COMIC REEL: Marvel Cinematic U Expands With Crossovers For Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Spidey & More


In your daily dose of "soak up every possible bit of footage" territory, two new spots have debuted from the film:

And if you're getting beat down by the constant barrage of trailers and footage, imagine how the stars of the film are feeling on an endless press tour. This week brought two not-so-flattering moments for the actors in the film. First, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans made some off-color remarks about the character of Black Widow, leading to some hurt feelings in fandom, a debate around whether slut shaming a fictional character was even possible and an eventual apology from the pair. That last round-up comes from The Wrap, who also note that Robert Downey, Jr. walked out of an interview after a Channel 4 reporter pressed him on his past including his relationship with this father.

"You seem OK. It's just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here," Downey told the reporter as he left, which is a pretty baller exit line.

In theaters next week. Where have you been?


In happier "Avengers" press tour news, Downey did Letterman the other night before the great late night host retires, and the actor gave a water cooler pitch on the next big Marvel film to America: "Well, it's called Civil War. And there was a strain of comics where Captain America and Iron Man, they went on different sides, and they fought each other."

Most tellingly, Downey spoke to the persistent rumor that Spider-Man will make his MCU debut in the film. "He may well be," he said. "Yeah, I hear that they're looking to cast a new Spider-Man." (Via ComicBook.com)

Arrives May 6, 2016.


Speaking with MTV News, Paul Rudd talked about eparture of Edgar Wright, the tone of the film, worries fans had over the initial teaser trailer and more. In terms of the rest of the Marvel U, Rudd teased that he may continue to appear in future films as the superhero.

"I think it absolutely fits in [to the Marvel Universe], and I also wouldn't be surprised if we see Ant-Man in some other things," he said. "That being said, it is a movie that if you have never seen any of the Marvel movies, you're going to totally get [it]."


The big screen might not be the only place where the MCU is coming together. Bleeding Cool has a "still could change" report up claiming that Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch may appear in Marvel's upcoming Netflix series "Iron Fist" when it debuts later as part of the "Defenders" cycle of shows. The site says that if the actor doesn't appear on film, his voice may show up in some form.

Meanwhile, with the first Marvel/Netflix series "Daredevil" being a runaway hit, actor Charlie Cox told Empire a little bit about who he'd like to see show up in the just-announced Season 2: "Based on the show we've created, which is very grounded in reality, I'd like to see Punisher maybe show up, a little bit of Elektra maybe. I wouldn't mind Black Widow making an appearance, and you can't think about Daredevil for too long without thinking of Bullseye. I don't know when or if or how that would happen, but it'd be cool if it did," he said, stressing that he was unsure what the grand plans of Marvel were.

Schedule-wise, Cox said that the next round of "Daredevil" will slightly tweak the "Defenders" plan: "It'll be the same timeline as the last show, so season two will come out about this time next year. Again, I'm imagining all this, but they'll probably do Iron Fist or Luke Cage at the same time, followed by the other one [of the two] in the first half of 2016 and then maybe Defenders in the second half of 2016 or the beginning of 2017."


On the DC side of the street, the CW has debuted a new clip from the hit Vertigo adaptation's incoming episode:

Airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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