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!
Say what you will about Marvel movie fans, above all they are venture capitalists. As soon as they see something that works or has real potential, they’re immediately on the lookout for a way to expand it or the next big thing to connect it to. So it’s no surprise that as soon as Netflix’s hit TV show Daredevil started making waves, fans were abuzz about where the show can go next, both with Netflix and on the big screen. Well, according to Screen Rant, one thing we know for sure is that lead actor Charlie Cox (aka Matt Murdock) is all kinds of into Daredevil joining his crime fighting buds in theatres. Here’s what Cox had to say on the matter in an interview with IGN:
“Yeah that would be awesome – I’d love to do that… And usually when you’ve got a two-hour movie, it’s action-packed, and so I think that’s one of the things that the show has really benefited from – having that extra time to really get to know and sit with these characters and see them as humans. But I’d love to see ‘Daredevil’ on the big screen again. It would be great. And if I could be involved with that, I’d be thrilled.”
Given the show’s early but I’m no way premature critical success, it wouldn’t be hard to fathom a cameo or two in some of the bigger upcoming Marvel projects. On the other hand, given the number of characters being introduced in Phase 3 alone, Marvel will most likely be cautious of overpowering the stew with too many ingredients. Plus, you have to consider that the devil of Hell’s Kitchen is going to have his hands full with the Defenders once they start showing their faces. One of the most refreshing things about Daredevil is that it shows the day to day side of the Marvel universe – the side that was dumbstruck by the invasion of Avengers Assemble but still had to go to work the next day, as a citizen, a hero or a criminal. So maybe Daredevil will be staying out of the Avengers Base, at least for the time being.
Would you like to see Cox get horny on the big screen? Wait, no not that.
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?
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?
Between all of the phases we have seen in Marvel’s universe and the 10 or so Marvel Studios movies we will be seeing in the next few years, it seems as though every hero with movie potential has been accounted for and is being accommodated into the ongoing continuity. But as can be the the case when parents have a large number of children, sometimes kids can be left out or forgotten from time to time. In the Marvel family, that child is The Incredible Hulk. Sure, he’s one of the older kids and he developed early, but one too many slip-ups and he’s just not a priority anymore when you’re picking where everyone’s going out to eat on Sunday night. Nowadays, the not-so-jolly green giant is one of the only characters in the Marvel Universe who has been deliberately demoted to an ensemble player.
To be fair, Hulk has had his fair share of chances. First there was Ang Lee’s Hulk, which with perfect hindsight was never going to work in the current continuity – if only for it’s soft and at times quiet intensity. There were teasers and posters and famous actors galore but in the end it didn’t wow the kids, and that matters. So Hulk peaked too soon, so what? That sort of thing can easily be remedied with a reboot. Dump damaged Eric Bana and morose Jennifer Connelly and give us Edward Norton and…Liv Tyler, as a physicist? Really? Ok, whatever. Well Louis Leterrier was directing with a few Transporter films under his belt, so balls-out action wouldn’t be a problem. No, the problem was once again timing. The Incredible Hulk hit theatres a month after Iron Man. In a direct comparison – and be honest, how could there not be in such a small time span? – Hulk just couldn’t cut it. Also, Liv Tyler was supposed to be a physicist. Just saying, it’s weird.
So we have one Hulk film that went for critical acclaim and lost popular appeal, and a second film that opted for action and lost to Iron Man. The continuity for the reboot could have been salvaged if talks hadn’t broken down with Norton. Don’t get me wrong, Mark Ruffalo is an impeccable Banner, but where does that leave our favourite gamma-giant?
Looking back on it, it’s not hard to see why Marvel would be more than a little gun-shy with the Hulk property. Whether they like it or not, a Hulk movie would always be in direct comparison with another Marvel movie a few months before or after. Well we know for a fact that the risk isn’t planned for the next four or five years since Hulk didn’t make an appearance in the run-down of upcoming Marvel films. The question becomes, is it worth taking the risk again in the future?
