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In addition to being the co-creator of many of Marvel.s most famous heroes and villains, comic book legend Stan Lee has made a name for himself as a cameo master. Lee holds no shortage of enthusiasm for each role he plays, but something.s different about his brief appearance next year in X-Men: Apocalypse. This past July at San Diego Comic-Con, he revealed that this cameo will be unique compared to his previous ones, and now we know why: it involves someone he cares about. During his interview with Larry King (who he was mistaken for in Iron Man 2), Lee let it drop that his X-Men: Apocalypse cameo will have him sharing screen time with someone who means a lot to him. Lee said: That cameo is different than any I have ever done before, because I did it with another person that is very important to me. »
Asking Stan Lee to pick his favourite Marvel actor is a bit like making him choose a favourite child.
Marvel's post-credit Easter eggs ranked from worst to best
When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
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, »
Many of those who went to go watch this summer’s Ant-Man were surprised to see another Marvel superhero, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, pop up alongside the titular character in the film. Now, Walt Disney Studios Japan has released the full Ant-Man vs. Falcon fight scene from the film online in HD, three weeks ahead of the film’s September 19th release in the country. Watch the scene (via JoBlo) below…
Ant-Man sees Peyton Reed (Down with Love) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, »
- Justin Cook
Is ITV really going to bring back Cold Feet?
That's the rumour, with the broadcaster apparently looking to plug the Downton-shaped hole in its schedule with a revival of the popular comedy-drama.
If it's true, they'll have a job bringing the cast back together - some have gone on to be huge telly and film stars, while others have stepped out of the spotlight entirely...
Nesbitt's carefree lothario Adam Williams met his match in Helen Baxendale's Rachel - the couple overcame infidelity and infertility but were denied lasting happiness when Rachel was killed in a traffic accident.
Since Cold Feet wrapped, Nesbitt has become one of British television's most in-demand leading men.
He fronted BBC One's gritty cop series Murphy's Law from 2003-07, led Steven Moffat's supernatural thriller Jekyll - also in 2007 - and played the title character in ITV's short-lived medical drama Monroe (2011-12).
Of late, »
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. »
Anghus Houvouras on superhero movies and the military-industrial complex…
To say that comic book movies have become formulaic is like saying that Michael Bay enjoys explosions and hot women. It’s painfully obvious and hardly a revelation.
I sat through Fantastic Four last week, and like many of you checked out around the halfway point, and began to pick apart some of the lazy choices and uninspired bits. This was easier that finding Waldo in an orgy. There were so many comic book movie mainstays that felt cribbed from the superhero movie playbook, but one of them started to needle me the more I thought about it.
After our group of super-intelligent young people get bestowed super powers, they are immediately whisked away to a secret bunker to be experimented on by the Government. It’s a highly plausible scenario in the super-grounded reality that so many of these movies are trying to achieve, »
- Anghus Houvouras
"...'Natasha' goes head to head with 'Chaos'. But will she be able to bring down the unassailable 'Prophet'...?"
Black Widow has also appeared in many other forms of media, including motion pictures "Iron Man 2", "The Avengers", "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and currently shooting "Captain America: Civil War", portrayed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Black Widow'. »
- Michael Stevens
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
Ant-Man has surpassed the worldwide haul of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk ($263.4 million), but remains the second-lowest instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6 million). The film is still to open in a number of markets, including South Korea, China and Japan, so its box office run is far from over, although at this point it seems a certainty that the film will end up as the lowest-grossing chapter of Phase Two by a fair distance.
- Gary Collinson
There isn’t an authentic human motivation or emotion to be found here. The bar has been raised too high on comic-book movies for us to accept junk like this. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I knew from the opening moments of this 187,874th reboot of Fantastic Four that it would be getting everything wrong in most shiftless ways. Because that’s when it suggests that Oyster Bay, on Long Island, is across the East River from Manhattan and has a lovely view of the Empire State Building. Which it isn’t, and which it doesn’t. That may seem like a really nitpicky sort of nitpick, but this is only the first example of the appalling laziness of this all-origin, no-story superhero origin story. Director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who cowrote the script with »
- MaryAnn Johanson
(Clockwise from top left) DJ Yella, Ice Cube, Mc Ren, Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube and Neil Brown, Jr. as DJ Yella on the set of Straight Outta Compton.
