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What if the world’s first mutant actually appeared thousands of years ago? Unlock the secrets of En Sabah Nur. 20th Century Fox has debuted a very short viral video made for Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse that looks at the origins of the big bad villain named Apocalypse. His real name is En Sabah Nur, played by Oscar Isaac in the movie, a mutant who was born 5000 years ago in Aqaba. He is possibly the very first living being on Earth to have the mutant gene. This video explains some of his backstory and how he became the evil supervillain that battles the X-Men in this upcoming movie. There is also a website that shows the destruction of Apocalypse over time - here. With one month left, they're trying to build buzz.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America and Iron Man are currently at odds, fighting tooth and nail for their own respective ideologies. However, in the playing field that is the superhero genre, some are arguing that superhero movies are starting to become a tad predictable, their routine less super. They are familiar with Cap's shield and Iron Man's armor with some saying they just don't have the gleam they used to have. Marvel's greatest heroes might be facing a new battle altogether: fatigue. This isn't a battle just facing Marvel, but all superheroes alike. While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC's own answer to that debate, might have proved a bit more polarizing than originally intended, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War proves that superheroes still have a bit more fight to them – and here's why.
"Forget everything that you think you know." Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer for Marvel's Doctor Strange, which just finished shooting in New York City last week. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the Sorcerer Supreme, a comic book superhero that gains his special powers after meeting The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton. The full cast features Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benedict Wong. This is just a teaser so they don't reveal too much (including his full cape costume) but what we do see looks pretty damn cool. A bit of The Matrix, a bit of Inception, and lots of Benedict Cumberbatch. I'm looking forward to this more than the next Avengers.
The box office totals are in. The reviews have been read and audiences have spoken with a mouth as loud as a merc - Tim Miller's Deadpool is a huge success, and not just financially or even critically. It has been universally well received, which is a tremendous accomplishment for a third tier superhero character that (according to 20th Century Fox) had minimal mainstream appeal that languished in development hell for years. It was the vulgar, graphic and unadulterated version of Thomas the Tank Engine, the little irreverent train that could. However, with the success of Deadpool, major movie studios everywhere might not take the best lessons from the film's astronomical success – as James Gunn illustrated so brilliantly last weekend. So let's take a look at what Hollywood can glean from the outrageous success of the Merc with a Mouth.
They're backkkk!! Production is now underway on the Marvel Studios sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with James Gunn directing once again. Shooting has started and Gunn states, "I couldn't be more stoked." Gunn dropped the first official photo on social media, not actually a still from the movie, but rather an on-set shot showing the whole gang back together again. Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, joined by Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, plus Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper voicing Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Everyone's favorite intergalactic heroes can be seen silhouetted in the image below, with more to come as they continue filming over the next few months. Marvel is aiming for release in 2017.
Deadpool isn’t like any Marvel movie before. True, if you break them down, the same could be said for all the movies that make up the current subgenre of superhero films. Though the basic structures all resemble one another, the sheer number of new entries flooding theaters allows the fimmakers behind them to play around in different, cinematic territories. Captain America has become the paranoid thriller. Guardians of the Galaxy is the space opera. Deadpool nestles its way into a subgenre taking on all the characteristics. It’s the filthy, R-rated superhero movie comedy. Though it never reaches the height of vulgarity or subversion it intends, Deadpool offers an abundance of crude humor, edgy self-referentiality, and a huge amount of fun.
"United we stand! United we stand! Divided we fall! Divided we fall!" Disney aired this new TV Spot during the Super Bowl for Captain America: Civil War, directed by the Russo Brothers. Chris Evans stars as Cap, friend of Bucky played by Sebastian Stan, and they end up squaring off against Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. This also features a cool face-to-face shot of the two different sides brewing in this Marvel "Civil War", including Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Paul Bettany as Vision, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch. If this doesn't make you curious about how they're playing this split, I don't know what will.
"Everything they've built will fall!" Nothing can stop the Apocalypse. 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new TV spot for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest epic sequel in the new iteration of the X-Men movie series. Oscar Isaac plays Apocalypse and he looks pretty crazy. The huge cast for this includes a young new generation: James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Rose Byrne as Moira, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Evan Peters as (fan favorite) Quicksilver, and Ben Hardy as Angel. Plus there's Lucas Till as Havok, Alexandra Shipp playing Storm & Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. I'm kinda excited for this! What about you?
"Nobody's gettin' hurt!" Fox has debuted another ridiculous new TV spot for Tim Miller's Deadpool movie, adapted from the Marvel comic book character. There's a tiny bit of new footage – they're billing this as the hot new TV spot with a "Round House Kick"! – but this is also excellent because of the absurd bookends with Deadpool and the roses. They must've cut this for some Valentine's Day promo or something. Ryan Reynolds plays the Merc with a Mouth, joined by a cast including Morena Baccarin as Copycat, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, + Andre Tricoteux as Colossus. I'm still looking forward to this! Looks like crazy fun.
Here we go. Marvel has unveiled the first photos of actor Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as mystical superhero Doctor Strange, for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie which is currently filming in London. However, they're just getting underway and Cumberbatch is still working on the physicality of the character. He told EW: "I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically… We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious." These images are basically early promo shots, to give us our very first look at the character as filming continues. See below.
With great power comes great irresponsibility. As promised, Fox has unveiled the second full-length trailer for the Deadpool movie on Christmas Day, after counting down the 12 Days of Deadpool on social media. Ryan Reynolds stars as the infamous Merc with a Mouth, who joins up with some other superheroes in this R-rated comic book movie. This trailer is just as vulgar, violent and crass as the first one, but with more polished VFX and some action with Colossus. In addition to Reynolds, this also stars Morena Baccarin as Copycat, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Andre Tricoteux as Colossus. This looks like so much despicable fun.
"Not all of us can control our powers…" Fox has unleashed the first trailer for Bryan Singer's latest X-Men sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, introducing the big bad villain Apocalypse - played by actor Oscar Isaac, who can also be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening next week. The huge cast for this includes all the young fresh new faces: James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Rose Byrne as Moira, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Evan Peters as (fan favorite) Quicksilver, and Ben Hardy as Angel. Plus there's Lucas Till as Havok, Alexandra Shipp taking over as Storm, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler (who I'm glad is back). This actually looks a bit better than expected, with some very epic footage once Apocalypse arrives. Dive in!