- 05-16-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
There was a rumor recently that an upcoming Marvel short film would tell us what happened to Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers’ love interest from Captain America:The First Avengerplayed by Hayley Atwell, after Cap was lost over the Arctic. Well the rumors seem to be true, and Atwell herself is doing the confirming.
Speaking to The Big Issue, Atwell says that indeed she is putting Peggy’s uniform back on and getting ready to kick butt in a new Marvel short film. Here’s what Atwell had to say:
Fans of [Captain America: The First Avenger] really wanted to find out what happened to Peggy afterwards, so Marvel are also making a short film, which is basically ‘What Peggy Did Next’, which will be shown at Comic-Con and be on the DVD extras of the second film. So as well as doing a bit in the new film, I’ve got a whole new spin-off short film. It has been great to be back in training with the stunt co-ordinators, kicking some butt again.
It’s nice that Marvel say the wisdom in giving Atwell and her character even a small showcase. The door was left open, after all, when an Avengers deleted scene revealed that Peggy was still alive and kicking in 2012, and we know that Emily Van Camp will be playing (supposed) Carter descendent Sharon in the upcoming Cap sequel, The Winter Soldier. Atwell also confirmed that Peggy will be seen in a flashback during Winter Soldier, although it won’t be next to actor Robert Redford. Atwell is admirer of the actor who plays a high-ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the film, but she’ll have to “stalk” him in her spare time.
The Peggy Carter short will be screened at Comic Con before being included on the eventual Blu-ray release of The Winter Soldier sometime next year.
- 04-19-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
If you were a fan of Hayley Atwell‘s portrayal of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger then it must have been something of a disappointment that the actress won’t be joining the fun in the modern day-set Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But don’t count Peggy out yet. The actress, while talking to The Age, says that there may be something in the ether to get Peggy Carter in on the fun. What is it? Well, here’s what Atwell had to say:
“There’s been an online campaign for Peggy to be featured. People really liked her. So Marvel have made sure that as part of Comicon there will be a little kind of snapshot as to what Peggy’s actually really capable of, which was finished here and which was great fun. Hopefully, it will lead to other things.”
“A snapshot,” she says? Does that mean a cameo in Winter Soldier, or maybe a short film of her own?
As preciously reported, MCU:P1 will contain all 6 of Marvels ‘Phase One’ films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers) the mysteriously named Item 47 short and of course hours upon hours of commentary tracks, behind the scenes documentaries, deleted scenes, printed thingys, a doodad or two and more (the stuff we don’t need, yet must have anyway.)
But wait, that’s not all! With the delay pushing the release back a couple of months, Marvel Studios will now be adding teaser footage, concept art, and Easter eggs for the ‘Phase Two.’ Reportedly the set will give us a good look at Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy and they aren’t even going to jack up that price tag!
According to the film industry “Bible” Variety, Community executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo are in final negotiations to direct the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.
The choice is, shall we say, unconventional. The Russos have directed episodes of Community, Happy Endings and Arrested Development, and they’re last big screen credit is the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree. What in any of this says, “ready for an epic superhero sequel,” I’m not sure, but The Russos beat filmmakers George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) for the gig.
If The Russos do indeed sign-up (it’s not for certain, and remember that there were at least three people in final negotiations to direct Thor 2 before Alan Taylor signed on the dotted line), they will direct Chris Evans, whose returning as the Star-Spangled Avenger from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also return as screenwriters from the first Captain America.
Marvel had no comment on the matter, which might mean there’s still a chance that The Russos might not be the ones to bring Cap back on his next solo adventure. But I guess we’ll see…
What do you Bastards think about the choice of The Russos for Captain America 2?
While Marvel’s The Avengers is still doing well in theaters across the world, an interesting teaser has appeared about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release. Although an official release date is still unconfirmed, Amazonhas posted something called the “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled” Blu-ray collection. The tentative list of content for the ten-disc set reads as follows:
Marvel’s The Avengers (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Thor (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray)
The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
Iron Man (Blu-ray)
Bonus Disc – The Phase One Archives (Blu-ray)
Collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The listing also includes the above image, perhaps the discs come in a replica of the briefcase that Nick Fury uses to transport the Cosmic Cube. Whatever is under the S.H.I.E.L.D. cloth, though, is said to be revealed on July 15th.
