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In a matter of weeks, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have delivered its first contribution to 2017, that of the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. By now, you’ve probably heard the news that it’s tracking for a massive domestic opening and seems to be faring well with critics, but what of those increasingly important overseas numbers?
According to Deadline, Star-Lord and company are set to bring in somewhere between $85 – $100 million from 37 international markets, theoretically surpassing Thor: The Dark World ($85.4 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($67.6 million). Still, it wouldn’t quite reach the bar set by Iron Man 3 ($141.4 million), but a return such as that is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Personally, I believe that the film has more than a fighting chance when it comes to surpassing the original’s overall box office gross, which was totalled at $773.3 million. And, lest we forget, »
- Eric Joseph
Avengers: Infinity War is in full swing with the movie currently in the process of filming for release next year. We recently learned that the movie will be shooting separately from Avengers 4, which has a title, but Marvel doesn't want to let us know what it is just yet. Zoe Saldana may have missed that message, because it looks like she may have revealed the title for Avengers 4 in a recent interview.
Recently, Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige said that the title of Avengers 4 would serve as something of a spoiler. That being said, if you don't want to venture into spoiler territory for Avengers: Infinity War, you may want to turn back now. During a recent interview for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with journalist Lizo Mzimba, Zoe Saldana seemingly revealed that the title of Avengers 4 will be Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet. Here is what she had to say »
Marvel already made one big change to its hotly-anticipated superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War, dropping Part 2 from the now-untitled Avengers 4 and revealing that although they remain connected, the two films will tell distinct stories.
The studio’s plan has been to film the two projects simultaneously, with a shoot running through January to November of this year under Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo. And while the plan remains to shoot both sequels back-to-back, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has now revealed that they have decided to shoot the two movies separately, one after another.
“We’re doing them one right after another,” Feige told Collider. “It became too complicated to cross-board them like that, and we found ourselves—again, something would always pay the price. We wanted to be able to focus and shoot one movie and then focus and shoot another movie. »
- Gary Collinson
Late last year, audiences were introduced to the world of Doctor Strange. It was seen as a bit of a risk for Marvel. In fact, whenever Marvel leaves the cozy confines of the standard world-based universe, we wonder if they’re able to pull it off. Luckily for us, they were. The film was a whole lot of fun (even if it was your typical origin story), and Benedict Cumberbatch was deemed a great fit for the egocentric doctor.
Doctor Strange ended up grossing over $675 million worldwide, a commendable achievement for a brand new franchise. While Marvel Studios still has a full slate on their hands between now and the end of 2019, there’s always room for a sequel down the line, especially if the film is as good as the first one. But, of course, as has been proven, even if Marvel decides to make a sequel, they don »
- Joseph Medina
The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, sans TV/Netflix characters, will assemble on May 4, 2018 in Avengers: Infinity War. A culmination of the first three phases of the McU, Thanos will finally rear his ugly purple head and take on Earth's Mightiest Heroes, as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy, who will cross paths with characters like Iron Man and Captain America for the first time.
Though no Marvel Studios film is too dark or devoid of that trademark Marvel humor, the Guardians of the Galaxy films have traditionally been a more comedic take on the McU. The character of Ant-Man is fairly jokey, but was successfully worked into Captain America: Civil War in a way that felt natural and authentic, both to Civil War's tone and that of Ant-Man. But, incorporating the Guardians into what may be the most serious Avengers film to date could be disastrous if not handled properly. »
- Nick Doll
No two words have been as closely associated with the modern comic book movie than “dark” and “gritty,” oft-repeated buzzwords that speak to an attitude and style that have not always panned out for the franchise-leaning features (a lesson that DC continues to learn the hard way). Filmmaker James Gunn doesn’t do gritty — at least when it comes to his “Guardians of the Galaxy” features, though his earlier work, which includes 2006’s clever riff on cheesy sci-fi “Slither” and 2010’s just plain nasty “Super,” reveal wry hints of deviousness to his aesthetic that his Marvel properties happily circumvent.
