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The speculation was running rampant before Marvel Studios‘ big info bomb earlier today that one of the details to be revealed concerned the movie rights to one of Marvel Comics‘ biggest characters. On the one hand, Marvel is proving that they can make an event out of anything, even little heard of titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, or Black Panther, or The Inhumans, but on the other hand the studio bigwigs and Disney shareholders would probably love to get a piece back of some of those marquee characters. Spider-Man has been association with Marvel since the web-slinger’s inception in 1962, but the movie rights remain buttoned up with Sony where they are, for all intents and purposes, trying to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear (not that Spider-Man is a sow’s ear). But might that be changing… (more…)
In a massive online event today, Marvel Studios revealed its entire slate of Phase 3 films, which included previously announced films like Doctor Strange and Captain America 3, previously suspected films like Black Panther and The Inhumans, and a two part Avengers 3 called Infinity War. Also, Thor 3 is coming and it has a name, and so does Cap 3, and not only does Black Panther have a release date, but it also has face for the character, and the actor was there in person to meet his new public. To quote several people online in the last hour, “Take my money now!” Let’s take a look at Marvel’s plans post-2015. (more…)
It’s only one of the most anticipated movies of 2015. It’s also one of the most anticipated movies of the decade. Fans at San Diego and New York Comic Con have been lucky enough to see some of this already, but the wait was soon to be over, as last night it once announced that the next installment of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would feature the premiere of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Of course, as these things go in the modern age with the internet and all – Surprise! – this puppy leaked early. So if you have no impulse control and an itchy clicking figure, dig in now for your first look at the all new adventure of Marvel’s premiere super-team.
UPDATE: Marvel has thrown up their hands and gone ahead and released the official trailer, along with first official poster.
Bigger. When you’re making a sequel to one of the biggest movies ever made, there’s really only one way you can go for the sequel, and that’s bigger. To wit, the superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. With two motion-capture characters, several people with super-powers and an army of robot fighters, it was a foregone conclusion that the new Avengers movie was going to tip the scale with the number of visual effects it would require, but now there’s a number attached: 3,000. For those keeping score, that’s about the same number of effects shots in Avatar, about 800 more than what was in the first Avengers, and 250 more than what was in Guardians of the Galaxy. (more…)
With all the hub-bub today about Robert Downey, Jr. appearing in Captain America 3 and whether it will lead to a superhero civil war in Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe, some of you might have forgotten that we still haven’t had any sort of confirmation on who our Doctor will be! No, not that Doctor. For my money, the only Doctor whose casting counts (and I welcome your hate mail) is Doctor Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystics Arts. But with Walk the Line and The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix officially out of the running for the supernatural superhero, who will Marvel Studios turn its all-seeing amulet toward? Rumor has it that an actor who has some experience playing a wise mystic just might be the one pegged to play Marvel’s defender of reality’s various planes of existence. (more…)
The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is due in no small part to the successful casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Of course, Marvel Studios has had a great deal of success with its casting in many of its movies and TV series, but the connection between Downey and Stark has been so complete that the comic book Stark has come to resemble Downey’s characterization, which is no small measurement of the actor’s impact on the part. As we look to the future though, Downey’s involvement is hazy, and in a new interview, the actor discusses his age, the impact of Marvel on his career, and which good friend he’d like to put behind the camera for Iron Man 4. (more…)
Who is stranger? Ethan Hawke or Joaquin Phoenix? This may be the choice now before Marvel Studios and comic book fans as a new name has appeared in the race to play the next, great Marvel superhero: Doctor Strange. It was barely a month ago that is seemed like Phoenix had the whole thing sewn up, but today we have rumors that the Boyhood star has cut in and become such a sensation with the studio that he’s all but assured to take on the part of the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts. So is Phoenix really now off the casting sheet? Is Hawke now the one to beat, and how much does past experience with facial hair play into the casting decision? (more…)
It’s human nature to want to find meaning in everything, to see if we can detect patterns where there may not necessarily be patterns. This is especially true when we’re talking about someone or some people who purposefully plant clues, let’s call them Easter eggs, into their stories for fans familiar with the source material to search out and enjoy. If some small things have big meanings, then why can’t every small thing have a big meaning, even if that meaning should be perfectly obvious.
In the grand tradition of reading too much into stuff, some fans have wondered if there’s a bigger meaning behind Stan Lee‘s constant appearances in the Marvel movies, you know, other than being Marvel Comics most famous writer and editor, and co-creator of their biggest characters. Well Lee confirmed over the weekend that the point to his cameos is that he’s Stan Lee, and he’s not playing The Watcher. (more…)
Since the rise of Marvel in the 1960s there’s been books, courses and comic con panels about making comics the “Marvel way,” but with the success of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps its time we start talking about making movies the Marvel way, and wouldn’t you know it, the annals of American higher learning is answering the call. That’s right nerds, starting in the summer of 2015, if your a student at the University of Baltimore, you too can learn all about the art of making Marvel movies, from a purely educational perspective of course. Now, the U of B ain’t exactly one of your top ten institutions for higher learning, but if you want to learn about comic book movies, maybe it should be. (more…)