Marvel had a huge presence at last year’s Comic Con — the studio basically owned the cavernous Hall H thanks to presentations that showed off footage from Thor and Captain America, and a stunt that confirmed Joss Whedon as director of The Avengers while bringing the film’s topline cast together on the big stage.
So how does Marvel follow that? Easy: it doesn’t. We more or less knew that Marvel was likely to skip Hall H this year and now the studio has confirmed that it will not bring a big panel to the Con. Read More »
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Will The Hulk be naked in The Avengers? What’s the other Captain America movie coming out next month? Just how extensive were the changes to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark? How does Ryan Reynolds feel about negative reviews of Green Lantern? Want to watch what Siskel and Ebert thought of every single DC Comic book movie? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
The new way to sell effects-heavy tentpoles isn’t to keep everything secret and behind the curtain until the day of release. It is, in emulation of the new music business model, to give away a great many samples. Even Super 8, which used a marketing strategy predicated on secrecy, gave away clip after clip in the runup to this week’s opening. We don’t often present all the clips that are out there, because I think it is a lot better to preserve some of the mystery of a film. But sometimes one is just too tempting.
Warber Bros. opens Green Lantern in just over a week, on June 17, so the clip deluge has really hit. Meanwhile, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger still has over a month until release, so we’re stuck looking to TV spots for new footage. But the latest TV spot is a nice one. Check out both movies below. Read More »
Welcome back from the weekend, everyone. We’ve got some quick superhero bits and pieces to kick off your week.
Captain America: The First Avenger star Chris Evans revealed in an interview that his character would be getting a new costume for the upcoming The Avengers film, due out 2012. This isn’t a huge surprise, seeing as this summer’s Captain America film takes place in the World War II era and next summer’s The Avengers takes place in the modern day — some updates were probably inevitable. But Evans’ talking about the new costume might indicate that the Avengers costume is significantly different from the familiar red, white and blue one we’ve already seen from The First Avenger. Evans didn’t reveal much else about what the new costume would actually look like, though he did say it was “awesome,” “really cool,” and “pretty rad.” [MTV via Movieline]
Hit the jump for tidbits on X-Men: First Class and Amazing Spider-Man.
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There are a whole bunch of new photos from summer films hitting the internet today: a new image of Captain America and his slightly battered shield; super-detailed character posters featuring Sinestro and Kilowog from Green Lantern; new Transformers: Dark of the Moon shots, and probably the best look yet at Jason Momoa as the new Conan. They’re all after the break. Read More »
Luke Cage isn’t one of Marvel’s higher-end properties, but in keeping with their strategy to build smaller budget action pics (about $20-$40 million) around their third tier characters, they’ve been slowly making progress on bringing the urban hero to the big screen. At one point John Singleton was attached to direct, and Tyrese Gibson (Fast Five, Transformers) was in talks to take on the role. That started around 6-7 years ago though, so that time may have passed.
The time hasn’t passed for Marvel, however. Just last year, the studio was said to be in preliminary talks for the film with “a notable Hollywood star”. It’s doubtful that was in reference to Old Spice spokesman Isaiah Mustafa — an actor who has frequently voiced his desire to play the character — but given how supportive the online comic book geek community has been toward his proposed casting, it’s worth noting that he has in fact met with Marvel about playing Luke Cage. Learn more about this, and where Captain America fits into The Avengers, after the break. Read More »
On Saturday, Joe Johnston and his crew took to the streets of New York City to shoot a scene with Chris Evans and another actor for Captain America: The First Avenger. The shoot appears to be from the end or epilogue of the film — we know that Captain America climaxes with Cap being frozen, and that he’ll be thawed in the ‘current’ timeline to prepare him for The Avengers. (Which starts shooting today.) This shoot would seem to be part of the sequence that sets Cap up for inclusion in the Avengers, as you’ll see from the other participant in the scene. Spoilers — not particularly surprising ones, mind you — follow. Read More »
I’m in Las Vegas at Cinema Con, the movie exhibition convention formerly known as ShoWest. This is where movie theater owners, managers, industry merchants, the guys who design concession stand and projection equipment, and others gather to network with other professionals, learn about new equipment, trends and of course — get excited about upcoming movies. All the film studios come to town to present clips from their yearly slates, which is why I’m here.
Tonight Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation presented footage from JJ Abrams’ Super 8, Thor, Captain America, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Puss in Boots. The DreamWorks Animation footage was basically a shortened version of the presentation we saw in Los Angeles a couple weeks back (article here). After the jump you can read my thoughts and reactions to the other footage screened tonight, along with a video blog. We try to keep everything as spoiler free as possible, and don’t get into anything detail-wise that you wouldn’t have picked up from the movie trailers. So feel free to read/watch my/our reactions without being spoiled.
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