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It seems that with each year that passes, Emily Bluntís profile increases. The actress starred in three films in 2014, two of which were major blockbusters, so itís no surprise that the her name frequently pops up on fan casts for superhero movies.
Above is a neat-o little video regarding the history of the onscreen Marvel universe, and the various nods and Easter Eggs regarding each film thus far - from the studio's first (Iron Man) to its tenth, this weekend's Guardians Of The Galaxy. Well, technically its eighth, since it stops before Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which doesn't hit Blu-ray/ DVD until September 9th.
Thanks to some unbridled critical and box office success, practically everyone in the world knows the big stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America (and the actors who play them) are all not only true blue household names, and the same can be said for their females leads and villains. But what about the supporting players of the big screen comic book world?
Since 2008, Marvel Studios has been work crafting what is largely known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Introducing and re-introducing characters such as Iron Man,Hulk, Thor and Captain America to movie-going audiences over the last four years, the company brought it all together last month with Joss Whedon's The Avengers and the results were spectacular.
For years now Marvel Studios has been dominating the summer movie season, whether kicking things off with Iron Man and Thor's early May release dates or letting loose Captain America in late July. But with so many Marvel heroes getting their own movies these days, there might not be enough summer release dates to go around
Much like 2010, this year was packed with not only amazing soundtracks, but also movies that knew how to use songs to perfect effect. From the synth sounds in Drive to the insanely happy tunes in The Muppets, this year in music moments made audiences feel unending joy and devastating sadness, but it all made for great times at the cinema.
The road to The Avengers is all but 100% complete. All of the Marvel solo films, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, have all been released in theaters and all but the last is available on home video. Fortunately, that exception will no longer exist come October 25th.
Because of Captain Americaís 3D success, the Paramount/Marvel co-production will be available in a 3D Limited Edition combo pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), which will sport the same extras as the regular Blu-Ray. Boy, is the Blu-Ray the best way to go with this release. DVD copies will come with commentary as its only bonus feature and 3D copies will cost an arm and a leg, meaning over fifty bucks.
Comic book fans are already fully aware of how the origin story of Captain America ends, but for those not familiar with the character the ending of The First Avenger was quite fresh. It's for that reason that Yahoo!'s decision to post the final scene of the film online only one week after the film's release is quite bizarre, but it also provides us with our first HD, official look at The Avengers, so who the hell cares?
Even before casting was announced or a director was chosen, there was audible questioning as to how one would bring the Marvel character Captain America to the big screen. From the characterís goofy origins as a propaganda figure during World War II to selling the patriotism internationally, there were more than a few roadblocks.
Hero power topped Harry Potter this weekend. Captain America: The First Avenger made a solid debut at number with $65 million. While that's a respectable opening, it's nothing to get excited about. According to rankings it's only the 48th largest opening for a comic book adapted film. Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 slipped a hefty 70% from its record breaking opening weekend (most movies drop 50% - 60%). That sort of rapid drop off is a common trend for Potter flicks, but no other entry in the franchise has ever come this far this fast.
Instead of mailing in a half-hearted origin story that felt like a placeholder for a future adventure, Joe Johnston went ahead and turned his Captain America film into a rousing period thriller that expands on the Marvel mythology while also working as a standalone summer blockbuster.
When you see Captain America: The First Avenger this weekend the biggest decision youíll face at the box office isnít when to see it, but how to see it. Like nearly ever big blockbuster set to be released from now on through 2013, Capís first adventure is being released on both higher-priced 3D and more budget-friendly 2D screens.
In 2008, Marvel Studios embarked on an incredibly ambitious project. Starting with Iron Man, the company began releasing a series of superhero movies based on their own properties that would eventually be tied together in the team-up movie The Avengers in 2012. The drawback, however, is that not everyone in the world is as obsessed with the characters as their key fanbase and while the films do cater to a wide audience...
When Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941, he was given a sidekick named Bucky Barnes. Much like Robin in the Batman comics, Bucky was a way for younger members of the comic-book reading audience (which is to say most of it) to see themselves in the storyline. This approach, however, would never fly in the 21st century, where fans have used their wallets to demand darker plots and characters instead of campy goofiness.
When it comes to movies out of Marvel Studios, the future is always being kept in mind. Whether the filmmakers are simply developing storylines that can match with Joss Whedon's The Avengers - set to come out summer 2012 - or targeting direct sequels, there's always an eye being kept on the next step. This idea certainly applies to Captain America, whose first solo film is set to be released this Friday.
If you like comic book movies this has been the summer of your enormous content. And if youíre a dope who likes romantic comedies, well then every summer is amazing (as is every winter, spring and fall). If only the government scientifically engineered a super soldier do away with rom-coms.
Captain America arrives next weekend and, in a summer thatís already seen Thor and X-Men: First Class, itís my hope that this will end up as the best superhero movie of the year. All the parts to make this great are in place, and if you take a close look at the footage on this page, I think youíll see even more of them.
It ends with Cap in a pretty tight spot, stuck between four flamethrowers, but how much do you want to bet it turns out all right in the end. My favorite part of the clip might be the score, a kind of jaunty, slightly suspenseful accompaniment that seems to jive when the entire old school 40s feel of the movies