Chinese Movie Theaters Promoting ‘Justice League’ Use Poster Showing Brutal Death of Marvel Heroes

So this is pretty nuts.

And hilarious.

Hilarious and nuts. On a Tuesday. Don’t ever say that I don’t give you anything.

Reports have been coming in from China that a number of movie theater chains there are using quite a…unique…piece of art to promote the latest DC juggernaut. No, not a clip of Sad Batffleck—rather a mocked-up poster featuring several Marvel characters, freshly slaughtered by their DC counterparts.

According to Reddit it’s not just movie theaters either, but also a video hosting site (‘iQiyi’) doing promo for the movie, as well as the ticketing app of China’s largest cinema chain, Wanda Cinema.

I mean it’s like something out of South Park and I’m in love with it.

Let’s have a look at this thing:


We’ve got Diana, striking her model pose while impaling Logan who prepares to bite off of Henry Cavill’s trouser snake in retaliation.

There’s Batffleck, holding Thor’s head as a trophy to bring home to Alfred.

Also featured is Aquaman, impaling Deadpool on his trident, finally having gotten sick of all the, ‘What’s he gonna do, call in the fish cavalry?’ cracks at his expense.

Aaaaaaand bits of Iron Man strewn across the colourless DC landscape as well as a gigantic Captain America squashed underneath Ezra Miller’s super fast feet.

And as a cherry on the cake we get the hashtag #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty crammed into the corner of the poster, which—well, I dunno what the hell that means or what it’s got to do with this carnage, but sign me the fuck up!


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This Punisher Character Is About to Become an Infamous Marvel Villain

Warning: spoilers for The Punisher season one below!

Season one of The Punisher ends on a beautiful but quiet note in the final scene, with Frank attending his first veterans’ support group meeting led by his friend Curtis. But that doesn’t mean The Punisher is going quietly into that good night. It hasn’t been renewed for a second season . . . yet, but if when it is, we think we know which famous Marvel villain Frank Castle will be facing off with. Read on for our theory, but be warned of major spoilers for the season one finale of The Punisher.

In the finale, Frank and former best friend Billy Russo have their final face-off at the Central Park carousel where Frank’s wife and children were murdered. It’s a gruesome, bloody fight, and at one point, Frank slams Billy repeatedly into a glass mirror, then rakes his pretty face down the jagged glass. Later, in the hospital, Frank learns that Russo survived his injuries (after an 11-hour surgery), but it’s unknown if he’ll ever wake up, let alone regain substantial brain function.

We suspect Russo will not only wake up, but that he’ll assume the role of one of Marvel Comics’ greatest supervillains: Jigsaw.

Jigsaw first appears in a Spider-Man comic in 1976, but really rises to the forefront when he becomes an archenemy of the Punisher in the mid-’80s. In the comics, Billy Russo’s backstory is that after being kicked out of his home by an abusive father, he begins working as a hitman for New York’s mob bosses. He is eventually hired by Frank Costa to kill everyone connected to Frank Castle, including Castle’s immediate family. Costa is later revealed to be the human form of a hell lord named Olivier (which is not a storyline the TV series has employed, just an interesting aside).

Anyway, Russo carries out the hits, but Castle manages to survive. He eventually tracks Russo down and exacts revenge by sending him through a plate-glass window, leaving Russo’s face with jigsaw-puzzle-like scars (hence the name). Russo adopts his villainous persona of Jigsaw and later faces off with both the Punisher and Spider-Man again several times over the years in the comics.

None of that is used in Netflix’s The Punisher series. On the show, Castle and Russo are buddies from their time in the Marine Corps. They served together in Iraq and Afghanistan, committing horrific crimes under the orders of Agent Orange (aka Bill Rawlins, the head of covert operations in the CIA). But clearly, Russo and Castle have unfinished business and that, coupled with the horrific facial injuries Castle gives Russo, makes it seem highly likely that Russo will appear in The Punisher season two — and maybe even work alongside another familiar face from the Netflix Marvel shows.

In the comics, Jigsaw appears in the 2016 series «Civil War II,» a crossover storyline that sees many well-known superheroes face off over whether to use Ulysses’s powers of precognition to stop crimes before they happen. One of the segments of «Civil War II» is subtitled «Kingpin,» a four-issue limited series starring Wilson Fisk.

If you’ll recall, Vincent D’Onofrio starred as crime boss Fisk in the first season of Daredevil. In that season, he is not referred to as «Kingpin» yet, which, according to the Marvel Wiki, is because he hadn’t yet assumed that persona.

The Wiki quotes Daredevil‘s then-showrunner Steven S. DeKnight as telling Empire, «There were times when we would have discussions, saying, ‘He’s not acting like the Kingpin,’ and we would have to remind ourselves, ‘Well, he’s not the Kingpin’, which is why he’s not acting that [monstrous] way. He hasn’t gotten to that point yet.»

