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Stan Lee, co-creator of hundreds of Marvel Comics characters said the one superhero most deserving of a live-action big screen treatment is "Black Panther", that will star Chadwick Boseman, with Marvel Studios setting a release date of November 3, 2017:
The "Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther" DVD release, based on the variant Marvel Comics series by writer Reginald Hudlin and illustrator John Romita Jr., stars Djimon Hounsou as 'Black Panther', Jill Scott as 'Storm', Kerry Washington as 'Princess Shuri', Alfre Woodard as 'Dondi Reese'/'Queen Mother' and Carl Lumbly as 'Uncle S'Yan' :
"...Deep in the heart of Africa lies 'Wakanda', an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior-kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. »
- Michael Stevens
The Vision was one of a cavalcade of new characters that were introduced in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. And with his flowing cape, bright red skin and kick-ass new powers, he has instantly become a fan favorite amongst Marvel fans. It turns out though that there is one man who originally had a slight problem with The Vision: a certain Stan Lee. Stan Lee helped to create the character of The Vision alongside Roy Thomas and John Buscema ahead of his debut in issue 57 of The Avengers, which was released in October 1968. And Thomas has now explained to The Hollywood Reporter that when he originally brought his vision of The Vision to Stan Lee, the iconic comic-book writer immediately spotted a problem with it. Thomas said: Stan hated the color of The Vision. ‘Why’d you make him red? Red’s not a good color! But Thomas »
Stan Lee is the face of the Marvel Universe, but its summer crown jewel wouldn't exist without Roy Thomas. Thomas and artist John Buscema created key characters featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron, including the titular killer robot, played by James Spader, and the breakout android The Vision (Paul Bettany). He succeeded Lee as Marvel editor in chief and also held key roles at rival DC Comics. But in 1964, Thomas was just a 20-something comic book superfan from Missouri who walked into Lee's office looking for a job. He was already working as an assistant at DC, where he was miserable. Lee
- Aaron Couch
First of all, I was lucky because I got to go. I was lucky to hear Joe Quesada introduce the film, not only because he was amusing but he was gracious enough to thank the event planners before he thanked the Hollywood bosses. Trust me, as someone who has worked events for more than 20 years, it’s unusual when someone says “Thank you.” He also thanked all the people who worked on the books, the source material for the movies.
And I was lucky because of the audience. The people in Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater on Tuesday were Marvel (and Disney) employees, freelancers, and their plus-ones. It was the kind of audience that cheered the coming attractions (Ant-Man), of course. They cheered the created-by credits. They cheered Stan Lee. From their cheers, I could »
- Martha Thomases
The 2015 summer movie season officially kicks off with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Needless to say that the bar has been set pretty damn high here. The prior installment, The Avengers (2012), was a well-received film that also had the third highest gross in history with $1.5 billion in ticket sales. That doesn’t even count all the merchandise the film sold. When critics and fans like your work, then you know the job has been done right. Now, the trick is to pull it off again.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was directed by Joss Whedon, who also directed the prior film. It has already been announced that Whedon will not direct the next film in the series and after the success and time expenditure, roughly half a decade, one can certainly understand that decision. He has already hit the pinnacle by going from fan-boy and cult favorite to the writer/director of »
- Steven Gahm
Chicago – Look. We all know sequels usually suck. And blockbuster films often get panned for overprioritizing special effects at the expense of a well-written story and character development. Even when a story in a big-budget film is redeeming, it’s practically impossible not to shoot holes through it.
Taking three years as a follow up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of James Spader” – I mean, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” – kicks off 2015’s summer blockbuster season in true Hollywood style. Regardless of what he said or she said, you know you’re very likely going to see it in theatres or eventually at home. A perfect film it is not (as most aren’t), but an enjoyable film it definitely is for 141 minutes that certainly don’t feel too long.
