The best thing about Captain America is that he’s a human being, protected by nothing more than a thin layer of spandex. Where Bruce Banner turns into the impenetrable beast that is the Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark is shielded by his iron suit and Thor is an otherworldly god here on Earth, Steve Rogers is just a man, driven by a relentless need to serve and protect his country. This simple fact is what ultimately helps The Winter Soldier work so well, both as a part of The Avengers series and as a stand-alone piece of cinema. Joe & Anthony Russo’s first foray into the Marvel Universe never loses sight of the fact that beneath the red, white and blue exterior is bona fide flesh and blood, with a pulsing heart that can be wounded. In many ways, The Winter Soldier is a catalogue of the lacerations that Rogers has endured, both as a solider and as a man completely out of his own time.
If there’s one thing super hero movie sequels can guarantee, it’s that the heroes costumes will always change. It’s certainly not for the means of appeasing fans, but rather selling/marketing newness. That’s just the way it is.
Aside from Iron Man, the only other on-screen character to have a vast wardrobe is Captain America. His costume changes have certainly ranged in appeal as he’s gone from movie to movie. One can only wonder what variation of the costume is in store for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, actually, you don’t have to wonder. Thanks to some set photos and video from the production currently shooting in South Korea, we have our first look solid at Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans). Oh, and if you care about Black Widow, we got some shots for her too (well sorta). (more…)
So that might be an exaggeration (as I’m sure your Black Widow fan films are PER-VER-TED!), but I’ve got to hook you somehow, right?
Luc Besson is the king of creating badass, female action leads, and his latest, Lucy, seems to be no different, pitting Scarlett Johansson as a “merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” (the press release’s words, not mine) against what seems to be the entirety of China’s organized crime syndicate. There’s a rocket launcher wielded against her at one point, so I’m probably going to watch it.
It’s no new thing that super hero viewing audiences are eager to see one of the industry camps finally break down and put a female hero in control of her own solo flick. And while the obvious choice for this to many is the almighty Wonder Woman, another name has been rotating through the press circles as a likely potential – The Black Widow. She has more screen time than any other female character and would make a great choice, but the powers-that-be have been hedging back and forth on this one. Now, the actress that plays Widow in the Marvel/Disney franchise universe, Scarlett Johansson, has stepped up and said that she wants to see it happen. (more…)
Scarlett Johansson will be appearing on screen for the third time as Marvel‘s Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Last month we began to hear talk that Black Widow, the standalone film, was finally in the works over at Marvel Studios. Hit the jump to see what studio prez Kevin Feige had to say about the project today: (more…)
This isn’t the beginning of the end, just because Nerd Bastards is talking about a star’s pregnancy doesn’t mean we’re devolving into a gossipy star-f#@%ing website, but what we propose here is a completely legit question: How might Scarlett Johansson‘s recently revealed pregnancy affect the shooting of Avengers: Age of Ultron? I mean, it’s not like Ultron‘s the sequel to the third biggest movie of all time, and it’s not like director Joss Whedon previously said that Johansson’s character, Black Widow, plays a very big/important role in the film. Actually, it’s a lot like that, so what will happen? (more…)
The Avengers is, without question, the best superhero movie. (In my opinion, anyway.) It had heart, sentiment, flashy set pieces, humor, a sense of danger and suspense, characters who grew and evolved; basically, everything fans love from comics thrown up on the big, silver screen. The Avengers is the bar all superhero movies since have been measured against. So… how will its sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron stack up? (more…)
For The Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer/director Joss Whedon has a lot of proverbial plates that he’s going to have to keep spinning. Not only are there the original six Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. characters like Nick Fury and Maria Hill involved so far, but the sequel will add the villainous robot Ultron and rumored new Avengers, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. So when we’re talking about 11 characters minimum in the film, it’s going to be tricky for any one of them to take the spotlight.
But in Whedon we trust, right? And according to the filmmaker, he’s going to give a couple of members of the team their fair due in the upcoming superhero sequel. If you’re a fan of either the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) or Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), this one’s for you. In an interview with Nerd HQ, Whedon said that the Widow is going to play a big part in the sequel:
While Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filming in Cleveland, Ohio, we’ve got some set pictures and video clips for y’all. You’ll catch a few peeks of Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, their stunt doubles, a flipped bus, a car on fire… y’know, the usual.
Hit the jump to see the goods. Or, well, you know what I mean; we’ve already seen “the goods.” (*cough*ScarlettJohanssonpictures*cough*).
The announcement that legendary actor/director Robert Redford will take up a role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was met with intrigue. Who might the Sundance Kid be playing in a Captain America movie? Well, Comic Book Movie’s SPINOFF blog was able to go to the source and ask Redford himself during a press roundtable for his new thriller The Company You Keep.
So what happened? Well, SPINOFF asked Redford to confirm if he was playing a high-ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D. as previously reported. “Well, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Redford replied. “The head of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
So why would the man that starred in Three Days of the Condor, The Sting, The Candidate and The Natural want to boss around Captain America, Nick Fury et al? “The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing,” he said. “I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something just to be different. Something bold, different. And that felt like a good thing to do. That was it, nothing more to it than that. Well, it’s bold in terms of expectations, I guess.”
It certainly is bold. Who would have guess that an actor as classy as Robert Redford would get involved in a superhero movie. I guess it just goes to prove how far the genre’s come, huh?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will start filming later this year for an April 2014 release. The film will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and star Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jone, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Max Hernandez, and Samuel L. Jackson.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie