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In the first part of this article, we looked at the idea of "What will they become?" and what it represents in terms of the show's commitment to arc-based, character-driven storytelling, as well as applying the question to the character of Coulson. We'll now go on to ask "What will they become?" about each of the show's other five main characters. As before, spoilers for Season 1 follow.
May (Ming-Na Wen)
Season 1 showed us three different sides to Melinda May. The first is Ninja May, an awesome, highly capable Shield operative, who's so concise, efficient, and just plain cool that she's basically a ninja. She's essentially Mulan meets Chuck Norris (because she's played by the same actress as the former, and has a meme-generating quality to rival the latter), and is easily the show's most comic-book character not derived from the comics.
The second is Angsty May (not to be confused »
As things stand in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye is easily identifiable as the most under utilized character. He showed up for all of 30 seconds for a (admittedly fun) cameo in Kenneth Branagh's Thor, and then he was forced to do Loki's bidding while under hypnosis for most of Joss Whedon's The Avengers. The good news is that Marvel is aiming to correct this course in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron - but if you're anticipating a Hawkeye solo movie at any point, you probably shouldn't hold your breath. Why? Because it seems that Renner is actually quite okay with his somewhat limited role in the comic book movies at this point. Currently on the press tour promoting his new movie Kill The Messenger, the Academy Award-nominated star recently sat down with MTV, and during the chat the actor revealed that he doesn't »
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
The Cabin in the Woods was the final frontier for slasher films… or at least it should have been. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s 2011 horror-comedy took all of the subgenre’s tropes and turned them on their head. It acknowledged every character stereotype and rejected each one. The slasher film received a complete deconstruction, and now it may be best to simply pack it away. Sadly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown heralds an uninspired return to form. It just may be the blandest movie to feature violent homicide and ruthless killers.
A remake of the 1976 cult film, The Town That Dreaded Sundown heavily incorporates its predecessor into its story. Set in Texarkana, Texas, the movie takes place several decades after a string of serial murders were committed. Each Halloween the town »
- Jacob Carter
While some female stars including Shailene Woodley and Taylor Swift have bolted away from the word “feminist,” in a speech to the United Nations introducing a new campaign called HeForShe, Emma Watson made it clear she isn’t afraid of it at all.
Watson, who was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Un Women earlier this year, explained how she has identified as a feminist from a young age. “When I was 8, I was called bossy because I wanted to direct a play we would put on for our parents,” the Harry Potter star said. “I decided that I was a feminist. »
- Carolyn Todd
James Spader, who plays the villain Ultron in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron, appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last week. While on the show he very briefly talked about the film saying, "I'm Ultron, eight-foot robot," and that's about it. Most of what he had to say was about his experience at San Diego Comic-Con last July in which he said:
"We finished the season of Blacklist, and two days later I got on a plane and flew to London to shoot the Avengers. And then right after that came back here to New York and flew immediately to Comic-Con. And then flew back from Comic-Con to start shooting the second season of Blacklist. But Comic-Con is the most insane… have any of you ever been to Comic-Con? [Several audience members applaud] Oh, my god, you brave, brave souls. It is crazy. I mean life really can’t get strange enough for me, »
- Joey Paur
Marvel's Agents of Shield returns at 9/8c on Tuesday 23 September 2014 in the Us, and hopefully soon after in the UK. For fans of the first season, it's highly anticipated, particularly in terms of how the show will continue the gripping storylines established in the later part of the first season. So if you haven't seen the first season yet, be aware that spoilers follow.
Some of the show's marketing for Season 2 has been in the form of character posters, featuring each character's face along with “What will [he or she] become?”, and then telling us that we can find out on Tuesday 23 September.
Presumably this doesn't mean that the conclusion of each character's arc will be more or less instantaneous, happening simply in that one episode, but rather that, starting from the Season 2 premiere, these long-term character arcs that we've been following so closely will continue to unfurl.
