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For anyone who saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you were probably disappointed by the bastardized version of the cocky, hilarious and deadly Marvel character Deadpool. The film took away the best asset of the Merc with a Mouth, and we've yet to see any real progress on a feature film version that would have featured Ryan Reynolds in the role, but in the proper fashion. We've even heard of a test reel that was done by VFX wizard and director Tim Miller for Fox. And now if you're quick, you can get a vibe for what a Deadpool movie might have looked like (or hopefully will look like) with a leaked video showing some of the footage.
From our Comic-Con coverage this year, you might have already seen the cool vehicles that were on display from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. But there was also a panel for the film hitting theaters next month, and directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller debuted a new red band trailer for the graphic novel adaptation, not to mention planting a seed of hopes for Sin City 3. But of course, since it took nine years to get this follow-up off the ground and into theaters, we won't hold our breath. But still, if you've been waiting that long to see this new story set in the seedy underbelly of Basin City, this saucy, bloody trailer certainly brings the goods. Keep an eye out for Miller and Rodriguez making cameos in the trailer too. Watch below!
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was at Comic-Con over the weekend to promote a crossover comic book between his titular character form Django Unchained teaming up with the swift swordsman Zorro. But of course, the discussion eventually turned to his film projects, which is where production of his western The Hateful Eight was brought up. Following word from Kurt Russell that director Quentin Tarantino was trying to line up an early 2015 production start for the once postponed film, Tarantino himself has confirmed that the film will indeed go before cameras, though didn't solidify exactly when. But that's not all.
News from The Maze Runner panel at Comic-Con announced that director Wes Ball is already developing the sequel The Scorch Trials to shoot later this year as long as the first film does well at the box office this fall. With that news came some concept art of the world we'll see in the new film, and now we have a new poster from across the pond to hype up the first film in the hopeful franchise so fans can actually have a chance at seeing the sequel. It shows Dylan O'Brien ("Teen Wolf") running into the titular maze in question with the veteran trapped boys boys (including Will Poulter) and newly arrived singular girl (Kaya Scodelario). The footage at Comic-Con impressed and there should be a new trailer soon. Look!
We may be finished with Comic-Con 2014, and while the big Marvel panel was Saturday evening, that didn't stop the comic book studio from giving fans a couple more surprises. Earlier this week, several intriguing items from Marvel's cinematic universe hit the Marvel booth (like Loki's staff and Black Widow's slick new motorcycle), but today, the studio actually showed off a few pieces from The Avengers: Age of Ultron. One was the fist of Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor used to keep the big guy in check when he gets a little out of control. And another is the early version of Ultron, a drone cyborg created by Stark himself gone rogue. And there's one more that may be a little worrisome for Captain America fans. Look!
"Are you here to fight with us?" The beginning of the end is here. The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I has arrived, and it looks fantastic. The franchise really improved with Catching Fire last year, and the first chapter in the two-part finale seems to be on the same track with director Francis Lawrence back. Jennifer Lawrence looks more troubled than ever trying to united all of Panem against President Snow and get back Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from his public prisoner status in the Capitol. It's a little bittersweet seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman here, but it's sure to be a hell of a performance. Watch!
Comic-Con belongs to the MAD! Yes! Warner Bros has heard the buzz, many fans claiming that this footage is the best of Comic-Con, so here it is - released in full for everyone to enjoy. WB has launched a "Comic-Con First Look" trailer for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, the film that has been delayed for years, was filmed back in 2012, and will finally hit theaters summer 2015. Tom Hardy stars as the new Mad Max, joined by Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz and Hugh Keays-Byrne as the villain Immortan Joe. This looks so incredibly badass, showing you a hint of what we saw (there was more in the footage at Comic-Con), giving everyone a glimpse of the insane vehicular action.
Another year, another Comic-Con, another exciting Marvel Studios panel to end three days of madness. This time it was the return of the Avengers. A few years ago, Marvel brought the entire Avengers cast down to Comic-Con and it was a historic reveal to have them all there, all on stage, for the fans to
scream cheer at. This year they tried to do that again, bringing most of the cast from Joss Whedon's follow-up Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon couldn't make it, but they did show us footage from Avengers 2 as well as another promo reel for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man made specifically for Comic-Con. After exiting the panel we took a moment to record a quick video blog with our thoughts and reactions to all the footage we saw today. Enjoy.
The big show in Hall H for this year's Comic-Con is all done, and the day closed out with the signature Marvel panel. While no new projects were announced, we did get some tasty footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron (more on that in our Marvel video blog coming soon). But everyone is already on board with the superhero ensemble sequel, and Marvel really needed to make some waves to show the crowd that Ant-Man could stand on its own. In order to win over the crowd, they brought the charming Paul Rudd and veteran Michael Douglas, not to mention confirming two stars who weren't officially announced yet.
Briefly: Though Guardians of the Galaxy won't hit theaters for six days, Marvel seems to know that they already have a hit on their hands, because during their panel at Hall H today, they announced that a sequel has already been given the greenlight. A recorded message from director James Gunn, who was just reported as being set to write and direct a sequel before the official announcement, and star Chris Pratt playfully joked about revealing the news while they thought they were off-camera. And Guardians of the Galaxy 2 takes one of Marvel's previously scoped out new dates on July 28th, 2017. So there you go.
It's time for Marvel to show the rest of the world how to bring down the house, once again, at Comic-Con 2014. Wrapping up three days of movie presentations in Hall H, Marvel Studios is ready to continue the MCU and take us into the next phase with James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Scott Derrickson's Dr. Strange. Four years ago they brought the entire cast of The Avengers on stage, will they do that again? We're about to find out what big surprises and announcements they have in store in 2014, and I'm very excited to see how Marvel is going to make everyone go wild again this time.
Only the mad survive! Aside from Interstellar, the best footage I've seen at Comic-Con 2014 (so far) was for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie has been in the works for a very long time, and will finally be out in theaters next summer (May 2015). The footage shows an epic scope and some incredible, amazing, unbelievable (and supposedly practical) vehicle/car action. One scene shows them driving into a massive sandstorm, with tornadoes that tear some of the cars apart before they burst into flames. It looks insane, but insane in every good way possible. A new set of character posters have debuted - see them below.
While many were hoping for some footage from Jurassic World to close out the Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con today, instead the audience was treated to a surprise teaser trailer for a project that we hadn't heard of at all before. Now that Legendary has successfully brought Godzilla back to the big screen in a successful way, their new home at Universal Pictures wants to use their power to inject new life into King Kong. The teaser shown soared through choppy waters and to a rainy island while an ominous voiceover alluded to a dark, mysterious place. And that's when the monstrous ape appears, roaring and thumping his chest before the title Skull Island appears. So what the hell is this surprise at Legendary?
Two years ago was when all the hype for a remake of Godzilla started with a teaser trailer that played for Comic-Con attendees in Hall H only. And when Legendary Pictures returned this year, head honco Thomas Tull and director Gareth Edwards (busy with a small indie sci-fi project) thanked everyone with an amusing video. But then they showed a viral video from Project Monarch revealing that there is still one more secret that hasn't been revealed. There are more monsters. And with a long history of various creatures who have faced off against the King of Monsters before, just which ones will appear in the sequel?