infinity war and civil war

It’s taken 10 years and 18 movies to get to Avengers: Infinity War. The culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War has the unenviable task of tying together dozens of storylines and 70-plus characters. But there are some Marvel movies that play a bigger role than others.

The last Marvel film to hit theaters was Black Panther — but the solo superhero movie has little to do with the rest of the MCU, residing in its own fantastic corner of the world. Instead, you’ll have to go back two years to find the movie that will have the biggest impact on Infinity WarCaptain America: Civil War.

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russo brothers infinity war interview

In June of 2017, we visited the set of Avengers: Infinity War and talked with the cast and crew of the epic Marvel film. Today, we are publishing our full roundtable interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who have been on this journey since Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The Russo Brothers tell us what the story is about, how the world has changed since Civil War, sorting timelines, cinematic inspirations, filming on IMAX cameras, balancing tone, the troubles with shooting the biggest ensemble movie of all time, crafting character-based action, James Gunn’s role in the production, their Fantastic Four dreams, collaborating with the other Marvel filmmakers, what to expect from Captain Marvel, how Infinity War will connect to Avengers 4, the possibility of death in this film, comic book inspirations, the evolution of the Guardians of the Galaxy, how the other marvel films connect to Infinity War and the importance of the Infinity Stones. Let’s dive in.

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The Last Jedi costume change

When writer/director Rian Johnson began writing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he was handed a pretty serious cliffhanger to resolve: Rey standing on an Ahch-To cliffside, offering a beige-and-white-clad Luke Skywalker his father’s lightsaber. The Last Jedi‘s opening scene picks up where The Force Awakens‘ left off, and after unceremoniously tossing the saber over his shoulder, Skywalker immediately changes out of his light colored robes and into darker garb.

Luke’s darker robes better represent the character’s internal struggle, but now we know there’s an actual story reason for his new look. Read on to discover the reason behind Skywalker’s The Last Jedi costume change.
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Han Solo Rescue

Most of you Star Wars fans out there have seen Return of the Jedi dozens of times. You can quote your favorite lines, you know the action scenes beat-for-beat, and you can explain exactly what happens to all your friends who haven’t seen it. But have you ever stopped to consider how the plan to rescue Han Solo at the beginning of the movie actually worked?

Recently, die hard Star Wars fan, Uproxx writer,  and friend of the site Mike Ryan posed a challenge online to anyone who could explain how the plan to rescue Han Solo was supposed to work. Ryan and some other Star Wars lovers, including The Last Jedi novelization author Jason Fry, couldn’t come up with a reasonable explanation for how this plan would have been executed if it went off without a hitch. But Star Wars novelist Chuck Wendig, the writer of the Aftermath trilogy, has tried to make sense of it. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer Breakdown - Eddie Redmayne as New Scamander

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer made one writer so angry.)

When I was a kid, the image of Hogwarts conjured magical surreality; a cognitive awareness that this place wasn’t real in the technical sense, but alive somewhere in the crook of a collective imagination. The words of Dumbledore spring to mind: “Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

That’s how I’ve always seen stories. Real, because the words make them so. And, in the case of Hogwarts, real because the movies made them so, too. In the Harry Potter films, the castle took on an eerie actuality: towers like sharp teeth or open arms, depending on the slant of life. All great fantasy castles have that familial dichotomy. That’s how Hogwarts has always felt: like family, like home.

So, why did its appearance in the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer leave me completely cold? Actually, worse than cold – almost angry?

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deadpool 2 reshoots

Reshoots and additional photography are a totally normal part of the moviemaking process. But the Deadpool 2 reshoots had some fans wondering there’s cause for concern.

Reports of late reshoots surfaced this week, just two months before Deadpool 2‘s release date. But while the reshoots follow muddled reports about poorly received initial test screenings, it seems that the Deadpool 2 reshoots are simply adding scenes with two new fan-favorite characters.

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sequel bits IT 2

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • It 2 working title revealed
  • Rob Zombie begins shooting Devil’s Rejects sequel Three From Hell
  • What’s up with Enchanted 2?
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger says Twins sequel Triplets is still happening
  • Michael Giacchino begins recording Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom score
  • Jeff Goldblum will play Ian Malcolm again in a Jurassic World videogame
  • An update on the new Die Hard sequel no one wants
  • Danny McBride provides an update on Halloween

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Last Jedi Novelization

Some Star Wars fans had a problem with Daisy Ridley‘s character Rey using the famed Jedi mind trick in The Force Awakens when her knowledge of the Force seemed so limited. Well, worry no more! The recently released Last Jedi novelization finally provides an explanation for Rey’s mind-trick-mastery.

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Blu-ray 3/13

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Welcome back to another Blu-ray round-up. There’s something for everyone here! The comic-book bombast of Justice League; the romanticism of Call Me By Your Name; a Martin Scorsese masterpiece in the form of The Age of Innocence; indie comedy courtesy of The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya; the ’80s charm of Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs; and, uh, Downsizing!

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week, and beyond.

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Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer Breakdown

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. So nothing feels more comforting than seeing Hogwarts for the first time in the Harry Potter spin-off series Fantastic Beasts.

But Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the new five-movie franchise (out November 16, 2018), only gives us a fleeting glimpse of Hogwarts before whisking off on more globe-trotting adventures. This time: Paris. The metropolitan capital of France will be the battleground for the oncoming war against the dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), which will be fought by our intrepid hero Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a young, hot Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law).

Join us on our frame-by-frame breakdown of the first Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer.

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