Incredibles 2 Animation Progression

Making an animated film is remarkably different than shooting a live-action movie. Everything is created from scratch, and the process is a much longer, arduous one. Sure, some live-action movies can take awhile to develop and get off the ground, but the amount of production time for an animated movie takes years.

Incredibles 2 has been in the works for 14 years, and the production timetable got pushed up when the original 2019 release date was swapped with the 2018 release of the delayed Toy Story 4. That means the team had to work a little faster to get the film done on time, and we’ve got a look at how a single shot from the animated sequel evolves from a simple storyboard to a meticulously detailed final shot. Read More »

avengers wolverine

The cast of Avengers: Infinity War is already bursting at the seams. But we maybe could have forgiven one more addition to the sprawling ensemble if it promised a potential X-Men crossover into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Alas, that is no more than a pipe dream. Or is it? Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo entertained our superhero crossover dreams by revealing what character would be on their wishlist for an Avengers appearance: Wolverine.

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Transhuman and East of West

Amazon is continuing its streak of devoting serious resources to produce highly ambitious genre television shows. The company is now developing writer Jonathan Hickman‘s comics Transhuman and East of West into shows for its streaming service, and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will executive produce both shows for his Skybound Entertainment. Learn more about Transhuman and East of West below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Revisited

(Welcome to Road to Infinity War, a new series where we revisit the first 18 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask “How did we get here?” In this edition: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 beautifully blends sci-fi craziness with an examination of anger, pain, and cycles of abuse.)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is oodles of fun, but it spends its first few scenes articulating a thoughtful mission statement. Its prologue, set 34 years in the past, features a budding romance later revealed to have twisted implications, but the love on display is still real. Following this comes the Guardians’ raucous reintroduction in present day, a battle against an inter-dimensional beast in a scene bursting with visual slepndour. Its out-of-this-world action however, is backgrounded and out of focus. The spotlight instead falls on a joyous Baby Groot, dancing his way through the scene as the other Guardians – Star Lord, Drax, Gamora and Rocket – take turns caring for him as if he were their child. When the Guardians collect their reward for this battle, they stand in contrast to the gilded Sovereign, a homogenous people genetically engineered to be perfect, but a people to whom slights and insults are unforgivable. The Guardians, on the other hand, are a group of broken characters from wildly different origins, but in their case, redemption isn’t off the table.

In short, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is about the complicated relationships we rarely confront. It’s told against a backdrop of action and space-opera, but its focus is on a family of imperfect beings, searching for catharsis while helping one another other find some form of redemption. It may very well be Marvel’s most mature film, zeroing in on the emotional complexities of abuse carried forward into adulthood. But it also solidifies the Studio’s new political direction, acting as the first in a trilogy of films (along with Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther) whose narrative is adjacent to colonial history.

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ant-man and the wasp images

There’s a huge Marvel movie coming out soon. A Marvel film untold millions have been clamoring for. A Marvel film that will change everything. I’m talking, of course, about Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Some new Ant-Man and the Wasp images have just crawled their way online, along with details about the super-sequel.

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The Peripheral

Two upcoming television projects have found homes. In a competitive bidding war, Amazon has won the rights to a science fiction series called The Peripheral that hails from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the creators of HBO’s Westworld. Meanwhile, Syfy has snagged the rights to Deadly Class, a comic adaptation from Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Read more about both projects below. Read More »

Birds of Prey scripts

Ever since Suicide Squad made $745 million in theaters, Warner Bros. has been searching for a way to get Margot Robbie back in her Harley Quinn costume for another movie. They’ve seemingly found it: word came out earlier this week that up-and-coming filmmaker Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) would direct Robbie in a film that sounded like a mix of Birds of Prey and Gotham City Sirens.

A new follow-up report says WB has two different Birds of Prey scripts in the works right now, and in addition to Harley Quinn, there’s only one other character who appears in both scripts. Read More »

new infinity war clip

Oh, look, it’s time for another Avengers: Infinity War clip. This quick snippet of footage features Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fighting the villainous members of the Black Order. Lots of frantic camera footage follows. Watch the Infinity War clip below.

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Avengers Infinity War Box Office

In just one week, audiences will flock to theaters for the first showings of a blockbuster event that has been 10 years in the making: Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Following 18 movies and billions of dollars at the box office, the latest assembly of The Avengers will bring it all to a head with an adventure that unites nearly all of the surviving characters we’ve met in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And when you have a movie bringing together that many characters from that many franchises, you’re bound to make a few bucks at the box office. In fact, Avengers: Infinity War is on track to have an opening weekend that could surpass the record $248 million earned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. Read More »