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Spider-Man, Shrek, The Lord of the Rings, Batman, James Bond, Star Wars and Harry Potter all have one thing in common. Their films have grossed less money at the domestic box office than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But then, in looking at things that way, every film series that isn’t Marvel’s has that in common.

This week’s release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought the domestic gross of the nine films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to $2,463,300,000 and counting. That’s more than the eight Harry Potter films, seven Star Wars films (including The Clone Wars), and 24 James Bond films, making it the highest grossing franchise in American history…not adjusted for inflation. Read more details on the Marvel Cinematic Universe box office below. Read More »

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Marvel Universe

Marvel is creating its very own circus, and touring it across the United States. Dubbed The Marvel Experience, the project is a blend of theme park and museum elements housed under a 50,000 square feet dome (about the size of two football fields) that’ll travel to roughly 20 cities in 2014. Fans will be able to ride a 4D motion ride, watch 3D movies, interact with holograms, read motion comic books and more, all in one place. The whole thing is designed to make the customer feel like a superhero in the Marvel universe.  Read More »

Joss Whedon Talks His Long-Term Plans for Thanos

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That Thanos will play a part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward is clear, and has been since we caught a glimpse of him in the post-credits sequence of The Avengers. Exactly how he’ll be worked into the films has been a bit murkier.

It’s assumed that the Mad Titan will appear in The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2, but now Joss Whedon has suggested that he may not actually be the main villain in either. Instead, he’ll be “threaded” into the world as part of a larger arc. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Ep. 120 – Never Let Me Go

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This week, Peter Sciretta, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise Frank Darabont’s The Walking Dead, discuss the groundbreaking 3D of Jackass 3D, and lambaste the MPAA’s ridiculous Blue Valentine NC-17 rating.

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Joss Whedon Officially Directing The Avengers

Joss Whedon announced today that he’s officially directing The Avengers, while on stage with J.J. Abrams at San Diego’s Comic-Con. He joked that Marvel didn’t have enough money for a real press release, so he took it up himself to confirm previous reports that he was in talks to direct the film. When pressed for further details, he said that it was way too early to reveal anything.

The news isn’t exactly surprising, but still it’s good to have final confirmation on the matter. As a Whedon fan, I’m excited to see what he can do with the material. Whedon mentioned that he was a huge fan of early Avenger’s comics while growing up, and he seemed understandably excited and humbled at having the opportunity to direct the film.

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About a year ago, we reported that Marvel had tapped the famous animation studio Madhouse to create four anime series for release in 2010, the first two of which would be based on Wolverine and Iron Man. The anime projects will be written by renowned writer Warren Ellis, who most recently wrote the kick-ass G.I. Joe: Resolute web shorts. Now that we’re getting so close to the release dates we can finally catch a glimpse of these projects in action, and they certainly look interesting

Twitch has dug up the teasers on Youtube, which you can find embedded after the break.

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Fox’s upcoming Wolverine film has not had the smoothest production process. Rumors of the studio meddling with Tsotsi director Gavin Hood have been rampant, and the general vibe from the production has been dour. Given that history, reports of extensive reshoots may be the final blow to fans of the franchise still reeling from X3.

I, however, am a bit more hopeful. I think these reshoots may allow Hood to craft the film he wanted originally, as well as to add that extra polish that X3 was sorely lacking. The initial Comic-con footage for the film looked like a cheesy 80s action film, but the full trailer showed a more epic scope and better realized action. (The Wolvie/Sabretooth throwdown already looks better than his duel with Deathstrike in X2.) The new trailer was certainly helped by John Murphy’s excellent Sunshine score, but it also does a good job at selling the film to both fans and general movie-goers alike. Read More »

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