Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, announced that the new Disney streaming service will be called “Disney +“. Among the original works being added to the service are a reboot of High School Musical, an original series based on Monsters Inc, and movies such as Noel, starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter, and Togo starring William DeFoe about the 1925 Nome Serum Run. But what content does NerdBastards such as you, dear reader, care about? With the acquisition of Fox, Disney bolsters their content library. The 2019 launch of Disney + is still a few months out, so more news could pour in at any moment. But with access to Marvel, LucasArts, and Disney libraries, even without Fox’s considerable properties, there’s a lot for fans to look forward to. Rumors abound, but Mr. Iger was kind enough to confirm a few things.
We’re drawing closer and closer to Marvel’s next big movie release: known colloquially to the fans as Avengers 2.5 due to the copious amounts of heroes being featured, Captain America: Civil War is sure to be action-packed from start to finish. Fans everywhere are already “picking sides” between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man, and previous trailers and promotional images have shown potential viewers which heroes are choosing to align themselves in either corner (no word yet on the preferred affiliations of Baby Groot, however). While we are rumored to get a new Civil War trailer this week, Marvel has already hit us with new stuff to fawn over: a deluge of new character posters featuring the characters who are affiliating with Cap himself. (more…)
From the moment he stepped into frame as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and told Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark (and essentially moviegoers, as well) “It’s me and I’m here, so get over it and move on,” fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been 100% behind Don Cheadle as War Machine. He was great in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, and the worst part of his performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it was all too brief. Now, fans are looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and, according to Cheadle, Rhodey plays a “pivotal” role in the film. You can find out what he had to say recently at the Sundance Film Festival, but first a word of caution: While this article doesn’t contain any confirmed spoilers from Civil War, those wishing to remain completely oblivious to the film until they see it should stop reading now.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is introducing some fairly heavy weight Marvel comic book characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). To help audiences get ready for all these new characters The Mighty-Marvel-Marketing-Powers-That-Be have put together this little intro video with director Joss Whedon. (more…)
As we countdown to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which, in North America, is now barely 40 days away, every new look we get at the film is a banquet for the eyes, and a fest for the senses. We can’t wait! A new mini trailer came out today via the film’s Twitter account, and it offered us several never before seen glimpses at the movie, but something stood out. You may have noted before that while we’ve seen a lot of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch respectively, we haven’t, as of yet, heard them talk. Well, that’s all about to change once you see this new trailer, and we’ll tell you right now, if you like silly Eastern European accents, you’re about be over the moon. (more…)
Marvel recently released a new digital comic, Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude – This Scepter’d Isle (Say that five times fast), that lays it all out for anyone speculating about how Marvel will handle Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olsen) origins when translating them from the comics to the big screen in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Gotta warn you, there be spoilers ahead and if you want to stay blissfully unaware… don’t click-through. If you do, it’s all on you. (more…)
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is showing no signs of wavering just yet; with myriad parody trailers – from the George Lucas cut, to the Wes Anderson version – being churned out on a daily basis. So it’s nice to see some footage from other highly anticipated tent-pole films coming out next year – particularly if it happens to be a brief behind-the-scenes clip from Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron. What is so great about this footage? …well, apart from its briefness, it’s the way in which it somewhat manages to demonstrate the actual scale of how colossal this mega-budgeted superhero film is actually going to be. From this thirty-one second clip, we can extrapolate the magnitude and scale of what has went into the second installment of The Avengers – and just going by this, we are definitely going to be treated to an action-packed – Hulk-smashing – extravaganza. (more…)
With all of the buzz around the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, it might be easy to forget that the Vision, a fan favorite character from the Avengers comic books with deep ties to the film’s maniacal robot adversary, is also making his silver screen debut in director Joss Whedon’s sequel. That’s a shame because, as all of the concept art suggests, the Vision’s big-screen appearance looks to be stunning. However, if you watched Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! last night on ABC, eagle-eyed viewers caught a fleeting glimpse of the Avengers’ favorite synthezoid. (more…)
Since the announcement that the character Quicksilver and his sister, mutant children of X-Men villain Magneto, would appear in both X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there’s been a question as to how Ultron director Joss Whedon would deal with the matter of the twins’ genetic heritage. At issue is the fact that X-Men and the Avengers do not inhabit the same movie universes: 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to the X-folks while Marvel Studios hold the movie rights to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. However, Quicksilver and his sister Scarlett Witch are characters that exist in a grey area as far film rights are concerned, which gives both studios the chance to use them in their stories. Still, Fox owns the movie rights to the term “mutant.” So, if they can’t be called mutants, how will Whedon explain Quicksilver and his sister the Scarlet Witch’s origins in Ultron? Comments by Marvel Studios suggests that the explanation will still be not quite human. (more…)
Marvel is just winning all over the place this week. Fans (and likely the studio heads) of the comic book publisher/movie studio cheered when the ridiculous box office numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy were reported on Monday; they cheered even more uproariously when Warner Bros. flinched with respect to the release date of Batman v. Superman, which was also held by Marvel’s Captain America 3 until yesterday when WB decided to change dates. Still, with all of this excitement, Joss Whedon managed to up the still take it to the next level with this simple tweet: (more…)