Clearly Thanos isn’t as big of a menace in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as some would have you think he is. In fact, it looks like they’re really saving him for The Avengers 3 more than anything, save for a couple of appearances and mentions used to push the story along to the eventual Infinity Gauntlet storyline.
Kevin Feige is continuing to tease new Marvel projects, and the two latest names to get dropped will delight fans and actors alike. Let the dream casting begin.
USA Today shared the image, with some insight into the filming and the process that Peyton Reed and the new Ant-Man crew will undergo. This is a shot of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a criminal who will be pulled into the Marvel universe by an unexpected mentor, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
Ant-Man has had a rocky road to production. But mark it down! Today is the day production on the Marvel solo superhero adventure begins, so says its director Peyton Reed.
And the reasons why he collects everything, from space WMD's to Howard The Duck, is because he's immortal. Alive for billions of years, he had a happy wife, but when she couldn't bear living for centuries she took her own life. Alone and seeking purpose, Tivan became the biggest nerd in the world, collecting just about anything he could find.
You know how some actors choose to take the high road after working on a project that doesn’t quite come together. Not Mickey Rourke. He’s a much bigger fan of telling people exactly what’s on his mind, even if it means setting fires to most of the bridges he walks over.
We already know this movie will have flashback sequences, and here is one.
The duo did reveal, though, that early drafts of The Winter Soldier did make room for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye character, but in the end, “he didn’t have enough to do and suddenly it seemed like we were giving him short shrift. Hey, it’s a cameo!” A lot of his actions fell to the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Maybe a different Avenger can end up teaming up with Cap in the third installment.
So, here is the theory, based on rumors, guesswork and a few hunches: Guardians Of The Galaxy is to Marvel's space lineup as Iron Man was to Marvel's “Phase 1”: a reminder to its hero(es) that there's a “bigger universe” out there. And with the news about a writer for Inhumans came word that the studio was interested in building, "a multiple-film cosmic universe." So what are these films?
Well, that brings up some possibilities. For one thing, it's probably not Yondu, the bounty hunter played by Michael Rooker: in addition to referencing Quill's father at the end of the movie, it seems like Yondu's story, according to Gunn's statement, is that the character has his own separate journey.
Now that James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy has proven itself to be a box office smash, all bets are really off when it comes to Marvel Studios production. The company has proven that their brand is strong enough that their projects can move away from well-known characters and go off in all kinds of crazy directions (all still based on Marvel Comics, of course). Great characters whom fans never dreamed would get their own solo movies now have a real fighting chance.
We don't have the answer. But we'd love to hear your opinions. Why are box office numbers down this season? And which films will bring them back up? Are you staying away from theaters this season? Are there better options at home? Or outside?
The leader of the Inhuman Royal Family is Black Bolt (aka Blackagar Boltagon - really), who has the ability to generate a concussive force through the use of his voice. The coup in getting Diesel to potentially play this role is that nerds need not fret about Marvel universe crossover: Groot only makes use of Diesel's voice, but because of his powers, Black Bolt is essentially a mute.
Marvel Studios certainly has a jump start on the DC when it comes to building a cinematic universe, having been establishing itself as a brand since 2008, but don’t count the home of Batman and Superman out. In addition to having the big blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice scheduled to hit theaters in 2016, they have huge active plans for the entire rest of the decade. And this week we got a very limited peak into exactly what they have in the works.
Whedon is right when he says that there's a different, more serious approach within DC, not only within their stories, but in their budgets as well. Even when they're not very good, DC goes all-out with their superhero movies, spending like crazy and allowing directors free reign over their characters.