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Captain America Writers Explain How The Winter Soldier Came About

Regular McU screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were the latest guests on Kevin Smith’s Fat Man on Batman podcast and among the various insights offered, the pair discussed their work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a film that drew inspiration from the conspiracy-thrillers of the cynical ‘70s in its portrayal of the complex relationship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.

According to McFeely, this paranoia-infused angle was something that in part grew organically from the lonely backstory of the Winter Soldier.

The genre sorta came from what we wanted to do with the character…One of the most exciting things about him is he’s the man out of time. So what does that mean to be the man out of time. It should not be, ‘I don’t like these short skirts,’ right?…It should be, ‘I missed Watergate, I missed Vietnam, I missed all this stuff.
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Captain America Screenwriters Explain How The Bucky And Falcon Rivalry Came To Be

Although we’ve still got a ways to go before Avengers 4 can provide some semblance of closure – whatever form that may take – there’s still quite the lengthy list of unanswered queries regarding the McU. Granted, following the disastrous climax of Infinity War, there isn’t much the Powers That Be can say to console those heartbroken by the Snap of Doom, but the screenwriting dream team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have at least eased some of the suffering, even if it’s only temporarily.

During the Fatman on Batman podcast hosted by Kevin Smith, Markus and McFeely – who’ve collaborated on six McU entries thus far in the form of Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Infinity War and Avengers 4 – revealed the origin of the Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Sam/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) rivalry.
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Avengers: Infinity War Writers Say They Got Really Emotional When The Film Hit $2 Billion

The Marvel Cinematic Universe began its decade-long march to box office superiority with the moderately successful superhero flick Iron Man. Nineteen movies and nearly $17 billion later, and the Marvel Studios brainchild is now the highest-grossing film franchise of all-time, which was punctuated earlier this week with yet another ticket booth touchstone.

Having earned an unprecedented $250 million-plus opening weekend stateside, and subsequently becoming the fastest film to reach the $1 billion plateau, Avengers: Infinity War once again made box office history when it finally smashed through the $2 billion barrier – a feat only ever achieved thrice before: Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.068B), Titanic ($2.187B) and Avatar ($2.788B).

What does the writing team behind the film have to say about the accomplishment, though? Well, quite a lot. “It’s nuts,” said one half of the McU dream team, Christopher Markus. “I will say on the Sunday morning when it’s like 10 or something
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Kevin Feige names Black Panther as the best movie that Marvel has made

Over its first ten years, Marvel Studios has firmly established its Marvel Cinematic Universe as the biggest movie franchise in history with a combined box office gross of almost $17 billion across 19 releases.

In addition to enormous financial success, Marvel has also carved out a reputation for delivering solid, crowd (and critic) pleasing blockbusters, as well as a number of highly-acclaimed offerings such as Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

However, asked for his thoughts on the best movie that Marvel has made, studio chief Kevin Feige points to this year’s Black Panther, which he credits with making Marvel “a better studio.”

“The experience of making Black Panther, even before it came out, was a transformative one,” said Feige at the 10th annual Produced By conference this past Saturday. “We’re watching the final playback, where you
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Sebastian Stan Is Glad He Didn't Get Captain America Role in the McU

Sebastian Stan Is Glad He Didn't Get Captain America Role in the McU
Sebastian Stan's character Bucky Barnes has one of the most unique character arcs in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the actor almost didn't get a chance to play him, because he first auditioned for another superhero role. During a new interview with CNBC Next, Sebastian Stan revealed he actually tried out for the Captain America role in Captain America: The First Avenger, but he was turned down for that role, told by Marvel that he was not "right for the part," that ultimately went to Chris Evans. Stan eventually landed the role of Cap's childhood friend Bucky Barnes. Here's what he had to say when asked what aspiring actors should take away from rejection.

"Try not to take things personally, learn how to face rejection, no matter what you do, stay obsessed with it."

While he didn't land the role he ultimately tried out for, Stan admitted that
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Captain America’s Lost More Than Just His Beard In That Avengers 4 Concept Art

While it might appear that Kevin Feige and co. could be taking some time off to enjoy all that they’ve accomplished in 2018, what with Ant-Man and the Wasp set to close out what’s already been a record-breaking year for Marvel Studios next month, the Disney subsidiary isn’t quite ready to wrap-up their highest grossing chapter yet. Case in point: Avengers 4.

Currently, Anthony and Joe Russo are busy putting the final touches on what’s sure to be the McU’s most significant release to date. The film, colloquially referred to as Avengers 4 – titled Infinity War – Part 2 initially – has remained under lockdown, predictably, ever since it was announced in October 2014. However, earlier this year, set photos from the Infinity War follow-up seemed to indicate that the titular supergroup would somehow be transported back to the Battle of New York featured in the first Avengers movie. This plot detail was then corroborated,
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New Viewing Order For The Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe Might Be The Best One Yet

Between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and TV shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Defenders, it’s often difficult to keep track of the monumental franchise built and molded by Marvel’s brain trust.

