‘Logan’ Star Hugh Jackman Also Wishes Wolverine Could’ve Been an Avenger

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Although Hugh Jackman has made it very clear that Logan will be his last movie as Wolverine, he’s not above indulging in some what-ifs. He hedged his bets when asked about a potential Wolverine / Deadpool movie, and now he’s entertaining the hypothetical possibility of a Wolverine / Avengers movie. No, it’s never going to happen — but Jackman admits that he might have been tempted to stick around if it had been an option. 

Although Wolverine’s hung out with the Avengers plenty of times in the comics, it’s a completely different story on the big screen. 20th Century Fox retains the rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, while Marvel Studios owns most other characters from the Marvel Comics. While it’s technically possible for Marvel to strike up a sharing agreement with Fox — like they did with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU — it seems very unlikely that Fox would want to. The X-Men films are still doing fine. There’s just no reason Fox would agree to overhaul the entire franchise to bring it in line with the rest of the MCU.

Still, a fan can dream. Screen Rant played the what-if game with Jackman, asking whether he’d be interested in an Avengers movie. His answer might make some of you sigh with regret:

If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know.

He added, “At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, I probably wouldn’t have said this is the last. It just feels like this is the right time [to leave the character].” But that didn’t happen, so now not only are we never getting a Wolverine / Avengers movie, we’re never getting another Jackman-as-Wolverine movie.

Of course, it’s easy enough for Jackman to play along right now, when he’s under no obligation to make another Wolverine movie. It’s probably better, PR-wise, for him to agree that he’d like Wolverine to join the Avenger than it would be for him to shut down this line of questioning with a flat “no” — especially since it’s a safe bet no one will ever call his bluff. If I had to guess, I’d say that Jackman is probably really and truly done playing Wolverine. (And after 17 years, it’s hard to blame him for wanting to move on.) But never say never, right?

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New Chewbacca Joonas Suotamo Has a Message for Star Wars Fans

Joonas Suotamo, the new Chewbacca, tweets a lovely message to Star Wars fans

New Chewbacca Joonas Suotamo has a message for Star Wars fans

Chewbacca, the Wookie companion to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in the Star Wars films, has been played by Peter Mayhew since the beginning. It’s been 40 years since Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and by the time we got to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the fan-beloved Mayhew had young actor Joonas Suotamo take over some of the performance. Suotamo will take over the role completely in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie). Suotamo just tweeted a lovely message to Star Wars fans about his role in the film, as reported by io9. The as-yet-untitled movie released its first set photo featuring some of the cast and crew, including Suotamo in his Chewbacca costume. You can read his letter below.

Related: Chewbacca Will Also Feature in the Han Solo Movie

The Han Solo film will look at the early years of the rogue pilot before the events of A New Hope. We’ll also see some of his early exploits with a young Lando Calrissian, originally played by Billy Dee Williams. The cast includes Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Community) as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton (Westworld), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).

The film is written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce. Joonas Suotamo has also appeared in the video documentaries The Force Awakens: Crafting Creatures and Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

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Shane Black’s ‘Predator’ Casts ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Alfie Allen

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Today’s turning out to be a big day for Game of Thrones alums. First the Mother of Dragons herself, Emilia Clarke, was spotted in the first official cast photo from the Han Solo movie, and then Ramsay Bolton, a.k.a. Iwan Rheon, was announced as one of the leads in Marvel’s Inhumans TV series. Not to be outdone, Ramsay’s former victim Reek — that is, Alfie Allen — has also just scored a splashy new gig. He’ll be going up against the Predator in Shane Black‘s sequel to the 1987 classic. 

The Hollywood Reporter broke news of the Predator Alfie Allen casting one day after Black shared the first photo of his cast. Just squint and try to imagine Allen standing off on the side next to Sterling K. Brown or something.

Boyd Holbrook, who’ll be seen next weekend in Logan, leads the cast as an ex-Marine. Moonlight breakout Trevante Rhodes plays another ex-Marine and Holbrook’s best friend. Allen will play yet another ex-Marine. Olivia Munn is a scientist, and Brown is a government agent who first butt heads with Holbrook’s character, but later needs his help when the Predator comes around. Last but most definitely not least is Room‘s Jacob Tremblay as Holbrook’s son, an autistic kid whose knack for learning languages comes in really handy. Thomas Jane is also in the movie in an undisclosed role.

Allen is best known for playing Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, and is expected to return for the seventh season, which he claims is “definitely going to blow a lot of people’s minds.” He also had a supporting role in the first John Wick as the idiot rich kid who, by killing John Wick’s dog, set that whole bloody affair in motion. Based on his past roles — and the fact that he doesn’t seem to be one of the main characters — I’m going to guess he’ll be the tough and arrogant character who dies early in the movie. You know, to prove to the audience that no one is safe. But that’s just speculation. I welcome any surprises or subversions that Black wants to throw our way.

