Thor Ragnarok Comic-Con Footage

Marvel Studios closed out the Comic-Con shenanigans of Hall H with a bang as they always do. One of the many Marvel movies that were teased during the panel was Thor: Ragnarok, which is currently in production in Australia.

The film has only been shooting for a few weeks, but more often than not, Marvel likes to schedule their shoots so they’ll have footage prepared to unveil for the Comic-Con audiences. It happened with Captain America: The First Avenger, Guardians of the Galaxy and now Thor: Ragnarok. We already got a tease of Hulk’s gladiator armor that the big guy will wear in the movie, but what else was revealed here in San Diego?

Check out our recap of the Thor Ragnarok Comic-Con panel after the jump. Read More »

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It’s something of a ritual by now. The latest entry in a major franchise arrives, but the people behind the film aren’t talking about it. Instead, they’ve already moved on to the next movie, the hypothetical sequel that only exists in a few conversations and on a cocktail napkin or two. The intention is obvious enough: “Go see this one so we can make the next one!”

This currently applies to Star Trek Beyond, which has received overwhelmingly positive praise from critics (our own Ethan Anderton gave it high marks) but isn’t a surefire smash hit. It’s no wonder producer J.J. Abrams is already singing the praises of the recently announced Star Trek 4 – this is a game of confidence and of properly setting expectations and promising that if you go see this one, you’ll get more Chris Hemsworth in the follow-up.

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Star Trek 4

UPDATE: Paramount has officially announced that a fourth Star Trek movie is in development and that yes, it will somehow find a way to bring Chris Hemsworth’s George Kirk into the fold. Time travel has played a major role throughout Star Trek‘s 50-year history (heck, it played a major role in the mere existence of these newest movies), so this unlikely reunion is perfectly in line with what has come before. No director is attached yet, but J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are writing the screenplay. The entire cast is expected to return minus Chekhov, who will be retired from the Enterprise crew following the tragic death of Anton Yelchin. The original article follows below.

We’re still a few days from seeing Star Trek Beyond premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, followed by hitting theaters everywhere late next week (or a bit earlier if you head to the Star Trek marathon at AMC Theatres). While the early buzz is pretty stellar, most of us are still in the dark about what happens in the movie, but now we’re all on even footing when it comes to knowing something about Star Trek 4.

One thing we’ve seen in the trailers for Star Trek Beyond is a hint that Captain Kirk’s arc in the movie is about doing more than living up to the legacy of his heroic father George Kirk, played by Chris Hemsworth before he became Thor, who died in the opening of the 2009 reboot from J.J. Abrams just after Kirk was born. Therefore, it only makes sense that news of the return of Chris Hemsworth to the franchise comes from Abrams as well. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

Paul Feig's Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters is a moderately entertaining comedy with all of the usual blockbuster trappings, but as a Ghostbusters movie I found it to be disappointing. What follows is my mostly spoiler-free explanation of why I was disappointed with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters was always going to have a tough hill to climb. Even before Paul Feig signed on, fans were skeptical about the very notion of another Ghostbusters movie. After he did, there were fans upset at the idea of female Ghostbusters and fans unhappy about getting a reboot instead of a sequel and fans still annoyed that a new Ghostbusters movie was happening at all. This project has been under intense scrutiny since before a single frame was shot, and the fuss and furor over it has only intensified as the release date approaches.

But the movie itself isn’t terribly concerned with all that. Feig’s Ghostbusters is more interested in carving out a new space than it is in retracing the steps of the original. While it may not reach “instant classic” status, it’s still an entertaining addition to the franchise, bursting with humor and personality that’s all its own.  Read More »

Ghostbusters Clips

This weekend, the embargo will lift on reviews of Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters. Starting Sunday at 1pm ET/10am PT, the first reactions to the film will be unleashed online and we’ll see if this movie has really been worth all the fuss it has garnered on the web.

As you wait for our own reaction to the film when the embargo breaks, you can check out some new Ghostbusters clips that have surfaced online, and these paint a much better picture of the less slapstick oriented comedy. They won’t completely change anyone’s mind, but they at least offer hope that there’s not as much silliness as the trailers have indicated.

Watch the new batch of Ghostbusters clips after the jump. Read More »

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Ghostbusters TV Spots

With just three weeks left until the new Ghostbusters hits theaters, plenty of TV spots are started to hit the air, trying to pull in as many moviegoers as possible. There’s no doubt the movie is going to make some bank in its opening weekend, but will it be the hit that Sony Pictures hopes it will be?

As a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters, I want to see a new franchise succeed, but the more footage of the comedy from the movie I see, the more worried I get. These new Ghostbusters TV spots don’t do much to assuage those fears, and that’s coming from someone who really likes the work Paul Feig has done. Having said that, the action, visuals, gadgets and more all look outstanding.

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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Liam Hemsworth battles aliens in a new Independence Day: Resurgence clip.
  • A new Autobot has been spotted as Transformers: The Last Knight heads to Arizona.
  • Michael Giacchino teases the Star Trek Beyond score.
  • Chris Hemsworth talks about his Ghostbusters character.
  • Outfest will screen Ghostbusters before it opens in theaters.
  • No, Jerry Seinfeld won’t make the Bee Movie sequel you never demanded.

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Planet Hulk Movie

A few years ago, there was a rumor going around that the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron would see Hulk blasted into space after posing too much of a threat to humanity. This would have opened the gates for a solo Hulk movie based on the popular Planet Hulk storyline, one that would end with Hulk heading back to Earth and becoming a potential villain for the Avengers to deal with in their third film together.

However, none of that came to fruition. Sure, Hulk ended up exiled at the end of Age of Ultron, but that was of his own doing, and it wasn’t in space. And as we know now, The Avengers 3 will instead be focusing on the Infinity War. But Hulk will have plenty to do in Thor: Ragnarok, the movie that Mark Ruffalo describes as an intergalactic buddy movie that teams up the big guy with the God of Thunder. Now new details indicate that part of the Thor sequel will stand-in for a Planet Hulk movie.

Find out more below, but beware of potential spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok. Read More »