Want a real-life story worthy of Marvel Comics’ long-running series What If? The current wave of Marvel movies could have happened a lot earlier, or much differently, if plans begun in the early ’70s had come to fruition.
The late French director Alain Resnais, who died just a week ago, was responsible for some of the most powerful films in French cinema. The concentration camp documentary Night and Fog led to Hiroshima Mon Amour, which developed a narrative take on memory and relationships that deepened in Last Year at Marienbad and Je t’aime Je t’aime. (That’s just the beginning of his work.) Resnais is known as a science fiction fan, and genre and experimental fiction crept into his films in significant ways.
Resnais was also a lover of comic books. He claims he learned English by reading Marvel Comics, and he once wanted to make a Tintin film, decades before Spielberg and Jackson got around to it. In 1972, Resnais connected with Stan Lee of Marvel, and the two ultimately worked on a pair of scripts together. Neither was ever made, but just imagine what might have come to pass, had they gone before cameras. Read More »
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Stan Lee is the father of many of the great Marvel comic book superheroes we now watch every year on the big screen. Its hard not to notice Stan’s cameo appearances — I think even non-geeks recognize Lee.
Stan has appeared in a lot of the Marvel movies: X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World. He even had a cameo in Marvel’s ABC television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
But Lee will not be appearing in Marvel’s 2014 release Guardians of The Galaxy, the first Marvel Studios film without the legendary creator. Find out why after the jump.
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Briefly: Tuesday’s return episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is rumored to answer a big question: where was Agent Coulson between The Avengers and the beginning of the show? That potential info has created a little buzz for the show and this new tidbit will probably cause more. Marvel legend Stan Lee has revealed he’ll have a “big role” on the February 4th episode of the show. Considering he’s been in almost every Marvel movie up until now, it makes sense. [The Hollywood Reporter and Marvel]
Briefly: Very little is know right now but Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers and so many others, is making a secret movie with Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. The project, currently set up at Sony and on the search for producers and a writer, is being kept under wraps so there’s no clue if it’s a superhero film or not. All Arad would say on the topic is “Some titles give away too much.” This is one we’ll definitely keep an eye on. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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