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Hugh Jackman brings 'Wolverine: The Musical' to life, if only briefly -- VIDEO

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This was bound to happen.

It was only a matter of time before Hugh Jackman’s singing chops were melded into his iconic Marvel character like some kind of adamantium side-effect hidden talent. Courtesy of BBC Radio 1′s The Matt Edmondson Show, we now have Wolverine: The Musical.

Evidently, Jackman stopped by the show on Saturday to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past. Ever the pro, he played along when the hosts handed him a lyric sheet for the fictitious (at least for now) superhero musical and cued up Jackman’s Les Misérables track, “Who Am I?”

“Who am I?” the 45-year-old sings, laughing as he glances at the words. “Am I a superhero with some claws? Or just an actor searching for applause?” READ FULL STORY

Director Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man': 'I think people will be surprised' -- let's cast the hero!

Another day, another bread crumb of scoop from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent interview with ET, The World’s End director Edgar Wright discussed his latest project, a little Marvel movie called Ant-Man. Wright states that the Phase 3 MCU film may not be the type of superhero movie audience are expecting.

I want to make him [Ant-Man] into a badass [Laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, “Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,” so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.

Wright, known for action comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,  also addressed how he’ll infuse Ant-Man with humor:

Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.

Casting rumors center on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd as front-runners for the role, but Gordon-Levitt recently denied those rumors, stating, “I’m always the first to tell my fans if there’s really something happening, so if you don’t hear it from me, it’s just people spouting out rumors.” So does that leave Rudd, known for his comedic takes in movies like I Love You, Man and This is 40, as the uncontested top pick for Ant-Man?

Assuming it’s not too late to throw some additional hats in the ring, here are a few other candidates who bring the changeable comic character to life:
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'Thor: The Dark World': Explaining the ending (and what happens after the ending) -- SPOILERS

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So you’ve just seen Thor: The Dark World. Unless you’re extremely well-versed with comic book lore, you are probably a little bit confused. Marvel Studios has spent the last half-decade training you to stay through the credits. The post-credits scene of Iron Man featured Samuel L. Jackson and the first utterance of the word “Avengers.” The teaser trend continued through Marvel’s Phase One. Then Avengers changed the game: In addition to a playful post-credits shawarma scene, there was a mid-credits scene, with a franchise-imploding first peek at cosmic supervillain Thanos.

Now comes Thor: The Dark World, which might actually one-up Avengers for pure closing-sequence WTFery and post-credits kablammo. Let’s throw up a SPOILER WARNING and explain what we all saw, shall we? READ FULL STORY

Chinese theater accidentally features homoerotic 'Thor' poster

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Fans of psychosexual subtext in comic book movies got an early Christmas present this week, when a movie theater in Shanghai advertised the new superhero spinoff-sequel Thor: The Dark World with a poster that was actually a fan-made Photoshop job. The fan poster — a familiar image for anyone who has recently google-imaged “Thor Loki poster” and scrolled down a couple rows — shows the Asgardian god of thunder tenderly embracing his nemesis brother Loki. See image below: READ FULL STORY

'Thor: The Dark World' comedy exclusive: Loki argues with kids -- VIDEO

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Thor: The Dark World hits theaters this week, and now Comedy Central has made a video featuring your boyfriend Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s fraternal nemesis Loki. The short clip finds the trickster god having a frank exchange of ideas with some adorable children. The spot debuts tomorrow, but you can watch it in all its cute-kid-despising glory below:
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer: A Deep Dive

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The Great Superhero War of 2014 officially began this week. Mere days after the Marvel Studios assembly line released the trailer for next year’s intriguing Captain America sequel-slash-SHIELD spinoff, 20th Century Fox just debuted the first complete teaser for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the franchise-binding sequel-prequel. Running just a little over two minutes, the Future Past trailer features the return of pretty much every X-actor whose name doesn’t rhyme with Mames Jarsden, while also spotlighting some new faces. The result looks like it could either be the Ocean’s Eleven of superhero movies or the Love Actually of superhero movies, both of which sound much better than whatever X-Men: The Last Stand was.

