While The Avengers might get the billion-dollar budgets, the support of clandestine government agencies, a giant floating aircraft carrier and an honest-to-God God backing them up, not every superhero team can boast those kinds of assets. Down on the dirty streets of New York, the heroes that survive are lone wolves who views partnership as a hazard they may not be able to afford. This has been the draw behind The Defenders, Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series that has been on its way down the pipe for over three years. Today, we got our first official image from the production team, along with a whole slew of new rumours, hints and tantalising factoids. Let’s dive in. (more…)
2016’s massive hit, Captain America: Civil War, saw some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful players knock each other about in a fight of epic proportions! Of course, the two heaviest hitters who have found fame on the silver screen: Thor and the Hulk were nowhere to be seen. . To explain his absence, Marvel dropped Team Thor in the summer pairing up the God of Thunder with his roommate, Darryl Jacobson, and as luck would have it, the pair may be reuniting soon. (more…)
For all the excitement flying around Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, there has been one doe-eyed little face that has captured hearts across the nerd nation and beyond: Baby Groot. Without giving too much away just yet, the teaser trailers released so far have given us a glimpse into the next chapter in the Guardians story. It reintroduced the last movie’s hulking ent as an adorable sapling that manages to perfectly balance badassery with sheer baby cuteness. When you think about the way many movies are ruthlessly marketed these days, it’s not surprising that there are cynics out there who have assumed the new character was designed with merchandise in mind. (more…)
Not to be outdone by yesterday’s Luke Cage season two announcement, the Netflix Iron Fist gang has released four new images from the kung-fu action series featuring Danny Rand (Finn Jones), Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Joy (Jessica Stroup), Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey), and the glue that holds the Marvel Netflix Universe together, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawnson). Iron Fist hits Netflix on March 17th. (more…)
Doctor Strange has just broken Marvel’s box office record, having earned a staggering $616 million worldwide (according to Box Office Mojo). It has topped The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor, and is now Marvel Cinematic Universe’s highest grossing solo intro film since Iron Man. This is particularly impressive for a film whose main character was not necessarily that well-known before the film was released, unless perhaps you were a studious comic book reader. Marvel and Disney must be pretty happy right now.
The Inhumans have long since been on the drawing board for injection into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Originally, these off world enhanced humans were planned to have their own movie, at one point being on the books for a 2018 release. However, not long after the announcement of a film, Marvel revised their schedule and removed The Inhumans from its slate altogether. For a while, word on The Inhumans in the MCU was null, seemingly reading that Marvel didn’t quite know what to do with the characters/property. Much to the surprise of fans, it was announced this week that an Inhumans television series will be coming to ABC with the first two episodes premiering exclusively in IMAX commercial theaters in 2017.
So who are the Inhumans? Out of the endless crowds of guys and gals in funny outfits, what makes them ripe for television? (more…)
The key creative mind behind a lot of Marvel‘s most interesting and complex twists and turns in the cinematic universe, there is no shortage of cool new surprises coming from James Gunn. He is still, slowly, through all kinds of interviews, appearances and social media, revealing deeper and deeper levels that have gone yet unnoticed in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. An incredibly intricately created movie, Guardians of the Galaxy is swollen with Marvel lore and pop culture references and, as audiences have come to expect from their big movies, tons of Easter Eggs. (more…)
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.
In 1975, Chris Claremont and John Byrne took over an under selling Marvel comic The X-Men taking the series to new heights in sales and popularity over the following 16 years. When the X-Men movies in early 2000 jump-started the superhero movement to the big screen, many of the characterizations and plot points were pulled straight out of the Claremont/Byrnes run. In a recent interview at New York Comic Con Claremont talked with Hugh Sheridan (via BleedingCool) and discussed the current state of the X-Men comics at Marvel. (more…)
Tying at least four (potentially five) of Marvel’s ground-breaking Netflix series’ together, including the so-popular- it-nearly- broke-the- site Luke Cage, The Defenders is shaping up to be all that a Marvel fan could hope for. The prospect of the protagonists of three of Netflix’s most admired series’ joining forces to fight crime has many salivating in anticipation. When Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Danny Rand and Matt Murdock share a screen, there are bound to be fireworks. Today, Marvel Entertainment gave us a further taste of what is to come, confirming three additional cast members to add to an already impressive roster. (more…)