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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer: Divided We Fall

Iron Man and Captain America battle it out for superhero rights in the new Captain America: Civil War trailer. Whose side are you on?

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Check Out the 11 Best Bits of Disney Magic at the D23 Expo

Another year, another peak behind the curtain of the planet’s most beloved and most profitable mouse rights advocacy groups. The D23 Expo was always a promise of shock and awe, given Disney’s more recent acquisitions of Marvel and Star Wars. But even though we expected a lot, there was still more besides to surprise the sailor suits off us! Let’s revisit them shall we? Continue reading Check Out the 11 Best Bits of Disney Magic at the D23 Expo

“Spider-Man” Gets a Short-list of Directors

The pieces are all coming together for the latest live action incarnation of Spider-Man. We’ve already got a good idea for further which actors are winning the race to nab the part (currently Asa Butterworth and Tom Holland are leading the charge), but we still need a director to resurrect an incredibly profitable but otherwise dwindling cinematic hero. Actors are arguably more important to nail down early since Spidey’s first appearance will be in Captain America: Civil War to give his two cents on superhero registration. But once that’s out of the way Spiderman will have to make it on his own with a solo project in 2017. So who’s going to mount that deadly zip wire? And don’t you dare make a joke about Josh Trank losing the Star Wars spin off gig, because I’ve already been told I can’t.

Screen Rant is reporting that a list of frontrunner has been revealed for the director gig for the Sony/Marvel joint venture. It’s a good blend of characters, ranging from solid mainstream to quietly filming indie in the corner to indie-turned-mainstream. If you’re on the list and you’re reading this I’m not going to tell you which one applies to you. Anyway here’s the list hot off the presses:

Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies)

Theodore “Ted” Melfi (St. Vincent, Roshambo)

Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect)

John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein (Audio Tour, Vacation)

Jared Hess (Napoleon DynamiteDon Verdean)

A lot of strong contenders there. Not a huge amount of superhero experience in the mix but that’s hardly a surprise at this point – the rule is you either go with the Russo Brothers or you try something new. The main trait that connects them is that they’ve all at home with comedy and have made their names with some uniquely funny movies. This makes sense since Deadline’s described Amy Pascal (ex-Sony boss) and Kevin Feig‘s (Marvel Studios boss) hopes for the film are a “coming of age tale” with “John Hughes humor and emotion, plus all the superhero stuff.”

So odds are the choice for director won’t so much come down to experience or story ideas, as much as it will be down to the compatability of the director’s brand of vision with the studios’ final vision decision.

Captain America: Civil War will hit theatres on May 6 2016, and Spider-Man will open on July 28, 2017.

Who would you like to see take the Spider-helm?

Could Asa Butterfield be Marvel’s New Spiderman?

Let’s talk Spiderman guys. Captain America: Civil War is going to begin production before the end of the month (cutting it pretty fine), and for that to work Marvel and Don’t are going to have to pick their Spidey soon. Damn soon. For those out of the loop, this new Spiderman will be a combined reboot with Marvel Studios sharing rights with Sony. Don’t expect it to be simple, but with a new solo film promised for 2017, expect it to to be quick. Well quick isn’t even the word for it, since rumours are already abounding that a frontrunner has appeared in the potential list of candidates.

Screen Rant is reporting that Asa Butterfield is the current favourite for the role as Peter Parker. Young Butterfield is perhaps best known for his work on Ender’s Game a couple of years ago, working alongside Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin. Now, according to Latino Review, he is moving ahead of the pack.

Who’s in the pack you ask? Well a short list of names has been floating around recently, so from what we can tell the current list of candidates consists of Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Tom Holland (In The Heart of The Sea), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Killing). Not a bad list right? All making waves in their own way, and all perfectly placed to play the Web slinger.

Why could Butterfield be out in front? Well, for starters he no stranger to action or scifi, and he’s had experience working alongside big Hollywood names, which can of be a boon for a new Avenger. Also, with the latest Peter Parker looking to be in his mid teens and still in high school, there’s a fair discrepancy between the actor’s ages (Wolff is the oldest at 20 and by far the oldest looking). However Butterfield makes a good showing at the ripe old age of 18, fresh-faced but still with blemish potential.
In the end, the choice will come down to staying power and audience appeal. The plan will be to make a lot more movies with this incarnation of Spiderman, so he’ll need to be someone viewers can grow up with. And let’s not forget he’s gotta be loved by viewers – we’ve gotten very critical when it comes to Spidermen.

Who would we like to get the part? We couldn’t possibly say.

“Captain America: Civil War” Gets a Synopsis and a Shooting Date

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.

Ridiculous.

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.

Daniel Bruhl to Play Baron Zemo in “Civil War”

There’s been rumours flying all over the place about Daniel Bruhl and the part he will play in the Marvel Universe since his name was attached to the Studio late last year. Well the answer has finally revealed itself as io9 reports the Rush actor will play Captain America’s nemesis Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War.

What? You don’t know who Baron Zemo is? You think he sounds like the name of a disappointing brand of German wine? Relax – for a very important villain, he’s not that well known. He’s most commonly seen going toe to toe with the cap. An advanced weapons builder strongly connected with the Nazis in World War 2 and world domination by the master race, it would be very easy to confuse this dude with Captain America villain the Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving. The main difference? Baron Zemo wears a hood. All the time. Seriously, it’s glued onto his face with a super-strong adhesive that he created and Captain America used against him.

But don’t worry, there doesn’t necessarily need to be a whole bunch of flash backs and cryo-freezing to bring this villain into the modern day. Like most comic book heroes and villains, Zemo has multiple incarnations including a son who succeeds his father. The son also has significant ties to the Marvel Civil War storyline, having recruited villains to fight for Iron Man and promote the registration of super-heroes. Whether or not this is the way the film is going to go is uncertain – despite the film having “Civil War” in the title, we can’t be sure how faithful it will be to the comics. In any case, Zemo would have a lot of information about Captain America’s past should Tony Stark want to use it against him.  Also, Sebastian Stan is confirmed to be returning as the Winter Soldier, so could the two be working together?

Baron Zemo getting some stuff off his chest in a tousle with Captain America
Baron Zemo getting some stuff off his chest in a tousle with Captain America

This would be Daniel Bruhl’s second turn as a Nazi, having played a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Basterds. Garnering critical acclaim for films like Rush, A Most Wanted Man and The Fifth Estate, this will be Bruhl’s first baby step into the Marvel universe. Let’s hope he pulls it off – it’s a big hood to fill. Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016.

Look behind the scenes of “Age of Ultron” in “Guardians” DVD extra

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:

Now it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing extra finished footage any time soon, or at least until the full trailer appears. But this is a nice little addition to what we have so far. With a few words from director Joss Whedon and other crew members, it’s a good reason to buy the Guardians DVD – that and the fantastic feature film itself!