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Age Of Ultron Trailer Actually Stokes Me Up Even More For Avengers 2!   Leave a comment

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If you spend any length of time with me it’s pretty obvious I love my comics and grew reading a lot, but in particular I really love the rich mythos that Marvel has created over the decades. Right now I’m also really loving the cinematic world Marvel is creating. Even if they don’t follow the comics to the letter, I’m still amazed how great the films are turning out.  This first trailer for Age Of Ultron looks pretty amazing and must have all comic fan boys collectively pooping in their shorts.  Check out the first teaser for the much-anticipated Avengers sequel below.

Wow and wow. Fucking Hulk Buster is looking so rad. After seeing this I’m going to have one hell of a wait till May 1st.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Iron Man 3 Trailer Looks To Kick Marvel Studios Phase 2 Off With A Bang….   Leave a comment

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With Iron Man 3 being the first post Avengers film for Marvel Studios, it will have to be a hell of a lot better than Iron Man 2 ended up. Bringing writer/director Shane Black on board was a good move on Marvels part, hopefully he’s given “Phase 2” a great kick start. Going from this first trailer I think we might have another great Marvel film to look forward to May 3 2013. Hope the peops over at Marvel Studios can keep the momentum going with their other characters leading into Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers 2…

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Massive Marvel Movie Update June 2012 News And Rumors, What’s On The Way And When   Leave a comment

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Tons of movement in the Marvel universe these days, especially after the box office stomping that Avengers gave in the month of May. With Disney behind distributing the Marvel Studios picture from now on, it seems like we are all in for at least a 4-5 year push on the more extended and criss crossing storylines of the comics. So many great projects are on the way big and small that I hope even some wrongs may be righted with the re-boots of the shit storm Fox Marvel films Daredevil and Fan 4.  Only time will tell on the quality level of the continuing comic book movie making trend right now, it seems like every second day news is popping up about another Marvel character being close to appearing on the big screen. I can only hope the directors/film makers making these pictures care as much about the characters they decide to take on, as much as the check and the life style the film industry offers. Mostly because for us comic geeks that grew up reading and absorbing the Marvel mythos, the stories matter to us and have major weight that some people in Hollywood think is “no big deal” to change at their discretion. These people are idiots, and should wise up to the fact that they are so out of there element in the comic world they should stick to fucking up remakes of old TV shows or something. Fox producers I’m looking squarely at you fuckers and your lack of brains in this area (who ever was in charge of the Deadpool character for the last half of Wolverine movie you should be so embarrassed that you are so naive about the impact of fucking up  so bad) I could rant for ever about this shit.   Lots of news to see below, time to dive in.

The Avengers (May 4th 2012) Director Joss Whedon – I’ve seen The Avengers twice now and both times I thoroughly enjoyed both viewing, Love the Hulk, so awesomely rad… There really is a lack of adjectives to describe my enjoyment level during viewing it.  A fun film made for almost everyone to enjoy. The link to my full review below:

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The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3rd 2012) Director Marc Webb – I think that the talent all look well cast. The production design looks interestingly good and I think the few times I’ve seen the trailers in 3D in the theater, for the first time I felt totally immersed into a character’s POV.  With the jumping from Building to building in New York point of view shots in the first trailer I got goose bumps and shivers while swinging over the city, feeling like I was doing this for real almost. The 3D effect they’ve come up with there is a pretty cool experience.

As far as the story changes to the character’s origin and hip new persona, I’m not really sold on the Perter Parker aspect of this film yet. I do really like Andrew Garfield as an actor, so I would hope after seeing the full movie I might like the direction Marc Webb has decided to go with Spidey. I’m still not sure what it is but even after the second major trailer (below), I still think there is something off about the back story part. I don’t want to wreck anything for any viewer but it’s laid out in the second trailer if you really look in the background that the back story of how Peter Parker becomes spider-man is completely changed from all the comic iterations.

I think the IMAX 3D might be worth checking out just for the pure spectacle. I’m still on the fence but I’ll definitely going to have my ass in the seats for the new Spidey come July 3rd, hope to be happily surprised by the experience.

