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Legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky was tasked with outfitting Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, "Birdman." But perhaps the film's most stand-out piece of wardrobe ended up landing in a different industry realm: special effects. Mike Elizalde is the owner of Spectral Motion, a creature and prosthetic makeup design studio in Glendale, CA that has plenty of experience in the superhero realm. The company was behind distinct looks in films like "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Fantastic Four," and Elizalde himself picked up a Best Makeup Oscar nomination for his work on Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" in 2008. It was that connection to del Toro, in fact, that got him the gig on "Birdman" as his team was tasked with creating the Birdman costume actor Benjamin Kanes wears as a young Riggan Thompson in the film. If you're interested in hearing what a titan like Wolsky »
- Kristopher Tapley
Further to Marvel Studios filming certain sequences of "The Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", in Cape Town, South Africa, reports continue to surface that Marvel Comics' superhero 'Black Panther' is introduced in the new film:
Filming in South Africa affords the Avengers an opportunity to seek out 'T'Challa' aka the 'Black Panther', whose homeland 'Wakanda' is the African nation whose main export is 'vibranium', a metal alloy that makes up the shield of 'Captain America', as well as sought by the villain 'Ultron' throughout various Marvel Comics.
Created by writer-editor Stan Lee »
- Michael Stevens
Professional storyboard artist, Darrin Denlinger, has sent Film Sketchr some interesting storyboards he created for Tim Story's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. They're interesting because they depict scenes that did not take place in the film. The first two images below reveal scenes that were going to take place at Dr. Doom's castle in Latveria in which his Doombots were gonna battle the Fantastic Four. The third image includes a scene with the Fantasticar. It would've taken place during the climax. Yes, the vehicle did appear in the film, but it didn't have much involvement in the final battle. The final image is of a rescue mission that would've included The Thing wearing a custom-fit scuba outfit. Yeah, I'm not so sure about that idea either. Still, it's interesting see. You can see more images for these scenes by clicking here. Catch a wave of "terrific adventure »
If the rumours are to be believed, Captain America 3 will be based around Marvel Comics' crossover event Civil War, with Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark/Iron Man expected to join Chris Evans in Joe and Anthony Russo's sequel.
For comics readers, the details of Civil War and its aftermath are well known, but for the uninitiated, here is what you need to know about the storyline and the way it could be brought to the big screen:
1. Marvel's mightiest event
While not the first of its kind, the 2006-07 line-wide crossover with its core series and tie-in miniseries and one-shots set the standard for the way such stories would be handled by Marvel (and DC) Comics for years to come.
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's seven-issue Civil War series still dominates the list of bestselling comics of the 21st century. It launched a pattern of yearly »
The sci-fi action pic was Raisani’s directing debut that he co-wrote with Blake Clifton and IFC has plans of releasing the pic on Jan. 30.
Prior to the film, Raisani had worked as a VFX pro on “Predators,” “Machete,” “Fright Night,” “Iron Man,” “Fantastic 4″ and most recently on HBO’s “Game Of Thrones,” for which he won an Emmy last year.
He most recently directed 2nd unit and VFX supervised on CW’s “The Flash.”
- Justin Kroll
The Flickering Myth team react to the news that Marvel Studios is heading for a Civil War…
Well, this was some pretty big news for the Marvel Universe. After a few teases of Robert Downey Jr. suiting up for Iron Man 4, it was announced yesterday (by Variety, not Marvel) that Downey Jr. had signed on to feature in Captain America 3, which will adapt the Civil War storyline.
Pretty big news, but what did the Flickering Myth writing and editorial staff think?
Warning: The below conversation contains spoilers of the Civil War comic storyline, which may more may not contain spoilers for Captain America 3.
