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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The classic that redefined the horror-film genre is prepping to scare up an entirely new generation. This HALLOWEEN the thrills and chills will be courtesy of none other than Jamie Lee Curtis, the original Scream Queen!
The night he came home. The tagline to creator/director John Carpenter’s 1978 classic horror film changed the way audiences gathered in darkened theaters — suddenly the experience became incredibly interactive. It begins from the eerie perspective of a pair of eyes through a Halloween clown mask as the gruesome murder of a young woman unfurls before our eyes. By the time we’ve had a moment to collect ourselves from that horror, the murderer is revealed…a six year-old named Michael Myers!
40 years later after a mad slaughter on his hometown, Michael Myers will return on the night that made him a nightmarish urban legend, on October 19th Halloween returns to the big screen, and it’s brining back the original Scream Queen! Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the role that made her a star, reprising her role as Laurie Strode, the only survivor of Michael Myers’ bloodlust, but can even Laurie escape her psychotic serial killer brother’s rage when he dons the mask to exact his terror on the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois and finish what he started.
This will also mark the first time that Carpenter will be returning to the franchise that he started, as he steps into the role of executive producer, raising many fan expectations that after several sequels and reboot Halloween is back on track to scare audiences once again! This film promises to examine a bit more of Myers’ psyche, though not as intricately as the films created by Rob Zombie which were largely regarded by the fandom as too “far out” from the enigma and force of nature that first appeared on the screen.
Here is the first trailer for Halloween which hits theaters in October:
The lovably fierce Autobot gets his own spin-off in this continuation of the TRANSFORMER film franchise that takes a “retro” look at one of the mythology’s greatest assets.
Ever since the character was first introduced as part of the heroic line from the now classic Transformers toy line from Hasbro, fans and audiences everywhere have had a very soft spot for Bumblebee. The feisty Autobot that converted into an unassuming, yellow VW bug, was known for his quick-wit and skills an espionage agent that took orders directly from the head honcho himself, Optimus Prime. In the series of franchise-enhancing films from Michael Bay, Bumblebee headlined Transformers aligning their causes with the human race.
After the most installment worked to significantly reboot much of the mythology, it appeared that Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the blockbuster series, was eager to follow in the footsteps of proliferating theaters with guaranteed brand recognition, the star of the previous films has finally been promoted to “headlining” his own! Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight and stars Hailee Steinfeld. The “triple-threat” starlet will be joining the Autobot on his adventure, which is setting up the origin story for Bumblebee’s arrival on Earth.
The synopsis describes the film as taking place in the year 1987, Bumblebee all “battle-scarred and broken” is found by Charlie (Steinfeld) who finds refuge in the junkyard of a small California beach town, but it isn’t long before Charlie discovers this is no ordinary VW bug and the pair are thrust into the middle of a new adventure! Bumblebee will be coming to theaters later this year, in time for Christmas.
See the trailer here: