For generations now, the colorfully costumed heroes and heroines of DC and Marvel Comics have been competing for readers’ attentions on newsstands and in comic-book stores. In recent decades, their never-ending battle has spilled over onto the big screen as well. DC struck first with a pair of landmark blockbusters—Richard Donner’s super-sized Superman epic in 1978, followed by Tim Burton’s Gothic noir version of Batman in 1989. Meanwhile, Marvel floundered, offering up such underwhelming outings as the infamous George Lucas-produced bomb Howard the Duck, a never-officially-released Fantastic Four movie made on the cheap by Roger Corman, and a justly forgotten Captain American feature starring Matt Salinger—the son of reclusive Catcher in the Rye novelist J.D. Salinger—in the title role.For a long while, it seemed as though DC had cornered the market on comic-book movies. But the tide started to turn in 1998 with the well-received vampire action … [Read more...] about Movie Marvels: Kevin Feige guides resurgence of an iconic comic-book brand
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Maybe you have to be a kid to fully grasp the appeal of Ant-Man. At least, that’s the line of argument that Peyton Reed takes when discussing his feature film version of Marvel Comics’ diminutive costumed crimefighter. While adults might roll their eyes at a so-called superhero whose power involves shrinking down to insect-size and communicating with the busy citizens of teeming ant colonies, Reed says that children totally get it. “Kids really respond to shrinking characters,” he tells Film Journal International, speaking on the phone from California. “It’s closer to their perspective of the world. All superhero movies are based around a different version of wish fulfillment, and partly because of his size, Ant-Man taps into the child in everybody in a really great way. When kids are on the floor playing with their action figures, that’s the closest thing they get to being Ant-Man.”Sound like dubious reasoning? Maybe. But this author has … [Read more...] about Little Hero, Big Screen: Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man joins Marvel movie colony of crimefighters
I was trying to see if I could crop this in such a way as to emphasize Rocket Raccoon’s stature, and I didn’t have to try very hard, frankly. Groot seems pretty intrigued by it, but we all know that’s the start of an adorable inter-size friendship.It’s never safe to assume anything about a movie this far out from its release date, but Guardians of the Galaxy is shaping up to be the weirdest ride of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far… and, if you ask me, in a good way. This is a fairly odd thing to say about a movie for adults with a talking raccoon and a man-tree in it. And for the kids, Marvel/Disney just might be preparing their own version.Take this with a grain of salt, but according to Comic Book Movie’s “well placed source,” a cartoon adaptation of the characters is in the works. It’s an unsourced rumor, backed up slightly by Marvel editor Stephen Wacker hinting at it in 2012. Like I said, slightly. But it’s not … [Read more...] about Guardians of the Galaxy Gets a Synopsis, Maybe a Cartoon Show?