With D’Onofrio reprising the role of Fisk for Daredevil season three, presumably this is when he’ll fully morph from Fisk into Kingpin, and that may be when he meets Jigsaw.

In «Civil War II: Kingpin,» Jigsaw is part of the team of supervillains the Kingpin assembles, which fits nicely with the Kingpin and Jigsaw from the Netflix Marvel-verse joining forces. It would make sense if these two villains crossed paths or joined forces, forcing the Punisher and Daredevil to do the same.

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Kingpin Is Coming Back to ‘Daredevil’, Because Marvel Needs All The Good On-Screen Villains It Can Get

Deadline revealed today that Vincent D’Onofrio would return as the villainous Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, in the third season of Netflix’s Daredevil. Which… isn’t really a surprise to anyone. He appeared in both previous seasons, he’s one of the best villains in all of the MCU, and they need all the strong villains they can get. Hell, they’re bringing David Tennant back for Jessica Jones season 2 and she literally killed his character off already. Of COURSE they’re bringing back the still-alive critically acclaimed bad guys!

That isn’t to say it’s not good news, though. It’s very good news. After the mystic ninja exhaustion that set in after The Defenders, it’s nice to know that Daredevil will be facing some more tangible forms of badness in the near future. And since we’re just weeks away from seeing The Punisher, it’s the right time to start building up the excitement for the ongoing adventures of the other Marvel/Netflix vigilantes.

Also joining Daredevil season three Erik Oleson, who will be taking over the showrunner duties from season 2’s Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. He’s previously worked on Arrow and The Man In The High Castle — but can he arrange for a good hallway fight? We’ll have to wait and see.

No seriously. We’ll have to wait, because there’s no word yet on when we can expect to see Daredevil season three, let alone season two of Jessica Jones or Luke Cage.


The Marvel Cameo in Thor: Ragnarok That You Haven’t Heard About Yet

Warning: we’re about to dish on a major Marvel spoiler in Thor: Ragnarok.

While that other surprise celebrity cameo in Thor: Ragnarok came out of left field, there’s one character appearance that makes a whole lot of sense. Early on in the third installment of the standalone Thor films, we check back in with none other than Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Basically, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) go to Earth to find their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), whom Loki has left stranded in a human retirement home. Sadly, the human retirement home has been completely demolished. Loki then suddenly vanishes from Thor’s side, and only a small card with a Bleecker Street address is left behind. Thor goes to the address to find our mystical brooding doctor, complete with his magical cape.

Doctor Strange’s appearance is actually kind of a no-brainer. Their big scene gives us serious déjà vu: Thor across from Doctor Strange, drinking a huge beer stein that never seems to empty, asking about Loki’s whereabouts. The reason it feels so familiar is it’s pretty much an exact replication of one of the postcredit scenes for the Doctor Strange origin story film. Except this time, we have context.

As we discover, Doctor Strange has snagged Loki because he’s a danger to Earth. Thor assures him they’re only trying to find their father. Obviously, Strange knows where he is. Once Thor promises they’ll all leave Earth after reconnecting with Odin, Loki included, he whips up a magical portal that leads them straight to their father.

The whole sequence with Strange is very short, probably an inconsequential five or so minutes of the film. Even so, the dynamic between the God of Thunder and this sort of metaphysical wizard is certainly an intriguing one, to say the least. Thor, after all, embodies the old-world magic of Norse mythology, while Strange’s borderline psychic energy has entirely different origins. It’s hilarious to see Thor, an otherworldly being, trying to wrap his mind around Strange’s particular brand of abilities. And now, we really can’t wait to see them reunite in Avengers: Infinity War!

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A Complete List of All the Actors Originally Considered for Roles in the Marvel Universe

Iron Man


Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) was attached to direct when Iron Man was first developed in 1990.

Quentin Tarantino was approached to develop the movie in 1999.

Joss Whedon briefly became attached to the project in 2000.

Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) was actually announced as the director of Iron Man in 2004.

Iron Man

Nicolas Cage was attached in 1996.

Tom Cruise was going to develop it as a starring vehicle for himself in 1998.

Clive Owen was considered.

Sam Rockwell was considered.

Hugh Jackman was offered the role.

Timothy Olyphant screen tested for the part.

Pepper Potts

Rachel McAdams was Favreau’s first choice, but she declined.

Black Widow

Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie were all considered for the role of Black Widow. Eliza Dushku campaigned for the part.

Emily Blunt was originally cast as Black Widow, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

Justin Hammer

Al Pacino was first considered.




Sam Raimi was attached in the 1990s.

David Goyer was attached in 2004.

Matthew Vaughn was attached in 2005.

