April 07, 2014 | 10:14 a.m.
Mark your calendars. The release date showdown between Captain America and Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman is now official — Marvel has confirmed that its follow-up to the box office smash “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will open May 6, 2016, the same date staked out by Warner Bros. for its “Man of Steel” sequel. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” soared to a domestic box office record of $96.2 million in its opening this weekend, making it the best-ever April debut of a movie. The latest in an unbroken chain of big screen successes for comic book movie powerhouse Marvel, the sequel, generated just more than $207 million in its first 10 days overseas. The follow-up to 2013′s “Man of Steel,” which will pair Henry Cavill’s Superman with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, is also set to […]
April 06, 2014 | 10:15 a.m.
In this weekend’s record-breaking Marvel sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” actor Sebastian Stan is the man behind the mask of the lethal assassin referenced in the title. The character is one from hero Steve Rogers’ past reborn in villainous form — and anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet and wants to preserve the surprise of the antagonist’s identity might want to stop reading now. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film brings to the screen the famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting and puts Rogers (Chris Evans) inside a political thriller. Cap begins to uncover a conspiracy at the international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and turns for assistance to allies including Scarlett Johansson’s spy Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie’s veteran Sam Wilson, who has his own heroic identity as […]
April 02, 2014 | 12:26 p.m.
Ever wondered if a superhero cape could pass for haute couture? On Thursday, “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” viewers will find out. The four remaining competitors on the fashionable reality competition program will use fearsome Marvel characters such as Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Falcon, Hawkeye and the Guardians of the Galaxy as inspiration for a ready-to-wear challenge. Expect a run on camouflage, tool belts and spandex fabric at Mood Fabrics ( how fast can an ambitious designer make 10-foot feathered wings?). Jaimie Alexander (who recently visited “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as her “Thor” character Lady Sif) will serve as a guest judge ready to school the hopefuls on all things fierce. Cort Lane (that name just sounds like a superhero), Marvel’s vice president in charge of animation development and production, will also be on hand as a guest mentor. No word […]
April 02, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” arrives in theaters Friday 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, but 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. It seems to have worked — critics have widely praised the film in early reviews and Marvel already has announced its plans to bring the Russos back to direct the third “Captain America” film, which takes place months after the events depicted in “Avengers” and opens with Steve Rogers having remained in the employ of international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and occasionally teaming with Scarlett Johansson’s spy Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black […]
April 01, 2014 | 3:28 p.m.
While Gerry Conway has spent his storied comic career standing out, he’s now looking to fit in. At least for a night. Conway took to Twitter today to kick-start a campaign to be invited to the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” As one of the co-creators of the Punisher and a longtime scribe of “Justice League of America,” Conway is still best known among Spidey fans for his memorable work in the summer of 1973 — “The Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 121-122 featured the death of one major character who also happens to have a prominent role in Sony’s May 2 release. (Although there’s no word on whether the events in the film will exactly mirror those in the comics, anyone who would prefer not to know who dies in Conway’s story line might want to stop reading now and […]
April 01, 2014 | 3:19 p.m.
In his current position as movie chief at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige might rank as one of the most envied men in Hollywood right now. The company has enjoyed a nearly unmatched run of box office success stretching back to the release of 2008′s “Iron Man” and appears poised to celebrate a new record-breaking opening with the arrival of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this week. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the new film takes place months after the events depicted in “Avengers” and opens with Steve Rogers having remained in the employ of international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and occasionally teaming with Black Widow on key missions. After an attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. top dog Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) puts the hero in conflict with the organization’s leader, Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford in a key supporting turn), he finds […]
March 28, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
When it comes to the superhero spy game, an easy facility with falsehood can get you far. Which helps explain the unlikely friendship that develops between Chris Evans’ unfailingly forthright patriotic hero and Scarlet Johansson’s ethically dubious operative in Marvel’s latest comic book adventure, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “She made a life based on lies and deceit and malleable morality, and Cap couldn’t lie if he tried to,” said Evans, seated beside his costar in a sparsely furnished chamber at a Beverly Hills hotel. “These aren’t two characters that you would necessarily know had so much in common,” Johansson agreed. “They’re deceivingly similar. They’re having this huge identity crisis…. ‘What do I want? Why do I want it? What do I need from someone else?’ We started to say, ‘Maybe they see the reflection in one another.’” Arriving in […]
March 27, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.
The new Ms. Marvel was a media sensation months before her first adventure was published: Kamala Khan, the girl behind the superhero’s mask, would be Marvel’s first Muslim character to star in her own title. But what shape her comic book series would take, and whether sales would match the hype, remained to be seen. “People love to talk about new and different,” said “Ms. Marvel” writer G. Willow Wilson. “They don’t always love to buy and read new and different.” The fear in debuting such a risky character, series editor Sana Amanat said, is always: “If we do something like this, is it a gimmick?” As “Ms. Marvel” No. 1 heads to a third printing and next month’s No. 3 approaches, early indications are that the teenage Kamala’s story has resonated with readers – and drawn new customers into […]
March 27, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens in less than two weeks, bringing Marvel’s star-spangled superhero back to the big screen for the first time since 2012′s “The Avengers.” The film, a sequel to 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” sees Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) working for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he reports to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and sometimes teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). He also finds a friend in fellow military man Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), also known as Falcon. Although he’s adjusted to many aspects of modern life, he doesn’t know who to trust in a world of increasing moral ambiguity. MORE: From the set of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ “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 […]
March 26, 2014 | 4:31 p.m.
The theatrical release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is less than two weeks away, and Marvel is counting down with two new, slightly spoiler-y video clips spotlighting Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the titular villain. (Those who want to be surprised about the Winter Soldier’s identity should stop reading now.) Set after the events of 2012′s “The Avengers,” the “Captain America: The First Avenger” sequel finds Evans’ hero working for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he’s not sure who he can trust. His past quite literally comes back to haunt him in the form of a close friend turned enemy. In the newly released featurette, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reflects on the inspiration for the villain, Ed Brubaker’s 2005 “Captain America” story line “Winter Soldier,” which Feige called “one of the best ‘Captain America’ stories in the comics over the past […]