Iron Man 3 ( May 3rd 2013) Director Shane Black There’s been lots of superb casting news for the now in production sequel. We obviously have the regulars back such as Downey Jr. , Paltrow, Cheadle and even the latest to be signed back, Favreau as driver/body guard Happy Hogan. The amazingly perfect casting news for fanboys and girls, is Sir. Ben Kingley as the mystical powered, 7 ring wearing villain, the Mandarin (according to IMDB), Iron Man’s main nemesis in the comics since 1966. As well a crew member let it slip that Sir Ben Kingsley is indeed playing The Mandarin in the film but he will not be the primary antagonist, Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian will be.

Pearce’s Aldrich Killian character is one of the co-creator of the Extremis virus in the comics which is one of the main story arcs the script is reportedly based on.

James Badge Dale is on board as Eric Savin, a character who after uncovering a government conspiracy is almost killed and is turned into a cyborg designated as Coldblood-7 in the comics

Then the latest addition reported by Variety is actor Ashley Hamilton to play the Jack Taggert /Firepower character which was never in the Extremis mini series I don’t think.

 Straight from the head of Marvel, Kevin Feige when he spoke with Empire on their podcast recently: “So Iron Man 3 has been structured specifically to be the antidote to The Avengers… Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything. We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from Iron Man, the first half of Iron Man, when he’s cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation. So he’s not calling Thor, he’s not calling Captain America, he can’t press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that’ll be a nice complement to the team up of Avengers.

Also in the lengthy Disney presentation at CinemaCon in late Aprill writer/director Shane Black talking about the direction of the project. He dubbed the movie a “technological thriller” and a “crisis movie” set in the world of “international war, arms and terror” saying that they will “put Tony Stark through the wringer” as they explore the trials of being Tony Stark. Although no villain has been revealed for the film, he said the villain will be one that will “frighten in today’s world.” At this point we do know the list of villains and character seems to keep growing at the movie is shooting in North Carolina right now under the code name “Caged Heat”.

With the success of The Avengers film it has also been reported that the production budget has been bumped up from $140 million to $200 million just recently, so the Marvel money people must like what they are seeing out of Shane Black and co.There continues to be spy reports pouring in from the set and some pictures surfaced with what was initially thought to be another villain in the mix “The Iron Patriot”.In the comic The Iron Patriot was Norman Osborn aka (the green goblin) but since Sony owns the right to that character it looked like  Eric Savin was going be dawning that armor for the film according to reports, but in mid June it was revealed that it is actually War Machine with a new paint job. So no Iron Patriot to appear this time around.  As Production moves to China for the second half of shooting in a few months, I can’t wait to see if they can keep the roll of quality films going at Marvel Studios. First official picture from set released just a week ago below:

So it seems like a mix of Jack Kirby characters with some newer comic storylines mixed in for the film. Looking really forward to seeing Kingley’s Mandarin in action for sure.

The Wolverine (July 26th 2013) Director James Mangold – After it was announced that Darren Aronofsky was going to be the director on the Wolverine sequel I was in absolute geek love heaven over the prospect of this.  After a few months at the helm he left the project reportedly because he didn’t want to leave his newly born daughter for the time it would take to prep and shoot the film abroad in Japan. so after that blow to the nuts,  it would be hard for me to be happy with any replacement choice. Along came James Mangold who I like as a director and am hopeful he will give us something that features and cherishes the Logan/Wolverine character and not mocks and fucks with it like x3 and Origins did. I am so nervous about this one it’s hard for me to really let myself believe Fox will let a quality Wolverine film happen. Because when I have had faith in the past as an ultra fan I get the shit box last two acts of films like Wolverine: X-Men Origins. total and utter bullshit, lazy film making and storytelling. The only real movement in news about the production is The Daily Telegraph revealed that Twentieth Century Fox will film The Wolverine in Hugh Jackman’s hometown, Sydney, Australia. In a deal estimated to be worth $80 million to the New South Wales economy. Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who helped secure the deal with Fox when he flew to Los Angeles in January, said winning the film would generate more than 2000 jobs for Sydney. Maybe Mangold will make something of the Christopher McQuarrie script partly based on the Frank Miller Chris Clairmont Japan set mini series, scared almost to death though. Really.


