Some Collected Marvel News

Cobie Smulders/Maria Hill to return to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Yesterday saw Marvel playing cryptic with the announcement that ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ would feature ‘Xena’ veteran Lucy Lawless in a mysterious season 2 role, but its latest addition requires far less Level 7 clearance. Before she enters the ‘Age of Ultron,’ Cobie Smulders will reprise the role of Agent Maria Hill in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ season 2!

E! confirms that Smulders will return as Maria Hill in season 2, though perhaps even more vaguely than news of Lucy Lawless, the article offers no details as to when or where we’ll find Maria Hill popping up again. “We have plans to bring her in and see her,” said executive producer Jed Whedon. Added fellow showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen, “We love Cobie, we love the character, she’s so great.” Helpful.

When last we saw the character, Hill assisted Coulson in getting his team out from under the persistent Col. Glenn Talbot, before returning to her new position with Stark Industries. Maria isn’t seen in any of the initial ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ photos, which themselves would likely take place sometime late in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ season 2, but we expect to find the character resurfacing under Tony Stark [heh heh] at some point all the same.

We’ll learn more from Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ season 2 from Comic-Con 2014, But what do you think? What might bring Maria Hill back to Coulson’s team when the ABC drama premieres its second go this fall?

Evangeline Lilly Vague on 'Ant-Man' involvement

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With Comic-Con kicking off, actress Evangeline Lilly is in San Diego doing press for the upcoming conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy as well as her book, but seems to be adamant that she isn't there in any capacity for Marvel's Ant-Man.

As of now the cast for Ant-Man has not been officially confirmed outside of a few roles, with Lilly's rumored involvement not yet confirmed. So when she talked with SlashFilm, she was against any questions concerning the Peyton Reed-directed film.

"No, I can't. I don't know anything about those rumors," Lilly said. When the interviewer asked if with The Hobbit and her book, The Squickwonkers [wtf], there were anything else she was here for, Lilly answered, "I'm an actress, but I'm not stupid. I can't answer that question."

The interviewer also asked Lilly hypothetically if she could give a response on the departure of Edgar Wright from the project, which she answered with, "Well I read the news and have followed the storylines of what's been going on with Ant-Man. And I think that it's always a tragedy when somebody works for six years on a passion project and then for, you know, whatever reason ends up distancing themselves from the project," Lilly said.

"But I think that ultimately when there's a massive collaboration happening with artistic people or anything that isn't film work is really a piece of art at the end of the day. That everybody wants to serve the story. Everybody wants to serve the art. And whatever it takes to make the best film is what needs to happen."

Lilly can next be seen in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, in theaters on December 17, while Ant-Man hits theaters on July 17, 2015.

Thanos creator Jim Starlin: 'GotG' is Marvel's best movie yet


Jim Starlin, who was famously upset with Marvel after having not been invited to a pre-screening of Marvel's The Avengers or informed that they intended to use Thanos, a character he created, in the post-credits sequence for that film, is feeling pretty good about the Mad Titan's upcoming screen appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Posting the photo above to social media, Starlin gushed, "Just came from the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy. With all the hype I expected to be a bit disappointed. It just couldn't be as good as everyone was predicting. And they were wrong. It's even better than everyone said. It just might be Marvel's best movie yet."

Starlin is currently working on a number of projects featuring Thanos -- who is the big bad in the background of Guardians of the Galaxy and is widely expected to be the central antagonist in Avengers 3 -- for Marvel on the comics side.

For a month, you can read 15,000 Marvel comics online for $0.99

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Hardcore comics fans and casual nerds alike are currently making the pilgrimage to what is perhaps the biggest event in pop culture: San Diego Comic-Con. No matter if you’re an attendee or just drooling over the hundreds of announcements and sneak peeks that make it online, there’s no better time than now to brush up your comics know-how. And Marvel is making it very easy.

For the next week, Marvel has opened the gates to its digital comics archive and is offering a one-month subscription to its Marvel Unlimited program for just $0.99 using the promo code SDCC14. That means you’re getting access to roughly 15,000 digital comics for less than you’re paying for your morning coffee.

Of course, the price will revert to $9.99 a month ($69 a year) after the first month, but as Ryan Penagos, editorial director of Marvel’s Digital Media Group, told WIRED, “If you have a month, you can read a hell of a lot of comics.”

You can subscribe to Marvel Unlimited here.

'ASM 3' and 'Sinister Six' not canceled; Sony sets dates for both


Sony has moved the third installment of its "Amazing Spider-Man" film franchise from 2016 to 2018, as reported Wednesday by Deadline. But that doesn't mean 2016 will be without a Spidey film -- "Sinister Six" has been scheduled for Nov. 11 of that year.

The "Amazing Spider-Man 3" shift was not entirely unexpected, as rumors had surfaced in recent weeks that it may move, or get scrapped altogether after a disappointing reception to this year's sequel, and screenwriter Roberto Orci leaving the franchise. No release date in 2018 has yet been specified for the film, but Sony already had May 4, 2018 claimed for the fourth "Amazing Spider-Man."

"Sinister Six," slated to be written and directed by Drew Goddard, will star some of Spider-Man's most famous villains, and was originally expected to release after "Amazing Spider-Man 3." "Uncharted," based on the video game series, will move into the June 10, 2016 date that "Amazing Spider-Man 3" has vacated.

Marvel's newest Star Wars comic to focus on Princess Leia


According to Bleeding Cool, a Leia Organa-centric comic will join Marvel's Star Wars lineup. As if more Princess Leia is ever a bad thing.

Of course, Marvel announced the new relationship with Lucasfilm earlier this year, reacquiring the license to Star Wars likely due to both companies' relationship with Disney. Bleeding Cool says that this is an additional comic to the two monthly books that they've already heard about.

First we hear that Disney is making Princess Leia toys and now this. And with the recent spate of announcements from Marvel, it seems like they're committed to making sure they highlight characters that aren't white males. Plus, it just makes sense: Let's not front, Leia Organa could kick your ass.

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