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Thanos, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver first looks in new Marvel video

- August 1st, 2014

Thanos, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver: Three names Marvel aficionados are going to want to acquaint themselves with.

Marvel Studios released a five and a half minute video Thursday re-examining the tiresome crusades their billion dollar superhero team trekked upon in their first cinematic phase, before launching into an in-depth look of the new misfit guardians stepping up to the plate.

While the first half is a delight, a nostalgic remembrance of the reason Marvel’s blockbusters continue to win us over with each new release, the juiciest parts occur around the middle of the video, with first glimpses of mega villain Thanos and the two aforementioned X-Men characters, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Reader be warned, from this moment on there will be some Guardians of the Galaxy spoilers and fangirl musings.

In the trailer, we get a glimpse of Thanos’ highly anticipated scene from Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Humans, they are not the cowering wretches we were promised,” Thanos’ eerie monotonous voice croaks out, his face hidden behind a metal face plate. “To challenge them, is to court death.”

Although it’s a small glimpse, we can also see his giant pod floating aimlessly in space, with a universe of potential possibilities of where he could end up.

Speculation has been floating around for quite some time that some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will have to team up to defeat Thanos, most likely in the third Avengers film due out in 2018.

If that’s true, Thanos still needs to kick around for quite some time as we still have a second Guardians of the Galaxy film and the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron to get through.

While chances are slim, there is still a possibility Thanos appears briefly in Age of Ultron. He already exists in the Avengers world (remember Loki’s deal with the demonic villain in the original movie), and we already know that Loki fakes his death in Thor: The Dark World in an attempt to reclaim the throne he’s so viciously desires.

James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, also confirmed that some of the Avengers and some of the Guardians will have to meet up to take down Thanos…eventually.

Does this necessarily point to Thanos appearing? Not really, but there is a lingering hope that Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige are planning multiple glimpses of Thanos before the final epic battle.

The video also treats us to a quick look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, however, it won’t be new footage for those who stayed to watch the post-credit scenes of Thor: The Dark World.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the only two characters that can legally be shared between Fox and Marvel Studios, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any mention of their father, Magneto, or any of the other mutants living within the Marvel comic book universe in Age of Ultron.

I’m leaning toward that probably not happening. Disney isn’t going to risk a lawsuit from Fox.

We’ll just ignore the elephant in the room and treat Fox like the illegitimate child they often times appear to be.

First ‘Deadpool’ footage leaks

- July 28th, 2014

Bring me more Pop Rocks and Dr. Pepper internet, we’ve got leaked footage of Ryan Reynold’s controversial Deadpool movie.

The on again, off again film from Fox Studios has been the talk of the town since it was announced almost six years ago. Over the past couple of years, we’ve received concept art and teasing images of Reynolds in the suit, but nothing else.

Now, thanks to some employee at Fox who is undoubtedly on their way to being fired, we have a full minute and forty seconds of classic Deadpool one liners and intense action.

The clip starts off with Deadpool singing along to Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl before turning his masked face to address the audience directly.

WARNING: The following clip contains scenes of violence and coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised.

“Oh, hello there. I bet you’re wondering about the red suit. Well, that’s so the bad guys can’t see me bleed,” Reynolds jokes.

As all Deadpool fans know, one of the key facets to the character is constantly breaking the fourth wall. He’s the only comic book hero who’s aware he’s in a comic book, and the deranged, self deprecating humour he’s now known for, stems from this realization.

While the humour in the clip sounds like it could have been ripped out of a Daniel Way book, it also vividly reminds me of Jim Carey’s classic film, The Mask.

Reynold’s movements are overly animated, but not cartoonish or overbearing. It works for a hero like Deadpool, who is naturally outrageous and shocking.

The sad part is that while Fox focuses all their attention on the X-Men movies making them millions of dollars, there probably won’t be any attention on the R-rated Deadpool movie anytime soon.

Wonder Woman first look at SDCC

- July 26th, 2014

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trilogy is complete.

After waiting up to 14 hours in line to catch a glimpse of whatever director Zack Snyder had to offer during the Warner Bros. panel at Comic Con on Saturday, fans were not disappointed.

 

Surrounding the room with giant screens, Snyder not only presented a small teaser of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in action, facing off against each other in the pouring rain (clearly very influenced by Frank Miller’s Dark Knight series), but also gave the world their first look at Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

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First thought that comes to mind? Xena. The Israeli actress looks more like an Amazon warrior than a celestial being, but all in all, the costume isn’t too shabby in the slightest.

Gadot tweeted, “I’m ready,” with a high resolution of the photo showed off in Hall H attached.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, Snyder is setting up Dawn of Justice as the anti-Marvel, very Christopher Nolan-like superhero film.

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Courtesy: Twitter

It’s going to be dark, it’s going to be grimy, and it’s going to be violent.

Let’s just hope it’s going to be good. Seriously Snyder, we haven’t forgotten about Man of Steel just yet.

James Gunn to write, direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel

- July 25th, 2014

James Gunn will be stepping behind the lens a second time for Marvel, sources have confirmed.

Nicole Perlman, Gunn’s co-writer on the movie, confirmed to The Wrap on Friday at San Diego Comic Con that Gunn and Marvel have signed a contract for the blockbuster’s sequel.

“It’s a decision that’s based on what the buzz is, what the box office predication is,” Pearlman told The Wrap. “James will be directing Guardians 2, so he would also be writing Guardians 2,” Pearlman confirmed.

Gunn had previously said he would be up to making a sequel, confessing in various interviews he began thinking about a sequel since the moment they began production on the most recent film.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is releasing world wide on August 2, and is expected to make at least $60 million over its opening weekend.

Joaquin Phoenix as Doctor Strange?

- July 25th, 2014

We’re going to need a little bit of magic ourselves to sort through the list of names being attached to Marvel’s next big character.

Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is the latest name to be attached to Doctor Strange, Marvel’s upcoming movie based on the mysterious, mythical, and slightly ostentatious character of the same name, The Wrap reported Friday.

According to The Wrap’s inside source, Phoenix, “is inconsideration and has had discussions about the movie.”

Doctor Strange focuses on Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer who devotes his magical abilities to protecting the earth from otherworldly enemies and magicians.

Joaquin Phoenix isn’t the first name attached to the project, and unless Marvel makes an announcement about casting during their highly anticipated panel on Saturday, he probably won’t be the last.

The other big name floating around the rumour mill as of today? Benedict Cumberbatch.

Although Cumberbatch’s name has been attached to the film from the start, with no comment on the role from his camp, speculation has increased with his attendance at this year’s Comic-Con.

One of the biggest issues I have with the rumour is whether or not Phoneix, a man known for staying away from major blockbusters and choosing to spread his interests over a variety of indie darlings, would be willing to commit to the multi-film deal other Marvel stars have had to sign.

A contract that asks Phoenix to star in three movies over the course of five or six years doesn’t seem like something the star’s willing to do.

Plus, can you see Phoenix walking the red carpet at Comic Con and getting into character as well as someone like Robert Downey Jr or Tom Hiddleston?

No, neither could I.

Although, it doesn’t change the fact that his name has actually been added to the rat race.

He’ll have to compete with stars like the aforementioned Cumberbatch, Jared Leto, and Justin Theroux who have all been rumoured to be up for the same role.