Going by early to mid-Season »
As a frequent critic of “Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” there’s modest cause for optimism as the ABC series begins its second season, albeit by making allowances for the show’s clunkier aspects. Still reeling from the reboot triggered by events chronicled in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the dissolution of the organization from which the program derives its name, the sophomore-year kickoff offers several new characters to care about – or more likely, not – as well as a guerrilla-type approach to thwarting evil. “Agents of Shield” remains a flawed construct, but the less viewers thinks about that, the more they’re apt to enjoy it.
Without giving too much away, the surviving members of Shield are trying to keep fighting the good fight, all under the watchful eye of Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson. And in keeping with Marvel’s habit of integrating and cross-collateralizing its projects, the »
- Brian Lowry
Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Sharon Farrell, Mary Woronov, Geoffrey Lewis, Peter Fox, John Achorn, Michael Bowen, Devon Ericson, Lissa Layng | Written and Directed by Thom Eberhardt
It’s no surprise really that the Eighties are so fondly remembered for horror and science fiction, that was the time that VHS was growing allowing easier viewing of movies, and of course a time when a lot of people of my generation were growing up. Night of the Comet is one of those sci-fi horrors that never took itself too seriously and came to be known as a film that symbolised everything about the eighties. Yet another classic picked up by Arrow Video it epitomises everything we come to expect from a B-movie.
When a comet which hasn’t flown past this earth since the extinction of the dinosaurs pays a return visit most of the population of Earth »
- Paul Metcalf
Our weekly round-up of the latest superhero news and talking points, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Punisher, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, Venom, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Superman Returns, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Lucifer, Supergirl, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Powers and more…
It looks like Marvel Studios is gearing up to kick off the promotion for next year’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, with this week bringing us the first official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his 2012 blockbuster, which reads as follows:
“Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, »
- Gary Collinson
In Tara Bennett's book "Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show," the job is variously described as being a dictator, a CEO or leading an army. And while we're now in the era of celebrity showrunners—Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers"), Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")—it's often forgotten how expansive the responsibilities that come with that position truly are. If you've ever wondered exactly how complicated the machinery is that drives your favorite show, or what the gig actually entails, Bennett's book—a companion piece to the forthcoming documentary directed by Des Doyle—is a slightly jumbled, but still interesting peek behind the curtain. With names like Joss Whedon, Jonathan Nolan, Terrence Winter, Damon Lindelof and more taking part, 'Showrunners' brings a broad spectrum of talent from shows both popular and niche, both successful and failed, to help define what that eleven letter word means. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What a difference a year makes. When Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered last fall, the Marvel Universe had yet to be rocked by the fact that the secret agency had been infiltrated by spies - a shocker not revealed until the blockbuster movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April. But the ramifications of that infiltration have altered the course of the Joss Whedon-created ABC drama. And now, new art heralding the show's second season provides fans with some fresh insight into the new reality facing the agents now that their world has been turned upside down. 1. There's a new agent in town. »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
If you've perused our feature, The Lost, Forgotten & Undersung Projects Of Joss Whedon, you might recall "Suspension." It was a script the Marvel guru wrote on spec and sold way, way back in 1993 for $1 million, and as such it feels like a relic of the time. It's basically "Die Hard" on a bridge, with the story following Harry Monk, who is on his way back from spending 15 years in a New Jersey prison for shooting a cop, when he has to stop terrorists who have seized control of New York’s George Washington Bridge during a hellish traffic jam. And now it seems the movie has a star, someone who is no stranger to kicking the asses of bad dudes. “I’ve just signed up to do a film called 'Suspension,' hanging from a bridge in New York – the George Washington Bridge,” Neeson told Empire. And that's about all there is right now. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods was such an insanely fun horror movie. As a tribute to that film, artist Alex Pardee created an incredibly cool poster that any fan of the film would love. It's called "The Zoology Department," and it features a ton of the various monsters and creatures that reside under the cabin in the woods. I love this illustration, and here is the information on how you can get one:
"12” x 36” prints. “Warm Blood” red colorway is an edition of 40 and exclusively available only from booth B-14, at Mondo-Con, opening September 20th-21st, 2014, in Austin, TX.
