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With its rather large roster of characters, many worry that Captain America: Civil War will make the titular character a secondary player in his own movie. Despite making claims about this not being the case already, Kevin Feige has reiterated that Captain America: Civil War is a Captain America movie.
“It is very much Cap’s story,” Feige told guests at an Avengers: Age of Ultron home entertainment release party. “It’s very much a sequel to The Winter Soldier. As that conflict builds, it is represented as a conflict between Cap and Tony.”
“There’s a lot of characters in The Winter Soldier, but it still felt like a very singular and relatively simple thrill ride,” he adds. “Cap, in Civil War, follows very much that same way. That something that we pride ourselves on. Our screenwriters — Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely — are excellent at giving each character just enough. »
- Luke Owen
Long before Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, there were rumors that the Marvel Phase Two sequel would introduce Captain Marvel, although the character had not been cast yet. Just a few weeks before the release, producer Kevin Feige confirmed that Captain Marvel was in fact in an earlier version of the script, but they felt the time wasn't right to introduce her yet. If the studio had gone forward with introducing Carol Danvers, she would have appeared at the very end, in a scene where fans first meet the new Avengers, but executive producer Jeremy Latcham offered some more context as to why that didn't happen, during a Q&A session attended by Collider. He explains what the original ending should have been.
"In really early development there was a notion of there'd be a ton of new people. And then it was like, 'Well we haven't really introduced them, »
"Avengers? Assemble." Ok, so the quote got cut off as Joss Whedon brought his Avengers: Age of Ultron to a close, but the sentiment was there. Captain America (Chris Evans) looked out over his new team, which included Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). But that now-famous scene was supposed to have a Lot more Marvel faces in it, and we.re finally finding out why the studio pulled back at the last minute. We have reported in the past that Captain Marvel and Quicksilver were options for the revamped roster at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. During a recent Blu-ray event held on behalf of Age of Ultron, though, Marvel Studios exec Jeremy Latcham said (via Collider) that the plan was always supposed to be bigger. then explained why it wasn.t. He said: »
Everyone pays attention to the end of Marvel movies. Even Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) was just saying she's curious to see how "Captain America: Civil War" ends -- and she's in the movie. Marvel endings set the stage for what's to come, and the most recent film -- "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" -- did just that by showing the new Avengers team: Cap and Black Widow preparing to train newbies War Machine, the Vision, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch.
However, as Collider just noted, this was not always the plan. At a Q&A to promote the new "Avengers" Blu-ray release, Marvel Studios's Jeremy Latcham said they had initially thought of ending the movie with shots of many new Marvel Cinematic Universe characters:
In really early development there was a notion of there'd be a ton of new people. And then it was like, 'Well we haven't really introduced them, »
- Gina Carbone
Cannes Review: Terrifying 'Son of Saul' is Unlike Any Other Holocaust Thriller You've Seen Before The 28th Annual Virginia Film Festival (Vff) has announced its lineup, which includes awards contenders like "Son of Saul, "Carol" and "The Lady in the Van." The Charlottesville-based festival is running November 5-8 with a collection of more than 100 films. The event is presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts, and it will open with a screening of the Hank Williams biopic "I Saw the Light," starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. This year’s guest list will be highlighted by actress Meg Ryan, who will be screening her directorial debut, "Ithaca," which was filmed in Virginia. Other guests include "Snowden" director Oliver Stone; "The Normal Heart" writer and activist Larry Kramer; celebrated film critic and historian Leonard Maltin; Emmy Award-winning »
- Zack Sharf
Coinciding with its U.S. home entertainment release, Screen Junkies has given the Honest Trailer treatment to this year’s blockbuster Marvel superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check it out here…
See Also: Marvel releases second Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel
See Also: Watch more Honest Trailers here
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. List), Julie Delpy (Madame »
- Gary Collinson
Sony Pictures has released nine new images from the upcoming biopic I Saw the Light which stars Tom Hiddleston as legendary country singer Hank Williams. You can check them out in the gallery below and click on any of the images for hi-res versions…
See Also: Watch a clip from I Saw the Light
I Saw the Light, the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.
