TOP 5: THE EXPENDABLES 3, The Problem with Superhero Sagas, Guillermo del Toro Involved in New SILENT HILL Game, THE GIVER, THE BABADOOK

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There’s nothing I can write in the space allotted here that will do justice to the life and career of Robin Williams. His talent was enormous and just as we’re all the better for the work he did, his loss robs us of the things he might still have done. When I was a kid, Williams and Francis Ford Coppola‘s Jack was the first film that ever made me cry. I can remember being 10-years-old and dumbfounded by his ability to make me smile and sob within the context of a single scene. In spite of knowing that it would break my heart, I couldn’t wait to rewatch it as soon as it ended so I could laugh and cry all over again. In the grand scheme of things, his turn in Jack isn’t anywhere near his most beloved work. Given the film’s 17% RT score, I seem to be among the few who have any endearing memories of the film. We should all be so gifted that even our misses leave a lifelong impression on others.

In an impossible segue, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of The Expendables 3, Adam’s editorial on why he believes that treating movies like television is a bad idea, the news that Guillermo del Toro is involved in the next Silent Hill game, interviews for and Adam’s review of The Giver, and the new trailer for writer/director Jennifer Kent‘s horror pic The Babadook. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

THE INHUMANS: An Introduction to Marvel’s Upcoming Galactic Franchise

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With our exclusive announcement that Marvel plans to move forward with an Inhumans film, now feels like the best time to explain to you who this band of misfits actually is and why they’ll be so important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.  In a nutshell, think of Inhumans as a Game of Thrones story with superpowers.  The residents of Attilan, the Inhumans’ hidden city, live in a kingdom far away from humanity.  Ruled by the silent Black Bolt, a king whose voice can literally shatter mountains, the people aren’t so much superheroes as they are a civilization that just happens to be populated with fishmen, women who can control their own hair, and guys with hooves.  Hit the jump for more info on one of Marvel’s next big franchises.

ANT-MAN Connection to the Larger Marvel Cinematic Universe Possibly Revealed

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It’s been arguably Marvel’s most contentious production since Iron Man, but Ant-Man is finally gearing up to start filming in the next few weeks.  By now you know the story: Edgar Wright developed the film for several years, set his cast, was prepping to shoot, and then ran into creative differences with Marvel Studios that led to his exit from the project.  Peyton Reed is now at the helm of the superhero adaptation with Paul Rudd in the lead, supported in the cast by Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll.  One of the key points of contention between Wright and Marvel was reportedly the film’s connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the studio wanted to see more threads between Ant-Man and the other films that make up the MCU.

As filming is about to get underway, possible spoilers have surfaced by way of some earlier drafts of the script that reveal which characters from the MCU were/are poised to make an appearance in Ant-Man, and the answers may surprise you.  More after the jump, though be warned that these details contain potential spoilers for Ant-Man

Exclusive: Marvel Moving Forward on THE INHUMANS Movie; Screenplay by Joe Robert Cole

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Guardians of the Galaxy was Marvel’s big gamble on whether or not they could sell a group of unknown characters in a unique world based on the studio’s brand alone.  They won that bet, and now it’s given Marvel the confidence to move forward on another team of mostly unknown, strange characters: The Inhumans.  As we reported back in March 2011, the studio was considering adapting the comic into a movie.  In July 2012, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly that if either Guardians or The Inhumans became a movie, audiences could expect an “X-Men-style ensemble, a la The Avengers.”  In a broad sense, that’s true: A team of misfits and outsiders comes together to battle a larger foe; beyond that, I doubt many would compare Guardians to X-Men or The Avengers.  But for over two years, there was no word on The Inhumans.

The other day, Vin Diesel dropped a hint about being part of The Inhumans, and it turns out he wasn’t just blowing smoke.  The studio is happy with the existing script by Joe Robert Cole, and now the next logical step is to take it out to filmmakers.  Hit the jump for more.

Vin Diesel Hints at His Involvement in Marvel’s Adaptation of THE INHUMANS

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Vin Diesel‘s unwavering self-promotion is at turns oddly endearing and incredibly frustrating.  I admire his conviction at making another Riddick movie, and gobsmacked that he thinks anyone other than him wants a third xXx.  His desire to be in a Marvel movie was also indefatigable as he dropped hints like saying the studio wanted to meet with him, and the two might “merge brands” in 2016.  But so far, his collaboration with the studio has extended to Diesel voicing a character who only says “I am Groot.”  He did a fine job of it, but Diesel wants more.  He wants to be Inhuman.

