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Remember the treasure trove of Marvel-related trinkets that came bundled in with last week’s release of Doctor Strange? From awe-inspiring concept art to an early peek at Thor and Hulk’s Herculean battle in Thor: Ragnarok, the Digital HD launch of Strange offered up an exciting preview of Marvel’s Phase Three and beyond, and it’s now available online for your viewing pleasure.
Coming to us via Cbm, the video above includes many of the same interviews that appeared in the “First Day On Set” featurette for Avengers: Infinity War – Kevin Feige included – but there are plenty of exciting plot points and other morsels of information to be found relating to Ragnarok, Black Panther and even Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Despite its status as a Phase Three release, there’s nary a mention of Spider-Man: Homecoming to be found, and after Tom Holland’s Web-Head was »
- Michael Briers
Everybody loves a good documentary. But not everybody loves sport. However, a really good sport documentary will bridge this gap perfectly and before you know it you’ll feel like the biggest fan of [insert sport] there is and that you want to know every tiny detail of it. One of those is Best (George Best – All By Himself), which you can see on 24th of February, and to celebrate we’ve taken a look at some of the best sporting documentaries there are on offer that anyone and everyone can enjoy, from Formula 1, to professional bodybuilding. And truly, you don’t even need to be a sports fan to enjoy any of these gripping documentaries…
Before the heartbreaking Amy, Asif Kapadia applied his immense documentary making skills to the story of Formula 1 ace, and three time world champion Ayrton Senna, widely considered one of the greatest drivers the sport ever had. »
- Amie Cranswick
My ambivalence with Marvel movies has been well documented. As I state in all my Marvel related rants, I may be the most consistently critical columnist writing about the mediocrity of Marvel movies online. If we lived in a world where business cards were still a thing, it would probably be printed on mine.
I’m not one of these people who takes pride in being the vocal minority of fans who find much of the recent Marvel output to be sub par. I wish I left the theater with the same level of unbridled joy so many film fans experience when watching one of Marvel’s two yearly offerings.
But I’m not. I’m the guy that started noticing glaring similarities in so many of the Marvel movies, marvelled at their inability to create a villain that was more »
- Anghus Houvouras
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Runaways, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man: Homecoming, Legion, Logan, X-Men: Supernova, The Batman, Batman Unchained, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Gotham City Sirens, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Powerless, The Lego Batman Movie, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and more…
We’ll start things off with the Marvel Cinematic Universe this week, seeing as we’ve had our very first peek at 2018’s hugely-anticipated superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War, thanks to a three-minute behind-the-scenes video brief footage of the production’s first day of shooting with stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), concept art, and comments from Marvel chief Kevin Feige, directors Anthony »
- Gary Collinson
It's been a while since we've had an update on Alita: Battle Angel, but THR now reports that Jennifer Connelly (Hulk, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind) has been added to the already very impressive cast of the Robert Rodriguez-directed sci-fi flick. Though no details on her character are provided, it is stated that she'll be playing "one of the villains". Any Alita fans care to venture a guess as to which one it could be? Production on Alita: Battle Angel is currently underway in Austin, though the project still hasn't been given an offcial release date. The film will feature Rosa Salazar in the lead role, with support from the likes of Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein. »
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
See related Iron Fist: what to expect from Marvel’s Netflix hero Luke Cage smashed Marvel's 2016 Netflix ratings Daredevil season 3: Vincent D’Onofrio mulls Fisk's return Marvel's The Defenders: more images arrive
A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
Artistswork has shared an image on Twitter of a T-shirt depicting a potential new logo for this November’s Thor: Ragnarok. The logo appears to draw inspiration from the 1980s period of Thor comic book history and the work of artist Jack Kirby. Check it out here…
— Artistswork.co.uk (@artistinfrance) February 1, 2017
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk. »
- Robert Kojder
When the logo for Thor: Ragnarok was first revealed, most fans were confused by the 1980s-inspired visual aesthetic. Since then, set photos have made it clear that the movie has taken cues from the artwork of Walt Simonson, but now some changes have been made it seems, bringing it more in line with the amazingly trippy 1960s artwork by Jack Kirby that’s also featured on the T-shirt down below.