Since Future Past combines various strands of the 13-year-old movie franchise, and weaves in ambient bits of X-Men lore from the past half-century, the film’s trailer may induce a feeling of cultural vertigo. Let’s dive in and try to sort things out, shall we? READ FULL STORY

Vin Diesel clarifies Marvel collaboration, teases 2017 mystery project

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Vin Diesel has been playfully hinting at a collaboration with Marvel Studios for the last few months, posting tantalizing images on his Facebook page and promising “big news” at a Comic-Con panel. Since the Fast & Furious star has a voice that sounds like deathscream of a cyborg Tyrannosaur echoing through the cosmos, rumors circulated that he was voicing pretty much every conceivable CGI character in Marvel’s Phase 2: Thanos, Ultron, Vision, even Rocket Raccoon. Lately, conventional wisdom held that Diesel would probably be voicing Groot — a noble galactic warrior/tree — in Guardians of the Galaxy. But that seemed to run counter to remarks Diesel told us at Comic-Con about working with Marvel on “a different kind of love story.” READ FULL STORY

Will the 'Fantastic Four' reboot cross over with the 'X-Men' franchise?

2015 is overcrowded with uber-geek movie projects: An Avengers sequel here, a Batman/Superman crossover there, Jurassic Park IV, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and even a freaking Star Wars sequel. By comparison, Fox’s planned Fantastic Four reboot is currently flying under the radar. The film will mark the first studio effort by Josh Trank, who made last year’s sleeper hit Chronicle; supposedly, Chronicle (and Fruitvale Station) star Michael B. Jordan is in the running to play Johnny Storm. Morever, the film will mark a complete break from the continuity of the mid-00s Fantastic Four series, which are mostly live on as artifacts of the pre- performance-capture era when poor Michael Chiklis had to walk around wearing orange rocks.

Although little is actually known about Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, rumors have abounded that 20th Century Fox has big plans for the reboot series. The studio also owns the big screen rights to the X-Men franchise, the longest-running series of the modern superhero era. In this post-Avengers moment, Fox is moving forward aggressively with the X-Men, with next year’s Days of Future Past uniting all the various franchise strands into one time-hopping mega-movie. Would Fox seek to link together X-Men and Fantastic Four, creating their own version of the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe? READ FULL STORY

How much will it cost Fox to keep Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? (And should he take it?)

Thirteen years after putting on the adamantium claws, Hugh Jackman is still carving up the box office as the most iconic super-mutant, Wolverine. Since opening on July 26, The Wolverine, Jackman’s fifth outing as the ornery X-Man, has grossed $307 million worldwide. It’s not exactly Avengers money, but it’s more than enough for Fox to want to keep Jackman in the X-Men fold. As The Wolverine‘s post-credit sequence teased, Jackman will time-travel for a cameo in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. But will that be the end of Jackman’s run? The 44-year-old has played Wolverine longer and more frequently than any actor has ever been associated with a comic-book hero, but his current deal is about to expire. Now the National Enquirer claims that Fox is offering Jackman $100 million for him to keep slicing and dicing for four more X-Men movies. Them’s a lot of chicken breasts!

Jackman’s spokesperson dismissed the report, but the future of Wolverine is worth some analysis, from both Jackman’s and the franchise’s points of view. The Australian actor, who earned his first Oscar nomination for last year’s Les Miserables, hasn’t made any Christian Bale-like comments about returning to the character. When he spoke to EW earlier this year, he was noncommittal, but the door was certainly open: “I’m not sure. I wasn’t even sure after the first [stand-alone] film if I would do another. I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”

That “pretty compelling reason” might be introducing Wolverine to some new super-friends, like the Avengers. READ FULL STORY

Vin Diesel playing a talking tree in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' -- UPDATE

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UPDATE (DEC. 22, 2013): Vin Diesel officially cast as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

ORIGINAL POST: Vin Diesel is going to play a tree. Specifically, Vin Diesel is going to play Groot, a giant alien tree-creature from Planet X.

At least that’s the latest rumor in this summer’s best-running cultural enigma, the Mystery of Vin Diesel and Marvel Studios. According to Deadline, Diesel is in negotiations to play Groot in next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s kookbat space-fantasy, which is currently scheduled for an August 2014 release. When reached by EW, Marvel had no comment on the rumor, but there is some vague evidence: Diesel posted a picture of Groot over on his Facebook page.
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