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Last month’s TTC brought word of just who was in mind to play the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse’s Spi­der-Man. At that point it was be­lieved that En­der’s Game’s Asa But­ter­field was the fron­trun­ner to nab Spidey’s clas­sic red and blue duds, but this last month has ac­tu­ally seen six names screen test for the MCU’s Wall­crawler. As well as But­ter­field, also present at the At­lanta, Ge­or­gia screen tests were The Im­pos­si­ble’s Tom Hol­land (another name pre­vi­ously linked to the role), Board­walk Em­pire’s Char­lie Plum­mer, Red Band So­ci­ety’s Char­lie Rowe, Pix­els’ Matthew Lintz and rel­a­tive new­comer Ju­dah Lewis. Marvel Stu­dios’ Kevin Feige was present for the tests, as were Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War di­rec­tors An­thony and Joe Russo, and Sony Pic­tures’ Amy Pas­cal. It’s be­lieved that But­ter­field is still the favourite to land the gig, and it’s ex­pected that an an­nounce­ment will have been made by the time you’re read­ing this. If so, here’s hop­ing we’ve got a wor­thy Web­head. Spi­der-Man will be mak­ing his MCU bow in the Russo broth­ers’ Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War, which is al­ready shoot­ing and is set for a May 6th, 2016 re­lease, be­fore then spin­ning off to his own solo movie on July 28th, 2017. Marvel Stu­dios and Sony Pic­tures are work­ing to­gether on all Spidey ap­pear­ances, hence why Amy Pas­cal is in­volved in the cast­ing process.

On the topic of the first of the re­launched (again!) SpiderMan fran­chise, this past month has seen Marvel and Sony get­ting to­gether to find a di­rec­tor for Spidey’s first MCU solo foray. Drew God­dard, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been on board to write and di­rect Sin­is­ter Six, was be­lieved to be in the frame for the next Spidey film, ru­moured to be the first of a new tril­ogy ti­tled Spec­tac­u­lar Spi­der-Man. Un­for­tu­nately for God­dard, he’s now no longer in con­sid­er­a­tion. In­stead, the names be­ing looked at are Warm Bod­ies’ Jonathan Levine, St. Vin­cent’s Ted Melfi, Pitch Per­fect’s Jason Moore, Napoleon Dy­na­mite’s Jared Hess, and Va­ca­tion’s duo of John Fran­cis Da­ley and Jonathan M. Gold­stein. What’s ar­guably even more in­ter­est­ing is that re­cent spec­u­la­tion claims that Os­car-win­ning Matthew McConaughey is the top pick to play the MCU’s Nor­man Os­born, a role played by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi’s Spi­der-Man tril­ogy and by Chris Cooper in Marc Webb’s The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man se­ries. McConaughey re­cently re­vealed that he has had talks to join both the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse and the DC Cin­e­matic Uni­verse, and Marvel is ex­tremely keen to pin him down as their new Nor­man Os­born, a char­ac­ter best known for his Green Goblin al­ter-ego, but also one who plays a ma­jor part in the af­ter­math of the comic book Civil War event. Could some­thing sim­i­lar play out on the big screen? We’ll have to wait and see.

Stick­ing with the MCU, there’s a ru­mour do­ing the rounds that Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War will in­tro­duce another Hulk. Yes, with Bruce Ban­ner hav­ing set sail for iso­la­tion at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s go­ing to take some­thing spe­cial to drag him back in to ac­tion along­side Earth’s Might­i­est He­roes. That spe­cial some­thing is spec­u­lated as be­ing the Red Hulk. What bet­ter way to grab Hulk’s at­ten­tion than by in­tro­duc­ing a mon­strous red ri­val? The Red Hulk is the al­ter-ego of Gen­eral Thun­der­bolt Ross, and adding fur­ther fuel to this fire is the con­firmed re­turn of Wil­liam Hurt as Gen­eral Ross in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War. And Ross is just one of a plethora of char­ac­ters re­cently con­firmed to be ap­pear­ing in Civil War, with a new of­fi­cial syn­op­sis for the film re­veal­ing that the movie’s ros­ter will be made up of Cap­tain Amer­ica, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Spi­der-Man, Black Widow, Hawk­eye, The Fal­con, The Vi­sion, War Ma­chine, Scar­let Witch, Black Pan­ther, Win­ter Soldier, Agent 13, Baron Hel­met Zemo, Crossbones and Thun­der­bolt Ross. No­table by his ab­sence is Thor (although that could change), and no­table by his in­clu­sion is Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang/Ant-Man.

