When Marvel first announced in 2014 that they were going to be making yet more Avengers movies, they originally said that the next two Avengers movies would be filmed back to back and be titled Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1 and Part 2 respectively. Now it seems that they have changed gears. IGN spoke with Joe and Anthony Russo about the upcoming films to explain, at least in part, the reason for the change. (more…)
For all his success, critical acclaim, and devoted fan base, Joss Whedon still has his fair share of detractors. On occasion, these haters may present a valid criticism of Whedon and his work (which will be summarily dismissed and disregarded henceforth), but most of the time, they’re riding high on the train of spite and antagonism. They may say things like, “Joss Whedon fans are insufferable,” “Whedonites worship anything Whedon does, even if it’s crap,” or “Whedonites can’t accept that Whedon is a better writer than director, he’s not a cinematic genius of the magnitude of Kubrick or Spielberg, and his attempts don’t hit every time, whether it’s a storytelling choice or a shot at feminism.” This article is an obstinate fist right in their hate-scowls, so buckle up for an overzealous, hyperbolic adventure into the very real virtues of the unparalleled brilliance that is Joss Whedon.
‘Captain America: Civil War‘ may still be in theaters, but fans are already looking forward to what will likely be the largest gathering of heroes, villains, and characters from Marvel Comics all coming to a head in a war on a grander scale… ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’
Though it doesn’t arrive in theaters until May 4, 2018, and the fact that there are still 5 Marvel movies that will debut prior (Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther), that is only getting comic book readers/collectors and moviegoers even more excited. One person who finds “Avengers 3” simply brilliant is one of its stars, actor Josh Brolin. (more…)
The Avengers converge upon the secret base of one of their deadliest enemies. Lightning streaks through the sky, explosions deafen, and bodies fly as an endless army of faceless minions charge out to greet the Avengers. Hulk is smashing and Hawkeye looses arrow after arrow, as Thor’s ancient, enchanted hammer flies all over the damn place, seemingly on its own. The battle appears to be going well and Black Widow is about the breach the base when the villain makes his escape, entering a densely populated urban area nearby. The Avengers give chase and engage their foe, crushing cars and crumbling buildings. This is a recipe for disaster. It’s only a matter of time before innocent bystanders are hurt or, worse yet, killed! Someone needs to be focused on getting the civilians out of harm’s way; someone needs to be focused on crowd control. That’s when it’s time for Iron Man to call in his Iron Legion!
If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, in particular, then you’re no stranger to the Iron Legion. In Age of Ultron, the Iron Legion played a role in the first two major fight scenes in the movie. In the first, the Avengers’ raid on Baron Wolfgang von Strucker’s Hydra base, the Legion is called in to try and protect the people of Sokovia as they’re fired upon by a desperate Strucker. This scene serves, not only to set up Tony Stark’s desire to outsource superhero work to automation, but as an immediate representation of international suspicion of superheroes as the latest guise of American imperialism when the Sokovians attack the Legion that has ostensibly been sent there to keep them from harm. They’re next seen crashing the end of the Avengers’ party in Avengers Tower when Ultron makes his debut. After a brief battle, the Iron Legion is crushed by the Avengers as Ultron escapes through the internet.
Now, these peace-keeping Iron Man droids can be yours in the form of a 1/6 scale figure from everyone’s favorite collectible figure manufacturer, Hot Toys. Sideshow Collectibles has bestowed NerdBastards with a sample figure for the purpose of a critical review and that’s exactly what this article aims to do. So buckle up and prepare to charge boldly into war torn countries and tell everyone to chill out, because the Iron Legion is here! (more…)
Marvel directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo recently revealed that Avengers: Infinity War Part One and Part Two will have new names upon release (here’s hoping for Avengers: The Search For Deadpool). Today, however, something more was accidentally slipped. The Russo brothers told the world about a new character that audiences didn’t have a clue were involved in the Infinity War movies. (more…)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is generating all kinds of hype, enjoyment and revenue on a consistent basis. Captain America: Civil War was an outstanding take on a popular story arc from Marvel’s Avengers. As well as being a brilliant stand alone movie, it created so much excitement for upcoming films like Spiderman: Homecoming and Black Panther. One of the most anticipated elements of the MCU is the Avengers: Infinity War films and some huge news has been broken today about Infinity War Part One & Two. It turns out we won’t be watching Infinity War Part One & Two at all… Well, kind of.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a number of recurring characters who have a huge impact on each film they appear in. Even if those characters appear for a short amount of time, they change the film for the audience in one way or another. A perfect example of this is Anthony Mackie’s Falcon in Ant-Man. If Ant-Man felt at all disjointed from the rest of the MCU the appearance of Falcon brought their worlds together. There is one character however, who has made more than one appearance without affecting the proceedings too much… Thanos (Josh Brolin.) He has made a couple of appearances with very little screen time but Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Parts I & II are about to change that. (more…)
Dreamt up by comic book Zeus Jim Starlin, with his first appearance on 1973’s issue of Ironman #55, the Mad Titan Thanos has become a staple among cosmic adversaries. Already, he has (briefly) taken over the entirety of Existence, rewritten the Marvel Multiverse in an ill-fated spin-off and has struggled with his embarrassing crush over Death. His big movie breakout in the Avengers series has been already hyped to no end, but what are the future plans for the character, regarding the Marvel Movie Universe?
Thankfully, Josh Brolin has recently weighed in on the character (during a press release for his upcoming film Hail Caesar!) and hinted at a few of the studio’s future plans…
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.
Back in the day, fans were excited to see just one of their favorite super heroes up on the big screen. The original Tim Burton Batman flicks started out that way, as did Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Even today, stand-alone films prefer to use one character as opposed to many, although the trend is shifting to some degree. Captain America: Civil War sounds like it’s going to have more than its fair share of heroes sharing the screen and now, at least according to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War will take it even further with a cast of at least 67 characters. Read on for the details. (more…)