All aboard the hype train! Destination Marvel Studios! Captain Marvel has been much anticipated since its announcement. With the end of Infinity War teasing us further, fans have been chomping at the bit to see more from Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson. Entertainment Weekly delivered with new first look images of the superheroine in full costume, as well as some sneak peek at what else we can expect from the film. Not sure who Captain Marvel is or why you should be hyped or what she means for the MCU? Settle in, True Believers! NerdBastards has the answers you seek. Infinity War spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
It’s easy to forget that we are still in the adolescence of comic book movies. Donner’s Superman and Burton’s Batman essentially began the thing, and Singer’s X-Men updated it and showed that a “team” movie could work. Now we’re splendidly fat with superhero movies — some good, some not, but all carefully constructed and lavishly produced because beyond the fantastical and compelling stories that come with these movies, they are also cash cows.
The Avengers is the best example of the precision and forethought involved with comic book movies now. A quintet of prequels building into a spectacle of realized ambition and largess, that while not deep enough for the full dedication of my heart, certainly thrilled me and had me salivating for the next chapter… always the next chapter. For Marvel, that next chapter will be Iron Man 3, which is presently filming with Shane Black behind the camera and Robert Downey Jr., of course, playing Iron Man for, technically, the 5th time.
It is, beyond important for Marvel, with this next batch of sequels, to continue ramping up the action, the heroics, the stakes, and the scope in the wake of The Avengers so that they can continue to ramp up box office numbers. Now, I don’t expect Iron Man 3 to come close to the final tally of The Avengers, but with Marvel increasing the budget on the film, clearly, they expect big things, and that’s why we’ve got, yet again, an influx of villains. See, that was the problem with Iron Man 2, too fat, too many villains with Hammer and Whiplash. The film lacked focus and thusly, it lacked the impact and quality of it’s predecessor.
IM3, which is, apparently very loosely, following Warren Ellis’ Extremis storyline, will feature not one or two villains, but four. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), Firepower, and if rumors are to be believed, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and The Iron Patriot. Now, setting aside my mountainous gripe with the multitude of villains, the inclusion of The Iron Patriot is what I really want to talk about. (more…)
Well, we’ve been through this before. Will The Avengers fight the Skrull? I guess not. Recently talking to Empire Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Feige, cleared up a few things about who the villains will be in Joss Wheadon‘s superhero team-up movie.
“Who said they were aliens?” he teases. Beings from the Nine Realms, then, ventures Empire? “Closer…It’s not Skrulls, I’ve been clear about that. Beyond that, we want to hide it. The identity of the alien race is not impactful. It exists in the comic books, but we’re not setting up the Kree-Skrull war or anything like that.”
Damn it, well while we still speculate on who the alien army is, what about the chances of seeing Hugo Weaving returning as the Red Skull?
“Was Skull vaporised at the end of the movie, or thrust into another realm?” asks Feige. “That remains to be seen. It would be fun to see Skull in future, but he’s not in this one.” Whedon though is a little more circumspect when Empire confronts him. “I do have a comment on that,” he says, before pulling a move worthy of Loki himself. “It’s…oh, you’re breaking up!”
Well crap. That’s two big movie rumors shot down and not even a hint at who (other than Loki) the bad guys will be.
Well, to sooth your now shattered nerd nerves, Empire also dumped a pile of pics (including the collectible covers) from the movie in the issue, and no. None of them contain any hints either.
Hit the jump to check them out.
Remember way back when we saw those leaked set photos of Thor and Captain America beating up dudes in mocap suits? Pick that or any of the million other things that pointed to the Skrulls being the alien invaders in the up coming Joss Whedon superhero epic and prepare for disappointment.
Marvel Studios prez Kevin Feige told Badass Digest that ‘while Fox has [the rights to] The Super Skrull, Marvel owns The Skrull Empire.’ and that might not be the case, Badass Digest continues ‘Well, it turns out that either he was jumping the gun or someone in legal didn’t want to test the difference between those two concepts, and the aliens in The Avengers have been rebranded as something else, as well as redesigned.’
I do not like the sounds of that. The extra insult here is that Fox Studios has the rights to Skrulls due to those horrendous Fantastic Four movies they made. To quickly get up on my comic nerd soapbox – The crap, they can’t be fighting some redesigned off brand aliens, it’s the freakin Avengers, damn it. Avengers fight Skrulls. That’s how it is suppose to be.