Thor 2 (November 8th 2013) Director Alan Taylor- After Marvel switched director Patty Jenkins (Monster) for Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones) in late December early January,  Robert Rodat (best known for Saving Private Ryan) was brought aboard to do a re-write of the draft from Don Payne who was a contributor on the first film. Most of the news since then has involved the fact that most, is not all the original cast Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard  will return . For anyone who’s seen the Avengers you can imagine the storyline that will be taking place between the brothers.

Some more news in late May has been trickling out regarding the villain choice for the second stand alone outing for the God of Thunder.  Looks like some great choices looming for fans of the source material, with the reported from a source close to the production, The Enchantress is to be the vileness in the picture . Variety has also printed that actor Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play an unknown villain most certainly to be The Executioner, the usual partner of The Enchantress in the comics. What Head of Marvel Kevin Feige has said about the film: “We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”

I am very much looking forward to going back to Asgard again, hopefully Alan Taylor brings us something to surpass the very well done first film. I could go for some kick ass battle amongst the Gods right about now, fingers crossed.

Kick-Ass 2 (TBD 2013)- Director Jeff Wadlow– Universal Pictures is in talks with Matthew Vaughn to develop a sequel to Kick-Ass, the Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. comic based film from 2010 which earned $96.2 million worldwide  on a $30 million dollar budget. Vaughn directed, produced and self-financed the project; Opting to produce the sequel , Jeff Wadlow will be directing with a reported script adaptation by Vaughn , which adapts not only “Kick-Ass 2,” but also the “Hit-Girl” spin-off that hits stores in June. The Hit-Girl storyline is to be the first act of the film. A reported September 2012 production start for the film, would have Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprising their roles. I loved the first one and would be so into seeing Kick-Ass on the big screen again.

Captain America 2 (April 4th 2014)-Director TBDIt was reported by an insider at the studio in late March that the  field of ten directors they were looking at had been narrowed down to just three for the Cap sequel- George Nolfi, the writer/director of The Adjustment Bureau, F. Gary Gray director of The Italian Job remake, and an odd choice in the mix, Community’s Anthony and Joseph Russo. The choice for directors was announced here in mid June with The Russo Brothers snaking the gig. Hoping the quality is as good as the first film, I liked Joe Johnson’s take on Cap. Fingers crossed The Russo’s take things to the next level of radness.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2nd 2014) Director Marc Webb – Even though The first film hasn’t opened yet Sony in already moving forward with a sequel. I guess they really like what they’re seeing from Marc Webb’s Spidey. On April 24th Sony Pictures announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were coming on board to work on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 written by James Vanderbilt. They will also receive Executive Producer credits. Kurtzman and Orci said: “We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this legendary franchise.”  Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

 As Of Yet Undisclosed Marvel Project ( May 16th 2014) Director TBA– It’s been mentioned in a few interviews and articles in the last few months but now the CEO of Disney brought it up again in an interview for CNBC. There’s no confirmation yet on whether or not the project will be a sequel or if it might be based on a new character in the Marvel Universe, a film maybe I’ve written about below?

X-Men: First Class 2 (July 18th 2014) Director Matthew Vaughn– Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg are all working on the “X-Men: First Class” sequel script now and shooting is set for January 2013 with a release planned for Summer 2014. Some serious spy news has surfaced in the last week or so that 20th Century Fox had registered the title DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau. Which exists for studios and productions companies to put their claims on certain titles that they intend to release, so that others can’t use that title. For any X-Men enthusiast the words DAYS OF FUTURE PAST should set your ball a tingling instantly. For those who are unaware of the great 1981 two-issue story arc of the X-Men comics,  it dealt with alternative timelines. In an alternative future, mutants were incarcerated in internment camps. However, the Kitty Pryde of that timeline transfers her mind to the Kitty Pryde of now in order to prevent that from ever happening. The assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood is what sets off this chain of events, and now with the X-Men made aware of the future, they must try to stop it from happening ect…So it looks like some really interesting possibilities for this film.  I really liked the first outing and hope the second turns out better and more focused, but anything Vaughn makes I’m in the theater to see it with out question. He has always delivered for me no matter the film.

