Ant-Man, X-Force, Captain America: The Winter Soldier: August 16th Comic Reel

Fri, August 16th, 2013 at 8:53am PDT

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

ANT-MAN

Simon Pegg is trolling about "Ant-Man" on Twitter. Pegg, a frequent collaborator with "Ant-Man" director Edgar Wright, posted this photograph from his visit to Marvel Comics.

This, of course, set off a Twitter explosion of speculation that Pegg would be the star of Wright's "Ant-Man." What followed was a hilarious series of Tweets from Pegg.

Although one can never really tell with Pegg, the possibility that he's playing Ant-Man is admittedly slim. However, that won't stop fans from speculating until a cast is announced for Wright's upcoming film.

Opens November 6, 2015

X-FORCE

Mark Millar recently conducted a social media interview via Empire Online, tackling questions about everything from "Kick-Ass 2" to the upcoming "X-Force" film written by Jeff Wadlow -- though he couldn't say much about "X-Force."

"That’s classified information, I’m afraid, but I know it will be the right version and it’s very true to the comics," Millar told Empire, and went on to state that there wasn't anything further he could say -- even as relates to what differentiates "X-Force" from "X-Men."

"Again, I can’t really say without giving it away so I’ll leave that one for Jeff because that’s probably an announcement we’ll make next year because they’ve got a cool take on it," Millar continued. "That was my first question to Jeff when I suggested 'X-Force' to him. I said: ‘What would you bring to the table because you’re going to be doing something that already has an established fan base', so what’s the point in spending half a billion on it if there’s no good rationale for the project?’"

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Red Carpet News TV has posted an interview with Hayley Atwell about her return as Peggy Carter in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

"It's like going back to a family," said Atwell. "You get to revisit a character a couple years later, so it was nice to see Chris [Evans] again and see the team. It's just a really good family, Marvel. They've very protective of their brand because they care about it. They're all big fans of their own comic books and their own stories. They take a lot of time to make sure they get it right for the fans and that's lovely. They're not just churning something out. They're feeding the fans with that nourishment that they yearn for and they crave."

IGN spoke with Cobie Smulders, who discussed her return as Agent Maria Hill in the upcoming sequel, and what role S.H.I.E.L.D. plays.

"Yeah, the world is a very unstable place. You know, there’s so much I can’t say... It’s very hard," Smulders told IGN. "But Cap and Romanoff are basically Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and they go off and do one thing. We’re overseeing everything, and there’s a communication breakdown... I can’t say anything! But it is very much about S.H.I.E.L.D. -- it’s all about S.H.I.E.L.D., basically. But there are so many different components to that agency. Maria plays a small part in the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe, but I like to think an important one. We’ll see."

Opens April 4, 2014

IRON MAN 3

Empire Online has posted a deleted scene from "Iron Man 3" where Sir Ben Kingsley gets to showcase his skill at accents.

Releases on DVD/Blu-ray September 9.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

"Thor: The Dark World" star Chris Hemsworth spoke with MTV about the continuity of the Marvel films and where "Thor: The Dark World" falls in terms of Thor's personal journey.

"'Avengers' is kind of a side step," Hemsworth told MTV. "This is certainly a continuation of it, but at the same time, you know, Thor's journey—I think—picks more so up from, you know, where we left the first one—about to take on the throne, about to earn him the right to the king. And coming to the realization of what responsibility comes with that. [Director] Alan [Taylor] keeps talking about the dark side of that responsibility and the secrets within being king. [You] become sort of very political about what people need to know and what they want to know."

Opens November 9

ARROW

"Arrow" has added a new cast member and character to the upcoming second season. "The Killing" actress Bex Taylor-Klaus will play Sin in the upcoming season of the CW drama. In the DC Universe, Sin is the name of a young girl who was being trained to be the next Lady Shiva, and subsequently rescued and adopted by Black Canary.

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

GAME OF THRONES

The official "Game of Thrones" YouTube channel has posted over 3 minutes of a deleted scene from the series' third season.

Airs Sundays on HBO

DOCTOR WHO

Here's an interesting "Doctor Who" tidbit from The Daily Mirror. Actor Bill Nighy revealed in an interview that he once turned down the role of The Doctor for the long-running BBC series.

"I won't tell you when because the rule is that you are not allowed to say you turned that job down because it's disrespectful to whoever did it," Nighy told The Daily Mirror. "I will say that I was approached. But I didn't want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to 'Doctor Who' or anything, I just think that it comes with too much baggage."

While Nighy isn't specific about when he turned it down, it would be interesting to know whether it was before or after his appearance during Matt Smith's first series as The Doctor. Nighy played an art curator with a fantastic knowledge of Vincent Van Gogh.

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TAGS:  ant-man, x-force, captain america the winter soldier, iron man 3, thor the dark world, game of thrones, doctor who

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