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Scarlett Johansson to appear in “Captain America: Winter Soldier”

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Captain America won’t be without the ladies in “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”

Not only will he be getting a new love interest for the upcoming sequel, it turns out that Scarlett Johansson will be popping in as the Black Widow. Both Deadline and Variety have the news, which is exciting for fans looking forward to continuity within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s unclear just how big the Black Widow’s role will be, but it’s being described as a cameo.

As for the leading lady, there are five actresses currently fighting for the role. Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Imogen Poots, Jessica Brown Findlay and Teresa Palmer are all testing for the part, and it’s clear that directors Joe and Anthony Russo are looking for a specific type. It’s interesting that most of these women are famous from there roles on TV instead of film, but it seems like Marvel has been drawing more and more from television when creating their films. Our vote’s for Clarke, but that might just be because we’re huge “Game of Thrones” fans.

It will be interesting to see what other previously established Marvel characters make an appearance in this film. Hopefully we’ll get caught up on the Hulk, since he’s the one major “Avengers” character who doesn’t have his own movie coming out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2.

“Captain America: Winter Soldier” is due in theaters on April 4, 2014. It stars Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.

Which of these actresses do you hope is cast as the female lead? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Chris Evans teases “Thor 2″ cameo, “Captain America 2″ plot

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There are many questions to ask about the direction the upcoming Marvel movies will take. What villains will be introduced? Which new superheroes will join The Avengers? How will all the movies tie in to “The Avengers 2″? And which already introduced characters will cameo in the others’ movies?

Chris Evans might have given us an answer to the last one. In an interview with Collider, Evans opened up about the chance that he’ll have an appearance in “Thor: The Dark World.”

“[Chris] Hemsworth and I even talked about that. I would love to do a little thing in ‘Thor 2,'” he said. “It is obviously going to be tricky trying to work out the plot, the reason why I am not there to help him, and why he is not there to help me. But the best thing about Marvel is that, like I said, the movies were so good and we had such a good time making them.”

He also said that there’s a chance “Captain America: Winter Soldier” could touch on some of the Steve Rogers plot points that got dropped from “The Avengers.” We saw some of them recently, and were disappointed we didn’t have a chance to see Cap grieve for Peggy Carter or cope with the sudden transition to the present day on the big screen. Apparently those scenes were cut with the intention of dealing with them in “Winter soldier.”

“They had all those deleted scenes with ‘The Avengers’ because a lot of those scenes are for ‘Captain 2,’ you know what I mean? It was good stuff, but it all felt like that was his story. It is a different movie. With ‘The Avengers’ there was so much to cram in. So I think making it any longer would have just been exhausting. A lot of that stuff [that was cut] is for ‘Captain America 2.’ That is his story,” Evans said. “It is him trying to on a personal level adjust to the fact that everyone he knows is gone and the whole Peggy Carter of it all. There are a lot of things that he kind of has to come to terms with. So I don’t know. I am excited to kind of see flashes of the first Captain, if you know what I mean, and to see his memory of what we now know as an audience of who he was.”

“Captain America: Winter Soldier” is due in theaters on April 4, 2014.

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Anthony Mackie talks playing the Falcon in “Captain America: Winter Soldier”

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The upcoming “Captain America” sequel might be introducing the Winter Soldier, but there’s another new character we’re looking forward to meeting: The Falcon.

It was announced back in July that Anthony Mackie was considering the role, and now that he’s since been confirmed we’re intrigued to find out what approach he will take to the character. SuperHeroHype recently had the chance to catch up with Mackie, where he expressed his excitement about being able to portray one of the first African American superheroes introduced in comics history.

Mackie said that he’s been reading up on the character, though he hasn’t yet seen a page of “Captain America: Winter Soldier’s” script. In particular, he has been reading the “Captain America” run penned by Steve Englehart, which also has a lot to do with the introduction of Bucky as Winter Soldier.

Production won’t start on “Captain America: Winter Soldier” until next March, but Mackie will start his training soon and (we hope) see a script as well. He told SuperHeroHype that he’s especially intrigued by the Falcon’s backstory as Sam Wilson — in particular how he moved to Los Angeles to be a drug dealer and a pimp — but he’s not sure whether or not those elements of the character will be incorporated into the story. “He’s just as anxious as everyone else to see how The Falcon will be used in the movie,” SuperHeroHype writes.

Mackie also opened up with Newsday recently to give a quick synopsis of his character. It’s nothing new to fans of the comics, but it’s a good refresher for everyone else out there.

“I’m playing the Falcon,” Mackie said. “He’s this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, and he can fly, has telepathic powers. He’s the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”

“Captain America: Winter Soldier” is due in theaters on April 4, 2014.

Are you glad Mackie will be playing the Falcon? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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