The Iron Man 3 had its Los Angeles premiere last night, and that means that there were plenty of folks with an inside line on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe walking down a gauntlet of reporters. It’s probably inevitable that somebody would drop a bombshell on the red carpet. When the dust cleared, Joss Whedon was standing alone, in his hand a direct quote about how the first draft of The Avengers 2 he’d locked in a new brother/sister duo for the film.Before you go out and cross reference sibling teams and the Avengers in comics, you should probably just be told that the very likely culprits are Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Which is very, very interesting from a licensing standpoint. I swear.Here’s the relevant quote. When asked, if The Avengers 2 already has a first draft, how much he expects it to change going forward, Whedon said that he definitely was expecting it to evolve, but: I’ve got these two characters, you know, I’ve got these … [Read more...] about Might Bring Mutants to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Josh Brolin’s Thanos has made an appearance in Guardians of The Galaxy, of course, but seeing as not everyone’s gotten to watch it yet because it just came out today, we figured you’d want to take a look here first. Plus, there’s this pretty neat Marvel video that follows all the events of Phases 1 and 2 with footage from previous movies, Comic-Con appearances, and more. Nifty!In case you blinked and missed it—of if you’re just bored of retrospectives— then here you go.So… pretty much what we expected, then? Perfect.(via Comic Book Resources) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, & Google +? … [Read more...] about Get Your First Official Look At Brolin’s Thanos In This Marvel Cinematic Universe Retrospective
There’s a moment when watching Thor: The Dark World when the titular character comes on the screen shirtless for a wash. The camera follows Thor, panning up his biceps and his abs, lingering for a solid minute while you can imagine he contemplates the events that have occurred in the film thus far. I mean, this is a thought process you can infer, but in reality it’s just there for the view of audience members who would find that attractive. The same thing occurs in Captain America: The Winter Soldier with the existence of Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson’s increasingly tight shirts, along with the bromance between Steve and Bucky Barnes. It’s these details that make you wonder if the Marvel Cinematic Universe is purposefully making their heroes into sex objects.Going through the MCU tags on Tumblr, one can see a trend towards what can be interpreted as the female gaze and a typically heterosexual female view of attractiveness. There are muscular, partially … [Read more...] about Does the Marvel Cinematic Universe Play to the Female Gaze?
If you’d asked me yesterday for my thoughts on the Hasbro Cinematic Universe, Hasbro and Paramount’s planned series of feature-length ads films featuring the G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), and ROM: SpaceKnight brands, I probably would have been highly dubious. But, at least judging from some of the talent that will be in the Hasbro Cinematic Universe’s writing room, my dubiousness has been scaled back slightly.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hasbro is focused on making their writer’s room inclusive and female-driven, and has brought on a team of impressively pedigreed creators, many of whom are known for their work in comics or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Saga and Y: The Last Man’s Brian K. Vaughan, the writing team will include Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker; Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier … [Read more...] about Hasbro Cinematic Universe Promises “Female Empowerment,” Brings on Impressive Team of Writers
If you watch ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you know that they frequently allude to, or even incorporate, elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But is the reverse true? Not really.You may have noticed that although Phil Coulson is alive and well on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he wasn’t in Age of Ultron. So, is he alive everywhere, or only on television? In a Q&A with the Oxford Union, Joss Whedon explained that in the case of Ultron, it was difficult enough to introduce all those new characters without having to also explain, Oh by the way, Coulson’s alive. So, it’s no secret that to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Marvel television universe and the comics aren’t as big a priority as Marvel would like us to believe. Well, there’s at least one member of the Marvel television universe who wishes it were.According to io9, S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Chloe Bennet talked about the disconnect between the films and her show during Wizard … [Read more...] about ‘s Chloe Bennet Comments on Marvel’s Lack of Connectivity
Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland was held February 26-28, 2016 at the Cleveland Convention Center, and provided opportunities for fans to hear the creators, actors, and industry professionals who make their fandom possible speak about their experiences. Getting to see the actors interact with their co-stars, directors, and writers as themselves instead of in character was a huge highlight of the convention for me, particularly when Chloe Bennett (Agent Skye/Daisy Johnson) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Jemma Simmons) shared the stage and answered fan questions about their work on Agents of Shield, and when Frank Grillo (Crossbones) and Joseph and Anthony Russo (the directors of Captain America: Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War films) paneled together.This was my first Wizard World event. I found out about it through a friend who’s a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was excited to attend. She asked if I was interested in … [Read more...] about Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland Marvel Panel Highlights and More
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the web-slinging world of Spider-Man. It follows Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, which under-performed at the box office last year. Despite taking $709m at the global box office, it was the lowest-grossing of Sony’s five Spider-Man films to date.Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU), meaning the character could now appear in superhero films such as Iron Man and Thor.There is already speculation Spider-Man’s first outing will be in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, as the character appears in the comic book version of the story.Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next instalment in the $4bn Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017.The film will be co-produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.Feige and Pascal … [Read more...] about Spider-Man to join Marvel Cinematic Universe