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Ever since 2008, when Marvel began merging their cinematic franchises in The Incredible Hulk, many comic characters have appeared on-screen. Some have become major players in the McU, some are just minor characters, some have been killed-off and some…have been completely forgotten. Cinelinx looks at four major Marvel villains who were introduced in the McU but have since been totally forgotten.
The Leader: In the comics, the Hulk’s arch-enemy is brainy bad-guy Samuel Sterns, Aka the Leader. Sterns was introduced into the McU in The Incredible Hulk (2008), played by Tim Blake Nelson. In the film, Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) seeks help from oddball scientist Sterns, who proves to have his own agenda. He has synthesized samples of Banner’s irradiated blood, hoping to tap into its “limitless potential”. When last we see Sterns, he gets some of the Banner-Blood into a wound on his forehead. He smiles as his head starts to grow. »
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We are now well into the age of superhero movie crossovers. The Avengers have been assembled (and recently disassembled) on the big screen for a few years now and the Justice League are all set to join them in 2017. We think of this as a new phenomenon, kickstarted by the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, but actually, some form of crossover in superhero movies has been around for a while now. For instance, The Incredible Hulk TV movies saw the rage monster team up with Thor and Daredevil.
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Seeing this type of thing on the big screen took somewhat longer, but Hollywood did eventually catch up. From the early hints at cinematic crossovers in the 1990s to the full-on mash-ups of today, here are eight of the best superhero movie crossovers ever. As always, if we’ve missed any, make sure to »
- Christian Bone
Marvel Studios has just launched its latest production, as the cast and crew of Thor: Ragnarok have descended upon Australia's Gold Coast to begin the process of bringing this "intergalactic buddy road trip movie" to the big screen. Director Taika Waititi is their fearless leader, and the cast already seems to love the Marvel newbie.
"We will do our very best not to disappoint. @TaikaWaititi our fearless director is doing a great job," Mark Ruffalo, who'll be playing Bruce Banner (aka. The Incredible Hulk), said via twitter. He also encouraged people to follow him on Snapchat, as he intends to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Thor: Ragnarok on that account. "I’m on finally on Snapchat taking you on the set of #Thor3. Follow along #markruffalo."
According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, the first sequences they'll be filming will take place »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Gambit, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke, Rising Stars and more…
We’re starting things off the in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this week, seeing as director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt have announced that principal photography has now wrapped on next year’s hotly-anticipated superhero space opera Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gunn made the announcement in a Facebook video, during which he also confirmed that he and the cast will be heading to San Diego next month for Comic-Con: “We, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, are coming to San Diego Comic-Con this year,” states Gunn. »
- Gary Collinson
Starr previously played a computer nerd in 2008's The Incredible Hulk
- Max Evry
Michael Stevens, Sneakpeek.CA
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"Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and 'mayhem', Marvel Studios' 'Captain America: Civil War' finds 'Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) leading a new team of 'Avengers' in a 'Bourne'-looking, globe-hopping, bone-crunching follow-up to 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' (2014)...
"With frantic fighting sequences inspired by Jack Kirby, 'Cap' (Evans) engages like there's no tomorrow...
"...crashing through windows while bouncing his bullet-ricocheting shield off floors and walls...
"...skull-fracturing hordes of baddies, effortlessly somersaulting, breakfalling, kicking and punching his way through the throng.
"'Steve Rogers', that skinny scrappy kid, »
- Michael Stevens
Earlier this month, Wizard World brought their unique brand of star-studded fun to Minneapolis, and I had the great pleasure of speaking with both Barry Bostwick and Lou Ferrigno. Bostwick reflected on the cultural impact of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and revealed whether or not he’ll appear in Fox’s reboot, while Ferrigno talked about his gritty new action movie, Instant Death, and also discussed his love of Frankenstein.
You can read both interviews below, and be sure to check Wizard World’s official website to see what celebrities they’ll be bringing to a city near you:
Interview with Barry Bostwick:
Barry Bostwick: Well, he [Darren] was »
- Derek Anderson
Captain America: Civil War is quickly approaching its second weekend in release. And a lot of fans will be heading back to the theater just to see the new Spider-Man back in action a second time. Tom Holland has won unanimous praise for his portrayal of Peter Parker in this blockbuster hit of the summer. And he definitely makes the movie worth the price of admission. Marvel and Disney have released a new sneak peek via Youtube, which has us wanting to watch this Avengers adventure all over again.