That has allowed him to craft some of the franchise’s most purely entertaining installments — “Guardians” and its sequel, which opens May 5 — and it’s no surprise that he’s already signed up to direct a third “Guardians” movie, making him the first filmmaker to tackle three Marvel movies in a row. »
- Kate Erbland
It’s not enough to love films, we now must enumerate that love or hate relative to any similar films.
It has become a familiar ritual — the latest release in a franchise or a noted director’s canon spawns more than one site to run a “The Films of ___________, Ranked” article. We’ve done this dance with the Marvel movies since At Least 2012 when The Avengers came out, and no doubt someone is at this very moment preparing a ranking of the 14 previous films in the McU to accompany the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Wonder Woman will likely spur on a ranking of all the DC Films, and we saw just in the past week where everyone stood on the existing Fast & Furious movies.
And yes, I got into the act with my own “The Films of Assistant Director Frank Capra III, Ranked.” Hopefully the point was made.
- The Bitter Script Reader
Who he is: The Falcon, a.k.a. Sam Wilson
His power: Thanks to his time as a pararescueman in the U.S. military, Sam Wilson was trained in the use of an extremely rare winged jetpack called the Exo-7, which he can use to fly during combat situations. No superpowers, but extreme physical strength and agility.
His story: As revealed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Wilson retired from the military after the death of his friend, instead joining the Department Of Veterans Affairs to help others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. After befriending Steve Rogers during a workout, Wilson finds Rogers and Natasha Romanoff turning to him for help after they’re disavowed by the U.S. government, thanks to the infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Hydra agents. He breaks his wings out of Fort Meade and helps the pair take down Hydra, after »
Showtime has released a new trailer for the upcoming drama I’m Dying Up Here. The Jim Carrey-produced series is based on the celebrated 1970’s Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene and features cast that includes Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Rj Cyler, Al Madrigal, and Jake Lacy; watch it below after the official synopsis…
The new one-hour Showtime drama series I’M Dying Up Here explores L.A.’s famed ‘70s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who »
- Amie Cranswick
Superhero movies are at an all time max, as far as releases per year go. This year we have three Marvel Cinematic Universe titles, two DC Extended Universe films, and Logan from Fox. Is there such a thing as too many superhero movies? Is "superhero fatigue" real? (I don't think so...)
Patty Jenkins is very familiar with the subject, as she nearly directed Thor: The Dark World only to end up actually directing Wonder Woman, which comes out this June. Talking to CinemaBlend, Jenkins sees no end to the genre, and her reasons are right on point:
"That's the great thing about the diversity of superheroes, and one of the reasons why when people say 'Is the superhero thing gonna die?' or whatever, I always think it's so much bigger than that. It's not about superheroes. It's about the method of universal storytelling that all people have that is not of one religion, »
- Nick Doll
The media keeps throwing around the term "superhero fatigue" left and right, as if they want the genre to fail. But, why should it? Movies from Marvel Studios, DC, and Fox are still performing great, as fans clamor to watch sequels featuring the return of favorite characters and new solo-films that introduce new heroes on a yearly basis. In the process, superhero films have evolved into a number of different genres; just look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Deadpool and Logan for evidence. Besides, for the number of superhero films released a year there are dozens of spy thrillers, action comedies, and more young adult novel adaptations then you can count. Westerns ruled Hollywood for decades, with far more released a year than the current crop of superhero flicks, so why wouldn't this genre be here to stay as well?
Scott from Nerdsynce has his own theory for »
- Nick Doll
Vertical Entertainment has released the first trailer from their upcoming action-thriller Lady Bloodfight, which is set for a theatrical release on May 5. The studio has also provided us with the first poster that takes us closer into the action, showcasing the characters who square off against each other in a brutal fighting tournament known as The Kumite. While this tournament bears the same name as the tournament portrayed in the 1988 classic Bloodsport, this upcoming action-thriller showcases an all-female tournament.
Lady Bloodfight centers on Jane (Amy Johnston), a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as "The Kumite" in »
Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already been quite good so far, but the main attractions are still on the horizon, with both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4 set to bring Thanos into the fold and unite a whole lot of superheroes on screen together. The movies are both filming back-to-back right now and, given the size of the cast, they can't get everyone there at the same time. So, even though the movie has been filming for a couple of months now, Chris Evans has yet to start shooting his Captain America scenes yet. That all changes this summer, because he has confirmed he will start shooting his scenes for the next two Avengers movies this May.
