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20th Century Fox has officially dropped Fantastic Four 2 from its future movie plans. What could this mean for this disappointing franchise? Let's discuss.
Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot was arguably the most disappointing superhero film of the 20th century, it's tied with 2003's Hulk with Eric Bana. Fans and movie critics alike claimed disappointment and boredom. We even made a review video, explaining everything that went wrong, you can check it out here.
Suffice to say, we were all really surprised in hearing that there would be a sequel. However, after an apparent walk about and many meditation/reflection sessions, 20th Century Fox appears to have had a change of heart. Late yesterday, Fantastic Four 2 was removed from 20th Century Fox's release date lineup. Making the future for this long mired franchise to become unclear.
This could, though, be the best thing that could ever happen for the franchise. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
While out promoting In The Heart of the Sea, McU star Chris Hemsworth briefly discussed what he wants to see in the third, solo Thor film; Thor: Ragnarok. In a film that's confirmed to see the mighty son of Odin team up with Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, Hemsworth is actually hoping for a bit more humor this time around. "I think [Thor 3] needs to be injected with that sort of smart wit and unexpected kind of humor, kind of what James Gunn came in and did with Guardians [Of The Galaxy]. It was like off center and unpredictable, and I think we can definitely use a dose of that, you know?" At this early stage, it's unclear whether Hemsworth will actually get his wish granted or if Kevin Feige and the Marvel brain-trust actually need Thor: Ragnarok to head in a different direction as the McU gears up for Avengers: Infinity War. »
The Marvel Cinematic universe that started off with Iron Man has been raking in all the money and a whole lot of plaudits since Tony Stark came to the screen in 2008. Since then it’s fair to say that the McU has found its groove commercially, hitting upon a formula for casting and staffing the creative team that lets them play with genres and install the right actors in the roles whether they’re relatively unknown or well-established.
The results so far have surely exceeded Marvel and studio head Kevin Feige’s wildest expectations; each film is met with feverish anticipation, the first Avengers outing became the third highest grossing film ever and the studio managed to make household names out of what were considered to be comic book giant’s superhero B-team, characters without mass appeal who only the nerds really knew. How things can change in seven years. »
- Mark Grainger
According to reports, Marvel Studios will include the 'Hulk' in director Taika Waititi's developing feature "Thor: Ragnarok", as well as a major female character that has figured prominently throughout Marvel Comics:
...who rules over 'Niffleheim', the 'Asgardian' realm of the afterlife.
"...when 'Thor' was missing in action, presumed dead, 'Tony Stark' took one of his hairs, which he had retained from the first meeting of the 'Avengers' and cloned the 'Asgardian' DNA with Stark technology. This resulted in the creation of a new, cyborg Thor. »
- Michael Stevens
With Marvel exploring the depths of its comic book catalogue for its third phase of Marvel cinematic universe productions, many of us by now had expected a fresh Hulk film to be part of the mix. After all, Mark Ruffalo's take on the character across two Avengers movies has gone down exceptionally well.
Yet in a new interview with USA Today, Ruffalo admitted that a solo Hulk adventure "feels even further away". The problem remains that "it's not Marvel's property, it's Universal's property. I don't know. It seems really problematic".
What Ruffalo is alluding to is the fact that Universal holds some options over Hulk, following the pair of movies it part-backed based on the character previously. Those would be Ang Lee's hugely underappreciated Hulk, and Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk (the films »
Though Eric Bana and Ed Norton got their own standalone films, it has been Mark Ruffalo's interpretation of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in both "The Avengers" films that have become the widely embraced version of the character.
Out doing press for his new journalism drama film "Spotlight," the actor sadly admits to USA Today that he won't be getting his own film like his predecessors any time soon:
"Actually, it feels even further away. It's not Marvel's property, it's Universal's property. I don't know. It seems really problematic. I've been around long enough to be Ok with it. There's only so much that's in my power and I'm not going to agonize over what is not in my power. I definitely try to limit that to my kids and the things that really matter to me."
Even if he is resigned to the fact he's probably not going to »
- Garth Franklin
Stan Lee’s Pow! Media is teaming with Taipei-based Hualien Media and Mission Control Entertainment on development of “Arch Alien” as an action franchise.
The project was unveiled in advance of Lee’s annual Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles. Principal photography is set to start on March 7 with shooting taking place in the U.S. and China.
