After getting the rights for popular movie franchises, “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games,” the Turner-owned cable network sets its sights on Marvel, landing rights to five of the studios upcoming pics. Read on to know more on this story.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), TNT announced the deal on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, where the network will receive the rights for distribution of the television premiere of Marvel’s five unreleased films, which includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron” dated for May 1, 2015 and “Captain America 3” for May 6, 2016. The contract has dated pics booked up to 2019, with each of the five films to premiere on TNT two years after their initial theatrical release. The other three movies are still unconfirmed, although in retrospect with Marvel’s previously unveiled titles the Paul Rudd-starrer “Ant-man” slated for July 17, 2015, and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and “Doctor Strange” might be included on the said contract.
“Marvel’s brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we’re excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT’s arsenal of high-quality genre fare – These movies will play a key role in TNT’s long-term success, especially among key adult demos” said senior VP and head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System Deborah K. Bradley.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will follow the events of the original film. With S.H.I.E.L.D.’s abolition on “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats, Tony Stark creates Ultron, a self-aware, self-teaching artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark’s Iron Legion. However, things go awry as his plan quickly backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth. The team must now stop Ultron’s nefarious plans and save the day except they will be hindered by new characters: the Vision, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
The original cast will be suiting up to reprise with roles along with Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Kretschmann and Stellan Skarsgård. Claudia Kim was cast as a scientist and friend of Tony Stark, while Andy Serkis is playing an undisclosed role in the film. James Spader plays central villain Ultron.
Paul Bettany, who voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. (Tony Stark’s AI butler) in previous films, will now play the synthezoid Vision, an android who is able to control his density which enables him to phase through walls, fly or have a diamond-hard near invulnerability. The Vision will be joined by Magneto’s twin daughter and son: Pietro Maximoff and Wanda Maximoff/Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015 in North America in 2D and IMAX 3D.
“Captain America 3” is the third installment of the “Captain America” franchise, which stars Chris Evans as the star-spangled titular Captain America and is part of MCU’s phase three project along with “Ant-Man,” “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” Other information regarding the movie has not been disclosed yet, but helmer Joe Russo says that the title has been thought of for a very long time by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “Captain America 3” will hit the theaters on May 6, 2016.
“Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, the titular size-shifting con man turned hero, Ant-Man; Michael Douglas as Henry Pym, scientist credited for the discovery of Pym particles which enables size alteration; and Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll who will play Hope van Dyne and central villain, Darren Cross or Yellow Jacket respectively. John Slattery, who previously played the role of Howard Stark, Tony Stark’s father in “Iron Man 2,” joined the cast along with Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington and rapper-actor T.I. “Ant-Man” is directed by Peyton Reed, known for his works including “Bring It On,” “Down with Love” and “The Break-Up.” It will hit the big screens on July 17, 2015.
Release dates for “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” are still unknown.
That’s it for TNT landing rights to Marvel Studios’ five upcoming titles. For more updates on upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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