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Gone are the days when something as small as sticking Black Widow into Iron Man 2 would be enough to excite the fans of Marvel’s films. Now, after two gigantic Avengers movies and all those teasing post-credits stings, audiences have come to expect a bit more.
In reaction to this, Marvel Studios have turned Captain America 3 into Captain America: Civil War, lifting beats Mark Millar’s massive comic book crossover of the same name and stuffing shedloads of other superheroes into what was originally perceived as a solo adventure for Steve Rogers. Meanwhile, Hulk is set to appear in Thor: Ragnarok and they’re also developing Infinity War – an Avengers story so huge in its crossover-friendly scope that they’ve had to spread it over two movies.
After these three films reach cinemas, audiences will continue expecting massive Marvel movies with tonnes of cameos and lots of inter-franchise crossover excitement. »
- Rob Leane
Some new promotional art from Captain America: Civil War has made its way online, which features ‘Team Cap’ and ‘Team Stark’ squaring off against each other, as well as giving us a look at the two teams of heroes; check it out here…
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony »
- Gary Collinson
Anghus Houvouras reviews Old Man Logan #1…
Fifty years from now, Logan — the man who no longer calls himself Wolverine — will have endured many atrocities: The Marvel Universe’s villains will have banded together and rid the world of its heroes. Logan’s closest friend, Hawkeye, will have been murdered in cold blood right before his eyes. And driven mad by the same radiation that gave him his superhuman strength, Bruce Banner will have fathered a family of hillbilly Hulks…that eventually went on to slaughter Logan’s wife and two children. But now, in the present, Old Man Logan wakes up to discover himself in a world before these atrocities, before the Wasteland. And he’s going to seize this opportunity and change history to ensure that his future never comes to pass…
See Also: Preview of Old Man Logan #1
What do you get when you take one of the »
- Anghus Houvouras
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Most Wanted, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Justice League Action, Heroes Reborn and more…
There’s less than a fortnight to go until the 2016 superhero season kicks off with the release of Deadpool, and this week has brought us the first clip from the movie as Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) pops the question to Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) [see here], along with a couple of ‘#TouchYourselfTonight’ viral promos in conjunction with the testicular cancer charity Ballboys [see here], some TV spots featuring the likes of Blind Al, Colossus, the X-Mansion and the Blackbird [see here], a clip of Deadpool, »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to Brazilian collectible company Iron Studios, we’ve got a new piece of promotional artwork for Captain America: Civil War which sees ‘Team Cap’ and ‘Team Stark’ battling it out; take a look here…
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. »
- Gary Collinson
To the surprise of approximately no one, the latest update on the Wolverine threeguel is that the script is pretty much done and that they’re gearing up to shoot the thing fairly soon. Collider caught up with Wolverine himself at Sundance (where he’s promoting his new film Eddie The Eagle alongside Taron Egerton), with Jackman expertly dancing around the questions – evidently a seasoned pro at dodging reporters’ questions, after 16(!) years of playing the character.
“We have a script. A full script. To tell you, two days ago I got that the full finished—well, it’s not finished, but we’re getting super close—as you can see by the rate of my facial hair. That might give you a good clue that perhaps…yeah, it’s sooner rather than later.”
Collider understandably pushed for more details as to where and when the film will start shooting, »
- Dan Woburn
A couple of in the works sequels have offered brief updates on their status.
First up the follow-up to Matthew Vaughn's 2015 action-comedy spy film and smash hit "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which is due to begin production shortly ahead of a June 16th 2017 release. The film's star Taron Egerton reprises his role as Eggsy in the follow-up, and speaking at the Sundance Film Festival to Collider, he says:
"With Kingsman, we're shooting in the summer at present. There's a script, it's brilliant. Obviously there's only so much I can say but what I can say is that we shot [the first] one all in the U.K., that won't be the case with the next one. It's a far more international story, we're going to some incredible places, and we have a villain to rival Samuel L. Jackson - this new one is so brilliantly written I wish I could play it. »
- Garth Franklin
The next couple of years are going to be huge for Mark Millar. As well as having several comic book projects in the pipeline, he also has several properties being brought to the big screen. Marvel Studios, meanwhile, are just a few months away from releasing Captain America: Civil War, an adaptation of Millar’s best-selling event series which redefined how stories like that are told.
In a recent interview, the creator was asked just how closely he believes the movie is going to stick to his and Steve McNiven’s story, and while the trailer pointed to some obvious alterations, it sounds like the premise will remain mostly the same:
“They’ve added characters they have the rights to as some of their characters are scattered around different studios, but the main players and their chief lieutenants in this thing are all the same.”
Things are sounding good for Captain America: Civil War then, »
- Josh Wilding
To this day, Marvel’s Civil War remains their biggest selling comic series of all-time (so big in fact, they’re doing it again). Written by Mark Millar, the feature film adaptation of the comic – Captain America: Civil War – is heading to cinema screens this April and there has been a lot of speculation and rumours about how close the film sticks to Millar’s original.
One person who knows is Mark Millar himself.
“It’s much the same,” Millar told Cineworld. “They’ve added characters they have the rights to as some of their characters are scattered around different studios, but the main players and their chief lieutenants in this thing are all the same.”