The story and characters were written by Lee, Macdonald and Hemecker. Macdonald is known for his work on HBO’s “Rome” and Hemecker has credits on CW’s “The Flash” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”
“Leave it »
- Dave McNary
Plot details are under wraps for “Realm,” which has a script by “Predators” writer Alex Litvak. The story is based on an original idea from Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and the X-Men.
Li Bingbing will also produce alongside Gill Champion from Stan Lee Global Entertainment and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental, who will oversee production on behalf of their companies. Fundamental’s Gary Glushon will also executive produce.
“What a kick it has been to create our first Chinese female superhero, and an empowering one at that,” said Lee. “It has been such a fun experience bringing to life an international woman character, and the ability to do so has been different from anything we’ve ever done! I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. »
- Dave McNary
Kurt Busiek is probably one of the biggest name in American comics. He started off doing freelance work for both DC and Marvel on titles like Iron Man, Avengers, and The Untold Tales of Spider-Man. In 1993, Busiek joined with superstar artist Alex Ross co-created the classic Marvels mini-series that showed the major events of the Marvel Universe from the perspective of photojournalist Phil Sheldon. From there, he created the long-running, award-winning Astro City series. Kurt Busiek is most notable for his humane approach to superheroes, making characters feel relatable despite their fantastical powers. In November 2014, Busiek teamed up rising art star Benjamin Dewey for The Autumnlands, a futuristic fantasy series about a world ruled by magic-using animal people that summon a human super soldier from the past to save the disappearing magic. However get more than they were bargaining for. The series is published by Image comics, and after a »
- Ben Howard
It’s a packed edition of The Week in Star Wars following a new poster and trailer for The Force Awakens alongside some record breaking ticket sales, #BoycottStarWarsVIII, Luke Skywalker turning to the Dark Side and more…
Well, what a week this has been. We’ll kick things off with last Sunday’s new poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3Po, R2-D2 and Poe Dameron. You can also take a look at the all Lego version of the poster and the all Jar Jar Binks version…
…This was then followed on Monday with the latest and final trailer for the hotly anticipated movie (which was preempted by four short teasers). The trailer was so popular, it broke its own record of most views in a 24-hour period. You can read the thoughts of the Flickering Myth »
- Luke Owen
The Incredible Hulk has become one of the most popular members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the 2003 Ang Lee-directed "disappointment" - hey, I liked it - and Ed Norton.s turn as the big green brute in 2008, Mark Ruffalo has made the poster boy for anger management his own with his portrayals of the man-beast in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Having seemingly acquired a firm grip on the role for probably as long as he.d like to play it, Ruffalo has now made it known one of his biggest desires for the character: he wants to see the Hulk and his Dr. Jekyll, Bruce Banner, meet face to face on the big screen. Ruffalo spoke with The Huffington Post about his big wish. I am excited to keep coming back to this role. I see a lot of space for it to grow. I feel »
The God of Thunder might just be getting some help from a fellow Avenger on his next solo adventure. Variety is reporting that Mark Ruffalo is finalizing a deal to star in Thor: Ragnarok alongside Chris Hemsworth. The deal would reunite Thor and the Hulk for a “solo” film in much the same way that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) are being reunited for Captain America: Civil War.
Teaming the Hulk with Thor appears to be Marvel’s alternative to creating separate, stand-alone Hulk films. When the studio first revealed it’s plans to the so-called Phase 3 movies, fans were quick to note that there was no “Hulk” film on the list. Marvel’s president addressed the issue this way: ” I wouldn’t say Hulk is absent from the timeline. I would say that Hulk is going to appear in many of those movies – particularly »
- Jeff Bricker
Mark Ruffalo is reportedly in final negotiations to appear as Bruce Banner, aka the Incredible Hulk, opposite Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in Thor 3: Ragnarok sources confirmed on Thursday. Mark Ruffalo Set To Star in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Taika Waititi was recently recruited to direct the film and Kevin Feige is producing. The film will start production […]
- Shantel Whitaker
Taika Waititi was recently tapped to direct the film which will start production in 2016.
Plot details remain vague, other than that the film will take place somewhere other than Earth and Asgard. This will mark the first time Ruffalo will appear as the Hulk in a film that isn’t an “Avengers” pic. It is currently unknown how the Hulk will play into the storyline of the upcoming Thor movie.
