Clothes Make The Inhu(Man)

Over the weekend Comicbook.com posted some images from Marvel Television’s upcoming The Inhumans and while I’m glad that their teleporting dog Lockjaw will be making an appearance the costumes might be just a little bit subdued.

By which I mean, here’s a picture of Black Bolt, the head of the Inhuman Royal Family.

He’s a pretty distinctive-looking character, to be sure.  And I get that Marvel Television might not want to go with something so ‘cartoony,’ especially considering this is likely their highest profile production thus far.

But could they be going too conservative? Below is actor Anson Mount  (who’s playing Black Bolt) and while there’s no way of knowing based upon one picture if this is his final costume, if it is it harkens back to the what the X-Men wore fourteen years ago.

Which is frankly, a little bit odd and potentially presents a problem because the acceptance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe among the general public has show us that as long as you treat these characters faithfully (also shown by the reception of movies like Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, though in not a good way) people will pay to see them.
Which is important when you take into account that the first two episodes will appear in theaters, which is intended as a hook to draw  viewers into watching the television series.

Though as I mentioned earlier, at least apparently they’re not skimping on the awesomeness that is Lockjaw, which gives me hope that perhaps this is not Black Bolt’s final costume.

Deleted Scene From “Batman v Superman” Starring Jimmy Kimmel

The only problem with this clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live is that it runs a bit long, hitting viewers over the head with something that would have worked much better with a lighter touch.

That being said, Kimmel brings up a good point, namely who doesn’t wonder when watching movies like Man Of Steel, when visually all that separates Superman (Henry Cavil) from Clark Kent is literally a pair of glasses, how it is that no one at least notices the resemblance (the reveal of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) as Batman is a bit more clever, though it too goes on a bit too long)?

Daredevil (2015) Ep. 4: In the Blood

Wilson Fisk (angry)

If Wilson Fisk looks at you like this, you’re already dead.

This is the episode where Clare Temple (Rosario Dawson) suggests to Daredevil (Matt Murdock) that he needs some sort of body armor–since she’s once again patching him up after a night fighting crime though I feel reasonably certain the idea had occurred to him prior–which means that the red costume should be making an appearance soon.

We also see more of Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), who in most ways is a less superhuman interpretation of the character.  That being said, he’s infinitely more interesting because what he lacks in any sort of superpower he more than makes up for with an almost tangible sense of menace.

This is a pivotal episode as well because prior to it Fisk tended to work through various intermediaries–as he does in this episode as well–though when circumstances require him to make his presence felt, he isn’t afraid to do so.

Even if that means by doing so he instigates a war with the Russian mob, all in an effort to take greater control of Hell’s Kitchen.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Teaser Trailer 3

The actual trailer supposedly won’t be out till the premiere of ABC’s–like Marvel Studios, also owned by Disney– American Crime tomorrow, but there are those out there that laugh at such measures.

Hail Hydra!

By the way, I hate to sound contrarian, but I hope this upcoming trailer reveals ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  I can almost guarantee–despite the darker tone–that Age Of Ultron will not only earn a billion in its first week of release, but will go on to surpass the $1.5 billion earned by the original film AND pass Avatar (at almost $3 billion–$2.88 billion) in the process.

Which is why they don’t need to reveal anymore in terms of storyline.  At this point there are probably people looking for reasons NOT to see this movie.

Marvel Studios, don’t give them any.

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).

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.

Is Sony Mismanaging The Spider-Man Franchise?

Part 1: Send In The B-Team

Looking at Marvel today, it would be easy to assume that they have always been as successful as they are.  Though you’d be wrong because, before they were purchased by Disney, even before they launched their movie production arm, Marvel Studios, they were flirting with bankruptcy.

To stop the bleeding, they licensed the rights to their most successful characters to 21st Century Fox, Sony, Universal and New Line (Marvel received a percentage every time a film was produced with their heroes).

So 21st Century got the X-Men and related characters (and exclusive use of the term ‘mutants’) as well as the Fantastic Four.  Sony got Spider-Man and related characters, while Universal had the Hulk and Namor the Submariner (Marvel’s Namor in terms of his abilities is similar to DC’s Aquaman, except stronger and more awesome).

But Marvel knew that no one could exploit their characters better than they could, so they threw the ultimate ‘Hail Mary’ pass.  To get a loan to build their own studio they borrowed on the strength of their remaining characters.

In other words, it was time for the B-Team to take the field, and Iron Man was released in 2008.  The movie was directed by John Favreau and starred Robert Downey Jr–an actor who at the time was known more of his drug use than his acting ability–and went on to earn almost $600 million (on a $140 million dollar production budget).

Marvel Studios was born, and they were eventually purchased by the Walt Disney Company for $4 billion dollars in 2009 (some analysts thought Disney had overpaid. They were wrong.).

Part 2: Raimi’s Spider-Man Films

As I said earlier Sony licensed Marvel’s Spider-Man and in 2002 released Spider-Man.  Sam Raimi, known primarily for the Evil Dead series of movies, was chosen to direct.  He cast  Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson.  The first film cost $139 million to produce, and earned almost $822 million dollars worldwide; a very tidy profit.

Spider-Man 2, introduced Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) and was considered the best in the series.  It was more expensive than the first film, clocking in at $200 million and eventually pulled in almost $784 million dollars worldwide.

Still profitable, though not quite as much as the first film.

Spider-Man 3, the last film in the series directed by Raimi, cost $258 million, and earned almost $891 million dollars.  What set it apart from the earlier films was that it featured three villains, Sandman, Venom and the New Goblin (that’s actually what the character is called on IMDB).  Raimi fully expected to direct Spider-Man 4–even after being forced by producer Avi Arad to use Venom, a character he didn’t want in the movie, or like for that matter.  In retribution he cast Topher Grace as Eddie Brock/Venom because Arad thought he was a bad choice for the role.

Spider-Man 3 did very well, despite being the worse reviewed of the series.  Sam Raimi was apparently prepping the fourth film in the series, before his deal fell through.  As a result he was out and the entire franchise rebooted just five years later.

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