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General Hospital Actor Jay Pickett DIES on Film Set

Actor Jay Pickett, best known for his work on such daytime soap operas as General Hospital and Port Charles, died last week in Idaho while acting in a western he co-wrote, Treasure Valley. He was 60 years old. At the time of this writing, Pickett’s cause of death has not been released, but the film’s director Travis Mills believes that the longtime actor suffered a heart attack while sitting on a horse.“Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack,” Mills wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.”Mills went on to say that Pickett was “an incredible man” who was “kind, sweet, and generous” to all those who collaborated with him. “It is difficult to find the words right now to say more,” he added. “His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”Pickett’s co-star, Jim Heffel, provided more insight into his death with a Facebook post of his own. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also co-producer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner,” he wrote.Jay Pickett appeared on such 80s classics like China Beach, Mr. Belvedere, Jake and the Fatman, and Matlock before transitioning into daytime soaps. Later in his career, Picket made several guest spots on such shows as Dexter, The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rosewood, and Queen Sugar. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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    Five Netflix Marvel Characters We’d Want to See Go back to the MCU

    Recently it was rumored that Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin may make the jump from Netflix to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — albeit on the small screen via the Disney+ series Hawkeye — which begs all kinds of questions. I mean, if Kingpin shows up to smash some heads with his car door, does that mean other Netflix Marvel heroes will eventually appear alongside the likes of Thor and Spider-Man in Marvel’s upcoming Phase 4 films?Well, if the answer is yes, then here are the five Netflix Marvel characters we really want to see, in case the studio is taking requests.DaredevilLet’s start with the obvious, shall we? The Daredevil TV trilogy was a mixed bag that never fully lived up to its potential. Oh sure, it had plenty of high points — namely that wild final (?) season — and Charlie Cox was quite brilliant in the role, but there was plenty of, ah, meat left on the bone if you catch my drift. Now, plenty of rumors abound that Cox will appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home in some way shape or form, which generates all kinds of chills … Can you imagine Daredevil — this Daredevil — battling alongside Tom Holland’s Spider-Man? Out of everyone from Marvel’s ragtag team of street heroes, Matt Murdock absolutely deserves continuation on the big screen.RELATED: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Director Teases Hideous Rabbit ReturnClaire TempleLook, Claire Temple may not be the most exciting character to make the jump to the MCU, but for the sake of continuity it seems almost criminal to leave her off the list. The character more or less served as the through line for Netflix’s slate of shows, first appearing in Daredevil and later sharing an intimate relationship with Luke Cage. As portrayed by Rosario Dawson, it would actually be pretty cool to see Claire pop in to offer some words of advice or help heal a wounded hero. In a series packed to the brim with superheroes, having a more grounded character like Claire offers a little more nuance to go with all the high-flying shenanigans we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.Jessica JonesJessica Jones Seasons 2 and 3 didn’t quite live up to the hype generated by Season 1, but the character remained fascinating throughout.  There’s plenty of comic book material left to explore that could certainly tie in with some of the larger MCU stories, but really the wish here revolves around the tough-as-nails Jessica getting a chance to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Scarlett Witch, Ant-Man or Thor. Seeing as she isn’t quite on the same power level as some of the MCU’s god-like warriors would also create plenty of opportunities to further explore her person and how she fits into the larger Marvel narrative.Really, though, a majority of the characters on this list simply deserve a second chance on a much grander platform. Considering Krysten Ritter was one of the best things about the Netflix shows, why not give the actress another chance to shine with the big boys and girls of the MCU?RELATED: Margot Robbie: The Suicide Squad Might Be The Greatest Comic Book Movie Ever MadeLuke CageAnother character that deserved, well, a lot more, was Luke Cage, the near-invincible hero of Harlem last seen taking over the club Harlem’s Paradise following the death of its previous owner, Mariah Dillard. After two descent, but certainly not remarkable, seasons, we still have yet to see Cage achieve his full potential. Not only would his skill set be better utilized in the MCU where he could fight alongside other powerful heroes against similarly powered foes, but his near-unbreakable moral code would make him an interesting counter to the MCU’s, ah, more avid rule benders.Imagine a series featuring Luke, Sam, and Bucky. Talk about a dream team.PunisherObviously, we have to include Punisher. Despite the mixed response to Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of the classic anti-hero, I actually liked where the show was taking the character before its abrupt cancellation. Perhaps a quasi-reboot in the MCU would give Bernthal a chance to better develop Frank Castle into the violent man we all know and love, or maybe he just needs stronger material to work with. At any rate, the MCU really isn’t complete without the gun-toting psycho blasting villains to shreds. His presence (and questionable ethical beliefs) would result in some unique character interplay, especially when paired alongside a do-gooder like Sam Wilson/Captain America or a wildcard like Nebula.

    Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye Sets Disney+ Premiere Date

    Marvel Studios has finally announced the premiere date for Disney+’s forthcoming MCU series Hawkeye, featuring the return of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, and the introduction of Hailee Steinfeld as fan-favorite Marvel hero Kate Bishop. The series is officially slated to make its debut on Wednesday, November 24. In addition, the first official image from Hawkeye has also been revealed, providing us a new look at the MCU’s newest superhero duo.In a recent interview with EW, Renner has shared some new details about his new co-star’s character, revealing that Kate Bishop’s arrival will bring a whole new set of problems to the original Avenger.#Hawkeye never misses so don’t miss @JeremyRenner and @HaileeSteinfeld in this @EW exclusive first-look of Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. The Original Series starts streaming Wednesday, November 24 on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/8DnB18oSIk— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 29, 2021“[Kate is] a 22-year-old kid and she’s a big Hawkeye fan,” Renner teased. “She has a wonderfully annoying and equally charming manner about her, because she’s such a fangirl of Hawkeye. The relationship grows from that, but the biggest problem for Clint is Kate Bishop and the onslaught of problems that she brings into his life.”RELATED: Marvel Studios Has Ironed Out Rules for the MCU MultiverseHawkeye sees Jeremy Renner reprising his iconic role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his fan-favorite protégé Kate Bishop, who in the comic is also a member of the Young Avengers. The character will be portrayed by Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld.Due to previously released set photos, it has been seemingly confirmed that the series will be set two years after Avengers: Endgame and is being heavily speculated that it would finally be adapting one of Hawkeye’s prominent storylines from the comics, where Clint loses his hearing.The series will also feature MCU newcomers including Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Alaqua Cox, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, and Brian d’Arcy James. Oscar nominee Florence Pugh, who recently made her debut as Yelena Belova in Black Widow, is reportedly set to appear in the series.RELATED: Disney+ Hawkeye Spinoff Series Centered on Echo in Early DevelopmentHawkeye hails from head writer Jonathan Igla, with Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, and Rhys Thomas.

    New Hawkeye Set Photos Tease Car Chase With Tracksuit Mafia

    New Hawkeye set photos tease car chase with Tracksuit Mafia As production continues on Hawkeye in Atlanta, a new batch of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Disney+’s highly-anticipated MCU series have surfaced online (via Just Jared), providing us a glimpse of one of the series’ action sequences in which Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop engage in a car chase scene with the Tracksuit Mafia (also known by the nickname “Tracksuit Draculas”). The set photos can be viewed below! RELATED: New Hawkeye Set Photos Tease 2025 Setting and Major Plot Point Hailee Steinfeld & Jeremy Renner spend their Saturday afternoon filming “Hawkeye” in Atlanta: https://t.co/7TeSfYMiT9 — JustJared.com (@JustJared) February 21, 2021 Well, here are the bad guys that Kate Bishop and Clint Barton will be shooting at in the show.#Hawkeye #Marvel #Disneyplus pic.twitter.com/S51Hz2EdEK — XRealm Matthews (@CreamOrScream) February 21, 2021 The Hawkeye limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his protege Kate Bishop, who is officially being portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. Joining them are recently confirmed Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee (Animals), and newcomer Alaqua Cox. It will also reportedly feature Black Widow‘s Florence Pugh, Tony Dalton (Better Call Saul) and Zahn McClarnon (Doctor Sleep). It will be directed by Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, who are best known for their work on Troop Zero, and Rhys Thomas (Staten Island Summer). Hawkeye is expected to debut in Fall 2021 on Disney+. In the comics, Bishop becomes Hawkeye after Clint Barton, and is also a member of the Young Avengers. Disney has not yet confirmed if they have plans to give Bishop her own spinoff show or have her appear in the MCU down the road, but it is certainly a possibility. RELATED: WandaVision: Kevin Feige Teases the Origins of Scarlet Witch’s Powers  The project’s working title “Anchor Point” is actually serving as a homage to the first volume of Kelly Thompson’s fan-favorite comic book series that was published in 2017. Titled as Vol.1: Anchor Points, it was Kate Bishop’s first solo comic series after appearing in the Young Avengers issues. However, it’s still unknown if the said comics’ storyline would connect to the series’ plot or not.

