It seems like just yesterday that the success of The Avengers led to writer/director Joss Whedon signing on to not only take charge on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but help in crafting the rest of Marvel’s shared universe. That ultimately meant turning his TV collaborators to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and helping to shape the connective tissue found in Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
But all good things must come to an end, and with Age of Ultron‘s release approaching, and rumors that it will be Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo helming Avengers 3 & 4, Whedon’s role in Marvel’s universe is uncertain. Or, perhaps more accurately, ...
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Outside of American Sniper, January was a fairly quiet month for new releases, with only a few films actually finding success with moviegoers and at the box office. As we enter February, though, there should be no shortage of potentially exciting films to see, but whether or not they will be quality releases is unclear.
Coincidentally, this February looks to be the month of big budget risks, with several films trying to buck the stigma associated with major delays. February is also fast becoming a lucrative month for genre fare, despite the obvious romance connections. Either way, this month is likely to offer something for everyone.
Here are the 7 Films We’re Looking Forward to in February 2015.
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Chris Hemsworth returns as superhero/Norse God of Thunder Thor this year in the highly anticipated The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we won’t his next solo entry until the 2017 release of Thor: Ragnarok. We know by now that 2016′s Captain America: Civil War is poised to shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways equal to (but very different from) the storyline’s comic book counterpart, but what of Thor’s third outing?
Taken literally, Ragnarök is a Norse myth which preordains future events culminating in the death of numerous gods (including Odin, Thor and Loki) and an end to the world. In the comics, Ragnarok was both a Thor story arc and a cyborg clone of Thor sent into battle during the Marvel Civil War, during which the ...
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Superhero movies aren’t just kings at the worldwide box office, but they represent some of the most lucrative merchandise opportunities. Much like the Transformers films serve as big budget ads for Hasbro’s tie-in toy lines, so to do Marvel Comics movies help drive sales of all kinds of merchandise aimed at younger demographics and adult collectors. It’s because of this fact that promotional images for some of these upcoming toy lines and collectibles are looked at so keenly by fans and media as potential sources for hints about what could be depicted on screen.
Leaked images of LEGO toy sets for The Avengers: Age of Ultron for instance, were analyzed thoroughly for hints at plot points in the summer blockbuster but today we’re looking at something official based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe hitting shelves March 2015.
LEGO unveiled this week the ultimate Marvel collector’s set based ...
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Joss Whedon has been in the news a lot lately. One, for talking about how much he does not want to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, and two, for rallying against a lack of female superhero movies. As it turns out, before he agreed to make Avengers: Age of Ultron, he had his sights set on directing a vigilante-type superhero movie with a woman it it's core.
The movie, which he likens to The Dark Knight, would have been made with Warner Bros. and DC. Before he came aboard the first Avengers, he was actually supposed to direct Wonder Woman for the studio. About the movie that could have been, had Age of Ultron not gotten in the way, he says:
"I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn't' going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do? Of course the first thing I thought of was 'turn-of-the-century female Batman.' Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool. One person. Can't stress that enough. Movie about one person - not a team, not 10, just one. But [I would] do a nice sort of hard action movie that combined all my favorite things. Something that would be the love child of Sam Fuller and Edward Gorey. You know, I've had many thoughts since then. Oh, I could do this! Oh, I could do that! But it is my instinct to want to tell those stories."
It's believed that Joss Whedon will step aside and let Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. There is the possibility that Joss will stay with Marvel, though, and maybe even direct Captain Marvel. There is no evidence that Joss Whedon will pack up his bags and head to DC after Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that's not out of the question. It isn't known if he was considering a take on Batgirl and her alter ego Barbara Gordon, or if it would have been Batwoman Bette Kane. Or even a rebooted female version of Bruce Wayne. We may never know, but then again...Maybe it will happen? Stranger things have.