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Jessica Biel no longer in the running to play Viper in The Wolverine

Jul. 18, 2012by: Alex Maidy

UPDATE: Sad news today that Jessica Biel will no longer be joining THE WOLVERINE as Viper. According to Collider, negotiations broke down between Biel and Fox. Production starts in a month and if Viper is going to be a significant villain in the movie, you can be sure we will be hearing more soon!

Alright boys, THE WOLVERINE has added a super-hottie to the cast! Jessica Biel will be appearing the the new X-MEN spin-off as Victoria/Viper.

Now, I bet you are asking yourselves this question: who the f**k is Viper? That is the interesting part.

Viper was three different characters in Marvel Comics history. None of them were named Victoria, so this Viper could be a new version of one of these existing comic characters or rebranding of them. Viper was originally a Captain America villain had run ins with both The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. Viper also went by the name Madame Hydra. Her connection to the X-Men and Wolverine came when she tried to murder Logan's fiance Mariko Yashida. She then eventually blackmailed Wolverine into marrying her so that she could cement her control of a criminal organization. She and Wolverine did divorce eventually.

THE WOLVERINE has long been developed as focusing on Logan's adventures in Japan. The Viper/Mariko/Wolverine love triangle may work for the movie. It would definitely be interesting to see Biel play a villain after her big action role in TOTAL RECALL.

What intrigues me most about the character are her connections to both The Avengers and Captain America. Could this be a play by Marvel to try and link the Fox and Disney cinematic universes? One could only hope!

Extra Tidbit: Viper also had run-ins with Spider-man as well. Unite the Marvel universes!
Source: DeadlineCollider

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11:13AM on 07/14/2012

Less side characters more Wolverine

I like Jessica Biel and her superb ass as much as the next guy, but personally I would like to keep the focus of this movie on Wolverine, the first film was too watered down by all of the mutants they tried to cram in there and they lost focus on giving us the Origin of one of the greatest Marvel characters ever concieved. We want Wolverine, his tragic story and all his berserker glory to be the subject of this film!
I like Jessica Biel and her superb ass as much as the next guy, but personally I would like to keep the focus of this movie on Wolverine, the first film was too watered down by all of the mutants they tried to cram in there and they lost focus on giving us the Origin of one of the greatest Marvel characters ever concieved. We want Wolverine, his tragic story and all his berserker glory to be the subject of this film!
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3:02AM on 07/14/2012

ATTN people flipping out about FOX/MARVEL character rights

Feige has been pretty clear about a limited number of characters who, by virtue of their various associations with previously-licensed properties (X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc.), may legally be used by multiple studios.
(Examples he cited: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, The Skrulls).

EXPECT: the Victoria incarnation to be wholly rooted in comic origins pertaining to Wolverine (and Silver Samurai); expect no mention of "Madame Hydra"
Feige has been pretty clear about a limited number of characters who, by virtue of their various associations with previously-licensed properties (X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc.), may legally be used by multiple studios.
(Examples he cited: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, The Skrulls).

EXPECT: the Victoria incarnation to be wholly rooted in comic origins pertaining to Wolverine (and Silver Samurai); expect no mention of "Madame Hydra"
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2:59AM on 07/14/2012

sorry

forgive my double post
forgive my double post
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2:52AM on 07/14/2012
This movie is going to be the sleeper hit of all of next year. It's hard to call anything X-Men a sleeper but no one expects greatness at this point and I think they are going to deliver one of the greatest comic adaptations of all-time. The story, cast, budget and passion are all in place. Bring it on!
This movie is going to be the sleeper hit of all of next year. It's hard to call anything X-Men a sleeper but no one expects greatness at this point and I think they are going to deliver one of the greatest comic adaptations of all-time. The story, cast, budget and passion are all in place. Bring it on!
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8:11PM on 07/13/2012

this is bullshit...

Viper is clearly not the property of FOX, and more of an Avenger/Captain America villain than and X-Men villain. Fuck you Fox!!!
Viper is clearly not the property of FOX, and more of an Avenger/Captain America villain than and X-Men villain. Fuck you Fox!!!
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8:00PM on 07/13/2012
She certainly has the superheroic build and would not look unappealing in a green body-sock.
She certainly has the superheroic build and would not look unappealing in a green body-sock.
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7:37PM on 07/13/2012
Great! Love Jessica Biel!
Great! Love Jessica Biel!
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7:25PM on 07/13/2012

Awesome!

I love it! Section(8) makes a good point though, as a hydra villain she should be marvels property. I'm wondering if there will be some legal battles or if fox and disney will start a working relationship.
I love it! Section(8) makes a good point though, as a hydra villain she should be marvels property. I'm wondering if there will be some legal battles or if fox and disney will start a working relationship.
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6:44PM on 07/13/2012

Linking Wolverine to Marvel Studios?

Viper is a head honcho of Hydra and was in the Captain America video game adaptation of the movie. She's not a mutant, so technically Fox shouldn't have the rights to use her. So I'm wondering if there's a deal to use her so Marvel/Disney can use Wolverine in an Avengers sequel. Time will tell.
Viper is a head honcho of Hydra and was in the Captain America video game adaptation of the movie. She's not a mutant, so technically Fox shouldn't have the rights to use her. So I'm wondering if there's a deal to use her so Marvel/Disney can use Wolverine in an Avengers sequel. Time will tell.
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3:02AM on 07/14/2012
nope, but that would be cool...
nope, but that would be cool...
6:35PM on 07/13/2012
That's another Blade Trinity star appearing in a Wolverine film (the first being Ryan Reynolds). I'm looking forward to the movie, I just hope they don't make the same mistakes as the first Wolverine movie.
That's another Blade Trinity star appearing in a Wolverine film (the first being Ryan Reynolds). I'm looking forward to the movie, I just hope they don't make the same mistakes as the first Wolverine movie.
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6:33PM on 07/13/2012

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

and YES...
and YES...
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6:00PM on 07/13/2012
Hope they keep the scar off her face. No reason to ruin how that face looks on screen.
Hope they keep the scar off her face. No reason to ruin how that face looks on screen.
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5:39PM on 07/13/2012

Hell yes..

more Biel ass on the big screen is always a good thing.
more Biel ass on the big screen is always a good thing.
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