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Last night, the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War debuting during ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which gave us our first look at the massive battle that will ensue between Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and their respective teams. There is a lot to process in this footage, including our first glimpse at Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, and a continuation of Ant-Man's end credit sequence, where Cap and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) have finally tracked down Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). To help break down all of these details, Empire spoke with directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who offered new insight into Marvel's Phase Three movie, hitting theaters on May 6, 2016.
The directors revealed that the trailer's opening shot, with Cap, The Falcon and Bucky, doesn't happen early on in the film, teasing that there is a "fairly involved »
Anghus Houvouras on the problem with Marvel’s ‘event comic’ movies…
Finally, we get our first pristine footage of Captain America: Civil War. Arguably the second or third most anticipated geek film of 2016. The movie that finally gives Marvel fans what they’ve been waiting for: the watered down, truncated version of the acclaimed mini-series from rock star writer Mark Millar. I know, it sounds harsh. But I’m starting to become wary of Marvel’s ‘Event Comics’ being turned into feature films.
Marvel Studios is at a difficult point in their cinematic journey. They have changed the way blockbuster movies are made, redefining what success means to studio franchises, and electrified fans with a constant stream of above average product. However, they’re also burning through product, and by ‘product’ I mean quality stories. In less than a decade, they will have introduced us to a wide array of »
- Anghus Houvouras
Jessie Robertson reviews Huck #1…
In a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything. This brand-new series from writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque presents a comicbook unlike anything you’ve read before.
Huck is the latest offering from Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) and it, well, first, the artwork jumps off the page. It has this animated quality to it that feels energetic and kid-like. It just makes me giddy looking at it. The opening pages are an example of something I love to see in comics (when done right): empty speech bubbles and a visceral story unfolding before you. It’s something only comics can bring you. It shows our main character, »
- Jessie Robertson
“I think everything's open to discussion. No decision has been made on anything yet like that. There's chats everyone's going to have on the phone at some point," Mark Millar said in September about the potential plans for the "Fantastic Four" sequel, which at that point was still booked for a June 9, 2017 release. But as expected, the heroes won't be returning on that date. 20th Century Fox has pulled "Fantastic Four 2" from the calendar, which is hardly surprising for the critically reviled, fanboy-loathed reboot. It's not clear if Fox is dropping sequel plans entirely, but this certainly suggests that the studio is still figuring out just what to do with property. Over the summer, it was rumored that Fox was still going to make a followup, but that it might not land in 2017. And if they want to put distance between Josh Trank's movie and whatever comes next, that's a good way to go. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Over two years on from the release of "Man Of Steel," and the ending of the film, specifically Superman snapping the neck of General Zod, continues to be a source of criticism for some comic book fans. It was only last month that screenwriter David Goyer (once again) gave a fairly reasoned explanation of why the filmmakers decided to go down that path. But now, Mark Millar is stirring the pot, referencing the movie in a roundabout way promoting his upcoming comic, "Huck." Read More: Mark Millar Talks 'Fantastic Four' Sequel, Says 'Age Of Ultron' "Nowhere Near As Good" As The First 'Avengers' Movie In an essay for Games Radar, Millar makes clear that he's made no shortage of hyper-violent material in the comic book and movie world, but thinks there needs to a balance to dark and grim storytelling. And for him, the tipping point came with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Two years on and still, almost inexplicably, the debate over Man of Steel‘s controversial finale rages on. Though it may filter into next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as part of the film’s prologue sequence, the scene continues to divide fans in a way marmite could only dream.
Now, the latest opinion to be tossed into the pot comes via Kick-Ass scribe Mark Millar, who recently spoke to GamesRadar about the traumatizing effect the third act had on him as a viewer and respected comic book writer.
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Weighing on the “edginess” that has become such a prominent feature of the superhero movie scene, Millar believes that Man of Steel‘s finale was ultimately too violent.
- Michael Briers
Whoever said the comic book movie bubble was about to burst got their assessment completely wrong. Incredibly, there are far more than 50 comic book adaptations currently in various stages of planning and development, and it seems likely that more will be announced in the next couple of years, with Marvel, Sony, Fox and DC all looking at expanded universes of some sort.
It’s a great time to be alive for comic book movie fans, but that many movies in a matter of four or five years is a daunting prospect, and planning and precedence are both key steps in the process of arranging our excitement levels. Luckily, there’s a spectrum you can all adhere to based on the promise of each individual movie.
