Iron Man and Captain America battle it out for superhero rights in the new Captain America: Civil War trailer. Whose side are you on?
Batman v Superman director Snyder weighs in on Spielberg’s criticism of the superhero genre’s future…and not on the side you might think.
The superhero movie has evolved from sporadic stabs in the dark to a staple money making genre in Hollywood. The question is, will it keep evolving? Continue reading Snyder Says Spielberg “Might Not be Wrong” About Superhero Movies
As entertaining as Marvel’s Ant-Man was (check out our review to see just how entertaining), it has managed to saturate the Marvel marketing machine recently to the point of irritability. Now that Ant-Man has proved itself on the big screen, the stage has been opened up and the rest of Phase 3 is rushing on for attention. It just so happens Doctor Strange was fastest this time, and with that we have some news on the visual experimentation of the good Doctor’s first film. Continue reading “Doctor Strange” will be “Marvel’s Fantasia”
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hulk is very much the aloof older brother of the group. Sure he’s there for family gatherings and gets on with everyone, but he’s got his own stuff going on and doesn’t feel the need to draw attention to himself. Since no standalone movies have been announced for the mean green machine in Phase 3, it seemed as though we wouldn’t see the Hulk until the next reunion in the two part Infinity War. But there are growing whispers and evidence that Mark Ruffalo will be making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Continue reading Mark Ruffalo Spotted in Berlin – Is Hulk Gonna Show Up in “Civil War”?
If there’s a binary of the Incredible Hulk in the DC Universe, it is without a doubt the badass element kryptonite. Why? Because it’s green, it doesn’t say much and it makes some of the strongest heroes look like jittery wimps of the highest calibre. What? Solomon Grundy? No, shut up, it’s kryptonite. Anyway, when will we get a chance to see the DC Hulk in action? A lot sooner than you think, if the reporters that be are to be believed. Continue reading “Batman v Superman” Will Get the Kryptonite Treatment!
We were talking yesterday about the roadblock on DC and WB path to superhero glory with the departure of Michelle MacLaren from Wonder Woman as a result of alleged creative differences. But where DC is experiencing a snafoo of sorts, Marvel is paving ahead with its own first female led feature Captain Marvel. But even Marvel is a little bit behind its original plans as it is revealed that Captain Marvel was originally expected to make an earlier appearance in another Marvel film.
Screenrant is reporting that Marvel originally intended to include Captain Marvel in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That’s right, you could very well have been sneaking a peak at the first flying female to punch her way through the Marvel cinematic universe. It would definitely have been awesome as a reveal for Avengers 2, but let’s see what Kevin Fiege had to say about long term plans for Marvel and the good Captain herself:
BEWARE, HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!!
“There were drafts that maybe people somehow got their hands on and read early on that included some characters – maybe others, but certainly one, which is why it’s dangerous to read scripts early on, and talk about them early on…
[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before.
Thanos is the good ‘Who’s that,’ because he’s clearly a bad guy, for comic fans he represents a specific storyline, you can get the buzz started from fans to non-fans with that cameo – as opposed to a title character, who deserves their own story. Even Black Widow you don’t meet in the last two seconds of Iron Man 2 wearing her costume – you evolve that going forward.
The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn’t Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’
Finally Joss was like ‘Let’s use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?’ And that makes sense – she’s come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks.”
An irritatingly fair and justified explanation I’m sure you’ll agree. It’s hard to deny that Avengers 2 is already groaning under the weight of its own hype machine, and adding a huge character like Captain Marvel on top of that wouldn’t do the film or the character any favours. Cameos are a dangerous thing, especially when they’re not done well. Fiege made some references to Scarlet Witch there, and it sounds as though she’s filled some of the gaps that were originally left by Captain Marvel to add to her already significant contributions to the film, which fans will undoubtedly appreciate. Especially since Fiege is suggesting Scarlet Witch will be appearing in Civil War!? Did I read that right?
Carol Davers is currently being attached to Captain Marvel, although whether more casting will take place is unclear. Nicole Perlman of Guardians of the Galaxy and Meg LeFauve of Inside Out are in talks with Marvel to take the writing gig for Captain Marvel, and a director has yet to be determined. Marvel have stated that they want to bring in a female director, so it will be exciting to see who takes the job.
Would you have kept Captain Marvel in the Avengers 2 mix?
