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Back in the day, fans were excited to see just one of their favorite super heroes up on the big screen. The original Tim Burton Batman flicks started out that way, as did Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Even today, stand-alone films prefer to use one character as opposed to many, although the trend is shifting to some degree. Captain America: Civil War sounds like it’s going to have more than its fair share of heroes sharing the screen and now, at least according to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War will take it even further with a cast of at least 67 characters. Read on for the details. (more…)

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It’s the moment that entire Marvel Studios series of films has been, and will be, building towards for the next couple of years, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and 2. The two-parter will see the super-team battle the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) whose quest to collect the six powerful Infinity Stones will bring him into inevitable conflict with not just the Avengers, but every hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Except, apparently, any hero with his or her own TV show. Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War co-director Anthony Russo talked this weekend about the line-up, and it seems that legalese may keep the Defenders and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. benched for Infinity War. (more…)

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Mustachioed crusader Stan Lee and legendary penciler Jack Kirby created Black Panther (real name: T’Challa) back in 1966. His first appearance was Fantastic Four #52 and he has the distinction of being one of the first black superhero in comics. The Black Panther paved  that rocky road for the likes of Luke Cage, Misty Knight, War Machine, John Stewart Green Lantern, among a few others.

The Black Panther will make his cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War. You can catch a glimpse of him in the recently released Civil War trailer; seeing him drop kick The Winter Soldier. Now thanks to a spread in today’s EW an even better look of the character, and his fierce looking costume, can be examined in full; along with a whole lot of details from actor Chadwick Boseman, Co-director Anthony Russo and producer Nate Moore. (more…)

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With the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Blu-ray and DVD today, many fans of  Marvel Studios’ Avengers family of films are looking ahead to the future and are curious as to what  will be the focus of Captain America 3, set for a 2016 release. While we were originally promised an announcement at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con of the film’s subtitle, which might have provided an  indication of what the film’s storyline might be, the convention came and went with no clues to Cap’s future. However, the official Twitter page for Captain America  announced yesterday that a big announcement in honor of today’s Winter Soldier release. Could this be the Captain America 3 subtitle? (more…)

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The epic fight is one piece of making a proper super hero flick that cannot be ignored.  If the hero isn’t going to take down the bad guy in a way that is both creative and visually interesting, then the movie is missing something fundamental.  When one works on a flick like Iron Man or Thor, there are all sorts of cool abilities and effects to play with.  With someone like Captain America, however, it’s fists and a shield, so the challenge is high.  Anthony and Joe Russo, the Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors, want to impress with this one and, to prove their confidence they showed off one of the action scenes from the movie at Disney’s D23 Expo.

Now here’s the part where we give you a video to watch, right?  Nope.  Sorry folks, but the Great Sith Mouse has yet to release it to the public.  So instead, you’ll just have to settle for some opinions from a few people that were there.  In addition to reporting a wild crowd reaction, the folks at /film had this to say:

Cap’s fighting techniques are way more modern than the last time we saw him. He’s learned new moves; the action in general is much more hard-hitting and intense.

And the MTV representatives added their two cents:

Just like the elevator sequence shown at Comic-Con, the clip featured action expertly directed by the Russo brothers that is clear, kinetic, and outrageously fun.

So, it looks like we may have something to look forward to next year.  It’s always more difficult to use the fists and feet while still keeping it looking super heroic and the Russo boys may have gotten it right.

You can check it out for yourself when Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to the big screen on April 4th, 2014.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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We haven’t gotten a good look at what Captain America (Chris Evans) will be wearing in Anthony and Joe Russo‘s Captain America: The Winter Soldier sequel. The first production still gives us some shadowy hints, but for all we know the good Captain is wearing his pajamas with his shield on his back.

The folks over at Comicbookmovie recently received a tip about some concept art for Captain America’s uniform in the upcoming sequel. Before you take a look, let’s take a look back at the uniforms from the first Captain America and The Avengers movies.

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Now let’s look at the concept art for Cap’s Winter Soldier uniform.

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It’s hard to tell, but it looks like the stripes in the midriff are gone. The helmet goes around the ears now and you can just see the wings remain on the side of the helmet. Looks like no more red gloves and there is some kind of leather harness around his neck, perhaps taking it back towards the WWII uniform days or more likely the Ultimate Universe uniform.

What do you think?

Via: Comicbookmovie

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Now that Marvel has gone full force into their “Phase Two” development and franchise hits Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are on the way,  what is the state of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? The studio’s super hero sequel has been rounding out all their casting choices recently and with filming only a few weeks away may cast their biggest import since Robin Sparkles.

According to the Latino Review (and their infamous “insider”) the Anthony and Joe Russo directed feature has cast arguably the greatest pound for pound fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Georges St-Pierre.

