Marvel Studios

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Obviously, Daredevil generated a lot of excitement when it premiered on Netflix earlier this year. Although Marvel Studios‘ other television endeavours haven’t been universally-praised, the Netflix format and distribution structure were definite assets for Daredevil, a bone-crunching, high-stakes, complex crime drama. But can lightening strike twice? Netflix has four more Marvel series to launch, and the next up at plate is Jessica Jones. Expected later this year, Jones can be seen as almost a bigger gamble than Daredevil, but after the success of the Man Without Fear’s series, can the private investigator formally known as Jewel possibly surpass expectations with her own series? Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is betting on ‘Yes.’ (more…)

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So if you saw Ant-Man at any point in the last several days, you’ve probably been wondering: is any of the stuff the ants do in the movie legit? That is to say, are the depictions of ants in the film scientifically accurate? It’s not like Hollywood movies put a premium on scientific-correctness, I mean have you seen the works of Roland Emmerich? Still, it’s kind of fun to consider where fantasy ends and realism begins, and to that end, some industrious internet journalist thought, “Hey, let’s ask an ant expert some of the stuff they do in the name of fighting evil and coolness in Ant-Man. Some of the answers may surprise you. (more…)

Martin Freeman Dishes on Mysterious ‘Civil War’ Role

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Of course, the above headline is not meant to imply that Martin Freeman recently revealed exactly what role he was playing in Captain America: Civil War, because that would be crazy! When filming began on Civil War a couple of months, two actors were mentioned in the roll call, but there was a big question mark next to those names as to what roles they were playing. Freeman is one, but now the actor is talking about what type of character he’s playing, how he fits into the story, for how long, and yes, his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)

Whedon Promises No ‘Age of Ultron’ Director’s Cut

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Around the time of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, there was a lot of discussion about what was left out of the movie. According to director Joss Whedon himself, the original cut was in the neighborhood of three-plus hours long, nearly an hour longer than the finished film that came out in theaters this past May. There was some nattering that Marvel Studios made Whedon make significant cuts, and there was more discussion about the a potential director’s cut coming with the Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-ray later this year, but Whedon begs to differ with all of that. In fact, at San Diego Comic Con last weekend, he denied everything.  (more…)

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Just when you thought it was safe to hope that this year’s San Diego Comic Con wasn’t going to be underwhelming… With a number of big studios and production companies bowing out of this year’s festivities, all hope for awesome things was pegged on the ones who are coming to play. One of them is Warner Bros., who will – presumably – be bringing loads of goodies from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The other hope – oddly enough – was Star Wars. With Hall H Marvel-less this year, all eyes turned to J.J. Abrams et al to make those nerd eyes water with anticipation. And yet, we have to report, that your expectations are going to have to be modulated somewhat. (more…)

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There’s a scene in the latest Ant-Man trailer where Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is giving Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) a pep talk to encourage him to suit up as the insectoid hero. Lang’s responses is that Pym’s dire straits seems more like a job for the Avengers than a new Ant-Man. Well, one out of six ain’t bad. It’s not exactly a state secret, and the appearance of the Avenger in question can be spoiled as easily as looking at Ant-Man’s IMDb page, but if you’d rather not know, then you’re advised to look away from this post, because the following Ant-Man TV spot pretty handily ruins what looks like a cool cameo in the upcoming Marvel Studios‘ film. (more…)

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Ant-Man hasn’t been released yet, but the sudden upswing in the tenor and quality of the hype surrounding it has got people thinking, what about Ant-Man 2? Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios‘ last surprising-but-not-surprising original hit, was approved for a sequel before it opened, and though Marvel may be locked in with release dates through to 2019, like Spider-Man proved, schedules can be changed if you give the studio a reason. Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man, is hoping that he can make a case for another Marvel film, one that will deal exclusively with the background of one of Ant-Man’s main characters, who, in his comic book life, was one of the founding members of The Avengers, Hank Pym. (more…)

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Granted, there have been a lot of concerns about Ant-Man, from the sudden departure of Edgar Wright from the production mere weeks before it was supposed to begin, to the somewhat underwhelming response to the initial trailers. All signs pointed to Ant-Man fumbling Marvel Studios‘ string of recent successes, but there was hope and faith that Marvel could pull out a win, and the response so from those that have seen Ant-Man has been, for the most part, fairly positive. Amongst the fans of the new Marvel superhero is James Gunn, he who directed the studio’s last outside the box hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. So obviously he would know, right? More than that, Gunn was very enthusiastic about where Ant-Man will end up in the annals of Marvel movie lore. (more…)

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As we get ready to see if Ant-Man ends up sinking or swimming at the box office, thus impeding (somewhat) or accelerating the gradual Marvel Studios takeover of Hollywood, we take some time to consider other questions. For instance, is there a real Mandarin? We all know that the door’s been left open, which is good because a lot of people are still sore about how the character was treated in Iron Man 3. In other important things to considerate, fans are still smarting over the seemingly one-sided relationship between Marvel’s movies and its TV series. It’s a shared universe, but only the TV side seems capable of sharing. What’s the deal? Fortunately, Marvel head Kevin Feige is available to explain it all, or at least offer insight. (more…)

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With sometimes sneaky appearances in three Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and counting, it’s only a matter of time until Thanos’ plan to seize the Infinity Gems and their power come to fruition, and that time is the release of Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May 2018. The assumption has been that in terms of villainy, although he may have his lackies like the dear departed Other, Thanos is a one-man band, but there’s a rumor out this morning that the Mad Titan may be getting an assist from another big bad in his quest for the Infinity Gems. Hint: the villain in question is connected, deeply connected, to a Marvel cosmic hero that’s been often discussed in relation to the Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock. (more…)