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The most exciting thing about a new Marvel movie being released isn’t the movie itself; it’s the press tour that the actors – and more specifically Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige – embark on a few weeks before it reaches the big screen. Ant-Man, the studio’s latest venture is no different, with the Us press tour resulting in some fascinating (and spoilery) Marvel movie details being revealed.
It’s almost as if Feige uses these press junkets as a chance to also promote Marvel’s upcoming releases.
That’s good news for fans, especially as new details about the future of the Ant-Man franchise, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man have all been revealed. From major plot details to simple hints and teases about what’s to come, Feige has been generating headlines all week, creating buzz for Ant-Man and Phase 3. Here, you will »
- Josh Wilding
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige must be exhausted this week. Having been on the press tour for the upcoming Ant-Man, he’s been talking about Edgar Wright’s departure from the project [see here], the studio’s “big plans” for The Wasp [see here], gender-swapping The Ancient One in Doctor Strange [see here], introducing an Lgbt character into the McU [see here], Black Panther’s role in Captain America: Civil War [see here], the chances of The Hulk appearing in the Phase Three threequel [see here], integrating Spider-Man into the Cinematic Universe [see here], and the “John Hughes vibe” of the reboot [see here].
Well, just incase that’s not enough Marvel for you for one week, Feige has now shared a few more thoughts on the new Spider-Man – set to be played by Tom Holland – and how a younger version of the character will stand out from what we’ve already seen from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield:
“[Tom Holland’s] younger by I think five or »
- Gary Collinson
Warning: the power of Christ may compel you while watching the new featurette from the Neveldine-directed film The Vatican Tapes. Also showcased in this round-up: "The Battle of Endor" episode of the Real Fake History series and a teaser for Fear the Walking Dead.
"The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father »
- Tamika Jones
With Terminator Genisys out in UK cinemas tomorrow (July 2), there's no better time to look back at some of the lesser known facts about the franchise that turned Arnie into a superstar.
1. James Cameron found himself in director jail in the early '80s having been fired from Piranha II. Unsure if he'd ever be able to sit behind the camera again, he sold off his Terminator script for $1 in exchange for the rights to direct it.
2. Mel Gibson and Oj Simpson were initially considered for the role of The Terminator before Arnold Schwarzenegger landed the part. Arnie had in fact originally met with director Cameron to discuss playing Kyle Reese before being cast as the T-800.
3. The Terminator's iconic line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back" (something that rolled »
"It is a role that he is still in the beginning phases of taking on," Feige told Birth Movies Death. "It's a mantle he is only beginning to take on because his father is older."
Boseman will debut in the film which - if it follows the thrust of the Civil War comic - will see Tony Stark and Steve Rogers going to war over their conflicting views of superheroes' roles in America.
"The reason we introduced him in Captain America: Civil War is »
Since the announcement of the massive cast of Captain America: Civil War (that includes the likes of Iron Man, Black Panther, Spider-Man and the rest of the New Avengers), many fans were starting to worry that this would not be a “Captain America movie”. Well fear not, because Kevin Feige is putting those worries to rest.
“Certainly at the end of Civil War it’s a whole new ball game,” Feige told io9. “What’s fun about Civil War though is, as you know from the comics, it’s a very simple story. And it really has to be, to accommodate that many players. It’s very much a Captain America movie and it’s very much a sequel to The Winter Soldier in ways I don’t think people [will expect]…. It’s a very simple structure that allows you to have these amazing character interactions in a way that I don’t think becomes overwhelming. »
- Luke Owen
Chatting to the mighty io9 (a terrific site, if you've never had the pleasure), Feige first of all played down the involvement of the Hulk in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, telling the site that he is "not a primary part of Civil War", and in fact that "he may not be a part at all".
He also responded to the suggestion that Captain America 3 has actually turned into more of an Avengers film, as more and more Marvel heroes are added to its ensemble (Black Panther and Tom Holland's Spider-Man will be debuting in the film, for instance).
