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Welcome To Issue 76!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
This Week: A mostly hack-free column (one link in there, but I get it out of the way quick)! First we update on the Spider-Man deal, then we talk through the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron assuming the new Lego sets aren't lying to us.
Lots going on in the Marvel Universe this week, or at least the perception that there is a lot going on, because some set visit interviews from Avengers: Age of Ultron solidified some rumored plot developments and a Lego set for the film does what Lego sets do: have us wondering if we’re being sold cool brick guys or being told about the progression of action scenes in the film.
Then, there’s Spider-Man.
As the hackers »
Want to know all of Captain America's deepest, darkest secrets? Enlist as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent at The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour and you can. And Et has the exclusive first look!
The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind traveling showcase that features a 3-D stereoscopic Dome, a 4-d motion ride, and other fancy techno words like “augmented reality, multi-person gaming and Rfid progress tracking.”
Translation: Awesome, Really Cool Stuff.
Photos: Meet the newest additions to Marvel’s superhero family!
"Users first start by registering as a recruit," producer Mike Bundlie explains. "Once they’ve registered, they get access to information that would otherwise be top secret.” From there, they will fight alongside the likes of Spider-Man and Iron Man in an epic battle against villains Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.
Which is not the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron but still »
Skye? Daisy? Raina? Trip? The Obelisk? Has the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.mid-season finale left you with questions? James has the answers...
Warning: contains major spoilers for Agents Of Shield season 2.
Last night's Agents of Shield mid-season finale left us with a lot of new information, and not all of it is going to make sense to people who haven't read a lot of Marvel comics. If you watched the episode and felt like there's more going on than you could grasp, we've answered the important questions for you. Feel free to ask anything we missed!
What character is Kyle Maclachlan playing?
Previously referred to as "The Doctor", the mid-season finale gave Maclachlan's character a name. Or rather part of one. He called himself "Cal".
Add that to what we know about him already – the fact that he's a killer, the fact that he struggled to keep his anger in check, »
Before Iron Man, cinematic superheroes lived in their self-contained bubbles. Batman never met Superman. The Fantastic Four never met Spider-Man. Even the X-Men universe was confined to mutants only. But with the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the groundwork was laid for the most exciting superhero franchise every created; one that DC is now desperate to replicate.
Phase 1 began with the introduction of four superheroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk (though you could argue the last one was more a reintroduction). This all culminated in Joss Whedon’s mega successful superhero team-up The Avengers. Phase 2 has continued down the sequel route, with only the Guardians Of The Galaxy giving us something entirely new. Phase 3 looks to take things up to a whole new level, with new characters and returning favourites before the mighty Infinity War story line is unleashed.
Of course, fans of the movies and »
- Baz Greenland
I’m not sure what exact moment in Birdman it occurred to me that we were in the midst of a great Edward Norton Renaissance. Maybe it was when the walls of self-professed artistic integrity that his character Mike Shiner wears came crashing down in the face of Sam (Emma Stone), revealing the tragedy and isolation in his existence. Maybe it was when Mike was so in the moment as an actor, he wanted to have live sex on stage. Or maybe it was just the sight of Norton in a speedo wrestling with Michael Keaton. Either way, I finished that movie with the realization that we are in the midst of a rebirth of Edward Norton.
There was a time when Edward Norton was arguably the best actor on the planet. Just look at his filmography from 1996-2006, and count the number of classics he’s a part of. »
- Dylan Griffin
This article contains a big spoiler for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
It's pretty well known now that Sony's Spider-Man movie franchise is in a state of flux. Had all gone to plan, then a month or two after the release of last summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then the studio would have outlined its full plans for a Spider-Man movie universe. As it stands, over half a year later, not a single new Spider-Man movie has been announced.
The problem is that The Amazing Spider-Man 2, whilst hardly a flop, did a good $100-150m less at the box office than had been expected. Furthermore, takings were down on The Amazing Spider-Man, in spite of the sequel generally being regarded as an improvement.
