real mandarin mcu

In the 11 years since it launched itself onto the scene and changed Hollywood as we know it, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone through major changes, with some elements and characters from early films left to the dust. But as we move into a greater unknown Phase of the MCU, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige hints that we may see some familiar villains crop up again. That includes one villain who many fans feel never got his fair shake: The Mandarin.

After a fraudulent version was introduced in Iron Man 3, fans have been clamoring for the real Mandarin to show his face in the MCU. And Feige has confirmed that this will happen — at some point in the future.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Want to see a clip from Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Who disappeared in The Flash season finale? Which MTV Movie & TV Awards nominations did Captain Marvel get? How should the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer have ended? Want a look at the visual effects in Cloak and Dagger? Should Stan Lee get a statue of himself in New York City? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Brightburn clip

What if there was something a little bit off about Superman when he was a kid? What if a boy with such immense power let his worst impulses control him and he made the turn into a full-blown supervillain? That’s the premise of Brightburn, and Sony Pictures has released a new clip from the movie featuring a key moment when the troubled kid at the story’s center (Jackson A. Dunn) discovers one of his superpowers. Check out the new Brightburn clip below. Read More »

rocket raccoon guardians of the galaxy 3

In his first interview following his firing and eventual rehiring to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn struck a remarkably even tone while talking about the roller coaster he went through. But while he has largely made peace with how things unfolded, Gunn said there was one element of the entire debacle that would have hit him hard: not being able to finish Rocket Raccoon’s arc. The sardonic anthropomorphic raccoon played by Bradley Cooper was near to Gunn’s heart, and he suggests that in the third Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket would wrap up his arc from distrustful petty criminal to full-fledged hero.

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Dark Phoenix

Want to see the Batman: Hush animated movie trailer? What did George Clooney tell Ben Affleck to do about Batman? Is the Cyborg in Justice League the same design Zack Snyder had in mind? Will Avengers: Endgame turn a huge profit for Disney? Is Ty Simpkins up for playing Iron Lad sometime in the future? Has Stan Lee‘s terrible business manager been brought to justice? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Avengers Endgame Back to the Future

It’s fair to say that Bob Gale may be one of the people on Earth who has most shaped the way human beings think about time travel.

Sure, you could put people like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking up there, but Gale is the co-writer/producer of the Back to the Future trilogy, and it’s a safe bet that more people have seen those movies than have cracked open a book by either of those two scientists. As you undoubtedly know by now, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame deals extensively with time travel and even makes a specific reference to Back to the Future along the way. So how did Gale react to that when he first saw it? Read on for his comments.
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Avengers Escape Room

The Avengers were able to undo the death of half the universe and get rid of Thanos and his whole army. But how will they fare when they’re faced with the difficult task of working together to solve puzzles and get out of an escape room?

For those who don’t know, an escape room is a puzzle-solving game where you and a group of friends (or strangers) are placed inside of a room, and the only way to get out is to use your surroundings to figure out how to escape. The movie Escape Room can help paint a picture for you, or you can watch as some of the cast members from Avengers: Endgame partake in an escape room with co-director Joe Russo as their gamemaster. See what happens with The Avengers escape room below. Read More »

Dark Phoenix IMAX Poster

How is Avengers: Endgame doing at the box office? What if the snap isn’t what caused the dimension tear in Spider-Man: Far From Home?  Why wasn’t Captain Marvel‘s sexuality addressed in the movie? What did the Avengers: Endgame writers have to say about the presumed Namor Easter egg in Endgame? How big could the Spider-Man: Far From Home opening weekend be at the box office? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is full of tragedy, not simply because of the heart-wrenching ending, but because of the five years of doom and gloom Earth’s mightiest heroes must endure after failing the universe. However, one character whose arc was already tragic enough in the sequel was almost a little more upsetting in a number of ways, especially for fans who were unhappy with how Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) was handled in this culmination of The Infinity Saga. Read More »

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Avengers assemble

Avengers: Endgame features dozens of moments comic book movie fans will be talking about for years to come, and one of the biggest is at the start of its final battle when portals open up, allies pour through onto the battlefield to oppose Thanos and his army, and Captain America (Chris Evans) delivers the one line fans were waiting to hear: “Avengers…assemble.”

In a recent interview, Weta Digital’s visual effects supervisor Matt Aitken told me which actors were actually on set for that shot, and the surprising person who wasn’t able to be there during the film’s “women of Marvel” shot.
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