Taking us back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent – stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.
- Melissa Thompson
The release of Ant-Man marks the official end of Marvel's Phase 2 films. With Phase 3 set to kick off next Summer, we thought it'd be a great time to take a look at how the second Phase of the Marvel Universe did overall. Come inside to check out our thoughts!
The commercial success of the McU has proven that comic book films are here to stay. Audiences have enthusiastically embraced Disney’s films that bring their favorite comic book characters to the big screen. Phase 1 was proof of concept. It was possible to have several comic book character-based movies take place in the same universe. The original Avengers film was proof that audiences would enjoy seeing them working together to fight bad guys. Phase 2 is all about maintaining that trend while introducing new faces. Was Disney successful in accomplishing its goals? What can they do to improve Phase 3? This is a »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
"I gotta hustle," said Johansson about her acting career.
"Pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers.
'Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work — theater, producing... this thing with 'Esquire'..."
March 2009, Johansson first signed on to play Marvel Comics' Russian spy 'Natasha Romanoff' aka the 'Black Widow' in the feature "Iron Man 2", as an undercover spy for 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' posing as an assistant to 'Tony Stark' (Robert Downey Jr.) aka 'Iron Man'.
She was cast only after a scheduling conflict forced actress Emily Blunt to drop out of the part.
Johansson again »
- Michael Stevens
Now that Peyton Reed.s Ant-Man is in theaters, Marvel Studios has hit yet another milestone. With 12 movies released, they.ve completed what.s been described as "Phase Two" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now are looking forward to a "Phase Three" filled with titles like Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, The Avengers: Infinity War, and more. But before we all start diving too far into the future, let.s take a look back and rank everything we.ve seen so far! After sending around a poll to all the writers and staff here at Cinema Blend, we.ve crunched the numbers and created our Top 12 rankings for the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. What.s the order, you ask? Read on to find out! 12. Iron Man 2 When looked at from the macro perspective, Jon Favreau.s Iron Man 2 honestly serves as a »
While Marvel Studios have a habit of signing their actors up for multi-picture deals, it seems that Michael Douglas didn’t get the typical Marvel contract for Ant-Man, with the actor revealing that he hasn’t signed on for any future appearances as Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym, although he’s open to a return.
“I’m not signed up to anything more,” Douglas tells Yahoo Movies. “I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!”
See Also: Marvel releases official image of the prototype Wasp suit from Ant-Man
So, at this point we »
- Gary Collinson
Despite being the second-lowest opening for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie behind The Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man has managed to pass the $200 million mark in its second week of release.
The movie dropped 56% on its domestic opening weekend, but still topped the Us box office with $24 million, beating out competition from Adam Sandler’s Pixels, Southpaw and Paper Towns. The movie passed the $100 million mark in just ten days domestically, and its global earnings of $120.4 million has pushed the movie past the $200 million milestone.
Ant-Man will face competition against Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation this coming weekend, but experts say that the movie is tracking low. So if it can maintain its current box office trend, it could make it three weeks at the top of the Us box office.
See Also: Read our reviews of Ant-Man here and here
- Luke Owen
During an interview with Film School Rejects, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has spoken about the inclusion of Thomas the Tank Engine in the memorable climactic battle of the Marvel superhero blockbuster, discussing how the scene came about, and the conditions that were imposed by rights holder Mattel in order for Thomas to be included.
“I believe in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original drafts it was a train set,” states Reed. “At some point in the process that predated my involvement it became Thomas. As I came on, they had not secured the rights to Thomas. We had to do this whole thing where we did this presentation for the people who own the rights to Thomas. Thank God they agreed and found it funny, but there were definite stipulations. For example, nobody could be tied to the tracks and run over by Thomas. Thomas couldn’t be doing »
- Gary Collinson
Having showcased its 18-foot long 1/6th scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon collectible at Hong Kong’s An-Com and Games Convention [see here], Hot Toys has now turned its attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, releasing some official promotional images of its Ant-Man on Flying Ant miniature collectible…
Ant-Man sees Peyton Reed (Down with Love) directing a cast that includes Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra) as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket, John Slattery (Iron Man 2) as Howard Stark, Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Maggie, Bobby Cannavale (The Long Play) as Paxton, Michael Peña (American Hustle) as Luis, Abby Ryder Fortson »
- Gary Collinson
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