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By Rob M. Worley     May 07, 2010
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Comics2Film: CAPTAIN AMERICA, Arnim Zola and Toby Jones
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Toby Jones joins the cast of 'Captain America'. Plus: A round up of 'Iron Man 2' hype. Writers talk 'X-Men: First Class'. Once again, 'Luke Cage' rumblings and more! A blaze of power! Amazing armor! It's your Comics2Film 10.5.7!




C2F Quick Hits

  • io9 talks with screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller about collaborating with Bryan Singer on the 'X-Men: First Class' script (they did not make use of the comics of the same name). They also report they've turned in a draft of the 'Damn Nation' screenplay for Dark Horse.
  • The Hero Complex blog reports that Marvel is once again putting some effort into a 'Luke Cage' movie. The hero has enjoyed a resurgence in comics of late, due in large part to Brian Michael Bendis being a fan. He's now toplining the newly revamped 'Thunderbolts' comic. Of course Marvel has been threatening a Cage movie for years and most recently John Singleton has been attached to direct, with actor Tyrese Gibson lobbying for the lead.
  • Director Jon Favreau told MTV Splash Page that when it comes to directing Harrison Ford in 'Cowboys & Aliens', he's going to draw out, "the Harrison Ford where you don't know if he's going to kick your ass or if he's going to buy a drink and he's clearly getting tired of hearing you talk. That's the Harrison Ford I like. The one who's heard enough from you."
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




In a video interview with, actor Chris Evans talks about how developing a Marvel Superhero character for 'Captain America' differs from developing a character for any other kind of movie.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



IRON MAN 2 Hype-a-Rama!

  • Overall, reviews for 'Iron Man 2' have stabilized, with the movie scoring 70% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes after 157 reviews have been counted. That's a good positive score and with the sample set being as vast as it is now, we don't expect it to vary much going forward.
  • In case you're having trouble reconciling your love for the NBA Playoffs with the weekend bow of 'Iron Man 2', Mania helps you find the connective tissue of pop-culture triva that links LeBron James to the movie in the latest 6 Degrees infographic.
  • reports 'Iron Man 2' took in $7.5 million in Thursday sneaks.
  • If you want a catalog of the Easter Eggs to watch for in 'Iron Man 2', CHUD has you covered.
  • Speaking of Easter Eggs, this one is bugging us so when you see the movie, pay attention to the scene in which Tony Stark makes his way through the restaurant in Monaco. He has a very quick exchange with another mogul who is developing a new "jet". Can you catch the name of that character? If so, post it in a comment below.
  • MTV Splash Page chats with Don Cheadle about where he expects War Machine to go in 'The Avengers' and 'Iron Man 3'.
  • Mickey Rourke also talks with MTV Splash Page about the development of the Whiplash character in the film.
  • Hitfix has a chat with Marvel prexy Kevin Feige about 'Iron Man 2' and the future of Marvel.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.





Japan-based Studio Anima has released a trailer for the CGI feature version of Motofumi Kobayashi's manga 'Cat Shit One'. Fans in the U.S. may have read the books, which feature trio of special ops soldiers in Viet Nam under the title 'Apocalypse Meow'. The twist to the series is that Kobayashi depicts the American soldiers as rabbits (a pun on the Japanese word for rabbit, "usagi" repositioned as USA G.I.) . The Viet Cong are depicted as cats, hence the title.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Toby Jones Gene-spliced into CAPTAIN AMERICA Role

Actor Toby Jones is the latest to join the cast of 'Captain America: The First Avenger', according to Heat Vision. Jones is set to play geneticist Arnim Zola in the film.

Visually, Arnim Zola is one of Jack Kirby's most bizarre creations. He's a World War II era scientist and ally of the Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving in the film). He uses his mad science to ensure his survival into the modern day by housing his psyche in an artificial body which only has a small box of electronics for a head, while his human face appears on a large monitor mounted on his chest (which is totally awesome).

Jones is known for providing the voice for Dobby in the 'Harry Potter' movies, but tends towards dramatic fare like 'Infamous', 'Frost/Nixon' and 'W'. Here's hoping we see his video face on a bizarre android torso at some point in the 'Captain America' movie!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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Rheul_home 5/7/2010 6:49:55 AM

Arnim Zola! This movie just sounds better and better with each announcement.

wessmith1966 5/7/2010 7:14:21 AM

Went to a midnight showing of IM2. I thought the movie was terrific and in no way inferior to the first.

