black widow movie

Go back and read the interviews with director Joss Whedon in the weeks leading up to the release of 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and witness a man who was very happy to be getting out of the superhero movie game. Go back a little further and read the various set visit reports and witness a man who was exhausted and beat to hell by the process of making a $200 million spectacle. With those images fresh in your brain, it’s easy to imagine why Whedon says he’ll never direct a superhero movie again, especially since he can make perfectly entertaining low-budget Shakespeare adaptations in his backyard.

Still, there is one character who Whedon says could possibly pull him back into the Marvel fold: Black Widow. He may be done with Avengers movies, but Scarlet Johansson‘s Natasha Romanoff could be the thing that drags him back into the comic book movie business. Theoretically. Because there are currently no plans to make this movie.

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San Diego Comic Con

As we prepare to travel to San Diego for another year at Comic Con, I wanted to take a look back at the best moments in Comic Con history. What are the coolest and most eventful things to happen over the last decade while sitting in Hall H? What makes a great Comic Con moment? Lets take a look back at the best comic-con moments of all time.

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Joss Whedon directing The Avengers

Considering Avengers: Age of Ultron basically broke Joss Whedon, it shouldn’t come as any big surprise that he’s tapped out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in case there was ever any doubt, Whedon has now confirmed that yes, indeed, he is done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As he put it, he and Marvel have made “a completely clean break.” Read the Joss Whedon Marvel Cinematic Universe comments after the jump. Read More »

sam mendes interviews

Director Sam Mendes is guest-editing next month’s issue of Empire and he really delivered the goods. He could have easily just coasted on this gig and used his temporary position to just remind people that Spectre is coming out on November 6th, but instead, he rounded up a bunch of Hollywood’s biggest and most respected directors and asked them simple questions about their filmmaking process. The answers are fascinating.

To check out some highlights from the Sam Mendes interviews, hit the jump.

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Joss Whedon directing The Avengers

With $1.5 billion in worldwide gross, 2012’s The Avengers was one of the biggest films of all time. But it wasn’t nearly as lucrative for Joss Whedon as it was for Marvel Studios. According to Whedon, he made less money for writing and directing the mega-budget smash hit than he did for making Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a web-only miniseries shot on a shoestring budget.

Nevertheless, Whedon came back to direct this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. So now that that’s over, could he also return for another Dr. Horrible? Read the Joss Whedon Avengers salary comments and Dr. Horrible sequel update after the jump.  Read More »

loki

Avengers: Age of Ultron had a lot of moving pieces. The 141-minute long superhero movie has been criticized by some as being overstuffed, but once there was a much longer cut — which might’ve given the film more breathing room. Writer-director Joss Whedon had to lose a lot of material in the editing room, including a Marvel fan favorite. Learn why Loki was cut from Avengers 2 after the jump.

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Jurassic World clip

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: In April, Universal released the first clip from Jurassic World which had most fans scratching their heads. It seemed like an odd choice. The Avengers director Joss Whedon even commented on the clip calling it ” 70’s era sexist”. Now Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow finally responds to the criticism. Find out what he said, after the jump.

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Star Wars Bits

Rumors are swirling for who might direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Demands are building for who should replace Josh Trank as director of the second Star Wars Anthology film. And there are some new details about Star Wars Weekends, the new Star Wars Battlefront and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Rumors are swirling about Joss Whedon directing Episode IX,
  • Fans are asking for Joe Johnston to direct the second Star Wars Anthology movie,
  • There’s an interview with the Star Wars Rebels line producer and production manager,
  • Star Wars Weekends adding Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience,
  • Details on Greg Grunberg‘s role in The Force Awakens,
  • When is Secret Cinema‘s screening of Empire Strikes Back?
  • Where is Poe Dameron from?
  • An interview with Star Wars LEGO master builder Erik Varszegi,
  • Star Wars Battlefront tease of planet Sullust and playable AT-ST,
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens reference books coming in December,
  • And see a preview of the Darth Vader #5 comic.

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Quicksilver MCU future

Avengers: Age of Ultron brought several new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But as of now, it isn’t entirely clear where all of those characters are headed next. In a pair of new interviews, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson and director Joss Whedon discuss possible future plans for one of those newbies, speed demon Quicksilver.

Read their comments on potential Quicksilver MCU future plans after the jump. But do be warned that spoilers follow for Avengers: Age of UltronRead More »