Avengers 3 split

If the pattern of Marvel’s last couple team-based movies holds, Avengers: Age of Ultron will likely be a gigantic affair, in terms of production scale, promotion, and (hopefully) reception. And with Avengers 3 known to be in the pipeline for a likely 2018 release, expectations will run high for that film to surpass everything Marvel has done before it. So could Marvel follow in the wake of other studios and split the final chapter of this set of Avengers stories into two parts? It’s unlikely, but below we’ll discuss a report that claims exactly such a plan is under consideration.

Along with the two-film rumor, there’s a slightly more credible report floating around, saying that the Age of Ultron trailer will arrive with Interstellar.

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SNL Marvel Trailer Parody

The debut of the 40th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live was broadcast over the weekend and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt hosted the premiere episode which included a skit showing the future of Marvel movies and how the superhero studio just can’t fail — no matter what they release. The trailer lampoons Ant-Man and reveals Marvel’s future slate of superheroes you’ve never heard of, that you won’t want to miss on the big screen. And as you can see in the header image above, it features a reference to the other Disney-owned mega franchise Star Wars. Watch the SNL Marvel trailer parody embedded after the jump, alongside another great skit from the episode featuring Pratt as a He-Man figure come to life.

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Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Captain America The Winter Soldier

Marvel Studios has turned unknown characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy into major stars, but we still don’t have a Black Widow movie. It’s a touchy subject, considering Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has told the fans a Widow film is in development for sometime. They have one of the most popular actresses in the world in the role – Scarlett Johansson - who just starred in a superhero-esque action film, Lucy, which became a big surprise hit. You’d think all the boxes are checked, but it still hasn’t happened yet.

The interesting thing is, it almost happened in 2004. Ten years ago, and four years before Marvel Studios hit the scene with Iron Man, X-Men and X2 writer David Hayter wrote a Black Widow movie that was almost made. But Hollywood politics cut it off at the pass. Read the full story below. Read More »

Scott C - Guardians

Which videos are the newest in the X-Men: Days of Future Past viral campaign? What are the latest rumors about Fantastic Four? Did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tease at the Black Panther this week? Does Jeremy Renner think Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to work? Want to see some cool, new Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise? Is Rob Liefeld excited about the Deadpool movie? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

x-men first class

Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and the whole team are hard at work in pre-production on X-Men: Apocalypse. Filming starts this April up in Montreal for a summer 2016 release. The film will be set in the ’80s, following the old timeline from the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past with the stars of that movie returning: Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and more. It’ll be the biggest X-Men movie yet, introducing the character Apocalypse.

In a new interview, Kinberg suggests the new film might be the end of that story. The writer and producer says the creative time is looking at X-Men Apocalypse as the conclusion of a trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class. He also says new characters like Cable, Scarlet Witch and Psylocke could appear, and settles the debate about the series’ timeline and which films X-Men: Days of Future Past wiped out. Read more quotes about the X-Men First Class trilogy below. Read More »

Quicksilver Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past featured old man Wolverine, Sentinel attacks, and a couple of giant battles featuring coordinated X-Men attacks — the sort of stuff we’ve been wanting from an X-Men film for a long time. And still, the best part of the movie was the one we all underestimated. Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, looked pretty uninspired when we saw mere costume photos. But Peters nailed this version of the character, and his big action sequence is a standout not just in this film, but in the 2014 summer lineup.

Now, a behind the scenes video shows how some of the Quicksilver effects were achieved. More of it was done in-camera than people might realize, and so this is a treat to watch. (Germain mentioned this in Superhero Bits yesterday, but we figured that might not show it off to enough people.)  Read More »

Thomas and Martha Wayne

Batman‘s suits, vehicles, and love interests may differ from telling to telling, but one aspect that pretty much always remains constant is the horrific murder of his parents. It’s such an important part of the Batman mythos, in fact, that we’ve seen it in almost every TV or movie adaptation. And now you can watch all of those Thomas and Martha death scenes at once in a brutal new supercut.

Meanwhile, one thing that has changed drastically over the years is Batman’s theme song, from the “nana nana nana nana BATMAN” jingle of the 1960s series to the epic, sweeping Hans Zimmer score from the Dark Knight films. Two guys on cello and piano have now stitched them all together into a single seamless performance — complete with three generations of Batmobiles as set decoration.

Watch the Batman parent death supercut and the Batman score evolution performance after the jump. Read More »

LOL: How ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Should Have Ended

How The Amazing Spider-man 2 Should Have Ended

Typically, the How It Should Have Ended videos do exactly as they say on the label. But the problems with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were apparently so numerous, the team had to rewrite not just the third act but practically the entire film.

Which, in the end, actually makes even less sense. If you keep Richard Parker from getting into that plane crash, or prevent Max Dillon from falling into that electric eel tank, then why would there still be a big power plant showdown at the climax?

No matter, though. It’s just fun watching the HISHE gang poke fun at the nonsensical movie logic that runs the entire film. And it’s even more fun watching them bring in some superpowered pals for Spidey. Watch How The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Should Have Ended after the jump.

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