- Justin Kroll
There’s nothing quite like a superhero. And there’s no other modern film genre that’s been quite as universal, or as enduring. But just what is the eternal appeal of the superhero? Probably that despite their superhuman strength and abilities, they – like us – have vices, weaknesses, worries, things that keep them awake at night. This makes them human and thus, believable. There’s also the ultimate escapist fantasy of the superheroes’ adventures; the idea that the ordinary guy – or girl – can do extraordinary things. As corny as it sounds superheroes make us believe in ourselves.
Perhaps the most famous and best-loved superheroes were born in Marvel comics, way before the pre-digital age – 1939 to be precise – as Timely Comics. By the 1960s, Marvel had launched successful titles like The Fantastic Four. Today, Marvel counts among its most prolific personalities Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers and the X-Men. »
Marvel's massive Phase Three slate is already well under way, with Captain America: Civil War currently in post-production, and principal photography about to start on Doctor Strange in Atlanta. This massive phase will come to a close with Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, slated for release in 2018 and 2019 respectively, with production slated to begin in late 2016. While there is very little we know about this two-part adventure, a new rumor has surfaced from Bleeding Cool, which claims that both movies will be an incredibly costly endeavor for Marvel Studios, to the tune of $1 billion.
The report claims that the "above-the-line" fees paid out to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, plus the producers and primary actors, will cost Marvel $400 million alone. The site's "well sourced comic book film insiders" claim that Robert Downey Jr. gets half of the total budget for actors, »
Well it looks like Marvel Studios are going hard or going home when it comes to their two part Avengers: Infinity War films for 2018 and 2019, with a new report suggesting the budget for both movies will be a whopping $1 billion.
Seeing as the joint budget for both previous Avengers outings was $470, this is quite a step up. With that said, the joint takings for both films was just under $3 billion, so it’s a risk Marvel could easily make. The report also suggests that $400 million of that budget will be spent on directors, stars and writers alone, so it looks like we can expect quite a big cast for the ensemble movie which is set to be directed by The Russo Brothers (Captain America: Civil War).
For comparison, let’s break down how much the previous Marvel movies have cost:
Ant-Man – $130 million
Captain America: The First Avengers – $140 million
Iron Man »
- Luke Owen
It surely has to happen, doesn’t it? Marvel have to give the big green monster another day in the sun after he stole The Avengers and then helped build one of the best sequences in Age Of Ultron. Sure, there will be concerns that two prior failures suggests a downward trend, but it’s unlikely anyone would make anything as odd as Ang Lee’s attempt, or as sloppy and fragmented as The Incredible Hulk.
The McU is ready for a new dawn for Hulk. Just as long as it’s not a brand new start, because Joss Whedon has already done all of the necessary establishing work and there’s only so much rebooting any fandom can take. All that Marvel need now is a plan of action: and luckily for them, there are some pretty simple guidelines that could easily make a successful Hulk movie.
- Simon Gallagher
As in a great Halloween costume, makeup is an important aspect of film. Join us as we examine 10 films where makeup effects played a very large role.
Using Makeup to Create A Style
Example: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
While Edward Scissorhands may be one of Burton’s most beloved characters because of Johnny Depp’s performance, the character is also memorable for his looks. For starters, there is his birds-nest hair. The wispy cob-webb look not only reassured audiences of Edward’s sad, lonely and parentless existence, but it also became an easy identifier for Burton’s gothic style. Indeed, Edward’s wild, untamed yet solid hairstyle was similar to that of Beetlejuice, whose film came out two years prior, and would be similar to many other characters we would see in later Burton films.
Edward’s pasty white make-up helped audiences to understand that he was not just a normal man. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Back in February, Marvel finally made the announcement fans have been waiting years to hear, that Spider-Man is finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under the terms of this deal, the new Spidey will first appear in a Marvel movie, confirmed to be Captain America: Civil War, before Marvel's Kevin Feige Sony's Amy Pascal team up to produce a Spider-Man reboot through Sony Pictures, set for release on July 28, 2017. It's been long believed that the new Spidey, Tom Holland, will only have a cameo in Captain America: Civil War, but Kevin Feige revealed during a Q&A session (via IGN) that the studio has much greater plans in store for the web slinger.
"Making that agreement ... was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man. I think Spider-Man can serve great »
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