This latest Captain America: Civil War TV spot shows Spidey meeting Captain America for the first time, giving him a proper salute. Though, the two are far from becoming fast friends, as Parker uses his new Stark provided webbing to deliver Rogers a good old fashion comic book clobbering. We also get to see a few of our other favorite superheroes, »
Before Captain America: Civil War hit theaters domestically this weekend, the Marvel Phase Three adventure had already gotten off to a strong start at the international box office, taking in $200.4 million in its first weekend overseas. The movie opened in North America with a strong $181.7 million, and after another strong international weekend with $220 million, the movie is sitting at $678.4 million worldwide, as it's expected to cross $700 million very soon, perhaps as early as tomorrow. The movie's international cumulative total to date is at $496.6 million, including an impressiv opening in China this weekend.
Last weekend, Captain America: Civil War opened in 37 international territories, although it debuted in several key markets such as China this weekend, where it earned a whopping $95.8M, the second highest opening for a Hollywood movie in the country, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction. According to Deadline, its debut in China is also equal to the entire Chinese »
A few weeks ago, before Captain America: Civil War hits theaters this weekend, box office prognosticators estimated that the movie would open up between $175 million to $200 million. When the reviews started to come out, with an incredibly strong reception, some thought the movie could make more than $200 million this weekend, but it turns out that those initial predictions were on point. Captain America: Civil War opened this weekend with an estimated take of $181.7 million, falling short of the debuts of Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2 million) and The Avengers ($207.4 million) for the third best debut in the McU.
According to Box Office Mojo, Captain America: Civil War debuted in 4,226 theaters, posting a monster $43,017 per-screen average. The movie is already a hit with critics, posting an impressive 91% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, down slightly from the 94% rating posted earlier this week. The movie was the only new release to hit theaters this weekend, »
One month after 2008’s Iron Man ushered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fictional world expanded with The Incredible Hulk. Since then, Bruce Banner and his monstrous counterpart have appeared in other Marvel movies, but there has yet to be another standalone Hulk movie. Much of that has to do with how Universal still holds the rights to solo Hulk adventures, and according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, contractual issues need to be worked out with that studio in order to give the Green Goliath his own feature. During an extensive Q&A with Deadline, Feige was asked what would need to happen to get a Mark Buffalo-led Hulk movie. Here’s what he said: Well, those are contractual things that I’m not entirely attuned to. Disney and Universal would need to come to an agreement to allow Marvel to do a standalone Hulk »
The day Marvel fans have been waiting for has finally arrived! Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters nationwide, kicking off Marvel's Phase 3 in a huge way, with the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe divided against each other in an epic battle. Before these heroes square off on the big screen, some of the cast members came together in a new TV spot to sing a familiar song, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, in a new TV spot.
The Mashable Twitter page debuted this viral video, which starts off with Chris Evans talking about how Steve Rogers left Brooklyn to join the war, and ultimately became a "superhero." He's eventually joined by a number of his Captain America: Civil War cast mates, such as Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan and Chadwick Boseman, who start humming, then singing, the Battle Hymn Republic as Chris Evans continues to »
It’s finally time to pack away the bulky Winter coats and jackets, or at least regulate them to the far corners of the closet, because Summer has truly arrived. A new tradition heralding the seasonal start began eight years ago with the first major Marvel Studios release Iron Man, and almost every first weekend of May since has seen another “box office buster” storm the nation’s, now the world’s, theatre screens. Like the “star-spangled man”, these exec do have a plan, mapping out groups of films as a “phase”. That 2008 classic marked the beginning of “phase one” that concluded with the first titanic team-up of heroes, Marvel’S The Avengers. “Phase two” finished up last Summer with Ant-man and the second Avengers epic. Who better to usher in the beginning of “phase three” than the first Avenger himself, Steve Rogers? But the good Captain now faces a »
- Jim Batts
Thirteen movies, eight years, one wholly incontrovertible ranking.
Everyone loves ranking things. Books, restaurants, vacations, sex partners — we all love a good ranked list that puts things (or people) in their place ahead of or behind other things (or people). It may not offer much room for serious and deep critiques, but it’s a fun way to see where other people’s opinions stand against the objective truth of your own.