- Gary Collinson
Only days away from the Us release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray and DVD (October 2nd), Marvel has unveiled a second gag reel for the high-grossing summer film. Following the first gag reel, which hit the web earlier this month, this new one features more hilarious mistakes and behind-the-scenes action. Watch your favorite Avengers goof off down below…
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis »
- Justin Cook
We’ve been asked to reconsider our enjoyment of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in the wake of the corporate shuffling that sees Kevin Feige reign supreme. Scuttlebutt has it the film was a disappointment to Walt Disney but one has to wonder how a global box office take of $1.4 billion (as of this weekend) can be a disappointment. Shot with a mammoth $250 million budget, the film needed to earn only about $800 million to be profitable (before licensing and ancillary revenue) so it has to be a financial success.
A critical success is something else. According to Rotten Tomatoes, it is 74% fresh although audiences liked it 86% of the time. Now yes, it is far lower than the 92% the first Avengers film did, but let’s face it, nothing like that had ever been tried on film and it worked beyond anyone’s expectations.
And the expectations were incredibly high »
- Robert Greenberger
This coming spring, Marvel will be asking us to choose a side as Phase Three of the McU kicks off with a bang with Captain America: Civil War, and taking part in a Q&A at the Edmonton Comic Expo, comic book legend Stan Lee has revealed whether his allegiance lies with Captain America or Iron Man.
“Whatever side Captain America was on, because he’s the best, pure-hearted person in the whole world,” said Lee (via Cbr). “By the way, he’s a great actor, too, the guy who plays Captain America does a beautiful job — Chris Evans. I say that because he likes me, and anyone who likes me is a great actor.”
Whose side are you on? Let us know in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
Tom Hiddleston has left England for a ride through the American South. In I Saw the Light, the British actor plays Hank Williams, the late legendary country singer-songwriter considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He died in 1953 when he was just 29 years old from heart failure due to alcoholism and prescription drug abuse. The film, written and directed by Marc Abraham and set for release on Nov. 27, also stars Elizabeth Olsen as Hank's wife Audrey Mae Williams as well as Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones and David Krumholtz. "Everything about it was challenging," Hiddleston told E! News this summer at Comic Con. "I'm obviously not from the American South, not »
Poor Steve Rogers. Ever since he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s been speculation about when Captain America is going to shuffle of this mortal coil and pass on the shield to his successor.
Naturally, this has intensified now that both The Winter Soldier and Falcon are part of the McU and Chris Evans is nearing the end of his contract with Marvel Studios, and both Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie have been discussing whether they’d like to see their characters taking on the mantle of the Sentinel of Liberty.
“Myself,” Stan told the Salt Lake Tribune when asked who should take over from Evans. “I’ll say this: They sure like to dangle a cheese in front of my nose a lot. They’re like ‘Oh yeah, that’s where you pick up the shield,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. There it is again. »
- Gary Collinson
During an appearance at the Salt Lake Comic Con, Captain America star Chris Evans has been speaking about the rift between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) that ultimately leads to the titular Civil War in next year’s Phase Three-launching Captain America: Civil War.
The film will see the comic book’s Superhero Registration Act replaced by the Accords, government measures to control heroes and hold them accountable for their actions, with Cap opposing the measures and Iron Man in support of them.
“Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore,” states Evans. “Given what happened in Cap 2, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own. »
- Gary Collinson
We already know that director Joss Whedon has no plans for an Avengers: Age of Ultron director's cut. But when the Blu-ray drops in a couple of weeks, we will get to see some of the deleted scenes that didn't make it into the movie. Fans noticed that there were a lot of unanswered questions in Avengers: Age of Ultron when it arrived this past May, especially when it came to Thor and his quest in the movie. Now, we get to see a little bit more of his secondary story in a scene that shows the God of Thunder and Dr. Selvig entering Norn Cave.
