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."
Loki and Scarlet Witch shows headed to Disney's streaming service, while Netflix orders up a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series
Well, it might be hump-day, but there's certainly no mid-week blues for everyone's favourite streaming companies, with news that Disney and Netflix are adding some pretty big series to their upcoming slates. It appears Disney Streaming Services' as-yet-unnamed site is looking to bump up its already big schedule (think original Star Wars shows and Disney live-action films like Lady and the Tramp) with some Marvel-ous additions, by way of standalone Loki and Scarlet Witch limited series. While Netflix is keeping competition fierce by announcing that they are planning to take Nickelodeon's beloved animated franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003) and make it into their own live-action show (here's hoping it's better than that god-awful 2010 movie from M. Night Shyamalan).
According to Variety, the Marvel shows will be top-notch productions, with plans to feature original actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in the title roles. While few details have been made available at the moment, the studio is said to be looking at a six to eight episode run per series. And although there's no reports yet on how big the production budgets will be, one could assume that Marvel aren't the type to spare any expense when it comes to their cinematic universe - which these series expected to be an extension of. And of course, there's the fact that Kevin Feige himself is said to be taking a hands-on role in their development. Aside from that, we may have to wait until the service launches sometime late next year to find out more details.
As for Netflix's Avatar series, Collider are reporting that production is expected to start on the Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko produced show as soon as 2019. Similar to the original animation, it will follow young avatar Aang as he learns to harness the four elements - earth, fire, wind and air - and stop the deadly Fire Nation from taking over. In keeping with the story's origins, the showrunner's have already promised that it will be 'culturally appropriate' and have a 'non-whitewashed cast'. They also said they were ready to go 'even deeper into the characters, story, action and world-building'. And, just think, if it's successful, there always the chance its sequel The Legend of Korra (2012) may also find an live-action adaption on the small screen.
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.
Marvel studios has listened to fans complaints about the lack of strong female superheroes on-screen recently, by adding Scarlet Witch to their cannon, but now they're also looking to improve the gender balance behind-the-scenes by creating a competition for science-minded young girls. Partnering with the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange, the studio have organised a program for girls ages 15 - 18 to create projects that could, like the Avengers, change the world for the better. The designs must be submitted alongside a short video, which explains and demonstrates the potential for their idea.
To be considered the idea must also have relevance in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics), thus encouraging other young women to pursue careers in this field. The campaign was launched this week, with a little help from Marvel stars Elizabeth Olsen and Emily VanCamp, who recorded a short introductory video to encourage young girls to apply. In the video, Olsen reiterated how their project should share in the ideals of the movies to make them a reality by showing; '[A] commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the earth at all costs and make the world a better place for future generations'.
The pool will be whittled down to five finalists, who will be flown to California to present their project in front of a panel of industry experts. They will also all hit the red carpet for the Captain America: Civil War (2016) world premiere on April 12, receive a $500 savings account, and get to tour the Walt Disney Studios. But the best news of all is that the lucky grand-final girl will win an exclusive internship at Marvel Studios. Applications and other information regarding the program can be found on their official website. You can also watch the video below.
With exactly one month to go until we welcome in a new year yet again, there's still a lot we don't know about what 2016 will bring. One thing we can be sure of though is that it will be a year of blockbuster movies; with seven separate superhero flicks, a few Disney films, and of course, the continuing saga that is Star Wars all due out. We certainly can't say we won't be spoilt for choice. However, with so many movies (and so little time and money...) we must decide carefully which ones we venture forth to see.
And it's not just the big-budget studio driven reboots, remakes and revivals that will be worth watching either. There are bound to be some little dramatic gems pop up and take us all by surprise. So to try and get a jump-start on which ones to watch, I have put together a list of the twenty most-anticipated flicks to see in 2016. The ones seemingly worth the admission price and the super-expensive cinema snacks that go along with it. So sit back, peruse the list below and start your planning now, because 2016 is going to be a stellar year for films.
It was one of the biggest announcements of Marvel's year when they cast young Brit Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man, but executives for the studio may be resting a little easier today after new footage has arrived showing just how seriously the young actor is taking the job. In a video uploaded to Instagram by Holland, the actor is seen performing a range of gymnastics routines as training for his role. After all, Spider-Man does need to be light, strong, and sleek.
And Holland is every one of those in the new footage, deftly performing back flips, spins, and a number of other moves which will help his portrayal of the famous web-slinger. Although Holland wrapped his part in Captain America: Civil War (2016) earlier this year, the standalone Spider-Man (2017) film is approaching, so the actor hitting the gym can only mean good things as the films shooting schedule draws nearer.
