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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, »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is quickly expanding, and maybe we’re taking for granted that it will all collide and connect at some point. When Marvel announced the two-part two-film event The Avengers: Infinity War, we all assumed that we’d see all of the Marvel heroes in this one epic story. And we might see both […]
The post Avengers Guardians Crossover May Never Happen, Claims Jeremy Renner appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
The post-credits scene for the year's biggest Marvel movie snuck online this week with Thanos' appearance at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron landing on YouTube.
The latest in an increasingly long line of fan-rewarding teasers, its arrival heralds a new and very dangerous list: Marvel's post-credit stings from worst to best.
Join in the discussion in the comments box below and consider the spoiler alarm sounded for anyone not fully up to date with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
17. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Tony Stark confronts General Thunderbolt Ross
Tony Stark's hypercool presence is a welcome one - and it's neat that Ross's drink is Gamma green - but Marvel never followed up on this tag in future films and eventually had to make a special short to explain it. Incidentally, William Hurt will be back for Captain America: Civil War next year, where hopefully he won't punch any plot holes into the script. »
Summer blockbuster season finally draws to a close, with us mortal Brits gettings Hitman: Agent 47 this weekend. Then we're into September, and before you know it, those pesky Oscar prediction articles will have begun infecting the internet. So let's send off what's been a fairly decent summer season, with a countdown of our favourite films. Of course, feel free to tell us how wrong we are in the comments....
The Least Best
We don't really want to spend too many words digging over the corpses of films that have already been readily kicked to death, so we'll just nominate one film for the most disappointing of the summer.
With the proviso that we haven't seen Entourage, it'd have to be Terminator: Genisys. We appreciate many would opt for Fantastic Four here, »
Following Thanos' (Josh Brolin) failed trades with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel's The Avengers and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers: Age of Ultron post-credits scene saw the Mad Titan finally step down from his floating throne and begin his quest to personally obtain all six of the Infinity Stones. "Fine, I'll do it myself," says the supervillain as he slips on his Infinity Stone-less Gauntlet. We probably won't see Thanos again until the two-part Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019, if not it in the inevitable mid-credits tags for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 1 on May 5, 2017, or Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, so watch the Age of Ultron tag in HD below. Look for the Marvel sequel in Digital HD on September 8. Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero »
Back in May, we showed you some concept art from Captain America: Civil War that featured Iron Man in the iconic Bleeding Edge armor. Then yesterday, we got a few last set photos as Marvel co-president, Louis D'Esposito announced wrap on this Disney and Marvel sequel. What some of you may have missed, which Heroic Hollywood has been quick to point out, is that the armor in the set photos is based on the Bleeding Edge armor. Which means that elements from that comic book storyline may surface on screen next May, when Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season.
These latest set photos were taken in Germany, where the last few scenes were shot. They include Chris Evans's Captain America, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Don Cheadle's War Machine and Paul Rudd's Ant-Man. And while they all look to have moderately updated costumes, »
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