Marvel Down to Top 2 ANT-MAN Choices? 1st Look at ARROW's BLACK CANARY, More Marvel TV?

Black Canary on Arrow
Credit: CW
Ant-Man test shot
Ant-Man test shot
Credit: Marvel Studios / Edgar Wright

According to a report by Variety, the casting position for Marvel Studios' next leading man is down to two. Ant-Man, the first "Phase 3" movie coming July 31, 2015 from writer/director Edgar Wright reportedly has Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt down as its final front-runners. We had JGL as our #2 contender for the role about a month ago.

It's a bit of an eclectic final two, however, with a twelve-year gap between the pair of actors. Rudd has moved into typically playing "father" roles in his recent Hollywood outings, while JGL is still playing the young bachelor leading man. If accurate the two being up for the same role might indicate that Wright and Marvel aren't quite sure which of two directions they want to take with this movie.

Aside from the pre-production special effects test and another test photo of the costume, not much has been officially released about the film. In fact, Marvel Studios hasn't even said which Ant-Man(s) (there have been three in the comics) will be in the role. While we know Hank Pym, the original, will be in the film, it's possible that Scott Lang or even Eric O'Grady could make appearances, as well. Maybe that means Rudd and JGL are both up for the role of Ant-Man, just with different civilian identities?

More Marvel TV Shows In the Works?

And speaking of Marvel Studios, Deadline is vaguely reporting Marvel is “quietly putting together a package of four drama series and a miniseries — a total of some 60 episodes — that would be taken out to the VOD and cable space, with Netflix, Amazon and WGN America rumored as potential candidates.”

Deadline doesn’t clarify the relationship between the four drama series and miniseries to one another or why they are being shopped to those platforms (Are they unified in some way? Where the hell is ABC in all this?), citing the usual “notorious” secrecy surrounding Marvel projects as explanation for the lack of details.

Deadline does imply that the shows would be shopped as a package, remarking that a 60-episode commitment would be a huge one for a cable or especially VOD platform.

“Feelers had been sent out,” reports the Hollywood trade, with interest from digital and traditional cable platforms already being generated due to the strength of the Marvel brand right now, despite being in “very early stages” with “very little talent” attached.

And of course “reps for Marvel refused any comment.”

Deadline is also unsure if the previous reports of an Agent Carter TV series being developed has any relation to this rumored slate of projects. But given the more obscure profile of the character and that it would be period piece, a shorter run series not on a major broadcast network does make some sense.


Black Canary on Arrow
Black Canary on Arrow
Credit: CW

The first look at Black Canary on Arrow doesn't come from any official CW press release, but instead the increasingly popular social media category of an actor's personal Facebook fan page.

Stephen Amell, who plays the titular character of Oliver Queen, shared this first look image of Caity Lotz in costume as Black Canary - in this world, (Spoiler alert if you're not caught up or somehow missed all the casting news about this over the summer)it's not Dinah Laurel Lance under the mask, though, but her sister Sara. In the series background, Oliver was dating Laurel, and cheated on her with Sara, who had apparently died in the same boat accident that left Oliver stranded for five years (and led to him becoming a vigilante in the first place).

The shot comes from episode 4 of season two of Arrow. This week's episode also sees Bronze Tiger and Brother Blood coming in from DC Comics, alongside the cast of mainstays/recurring characters like Roy Harper, Shado, Slade Wilson, and China White, as the DC TV Universe continues to build. The Flash will appear later this season, as Grant Gustin began filming his role of Barry Allen last week.

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