I hate to admit it, but “Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload” is much, much better than 2012′s “Amazing Spider-Man.” It’s made for kids, but works really well for adults, too.
And it’s particularly cool the way whenever something crashes into something else that it breaks into squares – because everything is made up of Legos, even glass. It’s just a shockingly awesome bit of animation, with more heart than that aforementioned lame Spider-Man movie.
And Sony really intends to crate a Spider-Man universe? Based on ASM, I am really not feeling it.
Among the many things that I am not aware of, ‘Maximum Overload’ appears to be the first episode of a series. I am almost afraid to watch anymore because I don’t know if they can maintain awesomeness of multiple episodes.
As far as I was aware, the only footage of Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” were either storyboards, one of which I have included below, crude FX tests (which I have not) or pirated footage that also looked pretty bad.
Imagine my surprise to learn that Machinima posted a really comprehensive view of the trailer already (perhaps the best yet). It’s not the full trailer presented at Comic-Con, but it’s enough to tell what direction Wright is going to be moving in with the feature.
Marvel Studios has done it again. With movies they were the first to create a united universe of characters that began with Iron Man, and continued with “The Incredible Hulk,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Thor,” culminating with the blockbuster, “The Avengers.”
Now they’re bringing the same approach of a unified universe to Netflix, with individual series based upon Luke Cage (also known as ‘Power Man), Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil, to culminate in a mini-series event, The Defenders.
Though based upon the news, I have to ask: Where’s Misty Knight?
Netflix has been looking for ways to differentiate itself from other networks, such as HBO and other cable networks for awhile now, though I never suspected that they would take such a bold approach.
Superherohype has revealed a new poster for Chris Evans’ upcoming Marvel Studios movie (which has been described as a political thriller in the vein of “Three Days of the Condor,” which is awesome because that’s a great movie and ‘Soldier’ also happens to star Robert Redford, who also starred in ‘Condor.’
In the poster, Cap is looking out of the cargo bay doors of (probably) a Quinjet, looking all Captain Americany, while the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier is on his right, and Washington, DC is on his left, implying some sort of choice.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and continues Marvel’s tendency to choose directors that some would consider unusual, seeing that the Russo Brothers claim to fame before ‘Winter Soldier’ was the NBC series, Community.
The trailer should be here Thursday.
I have to admit that while I enjoyed the first Captain America feature, I didn’t love it. Sure, it had all the elements for an awesome adventure: direction by Joe Johnston, director of the underrated “The Rocketeer”; a Marvel character steeped in Americana and history, and the Tesseract (known as The Cosmic Cube in Marvelese).
Yet somehow it didn’t quite gel for me. It wasn’t terrible by any stretch, but it did feel a bit clunky.
When I heard about the sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” I was curious, though not overly enthusiastic.
That is, till I heard some of the music for the upcoming movie. Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, says that ‘The Winter Soldier’ will be a political thriller in the vein of “The Day of the Jackal” and have a more international flavor. The snipped of music reflects this change, moving beyond the overly patriotic tones of the first film.
I know that you can’t tell what a movie is like (entirely) by its music, but “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is shaping up to be very, very interesting.
I think Marvel Studios “The Avengers” is – so far – the best superhero film ever made. It takes itself seriously enough that it doesn’t come off as silly, yet remembers that this stuff is based on comic books, which were originally geared toward children (though in places like Japan – and to an extent in Europe – anime and comics have been geared toward all ages for a long while now).
But no film is perfect. I happened to be watching it again – for the fifth or sixth time – when I noticed a small continuity error that I hadn’t prior. I should define what an continuity error is. It’s an inconsistency from one scene to the next that tends to be due to someone missing a particular detail. Sometimes it can literally drag you out of a film, though oftentimes they don’t even register till you see the film again, as was the case with me.
Notice the guy circled in red.
This screenshot is from early in the film, when Captain America and Bruce Banner are first landing on the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier. The person circled is busy marshaling (I have no idea what they’re called. It differs based upon which source you happen to read) which is to help guide aircraft once they’re on the runway.
People that do this are important because they help get planes where they should be. Without them, a pilot could potentially misunderstand where they should be, causing problems for other planes.
Now look at the man carefully. He’s standing to the right of the airship, and he’s not under it – which would make no sense, since the pilot(s) of the craft wouldn’t be able to see him but also because you can see his shadow further right, which wouldn’t be the case if he were being overshadowed by the airplane. Continue reading
Pictures from James Gunn’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” have begun to turn up all over the Internets, and despite there being very little evidence to base an opinion (an informed one, at any rate) everyone has begun to chime in about the quality of the film.
It’s worth mentioned that I am talking about a movie that no one has seen, by the way.
All based on a bunch of stills that make it impossible to see the size, the complexity of the undertaking.
This comes from people that don’t know anything (or very little) about film production. Extras on a film set often wear costumes and makeup designed not to stand up to close scrutiny, because they’re more for background color, as opposed to main characters.
I been an extra on a few films at this point, and that’s always been the case.
That being said, I suspect that the people featured in the shots will play a very crucial role in the production because, unlike what some are saying, those costumes look pretty good.
Now this I like! Many of the beats are the same from the earlier trailer, but everything looks more personal, more intense. The relationship between Thor and Loki is also given more attention, which is always a good thing.
There’s humor present as well, though mainly of the relationship-type (though Thor’s response after defeating the rock warrior brings a welcome arrogance), which is always the good thing.
It’s a marked improvement on the first trailer, which lacked focus.
Possibly, though under some certain very specific conditions. Marvel Studios has regained the rights to use characters like Blade, Ghost Rider, Daredevil and The Punisher, though Fox owns not only the rights to use the X-Men in features (which Wolverine is a member) but also the term “mutants” – describing enhanced human beings – as well.
And speaking of Daredevil, I suspect that a similar fate was only just avoided with The Fantastic Four, which was rushed into production with Josh Trask (Chronicle) at the helm.
Since Wolverine doesn’t necessarily “exist” outside the X-Men continuity, I suspect that for Marvel to regain the rights to the character they would have to first gain the rights to the entire X-Universe of characters.
And that’s possible, though considering how successful the last X-Men film was, it’s very, very unlikely.
What’s more likely – if Wolverine’s performance overseas were weaker or grows weaker overall – is that we would see no more single X-Men adventures, and instead concentrate on the team as a whole.
Zach Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” is significantly better than I expected, though not nearly as entertaining as it could have been.
That’s probably one of the most weasely summations of a film that I have ever written, but it’s fitting. Much is riding on “Man Of Steel” because if it succeeds – and early returns are making that look very likely – it will be the opening salvo in Warner Bros. finally getting a Justice League film off the ground, which they hope will follow in the steps of Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers.”