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Snyder Says Spielberg “Might Not be Wrong” About Superhero Movies

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

Tom Holland is Marvel’s “Spiderman” – Jon Watts to Direct

We had a list of hopefuls, and now we have one new Spiderman. After having their pick of the up-and-coming litter for this latest incarnation of the web-slinger, Marvel has landed on fresh-faced Tom Holland to don the mask and take to the crime filled streets of New York City.

Deadline is reporting that the actor best know for his roles in The Impossible and How I Live Now won out from a wishlist including Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. There were suggestions that Butterfield would take the role given his experience with science fiction and action in Ender’s Game, but Marvel gave opted for someone with what you might call a more versatile, dramatic background. Translation: not scifi.

Holland is also starring in this year’s In the Heart of the Sea from director Ron Howard, where he’ll be taking up with fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth. With any luck Hemsworth will become increasingly facial company if the rumours about Spidey’s involvement in other Marvel projects are to be believed.
But that’s not all: we also have a director in the form of Jon Watts. The decision to bring in Watts is dangerously close to Sony’s decision to enlist Marc Webb for The Amazing Spiderman. Webb had just made his mark at Sundance with 500 Days of Summer when he was recruited for the gig. It so happens that Watts has just had his own nugget of success at Sundance with Cop Car, a sharp little midnight movie if ever there was one.

Granted, Watts’ experience with using humour in his movies is a little more substantial than Webb’s. As well as Cop Car he’s directed several episodes of The Onion News Network. When you throw the vicious Clown  into the mix, it’s clear that Watts has a more acerbic humour that could suit a wisecracking Spiderman.
A solo Spiderman feature is still pencilled in for July 28th 2017,with a lot of time in between for Holland to turn up in other potential Marvel projects like Civil War.

You’d be forgiven for taking all this news with a pinch of salt – we’ve all been here before with Spiderman reboots. Hopefully we’ll have something a little more concrete to be excited about for this latest instalment.

Brad Bird On Bringing “Incredibles 2” to a World of Superhero Films

It’s hard to believe that The Incredibles is over a decade old – a fact that has only really become prominent since Disney/Pixar announced that a sequel to the immensely popular superhero film was officially in the works.

A film that preceded Iron Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe by four years, The Incredibles was Brad Bird‘s rousing call for the love that we can all feel for cinematic supers, as well as their potential versatility as a genre. So you can’t blame people for nearly leaping out of their Mr Incredible pyjamas we they found out Bird would be returning to pen the sequel script. Hopefully this won’t lead people to overlook Tomorrowland, Bird’s latest project, which looks to have all the originality and balls out creativity of The Incredibles and more to spare.

But that’s not the only problem Bird faces: with the gushing river of superhero films quickly readying to burst it’s banks and flood the industry, Bird must face a monster that he in part helped to create. How will the new landscape influence a franchise that’s as much about the modern family as it is about superheroes kicking ass? Fortunately Bird is ready for the challenge, according to a conversation he had with IGN recently, courtesy of Screenrant:

A lot of superhero films have been made since Incredibles and it is kind of like an athletic field that’s just kind of dried up dirt now, with a few clumps of grass. And I think what the challenge is how do you step outside of that and say, ‘Hey, there’s another place for our heroes to go.’ So that’s kind of the challenge. People make a lot of following some of road map and Damon and I can tell you from making this film that you’re just bumping into furniture. Hopefully if you’re on the right path you don’t actually know where you’re going completely. I love those characters in ‘Incredibles’, but I’m also a moviegoer and I want to be surprised by movies. I want them to zig when they should be zagging. That’s the goal with that one.”

Well it’s comforting to see that Bird has game plan, not to mention one that doesn’t require him to throw his hat into a ring filled with Iron helmets and webbed masks. At the centre of Bird’s intentions is a desire to be surprised by what happens to the power toting Parr family, which can only be good news.

One of the main strengths of The Incredibles is that it was never a straight superhero film, and that ability to skirt the traditional recipe has the potential to lead to another great animated film. And it’s not as though we don’t have current data to support this. Big Hero 6 was an unbridled success, and despite being a Marvel adaptation it still had that tang of family-turned-heroes sweetness.

It’ll be a long time before we see a hint of animated red spandex that doesn’t belong to Spiderman, but I’m happy to leave it in Brad Bird’s more than capable hands. In the meantime, Tomorrowland is out May 22. What would you like to see in an Incredibles sequel?

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.

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.

