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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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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 »
Avengers: Age of Ultron concluded with a new team of heroes being assembled by Captain America and Black Widow. With Iron Man deciding to take some time away from the team, Thor returning to Asgard, Hawkeye back with his family, and The Hulk M.I.A., the new roster included Scarlet Witch, The Falcon, The Vision and War Machine.
However, Captain Marvel was originally supposed to be part of this new team of Avengers, with Marvel deciding at the last minutes not to include her (the VFX plates used for the Scarlet Witch’s arrival were intended for Captain Marvel).
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Talking at a recent Q&A to promote the home video release of the sequel, producer Jeremy Latcham explained the reasoning behind this:
“In really early development there was a notion of there’d be a ton of new people. And then it was like, »
- Josh Wilding
Captain America: Civil War is basically Avengers: 2.5. That.s what Anthony Mackie said of the third installment, and the evidence supports that. Though Marvel reiterates that this is indeed a Captain America movie, nearly every major Marvel hero will be popping up with the exception of Thor and Hulk. However, Kevin Feige recently revealed that, even with all this incredible talent, the film won.t feel like an Avengers in-betweener. IGN caught up with the president of Marvel Studios to talk about the McU moving forward. As Feige explained, The Winter Soldier was another movie that had a lot of characters, and that film was more of a confined thriller than an Avengers-level event. Though, to play devil.s advocate, The Winter Soldier doesn.t have anywhere near as many major McU characters as Civil War will have. To further combat the film.s scale, Feige said, Our screenwriters Chris »
We’ve been asked to reconsider our enjoyment of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in the wake of the corporate shuffling that sees Kevin Feige reign supreme. Scuttlebutt has it the film was a disappointment to Walt Disney but one has to wonder how a global box office take of $1.4 billion (as of this weekend) can be a disappointment. Shot with a mammoth $250 million budget, the film needed to earn only about $800 million to be profitable (before licensing and ancillary revenue) so it has to be a financial success.
A critical success is something else. According to Rotten Tomatoes, it is 74% fresh although audiences liked it 86% of the time. Now yes, it is far lower than the 92% the first Avengers film did, but let’s face it, nothing like that had ever been tried on film and it worked beyond anyone’s expectations.
And the expectations were incredibly high »
- Robert Greenberger
Guardians of the Galaxy was packed full of fun nods and Easter Eggs from the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, and that’s no doubt due to the fact that writer and director James Gunn is a huge fanboy. He managed to cleverly insert loads of references which only the most diehard comic book readers would appreciate, and that’s definitely at least one of the reasons why the movie is so well-loved.
What of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 though? Gunn has already revealed that he’s compiled the soundtrack and that we shouldn’t expect to see The Hulk, but it’s obviously way too soon to know what kind of Easter Eggs we’ll be getting this time. Taking to his Facebook page last night though, the filmmaker provided a very interesting update on another set of characters we shouldn’t expect to see.
“While writing »
- Josh Wilding
To celebrate the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, released on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD from 14th September 2015, we are offering 2 winners the chance to take home a copy of the film DVD!
Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)—alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) —must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind… if they can! This action-packed adventure is a must-own, mind-blowing blast!
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, »
- Laura Holmes
As if Avengers: Age Of Ultron wasn't already completely stuffed, the film came very close to introducing another version of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to the film. Screenrant spoke with Avengers: Age Of Ultron VFX supervisor Christopher Townsend who revealed how different the Hulk could have been during the film's Hulkbuster sequence in which the Hulk was under the spell of Scarlet... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
In anticipation of Avengers: Age of Ultron's Blu-ray/DVD release, Screen Rant recently spoke with Visual Effects supervisor Christopher Townsend about his team's incredible contribution to the movie, and how they almost introduced the Incredible grey Hulk during the Hulkbuster showdown. "What Joss wanted to do was he said, “I wanted to have a Hulk that’s this berserker Hulk,” said Townsend. "Berserker Hulk was this Hulk that Hulks out, was what we had come up with on set. And then we sort of started talking about, 'Well what are those extremes?' And Ilm started playing with a deformed body with a deformed face with one eye larger than another. You know, like crooked teeth, and drooling, and red eyes, and all this kind of stuff. Then we started playing with color and we started to de-saturate him and give him sort of red around his eyes and »
Way back in January, five months before Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, it was revealed that the toy company Funko was debuting a Savage Grey Hulk action figure, which had many speculating whether or not we would see Grey Hulk in the sequel. As it turns out, Grey Hulk never made it to the screen, but it was initially part of the story. Director Joss Whedon wanted the Green Goliath (Mark Ruffalo) to turn grey, after Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) uses her mind-controlling powers on him. In a new interview with Screen Rant, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend explained what the director wanted to achieve with Grey Hulk.
