Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - Adolescent Groot Concept Art

Who are the best fighters in Injustice 2 and what can you expect from the first downloadable content? When will the fifth season of Agents of SHIELD debut on ABC? What did Ron Perlman have to say about David Harbour becoming Hellboy? What cameo is Arrow star Stephen Amell teasing in the season finale? Does someone really think The Dark Knight Trilogy is the worst thing to happen to Batman, or is it just clickbait? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

When will Luke Cage season 2 hit Netflix? Are you ready for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2? Is Robert Downey Jr.‘s photo of Asgardian Iron Man armor hinting at something? Do you want to read the script for Wonder Woman written by Joss Whedon? Which actor would Dwayne Johnson like to see as Shazam? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Why Marvel Can't Fail

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has five mid-credit scenes. If that seems like overkill, you aren’t thinking like Marvel or like most Marvel fans. The post-credits tease has been a clear marketing strategy – disguised perfectly as extra entertainment – ever since Samuel L. Jackson promised to bring Tony Stark (and us) into the Avenger Initiative. It, like a brownie bite version of the delicious omnibus cake, offers millions of fans the ability to check out what’s on the dessert menu directly after gorging on the buffet.

It’s also the perfect symbol for the larger reason why the studio continues to win big: Marvel is sticky.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked

It’s become a tradition at this point: whenever a new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is released, everyone ranks the movies. And now that everyone on the /Film staff has had a chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and spend a few days digesting it, it’s time to completely refresh our list.

We invited the site’s core staff as well as our various contributors to rank all 15 movies in the MCU, with each movie earning points based on its placement in each list. This resulted in a ranked list that reflects the site as a whole rather than the opinion of Just One Person. So here it is: the world’s most accurate ranking of Marvel Studios’ output.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Concept Art - Baby Groot

Want to see Tom Holland‘s amazing Lip Sync Battle performance from the special Spider-Man: Homecoming face-off episode? Who could Sigourney Weaver be playing in The Defenders? What are Groot‘s favorite movies? Could Dave Bautista end up getting his own spin-off as Drax the Destroyer? Want to see Mark Ruffalo getting ready for Thor: Ragnarok reshoots? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Stan Lee

Greetings, true believers. There’s yet another Marvel Cinematic Universe film tearing up the box office – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As with all MCU films, there’s world-building, in-jokes, action, adventure, and of course, the prerequisite Stan Lee cameo. For more than 40 years now, Lee has been the most recognizable public face for Marvel properties, even the ones he had nothing directly to do with. Much like the Marvel post-credit sequence, a cameo from Lee is expected from fans; fans who will inevitably lean over to their theater mates and loudly whisper, “That’s Stan Lee!” when the moment arises. 

Because I’m committed to doing world-changing, issue-driven film writing, I’ve decided to rank every single Stan Lee cameo to date from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For the sake of brevity I’ll only be dealing with the MCU films, and not the wealth of other Marvel-related films and TV projects, all of which Lee appears in one form or another. Excelsior!

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guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 concept art

A few weeks ago, I sat down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket, and we discussed a variety of things. We talked about how the Marvel tradition of post-credits scenes started, and how they are developed before, during and sometimes after filming. I also asked him about the lesson he learned working on You’ve Got Mail so many years ago (seriously!) and why he chose Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to direct Captain Marvel. I also try to make some sense of the current chronology of the current Marvel films. All this and more below!

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Planet of the Apes Hulk

What would Batman v Superman be like if it were a buddy comedy? Want a chance to be in Ant-Man and the Wasp? Is X-Men: Dark Phoenix looking to recast a younger version of Rogue? Did you know Warner Bros. has actually spent more on Wonder Woman marketing than on Suicide Squad at this same time out from release? Why didn’t Liev Schreiber appear as Sabretooth in Logan? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Injustice 2

What’s the latest twist in the ongoing, controversial Captain America saga in Marvel Comics? Why isn’t James Gunn interested in making a ROM: Spaceknight movie? Want to see a cameo Nathan Fillion made in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 that was cut from the movie? Why isn’t Jeff Goldblum‘s version of Grandmaster blue like he is in the comics?  All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again

Would you like to see James Gunn make a Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas special? Are you ready for Deadpool to kill the Marvel universe again? How many trailer views did Thor: Ragnarok get in 24 hours? Want to see Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Live shooting a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? How did Ryan Reynolds respond to news of Josh Brolin playing Cable in Deadpool 2? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »