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Al Pacino Has Met with Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and today it is Marvel-related as we have an actor who has met up with the president at Marvel Studios. The following information comes from superherohype:

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When Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in theaters, it was almost instantly a smash hit and went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year at the domestic box office. Countless people were now fans of the ragtag group of misfits, including Academy Award-winning actor Al Pacino, who called the film “amazing, inventive, and beautiful.”

Now, on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via MTV), Pacino reveals he has since met with Marvel Studios and its president Kevin Feige. When asked if he thought there was a part in store for him, he replied:

“I would imagine either there’s something he feels is right for me, or…” which is when Pacino’s phone began to ring. “Every time we talk about Marvel, that’s what happens.”

Like so many others, Marvel meets with a lot of actors, and whether anything ever comes of it remains to be seen, but Marvel Studios does have a number of movies coming up where Pacino could find himself such as Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, or perhaps even Avengers: Infinity War.

So Al Pacino has been in talks with in Kevin Feige and Marvel? Nice. I mean sure there is nothing to suggest that he is a confirmed character in the MCU or give us as fans an idea as to who he play, but the fact that he’s even in talks does give one hope for the future. Pacino is a great actor of incredible caliber, so to have him in a superhero film would be fantastic. So who would he play in the upcoming list of Marvel films> Well it is anyones guess at this point. He could play Star-Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or he could have a role in Doctor Strange maybe as the main villain or something else, I don’t know, those are my two best guesses. I feel like those films would be his best places for him to have a role, that being said he could appear in any of the other Phase Three films if the role was right for him.

So what do you think of this news? Be sure to comment below and let me know. Laters.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Scarlett Johansson Has a ‘Very Big’ Role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Solo Film Teased

Howdy again ladies and gents, time for the second bit of Marvel film news today. After talking about Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch costume now we move onto the future of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and her future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“When Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits the big screen on April 4, it will mark Scarlett Johansson’s third big screen appearance as Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff. That will soon be followed by a fourth, Avengers: Age of Ultron, in 2015. According to Total Film’s new interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige (via Comic Book Movie), the much-anticipated sequel will feature a “very big” role for the character. What’s more, he teases that a Black Widow solo film may be the next step for the character.

“We learn more about her past,” Feige says of the Joss Whedon sequel, “and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.”

Of course, Black Widow is going to first have to make it through the events of The Winter Soldier, which Feige promises is a game-changer for the MCU.

“We wanted to change the dynamic of the cinematic universe with this film,” Feige continues.“We wanted Cap and really the entire cinematic universe to be very different at the end of ‘Winter Soldier’ than it is at the beginning. Therefore, when we meet the Avengers at the top of ‘Age of Ultron,’ it’s a very different landscape than we left them at the end of the first film. Partially that’s because we love the rhythm that the comic books have developed. Each of the characters appear in their runs, occasionally they get together for a big event or crossover series, they part again, and then they come back together again.”

So Feige basically tells us that Black Widow is getting fleshed out a bit more and due to the details of her past it could make for a solo film? Nice. I’m down with that. My only concern would be whether Johansson would be committed to the character enough to go beyond Avengers 2 and star in any more films as she doesn’t look as interested in her role as say Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans or mainly any of the other major Avengers co-stars. I’m not saying that she doesn’t care at all, I’m just concerned that she may jump ship after a while and get superhero fatigue. I would like to think that she would love her fanbase enough to stick around a little longer.

As for Feige’s other comment I am really interested to see how the MCU changes over the course of the next two films and whether the tone and atmosphere will really be THAT different from what we recall from 2012. The people are Marvel really will have to amp up the danger and crisis factor by 10 if they want some notable change to be seen and felt. It all sounds very exciting, I just hope things work out and keeps us fans guessing.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Marvel’s Thor 3 Moving Forward with Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost Scripting

Hello again ladies and gents, well it just seems like there’s news spilling out of the woodwork today as I have an other news story relating to another Marvel Studios film as it seems like the Thor film series will be going into its third entry. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“On the heels of yesterday’s news about Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Anthony and Joe Russo signing on for Captain America 3 comes word on another Marvel Studios sequel. Marvel announced today that Senior Vice President of Production and Development Craig Kyle will script Thor 3 alongside the returning Christopher Yost (who, with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely scripted Thor: The Dark World from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat).

I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years,” President of Production Kevin Feige said in a prepared statement. “His creative instincts have helped shape ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ at every level of the filmmaking process. The entire team at Marvel is very happy to continue collaborating with Craig as he continues as a screenwriter working with Christopher on the forthcoming chapter of Thor’s adventure.

Kyle began his career at Marvel Studios in 2001 as the sole Creative Executive for the company’s animation division. In 2003, Craig co-created the character X-23, an adolescent female clone of Marvel’s popular character Wolverine. She was introduced into the comic book mainstream a year later, becoming one of the most popular new characters from Marvel over the last decade. Craig has developed, produced and written numerous animated series and oversaw the development and production of Marvel’s original animated direct-to-DVD projects including Ultimate Avengers: I & II, Invincible Iron Man, Hulk VS, Next Avengers, Doctor Strange, Planet Hulk and Thor: Tales of Asgard. During his many years with Marvel, Craig co-wrote a series of top selling X-Men comics including “New X-Men,” “X-23: Innocence Lost” and “X-Force” (also with Yost). Kyle was promoted to SVP of Production and Development of Marvel Studios’ live-action division five years ago.

Marvel Studios currently has three mystery titles on their schedule: One on July 8, 2016, one on May 6, 2016 and one set for July 8, 2017. Could one of those dates wind up getting filled by Thor 3?”

It was honestly inevitable but I’m still glad that it got announced because Thor needs some closure, ESPECIALLY after the ending of the last film. WE NEED ANSWERS! But other than that I would have hoped that Thor’s film would at least carry into a trilogy, and there are so many more areas of the mythology to take a look at and have even deeper connections to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe too. Now us fans can speculate and just hope that some of our dreams come true like:

  • Finally introducing other villains like Surtur, The Wrecking Crew or even better gives Enchantress!
  • Introduce other Asgardians like Hermod (Iove that guy) and Valkyrie.
  • Give us Ragnarok so we can have the most epic battle of Thor’s life and have some more drama, death and badass fighting!

Just a few suggestions but they would be the best for securing the audiences and the fans in the next instalment especially if it is the last one.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Michael Douglas Cast as Ant-Man!

You know that point when you’re sitting around just hoping for news and then something amazing drops online? Well that’s what happened for me just recently when I scanned through my Facebook news feed and saw something new on superherohype and you can see from the following news story:

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“Fresh from last night’s Golden Globe win for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man in the role of Hank Pym! Douglas will star opposite Paul Rudd (now confirmed to be playing Scott Lang) in the Edgar Wright film, set for release on July 31, 2015.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

Set to begin production shortly in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Henry Pym and Scott Lang,” Wright told SuperHeroHype some years ago in an interview that he confirmed this morning via Twitter is still accurate. “So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.”

Well damn, did not even see this coming. So out of nowhere. I mean we’ve only just recently gotten the recent confirmation of Paul Rudd in the title role and while there was rumours floating around about there being two versions of Ant-Man (Hank Pym and Scott Lang), it was all speculation and most assumed that Pym would be the main character and main focus. However now we know not only that Douglas is Pym, but Rudd is Lang. Then add to that the story information that Edgar Wright provides; that he wishes to not only include both versions of the hero, but also have the early version of Ant-Man doing his thing in the 60’s then bring it into modern-day with the new incarnation. That is some really unexpected but intriguing stuff nonetheless. Totally out of left field, but at the same time this is the kind of changes and interesting new directions I appreciate from Marvel Studios. They adapt their character but find new ways to reinvent them and you can’t hate on them for wanting to be a little innovative.

To summarize I’m down with this, its some unexpected and cool stuff. Douglas is a capable actor and while I’m not overly familiar with his filmography I know that if he’s on-board with this film then it must be something good.

What do you think of this news? Holla down in the comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy News Round-Up

Howdy friends and other people of the internet, time for some film news to be delivered to you! Now over the last two weeks there has been a fair amount of information given regarding the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film and I’ve just decided that I’m gonna just a news round-up of all those important stories and put them on this blog today.

