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Avengers: Infinity War is only a year and a week away, landing on May 4, 2018, almost ten years from the the day that Iron Man was released in 2008. The nineteenth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War will be the culmination of the first three phases of Marvel Studios films, featuring the Avengers and the the Guardians of the Galaxy joining forces to take on the mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). Thanos' primary interest will be acquiring the Infinity Stones, the first of which was introduced way back in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. Surely, an adventure years in the making.
2012's Marvel's The Avengers was the first of its kind, a team-up film built on four origin films and one sequel (Iron Man 2), for a satisfying crossover the like of which we had never seen. Now, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige tells Fandango that we still haven't »
- Nick Doll
During Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we saw a lot of overlap between movies like Iron Man 2 and Thor. As a result, the events of these releases often took place at the same time, something which was arguably necessary when the studio was building up to The Avengers. However, since Phase 2, that’s changed. While we still get a lot of crossovers and references, each outing has a distinct, standalone feel, and in a new interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige shed some light on why they’ve ditched overlaps in their films.
“I think people like to talk about our long term plans, which we certainly have. But very rarely do those long term plans dictate the specificity of any individual film. It’s usually the opposite. It’s focusing on a story, and focusing on the individual movie that we’re making to do what’s best. »
- Josh Wilding
Author: Dave Roper
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is garnering widespread, positive reviews ahead of its release at the end of this week, with one of its foremost qualities being lauded by critics is the rapport and camaraderie amongst this rag-tag bunch of misfits and outcasts.
Of course part of the appeal of Vol. 1 was the organic and believable way in which this crew was put together, uniting despite their differences, but maintaining character integrity along the way. It has resulted in this family of Guardians joining a long-running tradition of cinematic misfit crews, thrown together (often by adversity) but continuing to niggle and aggravate each other. So who are the other groups in this pantheon?
They were very much not the first to this particular party, but have done it about as well as anyone. The way in which the first film not only threw them together, »
- Dave Roper
Way back during Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you may recall that many of the movies were taking place at the same time, and a plot-beat from one of these movies might have had its effect felt in a completely different one. However, post-Avengers, the McU began following a more linear path. Perhaps that was inevitable given the fact that The Avengers had already “united”, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has recently spoken up to offer a more definitive reason.
Speaking to Cinema Blend, Feige said: “I think people like to talk about our long term plans, which we certainly have. But very rarely do those long term plans dictate the specificity of any individual film. It’s usually the opposite. It’s focusing on a story, and focusing on the individual movie that we’re making to do what’s best. And then, if something changes »
- Jordan Jones
Taking a page from the playbook of Springwood teens haunted by Freddy Krueger, a patient in a new clip from Dead Awake is avoiding sleep, but he's managed to avoid slumber for over a year, and the psychological toll it's taken is unsettling to say the least.
"From the creator of the iconic Final Destination franchise comes the paralyzing thriller Dead Awake. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed!"
- Derek Anderson
We know that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has planned far into the future when it comes to what’s next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while we also know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on the way, it remains to be seen which other films will delve into the cosmic side of this world of superheroes.
That being said, it’s starting to look like these types of adventures are going to become a priority for the studio. When you bear in mind that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn will likely be taking on an advisory role with Marvel similar to the one Joss Whedon had after Avengers: Age of Ultron, the decision to head further into the ‘Cosmic Universe,’ as Feige puts it here, does make a lot of sense.
“I think it’s a little early to know what it’s going to look like. »
- Josh Wilding
It was announced in June of 2015 that Sony closed the deal for an untitled raunchy comedy script by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. That untitled script was first called Rock That Body and is now officially titled Rough Night. Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Kate McKinon (Ghostbusters), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), and Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) star in the comedy and today posters describing the traits of their characters were released.
Five Rough Night posters popped up online through Entertainment Weekly and each poster gives a glimpse into the role of the actress in the movie through text on a dirty, bloodied sash. "Better Off Wed" is written across Scarlett Johansson's sash with an American flag pin and miniature drink umbrella, Jillian Bell's sash reads "Lethally Horny" and contains blood spatter, the sash of Ilana Glazer shows a marijuana pin with the statement "Dope Af" along with some blood, »
Let’s teach Marvel about spoilers.