Ben Rayner: I personally think its a bad idea, it’ll end up being quite watered down and brief I would imagine, especially considering the X-men, Spider-Man and Fantastic 4 all play a big part in the comics…
Sam Thorne: I think it’ll be a huge, »
- Luke Owen
1. This is a great idea. Everyone knew that Marvel would figure out some way to keep making movies where Robert Downey Jr. wears some kind of cool metal suit. But Iron Man 4 was always a skeptical proposition. "Fun, Shambling Mess" is basically the best you can hope for when it comes to fourquels. (See: The fish-out-of-time-water shenanigans in Star Trek IV; Stallone solving the Cold War with his fists in Rocky IV; Harry and Ron having a really wacky wizard prom in Goblet of Fire.) Marvel could've positioned a fourth Iron Man movie as a complete in-franchise reboot by »
- Darren Franich
For comic book fans of a certain age, few comic book stories are remembered as fondly as Marvel's 1984 mega-hit Secret Wars. A yearlong series that birthed countless Marvel fans, Secret Wars was memorable, even if the story—standard rock 'em, sock 'em stuff—doesn't hold up. Now, thirty years later, Secret Wars is happening again. The news was announced Thursday night at the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit in Times Square at New York Comic-Con. Marvel exec Dan Buckley only had the scantest of details to share: the event will be written by Jonathan Hickman as »
- Joshua Rivera
Accompanying the news is a teaser image painted by Alex Ross – and as you can see, there’s no sign of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, characters whose movie rights are currently held by 20th Century Fox (Spider-Man does appear however, albeit as Miles Morales)…
Are you excited for a new Secret Wars, and how do you feel about the omission of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four?
The post Marvel publishing new Secret Wars in 2015, minus X-Men and The Fantastic Four appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...
It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.
The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.
Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »
Swamp Thing #21
Written by Alan Moore
Pencilled by Stephen Bissette
Inked by John Totleben
Colors by Tatjana Wood
Published by DC Comics
If you walked down a street and asked a random passerby to name a comic book writer or artist, they would probably say Stan Lee. After that, they would probably say Alan Moore. Alan Moore is famous for Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and other books whose film adaptations he has disowned. Before doing these famous and popular comics, he did some work for 2000 Ad,Marvel UK, and Warrior where he wrote Marvelman, which was later changed to Miracleman and was a dark deconstruction of the superhero genre. This dark deconstructive theme continued to Moore’s first work on an American comic: DC Comics’ Saga of the Swamp Thing.
- Logan Dalton
Expectations for next year’s Fantastic Four reboot, if we’re honest, aren’t exactly high. The Fox offering – which was originally and tentatively entitled “Fantastic Four Reborn” until they settled on “The Fantastic Four” – isn’t creating the same kind of excitement that most comic book movies tend to create the days.
Despite decent box office figures, the last attempt at a big budget live adaptation of Marvel’s longest-standing superhero team was critically panned, thanks to poor acting, poor depictions of classic characters (Doctor Doom and Galactus, in particular), fairly lame special effects, its over-simplicity and its juvenile and cheesy humour and feel.
Therefore, this new project is undoubtedly a risk. Various aspects of the production haven’t alleviated fears about it either (we’ll get to some of those in the article) and, in a year in which Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man are also being released, »
- K.J. Stewart
For some time now, there's been talk about how Simon Kinberg is Fox's answer to Marvel's Joss Whedon. Not in the respect that he's directing any of their films, but that he's serving as the creative Godfather to their franchises. As we know, aside from directing the Avengers films, Whedon oversees the creative process involved with all of the Marvel Studios films. He was even once, famously, flown in to rescue a scene or two in Thor: The Dark World with an on-the-spot rewrite. In that regard, Kinberg has similar influence as he has served as a writer for both X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. He's been tapped to be the creative force behind putting together a cohesive universe for Fox.
Now, as the Godfather of Fox's Marvel properties, Kinberg is shedding some light on the thought process at the studio. In chats with ComicBook. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Everything we've heard about The Fantastic Four reboot heading our way in 2015 is that it is a complete reinvention, and not like anything we've seen before in the comic books or on the big screen. Star Michael B. Jordan, who is playing Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, continues this idea, revealing that the costumes he and his co-stars will wear are very different from anything ever worn by this quartet of superheroes.
