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Ever since Spider-Man’s shock appearance in the Civil War trailer released in March, the Marvel fan base has exploded with theories and rumours about all the directions this revelation could take the franchise.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed that fans can indeed expect cameos from other characters in future Spider-Man movies. “He’s in the universe now,” Feige said, “and the fun of the universe is that characters go back and forth.” (more…)

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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…)


As we get closer and closer to the April 4th opening weekend for Captain America: The Winter Soldier we’re getting new and interesting glimpses into what fans are going to see on the big screen. This time around we’ve got a new cover shot and director Joe Russo‘s thoughts and explanations concerning the latest changes to Cap’s costume. (more…)

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The epic fight is one piece of making a proper super hero flick that cannot be ignored.  If the hero isn’t going to take down the bad guy in a way that is both creative and visually interesting, then the movie is missing something fundamental.  When one works on a flick like Iron Man or Thor, there are all sorts of cool abilities and effects to play with.  With someone like Captain America, however, it’s fists and a shield, so the challenge is high.  Anthony and Joe Russo, the Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors, want to impress with this one and, to prove their confidence they showed off one of the action scenes from the movie at Disney’s D23 Expo.

Now here’s the part where we give you a video to watch, right?  Nope.  Sorry folks, but the Great Sith Mouse has yet to release it to the public.  So instead, you’ll just have to settle for some opinions from a few people that were there.  In addition to reporting a wild crowd reaction, the folks at /film had this to say:

Cap’s fighting techniques are way more modern than the last time we saw him. He’s learned new moves; the action in general is much more hard-hitting and intense.

And the MTV representatives added their two cents:

Just like the elevator sequence shown at Comic-Con, the clip featured action expertly directed by the Russo brothers that is clear, kinetic, and outrageously fun.

So, it looks like we may have something to look forward to next year.  It’s always more difficult to use the fists and feet while still keeping it looking super heroic and the Russo boys may have gotten it right.

You can check it out for yourself when Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to the big screen on April 4th, 2014.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.


Are you ready for Comic-Con? Well, too bad because you’ve still got three weeks to wait suckers! But it’s not all bad. In the lead up to one of the biggest conventions of the year studios have already begun teasing new footage to several upcoming movies, many of which will be featured at San Diego Comic-Con.

During this year’s annual CineEurope convention in Barcelona, Spain two of these studios, Disney and Fox, previewed exclusive footage from their upcoming Marvel feature films, including The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World, next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And while no footage has been leaked as of yet the fine folks at ScreenDaily were in attendance and took note of everything going on between the two studios.

Over at the Disney presentation the company began with a never-before-seen production feature for the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, and followed it up with both footage and behind-the-scenes footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. No word on if any of the stars were in attendance for either film, but Disney must really have some high hopes for their Captain America sequel. In a pre-taped interview Winter Soldier co-Director Joe Russo said, “It’s going to be much greater than any Marvel movie to date.”

A big gamble considering Fox has both The Wolverine coming out next month and Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past on the way. Speaking of Singer, Fox showed off a new action scene from The Wolverine and a behind-the-scenes video tour of the Days of Future Past set. Fans of the film will have a sense of the set having already seen pictures and short video released by Singer, but in the video the director reveals what he calls his “in-between-quel”, “takes place all over the world, including in Russia,  China, France, Washington D.C., New York, Japan,” and beyond. According to Bryan the film will have, “more of an international flair than the other films.

This is only a rough idea, but if this is what the studios were showing off in Barcelona you can bet they’ll be bringing their “A” game to San Diego. Either that or we just got a preview of the exact same footage we’ll be seeing next month and just saved a few people a plane ticket and several hundred dollars. Guess we’ll find out in July.

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We haven’t gotten a good look at what Captain America (Chris Evans) will be wearing in Anthony and Joe Russo‘s Captain America: The Winter Soldier sequel. The first production still gives us some shadowy hints, but for all we know the good Captain is wearing his pajamas with his shield on his back.

The folks over at Comicbookmovie recently received a tip about some concept art for Captain America’s uniform in the upcoming sequel. Before you take a look, let’s take a look back at the uniforms from the first Captain America and The Avengers movies.


Now let’s look at the concept art for Cap’s Winter Soldier uniform.


