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COMIC REEL: Vaughn Talks Recasting Wolverine; Guggenheim Addresses Green Lantern Rumor

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COMIC REEL: Vaughn Talks Recasting Wolverine; Guggenheim Addresses Green Lantern Rumor

ANT-MAN

Toy Fair, which was held this past weekend in New York City, saw the reveal of a number of new “Ant-Man” action figures. The LEGO “Ant-Man” line will include minifigures of two different Ant-Men — Scott Lang and Hank Pym — as well as Yellowjacket.

ARROW

After rumors emerged that John Diggle might suit up as Green Lantern, MTV allowed executive producer Marc Guggenheim to set the record straight. According to the EP, John Diggle won’t be changing into John Stewart.

“It’s funny, I’ve spoken to David [Ramsay] quite a bit about this issue, I know it keeps coming up,” said Guggenheim. “I spoke to [writer] Geoff Johns at DC after that interview went viral. Basically, John Diggle is now a character in the comics… John Diggle is John Diggle. We’re not being coy and saying John Diggle is someone else, i.e. John Stewart. DC has other plans for that character. We love David, and we love the character of John Diggle that he’s created. We have really cool plans for him… they involve a wedding ring, but they don’t involve a power ring.”

Guggenheim addressed another issue on his Tumblr over the weekend, revealing that the Huntress will not appear in season 3. “We’d been discussing an episode that would return Helena Bertinelli to ‘Arrow’ for Season 3, but it didn’t come together for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with Jessica [De Gouw] or her willingness to return,” wrote Guggenheim. “As most of you know, despite doing 23 episodes a season — god help me — we still somehow manage to run out of room to tell certain stories (e.g., Felicity’s parents). Unfortunately, Helena’s episode in Season 3 was one of those casualties of our lack of real estate. We value Jessica and the character she created too much to waste both of them on a story we can’t give proper attention to.” Guggenheim added that Huntress would make a canonical appearance in an issue of the “Arrow Season 2.5” #13 comic book.

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

New toys for Scarlet Witch and Vision were unveiled during this year’s Toy Fair event. MTV has pics of a few of the newly revealed figures, starting with Hasbro’s offerings.

THE FLASH

The CW has released a clip from this week’s “Flash” episode, titled “Fallout,” that features Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein at odds.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

While “Fifty Shads of Grey” may be making headlines for it’s $81 million opening weekend, “Kingsman” scored a better than expected haul. The film earned $35.6 million, a number that’s expected to increase to $41 million by the end of the holiday weekend, which far exceeds the $20 million opening that Fox had initially anticipated.

THE WALKING DEAD

Following Sunday night’s “Walking Dead” episode, AMC has released a sneak peek at the following installment. The clip from the episode titled “The Distance” sees Rick asking a few questions.

Returns February 8 on AMC

X-MEN

MTV talked to “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn about how he would have handled “Days of Future Past” had he not vacated the director’s chair to helm “Kingsman.”

“I had a whole different idea of how ‘X-Men’ should go,” said Vaughn. “I thought ‘Days of Future Past’ should be the next one and be set in the ’80s. So, when I wrote the treatment, I then wrote ‘Kingsman’ and got confused about which film I should direct next. Then I said to Fox, ‘Let me do ‘Kingsman’ now, get somebody else in and we’ll do the ’70s version, recast Wolverine, and the we do ‘Days of Future Past’ with the new Wolverine and Hugh [Jackman], and make it the biggest spectacle we’ve ever seen.” You can check out the X-related clip below.

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Speaking of Jackman, MTV also talked to the “Chappie” actor about the upcoming “Wolverine” sequel and Patrick Stewart’s potential involvement in it.

“I have heard that word, and I’m not going to deny that he’s not,” said Jackman. “Let’s just say, I’d be thrilled if he was part of it because I think that relationship is key. It’s one of the keys. It was the key at the beginning and I think there’s a long way to go.”

When asked about the film’s script, Jackman said parts of it will come from he comics. “It does draw on some comic book stuff,” Jackman said. “There are some things, but in typical fashion, sort of one main one with a few bits here and there and then opening it up. Jim [James Mangold] and I, we’ve been talking about it, he has a treatment. We’re a way out from it so we’re in really good shape with it. I’m really, really excited about it.”

You can watch the interview below.

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