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Trailer | Marvel Studios CAPTAIN MARVEL

Carol Danvers may not be the most well known star (yet) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but her alter ego CAPTAIN MARVEL shines like a super nova in the first trailer heralding next summer’s first blockbuster!

It fell from outer space! And dropped right into the middle of a 1990’s Blockbuster! That’s literally how the new trailer of the much anticipated Marvel Studios Captain Marvel begins. The film’s heroine, Carol Danvers played by Brie Larson is headlining the first feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introducing Captain Marvel to a new generation. The character herself has been around since the 1960 and earned her own title in the 1970s under her original superhero moniker Ms. Marvel.

Danvers, an Air Force pilot gains extraordinary abilities when she is exposed to alien technology, a Kree device (the Kree are first mentioned in the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1) that is instrumental in the film and comics origin of the character. Captain Marvel crashes onto the Earth and is met with scrutiny from a new ally, Nick Fury again portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson. Larson apparently sits well in the skin of one of Marvel Comics most powerful heroes, and certainly expects to garner as similar a success as the competition’s Wonder Woman.

In recent history the character of Carol Danvers, as Captain Marvel has been elevated to a level that matches her contemporaries like Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk and Spider-Man, and with Avengers: Infinity War having struck down many of these major players, will the arrival of Captain Marvel signify the new age of the Marvel Studios franchises? That certainly would appear to be the suggestion, but with a story that promises to span the cosmos and create a time-tripping backstory that could introduce the newest Avenger, it just looks cool!

Here is the trailer for Captain Marvel expected in theaters in March 2019.

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State Of The Cape | WB Vague on Cavill’s Departure After All

Only a day after announcing actor Henry Cavill was released from his contract to the studio to appear as the Man of Steel in any future feature film, WB plays coy with possibility of a Superman return?

On Wednesday, or actually late on Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter had announced that WB the studio holding the lease on the franchise film properties linked to the DC Comics universe had released actor Henry Cavill from any obligations he had to appear as Superman in any future installments of the hero’s one-off features or the expanded universe spin-offs, that included an appearance in the studio’s proposed big screen Supergirl which was green-lit and sped into pre-production over the summer.

The reports came as Cavill who has become a sought-after commodity in Hollywood recently appearing opposite Tom Cruise in the latest Mission: Impossible, was preparing for his next role in the highly anticipated Netflix Original Series The Witcher. The actor’s busy schedule had prevented him from shooting a “surprise” cameo in next summer’s Shazam! which stars Zachery Levy as The World’s Mightiest Mortal. regrettably, the studio was not able to make the schedules work and decidedly move forward.

While fans were arguably critical by the actor’s interpretation of Superman in Man of Steel and his subsequent appearances inside the DC Cinematic Universe, Cavill’s latest appearance as Superman in 2017’s blockbuster Justice League seemed to right the course of the much beloved iconic character. Rumors immediately began to circulate about the actor’s continuing participation in the franchises including co-starring in the aforementioned Supergirl and following-up with Man of Steel 2.

On social networking it looked like fans immediately took umbrage with the studio decision and Cavill himself posted a rather somber, though cryptic response, leading many to speculate that his fate may not be sealed, and that perhaps he might return to the cape, especially when WB decides to revisit Superman in a feature down the road. With the overall lukewarm perception that Justice League received in theaters, the one indeterminate stand-out was Cavill’s very hopeful portrayal of Superman.

MAN OF STEEL Henry Cavill Hangs His Cape!

Warner Bros. announces Man Of Steel Henry Cavill has left the franchise and leaving the their DC fortress of films in solitude once again! What fate befalls the cinematic universe that the studio just can’t get right?