In the interest of not stretching too thin on certain franchises, this run-down lumps optimistically optioned sequels in with as unyet released films.
- Simon Gallagher
Disturbed by Superman breaking General Zod’s neck in 2013’s Man of Steel, the comic book icon has created a superhero with learning difficulties who does a good deed every day
When Mark Millar speaks, comic-book aficionados usually listen. Without the celebrated Scottish writer there would be no Kick-Ass or Kingsman: The Secret Service, while it’s no surprise that the X-Men movies have taken a distinct upward turn since Millar took on the role of creative consultant for 20th Century Fox’s roster of Marvel-based comic adaptations (we’ll say no more about Fantastic Four).
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- Ben Child
Mark Millar knows a thing or two about comic book characters. The man behind the books that inspired Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service is known for telling stories that take violence to near artistic levels. However, the man also feels that the darkness needs balance. This is why he has issues with Man of Steel. It seems that the penchant for darkness in our comic book movies may have gone a little too far. While prefacing his statements, in a piece he.s written for Gamesradar, by saying that he is a fan of everybody involved in the Superman movie, and also saying that he believed the scene where Superman takes down Zod made sense within the context of the movie, he believes the film.s ending goes against the moral that superhero comics always strived for. Superman is a character literally capable of anything, yet he chooses to »
Earlier this week, we posted an article about a film fan/ indie movie producer’s pretty decent pitch for a Die Hard 6. Eric D. Wilkinson took at a quite expensive full-page-ad in The Hollywood Reporter to share his ideas for a sixth Die Hard with director Len Wiseman and star Bruce Willis. There’s been no official response as yet, but Kick-Ass creator, and Fox’s Chief Creative Consultant for their Marvel properties, Mark Millar, picked up on our article and chimed in on his thoughts of getting John McClane to the ‘Die Hard scenario’ of his prison incarceration a little quicker.
Here’s what Millar posted on his website.
To get McClane in this high-security prison much faster and much more smoothly how about he’s arrested as he comes off a Christmas flight and he has no idea what the Hell he’s being charged with? He’s »
- Paul Heath
All-New Wolverine #1
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by David Lopez and David Navarrot
Colors by Nathan Fairbarn
Letters by Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics
Wolverine died over a year ago, but his legacy lives on as his clone Laura Kinney, who was formerly known as X-23, dons his original blue and yellow spandex in All-New Wolverine #1. Writer Tom Taylor, artists David Lopez and David Navarrot, and colorist Nathan Fairbarn take a page out of the best solo Wolverine stories (Think the Madripoor years, or when he worked for Shield in the Mark Millar run.) and set the comic in Paris, whose trademark lights create gorgeous conflagrations with the explosions and Laura’s boyfriend/sidekick’s Angel’s new wings and costume. Taylor sets the tone of the book in an extended flashback featuring Wolverine and X-23 back in their X-Force days again showing off his ability to take the »
- Logan Dalton
A nice addition to this story. Mark Millar, the man at the heart of the likes of Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, has posted about Eric D Wilkinson's idea for a new Die Hard film. And what's more, he's taken it a step further. Here's what else Millar would do with the original idea that Wilkinson had...
To get McClane in this high-security prison much faster and much more smoothly how about he’s arrested as he comes off a Christmas flight and he has no idea what the Hell he’s being charged with? He’s been busted under a Homeland Security provision, the last twenty five years of his life having him involved or certainly at the centre of…
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At the start of this year, I was intrigued by what looked like a fairly spy-heavy line-up for this year's theatrical releases, and now that we're at the other end of the year, it seems like a good time to look back and see how the year actually played out versus how we thought things might go. One thing that's clear is that there were a ton of spy movies in 2015. If Sony hadn't pushed back the release of "The Brothers Grimsby," it would have been one more, and it makes it obvious why they pushed that film back to next year when you look at just how many spy-themed movies have been released since January. It's an unusual number, and I think it's just one of those flukes of timing. But when you look at all of them stacked up next to one another, it's interesting to see what worked and what didn't, »
- Drew McWeeny
Nothing gets the rumour mill churning quicker than a superhero movie, it would seem, and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War is certainly no exception. A project with so many beloved Marvel characters going head-to-head is bound to attract fan theories along with all that heightened expectation. It is the nature of the film’s premise, however, that specifically breeds speculation, since it begs the question: which side are these heroes on?
