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!
It’s easy to say that from the very beginning you knew Fan4stic would be an awful movie, but that group is very small compared to the rest of the world. We all hoped the film would be, at the very least good, but it wasn’t. The truth of the matter is movies are very hard to make, it’s a lot of very long hours, lack of sleep, constant stress, even some of your favorite movies has had issues behind-the-scenes, some famously so, some you’ll never hear about. Producer and writer Simon Kinberg confirmed that they are “Figuring Out” the sequel.
“I’m really focused on the next one,” writer and producer Simon Kinberg told MTV News. “I do believe there is a great ’Fantastic Four’ movie that we’ve made with that cast. So I’m gonna figure out what that is. We’re figuring out what that movie would be. I’d like that to happen. I’ve been on plenty of happy movies that don’t turn out to be very good movies, I’ve been on a lot of unhappy, difficult sets that turn out to be great movies. There was a lot of attention on the process of making that movie. It’s hard, when you’re making a movie, movies are hard to make. It’s just the reality.” So while I understand the movie making process is a grinding experience, that still doesn’t change the fact that so many of their ideas were just so horrible that you could tell there wasn’t a love for these characters or property, this movie was made to fill in a spot in a spreadsheet.
Kinberg went on to reveal how he feels about letting the fans down with the reboot. “I was obviously disappointed,” he continued. “I was most disappointed that fans didn’t like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else. But I haven’t done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don’t know.”
My biggest problem with the reboot is they tried to revamp a product they couldn’t get right the first two times. The first two films never fully committed to the FF4 lore and so when they came with these new idea for a reboot, many fans immediately jumped ship because we have yet to get that good Fantastic Four movie. So it really doesn’t matter what they do at this point, nearly everyone stayed away from this train wreck of a film. I believe Kinberg and Fox are just remaining as positive as possible since the film still has to be released in other territories overseas and they’re trying to recoup as much as possible before they leave this franchise in the dumpster for another seven years.
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.
FOX has been living pretty lavishly off the X-Men Franchise since the first movie debuted near the end of the 90’s and they managed to squeak by into an entire new trilogy of movies when it began to run out of hype by the horrible third film X-Men: The Last Stand.
Now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has really hit it’s stride in it’s second season and promises to go nuts into the third, CW has pretty much been taken over by DC with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and ABC is about to debut Supergirl this fall so it’s only natural for FOX to look for a way to get their TV comic book goodness in. So of course they want to make an X-Men TV show, the only catch, FOX only owns the rights to the movies, Marvel stills owns the TV rights.
FOX chairman and CEO Dana Walden commented on the negation process.
“For X-Men, we’re in negotiations with Marvel. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to announce something soon. We’re not closed on a deal yet but it’s something we’re definitely pursuing.” She also killed any chance of a crossover with Marvel characters such as Daredevil or the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.” “The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature side so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney,”
The show is being written by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, who wrote Star Trek 3 while Evan Katz and Manny Coto will serve as the show-runners and be credited as its creators.
FOX…when will you learn to play nice? You’re basing your movies on a business model that is rapidly deteriorating. If I was Marvel, I’d work out a deal to be able to use the X-Men characters in Marvel movies in exchange for using the characters for a TV show. If anyone remember the older live action TV shows FOX produced I’m sorry, they were bad, but I’m pretty sure they could actually produce a decent to good series but I wouldn’t be able to trust them by the way they cancel everything so now we’ve found ourselves at an standstill yet again.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
The only thing I’m worried about is that they keep showing the same stuff over and over again which could mean one of two things. Either those are the only action scenes in the movie, or FOX is pulling a Marvel and only showing you the same things and have much better stuff in store for us when the movie comes out, either way I can’t wait to see this.
Deadpool will be in theaters February!
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is still set to direct the film helm. A reason behind Tatum’s departure hasn’t been released yet but he was involved with screen tests for the film’s female lead which included many actresses along with Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color, SPECTRE) who read for the part. This split is a mess considering that the film was being produced by Tatum and his creative partner Reid Carolin, along with X-Men franchise regulars Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, so it’s still unclear if they will remain on board as producers.
Gambit is scheduled for release October 7, 2016, although that could now change, and is planned to follow X-Men spinoffs Deadpool on February 15 and X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27.
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.