    10 Hawkeye Comics to learn Prior to the Disney+ Series

    A handful of comics to read before Clint Barton and Kate Bishop's Disney+ series premieres later this year The post 10 Hawkeye Comics to Read Before the Disney+ Series appeared first on ComingSoon.net.

    Hawkeye Set Photos Reveal Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop in Comics Costume

    Hawkeye set photos reveal Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop in comics costume Less than a week after set photos officially confirmed the Dickinson star would indeed be in the Disney+ Hawkeye series as his apprentice Kate Bishop, new set photos have been revealed from the production in New York City revealing the character in her iconic purple superhero outfit along with her bow and quiver! The new photos can be viewed in the gallery below! RELATED:  The 5 Hawkeye Villains We Want to See in the Disney+ Series The Hawkeye limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his protege Kate Bishop, who is officially being portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. It will be directed by Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, who are best known for their work on Troop Zero, and Rhys Thomas (Staten Island Summer). Hawkeye is expected to debut in Fall 2021 on Disney+. In the comics, Bishop becomes Hawkeye after Clint Barton, and is also a member of the Young Avengers. Disney has not yet confirmed if they have plans to give Bishop her own spinoff show or have her appear in the MCU down the road, but it is certainly a possibility. RELATED: WandaVision: Kevin Feige Teases the Origins of Scarlet Witch’s Powers  The project’s working title “Anchor Point” is actually serving as a homage to the first volume of Kelly Thompson’s fan-favorite comic book series that was published in 2017. Titled as Vol.1: Anchor Points, it was Kate Bishop’s first solo comic series after appearing in the Young Avengers issues. However, it’s still unknown if the said comics’ storyline would connect to the series’ plot or not. Recommended Reading: Young Avengers: The Complete Collection by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