And much like Ant-Man is yet to make his MCU de­but (that’s com­ing on July 17th), Doc­tor Strange is another char­ac­ter be­ing lined up to join the cin­e­matic Marvel realm. Whilst we’ve known for a while that Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch will be head­lin­ing Doc­tor

(be­cause, you know, he’s in ev­ery­thing!), Tilda Swin­ton is in talks to play The An­cient One. Now the comic book An­cient One has gen­er­ally been a male through­out the char­ac­ter’s ex­is­tence, and he’s some­body who served as a men­tor to Stephen Strange on his as­cen­sion to be­com­ing the Sorcerer Supreme. Even in death, The An­cient One has still of­ten been sum­moned to ad­vise Strange when needed. Marvel was ini­tially look­ing for a male ac­tor for the role, but then de­cided to ad­just the char­ac­ter from a he to a she. Swin­ton is no stranger to comic book movies, hav­ing ap­peared in Con­stan­tine and Snowpiercer, as well as be­ing fa­mil­iar to genre fans for The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia movies. At present, Doc­tor Strange is set for a Novem­ber 4th, 2016 re­lease.

Still with us? Good, for we have one fi­nal piece of MCU news, with much-praised Selma di­rec­tor Ava DuVer­nay in de­mand to helm an up­com­ing Marvel Stu­dios movie. DuVer­nay is cur­rently un­der con­sid­er­a­tion to di­rect ei­ther Cap­tain Marvel or Black Pan­ther. The stu­dio were look­ing for a fe­male to di­rect Cap­tain Marvel and an African-Amer­i­can to helm Black Pan­ther, so DuVer­nay ticks both of those boxes. With Chad­wick Bose­man play­ing T’Challe, Black Pan­ther will be mak­ing his MCU de­but in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War be­fore get­ting his own July 6th, 2018 movie. As for Carol Dan­vers, Cap­tain Marvel is cur­rently set for a Novem­ber 2nd, 2018 re­lease.

Flip­ping over to 20th Cen­tury Fox’s Marvel prop­er­ties, Hugh Jack­man has now fi­nally re­vealed that the up­com­ing third Wolver­ine movie will in­deed be his last out­ing as Lo­gan. The plot de­tails of the film are be­ing kept sch­tum at the mo­ment, but Jack­man claims that it is “the per­fect way to go out.” Here’s hop­ing we get some sort of play on the Old Man Lo­gan arc. What? We can hope, right? As well as Wolver­ine 3, there’s still talk of some form of Wolver­ine ap­pear­ance in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apoca­lypse and also in the Ryan Reynolds-star­ring Dead­pool, which it­self fin­ished shoot­ing this month and has us all tight in the pants with ex­cite­ment. Wolver­ine 3 is cur­rently set for a March 3rd, 2017 re­lease and will see The Wolver­ine di­rec­tor James Man­gold re­turn­ing for this fi­nal Wolvie out­ing.

In terms of X-Men: Apoca­lypse news, as well as this month con­firm­ing that we will fi­nally see James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier go­ing bald in that movie, di­rec­tor Singer has re­vealed that Cal­iban will be ap­pear­ing in the film. Comic book­wise, Cal­iban is a Mor­lock, whose main abil­ity is that he can es­sen­tially track mu­tants, al­most act­ing as a GPS sys­tem.

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