"Certainly at the end of »
In yet another lengthy Ant-Man press junket interview, this time with Io9, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige touches more on next year's Captain America: Civil War, as well as 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, and the recently-titled Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. When asked about the rumors that the Incredible Hulk (or Red Hulk) will be appearing in Civil War, Kevin Feige teased that the Jade Giant is "not a primary part of Civil War" and that "he may not be a part at all." Furthermore, Kevin Feige explained how the 2016 superhero ensemble flick will include so many characters while still being considered a Captain America movie. "Certainly at the end of Civil War it’s a whole new ball game," Feige began. "What’s fun about Civil War though is, as you know from the comics, it’s a very simple story. And it really has to be, »
Comic book legend Stan Lee was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning ... TMZ has learned. According to our sources, the 'X-Men' and 'Fantastic Four' creator was taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The nature of the emergency is unclear ... he just said he didn't feel well. It sounds like he's on the mend, because a rep for Lee tells TMZ he will be at the "Ant-Man" premiere in Hollywood Monday night. »
- TMZ Staff
Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World is closing in on $1 billion at the worldwide box office and it’s fairly easy to see why: people like dinosaurs, adults like their childhoods more, and kids, who like dinosaurs even more than everyone else, need an adult (in other words an extra ticket-purchaser) to get into the theatre thanks to that restrictive-but-not-really PG-13 rating. Add all that up, and you have a recipe for a movie that might as well act as a generator to conjure money out of thin air. Of course, with any widely-reached audience comes a healthy share of derision, and among more film-oriented corners of the internet (read: Twitter), World has become somewhat of a whipping boy. Even though it currently sits at a healthy 71% “fresh” rating on the Tomatometer, the film has been lambasted for being cynically-packaged, wildly stupid, unoriginal, and oddly mean-spirited. The out-of-control product placement and »
- Mike Kowzun
The news that young British actor Tom Holland had been cast as the new Spider-Man kicked off quite a bit of talk about how the character would fit into the Marvel Universe. Holland will be introduced as Peter Parker in "Captain America: Civil War," as confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who also clarified just how a "Spider-Man" movie will fit in with the rest of the Phase 3 films.
"We're producing it for Sony. It's exciting, and we're treating it like we treat all of our films," Feige told the Hollywood Reporter. "To try to make the best version now of Spider-Man and a version of Spider-Man that inhabits this universe that we've created. We're in lockstep with [Sony Motion Picture Group chairman] Tom Rothman and [producer] Amy Pascal at every turn."
Feige added, "We wouldn't want to do it if we couldn't do it in the way we've done all the other movies, and »
- Kelly Woo
"She factors in a number of spoiler-ish ways," he told MTV.
"But we will see Janet van Dyne in action in this film, and sort of what happened to her."
Who owns the Hulk A lot of fans have been wondering when we'd be getting a new Hulk movie, and while the answer isn't any more definitive today than it was last week, we at least know a few more details about who would actually be releasing the movie, if it were ever made. We already knew that Universal, who put out both the Eric Bana and Edward Norton Hulk movies, still held a claim to the character, but now Forbes is reporting that Universal only has the distribution rights to any hypothetical movies. Or, more specifically, Universal has the rights of first refusal, meaning that if Marvel does ever make another one, Universal gets to decide if they want to release it. And since Marvel movies make approximately a quadrillion dollars each, it's a pretty safe bet...
- Peter Hall
Back in April, Steve had a chance to sit down with Mark Ruffalo - who plays Marvel's latest big-screen version of the Hulk - and picked his brain to find out just what the chances were for a standalone Hulk movie. Here's what Ruffalo had to say at the time: Ruffalo: As far as a Hulk movie, a standalone Hulk movie, Marvel doesn’t really have the rights to that yet. That’s still Universal’s property, so there’s that issue. That’s a big impediment to moving forward with that. Now I don’t think that’s insurmountable, by the way, but I don’t know where it’s going from here for me. [caption id="attachment_451257" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel[/caption] Now, in order to help clear this picture up a bit, a Forbes article has used Ruffalo's above-mentioned quote as a springboard into sorting out just which studio owns which particular rights and from that, »
- Dave Trumbore
A few months ago, Mark Ruffalo hinted at a potential rights issue that's stopping Marvel pressing ahead with a standalone Hulk movie. He said that a Hulk movie was "still Universal's property", arguing "that's a big impediment" to moving ahead with a new, standalone Hulk movie. Now we have a little bit more detail.
