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If the box office was any indication, you probably saw Captain America: Civil War over the weekend. And how could you not? The thirteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially kicked off the summer movie season with a bang, delivering one of the strongest superhero movies yet (which is saying something, considering how many of these things come out every year). And now that we’ve all had to chance to witness the showdown between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark with our own two eyes, you know what that means – it’s time for a spoiler review, where we take a closer look at individual elements of the film and invite you to politely bicker and disagree and converse.

Naturally, spoilers follow. You know what to do.

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Doctor Strange Whitewashing

Ever since the first trailer for Doctor Strange debuted, controversy about whitewashing in Hollywood has been swirling online again. This came about because it was confirmed that actress Tilda Swinton was playing the role of The Ancient One, a character who was originally an Asian man in the comic books. Many Asian actors, actresses, filmmakers and fans have spoken out against this casting, saying that it plays into the tendency Hollywood has to have white actors and actresses in the roles of characters of different ethnic backgrounds. Tilda Swinton previously responded to the matter, and now Marvel Studios president CEO and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson have chimed in on the matter.

Find out what they had to say about the Doctor Strange whitewashing controversy below. Read More »

Defenders Avengers Crossover

Marvel Studios already brought several superhero film franchises together when they assembled The Avengers back in 2012. Now they’re getting them back together every few years with new franchises beginning and previous solo superhero franchises continuing in the years between. The same approach is coming together over at Netflix with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist getting their own shows to lead to an assemble of The Defenders. But will the two ever meet?

Fans are hungry to see the simultaneously connected but separate worlds of Marvel’s movies and TV shows come together in a big way, and many are hoping that it will happen in the two-part sequel Avengers: Infinity War. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, fresh off scripting Captain America: Civil War, recently addressed the possibility of a Defenders Avengers crossover in Infinity War, and the chances don’t seem to be very high. Read More »

R-Rated Marvel Movie

Following the success of Deadpool at the box office earlier this year, some fans were hoping that this would convince studios to take more risks with R-rated comic book movies. More specifically, fans were hoping to see Marvel Studios go a little darker by making the first R-rated movie in the Marvel cinematic universe. However, Disney chairman Bob Iger said that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up, and now Marvel’s president echoes those sentiments.

While discussing Captain America: Civil War, Kevin Feige addressed the potential of an R-rated Marvel Studios movie coming together and confirmed there are no discussions to make that happen. Furthermore, he explained what he believes made Deadpool a success, and while the R-rating didn’t hurt, he understands that it wasn’t the sole determining factor in garnering acclaim and box office bucks. Read More »

Sharon Stone in Ant-Man and The Wasp

Due to the ageism that exists for female actresses in Hollywood, we haven’t seen much of Sharon Stone in the more popular movies of the past decade. In the past 10 years she’s had parts in Alpha Dog, Bobby, Lovelace, Fading Gigolo and that awful Basic Instinct sequel in 2006. Stone even starred in her own series called Agent X on TNT in 2015, which has since been canceled. However, a career boost might be in her future after a certain comic book movie studio gives her a role.

While appearing as a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden (via local news affiliate WBT, brought to our attention by ComingSoon.net), the Basic Instinct star revealed that she will have a role in an upcoming Marvel Studios movie. And the way she worded this revelation makes us think that it will be for the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp. Find out more below. Read More »

captain america civil war

Here we are: the second gigantic superhero movie showdown of 2016 is finally upon us. Captain America: Civil War is finally in theaters everywhere and the early response has been generally positive. Somehow, we’re thirteen movies deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and these movies somehow still feel fresh.

But here’s the important question: what did you think? If you haven’t seen the movie yet, feel free to read Ethan Anderton’s spoiler-free review. If you have seen it, check out Jack Giroux’s chat with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about two scenes that were deleted from the film. We have more Civil War stories planned for the coming days (including a big spoiler-filled look at the entire film), but consider this your space to chat about the movie and politely debate what you like and don’t like.

We’ll run down a few talking points below, so spoilers lurk ahead! And if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should definitely stay out of the comments because there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead in the post and in the comments. Consider yourself warned.

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Black Widow in Captain America Civil War

With Captain America: Civil War in theaters this weekend, Marvel is deep in the middle of another press tour — which means it’s time for more questions about that Black Widow movie they keep not making, which means it’s time for more hopefully somedays and that would be greats and we would love tos. But this time around, Kevin Feige‘s answers sound just a little bit more promising.

The Marvel Studios president has said Marvel is “committing” to a Black Widow solo movie, and that he thinks it’d be “fun” to launch a standalone franchise built around the super-spy Avenger. Which, before you get too excited, is nowhere close to an official announcement. But it might be a small step in the right direction.  Read More »

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A decade ago, the two films Anthony and Joe Russo had under their belts were Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree. Now they’re the filmmakers behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. The Russo brothers were initially a surprising choice to direct The Winter Soldier for some Marvel fans, in particular for those unfamiliar with their background in television, but they ultimately proved any skeptics wrong.

Obviously, Marvel is quite pleased with what the directors have done with their heroes, as the duo are currently gearing up to shoot Avengers: Infinity War later this year. Delivering “culmination films of everything that has happened in the Marvel universe” is no small task — indeed, it’s an incredible amount of pressure — but Civil War shows they’re up for the challenge, considering the massive balancing act they’ve accomplished with Marvel’s latest.

In our Anthony and Joe Russo interview, the brothers discuss deconstructing the superhero genre, the film’s central conflict, and Avengers: Infinity War. They both jump into spoiler territory right at the start, so, like our interview with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, you may want to wait to read this SPOILER-heavy discussion until after you’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.

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Captain Marvel in Avengers Infinity War

Now that Captain America: Civil War has been unleashed on audiences, fans who caught the movie last night are already looking ahead at what’s to come in Phase Three of the Marvel cinematic universe. New solo franchises will begin with Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the new Spider-Man. Others will continues with Ant-Man and the Wasp and Thor: Ragnarok, and there’s even a new hint of an Iron Man 4 at some point (though probably not in Phase Three). But the biggest part of the next phase in the MCU is the two-part sequel that is The Avengers: Infinity War.

Anthony & Joe Russo recently confirmed that the two films are different enough from one another that they’ll be renaming the movies so they’re not simply called The Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II. Now the directing duo has confirmed (accidentally) that Captain Marvel will be part of the sequels. Plus, a new interview has the brothers teasing the effect Infinity War will have on the MCU.

Find out how the Russo brothers slipped up about Captain Marvel in Avengers Infinity War after the jump. Read More »