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Mighty Marvel Monday: Rumors for Days

It’s Monday, so you know what that means — time for Mighty Marvel Monday! Let’s take a look at what’s going down in the six-one-six:

STK646764It’s Previews week in brick-and-mortar shops, which means we get a look at what various companies have on the docket for August 2014. The only really interesting development in the Marvel booklet was the announcement of who would be replacing Brian Wood on the adjectiveless X-Title: Marc Guggenheim (TV’s Arrow) will take over the book. If you recall, Wood left the all-female X-book under circumstances of “no drama” that definitely had nothing to do with the sexual harassment claims levied against him by Tess Fowler last year. Marvel made sure to back up that fact in a classy, subtle way: in all caps, being sure to mention that this in an ALL-LADIES TEAM (also, they are going into space or something):

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After it was announced, accompanied by the chorus of a thousand hearts breaking, that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing Ant-Man, the Internet exploded into rumors of who would be taking over the director’s chair on what is likely one of Marvel’s riskiest film endeavors. The frontrunner on the rumor mill was Adam McKay, director of Anchorman and Step Brothers, but thanks to a vague post on the director’s twitter, that now looks less likely. Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) were also named as potential candidates. Judging from this list, I think we can safely assume what kind of tone Marvel is going for with the Ant-Man movie. Personally, I think a dark comedy seems like a safe choice. The character has behaved less than favorably in the past, and because he lacks the brand recognition of most of the other Avengers, a cult director might help bring in new viewers.

According to Bleeding Cool, Marvel and Fox are engaged in some kind of passive aggressive cold war over the Fantastic Four, with Marvel apparently issuing orders to sketch card artists not to use FF characters, and planning to cancel the current Fantastic Four series (and Ultimate FF) as a snub to Fox, who are currently trying to promote their new FF reboot movie. Tom Brevoort, Senior VP of publishing at Marvel, shut this discussion down on his tumblr:

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and also threw some shade at Bleeding Cool for rumormongering:
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Josh Brolin is going to be Thanos. Do with that what you will.
Well, that’s a wrap for this week, Marvelites. I’ve still got pretty much the entire Trial of Jean Grey to read. See you next Monday!