COMIC REEL: Marvel Wanted Spider-Man In "Avengers"; Hot Toys Debuts Detailed "Age Of Ultron" Figures


If you are an actor on a comic book property, you really can't post anything on social media without stirring fan speculation. "Arrow's" Stephen Amell sure knows this, and so does "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" Clark Gregg. The leading man posted an image from "Secret Avengers" depicting Hawkeye and Coulson in a standoff to his Facebook page.

Could this be a hint that Jeremy Renner's archer Avenger will make an appearance on the show? Could we see Hawkeye and Mockingbird meet in live action? We'll find out when the show returns in March.

Returns in March on ABC


Empire has posted a podcast interview with Evangeline Lilly, the actress playing Hope Van Dyne in the upcoming Marvel movie. Comic Book Movie has provided a transcript of the "Ant-Man" relevant parts where Lilly offers insight into her character.

"I was raised by two superheroes," Lilly said of her character. "So, I'm a pretty screwed up human being. I am also fairly capable, strong, and kick-ass, which is wonderful to play, but the most fun to play was just how messed up she was from being raised by two superheroes. And the clear message sent by name is that I'm not a big fan of my father and so I took my mother's name."

We know that parts of "Ant-Man" will take place in the 1960s with a young Hank Pym making use of his size-altering Pym Particles. Lilly's comment about being raised by two superheroes kind of implies that her mother, Janet Van Dyne, might also appear in these retro-sections. No actors have been confirmed for the roles of young Ant-Man or Wasp yet, so seeing Hope's superhero parents in action is not yet guaranteed.

Opens July 17, 2015


Val Broeksmit has been posting a ton of emails leaked as part of the Sony hack on his Twitter feed, and one in particular will be of interest to those shipping Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Captain America 3 - Avengers 3 and 4, already in the works.. #MichaelLynton #SonyEmployees #AmyPascal #SonyEmails pic.twitter.com/D4zGJtAure

- val broeksmit (@BikiniRobotArmy) December 18, 2014

To paraphrase: Marvel wants Spider-Man back in high school and living in Queens with Aunt May. Early plans for his involvement in "Captain America: Civil War" included him receiving his costume from Tony Stark and also meeting up with both Cap and Black Widow. The email also says that Marvel wanted Spider-Man -- and may still want Spider-Man -- in both parts of "Avengers: Infinity War," with a second solo film to follow immediately after in 2019. That implies that Marvel Studios wanted to team with Sony for a first Spider-Man solo film sometime in-between 2016's "Civil War" and 2018's "Infinity War."

In more concrete news, Hot Toys has released the first images of their line of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" figures via their Facebook page. The images, which were taken at Hong Kong's Toy Soul 2014, offer a nice and unobstructed look at the suits the team will be wearing in the sequel. Also noteworthy is the MCU Thanos Hot Toy, which looks appropriately menacing.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens May 1, 2015


The latest issue of "Entertainment Weekly" has a feature on Netflix's upcoming "Daredevil" series that includes a few photos of leading man Charlie Cox in action. Film Divider scanned the images and put them on Twitter for everyone that doesn't have a magazine subscription.

The new EW also features a piece on Marvel's Daredevil show for Netflix. pic.twitter.com/gNc6LcMKCn

- Film Divider (@FilmDivider) December 18, 2014

Premieres on Netflix in 2015


Spoiler TV has posted stills from "Gotham's" 2015 premiere episode, "Rogues' Gallery." The images feature Jim Gordon performing his new job at Arkham and a team-up between the young Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

Fox has posted a featurette that marks the season's halfway point and also looks ahead towards what 2015 has in store for the series.

Returns January 5 on Fox


Fans wishing to see Tom Hiddleston trade in his horned Loki helmet and cape for a mess of black hair and robe to portray the titular character in the upcoming "Sandman" feature film are about to be disappointed. "Sandman" creator Neil Gaiman admitted via Twitter that his recent comments about Hiddleston playing Morpheus on the big screen were just a joke.

It's not true. It was a joke in an interview I'm afraid RT @PickleAM: Please oh please let it be true that @twhiddleston will play Morpheus!

- Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 17, 2014

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