You’re Welcome – First “Ant-Man” Trailer Shows Size Doesn’t Matter

You’re welcome earth – the tiniest superhero in the world is here! That’s unless you include DC’s The Atom, and since he doesn’t have a movie coming out we absolutely do not. It’s been a Temple of Doom rolling boulder of teaser material, with early artwork followed more recently by a teaser and self-deferential posters. And now we finally have a trailer for Marvel’s Phase Three gambit Ant-Man…boy, I hope it doesn’t suck after I’ve built it up so much. We have the trailer below along with the aforementioned posters since we’re feeling particularly generous. So what are you doing just sitting there? have a look, courtesy of Youtube:

Phew, I was a little worried there. This project definitely looks like it could live up to the considerable hype and heated press. Even though we didn’t get a look at the main villain Yellow Jacket in outfitted action just yet, there’s definitely no lack of action or traditional marvel humour in this trailer.

This far into the process, we can’t help but wonder what kind of a trailer we’d be watching if director Edgar Wright was still at the helm of the project instead of his replacement Peyton Reed. Would it have been a bit more darkly comical, a bit more tongue in cheek? Hey maybe twenty years down the line Wright will redo the project as he originally intended. But until then, it looks like we have a heel of a lot to look forward to with the version of Ant-Man we have in front of us. Along with Paul Rudd we have Evangeline Lily, Hayley Atwell, Corey Stoll and Michael Douglas.

Here’s the tiny poster from Marvel and the magnified EW cover, courtesy of IGN:




With all that in mind, I’m sure we’ll all be on the lookout for Ant-Man this July when it hits theatres.

Incidentally, since I’ve used the “size doesn’t matter” line already no one else is allowed to use it. I’m not gonna have another Godzilla ’98 situation on my hands.

Are you geared up for Ant-Man?

Ryan Reynolds is finalising “Deadpool” deal

Ryan Reynolds is currently closing a deal with Fox for the titular role in Deadpool, as reported by Deadline. This is definitely exciting news, despite the fact that it’s news that isn’t really news-news…news.

This will be Reynolds’ second portrayal of the “merc with a mouth” after his turn in the clown car of Marvel characters that was X-men Origins: Wolverine. Hopefully this feature will give Deadpool the attention he deserves, since he’ll be flying solo as far as we’re aware.

Reynolds' first portrayal as Deadpool. Ah, the memories, the horrible, poorly written memories.
Reynolds’ first portrayal as Deadpool in “X-men Origins: Wolverine”. Ah, the memories, the horrible, poorly written memories.

The project has been on the books for a while, and it’s already been given the highest level of confirmation with its appearance on the list of Marvel and DC films coming up in the 2015-2020 period. It was always assumed that Reynolds would take on the role, and teaser footage that was released of Reynolds doing a brief action scene in motion capture all but confirmed it. Now we have the confirmation more or less and it’s good news, since seeing any other actor don the red-and-black mask at this point would be just plain weird.

Tim Miller will be directing, after tinkering with this project for the last few years. A script has been put together by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will be producing the film.

Are you looking forward to Deadpool? Think Reynolds has the chops to pull it off for real?

Benedict Cumberbatch officially marvel’s “doctor strange”

Names are being named…

Marvel Studios have officially announced that Star Trek Into Darkness and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe. There was some speculation about Cumberbatch taking on the role earlier in the year, but nothing was official until he re-entered negotiations to star in the Phase Three film.

Doctor (Stephen) Strange begins as a hot-shot surgeon who has everything, only to lose it all when a car accident renders him unable to operate. Searching desperately in every corner of the earth for a treatment, Strange becomes wrapped up in a world of magic, sorcery and, you guessed it, impending evil.

Doctor Strange…way more magical than Doctor Who.

Cumberbatch is the only actor to be officially cast in the film, set for release in theaters November 4, 2016. On choosing Cumberbatch for the role, Kevin Fiege of Marvel explained “Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

Sounds like they have a lot of faith in the star who is already turning heads with his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which is already a solid Oscar hopeful. Who knows where this latest role will take him?

In terms of multi-film contracts, there is no mention of a sequel to Doctor Strange in the current lineup of Marvel films running up to 2020. The odds are, since Strange is a relative unknown despite being a fond fan favourite, Marvel will be waiting to see how the first feature turns out before they even consider Strange 2. But that’s not to say that Cumberbatch won’t be weaving his magic in other Marvel films.

Along with the two Thor films, this will be the latest Marvel film to include magic as opposed to to science or space. It’ll be interesting to see how they tie Strange into the ever-expanding Marvel Universe.

Is this the best news you’ve had all week? Was Cumberbatch your favourite for the part?