It appears that Alan Taylor will not be returning to the director chair for Thor’s third outing and realitive unknown Taika Waititi, who has only directed episodes for TV in Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows beat out which was no doubt a long line of hopefuls. The filmmaker also wrote upcoming Disney animated movie Moana starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The specifics on whether or not the movie will follow the story from the comics completely is unclear but it’s safe to assume we’ll be getting some more news before long.
I really hope Taika can bring something new to the Thor films. While I really enjoyed Thor and tolerated Thor: The Dark World I still have hope despite the Thor films being the weakest in the MCU. The problem is Captain America has the Russo Brothers, Guardians of the Galaxy has James Gunn, Ant-Man had Peyton Reed but Thor never had directors that seems completely behind on the Norse god. You could tell the Russo Brothers, James Gunn, and Peyton Reed really loved their characters and was doing the best for them. Thor hasn’t had someone who really loves the character just people doing a job.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters July 28th, 2017!
Having already played the Winter Soldier last year, Sebastian Stan has been a nice entry into the MCU. While I do wish we could of seen him a bit more in the film, I respect the Russo brothers for not sacrificing the rest of the movie just to shove his character in where it he wasn’t needed. Stan seemed to agree now that he is in the upcoming sequel and in a much bigger role.
“They gave me a lot more dialogue, and I thought, “Oh my god, it was so much better when I didn’t have to say things! “The look of the Winter Soldier is a very specific look. There was something very specific in how the guy looked and behaved and I felt like the more I stepped back and I just kind of let that do the work, the better it was gonna be. In a situation like that, you’re trying to guess where the guy’s at in his mind, and that certainly continues in the Civil War movie.”
“You’re always trying to guess what side is he on or … because he can go both ways. That’s me being really lucky with a character like that where you can kind of … I mean they could write something for him tomorrow where he could be the worst assassin, the worst terrible villain, killer, whatever, or he could be this guy who is endearing, who is trying to rebuild his life so there’s a lot of places to go with the character and that’s exciting.”
Ever since the lines have been drawn in the sand and the sides have been revealed many have complained because Iron Man’s side seems too overpowered with Vision, Black Panther, and War Machine, just to name a few. Leaving Captain America with Hawkeye, Falcon, Agent 13, and Ant-Man, but Stan likes the odds.
“Yeah, it’s awesome, and I kind of like that he doesn’t really have super powers. He’s got this metal arm and stuff, sort of the serum situation, but he’s sort of just a dude. It’s funny placing him next to the Scarlet Witch or something where she’s got all the stuff— [waves his hand, imitating Wanda doing magic] I’m going, “What is he going to do? He’s just going to sort of block a lot of stuff with his metal arm.” But I think it’s good, it’s relatable. He could die at any point.”
Since the film in indeed a Captain America sequel, whether Cap’s team wins or loses, you have to make it difficult for them otherwise what is the point? After the fantastic Captain America: Winter Solder I can’t to see what the Russo brothers churn out with Captain Amercia: Civil War which hits theaters May 16, 2016!
So far Thanos has been regulated to cameo’s and a very small role in Guardians of the Galaxy but now things are starting to heat up. Thor 3 promises to open up the coming of the Mad Titian Considering his performance as Thanos has, so far, been limited to very brief appearances during Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s no surprise that Josh Brolin can’t wait to portray Thanos in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movies. However, many want to see the villain take a least some of The Avengers in their solo films before taking them all on. “I don’t know which one I’m in,” Brolin told MTV News. “That’s a Kevin Feige question. I know the trajectory of what they’re doing, but I don’t know exactly which one I’m in.”
At first I was worried about such a big actor as Brolin joining the MCU and if he would be willing to stay the extra mile for the role but he seems happy exactly where he is. “I love going into a comic book store and a guy connecting me with Thanos, and seeing the incredible regressive awe that happens. Like you see them lose 30 years in can’t-breathe awe. That’s fun, and I have a lot of respect for those fans. I’m excited about doing it, I really am.”
Brolin once declared Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man as the Avenger he especially wants to go toe-to-toe with but it appears his path of destruction doesn’t stop there. “I don’t have a favorite because it’s me against all of them,” he said. “I think the entirety is what I’m most looking forward to. Each and every one. I’m bringing the wrath.”
With principal photography scheduled to begin next year and last over the course of nine months, Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and Part II will both be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, while also being scripted by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Part I opens May 4, 2018, and Part II May 3, 2019.
Entertainment Weekly has released many set photos from the upcoming blockbuster giving us a deeper look into the production and the film’s villain Kylo Ren.
Kylo Ren on the cover
C3PO and R2D2
Kylo Ren, played by Inside Lewyn Davis actor Adam Driver, and his First Order Stormtroopers
Rey and Finn, played by newcomer Daisy Ridley and Attack of the Block’s John Boyega
Captain Phasma played by Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie
Director JJ Abrams and Daisy Ridley, on top of a down AT-AT
Finn and a downed Tie-Fighter
General Hux played by Ex Machina actor Dohmnall Gleeson
Poe Dameron, played by Ex Machina actor Oscar Isaac
Rey and BB8
The pictures just make me more excited for this film and can’t wait to see it on the big screen this December!
