‘Ex Machina’ Teaser Trailer

Alex Garland‘s (the writer of Sunshine, 28 Days Later, The Beach, etc) directoral debut, Ex Machina, looks at least superficially like it covers similar territory as Transcendence, though hopefully more successfully.

That being said, I assume it’s only coincidence that Ex Machina feels very similar to another film that came out earlier this year, The Machine, the trailer which I have included below.

Though considering that the trailer looks to have more than a little bit psycho-sexual game playing going on, perhaps a more apt comparison would be to Vincenzo Natali’s Splice (which, since Halloween is just around the corner, is worth a watch).

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer – Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Edition

Kevin Feige, you cheeky bastard.  It appears that you pulled a fast one.  When the trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron was leaked prior to it appearing on Marvel’s Agent’s Of S.H.I.E.L.D. I assumed that that was the end of this story.  Sure, Marvel Studios handed things pretty gracefully, but I thought it was time to move on.

How wrong I was.

The trailer that was released during S.H.I.E.L.D. is quite similar to the leaked trailer, but not the same, and as anyone knows, the Devil is in the details.  The fist, and most noticeable difference is that there’s an extended party scene (which the first trailer only touches upon), where Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) and Jim Rhodes (Don Cheadle) attempt to lift Thor’s hammer.Tony and Rhody Attempt to lift Thor's hammer

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) doesn’t bother, because she knows that boys will be boys.

Though things get interesting with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), otherwise known as Captain America, tries.

Thor's expression

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) appears mildly concerned, especially since he knows that one has to be deemed worthy by the magics that permeate the hammer to lift it, and who’s worthier than Captain America?

From that point on, the trailer mostly follows similar beats as the first one, though there are small differences.

Such as the image below of Black Widow staring at something…

Black Widow staring

Which was followed by this image of the Chituari scepter from 2013’s The Avengers (and what we learn give the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver their abilities from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Ctharia weaponCombined with earlier scenes of Captian America breaking into a castle, I believe that they show his his search for the origins of Winter Soldier, and that he finds the hideout of Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann).

Though there’s an image that appears in both versions that I am very curious about, which is of an attractively-lit room that’s serving as a ballet studio, though why is it in the trailer?  Did Joss Whedon (who may not have cut it) want to add a scene of beauty to contrast all the larger-than-life heroics that proceeded it?

Ballet Dancers

Maybe, but I doubt it because it’s too obvious.  I suspect that the dancers may have something to do with the Scarlet Witch, if only because it’s not exactly the style of Black Widow or Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).

Now This Is How You Announce A Production Schedule (Not At A Lame Shareholder’s Meeting)!

Marvel Studios has just released their production slate up to the year 2020, and it goes without saying that unlike their Distinguished Competition they did so not at a shareholder’s meeting, but at a press event dedicated for that purpose.

Marvel, led my mastermind Kevin Feige, have announced a lot that will have fans of Marvel Studios salivating, such as movies based upon The Black Panther, The Inhumans and Thor: Ragnarok and many more!

The Black Panther

 

The Inhumans

 

Thor: Ragnarok

Though that’s not all!  Check out all the latest news at Superherohype.com.  And while you’re there, check out as I reveal my Marvel love for all the world to see in their Comments section!

 

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Had Over 50 Million Views, But What Does That Really Mean?

According to the Hollywood Reporter and technology firm Zefr (they track trailer viewing numbers) the trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron had over 50 million views in its first week. Prior to Age Of Ultron the title was held by Fifty Shades Of Grey (and speaking of Fifty Shades Of Grey, is anyone else getting a Showgirls-like vibe from what we know–which is admittedly little–so far?).

It’s an interesting number but what does it mean beyond the obvious?  I mean, it’s certainly not individual viewers, because if I haven’t watched it at least ten times since its premiere, I haven’t seen it at all.

Now, if you multiply by all the comic book geeks out there, then it seems to me that you have numbers that can rather easily be manipulated by any group with the goal of promoting a movie that they like.

Which isn’t to say that I watched it as many times as I did with any agenda in mind–I thought it was awesome and only wished that the movie were being released sooner than May of next year–but if bunch of like-minded people were to watch a particular video often enough, they could skew those numbers pretty much any way they wanted.

And it doesn’t take any sort of conspiracy, just a bunch of people who like the same things.

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange  Sorceror SupremeBy the way, is Benedict Cumberbatch’s last name pronounced ‘Cum-ber-batch’ or ‘Cum-ber-boch?’  I have been leery of such things every since what I like to call the “Bruce Cockburn Incident,” which by the way, isn’t pronounced at all how it’s spelled.

Kind of like ‘St. John,’ which if James Bond movies have taught me anything, is in some instances is pronounced Sin-Jinn (unless you’re talking about the actual saint).

Anyway, according to sources like Variety he’s going to play Doctor Strange, though what bothers me about Cumberbach in the role is that he has always appeared too tall, though that may have more to do with him in many instances playing against relatively short actors.  That being said, his voice is perfect, though I am still not too crazy about his overall look.

Then again, maybe seeing him in costume will change things.

Though he is a sought-after actor, and I think that Marvel Studios may have wanted him also because it keeps him out of Warner Bros/DC’s hands for the foreseeable future.

Then again, Marvel Studios elevated the game of Tom Hiddleston, so maybe they’re on to something.

More Reasons (As If You Needed Any) Why Marvel Studios Is Awesome

A few days ago I caught a pirated version of the trailer for Marvel Studios’ upcoming The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and noted in a post that it looked particularly good for a pirated trailer.

Since that time Marvel has released a HD version that was watched by over 34.3 million people in the first 24 hours, beating the last record holder, Iron Man 3, which had 20 million views in the same period.

So, in case you were somehow not among those millions, or living in a cave–which doesn’t explain how you happen to be reading this post–here it is.

Marvel Studios originally planned to release it during a showing of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has been hurting in the ratings lately, so it could have definitely drawn a few more eyes.

Though when they learned that it was released prematurely, Marvel could have done quite a few things, such as pull the clip from anywhere it was live, and then sic their legal department on anyone else.

Such tactics aren’t unheard of, after all.

Instead Marvel sent this tweet, and released an HD version of the pirated trailer.

Marvel Studios TweetPretty awesome and classy, though it also managed to get millions of people not only very excited about the movie but managed to preserve a lot of goodwill.

‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer

I have no idea how long this one is going to be live.  It’s supposed to be first shown during Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. but you know how the Interwebs are.  It’s pretty good visually–in fact, exceptionally so–but could be a bit sharper.

I’ll post the official release as well.

Check it out!

In case that one was pulled, here’s a more reliable link.