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As successful as Marvel Studios has been over the last few years, a serious problem (well, two) reared its head over the course of it’s Phase Two run of movies. People started to notice the ‘Marvel formula’, which was basically the same story been rehashed over and over again and the same action packed 'army vs. army’ finale from The Avengers being wheeled each time. Now, don’t get me wrong, most of Phase Two’s output was fantastic (guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier especially), but this formula is to blame for the growing lack creativity that has plagued Marvel movies of late and is leading to a sort of superhero fatigue, even from hardcore comic book movie fans. And all the blame lies squarely with the Marvel Creative Committee. Headed up by Marvel Entertainment president Alan Fine, the committee consists of prolific Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
After enjoying a bumper summer box-office with his latest film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($480 million worldwide and counting), Tom Cruise has officially added another sequel to his slate with news that Paramount Pictures has set Jack Reacher 2 for release in October 2016.
Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) is directing the sequel, which will see Cruise return as Jack Reacher, the main character in the bestselling book by Lee Childs. The first Jack Reacher, released in 2012, grossed $218.3 million worldwide and co-starred Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now).
Jack Reacher will be released on October 21st 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have announced that Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher 2 will arrive in theaters on October 21, 2016. Production on the yet-to-be titled film, which is set to reunite Cruise with his The Last Samurai director Ed Zwick, is expected to kick off this November, shortly after Cruise finishes shooting the drug cartel thriller Mena with Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow). In addition to Cruise, Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) was also recently reported to be in talks for a lead role. While initially reluctant to greenlight a sequel, Paramount eventually relented once they saw the original film's strong performance in international markets, where it pulled in over $138 million for a total worldwide gross of $218 million. Cruise was most recently seen in another Paramount production, the critically acclaimed Chris McQuarrie-directed Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which has grossed over $480 million worldwide to date and is opening in China on »
It looks like "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" star Olivia Cooke's agent is working overtime. He's already landed his client on the shortlist for Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII," and he's also put Cooke on the radar for another big movie from one of Hollywood's most legendary directors. The Wrap reports the Cooke, Elle Fanning, and "Mistress America" star Lola Kirke for "Ready Player One." The Zak Penn ("X-Men: Last Stand," "The Avengers") penned adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel takes place in a futuristic virtual world, where pop culture puzzles are the key to power and fortune. The actresses are in the running to play Art3mis, who is the avatar of Samatha Cook in the story. It's still in the very early days since the movie isn't coming out until December 15, 2017, so Spielberg does have some time to make his decision. To readers of the book, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Asking Stan Lee to pick his favourite Marvel actor is a bit like making him choose a favourite child.
Marvel's post-credit Easter eggs ranked from worst to best
On the face of it, Avengers: Age Of Ultron might not seem like a film in need of saving. After all, it received generally strong reviews, and even better has made $1.4bn at the box-office, making it the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time.
However, look at little closer, and you can see the problems. Despite the hype – it has taken less than the first Avengers movie, and been beaten at the box-office by both Jurassic World and Fast & Furious 7 this summer. The reviews, while mostly positive, were nowhere near as glowing as they were for the first film either, and that’s due to a simple reason: it isn’t as good.
There are undoubtedly some great moments in Age Of Ultron, and it isn’t a bad film by any means. All of our favourite heroes are there, doing what they do best; Hulk v »
- James Hunt
How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
There has been an awakening in the force. Only it's not at LucasFilm. This time it's at Marvel. After what is being described as years of frustration, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is finally being freed from the Emperor like vice-grip of penny-pinching Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter, who is clearly being made to look like an old school villain in the press. Marvel Studios will now report directly to Disney chief Alan Horn in a company wide shake-up that promises to bring big changes to the McU. But is it for the better?
Kevin Feige is himself responsible for pulling off this reorganization of the film company side of Marvel. Kevin Feige is credited as being the architect who transitioned Marvel from a failing comic book giant into a movie powerhouse, which sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2009. He is said to have expressed his displeasure with working »
Well, this is certainly a rabbit hole, isn’t it?
I love Xenoblade Chronicles. It is the best game on the Wii, bar none and probably the best RPG on he 3Ds, unless I find Bravly Default to dethrone it, but that’s a hell of a bar to climb to. I could probably sit here for hours just ravin about this game. However, as much as I like this game, it isn’t perfect.
There are issues with the gameplay, such as the fact that the game’s only dedicated healing character is probably the least useful party member or how grindy and tedious side missions can get. Some would probably point at the voice acting, but I find it to be extremely charming, even with the many cheesy lines and completely disagree with the belief that the acting is poor.
I’m not even here to talk about »
- Josh Bull
We got our first brief glimpse of the Mad Titan known as Thanos at the very end of Marvel's The Avengers, but the character truly took shape in last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, portrayed by Josh Brolin. We also saw him briefly at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron this summer. We'll surely be seeing him again in the near future, as Marvel prepares to launch Phase Three with next year's Captain America: Civil War, which ends with Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II. While doing press for his thriller Everest, in theaters September 18, Josh Brolin revealed he isn't sure what superhero movie he'll turn up in next. Here's what he had to say, when asked if he'll show up in Captain America: Civil War.
