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Dylan O’Brien’s “American Assassin” easily topped social media buzz last week with 59,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service.
The activity was spurred by the studio holding a social promotion for fans to unlock the new poster online along with the release of a new red band trailer on Aug. 17. The cumulative number of new conversations for “American Assassin” has hit 245,000.
In the movie, Dylan O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp, a CIA recruit whose fiancee is killed in a terrorist attack moments after he’s proposed to her — motivating him to serve in a black ops mission aimed at stopping World War III in the Middle East. He’s trained by deep cover Cold War veteran Stan Hurley, played by Michael Keaton. The film opens on Sept. 15.
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” produced 21,000 new conversations last week as the studio »
- Dave McNary
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Silver & Black, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Defenders, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Inhumans, Runaways, Cloak & Dagger, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fantastic Four, The Gifted, Justice League, The Batman, Wonder Woman 2, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Gotham, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batman and Harley Quinn, Batman vs. Two-Face, Hellboy, Quantum and Woody and more…
We’ll start things off in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this week, seeing as we’ve had a new international trailer for Marvel’s third superhero movie release of the year, Thor: Ragnarok, which also gave us our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the cosmic threequel [watch it here]. On top of that, Marvel also unveiled new images featuring the likes of Thor Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Ben Gavin, Claudia Kim, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Nicholas Pauling, Michael Barbieri, José Zúñiga | Written by Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel | Directed by Nikolaj Arcel
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” As opening lines go, The Gunslinger’s should be up there with Pride and Prejudice’s universally acknowledged truth for sheer iconicism. We say should be, for Stephen King’s epic fantasy Western always was one of his most underappreciated, and less read.
Hence director Nikolaj Arcel and his screenwriters (plus committee, who had a big hand in this aberration) jettisoning that powerful, brilliant, stark opening in favour of modern-day New York and a teenage protagonist. For those unfamiliar with the books, The Dark Tower won’t be even nearly so offensive. Constant readers will »
- Joel Harley
Stan Lee is set to be honoured in Beverly Hills this coming Tuesday at a star-studded event entitled Extraordinary: Stan Lee, and SyFy Wire caught up with the Marvel legend to discuss the upcoming celebration of his life and work, during which Lee revealed which of his characters he’d most like to see in their own movie.
“[Silver Surfer] is the one I want to see more,” said Lee, acknowledging that fans weren’t entirely enthused by Norrin Radd’s appearance in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. “He’s the most philosophical of all the characters I’ve ever worked on. And I have an idea for my cameo in that one!”
Lee also went on to discuss his favourite Marvel cameo, joking that: “Oh yeah, my favorite is when I’m drinking with Thor in [Avengers: Age of Ultron]. When I was with him at the bar and he was drinking a strong drink from Asgard. »
- Gary Collinson
A new piece of promotional artwork for Avengers: Infinity War has arrived online, which features Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man (complete with his Iron Spider suit), Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Adolescent Groot; check it out here…
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence »
- Gary Collinson
Sweet Christmas, everyone – this year’s Awesome Con was busy as all get-out and chock-full of cool things to see and do, and con season is rushing by so fast that I’m just now getting to my recap! (We can also blame the con crud for this, alas. It’s been following me around for a solid month.) As always, there were way more activities than one mere mortal could get to. And on top of that, this was the first year where I really saw multiple events surrounding the con that were either not directly affiliated with the con but inspired by it, or connected to it but not part of the main con experience.
So let’s start there. First off, I was part of a pre-con round-table interview Awesome Con set up with the inestimable Stan Lee. Stan answered many great questions. He talked about what »
- Emily S. Whitten
Captain Marvel is fast beginning to take shape ahead of its planned production start in the fall.
More than two years after they first climbed on board, screenwriters Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have now passed the Carol Danvers origins story over to the incoming Geneva Roberston-Dworet, whose credits include Tomb Raider and David Ayer’s DC spinoff, Gotham City Sirens. That small change in personnel will presumably allow Roberston-Dworet to shepherd Captain Marvel over the finish line and, crucially, iterate on the screenplay that’s already in place.
In light of Geneva Roberston-Dworet’s appointment on Wednesday, there have been rumblings that Marvel has ordered a page-one rewrite. And with only four months to go until Captain Marvel is due to swoop into production, that rumor was enough to place comic book fans on red alert. But don’t fret; Nicole Perlman took »
- Michael Briers
Following yesterday’s international trailer for Thor: Ragnarok featuring Doctor Strange [watch it here], a new batch of images from director Taika Waititi’s upcoming Marvel blockbuster have arrived online, giving us another look at the likes of Thor, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Loki, The Grandmaster, Valkyrie, Skurge, and Heimdall; check them out here…
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.
- Amie Cranswick
Marvel has released 18 new images from Thor: Ragnarok. The upcoming sequel sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) imprisoned on the other side of the universe and forced to put together a team in order to stop the ruthless Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). From what we’ve seen so far, the movie looks like an absolute blast and a far cry from the first two Thor movies. While some fans have cited a look that’s similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, I would say that Ragnarok still looks like it has its own personality. Yes, there are big, bold, … »
- Matt Goldberg
Stan Lee is the Mickey Mouse of Marvel, and has appeared in nearly every big screen outing he had some kind of hand in helping push forward. He's Marvel Studios favorite mascot. And in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it was revealed that he's been playing The Watchers' Informant in every McU movie thus far. So it makes sense that he'd want a Silver Surfer movie to happen. It would give him a chance to expand that role. He does have his cameo planned out, if that ever comes to be. And he insists it should. Even if Marvel doesn't currently own the rights to the character.
