BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
In 2008, Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures took a huge gamble by releasing Iron Man, thus setting into motion a plan to create a cinematic fabric that would either succeed or fail. Though there were some rough patches, Phase I completed with the resounding success.
This past weekend, those attending the Marvel Studios presentation during San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a pretty terrifying new look at the central villain in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige held serve over the Hall H panel, introducing press time with such massive celebs as Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll for the Ant-Man portion of the panel.
We really thought we were getting some juicy news about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his involvement in the DC Cinematic Universe. Why? Because he kept telling us that it was going to happen!
Fans of the Mad Max saga have been waiting decades for George Miller to return to this universe and continue to tell more stories with their beloved anti-hero. While Mel Gibson no longer has the youthful energy to dangle from dangerous cars – he plays with people his own age in the Expendables movies now – Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are ready to carry the torch.
It took nearly a decade for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller to reteam after working on 2005’s Sin City. Despite the fact that Rodriguez kept promising that a sequel was in the works, he kept putting his attention towards other projects, constantly delaying what would wind up being Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. But now that the sequel is less than a month away from release, Rodriguez and Miller are apparently once again talking about a follow-up.
Warner Bros. kicked off what was supposed to be an historic day in superhero movie news. And while the Hall H presentations at San Diego Comic-Con were a little light on “breaking” news, the buzz swirling around the first footage from Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was intense.
Director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man isn’t scheduled to actually go into production for another two weeks, but that didn’t stop Marvel Studios from bringing some new footage from the movie to Hall H this morning as part of their presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. While none of the material actually featured Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in person.
It’s not usual for a major blockbuster to tease their concepts a year away from release. And while the May 1 date of Age of Ultron is, roughly, 10 months away, Kevin Feige and Marvel still have a lot on their plate in terms of promotion before they even start discussing the second The Avengers.
With the Marvel Studios panel being held at San Diego Comic-Con this evening, we all knew that tonight was going to deliver our first official look at Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Back in June we learned that the entire cast of the blockbuster was going to be coming down to Southern California for the geek fest, and with that news came the promise that footage would premiere for the hungry masses packed into Hall H. And Marvel definitely didn’t disappoint.
Paul Bettany and The Vision should be a major component of the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward, particularly as we continue to learn his connections to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the murderous Ultron (James Spader).
The big highlights of this year’s Legendary Pictures panel at San Diego Comic-Con were titles like Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft and the found footage thriller As Above, So Below, but they also had some big surprises to announce.
Now that’s a handsome, nerdy devil having the time of his life. Humorously, looking around Hall H, there seems to be quite a few handsome nerdy devils having the time of their lives here too, as Stephen Colbert is absolutely killing it on the microphone, while simultaneously dropping the nerd knowledge hammer. Even Tolkien himself would have loved it.
Our very own Eric was hunkered down in Hall H to witness the exclusive footage. Surprisingly, Warner Bros. led off their anticipated panel with Batman v. Superman instead of making fans wait. As the footage happened, Eric reported.
As a filmmaker and pop culture icon, Kevin Smith is a polarizing figure - even within his own fanbase. Some want him to keep cranking out potty-mouthed social situations, while others wouldn’t mind if he retired and stuck with podcasting and Tweeting about Batman. With his upcoming horror flick Tusk, Smith apparently took everyone’s opinions about his career and threw them in the bottom of the ocean, or wherever it is that walruses like to hang out and scare the shit out of people.
Watching Smith – who is a gifted gabber, if nothing else – relay the pure joy felt when walking on the walkway (bridge? deck??) of the Millennium Falcon will make you feel like you are 9 again, ready to enjoy the magical wonder of the movies that was generated by movies like Star Wars.
While Evan Peters’ Quicksilver wound up being one of the best parts – if not the best part – of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the reality is that he wasn’t actually always going to be in the movie. As we learned back in March, the original plan was to actually include a younger version of the unstoppable force known as Juggernaut.
It makes sense that, with Ant-Man coming, Marvel will want to introduce The Wasp at some point in the near future. I wonder if Kim Soo-Hyun will be playing her?
Marvel did not confirm on the story. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has not officially been announced, and it was believed that the studio was waiting to see how the initial film did at the box office before revealing a sequel.
Neil Druckmann is writing the script for this planned The Last of Us film adaptation, with Sam Raimi producing. No director has been confirmed, leaving us just enough hope that no one will sign on the dotted line, forcing Raimi to take the reigns himself.