Oh and before we begin let me just say that the following information comes from ComicBookMovie.com

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“It was a hasty, precise post on Facebook back in June that first revealed Vin Diesel was in talks with Marvel Studios for an unspecified role in one of their upcoming cinematic outings. And while the Riddick star boasted at the San Diego Comic-Con last month that a big announcement about his involvement was forthcoming, Diesel took to his social network (yet again) earlier today and updated his cover photo hinting that he was joining Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation. And sources of Deadline now confirm that Vin Diesel is negotiations to lend his gravelly voice to Groot, the sentient tree creature and charter member of the Guardians team.”

Well this is pretty much public knowledge now to all the people that’s been following Vin Diesel’s movements at Marvel recently, but yeah it seems like it’s all but confirmed that he’ll be doing the role in this film. So how do I feel about this? Pretty good actually. Granted the character only says “I am Groot”, but I think it’d work for Diesel due to his deep voice similar to what he did in The Iron Giant. I think the filmmakers should at least allow Diesel to do motion capture for the character as well just so the role would feel so small.

Bradley Cooper On Marvel’s Radar For ‘Rocket Raccoon’, Source:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MarvelFreshman/news/?a=85783#WpE0rotvSzjAk4sY.99

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“With The Fast and the Furious star Vin Diesel all but confirmed to voice the treelike alien Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, the gun-toting Rocket Raccoon is the only central character that has yet to have an actor attached. While principal photography for the Marvel film has passed the midway mark in the U.K., the movie scoopers over at Latino Review have found out director James Gunn’s “dream guy” for the talking carnivorous tactician. Apparently Marvel Studios has made an offer to Academy Award-nominated thesp Bradley Cooper to have him lend his voice for Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Well when I heard about this I was kind of surprised. While I’m not saying that Cooper is a bad choice, I just think he’s an odd one when compared to a lot of other actors. I seriously thought Marvel would look into an English actor or maybe even Nolan North because of his popularity with fans and his work with other Marvel projects. Obviously nothing has been confirmed yet but I think Cooper could be awesome in the role as long as he still uses an English accent. 

Kevin Feige Reveals Tons Of GOTG Character Details; Says Gamora Starts Off As A Villain,
Source: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=85856#jSIv7zWPh6EjeAzc.99

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“They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie. Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy. Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, “I am Groot.” Peter Quill left Earth in the mid’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the universe. Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy. When we meet Gamora, she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath, and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”

I like the way Feige talks describes the details of the characters, it sounds totally cool. I’m just liking the way each character seems to have a colourful backstory that’s different and how they come together just by chance. The most interesting person seems to be Gamora, her backstory seems like it’ll be very complex especially if she’s on the side of the enemy before joining the team, can’t wait to see how she changes sides.

Kevin Feige Reveals When GOTG Takes Place; Names Ronan The Accuser As Main Villain
Source: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=85853#ou3IbJgVqgS9sCot.99

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“The general answer is yes,” Kevin Feige said when asked whether Guardians of the Galaxy takes place at the same time as Marvel’s other “Phase Two” movies, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.” So, while it may take place at the same time, just how connected will it be to the aforementioned films? “Certainly more than the others. We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.” Talking of Thanos, many fans expected the Mad Titan to be the main villain in the sequel to The Avengers, but it was recently confirmed that it will be Ultron who fills that role. So, will he be the main foe in Guardians of the Galaxy? Not quite! “Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn around and smirk. You’ll get much more than that!””

Firstly I’m glad to hear that there will be more Thanos in this film than there was shown in The Avengers, however I’m glad that he isn’t the main villain as he’s really more of an Avengers type of problem than one for the GotG. I don’t know too much about Ronan The Accuser besides The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but he seemed pretty badass so I hope he’ll be a good challenge for the team. As for what point in time the series takes place, since it’s in the Phase Two MCU I can only it’ll be between, during or after Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and Captain America 2.

So yeah that’s all the news I got for now. What did you think of all this stuff then? Whatever your thoughts just drop me a comment below yo. Until next time people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Marvel Has Movie Plans Up to 2021

Howdy ladies and gents, now it’s just time to blog about some interesting news concerning Marvel Studios and their future plans for their upcoming films. It’s only little news but I believe its enough to blog about. So the following information comes from IGN:

“Marvel Studios is planning for the long haul. How long? Try all the way up to 2021.

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“I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in an interview with WIRED. “Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.” 

Two release dates have already been announced for unspecified movies — one in 2016 and one in 2017 — and now we can expect even more in the upcoming years. Characters such as Doctor Strange and Black Panther are rumored to have movies in development, but with 50-plus years of comics to fall back on, Marvel could go any direction.

“Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone,” Feige said. “Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.”

With 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios will have completed Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are immediately launching Phase 3 with the long-gestating Ant-Man movie the same year as the Avengers sequel, so if they continue their current pacing, they’ll be in Phase 4 by 2021. What will the MCU look like then?

Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man hitting the big screen shows that Marvel Studios is not afraid to take some chances with lesser known properties.

Aside from sequels for already established franchises like Iron Man and Captain America, what other characters and teams would you like to see join the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Luke Cage, the Inhumans, or Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, anyone?”

So it seems like Kevin Feige and his people at Marvel Studios have really been thinking about this whole cinematic universe, it’s not just short-term planning, but really looking into the future and setting up for the future with clear direction. That is something that has to be admired. Again think about it, if Iron Man or any of the other Marvel Phase One films failed then Marvel’s grand plan would never have come to fruition along with kick ass film that was The Avengers last year. You have to appreciate Marvel’s long-term planning and their conviction and trust in their properties. So far it has done them very well and I love what they’ve crafted so far and with the upcoming Phase Two films and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m so hyped to see what the future holds.

As for films that need to be made here’s my list:

  • Luke Cage and Iron Fist (It’d be a very different, original and kick ass buddy superhero film yo)
  • Black Panther (the fans want it, I want it, people have been waiting for years yo)
  • Ms. Marvel (To get a solo female superhero would be great for a change)
  • Inhumans (I think this group would present a great new challenge for Marvel in the same vein as Guardians of the Galaxy you because of the whole space scene)

Come on Marvel frigging make it happen!

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Why The Avengers Was And Still Is A Big Deal – Part 2

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Part 2 of Why The Avengers Was And Still Is A Big Deal. This is a two-part blog post talking about why I believe the film was and still is a big deal and what were the key elements that led to its success. If you haven’t read the first part then stop reading this and got back and check it out and then come back here. As for everyone else let’s continue…

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This is the man with the plan, without this guy I doubt the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be as grand as it is without this man’s talent. Now I don’t know how much influence he has over the ideas or films that get picked to be greenlit but I can only assume he has that kind of power because of all the announcements and interviews he does. I mean I’ve never seen any producer have so much knowledge on comic books and understand source material in such a vivid way. Feige has powers! I mean every interview he’s in here’s always offering information on current happenings on Marvel films or upcoming ones and he doesn’t just talk about from a business point of view but as a person knows his stuff and understands how to translate it into live action along with the directors, writers and actors.

But what I really like about him is the fact that he’s always thinking, he always seems to be one or two or maybe even five steps ahead of everyone else. If fans have ideas of where to go with storylines or costumes or introducing new character solo films Feige seems to have thought of it already or made it happen behind the scenes and then makes a massive announcement about it later down the line. The man never stops moving and that’s something you gotta appreciate.

The End Result

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Whatever your thoughts are on The Avengers no one can deny its success. It’s been said many, many times and I’ll say it again, this film was a massive gamble and could have especially blown up in Marvel’s faces. Having several superhero characters in their own separate films come together one film? Nothing like this had been done before and it was incredibly risky. But somehow thanks to the awesomeness that is Joss Whedon, hard work from Kevin Feige and the people at Marvel Studios and some fine acting from the cast involved they crafted a great superhero the likes of which has never been seen. Now allow me to explain what I mean by that.

