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The Story Behind That Superman and Muhammad Ali Team Up

In 1978, one of the strangest and most exhilarating comic book issues in DC’s history appeared in stores, featuring one of the greatest team-ups of all time: Superman and Muhammad Ali. Teaming up superheroes and real life personalities was a tried and true trick for comic books: Superman had been paired up with celebrities in the past, such as President John F. Kennedy and Bob Hope before, so when DC Comics wanted to put him together with the World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, it seemed like a match made in heaven. After all, Ali wasn’t too far off from being a superhero himself.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Eyeing Brie Larson for Lead Role

Looks like Marvel’s casting department might be about to pull off another doozy. Brie Larson just took home an Academy Award for Best Actress and next up she might just become Marvel Studio’s first headlining female superhero. Variety reports that the Room star is in early talks with the studio to take on the title role of Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers. No director is currently attached to the project, though MCU chief Kevin Feige indicated we’d be hearing a name by the end of the summer. Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve are penning the script and with Marvel’s recent resume of impressive creative talent, including Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi to Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler, odds are the studio is eyeing some exciting prospects. With Larson’s name now in the mix to lead, those odds just skyrocketed tremendously.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Director Contenders Include Jennifer Kent, Niki Caro

Last night, some exciting Marvel Studios news arrived in the form of Oscar-winner Brie Larson being the favorite to play Captain Marvel, who will lead her own film in what is poised to be the studio’s first female-led superhero movie. Larson would be a huge get for Captain Marvel as the first Oscar winner to lead a Marvel Studios movie, and the actress seems to have a willingness to navigate both blockbuster and indie material post-Oscar win with upcoming roles that range from Kong: Skull Island to a reunion with her Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton for the drama The Glass Castle.

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What The Star Wars: Rogue One Reshoots Likely Will Include

This past Tuesday, it was reported that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would undergo reshoots soon, which immediately worried many fans about what this means for the first of the Star Wars “spinoffs.” The fact of the matter is that most, if not all, major blockbusters dedicate time for extra filming even after principal photography has concluded, but this development has nonetheless got people talking. While a later report indicate that the reshoots are meant to adjust Rogue One’s tone after the movie allegedly didn’t test well, new information now states that they have to do with the characters themselves.

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Did James Gunn Just Reveal A Thor Cameo In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’?

Director James Gunn is currently in production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is sure to bring more intergalactic action to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But a new photo from the set of the film reveals that the Guardians might be joined by another mighty hero. Earlier last Friday, the director posted a photo to Instagram of himself holding Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, leading to speculation that the Asgardian god may make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Anthony Hopkins Joins ‘Transformers 5’

Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast of Transformers: The Last Knight.  Michael Bay will direct the fifth installment of the Paramount franchise that sees giant robots battle for intergalactic supremacy.  Mark Wahlberg will be back to star as the disgraced scientist turned hero, Cade Yeager, and, after a brief one-movie hiatus, Josh Duhamel will also be returning to the franchise as the ever-vigilant Lt. Colonel Lennox. No details were given about the role the English actor will be playing.

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