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Marvel Studios has barely kicked off Phase 3 of their cinematic universe with Captain America: Civil War, but that doesn't mean they aren't already planning for the future. Very little is known about what Marvel will be doing in Phase 4, but we may have just received a kind of major hint. Thanks to actor Justin Kucsulain, it looks like Marvel may be flirting with bringing a Sentry movie to the screen in the future.
The actor recently took to his Instagram to tease what might be his involvement in the project. Kucsulain posted a photo of himself from Emerald City Comics, in which, he is holding up several Sentry comics and an action figure of the character. He included the caption "Gathered some amazing reading material today," which was followed by a winking face. That winking face is oddly what makes this a little more than just a semi unknown actor shopping for comics. »
2016 has seen a massive change in the Marvel Universe. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of Captain America we have seen a changing of the guard at the lead of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character of Captain America was introduced in the comic’s universe in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Created as patriotic superhero who would fight the Axis Powers of World War II to create patriotism in the hearts of young men. Time and time again the character of Steve Rogers has been pushed aside in the comic universe only to see him come back stronger than before. Captain America comics were discontinued in 1950 as the public had gotten over the end of World War II only to see his character come back to publication by Marvel Comics in 1964.
- Michael Connally
Earlier this month, Marvel confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok will start production on July 4, with the studio already setting a November 3, 2017 release date. Over the past few weeks, new cast members and plot details have surfaced, but today, we have our first look at one of the sets being built for this Phase 3 sequel. While we don't know exactly what this building is, it certainly appears to be one of the Asgardian dwellings.
Gold Coast Bulletin reveals that several outdoor sets are being built at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, Australia. While none of the cast members are present, since filming hasn't begun yet, that will surely change in the weeks ahead. Hopefully we'll also get the first official story details when shooting starts, to combat the numerous rumors that have sprung up as of late.
One of the most prevalent rumors is that the new villain Hela will team up »
Marvel Studios for the first time in 2017 will be releasing 3 films in theaters, and that has fans pretty excited. We will be getting the much anticipated sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, which is shaping up to be a pretty great sounding sequel. Not only is James Gunn hard at work with Chris Pratt and the gang, but Spider-Man: Homecoming is also on the way, which will be the first solo Spidey film in the Marvel Cinematic universe. Tom Holland killed it in Captain America: Civil War, and we absolutely can't wait to see what he can do in a full length movie.
Amidst all of that excitement though is the looming conclusion of the Thor trilogy. Thor: Ragnarok was announced along with the rest of Marvel's phase 3 slate a while back and at the time it seemed unlikely that the movie would be able to rise above the noise »
In a year where Marvel Studios will be releasing a sequel to the wildly popular Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok, which will wrap up the Thor trilogy with Mark Ruffalo's Hulk along for the ride, somehow, all eyes seem to be elsewhere. Spider-Man: Homecoming is also coming out next year and after Tom Holland killed it as Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, it is more than understandable. But Holland may not be the lone webslinger in the McU.
It was announced recently by Deadline that Community star Donald Glover is joinging the first Spider-Man movie that will be part of the McU in an unspecified role. Though, any Marvel fan worth their salt has a damn good idea who he may be playing. Yes, speculation is already running rampant that Glover will be playing the Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales. If that turns out to be true, that would mean that at some point, there will be more than one Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But how likely is it? Well, let's take a look at the possible evidence.
Glover has been circling Spider-Man for ages now. There was a massive fan campaign to get him to play the character back when Sony was in the process of doing their Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Glover was way behind the idea but ultimately it went to Andrew Garfield. In addition, he has been providing the voice for Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated TV series, so he already has a strong familiarity with the character.
For those who may not know, Miles Morales took up the Spider-Man mantle in the Ultimate Marvel Universe (which takes place outside of the main Marvel Comics Universe) following the death of Peter Parker. He is a young kid of African American and Hispanic descent and has powers similar to Parker's Spider-Man, but with some differences. The character first appeared in 2011 and quickly became a huge hit with fans and there has been demand to see him on the big screen pretty much from the get go.
Glover being cast is surely raising some flags in favor of Morales finally coming to the big screen, and his casting seems to really fit what Marvel seems to be doing with Spider-Man: Homecoming. So far, it seems to be a pretty diverse cast of both young and old and it looks like it won't be just a bunch of white people running around in Queens, New York. However, given Glover's history with the character of Mile Morales, it seems very unlikely that Marvel would ignore that entirely. They are smart.