This sequel features a rich story that’s much deeper than surface level, memorable characters that all play »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Of all the Marvel Comics characters who has been making his way into movies in recent years, Hulk arguably has had the rockiest road. While the character gained a great deal of notoriety thanks to the Incredible Hulk television show, and was considered by many to be the best part of Joss Whedon's The Avengers, the two solo features in which he has starred in the past 15 years didn't go over nearly as well with audiences or critics. So what's the reason behind this? Well, the monster's original creator, Stan Lee, believes that the films simply make him too powerful for his own good. The Marvel Comics founder recently sat down for an extensive interview with Rolling Stone to talk about The Hulk - who is featured on this month's cover - and it was during the conversation that Lee revealed his thoughts about how Hulk should operate in »
Fantastic Four is finding itself in a strange place these days, trying to build hype in the face of some far cooler, and more spectacular films hitting very soon.
The trailer got some attention, but was soon the butt of jokes about falling flat compared to some other big names that released trailers near the same time.
At any rate, this one hopefully does some justice to another superhero franchise, and even if the trailer wasn’t as popular as some others, it’s still a pretty good looking effort.
In order to build a bit more in the hype department, the now obligatory character posters have been released.
Enjoy, and let me know what you think about the film. Will it break free of the last one, and deliver the goods like other Marvel films of late?
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, »
- Marc Eastman
Avengers: The Age of UltronWritten and directed by Joss Whedon (with Stan Lee) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olson, Don Cheadle etc. etc. etc. etc. ad infinitumRuntime: 141 minutesCountry: USARating 3/5Why bother reviewing a film that will be reviewed by tens of thousands of professional and homegrown reviewers, bloggers and film fans? Why bother when reviews have been out for days, despite embargos and tweeted right after the private screening? Because I have an axe to grind that’s why.CGI is still way off being awesome. Its […] »
- Anne Brodie
Marvel Studios/20th Century Fox
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is rife with Easter Eggs and cameos from beloved comic book characters, but what about the surprise appearances from actors totally unrelated to the comic lore? Regardless of whether they show up as someone from the source material or just a random person, they’re still pretty memorable!
That’s if you spotted them, of course. Many of these cameos are very much blink and you’ll miss them moment, not anywhere near as noticeable as Stan Lee’s recurring roles.
Sometimes they’re a legendary comic book writer or artist, and others they’re someone who has a past tie with the character whose movie they’re appearing in. Then there are those who just turn up because of some sort of affiliation with whoever’s in the director’s chair. But even those cameos have a more significant reason »
- Josh Wilding
Stan Lee is the world's greatest cameo actor, and now he's passing on his wisdom to the next generation.
"I didn't get to be the world's greatest cameo actor overnight," he says. "It took years of hard work."
The video was released to coincide with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, following Lee's many fleeting guest appearances in Marvel films.
Watch a supercut of Stan Lee's Marvel cameos below: »
It’s almost here, dear readers. Our long wait is nearly over, because Avengers: Age of Ultron finally opens stateside this Friday. But more than that, I’m going on vacation! I’ll be out of town for the next couple weeks, and in order to not deprive you of Trailer Trashin’, I’m going to write four columns that will make their way to you over the next week or so, covering four of the biggest trailers that dropped in the later part of April. The first is the new full trailer for Disney and Marvel’s upcoming July release Ant-Man.
Premise: Thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the Earth. »
- Timothy Monforton
Discover the hidden talents of comic book legend Stan "The Man" Lee as he teaches a very unique acting class in the video below; would you go to the "Stan Lee Cameo School"? Directed by Kevin Smith and starring Tara Reid, Michael Rooker, Lou Ferrigno, Jason Mewes, and an Audi S8, it’s time for the world to appreciate the subtle art of cameo acting courtesy of the man who has mastered it in countless Marvel movie appearances. What's your favourite Stan Lee cameo? Sound off below! »
If you're the type who seeks out every promo for a film before going to see it, you probably saw a large chunk of Avengers: Age Of Ultron before it had even come out. Since then, even more clips have done the rounds.
