Josh Whedon


Recently, Mark Millar was made FOX Studios Creative Consultant for FOX‘s Marvel Comics properties. FOX was following in the footsteps of Disney/Marvel  move putting Joss Whedon in a position to create a cohesive universe in which all of Marvel’s heroes could coexist.

Millar sat down with SFX  and teased some of Fox’s big picture plans:

“Fox have said that they want to build a cohesive universe and I’d personally like this to work in complement to the Marvel one. It would be cool if these universes didn’t contradict each other so if you went to see Spidey, The Avengers, the X-Men, etc, as a viewer you would have no idea that all three are coming from different studios. I’d love to make it look like they’re all just happening in one place.

“I don’t think it’s something anyone would want to rush into. Following that Marvel model, we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”

Who wouldn’t want to see an X-Men/Avengers crossover movie? Any kind of cooperation between the two studios is going to take tremendous effort on both sides. There are millions, if not billions of dollars on the line, neither side is going to give up or weaken the rights to characters that each company currently holds. It’ll be like convincing kids in the same sandbox to share their toys.

What do you think? Can Millar reach across the table, convince the Disney/FOX powers that be, and make this happen? Which heroes would you like to see together?

Firefly Ten Year Reunion Panel At 2012 SDCC

There is a scheduled panel for the Firefly 10 year reunion including the entire cast and our nerd lord and master, show creator Joss Whedon. Don’t get your hopes up, there won’t be any announcements or breaking news about a new Firefly movie, or television show, or Broadway musical, at best there maybe a book or new comic book story line series.

Even without the faintest hope that the franchise might get some rebirth, this will be one of the hottest panels at the show this year. You should just get in line after getting your badge, or just get in the line now forming.

Hmm, Broadway musical. Yeah I’d buy a ticket to see that.

Nathan Fillion & Robert Downey Jr. Team-up


Fans of Nathan Fillion were provided with an interesting video tidbit at the end of last weeks episode of Castle. Everyone felt a disturbance in the nerd force and suddenly there’s Robert Downey Jr. and Nathan Fillion, heads around the world began to explode. 

ON the surface it’s just a great oppurtunity to promote the Robert’s role in the upcoming The Avengers movie and Nathan’s continued hit show Castle. This Nerdbastard thinks there might be more.

The backdrop is the same used to promote the red carpet premiere of The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. tweeted that there was an extra shooting going on that night. Most people believe it to be an after the credits scene. Watch this video and then join me below for more.


OK, welcome back. Neat little promo huh? This NerdBastard was pretty pumped about Nathan and Robert appearing together. Then the mental juices started flowing and I thought, “Wait a minute, what the hell would prompt the powers that be to put these two together?”

Then I thought about some of the comic book roles Nathan has been vocal about. He lost out the Green Lantern role to Ryan Reynolds, but what about Ant-man?

Ant-man is one of the scheduled movies to come after The Avengers. Could Nathan be the star attached? Josh Whedon did make this convention statement back in 2010. With his current star shining bright at Marvel Movie productions, his word could carry a lot of weight.

What do you think, will we be seeing Ant-man after the credits?

Clips, clips, and more clips.

It’s getting where (Hell, it’s already gotten where) one has to work pretty damn hard at not seeing more of an upcoming movie than one wants to. Trailers everywhere you turn, featurettes and blogs, new toys on the shelves, the covers of cereal boxes, you name it and there is some movie marketing going on.

That’s what this NerdBastard is fighting in regards to The Avengers movie. I’ve seen enough now that I don’t want to see anymore until I see it on the big screen. I guess I’m old school in enjoying the thrill of seeing something I never expected on the big screen.

So for those of you that can’t get enough here is a clip of Cap and Thor fighting Loki’s army. We’ve seen the stills of this fight and it would be interesting to see the aliens but I’m gonna pass. You can tell me all about it in the comments section.

This NerdBastard has drawn his line in the sand in regards to Avengers clips and such.