Shooting on The Predator began this week in Vancouver for release on February 9, 2018.

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Game of Thrones Star Iwan Rheon Joins Marvel’s Inhumans

Game of Thrones Star Iwan Rheon Joins Marvel's Inhumans

Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon joins Marvel’s Inhumans

Marvel has announced that former Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon is set to star in the upcoming series Marvel’s Inhumans. Rheon will play the role of Maximus, brother of the Inhuman King, Black Bolt, who is capable of mind control. In the series, Maximus is a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King – although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life. We’re thrilled to have him on board,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and executive producer.

“Maximus is a complex character,” executive producer and showrunner Scott Buck added. “Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment, and I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Filmmaker Roel Reiné is set to helm the two-part pilot for Marvel’s Inhumans which will be filmed entirely with IMAX digital cameras, and run worldwide exclusively in IMAX for two weeks at the beginning of September 2017. ABC plans to then premiere the weekly series this fall, offering additional exclusive content that can only be seen on the network.

The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe.

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Why ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Deserves the VFX Oscar

This breakdown of special effects used to create Jedha and Scarif proves that ILM should once again prevail at the Academy Awards.

Let’s be honest: there were more than a few moments in Rogue One where the use of CGI was more than evident. The decisions to bring Moff Tarkin back from the dead and reproduce a young Leia were divisive, to say the least, among Star Wars fans.

But for all the times you notice the VFX, the reel Industrial Light & Magic compiled below will show you just how many times you may have missed it.

It’s clear that there was only so much that Gareth Edwards could do with practical effects for his epic war story. That’s where ILM comes in. What’s most impressive about their work is not the massive explosions or stalking imperial marchers, but the subtle details they used to create the environments of the planets Jedha and Scarif.

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Hasbro Toy Fair Gallery: Marvel, Star Wars & Transformers

Hasbro Toy Fair gallery: Marvel, Star Wars & Transformers

Hasbro Toy Fair gallery: Marvel, Star Wars & Transformers

ComingSoon.net & SuperHeroHype attended Hasbro’s 2017 Entertainment Brand Preview at the New York Toy Fair this weekend, and we came away with a gallery of over 85 images of products from the Marvel, Star Wars and Transformers toy lines. Check out the Hasbro Toy Fair gallery below!

In the galley, you’ll find amazing toys from Marvel Studios‘ big 2017 releases Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, including your first good look at Kurt Russell’s Ego The Living Planet and Michael Keaton’s Vulture. While Thor: Ragnarok was teased during the presentation, no images or toys were forthcoming. Guardians 2 opens on May 5, Homecoming on July 7 and Ragnarok on November 3.

On the Star Wars front, you’ll find lots of new Black Series figures and much more, though nothing from Star Wars: The Last Jedi beyond the initial packaging. The Last Jedi doesn’t open until December 15, 2017, so don’t expect too many toy previews until we get closer to Force Friday II on September 1.

Finally there’s an abundance of toys from Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight, including an actual movie prop of “Sqweeks,” the cute Vespa Transformer from the June 23 release.

Which Hasbro toys are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

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‘Star Wars’ just dropped a major bombshell about ‘The Last Jedi’

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Since the Star Wars: Episode VIII title dropped in January, fans all over the word have one pressing question in their mind: 

Is The Last Jedi singular or plural?

If the title is singular, you can assume that The Last Jedi refers to Luke Skywalker. Or maybe Rey? Who knows. 

If it’s plural, it might refer to Luke and Rey. Nobody really knows. 

However, the official Italian Star Wars Facebook and Twitter account have posted what appears to be a major hint to the real meaning of The Last Jedi. 

It translated the title to “Gli ultimi Jedi”, which unequivocally refers to more than one Jedi:  Read more…

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Star Trek: Discovery Recruits Three Starfleet Officers

Star Trek: Discovery Recruits Three Starfleet Officers

Star Trek: Discovery recruits three Starfleet officers

The Star Trek: Discovery production has announced Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy and Sam Vartholomeos as the newest additions to the series.

Terry Serpico will star as “Admiral Anderson,” a high-ranking official of Starfleet. Serpico’s credits include Army Wives, Rescue Me and Sneaky Pete.

Maulik Pancholy will star as “Dr. Nambue,” the Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Shenzhou. Pancholy’s credits include 30 Rock and Weeds.

Sam Vartholomeos will star as “Ensign Connor,” a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou. His credits include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Following.

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

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