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The Avengers Phase One Box Set To Offer Exclusives On Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America 2, Ant-Man

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4216:]]Remember The Avengers Phase One Boxed Set that came with the cool Cosmic Cube briefcase (right)?

And remember how Disney had to pull it as they didn’t have the rights to the design?

Well, Cosmic Book News did tell you that Disney would be coming back with something better, and now we learn that is indeed the case.

The Avengers Phase One Box Set is back online for pre-order with an April 2, 2013 release — and it comes with a host of new goodies that includes a look at the upcoming Phase Two Marvel Studios movies: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and Ant-Man.

Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige offered to EW, there will be “footage, concept art, and a few new surprises. Also, look for a nod to Iron Man 3 in the Tony Stark S.H.I.E.L.D. file in the box set.”

Currently filming for Marvel is Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, so we’ll most likely see footage from there. We could also see the Ant-Man movie test footage, which has been said to be getting cleaned up for release.

Captain America 2 begins filming in January, so footage from that looks to have pretty much a slim chance of being included.

Regarding Guardians of the Galaxy movie footage, no dates have been announced for filming, but we could see more concept art or possibly a first look at some CGI images of Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

The Avengers Phase One Boxed Set also includes an alternate-ending to Thor with Natalie Portman’s character, Jane Foster.

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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Thor 2: Natalie Portman Spotted On Set

Natalie Portman, last spotted on the set of an untitled Terrance Malick project looking pretty snazzy, was seen filming for Alan Taylor’s Thor 2, “The Dark World,” in London.

Portman reprises her character of Jane Foster, Thor’s girlfriend and scientist, last seen in the first Thor movie.

We’ve seen images of just about the entire Thor 2 cast, everyone but Tom Hiddleston as Loki. What could the trickster be up to?

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Thor 2: The Dark World hammers into theaters November 8th, 2013 directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin,  Idris Elba as Heimidall, Zachary Levi as Fandral and Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed, Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Kurse.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Thor movie hub for images, news and more.

Synopsis:

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

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Thor 2: Was Natalie Portman “Forced” To Return?

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If you have been following all the Thor 2, “The Dark World” news all along you will know that Patty Jenkins was attached to direct the movie previous to Game of Thrones‘ Alan Taylor.

Well, the relationship between Patty Jenkins and Marvel Studios apparently went south, with it said that Jenkins was canned, possibly due to creative differences, possibly due to other reasons — we really don’t know.

Shortly thereafter, news surfaced that Natalie Portman, who played Jane Foster, was upset with the decision to let Patty Jenkins go, and that it was causing “friction” between Portman and Marvel Studios. It was actually said that Natalie Portman was hesitant to return for Thor 2 in the first place, but with Jenkins on board, it re-ignited her desire to reprise as Jane Foster. Of course, once Jenkins was fired, Portman was none too happy.

Now we get a small tidbit about Natalie Portman and Thor 2 with the news that Hugo Weaving says he doesn’t want to do another “Captain America” movie. In their article explaining the Hugo Weaving situation, TG Daily comments that Natalie Portman was forced to return to do Thor 2.

It could be just that TG Daily was making the assumption based on the above information, as they didn’t go into further detail, or perhaps they do have a bit of inside info.

Regardless, Natalie Portman is signed on for Thor 2 and is back, and Hugo Weaving states the only way he will be back for another Cap movie is if he is “forced to.”

For more on Natalie Portman’s role, and why she probably was “forced” to come back – as it seems to be a pretty large role for the sequel – head on over and check out a batch of Thor 2 spoilers.

Thor 2: The Dark World hammers into theaters November 8th, 2013 directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin,  Idris Elba as Heimidall, Zachary Levi as Fandral and Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed, Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Kurse.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Thor movie hub for images, news and more.

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Synopsis:

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery“ #83 in August, 1962.

Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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Nice Set Pic of Thor 2’s Natalie Portman Filming Untitled Terrence Malick Project

Natalie Portman will be reprising her role as Jane Foster for Thor 2, “The Dark World,” which is filming right now in Greenwich, London.

However, Natalie Portman is also filming another movie in Austin, Texas, an “Untitled Terrence Malick Project,” along with Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Benicio Del Toro.