Does Marvel know what spoilers are? We’re skeptical. On the subject of the title of the follow-up movie of Avengers: Infinity War, a yet untitled sequel, they appear to be confused. Yesterday, Cinema Blend published an interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who answered the direct question of “I’m curious if the reason [they’re not going to announce the title] is because it’s a spoiler” with “Yeah, for sure.”
This led to all sorts of speculation as to what kind of spoiler would be so hot that Marvel wouldn’t want to release the title of the Infinity War sequel until after we’ve seen the first movie. For a time, it was fun. Then later in the day, a BBC News reporter talked to Zoe Saldana on the red carpet for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, who said that after Infinity War, they had to go back for Gauntlet. This »
- Film School Rejects
The Marvel Cinematic Universe began life with the release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008, kicking off a phase of superhero standalone pics – namely Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger – that culminated with the launch of The Avengers four years later.
Warner Bros. and DC’s method of approach has proven to be slightly more sporadic in the sense that Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad and the upcoming Justice League will spawn solo movies of their own – think of The Batman and Gotham City Sirens – as opposed to the other way around. That’s not to say that one model is necessarily more successful than the other, only that DC and Marvel’s films tend to invoke different permutations as their respective cinematic universes continue to diversify and evolve.
- Michael Briers
Like it or not, we live in an age of shared universes. Yes, it sounds like yet another Hollywood trend, like 3D or superhero movies, but in my opinion it's anything but. Growing up, I dreamed of a time when a Batman movie could work its way into a Superman movie. However, given the limitations of Hollywood at the time, we simply couldn’t make it work at the time. The closest thing we ever got to something like that was seeing Michael Keaton play Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown and Out of Sight. Other than that, all we had to rely on was sequels, and even then, the same actors coming back was an unlikely prospect. The fact that we do it now is a huge plus in living in an era like today, even if they aren't all perfect.
Some studios have had some major growing pains in »
- Joseph Medina
Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel will bring an end to a story which began back in 2008’s Iron Man. It was there that Tony Stark was recruited into the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, while Joss Whedon and The Avengers introduced us to Thanos just four years later. Those movies also kicked off and concluded Phase 1, and since then, films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been divided into Phases. That could be about to change, though.
“Truthfully, other than knowing that we’re going to work with Sony on another Spider-Man film for that year and that James [Gunn] is committed to continuing with the Guardians at some point, it’s all about Phase Three. »
- Josh Wilding
Author: Scott Davis
Last night in the Us saw the World Premiere of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and many members of the cast and crew were on the red carpet (see some of the photos from the event here), as well some old Marvel alumni including The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon who was there to show his support.
While he spoke about his continued affection for all things Marvel, Variety asked his about his upcoming move to the Dceu with his forthcoming Batgirl film, which Whedon is currently in the process of writing. A stand-alone film around the character, it will feed into the bigger universe set up at Warner Bros which includes Justice League and Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
But while he is knee-deep in writing mode, Whedon has said that he hasn’t yet got any idea on who he »
- Scott Davis
Last month, production on Avengers: Infinity War had shifted to Edinburgh, Scotland, with new set photos revealing Paul Bettany's Vision. He was seen walking down a Scottish street late at night. Another video surfaced just a day later, which showed Vision using his special powers to fly away after a number of attackers from The Black Order had knocked him to the ground. No further details were given. Today, we have even more set photos, and they uncover a few rather huge Spoilers for Vision and another popular character from the Avengers movies. If you're trying to avoid huge spoilers for Infinity War, then you'll want to stop reading right now.
Shortly after the Vision set photos emerged, we learned that Elizabeth Olsen had arrived in Scotland to film scenes in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, along with a number Marvel stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, »
Joss Whedon turned up at the world premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 last night where he caught up with the world’s press. The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron director will slip across to DC for his next big superhero film, Batgirl. More on the Joss Whedon Batgirl news below.
Of course, the press had a lot to ask Whedon about his next film, which is currently in the writing stage, and who may play the title character. Here’s what he had to say to to Variety.
