Avengers: Age of Ultron Dominates Foreign Markets

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron International posterIt’s kind of incredible to believe, but Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron is well on the way to breaking even!  This is because, while it won’t open domestically till May 1 (though there were showings for critics), its already premiered overseas in 11 foreign markets, where its estimated to earn over $160 million over the coming weekend.

Avengers: Age of Ultron was produced for somewhere in the ballpark of $250 million, though considering how massive a production it is compared to the first film (it takes place in the United States, South Africa, Seoul, and other countries, and has more characters, which typically means more special effects) the cost only increased by $25 million (which I have a sneaking suspicion has a lot to do with Issac Perlmutter).

And I know for most people $25 million is nothing to sneeze at (myself included!) but for a special-effects heavy extravaganza like Age of Ultron, it’s actually not that much money. As I have said for awhile now, the $1.5 billion earned by the first movie is not only going to be surpassed, but it will be so in record time.

Fantastic Four – Trailer

Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four just released a trailer, and its…okay.  All the elements are there, but it’s coming on the heels of  trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (still hate that subtitle), Ant-Man and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it’s easy to see why it’s a bit underwhelming at this point.

As I said, it’s okay.  You see the Fantastic Four display their abilities, glimpse Doctor Doom, as well as the Negative Zone.

I guess my biggest issue is that I really want to see the Fantastic Four, as well as the X-Men, back in the hands of Marvel Studios, because they’re shown, if nothing else that they know how to manage their franchises.

Fox?  Not so much.

And if I were being entirely honest, I have to say that what I know of Bryan Singer (which is admittedly little) I don’t particularly like.

Iron Man vs. Ultron

“I’m glad you asked that because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan.”

Brilliant writing.  It plays on the cliche of movie villains always monologuing, when they should be instead either killing/kicking the ass of whomever they happen to be fighting.

James Bond villains are notorious for this (particularly pre-Daniel Craig).  If the majority of them would actually just kill Bond instead of talking about how they are going to kill him then the formidable MI6 agent wouldn’t have made it past Dr. No.

And it goes without saying that Ultron doesn’t do it, which is also awesome.

And you know what would be even more awesome?  If Marvel would stop showing trailers that give away really cool moments and character beats.

Though I hope that this means there are many more on offer.

The New Ant-Man Trailer

Whomever cut this clip deserves some sort of award because it’s THAT GOOD.

No longer exclusive to Marvel.com–here’s the new trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man.

And it’s glorious.  It has humor, great special effects, and manages to walk that slippery slope that respects the character, while at the same time acknowledging how silly the story actually is.

Initially I was looking for a reason to see Ant-Man (Sure,it’s from Marvel Studios, which has a great batting average so far) but I wasn’t feeling it for awhile.

Now I absolutely am.  It’s definitely a must see at this point.

Sources For Daredevil’s (2015) New Suit

Daredevil (comics)

Daredevil’s original costume

I have learned reading various blogs that most people love Netflix’s interpretation of Daredevil, though they aren’t too crazy about the fact that his suit isn’t closer to the one that appears in the comics.

And that’s perfectly valid, though think about it for a moment:  If the Netflix series was aiming for anything, it was realism.  Sure, a heightened realism, but realism nonetheless.

And that being the case, there’s no way that he would be wearing such a thin–you can literally see every muscle on his body–suit.

Why not?  Body armor.  There’s no way that you could include effective body armor in a suit so thin.  Even it if were composed of kevlar, it’s thinness would limit its effectiveness.

In numerous episodes Matt Murdock mentions that he’s going to need body armor–and considering the way he fights it makes sense!–but seeing that the series is aiming for a more realistic tone, there’s no way that he would go with his traditional costume from the comics.

Daredevil from Daredevil 321 (Fall From Grace)

This is also Daredevil, his blue suit from the Fall From Grace storyline (Daredevil No. 321).  It’s didn’t go over too well with his fans, and was quickly retired.

The thing is, it’s on the right track and makes a little more sense than his traditional red costume–it at least provides something in the way of armor.

But, like most armor drawn in comics, it’s not exactly practical (there’s nothing to absorb impact beyond the armor itself), which means that any force will be transferred to the wearer.

Daredevil Netflix

Daredevil (2015) – Netflix

If you look at his costume from the Netflix series it takes design features from both the red and blue suits, though thematically I would argue that it’s closer to the blue costume in that it tries to approach the character from a more realistic angle, which means that there’s going to be signfincantly more padding than most fans of the character are accustomed to.

But if you ask me, what is most important is that the makers of the series remain faithful to the way the character looks, will treating the costume with more logic.

And I think that they did really well.

Daredevil Hallway Fight Scene

When I saw the Daredevil hallway fight scene–from the Netflix series not the 2003 movie–I was amazed at how fluid the action was, though once I got over my shock, I realized that I have seen it, in a sense, before.

Here’s the fight scene from Oldboy, which also takes place in a corridor.   The Daredevil scene is in tighter confides, so appears more intimate, and there are less individuals involved, but it has the same visceral feel as the scene from Park Chan-wook‘s movie.