DareDevil (TBD) Director David Slade – A pretty much unknown David James Kelly has been hired to re-write a script for the planned “Daredevil” reboot at 20th Century Fox supposedly based of Frank Millers “Born Again” comic run. 9 years since the Marc Steven Johnson Ben Affleck feature fail, I’m nervous and hopeful we’ll see some kind of a quality Daredevil movie in the near future. Like playing craps, the quality of a Fox comic book film…Crossing my fingers and hoping that one of my childhood favs doesn’t get a fist in the ass again.

Ant-Man (TBD) Director Edgar Wright– Twitpic of Edgar Wright’s with the words: “Received this in the mail. What can it mean?” This one has been in the rumor mill for a few year but I bet now with the Avengers is doing well at the box office, we might get some quick movement on this Marvel flick from the director of Shawn of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim. Would love to see this happen.

Avengers 2 -(TBD) Director TBD/ Joss Whedon?– Back in March, about two months before The Avengers opened on the big screen SFX (via Digital Spy) managed a few details from writer/director Joss Whedon about both the first film and a potential sequel: “I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” Whedon says of the superhero team. ” I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.” Asked how a sequel could possibly be bigger than what he had planned for the May 4th release, Whedon responded: “By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful… By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

 …And after the record breaking release this is what Joss Whedon told Hero Complex mid May about possibly directing the sequel “You know, I’m very torn.It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”

No matter who directs it my ass will be in the seat come showtime on Avengers 2, I’ve dreamed to see Thanos in action on film for 15-20 years, beyond epic.  I do hope Marvel convinces Whedon to return in the directing seat but at the very least he’s set things off in such a great direction, the person taking over will have to pull off one hell of a play to make something to live up to what is amount to walking across water in Hollywood. Good luck to who ever that might be, I’m waiting.

Deadpool (TBD) Director Tim Miller – The script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.(Zombieland), Ryan Reynolds to star. The whole thing seems really cool with full R rated content, Deadpool breaking the fourth wall and taking to the audience, brutally violent and all the snappy dialog to boot is the little bit that’s been leaks on this project . A decent Ryan Reynolds video about his feelings on the subject below:

In early January at the Arizona Comic Con Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool) briefly talked about the status of the movie, had some super awesome things to say:“They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated. They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you,  it’s close. It’s closer that it’s even been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated Deadpool movie.”

The full video from the panel below( The Deadpool  movie stuff starts in at 37:05, with a great comment on the treatment of the character in the first Wolverine film and then all the stuff quoted above from the creators crazy enthusiastic mouth):

Doctor Strange (TBD 2013?) Director TBD It had been confirmed in late January that the script for Doctor Strange has been completed by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan The Barbarian, Sahara). Marvel Studios is actively seeking a director to helm the project.

Once they have the right director on board, Marvel will then be searching for the cast to star in Doctor Strange. The Budget is reported to be somewhat smaller than the bigger Marvel movies but the studio is hopeful with all the right pieces as far as talent, Doctor Strange could absolutely be a great film. Production is expected to begin this year, with a release date likely to be sometime in 2013. A very interesting character I’d like to see something really out there storytelling wise to show the real range of the Marvel Universe.

Fantastic Four (TBD) Director TBD– Variety had an article in January with word that Fox was eying Josh Trank as a potential helmer on the reboot of Fantastic Four. Known now for his big screen directorial debut, the very well received Chronicle released on February 3rd 2012, he most likely can’t do any worse that the previous films. The complete shitting  on the fans faces with the Tim Story directed Fantastic Four in 2005 and 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thanks so much for those two Fox. Also in 1994 a feature-length version was also infamously produced by Roger Corman and never released but still lingers on the internet to find for the curious and geeky fanboys. Would love to see a properly done Fan 4 flick, one of my favorite reads as a kid come to life on the big screen could be epic beyond belief. Both fingers and all toes crossed.