Up until the time before The Avengers everyone was gearing towards the dark and gritty realism created in the Chris Nolan Batman films. I swear most audiences, critics and people I talked saw The Dark Knight as a template for future comic book films and only wanted dark and realistic films. But then The Avengers comes out of the blue and completely squashes that concept with a film that had a lot more humour than any comic book film in recent history and while it was a lot more light-hearted than most films in the genre it had moments for character development and emotion when needed. There was not only great action going on in the form of the CGI and special effects but there was also action going on between the characters as they argued and fought each other. It was some badass, dynamic, tension-building and funny stuff and it worked in a very natural way and related to the source material so well. It really was a great film not only for casual audiences but for all the comic nerds out there waiting to see their favourite characters fighting each other and then coming together to save the world from evil.

Finally there was a film to break the chain of all these “dark and gritty” comic book adaptations. I know that there are a lot of comics that revolve around that but not ALL comic films HAVE to be that way. The Avengers was a good time in the cinema and everyone from fans to critics to casual film audiences responded well to it. It made a ton of money at the Box Office and the sequel was greenlit for 2015 just a short time after so year rock on Marvel!

Foreshadowing

And now we come to the final point and this one is pretty important, it’s all about foreshadowing. As I said before Kevin Feige is the man with the plan and is always thinking several steps ahead of everyone else, with this power he knows to make announcements about future projects that’ll keep fans wanting more or just send them into a frenzy freaking out about upcoming films. Also the Marvel films themselves have always given us a look into the future thanks to their post-credit cutscenes. At the end of Iron Man Nicky Fury showed up, at the of The Incredible Hulk Tony Stark showed up, at the end of Iron Man 2 Agent Coulson located Thor’s hammer, etc. The point is Marvel Studios have been smart about the way in which they’ve marketed their films and the way in which they’ve filmed the too. And now they’ve established their Marvel Cinematic Universe they are looking to continue their success with their Phase Two set of films.

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2013 is the year when we’ll begin the next set of Marvel solo films with three sequels and two new solo films to add to the mix. Firstly starting with Iron Man 3 which will be out pretty soon (tomorrow for us UK citizens), then entering Thor: The Dark World in November, then we have two films in 2014 in the form of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy and finally after the release of Avengers 2 is Ant-Man in 2015. Marvel have always hinted at the future and right now they’ve smartly given sequels to the films that needed them and been ambitious with films like GotG. I believe that Kevin Feige along with the other big people at Marvel are hard at work not only crafting these upcoming Marvel films but also looking into Phase Three and add additional films to tag along with Doctor Strange (hopefully we’ll FINALLY get a Black Panther film).

In the end Marvel Studios worked for four long years and gave us one of the finest comic films in existence. The Avengers was and still is badass and if anyone tries to imitate that in the future I hope they won’t forget that this was the film that gave them the blueprint.

So yeah that’s it, I just had to get that out of my system and share my thoughts with you all. Anways what do you think? Do you agree with my points or do totally disagree completely? Whatever your thoughts leave them in the comments below and I’ll see you lot on the next blog post yo! 😀 😀

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Films, Life, Media

 

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New Images and Plot Details From Thor: The Dark World

As we get closer and closer to the release of the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World new images and story details have emerged and its making me go all crazy over here! The following information comes from superherohype:

Last week saw the release of the first poster for the upcoming Thor: The Dark World and now we’ve learned a little more about the upcoming film, thanks to USA Today.

In the film, Thor returns to Earth where he meets up again with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and don’t think she’s forgotten that he didn’t come see her the last time he was here.

“Thor still has a lot of explaining to do, and a lot of making up,” says star Chris Hemsworth. “Even demigods end up in the doghouse, mate. So none of us is safe.”

To make matters worse, Foster’s life is in danger and Thor must bring her back with him to Asgard.

“So while Thor was a fish out of water on Earth in the first two films (Thor and The Avengers), this time Jane is very much a fish out of water in Asgard,” says Marvel producer Kevin Feige.

Not only will Thor have to worry about the Dark Elf Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston, he’ll find himself in a love triangle with himself, Jane, and the warrior Sif with his disapproving parents watching.

