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Josh Brolin Brings a Surprising Level of Sadness and Empathy to Infinity War's Thanos

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We all knew Thanos was going to be Avengers: Infinity War's big bad, but we weren't expecting his, um, interesting new makeover. The intergalactic villain, voiced by Josh Brolin - who is also taking on the role of Cable in the Deadpool sequel, interestingly enough - made his first impression in the team-up movie's epic trailers thanks to his pale purple skin and one very questionable goatee.

Avengers: Infinity War marks the most screen time ever for Thanos, who we've only gotten minor glimpses of in the past in 2012's The Avengers and in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. But seriously, guys - what is happening on his chin? Are those skin folds? Individual chin muscles? And why does he bear a startling resemblance to Bruce Willis? While Brolin continues to look better with age, his CGI counterpart cannot say the same. Fortunately not even that
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Paul Bettany Got the Role of Vision Right After a Producer Told Him He Was "Done in This Town"

With a back catalog that includes movies like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code, you wouldn't think Paul Bettany would struggle to get work, but as he tells it, landing the role of Vision in the Avengers series was "really, really needed."

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Paul explains that, contrary to what some people believed, when he signed on to voice J.A.R.V.I.S in Iron Man, there was never even a suggestion that this would lead to him taking the role of Vision in later Marvel films. In fact, the story of him landing the role is so serendipitous, it sounds like pure fiction.

"I had just had a meeting with a producer, who will remain nameless, who told me that my career was over. He said 'you're done, you're done in this town'" Paul explained. After a shouting match with the unnamed producer,
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The 10 Best Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ever since Samuel L. Jackson first popped up at the end of Iron Man (2008) ten years ago and revealed to Tony Stark that he was a part of a bigger universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) has sat on top of the film landscape that every movie studio envies. There are currently 18 McU films, with this week’s Avengers: Infinity War (2018) marking the nineteenth entry in the series, and the most amazing feat Marvel Studios has pulled off is the fact there isn’t a terrible one in the bunch. The consistency of quality has been astonishing, with most of the films ranging from good to flat-out amazing. So, before you get ready for Earth’s mightiest heroes to take on Thanos, check out our list of the Ten Best Films of the McU.

10. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Maybe it was a case of a movie being way too overhyped, but my
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Joss Whedon Stands by Controversial Leaked Wonder Woman Script

It’s hard to say from a male standpoint just how really controversial Joss Whedon’s dismissed script really is but it’s a sure bet that Patty Jenkins’ script was far more acceptable to many more people. Whedon still defends his script despite the torching it’s been given by those that have managed to read it, but like all things it’s important to look at it from a different angle. Those who might call it controversial are those that tend to get offended by every little thing, but the script does have some moments in it that a bit, well, mannish in

Joss Whedon Stands by Controversial Leaked Wonder Woman Script
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Top 10 Moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ricky Church with his top ten moments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

10 years ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe made its introduction to audiences with the release of Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role that served as a launchpad for several other films. What a launch it was as the McU has become one of the most popular and successful franchises in film history, turning several B-list superheroes into household names.

With Avengers: Infinity War releasing tomorrow as the culmination of the McU since the first Avengers film, its time to look back at the past Marvel films with some of the best scenes from the series. At least until Thanos knocks some of them off the list.

10. I Am Iron Man – Iron Man

It’s a trope in the majority of superhero comics and films that the hero always keeps their secret identity a secret from
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Second Opinion – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War, 2018.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Peter Dinklage, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Karen Gillan, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Carrie Coon, Pom Klementieff, Terry Notary, Sean Gunn, Benedict Wong, Benicio del Toro, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angela Bassett, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Jacob Batalon, Kerry Condon, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Callan Mulvey, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Stan Lee.

