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Superhero News Roundup: Whedon, Ruffalo, & A Whole Lotta 'Black Panther'

By Vivian Kane | Industry | May 24, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | May 24, 2016 |

While we were all still drowning under the weight of a million Civil War think pieces, some other superhero movie news continued to trickle in. Here’s what’s been going on in comic movie land.

—Joss Whedon says he’d totally be down to do another superhero movie. Specifically, The Wrap asked if he’d “be into directing a female-driven Avengers franchise.” His response: “Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”

Maybe some sort of compromise in the middle?

—Next up, Mark Ruffalo has given us an idea of what to expect from Thor: Ragnarok. We’d already heard news of one of the most impressive casts ever assembled (Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, plus the returners). Now, according to Ruffalo (who says he thinks the movie will be “smashing,” for which we’ll forgive him), “It’s an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor.” So we’ll probably get some more moments like this one, no?

Or, if we’re really lucky, maybe even one of these:


—In news you don’t understand, you can buy your tickets for X-Men: Apocalypse on Snapchat.

—A casting call sheet that purports to be connected with Black Panther appeared online, and if real, it has a LOT of information. This is just a rumor at this point, but it looks to be a decent and also INSANELY exciting one.

If proven to be legitimate, a casting call for these characters would certainly bolster the idea that Marvel is positioning Black Panther as not simply a superhero movie but a drama set within the complex social structure of the fictional Wakanda, with T’Challa facing a web of political and personal intrigue more befitting a character on Game of Thrones than a resident of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it would seem likely that at least some of these characters would appear in the film, they may appear in roles significantly different from their comic book origins; perhaps using their non-costumed identities primarily or serving in an otherwise altered capacity.

You can see the whole thing at ScreenRant and then come back to speculate. I’m hoping Michael B. Jordan is that puppet-wearing villain.


—And one more quick rumor: We have a possibly spoilery character name for Mads Mikkelsen in Doctor Strange.

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