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Bryan Singer Talks X-Men: Apocalypse

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Bryan Singer, director of next month’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as X-Men and X2: X-Men United, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the next film in the series, X-Men Apocalypse.

Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty are among those developing the film, which Singer says will not be an exact replication of the Age of Apocalypse storyline fans know from the Marvel comic book universe.

Singer said the film will focus on the returning cast members from X-Men: First Class. James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) are all scheduled to return for the film. We may also see younger incarnations of characters like Gambit and Nightcrawler. The movie will also reportedly take place during the ’80s.

“I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ’80s,” Singer said.

Singer noted that elements from Days of Future Past will influence Apocalypse, but the ending of the former won’t directly set the stage for the latter.

“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse,” Singer said. ”What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

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A Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review – Covering His Ground

TITLE: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
STARRING: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford
DIRECTORS: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
STUDIOS: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
RATED: PG-13
RUN TIME: 136 min
RELEASED: April 4, 2014

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a unique beast among the Marvel Studios library. It doesn’t star a loveable, wise cracking hero like the Iron Man films. It’s not a majestic ride like the Thor films. It doesn’t feature a world-decimating threat like The Avengers, either. Rather, The Winter Soldier is an interesting blend of espionage thriller, mystery, and superhero action flick. That’s the kind of story we’ve seen numerous times on comic book pages, but one we rarely (if ever) see on-screen. It’s a great little niche for the Captain America brand, and all in all, makes The Winter Soldier a unique chapter in the universe-encompassing saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we thought it was. A devastating secret is revealed that makes fugitives out of Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Natasha Irons/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Along with their new ally Sam Wilson/Falcon, they must discover and defeat the parasite that has been rotting S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside out for so many years. But to do so, Rogers will have to face an old friend. Someone from he past he thought was long dead. Enter the Winter Soldier.

The first thing that struck me about The Winter Soldier was the use of a costume based on the one that first appeared in the pages of Steve Rogers: Super Soldier. The less colorful look seems to nullify the character from some of the “hokey American boy scout hero” vibe, which some casual fans plague him with. It’s also a much more practical, soldier-like costume (not that superhero costumes have ever been considered with practicality). But in the end, the film also isn’t afraid to give us our hero in the red and blue suit. While the movie isn’t as colorful and flamboyant as some of its Marvel Cinematic siblings, it doesn’t hide from that side of the character, which speaks to the filmmakers’ respect and admiration for him.

What The Winter Soldier really illustrates, especially now that we’re in phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is just how different the various franchises are. For the most part, each one has its own designated ground to cover. Cap is the idealist who tackles ethical questions regarding freedom, and the price one pays for it. Thor is the mystic warrior of the group, who battles threats from other realms. Iron Man is the technological wonder, known for his trademark wit. And Hulk (from what we’ve seen of him at least), is our horror/monster movie character. Mind you, the lines between these various franchises can blur at times, as at the end of the day, they’re all superhero movies. But Marvel has done a beautiful job of making each character and their world very distinct. Thus, it becomes that much more epic when they all come together in an Avengers movie.

The movie’s titular character, played by Sebastian Stan, is awesome. He’s got a fantastic look, and all of his action sequences with Cap, Black Widow, and Nick Fury are awesome. The only major complaint I have about him deals with his connection to Steve Rogers during World War II. We saw this character in the first film, and we’re reminded of him early in this one. But the friendship and the closeness the two characters had isn’t emphasized enough to make the reveal of The Winter Soldier’s identity the weight it should have. Comic book fans may feel it because they’re already familiar with this relationship. But casual moviegoers, and even the more devoted Marvel movie fans may be left wanting more.

The partnership between Steve Rogers and Natasha Irons is interesting to watch. There’s definitely a certain sexual chemistry between them, which is interesting when you consider what we saw between Natasha and Clint Barton/Hawkeye in The Avengers.  Whatever there is between them is doomed to fail because of their obvious philosophical differences. But Cap, the ultimate straight-laced good guy, and Natasha, who has such a checkered past, definitely make an intriguing duo. Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), Cap’s love interest in the comic book continuity, doesn’t have as prominent a role as I’d hoped. But hopefully they’re just setting the stage for something in the third film. Interestingly enough, The Winter Soldier has a great scene between Steve Rogers and an elderly Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), his love interest from the first film. Peggy’s relation to Sharon Carter is never explored in this film. But again, ground work.

All in all, Captain America: The Winter Soldier manages to stand a step above most other Marvel movies. It’s a hell of an action movie. And while I wouldn’t say the film raises any pressing questions about freedom or the American way, there are some ethical issues on the table that give it enough extra depth to set it apart from other comic book movies.

RATING: 8/10

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Ninja Turtles Co-Creator Speaks on New Movie

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Peter Laird, who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Kevin Eastman in the ’80s, recently spoke to ComicBookMovie.com about the trailer for the new Jonathan Liebesman-directed movie.