Parker and Morales have met in the comics, so there is definitely precedent for the characters sharing some time fighting crime. Plus, Kevin Feige and Co. really need to find a way to make Homecoming and Spidey in general different enough to have us not feel fatigue from the various reboots the property has gone through in a relatively short period of time. Adding a second Spider-Man to the mix would be a way to do that and fans would be likely very excited about Morales joining up with The Avengers.
Lastly, if we are grasping at straws for evidence here, in the first season of Daredevil on Netflix, Foggy Nelson did make a reference to a "Morales" who worked at the law firm he and Matt Murdock worked at. There is almost no way that was a complete coincidence. The only glaring problem is that Glover is 32 and the character of Miles Morales is much younger, at least in the comic books. Perhaps Glover will be Miles' dad? Uncle? Both of whom play a role in the comics.
It seems like Miles Morales is an eventuality for the McU, but we just don't know if he will ever share the screen with Peter Parker. Rumors are circulating that the 2018 Sony animated Spider-Man movie will feature Morales, but that has yet to be confirmed. If Marvel is building to a Sinister Six movie down the line, which evidence suggests they may be, than planting the seeds to have Parker and Morales take on Doc Ock and the gang together could be a really cool way to go with. We will have to wait and see when Spider-Man: Homecoming drops on July 7, 2017. »
Did you know Donald Trump's successor on The Celebrity Apprentice was once one of the biggest box-office draws in the world? Trippy, right? Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger became famous for his unique style and his fluctuating dialect, but he was picked for stardom for another reason entirely: he was a rippling, bulging slab of primeval, otherworldly manhood. The man was a titan, casting a shadow as wide as it was high. His fresh, smiling face and booming Austrian lungs were the perfect extras, but Arnold was thrust into the limelight because of his physique.
It was his earliest, formative years in which we saw Arnold's greatest flexes, when he relied on his jaw-dropping size for impact. In 1990 he would dominate both science-fiction and family genres, but it was in the years preceding this that his chest was most greased, skin most tanned and muscles most inflated. So let's think back, relive the carnage, and appreciate the 'King of Kings' in all his glittering majesty.
Hercules In New York (1970)
Seven long years before he starred in a breakout bodybuilding documentary, Arnie's 22-inch arms were breaking onto small screens in Hercules In New York. In Schwarzenegger's first real acting role, his unease is palpable. His thick Austrian accent (dubbed over in the film's original release) hasn't a spot of charisma and his performance is comparable to that of a re-animated corpse.
Schwarzenegger is Hercules, a demi-god sent to Earth. On his trip, he does all the things an everyday tourist does in the Big Apple: finds love, begins a career, flees pursuers in a chariot and chokes out a (man in a) bear (suit). He also finds time to fight off group of six men, using only a ridiculously long plank of wood, and best an Olympic-quality team of athletes at various track and field events. The film may have had a budget tighter than Arnold's shirt, but there is scant excuse for the lack of dimension or invention.
We are treated to Arnold's first show of size when his date shows him a poster for an upcoming Hercules picture. Our travelling deity is offended, claiming the actor looks nothing like him. Doing what any rational demigod would do, he strips off his cream turtleneck, revealing his chiselled torso. His audience-of-one loses her mind as he begins posing, before she realises what an insanely ludicrous thing has occurred. It's only the hindsight novelty factor that keeps Hercules In New York relevant.
Pumping Iron (1977)
The most alpha of males, Arnold sashays through the documentary. Whilst some of his fellow competitors look like circus strongmen, Arnold is a walking sculpture, the perfect blend of symmetry and balance. Even starring alongside a real-life superhero, the Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, he looks ginormous. The gap between his front teeth is the only chink in his man-made armour, but somehow he even turns that to his advantage.
The moment in which Schwarzenegger pops the loudest is in a moment of silence. As the documentary takes focus on the reigning champion, we are given a look behind the camera. A photo-shoot sets Arnold alight, as he poses and flexes in complete tranquillity. The only noise we are offered is that of the shutter, focusing our attention to the spectacle before us. In a film where some scenes feel uncomfortable to observe, at one point Arnold refers to Jesus as an inspiration for his legacy, this quiet moment of appreciation is a refreshing pause.
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Refreshing pauses were seldom offered to us in the following years. Conan's story begins as 'a tale of sorrow', before the barely-dressed warrior embarks on a tale of revenge and retribution. Schwarzenegger's seductive ex-slave possesses superior sword skills, spinning, slashing and slaying a plethora of barbaric nasties.