Before the Marvel cinematic universe came about, Universal hired Ang Lee to make a sorely-underappreciated Hulk film, that starred Eric Bana. The movie did decent business in 2003, but hardly won too many people over. As such, Marvel pressed the reboot button for 2008's The Incredible Hulk, that saw Louis Leterrier direct Edward Norton in the role. Universal distributed that film. although it was a Marvel Studios production.
Since then, the role of the Hulk »
With the current comic book boom under way, you’d expect Marvel to show some love for their first-ever character—Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Since legal entanglements prevent Namor from showing up in a film, why not allow the king of the seas to meet the Agents of Shield?
Last year, it was reported that Marvel has ‘mostly’ regained the rights to the character of the Sub-Mariner, but with some confusing legal hurdles. Marvel’s big boss Kevin Feige has said, “There are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it.” So for the time being, Prince Namor languishes in limbo, while less popular characters like Ant-Man and the Black Panther beat him to the screen. This is ironic because the Sub-Mariner is the first character the company ever made, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
A couple months ago, actor Mark Ruffalo offered what seemed like a logical explanation for why Marvel Studios doesn't have plans for a second Hulk standalone movie. He told reporters that the studio didn't actually have the full rights to the character, calling Hulk "Universal's property," and that's what was preventing the company from creating a new project. As it turns out, Ruffalo was mistaken, and the details of the Marvel deal with Universal are actually much less strict than he suggested. Forbes has published an extensive article about the future of Hulk at Marvel Studios, and in the article it's explained that Marvel Studios actually does have the full rights to make an Incredible Hulk sequel. According to the report, Universal Pictures' ownership of the comic book hero lapsed in 2005 when the studio failed to make any headway creating a sequel to Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk movie. The catch »
What do you do when some new film comes along and casually takes your studio’s box-office crown? Do you fly into a rage, go and sulk in a corner or – like Marvel boss Kevin Feige – take the friendly high road and tip a hat to the new ruler in a funny way? Take a look at how Feige saluted the success of Jurassic World on Twitter. Congrats Mr. Spielberg @UniversalPics @Legendary @LeDoctor @colintrevorrow and especially @prattprattpratt pic.twitter.com/5DxlDM8pgK— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) June 16, 2015Jurassic World has indeed become a box office behemoth. Initial studio estimates placed it behind Marvel’s The Avengers this past weekend in terms of opening figures, but with the final tallies in, the new dino adventure launched with more than $208 million in the Us, which puts it ahead of the 2012 film’s $207.4 million kick off across the pond.The image, which finds Iron Man, »
They may have been beaten at the box office by a bunch of dinosaurs (and fellow McU member Chris Pratt), but the suits at Marvel know how to be super gracious when it counts.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige proved just that Tuesday in a post on Twitter, where he congratulated "Jurassic World"'s coronation as the "new opening weekend king." Feige gave specific shout-outs to producer (and original "Jurassic Park" director) Steven Spielberg, studio Universal and distributor Legendary, producer Frank Marshall, director Colin Trevorrow, and Pratt (star of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise), and accompanied the tweet with a hilarious illustration of Pratt riding a T-rex, while members of the "Avengers" crew look on in confusion and wonder.
Congrats Mr. Spielberg @UniversalPics @Legendary @LeDoctor @colintrevorrow and especially @prattprattpratt pic.twitter.com/5DxlDM8pgK
- Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) June 16, 2015
"Jurassic World" broke all kinds of records at the box office this weekend, »
- Katie Roberts
Future Imperfect #1
Written by Peter David
Art by Greg Land
Colors by Nolan Woodard
Published by Marvel Comics
Peter David’s long and cerebral run on the Incredible Hulk stood out in a sea of mediocrity compared to the rest of Marvel’s output during the 90s. He changed the character forever, from green to gray from smart and back to “gravage.” One of the highlights of his run was creating the Maestro, the ruler of Dystopia for a two part story “Future Imperfect” in 1992. It was immaculately drawn by George Perez, who switched gears after years of drawing team books for something grittier and substantial.
The book is still vastly lauded and the writer sees it as an “inverted Terminator.” The two parter took place during the period of the “Merged Hulk” era. The Hulk was transported to the future by Rick Jones’ daughter Janis, and upon arriving he »
- Neil Patel
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