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…)
How did you enjoy Luke Cage? The latest Marvel/Netflix hit the air (web?) this past weekend, which means we’re one step closer to seeing the team-up of all the Marvel/Netflix heroes in The Defenders. (It also means we got to enjoy another great Netflix series, but anyway…) Only one thing stands in our way now: Iron Fist. The fourth plank in the Defenders team has been assumed to be coming out in 2017, but with Luke Cage out of the way, Netflix is now officially putting down stakes for the man with the dragon tattoo and mad martial arts skills. When spring arrives, so will the Fist. (more…)
The talk of a Namor film has been going on for ages; way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing. The Namor: The Sub-Mariner film has had elite director’s such as Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone) and Philip Kaufman (Quills, Henry & June) dating all the way back to 1997. The 90’s?! The main barrier holding the film back this whole time is that Universal, not Marvel Studios, held the rights to the character. But on a recent Kevin Smith Podcast, Fatman On Batman, Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada made a mention that the rights had finally reverted back to Marvel. While there has been no confirmation from Marvel regarding Quesada’s news bomb it has not stopped the internet from wanting a Namor, but who could play him? (more…)
Stan Lee is pretty much a literal deity nowadays. Having created many of our favorite comic book characters he’s already a national treasure. Given that now many of his superheroes are now on the big screen en-masse, it’s is a certainty that he will have a cameo in any film based on his characters. That’s not limited to Marvel Studios films as he has also cameos in Deadpool, The Spider-Man films, the original Fantastic Four films, as well as the X-Men films. It’s almost a certainty that he will show up in a film based on Marvel characters. However, the elephant in the room is that he’s not getting any younger. The 93-year-old is finally trying to slow down in his later years as he’s stopped traveling for many conventions and is trying to take it easy. With so many upcoming Marvel films, is he going to be making his cameos anymore?
Thor: Ragnarok‘s casting thus far has been a treat to the fans, having included newcomer fan favorites like Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings, Dredd, Star Trek Beyond), Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, The Aviator, Babel), and of course, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Fly); also returning will be Chris Hemsworth (Thor himself, of course), Mark Ruffalo (as Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and Tom Hiddleston (as beloved villain Loki). Recently, another actor let slip that he spent some time on the set film’s Australian set, and it’s setting up a nice reunion.