D.J. Caruso was considered in 2008.

Kenneth Branagh declined to direct the sequel.

Patty Jenkins was originally hired to direct the sequel but negotiations broke down.

Tom Hiddleston jokingly offered to direct, but was turned down due to lack of experience.


Daniel Craig was the first choice to play Thor.

Channing Tatum and WWE wrestler Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) were considered.

Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård, and Joel Kinnaman tested for the role.

Chris Hemsworth ultimately beat out his brother, Liam, for the title role.

Tom Hiddleston also auditioned for Thor.


Jim Carrey was originally the favorite for the role.

Josh Hartnett was rumored.

Charlie Cox auditioned for the role.


Zachary Levi was approached to play Fandral, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.

Dominic Cooper was rumored.

Stuart Townsend was cast, but left due to creative differences.


Mads Mikkelsen was considered, but bowed out due to scheduling conflicts.


Captain America


Louis Leterrier offered, but Marvel declined.

Jon Favreau and Nick Cassavetes were also considered for earlier incarnation of the movie.

Captain America

Sam Worthington and Will Smith advanced to the «talks» stage.

Garrett Hedlund, Channing Tatum, Scott Porter, Mike Vogel, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Wilson Bethel, John Krasinski, Michael Cassidy, Chace Crawford and Jensen Ackles were shortlisted.

Kellan Lutz, Ryan Phillippe, Dane Cook, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Alexander Skarsgård auditioned.

Agent Carter

Alice Eve, Gemma Arterton, and Keira Knightley were considered.

Emily Blunt declined.

Sharon Carter

Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jessica Brown Findlay were all considered.


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kevin Durand, and Josh Holloway all screen tested.


Michael B. Jordan read for the role.




Jon Favreau was originally attached (he declined, but helped produce)

Joe Carnahan was considered.

The Hulk

Edward Norton was set to reprise his role form the Louis Leterrier film, but negotiations broke down. Mark Ruffalo, who was considered for the Leterrier film, stepped in.

Joaquin Phoenix was rumored.

Agent Maria Hill

Amanda Peet was considered.

Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead screen tested.

The Scarlet Witch

Saoirse Ronan and Sasha Pietersen were considered.

Lindsay Lohan auditioned.


Guardians of the Galaxy

Peter Quill

Joel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jensen Ackles, Lee Pace, Wes Bentley, Jack Huston, Cam Gigandet, Sullivan Stapleton, Logan Marshall-Green, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Lowell, James Marsden, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Paul, Michael Rosenbaum, Glenn Howerton, and John Krasinski all auditioned, screen tested or were considered.

Rocket Raccoon

Adam Sandler, David Tennant, Sharlto Copley, Jim Carrey, and H. Jon Benjamin were considered as the voice.


Gina Carano, Rachel Nichols, and Adrianne Palicki auditioned.

Olivia Wilde declined.

Drax the Destroyer

Jason Momoa declined due to scheduling conflicts.

Isaiah Mustafa, Brian Patrick Wade, and Djimon Hounsou were considered (Hounsou landed a different role).




Edgar Wright obviously developed the project before being replaced by Peyton Reed. Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Nicholas Stoller , Michael Dowse, and David Wain were also considered.

Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was considered.

Adrien Brody expressed interest.

Ewen McGregor was short-listed.

Wasp (written out)

Rashida Jones and Emma Stone were considered.

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, and Gary Oldman were all considered.

Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)

Jessica Chastain declined

Paxton (Bobby Cannavale)

Patrick Wilson was originally cast, but had to leave due to scheduling conflicts

Civl War

Spider-Man (Tom Holland)

Everyone under the age of 25 who wasn’t already in the Marvel universe auditioned for the role. Asa Butterfield, Nat Wolff, Charlie Plummer, Timothee Chalamet, and Liam James made it to the short list.

Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)

Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, The Walking Dead) was also considered for the role. Morris Chestnut was also rumored.

Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp)

Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones and Imogen Poots were also considered for the role.

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Ewan McGregor, and Jake Gyllenhaal were all reportedly on the short list.

The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton)

Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy were reportedly up for the role.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Peter Quill’s father (Kurt Russell)

Matthew McConaughey declined.


The Punisher’s Brutal New Trailer Is Already More Exciting Than Any Other Marvel Show

I know that The Punisher isn’t out yet (and the release date is still TBD), but I’m just going to go ahead and call it: it’s going to be Netflix’s most exciting entry into the Marvel universe yet. Jon Bernthal is reprising his role as the hypermoralistic badass Frank Castle, who’s on a mission to uncover the truth about (and get revenge for) the murder of his wife and children. In addition to tons of blood, guts, and John Wick-worthy fight scenes, it looks like Daredevil‘s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) will also make an appearance. Iron Fist doesn’t stand a chance.

