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Deadpool Added to Marvel Powers United VR

Deadpool is the latest addition to the Marvel Powers United VR roster, joining Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Rocket Raccoon, Oculus announced today.

In a blog post, the company also detailed the previously announced Marvel Powers United VR demo that will be playable this weekend at Comic-Con. The four-player demo can be found at the Marvel booth and pits players against Guardians of the Galaxy's Ronan the Accuser, "with the help of the Inhumans’ teleporting dog Lockjaw."

Oculus previously announced Marvel Powers United VR's final roster will include over a dozen playable characters, who will continue to be revealed leading up to its 2018 release date.

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Nightwing Director on What It Will Take to Play the DC Hero

Chris McKay, director of the upcoming live-action Nightwing movie, recently revealed what he requires from the actor who eventually lands the "grueling" superhero role.

"He has to," McKay said when asked if the actor will have to share his love for the DC hero. "It has to be full commitment," he added, noting that it's "going to be grueling from a martial arts, gymnastics and stunt perspective."

Nightwing-director3 Via Chris McKay on Twitter

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First Look at The Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hope van Dyne actor Evangeline Lilly has shared the first image of The Wasp from next year's Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The image, posted on Twitter by Lilly, is the focal point of a D23 Expo banner and, for the first time, shows her character in costume as The Wasp.

Via Evangeline Lilly on Twitter

Lilly stars in Ant-Man and the Wasp alongside Paul Rudd, Michael Pena, Michael Douglas and Game of Thrones' Hannah John-Kamen. Fresh Off the Boat star Randall Park recently joined the cast as SHIELD agent Jimmy Woo.

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Umbrella Academy Comic Getting Live-Action Adaptation

A live-action TV series based on Gerard Way's graphic novel, The Umbrella Academy, is coming to Netflix.

The streaming giant announced it has ordered a ten-episode season of The Umbrella Academy that will debut in 2018. Here's a synopsis of the upcoming series, courtesy of Netflix:

"The Umbrella Academy is a live action series that follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) -- The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin -- as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities."

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Judge Dredd TV Series May Include ‘Dark Fantasy Elements’

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley recently shared a few details about the Judge Dredd TV series, saying he'd love to see it explore "dark fantasy elements."

In addition, Kingsley told SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar) the series "will combine the macabre with the insane and the light-hearted." He added, "

a big place, after all, with 400 million stories to tell."

Kingsley also addressed how the TV format will allow for a new type of storytelling within the Judge Dredd universe, saying, "Long-form storytelling makes showing Mega-City One and its inhabitants much easier. Trying to fit all of that into a two-hour movie is very hard."

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Animated Spider-Man Movie Casts Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, Moonlight) has reportedly joined the voice cast of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's upcoming animated Spider-Man movie.

The Tracking Board reports Ali will play Miles Morales' uncle, Aaron Davis (a.k.a. the Prowler from Marvel's Ultimate universe). Additionally, Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry is reportedly joining the cast as Jefferson Davis, Miles' father and Aaron's brother.

Ali as Cottonmouth in Netflix's Luke Cage Ali as Cottonmouth in Marvel's Luke Cage

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G.I. Joe: Hasbro Seeks to Reboot Movie Franchise

Hasbro is looking to once again partner with Paramount Pictures for a G.I. Joe movie — only this time, the company is looking to take "a more millennial approach."

That's according to Hasbro's Simon Waters (via Los Angeles Times), who said, "The world has changed, and I think you’re going to see G.I. Joe changing with it. There’s going to be a much more contemporary approach to the whole franchise, and that will allow us to develop different characters."

A G.I. Joe movie, The Rise of Cobra, was released in 2009 and followed by a sequel, Retaliation, in 2013. Both films grossed over $300 million USD worldwide. However, as LA Times notes, Hasbro is looking to broaden the franchise's appeal, much like its been able to do with the Transformers movies, which have grossed between $700 million and $1.1 billion USD worldwide.

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Iron Fist Star Responds to the Show’s Poor Reviews

Finn Jones, star of Netflix's Iron Fist, has responded to the largely negative reviews the latest Marvel series has received from critics so far.

"Well I think there’s multiple factors," Jones told Metro. "What I will say is these shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans. I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens, and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see."

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Ant-Man 2: Douglas Confirms He’ll Return as Hank Pym

Michael Douglas has confirmed he'll be reprising his role as Dr. Hank Pym in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

"Getting ready to play Dr. Pym again in Ant-Man 2," Douglas wrote on Facebook. "Need to start growing the goatee now." In the post, Douglas also revealed the sequel will begin shooting in July.

Ant-Man director Peyton Reed is back at the helm, and Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily and Michael Pena's Luis will also return for the sequel.

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Black Panther Casts People v. O.J. Simpson Actor

The People v. O.J. Simpson actor Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast of Marvel's upcoming Black Panther movie.

According to Marvel, Brown will play N’Jobu, "a figure from T’Challa aka Black Panther’s past." He joins a cast that already includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, and Danai Gurira, among others.

PvOJ-SterlingKBrown-1280 Brown as Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson

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