marvel phase 3 theory

We’re all curious to see just what Marvel has planned for the next couple films in its current cycle, and then for the nine-film Phase Three. And we’ve resisted learning too much about Avengers: Age of Ultron, so we’re happily in the speculation camp with most of you. And for those who haven’t been Marvel Comics fans for a long time, the films announced this week might seem like a disparate bunch of stories. How do all these movies tell one unified story thread?

My friend Jackson is a comic book writer, an editor, and screenwriter, and he’s got a pretty compelling vision of what Marvel might have planned. After I read his unified theory of Marvel’s Phase Three plan I showed it to Peter, and he loved it enough that we’re presenting it to you now.

Nothing that you’ll find below is confirmed — this is speculation, but well-informed speculation. If you already know these comics and characters, take it as a jumping-off point for your own discussions about what Marvel might be doing. If you don’t consider this a second-level primer as to what Marvel might be up to.  Read More »

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Glass Ceiling Spider-Man

What’s going on with Spider-Man over at Sony? Great question! The guy seems all… tangled up in…string, er, webs. That is, plans. Anyway, you get it. Seems like a bit of a mess over there.

A third Amazing Spider-Man film is planned, with a scheduled release in 2018, and before that we’ll (maybe) get the bad guy team-up movie Sinister Six. That film has been described as a Dirty Dozen sort of story with Spidey basically in the Lee Marvin role, working with the villains. That’s one conception of it, at least. There’s talk of a “soft reboot” of the series, culling out a lot of the more poorly-received aspects of the last two films while retaining the basic aspects. We don’t know what’s up with the mooted Venom movie, and there are rumored plans for a solo film highlighting one of the women in the Spider-Man character roster.

Now there’s a new rumor of a project going by the code name Glass Ceiling. This one concerns a bunch of the female hero and anti-hero characters from Spider-Man’s history, and could team them up into a single film. Assuming it gets that far, at least. Get the Glass Ceiling details, such as they are, below. Read More »

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A schedule is one thing, a cohesive plan is another. That’s the main difference between what we know about DC’s upcoming superhero movies and Marvel’s. Marvel has Civil War and new characters, all building to Avengers: Infinity War. DC has Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, a solo movie, then Justice League followed by more solo movies. It feels a little scattered.

Then again, maybe it’s not. A new rumor has come up in regards to that first DC solo movie, Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot. Since she’s a character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we all just assumed her 2017 solo film would take place in that time period. And while it still might, the new rumor is the Wonder Woman solo movie is set in the 1920s, making it a prequel. Read More »

‘Terminator: Genisys’ Storyboards Tease a Big Battle

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The first official publicity photos for Terminator: Genisys haven’t been great, frankly speaking. But they did leave us wanting to see more, if only to reassure ourselves that the actual movie will look much better.

Sadly, we have a bit of a wait until that can happen since the Terminator: Genisys trailer isn’t here quite yet. In the meantime, though, you can whet your appetite with these new Terminator: Genisys storyboards, which tease a big battle sequence involving John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).

See the Terminator Genisys storyboards after the jump.

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Jay and Silent Bob

On the latest episode of Smodcast, writer/director Kevin Smith offered up a significant Clerks III update. One bit of news was that Smith’s podcast guest, Jeff Anderson, will return to play Randal in the film. The pair also discussed the entire trilogy. Anderson talked about his thoughts upon reading the script, Smith discussed the eventual tone of the film, and he revealed the first ten minutes will be shot in black and white. He also confirmed Jay and Silent Bob will appear much like they did in the first two films.

Below, read more about Jay and Silent Bob and the Clerks 3 script. Read More »

Star Wars Episode VII IMAX

We’ve known for a long time that director JJ Abrams and cinematographer Daniel Mindel are shooting Star Wars Episode VII on 35mm film. Over the summer we learned something else: at least some portion of the film was shot on IMAX cameras. The photo that confirmed that data (above) showed an IMAX film camera, not one of the new digital systems used by Michael Bay on Transformers: Age of Extinction. So we know that the production is sticking with film.

Now we have a bit more info on the particulars of the Star Wars Episode VII IMAX shoot. As it turns out, there might be only one big IMAX sequence. Read More »

So Is ‘Terminator: Genisys’ a Reboot or What?

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We know how Terminator: Genisys fits into the Terminator franchise in our world. It’s the fifth feature, and the first since 2009′s Terminator Salvation. What’s harder to suss out is how the story fits into the Terminator mythology. Is it a reboot? A sequel? Or something else entirely?

The answer, it turns out, might be “all of the above.” Laeta Kalogridis (who wrote the script with Patrick Lussier) confirms Terminator: Genisys isn’t rewriting the Terminator saga, but following an alternate timeline. Hit the jump for more on the Terminator Genisys reboot question, plus lots more Terminator Genisys images.

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Terminator Genisys cast

The two covers of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly feature our first official look at four of the stars of Terminator: Genisys. and one skeletal robot. “How to Save a Billion Dollar Franchise” blares the the copy in text only slightly smaller than the magazine’s title and the movie’s name. Well, here’s a hint on “saving a franchise”: don’t debut the characters in photos that look like they were taken at a mall during a festival for cosplayers on a budget. See the two covers below.

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