Synopsis:

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Thanos is not here to mess around and neither is Avengers: Infinity War, which cold opens smack in the middle of an ongoing physical
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New Rumor Sheds More Light On The Plot Of Avengers 4

Cast your mind back to January, long before the Internet became fixated on all things Infinity War, and you’ll likely recall those bizarre set photos from Avengers 4 (see below) in which Tony Stark and the fresh-faced Captain America relived the Battle of New York.

As any McU scholar will tell you, that climatic finale took place at the tail-end of Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie, leading many to conclude that Joe and Anthony Russo are about to dabble with time travel and even alternate timelines come 2019.

It’s a compelling theory, too, given one of the Infinity Stones actively bestows its user with the ability to manipulate spacetime. Adding fuel to the fire today is industry sleuth Jeremy Conrad, who has unearthed a brand new rumor concerning the plot of Avengers 4. And if it’s true, things are about to go nuclear. The original post contains mild spoilers for Infinity War,
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Early reviews are officially in for the 19th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Avengers: Infinity War.” The film premiered at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Monday night, while the film’s wide release is slated for this Friday.

The latest film from Marvel is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who are no strangers to the franchise, having directed both the Captain America sequels following “The First Avenger” — “Winter Solder” and “Civil War.” “Infinity War” also rides on the coattails of the monumental box office success of “Black Panther.”

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman likens “Infinity War” to “What If Marvel Threw a Superhero Party and Everyone Came?” And despite the fact that the film is “knowingly overstuffed,” Gleiberman further notes that “it’s the first to push to the wall, to the max, to the ultron the notion that the McU really is a universe: a vast intermeshed thicket of comic-book icons,
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Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you want a completely spoiler-free experience going into “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Avengers: Infinity War,” a.k.a. “What If Marvel Threw a Superhero Party and Everyone Came?,” feels like a movie that the American Entertainment State had to get out of its system. It’s the 19th entry in the Marvel Comics Universe, but it’s the first to push to the wall, to the max, to the ultron the notion that the McU really is a universe: a vast intermeshed thicket of comic-book icons, destined to be an army that’s greater than the sum of its parts. If, for decades, the metaphor for propulsive blockbuster filmmaking was the “ride,” then watching “Avengers: Infinity War” is like going to a theme park and taking three spins on every ride there.

Set in deep space, and in half a dozen lands, the film
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Joss Whedon Defends His Ill-Fated Wonder Woman Script

When it comes to how DC on film’s history could’ve gone much differently, canned movies such as Superman Lives, Batman Unchained and Justice League Mortal are often among the first that come to mind. But, believe it or not, a certain Amazon Warrior nearly came to the silver screen a decade or so ago when Joss Whedon had been hired to pen a Wonder Woman screenplay. In fact, if you go back and look at early printings of the Identity Crisis trade paperback, you’ll find an introduction written by him with that very project attached to his name!

For whatever reason, it slipped through the cracks over the years, with the property collecting dust until Patty Jenkins’ flick got off the ground. Still, Whedon’s script hasn’t gone unforgotten and even leaked last year. Personally, I hadn’t read it, so I can’t judge – I
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Joss Whedon Still Loves His Controversial ‘Wonder Woman’ Script: ‘People Say It’s Not Woke Enough’

Joss Whedon Still Loves His Controversial ‘Wonder Woman’ Script: ‘People Say It’s Not Woke Enough’
Just as Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” was opening in theaters to critical and commercial success, Joss Whedon’s 2006 script for the film leaked online. The June 2017 leak didn’t go well for the “Avengers” director, who received backlash for writing what many believed to be a sexist Wonder Woman story.

Whedon’s version took place in modern day and was accused of focusing more on Diane Prince’s male co-star, Steve Trevor, than the hero herself. Whedon, however, stands by his script, defending it in an interview Vanity Fair at the premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War.” Nearly one year after the scrip leak, Whedon still has a hard time understanding which parts of his script caused problems with readers.