The MCU films have often utilized side characters to act as the wingman/straight man to a film’s main hero. Some examples include Black Widow in “Iron Man 2” and “Captain America: the Winter Soldier,” Falcon in “Ant-Man” and Agent Coulson throughout Marvel Studios’ Phase One of their cinematic universe. However, it appears Marvel has now reached a certain plateau of credibility where their titled heroes, even lesser known ones, no longer need to rely on side characters to punch up their own films.
- Elizabeth MacLeod
A couple days ago, we reported on a rumor from Showbiz 411. The report from the outlet revolved around Jeremy Renner’s involvement in a number of things. In addition to stating that he wouldn’t be around for Mission: Impossible 6, the report also stated that he would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hawkeye in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
This seemed like a particularly inspired character to bring back into the Ant-Man fold, as the two had some great interactions in Captain America: Civil War. Plus, we can’t forget that awesome moment when Hawkeye shot an arrow with Scott Lang hanging onto the tip. It was pulled directly from the comments and really capitalized on some of the ways that these superheroes could interact with one another.
- Joseph Medina
Last month it was announced that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, ) is writing, directing and producing a crime thriller series for Amazon entitled To Old To Die Young, and now comes word that Whiplash and Bleed for This star Miles Teller has signed on for the lead.
“I’m a huge fan of Nic’s work, so the opportunity to work with him, and for a company like Amazon, with this type of material is very exciting,” said Teller in a statement announcing his casting.
Co-written with Ed Brubaker (Westworld, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the series will see Teller as Martin, a police officer entangled in the world of assassins. The show will take place in the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles, and will explore various killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai in the City of Angels.
The ten episode series is set to begin production in Los Angeles in the fall. »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday, Warner Bros. unveiled the first two official photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the studio's highly-anticipated Tomb Raider reboot, which is currently filming in South Africa. Today, Warner Bros. has revealed yet another official photo, which shows Lara Croft brandishing a climbing ax, emerging from a thick cloud of dust. Unfortunately, we don't have any other details about what's happening in this scene. But the studio did reveal the official synopsis.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly »
Shaun Munro reviews the twelfth episode of Iron Fist…
Iron Fist‘s penultimate episode raises the stakes action-wise and certainly puts the wheels in motion for a fleet-footed, intense finale, but it’s also bogged down by more rancid peripheral drama that’s difficult to care much about.
For starters, Ward’s back (remember him?) in the frame after being sent to a psychiatric hospital by Harold, but his re-introduction to the core narrative is mostly forgettable, and his secondary plot with his sister and father almost soul-destroyingly tedious. At least this episode shows how far Ward has come as a character, given how much of a stuffed shirt dullard he seemed in the series’ opener. It’s just a shame he isn’t given more interesting things to do this late in the season.
Bakuto, meanwhile, gets to unleash some sheer brutality which finally injects some much-needed urgency into the focal narrative. »
- Shaun Munro
Update: Yesterday, Warner Bros. and MGM revealed two photos featuring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) as Lara Croft. Warner Bros. and MGM have just released another image of Alicia looking just like her video game counterpart. Check out the new Tomb Raider photo in our gallery, along with an updated plot synopsis below!
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts »
- Joseph Medina
While Suicide Squad wasn’t quite as bad as the critics made it out to be, few would say that it was a great film. Too many members of Task Force X were under-developed, the villain was pretty terrible and let’s not even get started on the problems with Jared Leto’s Joker. Still, none of that stopped the flick from grossing an impressive $745 million worldwide. We already knew that it was a fairly big money maker for the studio then, but with home entertainment and television revenue now factored in, Suicide Squad has become the Dceu’s most profitable venture to date.
Deadline reports that on top of its initial haul, David Ayer’s 2016 effort brought in an additional $288.80 million after it left theatres, taking its grand total revenue to a staggering $618.30 million. When you factor in costs, which come to $459.85 million, that still leaves Warner Bros. with »
- Josh Wilding
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