Thor Dark World Official

Fans so regularly look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one huge entity, it’s easy to forget the effort that goes into each individual film. Yes, the narratives tie together and characters jump between films, but the #1 rule at Marvel Studios is make each movie good on its own. They’re not always successful to the same degree, but it’s hard to deny how each new installment raises the bar both in terms of scope.

Last year’s Thor: The Dark World is a prime example. In pure dollars and cents, it wasn’t quite the juggernaut of Iron Man 3 or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but director Alan Taylor definitely swung for the fences in terms of what the characters go through and the size of the action. Now, a new visual effects video details the final, Portal-inspired mega battle. Check it out below. Read More »

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guardians avengers 3

On the calendar, Guardians of the Galaxy is the Marvel Cinematic Universe film that immediately precedes next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. That might lead some to think the new characters in James Gunn‘s sci-fi action film will appear alongside Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the rest in May. Well, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige long ago crushed those hopes, saying Guardians of the Galaxy was almost totally its own story.

This is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though. It’s all connected. Thanos, who appeared in The Avengers, finally reappears in Guardians and those Infinity Gems that have been carefully placed all across the films, likely do too. Now, the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy has just made everything nice and simple. He’s confirmed what we’d all assumed: Guardians of the Galaxy will tie into Avengers 3. Read More »

Hot Toys' Batman and Robin 1960s TV Series Sixth Scale Figures

Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys’ Batman and Robin 1960s TV Series Sixth Scale Figures. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys Batman and Robin 1960s TV Series Sixth Scale Figures, alongside my thoughts on the product.

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Want to see some cool concept art for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What is Black Widow riding on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Will the Sinister Six appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Who did Anthony Mackie pretend was Falcon’s dad? What could possibly happen in Iron Man 4? Will a second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D improve on the first? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Venom Sinister Six

Sony’s had a 2018 release date for the fourth Spider-Man movie locked in since last year, but now it seems that film may not be The Amazing Spider-Man 4 after all. Instead, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have indicated that the date could go to one of the planned spin-offs. In fact, they say, Venom and Sinister Six are both likely to hit before The Amazing Spider-Man 4 does.

Hit the jump to see read their comments. Read More »

X-Men spinoff

In a world where every studio is trying to build its own comic book mega-franchise, simple sequels and prequels aren’t enough anymore. To really keep the brand running, you need spinoffs. And that’s where Fox’s X-Men series could be headed next.

So far, Wolverine is the only mutant who’s had the opportunity to break out on his own, but in a recent chat producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg suggested that Gambit, Deadpool, and Mystique could get their own movies as well. Hit the jump to read their comments.

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origin of Man of Steel

We’ve heard some description of how Man of Steel came to be, thanks to the efforts of David Goyer, Zack Snyder, and Christopher Nolan. Now the screenwriter himself gives an account of the genesis of the new Superman.

In a screenwriting lecture organized by BAFTA, David Goyer gives a wide-ranging account of his entire career. Regardless of your thoughts about Goyer, it’s an interesting half-hour talk. He talks about Man of Steel a few times, including explaining the approach to the “Superman doesn’t kill” maxim. Towards the end, Goyer talks specifically about how the original Man of Steel idea came to be. It’s a minor enough event — rooted in common problems that face every writer — that it’s worth checking out. Read More »

Iron Studios Avengers

Where is the crew of Avengers: Age of Ultron working right now? Want to see a new featurette about X-Men: Days of Future Past? Is Black Widow‘s necklace in Captain America: The Winter Soldier really a Hawkeye reference? Does Kate Mara know about the Fantastic Four? Did the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. like the show’s twists? Is there a new Batman comic coming out every week this year? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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