March 10, 2014 | 11:32 a.m.
It’s an auspicious year for the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man and more as Marvel Entertainment celebrates the 75th anniversary of the comic book that launched the Marvel Universe. “Marvel Comics” No. 1, released in 1939, marked the beginning of what has become one of the most successful brands in comics, film, television and toys. That issue, edited by Timely Publications’ Martin Goodman, debuted the Human Torch and the Angel, as well as featuring Namor the Sub-Mariner, Ka-Zar the Great, the Masked Raider and more. The comic was a smash hit, selling out and prompting a second printing. The success led to the beginning of Marvel Comics as we know it. To kick off its yearlong anniversary celebration, Marvel has released a trailer, narrated by the publisher’s editor in chief, Axel Alonso. The trailer (watch it above) teases Marvel.com/75, the website […]
March 10, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.
The New York of noir fiction is known for dark alleys, shady subways and organized crime — the perfect gritty territory for Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher, Marvel Comics’ marine turned vigilante who prefers killing bad guys to turning them in. But a change of scenery is on the horizon for Castle, as writer Nathan Edmondson takes over the comic book with art by Mitch Gerads and relocates the character to sunny Los Angeles with its sand, surf and palm trees. “We’re inviting the question that perhaps L.A. for too long has ignored the cancer that’s growing in the roots of those very palm trees and behind the facades of some of the more glamorous streets,” Edmondson said. “We wanted to offer something original, fresh and exciting. Set in New York, there were a lot of expectations, a […]
March 06, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.
Chris Evans’ patriotic Steve Rogers is taking down bad guys on the high seas in a new four-minute clip from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the latest Marvel sequel due in theaters April 4. The film teams up Cap with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow on key missions, including the one highlighted in the footage from the new movie, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Set after the events depicted in 2012′s “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” sees Evans’ hero having remained in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yet even as he bonds with a military man named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap finds himself with few people he can trust as his past quite literally comes back to haunt him in the form of a close friend turned enemy. Although earlier trailers have played up the movie’s showstopping action […]
March 04, 2014 | 3:53 p.m.
“The price of freedom is high, and it’s a price I’m willing to pay.” So says super patriot Steve Rogers in a new trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the latest Marvel sequel starring Chris Evans as the red-white-and-true-blue hero. The clip promoting the April 4 release showcased some of the movie’s showstopping action — car crashes, shootouts, massive demolition — though the actor has pointed out that this time around, Cap will be grappling not just with a lethal threat in the form of the titular villain, but also the moral ambiguities of the modern age. “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 […]
Feb. 28, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.
Actor Patrick Wilson is set to join the cast of “Ant-Man,” the upcoming Marvel superhero film from fan-favorite director Edgar Wright. It’s unclear what role Wilson might take in the planned 2015 release, which will see Michael Douglas play the original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who, in the comics, invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star Paul Rudd as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man, with Evangeline Lilly, most recently seen on screen as the warrior elf Tauriel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” widely tipped to sign on to the cast as well. It’s unclear whether either incarnation of the diminutive hero will appear in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which […]
Feb. 27, 2014 | 11:40 a.m.
Marvel is set to offer fans a first look at Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as part of a new ABC TV documentary airing next month. “Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe” will feature interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all the Marvel films dating back to 2008′s hit “Iron Man,” as well as the company’s original One-Shot titles and the ABC series ““Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The one-hour prime-time special will include new footage from Marvel’s upcoming releases, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in addition to a sneak peek at the “Avengers” sequel, which is set to open in theaters next year. Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will see the iconic team of heroes gather once more to battle the villainous Ultron (James Spader). It’s unclear how closely the film will […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 8:38 a.m.
Marvel Studios previewed the first 10 minutes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at a fan screening of the new one-shot “All Hail the King” in Hollywood on Monday night, providing an early glimpse of the sequel’s mix of action-packed superheroics and 1970s-style political intrigue. The preview was introduced by Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige during a post-show Q&A with “All Hail the King” writer-director Drew Pearce and star Ben Kingsley. (If you’d rather be surprised by the opening when “Winter Soldier” opens April 4, you might want to stop reading now — spoilers are below.) The “Winter Soldier” clip began with a humorous, possibly fateful meeting between Steve Rogers, a.k.a. super-soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and fellow military man Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon (a bulked-up Anthony Mackie), with the former repeatedly lapping the latter on a jog around […]
Feb. 20, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.
Marvel is spotlighting each of the oddball heroes from “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a newly released series of short videos promoting the upcoming space adventure movie. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and the film’s first trailer, released Tuesday, suggests the movie boasts its fair share of snark and humor in […]
Feb. 19, 2014 | 5:58 a.m.
The first official trailer for Marvel’s upcoming space adventure, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuted Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and the clip delivers some spirited alien action, with exploding spaceships and muscled bad guys, not to mention a few purely comedic moments. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish anti-hero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and early footage […]
Feb. 18, 2014 | 11:01 a.m.
“The Avengers” are expanding their global itinerary — Joss Whedon’s anticipated sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will shoot key scenes in South Korea, Marvel announced Tuesday. The film shoot will be based in London at the country’s venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility, the same sound stages that played host to Marvel’s recent hit “Thor: The Dark World.” But the international production schedule for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” also will include stops in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Aosta Valley, Italy, with additional locations to be announced. Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will see the iconic team of heroes gather once more to battle the villainous Ultron (James Spader). (Click through the gallery above for a look at what Robert Downey Jr. and other members of the “Avengers” cast had to say about working with Whedon.) It’s unclear how closely […]