Netflix released their schedule for their Marvel properties which consist of Daredevil, which already had it’s first season and it filming the second. Jessica Jones, which is currently filming and Neflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will premiere by the end of 2015, as expected. Luke Cage and Iron Fist are set for later in 2016, although there hasn’t been much movement in the Iron Fist front. All four characters are set to combine together for A Defenders film, which is a smaller take on the much bigger Marvel property, The Avengers. Neflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will premiere by the end of 2015, as expected.
Sarando also further laid out the ideal schedule for Marvel’s Defenders group lineup of shows, which is to have a new series or season premiere every six months, pretty much promising we’ll be getting consistent Marvel TV action for years to come.
Whenever Marvel first announced their cinematic universe Ant-Man was the one character I was most worried about. I was never really fond of the character, Hank Pym, mainly because of his wife beating tendencies, plus I always found the character silly. So when they announced an Ant-Man movie I was skeptic and I continued to be despite Edger Wright signing on as director, more so when he left and continued on as they found Peyton Reed to take over, all during filming, even as I sat down in the theater to watch it. There wasn’t a moment I wasn’t looking at this project wondering if this would be Marvel’s first train wreck.
The film opens in 1989 with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) confronting Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, and another head member of S.H.I.E.L.D when he discovers they’ve been trying to replicate his Pym Particle, the serum used so he can shrink and grow and makes him one of the most dangerous men on the planet, something I never realized until now, and also his invented ability to control ants. Something else I found silly until I was able to watch them in action. (Shout-out to my boy Anttony!) Cut to years later and we have our new protagonist, Scott Lang who is fresh out of jail and looking to stay out, fights every urge to return to a life of crime for his daughter. This is somewhat difficult considering that his ex-wife (Judy Greer) is now dating a cop (Bobby Cannavale) and they both demanding he get a job, an apartment, and start paying child support before he can even see his daughter. Since it will take too long the normal way, Scott takes a job based from a tip of an old man who has a safe full of valuables, only to discover the Ant-Man suit. Hank informs Scott that he, and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) needs his help breaking into a company and stealing the research his former assistant Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is close to replicating his Pym Particle.
So with that we have the basic setup for a heist film, one thing Marvel hasn’t done yet, and managed to make another origin film really fun. For a character I thought was silly and was worried they wouldn’t be able to pull off, I am now very attached to the character and can’t wait to see what they do next. The film is funny, has some pretty amazing action scenes, and was amazing creative when Lang shrinks down and has to navigate the much larger world but most importantly it made me care. You’re rooting for Scott because you want him to see his daughter, you’re rooting for Hank because you want him reconcile with his daughter Hope who blames him for her mother’s death. Ant-Man is filled with all of this and more.
The film is littered with cameo’s and nods to other Marvel films, characters, and plot-lines, the film even gets meta and acknowledges that Marvel has recently acquired Spider-Man. There is even a nod to why they don’t call The Avengers in. Even the supporting characters, played by Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian, and T.I., all who I was worried about, have their time to shine and are used just enough without getting aggravating. It is amazing, given the trouble the production has had, just how good and fun this movie is but you can also see seams. While Peyton Reed does amazing job, considering his resume is nowhere near this scale, he isn’t Edger Wright, who does receive story credit for his work. Reed is efficient but I would still like to see Wright’s version with the notes Marvel provided him. You can see where he tried to mimic Edger’s style and it doesn’t quite work. Another problem is the villain, while Corey Stoll is good, and he works well in the parts where he’s supposed to be psychotic and cold but it really doesn’t add up that he suddenly wants to murder everyone because of his daddy issues towards Hank Pym.
Besides the few problems, Ant-Man is extremely fun and opens up a whole new world in which Ant-Man operates, which we’ll getting more of when the character shows up in Captain America: Civil War next summer, and will see more of in the upcoming sequels. Paul Rudd completely owns the character in a role I wasn’t sure he could handle and it will be nice to see what else he can do with the character in future installments and the final confrontation between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, which takes place amongst a young girls toys in her room, makes this one of the most creative endings Marvel has done in years. While nowhere near as good as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, let’s be fair though, what is? It definitely rose up the ranks to one of my favorite Marvel films and I am excited to see where the character goes from here.
In what seemed like a sure thing has quickly turned into a resounding no from the writer and director and broken the hearts of many of us who were looking forward to a director’s cut of Marvel’s second outing with it’s super hero team. It was pretty much confirmed by anyone who watched the movie, at least those who pay attention to things like this, that the movie was unbalanced. While I really enjoyed the film it was very clear that Marvel, once again, had pulled an Iron Man 2, and crammed too much “look what’s coming moments” instead of focusing more on the story at hand and the film suffered because of it. Fans began supporting the idea of a directors cut so they could see the movie as originally attended before it was chopped away in the editing room, but nerd God Joss Whedon has killed all hope.
