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Unlike in the case of Bryan Singer‘s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” as of this writing I haven’t seen anything from Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” though it was made known that Paul Bettany (who voiced the Tony Stark’s AI, known as J.A.R.V.I.S) would be playing the synthizoid known as the Vision.
For those not familiar with the comics, the Vision was created by Ultron, designed to defeat the Avengers (though eventually he becomes a good guy). The movies seem to be following a similar trajectory as the comics, but with one (rumored) difference: Vision will somehow be an offshoot of Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S.
That is a really bad idea for two reasons: The first is personal. I have never been fond of J.A.R.V.I.S because Tony Stark’s AI is based on an “actual” character, Jarvis, who was the butler of the Avengers.
Whom I really liked.
Yeah, I am kind of awesome.
Some people prefer Marvel heroes, like Spider-Man and The Avengers, while others prefer DC, and characters like Batman and Superman, though the line between the two for most is a bit blurrier than that. For instance, while I generally like Marvel, I grew up on the giant-sized adventures of Batman, which I fondly remember my mother bringing me home.
When I called them ‘giant-sized’ I wasn’t kidding!
And with superheroes, like anything else, some are more popular than others. The X-Men has been well-received by comics readers for years, and it’s reflected in the popularity of the feature films based upon the characters.
Batman is huge for DC/Warner Bros., and shows in the success of the movies.
Superman, if not as popular as Batman, is still one of DC’s biggest characters, so that a feature film about him is expected to do well. What’s shocking is that that Thor, who has never been an A-list character (even during the awesome Walt Simonson run), is doing so remarkably well.
How well? Much better than the first film, which topped off at $450 million.
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.
The Doctor Is In The House (Hopefully)
Remember when Marvel’s ‘Phase 2′ slate of films were announced? They consisted of: ”Ant-Man,” “Thor 2: The Dark World,” “Iron Man 3,” Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” and it goes without saying, Avengers 2.
Notice who’s not on the list: Dr. Strange, which is odd considering that Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, expressed an interest in the character.
So, where is he? According to Screenrant, the good doctor will be playing a big role in the upcoming Thor sequel, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it because the characters in ‘Thor’ deal with a science so advanced that it looks for all intents and purposes like magic.
Which is not only why it’s a great opportunity to introduce Dr. Strange, but it offers a way to introduce his magics in a way that grounds it in a consistent Marvel reality.
Keep in mind that everything in the article is speculation, though it’s all very logical (from the perspective that I really, really want it to be true).
Here’s the trailer for the upcoming kids vs. aliens thriller (think E.T. with a very bad attitude. And teeth) “Attack The Block” from Joe Cornish, a frequent collaborator with Edgar Wright (both of whom worked on the screenplay for the upcoming “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” for Dreamworks, and “Ant-Man”, for Marvel Studios).
“Attack the Block” is being distributed by Screen Gems (a division of Sony) in the United States, though it has already been released in the United Kingdom.
I’ll have a review Thursday, which will be spoiler-free.