At the film's most glorious, Conan and his collaborator take a stand against the villainous cavalry. With axe in hand and horns on head, Conan cleaves and slices. Though his weapon looks to be made out of foam and the enemies put up less effort than a pre-relegation Aston Villa, we are treated to a whirlwind of visual and verbal masculine aggression. What's more, we are given one of Arnold's earliest one-liners. In his first prayer, Conan asks his god to "grant me revenge, and if you do not listen, then to hell with you!" It's much better heard than read. This classic scene contained all the components that made his next breakout, muscle-bound feature such an enduring success.
The Terminator (1984)
It only took until 2029 for Arnold to hit the big time. James Cameron's "blazing, cinematic comic-book" (Variety's words) was the perfect vehicle for an emerging Schwarzenegger, as his role would rely on his frame rather than his command of the English language. The Terminator's unmoving grimace removes the need to portray emotion or reaction, but it is a skill few could pull off with such menace. Schwarzenegger is perfect casting: when he loses his eyebrows, he cuts the figure of a stone-cold killing machine.
The opening moments in the present day focus on a trash collector. Electric bolts awaken the workman from his boredom-induced coma, fizzing and zapping around him. They rally to a crescendo of light, producing a figure curled up in a foetal position. This figure is the T-800, a stark-naked Arnold; we see his arse before his face. He rises like the phoenix, striding into the light without a flicker of disorientation or embarrassment. We are slapped with a shady silhouette of his flapping member as he approaches a gang of ruffians, led by a young Bill Paxton, before he utters the now immortal phrase: "Your clothes: give them to me."
The T-800 swats one lackie away, before his jacked right arm lifts another overhead. This loiterer comes down without his heart, Cameron's camera hovering on Arnold's deep red, clutching hand. The T-800 is an instant threat, legitimately scary throughout, but it is in this brutal opening that he feels most deadly. It's not just Orwell who made 1984 special...
After playing a travelling god, a rugged caveman and a killer robot, Arnold was refreshed as a loving and devoted father. As John Martix, Schwarzenegger is a family man and a killing machine. These would come to represent the two sides of Schwarzenegger's coin: his films often worked best when the two went hand-in-hand. On screen he would mow down enemies with bullets and grenades, and later help his fictional daughter with her algebra homework. What a sweetheart.
And yet, in a film where hundreds of henchmen bite the dust, it is in his role as 'dedicated father' where he is the most impressive. Matrix had left his commando days behind, now taking care of his daughter, living a reclusive existence. Almost immediately, Schwarzenegger ripples; close-ups of his veined arms and chest are all too close, but remind the audience that Stallone is a boy scout in comparison. Arnold saunters toward the camera, carrying a huge tree on his shoulder like it’s a week's laundry. Schwarzenegger doesn't finish there. Not only does he handle the log like it's a twirling baton, he finishes the testosterone fest by turning it into kindling. A guy's got to keep that fire burning.
While Commando would eventually snowball into a cult classic, Schwarzenegger's following feature would prove the key to stardom. Even before Schwarzenegger stepped foot in the jungle, he met a fellow goliath. As Arnold's pumped-up mercenary Dutch is being briefed on his mission, a lone figure, sitting at a distant table, interjects. That figure is Apollo Cre… Carl Weathers; a man whose size and wit will match Schwarzenegger's all the way.
"Dillon!" Dutch gasps with childlike glee, before grounding his joy with the deprecating: "You son of a bitch." As Dutch and Dillon stride toward one another, their formidable forearms recoil before colliding into the most powerful handshake in cinematic history. The camera shifts focus from their gleaming smirks to the strained embrace. One second turns into five, the embrace morphing into competition, each man fighting in this mid-air arm wrestle. Five seconds turns to ten - the tension grows thick as Arnold toys with his rival. This contest lasts a full twenty seconds - twenty long, facial-hair-inducing seconds.
We may never recover from a scene that powerful.
The film soon hurtles into contact with the titular chameleon with barely chance to catch its breath. This lazer-toting, extra-terrestrial assassin is Arnold's ultimate nemesis, even down to the maniacal cackle. But, not even a foe this deadly could create a scene with the power of that handshake. Even in the film that popularised the full body mud-pack, the ass-kicking action and tension-mounting drama relies on the introduction Weathers and Schwarzenegger offer.
