COMIC REEL: Unverified Rumors Peg DuVernay As "Black Panther" Director; Reed Talks Ant-Man In "Civil War"


After MCU Exchange revealed that they'd heard from an undisclosed source that "Selma" director Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct "Black Panther," a number of sights have jumped on the report like it's close to a done deal, but, in actuality, the AV Club's headline kinda sums up how this news should be taken: "Ava DuVernay is directing Black Panther, according to totally baseless rumors."

So yeah, while DuVernay has been rumored to be in talks with Marvel to direct either "Black Panther" or "Captain Marvel," MCU Exchange is so far an unproven site when it comes to getting scoops and, as this back and forth in the comments displays, is understandably wary of giving away the identity of their sudden secret inside source.

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Marvel Studios has announced that while they won't have any movie announcements to make at SDCC, the TV side of the MCU will. Marvel has revealed the schedule of events focusing on "Agent Carter," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and their animated series.

FRIDAY, JULY 10:Marvel Television Presents -- Panel Session3:00 PM - 4:15 PM in Ballroom 20Join the casts and producers of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter!

SATURDAY, JULY 11Marvel's Agent Carter - Cast Signing Event10:00 AM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)Cast Attending: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Tara Butters (EP), Michele Fazekas (EP), Chris Dingess (EP), Louis D'Esposito (EP) and Jeph Loeb (EP)

Marvel Animation Presents - Panel Session10:30 AM - 11:30 AM in Room 6BCFGo behind-the-scenes into the world of Marvel Animation!

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Cast Signing Event2:30 PM at the Marvel Booth (#2329)Cast Attending: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, Maurissa Tancharoen (EP), Jed Whedon (EP) and Jeph Loeb (EP).


A pair of new TV spots have emerged for "Ant-Man," showcasing a little more of Corey Stoll's Darren Cross/Yellowjacket along with familiar footage.

In an interview with MTV News, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that Janet Van Dyne will have a part to play in the film, even if it appears like Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne has replaced her.

"She factors in a number of spoiler-ish ways," Feige said. "But we will see Janet van Dyne in action in this film, and sort of what happened to her." Feige added that whatever happened to Jan caused a rift between Hank Pym and his daughter Hope. "Hope and her father don't get along very well, and they haven't for many years, for most of her life."

Ant-Man will get his own Marvel Select figure that will only be available at MarvelShop.com and the Disney Store.


During their rundown of Warner Bros.' presentation at CineEurope, The Hollywood Reporter casually mentioned that they showed sizzle reels for both "Batman V Superman" and "Suicide Squad" -- and that's it. No description of the footage, no mention of how long they were, and no clues as to when they will make their public premiere (but it's likely that will happen at SDCC).

"BVS" opens March 25, 2016; "Suicide Squad" opens on August 5, 2016


In a talk with Screen Rant, "Ant-Man" director Peyton Reed discussed what it's been like having his hero, Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, immediately jump into action with directors Joe and Anthony Russo for "Civil War."

"As we were doing the movie and we were in post and [the Russos] were getting ready to head out to Atlanta to do 'Civil War,' we had a lot of conversations," said Reed. "And I actually wanted those guys to come in and look at our stuff, because there's gotta be a lot of sort of crossover. I found myself getting extremely protective over the character of Scott Lang and talking to the guys, the writers, the Russos about, 'He wouldn't do that.' It's important because there's this continuity that has to happen in this universe. It was really, really great because I've known those guys for a long time and it was really good to sort of bring them in, show them stuff, and see them get jazzed about stuff that they were doing. I liked that about the process."

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"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson has revealed via Twitter that he is currently en route to London to begin working on "Doctor Strange."

Leaving now for London to make Doctor Strange.

- Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 23, 2015

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After SpoilerTV reported that "LOT's" Hawkgirl was getting a spinoff developed for her, both the CW and Hawkgirl herself -- Ciara Renee -- refuted the rumor. A representative from The CW reached out to CBR News to state that the report was "not true," and Renee herself took to Twitter to dispute the claim.

Srry to disappoint, but the rumors are false. No #Hawkgirl solo show! Thanx for all the love though! Even more excited to start #DCLOT now!

- Ciara Renee (@CiaraRenee8) June 22, 2015

While Hawkgirl isn't getting a spinoff, "Legends of Tomorrow" character Rip Hunter got a comics-centric spotlight courtesy of DCTV.

Premieres in 2016 on the CW


While talking with Newsarama, Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee weighed in on the recent hubbub surrounding the leaked document that kept Peter Parker white and straight on the big screen.

"I wouldn't mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way," said Lee. "But we originally made him white. I don't see any reason to change that."

Lee weighed in on the idea of making Parker gay, saying that "I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly. But again, I don't see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they've already been established. I have no problem with creating new, homosexual superheroes."

Lee summed up his thoughts by saying that this "has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that. Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it's so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I'll do it myself."

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