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Check out the Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Teaser Trailer

During Marvel‘s big movie announcement yesterday, a teaser trailer was shown for 2018 and 2019’s Avengers: Infinity War, including a solid look at Thanos with the Infinity Guantlet. Even though no recording was allowed, you knew someone would, and here’s one of the results of that.

The video is mostly footage from previous films, but, it has us pumped!

Here’s the full Marvel press release:

The Avengers have already triumphed over Loki, and next summer they’ll face Ultron…but nothing could prepare them for the menace of Thanos.

How big of a threat does Thanos pose, you ask? Big enough to span two epic films, beginning with Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” on May 4, 2018, and concluding in Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” on May 3, 2019 for one massive cinematic event.

“We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe,” recalled Feige. “‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1′ is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”

Hold onto your hats, True Believers, because Phase 3 of the Cinematic Universe is going to be one wild ride! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it develops!

 

And two screencaps to check out.

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Marvel Releases a Special Look at Avengers: Age of Ultron

If you missed it last night during its premiere on Marvel‘s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel has released a new look at next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther

As announced at the Marvel event just a bit ago, Chadwick Boseman will be joining the Marvel cinematic universe as Black Panther. We had the confirmation of the film back in January of this year.

The 37 year old actor is mostly known for his break-out role as Jackie Robinson in the movie 42.

Black Panther first appeared in 1966 in Fantastic Four #52. He is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, and pre-dates the Black Panther Party. The character’s real name is T’Challa, and he’s the ruler of the African nation of Wakanda, a technology rich and advance nation. You can learn more about the character here.

At the event, the below poster was handed out giving us our first idea of what he’ll look like. The film will be out November 3, 2017.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and those Pesky Doctor Strange Rumors

At today’s Marvel event, Kevin Feige was asked about the casting, and who will play Doctor Strange. The question hints at the erroneous reports that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast.

Feige’s response:

If it was confirmed, we would have announced it today.

 

Yesterday reports came out that Cumberbatch had been cast, while the original report says that only negotiations were occurring. Once again geek sites are putting the cart before the horse and trolling for clickbait.

We understand the difference between “negotiations” and “been cast.” When the casting is official, we will of course cover the news.

Stay tuned for more Marvel movie news!

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Marvel’s Live Mystery Event. Civil War! Infinity War! Ragnarok! Captain Marvel! Black Panther! Inhumans!

Marvel has brought together fans and media for some mystery announcement. The event is about to kick off and we’ll be updating this post with all the news.

  • We’re catching our info from the live chat since we can’t be there…. too expensive to stream the event?
  • Marvel is showing the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer we’ve already seen.
  • Joss Whedon is at the event
  • Looks like we’re getting some Phase 3 info
  • Captain America 3: May 6, 2016 – it’s called: Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange: November 4, 2016 – Scott Derrickson directing
  • Doctor Strange will “Open up a whole new world for the cinematic universe…”
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2: May 5, 2017 <- the date moved up from the previously announced date
  • Thor: Ragnarok: July 28, 2017
  • Feige explains “Ragnarok means ‘The end of all things'”
  • Black Panther: November 3, 2017 – Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther!
  • Captain Marvel: July 6, 2018
  • “Captain Marvel has gone by many names…this character’s name is Carol Danvers
  • The Inhumans: November 2, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1, May 4, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2, May 3, 2019
  • Captain America: Civil War is the beginning of Phase 3.
  • Note the lack of Iron Man 4 news.
  • Not lack of Black Widow film – “Like Hulk, her role will be in the Avengers films” “Feige emphasizes that there are plans in which Black Widow is a key, key role
  • Some details on Civil War – “Events of the whole cinematic universe will make all governments in the world want regulation. Not so much about secret identity, but about who reports to who.

Here’s the slate of Marvel films in the order of their release. Seeing as characters getting solo films will likely be introduced in previous films, put on your thinking cap as to who will show up where, and how Marvel’s television slate will fit into it all.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
Black Panther – November 3, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 – May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
The Inhumans – November 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2 – May 3, 2019

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Guardians of the Galaxy Moves Into Third Globally

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46Guardians of the Galaxy keeps plugging along, earning a little over $500,000 domestically at the box office this past weekend. This film has moved into third for the year when it comes to earnings globally.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also continues to do well, earning over $300,000 for the weekend.

Of note is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which looks to pass the Amazing Spider-Man 2 globally in the next week or two.