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Marvel Plays Us Like A Fiddle: ‘Daughters Of The Dragon’ Edition

So The Defenders didn’t actually start streaming on Netflix last Friday, much to my surprise. Turns out I suck at dates and it actually starts this Friday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This means we’re in for one last week of incessant teases to get us pumped for a show we’ve already sat through, like, five other seasons to get to (assuming you bothered with Iron Fist). At this point I don’t care — I plan to watch for 8 new episodes of Jessica Jones being bitter, and nothing they release is going to change that.

But the Marvel/Netflix marketing team is no slouch. They released a short clip via the Iron Fist twitter account… teasing the meeting of the Daughters of the Dragon!

Look, it’s not much to go on, but it’s still weirdly satisfying to see the worlds of Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) collide. Will they go on to form their own crime fighting team-up the way they do in the comics? Will they just become besties and complain about their superhero friends? It doesn’t matter, because in that brief glimpse Colleen already has more chemistry with Misty than she did with Iron Fist during his entire first season. I know The Defenders is going to have a lot to juggle in 8 episodes, but here’s hoping it still finds time to stick these two ladies together and let them shine.


Even Scott Eastwood Can’t Help but Marvel at His Ripped and Wet Body

Scott Eastwood is hot, and we have a feeling that he knows he’s hot. The Fate of the Furious actor was spotted taking a dip in the ocean in Miami Beach on Sunday, and we’re obviously here for it. Scott, doing us all a solid, ditched his shirt (and beloved jeans) to show off his chiseled abs and large biceps while cooling off in the water during the city’s Swim Week. And what do you do when you’re just that good-looking? You admire all of your hard work, of course. The fitness enthusiast glanced down at his physique while making his way out of the waves before flashing his best brooding face for the cameras. It’s a good thing we weren’t on that beach, because we probably would have thrashed around like a fish out of water to get to him.

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They’re Only Making Super-Hero Movies Now, Part 2: Marvel At Comic-Con


A fresh glimpse of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth is probably the best part of this story. Marvel took a huge infodump (how nicely put) at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. They debuted the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok (aka Chris Hemsworth Has A Better Haircut And Remains A Thirst Trap), showed the first image of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, and announced who would be playing the part of the FIRST Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s kind of a big name. I hope she sings “Cool Rider” in the movie to distract me, because I can only take so much of Paul Rudd’sI’ll always be funnier than you” smirk. (And if you figured out who the actress in question is because of that song title, we are friends til’ the end.)

Deadline reports that Michelle Pfieffer will be portraying Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, in the Ant-Man sequel. Her character used to be coupled with Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym character (aka original Ant-Man) until she got lost in the microscopic void or the Upside Down or whatever. That flick drops on July 6, 2018 and also stars Laurence Fishburne (playing Dr. Bill Foster aka an obscure size-changing hero named Black Goliath), and Walton Goggins (playing evil, wispy assassin Ghost) from Justified.

In Captain Marvel news, Brie won’t be wearing her character’s original costume which is a damn shame (not just for me in a glam sartorial sense, but for drooling fanboys everywhere). The actual news is that the movie will be set in the 90s before the first Iron Man flick’s timeline, and Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising his Nick Fury character with a different look. No, it’s not a ringer t-shirt and Doc Martens. He’ll have two eyes! The captain will be battling one of Marvel’s longest-running alien species – the shape-shifting Skrulls. That’s coming out on March 8, 2019. You can check out Brie and some artwork in a tweet at the bottom.

And the new Thor trailer features our first look at the eternally dreamy Mark Ruffalo when he’s not Hulk-ed out, and more footage of Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Cate Blanchett as HBIC death goddess Hel. That flick looks like an insane mash-up of every superhero/space movie/gladiator film cliche out there and I’m kind of living for it. The other takeaway from this trailer is that Chris Hemsworth’s nekkid body should be in every movie. Can he just play a superhero whose power is nudity? Watch below.

Variety reports new Comic-Con-only footage from the upcoming Black Panther was shown, and the crowd gave it a standing ovation. The ovation was so loud and delighted that the entire cast stood up and applauded themselves and then had a group hug. That opens February 16, 2018.

They might want to call a moratorium on superhero flicks in 2020. They’re not going to be so red-hot popular anymore and, besides, the only thing the world will be watching is Twitler hopefully (please on all that is holy) losing the next presidential election.

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Captain Marvel: The Story Is Going to Involve Some Seriously Twisted New Villains

Move over, Wonder Woman — there’s a new kickass female superhero in town. It was officially announced at Comic-Con in 2016 that Brie Larson had been cast as the lead in Captain Marvel, a new stand-alone film from the titular studio and its first foray into a female-led superhero project. While we don’t know a ton about the upcoming film just yet, we do have a few details. Here’s what you need to know!

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