If for any bizarre, inconceivable reason you were planning on missing out on the long Mad Max: Fury Road, you may want to rethink your plans. There are reports coming our that the post apocalyptic vehicle vehicle will play host to a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! On a totally unrelated note, it looks as though movie title colons are popular again! Long live the subtitle.
Anyway getting back to the real news, Screenrant is reporting that a teaser trailer for the DC Universe first course is on its way. This follows on from news coming out of Collider that multiple WB insiders were confirming that Dawn of Justice will be the official tease of Mad Max. I wouldn’t blame you for shrugging off this news. There have been Dawn of Justice teaser promises before, with claims that we’d get a taste before The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and Jupiter Ascending.
However, the timing for Mad Max makes a whole lot more sense than the other two. By waiting for the Mad Max release, WB will steer clear of the Avengers: Age of Ultron première. This makes sense for two reasons: one, they can avoid their hype being smothered by Marvel madness, and two, they can keep their trailer out of the airspace of The Force Awakens, which has a new trailer attached to Age of Ultron. Now noone’s suggesting that Dawn of Justice won’t be a hot topic whenever the trailer is released, but why run the risk of competition when you don’t have to?
Even though it’s only going to be teaser length, the Dawn of Justice of bound to answer a lot of questions that have been bouncing around the last year or so. Granted we won’t be seeing much plotiness this time around (it’s a word) but purely from a stylistic and atmospheric standpoint we should get a solid idea of what we can expect from the film.
Mad Max: Fury Road will be released this May, while Dawn of Justice will be in theatres March 25th 2016.
With the sheer influx of official and unofficial news on upcoming comic book movies, it’s getting to a point where we’re so focused on films years down the line that we’re not appreciating the comic book movies coming out now. Did you know Avengers 2 is coming out in a few weeks? But who cares, let’s talk about Captain America 3 and get bummed out that it’s not coming out yet.
So anyway, we’ve got some news on Captain America 3.
Screenrant has reported that a synopsis and start date have been released for the future Captain America sequel, Civil War. With a name like Civil War, there’s not much plot leeway for people in the know or have a vague knowledge of the comic series of the same name. But all the same, it’s nice to have some confirmation and know that we haven’t just been handed a big JJ Abrahms style misdirect.
Here’s the summary, courtesy of the alleged note that went with casting scripts:
Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
Well that’s comforting at least. The plot is pretty much exactly the ribcage of the civil war comic book. However, there’s still a decent amount of wiggle room when it comes to minor details, especially if they follow on from Age of Ultron.
Along with a summary, we’ve also got a start date. There were already drips of information that Cap 3 would begin shooting at some point in April. Now we have confirmation that the start date for shooting is 1st April.
So as far as exciting new news goes, it’s not a bolt of electricity. This is more like confirmation of what we already sort of knew.
Fortunately the best way to fill in the blanks for plot is with Avengers 2. We know that Tony Stark builds Ultron as a tool for peace that royally f&#%s them all over. So it could be the case that Stark’s ballsup causes the registration of superheroes to be initiated. It would also make sense that Stark would feel some serious guilt for his Ultron blunder and willingly promote registration. But that doesn’t sit right with the Cap, who had his own governmental reality check in The Winter Soldier. So it’s all coming together.
Now let’s all shut up and enjoy Avengers 2.
It’s fair to say that last week was officially the week of Ant-Man, as we received magazine covers, art work, teaser trailers and then the premièring of an official trailer. But just in case you’re not a huge fan of the super strong shrinking man, you’ll be happy to know that this week Avengers: Age of Ultron is officially riding shotgun again. Of course if you don’t like Marvel movies at all, then I really don’t know what to tell you.
Following on from the first trailer we got last year, Slashfilm reported a follow up that was released yesterday. It’s a little shorter than the first, but it packs a lot into 100 seconds. Along with some more demos of Ultron’s army, his firepower and his smouldering, sexy voice (what?), we get some extended looks at the fight between Hulk and Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster – not to mention some peculiar medical experiments? Have a look for yourself, courtesy of Marvel:
How mnay times did you pause that one? In a nutshell, this second trailer goes for action and fast paced spectacle (Thor shoots hella lightening) instead of revealing anything more about the plot or any characters that we didn’t see in the first trailer e.g. Vision. So with this trailer we get an action rush but we really don’t have anything more than what we had last year with the first trailer. But then again I’d rather be surprised and blown away by the film itself than by a trailer.
Did you like the trailer?