March 03, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s comics collaborations yielded some classic, spine-tingling tales — and for the first time, the entirety of their work in the genre is being collected, in the new hardcover edition, “The Simon and Kirby Library — Horror,” due this week from English publisher Titan. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive excerpt from the new book in the gallery above or using the links below. Simon and Kirby’s fabled creative partnership left an indelible imprint on comics — in Timely Comics’ Captain America Comics #1, dated March 1941 but out the previous December, they introduced the world to the patriotic superhero whose legacy and influence remains widespread — Cap will star in his second big-screen solo outing this spring, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opening April 4. Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 […]
Feb. 02, 2014 | 4:15 p.m.
Steve Rogers gains a clearer understanding of the threat he’s up against in the new trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which debuted Sunday during the Super Bowl. The clip promoting the April 4 release had a recognizably melancholy tone as Chris Evans’ patriotic hero grapples with the moral ambiguities of the modern age — a theme the actor said will dominate the Marvel sequel — even as he engages in serious battle with the help of Anthony Mackie’s Falcon and Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, or Black Widow. “For Steve, it’s about what is right,” Evans said in an interview with Hero Complex. “He’s relatively acclimated to the modern day — it’s not tech shock anymore, he’s not just like, ‘What’s a cellphone?’ It’s more about, given his situation, given the company he works for, what are we doing […]
Jan. 30, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” arrives in theaters April 4 with the promise of bringing to the screen the famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting that inspired the name of the Marvel sequel. Star Chris Evans and fraternal directing team Anthony and Joe Russo also looked back to certain cinematic landmarks to help bring a contemporary resonance to the superhero tale. Marvel “told us that they wanted to do a ’70s thriller, and we grew up on ’70s thrillers,” Joe Russo said in an interview with Hero Complex last year. “We’ve seen ‘The French Connection’ 50 times, studied it frame by frame.” Although Anthony and Joe Russo are best known to a certain swath of fans for their groundbreaking work on the subversive cult comedies “Community” and “Arrested Development,” they were able to […]
Oct. 24, 2013 | 10:16 a.m.
A new trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers caught in a web of intrigue. The much-hyped trailer was slated to be released on iTunes on Thursday morning, but after technical difficulties on that site, many fans turned to the British version found on MarvelUK’s YouTube channel. That trailer (watch it below) runs 2½ minutes and teases plenty of action, conspiracy and clever banter between Captain America and his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues, with a smattering of the previously released Comic-Con International and D23 footage. The trailer opens mid-air, with the Cap (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), aboard a jet. “Do anything fun Saturday night?” Widow asks. “Well, all the guys in my barbershop quartet are dead, so, no, not really,” Cap quips before jumping off the plane without a parachute. The trailer features a glimpse […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 1:41 p.m.
The first trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is slated for release tomorrow morning, but Marvel’s amping up the hype with a teaser video. That’s right — a teaser for a trailer. The 10-second video, released Wednesday, packs in a lot of action. The clip features Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, shield in hand, as well as what appears to be the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier preparing for launch, a view of Washington, D.C., Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, some exploding cars, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow), Steve Rogers in civilian clothes hurdling some desks and Steve in his Cap gear, slamming his shield down on what might be another person. The full “Winter Soldier” trailer is scheduled to debut at 9 a.m. PDT Thursday on iTunes trailers. The video clip (watch it above) follows yesterday’s release […]
Oct. 22, 2013 | 12:28 p.m.
A new movie poster for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was released Tuesday, and the film’s first teaser trailer is on its way. The poster shows Chris Evans as the Cap in what appears to be the cargo hold of a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane. In the distance is the agency’s helicarrier, which, as fans will remember, took quite a beating in “The Avengers.” Below is Washington, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument visible in the haze. The new poster is the second one released for the “Captain America” sequel; the first depicts a worn and paint-chipped version of the Cap’s shield. The new poster’s release precedes Thursday’s teaser trailer debut, slated for 9 a.m. PDT on iTunes trailers. The film, due out April 4, will adhere closely to Ed Brubaker’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” comic book story line, Marvel […]
Aug. 10, 2013 | 1:55 p.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” stars Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan took the D23 stage Saturday morning to promote the sequel, one of several Marvel titles — including “Thor: The Dark World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” — to be touted at the Anaheim expo. The stars were joined on stage by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who caught the audience up on Stan’s character, Bucky Barnes. Steve Rogers’ best friend appeared to fall to his death in 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but, of course, he returns in a much different incarnation in the sequel. “I guess you saw him crashing down into the mountains, but funny enough, he found his way back,” Stan joked. No spoilers here. Feige has said that Bucky’s role in the film will adhere closely to Ed Brubaker’s “Captain America: The […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Batman and Superman joined forces, Wolverine reunited with an entire team of X-Men, and “Avengers” villain Loki commanded the 6,500 audience members assembled in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H to worship him as a god as the rapturous crowd cheered wildly — just business as usual at the pop culture expo known as Comic-Con International. Word of a sequel to the summer’s Zack Snyder-directed Superman movie “Man of Steel,” which is set for release in 2015 and will feature Batman among its cast of characters, was perhaps the biggest news to emerge from the four-day celebration of film, television, video games and comic books that attracts about 130,000 visitors to the city’s downtown — many clad in colorful costumes. One of the most powerful draws for those fans is the opportunity to see exclusive trailers […]
July 20, 2013 | 11:39 p.m.
Marvel Studios pulled out all the stops for its Hall H panel presentation during Comic-Con on Saturday, wowing with surprise after surprise, including an introduction by Tom Hiddleston in full Loki costume, an unannounced discussion with the entire cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and an appearance by “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon, who unveiled the sequel’s title: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The panel also focused on “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The lights cut out as the panel began, and a disembodied voice hissed, “Humanity, humanity, look how far you’ve fallen,” chastising the audience for “sweltering in line” and “huddling in the dark like beasts … in this meager palace of Midgard, the arena they call Hall H.” A spotlight revealed “Thor: The Dark World” costar Hiddleston, decked head to toe in his […]
July 09, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is one of two projects that Marvel will promote to the faithful next week at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. On Tuesday, Marvel revealed a teaser poster for the film, in which Chris Evans will reprise his title role from “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The image suggests that Cap might see some serious battle in the sequel, set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014. The film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also wrote the first film. The movie is shooting in Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington, D.C., and will feature Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, Robert Redford has joined the cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. In […]