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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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Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) will take on Benedict Cumberbatch in a sorcerer's duel next November in Marvel's next comic to movie property, Doctor Strange. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) is a former surgeon, who after a serious injury to his hands, discovers a secret world of arcane arts and demons. Ejiofor will play Baron Mordo, his rival and former student of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who seeks power over all else.

Much like last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, Strange will open up Marvel's movie universe to a new realm. While Guardians showed audiences the galactic side to Marvel, Strange will introduce the magical/supernatural aspects. Hopefully, there's room for Blade or Ghost Rider in the near future.

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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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Over the weekend, Fast and Furious' Tyrese Gibson started posting a series of pictures on Instagram. While the Green Lantern solo film isn't out until 2020, John Stewart could make an appearance in any of the DC Movies over the next 5 years.

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Everyone's favorite space "lady of the night" from the oft-lamented Firefly, Morena Baccarin has landed the female lead in next years Deadpool. No word yet as to who she'll be playing, but rumors have it, she'll be Vanessa Carlyle (aka Copycat).


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Move over Equestria Girls - Friendship Games, we got a real My Little Pony movie on the way. Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up to bring the Friendship is Magic team to the big screen in 2017. And since everyone loved Idina Menzel as Elsa, why not nab another Wicked alumnus:

"We are pleased to partner with Hasbro to bring their brands to audiences in new and exciting ways... Meghan McCarthy and the My Little Pony cast are a very talented and cohesive team whom we’re happy to be working with and we’re excited about the addition of the very talented Kristin Chenoweth, as we explore new aspects of these characters and new story opportunities for the franchise." - Erik Feig, Lionsgate Co-President
You know it's going to be a musical when you got Kristin Chenoweth.

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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 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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But we do get to here about the time Malkovich was rumored to play Voldemort.

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Remember last month when the rumor mill thought Chris Pine would be playing Steve Trevor in an upcoming Wonder Woman movie? Well, that may be a smoke screen to hide an even bigger announcement: Pine is the Green Lantern, Hal Jordan.

The full rumor is even crazier. Apparently, the Green Lantern Corps, which acts as an intergalactic police force, will be active on Earth when the first Justice League movie is released in 2017, and two Green Lanterns will be joining Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in their fight. That's right, both classic Lanterns, Hal Jordan and John Stewart, will be active simultaneously in DC's movie universe.

The question remains, who will play John Stewart?

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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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According to the newest rumors, it looks like Tom Hardy is too busy to play Rick Flagg in DC's super-villain team-up, Suicide Squad.

The reports also suggest that director, David Ayer his courting his End of Watch star, Jake Gyllenhaal, to take over the role. He may not have been nominated for Nightcrawler, but we think he can play an unstable leader of a covert team of convicted felons.