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The 10 Best Marvel Movie Casting Decisions (So Far)

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The news that Paul Rudd will play Hank Pym in the 2015 Ant-Man movie is the latest piece of inspired casting from Marvel Studios. Rudd will bring charm, humor and an appealing eye-twinkle to what may prove to be Marvel's most comedic movie under writer Joe Cornish and writer-director Edgar Wright.

Marvel characters have found tremendous success on the big screen, both in Marvel's own "in-house" movies such as the Avengers line and in those produced by other studios, such as the Wolverine/X-Men films. Bringing an established character to the screen is an unusual challenge because readers have a strong idea of what they want to see, and actors want to bring something new to the role. ComicsAlliance offers its view on the performers who pulled this off best.

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The ComicsAlliance Guide To Comic Book Movie Casting Redundancies

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How many comicbook movies are on your gift list for Christmas or Hanukkah? Does it already include The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man? Are you chuffed enough to request the The Dark Knight Trilogy on Blu-Ray, or are you nervously holding your wad for April 2013, when the 10-disc Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One drops like a ton of bricks? When it finally comes time to plop down and watch your superhero flicks, new or old, you will have to come face to face with a startling fact: throughout the relatively short history of comicbook movies, a whole lot of actors have played more than one character. How can you reconcile that in your OCD-afflicted,

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VFX Artist Tim Miller to Direct ‘Gravel’ Based on Warren Ellis & Mike Wolfer’s Comic

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The co-founder of Blur Studio, the animation and visual effects house best known lately for the very memorable opening credits for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and to ComicsAlliance readers for The Goon animations, Tim Miller will direct a live action film based on Gravel, the Avatar Press comic book seri

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‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ Is Not Very Good [Review]

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Believe it or not, I had high expectations for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine (Crank) making a Ghost Rider movie with Nicolas Cage at his most ridiculous is a combination that had a lot of potential to be great and completely over the top, which is exactly what I want out of Ghost Rider.

Unfortunately, that's not exactly how

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Batman, ‘The Daily Show’, and the Fall of Western Civilization

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New ‘Penny Arcade’ Strip Inspired by ComicsAlliance’s ‘Thor’ Editorial

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In what is surely the comics commentary equivalent of the pride musicians feel when "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies their songs, we're proud to announce that Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have produced a new Penny Arcade comic inspired by ComicsAlliance's

Racists Totally Freak Out Over Idris Elba Playing Norse God in ‘Thor’

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Did you know that the totally made-up-by-medieval-drunks gods of Norse mythology were all white? Literally none of them were African. We didn't know that, but thanks to the prodigious efforts of the Council of Conservative Citizens and their friends at Boycott-Thor.com, the truth has been revealed: Heimdall, Sentry of Asgard, was white and Idris Elba, the English actor hired to portray Heimdall in Marvel Studios' Thor, is black! BLACK!

More on this scandalous development after the jump!

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