    The 5 Hawkeye Villains We Want to See in the Disney+ Series

    The 5 Hawkeye villains we want to see in the Disney+ series As filming gets underway for the highly-anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ series, fan speculation has fueled further regarding the story for Hawkeye, especially in regards to potential villains set to appear in the series in addition to Jack Duquesne, aka Swordsman. With that in mind, we decided to delve into the comic book history of the titular archer and select five of his best villains that we’d like to see come to life in the limited series. RELATED: New Hawkeye Set Photos Tease 2025 Setting and Major Plot Point Bombshell Click here to purchase all four issues of the 1983 Hawkeye series! Created by Mark Gruenwald and Eliot Brown and first appearing in the third issue of the 1983 solo Hawkeye series, Wendy Conrad, aka Bombshell, was a master juggler and an expert in explosives and joined fellow villain Oddball to eliminate Hawkeye and Mockingbird at the behest of Crossfire, though were defeated and only narrowly escaped thanks to Oddball’s brother Alvin, aka Tenpin. Her and various other villains would go on to form a group known as the Death-Throws, which would later be defeated by Hawkeye, Captain America and Mockingbird. Though it may take a while for the MCU to introduce characters such as Tenpin and Oddball to the screen worlds, fans’ desire to see Adrienne Palicki return as Mockingbird’s alter ego Bobbi Morse and the series’ New York setting would make Conrad’s introduction the perfect way to do so and could also go a long way to tease the arrival of Crossfire, widely considered to be the closest Hawkeye has to an archenemy. Griffin Though more of villain to the Avengers as a whole rather than solely Hawkeye, the Steve Englehart and Tom Sutton-created Griffin has faced off against him a handful of times, but it’s the villain’s familial ties that make him the perfect character to bring over from the pages of the comics. Born John “Johnny” Horton, Griffin was once a low-level gang member in New Orleans before moving to Chicago and working for a gangster that introduced him to the Secret Empire, which would experiment on him that resulted in his supervillain state, where he would first fight Beast and Angel of the X-Men before going on to fight the West Coast Avengers and other Marvel heroes, including Hawkeye. In the comics, Griffin has a daughter, Yo-Yo Rodriguez, who previously appeared in the MCU in Agents of SHIELD as a major character, though was reimagined as an Inhuman, but given she regains her superspeed ability later in the series’ run and the lack of introduction to a father for the character, it would make for a fan-pleasing outing that further expands the universe. In addition, the Secret Society have appeared in the MCU during the second season of the short-lived Agent Carter, albeit their name changed to Council of Nine, and with the remaining person involved with the council left alive in the series finale, it could prove an interesting tie into the rest of the small screen universe. RELATED: Ms. Marvel Adds The Walking Dead’s Matt Lintz as Bruno Carrelli Baron Helmut Zemo Click here to purchase Helmut Zemo’s full introduction in Captain America #276! With his MCU iteration being a variation of parts from both Baron Helmut Zemo and other Barons throughout the comics, it may be a bit trickier to find a work in for the notorious Captain America villain, but with the character still being alive and set to return in other Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there’s still plenty of opportunity for the character to appear in the series. Son to original Baron Zemo, Helmut would at one point in the comics become the leader of the superhero group Thunderbolts under false pretenses and after his nefarious motives were revealed and Hawkeye took control of the group, Helmut set his sights on the archer and went on to become a major villain for him. Teaming up with Hawkeye’s former mentor Trick Shot, dying from cancer, to bring the archer down in the Blindspot storyline while killing all of the Thunderbolts and only leaving Hawkeye alive in Old Man Logan, Zemo has been a very formidable foe for the Avenger and with the exact timeline for both Hawkeye and Falcon and the Winter Soldier unknown, though the former’s set photos have pointed to a 2025 setting, there’s certainly room for Daniel Brühl’s villain to appear in both. Trick Shot Click here to purchase the first volume of Solo Avengers, in which Trick Shot made his debut! Not only is Trick Shot one of Hawkeye’s most notable rivals, he’s also one whose various comic threads would work for the series and the plot seemingly being developed in it. Originally acting as one of Clint Barton’s mentors alongside Duquesne — who we know will appear in the series — under the name of Buck Chisholm, the two would have a rift during a robbery of a wealthy criminal’s mansion as Clint discovers one of the guards he shot in the arm was his brother and elects to remain by his side, infuriating Trick Shot and establishing them as enemies. Following the death of Chisholm at one point from cancer, the mantle would later be taken up by Clint’s brother, who had seemingly passed away years prior only to be revived by Baron Zemo. Rumors have swirled since February that Trick Shot and Clint’s brother Barney would be introduced in the series, and with Swordsman already set to appear in a key role, it would be thematically apt for the Clint’s other mentor and brother to appear in the series. Crossfire Click here to purchase Crossfire’s debut in Marvel Two-In-One Issue #52! Much like Zemo and Griffin, William Cross, aka Crossfire, is a supervillain with such a number of ties to the bigger Marvel universe that his arrival would not only prove exciting for fans, but also connect a lot of threads and set things up for the future. Created by Steven Grant and Jim Craig, Crossfire is the cousin to Ant-man villain Darren Cross, portrayed in the eponymous film by Corey Stoll, with cybernetic implants whose main goal has been to turn the superhero community against one another and end the rise of superheroes. Not only would his actions see him run afoul of Hawkeye, but he would also be a major foe for Moon Knight, and with Oscar Isaac just landing the central role in that Disney+ series, his introduction in the Barton-centered project would make ultimate sense before going on to be a major villain in the latter series. The Hawkeye limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his protege Kate Bishop, who is officially being portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. It will be directed by Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, who are best known for their work on Troop Zero, and Rhys Thomas (Staten Island Summer). Hawkeye is expected to debut in Fall 2021 on Disney+. In the comics, Bishop becomes Hawkeye after Clint Barton, and is also a member of the Young Avengers. Disney has not yet confirmed if they have plans to give Bishop her own spinoff show or have her appear in the MCU down the road, but it is certainly a possibility. RELATED: WandaVision: Kevin Feige Teases the Origins of Scarlet Witch’s Powers  The project’s working title “Anchor Point” is actually serving as a homage to the first volume of Kelly Thompson’s fan-favorite comic book series that was published in 2017. Titled as Vol.1: Anchor Points, it was Kate Bishop’s first solo comic series after appearing in the Young Avengers issues. However, it’s still unknown if the said comics’ storyline would connect to the series’ plot or not.

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