Hit the jump for more on Vin Diesel possibly starring in Marvel’s The Inhumans.

The Problem with Superhero Sagas: Why Treating Movies Like Television Is a Bad Idea

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When Marvel Studios started producing its own films with Iron Man in 2008, many in the industry and the public at large were quite sure that they would fail.  Headlines famously accused the comic book company of delving into its “second-tier superheroes” in order to compete with the likes of Batman and Spider-Man at the box office, and few could have predicted just how successful the studio’s new venture would be—or that Iron Man was only the beginning.  The tag at the end of the Iron Man credits introducing Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury kicked off one of the more ambitious feats in recent film history, beginning a series of interconnected movies that featured different lead characters inhabiting the same cinematic universe.  This culminated in the 2012 team-up film The Avengers to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Marvel Studios is now no longer just a production company; it’s a brand.

As with any successful brand, imitators followed.  Other major studios are aiming to mimic Marvel’s success with their own interconnected universes, and just recently Warner Bros. announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations that will surely all connect to one another.  However, this new approach to franchise filmmaking—ostensibly treating movies as episodes in a TV series—may actually be robbing us of more creatively satisfying superhero adaptations. 

Josh Brolin Talks Thanos’ Love for Death, Future Appearances, Character Comparisons, and More

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Although some might argue that Thanos kind of sucks at being a supervillain, I would counter that we’ve barely seen the big guy get going since he’s had less than five minutes of total screen time over the course of ten movies.  He’s going to be the culmination of a massive balancing act, and while it may all fall apart, Marvel at least has a great actor playing the part.  While doing press for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Josh Brolin was asked about playing Marvel’s Biggest Bad, and if it was similar to the Emperor from Star Wars.  “That sounds awesome, I love that,” said Brolin.  “It’s what he is.”  He also said that Apocalypse Now‘s Colonel Kurtz is also a source of inspiration, although Brolin noted he was drawing primarily from the comics.

Hit the jump for Brolin talking about how he prepared for playing Thanos, the character’s relationship with Death, his dynamic with Robert Downey Jr., and when we’ll be seeing Thanos again.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Release Date Moved Up to March 25, 2016; WB Dates 9 Untitled DC Films and 2 Event Movies

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The Marvel/DC release date showdown has come to an end, and it appears that Marvel has come away the victor.  Marvel Studios staked out the May 6, 2016 weekend a while ago for an “Untitled Marvel Movie,” but when Warner Bros. went looking for a new release date for its Man of Steel follow-up, it decided to plant its flag on May 6, 2016 as well with the thinking that Marvel would subsequently move.  Except Marvel didn’t move, it doubled down by announcing that Captain America 3 would be its May 2016 movie, which was certainly a big deal coming off the stellar opening weekend for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

And so now Warner Bros. has flinched, but instead of delving deeper into the summer, the studio will be trying to kickstart the blockbuster season incredibly early by setting the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release date on March 25, 2016.  If that wasn’t enough, Warner Bros. has announced release dates for 9 untitled DC films and 2 “event films”.  More after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 99 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the Lack of Female-Led Superhero Movies

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Guardians of the Galaxy, but we also spend a large portion of the show talking about the lack of female-led superhero movies.  The time for these pictures is long past due, and we break down the ridiculous arguments against making these films.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Comic-Con 2014 Preview”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Watch: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Easter Eggs Revealed

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There’s no denying the fact that Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy was a crossover hit.  You don’t make over $90 million opening weekend if you only attract the comics crowd, and director James Gunn’s fun and humorous space opera seems to have connected well with the moviegoing public at large.  As with all Marvel movies, Guardians was packed with its fair share of Easter eggs and nods both to the other films and the comic book source material, but if you’re like me and somewhat unfamiliar with the comics, many of these probably went over your head.  Not to worry, though, as a video has already been put together that runs down some of the bigger references seen throughout the film.  While it’s a stretch to call some of these “Easter eggs”—in fact most are just obvious references to the comics—the video still serves as an informative explanation of some of the comics origins, as well as a fun heads up of things to look for on a future viewing.

Hit the jump to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Easter eggs video, which obviously delves into spoilers.  The film is now playing in theaters everywhere.

