Fantastic Four Honest Trailer

One of the year’s biggest disappointments, not just for audiences but for 20th Century Fox, was the reboot of Fantastic Four from director Josh Trank. The new adaptation of Marvel’s first family was an absolute mess and not even in a way that was fun to laugh at because it was so bad. It simply exists.

And that makes the Fantastic Four Honest Trailer a real treat as they point out that it would be more interesting to watch a movie about the debacle of making this movie instead of the awkward, moody and low energy comic book movie we got instead. Watch! Read More »


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Nobody liked Fantastic Four. Not critics, based on the reviews, and not audiences either, based on the box office. Not even its own director, who jumped on Twitter to distance himself just as the movie was opening in theaters. Nevertheless, 20th Century Fox continued to insist that it was “committed” to the franchise, with a sequel already dated for 2017.

But now Fox has taken a step back, too. In perhaps the least surprising superhero movie news of the year, the studio has quietly pulled Fantastic Four 2 off its upcoming calendar. Plus, Murder on the Orient ExpressThe Other Side of the Door, and Eddie the Eagle all get new release date.  Read More »


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Which Marvel hero has a female version arriving in the new Spider-Gwen issue? What will happen on the midseason finale of Gotham? What can you expect from Rob Liefeld‘s new Deadpool comic? Where does director Ant-Man director Peyton Reed think the Fantastic Four reboot went wrong? All that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »


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Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is a deliciously dark and twisted piece, set in the most gorgeous, most decrepit haunted house you’ve ever seen and anchored by three mesmerizing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and most especially Jessica Chastain. It’s also not the horror movie that’s being sold in the trailers, but a Gothic romance. Think Jane Eyre plus ghosts, not The Conjuring plus corsets.

That’s not such a bad thing if you happen to love costume dramas, but it can be an unpleasant surprise if you don’t. And that misleading marketing doesn’t seem to be doing it many favors. I’ve seen a lot of critics ding it for being ineffective as a horror movie — which of course it is, because it isn’t really one. The B- Cinemascore and limp box office might also reflect the discrepancy between what Crimson Peak seems to be, and what it actually is.

Admittedly, it’s not difficult to understand why Universal chose to market Crimson Peak as a horror movie. A Brontë-esque romance is a much harder sell outside the arthouse than a spooky, seasonally appropriate haunted house flick. And it’s hardly the first time a marketing team has chosen to sell a completely different movie. Sometimes it’s part of a savvy strategy and sometimes it’s a desperate ploy; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Below, let’s look back at 15 movies with misleading trailers. Warning: Some spoilers ahead.  Read More »

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Update: As we expected, it’s starting to look like this rumor was just that – a rumor. Find additional details after the jump.

It’s the kind of story that, for many superhero movie fans, sounds too good to be true. According to a new rumor making the rounds, Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox have reached a deal that will see the Fantastic Four characters return home to Marvel, with the company’s “First Family” leaping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a film in 2020. So if this is true, find a comfortable place to sit down. It’s going to be a while. Then again, that much time is necessary to wash away the confusion and disappointment that accompanied this year’s Fox-produced reboot.

Ponder the new Fantastic Four movie rights rumor after the jump.

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I attended a Q&A with Marvel head Kevin Feige last night which you can read about elsewhere on the site (Infinity Stones/Infinity War and the future of the Marvel Universe). One quote in particular no one seems to be focusing on is something Feige said when answering my question about how they can insert a character like Spider-Man into the long-term arc leading to Infinity War, which has clearly already been plotted far in advance.

His answer contained a little nugget of information: Marvel has contingency story plans in the far-off case the company is able to get back the movie character rights for some of the properties they don’t currently control. As you know, this currently stands at the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes, which includes Wolverine, Silver Surfer, Deadpool, Cable and others. Find out exactly what Feige said about the Marvel contingency plans, after the jump.

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Last night I attended an event where Marvel head Kevin Feige and Avengers producer Jeremy Latchem were in attendance answering questions about Avengers: Age of Ultron and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  You can read everything they said about plotting the Infinity Stones in the first two and upcoming phase three of the MCU, and where they are headed in The Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 in our other post. In this post you can find all the interesting answers that didn’t fit thematically in the other post:

  • How does it feel to be able to include Spider-Man in the MCU?
  • How was Spider-Man inserted into the plan they already had leading towards The Avengers: Infinity War?
  • Does Marvel have plans for Fantastic Four and X-Men in the chance they get the rights back?
  • Will The Marvel television characters or storylines ever appear in the Marvel movies? Would characters be recast?
  • Why didn’t Captain Marvel and other Marvel character have a cameo at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron?
  • When will Guardians of the Galaxy cross over with the earth bound Marvel heroes?
  • When will we get more casting announcements for Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2?
  • How does Howard The Duck make it back to Earth?
  • When will Marvel One Shots short films return?

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