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You’re in my world, now I’m in yours. Crossing over among movies in the world of Marvel seems to be as easy as slicing through a jet plane with your super strong shield.
The much-anticipated premiere of Captain America: The Winter Solider in Hollywood Thursday at the El Captain Theatre came with the blocking of streets, the screaming of fans and a nearly complete turn out of the cast. (Only Robert Redford was absent) But we’re hoping we’ll see him again, in another Marvel franchise, and until then, here are five crossover flashes direct from the red carpet. »
- Jenna Milly
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is still over a year away from release, but that won't stop fans from wondering how Marvel Studios is going to follow up the monster success of 2012's The Avengers. According to one of the sequel's stars, Scarlett Johansson, fans needn't worry, because writer-director Joss Whedon's Age of Ultron script is "totally solid."
"I was just amazed [with the script]," Johansson told Collider."Joss is something else, he really is. He locks himself away for God knows how long; I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive. I mean this movie feels like the continuation of The Avengers, it doesn’t feel like a tag-on or the rehashed version or just 'let’s throw a bunch of new »
- Ryan Gowland
The other night at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, a special evening was planned around the King of the Monsters. That's right, in the middle of a flurry of premieres, panels, and keynote addresses, the festival took the time out to give it up to Godzilla.
The night began with a restored 35 mm print of the original 1954 "Godzilla" (it was the only movie screened at the festival from actual film), which was sort of fun but just reminded everyone in attendance how boring (relatively speaking) the original "Godzilla" really is (political subtext aside). Afterwards, we got a special treat in the form of new "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards, who, after a screening of the most recent trailer, showed off some brand new footage from the hotly anticipated summer blockbuster. The short version: this movie is going to be awesome.
Edwards began by saying that he wanted »
- Drew Taylor
The folks over at Rotten Tomatoes put their big data together, ranking the Most Anticipated movies of the summer by their users by adding up the percentiles of the “Want to see” votes.
Check out the Rotten Tomatoes chart!
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (100 percent, 110,869 votes)
The stars of the X-Men trilogy (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman) share the screen with the folks from X-Men: First Class (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy). Plus Brian Singer is directing, so the anticipation for this probably couldn’t get much higher.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (99 percent, 98,643 votes)
Look out! Here comes Andrew Garfield in his second outing as everyone’s favorite web-slinger. This time out, ol’ webhead faces down »
Earlier in the year, there was a rumour that Joss Whedon had visited Korea to cast a suitable actress in the highly anticipated sequel to The Avengers, Age of Ultron. Last week, relatively unknown Korean actress Kim Soo-Hyun confirmed that she would be joining the Age of Ultron cast in an unnamed – but substantial – role.
Marvel Studios, as is their want, have been cagey about her part in Avengers: Age of Ultron as they say it’d be a spoiler but they have revealed that her character is a substantial supporting role in the film.
Following the recent trend in superhero movies to cram them full to bursting with superheroes (see Bryan Singer’s enormous cast for X-Men: Days of Future Past), Joss Whedon’s following suit with his second Avengers movie. Besides Kim Soo-Hyun and the original Avengers returning, Thomas Kretschmann has been cast as Baron Von Strucker, »
- Noel Thorne
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 9 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Kensho Yamashita,
Plot: A being from space, bearing a striking resemblance to Godzilla, is hurtling towards Earth. Meanwhile, the Un have created a new mechanized foe for Godzilla, while a soldier named Yuki is out for revenge.
The title doesn’t exactly instil confidence in the viewer. This time Godzilla is taking on a counterpart from space. Hardly original thinking on Toho’s part, although the original plot for the next film was even more barrel scraping. Luckily they changed that film around. Perhaps it’s the fact that Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla followed on from Godzilla fighting his mechanical counterpart in the previous film, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Marvel’s Captain America : The Winter Soldier made it’s world premiere last night at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, California and Wamg was there! Stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Cobie Smulders and more greeted an excited mob of fans before walking the red carpet on their big night, along with some special guests that included Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Jennifer Grey, Michael Rooker, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and more. Check out the photos below!