Venom (TBD) Director TBD– Also In early March The LA Times was reporting that Chronicle director Josh Trank was in talks to direct a Venom  feature film based on the “Spider-Man” character. Sony has toyed with the idea of a Venom spinoff in the past, but this new version is rumored to be unconnected to previous drafts. Would be surprised if we saw this materialize anytime soon but who knows what those wacky studio execs are on or  thinking most of the time. No word since the article mentioned the Chronicle directors interest. I would definitely be interested to see how’d they approach it though.

The Guardians Of The Galaxy (TBD) Director TBD–  In an CraveOnline interview with Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige,  he confirmed The Guardians of the Galaxy movie Marvel is planning will be about the modern version of the team, which includes such intergalactic superheroes as Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon and less Vance and that team. Taking the stories into the Universe and space could be ultra cool if the right villain were to appear, Thanos could work in this one to.

Black Panther (TBD) Director TBD– It’s been rumored for awhile that they were working on a treatment for some sort of live action Black Panther film and now with Avengers going off it would make sense to bring the character T’Challa (Panther’s real name) into the mix. Wakanda Black Panther’s homeland’s major export is Vibranium which is what Cap America’s shield is made from, an ultra rare metal mined from a meteor that fell from the sky.  For the keen observers we’ve got to see a few hints already in IRON MAN 2 of Wakanda as the Vibranium’s source . Bringing Black Panther to the big screen would fit perfectly into the larger plans of the Marvel film universe. Would be interested what the stand alone tale would be like and about but I’m game to give anything a chance in this new Marvel para-dime that is growing with every movie in their pipeline.

So there you go, you’re now up to date on all the Marvel films in the hopper. We can only hope and prey something great is in the bunch, bound to be some shit shows, but of course time will only tell.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Posted June 9, 2012 by JMC in Production Rumors, Facts And Other News That May Not Be Exactly True Tomorrow

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Big Marvel Studios Film Updates With New Pictures Of Our Favorite Heroes and Rundown Of Old Hits and Flops   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Marvel Universe Films has been coming on strong the last few years leaving the last dozen years flops(Fantastic Four 1 and 2, X-men 3, Blade 3, Spider-man 3, Ghost Rider 1, The 2004 Punisher, and to my dismay Elektra and Daredevil), and successes( Blade 1 and 2, X-men 1 and especially  2, Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 1,  2 and I sort of really like parts of the Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk ) behind to go in new directions with their characters, some good and some already looking questionable as usual.

-2008  Punisher:Warzone -Production Budget $35 million – Director Lexi Anderson mostly got this right. The tone still doesn’t feel serious enough on the bad guys side I think, the whole thing seems like a joke to them. Ray Stevenson is the best Frank Castle to date, so it doesn’t really have any dramatic continuity from scene to scene, and the ever so often “metal” guitar solo over lays in the score reek of the studio PR people getting involved so they could come out with a CD sound track to sell. Instead of letting the artist/director you’ve hired do their version, they meddle and you get a middle of the road version of a character with mixed reaction from fans and new comers interested in the icon they’ve heard others talk about for years. Defiantly room for improvement on The Punisher character but this is the closest to crack the story yet. Not bad work, it’s got some great head explosions and Hard R action at very least. – Worldwide Gross $8,199,130      -US Video Sales $11,219,176. A huge financial loss for Lions Gate even before factoring in the marketing costs; Not a great incentive to make another one.

-2008 Iron Man -Production Budget $186 million – Director John Favreau shows some serious chops with the first Iron Man picture. Fighting to get the right star and it’s supporting cast second to none, really raising the bar on the Marvel action movie and made the film believable in what could have been just a guy in a robot suite running around shooting at shit.  Instead Downey jr. brings playboy Tony Stark to life and in turn gives the audience investment into the Iron Man character and mythos. A great ride and an origin story done right ( even if I would have loved to see the Vietnam era setting like the original comic incarnation). -Worldwide Gross $582,604,126    -US Video Sales $172,129,662

