man producer, Avi Arad’s assertion that they have some film rights to use the character over at Sony/Columbia Pictures in their webheaded franchise, Feige said, “Kingpin we either have or somehow share.”
Seems that The Kingpin Of Crime MAY fall under that SHARED CHARACTER status that both Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch do, given those latter characters are to be featured in both Fox’ X-Men: Days Of Future Past (Quicksilver, thus far) and in Marvel’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (both Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch).
Feige also added about the characters Namor and Elektra over the shared film rights issue, “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.”
Seems as though the tangled web of Marvel movie film rights just gotten a BIT more complex.
*Seems that 20th Century Fox has tapped Hanna screenwriter, Seth Lochhead to pen a film based upon writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Tonci Zonjic’s 2011 Image Comics espionage title Who Is Jake Ellis?
The story for Who Is Jake Ellis? centers around a former C.I.A. analyst named Jon Moore, who escaped from a lab several years prior where he was the subject of experiments related to “remote viewing.” As a result of the experimentations, Moore finds he’s able to see a ghostly espionage figure by the name of Jake Ellis, who ends up providing Moore with tactical advice that leads to his becoming a successful criminal in Western Europe, all the while trying to evade those responsible for his imprisonment and experimentation.
It’s also said that Lochhead is scripting the big-screen treatment for Shadow Of Colossus, based upon the video game of the same name, as well as a film based upon the novel The Age Of Miracles by novelist Karen Thompson Walker.
*Rumblings are making their way around cyber-space that director Peter Jackson MAY very well be changing the title of the 3rd and final movie in The Hobbit trilogy from The Hobbit: There & Back to The Hobbit: Into The Fire.
“Into The Fire?” Don’t suppose we’ll hear the main theme performed by 80s hair metal band Dokken?!!!? (yes, that was an 80s music gag!)
*Recently it was revealed that NBC was bringing back their superhumans in the real world themed cancelled tv series Heroes back next year as a mini-series entitled Heroes Reborn (NOT based upon the Marvel Comics event of the late 90s involving comic artists Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld).
Now it’s being said that the show’s creator, Tim Kring, will do an online webseries for NBC.com by the title Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, which will act as a prequel to the coming mini-series event. The digital webseries will air first on digital platforms such as Hulu, channel websites, and video-on-demand.
Oh, one more thing: SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, SAVE THE WORLD!!!
*Arrow co-star, Colton Haynes (Roy Harper) is reportedly set to co-star on the big-screen with Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson in a new film called San Andreas, where Johnson will star as a former special operative/turned firefighter pilot in search of his daughter after a massive earthquake rocks the state of California. No word has yet been given on the role Haynes will play, but the film is also said to co-star Watchmen and Sin City actress, Carla Gugino.
*This July, DC Comics brings Bat-fans a new one-shot entitled Robin Rises: Omega, by writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Andy Kubert, which will lead into that month’s Batman & Robin #33 (yep! “& ROBIN”…the kid sidekick’s name is back in the title since the death of the last Robin, Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian).
While not confirming the return of Damian to the DC Comics universe, Tomasi is playing things rather secretive stating, “Most definitely bringing back a Robin for Batman’s 75th anniversary. Batman needs a Robin,” When talking about Batman & Robin #33, Tomasi also stated, “Story will most definitely reverberate within the DCU. Bruce and the Justice League won’t be exactly seeing eye to eye on several important issues.”
And THAT’S today’s daytime edition, bestowed unto you, our ever-faithful congregation. Rest assured, your devotion to our cyber-church is MUCH APPRECIATED. HAS to be appreciated, otherwise, we’d be out of our flockin’ minds if we didn’t!