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To infinity, and beyond! This looks like a massive movie. Disney + Marvel have dropped the second official trailer, and most likely final, for the Russo Brothers' latest epic Marvel Studios installment - Avengers: Infinity War. Now opening around the world at the end of April, this Marvel movie is being billed as the game-changer, one of the most epic superhero movies yet, with everyone fighting everyone, and everyone fighting Thanos. What's going to happen? Who's going to die? How will the Marvel world change forever? We'll know in just a few months. This stars everyone from the Marvel movies: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Dave Bautista, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Paul Bettany. Get ready for Avengers mania.
"The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. You are a good man, with a good heart. And it's hard for a good man to be a King." Our fourth episode of The First Word podcast is a recap and analysis of Marvel's Black Panther, directed by the very talented Ryan Coogler. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, we brought on our friend and film critic Amon Warmann (@awarmann) based in London for a full-on discussion about Black Panther and how awesome it is. At the end of the episode, we chat about our favorite Marvel movies so far and where we think they'll head next after this. Listen in below.
Meanwhile, back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, director Ryan Coogler is schooling everyone on how it's supposed to be done. The Oakland-born filmmaker made waves, huge waves, right out of the gate with his feature debut, Fruitvale Station (2013), and then again with the Rocky spin-off, Creed (2015). There's a natural apprehension anytime an up-and-coming filmmaker steps in to take on a blockbuster project, but Black Panther, Coogler's first endeavor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, defiantly puts any doubts to rest. The film successfully sets a new bar for not only comic book movies, but also action movies as a whole. Smart, stylish, and with a ton at work under the surface, Black Panther is an exhilarating addition to the MCU and one more indication that Coogler is a filmmaker worth taking note of.
Originally co-created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and published by Marvel Comics, Black Panther made his first appearance in 1966's Fantastic Four #52. The first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comics, Black Panther debuted years before early black superheroes such as the Falcon (1969), John Stewart's Green Lantern (1971), Luke Cage (1972), and Blade (1973). Crossing racial and cultural lines, Black Panther has continued to resonate with readers over the years, spawning multiple publications, and appearing in numerous video games and animated series. It wasn't until 2016, however, that the iconic hero made his big screen debut. Included in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's massive fan base, setting the stage for this stand-alone feature film. Enter director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, the eighteenth entry in Marvel's shared cinematic universe and, perhaps, the most absorbing and entertaining installment yet.
"Whatever it is, you used to be one thing… and now you're something else." Sony Pictures has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the Venom solo movie, a new sort-of spin-off from the Sony Spider-Man universe, focusing on the fan-favorite symbiote villain character. Tom Hardy stars as journalist Eddie Brock in this movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad). As usual, Sony has released two trailers - a domestic and an international teaser trailer - to give us a quick introduction. There's some cool footage, but no actual shots of Venom (in full) revealed here yet. The full cast includes Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Lee, Sailor Larocque, Reid Scott, and a rumored appearance by Tom Holland as Spidey. I'm curious but still not entirely into this yet, maybe with some better footage, because I trust Fleischer knows what he's doing. Get a look below.
"People think they understand pain, but they have no concept of it." Fox has released the newest trailer for Deadpool 2, and once again it's a unique twist on things, because the focus is all on the badass new badguy Cable - played by Josh Brolin (the same actor playing Thanos in the other Marvel movies). This is such a great trailer - I love the way it pauses and goes to Deadpool's wacky playtime, then continues with some awesome footage. Ryan Reynolds is, of course, back as the "Merc with a Mouth", Deadpool. The sequel's full cast includes Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Eddie Marsan, Zazie Beetz, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Julian Dennison, and Stefan Kapicic. I also love how much this trailer is blatantly self-referential, in all the right ways, and doesn't hold back (red bad much?). Fire it up below.
"An entire universe. Once and for all." Disney + Marvel have unveiled a new 30-second TV spot during the Super Bowl for the Russo Brothers' most epic team-up superhero movie yet - Avengers: Infinity War - opening in theaters this May. We've already seen one official trailer late last year, but this TV spot has a few new glimpses. I love the shot of Iron Man swooping in and taking Dr. Strange's shield. And what is Spidey climbing on? This stars (everyone you know): Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Dave Bautista, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Paul Bettany. This is worth a watch just to get a feel for what's to come. Enjoy.
"Maybe you just need someone watching your back? Like a partner." Disney has released the first official trailer for the Marvel Studios sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, once again directed by Peyton Reed of the first Ant-Man movie. Paul Rudd returns (and is credited on the screenplay) as Scott Lang, also known as Ant-Man, who appeared in Captain America: Civil War during the big battle at the end. Evangeline Lilly plays The Wasp, who finally gets her own super-powered shrinking suit with wings and blasters in this one. The cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Laurence Fishburne, David Dastmalchian, Vanessa Ross, Randall Park, with Michael Douglas. It looks like Fishburne might be the villain, and I'm so down for this. Enjoy.
"I'm going to do everything I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster." Sony has released the "live-from-the-set" video shown at Brazil's Comic-Con for the Venom movie, to begin building buzz for this upcoming Spidey spin-off set to hit theaters in October. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad) is directing, though not much is known about the plot yet, except that it takes place mostly in San Francisco. Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, with a cast including Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, and Jenny Slate. Fleischer drew inspiration from two comic runs: Lethal Protector, in which Venom moves to San Francisco and tackles five new offspring of the Venom Symbiote; and Planet of the Symbiotes, where Earth is invaded by an army of symbiotes. This video doesn't show much at all, but it is a cool introduction. There's also a fairly boring first look shot of Hardy as Brock to see below.
"The Black Panther lives!" Disney has unveiled a new 90-second TV trailer for Marvel's Black Panther, to promote tickets being on sale (buy them here) and build some buzz with a month left until this hits theaters. This looks so badass, it's one of my most anticipated of the entire year. Directed by Ryan Coogler (of Fruitvale Station, Creed), the story follows King T'Challa, once again played by Chadwick Boseman, who must defend his African nation of Wakanda from threats inside and out. The superb cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis as Klaw, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, and Sterling K. Brown. Love all the footage, I'm so ready to watch this and see how it all plays out. Let loose the Panther, Marvel!
"Even though he's the head a tribe, he's a hell of a lot more than that." Marvel Studios + Disney have just released a featurette video for Ryan Coogler's upcoming Black Panther movie, which hits theaters next month. This video focuses on Black Panther's comic book origins, featuring appearances by Kevin Feige and Stan Lee talking about the character, along with a few behind-the-scenes shots. Directed by Ryan Coogler (of Fruitvale Station, Creed), the story follows King T'Challa, once again played by Chadwick Boseman, who goes back to his African nation of Wakanda after the events of Civil War. The ensemble cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis as Klaw, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Winston Duke, and Sterling K. Brown. This is probably the first big movie of 2018 that I am actually very excited to see.
"Do you want my body - on yours - forever? Well let's make those dreams come true." 20th Century Fox has released a new teaser trailer for Deadpool 2, this one straight from the halls of the Brazil Comic Con in Sao Paulo. The teaser basically just has Deadpool, as played by Ryan Reynolds, sitting in a chair talking about tattoos and Brazil and all kinds of funny stuff. This is the third teaser on top of the first two amusing teasers, the most recent being the wacky Bob Ross tribute (with a bit of real footage). The full cast includes Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Eddie Marsan, Zazie Beetz, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Julian Dennison, and Stefan Kapicic. While I am looking forward to a full trailer, these teasers are pretty brilliant and they're good enough to hold me over for now. Do you agree?