Marvel Comics' legendary founder, Stan Lee, the man responsible for creating iconic comic book characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and the X-Men, revealed that he will appear in the fourth episode of Marvel's Agent Carter. Stan made the announcement today at the book signing of Roy Thomas’ new book, 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen. He has become well known for making brief appearances in Marvel television shows and feature films. He most recently made cameos in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney's Big Hero 6. Stan Lee confirms he's got a cameo in Episode 4 of Agent Carter. — Josh Lincoln Dickey (@NotoriousJLD) December 7, 2014 It's 1946 and peace has dealt Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds »
On the whole, Marvel’s movies have been great. There has been the occasional mishap, with the likes of Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man 3 and Ang Lee’s Hulk not quite being up to standard when compared to the likes of Iron Man, Spider-Man 2, X-Men, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy but, in general, they’re top notch pieces of entertainment.
It’s usually a case of “what you see is what you get” when it comes to movies based on Marvel superheroes – they’re action-packed, adrenalin-fuelled, special effects-heavy, no-nonsense, easy to follow movies that are great for watching with a big box of popcorn and a giant soft drink and expecting anything else will usually leave you disappointed – but, every now and again, they fail to deliver what was seemingly promised by them.
Whether it’s something in the trailers, the »
- K.J. Stewart
Next year's Ant-Man movie might just turn out to be an oddity in the Marvel cinematic universe. But why?
The Phase 3 announcements by Marvel Studios may have been hugely exciting for those who wanted a glimpse of the Marvel cinematic universe's future releases, but almost as interesting as what got announced were the things that weren't announced. There was no Black Widow film, no Hulk film and – perhaps most surprisingly – no planned Ant-Man sequel.
With a sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy aiming to drop in 2017, Marvel's slate as announced would leave Ant-Man as the only Marvel property introduced before Phase 3 without a guaranteed reappearance attached. It's not impossible that the character will turn up in future Marvel cinematic universe movies, or that a follow-up could be released in 2019 or beyond - but thus far he's the only character whose future seems uncertain. Even Guardians Of The Galaxy had the possibility of a sequel. »
Andy Serkis' The Imaginarium works with visual effects companies on motion capture, and their upcoming projects include huge movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Talking in the latest Empire Magazine, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star revealed that it was Ultron and The Hulk that the studio worked on in Joss Whedon's upcoming superhero sequel, and shed some light on what exactly went into bringing both characters to life. "We did some work on Ultron. On the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? was he gonna be robot-like? So we worked with a bunch of different people, from body-popping experts to dancers, to this guy called Neil who's nearly eight feet tall..." As for Mark Ruffalo, it sounds as if he'll be voicing the Green »
Bill Cosby's lawyer is taking aim at three of the comedian's latest accusers by arguing that it's "utter nonsense" that these women are "coming out of nowhere." Marty Singer calls Linda Joy Traitz of Florida as the "latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories" about the 77-year-old comedian. Traitz reportedly wrote on her Facebook page that, at 19, she worked at a Cosby-owned restaurant in Los Angeles when the comedian once offered her a ride home. He took her to the beach instead, she wrote, where he reached into a suitcase and offered her "pills to relax. »
- Elizabeth Leonard, @lizzleonard1
An extended trailer has made its way online for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which features some new footage from the film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
- Kellvin Chavez
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, Deadpool, Cable, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Shazam, Catwoman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Batman ’66 and more….
Idris Elba made a slip up this week when he revealed that he’d shot a scene as Heimdall alongside Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron, prompting director Joss Whedon to respond by stating that: “Um, should he receive an email from me, there might be an attitude of scold… When you have a cast of 19,000 people, inevitably, one every month you pick up [a story] and you’re like, ‘Awww.'” If rumours are to be believed, »
- Gary Collinson
At the multiplex, the age-old battle between DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- between the House of Superman and Batman and the House of Spider-Man and Iron Man -- there's no question that Marvel has been winning decisively for nearly two decades. But what about the battle between the two superhero universes on TV?
