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The Hulk & Other Marvel Properties Heading To TV

It seems that Marvel is heading back to the small screen in a big way. Firstly, it was announced that under the Disney tent-poll with ABC, Marvel is developing a new television series for its signature moody gamma-infused giant in The Hulk. It will be the character's (and Marvel's) first foray into serial television (not counting TV movies) since the iconic 1978-1982 series featuring the late Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. However, they're not stopping there. New Marvel Studios TV division head Jeph Loeb, who has producer credits on staples such as Smallville, Heroes, and Lost, is looking towards a number of ideas for TV projects such as another live-action shot with The Punisher, and, in somewhat of a surprise, the cult favorite Cloak and Dagger. Could this be the beginning of a new initiative by the Marvel/Disney juggernaut to conquer media both at the theaters AND in your home?

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Official: The New Spider-Man Villain Is Rhys Ifans

It seems that Sony Pictures decided to start the week off with a bang. Hot off the heels of Emma Stone's confirmation to play love interest Gwen Stacy, it's been announced that the Spider-Man reboot now has a villain to call its own in actor Rhys Ifans. While the name may not have exactly reached household status, chances are, you've seen his work. With a breakthrough role as the slobbery and eccentric housemate in the Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts romcom Notting Hill, he's had quite a healthy and diverse amount of films on his resume, including an upcoming turn as Xenophilius Lovegood, "hippie wizard" father of Luna in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Of course, the catch to the big announcement, is that we still have no idea what villain he will play in the upcoming Marc Webb-directed reboot. He will be the third official addition to the primary cast alongside Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy.

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Rumor: Adrien Brody To Play Ant-Man?

A few months back, actor Adrien Brody emerged in the rumor column as a possible candidate to star in director Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel property Ant-Man. Yet, nothing was even close to confirmed about the validity of that news, not even to Brody himself. In fact, the folks over at Screenrant had a chance to ask him about that during an appearance at the New York Comic Con over the weekend. Apparently, his own reps have kept him in the dark about his prospects for the role. However, he wasn't ruling it out and even seemed to embrace the idea of playing the Avengers' size-fluctuating co-founder. While a good portion of fans will be quick to point out their desire to see Nathan Fillion return to the Joss Whedon fold in The Avengers, possibly leading to the Ant-Man solo film, that won't be happening due to his commitment to his TV series Castle. Besides, given his recent turn to the action genre in Predators, the Oscar-winner Brody just might be the man Marvel has in mind to give the somewhat obscure (or under-appreciated) character's solo film some pull.

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Fresh Ink Online: Indie Comics with Jonah Ray »



Comedian Jonah Ray gives you an overview of the indie comic scene from Comic-Con, chatting with the likes of Oni Press, Drawn and Quarterly, Top Shelf, Phantagraphics, Image Comics writer Gerry Duggan, and cartoonist Jeffrey Brown. Regular host Fresh Ink Online Blair Butler will be back soon, kids, so until then…enjoy!

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Activision, Marvel Announce X-Men: Destiny

Activision and Marvel announced today a new superhero game entitled X-Men: Destiny is currently in development over at Too Human studio Silicon Knights, and is scheduled for release sometime in fall 2011.

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Scandal! The Emma Stone Will Play Gwen Stacy NOT MJ!

When a press release issued by Sony and Columbia Pictures made official what we already knew, that Emma Stone had been cast as Spider-Man's primary love interest in Marc Webb's upcoming reboot film, it seemed to be just a formality. Then, as if to pimp slap the Internet in the face, came the follow-up news that she would be playing not Mary Jane Watson as speculation and common sense would indicate, but rather, was set for the role of the famously martyred beauty Gwen Stacy. While previous reports indicated that Mary Jane would not be in the film at all, when Stone's name came into the mix looking like a lock, the assumption was that the report was simply wrong. Well, the joke was on us. As of now, with all signs pointing to two potential love interests in the film, we're still probably waiting for a second love interest to be cast. This girl will likely be in the film only for establishment purposes, taking a backseat until Gwen...well, is "out of the picture." So, what were they thinking when the biggest dead-ringer for Mary Jane ends up as Gwen? Well, find out what they had to say.

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The Captain America Candidates: A Quick Rundown

While the existence of the game was mentioned in a financial conference call way back in November 2009, (with an as-yet unknown Thor game) we finally have some details on Captain America: Super Soldier, the video game that will be coming out in conjunction with the Captain America movie.

The game is a third person, action-adventure game set in World War II in which players take on the role of the Cap't while he fights his arch-enemy Red Skull and his army of bad guys. You will be tasked with infiltrating Hydra’s castle and battling "the infamous Iron Cross, the forces of Hydra, and a host of nefarious enemies serving the Red Skull."

According to the announcement, Captain America: Super Soldier combines a "highly athletic combat system" with "fluid platforming and a highly tuned suite of shield attacks." The Captain's shield can be employed in numerous ways: taking out multiple enemies at once, deflecting incoming fire back at enemies, solving puzzles, and scaling walls.

It's hard to truly judge from a press release, but it sounds like it could turn out to be a God of War influenced game with a Captain America vibe... not bad at all.

The movie and the game will be coming out in July 2011 for DS, PSP, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

What Can Zack Snyder Bring As Director Of Superman?