It's refereshing, then, to see a Marvel promo that gives nothing away about the slate of upcoming films, but merely celebrates Stan Lee's impressive chops as a cameo performer. Additionally, as we learnt today, there's a fine line between 'cameo acting' and 'acting acting,' which could be a valuable lesson to any budding performers out there.
Prepare yourselves, then, for a trip to Stan Lee's cameo school, featuring lots of familiar faces from Marvel universes old and new (it's also a car ad, »
Debuting in 1964 and created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, the Man Without Fear has been a mainstay in Marvel Comics for over five decades now. The property has also been host to a slew of incredibly talented writers and artists, such heavy hitters as John Romita Sr., Gene Colan, Denny O’Neil, Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli, Kevin Smith, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, and Mark Waid.
The best of the best have cut their teeth on the character, but despite this, he hasn’t quite achieved mainstream recognition the same way his contemporaries Captain America or Iron Man have. Until now.
With the new Netflix series marking another major win for Marvel, Daredevil is moving up in the world and with good reason. It’s been a long time coming.
The character offers a fascinating dichotomy between attorney and masked avenger that has captivated readers for decades, and »
- Carlos Jimenez
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Watch Jack Nicholson react to the first look at Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad (via Geek Tyrant): Speaking of Jared Leto's Joker, here's a guy already doing the look in today's cosplay spotlight (via Kotaku): Learn the Stan Lee method of cameo acting from the Man himself in this Audi ad directed by Kevin Smith and costarring Michael Rooker, Lou Ferrigno, Jason Mewes and Tara Reid: Just in time for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latest Honest Trailer smashes Ang Lee's Hulk: Pippin Barr has created an old school Atari-style video game based on Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. See a screencap below, and play it here (via...
- Christopher Campbell
This summer Marvel Comics is set to commemorate half a century of their premier intelligence agency with the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary initiative, granting us Priority A-1 Clearance with a series of weekly one-shots, twelve Art of Evolution variant covers, and two trade paperbacks in S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection and S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus. Here’s a selection of the covers…
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1
When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first introduced S.H.I.E.L.D. in the pages of 1965’s Strange Tales #135, boldly proclaiming it “The Greatest Action-Thriller of All Time!” – the landscape of the Marvel Universe would be changed forever. Now, half a century later, S.H.I.E.L.D. has made the jump beyond the comic page – bringing us some of the most iconic stories and memorable characters in all of popular culture. Join us as we celebrate this »
- Gary Collinson
Let’s be honest. When you think of cameos in movies today, you think of Stan Lee. The Marvel legend obviously didn’t invent the cameo, but he’s made it his own over the past twenty years in everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Spider-Man films, X-Men films and even Mallrats. That last one, more of […]
- Germain Lussier
No one pulls off a cameo appearance quite like Stan Lee. "The Man" has appeared in nearly all of the movies based on Marvel titles. (X-Men: Days of Future Past was a rare exception, as his schedule prohibited him from visiting the set.) With one of his famous pop-ins coming in this weekend.s Avengers: Age of Ultron, it.s high time that Lee pass along his knowledge and technique to the next generation of great cameo actors. The Marvel Comics legend partnered with Audi to create a hilarious video titled "Stan Lee Cameo School." Directed by Kevin Smith, it features Lee educating the likes of Michael Rooker, Tara Reid, Jason Mewes, and Smith in the exquisite art of cameo acting. Make no mistake, "cameo acting" is not the same thing as "acting acting." "Acting acting" involves bold gestures, physical stances, and dressing up like a superhero, whereas "cameo acting »
When it comes to cameos, no one is more experienced than Stan Lee. The co-creator of iconic Marvel comic book characters like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and the X-Men appeared in a new Audi commercial, in which he teaches several Hollywood stars the subtle art of cameo acting. Lee’s class consists of writer/director/comics superfan Kevin Smith, “Guardians of The Galaxy” star Michael Rooker, and “Sharknado” star Tara Reid. “Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno makes a cameo himself, as a man looking for an anger management class. See photos: 42 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From 'Avengers, »
- Joe Otterson
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