The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Trailer 2

Oh.  My.  God.  Can this movie look any more awesome?  At this point, no movie matters more and it has somehow managed to move from mere celluloid, to an event.

If this movie doesn’t earn at least $500 million its first weekend, it won’t earn a penny.

Daredevil Premiere Date

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daredevil (the first entry of Netflix’s launch of Marvel superheroes, soon to be followed by A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, culminating in The Defenders) will premiere April 10.

And as typically the case with series that appear on Netflix, the entire first season will probably air in its entirety.

And I for one can’t wait.

 

Ant-Man – Trailer

I caught the Ant-Man trailer–for some reason it’s still being called a “teaser”–and I have to say, it looks awesome.  You’ve got Paul Rudd in his Ant-Man costume, running about, riding an ant and looking bulked-up.

As I said, it’s pretty awesome.

You also see Corey Stoll strolling down a corridor, and I have to say that I have never seen him look more bad-ass.  You also see Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), looking gorgeous.

Interestingly enough, I get a very Iron Man-vibe from the trailer; not an accident, I assume.

I also am willing to bet that most people are going to quickly forget that Edgar Wright was even considered to direct.

Ant-Man – Teaser Trailer

Kevin Feige and the rest of them at Marvel Studios are a crafty bunch.  Since the first trailer from The Avengers: Age Of Ultron was leaked prematurely it appears that that they just decided to let us see it.

And it’s fitting that the first trailer for Ant-Man is only slightly larger than an ant.  The full-sized version will be aired January 6, during the premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter.

What an awesome idea!  Such innovative marketing is another reason that Marvel Studios is heads and shoulders above the Distinguished Competition!

Marvel Studios Prepares to ‘Wow’ Us Again!

Yeah, I'm all that AND a bag of chips!

Yeah, I’m all that AND a bag of chips!

If you’ve seen Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers or any of the Thor, Captain America or Iron Man movies, you’re familiar with the work of Marvel Studios.

Their approach to television have been a bit more tentative.  Currently they have only one show, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (MAOS) on ABC (Disney owns both Marvel Studios and the ABC television network) and another is going to be introduced soon, Marvel’s Agent Carter, also on ABC.  While MAOS took awhile to build momentum, in its second season it’s currently one of the best comic-based series on television.

Though Marvel Studios is preparing to enter the television space in a huge way, though not in the fashion you’d traditionally expect.

They entered into a deal with Netflix, which resulted in four new series, Daredevil (20th Century Fox lost the license), A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage–also known as Power Man–and Iron Fist coming in 2015.

Daredevil was recently completed and the producers of A.K.A. Jessica Jones have found both their Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter).

In reference to Colter (and Krysten Ritter, for that matter), I am not too aware of what he’s done, but when I look at filmography, I know that I have seen him but didn’t realize it at the time.

Though what’s most interesting is that Marvel Studios is following the same approach that they took with their feature films, which is to created individual series based upon the three aforementioned characters, as well as Iron Fist before bringing them all together in an event series, The Defenders.

As I said, Marvel Studios wasn’t the first to the game, but looks like they’ve changed the way the game is going to be played from now on.

The Ugly Side Of Fandom

If you’ve seen videos of cosplay or the various ‘Cons’ the first thing you notice is that they feature all sorts of quirky, colorful (and often brilliant) costumes, which is why it’s understandable if you thought that that was what comic geek culture was all about (besides costumes and the–virtual–worship of certain movies and comic characters).

And for the most part, you’d be right, though there are instances when a comic character that began “life” as a white person, and is reinterpreted as a person of color in the movies (Oddly, when a male character was reinterpreted as female, in the case of 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica, when Starbuck was underwent gender reassignment, fans only offered token resistance while most were relatively sanguine about it) when you often see the ugly side of fandom.

Before I begin, you’ll noticed that I deliberately don’t use the term “race” because, besides being a misnomer, it has always bothered me because white people are genetically identical to black people, yellow people, beige people, and so on.

I bring this up because the reaction to John Boyega, dressed as a stormtrooper in the beginning of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, has been pretty distressing for some members of the fan community.

Comic book fans tend to be sticklers for detail, which to a degree I can understand. If someone has been following a character for the better part of their lives, it probably feels amazing to see the character on the big screen; till that is, they see that the character has been interpreted in a manner opposite to what they have known and anticipated.

That being said, it feels that whenever an actor of color is cast in a prominent role in a comic book movie, some in the fan community lose all sense of propriety, and logic goes out the window.

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‘Antboy’ Review

Antsy movie poster

“Entertaining for children, and (probably) mildly interesting for adults.”

Antboy, a film by Danish director Ask Hasselbalch, is a decent enough movie about a little boy named Pelie (Oscar Dietz) who’s bitten by an scientifically-enhanced ant, and gains certain insect-like abilities, like climbing walls, enhanced strength and acidic urine (?).

The synopsis above probably sounds a bit familiar–except the acidic urine; I have no idea where they got that from–because it’s essentially the story of Spider-Man, though luckily the movie plays more as a love letter to superhero movies than any sort of (blatantly obvious) attempt at perjury.

In fact, when the movie is caught in the trappings of genre it’s at its most interesting, though there’s a fly in the ointment (see what I did there?).

And that’s that the movie is dubbed into English (from Dutch).  The dubbing isn’t terribly done, which ironically makes it worse because when characters talk, it’s sort of, but not quite, in sync with the way their lips move.

It’s oddly distracting and took me out of the movie virtually anytime someone spoke, which was quite often.  In fact, if it were released in Dutch with English subtitles I suspect that it would have been a much more enjoyable experience (you can opt-in for subtitles on Netflix, though I don’t know if that means subtitles with an English or Dutch vocal).

Though if such things don’t bother you, then check out Antboy.  It’s a cute movie with a few moral lessons that it doesn’t hammer you over the head with, and should definitely appeal to younger children.

Antboy is currently on Netflix.