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Irish children’s books author Eoin Colfer is teaming up with Marvel to write a new Iron Man novel for young adults.

Eoin Colfer, famous for his Artemis Fowl book series, is a former primary school teacher from Wexford in the Republic of Ireland.

Marvel said Eoin Colfer had created “an electrifying new take on the Marvel universe’s most famous billionaire super hero”.

The Iron Man novel is due to be published in autumn 2016.Eoin Colfer Iron Man novel

Announcing the news, a Marvel spokesperson said: “Prepare to strap-in and enjoy these new adventures from some of the most critically-acclaimed authors working today.

“Marvel Comics’ most beloved characters are set to capture the imaginations of young readers everywhere with these brand new novels coming in 2016!”

Kenneth Branagh has signed up to direct the Artemis Fowl movie.

Aimed at the young adult audience, the fantasy books focus on a young criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in order to expand his empire.

Eoin Colfer also penned the sixth installment to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Marvel’s Ant-Man has topped the North American box office, earning $58 million in its first weekend on release.

Ant-Man, which stars Paul Rudd as a thief who is recruited to become a shrinking action hero, bumped Minions off the top of the box office chart.

The movie’s first weekend takings were lower than for other major Marvel films like Captain America and Iron Man.

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Ant-Man’s $130 million budget was also smaller than most Marvel blockbusters.

Minions made $50.2 million between Friday and Sunday, putting it in second place, according to studio estimates.

Romantic comedy Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer, exceeded expectations to earn $30.2 million and third place.

Pixar’s Inside Out was at No 4 with $11.6 million, closely followed by Jurassic World, with $11.4 million.

That made the dinosaur thriller only the fourth movie in history to have made more than $600 million at North American box offices, behind Avatar, Titanic and Avengers Assemble.

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Marvel adventure Guardians of the Galaxy has topped the North American box office in its debut weekend, taking $94 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy, which stars some of the lesser-known characters from the comic book universe, knocked science fiction thriller Lucy off the top spot.

The space adventure’s takings set a record for a film opening in August.

Get On Up, a biography of the soul singer James Brown, debuted in third with $14 million.

The Guardians of the Galaxy ensemble casts includes Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt plus the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Guardians of the Galaxy has topped the North American box office in its debut weekend, taking $94 million

Guardians of the Galaxy has topped the North American box office in its debut weekend, taking $94 million

The film also secured the third biggest opening of 2014, coming just behind the $95 million debut of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April and the $100 million launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction in June.

A Galaxy sequel is already set for release in 2017. Marvel’s next films are the The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. Both movies are due for release in 2015.

Marvel comic book adaptations The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past have also enjoyed success this year.

North American box office Top 5:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $94 million
  2. Lucy – $18.3 million
  3. Get on Up – $14 million
  4. Hercules – $10.7 million
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $8.7 million

Source: Rentrak

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A teaser footage from Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, was shown at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.

The video included Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) fighting a giant robot, Thor grabbing Tony Stark by the throat and a close-up of Captain America’s shield split down the middle.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is to be released in 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron is to be released in 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron is to be released in 2015. It’ll welcome Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen to the franchise as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

It’ll once again be directed by Joss Whedon.

Speaking backstage, Mark Ruffalo, said: “Joss really gets these big, big, big ideas.”

The villain in Age of Ultron is to be played by James Spader.

In 2012, Avengers became the fastest film to cross the $1 billion milestone at the global box office.

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A new Captain America will be African-American, Marvel has announced.

The character Sam Wilson, also known as The Falcon, was named as the replacement for Steve Rogers.

The move follows what is described as “a dire encounter with the Iron Nail” which left Steve Rogers unable to carry on.

The post reads: “Robbed of his superior strength and vitality, Steve Rogers must surrender his blues for a sturdy cane.”

Marvel’s new Captain America will be African-American

Marvel’s new Captain America will be African-American

The change of character is only set to affect the Captain America comic book series.

Chris Evans, who has played him in The Avengers movie, will also play the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron which is set for release in 2015.

Anthony Mackie played The Falcon, Sam Wilson, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but there are no plans for his character to become the Captain on the big screen.

Captain America writer Rick Remender wrote: “I think that different characters across the Marvel Universe are going to respond to Sam’s appointment in different ways.

“But he’s not a novice in his long history as the Falcon, he’s earned a reputation for integrity and honesty and backbone that most of the super hero community have a respect for.”

Captain America first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1941.

The news about Captain America comes a day after Marvel announced that Thor, the God of Thunder, would now be portrayed as a woman in that comic book series.

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British filmmaker Edgar Wright has decided to pull out of directing Marvel’s Ant-Man.

Edgar Wright said in a joint statement that he and the studio had differences over their vision for the film and had made an “amicable” decision to part ways.

Marvel announced in 2012 that it had asked Edgar Wright to bring its smallest superhero to the screen.

Edgar Wright has decided to pull out of directing Marvel's Ant-Man

Edgar Wright has decided to pull out of directing Marvel’s Ant-Man

Edgar Wright’s credits include The World’s End, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

The change in director for Ant-Man won’t affect the film’s release date, which is set for July 2015.

Marvel says a new director will be announced shortly.

Michael Douglas, 69, confirmed he had a role in Ant-Man earlier this year.

He will play Henry “Hank” Pym, the creator of the technology used to shrink a human to the size of an insect.

Hank Pym first appeared in the 27th issue of Marvel Comics series Tales to Astonish in January 1962.

Anchorman star Paul Rudd, 44, is playing the part of Scott Lang, Ant-Man‘s alter-ego.

Marvel, which is owned by Disney, has had success at the box office in recent years with films such as Avengers and Iron Man 3 making $1 billion worldwide.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier has topped the US box office for a third week.

Starring Chris Evans, Robert Redford and Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier made $26.2 million, beating avian animation Rio 2 into second place.

Heaven is for Real, the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, was number three over Easter weekend.

But Johnny Depp’s new sci-fi thriller Transcendence fared poorly.

Directed by Batman cinematographer Wally Pfister, Transcendence sees Johnny Depp playing a dying computer genius, who uploads his consciousness to a supercomputer and achieves a problematic digital afterlife.

After suffering poor reviews, the movie opened in fourth place, taking $11 million, a fraction of its $100 million production budget.

It is Johnny Depp’s third movie in a row to stumble at the box office, following last summer’s The Lone Ranger and Tim Burton’s comedy misfire Dark Shadows.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has topped the US box office for a third week

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has topped the US box office for a third week

“As we approach the summer movie season, box-office drawing power becomes more about the concept of the movie rather than its star,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

“It may not have been so much (about) Johnny Depp, but audiences right now like brands that they know.”

The US top 10 also contained three movies with a religious theme. Following Heaven is for Real came biblical epic Noah at 9, and God’s Not Dead at 10.

God’s Not Dead, about a religious freshman college student who debates with his professor on the existence of God, has made $48 million over the last five weeks, even though it is playing in far fewer venues than the blockbuster fare at the top of the chart.

North American box office Top 10:

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($26.6 million)
  2. Rio 2 ($22.5 million)
  3. Heaven is for Real ($21.5 million)
  4. Transcendence ($11.2 million)
  5. A Haunted House 2 ($9.1 million)
  6. Draft Day ($5.9 million)
  7. Divergent ($5.75 million)
  8. Oculus ($5.2 million)
  9. Noah ($5 million)
  10. God’s Not Dead ($4.8 million)    Source: Rentrak  [youtube 7SlILk2WMTI 650]