It may have only been in cinemas for three weeks, but it seems Avengers: Endgame (2019) will soon be the inevitable box office king, as it closes in on reigning champion Avatar (2009) at a frightening pace. After opening to a staggering $1.2 billion dollars globally back in April, the Marvel megolith has barely slowed down, crossing the $2 billion dollar bracket on its second weekend and adding another $63 million dollars in America alone these last few days. In the US it currently sits as the third-biggest film of all time, while on an international stage it has overtaken Titanic's (1997) colossal $2.2 billion lifetime gross to earn an unprecedented $2.48 billion - just $300 million short of James Cameron's Pandoran epic.
Speaking of the famed director, on Wednesday Cameron tweeted his congratulations to the superhero team on their win, writing: "To Kevin and everybody at Marvel, An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You've shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it's bigger than ever!". It follows a long history of film executives paying homage to their competition when their records are broken, with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy congratulating Marvel Studios just last year after Avengers: Infinity War (2018) became the then biggest domestic opening, ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). While the comic-book champions have even done the same - praising Jurassic World (2015) when it roared to victory.
Meanwhile, with the official #dontspoiltheendgame spoiler ban now lifted, star Chris Evans used his weekend to share some special behind the scenes photos, including one of his make-up for Old Man Rogers. The look comes from the final moments of the film, which see Captain America travel back in time and live-out his days with his love Peggy, returning rather aged to pass on his shield to Falcon. The full effect was apparently achieved mostly through practical effects, but with some use of CGI as well. As director Anthony Russo told EW: "It was a very elaborate makeup job that was then augmented with CG... You can't shrink Chris Evans' neck on set, you know what I mean? He's still got that yoke neck."
It's here. It's finally freaking here. After ten years, 17 (soon to be 18) movies and a hell of a lot of movie-studio money, the first trailer to Marvel's biggest blockbuster has arrived. Epic, action-packed and full of dread, here we break down 40 of the most crucial moments set to hit the screen in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
The trailer kicks off with this ominous picture of Tony. Sitting on the ground, he appears to put his hand to his mouth in distress. There's been plenty of speculation around this opening moment already though, with arguments about whether he is grabbing someone else's hand (War Machine/Spider-Man) and whether the lighting suggests he is in another dream sequence.
Last time we saw Bruce Banner he hulked out to help save the Asgardians from Hela. Now we have confirmation that he makes it back to earth and does so in human form. The trailer shows us that he winds up crashing through the ceiling of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorium, meaning he might have some explaining to do.
Vision and Scarlet Witch are also making a re-appearance, albeit with one of them in a different form. A big part of their comic book arc includes the happy couple getting together, which seems to come true this time around. Potentially helping that along is Vision's new ability to turn into a more humanoid form (thus giving Paul Bettany a bit of a break from hours in the make-up chair). Interestingly, this scene appears to take place in Wanda's room (she is in a bed as Vision opens the curtains) and seems to happen early on, as Vision still has the mind stone.
It's not just people who will be making a return appearance too, but long-forgotten technology such as the Hulkbuster armour. Banner is pictured in front of one of the arms, which seems to have been modified for the green guy to potentially wear it himself. While Black Widow is back but without her trademark auburn locks, giving a sly smile (maybe) upon seeing Bruce.
This is the first real shot that gives us a bunch of the superheroes together. They appear to be inside the Sanctum Sanctorium and metres from where Banner may have crash landed. Intriguingly, Tony seems to be holding the cell-phone Captain America gave to him in case he ever needed to call. And we'd say Bruce telling everyone Thanos is on the way might just be the reason he's ready to get everyone back together. Then we get the gang springing into action in a street strewn with debris. Tony's showing off a new arc reactor underneath his tracksuit and interestingly - everyone in the background seems to be frozen in time...
The spidey-senses are finally tingling, as Peter Parker notices Thanos' giant portal gearing up to open over New York city. It suggests the city is set to face another destructive battle, bringing the Avengers movies arc full circle.
This is where the trouble really starts brewing, with the introduction of the first (seemingly) dead bodies and an infinity stone. Thor: Ragnarok's (2017) post-credits scene showed the Asgardians run-in with Thanos' ship, and from the new trailer it seems plenty of them won't make it out alive from that encounter. But the biggest speculation is over Loki handing off the tesseract (and space stone). He appears to be very fearful from his sombre and tearful face. But is he simply trying to save his life, or buy Thor some time to escape by creating a magical distraction? Or worse yet, did he lead Thanos there unknowingly after stealing the glowing box?
Here we get our first proper look at Josh Brolin's purple villain. Thanos is bald, scarred and bulky, as well as being decked out in gold armour. He has just walked through a portal, which seems to suggest that will be his way to finally make it to earth.
Spider-Man is leaping into action here, sliding along the portal as he tries to protect earth from its new threat. His eyes are glowing, and he has donned the new suit Tony offered him at the end of Spider-man: Homecoming (2017), the one he said would make him a member of the Avengers. So, between now and then has seems to have become an official part of the team.