"The “Cold Corpse” blue edition colorway is a S/N timed release print. Only available online from 12noon Pst Friday, September 19th, until midnight on Sunday, September 21st, Here."
Via: XombieDirge »
- Joey Paur
Plot for Avengers: Age of Ultron Revealed. Everyone has been wondering what Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated follow up to the The Avengers would be about. Well today, we will finally know the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Released by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures, here’s what the synopsis reads: Marvel [...]
Continue reading: Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015): Official Synopsis Released »
- Mufsin Mahbub
Have you ever wondered what Hawkeye and Black Widow.s baby would look like? Of course you have. Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson are two preposterously good-looking people who sizzled with chemistry throughout Joss Whedon.s 2012 blockbuster, The Avengers. Well, here's your answer: Check out that ungodly image that Jeremy Renner recently uploaded to his Twitter account. When Renner unleashed the nauseating picture on his 81,000 followers, he did so alongside the caption: "Hawkeye and Widow? Widow and Hawkeye??? Hmmm. #iftheyhadababy #widow #hawkeye." There is just something unsettling and innately gross about seeing Renner as Clint Barton wearing what appears to be a mask of Scarlett Johansson.s Black Widow face. However, if you.re able to take your eyes away from the truly terrifying, yet oddly hypnotic, coagulation of two beautiful Avengers, then you.ll also realize that it gives us a pretty good look at Hawkeye.s attire for »
Feuerstein will play Barry Wolfe, a high-powered, cutthroat lawyer who will represent Edie Falco’s Jackie as she pieces her life back together following her arrest last season. He joins a cast that also includes recently announced guest star Tony Shalhoub.
Feuerstein stars as Hank Lawson in the USA series “Royal Pains,” which just completed its sixth season. He can next be seen in the independent films “In Your Eyes,” written by Joss Whedon, and as the male lead in “Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant”, which he also produced. He is repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment.
- Whitney Friedlander
Marvel and Disney have made available the official synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron and it doesn't give much away to someone like me that doesn't know anything about the comics, but I have to assume comic book readers can see between the lines. As much as I'm not all that interested in another film in which "the fate of the planet hangs in the balance", I have high hopes for this one. I think Joss Whedon is working with the best this "cinematic universe" has to offer, which is he gets to play with all the characters, which cleans up the issue of "Where is so-and-soc" right off the bat, though with the addition of so many new characters it will be interesting to see how he balances their screen time and how well we'll get to know them all. Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic »
- Brad Brevet
What's in a name? It's a question we often hear asked, and more often hear answered. In the case of a Marvel Studios film, a name is a lot of things. It's a promise of a very specific adventure that sets the tone and tells us who to expect to see on the big screen for the years to come. A title like The Avengers: Age Of Ultron promises all of that and then some in its title -- and once it dropped, there was one important link to Marvel comic history that fans assumed would fall into the "then some" category: the introduction of Ant-Man, and the creator of Ultron himself, Hank Pym. Unfortunately for some, this was denied by Age Of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon from the beginning, as he stated that he was, "...crafting [his] own version of it where [Ultron's] origin comes more directly from »
Hey fans of official movie synopsis. Marvel and their cohorts at Disney have released the official word for Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” And yes, it’s just “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” no “The” in there anywhere, in case you were wondering. Please to take a look, take a lookers. Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. »
With Guardians of the Galaxy finishing its late summer run in theaters and Captain America: The Winter Soldier now on home video, all focus on the Marvel movie front going forward is on the studio’s next – and biggest – release, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Principal photography on the sequel to the third top-grossing film of all-time wrapped a month ago and now it’s time for post-production and marketing leading up to its May 2015 release.
Marvel Studios hasn’t been shy about who the villain(s) of The Avengers 2 are and the same goes for a few of the new potential heroes joining the cast. It was over a year ago when Joss Whedon took to the stage at San Diego ...
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- Rob Keyes
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