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Actor, Reg E. Cathey from The Wire and House of Cards has been cast as mentor figure Dr. Franklin Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. The internet has been in a tizzy since Fox cast sibling Johnny and Sue Storm interracially (Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara respectively).

Since Dr. Franklin is their father, we can now safely assume that Sue is the adopted child.

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In an interview with the folks running Daredevil on Netflix, /Film uncovered this neat tidbit of information:

Daredevil fans might appreciate one trivia tidbit about why Rosario Dawson’s character on the show is Claire Temple, rather than Linda Carter, aka Night Nurse. The simple reason is that we might see Night Nurse in a Marvel movie! “The feature side had plans for her down the road so that was the only time we ran into a conflict,” DeKnight said. “So we just used another name.”
With Marvel's slate of movies between now and 2019 already announced, it's not hard to figure out which upcoming Marvel hero she'd most likely be hanging out with, btw... it's Doctor Strange.



And since we know Rachel McAdams is in talks for the female lead, we can only cross our fingers and hope for the best!


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Russian, metal-skinned X-Men alum, Colossus is coming to 2016's Deadpool. Along with fellow mutant Angel Dust (Gina Carano), Colossus will tie the movie to Fox's over-arcing X-Men franchise. Unfortunately, the man who's played the role since X2 (2003) will not be coming along.

Daniel Cudmore has confirmed via Twitter, that he will be stepping down from the role. Even though he starred in three movies, Cudmore never really got a chance to explore the character. Here's hoping they give Colossus more screen time in the future.

Who do you think should play Colossus? 

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Last week, it was all but confirmed that Michael B. Jordan would be joining the cast for The Fantastic Four reboot as The Human Torch. Now, he's been talking to Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel, to cross the comic divide and join the DC universe as a 'recurring character' beginning with 2016's Man of Steel 2/Batman vs Superman.

This casting choice is a rumor at best, but the knowledge that Snyder is casting yet another recurring role has perked up some ears, and speculation is flying. Since Jordan is black, most are assuming that he'd be in talks for John Stewart's turn as Green Lantern, or the mechanized hero Cyborg. But this is the modern era, where actors of color are beginning to up for any superhero role, so younger roles, like Robin or The Flash could fit the bill as well. I guess we'll just have to wait until 2016.

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Despite all the great news Fox has had about it's X-Men: Apocalypse casting in the past couple months, the franchise is taking a serious blow. Superstar, Jennifer Lawrence has confirmed she will be leaving the series after 2016's trilogy finale. Fox hit the jackpot, bringing her on as the shapeshifting Mystique for X-Men: First Class just before she hit super-stardom in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, but now the actress is moving on.

Apocalypse is the third installment in the young X-Men storyline. Lead by Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult, it will act as a transitional piece as Fox ramps up the franchise to compete with Marvel's Avenger's universe. With a planned Deadpool, Gambit, and another Wolverine spin-off all in the works, Fox is hoping to make an X-Men extended universe that can hold it's own against the Marvel and DC behemoths.

Lawrence's exit is probably best for both parties, allowing the Oscar-winner to pursue different fare, while simultaneously allowing Fox to explore other characters in the X-Men catalogue. Let's just hope the X-Men franchise can survive without her strength in the box office.

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Star of The Road and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Kodi Smit-McPhee is joining the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse as German teleporter, and iconic team member, Nightcrawler. He's joining Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) as young actors to take on established X-Men characters.

Nightcrawler was aptly played by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United (2003). Of course, X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the 1980's, as Charles Xavier is re-opening his school for gifted youngsters.

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The rumor mill can officially shut down production. Chris Pine is NOT playing Hal Jordan's Green Lantern in the DC universe. Instead, the Star Trek actor has signed on to a different DC franchise, Wonder Woman. Pine will be playing Steve Trevor, soldier and love interest to Wonder Woman's secret identity, Diana Prince. 



Hopefully they can stay on good terms. We'd hate to see such a good looking couple fell apart.

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CBS has found theirSupergirl. Reports incdicate that Glee star Melissa Benoist, will take the role of Kara-Zor-El, Superman's cousin who also escaped the death of Krypton and found her way to Earth.

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she's been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
With their sister network, The CW's, success with Arrow and The Flash, it looks like CBS wants a piece of the DC pie. Let's just hope it pans out better than Constantine.

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Ant-Man may be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, but we've got another classic Marvel hero on deck eyeballing his own spot on The Avengers. Doctor Strange, The Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch), is getting his own movie late in 2016, and Tilda Swinton is coming along for the ride.

We've known for a while that she was in talks to play The Ancient One, mystical mentor to Strange and his nemesis, Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Now, in an interview with ScreenCrush, she's confirmed the casting.

"I’m a Marvel fan and I think this particular world that Doctor Strange goes into is really, really, really exciting. I’m really interested as both an actor and a fan to see what’s done in this particular world. It’s all about creativity. It’s not about everything exploding at the end. It’s about something very different. The idea of playing The Ancient One is really just too tickling. I can’t say no to that!"


Casting Tilda Swinton for The Ancient One is a pretty radical choice. Traditionally, the mystic has been portrayed as an older, Asian man which Swinton is not.

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Former Goonie and star of Jonah Hex, Josh Brolin has all but been confirmed as the voice of penultimate Avenger's villain Thanos. Audiences briefly saw Thanos at the end of The Avengers, but you'll get a better look at him in August's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thanos, will race the Avengers and the Guardians for control over the Five Infinity Gems which make the wielder omnipotent. So far, the only Infinity Gems we know about are the Tesseract from Avengers 1, and The Aether from Thor 2.

Get ready for at least three more MacGuffins.

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Hugh Jackman's final performance as mutant bad-ass Logan is coming in the third Wolverine solo film, but it looks like he'll be getting a hand from another X-Men cast member, Sir Patrick Stewart.

“There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me.”


The movie is reportedly exploring the Old-Man Logan storyline that's been popular in the comic books lately. Sir Patrick also seems to confirm that news.

“The idea of an old Wolverine – I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great! So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better if that’s the case.”



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There are reports saying that Joaquin Phoenix of The Gladiator, and going crazy on David Letterman fame "has had discussions" with Marvel and director, Scott Derrickson about playing Doctor Strange in The Marvel MCU. Hopefully we'll find out more at Comic-Con during Marvel's panel tomorrow.

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The cast for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse keeps getting bigger and bigger. Rounding out today's news is Ben Hardy, veterancast member of the long running British soap EastEnders getting the role of Warren Worthington III, more famously known as Angel.

Angel joining the cast comes as no shock to fans. He's a pretty integral part of of the Apocalypse storyline, and Bryan Singer released this concept art last week.



Though that does mean we'll have 4/5 of the original X-Men team.

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Marisa Tomei is Marvel's First Choice For Aunt May, How Does She Stack Up to Her Predecessors


Another incarnation of Spider-Man is coming in 2017, and Marvel is sharing the creative control alongside Sony. With Tom Holland playing the youngest version of Peter Parker to date, this new Spidey will more than likely remain in High School for a while.

So, it's no surprise that Marvel is looking for a different kind of Aunt May. Variety is reporting that Marisa Tomei is the first choice, but is she too young? Let's do the math:

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You may remember a couple weeks ago when Jon Bernthal was officially announced as The Punisher for Netflix's Daredevil, season 2. Well now another classic Marvel hero, Elektra appears to be joining the crew in Hell's Kitchen as well.

Played by Élodie Yung, Elektra is a trained assassin and former college girlfriend of Matt Murdock. She's also a long running romantic interest for the blind vigilante.



The Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix is getting bigger and bigger.