“I don’t know which parts people didn’t like but I went and re-read the script after I heard there was a backlash. I think it’s great,” Whedon said.
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Joss Whedon Explains Why He Left ‘Batgirl’

Joss Whedon Explains Why He Left ‘Batgirl’
Earlier this year, “Avengers” director Joss Whedon announced that he was leaving DC’s “Batgirl.” Citing an inability to come up with a story for the screenplay he’d been working on for months, the former Marvel maven bowed out. But at the “Avengers: Infinity War” world premiere, the creator cleared the air on the real reason for giving up comic book character Barbara Gordon.

“It had been a year since I had first pitched the story. A lot happened in that year,” Whedon told Variety on the red carpet.

“The story kind of just crumbled in my hands. There were elements that I just hadn’t mastered that, after a long time, felt like I wasn’t going to. I told people that I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t an exact truth. I had an idea, but it didn’t fit in the space that was left for it.
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Joss Whedon Defends His Controversial ‘Wonder Woman’ Script

Joss Whedon Defends His Controversial ‘Wonder Woman’ Script
Joss Whedon’s unmade “Wonder Woman” script stirred up controversy when it leaked last year. But the director and screenwriter stands by his work, and addressed the reactions head on.

“I don’t know which parts people didn’t like, but I went and reread the script after I heard there was a backlash,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War.” “I think it’s great.”

Whedon, who wrote and directed Marvel’s’ “The Avengers” and its sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ penned the potential “Wonder Woman” script in 2006. It was posted online in June 2017, and drew a bit of backlash for its perceived portrayal of the titular heroine. It didn’t help that his screenplay appeared right around the time Patty Jenkin’s wildly successful adaptation of “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot hit theaters.

“People say that it’s not woke enough,
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Zack Snyder Did Indeed Direct Justice League’s Post-Credits Scene

Although it may sometimes seem clear-cut, it’s not always easy to distinguish which footage that made it into Justice League‘s theatrical release was directed by Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon. Still, there are easy ways to tell in some instances: If it’s a stylishly shot action sequence that’s been around since the first trailer or two, it’s Snyder; if Henry Cavill’s mustache is digitally removed or if the Flash gives an awkward speech about brunch, it’s Whedon.

But one particular part in the movie is igniting some debate as of late, that being the post-credits sequence which saw a maritime rendezvous between Lex Luthor and Deathstroke take place. At the heart of this was a video made by cinematographer Simon Firsht, which led people to believe that Whedon shot the stinger.

Well, thanks to a new picture of Slade Wilson making its rounds,
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Joss Whedon says it was "a little heartbreaking" to leave the Batgirl movie

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Not all that long ago word came out that Joss Whedon would be stepping away from writing and directing an upcoming Batgirl movie for DC. At the time he said it was because he “didn’t have an idea” for the movie, leading him to exit the project. Now he’s opened up a bit more about the movie, talking more about what exactly happened to whatever idea he must’ve... Read More...
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Joss Whedon Says His ‘Batgirl’ Idea “Crumbled in My Hands”

Joss Whedon Says His ‘Batgirl’ Idea “Crumbled in My Hands”
In March 2017, Joss Whedon was brought on to write, direct, and produce a Batgirl movie for Warner Bros. In that same year, he also directed Justice League, Justice League was poorly received, and Wonder Woman surpassed the studio’s expectations to be one of the biggest hits of the year. In February 2018, he exited Batgirl saying he “didn’t have a story.” Some fans were outraged that he could be on the project for so long with no story, but that claim always had a ring of hyperbole to it. Now Whedon has provided a bit of clarification. …
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Joss Whedon Reveals Why He Ended Up Dropping Out of Batgirl

When it was announced that Joss Whedon was going to write and direct Batgirl a lot of fans were very excited about what he would do with the character. After all, Whedon is known for having a talent for telling stories with strong female characters.

Some fans seemed to lose faith in Whedon after Justice League was released and eventually he ended up dropping out of the project. Some fans were happy that he left, while others were bummed out.

