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How much longer do you have to see Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark? Has DC started to trademark Nightwing stuff tied to Batman vs. Superman? Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have an Electro-centric subtitle? Just how expensive was X-Men: Days of Future Past? Want to read a detailed article about the VFX in Thor: The Dark World? What’s happening with Peggy Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Is a superhero film now the highest grossing Bollywood movie of all time? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Avengers Academy

This edition of Theme Park Bits has full of franchises: Harry Potter, The Avengers, Wizard of Oz and more. Below, read about the following:

  • Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts Express has been delivered to Universal Studios Orlando.
  • Thor: Treasures of Asgard opens at Disneyland on Friday
  • Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now open on the Disney Magic Cruise.
  • Check out images from a Wizard of Oz theme park that almost got built in the Nineties.
  • Watch a short film based on the Haunted Mansion

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Loki and Thor (header size)

One of the many fun things about a new Marvel movie being released is an opportunity to see the older ones on the big screen again. For the release of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Marvel organized theatrical marathons of the films leading up to the new movie, and the plan is  no different for this coming November 7. That’s when AMC Theaters will host screenings of Thor, The Avengers, and end with Thor: The Dark World hours before it opens. Read More »

Avengers Star Wars Hot Toys

This might be the coolest image ever. A Reddit user took his completed Hot Toys collectibles of Marvel’s The Avengers and dressed them up as Star Wars characters. A very, very expensive game of dress up. Now this is a Disney movie I’d pay a lot of money to see. Click above to enlarge the image. [Reddit]

Captain America Winter Soldier Concept Header

When aliens invade New York and a team of superheroes comes out of nowhere to defeat them, the world is going change quite a bit. This global fallout to events in Marvel’s The Avengers has been referenced in Iron Man 3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even the trailer to Thor: The Dark World. The film after that, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will certainly deal with a similar landscape too, especially since it features S.H.I.E.L.D., the agency at the center of The Avengers.

But where do all these films fall on the timeline? Iron Man 3 takes places six months after The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World is rumored to take place about year after and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely somewhere in between (Extremis baddies, anyone?). That leaves The Winter Soldier and, according to co-star Scarlett Johansson, the film takes place two years after The Avengers, suggesting much more will have change after Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Read More »

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Want to see the honest trailer for Iron Man 3? What’s the latest comic book-centric social controversy? How does Jennifer Lawrence describe her development in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Which comedian wants to be the bad guy in Ant-Man? Did James Gunn film a battle scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Thursday? Want to see the trailer for the Thor: The Dark World video game? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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If you were hoping to see more of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, better buy tickets for repeat showings of Thor: The Dark World, because the character won’t be in The Avengers 2, aka Avengers: Age of Ultron. That might be implied by the title, which says that we’ll have a new nemesis for the Marvel Studios heroes to fight. And Joss Whedon has said there’s no real room for Loki in the team sequel.

But just in case you wanted an extra confirmation that the Marvel Universe is moving on to bigger, badder enemies, Hiddleston speaks up about Loki’s future, after the break.  Read More »

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A lot of you know quite a bit about film, but I bet the video below features a few details that will be new to all but the most technically-aware readers.

The site filmmakerIQ.com has put together a great video that explains the origins of film compositing as used in special effects. It begins with the short in which Georges Melies tore his own head off three times in a row to present audiences with himself surrounded by three talking heads. The explanation moves from there to the early blue screen process, and then to the means used by Disney to make the compositing in films like Mary Poppins look amazingly good. (Do you know the name Petro Vlahos? After this, you will.)

This video explains the intricate technical hurdles that made blue-screen compositing so time-consuming, and does a great job explaining the shift to green-screen use and digital. It’s a great video that breaks down a complex process to easily understandable bits. Read More »

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