"Daredevil" Casts Peter Shinkoda as Recurring Original Character
Coming to Netflix in 2015 is Daredevil, the first of four new shows that Marvel is producing for the streaming service. The series will have 13 episodes but is being planned as “one large movie.” And eventually – along with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist – it will culminate in a miniseries that will unite all these characters together titled The Defenders.
Many of Daredevil‘s major roles have already been cast. First was Charlie Cox as the titular character Daredevil a.k.a. Matt Murdock. Next, Elden Henson was cast as Foggy Nelson, Murdock’s best friend. Joining the series in an as-of-yet unspecified role is Rosario Dawson, though chances are good she’ll be playing the hero’s love interest.
According to Deadline, the newest cast member to join the series is Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as a man named Hachiro, an original character created for the series who is described as a “major recurring role.”
No further details were made available to suggest what kind of a role this new character might have, and as far as we’re aware, Hachiro has no counterpart in the comics. One possible theory suggests Shinkoda’s part is filling the role of Daredevil’s mentor, a character originally named Stick and typically depicted as an older white man.
Hachiro being Daredevil’s mentor is purely speculation, but if Shinkoda isn’t playing an ally of Daredevil’s, there’s really only one other option: another enemy. Being that the role is listed as a major recurring one, it wouldn’t be out the question for Hachiro to be an associate of The Kingpin’s, possibly even an underling or a second-in-command.
"Agent Carter": Probable Supporting Cast Leaked
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return September 23rd, and set to bridge the gap while its on Winter hiatus is Agent Carter, which will see Hayley Atwell reprise her role from both Captain America: The First Avenger and the succeeding Marvel "One Shot." We knew that the show will be set in and around the time that one shot, but we didn't know who else we can expect to see join Peggy in the events leading up to the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Well, now Film Divider has some names for us.
• Deputy Director Roger Dooley is a hardworking, principled older man and Peggy’s boss. As you might expect, he’s bothered by ongoing problems in his personal life as well as the challenges of his day job.
• Agent Jack Thompson is in his 30s, handsome and damn well knows it. The polar opposite of Dooley, he doesn’t take kindly to women in the workplace, nor how little recognition he gets. Worse, he wants Dooley’s job and is desperate to prove himself.
• Edward Hutchins is a highly professional agent with an unusual problem: duplicity. He’s lying to his wife about what he does to stop her worrying. True Lies, SHIELD style.
• Daniel Sousa is everything Jack Thompson wants to be. He’s a war hero who walks using a leg brace, but finds dealing with office politics to be harder than working around his injury. Sousa is also a fiercely honorable, gentle man and we’re betting he becomes one of Peggy’s major allies.
• And outside of the agency, there’s Angie Martinelli. Working as an automat waitress, Angie dreams of being a singer. She’s a tough, compassionate young woman who is smart and loyal and seems set to be Peggy’s anchor to the world away from SHIELD.
I'm not too well up on my classic Marvel lore, but I don't recognize any of those names as being established comic book characters -- though aside from possibly some of the remaining Howling Commandos, I'm not sure exactly who could have been utilized for this time period anyway. There's no mention of any villains (though that Thompson fella doesn't sound particularly nice!) yet, so I'm sure we'll have more character announcements to come. In the meantime, what do you guys think?
Disney/Marvel Extends Netflix Pact to Canada
Walt Disney Studios has signed another multi-year licensing agreement with Netflix, this time for the Canadian market, making the subscription service the exclusive pay TV home for its movies. The pact gives Netflix control of the window that traditionally went to television broadcasters.
Beginning with films released theatrically in 2015, Netflix Canada will carry first-run features from Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks Studios. The agreement will see the films available on Netflix 8 months after they leave theaters, quickening the pace at which live-action and animated features are available to home viewers, as it usually takes about a year for big-name movies to land on pay TV channels.
Disney inked a similar pact with Netflix in the US a couple years ago, though that agreement comes into effect with movies released theatrically in 2016 as Starz has a deal with the Mouse House that runs through 2015. Earlier this year, it was announced Sony Pictures Animation content will also be available in the first pay-TV window in the U.S.
Netflix launched its Canadian service in 2010 and is now the home of first-run pay TV films from Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and 20th Century Fox, its original series like the Emmy-nominated House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Derek, and a variety of Cancon such as the Trailer Park Boys.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed and Netflix wouldn’t say how long the deal is for.
Character Posters Released for Villains of "Guardians of the Galaxy"
We're stoked to debut these new stateside character one-sheets for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Several character posters have popped up online over the last few days, and today we have your first look at the new bus shelter art featuring the villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Click on the images below for higher-res versions:
Check Out the Huge Lego Model Rocket Raccoon & Groot for Comic-Con
At next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Lego is traveling to space with a Marvel band of misfits — otherwise known as the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
As a promotion tied to the Aug. 1 release of the Marvel Studios film, Lego created a life-size model from “Guardians”—a walking tree-shaped humanoid called Groot who carries a weapon-wielding raccoon named Rocket. It is taller than most Lego models, standing over 7 feet high and 4 feet wide. It took Lego builders 350 hours to design and build with 28,251 bricks.
Rocket also gets his own toy—Rocket’s Warbird, a model of the raccoon and his spacecraft. The 145-piece limited-edition set will retail for $39.99, only at Comic-Con. It includes a minifigure of Rocket—a genetically engineered raccoon and bounty hunter that will be voiced by Bradley Cooper in the film—and is geared toward children ages 8 to 14.
Lego will also give away four minifigures at Comic-Con, including The Collector character from "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Thor: The Dark World," played by Benicio del Toro. Here’s a first look:
Expanded "Star-Lord" Clip Featuring Chris Pratt
We've had no doubt that Chris Pratt will be bringing the funny as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, but this clip cements it. Here's what happens when Star-Lord gets caught mid-theft.
Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie to Appear at Wizard World Chicago in August
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy--the Winter Soldier.
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