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Marvel Studios hopes for “One Sequel, One New Character” per year.

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With Marvel Studios announcing release dates for five unrevealed films for 2017 through 2019, there’s a lot of speculation amongst fans as to what the studio could be planning for the future. However, recent comments from Kevin Feige while speaking with IGN may shed some light on the overall roadmap for the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward. According to Feige, Marvel’s plan could be “one sequel, one new character” per year, similar to 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”/”Ant-Man” schedule.

“[‘Guardians of the Galaxy’] fulfilled our desire to do something different,” Feige told IGN, “to start producing, each year, a film that was the sequel to a pre-existing, successful franchise and do something new. We’re doing that next year with Age of Ultron, with Ant-Man, and hope to maybe continue that model in the coming years. … I don’t know that we’ll keep to [that model] every year, but what we’re doing this year and what we’re doing next year is: existing franchise, new franchise, existing franchise, new franchise. So I think it would be fun to continue that sort of thing. I don’t know that we will [do that] all the time, but as a general model, I think that would be fun.”

Marvel Studios’ next film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” hits theaters August 1.

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DAREDEVIL Finds Leading Lady in Comic Movie Veteran

The first Netflix/Marvel Studios TV series, officially titled Marvel’s Daredevil has found a leading lady to join its star and villain.

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Rosario Dawson will star in the series as an as-yet unnamed character, according to a Marvel press release. The actress’s character is described as “a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”

Charlie Cox stars in the series as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, and Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as the villain Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk. Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb says Dawson’s “role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil,” so let the speculation begin. Dawson previously starred in the comic-book-based Sin City and its upcoming sequel, as well as providing a voice in the 2009 animated Wonder Womanfilm.

The series is due to premiere on Netflix in 2015, and is being executive produced by Steven S. DeKnight (also serving as showrunner), Drew Goddard, and Jeph Loeb. It is the first of four 13-episode series and a mini-series signed into the deal between Netflix and Marvel, with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage running after, leading to The Defenders, teaming all the previous heroes.

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James Spader to Play Ultron In ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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Marvel Studios has made its first official casting announcement for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s a major one–Emmy Award-winning actor James Spader (Boston Legal, The Practice) will play Ultron the primary villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to director Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which earned over $1.5 billion in theaters in 2012.
 
Spader, who has acted in many films including Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed Lincoln where he played William N. Bilbo, who played a key role in lobbying for the passage of the 13th Amendment, which banned slavery.  The busy actor has also not forsaken the small screen, Spader is playing a key villain in the new NBC series, The Blacklist.

Whedon Says Movie Ultron Will Differ From Comics

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Joss Whedon has definite ideas about how he wants to change Ultron, the sentient robot who will be the main villain in Avengers 2.  Created by Hank Pym (Ant-Man/Giant-Man) and imbued with the scientist’s brain patterns, the super sentient robot Ultron has a serious Oedipal complex as well as many powers in his comic iteration including superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, plus he can fly at subsonic speeds and repair himself when injured.  His offensive repertoire also includes energy blasts and an "encephalo-ray" that can place its victims into a coma, but also allows Utron to hypnotize and control his victims.
 
Whedon plans to cut back on those powers in Avengers: The Age of Ultron.  In a wide-ranging 10-page interview in the issue of EW that goes on sale on Friday, the director explained: "I knew right away what I wanted to do with him.  He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it he’s got a bee in his bonnet.  He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy.  He’s got pain.  And the way that manifests itself is not going to be standard robot stuff.  So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone (Scarlet Witch) who’s a witch."
 
Whedon told EW that he will have to be careful "to ground (Ultron) while still evoking that guy."  But there is little doubt why Whedon chose to make Ultron the focus of the Avengers sequel, "As a character I love Ultron, because he’s so pissed off."

‘Fantastic Four’ Movie Gets Date

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Fox has assigned its Josh Frank-directed Fantastic Four sequel to open March 6, 2015, according to Hollywood Reporter.  Mark Millar will be a creative consultant on the film.
The company also   announced that it will release four new movies, including two Marvel films, in 3-D: The Wolverine (July 16, 2013), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters(August 16, 2013), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (May 23, 2014), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (July 18, 2014).