Sokovia Accords Included In Phase 2 Boxset

The Sokovia Accords, first glimpsed in the Captain America: Civil War trailer, will be the government document that kicks off the fight between our heroes in next year’s release. Based on the chaotic events in Sokovia depicted during Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the Accords will be the world’s response to all the destruction that follows our protagonists and the fantastic power they wield. Comic Book Resources got their hands on Marvel’s Phase 2 Collection and after unboxing it, discovered the documents inclusion in the package.

As you can see from the above image, it’s a fairly straightforward contract essentially tying signees Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, James Rhodes aka War Machine/Iron Patriot, Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Anthony Stark aka Iron Man, Vision and Sam Wilson aka Falcon to a UN council and stating that upon signing, they can only act when officially sanctioned to do so. The loss of their autonomy / gaining of government oversight is the line that ultimately divides Rogers and Stark along with their teammates and ignites the eponymous civil war. The most interesting aspect, however, may be that Vision is mentioned. It seems that the governments of the world have been rather progressive about viewing the newly created AI as a person.

Captain America: Civil War will release May 6th, 2016.

Source: Comic Book Resources

Ant-Man Beats First Thor And Cap Films Worldwide

Much like Guardians Of The Galaxy before it, Marvel’s Ant-Man was viewed as a risk for the studio. And while it didn’t hit the acclaim or ticket sales of its predecessor, Paul Rudd’s titular hero has managed to far exceed expectations at home and abroad.

As you can see from the tweet above, Ant-Man has now hit $180 million in North America, putting it between the first Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger for domestic sales, but with a worldwide haul of $518 million it has topped both films internationally. Now that the characters have been established, we can expect even higher numbers for the sequel that was recently announced, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Ant-Man will be released on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital December 8th, and can next be seen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before going on to co-headline Ant-Man & the Wasp in 2018.

Source: ERC on Twitter

Eka Darville Discusses His Role As Malcolm On Jessica Jones

While Krysten Ritter and David Tennant have received heaps of praise for their portrayals of Jessica and Kilgrave respectively on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Eka Darville is due a fair amount himself for his turn as Jessica’s neighbor Malcolm. In the show, he’s asked to play two vastly different versions of the same person and that progression is one of the most fascinating arcs in the series. Darville recently sat down with Interview Magazine to discuss his role in Marvel and Netflix’s latest show.

“It was a real surprise when I watched the first two episodes. You’re only there for such short pockets of time, and I know what I’m doing, but I don’t know what Carrie-Anne Moss is doing because I’m not working with her that much. I’m a musician, so the sound design is 60-percent of a film for me. Then there are those intimate moments that Krysten Ritter has with the audience where she really let’s them into her vulnerability.”

Darville then touched on what the audition process was like and how little he knew going in.

“The only thing that clued me into the fact that this might be important was that the audition sides had Netflix and Marvel on as the two producing houses. Other than that, it was a couple of lines and these weird, obscure scenes with some dude eating peanut butter. I was just like, “Okay, whatever. I’m just going to have fun with this.” It was a series regular role, so I knew that much, but from the initial sides that they sent through it was a total surprise. I think it was my second callback, they gave me all new scenes that they had just written for it and all of sudden the character had some meat to him. Before that it was flying blind.”

Finally, he talked about preparing for the role of a drug addict.

“Malcolm suffers from drug addiction. Part of the prep for a character who’s going through that kind of experience with drugs, and in particular heroin, is understanding the psychology behind that addiction and how it plays out in people’s lives. I did a lot of research. I watched every dude on YouTube filming themselves going through detox. It’s a weird and dark little corner of the internet, and I spent a lot of time going there. The most interesting part is the bargaining and the denial, and just the degree of self-talk and psychosis that goes into convincing those people around you that you’re fine. There’s very definitive behavioral things that come along with that.”

All 13 episodes of Jessica Jones are now streaming on Netflix.

Source: Interview

Agent Carter Producer Poses With Season 2 Cast

Louis D’Esposito is a busy man. Aside from directing the series premier of Agent Carter along with the Agent Carter and Item 47 One Shots, he’s served as an executive producer for not only the series, but every MCU film to date. Whether he’ll be directing any episodes of Peggy’s sophomore adventures, we don’t yet know, but he’ll most certainly be producing. Case in point, he recently tweeted out a picture of himself on set with a number of the male leads.

