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"I wanted them to feel buying a Marvel [comic] book was like visiting an old friend." And then he helped build an empire. We lost a creative genius this week, a genuine icon of pop culture, though he will certainly be honored and remembered for generations to come. Comic book writer Stan Lee passed away this week at the age of 95. Marvel put together a short video tribute looking back at his life and his career in comics, and how he changed the comic book industry and changed people's lives. It's a fairly good tribute with some interviews and video footage and a look back in the Marvel archives at his comic book work over the years. The opening footage is great, a blast from the past and look at how Stan has been trying to make a difference through comics all along. I expect to see some good documentaries about him soon, too. He will be missed.
"So you want to learn to be Spider-Man?" Yessss! Sony Pictures has revealed another fantastic new trailer for their animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which seriously looks outstanding. Phil Lord & Chris Miller wrote the script and are producing this film, and they keep promising groundbreaking animation work in this. It really looks like it has that potential. Shameik Moore (from Dope) provides the voice of Miles Morales, and the cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Lily Tomlin, along with surprise guests. This looks like so much crazy fun, and I'm so happy they're going full-Spidey by bringing in all the different version of the character. How crazy is that?! I'm so so excited to see this movie, only a few more months to go. Suit up!
"They can't begin to comprehend what you are…" 20th Century Fox has finally debuted the first trailer for Dark Phoenix, the next big X-Men movie focusing on Jean Grey as she becomes the "Dark Phoenix". This is all connected to the previous X-Men series, and brings back a few of the characters from the most recent movies. Sophie Turner (from "Game of Thrones" and Josie) replaces Famke Janssen as Jean Grey; she already appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016 as Phoenix. The cast includes many old and new members: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, plus Jessica Chastain, Ato Essandoh, and Scott Shepherd. This looks a bit different than expected, not as much action. And definitely more of a bigger X-Men movie than something small and focused, but perhaps they felt it was necessary to connect with audiences of all kinds.
"I keep having these memories… I see flashes, I think I had a life here. But I can't tell if it's real." Marvel Studios + Disney have unveiled the first official trailer for the highly anticipated Captain Marvel movie, starring Brie Larson as the iconic Marvel superhero. Larson plays Carol Danvers, an Air Force fighter pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which includes Blockbuster!). The film stars Gemma Chan, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening, Colin Ford, Lashana Lynch, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. This is a good ole fashioned teaser, with some epic footage along with a re-introduction of Fury. So far so good!! I really enjoyed this teaser, bring it.
"Humans are disposable… But man and symbiote combined - this is the new race." Whoa!! Sony Pictures has debuted a third official trailer for the Venom movie, following its premiere inside of Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con. The second teaser trailer was great, but this is even better - and it runs a full 3 minutes. Tom Hardy is journalist Eddie Brock in this anti-hero thriller, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad). This looks like it might be the movie fans of the dark symbiote have been waiting for. The 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. Okay, this finally looks awesome. Really, really into this - the VFX are looking solid, and it looks extra dark.
Marvel Comics first introduced the character of Ant-Man in 1962 with the publication of Tales to Astonish #27. The insect-controlling, half-inch hero later appeared in Avengers #1 alongside his partner-in-crime, the Wasp, as founding members of the team. It wasn't until 2015, however, that the iconic duo made their big screen debut in director Peyton Reed's heist comedy, Ant-Man. Well, sort of. In the movie, the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), resurrects the hero and handpicks good-natured thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to don the suit. Pym's daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) is set to become the Wasp by the movie's end, but we never actually see her in action. Enter Ant-Man and the Wasp, the twentieth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), once again directed by Peyton Reed.
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.