Just how close will the story stay? Well the original comic ends with The Death of Captain America, which has been rumoured ever since the title was announced. There have also been other rumours »
- Luke Owen
"...and he's playing the main villain ('Zemo') in it. And he's incredible! It's a movie about people as opposed to robots this time. So it's darker and it's allowed to be darker because it gets more in the mindset of humans rather than machines..."
"He (Zemo) does not wear the mask," said Brühl about his look in "Civil War".
"You would be surprised, it's different than what you'd think. It's loosely connected to this character. But that's what I like about the Marvel guys, some of the characters and things they’re dealing with always reference to current events so »
- Michael Stevens
As the old comic book fan phrase used to go, “nobody stays dead in comics… except Bucky, Jason Todd and Uncle Ben.” But then, in 2005, the former two names on that short list – younger aides to Captain America and Batman, respectively – both made big comebacks.
This served as further proof that death is never an end in comic book fiction. At times, it seems like the writers in charge of Marvel and DC will resurrect whoever the hell they like – via any wacky means they can dream up – if they can fill a few bankable issues with a decent story as a result.
Incredibly rarely, this isn’t the case. Once in every seven blue moons, a character will die and stay dead in a comic book. Now it’s time to salute these fallen comic book characters; the select few who haven’t found a way back from their demise… »
- Rob Leane
Take another look @ the origins of Marvel Comics' super-villain 'Ragnarok', appearing in Marvel Studios' next "Thor" solo movie "Thor: Ragnarok", that fans are hoping will also feature horse-faced warrior 'Beta Ray Bill':
"...when 'Thor' was missing in action, presumed dead, 'Tony Stark' took one of his hairs, which he had retained from the first meeting of the 'Avengers' and cloned the 'Asgardian' DNA with Stark technology. This resulted in the creation of a new, cyborg Thor.
"Ragnarok has all the powers and knowledge of Thor including super-strength, extensive combat knowledge, stamina, high resistance to physical injury, immunity to Earthly diseases, superhuman agility and reflexes.
"Ragnarok's hammer, though not the enchanted 'Mjolnir', is constructed of a 'vibranium' and 'adamantium' alloy, able to absorb and discharge lightning, »
- Michael Stevens
According to 20th Century Fox, writers are developing a screenplay adapting Marvel's Icon imprint comic book series "Superior", created by Mark Millar of "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame:
"...'Superior' focuses on a young boy who loses his social life when he is stricken by a debilitating disease. One night, an 'alien monkey' grants the boy one wish and he chooses to become his favorite superhero, a character named 'Superior'.
"But the boy discovers that the monkey is actually a demon from Hell and the boy must sell his soul if he is to remain the powerful hero -- or return to his original body..."
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- Michael Stevens
There’s been talk of bringing Superior to the big screen for years now, but like Nemesis, so much time has passed that many fans started thinking it would never become a reality. There were rumours about Matthew Vaughn possibly directing at one point, and while we know that the adaptation of Mark Millar and Leinil Yu’s story has been set up at 20th Century Fox, it’s been a long time since anything solid was revealed.
For those of you unfamiliar with the property, Superior focuses on a 12 year old boy with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey. He chooses to become his favourite comic book movie superhero, Superior, but »
- Josh Wilding
Another Mark Millar’s comic book franchise is being adapted to the big screen.
The seven issue series was published from 2010 to 2102 through Icon Comics. It was written by Millar and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu.
Tarquin Pack and Matthew Vaughn will be on board to produce “Superior.” Vaughn produced, directed and wrote “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” movies. He is also writing the sequel to Kingsman.
Source: Variet »
- Gig Patta
Tarquin Pack and Matthew Vaughn are producing “Superior,” in which an athletic 12-year-old boy is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. To regain his strength, he’s granted one wish from an alien monkey — to become Superior, his favorite superhero. But things go awry when he learns that the monkey is a demon and that he must sell his soul to keep his powers.
Three of Millar’s comic book series — “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — have been adapted into feature films. Vaughn produced, directed and wrote “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman,” and is writing the sequel to the latter. »
- Dave McNary
We finally have some news on Superior, as 20th Century Fox has hired the writing team of Brandon and Phillip Murphy to bring Mark Millar and Leinil Yu's comic book to the big screen. Tarquin Pack and Matthew Vaughn are attached to produce the movie which focuses on a 12 year old boy with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey. He chooses to become his favourite comic book movie superhero Superior, but there's a massive twist along the way, and things play out much differently than expected. The seven issue series was published between 2010 and 2012, and is the latest in a long line of Millarworld adaptations (Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman: The Secret Service). Brandon and Phillip are also attached to Transferene and Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones. There's no release date as of yet for Superior. »
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With so much focus being put on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has yet to really kick off the promotional campaign for Captain America: Civil War. However, it’s becoming increasingly apparent from all this leaked promo art that it will revolve around getting fans to pick between Captain America and Iron Man, and like the comic book version of the story, the big question will be “Whose side are you on?”
Despite the fact that Captain America: Civil War is obviously Cap’s movie, it makes sense that Marvel want to create a lot of discussion here rather than painting Iron Man – who remains the face of the studio – in the same villainous light that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s story did back in 2006.
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18 items from 2016
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