"I don't know which one I'm in. That's a Kevin Feige question. I know the trajectory of what they're doing, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Blade, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Batman, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Booster Gold, Heroes Reborn and more…
Marvel’s first Phase Three offering Captain America: Civil War wrapped production this week, after which a selection of promotional art arrived online, showing which characters will be joining Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) “teams” in the big superhero face-off. We’ll not spoil them, but you can take a look at the promo art yourself here, and click here to read Jeremy Renner’s comments on which side Hawkeye is on. »
- Gary Collinson
Jeremy Renner tweeted pics that show the two teams preparing to face off in the sequel that hits theaters in 2016.
As expected, on Cap's team is former Bff Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Sharon Carter (Emily Van Camp). Squint or you might miss Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) on Cap's shoulder. And of course, Hawkeye himself is fighting with Cap, which Renner admitted in August at Wizard World Comic Con.
That means each team has one woman (no word on the whereabouts of Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen), and that pals Black Widow and Hawkeye are on opposite sides. There's no official word yet on how Spider-Man (Tom Holland) fits into this family quarrel. »
- Sharon Knolle
Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, is getting dragged back into the superhero game for Captain America: Cvil War, but at least he.ll have new duds when he returns. We now have our first look at the archer.s new costume through concept art shown by Jeremy Renner himself. Take a look! Got new threads. And I brought a friend. #antman #hawkeye #civilwar #costume #captainamerica #avengers pic.twitter.com/HBY5xSCxEn . Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) August 27, 2015 Renner posted this image on Twitter of Hawkeye in his new costume from Captain America: Cvil War. Also joining him in the picture is his "new friend" Ant-Man, who is perched on his shoulder. Design-wise, Clint.s costume looks more streamlined from what he wore in Avengers: Age of Ultron and now looks more like a spy outfit, with one arm short-sleeved (like his costume in 2012.s The Avengers) and the »
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
See Also: Casting call for Kong: Skull Island reveals plot details
Jordon Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing Kong: Skull Island, while the cast includes Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 10th, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
With Phase Three building towards The Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2 and Thanos appearing in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, many fans assumed we would be seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes crossing paths with the Guardians.
Well, according to Jeremy Renner. We probably won’t.
“You’ll be eighty years old by then, and I won’t be Hawkeye anymore,” he told the crowd at Wizard World Comic Con about a possible crossover. “I’ll be Dead Guy.”
Gunn himself shot down rumours of the two teams getting together after the release of his Phase Two movie.
The next step in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be Captain America: Civil War, which sees Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) directing a cast that includes Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans Chris Evans »
- Luke Owen
Fresh off his breakout role as rapper Eazy-e in F. Gary Gray's critically acclaimed biopic Straight Outta Compton, actor Jason Mitchell has signed on for a role in Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster epic Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) with a script from Derek Connolly (Jurassic World). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell will portray an easy going pilot, who will likely be a part of the crew of explorers that find themselves on the mysterious Skull Island, which coincidentally is also the residence of the king of the apes Kong. This move reunites Mitchell with his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins (Iron Man 3). He also joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »
“You’ll be eighty years old by then, and I won’t be Hawkeye anymore. I’ll be Dead Guy.”
That was Jeremy Renner’s response when asked when he thinks we’ll see his superteam, The Avengers, meet Marvel’s space adventurers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, while being interviewed on stage at Wizard World Comic-Con in Chicago.
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Surely we’ll see Groot, Rocket, Gamora, Drax and Star Lord help out Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the Infinity War movies…. right? Well, though most fans seem to think that both teams occupying the same movie universe means it’s a forgone conclusion that they’ll all cross paths at some point, it’s just not necessarily the case – at least in the foreseeable future.
Renner may have been joking around with his comments in the video, but his point about the sheer number of »
- Mark Cassidy
With Fantastic Four tranking you'd think that we'd stop talking about it and move on to some more worthy film discussion, but no, like a moth to a flame, we just can't step away from the disaster that was Josh Trank's Fantastic Four. Concept artist Steve Jung (Tron: Legacy, The Avengers) was involved with the film in its early days and he recently posted some Fantastic... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Whether you're a complete newbie or if the very words “Joss Whedon” make you do the Dance of Joy, the biography Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe, by Amy Pascale, is an excellent, fascinating, almost comprehensive read.
It's written in such a way that even if you know nothing about Joss Whedon or his work, it's nevertheless completely accessible, since the context is always explained. It's the fascinating, in-depth story of the progression of the life and career of a creative person, and the impact that has on the others around them.
However, even if you're an avid watcher of Joss Whedon's shows, and have a Giles-like knowledge of his work, there will still be anecdotes that you haven't read before, and those that you have already read will be contextualised organically within the development of his various stories. The book does an excellent job of this, »
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