-2008 The Incredible Hulk  – Production Budget $137.5 million- Director Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton give us the best Hulk story by far to date. I loved Norton’s take on Bruce Banner and the digital capture work on The Hulk and Abomination characters are done very well. Selling the size and power of the Hulk is a tough thing to do and still keep believable in real world physics, but walking the line perfectly between comic like logic being transferred to the moving film, we invest into the world of Dr. Banner and the green monster inside him. I really like this movie, Leterrrier’s best work still to date (the clash of the titans remake was a real steaming pile of shit), the whole cast brings the Marvel universe characters to life properly, the action is very well done for the production budget and a lot of “in jokes” or content for fan boys and girls to find. What  a great Hulk movie should be.      Worldwide Gross $263,349,257  -US Video Sales $58,615,269

-2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Production Budget $150 Million -Director Gavin Hood. The one positive thing about 2009’s only Marvel character to grace the big screen without a doubt  is Hugh Jackman’s Logan. I read X-men and Wolverine Comic religiously when I was a kid and I really buy into Jackman’s take. Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed aka Sabertooth is a perfect up to a point,  as is Ryan Reynolds Deadpool, The total bullshit ending spoils the movie that you almost want to like up till then, even with all it’s technical errors, out of context characters being brought in, bad casting, one dimensional portrayals of lesser known Marvel universe personalities and badly directed action . The real unforgivable thing is how $150 million dollars was spent and you still get such bad green/blue screen shots that a James Bond movie from the ’70’s using rear projection behind the actors shooting it “in camera” looks more real; And what the F@CK is with that ending. it’s never more apparent than that, directors who have no idea who these characters are they are making films about should STOP MAKING THEM ASAP PLEASE!!!  By the way Deadpool never had laser vision he got from Cyclops,total crap. This shit matters to people, I know the excuse is there are so many different takes and story lines for each character that may cross some continuity lines if you look at them as all being the actual definitive story line of that character. Knowing how to bring out the proper parts of each storyline and what to leave, spinning it into one mythos for the film version(s) is not an easy task, but Brian Singer did it with 7-8 characters superbly in X2 and nailed the origin of Wolverine better in partial flashbacks than a two hour feature. I wish more of the movie was in Vietnam times or didn’t screw with Deadpool, followed some sort of decent storyline. So many things could have been done better, more interesting or more creatively. I figure Darren Aronofsky’s (2012) The Wolverine will be a great improvement and more interesting and complex take on a complex character.  Can’t wait to see it done right. Worldwide Gross $374,825,760   -Us Video Sales $74,771,590

-2010 Iron Man 2 -Production Budget $170 Million – Director John Favreau. It’s not ever any easy thing to do to top yourself as a director when the first film came out of no where for mainstream audiences and won then over, making Iron Man as well known as the largest Marvel properties .  The first viewing of Iron Man 2 for me was not a good experience, the theater was jam packs with people talking and texting through out (I’ll never get why people spend $14+ for a ticket and sit and text or talk to people the whole time. that shit is ridiculous ); So, by the end I hated it. I realized after my second and third viewing on Blu-Ray at home, I actually really enjoyed it. I could get into the nuances of each new Marvel character and new storyline being brought to the screen with great depth and understanding of the material. It’s this the “Empire Strikes Back” or ” Wrath of Khan” of sequels? Not exactly, it doesn’t blow away the first film, but brings us more into the Marvel Universe and Tony Stark character arcs. This is a film that will grow on you with multiple viewings, there is a lot of story and detail to take in on only one go. You start to see all the dramatic story arc set ups toward what will ultimately follow into The Avengers movie in 2012. This is one people will look back on with more understanding and affection  after Joss Whedon superhero epic hits May 4th next year. I’m sure all the treads will come together quite nicely.        Worldwide Gross $623,433,331  – Us Video Sales $ 114,730,950

-2011 Thor (in post-production) Release date May 11th – Director Kenneth Branagh takes on Marvels version of the God of Thunder. I think this will be the hardest character to crack in the Marvel Universe. Getting Branagh as the director on a film like this is a very smart move. The language and mood of the mythic realm of Asgard need a classic story telling touch to make it believable in the real world. I have high hopes this will be a really great visionary Marvel film. It will be interesting to see how they build towards the Avengers film in.  A must see for me, Marvels first 3D film.

-2011 X-Men:First Class (Filming) Release Date June 3rd – Director Matthew Vaughn.

