Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.
Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World opening around the world next week and in North America on November 8th, I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers in London. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my interview with Kevin Feige (Marvel’s President of Production), he talked about how funny the sequel is, deleted scenes and how many will be on the Blu-ray, his reaction to the latest draft of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, if they’ve started filming the next Marvel one-shot, when his contract ends, when we can expect an Ant-Man casting announcement, if we’re any closer to finding out which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Last weekend I checked out director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake and found it to be a perfectly solid retelling of Brian De Palma‘s 1976 classic. With a solid lead performance from Chloë Grace Moretz and a downright terrifying turn by Julianne Moore, I found more than a few things to like about the pic. I also thought the opening scene was terrific and was surprised to hear Judy Greer tell Steve that it wasn’t in the original script. Although I knew how the story would play out, I found myself wanting so badly for Carrie’s prom night to go smoothly which I think is a credit to Peirce’s direction and the time she takes setting up the obstacle-laden road Carrie traverses on the way to her first date. Ultimately, is there anything extraordinarily fresh and/or updated about the remake? Not really. Nevertheless, it’s a solid movie that proves Stephen King‘s tale is just as relevant and effective today as it was nearly four decades ago.
With my paragraph review of Carrie in the bag, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Adam’s Divergent set visit, Steve’s Thor: The Dark World video interviews with Chris Hemsworth and more, two new trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Evan’s look at superhero movie casting decisions that nearly came to fruition. Much like in the past, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.
Marvel has already locked Phase Two, but other than Ant-Man, Phase Three is wide open. Furthermore, the powerhouse studio now has two major characters back in their stable. Daredevil and The Punisher both reverted back to Marvel when the rights lapsed at Fox and Lionsgate, respectively. Obviously, if Marvel gives the characters new movies, they’ll be reboots, but in a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says they’re still figuring out how to proceed with these valuable properties.
Hit the jump for what Feige had to say, and click here for what he had to say to Steve at the press junket for Thor: The Dark World.
While everyone talks about Marvel’s contracts with their actors, you rarely hear about contracts with their key executives. The fact is one of the reasons Marvel movies have been so successful is their leadership under Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Since the first Iron Man movie, Feige has taken the studio from nothing to being one of the biggest brands on the planet. It’s an incredible accomplishment and one that led Disney to purchase the company for four billion dollars.
About five months ago, I decided to ask Feige when his contract with Marvel ends. At the time, he said he’d definitely be with Marvel through Phase Two, which ends with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since it’s been awhile, when I sat down with him earlier today in London for a Thor: The Dark World interview, I asked the same question. Thankfully, it sounds like he’s made a new deal with Marvel, because he said, “I think it’ll be awhile. At least through the next phase or so.” As a big fan of what Feige has done and Marvel movies, it’s very cool to know he’ll be with them for the foreseeable future. Hit the jump to watch what he had to say and look for more with Feige very soon.
Earlier today, Collider was able to participate in a conference call with actor James Spader for his new edge-of-your-seat drama series The Blacklist, which airs on Monday nights on NBC. Naturally, during the interview, talk briefly turned to his upcoming role as the villain Ultron for the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we will run what he had to say about his work on The Blacklist, and what drew him to that role, we wanted to be sure to share what he had to say about how he ended up as part of the Marvel universe.
When asked about what made him want to sign on, James Spader talked about how he first met Kevin Feige a couple of years ago with the desire to become a part of the Marvel world, having been a fan of comic books as a kid, his sons’ interest in comics, and how Joss Whedon told him that he wasn’t thinking about anybody else for the role. He also said he hopes for a smooth transition between when he finishes The Blacklist and when he goes off to London to shoot The Avengers 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Production is currently underway in London on director James Gunn’s Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, and all signs point to this one being quite the standout in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gunn has assembled a cast that is as eclectic as it is surprising, with Chris Pratt leading an ensemble that includes Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, and Lee Pace. We learned yesterday that Bradley Cooper is in early talks to voice Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel may or may not be portraying the talking tree Groot.
The footage we saw at Comic-Con promised a subversive and very funny Guardians film, and now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has offered up some tantalizing details about the pic, including the identity of the film’s main villain, the role of Thanos in the pic, and when the film takes place in relation to the other Phase Two movies. Hit the jump to read on.
A new featurette for director Alan Taylor’s Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World has landed online. New footage is gleaned as we see the cast and crew discuss the follow-up, with Taylor noting that The Dark World will spend plenty of time exploring the Nine Realms as Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is taken “to Asgard and beyond.” We also see Tom Hiddleston talking extensively about what to expect from the new Thor adventure.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette, which will appear on the Blu-ray release of Iron Man 3 this fall. Thor: The Dark World opens in theaters on November 8th.
