Superheroes continue to be a hot ticket item, even if their hold on the box office is slipping. And as another summer movie season comes to an end it’s time to look towards what new superhero feature films are coming our way. It’s time for another superhero movie news round-up!
Jeff Wadlow, writer/director of this weekend’s Kick-Ass 2, already has another superhero team-up on the docket – the big screen adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s X-Force. The popular 90s comic series that gave the world Deadpool is another film in FOX‘s efforts to build their own shared Marvel universe; one populated by mutants and with absolutely no connection whatsoever to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers.
While out and about promoting Kick-Ass 2, Wadlow chatted with Den of Geek who invariably asked about X-Force. Here’s what Wadlow had to say,
All I can say is this: I bought X-Force #1 when I was a kid, I’ve read the recent run of Uncanny X-Force which I thought was fantastic, but other than that I just can’t comment on the line-up or anything yet.
Oooh, let’s see, what can I say? Let me put it like this. It will seamlessly exist in the X-Men cinematic universe, but it’s not a sequel.
So no confirmed line-up, but Wadlow did also hint at including team staples: Cable, Domino, and perhaps Sunspot (who’s also appearing X-Men: Days of Future Past). The concept of a shared universe with the X-Men films is, at this point, a no brainer. Marvel and Disney have already proven this to great success, and now DC and Warner Bros. are hoping to continue that trend.
Disney’s D23 Expo has come and gone and those lucky enough to attend were privy to a look at some footage from the various upcoming Marvel projects. And though the actual movie footage is being pulled as fast as it’s posted, Marvel and The Mouse did deign to bless us with some of the highlights from their various panels. Check out the two videos below for a brief look at some folks talking about Thor 2, Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, in addition to a host of other upcoming Disney movies.
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.
[Note: Per some commenter backlash, this article contains spoilers regarding the Winter Soldier’s back story. I assumed it was common knowledge. If you don’t know, and want to keep it that way, then skip the first paragraph.]
I think we all know that in Captain America 2: The Winter Solider Cap’s best mate, Bucky Barnes is the film’s titular villain. Only a none comic book fan would say “spoiler much?!” Now, comic lore dictates Bucky survives a plane crash sans arm and has amnesia. The Russians pick him up, give him a bionic arm, brain wash him a bit and send him on covert assassin missions. When not in use, they keep him in cryogenic stasis, which extended his life throughout the decades. As we’ve seen, the Marvel movie universe doesn’t exactly follow comic cannon. In Captain America, Bucky doesn’t bite the bullet via a plane crash – he takes a swan dive out of a moving high tracked train. So, right there, his story is already different. We’re left to wonder how he survives to become “The Winter Solider”. Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan is here to give us a clue…
Stan says that if you freeze the rescue scene in Captain America: The First Avenger there is a set piece that gives you a hint to how he survives the fall from the train. He says in an interview with Empire that the clues in the set pieces are very subtle, but they are responsible for his return. The rescue scene in question is when Captain America rushes in and rescues Bucky who is being experimented on by Arnim Zola.
You can watch the scene below:
You’ll notice, or rather not notice, there’s nothing too special. Just a dim light warehouse-y room with some scientific knick-knacks strewn about. One device in particular… some sort of dish-looking-gun thing pointing at Bucky on the table. Maybe Zola was exposing him to some of the cube’s properties without vaporizing him? Or, maybe Zola and the Red Skull were trying to replicate the super solider serum. Who knows!? It’s anyone’s guess. That dish device, though, most definitely has something to do with it.
You got a better guess? Sound off in the comments below!
07-23-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
A few lucky bastards (small ‘b’, not big ‘B’) got the chance to see the new Marvel Studios short film Agent Carter while at Comic Con this past weekend. For the rest of us though, there’s the following clip courtesy of IGN that shows Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in action in post-war New York City. Assigned to a desk job at the New York office of the proto-version of S.H.I.E.L.D., Peggy finds herself thrust back into action. And we’ll let the clip take it from there:
Agent Carter will be included on the Blu-ray of Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be released sometime in 2014.
