Back in the 90s, and the mad scramble to monetize their properties and make some cash as they were on the brink of bankruptcy, Marvel Comics sold the rights to its characters to a number of different studios. The X-Men went to 20th Century Fox (as did the Fantastic Four and Daredevil), Blade went to New Line Cinema, Hulk to Universal, and Ghost Rider to Sony (where he was joined – eventually – by Spider-Man). Slowly, but surely, Marvel’s been bringing everyone back into their bosom, and now it seems another character maybe ready to take their rightful place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not to mention Atlantis. (more…)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been expanding with each film and phase. With it comes some truly memorable characters and the actors have done a magnificent job at literally transforming themselves into becoming those characters. Ask a number of people who Robert Downey, Jr. is and the majority would likely say Iron Man (or perhaps Tony Stark, but less likely). The actor’s names have almost become synonymous with their Marvel role. Most fans would probably be up in arms if, say, Chris Evans decided to stop being Captain America and someone else came along to fill the role. It wouldn’t be the same! Well, get this… way back when Marvel was still working on Phase I, the studio originally approached an actor to land a key role in their film(s) but that actor passed. That actor was Mel Gibson. (more…)
By the time the credits rolled on Blade: Trinity, a lot of people thought of further Daywalker adventures by paraphrasing the immortal words of the farmer in Babe, “That will do, Blade. That will do.” Given Patton Oswalt’s now infamous oral history of the behind the scenes rancour of the film, the fact that Trinity was in anyway comprehensible is a tribute to David S. Goyer and his editor. It does make you wonder though: why would Wesley Snipes want to come back? Is he looking to make amends for past cinema sins, or given the present superhero movie hysteria does he know a good deal when he sees it? (more…)
This time last year, a controversy started erupting about Disney, toys, and Marvel Studios‘ then-latest hit Avengers: Age of Ultron. A LEGO set was released, based on a prominent action scene in the film, but one of the players in that scene was conspicuous by *her* absence. From there, a #WheresNatasha campaign was launched as mothers and fathers of young girls asked hopelessly for toys featuring the sole female Avenger. Did Disney still labor under the opinion that a) girls don’t like action figures and b) that boys won’t play with girl action figures? Apparently that was the opinion of Disney execs, or at least it was circa 2013. (more…)
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to be the box-office powerhouse, we have to remind ourselves that it wouldn’t be where it is today without the success of the first film Iron Man. In order for that film to be made, director Jon Favreau had to convince studio executives that the beginning of what would eventually become a billion dollar franchise would rest on the shoulders of an actor who at the time was not a sure thing. Robert Downey Jr. may be Tony Stark, but there was once a time where his off-screen antics made him box office Kryptonite. Favreau had faith that Downey would deliver and we all would be well-off with him cast as the lead. Because of this risk that was taken and the success of Iron Man, the MCU was able to flourish. Marvel Studios has been taking risks throughout all of their films, and each time has paid off handsomely. At this point, you can say that risk has been a part of the Marvel method. Marvel has also championed their diversity for including superheroes of color such as War Machine, Falcon, and soon enough Black Panther. Marvel has also had great female superhero characters, such as Black Widow, Jessica Jones, and Agent 13. However, Marvel has yet to include much LGBT representation in their films. Is this the next risk they would like to tackle?
It’s the rumor that’s been chasing every story about the Fantastic Four movie since last summer when Josh Trank‘s reboot tanked hard: how long until Marvel‘s First Family makes its way back to Marvel Studios. The unmitigated disaster of Fantastic Four 2015, plus the middling ho-hum efforts of the two Tim Story movies have some fans wondering if that’s three strikes and Twentieth Century Fox is out, and as of today, the answer seems to be “Yes.” Breaking news over the weekend seems to indicated that Fox and Marvel have reached a deal to bring the Fantastic Four home in exchange for some rights to two new X-Men-related series. (more…)
It seems that we have now entered the looky-loo phase of production on Iron Fist, which, if nothing else, means that the fourth Netflix series produced by Marvel Studios has officially begun principal photography. As we’re seen time and again, shooting on the streets of New York City looks good on screen, but its a pain in the neck if you’re trying to keep your film or TV show a secret. To wit, the cameras caught a look at Finn Jones as Danny Rand, sadly not in the Iron Fist costume, in what looks like the moment his character turns home to NYC years after the tragic death of his parents. (more…)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to become a global phenomenon and one of the greatest franchises in the history of cinema. Nowadays, it’s almost expected that whatever film Marvel is producing under their Marvel Studios banner will become a certified hit. But this was not always the case. There was a time (pre-2008) where anything Marvel related could be seen as a gamble. That all changed in a movie called Iron Man. Iron Man was the initial movie for this universe-building film and it needed to be perfect. The film needed to have the perfect lead (Robert Downey Jr.), and more importantly, it needed the perfect director to helm this risky film. The director Kevin Feige chose was Jon Favreau. At that time, Favreau was an accomplished actor but did not have an extensive directing resume. Favreau also wanted a risky actor to play Tony Stark, which was not a popular choice at the time. Needless to say, the gamble of both Favreau and Downey Jr. paid off, and the film exceeded all expectations and helped drive the Marvel machine to soaring numbers, more than $500 million worldwide box office. Favreau proceeded to direct for Iron Man 2 and executive produced many films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as many other film and television projects. Recently Favreau directed and produced The Jungle Book which is also exceeding numbers after its first weekend at the box office. With the success of Jungle Book (and its inevitable sequel already greenlight), many speculated if he would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or would he continue other projects on his own.
With Captain America: Civil War kicking off Marvel’s Phase 3, Kevin Feige spoke with Entertainment Weekly on several subjects including Phase 4. On May 6, 2016 the 13th movie of the Marvel Studio’s franchise hits theaters. Only 11 movies are slated for the third phase including Thor:Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War Part 1 and 2. One big question still loom on the horizon; when will Marvel Studios make Inhumans? Currently Inhumans are part of Agents of Shield’s main plot and Marvel Studios might be waiting for the TV show to finish their scripts. You can find a full listing of all Phase 3 movies here. Kevin hints at what’s in store for Phase 4. (more…)
With Iron Fist finally coming together, completing the prearranged quartet necessary, Marvel Studios and Netflix are now looking to put the band together for The Defenders, the fifth and final series in the Marvel/Netflix deal. So who will have the unenviable task of bringing these street-level heroes together on one team in one series? A pair of people already familiar with 25 per cent of the team: Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who oversaw the recently completed second season of Daredevil. Under their supervision, the Man Without Fear, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will team up to take on a threat not one of them can handle alone. (more…)