COMIC REEL: Olivia Wilde Says Playing "Captain Marvel" Would Be "Amazing"; "Spectre" Star Not Yet Signed On For "Gambit"


During an appearance on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," actress Olivia Wilde addressed online rumors linking her to title role in 2018's "Captain Marvel" movie, downplaying her involvement while admitting "I think that would be amazing."

When host Corden floated Wilde the idea of starring as Col. Carol Danvers, the one-time "O.C." cast member took the opportunity to share her broader observations on the speculative casting cycle. "That's the thing about the inter-web, isn't it? People can come up with ideas and suggest them and it kind of becomes a snowball."

But what did Wilde think when she heard her name associated with one of Marvel's highest-profile female heroes, who looks to be the first one to headline on the silver screen? "Of course, I was thrilled. I think that would be amazing, but I had nothing to do with it."

Asked whether anyone affiliated with Marvel Studios had called or reached out, Wilde said no, "But I haven't checked my phone in a while." Watch the interview below.

"Captain Marvel" is slated for a July 6, 2018 release


Wilde was joined in the "Late Late Show" interview by actress Melissa Benoist, who has been winning fans over nationwide of late with her turn as the Girl of Steel on CBS's "Supergirl."

One Super-fan of particular note is GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who was recently quoted as saying the TV star and character "looked pretty hot." When shown the clip (seen above), Benoist, Wilde, Corden and actress Saoirse Ronan, also on the panel, reacted the way one might expect had they been paid a compliment by onetime President Lex Luthor.

And, speaking of "Supergirl," some days, not even she can get rid of a bomb.

CBS has released an exciting new clip from this week's episode of "Supergirl," entitled "How Does She Do It?" in which Kara (Melissa Benoist) aided by Max Lord (Peter Facinelli) and others, must use her Kryptonian powers to save National City from a ticking time bomb. Check out the scene below.


"Spectre" star Lea Seydoux has been linked to star alongside Channing Tatum in 2016's "Gambit" as Remy LeBeau's star-crossed first love, Bella Donna Boudreaux, but according to a report translated by ComicBookMovie, the actress has not yet inked a deal to join the Fox project, despite the reported offer from the studio. "Listen, no, I haven't signed for 'Gambit,'" Seydoux is quoted as having told AlloCine, in French. Listen for yourself below.

In the comics, Bella Donna and the card-charging mutant Gambit are affiliated with rival New Orleans guilds; he a thief, and she an assassin.

The Ragin' Cajun motion picture made news earlier this week when reports indicated that "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman is near to sign on to direct. Securing a director could lead to further official announcements, though it remains unclear whether Seydoux's previous offer for the role stands, is up for negotiation, or was contingent on other hires, though the smash box-office success of "Spectre"Your text to link... could play to the actress's advantage. "Gambit" is slated for an October 7, 2016 release, from Fox


USA Today has obtained a behind-the-scenes clip from the upcoming home release of "Ant-Man." In it, Anthony Mackie discusses his cameo as Falcon in the film, and the way the scene introduces Scott Lang to the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe. Watch below.

Also ahead of the "Ant-Man" Blu-ray and DVD, Marvel Studios concept designer Andy Park has released an unused design for the character's suit, one that looked to give the helmet more insect-like contours.


Count Russia's Minister of Culture as one of the many international influencers put off by everyone(else)'s favorite crimson-and-gold-plated genius/ billionaire/ playboy/ philanthropist.

The Russian government is attempting to combat the dominance of American cinema within their country, notably the traction of big-budget blockbusters like the "Avengers" movies among youth viewers. The country uses state funds to finance films, and, as of now, 25% of that budget is spent on movies aimed at kids. A budget increase is under consideration, though, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, outspoken conservative politician Vladimir Medinsky cited the exploits of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark when discussing the importance of investing in native cinema at a recent children's film festival.

"Good movies are always in demand. The viewer for our movies is a hundred times more important for us than the one who goes to see "Iron Man," because he has something left in his heart, mind and soul."

Geez, words that strong make you wonder if Ol' Shellhead jacked proprietary arc reactor plans from the guy's old man, or something.

RDJ's Iron Man next upsets as many people as he can in "Captain America: Civil War," set for a May 6, 2016 release.


Paul Bettany joined Larry King and discussed his role as the Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War." Check out the pair of clips below.

In the first, Bettany discusses the mechanics of Mjolnir, and how his synthezoid character was able to lift the enchanted weapon forged for Thor.

Bettany also delved into how his appreciation of Marvel fandom has changed since joining the phenomenon as a core cast member, and the characters' international appeal.

"Captain America: Civil War" will be released May 6, 2016

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Have you enjoyed the transformation of Agent Melinda May's ex-husband Dr. Andrew Garner into the murderous Inhuman Lash on this season's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?" Learn more about how Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Kolpack and actor Blair Underwood crafted the look for the character's mutation in a new peek behind the scenes.

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs 9 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Looks like the Guardians of the Galaxy will have to shake their groove thing if they're to shake a horde of attacking, venomous symbiotes in this week's homage-laden episode.

Airs Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. on Disney XD

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