“It has always been my ambition never to do a director’s cut of anything, and always to make the movie with the studio that we both want to make. Ultron was very complex. There was a lot of back-and-forth. My instinct is no.
I don’t think there’s interest in it, right now. You’ll see a bunch of stuff on the DVD in extras that were meant to be there. But the narrative came together very close to the way that I hoped it would, and I don’t think it needs me to constantly tweak it. I feel you put something out, and there it is.
If I tell a story, I want that to be the story I told. Ultron may have some transitions that I’m not 100% on board with. It’s also one of the most ridiculously personal things I’ve ever put on screen. The fact that Marvel gave me that opportunity and supported it, I’m very happy and very proud of everybody that worked on it. I don’t feel the need to go in and fix.”
While I understand his stance, I also feel he’s wrong, because this was not your usual Joss, he doesn’t leave so many plot threads hanging in his other work, and the film itself moved a bit too fast when it first started, then you have the entire scene with Thor in the cave that just came out of nowhere and disappeared just as fast really lent nothing to the main story. Like I said, I really enjoyed the film but I can put that aside and realize that the film definitely had some problems, maybe those deleted scenes will add more of what we needed and fill that void of the director’s cut.
A lot of people credit X-Men as the one to launch the first Phase of comic book movies many seem to forget that Wesley Snipes actually kicked started it into gear with the very hard R-rated, Blade. The movie continues to be the how-to on how to not only do comic book movies right but also make a good R-rated comic book film. Something Marvel and Fox has really stayed away from for years despite having some of the most violent characters on their roster. While the first to were pretty amazing, it was the third one the seriously derailed the series from moving forward. It now seems that enough time has passed as Wesley is back in talks with Marvel for another Blade.
“[Blade 4] is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air,” Snipes said when asked about returning to the role. That meeting centered on returning as Blade, but may have offered up other opportunities as well.
Coming into the Marvel Cinematic Universe another way ” is a possibility too,” the actor said. “I’ve always been a fan of these pieces and adaptations and I’d be nice to be a part of the family again. But if we don’t to a Blade 4 or something else with Marvel, we’ll do something else.”
I for one am ok with this. Snipes completely embodied Blade in every sense, so much so that when they cast Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones as Blade in a very short-lived TV show, it became very apparent that Snipes was the only one who could do the character justice. Now with all this being said, I would only ask, please, please, please, don’t follow this new trend of kickstarting a dead R-rated franchise only to have it it neutered into a PG-13 film. We’ll just have to wait and see what Marvel and Snipes can come up with.
Ant-Man director Peyton Reed sat down during a press junket and talked about Paul Rudd’s (Scott Lang) inclusion in the highly-anticipated Captain America: Civil War. “I had the Russo brothers, who are directing Captain America: Civil War, brought into the cutting room. So, I show them a bunch of footage from Ant-Man because they were gonna be working with Paul,” he said. “I felt very protective about the character. I was like, ‘No he wouldn’t say that, he would say this!’ It was great. It was a great back and forth.”
Peyton Reed continued, “When Paul went to shoot for a couple days on Civil War, I felt really envious. I felt like my girlfriend had left me and gone off with the other guy. But it was great, Paul called up and he was so excited [saying] ‘I know I’m a superhero – we just did an entire movie together – but now I’m in this other movie, and I’m like talking to Captain America, it really is sinking in. I’m a part of the Marvel Universe!’ He was like a kid, it was amazing!”
Paul Rudd has confirmed that he has finished filming Civil War, and talked about his experience on set. “I went to the set of Captain America 3 and all of a sudden I’m standing next to some of the Avengers and I turned into, like a little kid!” he said. “And they’re calling me by my character name!”
I’ve been hearing some pretty good things about Ant-Man and for a character I wasn’t all that interested in seeing, I’m actually excited to check out.
Ant-Man hit theaters July 17!
In the re(re)boot, staring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei has just been cast as Aunt May in what is no doubt her attempt to snatch up the “Hottest Aunt” Award for MTV or something. Marisa is largely know for the still hilarious My Cousin Vinny, which she won an Oscar, she was also nominated again for her role in The Wrestler. Nearly every incarnation of Aunt May has shown her to be much older, we’re talking grandmother age (something that didn’t always make sense to me), until Ultimate Spider-Man TV show came out, which made the character a lot younger.
Although the original Aunt May, played by Rosemary Harris will always be my favorite, I’m interested to see how they handle the character this time around. I mean, look, Marisa is fifty but she still looks amazing and perhaps with a younger Aunt May they have have her more involved in Peter’s alter ego.
The new “Spider-Man” movie opens July 28, 2017.