This theme would follow our Austrian actor. His greatest muscle-bound moments would come early, as an introduction, setting the tone and character in motion. As his career developed, Arnold proved he was much more than just unisex eye-candy, developing his aesthetic allure into real Hollywood charisma. Arnold would come to blossom in attracting a younger market, mixing action roles in Terminator 2 and Total Recall with Kindergarten Cop and Junior. Not only did Kindergarten Cop have no right to be as good as it is, but Arnold had no right to be so enjoyable to watch. His size became a point of contrast rather than one of awe, towering over others without menace but humour. He became his own character, a phenomenon for a reason beyond his look. He became the epitome of the American Dream, persevering and succeeding more than anyone thought he could. The ex-army tank driver would go on to ask in Junior, "Does my body disgust you?" and later become the Governor of California.
We've had some shallow fun, picking through Arnold's early years for his most outrageous muscle flexes. But it's worth remembering that Schwarzenegger's story is one of success through a lot of hard work and perseverence.
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He’s the mind behind some of Marvel’s most beloved characters. He’s created such famed superheroes as Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four. But with so many of these comic book heroes getting their turn on the big screen, one must wonder which of these Marvel flicks is Stan Lee’s favorite. Now we have an answer. During a recent Q&A on his Facebook page, Lee was asked which film adaptation he liked best. “I think my favorite comic book movie was the first one that was such a hit, the first Spider-Man," Lee said. It’s hard to argue with Lee here. The film, which starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst scored 89 percent “Fresh” on RottenTomatoes.com with reviews like Richard Roeper’s, who called it an “energetic romp.” From a financial standpoint it was a huge hit too. The movie made an inflation-adjusted $1.1 billion and spawned two follow ups with Maguire in the title role as well as two more with Andrew Garfield as the webbed wonder. The next round of Spider-Man movies, this time starring Tom Holland as the title character, starting with Spider-Man: Homecoming, is slated for a July 2017 release. »
- David Eckstein
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Marvel's highly-anticipated sequel Thor: Ragnarok will start production on the 4th of July in Australia. While very little has been confirmed about the story, the cast is starting to come together, with Cate Blanchett (Hela), Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster), Karl Urban (Skurge) and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) coming aboard to star. Mark Ruffalo is also coming aboard to star as Hulk, and while promoting his new movie Now You See Me 2, the actor dropped some new details about how Hulk fits into this sequel.
We last saw Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he commandeered a S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet and took off for parts unknown. Both Thor and Hulk were the only two Avengers who didn't show up in last month's Captain America: Civil War, but we'll get to see them on the big screen next year. During a new interview with Collider, Mark Ruffalo teased that Bruce Banner will have to confront his relationship with his giant green alter-ego, the Hulk.
"I think the arc that he is ultimately making in his relationship with The Hulk and how that's gonna resolve itself, that's really where ... nobody has gone to that place. He's always been running from him or trying to deny it but they are coming for a collision course with each other and I think that could be pretty exciting if we can figure out a way, how to do it - multi-dimensionally. Hulk vs. Banner! The only person Hulk's scared of is Banner."
Thor and Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) have been confirmed to reprise their roles, and it has also been confirmed that Natalie Portman will not be back as Jane Foster. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has teased that Thor: Ragnarok will largely be set in the cosmos, with very little time spent on Earth. While no official story details have been released yet, there have been plenty of rumors.