There is a lot more working in Hulk’s favour now. For one, we have the makings of a Robert Downey Jr. factor with Mark Ruffalo. Say what you will about the popularity of Iron Man, if an actor even 10% less charismatic than Downey was wearing the suit then the glaring flaws in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 may not have been so compassionately overlooked. The character is as popular as the actor, and that balance is what we could see in mark Ruffalo. Sure, he was a little quiet at times in The Avengers, but he got his hands dirty when it was needed and a fair few scenes were based entirely around him. When you compare how much attention and plot was shared out between Hulk and, say, Thor, it’s pretty even – maybe even a little more for Hulk.
And everyone loved Ruffalo as Banner, in many ways because is anti-Iron Man. A soft spoken, fidgety, unstable man with unmatchable power that is completely out of his control – a destroyer to Stark’s creator. So what we see happening is a bedrock being established that may not have as much money, love or attention behind it from Marvel as Iron Man does, but whether intended or not there’s a popularity that’s getting some muscle to it.
So a Ruffalo/Hulk film is definitely something that the audience wants to see. the question becomes how feasible it is. For one, expectations from story-lines are not what they used to be, back in the day, you could just have a dude with superpowers figuring stuff out and end it with a huge testosterone-charged fight. But with more films comes more variations, and with more variations comes more expectations for something new and daring. Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy have a similar team-up premise, but could they be more structurally different? And despite being the classic action hero, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was as much an espionage film as an action flick. Bottom line, you can pick any number of early Hulk story-lines and throw a dart at one and you’ll come up with a big green dude not wanting to be a big green dude and fighting against another big green dude. Or a green dude with a big head. And as much as we’d like to see a Planet Hulk film, what are the chances without a heck of a lot more foundation that just isn’t there?
Maybe it’s stupidly simple. Maybe it’s just Hulk’s affiliation with war and the justification of wild violence that Marvel just doesn’t want to probe to closely – unless he’s a cartoon where it’s easier to write off destruction. The phrase “today’s political climate” is one that I’d like to punch repeatedly in the face, but it’s something that a big studio has to have a ten minute conversation about every month. So is Hulk only a hero when he’s around other heroes who can point him in the right direction and tell him what to smash?
Bottom line, Hulk is the kid that Marvel just can’t deal with right now. They have to make sure that the more well behaved kids are eating right and have the support they need to get onto college. Once all the other kids have flown the nest and can make it on their own, then they can turn their attention to Hulk. Maybe by that point the landscape will be more accepting of alternative, darker story-lines in the Marvel continuity. It’s definitely going in that direction, so perhaps 7 or 8 years down the line, we’ll want to see banner when he’s angry.
It’s pretty common to get an advanced warning that a trailer is going to be released, usually in tandem with a film release or a new TV show in the same vein (any chance of either of these Ant-Man?). It’s even more common for superhero movies. But it’s a little less ordinary for us to get a trailer that announces the release of another trailer. While we were expecting Ant-Man to be the next Marvel installment to get a trailer, it seems more likely that given its summer blockbuster they’ll wait until a closer to the season to get that momentym going. So what do we have instead? It’s an Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer…trailer. It’s only 16 seconds long, although given that the video its announcing will only be a few minutes then it sort of makes sense. But it does reveal the release date of the next trailer on Januray 12th – which will definitely be a “trailer” trailer and not a trailer-trailer like this trailer-trailer…my head hurts. Don’t expect any footage, as this isn’t really a teaser, more of a spot. Check it out, courtesy of Screenrant:
So…yeah. There’s not much to really say about this since nothing is revealed apart from the January 12th release of the next trailer. But that in itself is enough to make this newsworthy. Considering all of the reveals that we got with the first trailer, it would have been reasonable enough to assume that that would have been the end of the trailers and we would have TV spots alone leading up to the big day. But the fact that we have another trailer coming means that there must be more to reveal. Will we see more of Iron Man’s hulk-buster armour? An invading army of Ultrons? Or maybe another slicing James Spader monologue. The first trailer focussed a lot on Tony Stark feeling a little down on himself for the whole Ultron thing, so hopefully we’ll see more of the other avengers and the complex emotions that they’re going through. Or instead of that we could see Vision…yeah, that would be way cooler. Definitely the best trailer-trailer of 2015 so far.
What do you want to see in the new Age of Ultron trailer?
