The Hollywood trades are all reporting a new deal between cable network TNT and Marvel Studios for the network television premiere rights to Marvel’s next five theatrical releases, starting with May 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and including May 2016’s Captain America 3. Each of the five films is reportedly tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release.
Interestingly, it doesn’t appear the rights to 2014’s so-far two biggest theatrical hits - Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier - have been announced yet, although their mostly likely eventual home would be FX, who has lately nabbed the rights to most major box office hits including Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.
“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,” said Deborah K. Bradley, senior vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “These movies will play a key role in TNT’s long-term success, especially among key adult demos.”
And speaking of superheroes on TV, the CW has released the official season 3 poster for their demo-hit Arrow, which premieres October 8.
The poster shows the first real representation of Laurel being part of “Team Arrow,” after learning Oliver’s secret at the end of Season 2. It also gives us a fresh look at Roy in his new, full costume (not just a hoodie and jeans).