Stan Lee recently caught up with SyfyWire.com to chat about his life and times as the comic book industry's favorite son. And he truly believes that Silver Surfer deserves a second change at big screen stardom. He's well aware of how »
Coming off its impressive showing at San Diego Comic-Con, Thor: Ragnarok is beginning to enter the home stretch ahead of its theatrical release in November.
We’ve seen high-res action shots and entire clips dedicated to the fantastical world of Sakaar, while yesterday brought forth the threequel’s Japanese trailer and with it, our first true look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange interacting with the God of Thunder. It’s an extension of that end-credits scene that was included in the Sorcerer Supreme’s solo outing, while also serving as a tantalizing primer for the duo’s inevitable reunion in Avengers: Infinity War. Also, fun fact: Ragnarok has been titled Thor: Battle Royale in anticipation of its Japanese release.
- Michael Briers
To see characters like Black Panther and Doctor Strange sharing screen time with Thor and Iron Man... Stan Lee couldn't have predicted that. It's truly amazing. And yet, there's still one character that Stan hopes gets more screen time in an upcoming Marvel movie. »
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
Next up: blockbusters and popcorn fare for even the pickiest of cinephiles.
“It” (September 8)
While 2017 has been a relatively low-key year for horror, the promise of a remake of one of Stephen King’s most beloved and horrifying works, “It,” still glimmers on the horizon. Long before the creepy clown scares of summer 2016 (but not too »
- Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Jamie Righetti, David Ehrlich and Michael Nordine
Thor is going to need all the help he can get. The Japanese trailer for Marvel Sutdios' Thor: Ragnarok premiered online Wednesday, giving fans their first look at Thor (Chris Hemsworth) interacting with Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) since the mid-credits scene in 2016's Doctor Strange. In their initial meeting, Stephen brought the crown prince in for a serious talk. "So, I keep a watch list of individuals and beings from other realms that may be a threat to this world. Your adopted brother is one of those beings," he said, referring to Loki (Tom Hiddleston). "Why bring him here to New York?" "A bit of a long story," Thor explained, "but we're looking for my »
Here’s a brand-new international trailer (featuring Doctor Strange!) for Thor: Ragnarok , which comes from director Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins and Mark Ruffalo as the “new and improved” Hulk…
In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk! »
- Phil Wheat
Marvel Studios have debuted a brand new Thor: Ragnarok trailer, one which introduces Doctor Strange back into the Marvel cinematic universe. Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his role from last year’s stand-alone movie, and appears alongside the likes of Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
The film opens on UK shores from October 27th, 2017. Watch the new trailer below.
- Paul Heath
Thor: Ragnarok just got a little more magical. We've known for a while that Benedict Cumberbatch was set to appear in the upcoming Thor movie, as revealed by one of the post-credits scenes from Doctor Strange, but he has yet to be featured in any of the marketing for the movie. Until now. A brand new Japanese trailer for Thor: Ragnarok has arrived online that features an appearance by none other than the Sorcerer Supreme himself.
The new Thor: Ragnarok trailer arrived online via a Japanese Marvel YouTube channel and kicks off with a little bit of interaction between Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. It seems like this will take place early on in the movie and Marvel's resident master magician has some ominous words for Thor in the new footage.
"Thor, I sense a great change in your future. Destiny has »
"I sense a great change in your future." Disney has revealed a new international (Japanese) trailer for Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, and while it features lots of footage we have seen before, there's a few new moments with some familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (hint, hint). This trailer doesn't even try to hide it - it just starts out with Doctor Strange right away. There's also a few other teases in this, so fire it up to get a closer look. Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, with a kick ass cast: Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, plus all of the others from Asgard including Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Jaimie Alexander. I'm still so, so excited for this. I'm just ready to watch already! Bring on Taika Waititi's Ragnarok mayhem. »
- Alex Billington
Life must be pretty easy for a famous guy named Chris, since statistically you’re the most famous and handsome man in any room you walk into, but the filming of Avengers: Infinity War has apparently been a real culture shock for one famous Chris. Speaking with Elle (via Entertainment Tonight), Chris Hemsworth (who plays Thor) says he was “weirdly shaken” when he first met Chris Pratt (who plays Star-Lord), which kind of makes it sound like that time on The Simpsons when Milhouse met the other kid named Milhouse and they instantly shared a deep bond with each other.
Hemsworth says he doesn’t know why it was so powerful to meet another famous guy named Chris, but he says that Pratt is “just so charismatic” and “good at what he does” that it evidently shook him to his mighty core. He doesn’t say what it was like »
- Sam Barsanti
"...without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time...
"...to get back to 'Asgard' to stop 'Ragnarok' — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization...
"...at the hands of an all-powerful new threat...
"...the ruthless 'Hela'.
"But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally...and fellow 'Avenger' — the 'Incredible Hulk'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Thor: Ragnarok" »
- Michael Stevens
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