Thor is being consumed by visions after having been 'touched' by Scarlet Witch. He goes into Norn cave looking for answers, with Selvig there to help document the experience, and assist if anything goes wrong. The doctor sees the mission as nothing but dangerous. »
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson and hits DVD and Blu-ray next week. »
In just eight short days, Avengers: Age of Ultron will finally be released on Blu-ray and DVD, after its successful box office run this summer. The superhero sequel has taken in $458 million domestically and over $1.4 billion worldwide, making it one of the most lucrative movies this year. Joss Whedon already revealed that fans won't be getting a director's cut of Avengers: Age of Ultron on the Blu-ray and DVD, but today we have another sneak peek at the special features with a second gag reel, courtesy of JoBlo Movie Trailers.
This gag reel features stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) showing off their unique dance moves, while Chris Hemsworth's Thor delivers a unique insult to Iron Man, claiming that his girl Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) "smells like porridge." We also get a glimpse at an impromptu makeout session between Thor and »
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe rolls into Phase 3 of its franchise, we have been introduced to a whole slew of new and exciting characters to follow on the New Avengers' journey. Among them, Elizabeth Olsen.s Scarlet Witch a.k.a. Wanda Maximoff holds the trophy for one of the more powerful individuals to join the team, but while we do know we'll see Scarlet Witch choose a side (or none at all) in Captain America: Civil War there hasn't been much word on her involvement further down the line. And as it turns out, Elizabeth Olsen hasn.t heard anything about her future in the franchise, particularly if she'll show up in Avengers: Infinity War. Elizabeth Olsen was attending the Toronto International Film Festival for the release of her film I Saw the Light when prompted on the future of her Marvel character. Olsen, while playing »
If Telluride and Venice helped set the table for potential best picture entries in the forthcoming awards race, the just-concluded Toronto Film Festival served up a number of standout performances in movies that themselves may or may not resonate with voters.
For instance, Jay Roach’s slice of (dark) Hollywood history, “Trumbo,” took a few shots for being lightweight, as well as a bit heavy-handed with its messaging. But one thing everyone could agree on was Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of the embattled title character. After receiving laurel upon laurel for the final season of small-screen darling “Breaking Bad,” the actor could draw strong Academy support for his rollicking depiction of the blacklisted writer.
Meanwhile, “I Saw the Light” was Doa with critics, but Tom Hiddleson’s take on country music star Hank Williams, and co-star Elizabeth Olsen’s role as Audrey Mae Williams, were largely applauded. Similarly, “Legend” didn »
- Kristopher Tapley
Over the past week or so we’ve heard from both Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) about reprising their Marvel roles for the upcoming Phase Three-launching Captain America: Civil War, and now Paul Bettany has been speaking about returning as The Vision.
“We all had a bit more fun. You know, there were more improvised jokes between me and Robert Downey Jr., and me and Chris Evans, and it was a really loose atmosphere on-set. It was one really loose set, it was great! They’re all a really nice bunch of boys and girls. They’re all happy to be there. They’re being terribly well-paid, so they should be happy to be there. And work’s really creative and fun, you know? I got to be born on camera [in Avengers: Age of Ultron], you know, that’s unlikely to ever happen again.”
Bettany also went on to »
- Gary Collinson
Speaking at AsiaPop Comicon, the actor explained that the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue the theme of whether his character is a force for good or evil.
According to Philippine Entertainment Portal, Bettany said of his preparation for Avengers: Age of Ultron: "I was given comics. I also was looking to think about what could be edifying for me to learn.
"I took the opportunity - you see my character get born, something unlikely to ever happen to me again."
Bettany went on to say: "He must be both omnipotent and yet totally naive at the same time...and experiencing the world in real time and his place in it.
"Is he going to be a force of good or a force of evil? It was really interesting and fun to play with, »
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