I’m sure you’ve been seeing a whole mess of “Top 10 Trailer” lists floating around as the year draws to a close, and you might be thinking “which of these lists is the best list”? Well we can put your mind at ease. Whichever one you choose, you’re wrong! No single list of trailers can fully emulate the thrill of a 12 months of great trailers…until now. Yes, this is the list for you, based solely on the criteria of how much the trailer made us want to see the film. No small feat, for a bunch of grumpy cynics. Also this list has 15 entries, that’s like…5 better than a top 10. Or 5 worse, depending on how you look at it. In any case, look at it!
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Age of Ultron is the perfect example of a film that has developed a solid sense of momentum. First we had the news of a sequel, then we had a name, then we had credit sequences, then we had artwork, then we got the trailer. But the trailer wasn’t just one in a long line of promotions: it was very careful to include all the little bits and pieces we’d seen so far in their shiny, finished form. Add in a chilling James Spader monologue and you’re all done. Best Moment: Iron Man busting out his Hulk Buster Armour.
The trailer for Michael Keaton‘s phoenix-like rebirth had a lot going for it: a strong cast, dry humour, giant mechanical birds, Keaton jumping off a roof, Keaton running naked through New York, Keaton fighting Graham Norton in their underwear. What made us want to see it more than anything was the fact that these scenes appeared to have no connection to one another whatsoever. Sure there was the general plot reveal of Keaton’s character brining his once prominent career to the stage with the character that’s been tormenting him for years, but that was it. There was no foothold , no distinction between what was real and what was fantasised. Well, we just had to find out, didn’t we? Best Moment: Keaton on his bizarre walk to the stage from his dressing room.
The people behind Godzilla did it right. They started with a teaser that was, in a word, disorienting. We don’t see much, but we know what we’re looking out for. Then we get the roar. So out comes the full trailer, and even though we get a lot more solid looks at the cuddly alpha predator, we’re still pausing the video every three seconds trying to catch that shape that went shooting past the building. It seems obvious and childish, but we went to see this film just to get a good look at the bloody thing! Best Moment: Hey, what was that thing flying in the sky? Was that Mothra? I think it was Mothra!
Sure, you’ve got Paul Thomas Anderson and a book by Thomas Pynchon, but the real draw of this trailer is Joaquin Phoenix. We’ve been steadily falling in love with him through The Master and Her, watching him come so close to Oscar’s but never quite reaching the finish line first. So it’s nice to see him blow off some steam in a role that is unabashedly and sometimes violently silly. The quality of the writing and directing is kind of a safety net for a film like this, but the chance to see Phoenix struggle through a town full of loonies is the big draw. Best Moment: The opening monologue that trips you into the rabbit hole.
Another good example of an enticing teaser followed by an awesome trailer. But Jurassic World broke a few rules by making the gap between the teaser and the trailer as small as humanly possible – only a couple of days really. That’s another way to get an audience excited – make them feel like they’re getting more than they should. And even though you don’t see the dinosaur everyone’s running from you do get to see what everyone really wanted to see…Jurassic World itself! And a return to the classic format of a five second scene at the very end that raises so many more questions than the rest of the trailer answers. Best Moment: Wait, is Chris Pratt working with raptors now?
It’s a testament to a film’s intensity when the trailer freaks the nonsense out of you. There have been a lot of horror trailers this year (sorry you didn’t make the list Babadook), but the trailer for Whiplash is the only one that really put the scares on me. The real appeal goes to J.K. Simmons as the unstoppable menace of a band leader who puts Miles Teller through emotional and physical hell to make him the best of the best. I couldn’t wait for it to be over just so I could watch it again. Best Moment: J.K. Simmons is wearing a pork pie hat…nice.
For a film that was critically decimated, Tusk doesn’t seem to have director Kevin Smith‘s career any harm. He’s continuing with the True North Trilogy with Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws and even getting Clerks 3 back in motion. I was in pieces at the end of this trailer: I couldn’t believe how simple it was to combine gristly horror with comedy that was on the light side of black. A monstrosity of a trailer in the best possible way, much like the film itself. Best Moment: Are Justin Long and Michael Parks having a snarling match?
