The Avengers

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There’s no question about it anymore: nostalgia sells.  Things that make people reminisce about their younger days have been absolutely killing it for the entertainment industry as of late.  A look at any TV station’s lineup will likely reveal a show or two being re-booted, re-imagined, or spun-off from an earlier series; some of the biggest draws in the music world are bands that have gotten back together for a new album or a “reunion” tour; and of course, big-budget films love to take existing storylines or universes and live in those worlds some more.  On the latter front: it seemed almost inevitable, and now it’s official: Jurassic World has become the fastest movie in history to reach the $1 billion plateau.  (more…)

Marvel Comics Teases Miles Morales 616 Solo Debut

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We all know that after Secret Wars, things are going to be “all-new and all-different” in the Marvel Comic Book Universe (as they always are after a major event series). One of the most tantalizing bits is that elements from the regular Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Marvel Universe will be merging, thus resulting in a new normal that may genuinely be “all-new and all-different” after all. The biggest change is that Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, will be in the regular Marvel 616 Universe and be part of the new Avengers line-up, but more than that, Marvel is releasing a solo book for Miles, which will simply be called Spider-Man. (more…)

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Man, that’s a long title!  But I’ve got a lot to share with you fine Bastards today.  Following on the heels of my review of the film last week, movie-goers around the world turned out in record numbers to check out a sequel 22 years in the making.  The film crushed worldwide opening-weekend expectations, its star is ready and contractually willing to make another film, and your deep, burning question of how much a theme park like this would actually cost is all addressed below – so without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Is anyone truly excited about Marvel’s Ant-Man – yes, no, maybe? Seems most are considerable unimpressed with Marvel’s latest entry into their Cinematic Universe. Maybe it’s because the lead characters super powers of shrinking down to the size of a popcorn kernel and talking to Ants isn’t all that interesting. Or, maybe, it’s something deeper. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was as nonstop kinetic force – it was as fun and exciting as a super hero movie can get. Any Marvel solo film following a blockbuster like would be akin to being the guy that has to go on and perform after The Beatles .

Obviously feeling that Ant-Man isn’t tracking as strong as they may like, Marvel has dished out some movie posters with some familiar faces. When in doubt, cross promote!  (more…)

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They say it’s never better than the first time, and it turns out that that’s kind of true for Joss Whedon and his foray into blockbuster filmmaking. Not for the first time, Whedon is talking about the difficulties in making Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the difficulties in trying to top himself while improving himself after the smash hit that was 2012’s The Avengers. With then one movie under his belt, Whedon became the second most successful director in terms of box office take of a single movie of all time. For his encore, he took on the hotly anticipated sequel to the superhero movie, which wasn’t just facing the crush of expectation left over from The Avengers, but of the other four Marvel Studios movies released in-between Avengers adventures too. In that case, it’s pretty understandable then that in Whedon’s case, two was enough. (more…)

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Even this age of consistent big event movies, it’s hard to think of anything as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first blockbuster Avengers was a minor miracle of form and function, taking three characters with their own film series, as well as a myriad of supporting characters, and brought them all together in a fun, action-packed and character-driven adventure that also reflected the specific voice of its filmmaker. Looking back, watching The Avengers unfold, Joss Whedon made it look too easy, which is why Ultron seems all the more susceptible to “sequelitis.” Age of Ultron is bigger, louder and even more stuffed with characters, references and action than the first, but while the endeavor seems at times to be getting away from Whedon, he does seem to achieve everything the movie needed, and wanted to do. (more…)

Joss Whedon Has Coulson Resurrection Regrets

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One of the most poignant moments of 2012’s The Avengers was when everyman S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson played by Clark Gregg was killed in action while trying to stop Loki’s escape. It’s pivitol because Coulson’s death glavanized the team to put aside their own damage and fight the good fight to defeat Loki and his alien army; it was a bittersweet moment, but it defined what it mean to be an Avenger. And then ABC was looking to make a series called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it needed an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to lead them, so Gregg got the call and Coulson came back from the dead. Naturally, the guy that killed Coulson in the first place, wasn’t pleased. (more…)

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Surprise! It’s an all-new episode with your favorite podcast personalities that aren’t actually famous or Chris Hardwick. Since last we left our plump buddies, Jeremy has become a totally hairless karate master and Jason has watched Double Dragon and subsisted on beard leavings. Enough foreplay, here’s what you’re getting yourself into: (more…)

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You may or may not have heard about this thing called Secret Wars. It’s the latest Marvel Comics event miniseries that kicks off in the next couple of months, and promises – You guess it! – to change things in the Marvel Universe forever. Not content to promote the heck out of Secret Wars and all its ancillary tie-ins, spin-offs and one-shots, Marvel Comics now wants to tease us with the aftermath, and it begins with another thrilling game of guessing who’s now an Avenger. Marvel passed around the below graphic this morning featuring the mostly silhouetted team, with two new team members already confirmed. So who will now stand with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? (more…)