It’s one which reached a cataclysmic climax just recently thanks to Avengers: Infinity War, which arrived after 10 years and 18 movies’ worth of exposition and carefully crafted post-credits sequences. Mind you, it’s merely the first chapter in a two-part story, as the untitled Avengers 4 is still scheduled for release in 2019.

But let’s suppose you’re introducing a friend to the Marvel franchise – and we mean the entire franchise, from Jessica Jones to Agent Carter and everything in between – where do you start? Thankfully, the folks at have done the math, crunched the numbers and lined up all six Infinity Stones to reveal the official chronological viewing order of The Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Noah Hawley's Doctor Doom Film Has a Script But The Movie is Currently on Hold

One Marvel film project at Fox that I've been looking forward to seeing is Noah Hawley's Doctor Doom movie. We've got an update on that project for you today from Hawley himself. On a positive note, the script for the film is pretty much finished. On a negative note, the movie isn't going to happen anytime soon.

While talking to Vulture, the filmmaker said, "I wrote a script that I really like and the studio really likes, it needs a little work."

Hawley is currently set to direct the sci-fi drama Pale Blue Dot with Jon Hamm and Natalie Portman, which pretty much forced him to stop working on Doctor Doom for the time being. He goes on to say:

"It’s hard for me, at this exact moment — because I start shooting another movie in five weeks — to do that work. So, I mean, my hope is to
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Avengers: Infinity War Fan Theory Suggests Doctor Strange Sets Up Captain Marvel’s Return

Fans have thought a lot about Doctor Strange’s role in Avengers: Infinity War. When the sorcerer hands over the Time Stone to Thanos, giving him the means to destroy half the universe, conventional wisdom has it that he secretly knows what he’s doing. Most agree that he believes he has to do this in order to make the one timeline in which the Avengers win come to pass, and not the 14 billion others where things go wrong. Even the Russo brothers have suggested that this is the case.

Clearly, then, Strange could be something of a master puppeteer, orchestrating events while – for some reason – withholding his actual plans from his allies. But it is possible that he’s actually pulling more strings than we initially thought? Is Strange actually responsible for what happens in Infinity War’s post-credits scene, when Nick Fury summons Captain Marvel?

That’s what this new fan theory suggests,
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Best TV Shows to Watch in June: 'Cloak and Dagger,' 'Pose' and Alicia Silverstone

Remember when summer used to be the dead zone for TV programming? Ha! Now it's the time when a young upstart like Paramount Network (R.I.P., Spike TV) can drop two swing-for-the-fences shows – one set in the modern Wild West, the other in swingin' Seventies SoCal – featuring glossy production values and brand-name stars. Also on deck: Cinemax has a new J.K. Rowling import (non-Potter division) from the BBC; Freeform joins the Marvel Universe; and that mystery entity known as the Audience Network delivers a new take on a classic post-Nixon thriller.
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‘Solo’ Box Office Disappointment Is Wake Up Call for ‘Star Wars’

‘Solo’ Box Office Disappointment Is Wake Up Call for ‘Star Wars’
Solo: A Star Wars Story” has earned the ignominious distinction of premiering to the lowest opening for a Disney “Star Wars” film yet — bowing with $103 million over the four-day holiday weekend.

Normally a debut of over $100 million would rank as a roaring success, but there are reasons that folks on the Disney lot may be starting to sweat. After all, this is one of the most storied film franchises in movie history; a premium brand with few equals. Moreover, it’s not an ideal start for a film with a budget over $250 million, and it’s a launch that potentially means that this installment could fall short of previous films in the series, most of which end their runs with over $1 billion globally.

“When the bar is set this high, there’s a lot of Chicken Little [syndrome] going on,” box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said of reports already labeling the
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Thanos’ Snap was originally going to happen in Avengers 4

Avengers: Infinity War spoilers follow. You have been warned…

After destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and splitting the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely took things to another level entirely in Avengers: Infinity War.

Having failed to stop Thanos acquiring all six Infinity Stones, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes found themselves helpless to prevent Thanos from achieving his goal of wiping out half of all life in the universe, and with one quick snap of his fingers, the Mad Titan succeeded in his goal.

It was certainly a shocking ending to Infinity War, but as Markus and McFeely have revealed to The New York Times, things could have played out much differently as an early draft of the script had the Snap occurring in in the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4.

“But what we realized is, it would feel more
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Sharon Carter Was In Early Drafts Of Avengers: Infinity War

One thing that Marvel Studios have always been good at, throughout most of their movies, has been incorporating the rich amount of supporting characters that complement each of their main heroes.

To date, we’ve seen folks like Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan and General “Thunderbolt” Ross play important roles in a variety of films. And with Avengers: Infinity War, that was more or less the case, too, as it brought back a whole bunch of supporting players, some who we were expecting to see and some who took us by surprise. But one individual who originated in the source material whom’s yet to get her due is Sharon Carter (played by Emily VanCamp).

Though before the film came out there were rumors that she’d appear in it, Carter ended up sitting out of Infinity War. That’s unfortunate, too, as fans are certainly eager for more of her,
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‘Kidding’ Casts Bernard White; Bria Vinaite Joins ‘The Oa’

Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is set to recur opposite Jim Carrey and Catherine Keener in Showtime's upcoming half-hour comedy series Kidding. The story centers around Jeff aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), a beloved children’s television personality, whose life suddenly begins to unravel when his family begins to implode. What results is a slow leak of insanity that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. White will play…
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Who Do Nick Fury And Maria Hill Work For In Avengers: Infinity War?

Marvel fans’ jaws hit the floor twice in the space of a minute at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. First, the post-credits scene saw the surprising return of both Nick Fury and Maria Hill for the first time since 2015’s Age of Ultron. And then, just as quickly as they came back, the duo were killed off, as the two former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents fell prey to “The Snappening” – as Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to halve the population of the universe.

But as we were too busy processing all of this, we overlooked a major question about Fury and Hill’s involvement in the movie: what exactly are they doing? And, more importantly, who are they working for? You’ll remember that 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier saw S.H.I.E.L.D. disbanded after it was discovered that Hydra were secretly
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Is Thanos The Marvel Villain We’ve All Been Waiting For?

There’s been a fundamental shift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It began with the release of Thor: Ragnarok in November 2017, and gained a great deal of momentum in February 2018, when Black Panther arrived in cinemas. As of May 2018, however, it has reached something of a crescendo with the release of Avengers: Infinity War.

Is it emotional depth to which I refer? Perhaps the representation of those other white men, both in front of and behind the camera? Not this time. This time, I’m talking about villains. Much as we love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s historically fumbled the ball when it comes to those with nefarious agendas. Previously, McU baddies have been mildly unsettling – with a slight hint of intimidation, and the tiniest drop of menace. Where we’ve needed true evil, we’ve generally been left wanting.

Sure, Obadiah Stane of 2008’s Iron Man, and Red
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Captain Marvel Lands Annette Bening as Carol Danvers' Mom

While production has been under way since late January on Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel, it's never too late to add a new cast member, with a report revealing that Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has come aboard to co-star. While the initial report doesn't reveal the character's identity, Variety reporter Justin Kroll tweeted out that he has heard Benning will be playing Carol Danvers' mother. That has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios at this time, though it is another major addition to an already impressive cast.

If Justin Kroll is correct, then Bening will be playing Marie Danvers, who doesn't have much of a presence in the Marvel Comics, aside from a few minor appearances in various different stories. While the initial report from The Hollywood Reporter doesn't reveal much about the character, it is said that she is believed to be a scientist, although that is all
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Directors Hope Marvel’s Phase 4 Will Include ‘More Diverse Choices Made on All Fronts’

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Directors Hope Marvel’s Phase 4 Will Include ‘More Diverse Choices Made on All Fronts’
The Russo brothers aren’t entirely counting themselves out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after they wrap their much-hyped (and still-untitled) “Avengers: Infinity War” sequel — frankly, they need a little bit of time to breathe before announcing anything about their franchise plans going forward — but the directors already have a clear idea what they’d like to see from the next phase of the sprawling blockbuster series. “Really risky choices,” Joe Russo said when asked by IndieWire about their hopes for Phase 4, not missing a beat. “Content and casting, diversity in directors, diversity in casting.”

Few people are as keenly aware of the reach and power of the multi-billion-dollar franchise as the Russos, and the filmmakers recognize the kind of responsibility that such a global behemoth has in a diverse, changing world.

“I think that these movies reach a global audience, and I think everyone has the right to identify
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The Russos say Avengers 4 ending will be another “big game changer”

Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War follow…

Next year’s Avengers 4 is set to be a landmark moment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having been described as both the end of one era of the McU and the beginning of another. And, sure enough, Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo has promised that fans can expect another “big game changer” at the end of the as-yet-untitled sequel.

“Obviously Thanos is a very formidable villain and to beat Thanos will come at a very high cost,” Russo told Sway’s Universe. “We’re committed to stakes, we believe in stakes, and we like to shake up the Marvel Universe. We had a big game-changer at the end of Winter Soldier, had a big game-changer at the end of Civil War, a big game-changer at the end of Infinity War. Obviously, there will be a big game changer at the end of Avengers 4.”

As Russo mentions,
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Avengers: Infinity War directors have no interest in directing a DC movie

After impressing with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, directors Anthony and Joe Russo were chosen by Marvel to succeed Joss Whedon on the Avengers series, with the brothers handling both Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4.

However, unlike The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron helmer Whedon – who took over from Zack Snyder as director of the DC Extended Universe team-up Justice League, and was also attached to a Batgirl solo movie – the Russos have revealed that they have no interested in tackling a DC Comics movie in the future.

During a Q&A at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Russos were asked about the possibility of tackling a DC movie, the brothers responding that they were always bigger fans of Marvel than DC growing up, and felt more connected to the underdogs of the Marvel universe, whereas the majority of DC characters felt too powerful and unrelatable.
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