On the weekend at D23, there was a statue of Thanos surrounded by four shrouded figures, and the assumption a lot of fans started making was that these four represented a very significant quartet in the annals of Marvel Comics: the Fantastic Four. That was shot down quickly when the shrouds were lifted to reveal four members of the Black Order, Thanos’ henchmen for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, but the hopes of fans remain high that after three underwhelming FF movies produced by 20th Century Fox, Marvel’s First Family might finally be coming home. Well, Kevin Feige‘s got some cold water to throw on you. (more…)
Not saying that Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place in the same universe as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but Spider-Man: Homecoming totally takes place in the same universe as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home*, you guys. Here’s how. (more…)
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If you haven’t yet seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, you do not want to continue reading this. Go check out the flick and return here as soon as possible because the producers responsible for the massive hit have finally commented on the long-speculated rumor about the character portrayed by Zendaya. At the conclusion of the film, the students involved in the academic decathlon are gathered around to hear that Michelle, Zendaya’s character, will be taking over as the group’s leader. She will only acquiesce if her new friends simply call her…
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The deal reached between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to share the movie rights to Spider-Man was quite unprecedented, but in the midst of fan excitement over having Spidey home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was a lingering dread that such a thing was not meant to last long. In the back of our minds has been the idea that once the present Sony deal has expired, then that’s the end of Spider-Man in the MCU, especially if he becomes a huge success under the co-supervision of Kevin Feige. The head of Marvel Studios seems to be thinking the same thing too. (more…)
Every time a new Marvel Studios movie comes out, it’s an occasion for Kevin Feige to be asked about all the films he’s currently overseeing and all the films he’s currently not overseeing. This is a story about the latter. And when you trace back the present comic book movie boom, it goes all the way back almost 20 years ago to a little movie called Blade. Based on the Marvel Comics vampire hunter, and played by Wesley Snipes, Blade became an example of how to do comic book movies right, so he’s do for a comeback, right? What about it, Feige? (more…)
Most people would like assume that you’d have to be a pretty smart cookie to be the creative mind behind some of the biggest, most popular movies of the modern age. It stands to reason that if you can write a deep and gripping story set in a well developed world that spans universes, starring a diverse cast of complex and interesting characters – not just once, but time and time again – you’re probably quite intelligent. Then there are other people who assume that it doesn’t take too much common sense to have the creative output of someone like James Gunn and that it wouldn’t be all that hard to trick them. (more…)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been one of the most successful franchises in recent history. Starting with Iron Man way back in 2008, the MCU had continued to grow to help birth the current age of superhero films. Sure, we love the characters and their heroics, but the MCU films also have had a wide reach with their audience. That is mostly due to the fact that all MCU films have had the family-friendly PG-13 Rating. While the Netflix Marvel Television shows have toes the line with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing the nasty and the constant barrage of the N-word on Luke Cage, they are still relatively tame compared to anything Tarantino would ever put out. Marvel Studios has played it safe with their 15 films by having them all be PG-13.
Any given day you can find some sort of argument online between DC and Marvel fanboys. The constant “Marvel vs DC” debate has been ongoing since before most of us were born, since Marvel and DC were young comic book publishers. Now that there are cinematic universes surrounding DC and Marvel characters, the endless debates have continued to a new medium. Now, of course, we don’t have to pick a side. As comic fans, it’s perfectly OK to like both equally. In fact, many actors/producers/directors in both universes often offer praise to each other for the success of their films and many endlessly gave DC their props for Wonder Woman. Now, the heads of the Marvel and DC cinematic Universes joined together in praise of someone else.
In a Marvel film, you can always count on a few things. It’s going to be entertaining as hell, and there will no doubt be a Stan Lee cameo. Considered the godfather of Marvel (and comic books in general), Stan Lee is responsible for giving us most of the characters we hold dear to our hearts. Although the 94-year-old has since retired from his position at Marvel, he almost always has made cameos in the films based on his properties.
Next May marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, exactly one decade following the release of Iron Man and the utterance of the line about the Avengers Initiative in the post-credits scene with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Marvel Studios will mark the occasion with the release of Avengers: Infinity War, the climactic chapter of Marvel’s Phase 3 that brings together nearly all the characters introduced so far in a battle against the Mad Titan Thanos. But this won’t a concluding chapter. For Marvel head Kevin Feige, there are still a lot of surprises ahead. (more…)