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An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): didn’t see a need for a second
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s the nihilism of Sin City. A place where wounded men have to remind themselves to “never let the monster out,” and a woman can “makes slaves of men,” and even “good men” are turned on by a woman’s tale of rape (which she invented, of course, because this is Sin City, where you can’t trust a dame). A place where men are nothing but how they can use their rage and women are nothing but how they can use their bodies.
And that’s none of it nice. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.
Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need... Because we're going to look at some history.
There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »
- Douglass Poulsen
During Comic-Con 2014 last month, ABC presented a special video teasing Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where Patton Oswalt's Agent Koenig revealed that Barbara "Bobbi" Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, will be popping up this season. Today, Marvel confirmed that Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Mockingbird, although her affiliation to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team were not revealed.
Take a look at the official press release below.
The Executive Producers of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have sent a Morse code to say they've found their Mockingbird!
Adrianne Palicki will appear as Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, in the second season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- but whether she'll play friend or foe to Coulson and his team, we can't say. Known for her work in Friday Night Lights and G.I. Joe Retaliation, Palicki most recently appeared in several episodes of About a Boy.
Palicki joins »
Following this month's Guardians of the Galaxy, there will be no more Marvel movies released until next May's Avengers: Age of Ultron. There is already a ton of info out there about what's in store for Marvel's dysfunctional superhero crew. Here's everything that's confirmed or all-but-confirmed.Development At New York Comic Con in October 2011, producer Kevin Feige talked about preproduction on Iron Man 3. He said that the film will "be the first of what we sort of refer to as phase two of this ... saga that will culminate, God willing, in Avengers 2." This established the current McU narrative structure: a handful of films leading up to a new Avengers film. Joss Whedon said in March 2012 that his envisioned sequel to The Avengers would be "more personal, more painful," and more intimate in scale. "I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what »
- Brian Feldman
Somehow this little nugget of info slipped under the radar at San Diego Comic-Con last month, and has just resurfaced over at IGN. According to Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige, films for Ms. Marvel and Black Panther are in development by popular demand.
When asked about the two long-rumored projects at Comic-Con, Feige said: “They’re both characters that we like, that development work has been done on and continues to be done on and certainly the public… it’s a question I get asked more than anything else. More than Iron Man 4. More than The Avengers 3. And that’s sort of the fist time that’s really happened to us so I think that makes a difference. I think that’s something we have to pay attention to.”
Marvel has certainly taken a bit of heat over the last few weeks becuase of their lack of a female-led superhero film, »
- James Garcia
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014
The film is directed by Peyton Reed and also stars Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
- Michelle McCue
Yesterday marked the first day of principal photography for Ant-Man. If I’m to be honest, I’m still a bit bummed that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have left the project. I think their take on the Marvel Universe could have been one akin to James Gunn’s approach to Guardians of the Galaxy. Alas, we are still getting an Ant-Man film and the casting is pretty great. We also have a look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang Aka Ant-Man.
From the Press Release
San Francisco, California (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
Set for release in »
- Andy Triefenbach
Although playing Wonder Woman didn't work out for "Friday Night Lights" vet Adrianne Palicki, she'll get her chance to play a different comic book heroine in the upcoming second season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Palicki has signed on for a guest appearance on the ABC series as top spy Bobbi Morse, also known as Mockingbird, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So far, Palicki is only set to appear in episode 5, but she may be retuning in future installments. Marvel Comics fans know that Mockingbird and Hawkeye were married, so could a cameo from Jeremy Renner (who played Hawkeye in "The Avengers") be in the cards? "S.H.I.E.L.D." co-star Patton Oswalt teased the addition of Morse at the San Diego Comic-Con last month. Watch below: Palicki has some previous experience with superheroes; she played Wonder Woman in a 2011 pilot produced by David E. Kelley, »
- Dave Lewis
I think we can all agree that Marvel knows what they're doing when it comes to their cinematic universe (McU).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy are not only two of Marvel's best films, but also two of their most loved (both critically and commercially). That being said, people (myself included) would like to see a bit more diversity in the McU.
Don't worry people, Marvel, and Kevin Feige in particular, are listening, but that doesn't mean they're letting fan's opinions alter their plans.
In a recent interview with iGN Feige had this to say regarding Captain Marvel and The Black Panther:
“They’re both characters that we like, that development work has been done on and continues to be done on and certainly the public… it’s a question I get asked more than anything else. More than Iron Man 4. More than The Avengers 3. And »
- Philip Sticco
"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' needing a break from stopping threats, 'Tony Stark' creates 'Ultron', a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark's 'Iron Legion'.
"However, things quickly go awry when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth..."