Details around the film are rather sketchy at this point, with Jon Watts tapped to direct from a script by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. No other casting or plot details have been released as of yet. If Sony and Marvel can firm up their production plans though (which seem likely given Holland's intense training regime), maybe we might just get a Christmas miracle, and see the Spidey film hit production before the year is out. Fingers crossed. Until then, make sure you check out Holland's video below to see just how good he is.
The Merc with a Mouth was back again on the weekend for Halloween, taking a rather elaborately staged snap with some mini X-Men (the kids really are adorable). While the original story was a little bit weird, today we finally got the news on what exactly went down when Deadpool tried to recruit his new heroic team, with a new video released from the Fox Studios.
The results are a hilarious look at what happens when you pair up swearing with children, and especially children who are coached into discussing the horrible past superhero fails Reynolds has been a part of (Green Lantern and the awful Wolverine solo film for starters...) At least he was good enough to tell them not to turn around in the final photo. Does the video perhaps go too far in terms of cynicism, crassness, and immorality? Maybe, however I am definitely looking forward to the film when it bows February 12th next year. If you are too, then check out the new video below.
We can't believe it, but today officially marks the one year anniversary of Marvel's surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Boy how time flies. Whilst the studio expected good things out of the film, they couldn't possibly foresee the massive critical acclaim, box-office domination, and international popularity that ensued. And at this one year mark, it seems no-one could be prouder of the films success than James Gunn, the director of the misfit space mob. And to show his gratitude Gunn has pennede a letter to the fans, posting it to his Facebook page earlier today.
What's so beautiful about the effort, and by Gunn in particular, is that he truly, honestly, and unequivocally cares about the fans and understands that there would be no point to movies without them. All the storytelling and special effects in the world mean nothing if you can't connect to the audience. And that is exactly what Gunn did with Guardians of the Galaxy, never making us just spectators, but rather implicit participators in everything that went down. So as we reminisce this year, and keep our fingers crossed for the same level of wonder from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), which will hit theatres May 5th, 2017, let us all remember that we are all, really, truly, and honestly, Groot. You can check out the letter below.
"One year ago today, Guardians of the Galaxy opened up in the U.S. and many places around the world. The movie massively over-performed that weekend, even by our own expectations, but what meant more to me is how much so many of you, no matter where you were from, took the story and the characters into your hearts. What meant more to me is that "We are Groot" became a rallying cry for unity among friends and families. What meant more to me is that you laughed at the dumb stuff I thought you'd miss, like "Cap'n's gotta teach stuff" and "I was thinking of something else." What meant more to me is that in our tenth week we were out-performing any comic book film in recent history - not because of the money, but because people were going back to see the film a second, third, fourth, fifth time, or more, because they loved it. What mattered to me is that after a lifetime of telling stories and half a lifetime making movies, I felt like you and I, filmmaker and audience, were at the same place at the same time.
It mattered to me mostly because I told a story fully with my heart, and you took it into yours. I don't think I can ever explain how much that means to me. It makes every failure I've ever had well worth it. I get a lot of messages from people saying, "You made me believe in movies again." Well, you guys made me believe that what I spent my life doing was worth doing. And you strengthened my belief that nothing's worth doing, if it's not done honestly, and it's not done with love. On this, the one year anniversary of the cinematic Guardians entering our solar system: thank you, thank you, thank you.
We really are, truly, honestly Groot.
It's official, Sony and Marvel have found their new Spiderman, and a director to go with him! Tom Holland is set to don the red and blue spandex costume as the next version of Spidey, with Jon Watts onboard to direct. Holland was one of the original front-runners in contention for the character, along with actors like Charlie Rowe, Asa Butterfield and Matthew Lintz.
However he is said to have given impressive screen tests which ultimately proved the final step in sealing the deal, with Tom Rothman, the Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman stating; "For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom's screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start." Holland is young enough to fit the 14 - 18-year-old bill that both Sony and Marvel agreed upon for the webslinger, but also at 19 is likely able to handle the heavy workload a franchise like this entails.
And it seems he is capable of holding his own with the likes of Robert Downey Junior and Chris Evans, whom he reportedly screen-tested with before being flown out to the set of Captain America: Civil War (2016) earlier this month. The young star certainly has a history of giving great performances, with a phenomenally powerful and moving portrayal in 2012 film The Impossible, alongside Ewan McGreggor and Naomi Watts, and is soon to be seen in the Ron Howard directed In The Heart of the Sea (2015).
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