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Last week, Hot Toys debuted a first look at their Iron Man figure from Avengers: Age of Ultron, showing Tony Stark in his Mark XLIII Armor. The figure is incredibly detailed, with the photos giving us a pretty great idea of what the Mark 43 suit will look like on the big screen. Now, Hot Toys has debuted more from their Avengers 2 lineup, offering a sneak peek at Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow and Thor in their new costumes. We also get a more detailed look at Hulkbuster and Thanos.
Hot Toys debuted the new lineup of figure at the Toy Soul 2014 Expo this weekend. And as you can see in the tweets below, these toys bring a great idea of what we can expect to see from these main characters in 2015. We also get a look at the Hulk, who pretty much looks exactly like he did in Marvel's The Avengers.
We don't get to see some of the newer characters, like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Most disappointing to fans is the absence of Vision. But Hot Toys did debut a life-size Hulkbuster, which you can see in the photos below. That has to make up for it, right? The toy images of Hulkbuster offer our best look yet, and are incredibly detailed. It should be noted that the Iron Man figure shown here is quite different from the one seen in the images from last week. Take a look:December 20, 2014December 20, 2014December 20, 2014December 19, 2014December 19, 2014
First look! Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron "Hulkbuster" at 2014 Toy soul, Hong Kong (1) pic.twitter.com/CH5z45lRhj— ◤Steven G. Rogers◢ (@stevenrogersbot) December 19, 2014December 19, 2014December 19, 2014
DETAILED look at THOR's costume for 'AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON'. pic.twitter.com/mr6cnMqCzm— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) December 19, 2014
DETAILED look at HAWKEYE's suit for 'AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON'. pic.twitter.com/5OOMODMbAN— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) December 19, 2014
HULK, HAWKEYE and BLACK WIDOW figures for 'AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON'. pic.twitter.com/eYrYjU1BXU— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) December 19, 2014
Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.
The Sony Hack Attack continues to make headlines throughout the weekend. Shortly after the FBI confirmed they had proof North Korea was behind the devastating infiltration of Sony Pictures internal database infrastructure, which lead to the mass leaking of emails and documents from inside the studio, and eventually culminated in the cancelation of the Christmas Day release of their comedy The Interview, North Korea still claimed they had nothing to do with the cyber-attack. Today, North Korean officials have proposed that both countries form a joint investigation to find the real culprit behind the Sony Hack.
Both CNN and the Associated Press have reported that North Korea is warning of serious consequences if Washington DC fails to agree to a joint probe that will prove that Pyongyang is innocent, and not responsible for the leaking of documents and the terrorist attack threats made against theaters set to show The Interview. Analysts suggest that North Korea is trying to show sincerity, even though they know the U.S. will never agree to a joint collaboration in investigated this case further. An unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman in Pyongyang proposed the joint investigation. State-run Korean Central News Agency had this to say:
"Whoever is going to frame our country for a crime should present concrete evidence. America's childish investigation result and its attempt to frame us for this crime shows their hostile tendency toward us."
Last night, the official website for The Interview was taken offline. The film's Facebook and Twitter presence were also deleted. At this time, it is not known if The Interview will ever be released. It has been reported that the Obama administration did reach out to China asking for their help in stopping any further North Korean cyber attacks, since the country's telecom lines run through a Chinese-operated network. According to the New York Times, China has not yet replied.
In related news, the Guardians of Peace (aka G.O.P.), the group that has taken responsibility for the Sony Hack, sent an email to various members of the media this morning which contained a message and Youtube link for the FBI. The link led to an introduction spoken in Japanese which was followed by a series of happy faces set against dance music. The refrain, 'You are an Idiot' is sung repeatedly throughout the video. The note appears to claim that the FBI got it wrong in identifying the hackers. The video is not currently available, but the message read:
"By GOP. The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes. We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world. You will find the gift for FBI at the following address."
The Interview comes to theaters in 2015 and stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Tommy Chang, Charles Chun, Dominique Lalonde. The film is directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen.
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While the Sony hack appears to be over for the time being, more information is still coming forward that was leaked from various emails and documents from deep within the studio. By this point, everyone knows that Marvel was working hard to make a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War. That deal never happened, but more details on exactly what was to take place have emerged, and they shed some light on the proposed The Amazing Spider-Man reboot that would have seen Marvel and Sony working close together. It is believed that Sony is still ready to reboot the franchise without Andrew Garfield in the lead.