Look! Up in the sky! That barometric shift in the air isn’t the approaching hurricane that’s about the hit the Northeast it’s the wind being taken out of hundreds of fans’ sails upon hearing the news the Warner Bros. has given Henry Cavill the pink slip and asked him to turn in his cape and curl. The Man of Steel actor responsible for launching the expanded DC cinematic universe headlined director Zack Snyder’s 2013 feature film, which brought the most iconic comic book character back to the blockbuster stage. Though Snyder’s film was met with mixed emotions, Cavill interpretation of Superman was regarded as one of the best and made the character with a more than 80 year history much more contemporary. Cavill appeared next as Superman in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice which also introduced Ben Affleck as the notorious Dark Knight Detective, Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, finally marking the Amazing Amazon’s big-screen introduction. The trinity of characters and actors once again reunited for the team epic Justice League. The decision came as Cavill entered into a full-time role on Neflix’s The Witcher currently in production, and an apparent scheduling conflict that led to his surprise cameo in the upcoming Shazam! getting left on the cutting room floor. The actor had also been linked to the big-screen Supergirl project that is currently in pre-production, and a tentative sequel to his own Man of Steel that would featured once again in a stand-alone Superman story. According to early reports the studio is proceeding with Supergirl while retooling it’s next steps regarding “Superman”.
Henry Cavill appeared once again as Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which lead to the introduction of DC’s expanded cinematic universe in Justice League.
DC’s Kryptonite! The publishing may have met its match when it comes to the competitive blockbuster market. Its own arch-nemesis has appeared in the film of a largely critical audience which finds many of its most recent film adaptations taking a turn on the dark side, leaving many of its fans, well — in the dark! Looking to compete with Marvel Studios winning streak of features, Warner Bros. had reported an itinerary listing the release dates of its own DC films properties that would be developing its own expanded universe, with Cavill, Affleck and Gadot leading the pack each with their own titular release in the works. Gadot struck gold with Wonder Woman in 2017 heralding the success of a film with a super heroine on the marque, though its follow-up Justice League was wrought with intense scrutiny and controversy, leading to director Josh Whedon finishing the film. Since then, WB has wrestled with Ben Affleck’s star power on his proposed solo-outing The Batman. The actor has reportedly been dissatisfied with the script and the film has passed several hands before landing Matt Reeves in the director’s chair. With a script that’s still in much debate, and a pair of “Joker” movies that have been green lit and proceeding as planned. Whether The Batman will ultimately star Affleck is still to be determined, and with the news that Cavill has been released from his obligations to “Superman” who knows what boot will drop next. What’s certain is that fans will get to dive into the upcoming Aquaman starring Jason Mamoa, also introduced in Justice League (it was suggested at one time that Mamoa was among Snyder’s first choices for the lead role in Man of Steel). Another sequel that has fans anxiously awaiting its first trailer is Wonder Woman 1984 which reunites Gadot with her director Patty Jenkins, and places the Amazon princess’ adventures during the advent of the Cold War. As to what’s next for Superman, after setting the bar so high, Henry Cavill’s successor will find his boots hard to fill.
 

Cover2Cover | First Look CAPTAIN MARVEL

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly the pop-culture mag landed the premiere look at Brie Larson as Marvel Studios newest shooting star CAPTAIN MARVEL!

At the conclusion of Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War the mad Titan Thanos had succeeded with eradicating half of the population of the known universe. In the final moments, embedded in one of the film’s in-credit stingers, is perhaps the promise of the ultimate salvation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) using an old style pager sends out a distress call and we can only hope that the recipient of that message is listening, because we could use a miracle — we could use Captain Marvel!

Fans have known for months now that the Marvel Comics leading lady was making the big leap to the big screen, saddling up to the likes of Iron Man, Captain American and Thor. Academy Award-Winning actress Brie Larson won the coveted role of Air Force pilot turned interplanetary superhero Carol Danvers; not exactly the most popularly known name in common circles, but Carol has been an long-standing member of the Avengers in the comics, evolving into the Marvel Comics imprint’s version of the competitor’s Wonder Woman.

With the blockbuster success of that big screen adaptation and Wonder Woman’s (as portrayed by Gal Gadot) subsequent appearance in Justice League theater goers have proven that the world is ready for headlining super heroines to star in their own features. Marvel Studios is banking that Captain Marvel which will also feature Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Lee Page, will rightfully take its place even as Avengers 4 prepares to create a vacuum as key players in the MCU make their exit to let a new generation take over.

Don’t Call Her Ms. Marvel

The story in Captain Marvel will introduce audiences to Carol Danvers (Larson) the Air Force pilot and is set in the mid-90s. Danvers will find herself in the middle of an extraterrestrial invasion when the shape-shifting Skrulls (first introduced in pages of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four) bring their battle with the Kree (established within the MCU courtesy of Guardians of the Galaxy) to Earth and nab the attention of Nick Fury (Jackson) who will recruit Danvers to help repel this new threat. How it all unravels that Carol ends up with superpowers will soon be revealed.

Audiences are more excited about the potential introduction of Carol Danvers alter-ego Captain Marvel returning to Avengers 4 — especially with the World’s Mightiest Heroes numbers all-but decimated by the terrorist Thanos, they’ll need all the help they can get, and with Larson flexing further her muscles to assume the role of Marvel Comics super namesake, this will undoubtedly spark an entirely new dimension in the growing narrative establishing Marvel Studios’ domination of the genre.