While the actual plot of the movie is obviously under wraps, a lot can be surmised from the source material upon which it is loosely based – Mark Millar’s seven issue Civil War series, published from 2006-2007. In it, the U.S government responds to the high levels of damage, death and destruction caused by superhero incidents, by passing a Superhero Registration Act, intended to ensure that these extraordinary individuals operate under official regulation.
In the comics, Captain America opposes the Act, »
- Sarah Myles
Now that comic book scribe Mark Millar can claim responsibility for the glittering success of both the Kick-Ass series and Kingsman: The Secret Service – itself on the path to becoming a franchise – you can understand the writer taking a break from the movie scene. How and ever, not one to rest on his laurels, Millar has teed up another comic-to-film property in Huck, and now the talent has vouched for Channing Tatum to land the title role.
Created alongside artist Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire), Huck is a 6-issue miniseries that recently stumbled onto a path to the silver screen when Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 picked up the rights earlier this month. While it’s still incubating in the early stages, Millar believes Tatum would make a perfect fit for the “Forest Gump/Captain America” style of character – a decision swayed by the Jump Street actor rushing to Stan Lee »
- Michael Briers
With Cars 3 already set to open June 16, 2017, any film that decides to counter-program against the continuously profitable adventures of Lighting McQueen is probably just a little crazy. Considering the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service did just that, it only proves our theory . and in the best way possible. The Playlist dropped the information in a recent announcement, which pits Eggsy and his compatriots against a children's franchise that's more critic proof than a Michael Bay movie. Even better still, the site has reported a potential title for the sequel: Kingsman An Unnecessary Follow-up. While this should be considered a heavy dose of cheek from The Playlist, as no official confirmation has been given, it sounds like exactly the sort of title that Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn would feel right at home using. With an unconventional hero, a potentially off kilter title, and an audience eager for more comedic »
Huck, an Image Comics series starting on Nov. 18, is very different in tone compared to much of their past work, but that just means more excitement for writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque.
“I like doing different things,” said Millar via Skype interview today. “In the past two, three years I have tried to mix things up.”
Many know Millar for darker stories he has come up with, like those in the controversial Kick-Ass comics, but this upcoming comic follows the titular Huck, a genuine and kind man reminiscent of the biblically-based “Good Samaritan” archetype. The character was raised from birth to do a good deed every day, and that is exactly what he does as a grown man for the ordinary folks of his neighborhood.
During some charity work he participated in last year, Millar met an elderly man visiting on a vacation for two weeks who heavily inspired the character of Huck, »
- Matthew Petras
Five months after 20th Century Fox officially confirmed that Kingsman 2 is happening, the studio has set a June 16, 2017 release date for the sequel. Box Office Mojo confirmed the new date, which will put the action-packed follow-up against another highly-anticipated sequel, Disney Pixar's Cars 3. That entire month is already becoming quite crowded, with Paramount's World War Z 2 opening one week earlier on June 9, 2017, and Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman debuting a week later on June 23, 2017.
Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn revealed in June that he has already started working on the Kingsman 2 script, teasing that the story may introduce an American covert agent. Taron Egerton will return as Eggsy, but it still isn't known if Colin Firth will be back as Eggsy's mentor, Harry Hart. While the character was killed at the end of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mark Millar, who created the comic book the original movie is based on, »
One need only look to Lionsgate’s decision to delay medieval reboot Robin Hood: Origins to get an idea of 20th Century Fox’s enthusiasm to push ahead with Kingsman 2. It all came down to leading star Taron Egerton, who is involved in both projects, and now that the studio has set its sights on an April start, BoxOffice brings word of the sequel locking down a release date: June 16, 2017.
Welcoming back Egerton’s now fully-trained agent to the fold, it’s understood that Matthew Vaughn is currently writing the script alongside Jane Goldman, once again tapping Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’s source material. The real question, however, is which direction the scribes will steer Fox’s budding new franchise. Since its overly surprising box office success earlier in the year – pulling in a respectable box office haul of $400 million – Vaughn has teased a number of possible directions for the sequel, »
- Michael Briers
Kingsman 2 has been given a release date by 20th Century Fox, moving from the January release of the original film to a prime summer spot of June 16th 2017.
The action sequel is set to go in front of cameras in April 2016, having ensured the freedom of star Taron Egerton (Testament of Youth), who was originally set to shoot Robin Hood: Origins at the same time of year.
- Tom Beasley
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