Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.
In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Businessweek just published a lengthy profile about Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. If you want an easy, definitive reason why Marvel films have been so successful, you need look no further than Feige. Where other studios have scrambled to figure out how to handle their superhero properties, Feige has a clear vision for Marvel Studios.
A large part of Businessweek’s article is about the development of Marvel Studios, higher-ups doubting Feige, Feige sticking to his guns about staying true to the comics, and Feige winning. Even among fellow Marvel people, Feige has to make compelling arguments like when he insisted that the majority of Captain America: The First Avenger should take place in the 1940s, and that doing so wouldn’t alienate young audiences. He was absolutely right. Hit the jump for Feige’s far-reaching plans for Marvel Studios as well as his involvement in an interesting scene from Guardians of the Galaxy.
With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.
During my exclusive video interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige he talked about when he first knew the film was turning out great, whether he heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screening, the post-credits scenes and who directed them, Doctor Strange, Thor 3, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, if they have cast an actor as Thanos yet, his reaction to the news that Johansson was pregnant just as the Avengers: Age of Ultron is getting ready to shoot, Captain America 3, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not only a great film, in general, but it is also a bad-ass superhero movie. Picking up after the events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is living in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. When a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and new ally the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take on an enemy that just might take them down first. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell.
At a conference during the film’s press day, actors Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson talked about concerns over being typecast, how the Black Widow has evolved, the great camaraderie between Cap and Falcon, getting to work with Robert Redford, and how much they enjoy returning to these characters, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked about the possibility of a solo Black Widow movie, how they decide when to bend or break things in the Marvel canon, and his minimal involvement with the Marvel films coming out of studios other than Disney. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t be airing tomorrow, but a one-hour special that offers up a sneak peek at Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will play instead. Kevin Feige recently commented on both the superhero sequel’s title villain, and what fans can expect to see in tomorrow’s special. We’ve also got a clip from the promotional spot that highlights Marvel Studio’s 2008 films The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, two big gambles that have paid off quite well in recent years.
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00pm on ABC. Hit the jump for Feige’s comments and a peek at the special.
With Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in theaters on April 4th, the press junket for the film was recently held in Los Angeles. Many, many outlets took part in the event, which means many people got to pick Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s brain. Some small bits of news, information, and trivia have trickled out as a result, and we’ve compiled them all in one tidy story. Briefly:
- The hunt for the Doctor Strange director is ongoing but the tone will be an infusion of Stanley Kubrick and The Matrix.
- Marvel will not be backing off its May 6, 2016 release date—now revealed to be Captain America 3—even though Warner Bros. recently slated Batman vs. Superman for the same weekend.
- The Avengers was sent back from the MPAA multiple times with an R rating.
- Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will not be linked to Inhumans in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Sebastian Stan signed a contract for 9 Marvel films.
- An Avengers-related Easter Egg hidden in Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been revealed.
Hit the jump for details on the aforementioned news bits.
With principal photography on the Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron set to get underway in just a few weeks, the recent news that actress Scarlett Johansson is pregnant had some wondering whether it would impact the production. Last week, we heard that Marvel planned on “fast-tracking” Johansson’s scenes as Black Widow, which would ensure that the actress could complete her portion of filming in a timely manner.
When Steve was speaking with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently in anticipation of the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which also stars Johansson), the executive spoke about moving forward with Age of Ultron in the wake of this news. Feige said that while they have done a bit of rearranging with the shooting schedule, the script hasn’t changed one bit. Hit the jump for more.
If you’re a Marvel movie fan, you know not to leave your seat when the credits start to roll on one of their films. After all, the studio has consistently offered awesome character moments during both the midpoint of credits sequences and then at the very end. While the studio initially stuck to one post-credits sequence, they’ve started including two scenes after each film with The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and now Captain America: The Winter Solider.
While I won’t spoil what happens in the two scenes during the credits, I don’t think anyone is going to be surprised to learn one of them has to do with Avengers: Age of Ultron. After all, the sequel to The Avengers arrives next year and Joss Whedon is directing the project right now. So it kind of makes sense that Whedon directed one of the post-movie scenes. More after the jump.