Entertainment Weekly featured these thrilling “first looks” from the upcoming motion picture which will inaugurate the 2019 Summer Blockbuster Season when it is released on March 8.

The Skrulls make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the next summer’s “Captain Marvel”.

 

iReview | ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Marvel’s most astonishing pint-sized hero is back for another big screen adventure, but after battling on the side of the angels in the climatic Civil War Ant-Man and The Wasp must team-up — for the first time — to save the day!

In the annals of Marvel Comics creations, the characters of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne are without a doubt instrumental in setting in motion the comics imprint’s modern era of superheroes. As two of the founding members of the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the duo had a significant influence inspiring every generation that followed in their footsteps. When Marvel Studios announced that they would be adding the pair to their cinematic line-up, fans assumed that they would debut as part of the premiere team-up of Avengers. Not so.

As part of the next phase of the extended Marvel cinematic universe Ant-Man was introduced in his own big screen adventure, but it wouldn’t be Henry “Hank” Pym in the title role. Veteran Hollywood actor Michael Douglas was cast as the original hero first introduced in the classic Tales to Astonish #27 (Jan. 1962), but it would be comedic leading man Paul Rudd who would step into the super suit with the abilities to control his size and mass! Rudd was cast as Scott Lang, the second hero to assume the mantle of “Ant-Man” and introduced in Marvel Premiere #47, 1979.

In the comics, Lang a talented engineer was also a small-time crook who stole Hank Pym’s suit, but after proving himself to the scientist, Pym recognizes Scott’s potential and gives him the suit, so long as he uses it to fight crime. As the new Ant-Man, Scott Lang would become a hero in his own right often teaming up with Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and even joining the Avengers for a time. His daughter Cassie would eventually assume her own superhero persona and join the next generation of heroes inspired by the Avengers.

Hope Van Dyne (Lilly) is every bit the hero the world needs, and a capable force even at pint-size!

On the Big Screen

When the hero was realized for the big screen, his origin was similarly styled after his comic book introduction. Pym (Douglas) has learned that the technology he has developed and coveted over the years called “Pym particles” is being coopted by a former business partner. With the help of his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (played by Evangeline Lilly) the pair intended to recruit Lang to their cause to subvert the organization that is intending to weaponize his science and turn his life around as a superhero.

As the Ant-Man, Scott fought along with Captain America when the heroes confronted one another in the midst of a “Civil War”. At the end of that epic confrontation, Scott was sprung from prison and kept a close eye on by the FBI. Under house arrest there isn’t much that he can do, so he spends a lot of time with his daughter, Cassie, but when the fugitive Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne seek his help, Scott may lead the way to the mysterious whereabouts of Hank’s missing wife and partner, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer).

In Ant-Man and The Wasp Scott and Hope will team up once again under the directorial eye of Peyton Reed who proved uniquely capable at balancing the dramatic and comedic sides of the first feature which played like a classic caper film. The follow-up to the franchise doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but greatly enhances the mythology and solidly places Ant-Man and The Wasp rightfully in realm of the growing number of heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most of which recently met their fate at the hands of the Mad Titan Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Ant-Man (Rudd) finds himself facing an enemy that’s out of phase with reality in “Ant-Man and The Wasp”.

Larger Size Action; Bigger Heart

The first Ant-Man is perhaps one of the best origin stories in the Marvel Studios pantheon; it was highly beneficial in helping to establish Scott Lang and the Ant-Man who had been largely eclipsed by the more iconic contemporaries including Thor, Hulk and the aforementioned Captain America. Even though the characters were both pioneering members among Earth’s Mightiest, both Ant-Man and The Wasp remained largely enigmatic second players. The success of Ant-Man changed all of that, and his appearance in Captain America: Civil War raised his profile.

In the premiere installment the villainous Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) plans on selling Pym’s tech to none other than Hydra, the clandestine organization that infiltrates S.H.I.E.L.D. — our heroes are able to stop Cross who adapts Pym’s suit advances it into the  “Yellowjacket”. Lang emerges a true contender nimbly battling his adversary and turning an army of ants into a formidable force to be reckoned with! Stoll’s Yellowjacket will undoubtedly emerge as one of the most frightening foes, and the pair’s epic confrontation in Cassie’s playroom one of the best yet!

