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There’s just one week of shooting left on Captain America: Civil War, and just when you thought that there maybe wasn’t any new surprises, enter the following shot from the German set of the film. Of course, you know that the plot of the film concerns in no small way the attempt by Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to find Cap’s best friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan) who is now the skilled but brainwashed HYDRA assassin, the Winter Soldier. Bucky may not be the villain of Civil War, but will the film’s climax see him become a hero. Not to spoil anything, but this photo from the set sort of suggests the inevitable. (more…)

‘Ant-Man’ Credits Scenes Explained

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Maybe you’ve seen Ant-Man by now and have lingering questions about exactly what goes down in the mid-credits and post-credits scenes.  Maybe you haven’t seen the film yet and would like some more knowledge to arm yourself with going in.  Maybe you’re like me and have seen the movie twice already and just think it’s really, really good (in my review of Ant-Man, I mentioned that these two scenes exist, but kept it spoiler-free).  Whatever the case, here’s some deeper info you might not know about the “secret” Ant-Man scenes – and it should go without saying here, but you’re entering MAJOR SPOILER TERRITORY, so consider yourself warned.

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There’s a scene in the latest Ant-Man trailer where Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is giving Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) a pep talk to encourage him to suit up as the insectoid hero. Lang’s responses is that Pym’s dire straits seems more like a job for the Avengers than a new Ant-Man. Well, one out of six ain’t bad. It’s not exactly a state secret, and the appearance of the Avenger in question can be spoiled as easily as looking at Ant-Man’s IMDb page, but if you’d rather not know, then you’re advised to look away from this post, because the following Ant-Man TV spot pretty handily ruins what looks like a cool cameo in the upcoming Marvel Studios‘ film. (more…)

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When we last saw Frank Grillo‘s character Brock Rumlow  in Captain America: The Winter Soldier he’d just gone toe to toe with the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and some serious Quinjet cannons and he wasn’t looking so good. Now he’s back in Captain America: Civil War and all suited up in Crossbones gear. This time around we get a good look at his facial scars after he’s had time to heal from that beat down in Winter Soldier. Spoilers ahead. (more…)

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Shooting on Captain America: Civil War is now underway in Atlanta, and it promises to be an adventure packed to the brim with callbacks, Easter eggs and surprise appearances. In fact, something this big, and with all the attention that a multi-billion dollar franchise brings to a project, it’s going to be hard to keep some of the details under wraps till opening day. To wit, some exterior scenes revealed our first look at Frank Grillo as Crossbones, the next level iteration of his Captain America: The Winter Soldier character Brock Rumlow, whose comic book visage is posted above. So is it everything you hoped it would be? (more…)

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Remember this image? It’s not exactly the most engaging piece of movie poster art, but it did tease well that all our favorite heroes were going to be together, and in one place, fighting the good fight in The Avengers. By comparison, the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, will feature more heroes, more action, and more edge of your seat excitement, but can all that be delivered on one, singular poster image? Well, don’t think that Marvel Studios won’t try. Submitted for your approval today, is the official movie posted for Age of Ultron, and within this simple image is more than just a hint of our heroes in action. The fine print also suggests who and what might have a more substantial part in the story. (more…)

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One of the great successes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that it managed to continue to build the Marvel Cinematic Universe without really drawing attention to it. Instead, it managed to expand the scope of the Marvel-related films, introduce new characters familiar to comic book readers, and challenged the characters we already had met with a shocking truth the upset everything they thought they knew. In essence, Winter Soldier continued building the world by essentially destroying a pretty big piece of it. Delivering such a gobsmack was a big risk that turned into an even bigger reward for Cap 2 directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose success with the film was evident in the way that Marvel awarded them the helm for Captain America 3 before The Winter Soldier even opened last April. In a new interview, the Brothers Russo made it clear that they’re not about to rest on the laurels, and are prepping another big game change for the MCU in part 3. (more…)

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The best thing about Captain America is that he’s a human being, protected by nothing more than a thin layer of spandex. Where Bruce Banner turns into the impenetrable beast that is the Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark is shielded by his iron suit and Thor is an otherworldly god here on Earth, Steve Rogers is just a man, driven by a relentless need to serve and protect his country. This simple fact is what ultimately helps The Winter Soldier work so well, both as a part of The Avengers series and as a stand-alone piece of cinema. Joe & Anthony Russo’s first foray into the Marvel Universe never loses sight of the fact that beneath the red, white and blue exterior is bona fide flesh and blood, with a pulsing heart that can be wounded. In many ways, The Winter Soldier is a catalogue of the lacerations that Rogers has endured, both as a solider and as a man completely out of his own time.

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Doesn’t everybody want to be an Avenger? Anthony Mackie certainly does. The actor is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Sam Wilson, AKA: The Falcon, but Mackie has his eyes set on bigger things than being Captain America’s sidekick, like getting a chance to help the superhero team fight an evil robot in The Avengers: Age of Ultron(more…)