I do hope that this rumor is proven untrue, or the two studios can come to some legal agreement. If the alien army turns out to be something other than a Skrull invasion force its going to feel just as awkward as that time Batman had to track down ‘The Poker’.
Movie spoilers can come from all directions these days, from the “on purpose” slip of a director or the “opps” of an on set picture making the rounds on the Internet, to the Internet movie database posting material a tad too early. Those of you that don’t want to know any Avengers spoilers should just stop right here. Those that really don’t care, go ahead and click through the jump.
There’s some more Avengers set pictures out today and in the interest of preventing CRYBABY SPOILERS comments the pics are after the jump. Like the picture above? It’s by Ericmaniac over a Deviant art. What’s up Eric? No love for Hawkeye?
The president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, spoke with Empire Magazine about Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. He also teases the masses about the movie’s “big threat” — and I mean big (*winkwinknudgenudge*).
On Whedon’s sense of humor and his way of handling the big cast:
He handles it very well. While I don’t think anyone’s going to mistake it for a comedy, I do think that the humor that’s inherent in most of our movies, and which is inherent on in Joss’ work, has found it’s way into this.
Aside from Loki, we also have:
I’ve never been shy of saying that there needs to be a big threat, and it is a very, very big event that requires all of The Avengers. It’s big. IT IS BIG.
Now, this could mean a physically big villain… or a figurative big event. Rumor’s got it that this could be the Hulk, the Skrulls, or even Thanos. But, guys, it’ll be BIG.
What do y’all think?
We’ve got a lot of news to go through, so let’s great started with the biggest film to premiere so far this year, Marvel‘s Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder.
With all the good buzz that the movie has been getting (currently rated 84% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), expectations are high and it is not surprising that a sequel is already being discussed, and Branaugh seems open to the possibility of directing it himself! Which is great news, as he is a well-respected filmmaker, and seems to have really enjoyed the process of making the first one, so why not?
It would be a lovely challenge and problem to have should we do a second one…. When I first got involved with this, I was so thrilled. The first big, really exciting moment when I started really going through the comic books was all the descriptions of powers. loved it. Amazing. People’s body weights, how tall they were, what they could do. All of that kind of stuff. There’s a vast amount of that from the Thor universe that I’d like to see.
We went through so many possibilities for how the story might go, that of course the prospect of that is very tantalizing and fascinating.
I’m really excited for Thor, and already have my ticket for tomorrow in my hand. However, it has not been easy preventing spoilers from being revealed to me, but I have been vigilant!
That is why I have not watched the video below, where Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, discuss their roles in the upcoming Avengers movie. But, what we do know, is that all the Marvel superheroes that have been seen recently (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Nick Fury, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye) will unite to face Loki (played by Hiddleston) and a world-wide threat. It has been hinted that the threat may be the extraterrestrial shape-shifting race known as the Skrulls, but no one really knows.
Feel free to watch the video here, but I will refrain from doing so until after I see the movie!
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Marvel‘s might movie machine is just ramping up and up, with an amazing number of movies in development over the next few years!
In a surprising move, it appears that Marvel is planning a movie based on The Inhumans, a race of early humans that were experimented on by aliens called the Kree and given amazing powers.
According to Badass Digest (via It’s On the Grid), it would be a team film similar to the X-Men, but some details would likely be changed for the movie.
Aliens who were put on Earth as sleeper cell aliens to eventually call back their race to take over the planet. Ultimately, the group of aliens fully assimilates and don’t want to cause war.
The Inhumans are a race of superbeings who live on the dark side of the Moon; they were created by the alien Kree millions of years ago in experiments on primitive humans.
The main characters of The Inhumans are the king, Black Bolt (who cannot speak, for his voice is a destructive force), his wife Medusa (prehensile hair), Karnak (who can analyze and determine people’s weaknesses) and Gorgon (generates seismic shockwaves by stamping his feet).
No release date was given, as it has yet to be confirmed, but based on the success of The Avengers and the Skrulls, this could usher in a whole new world (see what I did there?) of Marvel franchises.
What do you think of this decision?
Please be aware: I love Marvel and plan on seeing The Avengers on opening day, so this news is tainted with Marvel love.
There has been some huge stirrings in the Marvel camp today about Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers movie, to be released in 2012.
Apparently, some scenes have been shot to be attached to either Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger or both, revealing the villain to the movie. And, the best part is, it looks like we know who it is!
If you want to find out, click the jump. But you will be entering spoiler territory.