Robert Downey Jr. Talks IRON MAN Return, SPIDER-MAN Rumors, Lou Ferrigno Hates MCU Hulk, & More Marvel News

Robert Downey Jr. Talks IRON MAN Return, SPIDER-MAN Rumors, Lou Ferrigno Hates MCU Hulk, & More Marvel News

We have a lot to delve into with this roundup of Marvel news, as Robert Downey Jr. addresses whether he would return as Iron Man, new details emerge about Spidey's future, and more MCU set photos surface!

Welcome to another roundup of Marvel news! There's a lot out there to cover, but rather than writing up every single piece of fresh intel in separate articles, we've collected it for you in one place.

We're diving right in today with Robert Downey Jr.'s thoughts on returning as Iron Man and then taking a look at set photos from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Eternals. There's also a noteworthy update on Moon Knight ,and a big rumour about Spider-Men's universe hopping future. 

Oh, and did Josh Hartnett really turn down the role of Spider-Man once upon a time?

There's lots of great content here for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and beyond), so all you have to do to check it out is click on the "View List" button down below...

Marvel Won't Resurrect Dead Actors With CGI


Marvel Studios has frequently used CGI to make its actors look younger (Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel, for example) but Executive Vice President of Production Victoria Alonso recently made it clear in an interview with Yahoo Movies that they won't be jumping on board the recent trend of resurrecting dead actors: "We haven't considered that."

She also shed some light on how using special effects to create new characters has helped inform Marvel Studios' position on the matter, as "creating" a person simply isn't that easy.
"The experience of doing Thanos and Hulk brought it into very clear view that you need the live performance of Josh Brolin and Mark Ruffalo," she explained. "That’s the magic that’s onscreen; we do everything we can to put them in a position with their counterparts so that we’re getting as much of their brilliance was we possibly can in the final imagery."

Will Robert Downey Jr. Return As Iron Man?

During an interview to promote Dolittle, Robert Downey Jr. was inevitably asked about making a possible return to the MCU as Iron Man following the character's demise in Avengers: Endgame.

"Yeah anything could happen," he initially responded before clarifying his current stance: "As far as I'm concerned I've hung up my guns and I'm good to let it go. I also think that Marvel is on this journey now where they're trying a bunch of other stuff. I'm excited for them to see how all of that goes. It's hard to project but we got a lot of other stuff we want to do."

In other words, we probably shouldn't bank on seeing the Armoured Avenger back in the MCU!

Josh Hartnett Addresses Spider-Man Casting Rumors


30 Days of Night star Josh Hartnett is starting to make something of an acting comeback and when Variety caught up with him to discuss that, the actor was also quizzed about how close he's previously come to landing big superhero movie roles (including as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man). 

"I didn’t turn down Spider-Man," he confirms. "I don’t know where that came from. I’d only turned down Superman as a straight-up offer. But I was, at that time of my career, where a lot of people were asking me to do those types of movies. I’m a little bit outside of the box and had the leverage to do that, and that’s the direction I chose."

It doesn't sound like superheroes are something he's ever been interested in, and chances are that won't have changed now. He likely would have made a better Spidey than Superman, though!

No, The New Mutants Isn't In The MCU


Over the weekend, a post on the D23 website mentioned the release of The New Mutants trailer and included a piece of information that really got fans talking when it described the movie as "a seriously electrifying new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

As this surprise addition to the MCU started gaining traction on social media, the entire post was removed from the site as it was clearly a mistake...unless they revealed something they shouldn't have, of course! That seems highly unlikely, though, as Kevin Feige plans to reboot the X-Men.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Set Photos

Some slightly better quality versions of those recent set photos from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier have been revealed, and you can click the link above for more shots of Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), and the villainous Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). 

Lou Ferrigno Isn't A Fan Of The MCU's Hulk


Lou Ferrigno played the Green Goliath in The Incredible Hulk TV series and would later be used by Marvel Studios to provide the character's voice. That changed shortly after Mark Ruffalo was cast, and the actor has now revealed that he's not a fan of what's happened to the Jade Giant. 

"Today you got all this CGI and everything. I don’t know what direction the Hulk is going," he recently told FabTV. "That’s why a lot of people go back, they refer back to the series because it’s more organic, more authentic." He added that he's also not a fan of the character's current appearance.
"Because it’s CGI, and nothing can replace what Bill Bixby and I did," Ferrigno said. "And the way Disney is shaping it, I’m not very impressed with it. It needs to be a creature. They’ve taken away the chemistry. That’s why a lot of people go back to the series. I have thousands of fans coming up and telling me how much they’re not happy with the way the Hulk looks."

How Will Spider-Man Swing Between The MCU And SUMC?


Take this with a pinch of salt, but the @DRMovieNews1 Twitter account has been dropping some big claims about Spider-Man's future across both the MCU and Sony's SUMC. 

They say that the events of Sony's movies will only be referenced in Spider-Man's movies and not any other MCU releases. Even then, they won't have any real impact on what happens to Spidey in the MCU but those adventures will affect the films Sony releases. 

As for J.K. Simmons' return as J. Jonah Jameson in Morbius, it's said that he'll be shown interviewing Dr. Michael Morbius for Time will tell if any of this is true, of course!

Sersi And Black Knight Get Close On The Set Of Eternals

Once again, we have some higher quality shots from an upcoming Marvel Studios production and, this time, it's Eternals that gets the spotlight. As you can see in the gallery above, Kit Harington and Gemma Chan were spotted as Sersi and Black Knight in their civilian guises getting close (rumour has it that they'll be involved in a romantic relationship which is forbidden by the Eternals). 

Moon Knight's Production Start Date


We're getting closer to seeing Moon Knight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and casting news might be right around the corner if a report from MCU Cosmic is to be believed. Apparently, the show will start filming as soon as this August and that means we could see it on Disney+ as soon as 2021. 

There have previously been only fairly unreliable reports about who will take on the role of Marc Spector, but big casting news for a lot of these Disney+ TV shows should be with us in a matter of months!

An Update, Of Sorts, From Hailee Steinfeld On Hawkeye

I got to meet Hailee Steinfeld at her meet and greet in NY. When I asked her if she would play Kate Bishop in Disney Plus’s Hawkeye, she said “no comment” with a laugh and a smile. Maybe the talks are still going on and there’s hope Hailee can become Kate Bishop. from r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers

This weekend, we got conflicting reports about Hawkeye being delayed "indefinitely" and it was mentioned that Marvel Studios' attempts to cast Hailee Steinfeld could have factored into that.

She currently has a deal with Apple TV which complicates matters, but one fan has taken to Reddit to claim that they got a "no comment" from the actress when they met her at a recent event.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Hits Some Real Delays

This isn't anything too major to worry about, but production in Puerto Rico on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has been delayed by a number of weeks due to adverse weather conditions. 

There are ways around this and Marvel Studios will likely shuffle things around rather than completely halt production, but we'll be sure to let you guys know if anything further is revealed. 

A Closer Look At Spider-Man: Homecoming's Steelbook Cover




Thanks to Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding, we have a detailed, hi-res look at his steelbook cover for 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming. It's not a new piece of imagery, but it is one that we've not seen in such high quality before now and, it shouldl make a great new wallpaper! There's lots more over at his Instagram account, so head there to check it all out. 
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