April 27, 2015 | 1:37 p.m.
For Chris Evans, wielding Captain America’s shield is nearly second nature by now. Friday’s theatrical release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” marks the fourth time Evans has portrayed the star-spangled superhero on the big screen (not including a funny cameo in “Thor: The Dark World”). “Certainly I feel more comfortable with the character,” Evans said on the film’s London set last summer. “Every time you play him you peel back a layer.” “Age of Ultron,” director Joss Whedon’s sequel to 2012’s blockbuster “The Avengers,” sees Evans reuniting with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), along with newcomers James Spader, as the titular villain Ultron, Paul Bettany as the Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver. Hero Complex caught up with Evans during […]
April 06, 2015 | 12:34 p.m.
Think you’re the ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe fan? L.A.-area viewers can prove their mettle by binge watching all 11 MCU films — including an early screening of the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” — as part of the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on April 20. For $70 a pop, fans will be treated to “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, if they’re still awake (or alive) some 29 hours later, “Age of Ultron.” In addition to the films, the marathon will include a costume contest, raffles and giveaways, and “special guests” (keep your fingers crossed for Stellan Skarsgård). Viewers who survive all 11 films will receive an exclusive poster […]
Feb. 11, 2015 | 4:30 a.m.
Spider-Man first swung into the imaginations of comic book readers more than 50 years ago in the pages of “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15. The character soon became Marvel’s icon of the Silver Age, appearing not only in comics but also on television, video games and even migrating to Broadway. Now, he’s poised for new life on the big screen — and he’s under new management. Under a deal revealed Monday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will have an opportunity to reframe the iconic character, bringing Spidey into Marvel’s blockbuster cinematic universe before the hero goes spinning back to anchor his own franchise for Sony Pictures, his movie home since 2002. Feige’s expanded involvement in Spider-Man’s movie future might be the best thing to happen to Peter Parker since Mary Jane Watson moved in next door. The architect of Marvel’s movie […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 4:54 p.m.
Hayley Atwell reprises her “Captain America” role as coolly capable spy Peggy Carter in Marvel’s new short-order series, “Agent Carter,” which premieres Tuesday night on ABC. While the adventure takes place in 1946, it deals with some decidedly contemporary themes, according to the English actress. “In terms of her actual personal journey, it’s something that’s very modern,” Atwell said late last year on “Agent Carter’s” Los Angeles set. “In many ways, she could be considered a woman before her time. There happens to be no one else in the series yet that is like her, that has caught up to her abilities that’s a woman. She’s having to pave the way.” Set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the series opens with Peggy still grieving for Steve Rogers, who is purported to have died […]
Jan. 02, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.
Gracefully poised on a grand staircase inside historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, seamed stockings just so, Hayley Atwell radiated old Hollywood glamour as she waited for the cameras to roll. The star of ABC’s new limited series “Agent Carter” rested one hand on a carved wooden balustrade as makeup artists retouched her red lips, then at the director’s cue launched into a Tracy-Hepburn-style routine with actor James D’Arcy, the duo dissecting the details of a recent break-in at the home of billionaire inventor Howard Stark. Set in 1946, “Agent Carter” arrives as the latest small-screen venture from comic book entertainment powerhouse Marvel and sees Atwell reprise her role as supremely capable spy Peggy Carter from both “Captain America” films. FULL COVERAGE: Winter TV preview The eight-episode series, which premieres Tuesday, features a number of key characters from Marvel lore, […]
Nov. 26, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
Marvel is assembling a team of time-traveling Avengers from the past, present and future to fight mega-villain Ultron in three oversized comics, slated for release just in time for the much anticipated Marvel Studios blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” next spring. The 90-page “Ultron Forever” story, which will unfold in “Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1, “New Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1 and “Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1, aims to introduce casual readers to the robot baddie in addition to appealing to devoted fans’ nostalgia. And since comic book newcomers are more familiar with the big-screen incarnations of Marvel’s mightiest than the African American Captain America and female Thor currently in the pages of comics, time travel seemed a clever way to bring more familiar versions of the superheroes to the story, said Tom Brevoort, Marvel senior vice president of […]
Nov. 17, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
Speculation is ramping up about the role Daniel Brühl will play in “Captain America: Civil War” after Marvel announced his casting Friday. Brühl — who is known for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Ron Howard’s “Rush” (incidentally opposite “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth) — will star alongside Chris Evans (Cap), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chadwick Boseman (newcomer Black Panther) in the third “Captain America” installment. “With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes,” producer Kevin Feige said in Marvel’s blog post announcing the casting. The film sees directors Joe and Anthony Russo returning after this year’s hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which has raked in more than $715 million at the international box office. Brühl’s role has yet to […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
When Marvel took to ABC’s “The View” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” in July to announce that a woman would become Thor and a black man would become Captain America in its comics, debate ignited over what in Asgard’s name the House of Ideas was thinking. Such dramatic changes coming simultaneously to two of the publisher’s classic marquee brands – names that front blockbuster film franchises at its sister company Marvel Studios – were celebrated by many people as positive progress, but others decried the decisions: “This is political correctness run amok,” “Affirmative Action Man” and “PC Avengers, Assemble!” read parts of some readers’ reactions posted on Hero Complex stories about the announcements. Whether they’re meeting fans or foes, the new Captain America and Thor represent two ongoing concerns for Marvel and the comics industry’s growth: minorities and women. […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 9:43 a.m.
“All-New Captain America” No. 1, starring former Falcon Sam Wilson in the red, white and blue title role, launches Wednesday, and as the story unfolds in the coming months, writer Rick Remender, supporters and doubters will finally see how this change flies. That Sam would replace his longtime friend Steve Rogers as Captain America was announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” back in July, part of a two-part TV reveal that also saw ABC’s “The View” tell its audience that the comics giant’s next Thor would be a woman. Those choices were hailed by some as progress and derided by others as politically correct pandering and/or sales stunts. Rather than coming from an editorial edict, Marvel, Remender and “Thor” writer Jason Aaron have said, the ideas for the changes to the two […]
Oct. 28, 2014 | 12:10 p.m.
Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans will be starring in their own films as part of Marvel’s Phase Three wave of comic-book blockbusters. The announcements about Marvel’s upcoming movie projects took place Tuesday in Hollywood at the El Capitan Theatre at a special event attended by the company’s brass and key filmmaking partners. Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige identified key dates for new releases that will make up Phrase Three. They included: May 6, 2016 — “Captain America: Civil War” Nov. 4, 2016 — “Doctor Strange” May 5, 2017 — “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” July 28, 2017 — “Thor: Ragnarok” Nov. 3, 2017 — “Black Panther” May 4, 2018 — “Avengers: Infinity War Part I” July 6, 2018 — “Captain Marvel” Nov. 2, 2018 — “Inhumans” May 3, 2019 — “Avengers: Infinity War Part II” Actor […]