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Jude Law joins Captain Marvel
Not content with his role as young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, British star Jude is now adding another franchise to his resume.
According to Variety the Oscar-nominated Talented Mr. Ripley actor is now poised to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain Marvel, one that, significantly, is poised to become the first female-led MCU movie.
Starring Room Oscar-winner Brie Larson in the title role, the movie centres on Carol Danvers: a US Air Force pilot who in the #18 edition of Captain Marvel (released in November 1969) sees her genes spliced with those of the alien Kree race. This results in such powers as precognitive abilities, flying and energy manipulation.
Directed by Half Nelson filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden the movie is due for release in 2019 and will see Law appear as Doctor Walter Lawson aka Mar-Vell, Carol's close ally and mentor.
Also on board is Rogue One scene-stealer Ben Mendelsohn who returns to villainous duties as the film's resident baddie (currently undisclosed). Samuel L. Jackson will also re-enter the MCU fold as eyepatch-wearing Nick Fury.
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First Deathstroke image released
As discussed in our Justice League post-credits feature, Zack Snyder's movie gave us our first glimpse at the DC super-assassin played by True Blood actor Joe Manganiello. Following on from that, Manganiello has tweeted a new shot for those too impatient to sit through all those credits – check it out below.
Also known as Slade Wilson, Deathstroke is rumoured to be appearing in Matt Reeves' standalone movie The Batman, although with Ben Affleck's future as the Dark Knight hanging in the balance it's unclear exactly how that will pan out. (Jake Gyllenhaal is rumoured to replace him.)
Deathstroke is also mooted to be getting his own solo movie, with The Raid filmmaker Gareth Evans hotly tipped to direct. In the comics there have been several villainous DC organisations over the years including the Injustice League (comprising, alongside Deathstroke himself, iconic baddies The Joker, Catwoman, Bane and Sinestro), the Legion of Doom and the Secret Six. The exact nature of Deathstroke's big screen debut therefore remains to be seen.
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Ben Mendelsohn really wants to play Doctor Doom
You can never have too much Ben Mendelsohn news, particularly if it relates to him playing the villain. This is the guy who has scared us senseless in everything from Aussie crime thriller Animal Kingdom to the aforementioned Star Wars spinoff Rogue One – but it seems there's one antagonist that Ben is really keen to play.
Step forward Fantastic Four baddie Doctor Doom, Marvel's all-conquering, cape-swirling force of evil who has already been brought to the screen (with decidedly mixed results) in both the 2004 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies, plus the much-derided 2015 reboot. In the former he was played by Julian McMahon and in the latter, Toby Kebbell – but it seems Mendelsohn has now got his eye on the character.
Speaking to MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actor said of the character: "Doctor Doom is the greatest comic character of all time. The thing that's appealing about Victor is the damage and trauma, the loss of the family, the wrong done to him and then the takeover, the revenge, and then the protectiveness of Latveria wrapped in that Cold War vibe."
The aforementioned 2015 movie directed by Josh Trank appeared to put the kibosh on the series with its poor box office and critical response. But, should the franchise be resurrected, we can't imagine anyone else better suited to do justice to this iconic character. Here's a welcome reminder of how delightfully creepy Ben can be.