From left to right: Michael Fassbinder as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and James MacAvoy as Charles Xavier. The first time I heard Fox was making a young X-Men movie, the idea of this really made me hope a big earth quake would hit the studio before they could go into production so I wouldn’t have to go though the agony of seeing  a “Twilight” like teen version of my beloved comic heroes come to the big screen.

After little news on the project besides a release date and vague plot synapse, the director announced to take the reins of the film is Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass-2010, Star Dust-2007, Layer Cake-2004). Instantly I was intrigued to see what Vaughn had in store to make this concept fresh? Answer: A 1960’s Kennedy Era period piece with the back story of how the feud between Xavier and Magneto started. The only reason this project interest me is because I love the other 3 movie the director has done and trust he will come up with sometime very awesome and enjoyable. These “first look” pictures don’t fill me will any sense of relieve though. What a shity Photo-shop job on the first few, looks like a class project at a technical college or like someone had a few extra drinks at lunch before assembling it. The newer images from the teaser trailer look better, good 60’s-ish art direction and look to the characters.  Hoping for the best with this one, Fox has figuratively shoved a hot poker up my ass more times with my beloved comic characters on film than shown me a decent take on any Marvel storyline. You’ve done a few right but I know the directors had to fight non stop for most of the good stuff. Really wishing this is the end of that trend.

-2011 Captain America: The First Avenger (in post-production) Release Date July 22nd – Director Joe Johnston has headed a few fun pictures (The Rocketeer-1991 , Jumanji-1995, Jurassic Park 3 -2004) the last one being the terribly mishandled  2010 Wolfman remake. That being the case, Johnston has the capacity to create a good action movie with a strong narrative tread and properly done effects being that he started out as a effects illustrator and designer on the miniature and optical effect unit of Star Wars, leading to art directing the miniature visual effects units  for Empire Strike Back, art director of all visual effects for Raider of the Lost Ark, Jedi, to full on art director on Temple of Doom in (1984). He’s been very involved in lots of legendary action pictures and has seen what works on screen and what doesn’t work. I think it will be a surprise how good this movie might be. A great World War 2 storyline, Red Skull, super cast and the set pictures mostly look good.

Talking with The Los Angeles Times “Captain America” director Joe Johnston says of his film “I watched the movie for the first time a few days ago and I just looked at the first cut and there is so much entertainment value — it’s just flat-out fun to watch. Maybe I’m somewhat biased — I was there [when we made it] — but, seriously, it’s funny, it’s exciting and there’s great visual effects.”

He goes on to say “The movie is going to be something more than people are expecting. This movie is going to surprise some people. It is the origin story of Captain America but it is also something rare — it’s a period superhero film but there’s great action in it. You don’t normally think of guys driving around in 1939 sedans in an action film but there are some great action beats in it. It’s just a helluva lot of fun to watch.”

Looking forward to seeing Cap hit the big screen in proper form, more Marvel 3d for me July 22nd.

2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (filming) Release Date February 17th – Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. If you have no idea who this directing duo is at first sight I envy you at this moment. You might even still have hope that we might get a Ghost Rider movie that does justice to anyone of the character’s comic incarnations. But alas, when you give Spirit of Vengeance to the team behind the two Crank movies and the piss poor Gamer, I sink into my chair like being kick in the nuts by a studio executive four or five times. And I thought Fox was the only one who was going to constantly piss all over my favorite boyhood characters, suddenly we see another contender emerge to continue that fun little task in Columbia Pictures.  I knew when Mark Steven Johnson did the first Ghost Rider film that we were in for a great looking shit storm of a movie, but saying you want to do a better job on story for the second one and then giving it to these directors is stupefying. Maybe they will prove me wrong and do justice to the Goyer inspired story that got a sequel green lit in these tight financial times. I can hope until February 2012 that they might do just that, but I don’t really feel they will.