There’s still more “comic” movies hitting the screen this year with Big Hero 6 set to open in two weeks. The film has been embracing the Marvel brand more in the last month as the marketing has increased.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $328.6 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.3 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $190.1 million
19. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
21. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
23. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
33. Hercules – $72.7 million
41. Robocop – $58.6 million
98. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
118. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.087.3 billion
3. Guardians of the Galaxy– $752.6 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $707.2 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $392 million
14. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
20. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
23. Robocop – $242.7 million
25. Hercules – $226.8 million
52. Snowpiercer – $86.7 million
85. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $38.6 million
238. We Are the Best! – $181,000

There Are No Strings on Me

no strings 02Somewhat unexpectedly yesterday, Marvel Studios released earlier-than-expected the first live action trailer for what might be the most anticipated comic movie in history – Avengers: The Age of Ultron.  Not to be listed as being light on action, the trailer relied heavily on the battle between Tony Stark in Hulkbuster armour against the Hulk.  Perhaps more interestingly though is that the trailer introduced three new characters, new Avengers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, as well as the movie’s antagonist Ultron.  While there is bound to be analysis and over-analysis of the trailer by those that can’t wait until next May, there is very little in terms of plot which can be discerned from the trailer.  It would seem as though after the teaser scene at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that it is Ultron that rescues the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and the battle between the Hulk and Iron Man which might set up the rumored next Hulk film focused on World War Hulk are both present, but no plot is there, and anything else beyond some speculation would only border on gossip.  What is interesting though is the theme of the trailer, and whether that will be an underlying theme of the movie.

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Even dedicated fans of Disney would have been unlikely to recognize the melancholic version of “There Are No Strings on Me” playing in the background of the trailer, and if not for the final words of the villain at the end of the trailer, might have even gone unnoticed.   Robots searching for their humanity is one of the most common themes in regards to stories involving the artificial beings, and forms the basis for many of the most famous characters and stories in science fiction, whether it be Data in Star Trek or the replicants in Blade Runner.  Often times, and especially with well-established characters, there are references made to the artificial men of literature.  For instance, in one episode of Star Trek TNG, Data is compared to the Tin Man, who himself sought his own heart.

In a bit of a twist, Ultron though he is a robot with artificial intelligence has never been very concerned with his humanity, declaring his own sentience to supersede that of humans, despite having been patterned on the  persona of Hank Pym, though presumably someone else in this movie seeing as Pym has not yet shown up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.   The artificial man in reference in the trailer is Pinocchio, who as far as artificial men go is in a category of his own.  As the story goes, the wooden boy was first sculpted from a piece of magical talking wood, and strove for true humanity, but with a background based on magic, the impulse is still the same, to be truly human or as the song says “there are no strings on me”.  As a choice for the underlying music of the trailer it is therefore a little bit confusing.  Ultron is not the best example of a robot trying to understand humanity, and it is even seen as one of his fatal flaws, as the hero The Vision was able to overcome Ultron in an early appearance because The Vision had a conscience whereas Ultron did not.  Perhaps then, another reading of the music is necessary, not holding true to the story or the genre at all, but rather taken at face value.  Ultron and machines will not be ruled by man and this is all the setup that the new Avengers movie needs.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” – Teaser Trailer

Get your first look at Ultron trying to tear apart Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the world in the first official teaser trailer for Marvel‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, in theaters May 1, 2015!

Victor Santos and Dark Horse’s Polar Heads to the Big Screen

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are joining forces to bring Polar to the big screen. Based on the popular Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos, Constantin Film has pre-emptively purchased the spec, Polar written by Jayson Rothwell.

The adrenaline-pumping action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen. But Kaiser’s gun-blazing and bloody universe is at odds with the doting and protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks. Faced with the ultimate battle for survival, Kaiser must choose between saving his life and saving his soul.

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are currently out to directors with the aim of shooting Polar in the spring of 2015. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer will be producing along with Jeremy Bolt as well as Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg. Rothwell is also writing an Untitled Heist Thriller for Thunder Road. He is repped by WME.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Still Earns Over $1 million for the Weekend

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46Guardians of the Galaxy has turned into the little(ish) movie that could. The film is in its twelfth week at the box office, coming in 13th place and earning a little over $1 million. It’s not the only “comic” movie holding on and earning cash. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in its eleventh week and earned an additional $520,000. Very overlooked, Snowpiercer is in its seventeenth week, and earned $1,200. If you haven’t seen that one, do yourself a favor and grab a copy when it hits video soon.

When it comes to totals for the year, Guardians has moved into fourth place when it comes to worldwide grosses, and there’s a good chance it will move into at least third when the ride ends. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also cross the $700 million mark worldwide, the seventh film to do so this year.

Here’s where everyone stands currently when it comes to “comic” movies in 2014.

Domestic Gross

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $327.8 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $259.8 million
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $245.4 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $233.9 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $208.1 million
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $202.9 million
9. Godzilla – $200.7 million
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $189.6 million
19. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $111.5 million
21. 300: Rise of An Empire – $106.6 million
23. Edge of Tomorrow – $100.2 million
33. Hercules – $72.7 million
41. Robocop – $58.6 million
94. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $13.8 million
114. Snowpiercer – $4.6 million

Worldwide Gross

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $1.080.9 billion
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $746 million
4. Guardians of the Galaxy – $732.6 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $714.1 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $709 million
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $700.4 million
9. Godzilla – $525 million
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $375 million
14. Edge of Tomorrow – $369.2 million
16. 300: Rise of An Empire – $331.1 million
20. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $272.9 million
22. Robocop – $242.7 million
23. Hercules – $226.8 million
52. Snowpiercer – $86.7 million
83. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – $38.6 million
230. We Are the Best! – $181,000

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