COMIC REEL: Sony Possibly Eyeing Spidey Film From "LEGO Movie" Team; Gunn Dispels "Guardians" Cartoon Rumor


The recent Sony hack has yielded some revealing results where comic book movie fans are concerned. The Wall Street Journal reported that Marvel Studios wanted to include Spider-Man in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War." The crossover talks began at some point in 2014, reaching as high as Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and Disney CEO Bob Iger. An email dated October 30 mentioned Marvel possibly producing a new Spider-Man trilogy with Sony retaining "creative control, marketing and distribution." Those talks have since ceased, and now the Sony higher-ups are planning a "Spidey summit" in January to discuss the future of their franchise.

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In addition to the aforementioned "Captain America: Civil War" information, the Sony Hack spilled the beans on a potential animated comedy film from "The Lego Movie" writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. There are no specific details about which characters or storylines Lord and Miller would potentially work with on this still very hypothetical project.


If you haven't watched the game-changing midseason finale yet, you may want to keep moving. If you have, then you should check out our recap of "What They Become" over on Spinoff.

Things are going to really heat up for the agents when the show returns in March, and not just because of the fallout of last night's revelations. Entertainment Weekly learned that the show will indeed tie-in with "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

"You should expect something," said showrunner Jed Whedon when asked about a crossover between the show and film. "'The Avengers' is the big tent that all the franchises play under. Obviously, we're included in that."

"I don't think any movie has the potential to impact us in the way that 'Captain America 2' did," added showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen, "but there will be connections."

Whedon and Tancharoen opened up about the finale to CBR in a new interview and revealed how long "S.H.I.E.L.D." has been building towards introducing the Inhumans. "It's been something in the works for a long time," said Whedon. "It's an important property in the comics, and they have obviously announced plans for a feature in the cinematic universe. It's one of the first instances where we get to start planting the seeds on the show before the film."

"We're opening up a part of the Marvel Universe," added Tancharoen. "It's a property that we've been interested in for a very long time, and it's essentially us exploring a possible community of people with abilities."

MTV also has an interview with Whedon and Tancharoen where they discuss the process of "acquiring" "Secret Warriors" character Daisy Johnson -- Skye's true identity -- for inclusion on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

"Daisy was always our goal, but you know there are rules and things that have to be cleared - and pretty early on we knew that our track was [revealing Skye to be] Daisy Johnson," said Tancharoen.

"But as you can see, they announce movies five years ahead of time," added Whedon. "So in terms of Marvel, when we have our eyes or hearts set on a property, it's still a process making sure that it is not going to bump with anything that they are planning to do on the feature side, making sure we're not putting the cart in front of the horse in any way."

Returns in March on ABC


Entertainment Weekly has an interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim where he builds up expectations for tonight's showdown between Oliver Queen and Ra's Al Ghul.

"This is one of the most epic fights we've done on the show in a locale that we've never been to, fighting like we've never seen on the show before with stakes about as high as they've ever been," said Guggenheim. "It's an incredibly intense fight."

You can get a tease of tonight's episode with this clip from "The Climb."

The CW has also posted a behind the scenes look at the episode which features an interview with Guggenheim and footage of Al Ghul in action.

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We know that the "Avengers" gang is reconvening in January for reshoots, but Inquisitr has reported on a rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch will be involved in the filming. This speculation means that Cumberbatch could pop up in a Marvel Studios movie before "Doctor Strange" hits theaters in 2016, similar to how Chadwick Boseman will make at least one appearance before "Black Panther" debuts in 2017. There's nothing concrete to go on yet, but expect Cumberbatch to get bombarded with questions about possible cameos on his next press tour.

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You can check out our recap of last night's midseason finale, "The Man in the Yellow Suit," over on Spinoff. Even though we're over five weeks away from the show's 2015 return, the CW has already aired a promo for "Revenge of the Rogues." And yeah, spoiler alert for those of you that haven't watched last night's ep.

Captain Cold and Heat Wave aren't the only two rogues Flash will be dealing with when he returns for the back half of the season. Andy Mientus will bring Pied Piper, a hearing impaired and gay super villain, to life on the show.

"With the gay thing, I feel like I'm representing a whole community," Mientus told Variety. "People are excited to see this character, so it is a lot of pressure. But I'm glad they are introducing the character to the show. It's a huge step forward, and I'm thrilled to help make that happen. It's awesome."

Returns to the CW on January 20


With an animated series on the way, Slashfilm took the opportunity during their interview with "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn to dispel a rumor going around that the cartoon would bridge the gap between the team's two feature film adventures.

"Really? Is that what somebody said?" asked Gunn when presented with the rumor. "Because that's not true... There's no way... No, that's totally separate from this Marvel Cinematic Universe. And whoever said that, it pisses me off."

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