It seems like only yesterday we were getting a daily info dump about a new casting announcement for Inhumans, the Marvel Studios and ABC series based on the royal family of the super-powered alien-hybrid race. Actually, it was last week, and to prove how far along in the process the production is, it seems that we’ve got our first spy pic from the set. If you’re in Hawaii right now, be advised, there are Inhumans among you. Be on the look out for a tall man in black who doesn’t say much (anything) and his big dog with teleporting abilities. (more…)
“You Have To Spend Money To Make Money.”
Most big studio blockbuster movies nowadays have grand budgets anyways. After all, our demand for big action, big special effects, and famous faces are the reason many of us are quite content with shelling out our hard earned $15 to go see our favorite movies. The movie studios know they stand to make substantial returns on their investments, so they have no problem greenlighting movies for hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars if they know they can make a killing on the back end. In addition to ticket sales, there’s Blu-Ray releases, streaming rights, and corporate sponsorships (toys, happy meals, etc) that ensure they make lots and lots of money off their films. Superhero movies are no stranger to this concept as they are now the most profitable movies currently out. Currently, the mother of all superhero movie, Avengers: Infinity War and its Untitled Sequel are currently in productions, and they have one hell of o budget.
The plot of Captain America: Civil War hinged in large part on the Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman, but there wasn’t a lot of time in the film to go into the character’s origin or what he was doing before that first scene at the signing of the Sokovia Accords in Germany. Obviously, it was always the plan to go deeper into that with Black Panther, the solo movie about the character from writer/director Ryan Coogler, which is now prepping for principal photography. From that prep comes word about one scene in particular, and it involves public transit in the Bay area in the 1990s. (more…)
This past weekend a new teaser trailer dropped for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and everyone went crazy. There previously was a “teaser” teaser trailer which gave us a few images to get us once again “Hooked on a Feelin,” but this new trailer gave us even more fun visuals and a brand new (well old) song to love. The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was a surprise hit, so we know that the next film is going to be big. So it’s no surprise that the latest teaser for next year’s film already has been viewed a whole lot!
The relationship between Fox and Marvel Studios has been tumultuous, to say the least. After all, Fox owns the rights to all the characters in the in X-Men universe, arguably many of their most popular characters, including all the X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and all of the side characters associated with them. The success of the X-Men films has even impacted Marvel’s strategy related to their comic books, as we saw the rise of the Inhumans (instead of the X-Men) as their main “outcast” group. The Fantastic Four also don’t have their own monthly issues as a result. The argument made is; why would Marvel promote characters they don’t own the cinematic rights to? That being said, the two film powerhouses aren’t completely at odds with each other and at times do negotiate in ways to make their business profitable.
After its first week in the US, Doctor Strange is already shattering expectations. You can check out our review for the movie here. The most recent Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie has already scored $85 million for its first weekend. Although it did not the previous MCU record set by Thor: The Dark World (which was $85.7 million), it’s still doing better than expected, and that doesn’t even count its global box office.
As already mentioned today in a previous post, Marvel has been trying to heighten the appeal and visibility of The Inhumans. A lot that has to do with that fact that Marvel Studios can’t make X-Men movies, and the long-term game was to eventually get The Inhumans in movie form before the end of Phase 3. But a funny thing happened on the way to 2019, Inhumans were introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans movie was quietly cancelled. Many interpreted that as Disney and Marvel not being too high on spending money on the moon-dwelling alien/human hybrids, but Kevin Feige says that’s not true. (more…)
Two years ago at this time, we sat in the tattered ruins of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony Pictures was highly ambitious about what it was going to do with a Spider-Man extended universe, and despite the critical failure of Amazing 2 and the underwhelming box office, Sony was full-speed ahead with Black Cat, Sinister Six, and Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, all while nobody seemed to care anymore. But now things are different. With the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, and their mutual agreement to share the character, we’re excited for more Spider-Man after Captain America: Civil War. But what future is there for Spidey beyond next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming? (more…)
It’s not incorrect to say that today’s comic book movie slate owes a credit to 1998’s Blade, the alpha test prototype that proved that movies based on comic books that are faithful to their source material can be a license to print money. It’s kind of sad then that the Daywalker has kind of receded from the public eye with no new movies or appearances currently announced at any level in the vast Marvel Studios film and TV empire. Unfortunately for Blade fans, this is no mere oversight, as the head of Marvel says that there’s currently no immediate plans for more from the kickboxing vampire. (Community reference.) (more…)
It was kind of a surprise when Marvel Studios decided to use the Punisher in Daredevil season 2, and it was kind of a surprise when they cast Jon Bernthal to play the part of the shoot first/no questions later vigilante Frank Castle. But the success of Daredevil, and the success of Bernthal’s portrayal, gave Marvel an opening: maybe they could finally have a solo Punisher adventure that won’t suck. We don’t when, we don’t know how, but apparently the new Punisher series is currently in production in New York City, if a spy picture of a grizzled Bernthal on the street is to be believed. (more…)