The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Teaser Trailer 3

The actual trailer supposedly won’t be out till the premiere of ABC’s–like Marvel Studios, also owned by Disney– American Crime tomorrow, but there are those out there that laugh at such measures.

Hail Hydra!

By the way, I hate to sound contrarian, but I hope this upcoming trailer reveals ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  I can almost guarantee–despite the darker tone–that Age Of Ultron will not only earn a billion in its first week of release, but will go on to surpass the $1.5 billion earned by the original film AND pass Avatar (at almost $3 billion–$2.88 billion) in the process.

Which is why they don’t need to reveal anymore in terms of storyline.  At this point there are probably people looking for reasons NOT to see this movie.

Marvel Studios, don’t give them any.

The Fifty Shades of Gray Phenomenon

I have no intention of seeing Fifty Shades of Gray, mainly because it’s not my kind of movie.  Besides, if I were going to watch S&M I’d rather not watch the Lifetime version of it.

Though what I find interesting is how well received the film has been, and that director Sam Taylor-Johnson is returning to direct the sequel, despite the difficulties she experience the first time around.

That being said, clearly there are millions of people who feel different because so far the movie has earned almost $500 million (the bulk of which, over $400 million, was from overseas.  It’s an important distinction because it implies that attitudes about sexuality in movies (and probably in general) are different in places like Europe and Latin America than they are domestically.

Another interesting thing is that–unlike most movie studios–Universal seems to be doing remarkably well with a strategy built around low-budget features, as opposed to other studios, which are built around expensive and massive tentpoles.

Though Universal’s strategy creates maximum profit at minimal cost, which is pretty remarkable.

Very generally speaking, movies that put sexuality forward tend to do better overseas than here.  Conversely, films that are action-heavy tend to do better here than they do in other countries.

John M. Chu Does Action Better Than Christopher Nolan

Yeah, I didn’t believe it either, till began to think of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, starting with The Dark Knight Rises backward, and John M. Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which I am currently watching on Netflix.

As much as I hate to admit it, Chu captures action much better than Nolan, which almost feel like sacrilege to say, but it’s true.

Maybe it has something to do with John M. Chu’s background in dance, because he seems to understand movement better, which is important.

That being said, Retaliation is composed of more than actions scenes, and overall Nolan is a much more ambitious, interesting director, though physical action just isn’t his thing (though I need to see Inception again, just to be sure).

Daredevil – Motion Poster 2

I like this motion poster.  Why, you may ask?  After all, all you see is Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) looking at the camera.

Well, on one level, you’d be correct, after all, it is just Cox just looking at the camera.  But there’s more to it.  Look at it again and take a glance at his expression.  He looks sort of sly…as if there’s something he knows that we don’t.

The Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody – Trailer

I don’t typically like to mix my porn with superheroes, but I have to admit that this is very well-cut (pardon the pun) trailer:  You don’t see enough of how cheesy the costumes probably are, but what you can see looks really fun.

And sure, it’s not Marvel Studios’ The Avengers good–and I feel reasonably certain in saying that considering that Marvel’s superhero spectacular cost $220 million to produce that you could produce a few thousand parodies for its cost–but looks pretty good for what it is.

And speaking of Marvel Studios, it’s awesome that they haven’t thrown Mjolnir at Axel Braun–because The Avengers isn’t the only movie that he’s parodied–because some companies are insanely litigious these days.

Power/Rangers – Short Movie

While this trailer has nothing to do with Haim Saban’s upcoming Power Rangers movie (in which Roberto Orci is playing a lead role, so magic blood is almost ensured to somehow play a role) they’re certainly taking it seriously enough to threaten legal action against its creators.

That being said, Power/Rangers is an interesting take on the characters because it takes the material deadly serious–which is interpreted in the trailer with a lot of cursing and head shots. Lots and lots of head shots–though it also shows how silly the Ranger’s costumes are, which is a direct result of the fact that that they were designed for children, not adults.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron International Poster

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron International posterI fully admit that I am posting this primary because I can’t get that creepy-ass xylophone music that accompanies the second trailer out out of my head.

I also read that The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is going to released in India before it is domestically, which is really awesome if you happen to live there, not so much if you don’t.  Lately it appears that more and more event movies are being released overseas (though more commonly in Europe) before the United States, which I think it has something to do with the prevention of piracy–though it that means that Americans are more or less likely to do so I am not entirely certain.

Another nifty advantage of such a strategy is that it front-loads some serious profits into the equation in that the movie will–in the case of the first The Avengers, makes literally hundreds of millions before it appears domestically.

And to be fair, it’s coming out in India the 24th of April; May 1st isn’t all that far away.

I also don’t know who’s idea it was to have James Spader voice Ultron, but they deserve a pay raise because decision making like that deserves some sort of recognition.