When directors turned movies like Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger into hits, Marvel and the industry collectively gave the credit to the characters and actors. But if Guardians Of The Galaxy breaks out, then a whole bunch of credit is going to come James Gunn's way, as he inexplicably makes the journey from one-time Troma darling to A-List blockbuster helmer. And with Gunn currently contracted for one more Marvel movie, everyone is assuming he'll sign on for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 . But he might have his sights set on something different within the House Of Ideas. In an interview with Screenrant , James Gunn was asked very specifically about Thunderbolts. And here was his suspiciously specific answer. "Thunderbolts? I will tell you, one time I was saying to Kevin [Feige], we were sitting on set together on one of the days he visited and I said, .You know, I »
As the box-office juggernaut that is Marvel Studios rolls inexorably onwards, it's easy to forget that they haven't actually launched a new movie property since 2011, when Captain America: The First Avenger didn't so much smash the box office as give it a severe denting. Aside from the anticipation built by a pair of pop-tinged trailers, Guardians Of The Galaxy is all-new to the vast majority of the public. The question must be asked: can Marvel still deliver from what is essentially a standing start?
If you had doubts, you can safely dismiss them. Guardians is exactly what the trailers promised: a slacker comedy in space where the fate of billions lies in the hands of people who can barely stop squabbling long enough to shoot in the same direction. »
This may not be the most exciting thing to come out of San Diego Comic-Con today, but the official logo for Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation has been revealed. The logo was on display at the Legendary Pictures booth, along with some weaponry. Take a look at the logo here…
Jones finished shooting Warcraft a few months ago, so hopefully we’ll be seeing some teaser footage or images from the film as Sdcc continues.
Warcraft is an adaptation of the incredibly popular video game franchise, and arrives in theaters on March 11, 2016. It sports a great cast that includes Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Misson: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, X-Men: The Last Stand), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists), and Clancy Brown (Starship Troopers, »
- James Garcia
When I managed to speak briefly with the writers of Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2016's Captain America 3 earlier this week, I made sure to ask which villains they would like to introduce in a future movie. They obviously couldn't say too much, but did reveal one character they're not sure we'll ever see on the big screen and another that at least one of them would be interested in introducing...if they can ever find a way to make it work in the tone established in this particular corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Christopher Markus: That's a little tricky because some of them are theoretically very good. Some of them have great concepts but are really tough to pull off visually. Like Flag-Smasher who wants to destroy nations, and that's a terrorist and seems like a guy you could work with, »
"We went out drinking one night and he was like, 'You know, it would be great to write something for you'," Atwell told Entertainment Weekly.
"And I was like, 'Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!'"
Avengers: Age of Ultron will »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a fine job of bringing costumed superheroes to the big screen, but frankly, it has a bit of a villain problem. Loki is undoubtedly Marvel’s most popular asset in this department (and their most frequent, having appeared in three films), but everyone else who’s aimed to give Earth’s Mightiest Heroes hell has failed to strike a similar chord.
They don’t last very long, either. Iron Man introduced and killed off the Iron Monger, Obadiah Stane, Iron Man 2 doubled down and introduced Whiplash and Justin Hammer, The Incredible Hulk brought in The Abomination and General Thunderbolt Ross, a constant thorn in the side of the giant green rage monster, and Thor: The Dark World featured dark elf Malekith (who was, honestly, incredibly forgettable). Then there are villains like Captain America: The First Avenger‘s Red Skull and Iron Man 3‘s Mandarin. »
- James Garcia
Today, the topic turned towards iconic villains - specifically the potential return of Red Skull from "Captain America: The First Avenger" and the return/re-interpretation of The Mandarin from "Iron Man 3".
While Hugo Weaving has indicated he has no real interest in returning as Red Skull, the character's seeming demise at the end of that film was handled in a way it appeared as if he was thrown somewhere across the galaxy. Feige says that was deliberate to keep the option open, but there are no immediate plans as yet for his return:
"Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime... I honestly don't know when or where that would be. »
- Garth Franklin
The curious thing about the Marvel-verse is that the more it expands, the more strings need to be tied together to keep it all connected. And one strand that Marvel is continually threading belongs to Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter. First featured in "Captain America: The First Avenger," she returned in old-age makeup for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." And now the actress confirms she'll once again make a Marvel movie appearance, this time in "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron." And she can credit alcohol for helping make that happen. “We went out drinking one night and he was like, ‘You know, it would be great to write something for you. And I was like, ‘Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!’” she told Entertainment Weekly (via ScreenRant). And we're sure this decision has nothing to do with the "Agent Carter" series that will start airing next year. Speaking of Marvel shows, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Joss [Whedon] is in his full height of his powers. This movie is much more sprawling and epic than the first one. They’re really in an existential, dire crisis. It has a darker quality. The Avengers are really struggling with their own shortcomings and the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where they go and who they are in the world. There’s a lot of negativity towards them."
Ruffalo also went into a bit of detail about his character, telling EW that age is having an impact on the development of Bruce Banner:
"I think they set it up nicely now that Banner’s turning 46 years old, and there comes a point where it »
- Garth Franklin
Despite the old age and amnesiac condition of character Peggy Carter in the present timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hayley Atwell is keeping herself busy with Marvel Studios. After playing a major role in the origin story of Steve Rogers in the ’40s set Captain America: The First Avenger, Atwell’s highly trained Peggy Carter became a quick fan-fave thanks to the self-titled Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter, a short film which helped launch her own TV series on ABC to play alongside Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand outward, into space and mysticism, it’s still keeping one foot in the past. Agent Carter will follow Atwell’s Peggy after the events of The First ...