It’s hard to tell, but it looks like the stripes in the midriff are gone. The helmet goes around the ears now and you can just see the wings remain on the side of the helmet. Looks like no more red gloves and there is some kind of leather harness around his neck, perhaps taking it back towards the WWII uniform days or more likely the Ultimate Universe uniform.

What do you think?

Via: Comicbookmovie


Now that Marvel has gone full force into their “Phase Two” development and franchise hits Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are on the way,  what is the state of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? The studio’s super hero sequel has been rounding out all their casting choices recently and with filming only a few weeks away may cast their biggest import since Robin Sparkles.

According to the Latino Review (and their infamous “insider”) the Anthony and Joe Russo directed feature has cast arguably the greatest pound for pound fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Georges St-Pierre.

The current welterweight champion, recently coming off a strong victory against challenger Nick Diaz, has been reportedly cast as villain Batroc the Leaper, a mercenary and master of the French form of kick boxing known as Savate. Here’s a portion of his character description from the Latino Review:

“Batroc is an experienced thief and smuggler, who also speaks French and English. Although, as a mercenary, he does not hesitate to perform any number of criminal acts for his clients, Batroc has, by his own rights, a strong sense of honor, and he will turn against any client whom he feels has unfairly deceived him into committing crimes to which he might not otherwise have agreed.”

Considering they share the same first name and are both masters of kick-boxing, St-Pierre is about the closest thing to the real life Batroc we might ever see. And while considered more of a B-list villain to many, Batroc has fought the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man and the Punisher throughout his criminal career.

Disney and Marvel have refused to comment on the casting, but seeing as how Batroc is more of a “villain with a conscious” he may not be the bad guy everyone is suspecting him to be. Expect an official statement from the studios in the next few weeks once Captain America: The Winter Solider begins filming later on in April.

Captain America: The Winter Solider hits theaters everywhere April 4th, 2014.

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Now that the news about Toby Jones returning to the Marvel Universe as Arnim Zola in Captain America: The Winter Soldier has hit the Internet we can start speculating about the possibility that he will return in his robotic body from the comics.

There was a scene in the first Captain America movie that showed the plans for the iconic image that Captain America fans recognize.

Zola survived the war and ended up in the custody of the group that would eventually become S.H.I.E.L.D., much like the German Rocket Scientists were brought to the United States after the war. One can easily imagine Zola, under guard, working for S.H.I.E.L.D. to develop new spy tools and weapons. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to believe that Zola might secretly build and transfer his mind  into that easily recognizable robot body.

The film stars Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and franchise newcomers Anthony Mackie as the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Also returning are Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill along with Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

Set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit 2D and 3D theaters on April 4, 2014.

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While Captain America: The First Avenger wasn’t the stunning “marvel” fans expected, many people liked the connection between Steve Rogers and British agent, Peggy Carter. Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell both played their roles wonderfully, but with Cap’s forced cryogenic freeze and revival in the 21st century we never got to see what could have been – and we never will.

Viewers of The Avengers deleted scenes will know Peggy is alive and well, just a little old for Rogers. He might not want to show her his bald eagle is what I’m getting at. Unless Hayley is willing to undergo some prosthetic facial work for Captain America: The Winter Soldier her cameo is non-existent and will require recasting by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. According to TimeOut however, Atwell will have no part in The Winter Soldier whatsoever.

Now this isn’t due to casting issues or scheduling conflicts with Atwell, she simply will not return. Hit the jump for her response.

According to the film industry “Bible” Variety, Community executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo are in final negotiations to direct the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.

The choice is, shall we say, unconventional. The Russos have directed episodes of Community, Happy Endings and Arrested Development, and they’re last big screen credit is the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree. What in any of this says, “ready for an epic superhero sequel,” I’m not sure, but The Russos beat filmmakers George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) for the gig.

If The Russos do indeed sign-up (it’s not for certain, and remember that there were at least three people in final negotiations to direct Thor 2 before Alan Taylor signed on the dotted line), they will direct Chris Evans, whose returning as the Star-Spangled Avenger from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also return as screenwriters from the first Captain America.

Marvel had no comment on the matter, which might mean there’s still a chance that The Russos might not be the ones to bring Cap back on his next solo adventure. But I guess we’ll see…

What do you Bastards think about the choice of The Russos for Captain America 2?

Source: Variety