COMIC REEL: "Kingsman" Shows Off New Recruits; Smulders Talks Hill's "Age of Ultron" Role


Fox has released a new featurette for "Kingsman: The Secret Service" titled "New Recruits." The clip focuses on the relationship between Colin Firth's secret agent and Taron Egerton's rough around the edges Eggsy as the former tries to turn the latter into a dapper super spy.

Opens on February 13, 2015


Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Cobie Smulders where the actress talks a bit about Maria Hill's role in the "Avengers" sequel.

"There's so many pieces to this giant puzzle, and I'm happy that Maria Hill is one of them," said Smulders. "She's working for Tony Stark, yes, but they shot so many locations all over the world and this team is out doing all sorts of things. So I like to think that Maria is at headquarters, trying to keep everything running as smoothly as possible. And working for Tony Stark is a whole other ballgame. She doesn't have S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel to back her up at her disposal, so it's an entirely different vibe for her."

She also talked about the addition of Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch and the increasing female presence in the MCU. "I see Maria as having a more of a female presence in this world, and it's really exciting to have Scarlet Witch [Elizabeth Olsen] come in, and to see the Black Widow [Scarlett Johansson] have these amazing moments, and see more women on film with all these dudes. It's great."

Hot Toys has released photos of their Iron Man Mark XLIII figure, thus teasing the Avenger's "Age of Ultron" look.

The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with Paul Bettany, who discussed the connection between J.A.R.V.I.S. -- the A.I. he's voiced in previous Marvel movies -- and the much more corporeal android, Vision.

"It's a secret I've kept for about three years, which is really hard, especially with three kids," Bettany said, discussing the connection between his two characters. "I'm contractually obliged not to talk about it. J.A.R.V.I.S will be there and so will The Vision. But I simply can't tell you any more."

Opens May 1, 2015


Badass Digest has more rumors about the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel, and this time they state that the film will directly acknowledge the criticisms of its predecessor. According to a draft of the screenplay completed a month before principal photography began, Superman will both draw fights away from civilian areas and resist snapping bad guy necks. BD has more in the way of details, including a fairly in-depth rundown of what could be the first two acts of the film, if you're down with even more possible spoilers.

Opens March 25, 2016


If you're looking for a bit more info on "Constantine's" midseason finale, or "Winter Cliffhanger" as NBC put it, you can check out this new behind-the-scenes featurette focusing on the first installment in the "The Saint of Last Resorts" two-parter.

Returns to NBC on January 9


The March 2015 solicitations for DC Comics have been released, and with them comes a new shot of Grant Gustin as the Flash on the cover of "The Flash Season Zero" #6. The issue will be written by "Flash" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg with art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur.

Returns to the CW on January 20


Now that the wheels are turning on the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic Vertigo series "Sandman," the author has turned his eye towards finding the film's leading man. "There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine," Gaiman told RadioTImes.com. "I think the first time I saw Benedict [Cumberbatch] was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'wow, that's incredibly Morpheus.'"

The "Sherlock" actor has already signed up for another comic book movie, though: "Doctor Strange." That's all right, though, as Gaiman revealed he has a few other "Sandman" candidates in mind. "Tom Hiddleston is still out there," said Gaiman. "And the truth is, as far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off."


Comic Book Movie has a transcript of Hugh Jackman's recent appearance on the podcast "Happy Sad Confused" which features the Wolverine actor talking a little bit about his upcoming parts in both "Apocalypse" and a new "Wolverine" film.

"I have been speaking to the guys, and I'm not at liberty to tell exactly what's going on, which is largely framing my answer here," said Jackman. "But there's still a lot unknown about that, actually. There are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the 'Wolverine' movie. There's some really cool things going on."

Opens May 27, 2016

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