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Even though special effects have never been better than they were today, there’s always room for improvement. For example, even though we’ve had stellar digital visual effects at our disposal awhile now, there have been plenty of disappointments on the big screen. In fact, one area where Hollywood sometimes had difficulties was in creating realistic movie explosions. But thankfully, science stepped up to help.

A new video from Theodore Kim, professor of Media Arts, Technology and Computer Science at the University of California, explains how Hollywood has been able to create realistic explosions in movies, and it’s all thanks to a fancy algorithm. Read More »

Marvel Black Hood Of Death Theory

I love wacky film theories. It doesn’t matter to me that the filmmakers most likely didn’t intend these interpretations, but I find it interesting the connections some people make within the movies they enjoy. It could be as ridiculous as a one line cue which leads some people to believe that Chris Pratt’s character in Jurassic World could be the young boy from Jurassic Park, how all Pixar movies exist within the same universe, that Stan Lee Is Playing the Same Character in All His Marvel Cameos, or even us trying to predict the future with a theory on How The Marvel Cinematic Story Might Connect Through Phase 3. Or it could be a much more well reasoned theory, like an explanation of why Top Gun is a deeper movie than you think.

Over the weekend I received an email from a /Film reader named Andy from the UK. He has a theory that all of the Marvel Phase Two movies feature a huge easter egg that we’ve all been missing: the black hood of death. This theory falls on the more ridiculous end of the spectrum but I still find the observation fun. And at very least, this shows that Marvel is over-using the black hood “in disguise” cliche in phase two. Hit the jump to read Andy’s Marvel black hood of death theory.

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Marvel loves burying Easter eggs in their movies. Sometimes they turn out to be set-up for future films, but often they’re just fun little gags. Falling into the latter category is this genius Star Wars reference, which has managed to make it into every single Phase Two film. Find out what the Marvel Phase Two Star Wars Easter egg is after the jump.

Be warned that spoilers lie ahead for Marvel Phase Two, including minor implied spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

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Want to buy some cool, limited superhero art featuring Spider-Man, Batman and Iron Man? Is Weta working on a special scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? What is Claudia Kim‘s character name in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Was the Ellen Brandt fight in Iron Man 3 going to be different? Did Stan Lee predict the future of superhero movies in 1988? Can you buy the cowl from Batman: Arkham Origins? Read about all this and more in the final Superhero Bits of 2014. Read More »

The Avengers Group

One of the many reasons people continue to show up in droves to Marvel movies is they want to see what happens next. With each subsequent film, short or TV show, one cohesive story continues to unfold. It’s serial moviemaking.

That means, hypothetically, if you wanted to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe as one movie, you could. They were conceived as a single story all linking together, so why not edit them into one huge movie? You can and that’s exactly what some Marvel fans have done. However, while that’s cool on its own, they’ve gone one step further. They’ve created a video letting people know how to make their own edit of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one, chronological movie. Check out the how to Marvel Phase One Timeline video below. Read More »

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Has Ant-Man finished production? Want to see the scariest Guardians of the Galaxy Halloween costume ever? What trait is Oscar Isaac hoping to bring to X-Men: Apocalypse? Is there a trailer for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis? Which superhero movies are eligible for the Visual Effects Oscar? Did Terry Crews say something now that Luke Cage has been cast? Where can you get all the different Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray versions? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Want to see the first images of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in Ant-Man? How much money is Guardians of the Galaxy up to now? Which character was going to die in Iron Man 3? What special features are on the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Blu-ray? Has Marvel Comics announced a few more major storylines for 2015? How did the Death of Wolverine storyline finish up? Why does an LA theater have a poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron up? Is Breast Cancer Awareness being represented on the set of Batman v Superman? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 33 Silver Centurion Sixth Scale Figure. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 33 Silver Centurion Sixth Scale Figure, alongside my thoughts on the product.

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This story and podcast was published on May 17th 2012, just after the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our predictions from 27 months ago to see how things are panning out for phase two and three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the predictions seem obvious in hindsight, like Germain predicting that Thanos wouldn’t be the villain of Avengers 2 and Jeff foreseeing that Thanos’ appearance during the Avengers end credits stinger was probably a set-up for another film, Guardians of the Galaxy. But one must remember this was recorded before a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was even announced, which happened months later at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy!

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Marvel Comic Con Hall H

You may wonder why people sleep on concrete overnight at San Diego Comic-Con to see Marvel’s Hall H panel every year. You can find a small answer below. Besides the awesome news and huge stars Marvel parades across the stage, the studio is all about theatrics. The lights go down, a video comes up, and 6,500 people have no idea what’s about to play. In 2014, it was a retrospective sizzle reel to set up what’s about to happen. Marvel played a five-plus minute retrospective to pump up the fans and pass the torch to this weekend’s Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy.

We can’t duplicate the electricity of 6,500 people clapping and cheering in unison, or the fatigue and stench that results from the long wait to get in to Hall H. But you can watch the Marvel Comic Con sizzle reel below. Read More »