Now the big question . . . how much will this monstrous collection of superhero movies cost and how much would you be willing to spend? Give NerdBastards your best guess in the comments section below.
To celebrate the release of The Avengers, 25 Cinemark locations across the country will be hosting an all-day Avengers movie marathon starting on Thursday, May 3 and wrapping up with a midnight 3D showing of The Avengers.
Tickets to the one-day event costs $20, includes admission to the five films leading up to The Avengers as well as The Avengers. Attendees also receive a movie poster and a collectible pin to commemorate the event. Because even the biggest Marvel fanboy (or fangirl), shouldn’t be expected to go over twelve hours without eating, Cinemark is offering its Marathon viewers discounts at the concession stand including $1 fountain and frozen drink refills, $2 popcorn refills (after the first free refill) and $2 regular hot dogs.
This NerdBastard has never had the courage to get one of those hotdogs . . . but could survive on Coke Zero, popcorn, and a couple movie size boxes of Sweet-tarts. That $20 cost is pretty damn cheap for that amount of movies.
Movie schedule for the May 3 event:
-12:00 PM – Iron Man
-2:50 PM – The Incredible Hulk
-5:00 PM – Iron Man 2
-7:20 PM – Thor – 3D
-9:30 PM – Captain America: The First Avenger – 3D
-12:01 AM – The Avengers – 3D
Now you can really only take advantage of this if you live in or near one of the following cities:
-Huntington Beach Bella Terra 20 + XD
-Evanston 18 + XD (Evanston, IL)
-Union City 25 + XD (Union City, CA)
-Daly City 20 + XD (Daly City, CA)
-Cinemark West Plano 20 + XD (Plano, TX)
-Cinemark 18 + XD (Webster, TX)
-Paradise 24 + XD (Davie, FL)
-Valley View 24 + XD (Valley View, OH)
-Sacramento Greenback 16 + XD (Sacramento, CA)
-Century 16 Bel Mar + XD (Lakewood, CO)
-Festival Bay 20 (Orlando, FL)
-Cinemark Robinson Township + XD
-Egyptian 24 + XD (Hanover, MD)
-Cinemark 24 + XD (West Jordan, UT)
-Tinseltown 20 (Merriam, KS)
-Albuquerque Rio 24 + XD (Albuquerque, NM)
-Las Vegas South Point 16 + XD (Las Vegas, NV)
-Tinseltown 20 + XD (Pflugerville, TX)
-Cinemark 17 + IMAX (Tulsa, OK)
-Tucson Park Place 20 + XD (Tucson, AZ)
-Tinseltown 17 (Mission, TX)
-Tinseltown 20 + XD (El Paso, TX)
-Tinseltown 20 + XD (Colorado Springs, CO)
-Century 16 + IMAX (Corpus Christi, TX)
-Anchorage 16 + XD (Anchorage, AK)
Because Marvel Studios refuses take a breather from churning out super hero movies, production on Captain America 2 will begin later this year, which will be followed by a Nick Fury/SHIELD movie. This news comes from Neal McDonough, who played Cap’s bowler-hatted, mighty-mustachioed comrade Dum Dum Dugan in last year’s Captain America:The First Avenger.
In a recent interview with IMDB Television Blog about his role on Season 3 of Justified, McDonough revealed a few details about his future with Marvel. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: I understand you’re going to reprise your CAPTAIN AMERICA role.
McDonough: Yeah, they’re planning (to go into production for) for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time. So they’re going to do THOR 2 and as soon as THOR has wrapped, they’ll do CAP 2. Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into NICK FURY because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything.
Q: Why is that?
McDonough: Because it’ll be me and Sam Jackson. In the real Marvel universe, Dum Dum Dugan is Nick Fury’s right hand man…And I just pray that they have a 1970s setting, because I want to see Sam Jackson with lambchops kicking people’s asses for Marvel universe. It would just be awesome. And to work with Sam would be a treat. We’ve become friendly over the years.
Q: It sounds like you were a fan of the comic beforehand.