The current welterweight champion, recently coming off a strong victory against challenger Nick Diaz, has been reportedly cast as villain Batroc the Leaper, a mercenary and master of the French form of kick boxing known as Savate. Here’s a portion of his character description from the Latino Review:

“Batroc is an experienced thief and smuggler, who also speaks French and English. Although, as a mercenary, he does not hesitate to perform any number of criminal acts for his clients, Batroc has, by his own rights, a strong sense of honor, and he will turn against any client whom he feels has unfairly deceived him into committing crimes to which he might not otherwise have agreed.”

Considering they share the same first name and are both masters of kick-boxing, St-Pierre is about the closest thing to the real life Batroc we might ever see. And while considered more of a B-list villain to many, Batroc has fought the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man and the Punisher throughout his criminal career.

Disney and Marvel have refused to comment on the casting, but seeing as how Batroc is more of a “villain with a conscious” he may not be the bad guy everyone is suspecting him to be. Expect an official statement from the studios in the next few weeks once Captain America: The Winter Solider begins filming later on in April.

Captain America: The Winter Solider hits theaters everywhere April 4th, 2014.

Source: /Film

Now that the news about Toby Jones returning to the Marvel Universe as Arnim Zola in Captain America: The Winter Soldier has hit the Internet we can start speculating about the possibility that he will return in his robotic body from the comics.

There was a scene in the first Captain America movie that showed the plans for the iconic image that Captain America fans recognize.

Zola survived the war and ended up in the custody of the group that would eventually become S.H.I.E.L.D., much like the German Rocket Scientists were brought to the United States after the war. One can easily imagine Zola, under guard, working for S.H.I.E.L.D. to develop new spy tools and weapons. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to believe that Zola might secretly build and transfer his mind  into that easily recognizable robot body.

The film stars Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and franchise newcomers Anthony Mackie as the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Also returning are Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill along with Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

Set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit 2D and 3D theaters on April 4, 2014.

Via: Comingsoon

While Captain America: The First Avenger wasn’t the stunning “marvel” fans expected, many people liked the connection between Steve Rogers and British agent, Peggy Carter. Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell both played their roles wonderfully, but with Cap’s forced cryogenic freeze and revival in the 21st century we never got to see what could have been – and we never will.

Viewers of The Avengers deleted scenes will know Peggy is alive and well, just a little old for Rogers. He might not want to show her his bald eagle is what I’m getting at. Unless Hayley is willing to undergo some prosthetic facial work for Captain America: The Winter Soldier her cameo is non-existent and will require recasting by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. According to TimeOut however, Atwell will have no part in The Winter Soldier whatsoever.

Now this isn’t due to casting issues or scheduling conflicts with Atwell, she simply will not return. Hit the jump for her response.
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Russo Talks Plans for ‘Captain America 2’

While on the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Community co-executive producer Anthony Russo was asked about an entirely unrelated project, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So what can we expect from the follow-up to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger? Russo was asked about what details he can share about the film.

I think Chris Evans is good at comedy, especially dry comedy, but Captain America as a guy — what I love about him is that there’s kind of a nobility, a heroic quality to him. With the comedic sensibilities you and your brother have, is that going to be part of it, I guess? Is that part of the conception process and the scripting process? 

It definitely is. I mean, we’re trying to grow him as a character, and certainly he’s come a long way, from where he started in pre-World War 2 to where he is in modern-day America. So the character has room for growth because of that huge journey that he’s been on, Number 1. Number 2, part of the appeal of these movies is the ensemble. Captain America isn’t the only character in the film, there are other characters that are perhaps lighter in nature.

Bucky, perhaps?

Yeah, exactly.

You’re going with an existing story for “Captain America,” right?

In a way. I mean, they’re all sort of rooted in what’s come before, but they’re all also their own jumping-off point as well.

How did you sell yourselves [to get the job for] “Captain America”?

We were comic book geeks from a young age and big fantasy geeks. We got to talk to them in detail about that history. They knew that we understood the brand really well and the characters really well. It was a long process, actually, of talking to them over and over again, through a series of meetings over a long period of time. And I think they just — we were really passionate about the movie, incredibly passionate about the movie. They felt that, and they felt like it was the right match.

What did you love about [Ed] Brubaker’s “Winter Soldier” [comic-book] story that made you say, “Oh yeah, I know what we can do with this”?

Well, we like the [story]. I can’t talk too much about specifics, that’s the way Marvel handles things. I can say in general that there’s sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing, and that is going find its way into Captain [America] in the modern day.

Where are you at in terms of production? Are you in active pre-production? Do you have a production start date?

We have a release date, April 2014. We are going to go into production early next year.

Remember: Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out on April 4, 2014.

Source: Coming Soon