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”?
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?
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.
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?
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:
After its record for most viewed trailer of 2014 being blitzed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s no surprise that Avengers: Age Of Ultron is looking to gain back some of its hype. Well an Official Website can go some way to doing that. Well, I mean a full fifteen minutes of unseen footage could do the job a lot better, but hey I’m not greedy.
The site is really an offshoot of the Marvel website, so most of the links for videos, games and characters will take you out of Avengers territory and into general marvel-land. The teaser is up on the site, along with a decent enough synopsis for the film. It reads as follows:
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the epic follow-up to the biggest super-hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Arguably the best new material that appears on the site is the soundtrack sample that plays in the background. It’s a far-cry from the Alan Silvestri orchestral flurries of Avengers Assemble , and is a handy nod to the techno-thriller edge of the sequel.
So what do you think of the site? What would you like to see on it next?