UPDATED: Favorites Emerge For ANT-MAN

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Variety reports Marvel has narrowed down its list of contenders for the title role in Edgar Wright’s 2015 film, ANT-MAN. While another actor could be added to the mix, Marvel’s current favorites are Joseph Gordon-Levitt (DON JON) and Paul Rudd (THIS IS 40). Both actors are expected to meet with Marvel Studios executives and Wright one more time prior to a decision being made.

Gordon-Levitt has been on Marvel’s radar since the casting for Star-Lord in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY last year. With THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY forever sealed, Gordon-Levitt’s superhero dance card is open. Perhaps he will consider the chance to work with Edgar Wright on something a little less conventional too good to pass up.

Rudd is a little more surprising, but probably shouldn’t be. With Wright directing, ANT-MAN is going to be at least as comedic in tone as the IRON MAN films and likely more so. Rudd can obviously bring the funny and the possibility of him trading lines with Robert Downey, Jr. in a third AVENGERS film is quite appealing.

Expect a Marvel press release in the coming weeks, if not days.

UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has dismissed yesterday’s Variety report as nothing more than a rumor, as far has his own involvement is concerned. During a press interview in France for DON JON, Gordon-Levitt told AlloCine there was nothing to talk about (translated from French by The Playlist).

There are always rumors. I talk a lot about my future projects, so if you haven’t heard me talk about it, it means it’s nothing but a rumor. People like to write about [rumors].

Gordon-Levitt was more direct in denying auditions and screen tests for the role as, “nothing but lies.” It is possible Gordon-Levitt could have met with or taken a phone call from Marvel. He could still even be Ant-Man at some point, but at the very least, a deal seems far from imminent.

As of yet, there has been no response from Paul Rudd or his camp regarding the Variety report. Perhaps he’s the one true Pym.

MMM Podcast #146: Modernizing Mythology

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Prompted by an intriguing series of questions from one of our listeners, The Gentlemen spend this week’s podcast analyzing the potential influence superhero cinema could have on the evolution of our favorite modern myths. Superhero films are far more popular and abundant than they’ve ever been. It is easier than ever to be a superhero fan without reading a comic book. With movies informing the mainstream perception of so many characters, will that influence reach all the way back from the silver screen to the source material?

Download the show HERE.

MMM TV: THE WALKING DEAD Ep. 401 ’30 Days Without An Accident’

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MMM TV returns with a podcast dedicated to AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD. Justin Bolger, John Bierly, and new Modern Myth Media contributor Antoinette Gulley examine the season 4 premiere. Along the way we discuss the pitfalls and the promise of the show, and reveal our hopes for the remainder of the season. Also, Antoinette voices her concern over the fate of Violet the Pig.

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Lee Pace Describes His Psychotic GOTG Role

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Lee Pace, who wrapped on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY a couple weeks back, spoke with Click Online shortly after and described his role as the film’s main antagonist, Ronan the Accuser. Suffice to say, Pace enjoyed his work.

He’s a f***ing psycho! He’s a real monster. I’ve had the best time playing this character. I’m glad it’s all on film and I never thought I could be so nuts in it! James Gunn is just putting together a phenomenal movie and I’ve had the best time working with him on it. And yea we’ve made a monster of an alien!

Establishing Ronan as a threat will be a critical step in GUARDIANS to quiet down some of the “Where’s Thanos?” chatter. It will be interesting, though, to see if Ronan is purely evil with no redeeming qualities whatsoever, or is perhaps acting under some kind of duress. In his recent comic book appearances, like the current Marvel event series INFINITY, Ronan has been an uneasy ally of the Guardians and even The Avengers.

Pace is surely capable of creating a character that could live on as the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands, but if Ronan is as monstrous as Pace says, then there may be no other option than for the Guardians to eliminate him.

NYCC: STAR WARS REBELS- Meet The Imperial Inquisitor

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Lucasfilm’s STAR WARS REBELS panel this afternoon at New York Comic Con was all about “The Might Of The Empire”. From vehicle designs to revelations about Stormtroopers, the presentation made it clear that the Empire would be as crucial to the new series as its titular Rebels.

The biggest revelation came near the end of the panel when the series main villain, the Imperial Inquisitor, was introduced. Wielding a double bladed crimson lightsaber and sporting an unmistakably Imperial style uniform, the Pau’an Inquisitor is an agent of Darth Vader tasked with the pursuit and elimination of any Jedi who survived Order 66.

From the official STAR WARS site:

The next great villain from a galaxy far, far away is here. Fans attending Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Rebels panel today at New York Comic Con got the world’s first look at the Inquisitor, a black-clad, intimidating figure who will play a prominent role in the upcoming animated series. In a special video (available below) screened at the end of the panel, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni officially revealed the character, showing a sculpted maquette, design sketches, and disclosing that the Inquisitor is “tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights.”

You can watch the special video for yourself below. STAR WARS REBELS will air in the fall of 2014.

“Early 2014″ Release Set For Final STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Episodes

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STAR WARS REBELS Executive Producer Dave Filoni took to social media tonight to inform us that production has concluded on the remaining episodes of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. Filoni is the former Supervising Director of THE CLONE WARS.

The news comes hours before Lucasfilm’s STAR WARS REBELS presentation at New York Comic Con on Saturday. It’s sure to whet the appetite of fans of animated STAR WARS who’ve been waiting for any news on when the final episodes would be made available since the series’ cancellation earlier this year.

Personally, I can’t wait to watch the episodes dealing with the mystery of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.

Catch up with what we know of the remaining episodes below. You’ll find the original announcement of more content from Dave Filoni, and also a clip from the aforementioned Sifo-Dyas story arc.

 

Loki, Wingman Of Thor

Marvel Studios has released a third featurette from THOR: THE DARK WORLD. This latest behind the scenes offering provides some insight into the perpetually “It’s Complicated” relationship status between two godly brothers. As we have seen in the trailers, Thor needs Loki in order to defeat Malekith of the Dark Elves, thus forcing them to pair up even after all the hostilities in their previous onscreen outings.

Based on the trailers and the footage shown at San Diego Comic Con and the D23 Expo, it is clear that the brotherly feud is going to a much darker place than ever before. Thor knows Loki is going to betray him, but will he be ready to thwart the attack? If so, the question then shifts to whether or not the God of Thunder will make good on his promised, deadly reprisal.

The answers to those questions should be worth the price of admission when THOR: THE DARK WORLD lands in theaters on November 8.

 

Welliver Returning As Agent Blake in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Titus Welliver, who joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Agent Blake in the AVENGERS-attached Marvel One-Shot, ITEM 47, will reprise his role on the upcoming sixth episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Check out the full synopsis for “FZZT” below, courtesy of Marvel.

“FZZT” – When floating bodies turn up, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D must hunt down an elusive killer. No one is safe–not even the team–on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on the ABC Television Network.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

Guest starring are Titus Welliver as Agent Blake, Vincent Laresca as Tony Diaz, Robert Maffia as Baker, David Michael Paul as Justin, Rick Gifford as Adam Cross, Thomas Robie as scout #1, Trevor Larcom as scout #2, Caleb Burgess as scout #3, Jake Brennan as scout #4 and Troy Glass as scout #5.

“FZZT” was written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Vincent Misiano.

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first TV series.  “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

 

 

Review: ARROW Ep. 201 ‘City of Heroes’

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Check out the most recent episode of MMM TV for our initial reaction to last night’s episode of Arrow.

(Green) Arrow has returned to Starling City to help its inhabitants rebuild from the destruction of the devastating earthquake from the end of last season!

Well, not really.

Season two picks up in virtually the same place as season one began. Oliver Queen was back on the same island he escaped just 12 months ago. This time, by his own choice of self-imposed exile. I have to admit I was a bit surprised at this choice. It accomplished the task of showing that Oliver has withdrawn from everything and everyone in the wake of his life-long best friend’s death but it gave the distinct impression that Mr. Queen still has some growing up to do. In my opinion, it was a step back in his character arc that wasn’t completely necessary. Obviously, we needed to see Oliver dealing with the ramifications of Tommy’s death but running away from the city he swore to save just a few months ago seems a bit off. Continue reading

REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “Love Story”

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Well, look at that! “Love Story” delivered another strong episode for REVOLUTION’s second season. The episode steadily built tension across multiple storylines before an explosive fourth act that ended with a reveal showing how connected those storylines actually are.

