The first trailer for Captain America 3: Civil War has been released & it’s more than a teaser. Perhaps countering rumors that this would be more of an Avengers film, the trailer centers on Cap, Bucky & Falcon. Plus, a flash of Black Panther. Finally there is a somber tone which suggests a natural continuation from Winter Soldier. The Russo Brothers are back directing, so that would seem natural.
Netflix added another prestigious feather to its cap with the announcement that they will be co-producing the forthcoming Okja, the next film from acclaimed Korean writer/director Joon-ho Bong (Memories of a Murder, The Host & Snowpiercer). Okja appears to be a return to the genre of creature films which Bong previously visited with The Host. Bong has offered that he views his “monster as a ‘kind spirit’ and has said the film is about ‘a warm friendship between a country girl and a brute with stories.'”
Bong is a major talent and this sounds like a great fit for him.
Production is scheduled for next year with a targeted 2017 release. Further details, including cast, at Indiewire.
At their NYCC panel Dark Horse unveiled their newest licensed property. The announcement was made via video by James Cameron. Cameron cited the publisher’s long history with his stories stretching back to Aliens and Terminator. His studio and Dark Horse will work together over the next decade to explore the world of Avatar. The first book will arrive in 2016. No creative teams as of yet.
Three years after their blockbuster film debut, the Avengers reunite for a new outing, Age of Ultron. With Joss Whedon returning as both writer and director, the film rather seamlessly resumes the tone of the first, while also fitting into the ever expanding tapestry of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. While not a perfect film, in some ways it cannot match the sheer thrill of the initial installment, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The story opens in the snowy forests of Sokovia, Acting on intel relayed to Maria Hill from Phil Coulson (as shown in this week’s episode of Agents on SHIELD), the Avengers have arrived to raid the base of Hydra leader Wolfgang von Strucker. The Avengers and the film leap into immediate action, as a full-out firefight breaks out between the Hydra minions and the Avengers. As the defenses crumble, Strucker’s greatest triumph reveals itself: the Maximoff twins. Whedon does not take long in reveling Wanda and Pietor in action. They make a strong first impression, before spiriting away from the losing battle. Captain America takes Strucker prisoner, while Iron Man recovers Loki’s scepter, though, not before he has his mind jostled by Wanda’s powers. She unleashes a flood of nightmares (including a stunning shot of a re-animated Chitauri vessel), which deeply troubles Stark, leaving more concerned than ever for the safety of the world in general and his teammates in particular. Continue reading Review of Avengers: Age of Ultron→
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser
It was never really about who did it.
Yes, The Fade Out was a murder mystery centered on the untimely, suspicious demise of actress Valeria Sommers. Yes, all the clues add-up and the solution in the final issue is a satisfying one. However, in the end, it was not the puzzle element which made this series so successful. Now there is nothing wrong with a well-told brainteaser, populated by smart-talking detectives nearly daring the reader to think quicker than them. In the right hands, this style of writing is delightful. Yet, The Fade Out was always about something more, something deeper. Brubaker and Phillips spun a tale of Hollywood’s olden days which was dripping in atmosphere and nuance. They went further than scandal plot-twists for an examination of how they fabled Dream Factory functioned. The results, like they say about sausage, were not always appetizing. What they were, however, were quite compelling. Continue reading Review of The Fade Out #12→
Marvel rings in the New Year with their latest Star Wars limited series. Unlike the majority of their Star Wars product, however, this one does not unfold in the immediate aftermath of A New Hope. Set instead during the prequels era, it shifts the focus to Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. The different period is a plus for the book; readers may still be in familiar territory, but at least it is less well-trod than the standard post-Hope terrain. The concept of exploring Obi-Wan and Anakin’s dynamic through their normal Jedi duties (as opposed to diving into The Clone Wars yet again) has a lot of potential. Based on the installment, Obi-Wan and Anakin is off to a good start in fulfilling that promise. Continue reading Review of Obi-Wan & Anakin #1→
Marvel continues to rebuild their Star Wars empire with a new limited series promising to fill in (some) of the gaps between Episodes VI and VII. Arriving under the rather awkward banner of Journey to Star Wars: The Forces Awakens, the debut issue is a decidedly mixed bag. Disappointingly it opens in rather familiar territory: the Battle of Endor. Rucka does shift the focus a little by showing events from the perspective of new characters. However, except for a sequence depicting Luke’s flight from the Death Star the material is not particularly involving. Most readers will not be picking this up for a retrending of iconic ground. This reader, at least, was hoping for something fresher. Continue reading Review of Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1→