Marvel fans have been clamoring for a stand alone Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) movie since she first hit the big screen in Iron Man 2. While no one can say Marvel isn’t using her character, she played a huge part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and we can expect more big things from our favorite ex-Russian spy in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but why not feature Black Widow in Marvel’s first stand alone female superhero movie? Now, not only has comic book writer Nathan Edmondson has joined the BW Stand Alone Movie Cause, he’s written a six page script showing what a Black Widow movie opening might look like. (more…)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
While many fans might argue that there haven’t been enough Avengers cameos in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s impossible to argue that Marvel is keeping their Cinematic Universe and Television Universes separate. Captain America: The Winter Soldier blew up Agent Coulson’s world right in front of him. Now it’s time for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to return the favor by airing the first trailer for director Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron during next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Most out there have witnessed the critical tirade that is Honest Trailers. Brought to the world by Screen Junkies, this amusing series of YouTube videos takes the movies that we all know and love (and sometimes hate with a passion) and tear them into little pieces for all the stupid crap that the writers, producers and directors decided would make good cinema. And it appears as if the Screen Junkies crew has now achieved some sort of real power within the industry, for Anthony and Joe Russo are citing Honest Trailers as their litmus test when they co-wrote Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (more…)
Jeez, can we get Avengers: Age of Ultron out of the way before we start hyping Captain America 3?
No. Alright then.
So while out promoting the upcoming home video and digital release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, co-director Anthony Russo, who filmed Winter Soldier with his brother Joe, teased some of the stuff they were looking at doing in the third part of the franchise, which is due in theaters in 2016. No specifics were offered (obviously), but one can sense a definite twinge of excitement in the director about what he and his brother have in store: the introduction of new characters, the redemption of old ones, and maybe *gasp* an ending? Read on…. (more…)
Marvel‘s Ant-Man has certainly been through a lot of changes since that initial announcement years ago that Edgar Wright would be bringing Marvel’s smallest hero to the big screen. Now its got a new director in Peyton Reed, and changes to the script which brought about Wright’s sudden departure. What those script changes might be is still unclear, but when three writers (Adam McKay, Andrew Barrer, and Gabrial Ferrari) were brought on board after Wright left to work out script issues during filming, one has to imagine more than just a few tweaks. The earlier draft was rumored to include some flashback scenes with the Micheal Douglas Hank Pym characters. Will that scene remain and what Marvel characters might it include? (more…)
It looks like Hayley Atwell can reply on some familiar guidance behind the camera when she takes Peggy to the small screen in Agent Carter on ABC. It was announced today at the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic Con that amongst the directors lending their talent to the first season of the solo adventures of Steve Rogers’ Girl Friday are Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). (more…)
Whether you are aligned with Marvel or DC in this fatuous battle for supremacy, you have to admit that Marvel has been on a bit of a winning streak since the release of the first Iron Man movie; revolutionizing the way that people look at comic book IP and event films while earning a ton of money and accolades in the process.
Perhaps that’s why it feels so weird to see Marvel sustain body blow after body blow as they’ve had to deal with blowback from the Edgar Wright/Ant-Man divorce, Drew Goddard’s ill-timed departure announcement from the Daredevil TV series and rumors that Marvel’s publishing arm might pull the plug on The Fantastic Four and the Ultimate FF comic book series’ to deny FOX a promotional boost in the run-up to the release of their Fantastic Four reboot film. Add to that, X-Force creator Rob Liefeld’s tweeted-out observations about the lack of an X-Men: Days of Future Past action figure line and his proclamation that, “The Fox shut out is real”, and it appears that Marvel may have a new fire to put out… unless they just ignore this controversy until it flames out on its own.
2014 has been kind of a dud for cinema as a whole, but one movie I definitely would place in my Top 10 (were the year ending tomorrow) is Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Brimming with great performances and kick-ass action set pieces, The Winter Solider delivered everything I wanted in a comic book film. Now details on the blu-ray have been finally released and it looks like this disc (just like most other Marvel home video releases) is jam-packed with awesome sounding bonus features. (more…)