While Peggy Carter herself (Hayley Atwell) isn’t present, we do see new addition Reggie Austin who will be playing “Jason Wilkes, a quirky yet charismatic scientist who instantly charms Peggy,” according to the Marvel press release. To his left, we’ve got Peggy’s old workplace nemesis and new boss, Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), D’Espositio himself, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), and Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy). As production and filming continues, we’re sure to see more looks at season 2 in the weeks to come.

Agent Carter returns to ABC on January 19th, 2016.

Source: Louis D’Esposito on Twitter.

Andy Park Reveals More Yellowjacket Concept Art

Last week, artist Andy Park gave us an early design for Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) from Marvel’s Ant-Man, and like his near-constant stream of concept art for the titular hero, he’s continuing the trend by offering us some more takes on the villain.

It’s quite a departure from the final design created by Jackson Sze, but it keeps a lot of the elements we ended up seeing on screen like the yellow highlights and the weaponized appendages attached to the back. Keeping the appendages intact but shifting almost every other aspect of the look is this alternate concept.

Abandoning the yellow highlights for blue, this version is almost the War Machine to the film’s final Yellowjacket. It has an overall more militaristic look and could almost pass for a futuristic law enforcement officer. As the home video release of Ant-Man approaches, we’re likely to continue getting these glimpses into the early designs of Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, and the Wasp so stay tuned.

Ant-Man will be released on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital December 8th, and can next be seen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before going on to co-headline Ant-Man & the Wasp in 2018.

Source: Andy Park’s Twitter.

Constance Zimmer Ships “Coulsalind”

If you haven’t watched this week’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., stop reading now because what follows is a hefty spoiler. While the final moments of “Closure” left fans anxious for next week’s mid-season finale, arguably the most shocking moment was at the very top before the title card even appeared. Ward (Brett Dalton) achieved a large piece of his titular closure by sniping Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) while she sat down to a romantic fast food dinner with Coulson (Clark Gregg). It was a shocking, brutal twist that left those of us who loved the blossoming relationship between the two characters reeling. It seems we fans weren’t the only ones shipping “Coulsalind” as Zimmer herself tweeted out the following photo.

Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Zimmer or Price on the show. Whether she returns via flashback, LMD, or T.A.H.I.T.I., I think we’d all be happy to see “Coulsalind” get a few more moments in the sun.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC next week with the midseason finale, “Maveth.”

Source: Constance Zimmer on Twitter.

Peter Shinkoda Talks Playing Nobu On Daredevil

Peter Shinkoda, who played the stoic Nobu in season one of Daredevil, recently spoke with Science Fiction at length to discuss
his role in the series as it developed from member of Kingpin’s cabal, to the man (and ninja) who nearly killed Matt Murdock. He touched on part of what drew him to the role: his lifelong love of comics.

” I was quite immersed in pop culture, specifically movies and comic books and I was absolutely a Marvel fanatic. Spider-Man was my favorite superhero and then it was Daredevil. Now that I’ve appeared on ‘Daredevil’, I thought about why I chose those. Spider-Man was obvious because he was funny and witty, but Daredevil had The Hand presence there. Subconsciously I gravitated to that. I noticed in my collection of comics that I accumulated from when I was a kid that I had Godzilla in there, I had lots of ‘Master of Kung Fu’, I had ‘Shogun Warriors’, and I had a lot of ‘Daredevil’ in there. Anything with Asian content in it, I had it.”

He then spoke quite a bit about the aforementioned fight between him and Daredevil that nearly finished the hero of Hell’s Kitchen.

“When I read it, it read really well because of the way it was staggered throughout the episode. I thought it was brilliantly written, so I was very excited to go there. I’m gonna give away some movie magic here. One of the days there was me and three other guys dressed as ninjas. These three specialists were brought in. I would do as much as I can like all the dialogue when we’re circling and a bunch of the hand stuff with a couple of kicks, but they brought in three other guys to do certain things. One guy was a tricker, the kind of guy who could do tricks and tumbles and stuff. This guy’s like a monkey jumping around and doing flips off walls and tables. Then there was a couple of big arial [sic] kicks launched off tables or pillars. The stunt coordinator Phil Silvera did those. And finally there was a third stuntman that burned up. They flew him in from LA. He actually holds the record for the longest full body burn. It was incredible to watch.”