Some of this new information both confirms and contradicts what we've heard in the recent past. It is speculated by CBM that some of the past information was made up by foreign bloggers looking to cash in on the Sony hack by publishing erroneous information. That has not been confirmed.
These new details suggest that the The Amazing Spider-Man would, and maybe even still will, cary on the story set up in Captain America: Civil War, which finds Peter Parker revealing his true identity to the world. While it has been 98.9% confirmed that Captain America 3 is moving forward without the Spider-Man character, and will instead focus more on The Winter Soldier, it's possible that Sony will still follow this idea that Peter Parker's identity is known to the world at large, which calls in the attention of The King Pin and other iconic villains. It's an idea that may play out in The Sinister Six, and sheds some light on how Captain America: Civil War could have worked in setting up the spin-off, which is still happening.
If Spider-Man were to appear in Captain America: Civil War, Sony would have co-financed 25% of the movie. Marvel would have then co-financed 25% of The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, which is said to be coming to theaters in July 2017. The deal would have also allowed Sony to use two major Marvel characters in their reboot. This, in turn, would have insured Spider-Man's appearance in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018. This would have been followed by a second standalone Spider-Man movie in 2019.
As previously reported, Sony wanted full approval on the Spider-man costume, script and casting, with the new actor said to be signing a three-movie deal. The deal would have made way for a collaboration between Marvel and Sony, with both studios having a say in how things played out. Kevin Feige is said to be the producer of the reboots, with Marvel having control of who replaces him if he leaves. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the producers behind the current The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, would stay on as executive producers. And it must be pre-agreed between both studios that Drew Goddard write and direct the first solo movie. The Cabin in the Woods director is already confirmed to helm The Sinister Six for Sony, and served as a consulting producer on Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series.
The latest documents also gets more into the business side of the partnership. If Marvel misses any of its proposed release dates, Sony would be paid $100 million in damages. And the deal would be terminated. Sony is said to have only three years and nine months to start pre-production on their reboot, but Captain America: Civil War would have reset the clock on this period of time. Sony also asked that they have access to Disney in terms of accessible for Spider-Man's solo movies in regards to Disney owned TV channels, radio networks, theme parks, and more. The Marvel and Sony deal was to be announced during a big press event that was set to happen at a mutually agreed upon date and time.
These details come from internally within the studio, and are said to be a plan that was put together following discussions between Marvel and Sony. This was not the official proposal. While we've heard that talks broke down between Sony and Marvel, nothing has been officially confirmed by either studio. It is believed that a deal between Marvel and Sony may still happen.
The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd, 2012 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott. The film is directed by Marc Webb.
While Uncharted is one of those movies we've heard about for years, it seems like Sony is finally getting serious about bringing this video game to the big screen. The studio has set a June 2016 release date, and the adaptation even has a writer and director attached. But it doesn't yet have a leading man. That may be changing soon, as it is rumored that Mark Wahlberg is still being eyed as Nathan 'Nate' Drake.
It's been four years since Mark Wahlberg first confirmed that he was playing Nathan Drake in an Uncharted movie. At the time, he was set to reunite with his I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter director David O. Russell, who was both writing and set to helm this action adventure movie, said to be in the same vein as Indiana Jones. But David O. Russell dropped out in 2011. Mark Wahlberg left the project soon there after.
Divergent director Neil Burger was attached for a short while, but eventually left the project as well. Now set to direct, Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) has been working with Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal to bring this tale to theaters for the past ten months. In November, it was revealed that Sony wanted Chris Pratt to take over the lead. The Guardians of the Galaxy star passed on the project shortly there after.
In emails leaked during the Sony hack, it is revealed that Mark Wahlberg was approached about coming back to the project this past June. A meeting took place been the actor and new director Seth Gordon. It is mentioned that the studio needs to lock Wahlberg in 'soon'. It is believed that he is the only one that has been approached about the project, though it can't be confirmed at this time that he has officially signed back on. It is only assumed that he is playing the lead, he could be up for a different role.
Other details reveled in the email include the fact that Australia and Mexico have been looked at as shooting locations for Uncharted. It is also believed that Mark Wahlberg was shown a mock trailer for Uncharted that 'blew him away'. And Seth Gordon is reportedly making a movie with more practical effects and less CGI. What do you think of these developments?
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