It's a joyous day in Sparta. Having been selected for the coveted job of directing the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel, Zack Snyder will get to add the most iconic comic book character in history to his film resume. Creating a dream team of sorts, he will be joined by The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan, who will oversee the film as a producer. However, as he finishes his work on next year's Suckerpunch (which wowed audiences at Comic-Con,) he'll have no time to rest on his laurels. With this picture fast-tracked for a number of reasons, one of which is to maintain an expiring copyright on the Superman IP, Snyder won't have much time to lay out a game plan. The film absolutely MUST be in production by 2011 and set to hit theaters by its projected December 2012 release date. So, what can Zack Snyder bring to this hardly new property in this short time?

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Over the weekend, we learned that the one and only Wonder Woman would be spinning her way back to live-action television for the first time since Lynda Carter's version made her a cultural trademark. (Paradoxically, as a feminist icon and an objectified sex symbol.) With big-name producer David E. Kelly (The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal) on board for the revival, it seems likely that the show will have a campy, irreverent undertone -- and will probably involve a law firm with kooky characters. Kidding aside, while certainly no one is in a position to review the show before it even...exists, the vehicle does raise questions about exactly where the Wonder Woman character is heading. With a recent attempt to reinvent her costume, with a retconned "edgier" comic origin, it seems that different forces are pulling Princess Diana of Themyscira in different directions. Will "Ally McAmazon" help or hurt the issue?

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Spider-Man Reboot: Emma Stone Offered Role Of Mary Jane

It seems that the previous rumors about Sony's pursuit of buzz-laden actress Emma Stone have been proven true. According to Deadline, the coveted role of Spidey's most famous significant other Mary Jane Watson*(See updated info below,) played in the last series of films by Kirsten Dunst, will be "imminently" offered to Stone. Known from acclaimed projects like Superbad, Zombieland, and the current low-key hit Easy A, the landing of this part, in addition to a rumored lead in the 21 Jump Street reboot film, will seemingly set her stock to rise dramatically. However, unlike her predecessor MJ, reports indicate that she won't have the amorous affections of the new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield all to herself, as the casting process is still in motion to fill the role of other iconic Spidey love interest Gwen Stacy. So, what kind of Spidey movie is this anyway?

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Hall H Of Horror: The Comic-Con Attack

In spite of rumors to the contrary that circulated at this year's show, the annual Comic-Con entertainment convention will continue to be held in San Diego for at least the next five years. Comic-Con officials announced Thursday that San Diego had beat out Los Angeles and Anaheim as home to the convention through at least 2015.

"San Diego has been home to Comic-Con for over 40 years and it's an honor to continue hosting this important event, which is now so much a part of the fabric of our community," Mayor Jerry Sanders said.

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Magneto Origin Film Moving Forward?

Judging by the barrage of set snapshots that recently popped up on the web (which Fox are promptly having taken down,) X-Men: First Class is clearly up and running. Yet, there still remains a lingering question about this new entry in the X-Men film franchise which is primarily set in the swinging 60's: Is it a prequel or reboot? For a time, it seemed like the casting of January Jones as Emma Frost (played by younger actress Tahyna Tozzi in X-Men Origins: Wolverine at a point supposedly later in time,) was the official stamp indicating First Class' reboot status. Well, the latest news tidbit has certainly raised that question once again. According to a report from BleedingCool, director Matthew Vaughn has pulled-off what is allegedly a shot-for-shot remake of the opening scene of Bryan Singer's first X-Men film. -- At least, "up to a point." So, what's going on here?

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Fresh Ink Online: G.I. Joe, Powers, Secret Warriors »




It’s a veritable cornucopia of comic goodness son this week’s Fresh Ink Online as host Blair Butler rockets through a slew of floppies, including Mademoiselle Marie, Pilot Season: @sset, Powers, Wonder Woman, and Secret Warriors. Plus, there are not one, but two rad new issues of G.I. Joe, Cobra and Hearts and Minds. Which one will you choose? Hey, who says you can only choose one. Go buy comics. And watch. Thank you.

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Preacher Movie Eyes Aronofsky...At The Expense Of Superman?

For a guy that claims that he never really was "a comic book kid," director Darren Aronofsky may have just been given a choice that any fan would love to be in the position to make. You see, having been recently named a possible candidate take the director's chair of the upcoming reboot Superman: Man of Steel (a rumor that Aronofsky has not exactly denied when asked,) it seems that a second choice may be lining up for him with the long-discussed movie adaptation of DC-Vertigo title Preacher. As an unidentified source tells Newsarama, Columbia Pictures is seeking Aronofsky, a director now riding a wave of buzz from The Wrestler and the upcoming "dark side of ballet" drama Black Swan. However, with Superman on the fast track by Warner/DC, it's looking increasingly likely that he will have to chose between the projects. On top of that, his name has also been in the mix to direct the sequel to Wolverine! What's a director to do?!

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Confirmed: Christopher Nolan WILL Return To Direct Batman 3

Some good news has hit for fans longing for a return of their favorite gruffly-voiced Caped Crusader. In an interview with Empire, director Christopher Nolan has officially confirmed that he will return for his third outing at the helm of the Batman series. While this may seem like expected, somewhat procedural news, Nolan's commitment to the upcoming project has actually been somewhat ambivalent over the past few years. Giving no clear indications about his plans, speculation was starting to mount that, not unlike past Bat-directors Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, he was ready to jump ship from the franchise after just two outings. (Although with Schumacher, it was probably under threat of violent fan insurrection with torches and pitchforks.) For all the phenomenal success of The Dark Knight in 2008, talk of its follow-up has since been restricted to loose rumors, tabloid concoctions, and vague language. Now, for the first time -- maybe ever, we have a substantive commitment on the creative end for this film.

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