There’s a lot more over at the site so hit the link and go check it out.

Season One of Daredevil is currently streaming on Netflix and Season Two is filming now for a 2016 release.

Source: Science Fiction

David Tennant Takes Center-Stage In New Jessica Jones Promo

As praise continues to stream in for Marvel and Netflix’s latest collaboration, Jessica Jones, the promotion machine continues to spread the word to those who haven’t binged the entire series yet. The latest promo focuses on David Tennant‘s terrifying and abusive villain Kilgrave and his literal ability to get into your head.

All 13 episodes of Jessica Jones are currently streaming on Netflix.

Source: Jessica Jones on Twitter.

Tom Holland Learned His Spider-Man Moves From Billy Elliot

While Tom Holland‘s acting skills were ultimately what convinced Marvel to make him the MCU’s Peter Parker, execs and fans were equally impressed by the young actor’s gymnastic abilities as well. Where did he acquire these Spidey-like moves? While speaking with Collider about his new film In The Heart Of The Sea (co-starring Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth) he discussed his previous turn as the lead in Billy Elliot on stage in London and how it prepared him to crawl walls in NYC.

“I used to be in a show in London called Billy Elliot, so I was one of the young kids in that, and that’s just one of the skills I learned from there really. And I’ve just sort of continued on with it and tried to excel, and it’s gonna help me a lot I think when we come to shooting Spider-Man.”

He then spoke a bit about what he did (or rather didn’t) know about the comic book version of his character and what he looked forward to in his new role.

“There’s lots of things I didn’t know about him. I mean, there’s so many different versions of his story, and my favorite of which at the moment is the Ultimate Spider-Man. And the one thing I’m really excited about is that he’s not a superhero that’s on his own, you know? He has connections with some of the most powerful people in this Marvel Universe so I’m quite excited to explore that and see if Marvel will go down that route, you know? Which I’m sure they will. I mean, if they’ve got all these incredible characters at hand, I mean, why not use them, you know?”

Holland will appear as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in next year’s Captain America: Civil War releasing May 6th, 2016 before headlining an as yet untitled solo film co-produced by Sony on July 28th, 2017.

Source: Collider

Ant-Man Stunt Coordinator On Zero G Fight Scenes

This past week, Nuke The Fridge spoke with Trevor Habberstad, the stunt coordinator on Marvel’s Ant-Man about the unique challenges of crafting action scenes for the MCU’s smallest hero, played by Paul Rudd. Habberstad spoke about the star’s willingness to try any stunts he and the team felt comfortable with him doing.

“Anything he could do, he was aimed to do. He wanted to and he had a great stunt double. Paul was really smart about it, he was really passionate about it and wanted it to look as good as possible, so he would train really hard to do certain stunts and he would be great but he also knew where his strengths and weaknesses were and if he didn’t think that he was going to be the absolute best and give the best performance for a certain piece of action, he would say ‘No, no…I need the stunt double to do it because he’s going to make it look a lot better.’”

He then discussed what he felt was the hardest stunt in film, the penultimate fight between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) in the helicopter/falling briefcase.

“It’s a zero gravity environment. So we had to design a fight in zero gravity inside of a confined space. So we ended up shooting it motion capture, inside of an indoor skydiving facility. We hired pro indoor skydivers, in specialized jumpsuits with tracking dots all over them. We put a bunch of cameras outside of the glass and had to challenge them to look like they weren’t flying or falling but like they were floating in zero gravity, and then making the fight moves look cool and not just like they were floating in space trying to swing at each other.”

Head over to Nuke The Fridge to read the full interview, including some tidbits about working on Ant-Man and the Wasp next year and Habberstad’s father, an industry vet, who is currently directing the second unit of Doctor Strange.

Ant-Man will be released on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital December 8th.

