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One thing that a handful of studio development executives and some very hardcore Marvel fanboys have in common these days is an adamant belief that a "shared universe" is the only way to go with adapting certain material.
The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly lent weight to the argument, but in its case it had decades of comic book source material, years of planning and plenty of careful world building across individual works before fully unveiling its wider ambitions.
Others who're attempting to jump on the bandwagon don't seem to be anywhere near as organised or patient with the process. "Guardians of the Galaxy" filmmaker James Gunn has now weighed in on his Facebook page with his thoughts on the topic, and hopes studios will become more concerned about making a good base product than concentrating on wild plans to spin it off before audiences have had »
- Garth Franklin
"You just wanna suck the joy out of everything," Rocket Raccoon complains to Gamora early in Guardians of the Galaxy. Rocket's certainly not being presented as the voice of reason here – he's sulking because Gamora refuses to let him blow up moons – but the exchange does hit on something that's been bothering me about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more specifically its women.
In 2018, Marvel Studios will release their first female-led superhero movie in Captain Marvel, a long-awaited announcement that was understandably greeted with excitement earlier this month. Carol Danvers will be McU's third female superhero overall, following Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Zoe Saldana's Gamora, and my only wish is that she be written as something other than an unflappable, stony-faced buzzkill.
Yes, the female Guardian of the Galaxy is the most competent, smart and strong of the bunch, but she's also the least likeable, as polls »
I went to elementary school with a girl whose dad was a member of the popular ‘80s band Devo. My schoolmates and I couldn’t help but ask her, all too often, if her dad still liked to “whip it, whip it good.” And that was about a decade and a half after the release of that song. I can’t imagine how mind-blowing it would have been as a kid to go to school with a girl whose father is a major part of the biggest film franchise in the world right now. A young boy who went to preschool with the daughter of Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers’ Bruce Banner/Hulk) was thrown into this situation. Ruffalo went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and related the story and explained what he did when the boy asked him if he could turn into the Hulk. Egged on by his own daughter, »
- Eli Reyes
Crackle has some new spy thriller entertainment coming your way. The online distributor will release its original, feature-length film The Throwaways on its site on December 19, 2014. The film centers around a character named Drew Reynolds (played by Sam Huntington of Being Human and Superman Returns fame), a hacker captured by the CIA and offered either a job with the organization or life in prison. Reynolds joins a “throwaway” group of the CIA’s least-favored agents, including Colonel Christopher Holden (played by James Caan from The Godfather) and combat specialist Dan Fisher (portrayed by Kevin Dillon of Platoon). Together, the three aim to take out a cyber-terrorist bent on destruction. Written by Michael Ross of Jerry McGuire, The Throwaways co-stars Katie McGrath from Merlin, Christian Hillborg of The Bridge, and Jack Kesy of The Strain. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) and his colleague Don Handfield (Kill the Messenger) executive »
- Bree Brouwer
People magazine has crowned their 2014 Sexiest Man Alive!
It was decided that People's Sexiest Man Alive this year is Chris Hemsworth!
Photos: Hollywood's Sexiest Shirtless Men
After masking Hemsworth's Australian accent with a voice modulator, Kimmel connected with him via Skype and then let his audience ask "yes" or "no" questions in an attempt to narrow down the star's identity.
Once a few heartthrobs had been eliminated with questions like, "Have you played a super hero?", "Do you have a famous brother?" and, "Does the superhero you play use a hammer?", it became clear that the Thor star was People's Sexiest Man Alive.
Actor Chris Hemsworth is the 2014 "Sexiest Man Alive." The news about the star of "Thor" and "The Avengers" was revealed exclusively on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night. In a new interview he says that he and his wife were surprised by the selection: "I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to her, 'Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies. I'm above that. I've made it now.'" He will next star on screen in the Michael Mann cyber thriller "Blackhat" and then for Ron Howard in "In the Heart of the Sea." People -Break- Award-winning "Luther" may be in for a remake in America. Showrunner Neil Cross and original star Idris Elba are working on the new show for Fox. It »
The biggest question left lingering in 2014 has finally been answered. Yes, Chris Hemsworth is the sexiest man alive. At least according to People Magazine. You can see the Thor and Marvel's The Avengers star on the cover below, as he is joined by fellow Marvel co-stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Idris Elba (Thor).