Whedon recently talked about leaving the project for the first time since it was announced that he wouldn't be working on the project anymore. He was recently asked about it while at the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, and this is what he said:

"It had been a year since I first pitched the story — a lot happened in that year. I felt some of the elements might not work as well,
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All 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

Nobody on the internet wants to talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s a topic we just can’t go on ignoring. But seriously: even though this seemingly unstoppable franchise has rabid fans across the globe, no one can agree on which ones they like best (or least, for that matter). TheWrap’s Film Reviews Editor Alonso Duralde take his own stab at the subject — and no, he’s not getting paid by anyone at Disney to like (or dislike, for that matter) any of these films.

19. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)

Released just five years after Ang Lee‘s “Hulk,” this second attempt to make a leading man out of the big green Gamma-radiated creature proved to be similarly disappointing. If we’ve learned anything from the Avengers movies, it’s that Bruce Banner works best when he’s a supporting character (and when he’s played by Mark Ruffalo)

18. “Ant-Man” (2015).

While this movie deserves credit for not putting the fate of mankind on the line — the stakes are more child’s-toy-train-sized — the film’s stabs at humor seem overplayed, and little of Paul Rudd‘s natural charm comes to the forefront of what should be a breezy caper. We can only wonder what Edgar Wright‘s original version might have been like.

17. “Thor” (2011).

Director Kenneth Branagh nails the thee-and-thou of the Asgard segments, but the small town where the climax plays out is one of the screen’s cheesiest fake cities since the terrible 1980s “Supergirl” movie. On the upside, actor Chris Hemsworth demonstrates a twinkly wit in this thunder god adventure, matched with impressive brawn.

16. “Iron Man 2” (2010).

The best McU movies do a good job of distracting you from all the setting-up of future franchise entries; this one offers so much empire-building that it might as well have a “Pardon Our Dust” sign on it. Still, the first appearance of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, dispatching a hallway’s worth of opponents, made an unforgettable impression.

15. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011).

Much as he did in “The Rocketeer,” director Joe Johnston excels at portraying the gloss of the 1940s, although the characters aren’t nearly as vivid as the Uso bunting. But fear not, true believers — Cap’s onscreen adventures got way better in his subsequent solo and team movies.

14.”Thor: The Dark World” (2013).

Firmly average, yes, but an improvement on its predecessor and a straight-up good time, skillfully balancing superheroics, second bananas, entertaining villains and the occasional killer one-liner. By no means a cornerstone of the McU, but this one, mostly, works.

13. “Iron Man 3” (2013).

Director and co-writer Shane Black doesn’t always have the tightest grasp on the story — what does the nefarious Extremis do again, and why? — but he shows off his skill at witty banter (which Robert Downey, Jr. can perform within an inch of its life) and breathtaking action (a mid-air rescue of a dozen passengers who have just tumbled out of Air Force One).

12. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015).

It’s always fun when the band gets back together, but it’s also difficult to recapture the magic of that first time. This sequel offers plenty of excitement and Joss Whedon-scripted badinage, but it’s also a little overstuffed with supporting characters and set-ups for the next round of McU movies. Lovers and haters of superhero movies can both find bolsters for their arguments here.

11. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017) The band is back together, and they’re as bristly hilarious as in their first outing, but overall this sequel feels like it’s just vamping (entertainingly) until the next major plot shift in the McU. Kurt Russell pops up as Ego the Living Planet, who claims to be the long-lost father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and while the movie is more concerned with character and emotion than plot, not all of the moving moments ring true.

10. “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018): It’s a little tough to judge this one on its own merits since it’s so clearly half a movie; we won’t really know how this film comes to fruition until we get the sequel. But in the meantime, it does a fairly impressive job of juggling some 25 major McU characters and keeping its sense of humor even in the face of mass destruction (and intense scenes involving torture and genocide).

