Five Villains We Want to See in AVENGERS 2 and 3

Ultron | ©2012 Marvel Comics

We already know – SPOILERS! – Thanos is on the way in the next THE AVENGERS movie, but what other famous foes from Avengers stories of the past deserve a shot at big screen stardom? After all, heroes are only as good as the villains they face. We list a few here, but they’re only suggestions; and no, Count Nefaria is not on this list. Complain all you like in the comments about that glaring omission or the lack of Baron Zemo, but remember that this is just one list for our villainous THE AVENGERS 2 and 3 films; you […]Read On »


Interview: THE AVENGERS star Cobie Smulders on playing Agent Maria Hill

Cobie Smulders at the World Premiere of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Cobie Smulders has long been hailed for her comedic prowess as Robin Sherbatsky on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, now gearing up for its eighth season on CBS. However, with writer/director Joss Whedon’s box-office superhero THE AVENGERS from Disney and Marvel, Smulders shows off her action star side as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, running, sliding and shooting with the best of them. There are big differences in doing a weekly TV comedy series and a giant studio action feature film, Smulders notes. “It’s definitely a shift in schedule,” says Smulders. “I made it a point to do a lot of […]Read On »


First Look Image of IRON MAN 3 and Robert Downey Jr.

First look behind the scenes photo of IRON MAN 3 | ©2012 Marvel Studios/Zade Rosenthal

On May 3, 2013, IRON MAN 3 hits theaters and the big question will be — how much has THE AVENGERS given that franchise an even bigger push into the boxoffice stratosphere? In the meantime, we can salivate over what director Shane Black has in store for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Iron Man, but in the interim, we have this first look photo behind-the-scenes as the film begins production in Wilmington, North Carolina. Check out the image below. Joining Downey for the third go-around is Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Clark Gregg chats about THE AVENGERS and his future with the franchise

Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey at the World Premiere of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

In THE AVENGERS, most of the title characters – Robert Downey, Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk – have superpowers, while Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye have extraordinary fighting skills. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury has Samuel Jackson’s awesome glower to keep the Avengers in line, but anyone watching THE AVENGERS or most of its predecessors – the two IRON MAN films and THOR – knows that the glue holding everything together is loyal, tenacious and calm Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. Gregg, […]Read On »


Interview: THE AVENGERS’ Samuel L. Jackson on the fun of a big budget action epic

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in THE AVENGERS | (c) 2012 Fox/Marvel

If you want audiences to know immediately that a character is to be respected, can handle just about anything, will put up with no b.s. and is absolutely cool without having to explain all of the above, your best bet is to just cast Samuel L. Jackson. This isn’t to say that the Washington, D.C.-born actor can’t play tender, confused, vulnerable or pretty much anything else –Jackson has proven his extraordinary versatility many times over on film and on stage – but he’s become big-budget movie shorthand for badass authority. No wonder then that when S.H.I.E.L.D. Initiative Director Nick Fury […]Read On »


Interview: THE AVENGERS’ Chris Evans Talks Being Captain America once again

THE AVENGERS Chris Evans Captain America | (c) 2012 Walt Disney/Zade Rosenthal

THE AVENGERS isn’t Chris Evans first time out as Steve Rogers, aka, Captain America – he donned the red, white and blue outfit for the 2011 CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, set during WWII. For that matter, Cap isn’t even Evans’ first Marvel superhero character – he previously played Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in 2005’s FANTASTIC FOUR and its 2007 sequel, FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. However, a few elements set Steve Rogers/Cap apart from other characters Evans has portrayed. For one thing, Rogers got frozen in the Forties and woke up in the present. The modern world […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Yes, DEADPOOL will still happen with Ryan Reynolds in the lead

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE | ©2009 20th Century Fox

While speaking about the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray and DVD hitting stores this Friday, September 9, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with producer Lauren Shuler-Donner about the franchise (click here for the full interview) and the status of THE WOLVERINE sequel (click here). We also asked her about the status of the DEADPOOL spin-off film set to star Ryan Reynolds who just came off another superhero film THE GREEN LANTERN this summer. Although brief, here’s what she had to say. ASSIGNMENT X: Is DEADPOOL still happening? LAUREN SHULER-DONNER: Yes. AX: And it’s still with Ryan Reynolds. SHULER-DONNER: Yes, with Ryan Reynolds. […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel and Blu-ray talk from producer Lauren Shuler-Donner

X-MEN-FIRST CLASS Blu-ray | ©2011 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

At a press event on the 20th Century Fox lot today, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner presided over a presentation of all the special features to be found on the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray hitting stories this Friday, September 9. The bonus content includes the expected deleted and extended scenes and making-of featurettes on making the prequel/reboot to the X-MEN franchise. Additionally, the Blu-ray also includes 10 free digital X-MEN comic books and an interactive feature that takes you inside the mutant tracker system Cerebro. ASSIGNMENT X had the opportunity to briefly speak with Shuler-Donner after the presentation in this exclusive […]Read On »


TCA 2011 News: ABC still working on THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series (and a Marvel character will also be on CASTLE this year)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK | © Marvel Studios

With Marvel now part of the Disney (and ABC fold), ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said today during his Television Critics Association executive session that he’s very eager to bring Marvel characters to the network. Currently in development are possible TV iterations of THE INCREDIBLE HULK and AKA JESSICA JONES. “We’re extremely excited about having Marvel in the fold,” says Lee. “With AKA JESSICA JONES and THE HULK, we hopefully have great choices to look at when they come around.” Lee also adds that he would be a hero to his kids if THE HULK works out. “If we got […]Read On »

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