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Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 Announced by Netflix

Frank Castle will return to fight some more thugs in another season of Marvel's The Punisher.

Netflix has announced The Punisher has officially been renewed for a second season. However, a release date for Season 2 hasn't been revealed yet. You can check out the brief announcement teaser below.

The Punisher premiered on Netflix on November 17. We scored Season 1 a 8.5, saying the show "sets itself apart from the rest of the Marvel Netflix series with a great first season." The show stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, along with Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, and Amber Rose Revah.

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New Avengers Digital Series Goes Back to Basics

The upcoming Avengers: Back to Basics comic follows the Marvel superheroes trying to save North America from a mysterious threat.

This six-issue bi-weekly series is written by long-time Marvel writer Peter David, with art by Brian Level on issues #1-2 and #5-6 and Juanan Ramirez on issues #3-4. Nick Roche and Chris O’Halloran are doing the covers.

Back to Basics follows the Avengers uncovering a new enemy as a solar eclipse is about to hit North America. It's described as a terrifying tale of Ragnarok and a great entry point for newcomers.

Avengers: Back to Basics art. Image via Newsarama.

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Venom Movie Inspired by These Marvel Comics Stories

Sony's upcoming Venom film starring Tom Hardy will be inspired by the Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes comic storylines.

Collider reports director Ruben Fleischer revealed this new information during a Comic-Con Experience 2017 panel in Sao Paulo, Brazil this weekend.

Lethal Protector is a six-issue comic book series by David Michelinie and Mark Bagley released in 1993. The story follows Venom and Spider-Man agreeing to not fight each other so as long as Venom will stop committing crimes. The unlikely duo eventually find themselves working together to battle five offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Riot, Agony, Scream, Phage, and, Lasher. Lethal Protector sees Venom moving out New York City for San Francisco, and Tom Hardy confirmed during the Comic-Con panel that the Venom movie takes place in San Francisco as well.

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Ben Affleck’s Batman May Be in Flashpoint Movie

Ben Affleck's Batman may appear in the Flashpoint movie but is unlikely to get his own solo film.

Variety reports Affleck might don the cape and cowl once more for Flash's first solo movie, which will adapt the popular 2011 Flashpoint comic storyline. However, it appears highly unlikely Affleck will actually get to portray the Dark Knight in director Matt Reeves' The Batman.

Reeves reportedly wants to cast the role with fresh talent. Recent rumors suggest Jake Gyllenhaal might be up for the role, but Warner Bros. has yet to officially comment on the matter.

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Shazam! Casts IT Actor as Captain Marvel Jr.

IT star Jack Dylan Grazer has joined the upcoming DC film Shazam!

According to The Hollywood Reporter Grazer, who plays Eddie Kaspbrak in IT, will portray Billy Batson's (Asher Angel) best friend Freddy Freeman. He's the only person who knows Billy can transform into the adult superhero Captain Marvel and, in the comics, eventually becomes a superhero himself, Captain Marvel Jr. However, it's not known if this'll actually happen in the film.

Jack Dylan Grazer in IT.

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Why and When Hugh Jackman Turned Down James Bond

Hugh Jackman has revealed why he turned down the chance to play James Bond.

In an interview with Variety, Jackman said he had been offered the role of 007 before filming 2003's X-Men 2. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and decided to opt out of portraying James Bond. "I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real," Jackman said.

Additionally, Jackman was told if he agreed to play James Bond, he would have no creative input on the franchise. "And the response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say. You just have to sign on,'" Jackman added. "I was also worried that between Bond and X-Men, I’d never have time to do different things."

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Chris Evans Pitches Captain America/Human Torch Movie

Should the Disney/Fox deal happen, Chris Evans jokingly suggested a spin-off movie where he plays both Captain America and Human Torch.

Evans pitched the idea on Twitter, noting he has a particular genre in mind for the film. "So who do I talk to about a Cap/Human Torch buddy comedy spin-off?" Evans tweeted. "I'm thinking Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Parent Trap."

Evans portrayed Human Torch in 20th Century Fox's 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe a few years later as Captain America. Evans' pitch comes in the wake of recent reports suggesting Disney is closing in on a deal to buy most of Fox and gaining the rights to Fantastic Four.

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Shazam! Star Compares DC Movie to Guardians of the Galaxy

Shazam! star Zachary Levi thinks the upcoming DC movie could be similar to Guardians of the Galaxy.

While speaking at the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in San Jose this weekend (via Heroic.Gateway), Levi praised director James Gunn's Marvel film about the unlikely intergalactic heroes. According to Levi, who will play Earth's Mightiest Hero in the movie, Shazam! could have the same lighthearted comedic tone as Guardians.

"James Gunn and the gang killed it," Levi said of Guardians. "I think Shazam kind of has the possibility to do that."

The reason Levi likens Shazam! to Guardians of the Galaxy is because Shazam is not like most DC superheroes, such as Batman and Superman.

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Netflix Picks Up Sabrina the Teenage Witch Horror Series

Netflix has picked up the Sabrina the Teenage Witch horror series for two seasons after its previous development at The CW.

Deadline reports the series will be inspired by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book and will be much darker than the 1996 Sabrina TV show starring Melissa Joan Hart. Instead, this new take will have a tone similar to The Exorcist, focusing on Sabrina’s struggle being half-witch and half-mortal.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Art by Robert Hack. (Archie Comics)

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Netflix Picks Up Sabrina the Teenage Witch Horror Series

Netflix has picked up the Sabrina the Teenage Witch horror series for two seasons after its previous development at The CW.

Deadline reports the series will be inspired by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book and will be much darker than the 1996 Sabrina TV show starring Melissa Joan Hart. Instead, this new take will have a tone similar to The Exorcist, focusing on Sabrina’s struggle being half-witch and half-mortal.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Art by Robert Hack. (Archie Comics)

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