23 days and counting until The Avengers hits the big screens across the country. This summer has seen the advent and increase in the movie clips shown, entire 10 to 20 minutes of the start of the movie clips, 10 second teasers of trailers that tease the movie, pre-theater still pictures and featurettes, blog postings and videos with in depth cast and production comments and dialogue, and now even more and more clips of clips that when clipped together form some new Hollywood Marketing Frankenstein Monster that wants to suck all the anticipation out of our collective nerdy bones while licking it’s lips and smacking it’s monstrous gums on that sweet, juicy marrow.

The only redeeming feature about all these clips is that it will give the movie goer the opportunity to go pee after drinking that 64 ounce monster Coke, pick those popcorn kernels out of your back teeth, and maybe for those lucky few the chance for a quick darkened theater tongue lashing from your significant other without missing anything.

So go ahead intrepid NerdBastard reader, get your fill of these Avengers clips, dip well into creative genius of Josh Whedon, and revel in his hot-tub bubbles of Marvel goodness.

To celebrate the release of The Avengers, 25 Cinemark locations across the country will be hosting an all-day Avengers movie marathon starting on Thursday, May 3 and wrapping up with a midnight 3D showing of The Avengers.

Tickets to the one-day event costs $20, includes admission to the five films leading up to The Avengers as well as The Avengers. Attendees also receive a movie poster and a collectible pin to commemorate the event. Because even the biggest Marvel fanboy (or fangirl), shouldn’t be expected to go over twelve hours without eating, Cinemark is offering its Marathon viewers discounts at the concession stand including $1 fountain and frozen drink refills, $2 popcorn refills (after the first free refill) and $2 regular hot dogs.

This NerdBastard has never had the courage to get one of those hotdogs . . . but could survive on Coke Zero, popcorn, and a couple movie size boxes of Sweet-tarts. That $20 cost is pretty damn cheap for that amount of movies.

Movie schedule for the May 3 event:

-12:00 PM – Iron Man
-2:50 PM – The Incredible Hulk
-5:00 PM – Iron Man 2
-7:20 PM – Thor – 3D
-9:30 PM – Captain America: The First Avenger – 3D
-12:01 AM – The Avengers – 3D
Now you can really only take advantage of this if you live in or near one of the following cities:
-Huntington Beach Bella Terra 20 + XD
-Evanston 18 + XD (Evanston, IL)
-Union City 25 + XD (Union City, CA)
-Daly City 20 + XD (Daly City, CA)
-Cinemark West Plano 20 + XD (Plano, TX)
-Cinemark 18 + XD (Webster, TX)
-Paradise 24 + XD (Davie, FL)
-Valley View 24 + XD (Valley View, OH)
-Sacramento Greenback 16 + XD (Sacramento, CA)
-Century 16 Bel Mar + XD (Lakewood, CO)
-Festival Bay 20 (Orlando, FL)
-Cinemark Robinson Township + XD
-Egyptian 24 + XD (Hanover, MD)
-Cinemark 24 + XD (West Jordan, UT)
-Tinseltown 20 (Merriam, KS)
-Albuquerque Rio 24 + XD (Albuquerque, NM)
-Las Vegas South Point 16 + XD (Las Vegas, NV)
-Tinseltown 20 + XD (Pflugerville, TX)
-Cinemark 17 + IMAX (Tulsa, OK)
-Tucson Park Place 20 + XD (Tucson, AZ)
-Tinseltown 17 (Mission, TX)
-Tinseltown 20 + XD (El Paso, TX)
-Tinseltown 20 + XD (Colorado Springs, CO)
-Century 16 + IMAX (Corpus Christi, TX)
-Anchorage 16 + XD (Anchorage, AK)

Cobie Smulders (S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill) was a guest on Letterman last night. Cobie was there to “yuck it up” with Dave and premire a new Avengers clip that finally shows SHIELD agent Maria Hill walking and talking with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

There is now doubt in this NerdBastards opinion that this scene is the Lynch-pin of the entire movie. If you watch this clip you have no reason to ever go see the rest of the movie. Watch this and the game is over.

