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History After a successful Phase One, Marvel Studios announced its Phase Two line up and Guardians of the Galaxy shocked everyone. Marvel Studios (Ms) introduced the world to Iron Man and rebooted Hulk. Then they expanded the foundation of the universe with Iron Man 2 and subsequently released character introduction film for Thor and Captain America. The first step is always the hardest and despite carrying his own book for nearly 40 years and getting a short-lived cartoon, Iron Man took on the task of introducing a lesser known character to the world. Its success opened the doors for Thor and Captain America and the eventual Avengers. Had Iron Man failed, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) would not exist as we know it. Rebooting the Hulk after he fought dogs and water was also quite risky. Despite his popularity, the length of time between Hulk and The Incredible Hulk alone was cause for concern. »
The Marvel Universe is growing even more interconnected than ever.
The latest link is between "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." How can these totally unrelated properties be tied together?
Empire reports that a clip from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will play after the credits of "Amazing Spider-Man 2." Marvel movies almost include a post-credits teaser, but this time, it won't set up a character for a different movie -- like how "Iron Man 2" flashed an image of Thor's hammer or "The Avengers" introduced Thanos, the villain in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy."
It's an unusual collaboration between two different studios, Sony and 20th Century Fox, but a win-win for both sides -- fans have even »
- Kelly Woo
Welcome to Issue #41 of The Marvelous Da7e!
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
Come With Me To Days Of Future Past!
Did anyone else notice that the last trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past was scored by a remix of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” but at a faster tempo with modern instrumentation, so it instantly called to mind the last modernized-up-tempo “Kashmir.” It was called “Come With Me” and was a track for 1998′s Godzilla.
Check out the video for that, in case you don’t remember.
Ok, then here’s the Days of Future Past “final trailer”
Do You Hear It?!?! It’S The Same Tempo.
As the proud owner of XMenDaysOfFuturePast. »
Happy Tax Day, dear readers! I hope a lot of you have gotten out and seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier by this point – because it’s totally awesome. And if you’re looking for something scarier at the theater right now, I recommend checking out the new horror movie Oculus. In the meantime, this week’s edition of Trailer Trashin’ steps away from the big summer movies and takes a look at the upcoming indie comedy Chef.
Premise: When Miami-born chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) tries and fails to open a restaurant in Los Angeles, he returns to Miami to fix up a food truck, which he names “El Jefe Cubanos,” and gets reacquainted with his ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). He plans to drive across the country to take another crack at success in L.A.
My take: As I’ve admitted previously in this column, my biggest blind »
- Timothy Monforton
Well, Well, here we are. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the number one movie in America and the shockwave it’s third act sends through the unified universe is affecting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. It’s unprecedented for something to happen at this level, though it has been previously discussed, specifically when Ron Howard was pitching his grand Dark Tower adaptation as three movies with TV series in-between to fill in the narrative gaps provided by flashback.
While Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a fine film, the most interesting parts of it, culturally, are it’s place in the world’s biggest megafranchise. Yes, poor Harry Potter was dethroned by Captain America, poor Potter who kicked the sh*t out of James Bond and vaulted over Star Wars.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (9) – $2,463.3 billion
Harry Potter (8) – $2,390.1 billion
Star Wars (7) – $1,918.0 billion
James Bond (24) – $1,912.8 billion
Batman (8) $1,897.8 billion
It’s unprecedented how »
Ever since a location said to be Atlantis was highlighted on a map in Iron Man 2, a Namor the Sub-Mariner movie has been rumoured and indeed expected to happen at some point.
At present, however, the rights to a Namor movie actually lie with Universal, but that shouldn’t pose too much of an issue to Marvel if they want to include him in their ongoing cinematic universe. Iron Man and Black Widow were owned by New Line until 2005, and Hulk and Thor belonged to Universal and Sony respectively until 2006, so it’s not uncommon or difficult to acquire characters when they aren’t already tied up in an ongoing franchise.