Source: Nuke The Fridge

Civil War Trailer Breaks World Record

So proclaims the Marvel press release regarding the trailer for Captain America: Civil War. But there’s a slight caveat, while garnering 61 million views in 24 hours certainly beats the previous Marvel trailer record of 34 mil views for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it’s not the overall record breaker. That would be the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had 112 mil views in 24 hours in October. However, the carefully worded release says the accomplishment is for a “debut” trailer which is the case as the first Force Awakens trailer only received 55 mil in its first day. Still nothing to scoff at. The film is on track to become Marvel’s biggest release yet.

Captain America: Civil War debuts on May 6th, 2016.

Source: Marvel

Jessica Jones Writer Shares BTS Photos

When watching the final product, it’s easy to forget how much goes into making a TV show. As an audience, we only see what the directors and producers want us to, but there’s a lot more going on in the periphery. Scott Reynolds, one of the writers on Jessica Jones, recently shared a few behind-the-scenes shots from the set of the show revealing just how much is happening around the actors as they perform.

All 13 episodes of Jessica Jones are now streaming on Netflix.

Source: Scott Reynolds on Twitter

Chris Hemsworth Pays Off Parents’ Debt

It looks like Thor star Chris Hemsworth is a real life hero. While speaking with The Independent about Mockingjay: Part Two, Chris’s brother Liam Hemsworth told of how his brother used his newfound wealth to help pay off his parents’ debt.

“He [his father] called my brother Chris back and said: ‘I don’t know how to feel. Since I left home I have had debts and I thought I’d be paying them off until I died and have this weight hanging over me, and now to have them completely cleared,’” Liam recalled to The Independent. “They are so happy now and able to spend more time with us, I would love to be able to do something for my parents like that.”

Would that we all were international movie stars headlining mega-franchises and could grant our folks the same kindness.

Thor will return in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok which just gained a writer.


Vulture Makes MCU Romcom Trailer

As part of their video mashup series, Vulture (the pop culture arm of New York Magazine) recently debuted their latest edit called How To Avenge A Guy In 10 Days, which takes some of the lighter and more romantic moments from across the MCU and shows what a Marvel romantic comedy might look like.

Source: New York Magazine on YouTube

Fan Art Of Wil Traval As Nuke

One of the many surprises of the first season of Jessica Jones was the transformation of Will Simpson (Wil Traval) from a police officer initially being mind-controlled by Kilgrave, to a reworked version of the comic character Frank Simpson aka Nuke. In the comics, Simpson is a pill-popping, deranged supersoldier who’s fanatical dedication to the USA’s more hawkish tendencies leads him to tattoo the American flag on his face and dole out his psychotic version of justice on whoever he sees fit. While we saw Traval go a long way towards becoming his comic counterpart, his open fate at the end of the season means we could easily see him again in the MCU. decided not to wait that long and commissioned Boss Logic to design a version of Traval as Nuke.

It would certainly be a departure from the tone established in Jessica Jones but this version of the character wouldn’t be out of place in a future season of Daredevil or a Captain America movie.

Season One of Jessica Jones is now streaming on Netflix.


Clark Gregg Does Commentary For His One Shot

It’s been awhile since Marvel released one of their acclaimed One Shots, shorts showcasing various corners of the MCU attached to the Blu-ray/DVD releases of various films. Back before Clark Gregg headlined his own ABC series, he showed off his skills as Agent Coulson in the One Shot A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer detailing his trip to New Mexico seen at the end of Iron Man 2. As part of the release of the Phase 2 boxset, Marvel has uploaded a clip of Gregg doing commentary for the short as part of the special features for the collection. Check it out below.

Marvel’s Phase 2 Collection will be available on December 8th.

Source: Marvel Entertainment on YouTube

Black Panther And Captain America Clash In The Latest Promo Art

Finally, we’ve got some leaked promo art for Captain America: Civil War courtesy of Comic Book Movie. It features a clash between Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Cap (Chris Evans).

It looks like the Panther’s vibranium claws can actually leave a mark on Cap’s shield, which is a blend of vibranium and other metals. Whether this plays out on screen or not, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Captain America: Civil War premiers on May 6th, 2016.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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