You may not know the names Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, but you know their work. They wrote the three Chronicles of Narnia movies, this month’s Michael Bay film Pain & Gain, and also a little film called Captain America: The First Avenger. From there, they went on to not only Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which started production this week, but to do a lot of work on Thor: The Dark World too. So they’re a pretty fantastic authority on Marvel’s Phase 2.
We spoke to the pair on the occasion of the release of Pain & Gain and, of course, inquired about their Marvel movies. We’ll run the enlightening stuff about Michael Bay’s movie closer to release, but Markus and McFeely had some very interesting, non-spoiler, thoughts on their two Marvel movies as well as how they relate to The Avengers 2.
The pair said that the biggest thing they had to do when writing a movie to lead into The Avengers 2 was make sure the character loyalties were in a specific place. They also discussed how writing on Thor: The Dark World was a different experience, how much The Winter Soldier had changed from its initial outline, and how the sequel will put Captain America in a totally new place. Spoiler alert – they really love working with Marvel and want to continue to do so. Read the quotes below. Read More »
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The concept art and screen shots uncovered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Box Set were just the beginning. This video is The Avengers to those individual shots.
Below, watch a nearly five-minute video from the set that shows footage not only from Iron Man 3, but behind the scenes shots from Thor: The Dark World, and those concept art pieces for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Alan Taylor, Anthony and Joe Russo, and James Gunn all discuss their upcoming films. Then, as a capper, Joss Whedon discusses The Avengers 2 (refered to as Marvel’s The Avengers Sequel) and some of Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man test footage is shown.
Marvel fans, this video is beyond sick. Read More »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two starts in just over a month with the release of Iron Man 3. It ends May 1, 2015 with the release of The Avengers 2, and a new report says director Joss Whedon will reassemble the team in the United Kingdom in early 2014 to get started on production.
Read more about that, see a Phase Two teaser video from the Phase One box set, and see some possible concept art from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, below. Read More »
Joss Whedon said it’s “nonsense.” Mark Ruffalo said it’s “not in the works.” Yet the idea of a standalone Hulk movie, maybe even a Planet Hulk movie, keeps coming up. The rumor gained real traction when Latino Review said The Avengers 2 would set up a Phase Three standalone movie with Hulk on a planet by himself, setting up an Avengers vs. Hulk showdown in The Avengers 3. That rumor was then seemingly obliterated. However, both Ruffalo and Whedon have recently clarified their thoughts on the whole thing. They haven’t changed their tunes, but each – especially Ruffalo – has left the door open a bit.
After the jump, read what the director and star had to say about Hulk as well as Whedon’s thoughts on a DC Cinematic Universe, how S.H.I.E.L.D. is going and Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »
Many of us have enjoyed following fake Joss Whedon accounts on Twitter but, the man himself is now on there. At least for a little bit.
Yes, Whedon seems to be in charge of the Twitter account for his upcoming film, Much Ado About Nothing, which just revealed its first trailer. Whether or not he’ll continue tweeting there once the film is released in June is still questionable but maybe we fans can convince him to pull a Marc Webb or Bryan Singer as he moves forward on his next film, The Avengers 2, and use the service to post images of the production.
UPDATE: Whedon commented about the news on one of his fan sites. Read it below. Read More »
There’s been a lot of talk about a new standalone Hulk movie since Mark Ruffalo‘s take on the big green guy turned out to be one of the standout aspects of The Avengers. Despite a few rumors that said the Hulk would get his own movie, possibly adapting the Planet Hulk storyline, most of the official word has come down hard on the rumors.
Now Ruffalo says explicitly that we won’t see him going green again until The Avengers 2, which is dated for May 1, 2015. Read More »
How is Dane DeHaan preparing for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? When will Batman and Superman team up again in comics? What did Joss Whedon say about the tone of The Avengers 2? What does a list of Man of Steel props reveal about the film? Want to see a bunch of cool Batman Returns and Batman Forever concept art? Does the Marvel/Disney film Big Hero 6 have a release date? Has a description of the new Iron Man 3 trailer been revealed? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Few would argue that a major highlight of Marvel’s billion-dollar hit The Avengers was Mark Ruffalo‘s turn as the Hulk. The character popped off the screen with incredible action and provided some of the best moments of the film. But at the end of the movie, he drives away with Tony Stark and, if we’re to believe the release slate, he won’t return for some time. Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy are all scheduled before The Avengers 2. There’s nary a Hulk mention in there. Seems odd that the entire story would ignore the unlikely star of The Avengers.
It seems that’s because the Hulk will be a major player moving ahead from there. As I speculated a few months back, it seems the Hulk will return in The Avengers 2, and start a storyline that’ll push forward through the hypothetical end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3: The Avengers 3. If true, this rumor contains major spoilers so proceed with caution. Read More »
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