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When you watch a movie like Marvel's The Avengers, the last thing that enters your mind is its PG-13 rating. You never question it. There are some big, explosive movies that sort of straddle the line between PG-13 and R, but The Avengers never felt like one of those films, partly because Joss Whedon's action-packed writing is infused with so many great bits of humor. You're never taken aback by all the alien carnage because you're still chucking at the thought of Hulk tossing Loki around like a ragdoll. Behind the scenes it was a different story, though, as Marvel's Kevin Feige recently revealed to us that The Avengers actually came a lot closer than you'd ever think to being slapped with an R rating. During a conversation about Captain America: The...
- Erik Davis
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 »
Yesterday, our very own JimmyO sat down to chat with Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige to talk about the upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier and gleaned a few interesting nuggets of info about future Marvel films and characters, especially The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Two of the most common gripes about the Marvel Cinematic Universe are that we haven't gotten a proper sequel for The Hulk and that the character of Hawkeye was robbed of a better story in the first The »
- Paul Shirey
There’s a lot of talent that worked on Late Phases. Adrian Garcia Bogliano, director of tight little Argentinian genre exercises like Cold Sweat, Penumbra and Here Comes the Devil, directs Nick Damici, a filmmaker in his own right and the capable leading man of indie horror darlings Mulberry Street and Stake Land. Damici is supported by immediately recognizable character actors like Lance Guest, Tom Noonan, Ethan Embry, Caitlin O'Heaney and Tina Louise. It’s produced by Larry Fessenden, one of the hardest working producers in B horror, who brought us The Innkeepers and The House of the Devil. Makeup legend Robert Kurtzman (Oz the Great and Powerful, Hostel, Hulk) did the creature effects. The names may not be household, but for horror fanatics, Late Phases...
- John Gholson
Marvel Entertainment have just announced that former "Heroes" star Adrian Pasdar will be joining the cast of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for an upcoming episode of the TV series. Pasdar will play the role of Glenn Talbot in the series, a character that has long been a pain in the Hulk's side in the comics, but he'll be trading his green enemy for Agent Coulson and his team in the upcoming episode. Pasdar will debut as Talbot in an episode set to air this April. Check back here for more details on the episode as we learn them. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Glenn Talbot first appeared in Tales to Astonish #61 and went on to hunt down the Hulk in over 140 other issues of the popular series. »
Captain America, Thor and Iron Man may be the names you see in the titles, but the real hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- including the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" -- is Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige. I was among a group of journalists who sat down with Feige on the set of the super-sequel last year, where he discussed how it fits into Marvel's big picture, and how it differs from 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger" and 2012's "The Avengers." Chris Evans plays the hero in all three films, with Marvel vets Sanuel L. Jackson (as Nicky Fury) and Scarlett Johansson (as Black Widow) being joined by newcomers Robert Redford (as a top S.H.I.E.L.D. exec) and Anthony Mackie (as Falcon) joining them in "Winter Soldier." "First Avenger" took place mostly in WWII, when the titular super soldier (Chris Evans) was frozen, »
- Dave Lewis
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers 3, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Spectacular Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Heroes Reborn and more...
Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
Heavy breathing, hammering heart and outrageous enthusiasm in the form of tiny little squeals were just some of the things I experienced right after receiving a text from my editor last summer asking me If I was available and wanted to attend a set visit for Xmen. Umm, let’s not kid ourselves. Considering the film has an amazing all-star A-list cast and the prequel, First Class is pretty kick-ass, naturally it was a no-brainer. However, when I discovered Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy would be filming on set that day. I jumped on the chance like a cheetah on its prey.
Soon after that, this over-heated and grateful gal, flew out to Montreal on a very hot August day, to join a select group of equally curious and enthusiastic reporters. The morning after our arrival, we met our sweet Fox rep, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, to be driven »
- Jenny Karakaya
We've seen a few set photos, videos and a Hulk-themed scene description for The Avengers: Age of Ultron from the Johannesburg set [see here], and now we have the first official statement from Marvel Studios about production on the eagerly-anticipated follow up to 2012's blockbuster The Avengers, with the following press release arriving online today....
Marvel Studios announced today that the highly anticipated super hero sequel Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will film key elements of the movie in the capital city of Seoul. Bringing production of this significant motion picture to Korea will create jobs for local extras, crews and vendors which will benefit the local film industry in South Korea.
"South Korea is the perfect location for a movie of this magnitude because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture," said Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios and producer of Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." "We would »
- Gary Collinson
Interview Ryan Lambie 19 Feb 2014 - 17:00
We had to feel a little bit sorry for director Bryan Singer when we visited the set of X-Men: Days Of Future Past last year. Not only did he have a gigantic summer film to create, but he also had a terrible cough ("Sorry, my allergies are going crazy," he told us), and he had load of jet-lagged writers gathering round to disrupt his day.
Yet despite his hectic schedule, Bryan Singer was kind enough to take about half an hour to answer our questions about his new X-Men film in a lively group interview. He also spoke about how Days Of Future Past harks back to the ensemble filmmaking of The Usual Suspects, and also his lifelong affection for Star Trek, »
Ryan Maloney offers a counterpoint to the argument that the serialization of franchise films is killing the blockbuster...
With the global success of both Iron Man 3 and Thor: the Dark World, last year Marvel Studios proved that not only could their properties exist together in a shared universe, but they could be just as profitable in solo adventures as well. Thus, it comes as no surprise that other major Hollywood studios are following suit with whatever characters and franchises they’ve got stored away in-house, from Paramount’s Jack Ryan to Fox’s two remaining Marvel licensees, Fantastic Four and X-Men.