Earlier tonight, director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt joined Marvel’s Kevin Feige in a half-hour Q&A on all things Guardians of the Galaxy. While you didn’t miss any new footage or surprise guests, the trio was surprisingly open in their answers to questions from both fans and AMC’s John Campea who moderated the event. Gunn described the film as being in “The Marvel flavor, but [having] a lot of old-school space opera about it.” He also shared a story about how Pratt almost missed on the audition for Star-Lord completely. The charismatic Pratt shared an anecdote of his own, and Feige teased a possible Easter egg in the films for fans of the comics. Hit the jump for the highlights.
When you want to know what’s going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you talk to Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Feige. Luckily, I got to sit down with Feige when a small group of journalists visited the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Feige told us everything that’s going to happen in Phase Two, Phase Three, and beyond (yeah right). He did, in actuality, tell us how the film came about, and how its events will have big ramifications for the MCU at large.
While on set, Feige commented on hiring directors Joe and Anthony Russo, choosing to go with the style of a 70s conspiracy thriller, introducing the Winter Soldier,
Hit the jump for the interview.
Disney has released a new featurette and TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and about half of it is comprised of new footage. In the sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The movie continues to look good, the buzz is strong (so strong that they’re bringing back directors Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America 3), and April 4th can’t get here soon enough.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and TV spot. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
Filming began on Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron last week in Johannesburg, South Africa on a sequence that will take place during the first 10 minutes of the film, but Marvel has announced yet another international shooting location for the superhero follow-up. Per THR, The Avengers 2 will be filming “key elements” in Seoul, South Korea, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige noting that the country is the perfect fit for the film because it “features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes, and spectacular architecture.” It’s unknown how long the production will be filming in Seoul, but the bulk of shooting will take place at Shepperton Studios in London, with the U.S. and Italy also serving as other filming locations.
Joss Whedon wrote the script and has returned as director for the pic, and the cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.
Thor: The Dark World will soon be on Blu-ray, and so Marvel is releasing a peek at some of the special features. Among them is a behind-the-scenes featurette talking about casting Tom Hiddleston as Loki (it contains the full video of his audition for Thor; we previously posted GIFs), a gag reel (they had fun!), and a deleted scene where Freya (Rene Russo) explains why Loki, an adopted child, has her powers. It’s solid material, and I hope there’s more of this good stuff on the disc.
Hit the jump to check out the special features. Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on February 25th. Click here to pre-order.
Marvel is taking a big gamble on a largely unknown property with a weird premise and strange set of characters with this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but they also have a less widely known property on tap for 2015 by way of the incredibly promising Ant-Man. We learned last month that Paul Rudd will lead writer/director Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation, but the question that lingered on everyone’s mind was which Ant-Man Rudd would be playing. In the comics there have been a few people that have donned the Ant-Man suit, most notably creator Hank Pym and then later a thief named Scott Lang.
When Wright recently teased Scott Lang with an image posted on Twitter, we were directed to an old interview with the filmmaker in which he talked about using both Hank Pym and Scott Lang in his Ant-Man film. Well that’s exactly what he’s going to do, as Marvel has just announced that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym in the feature. Hit the jump for more.
It’s officially official: Paul Rudd is Ant-Man. After news broke last night that Rudd was in talks to lead Marvel’s Ant-Man, the studio confirmed today that the actor has been set to star in the title role for director Edgar Wright. Moreover, the press release notes that Rudd is the actor “that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man.” Marvel has been developing Ant-Man with Wright for some time, first announcing the project at Comic-Con alongside Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man film, so it’s nice to hear that Wright and Co. have landed the actor that they first landed upon years ago. Ant-Man kicks off what’s sure to be a string of Marvel appearances for Rudd, who will very likely be joining his cinematic companions in The Avengers 3.
Wright co-wrote Ant-Man with Joe Cornish and the film will be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Wright’s longtime producing partner Nira Park. Filming is set to begin next year in anticipation of a July 31, 2015 release date. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding Rudd’s casting, which includes a quote from Feige.