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As we are still recovering from how great Guardians of The Galaxy turned out be it seems James Gunn may have upped the proverbial ante in the genre. There is, however, a certain degree of irony as this intergalactic gang of superhero misfits are, in fact, led by a man, Peter Quill, who seemingly possess no mystical powers beyond his wit and cunning.
In what is considered by many to be Marvel’s best film to date, we take a look at some of the great superheroes who, like Quill, are simply mere mortals. But great power can come at a price as we also look at those superheroes who aren’t that great and didn’t quite take off.
We take a look at six not-so-super superheroes. Buckle in.
Colonel Stars and Stripes
- Thomas Alexander
At the comic shop, Kick-Ass is over. The final issue of the series, Kick-Ass 3 #8, recently hit shelves, ending a six-year run for writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita Jr. That run didn’t only begin with the comics though. Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn developed the first Kick-Ass movie in tandem with Millar and Romita […]
The post Mark Millar Says a ‘Kick Ass 3′ Movie Isn’t in Development appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't read Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass 3 finale. Cbm pointed out something incredibly interesting that kind of blew my mind. There's a couple little Easter eggs in there that indicate that all the events that happened after issue #2 could have been a hallucination as a result from a coma Dave has been in after he got the shit kicked out of him. They never come right out and say it, but here are the clues that may prove this to be true.
"Near the end of Kick-Ass 3 #8, there's a scene with Dave and his girlfriend Val (a nurse) in the hospital. However, as you can see from the images below, Dave Lizewski's name is written on the list of patients in the ICU unit, something which makes little sense considering the fact that he's physically fine for the most part here." "We »
- Joey Paur
Is Old Man Logan the cinematic future for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine? Rob hopes so…
Despite playing a character that has lived for centuries in Marvel comics, Hugh Jackman is in the unfortunate position of gradually becoming too old to play Wolverine. Whilst it’s generally accepted that Wolverine does in fact age, it’s at a far more reduced rate than Hugh Jackman, who has no mutant powers (that we know of).
In X-Men: Days Of Future Past, this issue was faced (sort-of) head-on by making future Wolverine slightly grey-haired, like a cross between his younger self and Reed Richards, thereby suggesting that Wolverine’s anti-aging gene (which he could surely sell for amazing money to the cosmetics industry) was beginning to let up in the X-Men movie universe’s future timeline. A decent effort was made to hide the age of Hugh Jackman’s 1970s Wolverine, and, to be honest, »
There's a thin line between dark humor and poor taste when it comes to the Kick-ass films, and I think the direction of Matthew Vaughn allowed the first to fall into one category and the lack thereof left the sequel far into the second. Kick-ass 2 didn't garner the ratings or money of the first but it was still somewhat profitable. The creators of the comic, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., recently spoke up about the possibility of a third, as well as co-star Jim Carrey who »
- Sean Wist
Comic book author considers options . Mark Millar, the creator and author of the Kick-Ass comic series, has just completed the print version of his amateur superhero story - and he's been discussing the possibility of a third film, saying it's very much "up in the air". Two films in the series about a wannabe superhero who fights crime despite having no superpowers whatsoever have been produced. »
Chatting to Comic Book Resources, Millar acknowledged that Kick-Ass 2 didn't do as well as Kick-Ass at the box office. Whilst the decision to make a sequel to the first movie was "a no brainer", with the second, "it cost a little less at around $24m, made $61m and made about $100m again on DVD and TV rights. It was still profitable. It was by no means The Lone Ranger".
