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Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts Film Gets a Director

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The top-secret Thunderbolts movie now has a director according to reports circling around the internet.

Marvel Studios has tapped Jake Schreier as director and will see Eric Pearson write the script. Of course, Kevin Fiege will produce the film.

Schreier started his Hollywood career by directing Robot & Frank in 2012 and the adaption of the John Green novel, Paper Towns. He has also directed a number of television episodes and multiple music videos.

Pearson is known for writing screenplays for Black Widow and Godzilla vs. Kong. He was also credited for penning the screenplays for the Marvel Cinematic Universe short films The Consultant, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, Item 47, and Agent Carter. Pearson co-wrote Thor: Ragnarok with Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost and has been an uncredited writer on multiple other Marvel films including Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War.

The Thunderbolts film has been rumored around the internet for awhile now, but the hiring of Schreier and Pearson has made the rumors more realistic. Of course, no official word from Marvel and Fiege has been made.

General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross should be connected, as the name of the group comes from his nickname, but some of the characters who could potentially be appearing in the film include Baron Zemo, Yelena Belova, Ghost, Taskmaster, The Abomination, US Agent and the Winter Soldier.

Thunderbolts made their comic book debut in 1997 in The Incredible Hulk #449. The original roster included Citizen V, Mach-1, Meteorite, Atlas, Techno, and Songbird. However, the roster has changed numerous times over the years.

Not much is known about the film’s plot besides it featuring a group of supervillains who go on missions for the government. Release date will be released at a later date.

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Werewolf By Night Special Presentation Preview

The Werewolf By Night special presentation will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, October 7  just in time for the Halloween season.

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The Werewolf By Night special presentation will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, October 7 just in time for the Halloween season.

A secret group of monster hunters gather at Bloodstone Castle following the death of their leader and engage in a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic, which will bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.

Werewolf By Night, also known as A Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf by Night, was co-directed by Michael Giacchino and Jaycob Maya. Giacchino is widely known for composing music for The Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jojo Rabbit, and so many more.

Gael García Bernal (Station Eleven, Old) stars in the title role of Jack Russell / Werewolf by Night along with Laura Donnelly (Tolkien, The Nevers) as Elsa Bloodstone and Harriet Sansom Harris (Licorice Pizza, Memento) as Verusa. Additional monster hunters include Al Hamacher as Billy Swan, Eugenie Bondurant as Linda, and Kirk Thatcher as Jovan, while Jaycob Maya, Daniel J. Watts, and Leonardo Nam appear in undisclosed roles. Also slated to appear in the special are Ulysses Bloodstone, Elsa’s monster-hunting father.

Members of the Time Variance Authority are expected to appear in the Werewolf By Night special presentation connecting it to another Disney+ series, Loki.

The Werewolf By Night special presentation will last 60 minutes and will share continuity with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the debut trailer we got our first glimpse of Man-Thing joining the MCU. Man-Thing previously made a Marvel appearance in the 2005 film, prior to the release of Iron Man in 2008 and the MCU.

The Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation is based on the Marvel Comics character by the same name. Werewolf By Night was created by Roy Thomas, Jeanie Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Mike Ploog. He first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #2 (February 1972).

Set those spooky calendars for October 7, 2022 as we get our first special from the minds of Marvel Studios on Disney+.

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2024 Fantastic Four Film Grabs Writing Team

The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters.

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The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer.

The duo will join director Matt Shakman on the film to start forming what the movie will look like when it’s released as part of the sixth phase of the MCU slate of films. The relatively unknown writers penned the in-development film Disaster Wedding from director Max Barbakow. Deadline’s report suggests Kaplan and Springer have been working on the film for a moment, even before the hiring of Shakman as director.

Fantastic Four‘s creative team have a big challenge ahead of them as the first few attempts at the film with the super team have all fallen short. The Fantastic Four are some of the oldest and most beloved teams in Marvel Comics history and deserve a film that lives up to the teams lore. The 2005 film was dreadful and the sequel in 2007 also failing. Josh Trank, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Kinberg attempted a reboot in 2015, when 20th Century Fox still owned the rights, which was one of the worst rated comic book movies of all-time.

The MCU reboot will hit theaters as the first film in phase six on November 8, 2024 setting up what will end up being one of the greatest years in MCU history. At least that is the hope for Marvel and comic book movie fans around the world.

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28 Worst Rated Comic Book Movies Of All-Time

Some movies are not only the worst rated comic book movies of all-time, but are also some of the worst overall movies.

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Some movies over the past number of years are not only the worst rated comic book movies of all-time, but are also some of the worst overall movies.

Movies on our list include movies which have source material based in a comic book. Some movies didn’t fit our bill, but are still bad movies. Most of the films on this list are from the big-two Marvel and DC Comics.

We base the worst rated comic book movies of all-time list on Rotten Tomatoes critic scores and some rankings include multiple movies as they tied for critic scores at the time of this list.

#18 – Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 29%

Worst Rated Comic Book Movies of All-Time

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Released: March 25, 2016

It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

You would think Batman and Superman in the same film would not let the flick end up on the worst rated comic book movies of all-time list. Guess not.

The Punisher

Released: April 16, 2014

This dark action film, based on the comic book series, follows FBI agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) as he transforms into the vengeful Punisher after criminals murder his family, including his wife and son. Castle is gravely injured in the attack and believed to be dead by Howard Saint (John Travolta), the crime lord who ordered the hit. Following his recovery, Castle becomes a heavily armed vigilante who will stop at nothing to exact revenge on Saint and dismantle his underworld empire.

Punisher: War Zone

Released: December 5, 2008

Frank Castle, aka The Punisher (Ray Stevenson), turns the streets of New York City red as he wages a one man war against the crime syndicate responsible for the death of his wife and two kids. Aided by his trusted sidekick, Microchip (Wayne Knight), he almost kills Billy Russoti (Dominic West) and leaves him horribly disfigured. Billy renames himself Jigsaw and with the help of his crazed brother Loony Bin Jim, recruits criminals from every corner of the city to do battle with Frank.

Both punisher films end up on the worst rated comic book movies of all-time list. Luckily the saved the character with the Netflix series.

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