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'. »
- Michael Stevens
(Cbr) Poor Eric Selvig can’t ever seem to catch a break — and by “catch a break,” we mean “put on his pants.” Stellan Skarsgård confirmed in an interview with Total Film that he’ll return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron for “a small appearance. It’s something really nice.” The Avengers sequel marks Skarsgård’s fourth time portraying Selvig, following both Thor films and the first Avengers. Skarsgård also confirmed that when Selvig returns, he’ll be in the nude — again. “Yeah, I was naked again,” he said. “They called my agent and said, ‘Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?’ My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist! Sometimes with a contract you get a nudity clause, which is fantastic. It’s supposed to protect me from having my genitals exploited, which I doubt anybody would make a dime on.” Aside from getting naked again, »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Ever since the cult zombie classic Shaun of the Dead hit theaters exactly 10 years ago, many fans have been clamoring for a sequel. While that won't be happening anytime soon, Simon Pegg announced today on his Twitter page that he will reprise his role as Shaun, with Nick Frost returning as Ed for Phineas and Ferb's Halloween special on the Disney Channel this October.
Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Of course, it isn't known how these beloved characters Shaun and Ed will fit into the Phineas and Ferb story, but the series has a long history of referencing hit movies since the show first started airing on the Disney Channel back in 2007. The show has referenced hits such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, E. »
The Marvel universe continues its expansion today with filming commencing on Ant-Man. As cameras begin to roll in San Francisco, more cast details surfaced and we now know who’s joining Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and the rest of the film’s core cast.
Headlining the new cast additions to Ant-Man are Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, and Judy Greer. They join a cast led by Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym (the former Ant-Man). In Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) was announced to play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, while Corey Stoll (The Strain) was revealed to portray antagonist Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, a former protégé of Pym’s who takes a dark path after getting his hands on his mentor’s shrinking suit technology.
Marvel hired director Peyton Reed to replace director »
- Derek Anderson
Alright, gang. Today is the day. Let's. Get. small. #AntMan
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) August 18, 2014
That's right, filming on Ant-Man has officially begun!
There's been a lot of Ant-Man trashing since fanboy favorite Edgar Wright left the project and the script went through several revisions, but I'm still very hopeful for this film. Marvel know what they're doing and I have full faith in them, Reed and the cast to pull this off.
Here's the official press release from Marvel:
Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production. »
- Philip Sticco
One of the bisect surprises of Marvel's The Avengers was seeing Stellan Skarsgård reprise the role of Erik Selvig, his character from Thor. We now have word, from Skarsgård himself, that He will be back for Avengers: Age of Ultron; albeit in a smaller capacity.
Here's Skarsgård on his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, 'All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?' The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I’m going to do my fourth. I’m going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Even if it’s owned by Disney now, it’s really run by four or five people, »
- Philip Sticco
Stellan Skarsgard confirmed in an interview with Total Film that he would be reprising his role as astrophysicist Dr. Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The character has appeared in both Thor films, and The Avengers. Here's what he said,
"I'm going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It's something really nice."
Skarsgard went on to reveal that he will be naked again in his next appearance in the Marvel cinematic universe,
"Yeah, I was naked again. They called my agent and said, 'Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?' My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist!"
When asked what he could say about Age of Ultron, he provides an idea of why his character is coming back.
"First of all, I don't know what I'm allowed to say, but usually they call me in if they need something explained. »
- Joey Paur
Earlier today, director Peyton Reed announced the official start of production on Marvel's Ant-Man. Marvel Studios and Disney have now issued the official press release, which includes several cast additions including Judy Greer, Mad Men favorite John Slattery, comedian Neil Hamburger (aka Gregg Turkington) and rapper T.I. It also reveals that this Marvel Phase 3 adventure will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta.
Here is the official PR:
Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel's Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics' original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production.
The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
- Michelle McCue
In an interview with Total Film (via ComicBookMovie), Stellan Skarsgård has revealed that he will return as Dr. Erik Selvig in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That marks Skarsgård’s fourth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the interview, the Swedish actor talked about first playing the character in Thor, and admitted to knowing very little about the Marvel universe before signing on…
“What I said to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, was, ‘All those superheroes? Still in those comic books? Can you make money out of that?’ The whole table just froze and looked at me as if I was an idiot. But you sign on for at least five films, I think. Or I did. I’m going to do my fourth. I’m going to be in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Even if it’s owned by Disney now, »
- James Garcia
Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is hard at work on developing the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, which will see the return of Tom Cruise as Imf agent Ethan Hunt and several of the last installment’s players, including Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner. Now, thanks to McQuarrie himself, we have word on another actor returning to the long-running franchise: Ving Rhames.
Rhames was rumored to return, but today McQuarrie took to Twitter to officially announce the news to his followers.
Rhames was last seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in a small cameo near the tail-end of the film. His character Luther Stickell had a role in the first three films of the series, so it will be cool to see him return to the Imf team.
- James Garcia
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