James Gunn Interested in THUNDERBOLTS Movie; Learn More about These Villainous “Heroes”

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With the very recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy, folks may be wondering what’s next for the former Troma director James Gunn to sink his teeth into when it comes to the Marvel moviescape.  The answer may surprise you as in a recent interview, Gunn let it slip exactly which Marvel property he may be willing to tackle next.  While the Guardians of the Galaxy were a ragtag group of loners combining their powers for good across the spaceways, the other team Gunn is thinking of bringing to the big screen is a ragtag group of loners combining their powers for evil….to a point.  Hit the jump for my breakdown of both Gunn’s statement and the team that is the Thunderbolts.

First Official Thanos Image from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Revealed in Marvel’s Phase 1 & 2 Recap Video

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Marvel Studios’ The Avengers was a massive success, and while most fans were left satisfied by the film as a whole, Marvel kicked off another whirlwind of anticipation with the film’s post-credits scene in which the comics supervillain Thanos was first glimpsed.  Speculation ran rampant that the cosmic baddie would be the foe in The Avengers 2, but that turned out to be false as Joss Whedon and Co. instead settled on the robot Ultron.  And so it appears that Marvel is playing the long game when it comes to Thanos, but his time may finally be drawing near as the character makes his first in-movie appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, opening in theaters this weekend.  Josh Brolin was cast in the integral role, performing the facial performance capture for the character after principal photography on Guardians had already wrapped.  Though Thanos isn’t on screen for too long in the film, he certainly has a memorable presence.  Now, on opening day, Marvel has released the first official Thanos image from Guardians.

If you so desire, hit the jump to get a good look at the Big Bad in the first Thanos image from Guardians of the Galaxy along with an extended recap video of Marvel’s Phase 1 & 2.  You can check out the film in theaters this weekend to see the character in action. 

Watch: Every Marvel Easter Egg Explained Through THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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When Marvel Studios kicked off its first independent production with Iron Man in 2008, few could have predicted that it would become the juggernaut that it is today.  “Marvel” is no longer just the company, it’s the brand name.  This is why Guardians of the Galaxy is much less of a risk than people might think; a “Marvel Movie” is a massive selling point in and of itself.  One of the benefits of the autonomy that Marvel Studios has enjoyed over the past few years is the ability to pepper its films with Easter Eggs that actually pay off, rather than ones that are just simply sly nods to the source material that never go anywhere (though there are a few of those too).  In celebration of this weekend’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, a video has been put together that points out every single Easter Egg in the Marvel films through Thor: The Dark World, from obvious ones like Cap’s shield in Iron Man to more obscure comics references.

Hit the jump to watch the Marvel Easter Eggs explained, and sound off in the comments if there are any that were missed. 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: What Did You Think?

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Though we’ve seen a fair amount of sequels from Marvel Studios over the past few years, the time has finally come to introduce a new comics property to the moviegoing public with Guardians of the Galaxy.  The film has been billed as a “risk” since Day One given the source material’s offbeat and relatively obscure nature, and then it became even more of a question mark when Marvel tapped Slither and Super director James Gunn to take the helm.  However, while the finished film is indeed probably weirder than any Marvel film thus far, it’s oddly one of the most personal.  Guardians is very much a space opera, but more than that, it’s really a dysfunctional family story about a group of broken, morally ambiguous loners coming together to fight off real evil.  Chris Pratt proves he’s got the goods to lead a tentpole all his own, and even though he says but three words, Groot nearly steals the whole movie.  The film does suffer from the Marvel sameness at points (which, by now, is par for the course), but on the whole, I though Guardians was a hell of a good time and would rank it towards the top of the Marvel oeuvre thus far.

You can read Matt’s full review right here, but now that Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters, we want to hear your thoughts.  Did James Gunn deliver on his promise of a weird space opera? Who was your favorite Guardian?  What’d you think about that post-credits scene?  Sound off in the comments after the jump.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel and James Gunn Talk GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is such a fun ride, with great action, plenty of laughs, a ton of heart and perfect choices in music.  It will have you singing along, and cheering for the snarky Rocket Raccoon and a talking tree named Groot.

During a conference at the film’s press day actors Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Dave Bautista (“Dax the Destroyer”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”) and Vin Diesel (“Groot”) were joined by director James Gunn to talk about what attracted them to this project, how liberating it is to not have to fit into the regular Marvel scheme of things, why Yondu is such a bad-ass, fighting the right attitude for Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the emotional journey of the story, the process for having the music organically come from and compliment the story, the physicality of these roles, why the movie references Kevin Bacon, and everyone’s favorite song on the soundtrack.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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