If a Namor movie did come to fruition – and we really hope it does – questions would certainly be raised about who the villain(s) might be. The Sub-Mariner’s gallery of rogues isn’t exactly as iconic »
- Kev Stewart
After delivering big-budget blockbusters like Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, director Jon Favreau is going back to his indie roots with this summer’s comedy Chef, for which he also wrote the screenplay and stars in the title role. The film has already screened at various festivals to a very positive reception with it currently sitting at […]
- Andrew Shuster
Anghus Houvouras asks whether the Marvel moviemaking model can be stopped…
The Avengers was a cultural milestone. A movie that rewarded comic fans and validated Kevin Feige’s strategy to bring Marvel’s most famous characters to the big screen. After the record box office opening and a positive reaction from audiences, people began to wonder how long they could keep this streak alive.
Marvel Studios’ Phase One films were always building towards The Avengers. The team up was woven into every movie. Some would argue that many of the Phase One films were nothing more than exposition heavy nonsense (I’m looking at you Cinema Sins) to set up Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the inevitable slam dunk team up movie that would gross over a billion dollars.
- Gary Collinson
As expected, Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the top spot at the box office this weekend, with a hefty $96.2 million, but that tally also helped Marvel achieve another milestone. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes all of the studio's Phase One and Phase Two movies, have surpassed the Harry Potter films to become the most lucrative franchise of all time.
With this weekend's gross, the McU has taken in $2.463 billion domestically, which includes Iron Man (2008, $318.4 million), The Incredible Hulk (2008, $134.8 million), Iron Man 2 (2010, ,$312.4 million), Thor (2011, $181 million), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011, $176.6 million), Marvel's The Avengers (2012, $623.3 million), Iron Man 3 (2013, $409 million), Thor: The Dark World (2013, $206.3 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is now at $101.2 million and counting. The eight movies in the Harry Potter franchise earned $2.39 billion during their run between 2002 and 2011.
It should be noted that third on the franchise list is Star Wars at $1.91 billion, but »
(Cbr) All eyes are on Black Widow. At least, that's how it feels in the Internet home that I've curated on Twitter and Tumblr. My dashboards and feeds are full of GIFs of Scarlett Johansson grappling with Chitauri aliens and comic book creators showing off deliberately posed Natasha Romanoff Hot Toys figures. That's the world I live in, and I love it. Odds are, though, that even you've seen an uptick in Black Widow's prominence since "Marvel's The Avengers" annihilated all comers at the box office as if they were alien invaders. That's because a very vocal segment of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have rallied around Black Widow and hooked all their hopes for equal gender representation in the blockbuster film universe to her streamlined utility belt. As more and more Marvel movies starring straight white men are buzzed about ("Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange") and Warner Bros. keeps twiddling »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
While Jon Favreau’s acting career includes numerous credits, it is as a filmmaker that he has garnered the highest amount of fans, with directing credits that include Elf and both Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and writing credits that include Swingers and Couples Retreat. Many were intrigued to learn that Favreau’s next directing feature would see him adapt a screenplay he had penned himself. Titled Chef, Favreau also takes on the lead role, working with a cast that includes John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Feature Rob Leane 10 Apr 2014 - 06:11
From Trevor Slattery to the Winter Soldier, Rob looks at one of the Marvel universe’s most curious traits...
This article contains spoilers for every McU movie up to and including Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Since Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, Marvel Studios has gradually built worldwide box office dominance, developing a sprawling superpowered franchise which every other studio wants to emulate. It isn’t without its curiosities and questionable decisions, though.
While Iron Man’s villain Obadiah Stane was revealed rather late in the film, he was a decent enough adversary for an origin story, and he pushed an early-in-his-superhero-career Tony Stark to his limits. In the same year, General Ross was a clear and deadly villain for The Incredible Hulk film, even though Tim Roth’s Abomination did all the heavy lifting.
Similarly, Tom Hiddlestone’s debut »
So we all saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Seriously, we all saw it.) And we’ve all had a good, long, thoughtful conversation about the deeper themes lingering under the surface of the paranoia-inducing, wiki-leaking, surveillance-state-exploding superhero sequel. But there’s a more obvious thing we need to address — a question hovering over the whole movie that remains unanswered. Captain America. Black Widow. Question mark?