The supporting cast returned to join Scott, Hope and Hank on their mission to rescue Janet from her exile to the Quantum Realm, but even as they race against time another threat the mysterious Ghost (the crazy fantastic Hannah John-Kamen) is also chasing after Pym’s technology. As a young girl, the Ghost was caught in an industry explosion that placed her “out of phase” rest the rest of the world. An associate of Hank’s, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) promises to help, but it soon becomes evident that the government prefers to turn the Ghost into a secret agent.

One of the charms of the film is how heavily it relies on Marvel Comics mythology, and the elaboration of the backstory that sets up the covert missions of the original Ant-Man (Douglas) and The Wasp (Pfeiffer) with the introduction of Fishburne’s Bill Foster who also is best known to comic book fans as the size-changing hero Goliath. Rudd and Lilly have an onscreen chemistry that work on multiple levels, but establish both as inheritors of the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic narrative. No doubt that Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne will also emerge as one of the best cast roles.

The final act of Ant-Man and The Wasp as our heroes work to save the day is a phenomenally choreographed piece with Hope’s Wasp fully integrating herself into her role as a hero and Lang still navigating the intricacies of the suit, but proving his heart is bigger than most, and that he is truly one of the Marvel Universe’s most larger than life superheroes! Let’s all hope that given what’s at stake after the conclusion of Infinity War and (SPOILER ALERT) the disappearance of most of the Ant-Man family, Scott emerges the hero we all know he is!

Ant-Man and The Wasp starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas directed by Peyton Reed is currently playing in theaters.

First Look | WONDER WOMAN 1984

The first images are making their way out across the myriad spectators who anxiously await any bit from the set of the follow-up to one of the biggest blockbusters of 2017! WONDER WOMAN 1984 is taking shape!

The star of 2017’s Wonder Woman Gal Gadot couldn’t have anticipated her meteoric rise to super-stardom. The actress known for her more aggressive wilder turns as a supportive player in action hit franchises like The Fast & The Furious emerged from the bedlam of the screeching automatic car pile up, and ascended to the darkly shadowed spires of Gotham City. Gadot stepped into the role of one of the most iconic characters in popular culture, alongside two other monoliths in the epic brawl Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Gal Gadot reprises her role as Princess Diana in the sequel to the 2017 hit “Wonder Woman” set in the 80’s.

Few would argue that the starlet was indeed in fact one of the highlights of that film; even eclipsing its two titular leads, but arguably Wonder Woman is one of the personalities within the DC Comics pantheon that fans had long been hoping to see realized on the big screen. Gadot’s interpretation of the Amazing Amazon far exceeded anyone’s expectations. When the character made her own headlining feature debut, the response was extraordinary and under the guileful eye of director Patty Jenkins the film garnered remarkable reviews and set records at the box office.

The inevitable sequel is currently in production and although Wonder Woman 1984 as the title might suggest sees our timeless heroine emerges in a snapshot era, as opposed to battling a contemporary foe. From the first images, the Cold War setting may exactly be the catalyst that brings Diana, the warrior princess from an island paradise out of a self-imposed exile and back onto the world stage. After the events of the first feature, and as referred to in Justice League Diana goes underground after her battle with Ares and the loss of the love of her life.

How will Steve Trevor play into the premise of the new feature? Fans react to the appearance of Chris Pine in this shot from “Wonder Woman 1984”.

Interestingly enough Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is apparently playing a significant role in the next adventure though how Trevor fits in has been kept under wraps. Jenkins had promised fans when she signed onto the project that if there’s a will, there will be a way to bring Steve Trevor back into the fold. What has gotten out in the media is the appearance of Gadot and Pine’s WW1984 co-star, Kristen Wiig who has been cast as Barbara Minerva, well known to comic book fans as the alter-ego of Wonder Woman’s arch enemy The Cheetah!

Known for her comedic prowess Kristin Wiig will be stepping into the skin of Barbara Minerva aka The Cheetah an adversary of Wonder Woman’s.

With San Diego Comic-Con just weeks away, fans are hoping that Patty Jenkins will make a special announcement and introduce the first teaser trailer to what will undoubtedly emerge as the most anticipated sequel in DC’s arsenal. It was in 2015 when the first images from BvS were revealed giving us a glimpse of Gadot in her now famous armor. The next chapter in the expanding DC Cinematic Universe Wonder Woman 1984 will arrive in theaters November 1, 2019. That may feel like a longtime to wait, but in the meantime Aquaman and Shazam! will both hit theaters in 2018.