In the years since the company's inception, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has become the official source for what's going on and what's to come from the publisher's cinematic universe. Even as the head of an organization that famously keeps things close to the vest, Feige has spoken out regularly and enthusiastically about the projects and films that fans desperately want to know about.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Feige has become more vocal about Marvel Studios' plans for Phase Two, explaining to SFX Magazine (via ComingSoon) most recently that his excitement for the second arc of Avengers films hinges on its transcendence of the superhero genre.
"That's exciting to me about 'Cap' — sort of about 'Iron Man 3' too if you look at it — is it's tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black's described 'Iron Man 3' as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot," Feige said. "We hired our directors on 'Cap' because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a '70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie."
While the prospect of genre jumping within superhero films should excite fans as an original and different approach to what's become a familiar arena, it's what Feige said about the still-mysterious "Guardians of the Galaxy" film that may turn out to be the most daring move so far on the studio's part.
Behold the power of Marvel casting!
For the most part, everything on the studio's docket of upcoming projects seems like an automatic slam dunk. Everyone's thrilled with how "Iron Man 3" is looking. Alan Taylor seems to have steered "Thor: The Dark World" toward a much needed tonal shift, and comic fans who know the "Winter Soldier" saga couldn't be more pleased with the direction of the "Captain America" follow-up.
But what about "Guardians of the Galaxy," the largely unfamiliar property scheduled as the direct prelude to "Avengers 2"? How will it fit in with the nicely cohesive cinematic universe? Sometimes all it takes is a spot-on casting choice to make everything click.
That's what happened when Deadline announced that Chris Pratt, coming off a surprisingly effective turn in "Zero Dark Thirty," will be Star-Lord for director James Gunn's space saga.
Can you stop practicing your Ben Kingsley-Mandarin impersonation for a moment? RDJ is talking.
Robert Downey Jr. did an epic interview with Entertainment Weekly, and the third installment of the five part series on "Iron Man 3" partially covers the work he did with our current favorite strangely voiced bad guy, Ben Kingsley.
According to the RDJ, the Mandarin doesn't just steal that trailer we watched on repeat a few months back; he steals the whole damn show!
"Sir Ben is probably going to steal the movie," Downey told EW. "There are a lot of contenders who may, but right now he's probably at the top of that list."
Before we knew of Sir Joss Whedon and his plans for a "S.H.I.E.L.D." television show, there was another Marvel property, of equal awesomeness, up for the TV treatment.
Guillermo del Toro had been developing a series for Bruce Banner and his angrier side before "The Avengers" reminded the world of how badass the Hulk can be. But when Mark Ruffalo convinced everyone that he was the man for the job, the future of the project became unclear.
After a long silence from del Toro, we sat down with the director to see where things stand with Marvel and a potential TV treatment. Last we heard, he was waiting for a writer, but now the outlook is not bright for the mean green machine.
At long last, fans of Superman have a better idea what Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" will look like when it hits theaters next summer. The second trailer matches up tonally with the short, but visually interesting teaser that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, while expanding the scope to preview more footage of Henry Cavill in his full costume and Michael Shannon as General Zod.
Once again, the trailer begins by focusing on a young Clark Kent, growing up in Smallville, Kansas, unsure of his place in the world. Expanding on the ideas from that initial teaser, we begin to more clearly see the connections to the existential crises of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy." If nothing else, the second preview for "Man of Steel" aligns it much more closely to Warner Bros. most successful superhero franchise.
Check out the trailer after the jump!
It looks like Charlie Brown will try to kick that football on the big screen once again.
Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, the folks that brought you all of those "Ice Age" movies and the latest string of Dr. Seuss adaptations, have just bought the rights to make a new CGI and likely 3-D adventure. Imagine it, there will be depth to Lucy's therapy booth!
The new film is expected to hit theaters on November 25, 2015, which will mark both the 65th anniversary of Charles Schulz's original comic strip and the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the only Peanuts movie that really matters.
Today, Karl Urban takes back Judge Dredd for all of those who knew the swift-justice hero in his comic book form and delivers "Dredd 3D," an ultra-violent, video game cut scene that entertains, shocks, and stays faithful to the masked man.
If you're contemplating heading to the theater this weekend for "Dredd 3D," here are the five reasons to pony up the cash and get your butt in the seat.
Karl Urban: Best Chin Actor
It's a sad symptom of modern comic book movies that if a big star plays a character who wears a mask, they still manage to find way too much face time. That is not a problem for Karl Urban and Judge Dredd, who stays in his helmet for the entire movie, but there is a reason most heroes lose their cover at some point. It makes acting really difficult, yet Urban brings Dredd to life in a way that may not be complex, but is entertaining as hell.
It's probably safe to say that there wouldn't be an "Avengers" if it wasn't for the pitch-perfect performance Robert Downey, Jr., gave in the first "Iron Man." He set the tone for the rest of the Marvel Universe movies and "The Avengers," when it came time for the superheroes to cross paths.
In this exclusive clip from the upcoming Blu-ray release of the year's biggest movie, director Joss Whedon and some of Downey's cast members share their thoughts about "The Godfather of The Avengers," as Chris Hemsworth refers to him.
"Robert, he's kind of like the leader of the band," Whedon says. "He's the guy who just wants to take things in hand and make everyone comfortable, bring in the new guys, bring it all together and be at the center of it. And he does it beautifully."
"The Avengers" hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 25.
If you're a fan of "Parks and Recreation," you probably remember Ben Wyatt's special purchase during "Treat Yourself 2011." Clearly, the man is a fan of Batman, but there's something you should know about Adam Scott, the guy who plays Ben.
He, also, really loves Batman.
We recently spoke with Scott for the Blu-ray release of "Friends With Kids," and he shared with us his hopes and dreams for "The Dark Knight Rises," as well as his very serious fear of spoilers.