Fans of Full Metal Jacket (or Law & Order: Criminal Intent, depending on your age/viewing preferences) will be over the moon to know that consummate weirdo and distinguished character actor Vincent D’Onofrio has signed on to play Kingpin in Marvel/Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series. Fresh off of a recent creative change-up and casting of the titular blind man of justice, this is an inspired move that will probably help regain fans’ confidence in the newly serialized superhero. (more…)
I take a lot of shots at Marvel for what I believe to be a neutering (or flat out execution) of their more creative directorial choices, but Guardians of the Galaxy may be the film that completely flies in the face of my criticisms. James Gunn seems to have delivered a product that bears his distinct fingerprint — a weird slice of sci-fi with an “off-beat” sense of humor all its own. Today, a new TV spot continues to showcase the lighthearted, eye-popping “fun” his MCU picture (hopefully) is going for, with a climactic shot of psychadelia featuring star Chris Pratt that truly has me intrigued on a sheer visual level. (more…)
One of the absolute best parts of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers was how he got Hulk so right on screen. While Mark Ruffalo was quite impressive (as always — have you seen Zodiac?) playing Bruce Banner, it was the big green beastie who SMASHED! his way into film fans’ hearts everywhere. Now that Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, is currently in production, tidbits regarding what to expect are trickling out. And it seems that we might see much more of Banner’s rampaging alter ego. (more…)
Over the weekend, there was a bit of hubbub regarding who would be taking over the director’s chair for Edgar Wright on Marvel’s upcoming (and seemingly doomed) Ant-Man movie. First, Jeremy Smith over at AICN had the EXCLUSIVE! that Adam McKay was the lead out of the three names on a short list (which also included We’re the Millers director Rawson Thurber and Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer). McKay had apparently entered “in earnest” talks with Marvel in hopes of closing out a deal ASAP. But then McKay dropped the project, seemingly out of nowhere and leading the Internet Prognosticators to start shelling out their trademarked nonsese. Did Marvel lowball McKay? Was this simply the Studio using the media to reduce the true frontrunner’s fee? Did McKay demand a role for Will Ferrell? Were the talks even broached at all? Taking to Twitter, McKay cleared the air himself, citing a rather standard (and understandable) reason why he couldn’t take the job. (more…)
After the rough departure of director Edgar Wright from Marvel’s Ant-Man, many questions remain. How much of the crew will be replaced? Will all of the cast who signed onto the project remain in their respective roles? Do we even want to watch an Ant-Man movie, sans Edgar Wright?
But the biggest matzah ball still left hanging is: who is going to take over for Edgar Wright in the director’s chair? Well one name we can rule out is James Gunn, who helmed this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. Thus far, Gunn has been quite understanding and supportive of both sides during this divorce, but it doesn’t look like he’s ready to hop into the bed his friend has just been kicked out of. (more…)
It seems that comic book movie firings can make for great soap opera, as further sordid particulars regarding the divorce between Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios spill out into the open. While some have inexplicably been backing the corporation (just look at the comments on Latino Review’s initial breaking of this story and then the ones on my own reporting), the rest of us who care about our cinema not being completely homogenized have been wondering if this is a case of Marvel going too far in terms of creative meddling. A new story over at The Hollywood Reporter has some pretty damning insight, all but directly confirming that the comic book entertainment factory couldn’t care less about “vision”. (more…)
Now that we’ve had the weekend to gather info on the situation, gnash our teeth and throw a Cornetto cone up in the air, it’s time to move on and hope for the best. One of the best responses to this untimely departure came from Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn, who counts Wright as a near and dear friend. Gunn recently took to Facebook to offer his insights on the situation and wish his fellow artist all the best.
***UPDATED*** WITH INFO ON NEW SHOWRUNNER: Drew Goddard Leaves ‘Daredevil’ as New Details on Edgar Wright’s Exit from ‘Ant-Man’ Emerge
Are Disney suits polishing the brass on their own personal Superhero Titanic?
Yesterday, news broke regarding Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man, the Phase Three Marvel MCU picture he had been developing with the studio for the last eight years. Details we sketchy regarding his exit, but with the film this close to shooting, speculation ran rampant around the Internet (as it tends to do). Today, Latino Review has dropped one of their patented “inside scoops” regarding the Wright disaster while almost simultaneously breaking the news that Cabin In the Woods director Drew Goddard has left the Daredevil series Marvel was developing with Netflix. The reports on both are troubling, to say the least, as it reads like Disney and Marvel suits are meddling in the creative galley, to the point that their talent are jumping ship left and right.
It’s hard not to wonder if cinema just lost a major battle to corporate interests today, as The Hollywood Reporter just broke a story about Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man due to the dreaded, catch-all for ‘wouldn’t bend to studio demands.’ (more…)
“…last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”
Joss Whedon is admittedly “having a blast” playing around with the new villain for the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron. While recently speaking with Empire magazine, he discussed not only the latest villain whom everybody’s favorite band of Marvel superheroes are facing off against, but also the overseas release dates (Marvel recently announced Avengers: Age of Ultron will get an earlier release of April 24, 2015, keeping with the recent trend of placing it ahead of the U.S. date) and also how the textures of the architecture in the United Kingdom are being emphasized during the filming of the biggest MCU sequel to date.