Miles vs. Titus

Our adventure began with Miles still trapped behind the red door in Titus’ House of Horrors, being strapped down for a blood transfusion into Titus’ sick wife. Luckily, Rachel knew exactly how to infiltrate the room so she could save him just in time.

NOTE TO THE BAD GUYS: If your lair has an unguarded drain pipe that leads directly to one of the reasons for your said villainy… you’re doing it wrong.

It felt a little rushed, but I’m glad the rescue happened early and didn’t take the entire episode the way I suspect it would have in the first season. Getting Miles back to town as quickly as they did allowed the episode to spend its time with a story that was far more interesting than another yet another REVOLUTION rescue mission.

This also allowed Miles more screen time than he’s received so far this season, and in a different way than we’re used to seeing him. After losing the ability to outfight his enemy, he was forced to outthink them. Billy Burke’s portrayal effectively conveyed the controlled desperation of a leader aware that the end is near but struggling to salvage any victory he can.

This created an interesting dichotomy with Titus, whose war clan gave him the ability to outfight Miles but not outthink him as long as his wife was a prisoner. Their standoff at the town gates was a great expression of this, and both actors’ performances made this scene work well. Matt Ross (Titus) was a barely restrained fury when demanding the release of his wife, and knowing that his fury unleashed would result in the deaths of everyone in town upped a level of tension that remained through most of the episode.

Neville’s Interrogation

Another episode, another magnificent performance by Giancarlo Esposito, who continues exude a deadly single mindedness as a man driven only by revenge. After being outed as a former officer of the Monroe Militia, Neville found himself at a disadvantage when the Patriots saw through all of his lies. With nothing left to lose, he decided to tell the truth… most of it, anyway.

He dropped the controlled smile of defiance and told the Patriots of his desire for vengeance. But instead of letting them in on the part of the plan that called for their destruction, he focused his anger on Monroe. While his interrogator didn’t believe him, Neville was saved by the last second intervention of Justine Allenford, who decided to keep him around (on a short leash, anyway) for awhile longer.

The Patriots

What a fantastic job REVOLUTION is doing of revealing the full extent of the Freemasons/Illuminati Patriots’ villainy slowly and effectively rather than all at once (unlike the Monroe Militia last year). I’m really enjoying their phantom menacing of what remains of the United States through nuclear genocide and proxy threats that they can swoop in and “save” people from to insure their loyalty and adoration.

To what end, we don’t yet know, but it’s an effective strategy. A smiling, hopeful face offering you protection and stability in the face of fifteen dark years is an enticing prospect. They’re executing their plan brilliantly and I’m eager to see where this is all going, especially with the added knowledge that they want Monroe and Rachel captured alive.

Overall

I’m really enjoying this season of REVOLUTION so far. It’s firing on nearly all cylinders and has found a perfect balance of the kind of world building that attracted me to the show in the first place with the kind of character building that was lacking in Season One.

I’m not quite ready to call it a comeback yet, 3 out of 23 episodes don’t redeem an entire series. But I’m really starting to believe in this show again, and I’m looking forward to next Wednesday.

Randomness

Was it just me, or did the deputy look like Rick Grimes of THE WALKING DEAD? I know it wasn’t him, but still…

Showing the Patriots to be two steps ahead of the most intelligent character on the show (Neville) was a great way of elevating them as a serious and legitimate threat.

I’m still waiting to see more from him this season, but I’m taking Monroe’s decision not to shoot Charlie (I would’ve) as another sign that losing everything has shaken him of his megalomania. I like the idea of exploring this in future episodes and am hoping they do.

Charlie is (for me) still far from tolerable, but she’s growing on me… a little.

REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- Episode Two, “There Will Be Blood”

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