When Iron Man 3 was presented at Comic-Con in the summer of 2012, it was Marvel’s first time appearing at the convention since the massive success of The Avengers. The studio’s panel was kicked off by showing a video that highlighted Marvel’s previous appearances at the Con, going all the way back to the first Iron Man. It acted as a nice reminder that The Avengers wasn’t some movie put together on a whim, but something that had been in the works for years and years. To see it finally come to fruition was to see Marvel make good on its promise, and now fans are eager to see what the studio has up its sleeve in the years to come.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently commented on the studio’s future plans, and while he didn’t get into specifics, he noted that they essentially have all of their movies planned out through the year 2021. Obviously a lot can change in the meantime, but Feige was quick to remind that the studio’s plans for 2015 were hatched all the way back in 2006. Hit the jump to read on.
A few hours before Kevin Feige took the stage at Comic-Con, I sat down with him for an exclusive interview. He talked about the importance of having footage to show at Comic-Con and original movies, what it’s been like working with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy, how Marvel will still make Iron Man movies even if Robert Downey Jr. retires from the role, Agent Carter (Marvel’s next short film that’s on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray), and more.
However, while the entire interview is worth reading, I did learn two very important things:
- Marvel is planning on doing something special at D23 next month.
- The earliest we’re going to hear about which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017 is a year from now. The reason is they’re focused on phase two and those slots are phase three movies.
Hit the jump for the full interview and click here for all our Comic-Con coverage.
At Comic-Con on Saturday, Marvel Studios threw the crowd a curve ball by revealing that the killer automaton Ultron would be the villain of the upcoming sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As we previously reported, the movie will not have the same story with the recent Marvel Comics arc even though they share a title. “We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appeared, and that’s a great title,” Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Empire. “Age Of Ultron is a great title. We had a few other ‘Of Ultrons’, but that was the best one. So we’re borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers storylines.” Ultron had been in the words for “seven or eight months,” but some ideas in the sequel will be from ideas Feige and writer-director Joss Whedon had been kicking around during filming on the first Avengers.
Hit the jump for what Feige had to say about fan-favorite character, Loki, appearing in future Marvel movies.
The audience for Iron Man 3 had to ignore the absence of The Avengers. Thor: The Dark World will deal with the problem by having the Asgardian away from Earth. Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks like the first Marvel movie since The Avengers to actually have to deal with the post-Avengers world. Although Cap’s name may be in the title, the sequel has Black Widow has a co-lead and wraps Steve Rogers in the intrigue of S.H.I.E.L.D. and forces him to reconcile his old-fashioned values with the complicated moral issues of the present day. It’s a damn exciting prospect for a follow-up adventure.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.
There’s a part of me that almost feels like Thor: The Dark World has been overlooked. There was no stinger for him in Iron Man 3, and Marvel is already pursuing their Captain America: The Winter Soldier marketing. But there’s reason to be excited because this could be the Thor movie fans wanted for the character’s debut. They wanted to see him in his element, in Asgard, and making full use of his god-like powers against gigantic foes. Thor: The Dark World is promising all of that, and with the added bonus of giving the fans what they didn’t know they wanted back before the original movie came out: lots of Loki.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.
Marvel President Kevin Feige is about to leave the stage in Hall H following the panels for Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. An amped up crowd is shouting “More!” Feige returns, takes a seat, and says “There’s only one more person here. He wanted to say, ‘Hi.’ Joss Whedon!” Whedon takes the stage. “Hi. I know it’s time to go,” he says, “and I don’t have a lot to say, but I have something to add.” We cut to a trailer of quotes from The Avengers over something metal being hammered. The metal has a strange red glow. The last quote we hear is what Nick Fury told Maria Hill about the group coming back together when they world will need them. The camera then pulls out to reveal Ultron’s helmet. We then get the title for the highly-anticipated sequel: The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Hit the jump for more. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
While the official Comic-Con schedule listed Marvel’s panel as centering on Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we knew from experience to expect a few surprises. As such, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was greeted with great applause when he introduced director James Gunn and the entire main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy earlier today in Hall H, all of whom flew in from the London set just to appear on the panel. While filming only just got underway two weeks ago, fans were treated to the excellent debut of some footage from the pic, while Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker teased what to expect from the film.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic-Con panel.