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After playing an ill-conceived faux-Deadpool in 2008’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds spent years petitioning 20th Century Fox to give the beloved Marvel character the raunchy, irreverent big-screen treatment he deserves. He succeeded. In February 2016, Tim Miller's Deadpool debuted with the biggest R-rated opening of all time. It would go on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with a global box office of more than $750 million in total. A hit with both moviegoers and critics alike, Deadpool's massive success made a sequel inevitable, but does Deadpool 2 live up to the enormous expectations of its rabid fan base, or does it do to sequel cinema what Limp Bizkit did to music in the late '90s?
"Where will you be, when it all ends?" Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a full-on, spoiled-filled discussion about Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, directed by the Russo Brothers. For this episode we brought on two esteemed guests from the movie world - Alisha Grauso and Amon Warmann (who we had previously for our Black Panther episode). We chat about all the good, the bad, theories about what's next, and what really happened in this movie, and much more in this Marvel mania episode. 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. This is one of the best discussions we've had yet, covering just about every last aspect of Infinity War. Listen in.
"The only chance you've got - is both of you." Marvel has released a new official trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, following the record breaking opening weekend of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Ant-Man did not make an appearance. Paul Rudd returns (and is credited on the screenplay) as Scott Lang, dealing with the consequences of what happened in the first movie. Evangeline Lilly plays The Wasp, who finally gets her own super-powered shrinking suit with wings and blasters. The cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, David Dastmalchian, Randall Park, with Michael Douglas. This actually looks amazingly good, going to be so much fun. Seems like they might actually top the first one. The big ant playing the drums totally got me.
18 movies, 10 years, 10 Academy Award nominations, 6 Infinity Stones, and one mad Titan. Those are just some of the numbers the Marvel Cinematic Universe (aka the "MCU") is working with going into its 19th and latest film, Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony & Joe Russo. All roads have certainly been leading to this, the culmination of the ever-expanding MCU and the adventures of the countless superheroes found therein. But Infinity War is unlike any of those adventures in which all of our favorite comic book characters have found themselves involved before. With Marvel Studios seemingly having perfected the superhero formula, it seems now is the perfect time to shake things up, and the MCU doesn't disappoint. Infinity War not only leaves the entire MCU shaken, it works to leave fans of this universe shaken, as well.
From Marvel Studios stalwarts Anthony Russo and Joe Russo comes Avengers: Infinity War, the third installment in the Avengers franchise and 19th Marvel Studios film to date. The movie marks the 10-year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with the release of Jon Favreau's Iron Man in 2008. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire philanthropist playboy Tony Stark, the very first Iron Man movie was a worldwide phenomenon and would serve as the foundation from which Marvel Studios would build an empire. Ten years later, Marvel Studios has opened a record-breaking 18 consecutive movies at #1, with five grossing over $1 billion, and a combined total of over $13 billion at the worldwide box office. To say Avengers: Infinity War has been eagerly anticipated would be an understatement. But does this film, a decade in the making with unprecedented hype, live up to fan fervor and unrealistic expectations?
"You should be extremely afraid." Get ready, Venom fans!! This is what we've waited to see. Sony Pictures has debuted the second, official trailer for the Venom 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 anti-hero movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad). The first teaser trailers were terrible, but this trailer finally shows us what we've all been waiting for - an actual, clear look at Venom and damn does he look good. That tongue! Those eyes! Wow. 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. This looks like it has some awesome action scenes and an impressive cast for this dark anti-hero thriller. Now they have my attention.
"You all know the drill - intercept the convoy, watch our for Cable." Oh my yes. Fox has released one more "final" trailer for Deadpool 2, and it looks even better than before. This trailer has the best jokes, the best action, and the best flow to it of all of them so far. And I'm so, so ready for this to be good. We've already seen some very creative trailers before, and this is looking like it's going to be awesome. Ryan Reynolds is, of course, back as the "Merc with a Mouth", Deadpool. The sequel's cast includes Josh Brolin as Cable, plus Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Eddie Marsan, Zazie Beetz, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Julian Dennison, and Stefan Kapicic. Is everyone else excited now? Be the first to see the "second coming" - order DP2 tickets at Deadpool.com. This has some foul language, no surprise.
"It's a very interesting time now, and boy you don't know what's going to happen." Marvel Studios has released a very exciting, nostalgic look back at their 10-year legacy in a new 5 minute featurette. If you're a Marvel fan or superhero fan or movie lover, you'll definitely want to watch these featurettes. Included below is also a "Behind the Frame" featurette from IMAX. Both of these are promoting the massively epic, "it's all come to this" movie Avengers: Infinity War, opening in theaters in less than two weeks. And we really don't know what's coming - it's going to be huge. They just keep hyping it up even more and more. I like how much behind the scenes footage there is in these videos, featuring a look back at Jon Favrau's Iron Man, and going through all of the movies, including Kevin Feige talking along with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson and Chadwick Boseman. See both Marvel videos below.
"The end is near…" "We're going to need some help." Holy crap! Disney has released a new extended 60-second TV spot for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, which opens in just a few more weeks. This TV spot is the most epic look at this movie yet, with so much happening in just 60 seconds of footage. If you're not pumped for this yet, this should get you excited. Infinity War stars everyone in 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, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Dave Bautista, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. Who's going to live? Who's going to die? By the end of this month we'll know what will happen. Bring it on.
"See up to 26% more in IMAX!" Well, this is pretty cool. IMAX has released their own version of the latest trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, and it's a full side-by-side comparison of every shot in the movie. The reason they're promoting this - because this entire movie was filmed with IMAX cameras, one of the first to do this (Christopher Nolan has come close in the past, but this is entirely IMAX from start to finish). The trailer features the exact same footage from the most recent full trailer, but really emphasizes just how much more of each scene you'll see in this. There aren't a lot of moments where characters are cut off in the original size, but it definitely makes a strong sell for IMAX. Thanos looks bigger and badder than ever, and even Hulk looks larger. We recommend getting your tickets ASAP for full IMAX screenings of this.
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.