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, »
- Melissa Howland
Avengers: Age of Ultron will not feature the Inhumans as a substitute for mutants.
It had been suggested that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver - who due to a publishing quirk, can appear in both Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox films - would be reimagined as the superpowered beings called the Inhumans.
This was reinforced by Marvel Comics' recent focus on the characters, including an upcoming Inhuman series.
"Well, Inhumans is something that we are definitely thinking about and we think there's great potential there for a great movie," Feige told Huffington Post.
"But, no, no - we have not linked those two.... As it relates to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? No. No, no, no."
Quicksilver will be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the Avengers sequel, »
Yesterday it seemed as though there was a chance that we had solved one of the most interesting riddles surrounding The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it turns out that what we "learned" was just more misinformed rumor. While reports from "insider sources" claimed that the characters Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) would be rebranded as "Inhumans" instead of "mutants" in Joss Whedon's 2015 blockbuster, now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has gone on record denying those reports and keeping the mystery alive. You're likely going to be reading a lot of quotes from Feige over the next few weeks as he sets out on the press tour for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it was while speaking with The Huffington Post the studio exec set the record straight on the Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver/Inhumans story and flat out denied »
Marvel's Kevin Feige has been doing press all week for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where he has also been giving updates on the highly-anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today, we have a slew of new information, including the producer's reaction to Scarlett Johansson's pregnancy, how Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) will have bigger roles, info on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and more on a Black Widow stand-alone movie, along with details on the sequel's South Korean shoot.
First up, when it was announced that Scarlett Johansson was pregnant earlier this month, many wondered if the script was going to be altered, giving the actress less action-oriented scenes. In an interview with Collider, Kevin Feige confirmed that the actress' production schedule did shift, but they didn't change anything in the script.
"Well my first reaction was I was very happy for »
A few weeks ago, we reported that Avengers: Age of Ultron (no time for the definite article) would be shooting “key elements” in South Korea. According to THR, “parts of the film will be shot from March 20 to April 12 near the numerous bridges on the Han River that cuts through the heart of Seoul, including the landmark Jamsil and Mapo Bridges”. Specifically, shooting will take place in the upscale locations of Cheongdam Bridge, Teheran Boulevard, and Gangnam Station as well as Sangam Dmc and Yongsan, the latter of which is home to one of the U.S. military's bases. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans will be shooting on location, but we don’t know if any other cast members will be joining them. Shooting has already wrapped in Johannesburg, and has now moved on to principal photography at Shepperton Studios in the U.K. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., »
- Matt Goldberg
We've already heard praise towards Joss Whedon's script from Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) this week, and now it's the turn of Chris Evans (Captain America) to big up the screenplay for The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the cast gears up to start principal photography on the eagerly-anticipated sequel.
"[The Age of Ultron script] is great. It’s great" Evans told Collider during a press interview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "But I’ll tell you this: every time I've read a Marvel script, they surpass it. You read it and you’re like, 'Well this is gonna be great,' and then they make it and it’s even better. The script is great, it’s great. So if that’s any indication, I think we’re in for a good movie."
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1st 2015 with Evans, Hemsworth and »
- Gary Collinson
"We start shooting in three weeks and I'm stunt training and we're good to go," the Captain America: The Winter Soldier star told Huffington Post.
"You know, I think it's something that is hard to talk about, exactly. You know, trying to skirt around your question exactly - and, you know, doing a poor job of it.
"But, you know, like I said, everything is exactly on schedule. Everything is going just fine. The Black Widow always wins and will continue to."
Feige told Collider of the pregnancy: "Well my first reaction was I was very happy for her and very excited for her, and my second reaction was »
In an interview with Variety discussing the film's tone, "probably one of the important things I felt about this film was that the characters at the heart of the story shouldn’t be superheroes," the Monsters director said. "They should be everyday relatable people. In the Spielberg movies they found that holy grail, the sweet spot of having the epic spectacle, but also relatable and emotional characters. Those events change and affect the characters, but the idea of someone blatantly saving the day becomes quite predictable. The events are real harrowing and present a life-changing scenario, so we just tried to take it really serious."
