I tried playing a mental game last week, where charted the companies that own DC Comics upwards to the top. It went DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Time Warner, and possibly AT&T in the future. Of course I got all this wrong without the help of the internet, but I did it to illustrate how hard its become to track where our media is coming from. That becomes important because increasingly, its changing in absurd ways and everyone wants your web cookies so they can predict what you will buy next week or even next month. Take that same game that I started with, and do it with Marvel Entertainment/Lucas Films/Pixar/ and Disney. Now add 21st Century Fox to that list. It’s not a linear thread, its a spider web. One which is about to become twice as big… Continue reading Is Disney becoming Alchemax?
Today Marvel Studios offered a new taste for next year’s Black Panther film. Where the initial trailer was a bit discordant, the latest impressively blends design, action and beats. (Though someone in the editing suite is really proud of that car flip moment which reappears at pretty much same point in this trailer as it did in the previous).
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Martin Freeman, Angela Basset, Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, opens February 16th 2018.
Today Marvel Studios released their first trailer for next year’s Black Panther, which focuses on establishing the world of Wakanda. Likening the African kingdom to the old legends of the Lost City of El Dorado, this initial glimpse of Wakanda blends the ancient with the futuristic.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis & Martin Freeman (so far with pants intact). The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, opens February 16th, 2018.
Today Marvel Studios unveiled the initial trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. This first footage is solidly focused on Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder who it appears is about to undergo another of his periodic humblings. The trailer wisely de-emphasizes Loki (headgear change noted with approval, though) in favor of new characters Valkyrie, The Grandmaster and especially Cate Blanchett’s Hela (who looks fantastic). The trailer also suggests that the film will arrive with Taika Waititi’s signature quirk intact.
Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson & Jeff Goldblum. The movie, directed by Taika Waititi, opens November 3rd.
Last night, Marvel Studios unveiled the first full trailer for their upcoming Spider-Man solo film. This initial glance at the movie leans heavily on high-flying acrobatics and Robert Downey, Jr. Also, a glimpse of Michael Keaton’s Vulture.
Spider Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland and directed by Jon Watts, opens July 7th 2017.
I am Groot.
Also Mantis, some tentacle creatures and a frustrated Rocket Raccoon. So you know, shoud be good times.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, directed by James Gunn, opens May 5th, 2017.
Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange has become a worldwide hit, won acclaim and opened the doors for more eccentric material for future films. It’s also strikingly familiar in many ways to 2011’s Green Lantern from Warner Brother’s studios. Skeptical? Read on for the proof… Continue reading Doctor Strange is Green Lantern Done Right
For a production company that is faulted at times for sticking to a very specific formula, Marvel Studios takes a fair amount of risks. The most obvious of these is a willingness to base big budget movies around B-List characters. However, as Ant-Man demonstrated last year and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, viewers are eager to embrace heroes who previously had little, if any, exposure outside of fan culture. This combined with a mixing of subgenres (science-fiction space opera, heist caper family drama) has helped keep the formula from growing stale. Yes, the standard tropes are still there, but, in the best movies, they blend with more unique elements. This is definitely the case with Doctor Strange, the most recent entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Its mixture of technical prowess and strong ensemble acting crafts a film which is equal parts awe-inspiring and humane. Central to the movie’s success, same as Captain America Civil War earlier this year, is the conviction that the spectacle must be anchored with compelling character work.
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And now Doctor Strange looks even more trippy . . .
At their San Diego Comic Con panel, Marvel Studios released a new trailer for their fall film Doctor Strange. The new preview emphasizes Stephen’s training in the mystic arts in full mind-bending detail. In addition, it features a fuller glimpse of Chiwetal Ejiofor’s Baron Mardo and Benedict Wong’s Wong. Also an awesome trick with a cape.
Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, opens on November 4th 2016.
Eight years ago Marvel Studios unveiled their first effort, Iron Man. Since then Marvel has produced 11 more films and four television series while amassing a staggering amount of box office revenue. That is a huge accomplishment which either makes Iron Man seem like just the other day, or a long time ago, depending on your perspective. Regardless, it is hard to argue that Marvel has found a filmmaking approach which works for both them and their audience. Multiple factors are at play here, though, one of the key ones has been taking their time to let their Cinematic Universe expand organically. At first glance this statement might seem paradoxical when applied to an enterprise which since Day One has been geared towards setting up the next chapter. Hence all those mid/post credit scenes which remain one of the trademarks of the franchise. Yet, if nothing else, this emphasis on serial storytelling points towards a shared link between the movies and their source material. More importantly it gives characters room to breathe, allowing the actors opportunity to build on beats from previous appearances. This attention to nearly a decade of world and character building pays off this week with the arrival of Marvel Studio’s latest entry: Captain America: Civil War. It is an exciting, fast paced film which never loses sight of the flawed individuals at the center of its narrative.
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