About the honors, Chris Hemsworth, age 31 and father of 3, stated:
"[It's] pretty funny...I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to [my wife (Spanish model Elsa Patak)], 'Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies. I'm above that. I've made it now.'"
Chris Hemsworth recently completed the Marvel adventure Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters this summer. He'll then return in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. But that's not all the actor has lined up, »
See 26 bonus photos of Chris Hemsworth! Subscribe now to get instant access to our exclusive interview and photo shoot with the Sexiest Man Alive plus 26 bonus photos and other digital extras.He continues to smite bad guys as a hammer-wielding Norse god in The Avengers, will fight off a terrorist hacker in Michael Mann's upcoming cyber thriller, Blackhat and battle a whale in Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, but there was no contest when it came to naming Aussie Chris Hemsworth this year's Sexiest Man Alive. The actor, 31, thought it was "pretty funny" when he »
- Julie Jordan and Antoinette Y. Coulton
"...'The Avengers' make their explosive return to the big screen this spring, and we’ve got everything you need to prepare right here! First, relive the historic first meeting between Marvel’s mightiest heroes as Loki’s plot to gain ultimate power sparks a worldwide manhunt, a vicious battle against the invading 'Chitauri' in the heart of New York City and the founding of the mighty 'Avengers'!
"Next, thrill to an all-new 'Infinite'-style adventure in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'! What world-shaking threats have the Avengers battled since their last film?
"And can anything prepare them for the looming peril »
- Michael Stevens
Fans of The Lego Movie won't get the straight-up sequel The Lego Movie 2 until sometime in 2018, but they will get to explore more of this universe in two upcoming spin-offs, Ninjago in 2016 and The Lego Batman Movie in 2017. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are serving as producers on these spin-offs, with the filmmakers teasing new details in an interview with Empire.
We reported last month that Will Arnett will reprise his voice role as Batman from this year's The Lego Movie for The Lego Batman Movie, which will be directed by Chris McKay. When asked about this Lego superhero spin-off, Chris Miller revealed they plan on honoring every film and TV version of Batman.
"Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone. »
Take another look @ images from the recently wrapped set of the "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", including actress Elzabeth Olsen as 'Scarlet Witch', actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson as 'Quicksilver', plus stunt doubles for 'Captain America', 'Thor' and 'Iron Man':
Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, the new film features an ensemble cast that also includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader:
"...'Age Of Ultron' reportedly opens immediately after the 'Baron Von Strucker' post credit scene in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
"'The Avengers' as a team attack the 'Hydra' cell run by Strucker.
"He has the staff of 'Loki', 'Chitauri' weaponry and the corpse of a 'Leviathan'.
"'Quicksilver' and 'Scarlet Witch' fight alongside Strucker against the Avengers...
"...Scarlet Witch using her powers to cast »
- Michael Stevens
Just a few weeks after Marvel unveiled its entire Phase Three schedule at a special press event in Hollywood, the studio has released the official Phase Three timeline poster that showcases the entire nine-movie slate and confirms that Ant-Man is now officially a part of Phase Two. Take a look at our breakdown of the nine movies below.
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
Phase Three kicks off with Captain America: Civil War, which will surely alter the Marvel Cinematic Universe landscape in several ways, starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and new addition Chadwick Boseman as new addition Black Panther. Daniel Brühl has also joined the cast last week, reportedly playing one of the villains.
Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
Since Joe and Anthony Russo took control of Captain America: The Winter Soldier for Marvel with aplomb, the directing duo have become hot favorites to take Joss Whedon’s place once the filmmaker steps down after next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. As such, this would put the Russo brothers in the director’s chair (or chairs) for the studio’s much-anticipated ensemble piece, Avengers: Infinity War.
That’s according to a report published by Deadline, who recently revealed that Rush‘s Daniel Bruhl has signed on to star in the pair’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Here’s what the outlet had to share on the matter.
