Fox willing to let “Daredevil” return to Marvel to keep “Fantastic Four”


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It turns out that Marvel might not be getting any “Fantastic Four” characters back any time soon after all.

Let’s backtrack a bit. Yesterday Variety posted a report saying that “The Grey” director Joe Carnahan is being eyed to direct Fox’s planned “Daredevil” reboot, though the studio has to get the flick shooting before October 10 before the rights to the comic book character revert back to Marvel. The trade explained that a deal could be put in place that allows Fox to have more time with the character if the studio lends Marvel the rights to the “Fantastic Four” universe — namely Galactus and the Silver Surfer.

It sounded like a good deal to us, but Fox isn’t having it. Now Deadline is reporting that insiders at Fox are denying that any swapping of characters will be taking place. In fact, Deadline describes Fox as being “lukewarm” about rebooting the franchise, and would rather let Disney and Marvel get the rights to Daredevil back than have to share Fantastic Four characters. There is the option of Disney co-financing Carnahan’s take on “Daredevil,” but yesterday Variety said his version is a “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller,” which isn’t quite Disney’s shtick.

While we would love to see Galactus pop up in the Marvel cinematic universe, it really doesn’t make sense for Fox to trade off any “Fantastic Four” characters. Josh Trank is already on hand to reboot that franchise, while “Daredevil” has been stuck in the mud for years now. Either way, it seems like Marvel is going to be getting something back. It seems doubtful that Fox will be able to get “Daredevil” off the ground in the next two months, meaning Marvel will at least return him to the fold. And who knows, maybe several years down the road the studio can end up getting “Fantastic Four” back as well, giving Marvel enough time to sneak Galactus into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three.

Would you rather Marvel had control over Daredevil or the Fantastic Four? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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