An Overview of the New Trailer: “I was impressed with what I saw of the production values — if nothing else, it looks like the new TMNT movie will have a lot of stuff going on and looking good (that toppling tower, for example) — but the changes to the basic design of the Turtles seemed to me to fall into the “fixing what is not broken” category. It’s altogether possible that, in the context of this new movie, these designs will work well and not seem so odd, but I still point to what Jim Henson’s “Creature Shop” team did with their rendering of the Turtles in rubber and paint as the best translation (in live action, anyway) of the Turtles as Kevin Eastman and I created them. That being said, so far I have only seen this short trailer with just a few brief glimpses of the Turtles. My opinion could change…”

On the Additions to the Turtles’ Look: “It may just be a personal preference of mine — and one informed by twenty-five years with the Turtles as co-creator working on those green dudes — but the extra “stuff” added to the Turtles’ outfits just seems extraneous to me, and a bit silly in spots (I mean, thin bamboo armor for a Turtle’s shell?). Maybe it will work, but right now, I don’t see it. I prefer the simpler versions.”

On the More “Human” Look of the Turtles: “…When I watched that trailer for the first time, and came to that bit near the end where Michelangelo takes off his bandana, revealing his full face to April, complete with human-looking nose, I immediately flashed back to the early days, back in 1984 or 1985 when we were living in Sharon, CT and just beginning to take steps into the world of licensing the TMNT. It was during that time that we received a letter from a small movie company — I think it was New World — offering us a deal to do a live-action TMNT movie, wherein they suggested that the way to go was to choose some (at that point in time) “hot” young comedians, dress them up in Turtle costumes, but leave their faces bare… except for a layer of green paint, so their zany comic expressions could be easily visible.

As you probably know, we turned that one down. Remember, this was well before the first animated TMNT series was  even a glimmer in anyone’s eye. It’s intriguing to contemplate what the history of the TMNT might have been had we accepted that first live-action movie offer.”

It should be noted that Kevin Eastman has served as an advisor on the new film.

For the full interview, check out ComicBookMovie.com.

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Will Nathan Fillion Appear in Guardians of the Galaxy?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Having starred as Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, voiced Green Lantern in numerous animated movies, and crooning as Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible‘s Sing-Along Blog, Nathan Fillion has no shortage of fanboy cred. But he may soon get even more

During a St. Louis Comic Con panel this week, Fillion was asked whether he wanted a part in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Castle star’s response was: ”[Want] to get a part? Or maybe did. I’m just saying maybe. Maybe it’ll be a surprise. Maybe check the credits of the movie when you watch it.”

Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1.

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Kevin Feige: Marvel Studios Has Movies Planned Through 2028

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

In a recent interview with Bloomberg Business Week, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige noted the company has plans for cinematic ventures that extend nearly a decade and a half into the future.

The article reads: Feige can produce an unlimited number of films with interweaving story lines and characters, creating a vast audience for almost any Marvel movie. People might show up for The Avengers, meet the Black Widow, and come back for her movie, too. There’s a map of films reaching far into the next decade on the wall of Feige’s office. “It’s like looking through the Hubble telescope. You go, ‘What’s happening back there? I can sort of see it,’” he laughs. “They printed out a new one recently that went to 2028.”

Marvel Studios has produced movies based on Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, which eventually led to The Avengers. The studio’s upcoming films include Guardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Debuts At Last

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

This week, fans finally got their first official on-screen look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which features the boys in green as fans have never seen them before…

The trailer can be seen at this link.

The footage is consistent with much of the buzz TMNT fans have been hearing recently. The Shredder (William Fichtner) speaks to April O’Neil (Megan Fox) as if he and her father created the Turtles. The Turtles also appear to be significantly taller and bulkier than they’ve been in other movies. Their appearance is also consistent with the various photos that have leaked online.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and co-produced by Michael Bay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (formerly titled simply Ninja Turtles), the film comes out August 8.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Set Images Emerge

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Fans got their first look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnations of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch this week, as images emerges from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Elizabeth Olson, who plays Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, fans can also catch a glimpse of Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye. The images are embedded below.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015.

 Source: Getty Images

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Ivan Reitman Steps Down From Directing New Ghostbusters Film

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Ivan Reitman, the man who directed both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, has reportedly stepped down from directing a third film in the franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Reitman will stay on the project as a producer, as the studio searches for a new director. Sony is aiming for an early 2015 production start.

A script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (who’ve worked on films like (Bad Teacher and Year One) was being finalized at the time of Harold Ramis’ death last month. The loss of Ramis (who played Egon Spengler in the original movies) has obviously prompted various re-works. The more recent drafts have allegedly framed the film more as a reboot than a sequel. Earlier versions of the script were to have featured the original Ghostbusters teaming with new characters.

Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman in the original movies, is not expected to reprise his role in the new film.

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Peanuts Trailer Offers First Look at CGI Charlie Brown and Snoopy

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Peanuts fans got their first look at Charlie Brown and the gang’s 2015 CGI treatment this week when a teaser was released for the upcoming feature of the same name.

Distributed by 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, the film is set for release on November 6, 2015. In the director’s chair is Steve Martino, who also directed Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

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Michael B. Jordan Comments on Fantastic Four Controversy

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While some fans have been highly critical of the casting decisions made 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, Michael B. Jordan, who was cast as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, says such criticism was expected.

Jordan proved to be the focal point of much of the criticism, as Johnny Storm is traditionally a caucasian, blonde character.

“You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it’s a continuity thing more than anything,” Jordan told Rome’s Cinefilos.it. ”People don’t like change too much…You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I’m an actor, I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up…Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I’m going to give it my everything.”

Jordan added the Johnny Storm character will give him a chance to show a different side of himself.

“It’s going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don’t really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality,” Jordan said. “It’s going to be fun.”

Source: ComingSoon.net

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