So will a Kick-Ass 3 movie happen? "I don't know. it's definitely up in the air, and we'll just have to see. Matthew [Vaughn] is a guy who I trust to make that decision". Vaughn directed the first Kick-Ass movie, and oversaw the second. »
Is it possible Kick Ass 3 is a thing? Fans of the movies may not realize that the comics have been going for a while now, deepening and complicating the life of Dave Lizewski and Mindy MacReady, aka Kick Ass and Hit Girl. That second movie didn't exactly light the world on fire, however, so could there really be enough left in the tank to close out the trilogy? In an interview with the architects of the Kick Ass universe, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., at Comic Book Resources, the writer and the artist leave the door open for a possible Kick-Ass 3 - but only a bit. Millar says, "With Kick-Ass, it was a no brainer. It was made for $28 million and made $100 million back, and then made another $140 million on DVD. So for the money guys, it was a $28 million investment that made $240 million. That's a slam dunk. You're »
The Matthew Vaughn-directed 2010 “Kick-Ass” was a huge surprise hit, recruiting Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the unlikely titular superhero and Chloe Grace Moretz as the ferocious Hit-Girl. It brought in nearly $100 million at the box office on a tiny $28 million budget and, according to Millar, earned $140 million on DVD sales.
“Kick-Ass 2,” in 2013, however, failed to impress as much as its predecessor, even with new cast addition Jim Carrey and director Jeff Wadlow (“Never Back Down”), so prospects of a three-quel are unclear, as Millar recently explained to Comic Book Resources.
“The second one didn’t make as much.” he said. “It cost a little less at around $24 million, made $61 million and made about $100 million again on DVD and TV rights. »
- Alex Stedman
The 2010 film Kick-Ass seemed like a refreshing twist on the superhero genre at the time. Based on Mark Millar’s ultra-violent comic book series and directed by Matthew Vaughn, it followed the titular hero, a kid named Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who decided to take down criminals despite a lack of training or super powers.
The 2013 follow-up Kick-Ass 2 was directed by Never Back Down helmer Jeff Wadlow and saw Kick-Ass team up with the now-teenaged Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) to join forces with other superheroes like the deranged Col. Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). While we liked it well enough, the sequel failed to hit the same box office stride ...
- Anthony Vieira
Shortly after Kick-Ass hit theaters in 2010, plans for a sequel were already under way, since it made just under $100 million worldwide from a $28 million production budget. The follow-up Kick-Ass 2 didn't do quite as well, though, earning just over $60 million worldwide from a $24 million budget, leaving the future of the franchise in question.
"I can tell you exactly where we're at. I'm always 100% straight up with these things -- to the point where I'm always revealing stuff two or three years before it's supposed to get out. I know I told you immediately after we got the first weekend after Kick-Ass came out that we were doing Kick-Ass 2. And (Kick-Ass director) Matthew (Vaughn had engaged (Kick-Ass 2 director »
The remake of the "Evil Dead" came and went last year without much of an impact. Some liked it, some hated it, most didn't really care. That blood-soaked and much darker interpretation of Sami Raimi's pulpy classic pulled in a solid $97 million worldwide - not bad for a low-budget horror film. Even so, there hasn't really been a huge demand for a sequel.
Now it looks like we won't be getting one. The film's leading star and 'final girl', Jane Levy, tells Bloody Disgusting that there are currently no plans for a follow-up:
"I don't think they're gonna make it. I mean, they're always coming up with a new thing - now I hear they're making a TV show. I was like, what? [Laughs]. I honestly don't know, but it doesn't seem like there's going to be an Evil Dead 2 anytime soon. At least, not with me in it."
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- Garth Franklin
One of my most anticipated movies is director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. The story is based on the comic by written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons about a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who takes a teen delinquent (Taron Egerton) from the streets of London, and brings him into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types. As a huge fan of what Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class and how awesome the first trailer looks, I cannot wait to see the finished film when it opens February 13, 2015. For more on the film, here's our Comic-Con panel recap and our interview with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. Shortly before their panel at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. They talked about working with Vaughn, the way he likes to do action, how Kingsman brings back the fun espionage genre, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Last week, Marvel imprint Icon released issue #8 of Kick-Ass 3, bringing to a close the cult comic book series from writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita, Jr., and Comic Book Resources managed to nab an interview with the creators, during which Millar was asked about the chances of the latest series making it to the big screen.