With Captain America: The First Avenger hitting DVD/BluRay release tomorrow, we’re already seeing news about the sequel hitting the net. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely having been making the rounds dropping information about the star spangled man’s second outing.

“I think it’s safe for us to say that it’s primarily set in the modern day,” says Markus. “That seems to have been the biggest question people have been wondering about regarding the sequel… [W]e’ve been left with room to explore Cap entering the modern day wondering, ‘What is all this? What’s happened to the world’ and so on.”

“We made a movie where the world was in context for Steve Rogers,” adds McFeely. “It was a movie where it was a more pure time, where there were clearly black-and-white, right-and-wrong, good-and-evil scenarios. And Cap is a guy who symbolizes that. Now he’s in the now, and there is nothing black-and-white. So what do you do with that guy? How does he react to a much more uncertain time? So you’re given this huge new palate to work with, but you can keep him the same.”

 Do I sense some wacky fish out of water scenes as the Captain tries to play a CD on his Victrola? Wait, no… CD’s are out dated now too. What I actually find curious about this is having any of the movie take place back in WWII. Short of having a Captain America/Wolverine Nazi smashing flashback (which would be awesome, but impossible as the rights are still owned by Fox and Hugh Jackman is intent on ruining that franchise.) If I’m not mistaken, didn’t we see most of what Captain America did in the 40’s already?

“So much of Captain America’s adventures occur in the present day, so there are a lot of things I’d like to touch on,” said Markus. “That said, we did leave the center section of Captain America baggy enough to let him have adventures you didn’t see [in the first film]. So, we kind of have enough room to play with [for the sequel].”
“Still, if he had another adventure entirely set in World War II, the stakes are kind of lessened,” added McFeely, “because you know he survives and you know what happens to Bucky and you know the Howling Commandos survive long enough to have a toast in a bar.”
“You know Cap wins, and you know that whoever he was fighting didn’t destroy the world, because you’ve already seen things that happen after it,” agreed Markus. “So the stakes are, well … But then again, did that bother anyone with the second Indiana Jones movie?”

Ok, but the second Indiana Jones movie blew. Chances are we won’t hear anything concrete till well into next year, but rest assured Marvel faithful, they are making sure everything ‘works’ and fits together in the Marvel movie universe. Markus and McFeely are consulting The Avengers mastermind Josh Whedon on now and who the Captain is in the modern world.

“Yeah, it’s going the other way around now,” explained McFeely. “We needed to read Joss’s Avengers before we could go on and do Captain America 2. We needed to see if he did anything different, character-wise—and he hadn’t, he’s an excellent writer—but we also needed to see what he had done in terms of Steve poking around the modern day and dealing with it.”

The next time we’ll see Captain America’s star spangled ass is The Avengers (May 4, 2012.) As for a solo adventure? Chris Evans recently revealed that Captain America 2 will probably have to wait until 2014.

Crazy Taiwanese Avengers Trailer Time

If you’ve spent any time on the internet, you’ve probably run across videos that depict topical news stories with the magic of crappy Sims 2 CGI and nonsensical insanity.  This is the work of our planets finest news source, NMA Taiwan. You’ve seen their work here before with an inspired take on ‘The Dark Knight Rises.

Today, they give us a (maybe a little NSFW) trailer for ‘The Avengers’ – video after the jump, and if you are worried about spoilers, I think you might be safe.


By now you seen pieces of the Marvel super epic known as The Avengers. You might have even seen the pieces of the big character poster. Kick ass shots of Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye from the Josh Whedon directed Marvel movie that just scream awesome. Did you know that they are actually part of a full width cast poster? The last piece of the puzzle has been revealed. It’s…. the atomically powered monster known as the Hulk.

Marvel is really hitting a home run with this so far. The the character designs are the best yet.

Click the image for a full-sized look at Marvel’s super powered heroes