To recap, with spoilers. At the start of Winter Soldier, Cap and Widow’s relationship has evolved a little since The Avengers. But only a little. They’re co-workers. Widow’s mildly concerned that »
- Darren Franich
Captain America: The Winter Soldier dominated the box office this weekend with a "record-breaking premiere." Not surprisingly, Marvel will bring him back in another solo installment and today, they announced the release date for Captain America 3: May 6, 2016. Surprisingly, this all happened and Chris Evans did not have even one shirtless scene in Cap 2. Not one. (Seriously, fire whoever is in charge of Chris Evans' contract, because that is unacceptable.) To celebrate The Winter Soldier's success, and because we'll use any opportunity to ogle shirtless superheroes, here is every Marvel man topless and ranked by hotness. You are welcome. 13. Mickey Rourke in Iron Man 2 Who »
Following the first clip and photos from last month, Open Road Films has released the first trailer for Chef. Jon Favreau wrote, directs and stars in this indie comedy, which reunites him with Iron Man 2 stars Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr., along with a talented ensemble including Sofía Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale and John Leguizamo. The multi-hyphentate plays Carl Casper, who quits his job at an elite L.A. restaurant to start his own food truck. Take a look at the latest footage, along with the first poster, before this comedy debuts in theaters May 9.
When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofía Vergara), his »
Jon Favreau’s last two directorial outings – Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens – prompted a number of complaints about how the films suffered from studio interference and having to serve too many masters, which gave rise to bland final products with little exciting flavor. That his next project, the indie Chef, revolves around a kitchen artist whose boss wants him to serve up generic dishes instead of edible concoctions that he is truly passionate about making, well, that’s probably not an accident.
Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in Chef, about a divorced La cook who sets out to reignite his creative spark, with assistance from his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and her wealthy new husband (Robert Downey Jr.), as well as encouragement from his co-workers, like his buddy John Leguizamo and his part-time lover Scarlett Johansson. Such ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Scarlett Johansson is enjoying a perfect storm moment after beckoning crowds to both multiplexes and art houses over the weekend in two film releases. In Marvel’s latest comic-book blockbuster, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the screen siren expands upon her fan-boy-approved casting as smart, seductive and strong Natasha Romanoff aka the Black Widow (2010's "Iron Man 2" and 2012's "The Avengers"). She's proved that she can hold her own in a male-dominated genre--although Romanoff does dispense dating advice to lonely Captain America. As the main attraction in the hauntingly hypnotic "Under the Skin," Johansson strips down in every sense as an alien whose mission on Earth is to harvest male victims but ends up discovering herself. (Clips below.) Signature line: “Men always seem to wonder. They think I'd be something very special.” – Nola Rice in Woody Allen’s "Match Point" (2005) Career peaks: Moviegoers have been wondering about Johansson, 29, for a while, »
- Susan Wloszczyna
For a while now, a storm’s been building. Comic book movie fans are wondering why we have yet to see a female-lead superhero film despite being in the middle of a boom of comic book movies that show virtually every other kind of superhero film getting made. The knee-jerk answer is “sexism,” but I think it’s more complicated than that. We might not have gotten a Wonder Woman movie yet, but you also have to remember that Warners has thus far balked on films about the Flash, the Justice League, and took forever to decide if it was going to do a sequel to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. All three of those projects spent a lot of time in development before being abandoned. (Though all signs are that Warners is moving forward on a different Justice League project at some point soon.) Since Marvel has put out a lot more product over the last »
- The Bitter Script Reader
Not only is "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" the biggest box office opener in April history, it's already spawned one hilarious meme in the few days the movie has been open. Spoilers For The Movie Below. In one not-so-key scene, Garry Shandling returns from "Iron Man 2" as the semi-villainous Senator Stern. He has a short business meeting with Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernandez), who we know at this point is part of the evil terrorist ...
By Alex Zalben »
It's been a while since Jon Favreau has put out a feature film (2011's Cowboys And Aliens being his most recent) and it appers the filmmaker is taking a step back to his independent days with Chef, a cuisine comedy that is written, directed, and starring the Favs, as well as a few Iron Man 2 alumni, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, as well as John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, and Dustin Hoffman. It's a fun, lively, and »
- Paul Shirey
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