Honestly, we really thought someone would have done this with the Marvel Cinematic Universe by now. It seems like a no-brainer, but after nearly two minutes of googling on AskJeeves.com we were forced to acknowledge that no one else had ranked these thirteen movies. So it’s up to us to fill that void.
It probably goes without saying, but we’re only including the actual McU films here meaning no X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Punisher, Blade »
- Rob Hunter
In just a few short hours, fans will finally get to see Captain America: Civil War on the big screen, as the first Marvel Phase 3 movie hits theaters for Thursday night sneak preview screenings. This superhero adventure will introduce two new heroes fans have been waiting to see in the McU for many years, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Of course, with any superhero movie of this magnitude, there will plenty of merchandise out there for fans to pick up, and earlier today, a new Spider-Man action figure was unveiled for the first time.
The Captain America Facebook page hosted a live unboxing of the new Captain America: Civil War Marvel Legends action figure set, where Marvel's Ryan Penagos, known as Agent M on Twitter, showcased this set for the first time. The set includes six-inch action figures of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man, »
With news that a Black Widow movie may finally be moving, we look at 11 Marvel films stuck in development...
When the next Avengers movie hits cinemas, it will have been ten years since Marvel Studios came onto the scene since Iron Man. At the time of writing, they've already released 13 movies and so far (touch wood), there hasn't really been a single clunker among them, and certainly no box office bombs.
The studio also has dates staked out for the next 11 movies, including sequels to Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Ant-Man, along with films based around Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, in the run-up to a two part Avengers movie that will tie off a lot of the franchise's over-arcing storyline. They've got plenty to be getting on with, but there have been a few projects along the way that didn't quite get the green light. »
Tony Black on whether the Universal Monsters will deliver the next big cinematic franchise…
You all remember The Mummy, right? Brendan Fraser doing his best Harrison Ford impression while Arnold Vosloo pranced around in a gold nappy trying to hide his broad South African brogue. Rather good, wasn’t it? You may be surprised to learn it came out in 1999. Some readers of this may not have been born then! The Mummy Returns followed in 2001 and then The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008 (but we don’t talk about that), with a Dwayne Johnson-starring The Scorpion King spin-off wedged in between. Had these films all came out a decade later, chances are they would have been much more of a cinematic universe, which of course are hot stuff these days thanks to Marvel’s successes in the superhero genre. Universal Pictures got into the act last year »
- Tony Black
Representing both the start of the summer movie season and Marvel Phase 3, Captain America: Civil War hits theaters this weekend, in what's expected to be a massive debut. The superhero adventure has already gotten off to a great start overseas, taking in $200.2 million while opening in 37 international market, although many key territories are yet to come like China, Russia, Italy and Argentina. Box office prognosticators have been predicting a debut in the range of $175 million to $200 million for Captain America: Civil War, but it may just open higher than that.
According to Box Office Mojo, Captain America: Civil War is expected to debut in over 4,000 theaters, although a specific theater count has not been given yet. The movie is already a hit with critics, posting an impressive 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 103 positive reviews out of 110. Based on the positive word of mouth, and the large theater count, we're »
Bam! Pow! Call it a one-two punch for superhero fans. First DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice slams into theatres at the end of March, then just six weeks later Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War delivers the follow-up blow.
Of the two, the Marvel entry is the wily veteran. It’s the 13th Avengers film (if you count The Incredible Hulk and Guardians of the Galaxy), and the film that launches us into “Phase 3” of the phenomenally successful franchise. Star Chris Evans is playing Cap — the scrawny but noble World War II soldier turned into a brawny and still noble superhero — for the fifth time, after Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the two Avengers films.
But this time is different.
We’re finally paying attention to the scores of largely unseen humans who’ve died or been maimed as the Avengers »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
Civil War trailers have already revealed one of the film’s more interesting call backs to previous Marvel movies. I don’t think any of us really expected to see William Hurt reprise his role as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk), but the character sets the stage in the trailers for the film. We see Ross going over the collateral damage caused by the Avengers while a dour Captain America listens on. Most casual Marvel fans know “Thunderbolt” Ross as the antagonist from the Hulk’s first appearance way back in 1962. He was present at the gamma explosion that irradiated Dr. Bruce Banner, and before that even happened the two men had a strenuous relationship. Ross railed against his daughter...
- John Gholson
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