- Rob Keyes
Hayley Atwell is gearing up to start shooting Marvel and ABC's new Agent Carter TV series, which will center on the 1940s character she first established in Captain America: The First Avenger and later fleshed out in Marvel's Agent Carter short film. However, after she hits the small-screen next year, Atwell will follow up her Captain America: The Winter Soldier scene on the big-screen with a role in Avengers: Age of Ultron next summer. The English actress told Entertainment Weekly mag' that her inclusion in Marvel's most highly-anticipated sequel came about during an evening with writer/director Joss Whedon. "We went out drinking one night and he was like, 'You know, it would be great to write something for you,'" she says. "And I was like , 'Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!'" Obviously, Hayley Atwell couldn't reveal details about her presence in the sequel or whether she'll appear in a flashback, »
What keeps any story or idea relevant is continuous adaptation. The blanket statement that “remakes suck” discounts a lot of great remakes and ignores the fact that mankind has been retelling and remixing stories forever. A good example of reinvention is Batman, who will see his 4th cinematic incarnation and is popular worldwide and across all ages. Buck Rogers on the other hand hasn’t had a new movie since 1939 and grows more irrelevant with each passing year.
All five movies that I think are due for a remake are 15 years or older. Four of these are adaptations from other media. For each movie I break down their faults or misfortunes, the opportunity in the source material or potential in a remake, how a remake makes fiscal sense, its current and past remake status, and finally a bit of fanboy wishful thinking.
Wild Wild West (1999) Why It's Due for a »
- Free Reyes
It may have lost top spot at the box office to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has pushed its worldwide haul to a whopping $886 million this weekend, further extending its lead as the highest-grossing movie of the year as well as surpassing the $709. million of the original Transformers and the $836.3 million of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A billion looks all but assured for Age of Extinction, while the franchise high of $1.123 billion set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon is certainly an achievable target.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of »
- Gary Collinson
For this week’s quiz we were going to tie in to the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by keeping it simple with one question: what the hell happened at the end of the 2001 reboot? But hey, even Tim Burton couldn’t answer that one, so instead, with the San Diego Comic Con-International on the horizon we’ve decided it’s high time we tested your knowledge of superhero movies. So, if you’re feeling confident, take the quiz below and see how many of the 25 superhero movies you can name – and don’t forget to share your score for all to see…
Question 2 Watchmen Minutemen Justice League
Question 5 The Fantastic Four Fantastic Four Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Question 6 Superman: The Movie »
- Gary Collinson
"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe." So ran this week's statement from Marvel Comics, announcing that hammer-wielding Norse god Thor will be female in a new comic series. While a number of reactions from fans and industry folk have been dead on, others have been predictably hostile.
Coupled with the imminent release of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the first Marvel Studios movie to date with a female screenwriter, this announcement has reignited an ever-brewing debate about women in superhero movies. More to the point, the lack thereof.
After Black Widow proved to be more or less second lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year, many were hoping that Marvel would finally bite the bullet and announce a standalone movie for Scarlett Johansson as part of their Phase Three plans. »
Dane Cook is one of the most financially successful comics of all time -- he's also one of the most controversial.
Cook exploded onto the national scene with two certified platinum comedy albums and historic sold-out shows, though many people questioned the origin of several of his jokes. But whether you believe he's "stolen" material from other comics (like Louis C.K.) or not, there's little denying his talent and presence as a performer. With starring roles in "Good Luck Chuck"(2007) and "Dan In Real Life" (2007), Cook is no stranger to the silver screen. This summer, the comic/actor returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper in "Planes: Fire & Rescue."
From his superhero audition to his embezzling brother, here are 21 things you probably don't know about Dane Cook.
1. Dane Cook was born March 18, 1972 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Donna Jean Ford and George F. Cook.
2. Cook's family was Roman Catholic.
3. He »
- Jonny Black
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return September 23rd, and set to bridge the gap while its on Winter hiatus is Agent Carter, which will see Hayley Atwell reprise her role from both Captain America: The First Avenger and the succeeding Marvel "One Shot". We knew that the show will be set in and around the time that one shot, but we didn't know who else we can expect to see join Peggy in the events leading up to the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Well, now Film Divider have some names for us. Deputy Director Roger Hooley is a hardworking, principled older man and Peggy’s boss. As you might expect, he’s bothered by ongoing problems in his personal life as well as the challenges of his day job. Agent Jack Thompson is in his 30s, handsome and damn well knows it. The polar opposite of Dooley, »
Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper to a special Guardians of the Galaxy episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, July 21 the same evening as the film's worldwide premiere.
The stars of the highly anticipated new film will talk about the project and debut exclusive content.
Jimmy Kimmel will also test the Guardians' Marvel knowledge as each actor goes head-to-head in a trivia contest against Mia Grace, a 5-year-old superhero expert from Albany, New York.
Guardians of the Galaxy Official Boilerplate:
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel's The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an »
Salon Nathan Rabin apologies for coining the term "Manix Pixie Dream Girl" (Must Read!)
Variety Uma Thurman auctioning off an evening with her complete with cocktails and a Pulp Fiction screening. The journalist writing this must be very young because they refer to Tarantino's smash as "the movie that launched her career". Umm... she'd already been famous for 6 years at that point and had headlined movies. Fact check anyone?
Guardian Mowgli, the only onscreen actor, cast in Jon Favreau »
- NATHANIEL R
Universal Pictures has released a batch of new images from Dracula Untold, the new take on the origin of Bram Stoker’s iconic blood-sucker, which stars Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Vlad Tepes. Feast on them here…
Dracula Untold is directed by Gary Shore and sees Evans joined in the cast by Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sarah Gadon (Enemy), Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones), Diarmaid Murtagh (Vikings), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Zach McGowan (Shameless) and Noah Huntley (Snow White and the Huntsman). The film will open in the UK on October 3rd and in the States on October 17th. Watch the first trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
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