Comic Con News: Godzilla 2, Skull Island, Ant-Man, Guardians 2, and Doctor Strange

Gareth Edwards and Bryan Cranston on the set of Godzilla (2014) Movie Image

A lot of news came out of Comic Con 2014, but here’s a round-up of the cooler ones.

Up first, it looks like Gareth Edwards will remain on the “Godzilla” train, with the “Monsters” director signed up to direct the sequel to the hit franchise reboot. But it won’t be for a while. Edwards, as you’ll recall, is on tap to direct one of the “Star Wars” stand-alone films for Disney, so that’ll come first before he moves on to “Godzilla 2.”

This time around, Godzilla will be battling monsters Mothra, Rodan and Ghidora.

Doctor Strange Comic BookBeing that Comic Con started life as a comic book convention, you can bet Marvel’s panel was one of the biggest. Well they brought everyone, including the cast/crew of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man” (check them out at a fan signing event) along with making some news elsewhere.

Marvel has confirmed James Gunn will return to write/direct the sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” now set for July 28, 2017.

News also broke that the studio’s troubled production of “Ant-Man” has lost actors Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerald and Kevin Weisman. The film, currently being directed by Peyton Reed (at least, for now), has also added “The Strain’s” Corey Stoll. No word if he’ll be sporting a wicked wig for this one, too.

Heading into Comic Con, there was news that “Gladiator” and “She” actor Joaquin Phoenix was being eyed for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” TheWrap says multiple sources are telling them that “Phoenix is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie.” No announcements, official or otherwise, from Marvel during Comic Con, though. It’s certainly a hell of a casting movie if Marvel can pull it off, sort of like when Natalie Portman ended up in “Thor.” Who saw that coming?

King Kong (2006) Movie Image

And finally, it looks like King Kong will live on past Peter Jackson’s 2005 movie — about a decade later.

Legendary announced that they’ll be taking audiences back to the infamous home of King Kong in a new film currently being set for November 4, 2016. No director or cast were announced, but the studio promises that the film will explore “this mysterious and dangerous place” and “take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.”

So what’s Peter Jackson doing these days…?