“I can tell you exactly where we’re at,” states Millar. “ I know I told you immediately after we got the first weekend after Kick-Ass came out that we were doing Kick-Ass 2. And Matthew Vaughn had engaged Jeff Wadlow by the following September, but no official announcement was made until the following year. But what you can always do is look at the opening box office to see how much money it’s going to take in and see what the development possibilities will be. With Kick-Ass, it was a no brainer. »
- Gary Collinson
Kick-Ass 2 was unfortunately not met with the same response as the first movie either critically or at the box office, and many have written off the chances of a third movie ever being made now. However, as it turns out, the door could very well be open to another instalment somewhere down the line. Here's what writer Mark Millar told Comic Book Resources in a recent interview: With "Kick-Ass," it was a no brainer. It was made for $28 million and made $100 million back and then made another $140 million on DVD. So for the money guys, it was a $28 million investment that made $240 million. That's a slam dunk. You're getting your sequel. The second one didn't make as much. It cost a little less at around $24 million, made $61 million and made about $100 million again on DVD and TV rights. It was still profitable. It was »
Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass (based on Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book) was a surprise hit back in 2010, though anyone who had read the series already knew that a big screen adaptation had the potential to be something special in the hands of the man responsible for the likes of Layer Cake and Stardust.
While Jeff Wadlow’s sequel wasn’t quite as well received either critically or commercially, it was a fun movie which put him on the radar, and he has since been linked to the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe remake and X-Force, a spin-off about a team of mutants who do the jobs too dirty for the X-Men.
The third and final volume of the comic book version of Kick-Ass came to an end this week, and it’s been met with a very positive response as Kick-Ass and Hit Girl’s stories reached their conclusion. »
- Josh Wilding
The amazing finale to Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass finally went on sale earlier this week, and while we won't spoil the fate of any of the characters for you, we have spotted one Easter Egg which is definitely worth sharing! Near the end of Kick-Ass 3 #8, there's a scene with Dave and his girlfriend Val (a nurse) in the hospital. However, as you can see from the images below, Dave Lizewski's name is written on the list of patients in the ICU unit, something which makes little sense considering the fact that he's physically fine for the most part here. We also see in the background of another panel a man standing over his son's bed. Look familiar? If you go back and read through the second issue of the first volume of Kick-Ass, you'll see that it's an exact recreation of a scene from the opening »
One Comic-Con movie that I actually wanted to see has been pushed back from October 24 to February 2015. It's Matthew Vaughn's spy flick "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which to be fair, looks like it might play better in a less competitive time frame. At the Con, star Colin Firth said he got to fulfill every boyhood fantasy dream by playing a kick-ass spy who trains a younger counterpart (Taron Egerton) in "Kingsman," based on the comic created by Mark Millar ("Kick Ass") and Dave Gibbons ("Watchmen"), which is a throwback to the fun-loving 007 from "The Spy Who Loved Me." (Vaughn brought a '60s vibe to his "X-Men: First Class.") In the trailer (below), elegantly dapper Firth deploys a stylish umbrella as an intricate weapon (shades of John Steed in "The Avengers"); he and Samuel L. Jackson actually discuss Bond movies. Mark Strong and Michael Caine provide support for along »
- Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
The 20th Century Fox spy thriller, originally due for release this October, will now hit cinemas on February 13, 2015. The move puts the film in direct competition with Fifty Shades of Grey, which arrives on Valentine's Day.
"It's a wry take on the genre that is wickedly invading that territory and having fun with it, »
Matthew Vaughn's first film since X-Men: First Class sees him go back to some Mark Millar source material (following their team-up on the original Kick-Ass). Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine, and tells of a secret spy organisation that brings in a young new recruit.
The film had been on the release schedule for October, both in the UK and the Us. But over in the Us at least, the date has now been put back. Kingsman: The Secret Service is now set to open on February 14th 2015, which will put it directly head to head with Fifty Shades Of Grey.
According to Collider, one reason for the slight delay may be because of some additional photography work being undertaken, although that's not been confirmed. »
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