“It’s superhero action, but it’s the familiar territory of a love triangle where the parents think your girlfriend is wrong for you,” says Feige. “That’s how the best of these movies work.”

With all that in mind, the film will still have plenty of action and fighting to boot.

“I really wanted to ramp up his skill set in battle,” says Hemsworth. “He’s not just this Viking throwing the hammer. Here he’s more demigod with dynamic moves we haven’t seen before.”

To further complicate things, Thor must seek the help of his brother Loki, who is still serving time in an Asgard prison.

“Needing Loki’s help turns everything on its head,” says Hemsworth. “And it allows us to explore the underlying complexities of their relationship. It really ends up being a kind of chess match.”

Check back tomorrow when the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World is set appear online!

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, the film is set for release on November 8, 2013.”

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So what have we learnt today? Well story-wise a good deal really. Firstly it seems like Thor isn’t completely in the clear for his actions though I’m not sure why he’d be trouble I mean he did just help save Earth from being destroyed by an alien race. I reckon he should be congratulated, but I guess that’s not the way things work in Asgard. Also I’m interested to see how Jane handles being taken to Asgard and seeing all of this stuff she heard about there right in front of her eyes. And then there’s talk of a love triangle and you know I really like love triangles, when done properly it can add drama, tension and mess with a man’s head forcing him to make a decision between two women. I’m glad this is being addressed in the film, it was a very big element of the comics, Thor’s been romantically involved with Sif and Jane Foster before and to bring those kinds of love complications into a film for Thor would be really interesting. I really want to see what Jaime Alexander does with this material because she is beautiful and deserves to let audience members know how she really feels about the god of thunder.

There’s also talk of action and as an action junky I LOVE me some action. I like how they say that it’s not just viking stuff but characters doing things we haven’t seen before, and that’s good to hear. These are god-based warriors who have skills beyond that of humans so I expect some badass, unique and over-the-top battles of a chaotic nature! And lastly there’s talk of Thor going to Loki for help and that should be interesting too, maybe there’ll be arguments or more information based on their past relationship. Either way this’ll be cool.

As for the two pictures that were released, they’re nice. In the first one I find it just funky to see Thor and Jane together just chilling in Asgard in Asgardian attire. They look like they’re having fun though. As for the second picture it’s just Thor holding his hammer looking all cool and stuff probably during a battle of some kind.

Now I seriously can’t wait for tomorrow when the trailer comes out, I need me some Thor right now. BRING ON THE LIGHTING! XD

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Why The Avengers Was And Still Is A Big Deal – Part 1

After going home over the easter and getting a chance to re-watch one of my favourite films of last year, The Avengers on Sky Movies in HD, it got me thinking about how much of big deal the film was. I mean the hype for this film was insane and that is no exaggeration. The film was 4 years in the making after its post-credit announcement via Nick Fury in Iron Man 1, it could have easily crumbled under the pressure and failed miserably. But it succeeded and not only that but it was a fantastic piece of work and considering the way that films are made The Avengers really was and still is the kind of film that’s special and unprecedented in recent film history. So with that in mind I’m going to talk about why The Avengers is badass and is still relevant one year after its initial release.

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The Hype

To say that there was hype for The Avengers would be an understatement. The anticipation for this film is biggest I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. I mean sure I’m only 23 at the moment so I can’t say much about my lifetime, but I know hype when I see it. As previously mentioned when Nick Fury showed up in the post-credits scene of Iron Man and said that Tony Stark wasn’t “the only superhero in the world” and said he wanted to discuss the “Avengers Initiative” the Marvel fan base blew up. Ever since then over the course of the next four films, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, we got introduced to the team as individuals and got more and more teasers leading up to the eventual film. The first preview we got of the film was at the end of Captain America and even though it was like only 30 seconds of footage it sent fans insane. It was watched several times online and some people went back to the cinema several times just to see the preview again haha.

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Marvel knew how to market their films and get the hype and excitement going from 2008 to 2012 when The Avengers eventually arrived in cinemas.