It’s been apparent for a while now that Thor: Ragnarok stands a chance of being Marvel’s most unique movie to date, from a visual standpoint at least, and it honestly wouldn’t be remotely surprising to see it feature a device similar to the one highlighted by the art department in the photo below. What exactly it is is hard to say, but if you think you know, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. »
- Josh Wilding
Comic Books 101: Marvel Characters That Need To Be On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. !
I’ve said time and time again that despite its merits the biggest flaws in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV show has been its lack of fully developing characters from the Marvel Comic Book Universe. The show (which spiraled out from The Avengers movie) is ripe to explore and showcase some of the best characters that might just not be ready or capable of making an impact on the big screen. While some characters have found a way to appear (Deathlock, Daisy Rumble Johnson, Absorbing Man, and recently Ghost Rider) a great majority of villains have either been created specifically for the show (and suddenly now appearing in the comics) or have just been throw away characters that have very little to zero ties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Comic Book Universe. »
- Jeremy Scully
This coming week, Marvel is issuing the second part of my work on Heroes For Hire and, as I did when the first volume came out, I thought I’d talk a little bit about it and why I made some choices that I did and what I was thinking when I created the stories.
Background info: my run on H4H began in 1997 and ran for 19 issues. The team was a corporate entity, hiring out groups of superheroes for various missions. Luke Cage and Iron Fist were the core, with the Original Human Torch, Jim Hammond, running the business. Lots of characters cycled in and out, the most constant being White Tiger, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Black Knight and Thena of the Eternals. We also had lots of guest stars such as Hercules, Wolverine, Shang-Chi, She-Hulk and Deadpool who, not surprisingly, was featured on the cover.
Deadpool is probably »
- John Ostrander
As they did last year with Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios will once again kick off the summer movie season, this time with the highly-anticipated sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which brings these colorful and cosmic characters back together for a whole new adventure. While we have to wait until May to see if this sequel can be as successful as the original, there may be plans in the works to create a spin-off based on Vin Diesel's Groot. As of now, there is nothing official on the books, but during a recent interview, Vin Diesel teased that this potential project is something he has actually discussed with Guardians 2 director James Gunn.
Vin Diesel made this revelation while promoting his new action-thriller XXX: The Return of Xander Cage with MTV, with the actor teasing that he thinks this spin-off is actually "inevitable." Even if that is the case, »
Yesterday, production started on Marvel's highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, with filming taking place for several months as this movie shoots back-to-back with a currently-untitled Avengers 4 Sequel. Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo shared the first set photo yesterday, featuring the many trailers used by the massive cast during the shoot. Today, we have another photo from Sean Gunn, who has essentially confirmed he'll be featured in this sprawling superhero adventure as his Guardians of the Galaxy character Kraglin (though, he does also embody Rocket Raccoon on set as well, with Bradley Cooper giving Rocket his voice). What's more, the actor is seen sporting a new winter hat, which features the Infinity War logo on it.
While we have heard in the past that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, those reports didn't say one way or antoher if supporting characters from the Guardians movies »
Kirsten Howard Simon Brew Feb 13, 2017
The first behind the scenes featurette for Avengers: Infinity War landed over the weekend, and it focused on the first day of shooting on the project, that took place last month. It confirms, as if it needed much confirming, that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is set to take his place alongside Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark and Chris Pratt’s Star Lord in the new film.
Here’s what was posted…
Action...@Avengers #InfinityWar pic.twitter.com/KHo8wlNVZc
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) February 11, 2017
More as we hear it...
Avengers: Infinity War release date
The Avengers' third outing is scheduled for release in the UK on April 27th, 2018. The Us will get it later on May 4th (be with you), 2018. The film will be shooting »
Sam Elliott must have made out of John Wayne’s rib, so fully does he ooze cowpoke charm. It’s a shame that Hollywood doesn’t make many westerns these days, because no actor wears a ten gallon hat more convincingly than Elliott. Some of that ease is attributable to his handlebar mustache and the rest stems from Elliott’s voice, a Texas-tinged baritone that seems to luxuriate over every syllable. So it’s a bit intimidating to hear Elliott pick up the phone, sounding a little like he just finished wrestling longhorns.