McDonough: Absolutely. I’m very well aware of the Marvel universe, and to be part of it is such a blessing. To go back to London and shoot there for four months, that was just a great year.
Captain America: The First Avenger was an alright comic-book movie. It offered adequate patriotic fanfare and what not. Here’s hoping the sequel will be much better executed. Now, do we REALLY need a Nick Fury movie? Well, WILL it be a Nick Fury movie? Or just 90 minutes of Sam Jackson being all Sam Jacksony?
Well, not spoilage per se, but rather quick flashes of Joss Whedon and Co. on the set of next summer’s sure-to-be-blockbuster The Avengers. If you want to get the real stuff though, you’ll have to buy Captain America: The First Avenger on October 26th on DVD and Blu-ray, but in the clip below you can wet your whistle for what to expect when you pick up the disc next month. Also in the trailer is a peek at the new Agent Coulson short “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer.”
Here’s Marvel Studio’s press release about Captain America‘s release:
Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures introduce the latest addition to the incomparable Marvel Super Hero team with CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger, ready for action on high definition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD October 25, 2011. Called “the best superhero movie ever” (Brian Erdy, CBS-TV), the thrill-packed adventure is a blockbuster hit with audiences worldwide, earning over $350 million at the Global Box Office. When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world’s greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull. Loaded with fantastic action, stunning visual effects and an awe-inspiring hero imbued with courage, humanity and an unbreakable spirit, CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger transports viewers into a world of daring exploits and excitement. Starring Chris Evans in the title role, the film features an outstanding ensemble cast including Academy Award�-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving as Marvel’s Ultimate Villain, Red Skull, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Stanley Tucci.
The CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger three-disc set includes the film on Blu-ray in high-definition 3D and in high definition 2D, as well as on standard definition DVD with a digital copy. The two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes a high definition presentation of the film, plus a standard definition presentation with a digital copy. Both sets boast over an hour of behind-the-scenes bonus material including an original Marvel short film, an exclusive sneak peek into the ultimate Super Hero team, Marvel’s The Avengers, six featurettes that go behind-the-scenes of the filmmaking process, deleted scenes and much more.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger Blu-ray and DVD specs
The CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger Blu-ray Discs(TM) are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the sets is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Surround and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The digital copy is presented with an English Audio track.
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Breakdown:
Feature film with commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford
Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer
Outfitting a Hero
Behind the Skull
Captain America Origins
The Assembly Begins
Deleted Scenes with commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford
The three-disc set includes all of the above, plus the feature film on Blu-ray 3D.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger will also be available as a single-disc DVD presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and English Audio Description and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes feature commentary, the featurettes “Outfitting a Hero” and “The Assembly Begins” and trailers.
A lot of comic book movies try very hard to capture a kind of rip-roaring, Saturday matinee atmosphere, the kind of flick that leaves popcorn stuck to the walls of the theatre and giggling kids dashing off in every direction to emulate the exploits of a daring hero. The closest anyone has come (I think) is Sam Raimi with Spider-Man 2, but even then the film got overwhelmed in many ways by its own epic ambition. Which is fine, but sometimes epic isn’t what you want. Sometimes what you want is an honest, simple adventure picture, and in that regard Captain America:The First Avenger might be the greatest comic book movie success of all time.
It’s not the most ambitious film Marvel’s ever done, and definitely not the most ambitious they ever will do. It’s not the darkest, the funniest or the best made, but it may well be the most true to the roots of its hero. A period piece with a war movie’s skin and a superhero’s heart, Captain America is a powerful reminder of how much fun a film can be when it drops its pretenses of glory and just focuses on being cool.
The final poster for Captain America. Isn't it so...American?
Paramount Pictures has released eight new TV spots for Marvels Captain America: The First Avengers, which premiers this week (“Fuck..YEA!”). For the purpose of keeping myself unsullied (I wanna keep myself an American virgin. Oh..fuck, you know what I mean.), I have refused to watch them. However, I can most certainly tell you there’s explosions, Tommy Lee Jones cratered face, some shield Frisbee throwing and some other shit. Enjoy.
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