These days, fans expect a sequel to a film to be at least as good as the first installment, forget about better than the original. And it looks like the latest Captain America film is at least as good, if not better, than the first.
So the teaser commercial for Guardians of the Galaxy was finally aired on TV, and it all went by so fast, it hard to figure out what to make of it. Guardians is not one of the better known Marvel titles, but it’s a superhero team, and we’re willing to bet dollars to donuts that’s why it got launched in the first place, especially after the success of the Avengers.
Now that Batman Vs Superman has pushed back its release date by nearly a year, we should have figured that another summer blockbuster would be moving into its place. Well as it turns out, Ant-Man has indeed pushed his way in to fill the gap.
This has been quite a year for movies. There have been major genre hits, and major disasters, but the box office pundits claim this could again be another record year. The Hobbit has been doing bang up business, and other genre films have also been doing very well, but the biggest movie of the year came out in the summer, and that movie is…
Comic book movies are still hot stuff for the moment, but there’s definite danger signs ahead. The biggest one right now is Batman Vs Superman, which will also include Wonder Woman, possibly other heroes as well.
Love it or hate it, comic book movies aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the explosion of The Avengers last summer has only made the genre stronger. Thor: The Dark World didn’t get the greatest reviews in the world, but because he’s part of the Avengers team, he’s still coming out on top against all comers.
With the upcoming superhero movies that Marvel has in store, it’s really a whole new ball game, thanks to The Avengers. After The Avengers came out and made three gazillion dollars, many of the upcoming Marvel films, including Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy, are being looked at as offshoots of that incredible superhero team-up.
Thor may not be the most popular Marvel character, but as part of the Avengers ensemble he should do very well when his next movie, Thor: The Dark World, is unleashed on November 8. Now the reviews are in, and the verdict is…
Alan Taylor, the director of Thor: the Dark World, is also well known for directing a lot of great TV, like Mad Men, The Sopranos, West Wing, Law & Order, and Game of Thrones. Directing the next Thor film could be a major coup for Taylor, because the Norseman superhero is part of the Avengers, and fans should flock to see it, much like being a part of the Avengers boosted Iron Man’s grosses.
Joss Whedon’s getting ready to embark on Avengers 2, which will start shooting in England next January. The fans would love to see him return to Firefly one day, but what about Buffy?
Thanks to the movie incarnation of X-Men, which turned comic movies around big time, Professor Xavier’s mutants are more popular than ever. And thanks to Joss Whedon’s big screen version of The Avengers, superhero teams have never been hotter.
Production on Avengers 2 will begin next year in England, and in the meantime, Marvel is launching the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which will hopefully keep people satisfied before The Avengers return in 2015.
Some years back, a well known Hollywood screenwriter told me that when the next big revolution in storytelling happens, it won’t be on the big screen, but it will probably something smaller that we’ll see on YouTube or some place like this. While webisodes may not have sparked a huge revolution in Hollywood, it’s much easier to tell a big story 5 to 15 minutes at a time, much like the Halo web series that has a big YouTube following.
Marvel mania is absolutely back, and bigger than ever. Iron Man 3 looks to be the biggest movie of the summer, if not the year, and with a number of TV shows getting the green light, renewed or cancelled this week, the upcoming Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series has won a full season order for ABC.
When it comes to comic book movies that desperately need a reboot, quite a few titles come to mind. Howard the Duck. Ghost Rider.
Whether or not a long-awaited Justice League film gets made depends on the success of Man of Steel. If Steel takes off at the box office, Justice League will go forward. It’s definitely been a very rocky road for Justice League, and the success of The Avengers helped pull it out of development hell.
It looks like this summer’s really shaping up to be a great season for genre films, and the verdict is finally in on two of the biggest.
If you’re not familiar with The Crow, you might be surprised at how much the fans are against a remake of the dark graphic novel adaptation.
With Man of Steel nearly here, there’s been a lot of press speculation about Justice League, which has been off again / on again at Warner Brothers.
The Avengers finally brought the Hulk back in a big way, and when the film became the third biggest movie of all time, people were wondering what would be next for the character.