One of the most prevalent rumors is that the new villain Hela will team up with Loki and banish Thor from Asgard, destroying his mighty hammer Mjolnir in the process. Thor then goes on a journey that leads him to a plant full of gladiators, where he is forced to go up against the current champion, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). This eventually leads to a "cosmic road trip" between Hulk and Thor, but none of those details have been confirmed. We'll be sure to keep you posted as we get closer to Thor: Ragnarok starting production on the 4th of July. »
If you had Haymitch Abernathy and the Hulk face off, you could easily predict the clear winner. But if you gave Haymitch Professor X’s powers and got him to stay sober for a few days, the Hunger Games champion would probably have the edge. Haymitch and the the big green guy’s real-life alter-egos had a meeting of the minds that had Woody Harrelson making Mark Ruffalo see green. Literally seeing green. (’Cause he's the Hulk, of course.) Harrelson, who learned the art of mentalism for his role in the Now You See Me films, got to try out his new skills on his co-star when the two of them were in New Orleans (where part of the first film was shot). It was during dinner with Keith Barry, mentalist and hypnotism consultant on 2013’s Now You See Me, and consultant for mentalism and other magic on the sequel to the magician heist movie, which hit theaters today. Barry trained Harrelson via Skype at first, then flew out to work with him in Los Angeles. They met at Soho House, where the Ireland-born mentalist hypnotized a large group of people. “And then I said [to Harrelson], ‘Okay, off you go!’” Barry recalled. “He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘You start hypnotizing people!’ As a hypnotist, you have to prepare to fail all the time, and you do fail because there’s various levels of susceptibility, as we call it. But he embraced it, and we just had an absolute blast while we were out and about.” Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me 2. Photo credit: Jay Maidment/Summit Entertainment Cut to a few months later, during Now You See Me’s production in New Orleans: Harrelson had honed his skills well enough to get Ruffalo to forget the number 6 and to see everything as if through a green filter. Barry contends that Ruffalo was genuinely hypnotized, though the actor says he was only pretending to be hypnotized. But, as Barry explained, proficient hypnotists can tell if someone is truly under hypnosis by looking for dilation of pupils and watching the carotid arteries in the neck. “I think Mark doesn’t even know the truth himself,” Barry told me. So I was curious: If mentalists can get people to literally see green, can they change how we see green and red, giving us the experience of different kinds of color blindness? “Yeah, pretty much anything psychological can happen with hypnosis. So, yeah, color blindness is actually quite easy,” Barry said. “I can make myself invisible, float objects around.” Seriously, this dude is Professor X. [I’ll break here to warn you that there’s a Spoiler about the big reveal in the first Now You See Me film a couple paragraphs down.] We’ll have our full video interview with Barry on HitFix next week, but I’ll share one more tidbit from our chat today: His favorite movies about magicians — aside from the Now You See Me movies of course — are The Prestige and The Illusionist (which both came out in 2006). “Those were amazing movies,” he said. “If I was to pick a favorite between the two, I’d probably go with The Illusionist. I just think Ed Norton was amazing in it.” Lesson learned: Hulks make good illusionists. Okay, Eric Bana, when’s your magician movie coming out? Now You See Me 2 opens in theaters today and also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. »
- Emily Rome
Stan Lee remains one of the most respected figure in comics today, having helped give life to some of the greatest comic superheroes of all time, including Spider-Man, the Fantatic Four, and the Hulk, among others. With the recent blockbuster success of superhero stories on the silver screen in the past 15 years, it seemed only natural for Lee to pop in for short cameo roles in Marvel films. These cameo roles have only continued to expand as the years go by, getting funnier every time. With all the movies that fans have been able to enjoy, there is one in particular that Lee loves the most. According to a Q&A on Lee's Facebook page, his all time favourite superhero film “was the first one that was such a hit, the first Spider-Man. After that [Spider-Man], everything else seemed easy.” Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, to this day, stands as one of »
We're celebrating 50 brilliant UK independent bookshops. If your favourite is missing, please add it to the list below...
In Neil Gaiman’s preface to Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores, he describes four bookshops from his childhood. One was a travelling school shop, one a local store staffed by a helpful hippy where he’d pick up 25p Tom Disch novels, another was a bus ride away and owned by a Grinch who’d glower at schoolchildren customers, and the last was a now-defunct Soho sci-fi and fantasy treasure trove. Four individual shops run by booksellers with distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tastes. All of which made Gaiman what he is.
That’s the joy of independent bookshops. Their personalities shape those of the people who visit them. They’re not homogenous. Their stock tends to reflect their passions rather than the year's best-performing unit-shifters. And their »
Way back in October, it was confirmed that production would begin on Marvel's highly-anticipated Phase 3 sequel Thor: Ragnarok sometime this summer, although we haven't gotten a confirmed production start date since then. The cast is starting to come together, with new additions such as Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, but now we know exactly when shooting will begin. Marvel confirmed today that principal photography will in fact get under way on July 4.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Marvel Studios executive David Maisel made the announcement in a video for the Australian publication The Advertiser. David Maisel also revealed that "hundreds of local folks" will have the opportunity to be involved in the production. Here's what David Maisel had to say below.