Edwards also talked about the pressures of making a movie about such an iconic character, »
- Luke Owen
“Well my first reaction was I was very happy for her and very excited for her,” Kevin Feige told Collider of learning that Scarlett Johansson was pregnant. “My second reaction was we’ve gotta move some pieces on the chess board around schedule-wise. But we didn’t change the script at all, which is sort of the most important things for us in terms of the storyline. I think the goal is for us to sit here talking about the fact that you would never know that Black Widow was pregnant during the filming of the movie when you see the final version of Avengers 2.” The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, with Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader. The film is set for release on May 1, 2015. »
Last night at SXSW in Austin, Texas, not only did Collider get the opportunity to sit down for a screening of the 1954 original, but a sequence from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros’ new rendition of Godzilla, too. As director Gareth Edwards pointed out prior to rolling the footage, the material was unfinished and did contain a handful of work-in-progress VFX shots, but even then, it was strikingly absorbing and boasted an exceptional build. Hit the jump for my recap. We begin with a shot of our main man, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, aboard an airport tram. From there, it’s a glimpse of a family enjoying their Hawaii getaway and then off to a wooded, mountainous terrain with a fire raging on in the distance. Back with the family, the youngest of the bunch, a little girl, senses something strange and walks off alone towards the water, hitting the shore just in time to watch it recede. »
- Perri Nemiroff
After showcasing what we hear was nothing short of an absolutely epic clip from Legendary Pictures' upcoming take on Godzilla at the SXSW Film Festival, director Gareth Edwards answered a few questions which have been lingering in the minds of fans.
In terms of the tone of the film... will it be a serious film or a campy affair...
"Probably one of the important things I felt about this film was that the characters at the heart of the story shouldn’t be superheroes," Edwards tells Variety. "They should be everyday relatable people. In the [Steven] Spielberg movies they found that holy grail, the sweet spot of having the epic spectacle, but also relatable and emotional characters. Those events change and affect the characters, but the idea of someone blatantly saving the day becomes quite predictable. The events are real harrowing and present a life-changing scenario, so we just tried to take it really serious. »
- Uncle Creepy
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Chris Hemsworth as he gears up to return to the role of Thor alongside the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes for principal photography on The Avengers: Age of Ultron [read what he had to say here], and now Collider has managed to get a few words from Scarlett Johansson, who was full of praise for Joss Whedon's script for the eagerly-anticipated sequel during a promotional interview for Marvel's next movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
"I was just amazed—Joss [Whedon] is something else, he really is. He locks himself away for God knows how long; I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive. I mean this movie feels like the continuation of The Avengers, it doesn’t feel like a »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday, the original 1954 version of Godzilla played at SXSW, and as an added treat, the audience in attended got a first look at new footage from Gareth Evans’ upcoming remake. Plot details are still scarce, but this footage did reveal a new kaiju in full. Kaiju other than Godzilla had been briefly glimpsed in the previous trailer, but the footage that was shown at SXSW showed both Godzilla and the new, unnamed kaiju in all their glory. Hit the jump for a description of both monsters. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th. Here’s Styd’s description of the new monster: It's a multi-limbed creature with what look like wings on its back (that would explain the mystery shape we saw cutting through the clouds in the »
- Matt Goldberg
Austin - Anxious fans around the world have breathlessly analyzed each new bit of footage that has been released from the Gareth Edwards-directed "Godzilla," which arrives in theaters on May 16th, hoping that this will time, they will recognize the iconic monster, praying that this will not be a repeat of the awful 1998 movie. I think it's safe for fans everywhere to relax. One of the events at this year's SXSW festival was a special screening of the 1954 original version of "Gojira," the film that was re-edited with new footage when it was released in America and retitled "Godzilla." Rialto Films has held the American distribution rights to the Toho production for a while now, and this will actually be the second time they've done a national theatrical roll-out of the original movie. SXSW announced that they would have Gareth Edwards in attendance tonight to discuss his new version »
- Drew McWeeny
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