2012 The Avengers (in pre-production) Release date May 4th – Director Joss Whedon has tasked himself with what could possibly be the hardest superhero movie even attempted to be put onto film. Juggling characters Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye and I’m sure more, is a almost insurmountable job not to mention the actors portraying all these characters. This will be the real test for Marvel as they attempt to do what many thought was an impossibility, bring a high budget, all star cast, live action Avengers film to the big screen with a director that understands all the nuances of each storyline, character and is a fanboy himself. Big Big anticipation for this project. I hope Whedon finally gets the recognition he deserves from the big studios as a force in the feature film directing game. 2012 Spider-Man (filming) Release Date July 3rd 2012 – Director Marc Webb. From the ashes of the Fourth Sam Raimi film come a bold move from Columbia by rebooting the franchise that had made them so much cash the last decade. Instead of going with a veteran director this time out, 500 Days Of Summer Marc Webb lands the job with full new cast including Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. The reboot has Peter Parker back to developing his abilities in high school again. I have to admit the first photos of Andrew Garfield as Spidey look pretty rad, but I partly attribute that to the programed fanboy in me that sees my favorite iconic characters and is predisposed to like the imagery instantly. I am very interested how this one pans out. Some interesting Set photos and video surfaced this week as well as a brighter version of the teaser “first look” above. Enjoy.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Posted January 21, 2011 by JMC in Film School Loser Talks Too Much, Production Rumors, Facts And Other News That May Not Be Exactly True Tomorrow

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THOR Looks Super SICK!!! Official Trailer Online Today   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The Marvel movies are ramping up hard in the next few years heading toward the titanic comic film gamble The Avengers directed by Josh Whedon.

Before Whedon’s Superhero epic hits the screen May 2012, we get to finally see a few really great Marvel characters brought to life the right way with the right stories. First up on May 11 from Marvel is director Kenneth Bragnagh’s THOR starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins

The official trailer went online at 4pm PST Today December 10 2010; and from the looks of things, I think this is going to be a great ride and the casting is superb in these new Marvel flicks. hope the story hold up to the imagery in the trailer.

Looking pretty sick, I have high hopes for the God of Thunder. The approach sounds right about marrying the two world of Asgard and Earth, Magic and Science. Hopefully Marvel Studios comes out with a bang in May. With a crowded comic movie summer, 2011 will be an interesting look to see if anything really breaks out as the top earners and the box office. At the very least we get to see Thor’s 3D hammer in action and that’s enough for me to go take a peak.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Marvel Studios “The Avengers” assemble for the first time.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody

Well some serious news in the Marvel film world has been floating in the air as of late. With Comic-Con happening last weekend we get some solid information on some long awaited projects.

The larger news I figure is the recasting of Bruce Banner for a third time. Word of Ed Norton leaving the project the last few weeks are confirmed with the casting of Mark Ruffalo in his place for the Joss Whedon Directed Avengers Film. Jeremy Renner is also confirmed as Clint Barton better known as Hawkeye.

Joss Whedon is certainly putting together a stellar cast for what could be the most ambitious comic book film ever conceived. I think it’s about time Whedon got a decent budget and support on a feature film project. I loved Serenity and the Firefly series. I think both are highly under rated and under watched.

Whedon has been around for a while. His first writing job was on TV’s “Roseanne”, then made a good living as a script doctor on films for several  years. Returning to TV with Buffy the vampire slayer, which won an Emmy in 2000 for outstanding writing in a drama series. His series Angel did five seasons.  He did uncredited drafts on X-men, Speed and Waterworld, all which were pretty much thrown away. Joss co-wrote Alien:Resurrection which he claimed was a good script wrecked by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Also no stranger to comics and their stories being the writer of Marvel’s “the Astonishing X-Men” series. As well as the writer of all the Buffy the vampire slayer/Angel and Serenity comics of course.

Only time will tell with a project of this size. With all the egos and minds involved, I think Whedon has his work really cut out for him, good thing he knows his stuff and is a super geek. That’s exactly what The Avengers needs at the helm.

The Avengers assembles for the first time in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Com 2010

Robert Downey Jr/ Iron Man  , Clark Gregg/Agent Phil Coulson, Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth/Thor, Chris Evans/Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner/Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo/Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Joss Whedon/Director

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this movie is actually happening with a giant cast, and a great director who cares about the source material. I don’t think Marvel could have done better than Whedon for the Avengers.  We only have to wait till May 4 2012 to see it. I’m sure for some it seems like an eternity…

Let the count down begin!!!

J.