"What Joss Whedon wanted to do was he said, 'I wanted to have a Hulk that's this berserker Hulk.' Berserker Hulk was this Hulk that Hulks out, was what we had come up with on set. And then we sort of started talking about, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Gotham, Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, Justice League, Hellboy III, Heroes Reborn and more…
This week brought us our first peek at next year’s Captain America: Civil War, with some leaked images from the Disney D23 footage popping up online, featuring shots of Cap (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Crossbones (Frank Grillo), while Mark Ruffalo has revealed that The Hulk won’t be appearing in »
- Gary Collinson
Did Black Adam just issue a challenge to Superman? Does Tom Hardy want back into the DC Extended Universe? Who’s Stan Lee‘s favorite McU actor? Is Fantastic Four the summer’s biggest flop? How does Hawkeye really feel about Quicksilver? What does the new Batmobile look like from a slightly different angle? Who is Marvel Comics’ new Totally […]
- Angie Han
In the eyes of fans, rival Hollywood executives, and studios around town, Kevin Feige is the man to beat. He stands at the helm of a seemingly unstoppable Marvel empire, whose reach has spread successfully to movies, television, and streaming services. And for the most part, it seems the company can do no wrong, and thus, Feige is largely perceived to have earned a blank creative and financial slate to do with Marvel as he pleases. However, it would appear that when someone tried to check his great power with some responsibility, it led to a superhero-worthy battle behind closed doors. Read More: Kevin Feige Teases More Clues To 'Captain America: Civil War' in 'Ant-Man' Plus Peyton Reed on Wasp THR reports that when the budget on the forthcoming "Captain America: Civil War" — which features nearly every actor from "The Avengers" movies (except Mark Ruffalo/Hulk) plus new Spider-Man Tom Holland — "ballooned, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Earlier in the week, it was reported that Marvel is going through a big restructuring, which finally sees Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige being freed from the Emperor like vice-grip of penny-pinching Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter. Now, Kevin Feige will report directly to Disney chief Alan Horn. And while we've heard a few reasons as to why this finally happened, including a recent story that pins the big change on Avengers: Age of Ultron failing to meet expectations at the box office, a new report from THR puts all the blame on something else entirely. According to inside sources, the ballooning budget on Captain America: Civil War is almost entirely to blame for the big Marvel shake-up.
When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
But why are these old friends fighting? And why have the other Avengers chosen the sides they have? Here's everything you need to know about the opposing sides of the Civil War.
Everything we know about Captain America: Civil War
The opening of the film will see the Avengers torn apart after an "international incident" leads the Us government to create strict new rules to control superheroes (Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's 2006 Civil War comic dubbed it the Superhero Registration Act).
Tony Stark throws his support behind the act, but who else agrees with his position?
Her relationships in the film version of the Avengers makes Black Widow's decision to support Stark a »
Last week, we showed you two previews for Avengers: Age of Ultron's release on 3D Digital and Digital HD September 8 and on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Sd and VOD October 2. While those previews showcased new characters Vision (Paul Bettany) and Ultron (James Spader), today we have yet another featurette, which features the superhero siblings Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Both of the stars reveal how they worked with director Joss Whedon to develop their incredible super powers.
We also get plenty of behind-the-scenes footage with Joss Whedon, executive producer Victoria Alonso, and visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend showcasing how they came up with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's powers, while Elizabeth Olsen reveals she even worked with a dancer, to get the right movements down to portray Scarlet Witch. We also get to see early concept art for each character, showing the evolution of their powers from pre-production through the actual shoot. »
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