"We opened the offices in Gold Coast about three months ago and we start principal photography »
Remember that awesome fight scene between Hulk and Loki in the first Avengers movie? Sounds like we're finally getting a rematch! With production set to begin on Thor: Ragnarok this summer, Marvel has already started beefing up the cast. Last month, it was announced that Jeff Goldblum has come aboard to play The Grandmaster with Karl Urban portraying Skurge. And Tessa Thompson has been confirmed as Valkyrie. There have been plenty of rumors swirling around about the plot, although nothing has been confirmed by Marvel quite yet. During a convention appearance this weekend, star Chris Hemsworth explained more about the story, with Tom Hiddleston teasing what could be a show stopping scene that brings down the house.
Thor and Thor: The Dark World co-star Tom Hiddleston appeared at the Wizard World Philadelphia convention, where part of their panel was posted on YouTube. The panel's moderator asked Tom Hiddleston what fans can expect from Thor: Ragnarok, »
With the debut today of the sixth episode of the excellent web series Star Trek Continues, Cinelinx looks at one of the most outstanding fan-fiction projects being produced today, as it reaches its third year. This show is not only a superb tribute to the original Star Trek, it’s a well-made and entertaining series in its own right.
Any fan of the original Star Trek TV series should enjoy this impressive follow-up, which continues the Five Year Mission of the USS Enterprise. It picks up after the last episode of the original show “Turnabout Intruder” (The final scene of which is recreated in a short video vignette that precedes the series) and chronicles the 4th year of Captain Kirk and his crew going where no man has gone before.
The creative minds behind Star Trek Continues have been putting out original episodes online since May of 2013. The latest release »
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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Force, Wolverine 3, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Animated Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blade, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and more…
Having opened in the UK and 74 other international markets last week – grossing a $103.3 million opening weekend – X-Men: Apocalypse made its way across the Pond yesterday, where it is going head-to-head with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass on Memorial Day weekend. Apocalypse looks set to comfortably come out on top, and is looking at a domestic opening haul of around $85 million over the four-day weekend, which should put it at around the $250 million mark worldwide by Monday. Be sure to check out our reviews of X-Men: Apocalypse here, here, here and here, along with the Flickering Myth Podcast reviews here and here, »
- Gary Collinson
Late last week we heard that Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban would be joining the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, which already included the returning Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba, as well as new additions Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett. Mark Ruffalo is also starring in the movie as Hulk, though we still don't have an official idea about how he and his fellow Avenger Thor might be hooking up. We got a small clue from Marvel head Kevin Feige recently, when he confirmed that Natalie Portman would not be returning for the third installment in the Thor series because "there are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie," with most of the story taking place "in the cosmos." Now Ruffalo has provided further hints...
- Peter Martin
Late last week we heard that Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban would be joining the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, which already included the returning Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba, as well as new additions Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett. Mark Ruffalo is also starring in the movie as Hulk, though we still don't have an official idea about how he and his fellow Avenger Thor might be hooking up. We got a small clue from Marvel head Kevin Feige recently, when...
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Based on comments we’ve heard from Joss Whedon in the past, he didn’t exactly enjoy the experience of jumping from The Avengers straight into its sequel, Age of Ultron. Much of that seemed to be the result of creative differences with Marvel Studios, but the filmmaker has made it clear that he would be open to working with them again so long as he can take some time to focus on his own projects first.
That’s actually what he’s up to at the moment, but in a new interview, Whedon was asked if he would return to Marvel for a female led Avengers spinoff, and had this to say about it:
“Yeah, of course. Although I tend more towards the Jessica Jones-ey kind of stories than the delightful Supergirl stories that my daughter wants.”
A team of Avengers made up of women is nothing new, »
- Josh Wilding
For going on two decades now, Hugh Jackman has been one of the most beloved actors to ever bring a superhero to life in the form of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. However, all good things must come to an end and that end is nearly upon us as production has started on Wolverine 3, which will be Jackman's last go around as Logan. Though we don't know a ton about the film yet, we may finally know who the bad guys will be in the upcoming X-Men spinoff.
A new report from Nerdist claims to have confirmation from "a source close to the production" as to who the villains will be. It looks like Wolverine will once again be fighting big, bad robots in the form of Reavers. In the comics at least, Reavers were a group of criminal cyborgs who were bent on destroying the mutant X-Men, and they »
Two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Carol, Cinderella) joins Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jurassic Park) who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma) who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban (Star Trek trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King) who will add his might to the fray as Skurge. Rounding out the cast for the film is three-time Oscar-nominee Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk from Marvel's The Avengers and Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here's what producer Kevin Feige had to say about these new cast members in a statement.
"The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, »
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