9. “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)

Director Taika Waititi (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) strikes a delicate balance between breathless action and fate-of-the-universe stakes on one hand and tongue-in-cheek silliness and snappy banter on the other. Luckily, he’s got Chris Hemsworth, who excels at both, surrounded by the witty likes of Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and franchise newbies Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and a gloriously over-the-top Cate Blanchett.

8.”Captain America: Civil War” (2016) .

The plotting and pacing aren’t as tight as in “Winter Soldier,” but if you’re looking for dark human conflict and rousing superhero-on-superhero action, this movie does a whole lot right that “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” did wrong.

7. “Iron Man” (2008) .

It all starts here — a superhero origin story for literalists who can’t get behind exploding planets or radioactive spiders. Jon Favreau, then most famous for directing “Elf” and writing and co-starring in “Swingers,” seemed an odd choice for the material, but he knows how to give us both the characters (played by Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow with panache) and the ka-blam.

6. Black Panther (2018).

While Chadwick Boseman’s titular African king-superhero takes something of a back seat to a troika of fascinating female characters — played by Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright — the movie nonetheless overflows with excitement and rich backstory. (And Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger ranks among the franchise’s greatest villains.)

5. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) Less guilt-driven and haunted than previous iterations of the character (on the page or on screen), this Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has enough on his plate dealing with his superhero growing pains. Hungry to join The Avengers but still grappling with all he has to learn — he’s only 15, after all — our hero faces off against blue-collar bad guy The Vulture (Michael Keaton, Birdman at last) in an adventure that’s breezy and funny while also featuring genuine stakes, terrific characterizations and wonderfully detailed casting. (You gotta love a teen movie that works in Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Abraham Attah and J.J. Totah, plus scene-stealing newcomer Jacob Batalon.) 4. “Doctor Strange” (2016).

It would be all too easy to make the spell-casting Master of the Mystic Arts look ridiculous on the big screen, but somehow director Scott Derrickson and his crew gave us a version of surgeon-turned-magician Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who seems at home in the real world, rubbing shoulders with the Avengers, and traversing trippy, eye-popping dimensions where none other could go.

3. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) .

Breezy, flippant and soaking in the super hits of the ’70s, this comedy adventure is something of an outlier — both tonally and geographically — in the Marvel Universe. Still, whether or not Rocket Raccoon and Black Widow ever cross paths, this star-spanning saga was a reminder that there’s more than one way to tell a superhero story.

2. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014) .

Aggressive patriotism meets anti-government paranoia in this exciting tale that pits the Captain against labyrinthine conspiracies. It also turns out that Steve Rogers is way more interesting displaced in time in the 2000s than firmly at home in the 1940s. And you will believe The Falcon can fly.

1. “The Avengers” (2012) .

Still the gold standard of the McU, this movie reveals that Joss Whedon gets comic books down to their DNA, in the same way that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were fluent in the language of serials in the “Indiana Jones” movies. Putting all these heroes in one room (or helicarrier, anyway) yielded terrific results, even if the film’s success led to the all-superheroes-all-the-time ethos of contemporary Hollywood.

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Joss Whedon Defends His Leaked Wonder Woman Script

Joss Whedon is defending his Wonder Woman script, saying he thinks “it’s great.” The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director was recruited by Warner Bros. to write and direct a Wonder Woman movie back in the mid-2000s. While Whedon and WB ultimately parted ways due to creative differences, story details for the project remained under lock and key until Whedon’s Wonder Woman script leaked online last year. Shortly thereafter, Patty Jenkins’ take on the Amazonian princess hit theaters and became a runaway success, both critically and commercially. Jenkins later came out and asked fans not to compare her Wonder Woman movie to Whedon’s script… though, naturally, people did anyway.
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Part of Justice League’s Deathstroke Scene Was A Joss Whedon Reshoot

Justice League‘s final credits scene may have been worked on by both Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon. Featuring the debut of Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke and a bald Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, the stinger also teased the formation of Warner Bros.’ and DC Films’ movie version of the Legion of Doom on the heels of officially uniting World’s Finest Heroes.
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