Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back to the Future

“Reshoots” is a dirty word in entertainment journalism, often used as an indicator of a disastrous film production. But the truth of the matter is, reshoots can be a good thing. The purpose of reshoots is to make a movie better, not worse. Let’s take a look at the purpose of reshoots, and why they don’t necessarily signal disaster for films like Star Wars: Rogue One and Suicide Squad.

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Thor The Dark World

Thor: Ragnarok is building up a cast to die for, with Chris HemsworthTom HiddlestonMark RuffaloTessa Thompson, and Cate Blanchett all on board. But one Marvel star who’ll be sitting out this trip is Natalie Portman. After playing Jane Foster in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Portman will not reprise her role for Thor: Ragnarok, as confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Find out why after the jump.  Read More »

Doctor Strange Whitewashing

Ever since the first trailer for Doctor Strange debuted, controversy about whitewashing in Hollywood has been swirling online again. This came about because it was confirmed that actress Tilda Swinton was playing the role of The Ancient One, a character who was originally an Asian man in the comic books. Many Asian actors, actresses, filmmakers and fans have spoken out against this casting, saying that it plays into the tendency Hollywood has to have white actors and actresses in the roles of characters of different ethnic backgrounds. Tilda Swinton previously responded to the matter, and now Marvel Studios president CEO and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson have chimed in on the matter.

Find out what they had to say about the Doctor Strange whitewashing controversy below. Read More »

R-Rated Marvel Movie

Following the success of Deadpool at the box office earlier this year, some fans were hoping that this would convince studios to take more risks with R-rated comic book movies. More specifically, fans were hoping to see Marvel Studios go a little darker by making the first R-rated movie in the Marvel cinematic universe. However, Disney chairman Bob Iger said that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up, and now Marvel’s president echoes those sentiments.

While discussing Captain America: Civil War, Kevin Feige addressed the potential of an R-rated Marvel Studios movie coming together and confirmed there are no discussions to make that happen. Furthermore, he explained what he believes made Deadpool a success, and while the R-rating didn’t hurt, he understands that it wasn’t the sole determining factor in garnering acclaim and box office bucks. Read More »

Black Widow in Captain America Civil War

With Captain America: Civil War in theaters this weekend, Marvel is deep in the middle of another press tour — which means it’s time for more questions about that Black Widow movie they keep not making, which means it’s time for more hopefully somedays and that would be greats and we would love tos. But this time around, Kevin Feige‘s answers sound just a little bit more promising.

The Marvel Studios president has said Marvel is “committing” to a Black Widow solo movie, and that he thinks it’d be “fun” to launch a standalone franchise built around the super-spy Avenger. Which, before you get too excited, is nowhere close to an official announcement. But it might be a small step in the right direction.  Read More »

Captain America Civil War

Captain America: Civil War marks screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely‘s fifth collaboration with Marvel, after Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor 2: The Dark WorldCaptain America: Winter Soldier, and their work on Agent Carter. So it’s not surprising Marvel selected the screenwriting duo to handle an undertaking as large as Avengers: Infinity War.

The stories Markus and McFeely are telling continue to increase in scope, but the two rarely lose sight of character and the story at hand, never spending too much time teasing the future of the MCU. Considering the fact that they had to set up Black Panther, the new Spider-Man, and a tiny bit of Infinity War, it’s impressive how focused and cleanly told Civil War‘s narrative is. Perhaps in less capable hands, Marvel’s latest easily could have been a complete mess.

To learn how the script came together, read our Christoper Markus and Stephen McFeely interview below. Be warned there are SPOILERS ahead for Captain America: Civil War.

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Captain America Civil War featurette

The Avengers have never been without internal conflict. The first Avengers had the superheroes sizing each other up and getting testy with one another; the second one saw everyone getting (justifiably) pissed off at Tony for inventing a megalomaniacal killer robot. But in the end, these guys always manage to work it out. Because someone’s gotta save the world at the end of the day, after all. And if all goes well, sometimes they even muster up the energy to celebrate with shawarma afterward.

Not so in Captain America: Civil War. This time around, the rift between Captain America and Iron Man is far bigger, with Bucky Barnes and the Sokovia Accords pulling the former teammates further and further apart. A new Captain America: Civil War featurette, breaks down the Avenger-on-Avenger conflict, and teases a big third-act showdown that promises to break from the usual Marvel formula. Star Chris Evans, producer Kevin Feige, executive producer Nate Moore, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo all weigh in. Read More »

spider-man footage

In a few days, audiences will greet the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). A few years ago another reboot of the character didn’t sound particularly appealing, especially after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but when Marvel and Sony joined forces to get the character back on track, things started looking up for the teenage hero. After seeing Spidey in action during Captain America: Civil War, now another Spider-Man reboot doesn’t sound half-bad.

When we spoke with Captain America: Civil War screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, they discussed the experience of waiting to hear if Spider-Man would have a role in the film, and how that impacted their work. Read what they said about the new Spider-Man below.

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Captain America Civil War - Team Iron Man

Thankfully, the trailers and TV spots for Captain America: Civil War haven’t highlighted too much from the film’s grandest and most intricate set piece. The airport fight sequence is stuffed to the brim with characters and conflicts — but it somehow never manages to feel overstuffed. What could’ve been total superhero chaos is instead a gracefully shot, character and plot-driven showdown.

Directors Joe & Anthony Russo have said the “splash panel” sequence was by far the toughest scene to pull off. Below, learn how screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the Russo brothers, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige went about constructing the Captain America: Civil War airport set piece.

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