First, let’s start with some general spoiler-free thoughts. I absolutely loved the original Guardians Of The Galaxy movie, so although I was looking forward to the sequel, I was slightly apprehensive because I wasn’t sure how they would develop the characters and plot established while also fitting it into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinity War is on the horizon and I wasn’t sure how much that would affect this film.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the plot – I follow a few comic book sources so I knew the basic background to the new characters, but I was pleasantly surprised by how the film tied itself together.
The opening credits sequence is my favourite opening sequences of all time.
Don’t forget – there are five (yes, 5) post-credit scenes, so keep watching through the credits in order to watch them all. This means you’ll also get to watch several of the credits change from ‘I Am Groot’ to various phrases as well as revealing names in different sections throughout – this was a nice touch, picking up a pop culture reference and running with it.
Overall, I’m giving the film a 5/5 for its exploration of family, the relationships of existing characters and the seamless introduction of new characters. Similar to Rogue One I have a never-ending obsession for this latest addition to the MCU and I’m honestly not complaining.
The relatively new working relationship between Sony and Marvel has appeared to start without any major problems. The third big screen Spider-Man debuted in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year and only further increased interest in seeing more of the character. Thankfully, Spider-Man: Homecoming is less than a year away from now, giving Tom Holland a chance to show what he can do as the lead of this franchise.
Early reports for the villain of the film named Michael Keaton as the top choice, and he eventually nabbed the role after initially falling out of talks. His confirmation has now come with any official word regarding his character.
Kevin Feige recently confirmed in an interview with Toronto Sun that Keaton is in fact playing Vulture in Homecoming. This is the first time that anyone directly involved with the film has confirmed the role, despite the fact that it had been heavily speculated, assumed, and reported.
We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos (in Avengers: Infinity War). We’re looking forward to that very much.
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Per Marvel, S.J. Clarkson will be helming the first two episodes of The Defenders and will serve as an executive producer on the first installment of the eight-episode miniseries. The filmmaker is no stranger to Marvel series, as she did a terrific job directing the first two episodes of Jessica Jones, which still stands as the best show Marvel has released thus far. Clarkson has also helmed episodes of Vinyl, Orange Is the New Black, and Dexter.
Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, the showrunners of Daredevil Season 2, are serving as the showrunners of The Defenders and are executive producing alongside Drew Goddard and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. The Defenders will bring together the stars of the individual Netflix shows—Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones)—as they team up to defeat a looming threat.
It’ll be interesting to see how these characters mesh together in The Defenders, and even more interesting to see just how long it’ll take to get them to team up. The Avengers only had two hours to have the group meet, break up, and become a team, but The Defenders has eight hours’ worth of storytelling.
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The pre-production of 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool sequel works great, but it turns out that some creative differences between director Tim Miller and star/producer Ryan Reynolds have led to the former exiting the picture. As Deadline reports, the split was amicable, but it’s an unfortunate turn of events for the team that brought audiences one of the wildest and most-successful adaptations in the superhero genre to date.
There are few details at this time as to what exactly those differences were, but considering that Reynolds is not only the (scarred) face of the franchise and that he’s also a producer on the project, he clearly wields a lot of power behind the scenes. There’s also no mention of a replacement at the moment, so we’ll keep an ear out for potential candidates.
Meanwhile, it’s not all bad for Miller. The VFX wiz who kept Deadpool‘s budget way down thanks to some clever filmmaking moves made his directorial debut with the Marvel antihero movie, but he’s now shifted to another project at Fox. He’ll now head up the in-development title Influx, an adaptation of author Daniel Suarez‘s best-selling cyber-thriller novel of the same name; Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes) penned the adaptation.
When it comes to superhero movies, 2016 has seen no shortage of long films. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was 2 hours and 31 minutes. Captain America: Civil War was 2 hours and 27 minutes.
JoBlo now has uncovered the runtime for the year’s final superhero movie, Doctor Strange, and discovered that it comes in at 1 hour, 54 minutes, and 49 seconds according to the British Board of Film Classification.
Most Marvel movies run over two hours, and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with that (Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy don’t feel like they’re over two hours), it’s a bit of a relief that we can still get a big superhero film that doesn’t feel like it needs an epic runtime to tell an epic story. In fact, Doctor Strange is the second-shortest Marvel film to date, running just a couple minutes ahead of Thor: The Dark World.
Doctor Strange opens November 4th and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, and Tilda Swinton.
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Sam Neill was recently interviewed by Shortlist about his role in Thor: Ragnarok, to which he replied,
“I’m not really allowed to say this and I can’t tell you what it is… I did a couple of days on Thor just before I came over here. If I say anything else, Marvel’s secret agents — and they are lethal — will come and get me and probably my children, as well.”
Still, that’s more than we’ve heard elsewhere! Now let the speculation begin … Neill had some fun with the fervor on Twitter, teasing:
Not sure I’m IN #ThorRagnarok exactly. Was ON SET 4 or 5 days. Making tea for @TaikaWaititi mostly.
Neill recently worked with Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and of course famously co-starred with Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. As for who he’ll be playing in Ragnarok, it sounds like if he was only on set for a handful of days it will be a special cameo role.
There are of course a lot of questions about Ragnarok, including what kind of tone it might take, and whether it will (hopefully, please) be better than The Dark World. Still, the original Thor is one of my favorite in the Marvel franchise, setting up my very favorite MCU movie The Avengers, and the core struggle between brothers (sort of) Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
Captain America 3 wasn’t always going to be “Civil War”. It was contingent on getting Robert Downey Jr. to sign on to a Marvel film that wasn’t an Iron Man or an Avengers picture. Since Marvel was going to make a third Captain America regardless of whether or not Downey came on, the Russos were left with ideas for what Cap should face in his next solo picture, and they came up with a zombie film.
Speaking to EW, the Russos explained the “Madbomb” from the comics and how they wanted to use it for the climax of the film:
“There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology. It didn’t have anything to do with ‘Civil War,’ and if we couldn’t get Downey — in the very, very early conversations before we nailed him — somebody pitched the idea of a third-act that revolved around the Madbomb, which makes people crazy. It almost like zombifies them — but not literally.”
If that sounds familiar, that’s because of Agent Carter, the Marvel series that used the idea in its first season (coincidentally, that’s also the villain’s plan in Kingsman).
The Russos liked the idea of the Madbomb because it would force Captain America the people he had sworn to protect.
“The notion of the Madbomb would have been Cap having to fight civilians and how he would he handle that,” Joe Russo said. “We were always trying to put him into these interesting moral conundrums because of his nature. That would have made a compelling third act because if civilians are the antagonists, how could he stop them without killing them?”
“Somebody you know has turned into a zombie and now you have to fight them. And there would have been the emotional component of that,” Anthony Russo added.
Nonetheless, when Cap fights Iron Man in Civil War, it’s because Tony Stark, although filled with rage and anger, is still making a conscious decision, and that’s far more rewarding for the audience.
Captain America: Civil War hits Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 2nd and Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on September 13th.