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Captain America 3 News: Russo Brothers Bringing “New Elements”

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While the third Captain America film won’t be here until 2016, Anthony and Joe Russo are already dropping hints as to what we’ll see in Cap’s next big screen go-around.

As should be obvious to those who saw the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the film will focus on Steve Rogers’ search for his former partner Bucky Barnes. The third film will play off its predecessor by “bringing some new elements to the table that will give us a twist on Winter Soldier.”

Anthony Russo also noted the political and ethical themes used in the previous films will remain present.

“The character was invented for an explicitly political purpose. So it’s hard to get away from that nature,” he said.

Source: Yahoo!

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A Guardians of the Galaxy Review – For God’s Sake, A Talking Raccoon!

TITLE: Guardians of the Galaxy
STARRING: Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaBradley Cooper (voice), Dave Bautista, Lee Pace
DIRECTOR: James Gunn
STUDIOS: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
RATED:
PG-13
RUN TIME:
122 min
RELEASED:
August 1, 2014 

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Guardians of the Galaxy is a great movie, and a great accomplishment for Marvel Studios. Strictly at face value, the film features none of the A-list Marvel superheroes (Iron Man, Captain America, etc.) to gain the quick attention of mainstream audiences. Yet it has still managed to be a big draw because it looks like a hell of a lot of fun. And much like moviegoers have come to associate clean and innocent merriment with Disney, or gorgeous animation with Pixar, audiences have put their money down for Guardians because they know they’ll get a fun and epic thrill ride from Marvel.

And Guardians of the Galaxy delivers.

Twenty-six years ago, young Peter Quill was abducted by a group of space smugglers called the Ravagers. Fast forward to present day, and he’s become the space pirate codenamed Star-Lord. But when a mysterious orb comes into Star-Lord’s possession, he finds himself swept up the business of Ronan the Accuser, who seeks to use the orb in a twisted bargain with galactic warlord Thanos (who moviegoers will remember from the post-credits scene in The Avengers). Ronan sends the assassin Gamora to retrieve it. Along with a humanoid raccoon named Rocket, a giant tree-like creature called Groot, and the musclebound Drax the Destroyer, they soon become swept up in a conflict that will decide the fate of billions.

Despite the incredibly high stakes and all the dizzying dangers our heroes find themselves in, Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s that sense of humor that sets the film apart from anything else in the Marvel has ever brought to screen. Movies like Captain AmericaThor, and of course, The Avengers, have been mostly action and drama with a touch of humor thrown in. Guardians ups the humor quotient to the point that it’s what you’ll walk away from the movie thinking about. As I’ve discussed before, Marvel smartly carves out cinematic niches and territories for its characters. With Iron Man its technological wonder mixed with wit, with Thor it’s mysticism from other realms, with Hulk it’s monster movie drama, etc. Clearly, with Guardians of the Galaxy it’s a blend of high octane sci-fi action and comedy. It makes for an awesome mix.

Guardians also makes excellent use of music to not only help incorporate the humor, but make itself more accessible. The Peter Quill character stays in touch with his Earth roots via an old mix tape his mother made for him before she died. As such, the film is filled with songs from the ’70s and ’80s like “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Cherry Bomb,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The soundtrack injects the movie with a certain energy that better connects us to our hero, and the proceedings at large. And again, it sets Guardians apart from anything Marvel has done before.

Chris Pratt is the heart of our movie, and delivers the goods both sentimentally and comedically. At one point, Pratt described the Star-Lord character as a mix of Han Solo and Marty McFly, which is pretty spot-on. But Bradley Cooper also deserves immense credit for making Rocket Raccoon exactly what he needed to be. He had the snark we were all looking for. But the character also gets very emotional at times, which isn’t necessarily something you expect from a gun-toting raccoon. As for Dave Batista in his Drax role, he’s not a master thespian by any means. I’ve seen most of what he turns in here from watching him on WWE TV over the years. That being said, he does fine. He’s obviously very convincing as a big bruiser type, and he also gets some of the best one-liners in the movie. He may not have come out on top at Wrestlemania, but he got a nice victory here.

The most notable criticism I can hurl at Guardians is that all the details of who is aligned with who, and who came from where can be a bit much to take in at first. For instance, we’ve got Gamora, who is working alongside another assassin named Nebula. They both work for Ronan, who is aligned with Thanos. Gamora and Nebula are both Thanos’ adopted daughters (sort of…). But Gamora secretly hates Thanos because he murdered her family, and wants to keep the mysterious orb out of his hands. It’s also a bit awkward keeping track of where Peter comes from, and how he got to be what he is. The movie hammers it in enough times that you eventually get it. But still, it’s a rockier start than one would like.

As ever, Marvel is planting seeds for future films. Guardians has some fairly obvious implications as far as the Infinity Gauntlet story is concerned. Thanos is in this movie, but nothing is really done with him. Thus, in addition to being a pretty awesome movie in its own right, Guardians also serves as the next step on the road to Thanos’ showdown with The Avengers, which I can only assume will be in the third Avengers film. Foresight. It’s by God amazing when you use it correctly.

Incidentally, hey Warner Bros? This is what Green Lantern should have been like. Just saying.

At the end of the day, Guardians of the Galaxy surpassed virtually all my expectations. What we have here resembles a blend between The Avengers and Star Wars, with a bit of Men in Black thrown in. Marvel continues to expand its boundaries, and with luck, change a few opinions about what a comic book movie can be.

RATING: 9/10

 Front page image from majorspoilers.com. Interior images from rottentomatoes.com.

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First Image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman Released

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The first official image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released this weekend at the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con International.

