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Earlier this year, during the heart of awards season, "Sesame Street" had some fun by parodying Birdman with the help of Big Bird. Now that it's blockbuster season, the children's television workshop is back with another Crumby Pictures production that has a new spin on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Instead of an assembly of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the usual heroes, this team is powered by vegetables to make The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon. The citizens of the city are having their vegetables ruined by sweets, and only The Aveggies, composed of Onion Man and Captain Americauliflower can stop the chaos.
We're bound to be getting plenty of Marvel updates this week with the arrival of The Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters beginning at 7pm on Thursday, April 30th. And today, we already have one update about the next film from Marvel Studios slated to go into production in May. Captain America: Civil War will have Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Captain America (Chris Evans) coming to blows, but there will still be a villain in play. We've known for awhile that Daniel Bruhl will play that villain, but there's been some confusion as to who he will actually play. Now we have confirmation from the actor himself. Read on!
In just one week, The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be hitting theaters here in the United States, even though it's already started playing overseas. We're eagerly awaiting to see how it progresses the Marvel cinematic universe and potentially sets up what will be a major conflict for our heroes in Captain America: Civil War. The sequel already has Robert Downey Jr. on board as Iron Man, and it will also see Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner will also pop up as Black Widow, Falcon and Hawkeye, and Chadwick Boseman will debut as Black Panther. And now one more character will be back.
It's been a couple months since Sony Pictures struck a deal with Marvel Studios to share the iconic superhero Spider-Man, allowing him to enter the Marvel cinematic universe while Sony creates yet another franchise featuring a new version of Peter Parker. The last substantial update on the Spider-Man front pegged Drew Goddard to write and direct what will be the first film in a new franchise, beginning on the big screen July 28th, 2017. Since then, we've learned that Spider-Man will definitely be Peter Parker (not Miles Morales), but we've had no indication as to who may play the webcrawler. That changed today.
Fans of Spider-Man already had their dreams come true when Sony Pictures struck a deal to have Marvel Studios share the wallcrawling superhero so the character can exist in the Marvel cinematic universe and share the screen with The Avengers. But now it looks like they're going to get even more webslinging fun for the big screen as Sony officially announced today that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller are working on the first animated big screen Spider-Man movie. Tom Rothman, the new chairman of Sony Pictures, made the major announcement at CinemaCon today with some details.
There's always tons of easter eggs for comic book fans in each and every Marvel Studios film. However, now that Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, can we anticipate any easter eggs for Star Wars in the Marvel cinematic universe? Well, yes and no. While there's likely not any easter eggs referencing characters or mythology in Star Wars within the world of The Avengers, the comic book film studio's head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that there's actually a major easter egg that is detailed in every single Phase Two film thus far, and the trend has been confirmed to continue in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
For those who don't like their movie posters overly Photoshopped, the print marketing for The Avengers: Age of Ultron has been pretty lackluster (though not as bad as that Entertainment Weekly banner). The only saving grace has been the posters that fans can vote to receive when the film debuts on IMAX screens next week. But thankfully, some much more impressive and fun artwork has surfaced thanks to Marvel's partnering with Hero Complex for a new gallery show that will have over 100 pieces of original work inspired by the comic book sequel. They range from being awesome to just being downright adorable. Look!
The first official teaser poster for Ant-Man certainly had us grinning since it took advantage of the size of Marvel Studios' newest big screen superhero for an amusing piece of marketing. And now they're at it again with a cute little viral campaign popping up in Australia. Reddit users (via ScreenCrush) have noticed some tiny billboards popping up next to bus stops down under promoting Ant-Man. They look just like normal sized billboards, complete with lights that turn on at night, and it's just an adorable and clever little stunt. We haven't heard about any of these popping up in the United States yet, but keep your eyes peeled. Look!
"If you want to stop him, it's going to take everything you have." 20th Century Fox has unleashed the new full-length trailer for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four movie, not yet part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but getting closer. They finally dropped a teaser for this in January, as we've been waiting a while to see any footage, and this is the follow-up. It still focuses on their origin and the first half of the film, but we get a glimpse at where things are headed (towards Dr. Doom) and I like what I see. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell star as the new Four, plus that is Reg E. Cathey giving orders. I'm actually kinda into this, despite yet another origin story. When you change the world, prepare to defend it.
It's getting to the point that X-Men: Apocalypse isn't going to have enough screen time for all the mutants who are slated to appear in the film, and it just so happens that one more has been added to the cast. Director Bryan Singer has taken to Instagram yet again to reveal that franchise star Lucas Till, who played the mutant Havok in a pivotal supporting role in X-Men: First Class and a brief appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past, will be back for the next film in the mutant franchise. There's no indication as to how involved he'll be in this sequel, but this addition really has the potential to make things interesting.
Ever since Mark Ruffalo stepped up to play the Hulk in The Avengers, and the character became a favorite among Marvel fans, there's been plenty of demand for another solo movie for the big guy. While there have been rumblings from Ruffalo and even Lou Ferrigno about another Hulk movie coming soon, there hasn't been any solid development on that front. There have been rumors of a lead-up to Planet Hulk, even involving Guardians of the Galaxy, but James Gunn has denied that plan adamantly. Well, now we know why there hasn't been progress on a solo adventure for the Hulk: Marvel doesn't have the rights.
There's no doubt that Captain America: Civil War will be one of the biggest blockbuster events next year when it hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. But now we know that it will be about as big as it can get with some full-format IMAX footage shot for the massive screen. In fact, this IMAX footage will be the first to use a new 2D digital IMAX camera, which was created after the giant film format company realized they needed a camera that took advantage of their massive screen, but didn't need to be shot in 3D or on film. IMAX CEO Greg Foster says, "This is where there was a gap and now we’re filling this gap in our arsenal."
Perhaps the only thing more abundant than Disney's plans for a new live-action adaptation of their animated classics is news of yet another cast member joining the mutant ranks of X-Men: Apocalypse. And today brings one more addition to the comic book sequel with director Bryan Singer revealing on Instagram that "The Newsroom" and Magic Mike co-star Olivia Munn will be taking the role of Betsy Braddock, who fans probably know better as the psychic warrior Psylocke. The character was only briefly glimpsed in X-Men: The Last Stand, but this will be the first time the mutant will be prominently featured.
Heroes don't get any bigger than this! Marvel has unveiled the second full trailer for Marvel's Ant-Man movie, starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man. There's definitely a humorours edge to this, especially with the name "Ant-Man", but they stick to their Marvel guns and bring out all the action and kick ass visuals to help sell it more than anything. Michael Douglas stars as Hank Pym, Corey Stoll becomes the villain Yellowjacket, who we see plenty of in this, and the cast includes Evangeline Lilly and Judy Greer. This new trailer is much better than I was expecting, but mostly from a pure entertainment standpoint. I still would've loved to see Edgar Wright's version, but I'm now just as excited for this anyway.