Then in October of 2011 the first trailer came out and that’s when fans took to the internet and raped the hell out of the repeat button as they watched the teaser trailer over and over. On iTunes Movie Trailers the trailer was downloaded over 10 million times in 24 hours which broke the website’s record for the most-viewed trailer at the time. And with each subsequent trailer the hype and anticipation got more and more uncontrollable. I travelled from Marvel.com to YouTube to IGN to Facebook to Superherohype and many other places and the fans were freaking out all over the place. With all of the footage, images and interviews with Joss Whedon, Kevin Fiege and the rest of the cast involved by the time May 2012 came along fan expectation was at an all-time high and luckily for most the film satisfied their needs and then some.

The Competition

Even though Marvel had all these plans going down on their side of town it didn’t mean that there wasn’t any competition for them. In 2008 Iron Man went up against the giant that was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and we all know how that battle went down. While Iron Man was indeed a success and made people see Marvel films in a much more serious a realistic manner, against the hype and success of TDK it didn’t stand much chance. TDK is highly famed film that apparently changed the way comic book films are made because its complex story elements, drama, dark, realistic and gritty tone, and obviously the incredible performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker. The film is loved by everyone comic book fans and critics alike and it’s noted as the best comic book films in existence. After July 2008 TDK set the bar for the next set of comic books films.

Luckily we learnt in 2011 that DC can’t do anything outside of Batman films as Green Lantern came and failed while Thor and Captain America fared a lot better. It wasn’t until last year when Marvel saw some real competition for their Avengers film with The Dark Knight Rises. 2012 was the year where The Avengers went up head to head with The Dark Knight Rises. The Avengers came out first and rocked the world which meant that TDKR had a lot to live up to, however when it came out it did just as well and in some cases better than The Avengers when it comes to box office numbers and reviews. Until this day opinions about both films are divided, some prefer the light-hearted, comedic and self-aware elements of The Avengers while others still prefer the dark and gritty realism of TDKR. It seems like the competition between Marvel and DC will continue for a while now.

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2012 was a hectic year for comic films as these two titans went up against each other for summer supremacy.

Joss Whedon

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It should be obvious but it has to be noted that I don’t think The Avengers would be the success that it was without Joss Whedon. His writing and directing changed this film’s story and characters from being very basic and lacking in substance to something that was pretty stylish, witty, comedic and serious when needed. Whedon was clearly a fan of the source material and comics in general and given his amazing track record with his television series including Buffy, Firefly and Dollhouse the man knows how to handle a massive cast of characters and make them all feel relevant and necessary to the plot. Recently I watched Dollhouse and I’m currently watching through Firefly and I’m seeing immediately comparisons to The Avengers. in the dialogue and character departments.

Some say the film could have been done with another director and while I guess that is probably true I still don’t think it would have been as great without the awesomeness that is Joss Whedon. The man is all-powerful!

Okay this post is becoming longer that I originally thought it’d be so I’ll end here for now. Be sure to come back for part 2 where I’ll discuss the other key reasons why I think this film succeeds so much. Thanks for reading and I’ll see ya later!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Kevin Feige Describes Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a Political Thriller

From the realm of superherohype we have a small tidbit of information surrounding the next Captain America film, to find out what the deal is read on below:

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“Planned to hit the big screen in the spring of 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s 2005 story arc. It should come to no surprise to fans, then, that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige describes the tone of the film as being a “political thriller”.

“If it is a fad, it’s one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did,” Feige says, speaking to Variety on the larger issue of the continued popularity of comic book films, “because each one is so different. There’s an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that’s what is exciting about it.”

The film’s cast is set to include Chris Evans, Emil VanCamp, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson and Toby Jones. It will hit theaters on April 4, 2014.”

While this news story is only a short one, I have to say it caught my eye. I like how Marvel are thinking about each film in sub-genres and to hear that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a political thriller catches my interest. In all honesty I think thrillers are one of the best genres there is when it comes to filmmaking, and when executed properly it can be awesome. I hope that this sequel takes full advantage of the thriller genre codes and conventions and then takes in all of its comic book roots too. I was already interested in Captain America 2, but now with this specific genre mentioned for the film I am even more intrigued to ee what it turns out like.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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