Like Cage movie...Someone mentioned in a post a day or two ago how Michael Jai White would make a good Black Panther. White would be a good fit for a Luke Cage movie.

Wiseguy 5/7/2010 7:33:36 AM

I got a jolt when I heard the Arnim Zola news. This gets me more excited and confident going forward than I already was. It looks like Johnston is including characters that should be included in a Cap origin, at least as far as enemies go. Plus I'm loving the casting thus far

Caught 2 showings of IM2 last night, the second by myself as my cousin had to work today so he left. Hey, I don't need company to enjoy this stuff. The movie was great IMO, I didn't think it was bloated with characters or threads for other films the way some are reporting. It felt like a stand alone film yet it it has characters that are part of this universe but didn't feel forced to me. Just like a comic book when a character runs into another. My only pet peeves are the same I had from the first movie also, the main fight with the heavy are just too short and the action needs to be amped up a notch. I felt like that about the first also and I still loved it

IM2's 7.5 mil is not even close to TDK's midnight shows (around 18mil) so like I said before I think about 150 but no record. But I still remain hopeful

Rob, caught the film twice and still didn't really catch the name of the guy you're referring to but whatever it was it didn't ring any bells so maybe it isn't an easter egg, then again my memory sucks sometimes

I'd love a Luke Cage movie but not that enthused with Tyrese Gibson playing the lead. wes, gotta give you props on that suggestion. MJW could fit Cage's persona much better than Black Panther's. He'd be playing someone from the hood which I think he'd be  able to pull off much easier

thecheckeredman 5/7/2010 7:35:22 AM

I'd like to see a HEROES FOR HIRE tv show rather than a Luke Cage movie...a show about Luke and Danny (Iron Fist) hiring themselves (and their super powers) out as private investigationss, bodyguards, security, mercenaries, bounty hunters, etc.  Throw in the Daughters of the Dragon Colleen Wing & Misty Knight as associates as well as.  Allow for occassional MARVEL cameos from folks like Silver Sable, Paladin, the Hood, AIM, or the Hand and have a ball.  It could be a fun, action-packed, sleek super-hero program using b & c list characters...  Oh and throw in Jennifer Walters as their lawyer!  'Natch!   

Wiseguy 5/7/2010 7:40:42 AM

I'd like to add that like Tony Starks I love the badge, gotta have the badge and I find it hard to go on longer than 4 days without the badge

ponyboy76 5/7/2010 7:53:55 AM

i like that little article on CHUD with the Easter eggs, because once I go see it again, I'll be able to look out for those things.

I wouldn't definitely want to see a Luke Cage flick or at least have him show up in one of  Marvel's movies. Maybe he could join the Avengers if and when they did a sequel.

wessmith1966 5/7/2010 7:55:43 AM

I didn't catch the name of the guy in Monaco either. Nothing about that exchange spoke "easter egg" to me. I agree with wise; I didn't feel the movie was too packed with threads for Marvel's movies. I thought there was plenty of action and I was surprised that I enjoyed Scarlett's part a lot. I kind of expected her to be eye candy, but I should have known that Favreau wouldn't do that. Her fight scene in full widow gear was wonderful. All of the characters from Tony to Happy really got moments to shine in the film.

nightwingDG 5/7/2010 8:24:02 AM

Captain America is really seems like it's going to really really cool. I can't to see what they do with it.

Saw IM2, I liked it alright. The end fight was kind of weak. It had it's good moments, funny parts and such. Am I the only one who didn't buy the heavily tatooed Mickey Rourke as a physicist and computer genius? I didn't particularly care for Scar Jo's Black Widow.

I think Luke Cage should be in the Avengers.

Cheesey1 5/7/2010 8:36:38 AM

Re. Captain America casting, if make sense in the chronology of the first film, they should introduce my man Sam Wilson and have him as a support character.  It'll definitely be Cap's story, but the Falcon's a cool character (I like his new wings and he's a tough hand to hand  fighter).   If not in the first one, then definitely in part 2.

aegrant 5/7/2010 8:39:56 AM

I really like that Chud link. Looking forward to catching IM2 with my son tonight. Are there any good previews attached to the movie?

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