“I have so many things to say about her, I’m very excited to see a girl in the cowl. [Casting wise] I don’t have my eye on anybody. »
- Paul Heath
“I think that the third movie is going to continue this trilogy, the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy,” said Gunn, who announced earlier this week that he would be returning to write and direct the third film. “It’s going to do it in a big way, and we’re going to come to an epic conclusion of who the Guardians are and why they were brought together, and I can’t wait to tell that story to the people.”
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Has Five Post-Credits Scenes, Director Says
Gunn also teased that the third film will be an ending of sorts for Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and his gang of misfit heroes.
“It will be the final, in this »
- Jacob Bryant
Though things got off to a shaky start over in the DC Extended Universe, Warner Bros. is now doing their best to turn the ship around. While the verdict is still out on both Wonder Woman and Justice League, one thing that we’re certainly excited about is the studio’s plans for both Batman and the Bat Family. Of course, the Caped Crusader will be getting his own solo film at some point in 2018, but there’s also a standalone outing planned for Nightwing and Batgirl as well.
It’s still early, early days on these projects and while each one does have a director attached (Chris McKay for the former and Joss Whedon for the latter), nothing has surfaced on the casting front just yet. We don’t expect that to change any time soon, either, but already, fans have begun putting together wishlists for who they want »
- Josh Wilding
Earlier this week, Marvel held the first ever press screenings for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the early reactions are largely positive, although it's not quite a sweeping critical hit. While most fans will have to wait a few more weeks to see Guardians 2 on the big screen, the cast and crew will be joined by a number of fans and other celebrities in Los Angeles for the world premiere tonight, but even if you aren't in L.A., you can watch all of the action right here. Marvel will be hosting a live stream of the festivities, which you can watch in the video player below, starting at 6 Pm Pt/9 Pm Et.
The live stream will be hosted on Marvel's YouTube page and on Marvel.com, where there will also be a live blog. Marvel has confirmed that stars from the movie who will be appearing are Kurt Russell, »
When Guardians of the Galaxy was first announced, many were sceptical that such a bizarre idea could achieve success in mainstream cinema. It took Marvel a long time to build up to The Avengers, and for the general public to root for the likes of Thor and Iron Man. So, how were they going to get everyone immediately on board with a talking racoon, and a one-phrase humanoid tree? Well, we know how that turned out. However, director James Gunn has revealed that prior to Guardians’ massive success, he was hesitant to reveal any further plans to Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige. In this case: Ego the Living Planet as Star Lord’s father.
Speaking to Cinemablend, Gunn goes into greater detail, stating that: “I knew who Ego was as a character, I knew what he was able to do, but I didn’t initially know I was going to »
- Jordan Jones
Author: Zehra Phelan
Spider-Man: Homecoming hasn’t even hit the big screen as yet but talks surrounding his future appearance with The Avengers has been doing the rounds since his appearance in Captain America: Civil War last year. During a recent press gathering, the president of Marvel Studios made it perfectly clear the company still plenty of plans in store for the web-slinging hero.
Related: Spider-Man News and Interviews
Having confirmed that Spider-Man will appear in the fourth Avengers movie as well as a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kevin Feige, However, also revealed that the character’s future in its current manifestation with Tom Holland leading the charge in his lycra suit doesn’t go any further than The Avengers 4 and the sequel at this time stating “that is all Marvel Studios has planned with Sony Pictures. Well, for now, that is”. Feige also said Marvel Studios has no part »
- Zehra Phelan
Manners Maketh The Man
After releasing some new images of Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum, 20th Century Fox released a teaser for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It’s only 15 seconds though, so blink and you’ll miss it! There’s also an official synopsis, which you can read here along with the trailer.
It took a few people by surprise when it was announced that former The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was set to helm a Batgirl movie for DC, but someone who thinks it’s a great idea is Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige. “He did call a couple months ago to tell me about it,” Feige said. “He didn’t have to call but I appreciated that he did. I think a Joss Whedon Batgirl would be awesome.” Read more here.
Universal released a new TV spot for The Mummy, »
- Luke Owen
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