Yesterday, even though Warner Bros. had a big announcement with their planned Superman/Batman movie, it was again Marvel Studios who owned the Hall H. Not only were their two upcoming films, Thor: The Dark Worldand Captain America: The Winter Soldier, well represented but the entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy appeared and we learned who each of them are playing. Oh! And there was footage from all of these films shared, yes even Guardians which has only been filming for 13 days. OH! And can I forget Joss Whedon‘s bombshell that Avengers 2 will officially be known as Avengers: Age of Ultron!
Marvel, as usual, held a show-stopping panel. We’ve already shared videos of a couple of the highlights, like Loki (a.k.a. Tom Hiddleston in full Loki costume) berating the audience, as well as Karen Gillanrevealing her newly bald head for her role in Guardians. We even held a live blog of the panel that I urge you to check out to refresh yourself of the panel’s details. But now, thanks to YouTuber, Emergency Awesome, video for the entire panel (obviously excluding any footage shown) is now available online.
[Editor’s Note: That FOX panel sure did have a lot of surprises, didn’t it? I mean, WOW, the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past showed up! … Now, here’s Manny with updates from what’s likely THE most anticipated panel of the convention. Will there be footage of Thor: The Dark World? Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What of the rumor there’ll be a reunion of Avengers old and new? Maybe, we’ll hear an announcement of a new Phase 3 movie? Doctor Strange? Captain Marvel? You’ll know as soon as we do! Once the live blog begins, refresh for updates.]
[UPDATE: This panel has now concluded. Thank you so much for following along, and a big thanks to Manny for live blogging Hall H. To catch up, you’ll find the full panel commentary below the cut.]
With Marvel‘s cinematic universe officially in Phase 2 we have a full slate of movies from the house of ideas to look forward to and apparently, Entertainment Weekly is all up in it, pictures wise. Coming up we’ve got some teasey/spoilery images from the magazine’s Comic-Con preview for you to drool and speculate over.
Let’s start with some concept art of Captain America and his BFF, Bucky. (more…)
As the schedules for SDCC have been announced and fans are getting an idea of what to expect at the Nerd Mecca this year, Disney has released the official poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is in anticipation that Marvel‘s got a panel at the SDCC where they will be talking about the film and possibly sharing some more goodies with the fans.
The first official poster is simple, but says a lot. Hit the jump to get a look at it before we say any more!
07-03-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Just a few more weeks till San Diego Comic Con, and if you’re going you’re going to need to seriously start thinking about where you’re going to be, what you’re going to see and when. Sony, it seems, has just made that harder with the announcement that amongst their Comic Con offerings will be the next Amazing Spider-Man and the new RoboCop.
According to the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex (via Comic Book Movie) blog, both films have been confirmed for prime slots at the Con. On Friday, July 19th Amazing Spider-Man newcomers Jamie Foxx (Electro) and Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn) will join Comic Con regulars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and director Marc Webb in panel to discuss the upcoming Spidey-sequel. On the RoboCop side, director Jose Padilha will be joined by stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson to discuss the remake of the cult classic film.
Wrapping up Sony’s slate at Comic Con are Anna Faris, Terry Crews and directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn fronting for Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, while Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, director Harald Zwart and author Cassandra Clare are appearing for the upcoming fantasy movie, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones.
Marvel Studios also announced its slate of panels for Comic Con so look for panels featuring Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Saturday July 20 on the famed Hall H stage. Who’s going to be there? Well, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige for one. Anyone else? Not sure yet. All we know, according to Deadline, is that there will be “many special guests” joining Feige on the Hall H stage. Chris Evans? Maybe. Chris Hemsworth? Possibly. Scarlett Johannson? Hopefully.
Of course, stay tuned to Nerd Bastards for all the ups and downs and creamy middles of San Diego Comic Con when it launches on July 17.