This goes along with the idea that the story itself is a reinvention of the iconic Marvel mythology about four individuals who gain special powers after exposure to cosmic rays during a scientific mission to outer space. In this new take on the story, it is rumored that Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) receive their powers after an experiment goes terribly wrong, and creates a portal into another dimension. »
Take another look @ images of actor Toby Kebbell as Marvel Comics supervillain ''Doctor Doom' and Michael B. Jordan as the 'Human Torch' fronting a SFX green-screen in director Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" feature film reboot:
...the 'Doctor Doom' character debuted in Marvel's "The Fantastic Four" #5 (July 1962)...
...as 'Victor von Doom', the son of gypsy witch 'Cynthia Von Doom' and the leader of 'Latveria'.
He is both a genius, inventor, sorcerer and enemy of the 'Thing' and the rest of the "Fantastic Four".
Click the images to enlarge »
- Michael Stevens
The Daily Beast talked to Michael B Jordan to promote Axe, where he made his directorial debut in a short about Axe. They took the opportunity to check in with the Friday Night Lights and Fruitvale Station star to ask him about Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, a movie that Fox pushed back to August and one of the few superhero properties we don't really know that much about.
Jordan had a bit to say about the approach this film is taking (a more grounded one, as seems to be the rallying cry behind promoting the movie before the footage is shown), the costumes on this iteration of the character and, yes, the race issue.
Check out the Daily Beast interview:
It seems like we've been waiting forever to see footage from Fantastic Four!
Well they just moved the released date to August 7. We had a great time going to Baton Rouge to film. »
There is still much we don't know about 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four reboot, but if unconfirmed plot details released last month are true, this highly-anticipated project will be vastly different from its 2005 predecessor Fantastic Four. The most obvious difference is the much younger cast, which includes Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (The Human Torch), Kate Mara (The Invisible Girl) and Jamie Bell (The Thing). Michael B. Jordan recently spoke about the reboot in a new interview with New York Daily News, where he praises the studio for embracing director Josh Trank's vision and promises an epic reboot.
"It's something that we kind of willed to happen, which was really important to me and Josh (Trank). We're lucky we had a studio behind us that really supported our ambition and our want for change. Now we have something really epic."
Johnny Storm is a character that »
I have read my fair share of comic books in my life, mostly on the DC side of things, but I have never had the urge to pick up an issue of the "Fantastic Four". I could not give you a particular reason as to why, but the concept of the team never appealed to me. The feature film adaptations did very little to sway me towards the team either, because those are two pretty terrible movies. I have seen the infamous Roger Corman produced Fantastic Four film, which is charming in its shlock but, again, never had me wanting to see further adventures. The prospect of a reboot in order for 20th Century Fox to hold onto the rights did not have me dancing in the streets. However, the upcoming The Fantastic Four (that "The" really makes a difference) does feature a very talented young cast, including Kate Mara, »
- Mike Shutt
The comics legend addressed the fan theory that he is secretly his cosmic Fantastic Four creation in his frequent cameos.
The theory suggests that in the appearances he is the alien being set to watch over Earth but never (or hardly ever) directly intervenes.
"Well, I will admit I've been keeping my eye on all of you," he said during an appearance at Alamo City Comic Con (via ComicBook.com).
"No, I'm afraid I don't have any super power and I'm not extraterrestrial. Though, I'll admit I'm a wonderful human being, but I'm really just a little more wonderful than most."
Lee has appeared in the majority of Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures' Marvel adaptations.
Uatu, the Watcher, played a central role in the recent comics event Original Sin.
Watch the »
Despite the fact that filming is complete and post-production underway, we’ve seen very, very little from 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank’s upcoming Marvel reboot The Fantastic Four. There has been constant rumours that the new movie will incorporate elements from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book series to present a new take on Marvel’s First Family, and now star Miles Teller – who portrays Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic has spoken about the film, promising that it’s “different in every way” from Fox’s previous attempt at the Fantastic Four.
“It’s different in every way [from the other films],” said Teller in an interview with Vulture. “All those actors were a lot older, their characters were in different places. The tone of this film is completely different: We don’t have Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing, and I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into — X-Men: First Class is doing that. »
- Gary Collinson
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