A more standard turnout of David Fincher directing and Trent Reznor composing there could never be. For a story that is full of twists and surprises, the trailer is pretty vacant of both. What makes this one of the best trailer so the year, along with the chilling cinematography, is the construction of the trailer itself. The whole thing isn’t that long, but plays out like a short film in itself. It could nearly be a short film! Best Moment: Seriously Ben Affleck, could your smile be any more murderous?
The unique selling point of the trailer for Nightcrawler is almost certainly the portrayal of Jake Gyllenhaal. But we don’t just see what his character is like – we see how he developed, how he changes and adapts to the violence going on around him until he can’t help but get blood all over his hands. We see an arc from desperation to inquisition to ambition to ambition becoming everything as Gyllenhaal wades through the muck of freelance crime journalism. But we don’t see him drowning in it…we see him playing around in it. Best Moment: Seriously Jake Gyllenhaal, could your smile be any more murderous?
Xmen: Days of Future Past
A surprising change of pace when you consider the trailer for its predecessor. They didn’t have to go quiet and emotional with the Days of Future Past trailer, but they did, and it worked an absolute treat. I know people who started tearing up at the back and forth between James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as past and future Xavier. What? No not me, don’t be silly. It hinted at all the mutants without feeling the need to name them all or show them all in action. For a blockbuster it was as understated as it could be, which worked in its favour. Best Moment: “I don’t want your future” (“Are you crying?” “No! shut up!”)
White Bird in a Blizzard
This is one of the few films on this list where the film didn’t quite live up to the trailer. But that doesn’t stop the trailer itself from being a gem. The whole thing plays out like a photo shoot for Eva Green, in countless 50’s household moments. But the fact that she’s the missing mother in this modern world is a bizarre turnaround. the visuals were definitely the part that I just couldn’t get my head around in the best possible way. Crime-drama, coming-of-age, all that good stuff. Shame the film didn’t quite match up. Best moment: Oh, so Eva Green is a bit nutty huh?
I’m a sucker for any film that takes place in a confined space. But weirdly enough what made the trailer for Snowpiercer – or mutiny on the dystopian future-train – magnificent was the sheer capacity and volume of action that was taking place in such a small space. The almost monochrome interior made for a very claustrophobic trailer , and only upped the ante when the guns started going off. Shame about the lack of a UK release, but that only made us want it more. Best Moment: Seriously Tilda Swinton, could your Northern accent be any more murderous?
They already had everything they needed to draw people into Foxcatcher. They had Channing Tatum, and they had Steve Carell in a serious role, which almost always works out well for him. But it was the way they focussed on Carell throughout – not on his actions, but on his presence in the background of every scene. We hear very little from him, from any of the characters really, but it’s Carell’s blank face in the corner of the room, always on the point of snarling, that made this trailer so enticing. You could have easily missed the gun in his hand at the end. Best Moment: Did Carell just slap Tatum? Is that allowed?
The Zero Theorem
You can always rely on Terry Gilliam for a giddy asylum patient of a trailer. Like Gone Girl, the trailer for Zero Theorem is almost a short in itself, with Christoph Waltz floating miserably through the scenes and every other character seeming to divert his straight line of movement. Great pops of colour and bizarrely cheeky lines, all with the underlying heartbeat of “Zero can equal 100%”. A mad treat. Best Moment: “Christoph Waltz is referring to himself in the plural. That’s weird.”
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The final trailer on our list represents a return to form for the balls-out action trailer. It reminded us of the pant-wettingly awesome trailer for Kick-Ass all those years ago, and how once again we were just getting wrapped up in the fast-moving snippets and the clockwork shift from dialogue to gunshots to martial arts to Colin Firth with a spy umbrella. Firth is definitely the main draw of the trailer, busting out moves we haven’t seen since the deleted scenes from Love Actually when he wins his love interest over by taking on a team of Spanish assassins invading his house. Best Moment: Why is Samuel L Jackson wearing his hat like that?
So that about wraps it up for a year of great trailers. Did we include your favourite?
With the teaser still getting hit after hit and the official site up and running, you’d think we’d be content with all we’re getting in anticipation of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, you’d be wrong! So it’s a good thing that some behind the scenes footage has been included in the Guardians of the Galaxy DVD of some behind the scenes footage for the superhero sequel. Just click on the link for a snippet of what you can see, as included on the Guardians Facebook page: