Samsung and Marvel have joined forces to assemble a team of substitute Avengers with qualities similar to the iconic superheroes -- and gotten a veteran superhero director to make it happen.
Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has assembled 4th grader Bobby Martinez as Captain America, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacey as Hulk, mechanical engineer Sasha Blanc as Black Widow, pro cyclist Fabian Cancellara as Hawkeye, pro surfer John John Florence, and soccer player Leo Messi. In the two-part promo video titled "Assemble," the six are given special briefcases that unlock to reveal special edition Avengers-themed Galaxy S6 Edge phones before the floor lowers into a secret base, promising more adventure to come.
Check out part one of the commercial here. The second part is due to be released April 30.
Ryan Phillipe Teases Possible Marvel Role
In an interview with Howard Stern, actor Ryan Phillippe discussed the possibility of starring in a Marvel series, saying the studio had approached him about a possible Netflix role. While Phillippe gives no indication whether he's in talks for a lead role, or which Netflix series he's talking about, Danny Rand/Iron Fist and Bullseye are two possible roles Marvel may be seeking someone of Phillipe's stature for.
Listen to the interview clip right here, and be warned, there is some NSFW language.
President Obama Thanks Japan for Karaoke, Anime, and Emoji
In a speech welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the US, President Obama jokingly thanked the Prime Minister, and his nation, for their gifts to American culture, including karate, karaoke, manga, anime, and emoji. Check out the video right here.
Superheroes and Supervillains Clash in Flash Episode "Rogue Air."
Check out new stills from upcoming Flash episode "Rogue Air," courtesy of ComingSoon. The official episode description is as follows:
“As Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) once again gets the upper hand on the S.T.A.R. Labs team, Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes he needs to make a big move and reaches out to an old foe, Captain Cold (guest star Wentworth Miller), for help. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) warn Barry that Cold can’t be trusted. True to form, Cold has his own agenda that involves the meta-humans trapped in the containment cells. As things seem to be going from bad to worse, The Flash gets reinforcements – Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) and Firestorm (guest star Robbie Amell).”
"Rogue Air" is the penultimate episode of the Flash's first season, with the finale, "Fast Enough," set to air on May 19.
Maker Studios Begins Partnership With Marvel
USA Today is reporting that Disney acquistion Maker Studios is teaming with several of the parent company's outlets to produce exclusive content. Among the outlets is Marvel, with which Makers will reportedly produce original digital content and programming based on current Marvel releases. No date for the first collaboration has been given.