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There’s one thing Marvel won’t do and that’s decapitate one of its characters in front of entire audiences. One character in Guardians was originally supposed to meet this fate, but that’s when James Gunn and his team realized that just might not be the right move.
Wouldn’t you know, comic book pioneer Stan “The Man” Lee proves to be at the head of that charge for comic-book diversity, exploring a project that will open up his massive influence to a huge portion of the global community.
When you consider the high level of attention paid to continuity that exists in modern comic book movie franchises, the ubiquitous presence of Marvel co-founder Stan Lee produces an interesting puzzle. It’s weird enough that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has presented him as a World War II general, “Larry King,” a poison-soda drinker, a Xandarian Ladies' Man, and more - but it’s even more bizarre when you factor in his appearances in other franchises.
Stan Lee has finally revealed which of his Marvel cameos is his favorite. But those of you who were hoping that they could revel in the clip over and over again after learning of his decision will be rudely disappointed because it hasn’t even hit cinemas yet!
Earlier this week, we found out Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn originally wanted Stan Lee’s standard cameo to involve a pretty hilarious middle finger.
Out of all of the stuff that made it into Guardians Of The Galaxy, there was still one cameo that pushed the boundaries of Disney's better judgement. If you want to know what was too much for a film that included a line about “pelvic sorcery,” then you'll definitely want to see this.
We have been hearing that the menacing Ultron will have to travel to Black Panther’s home land of Wakanda to pick up valuable resources in Joss Whedon’s sequel. But it’s unclear if an actor will have been cast to play the hero T’Challa in a Marvel movie for this potential cameo.
With all this recent chatter about introducing more female superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many comic book movie fans have found themselves repeating one name: Katee Sackhoff. The actress has a large sci-fi fanhood following thanks to her time playing Starbuck on the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica, and many of those same people want to see her take on more big genre pictures - making Marvel a natural fit.
Going back to April, there has been a lot of back and forth about what role Nathan Fillion would play in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. The Firefly star revealed to the crowd at St. Louis Comic-Con that he would have a role in the Marvel Studios film, but would not say what part he was playing and only hinted that it was a role that audiences will only be able to recognize after seeing his name in the end credits.
Playfully joking about the rivalry between the comic book powerhouses, Lee said from the stage of the convention, “DC could probably make a lot more money with Superman and Batman if they announced that I'd have a cameo in it! People wouldn't believe it - they'd have to go to the theatre to see it!"
The fallout over David S. Goyer’s comments continues. For now, tell us your thoughts. Listen to Goyer’s comments in context on the podcast, and tell us if he was attempting to make a joke, or if his views on the role of female superheroes has you concerned about the influence he has on the developing DC Cinematic Universe.
A few months back, comic book legend Stan Lee revealed that he would not be making a cameo appearance in James Gunn's upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy, but apparently things have changed in an interesting way in the time since then.
Why can’t Lee make a cameo? I’m guessing it’s because the majority of Guardians is going to take place in outer space. Maybe Lee would have to endure hours in the make-up chair to turn himself into an extraterrestrial character for what amounts to a three-second cameo? And at 91, he doesn’t have time for that!
While Lee is certainly joking about his appearance in the movie alone drawing big crowds, I do think that he's on to something,. As a comic book fan and, by extension, a comic book movie fan, I've never understood why others are so adamant about drawing a line in the sand between Marvel and DC.
Lee was asked several questions about possible upcoming Marvel movies, and while most of this probably has to fall into the category of “speculation,” Lee likely is in the loop on decisions pertaining to Marvel properties, and I don’t think he’s pulling this information out of thin air.
Part of the fun of watching Marvel movies over the last 13 years has been keeping an eye out for the comic book legend's moment in the spotlight, be it rescuing pedestrians from falling debris (Spider-Man), drinking gamma radiation infected soda (The Incredible Hulk) or getting mistaken for both Hugh Hefner (Iron Man).
Scripted by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brings back Andrew Garfield as the titular hero and sees him going up a slew of new villains, including Electro (Jamie Foxx), Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Emma Stone, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen will return as their characters from the previous film, while other newcomers include Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn and Colm Feore, Felicity Jones and B.J. Novak in unrevealed roles.
Scenario: You’re a movie producer. You ask Stan Lee for an idea. Lee writes some notes down on a napkin, but mixes it up with his used handkerchief and gives you that instead. You turn the handkerchief into a three-picture deal and make a few million, because Stan Lee is like the King Midas of popular fiction. Everything he touches will at least turn into a movie pitch
He is one of the few comic book writers who is known and recognized by people outside the comic connoisseur community, and that is thanks in no small part to moviemakers' love of offering him eye-catching cameos in their adaptations of his works. You can check out all Lee's cameos, spanning from the 1989 TV movie Trial of the Incredible Hulk to 2012's Avengers and The Amazing Spiderman.
Almost everyone with even a passing interest in comic books knows that Stan Lee is the creator of many of Marvel's biggest characters, and former president of the enormous comics company. So when you first hear that a company called Stan Lee Media has filed a lawsuit against Disney, which currently has the screen rights to the majority of Marvel's characters
Stan "The Man" Lee was attending the 2012 Fan Expo in Canada when he was asked which Marvel movie adaptations disappointed him the most. And given the fact that Lee’s never one to mince words, he answered.
With its globe-trotting scope and masterful manipulation of motion-capture animation, it's little wonder that Steven Spielberg's Golden Globe nominated epic The Adventures of Tintin leads the race with six nominations.
It goes without saying that Conan The Barbarian was a massive disappointment. In addition to getting absolutely dismal reviews, the Marcus Nispel-directed film opened at #4 last weekend and only took in a little over $10 million. Considering it had a $90 million budget, the movie will need to pull a miracle out of its ass internationally if it doesn't want to go down as one of the biggest flops of 2011.
The comic is called The Governator, because Arnold thought the nick name given to him as a joke isn’t a joke but actually kind of cool. It’s not. It’s a joke. Someone should tell him. They won’t, so he announced that it’s more than a comic book, but a multi-platform project which will also end up as an animated television series, internet programming, and eventually a movie (in 3D of course).
With Sony’s mad and seemingly unnecessary reboot of the still fresh Spider-Man franchise having already alienated a lot of fans, you’d expect them to do something to draw them back in by establishing some sort