Gadot’s previous credits include Fast & FuriousFast & Furious 6Knight and Day, and Date Night. She will play Wonder Woman when the character makes her big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on May 6, 2016.

Sources: Newsarama, Batman-News.com

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New Ben Affleck/Batman Image Surfaces Online

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

A new close-up image of Ben Affleck as Batman from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice surfaced online this week.

The image made its debut on the floor of Comic-Con International this week before DC Entertainment officially released it July 24.

Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice will see Affleck’s Batman cross paths with Henry Cavill’s Superman. The movies comes out May 6, 2016.

Source: Yahoo Movies

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Sony Announces The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sinister Six Release Dates

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The near future of the Spider-Man movie franchise has officially been set by Sony.

This week, Sony announced Sinister Six will hit theaters November 11, 2016. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and written by Drew Goddard, it will mark the first time a Spider-Man film has been released outside the summer.

In the Marvel Universe, the original Sinister Six consisted of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter. Various incarnations have since existed since the group’s debut in 1964.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will then follow in 2018.

Spidey’s most recent film venture, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, made more than $706 million worldwide.

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Superman (Apparently) Comes to Gotham in New Batman v Superman Teaser

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Judging by Warner Bros’ new promo image for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman is coming to Gotham City.

Released this week, the image shows us Henry Cavill’s Superman for the first time since Man of Steel, standing in a dark and rainy city. While it’s not “officially” Gotham City, it can certainly be considered Gothamesque.

In an interview with USA Today, Snyder confirmed Superman will indeed come to Gotham in the new movie, and that he will be interacting with various other heroes. Snyder added these interactions will change his view of the world at large.

In addition to Batman, Cavill’s Superman may be crossing paths with Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (rumored to be played by Jason Momoa).

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out May 16, 2016. Principal photography is in progress.

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Kevin Feige Talks Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel Studios Kevin Feige recently opened up about three upcoming installments in the saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange.

Feige was interviewed at Barcelona’s CinaEurope, and noted that the title role in Doctor Strange will likely be cast within the next two months, before production begins in Spring 2015.

“[Doctor] Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis,” Feige said. “There’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel Universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.”

Another character Feige cites as “very important” is Ant-Man, who will get his own cinematic spotlight in July 2015.

“We like that people don’t necessarily know what Ant-Man is,” Feige said. “We like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character. He’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of ‘Ant-Man’ that we could have.”

Of course, Marvel fans can look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy this August. Feige noted that the Guardians franchise could go in several different directions after this initial film.

“There are dozens and dozens of Guardians of the Galaxy storylines,” Feige said. “There’s a group that came about in the ’60s, were revamped again in the ’80s and they changed into this incarnation that you see in this movie about eight or nine years ago. So there are a lot of other characters and worlds and stories. So should this film work, should the audience come out for this one, there are definitely places we can take it and we have ideas of where we’d like to go with it.”

A key character in Guardians of the Galaxy? Thanos, who moviegoers saw during the credits in The Avengers.

“We learn a little bit more about him in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he – and his band of followers – is the biggest piece of connective tissue that will eventually lead us back into Avengers films in the future,” Fiege said.

Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1. Ant-Man comes out July 17, 2015.

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Rian Johnson Will Reportedly Write/Direct Two Star Wars Movies

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Rian Johnson, director of films like The Brothers Bloom and Looper, as reportedly been recruited by LucasFilm to direct Episode VIII and Episode IX in the upcoming new Star Wars trilogy.

While no official announcement has been made regarding Johnson’s involvement, Johnson did post a YouTube clip this week, perhaps hinting at his state of mind. The clip, from The Right Stuff, sees Sam Shepard’s character about to launch into space. Nervously, he whispers to himself: “Dear Lord, please don’t let me f*** up.”

Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, comes out December 18, 2015. Two additional Star Wars spin-offs have also been announced, one directed by Josh Trank, the other by Gareth Edwards.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Another Hulk Solo Movie in the Works?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

While Hulk’s previous two cinematic ventures haven’t exactly been smash hits, Marvel may be willing to give the character one more go-around in theaters.

The news comes from Mark Ruffalo, who played Bruce Banner in The Avengers.

“I think [Marvel is] for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” Ruffalo said in a recent interview. “When we did The Avengers it was basically ‘No!’, and now there is some consideration for it. But there’s still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut. I think the Banner/Hulk storyline is obviously not easy a tough nut to crack.”

When asked about the possibility of Hulk appearing in a team-up film, Ruffalo said: ”If they do Iron Man 4 and Banner’s in that, that would be great.”

 Source: ComingSoon.net

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Justice League, Wonder Woman, Flash/Green Lantern Movies May Be on the Horizon

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

If journalist Nikki Finke is to be believed, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are aiming to match Marvel at the movies by 2016.

While nothing outside of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been officially announced, NikkiFinke.com reports this week that Warner Bros. is hoping to release the following films…

May 2016: Batman v Superman
July 2016 – A Shazam movie
December 2016 – A Neil Gaiman-inspired Sandman movie
May 2017 – The long-rumored Justice League movie
July 2017 – A Wonder Woman movie
Christmas 2017 – A team up film featuring Green Lantern and The Flash
May 2018 – A sequel to Man of Steel

This news was supposedly to have been broken by Warner Bros. this July at Comic-Con International.

Finke also reports that films based on the Suicide Squad and the Metal Men were in the works, but fell off schedule. The Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman will reportedly also have cameos in the Justice League film. In addition, Finke notes the Green Lantern in the aforementioned films will not be played by Ryan Reynolds.

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