Now frankly, I have no idea what is going on here. Thor appears to be trying to hold some giant mechanism together. I could hazard a guess he is trying to fix his ship after he encounters Thanos, but it could honestly be something else entirely. Maybe something to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy. All we know for sure is that he still has the eye-patch from his last appearance in the MCU, and it looks like the action is taking place in outer-space.
Our first glance of Thanos' Black Order finally comes thanks to this spear-throwing member, believed to be Proxima Midnight. While not much is revealed, we can gather they are in a warehouse and the weapon is directed at someone who has a really good catching arm (who we think is Captain America. He appears to be greeted in the warehouse area by Scarlet Witch, who takes a moment out of her busy fighting schedule to give a look of disbelief and perhaps hope (because we're presuming this is the same scene where Thanos' minions are trying to de-stone Vision).
The battle is definitely not going well for Spider-Man, who appears to be flattened by their foe. The moment is followed by a distressed look from Tony. It is hard to tell whether the two events are connected though, or as some speculate part of a dream sequence, similar to those Stark has had before.
Perhaps the only person worse off than Spider-Man in the first trailer is Vision, who looks set to lose his mind stone. The character is seen screaming out in pain as the item is dragged from his head by a sceptre/staff-like item. Of course, we knew such an event had to occur for Thanos to get all six stones, but it does leave the lingering question of how it will affect Vision.
Thanos definitely gets his hands on two of the gems somewhat early on, including the space stone and the power stone, which was last held by the Nova Corp. We know where the mind and time stones are in the universe, with both alluded to in the trailer. But the location of the final two - being the reality stone (from the aether) and the soul stone - are not mentioned here.
Both Bucky and Black Panther make an appearance towards the end of the trailer, as they prepare to wage war against the invading forces. The scene again appears to be set in Wakanda, alongside a mounted army of the countries people. We see T'Challa leading the fray as he gets his claws out, with Barnes and Rogers standing beside one-another (where they rightfully should be) towards the far back right.
Continuing the ever-growing list of superheroes in the film is Falcon, who is spotted flying in to help out during the big battle. Both sides run headlong onto the open-plains field, before we are given our best shot yet of the gathered group, this time in the jungle beneath a canopy of trees. It includes The Winter Soldier, War Machine (who is either miraculously healed or remotely operating), Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Okoye, Black Panther and Falcon.
Finally, to top it off we are given the tantalising tease of how the entire MCU is coming together, with Thor asking 'who the hell' the Guardians of the Galaxy are. Timeline wise the moment definitely occurs after their second movie, given Groot is in his teenage years and Starlord has a distracting moustache. Bring on May 4, 2018 already!
In comparison to their other titles, one could be mistaken for thinking that Marvel’s latest caped crusader has been forgotten. We’ve had tonnes of marketing for Captain America: Civil War (2016), set photos from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and even some cool concept art from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). However, until last month’s Comic Con we were yet to get a proper trailer for Doctor Strange (2016), the second film from the billion-dollar studio and one that is scheduled to bow in theatres this November.
Fans fears have been eased somewhat today though, with a special sneak peek video from the film, thanks to its inclusion in the special features section of the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray. Despite not revealing too much, the video does gift us a few brief notes on the film’s major characters, including Baron Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). In addition, we get to see a lot of new concept art.
Given the film is still in post-production and Marvel makes its money by trading in secrets, we arguably couldn’t expect much better. Doctor Strange (2016) will follow the story of a brilliant neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands in a terrible car accident, before seeking out a new purpose. The film will also star Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Rachel McAdams as the rumoured love interest. Doctor Strange opens officially on November 4 and until then you can check out the sneak peek below.
Here's a bit of light-hearted fun to kick off your count-down to the weekend - a new video of actor Tom Hiddleston announcing the weather for Fox 32 Chicago. Interrupting the network's regular presenter, Hiddleston stepped into frame to help explain the 'Godly' reason behind the fierce tornadoes and heavy downfalls the area has been experiencing. The star was originally there for an interview with Jake Hamilton on Good Day Chicago, promoting his upcoming slew of projects, however it seems at some point he was asked to try his hand at a little weather reading too.
'My brother from another mother has been misbehaving. The God of Thunder has brought his skill-set to bear on the local weather. So there is this huge storm-front coming in and all that means is Chris Hemsworth has taken his hammer and has smashed it on the surface of the sky and it's going to rain a hell of a lot. So good luck with that!
Hiddleston has been keeping himself very busy of late, making the rounds to promote his upcoming films I Saw The Light (2016) and High-Rise (2016), as well as the TV mini-series adaptation of John Le Carre's The Night Manager (2016). Along the way he's also been fielding questions about the rumour he may be stepping into the shoes of 007 spy James Bond. The response to the video, which was posted to Jake Hamilton Fox 32 Chicago's Facebook page, seems to be mostly positive, with quotes ranging from 'This is awesome' to my personal favourite, 'Cloudy with a chance of elevated estrogen levels'. Despite Hiddleston looking a little awkward (like he was kind-of asked at the last minute maybe...) the thespian pulled off the feat with aplomb. So if you need a little pick-me up in the form of a good looking guy discussing a Norse Gods elemental tantrum, then check out the video below.
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