On the small screen, DC seems to be on top, as it has since virtually the dawn of television. Just in terms of sheer numbers, DC has four current primetime series ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," and "Constantine"), compared to just one for Marvel ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").
A recent article at Salon pointed out this discrepancy, which naturally got the author in trouble with the Marvel faithful. Marvel defenders will tell you that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is much improved in its second season over its first, and that the DC characters, storylines, and even visuals seem thin by comparison. »
- Gary Susman
Marvel Cinematic Universe
When Iron Man was released in 2008, few could’ve predicted that it would be the catalyst for one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history – the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Despite lacking the film rights to some of their most iconic characters, including Spider-Man and the X-Men, Marvel Studio’s writers and directors, many of whom were somewhat left-field choices for their roles, have succeeded in creating a shared universe that continues to wow audiences with each subsequent entry. The series is already the second highest-grossing film franchise of all time, and needs just to make an additional $600 million at the box office to take the top spot from Harry Potter, which it will surely do when Avengers: Age Of Ultron (the trailer for which was recently showcased) is released on the May the 15th next year.
Aside from the second Avengers outing, there are ten »
- Alex Antliff
Andy Serkis has become the first star to master the new art form of Motion Capture acting. He’s perfected the ability to convey complex emotions from behind a mask of visual SFX. Does the fact that he’s not physically seen on camera lessen his performance? Should a motion capture performer be considered for an Academy Award? Should Andy Serkis get an Oscar nod?
There are a lot of famous firsts in acting history. Lon Chaney was the first big horror star. Buster Crabb was the first big science fiction star. Bruce Lee was the first Martial Arts star to succeed in America. And now, Andy Serkis is the first actor to become synonymous with a new cinematic art form…Motion Capture acting.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
So what was the deal with all those epic Marvel Comics teases? Has Batman v Superman set construction begun in Chicago? What’s The Rock saying about Shazam? Why did it take so long for Batman: The Complete Series to hit Blu-ray? When does Agent Carter start airing? Is there a way to simultaneously cosplay and […]
- Germain Lussier
Earlier today, we posted a couple of highlights from Marvel Studios' documentary Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop! That included the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man sneak peek, as well as an extended clip from Agent Carter. The full documentary is now available to watch online thanks to ABC. This gives fans a little history on the comic book company, taking us through how it was started, the challenges it has had over the years, and where it is going. This was made for people who have jumped on the Marvel bandwagon over the last few years and might not know a lot about the company and people who laid the groundwork for what we are seeing today in these epic blockbuster films. If you grew up as a Marvel fan, then there's a good chance that you already know a lot of the information presented, but it's still worth a look. »
- Joey Paur
Concept Art by Christopher Ross Get ready for larger-than-life action as the Marvel Superhero bursts from comic book pages to the big screen in The Hulk! Eric Bana stars as David Banner, whose involvement in a freak lab accident exposes him to gamma radiation. As a result, whenever the mild-mannered man becomes angry, he transforms in to a huge, rampaging creature that destroys everything in this path. Banner's ex-girlfriend Betty Ross (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) believes that his father (Nick Nolte) may hold the answer o the desperate situation, but can she make the connection in time to save a terrified world? Directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, The Hulk is bursting with heart-pounding adventure and explosive special effects! Hulk (2003) was directed by Ang Lee, from a screenplay written by James Schamus, Michael France and John Turman. »
Godzilla turned 60 Tuesday. Arguably the most famous lizard in the world, the Big Green has starred in dozens of movies, a few television shows and countless comic books and novels. Take a look at his history in the above video. But it looks like the large lizard's had a little work between his film debut and the 2014 installment - how does he get his scales to stay so perky, nearly 60 years after his film debut? Turns out, it's taken quite a bit of work. The suits that Japan's Toho Studios used to bring Godzilla to life over the years morphed »
- Alex Heigl
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