“The Russo are building up their Marvel cred with this all-star outing, and I keep hearing they will step up to the ultimate Marvel all-star team and take the reins of The Avengers franchise from Joss Whedon, possibly with that »
- Michael Briers
The Avengers is a critically acclaimed and financial masterpiece by most accounts, leaving many to feel that it is a flawless piece of cinema. It is the third highest grossing film of all time (without adjusting for inflation) and is part of the ever expanding McU. It has received unparalleled levels of success in the comic book movie genre, and it is responsible for Hollywood’s sudden infatuation with shared universes.
The star studded cast of Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and countless others seemed to ensure that the film would be immaculate and nearly perfect.
This is not quite the case. There are many issues which are not evident on the first viewing, but the more you watch it, the more you realise that there are a plethora of plot holes, poor plot choices or simply a lack of character development. »
- Samuel Clements
Scarlett Johansson is looking to rekindle an old romance ... not Ryan Reynolds -- looks like she's moving back to L.A.Real estate sources tell TMZ ... "The Avengers" actress scoped out a Spanish-style home last weekend in Los Feliz ... the same area where she and Reynolds lived. When they broke up, they sold the house.Johansson is currently living in NYC with fiance Romain Dauriac. Our sources say she passed on the $2.9 mil Los Feliz »
- TMZ Staff
At the European press conference for Interstellar earlier this month, Sir Michael Caine named 'Sandy Bullock in Gravity' as his favourite sci-fi character. This connected Matthew McConaughey's Cooper with Bullock's Ryan Stone in our minds and got us thinking… Wouldn't they make a great couple (if they could get the space suits off long enough to snog)?
So join us as we go further down this rabbit hole, and pitch more movie characters who should probably swipe right on Tinder and get into each other's pants the first opportunity they get.
1. Cooper (Interstellar) & Ryan Stone (Gravity)
Why They're A Good Match: They're both space-exploring adventurers who've beaten some pretty big odds in their time. They've both had the opportunity to gaze in wonderment at the stars – now let's set them up on a date so they can remember that we're all made of stars and they should be gawking at each other instead. »
Exclusive: Daniel Bruhl is set to play the villain role in the next Captain America: Civil War, the one that will also bring Robert Downey Jr. and his Iron Man character as central to the conflict of the new film. The third installment, to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, brings back Chris Evans and marks the debut of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and Sebastian Stan, who’s back as The Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie back as The Falcon. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson are also expected to take part. I have to say I’m disappointed with Marvel Studios, which took my inquiry as reason to rush up a press release on the inhouse website. I guess they’ve decided to leave virtues like honesty to the Marvel characters. So short sighted.
Bruhl had his breakout role in the U.S. with Inglourious Basterds and »
- Mike Fleming Jr
After revealing that at least 3 more Fast & Furious movies are being planned, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley turned her attention to the upcoming Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise that will kick off with the Untitled Mummy Reboot in 2016 after being teased in this past October's Dracula Untold. And guess what? She claims that this impending slate of films, which is set to also include the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the ensemble Marvel's The Avengers-style Van Helsing, is not actually part of the horror genre.
Taking a cue from the earlier Mummy franchise reboot starring Brendan Fraser, which debuted in the late 90s, these upcoming Universal Monster movies will be in the action-adventure genre. Here's how she explains it:
"We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years »
A lot of sites are trying to get into the scoop game, and while some are more reliable than others, the trades remain the most reliable source of information before we get an official press release. A little while ago, it was mentioned that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo were in talks to possibly helm the third Avengers movie (this was before it the two-part Avengers: Infinity War was announced). This information came from the same site that said James Gunn had landed the job, so it was taken with a pinch of salt. However, Deadline have now weighed in on the matter and reveal that, "The Russo are building up their Marvel cred with this all-star outing, and I keep hearing they will step up to the ultimate Marvel all-star team and take the reins of The Avengers franchise from Joss Whedon, »
Many have wondered how Marvel is going to slide their Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in with the rest of the cinematic universe. And while the cosmic side of this world will expand with Captain Marvel and Inhumans, both arriving in 2018, we don't yet have an explanation as to how Star-Lord and his pals are going to first meet Marvel's The Avengers. With the announcement of Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, which will close out the Phase 3 slate and include the big bad villain Thanos, many believe that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will set up and introduce this particular story line. Continuing to promote the release of Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray and DVD this December, director James Gunn says this isn't true at all.
Speaking with MTV, Gunn explains that his franchise is able to stand on its own, and is not reliant on »
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