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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!
"He's got an incredibly complicated emotional structure going on." Marvel has released a very short, but nonetheless fascinating featurette on the story of Doctor Strange. Production is now underway in London on Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. This featurette is less than 60-seconds and only includes discussions about the characters and some glimpses at concept art, but no real footage is available yet. Scott Derrickson is directing the film. The full cast includes Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins & Chiwetel Ejiofor. Get your first Strange introduction below.
"I know how much Bucky means to you… Stay out of this one, please. You'll only make this worse." Wow. It's almost time to for the Civil War to begin - but this is one major reveal. Marvel has unveiled the first full trailer for Captain America: Civil War, from the Russo Brothers, and damn does it look good. 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 almost seems like a crazy mash-up, but it's actually the beginning of a new saga from Marvel Studios, continuing into Avengers. This also features our first ever glimpse at Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, who shows up in the second half of this. Fire it up below!
Recently, Marvel (and Disney) announced that the sequel to Ant-Man would be titled Ant-Man and the Wasp and is slated to arrive in theaters July of 2018. We already know, and certainly expect, that actor Paul Rudd will be back as Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man. Now THR is reporting that director Peyton Reed is also returning for the sequel, and is in negotiations to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp as his next feature. Most will remember that Peyton was chosen to replace Edgar Wright, who left after working on the project for a long time. The movie still turned out pretty good, the sequel is already in the works, and Reed will be back.
Ready for Phase 3? Marvel has officially announced a few minor details about its plans for Phase 3, coming up beginning in 2016. First off, the studio has confirmed via Marvel.com that they are planning an Ant-Man sequel and it will be titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. "The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine." Both Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne will return in that sequel, scheduled for July 6th, 2018. With this announcement, the two other Marvel movies scheduled for 2018 have been moved up in the year - Black Panther arrives on February 16th, 2018 and Captain Marvel will open on March 8th, 2019. It sounds like those two movies are fully confirmed, too. I'm sure we'll be hearing more news soon.
"Cue the music!" 20th Century Fox has unveiled the very first red band + green band trailers for Deadpool, directed by VFX veteran Tim Miller, starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth. This is the moment you've all been waiting for as we finally get to see if this is going to be any good, and hot damn, it looks awesome. In addition to Reynolds, the cast includes 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 is definitely something Marvel Studios wouldn't make, as it's super vulgar and violent and exactly what we wanted to see out of this. Oh so good! Watch it again & again below.
"With every new discovery there is risk…" Check out this amusing old school VHS remix trailer for a totally different Fantastic Four movie. Vulture has remixed and recut footage from the campy Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie made in the early 90s that was never distributed. Josh Trank's take on Fantastic Four hits theaters in a few more weeks, and seems to be a very dark, very grounded take on "what if this really happened to these four people". This version is the total opposite, a glossy and fantastical take on four superheroes trying to save the world. It looks so cheesy and bad I'm even more excited for this year's movie.
One last time. Hugh Jackman has just posted the first promo photo from his final upcoming Wolverine movie. At Comic-Con a few weeks back Jackman gave a sentimental speech about his time playing Logan, confirming he would play him one last time in one final Wolverine movie (besides in X-Men: Apocalypse). He's now opening up the discussion on the final role for all the fans to contribute. The promo photo shows him holding up just one claw with the tagline #onelasttime. He also asks fans to write in 50 words or less what they want to see. It's sad this will be his last time, I must say, but all good things must come to an end.
There is strength in numbers. Fox has debuted yet another new TV spot for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, to follow up the final trailer that hit earlier in the week. In this spot, we get a good glimpse of the Fantastic Four team - Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch and Jamie Bell as The Thing. There's a shot of two of them locked up in some kind of plane, plus the line about "we're not the ones you should fear" and the angle that the US government is even afraid of these super-powered people. Not to mention the bad guy, Doom, played by Toby Kebbell. Enjoy.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Heroes don't come any bigger. Time to meet Ant-Man. The new Marvel movie is playing in theaters! Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd & Michael Douglas, is now playing in theaters everywhere. Another new origin story from Marvel, this time introducing us to Scott Lang as Ant-Man, a superhero who can shrink in size and communicate with ants. He ends up going against Corey Stoll as the villain Yellowjacket. The cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale and Judy Greer. So how is it? Did Marvel make another hit or dud? How is Rudd? Once you've seen it yourself, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Marvel's Ant-Man.
Marvel's Ant-Man could have been the strangest superhero movie to date. The comic character who can shrink himself down to minuscule sizes - and, in the comics, blow himself up to gigantic heights - and has a telekinetic link to our ant population had countless avenues in which to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Our minds could have been blown despite the inundation of superhero stories since Spider-Man first leapt onto the screen 13 years ago. Instead, fun as it might be, the Ant-Man we get is a basic, hardly-any-frills, comic book origin story. Its potential for strangeness aside, the movie delivers on all the surface-level excitement & adventure you've come to expect from Marvel. You just expect a bit more, as well.
"Who the [bleep] are you?" That's the first line out of Magneto when he first meets Apocalypse. "Come and see…" is his reply. It's unlikely that 20th Century Fox will release the Comic-Con footage for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, despite it leaking online. Instead, they've let Entertainment Weekly debut a new set of photos showing us a good look at Apocalypse as well as the rest of the cast. The mag also debuted a new cover, but it's Photoshopped so much it doesn't even look like Apocalypse anymore (refer to photos). Oscar Isaac plays the villain. We also can see: Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn (as Psylocke), Alexandra Shipp (as Storm), Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, James McAvoy + Evan Peters (as Quicksilver).