Quite the cast, huh?

While we wait for images of Jane Foster from Thor 2 to surface, how about the following from the set of the “untitled project?”

I thought you would like it (via Reedit).

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Natalie Portman In Talks With Wachowski’s For Jupiter Ascending

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The LA Times Blog, 24 Frames (via ComingSoon.net), is reporting that Natalie Portman may be reuniting with the Wachowski’s on their next sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.

Previously, Portman and the Wachowski’s worked together on V For Vendetta, of which Portman starred as Evey, the protege to Hugo Weaving’s “V.”

Jupiter Ascending, from Warner Bros., is being described as an epic sci-fi franchise, and it was previously reported that the Wachowski’s had been looking for “A-List” talent for the movie.

24 Frames states, “the actress has been courted by Lana and Andy Wachowski to star in ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ the science-fiction movie the filmmakers aim to shoot when they finish cutting their much-anticipated ‘Cloud Atlas.’ Portman, the person said, was seriously weighing taking the part.”

Jupiter Ascending is said to begin production this Fall; however, Portman is signed on for Thor 2, which has a release date of May 2013 and has yet to begin filming. Sounds like there quite possibly could be a confict.

 

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Game of Thrones’ Alan Taylor To Direct Thor 2 (2013)

thor 2With Patty Jenkins being let go of Thor 2, Marvel immediately began pursuing other names to direct the sequel to Kenneth Branagh’s smash hit.

Among the names in the mix was Alan Taylor of Game of Thrones fame, who Deadline now reports will be helming the continuing adventures of the god of thunder.

The departure of Jenkins was not without a bit of controversy as not only did it come out that she was fired, but reportedly, Natalie Portman was furious over Jenkins being let go as well.

Hopefully with Taylor officially on board, everyone can move on to getting the movie done — including work on a new script, as Thor 2 does have a November 15th, 2013 release date.

 

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Thor 2 (2013): Patty Jenkins Was Fired; Natalie Portman Upset With Marvel

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When we first heard that Patty Jenkins left the director’s chair for Thor 2, it was stated due to “creative differences.”

Meaning, maybe she just left on her own.

However, now word comes via THR that Jenkins was actually fired – “without warning.”

That’s not all, as apparently, Natalie Portman, who plays the character of Jane Foster, is none too happy about it.

THR states that Portman, who is contractually obligated for the sequel, was hesitant to do Thor 2 in the first place, as the actress would rather stay at home with her new baby. However, as Portman was said to be part of the process in getting Marvel Studios to hire Jenkins, this seemed to reignite her passion for the movie.

THR also states that Portman heard about Jenkins’ dismissal after it was already made known publicly, and now Marvel Studios is attempting to smooth things over.

Regarding just why Patty Jenkins was let go seems to be a case of “he said, she said.”

One source says Marvel was afraid Jenkins wouldn’t have been able to make the November 15th, 2013 release date due to “lack of clarity.” 

While another source says Marvel ended up getting cold feet about Jenkins’ direction for Thor 2, which was said to be a strong vision, with the director stating she didn’t think she even had a chance to helm Thor 2 as it was.

Regardless what the reason, Marvel Studios has been getting some bad press as of late in regards to their direction of their movies.  Mickey Rourke let his feelings be known regarding his character Whiplash in Iron Man 2, how Marvel interfered with his portrayal. There is also speculation that John Favreau didn’t return for Iron Man 3 due to similar interference for the second Iron Man movie. In addition, THR says there have been budget issues with paying actors, namely Rourke and Scarlett Johansson.

Currently Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan, of Game of Thrones fame, are in the mix to helm Thor 2, with the Taylor said to be the frontrunner.

Personally, if it happens that Portman is let go because of this, I would be fine with it. I felt her performance was the weakest of the movie.

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Movie Review: Black Swan

Once upon a time, yours truly had an insatiable crush on one Natalie Portman.  I found the tempered violence crafted by Luc Besson in The Professional (1994) to be utterly ridiculous without the extremely sincere performances of Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and this 13 year old little girl who had an on-camera presence well beyond …

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