“You’ll have to excuse me,” Elliott says with the same drawl he’s used to hawk Coors beer or beef. “I’m right on the tail end of a flu bug. Still feeling kinda like shit. I hadn’t been sick in years and I’ve forgotten what it felt like.”
After years of well-regarded character »
- Brent Lang
Months after the initial teaser poster debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. has finally released a new theatrical one-sheet for Guy Ritchie's upcoming reimagining of the King Arthur legend, the aptly titled King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The new poster also introduces the film's tagline: "From Nothing Comes A King." Charlie Hunnam (The Lost City of Z) will headline the feature as the titular King with a supporting cast that consists of Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Guinevere, Jude Law (The Young Pope) as the nefarious Vortigern, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Bedivere, and Eric Bana (Hulk) as Uther Pendragon. Check out the new poster below: The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. »
After a year that felt longer than a marathon screening of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy, 2016 is finally over. The heartbreak, headaches and downright hilarity of the year we would all like to forget, is now behind us.
Now, fear not! 2017 is here to save the day and it is absolutely packed full of all your favourite costumed crime-fighters. From Wall crawlers, to demigods, to eccentric spies, this year has it all. So, sit back, relax and let your friendly neighbourhood Thn talk you through what 2017 has in store. Check out our Comic Book Movie Preview!
First up is the highly anticipated Lego Movie spin-off, focusing on Will Arnett’s hilariously parodied version of Batman. While the idea was initially met with skepticism, trailers have so far indicated that this could be one of the caped crusaders greatest cinematic outings yet.
The film also boasts »
- Ben Read
I may have told this story before but I’m at an age where you repeat yourself a lot. And it’s germane to this column.
Years ago, when I was still somewhat new to the industry, I was working the First Comics booth at a Chicago Con along with my lovely wife, Kim Yale. A group of pros walked past me that included Julie Schwartz, the legendary DC editor, and Roz and Jack Kirby.
My jaw dropped and I started hyperventilating. Kim gave me a strange look.
“Pssst! Julie!” I whispered. I knew Julie from DC, at least somewhat. Ever affable, Julie came to the table.
“Whatcha want, kid?”
“Introduce me to the King!” Julie gave me a strange look.
“Whattaya talking about? It‘s just Jack. Come over and say hello.”
“No no no no no! I can’t! Don’t you understand?! He’s the King! Help a guy out, »
- John Ostrander
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving through Phase 3 at a brisk pace so far, and most would probably say the results have been pretty great. Still, even though there are a ton of movies to look forward to before Phase 3 comes to a close, anticipation for Avengers: Infinity War is already building in a big way. The movie is scheduled to start filming soon and it looks like we may be seeing some unexpected faces returning to the McU. Namely, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross.
A recent report from The Daily Record claims that Avengers: Infinity War will be shooting next month in the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The site noted that there will be "big screen superstars" on hand for the shoot, which includes the usual suspects such as Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. But the report did have an interesting bit in that Liv Tyler, »
We're back this week with another Reader Submission. As he eluded to in last week's column, UnBoxing Jon had more to say about Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So here it is!
Call To Action: Don't let Jonny boy hog all the glory! Here at Lrm, we're now reserving a slot on Mondays dedicated exclusively to Reader Submissions. If you've got a piece you'd love to share with the world, e-mail it to Mario@LRMOnline.com. I'll work on it with you, and if we can get it into shape, it'll be published right here on Lrm. Like the tagline says: "For Fanboys, By Fanboys!"
Is Robert Downey Jr. The Villain Of The McU?
by UnBoxing Jon
By this time next year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be almost a decade old. That will mean 17 films, nine TV/Netflix series, and one bizarrely arranged »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released their upcoming slate of films coming down the pipe for 2017. The release schedule includes some the highly anticipated blockbusters Star Wars: Episode VIII ( Dec. 15, 2017), Cars 3 (June 16, 2017), Beauty And The Beast (March 17, 2017), Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26, 2017) and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017).
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest »
- Michelle McCue
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