Next week is going to be exceptionally busy, with Apple slated to reveal the iPhone 7 and Sony preparing to announce a slim PS4 alongside a “high-end” PS4. For those of us who cover the worlds of technology and entertainment, it’s important to relieve as much stress as possible the weekend before big events, which is why I’m watching this new Captain America: Civil War blooper reel on repeat.
After spending a year or so with Matt Murdock and Jessica Jones in Hell’s Kitchen, Marvel is taking us to Harlem with the premiere of Luke Cage in September. We first met Luke in Jessica Jones, where he appeared to be a mild-mannered bartender who lost his wife in a tragic accident.
At least, until we found out that he’s also bulletproof.
The superhero movie community has been subjected to three major surprises this year. The first was Deadpool—an over-the-top, under-budgeted, R-rated movie that smashed box office records and won over millions of adoring fans. The second was Batman v Superman, which failed to meet critical or financial expectations.
If you guessed that Suicide Squad would be surprise number 3, you were correct. Sadly, it’s not the good kind of surprise, but don’t take my word for it. Take it from someone who knows this industry as well as anyone.
Take it from Robert Liefeld.
When you went to see Batman v Superman or Captain America: Civil War this summer, you probably left the theater wishing that you could fly, that you had super strength, or that you could manipulate the world with your mind. But even though some superpowers might seem appealing, you probably wouldn’t actually want to have to deal with them on a regular basis.
From the moment that Marvel revealed its universe would extend to television, fans started wondering when we’d see the first inevitable crossover. Sadly, other than a few of the movie characters making their way on to Agents of SHIELD, we haven’t seen much cross-pollination between the movie and TV worlds.
During the Television Critics Association press tour this week, Marvel attempted to explain why we hadn’t (and likely wouldn’t) be seeing Daredevil, Jessica Jones or any of the other Netflix heroes in upcoming Marvel movies.
Although Marvel has had a few swings and misses at the box office over the years, their partnership with Netflix has yet to produce a dud. Both seasons of Daredevil, as well as the first season of Jessica Jones, received praise from critics and fans alike, and quickly become two of the most popular Netflix original series to date.
Unfortunately, despite their popularity, we’re probably going to have to wait at least 18 months before we see new seasons of either show.
Although Batman v Superman stole the negative spotlight this summer, comic book fans weren’t all that enthused with X-Men: Apocalypse either. That’s not to say that critics and fans alike didn’t have anything nice to say about the movie, but it certainly wasn’t the critical reaction 20th Century Fox was hoping for.
So what could the studio have done to fix the highly anticipated sequel?
Yesterday was a big day for fans of Marvel’s Netflix series. Not only did the two companies reveal the first (not so great) teaser for The Defenders, they also revealed that Daredevil would be getting a third season and showed off brand new trailers for two highly anticipated shows: Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Look, if we’re being honest with ourselves we can admit that the past few Marvel movies have been… not great. They’re all still wonderfully entertaining thanks to huge budgets and compelling characters, but I’d wager that there aren’t many people out there who would argue that Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America movies have been getting better as they progress. That noticeable decline is one of the reasons I’m so excited for The Defenders, an upcoming new Netflix exclusive show that will combine the stories of four characters from the Marvel universe similar to what we’ve seen in The Avengers.
But the first teaser trailer Marvel just release didn’t pique my interest — it just made me angry. More →
The Marvel comic book universe has been going through some earth-shattering shakeups (literally, in some cases) over the past year, but this might be the most surprising yet. On Wednesday, writer Brian Michael Bendis revealed to Time that Riri Williams, a 15-year-old MIT student will take over for Tony Stark later this year.
If there’s one thing that Marvel had to get right when it started building a cinematic universe, it’s was the casting. On that front, the studio has repeatedly succeeded.
From the inspired choice of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man all the way up to Tom Holland stepping in for Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Marvel has rarely, if ever, made a misstep when casting its iconic characters.
But what if the MCU kicked off 20 years earlier?
In the blink of an eye, Deadpool went from niche comic book character to breakout movie star earlier this year. Much of that is due to Ryan Reynolds’ outstanding performance as the Merc with a Mouth, but as with any other recent superhero movie, none of it would have been possible without hundreds of visual effects.