My “most anticipated” list for 2013 is almost done, and it’s a huge thing that takes into account more than just the ten movies I’ve chosen to highlight as the ones I most want to see.
One of the movies that didn’t make that core ten, but will be reflected in the piece, is Snowpiercer, aka the English-language debut from The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho. The movie features a great cast (Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho) and adapts a French graphic novel that tells of humanity’s last remnants as they journey across a snowy landscape in a train.
We don’t have any real footage yet, but we can present some great concept art, along with an early teaser poster and a bit of Marco Beltrami’s score. Read More »
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We know that Chris Evans is returning for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but there has been a big question mark over the identity of his primary female co-star. Hayley Atwell was well-liked as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but that film’s final jump forward in time makes the character not viable for the sequel.
And so there’s room for a new presence in Captain America 2, which will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Marvel is choosing among a number of popular young actresses for the role, with tests taking place. The nature of the part is undisclosed at this point, but the names suggest a key love interest. Read More »
Marvel Studios is nearing completion on Iron Man 3, and the Thor sequel Thor: The Dark World is shooting now under the direction of Alan Taylor. The next film from the studio is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Chris Evans will reprise his role as Captain America, and face down a revitalized and brainwashed version of his not-quite dead sidekick Bucky (presumably Sebastian Stan).
And it turns out that some stuff that was considered for The Avengers has instead been earmarked for the Cap sequel. Evans talked about the relationship between The Avengers and Cap 2 in a recent interview, during which he also expressed hope that his character would show up in Thor’s second film. Read More »
Want to watch some set video from Thor: The Dark World? Is Chris Evans excited for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What sunny beaches will Iron Man 3 soon be shooting on? How did The Avengers help one girl eat her lunch? What does Mother Russia look like in Kick-Ass 2? Is Hayley Atwell upset about her Avengers scene being cut? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Marvel is really pulling out all the stops with the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Avengers. While we’re used to seeing deleted scenes from major blockbusters, rarely do we get so many clips that would have radically changed the film. Tuesday we saw a totally different opening of Joss Whedon‘s film and now we have a clip that completely changes the introduction of Captain America. We see Cap (Chris Evans) processing the passage of time, the fates of his friends, figuring out the modern world, the appearance of a character seen later in the film and even Stan Lee‘s original cameo. Then it wraps right around and loops into the film we know and love. This three-minute clip a must watch. Read More »
Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers became one of the biggest releases ever, in part because it is an upbeat adventure that keeps a positive tone even as it features some pretty serious conflict. The film is hitting Blu-ray and DVD next month, and Marvel isn’t letting anyone forget that. The latest reminder of the imminent disc release is a deleted alternate opening for the film.
In this version, The Avengers would have opened with a high, slow, Nolan-esque cruise over a battered Manhattan in the wake of the film’s climactic battle. The bulk of the sequence sets up a flashback structure as it features Cobie Smulders as SHIELD Agent Maria Hill, speaking during a post-battle debriefing. “Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened,” she wonders, bitterly.
Check out the scene below, which also features a really great shot of Chris Evans as Captain America. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Movie superheroes tend to be faithful boyfriends, sticking with a single love interest for the entire duration of their franchise, or at least a couple of installments. But alas, the specific circumstances surrounding Captain America’s romance with Peggy Carter (i.e., the whole “being frozen in a block of ice for six decades” thing) make it impossible for the pair to reunite in proper fashion.
So the search is now underway for a new lady to star in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo have reportedly whittled down the options to three excellent actresses: Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, and Imogen Poots. More details after the jump.
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The event Marvel Studios has been working towards for many years is here: the studio has released The Avengers, in which the various stars of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk unite in the sort of super-team movie that once would have existed only as a fan pipe dream. Well, most of the various stars of those films, as Mark Ruffalo steps in as Bruce Banner and the Hulk, but otherwise we’ve got the roster that Marvel has been building over the past few summers: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, and relative newcomers Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders.
Joss Whedon got the job rewriting and directing the film and, I think, managed a neat balance of character and action. Every member of the team gets their due, and the conflict that brews between the rougly-formed team of Avengers and Asgardian trickster Loki culminates in a giant battle sequence that occupies most of the film’s final act. But Whedon & Co. keep the action lively and the staging uncluttered enough that we can see what these heroes are doing as they repel an alien force.
So now that you’ve had a chance to see The Avengers, what did you think? Chime in through the comment section below where, as always for these pieces, spoilers are totally acceptable. Read More »
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