But recently IndieWire, in discussing Sony’s recent move to expand the Spider-Man franchise to spin-off into Venom and The Sinister Six films, have put forth the argument that this “serialized” mentality is turning movies into TV enterprises, and killing blockbuster films as a result. Their arguments are valid, »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel Studios announced today that the highly anticipated super hero sequel Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron will film key elements of the movie in the capital city of Seoul. Bringing production of this significant motion picture to Korea will create jobs for local extras, crews and vendors which will benefit the local film industry in South Korea.
"South Korea is the perfect location for a movie of this magnitude because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture. We would especially like to thank the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (McSt) for making it possible for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come to Korea."
Yoo Jinryong, minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Republic of Korea, had this to say in a statement
"We're very excited to have the production in Korea, and also »
One of the pitfalls of having a cinematic universe is that fans are always looking ahead rather than focusing on what’s right in front of them. We’re only two films into Marvel Studios’ Phase 2, which began with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, but that hasn’t stopped us from speculating on what the studio may have up their sleeve, especially since President of production Kevin Feige says that they’ve got things mapped out right up until 2021.
Today, we have some fuel to add to the fire, as Schmoes Knows is reporting that they have a reliable inside source who claims to have concrete information about Marvel’s Phase 3 plans. As always though, you should take this news with a grain of salt until it’s officially confirmed by the studio (something that’s not bound to happen for a while longer).
According to their source, »
- James Garcia
News Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:32
Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow is getting a "very big" role in Avengers 2, and a possible standalone film...
Now shooting in South Africa is Marvel's eagerly-awaited Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which Joss Whedon is returning to direct. Also returning for that film is Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, who will next be seen in Captain Amerca: The Winter Soldier. That's out in the UK next month.
Chatting to Total Film, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has revealed that plans are afoot for the character of Black Widow, too. Describing the character's role in The Avengers sequel as "very big", he added that "we learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with »
Welcome to issue #32 of The Marvelous Da7e!
This week, my mind reels from how far into the future we have to prognosticate to fully process the news of yesterday.
Let’s spend some time talking about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, since they’re underway this week, filming some sort of car/highway scene and we got news of Paul Bettany’s recent promotion from Voice of Jarvis in Irons Man one thru three and in The Avengers into The Vision for the sequel.
That leaves our most Marvel Universe Mvp list thusly:
Like Ang Lee.s Hulk, Bryan Singer.s Superman Returns was, on its face, commercial suicide. Giving a sacred, cut-and-dried hero to a director who would explore new, unheard-of depths that weren.t accepted canon is probably doable If they aren.t given a bottomless budget. But Singer, like Lee before him, got carte blanche to take a different tract, resulting in a film low on conventional spectacle and heroism, and high on ruminations of loneliness, godliness, and legacies. It.s without question the saddest of contemporary superhero pictures, an elegiac tale of a man without a world, seeking and failing to become part of ours. When the extravagantly-expensive Superman Returns stalled out slightly under $400 million worldwide, Warner Bros. remained contractually committed to a sequel with Singer. However, that light soon dimmed, and ultimately they opted to move along with a newer incarnation, one that became Man Of Steel, a »
Sneak Peek Marvel Comics' super-villain 'The Abomination' in Episode #17 of "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.", airing February 2, 2014, showcasing ol' greenskin alongside his super family members 'She-Hulk', 'A-Bomb', 'Red Hulk' and 'Skaar':
"...in 'Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.', 'Hulk' has long fought alone to protect a world that sees him as a monster, but his friend 'Rick Jones' has taken it upon himself to film the world-saving exploits of 'Big Green' and his team to change that image.
"In this never before seen team up of Hulk, his cousin 'She-Hulk', 'A-Bomb', 'Red Hulk' and 'Skaar', Marvel's mightiest super heroes form an eccentric family living under one roof, working together to tackle threats that are too enormous for other heroes to handle. From trying to house break their giant red pet »
- Michael Stevens
Hulk, She-Hulk, the Red Hulk, A-Bomb, and Skaar join together as the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (an unexplained acronym) to tackle threats that no other superheroes can face in the cameras set up by Rick Jones for his reality show so that the people can see that Hulk is more than a monster. The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. have their base near the town of Vista Verde (where Bruce Banner first became the Hulk) So will you be checking out the latest episode of Hulk's show? Be sure to leave your thoughts, rants about the show, and more in the comments below! »
Feature James Hunt 30 Jan 2014 - 06:25
Comic book movies are solid blockbuster fare now, but there are plenty of adaptations that didn't get the love they deserved...
You might argue that fans of comic book adaptations have had a pretty good decade or so. Between The Avengers movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, and multiple Spider-Man and X-Men films, some of the biggest-grossing action movies of all time have been based on comics. Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.
But here's the thing: not every comic book adaptation lends itself to being a summer tentpole CGI-fest, and just as many get overlooked or forgotten completely by the time the next one comes out. Comic adaptations are coming out thick and fast, and with so much forward momentum it's sometimes worth taking a moment to look back on what's come before. »
Think of all the great films you've seen in the past 15 years – chances are James Schamus was behind them. The Hollywood player talks about big gambles, snobbery – and getting fired
I meet James Schamus the morning the Oscar nominations are announced, news of which he received with mixed emotions: cheering for the success of Dallas Buyers Club, a film he stewarded as head of Focus Pictures, and which garnered six nominations; and swallowing the somewhat bitter pill of it coming three months after he was unceremoniously fired. "We're going out with a bang." He grins.
We are in a Dominican restaurant around the corner from Schamus's office in New York, which he hired after leaving Focus. For the first time in almost 25 years, the 54-year-old is answering his own phone and has a staff of zero. Renting the office, which his creative partner, Ang Lee, helped him find, was an »
- Emma Brockes
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