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Yesterday we talked about Captain America: The First Avenger, which comes out this weekend, and now thanks to Comic Con we have the first official poster for Marvel Studio’s The Avengers.

Directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon, The Avengers brings together Marvel’s Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) along with new additions Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and SHIELD agent  Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and of course our new Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

I think it is a safe assumption that we’ll get a taste of the team up flick at the end of this weekend’s Captain America, likely after the credits. Are you excited for The Avengers? I can’t wait to see more…

As we move closer to the July 22nd release of Marvel Studio’s Captain American: The First Avenger we are getting more and more goodies for the comic adaptation. If you head over to the teaser website you’ll find more than a dozen images from the movie (including the one above), the theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, superbowl spot, and a shot plot synopsis. Check out that picture of Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull and tell me that you are not excited to see Marvel’s super solider come to live on the big screen.

Shock Till You Drop scored a plot synopsis and an image from the forth installment of the Underwold series. The image features the return of Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a sexy vampire with a taste for leather.  From the directing team of Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, Underworld: Awakening jumps ahead in time from the last time we saw Selene in 2006’s Evolution. The secret world of vampires and werewolves has been released to the public, who are hunting them down. The idea sounds like it could be good, but if I learned anything from the past three Underworld flicks, it is that they will be mediocre at best. Even the above image… if I didn’t know better I’d think it was from one of the first two movies in the action series.

We started this entry by talking about one captain, so lets end it by chatting about another one. The classic 90s cheeseball cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers is getting the big screen treatment thanks to Transformers producer Don Murphy and the Cartoon Network. This will be CN’s first foray into theatrical movies. According to reports, the big screen adaptation will be live action and focus on current global issues such as “earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs”.

Murphy’s filmography is a mixed bag. In addition to all three Transformers films (the first two of which I hated, the third I just didn’t bother with), he also produced the horrid adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and disappointing From Hell, along with Shoot ‘Em Up… which was a damn fun popcorn flick. So one out of a dozen ain’t that bad but his name doesn’t give me hope that they could make Captain Planet into a good movie. If anything I think this captain would be better off on the small screen and animated for new audiences. Gear the show to young kids and entertain them while you teach them a thing or two about the environment.

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Film News: New Captain America pic, another Underworld sequel, & yet another cartoon goes to the big screen!
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It is no secret that I’m a huge Captain America fan. He is Marvel Comic’s Superman. Now, I haven’t always been a huge Captain fan, but I was damn impressed by him in Marvel’s (decently recent) “Civil War” storyline that divided the Marvel heroes pitting the Captain against Ironman. I’ve been very nervous about the new movie. I mean, they cast the Human Torch as Steve Rogers? And how could anyone forget the 70s Captain America flick? Well, we have a new poster that is pretty damn awesome…

And what is this? Thanks to the Superbowl, we have a new teaser of the upcoming superhero flick. Check it out here. Now, I don’t hate the trailer, but I could have used less of Steve Rogers pre-transformation and more actual Captain America footage. I love that we get to see a glimpse of the Red Skull and that the movie is staying pretty true to various comic incarnations.  July can not come soon enough. I hope the movie rocks.

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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This April the Marvel Comics universe is going to learn the true meaning of FEAR with their upcoming crossover “Fear Itself”. Of course that means a new main limited series plus endless offshoots. Here are the official blurbs to the first round of “Fear Itself” books (not included tie ins running through other Marvel comics).

FEAR ITSELF #1
DO YOU FEAR…TOMORROW? In this time of global anxiety, of economic turmoil and mass hysteria, Sin, the new Red Skull, has made an awesome discovery…a shameful secret that will rock the foundations of the Marvel Universe! A revelation that will divide father and son, turn friend against friend, and herald the rise of Fear personified. HE IS RETURNING…and the world has nothing to fear but FEAR ITSELF. Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen bring fans the biggest Marvel the biggest Marvel event since CIVIL WAR!

FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT #1
Terror has gripped the globe and now all the world is the front line for the next superhuman conflict! America blamed Speedball for the deaths of six hundred people in Stamford, Connecticut – the event that sparked the super hero Civil War. And while some have forgiven him, he hasn’t forgiven himself. But a new crisis has arisen – fear is spreading throughout the populace – and, while doing charity work in disguise, Robbie Baldwin’s true identity is exposed to the people of Stamford. With the world falling apart around him, can Speedball rally the population against the new danger – or will this survivor of an old war be the casualty of a new one? PLUS: Marvel’s super agent Jimmy Woo confronts his deepest fears in an all-new, all-action adventure! Join the fight as Marvel’s top talents take you on a series of globe-spanning adventures that will test the mettle of hero, citizen and villain alike!

FEAR ITSELF: SIN’S PAST #1
DO YOU FEAR…TOMORROW? In this time of global anxiety, of economic turmoil and mass hysteria, Sin, the new Red Skull, has made an awesome discovery…a shameful secret that will rock the foundations of the Marvel Universe! A revelation that will divide father and son, turn friend against friend, and herald the rise of Fear personified. HE IS RETURNING…and the world has nothing to fear but FEAR ITSELF. Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen bring fans the biggest Marvel the biggest Marvel event since CIVIL WAR!

FEAR ITSELF SPOTLIGHT
The only thing you have to fear is – FEAR ITSELF! Starting in April, Marvel lifts the lid on a plot that might undo the Heroic Age just as it’s getting started — with a universe-shattering attack from an unexpected quarter! In this issue of SPOTLIGHT, we dig deep with the creators behind FEAR ITSELF, including Matt Fraction (THOR, UNCANNY X-MEN) and Stuart Immonen (NEW AVENGERS) as they provide insight into the main event and the characters most affected by it! Plus: Take a look back at some of Marvel’s biggest blockbusters through the years – from old-school epics like the Avengers/Defenders War and SECRET WARS to contemporary crossovers like CIVIL WAR and SIEGE!

Posted on February 5th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Preview: Fear Itself #1
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Right off the bat I have to post this image, the first of Chris Evans as Captain America (big thanks to Entertainment Weekly!):

Entertainment Weekly Captain America

I love the color and look of the uniform (for a full body shot of the CA stunt double, click here). Revealed in the article is that Evans signed a 6 picture deal with Marvel. Epic. Okay, lets move on with some other comic book movie news…

  • One thing I’m not digging, is changes to the X-Men universe. It was revealed that in the upcoming First Class, Mystique will be an insecure teenage girl who is hiding the fact that she is really a mutant. Something about that just feels off, than again I thought the character was underused and mishandled in both Singer’s and Ratner’s X-Men movies, so I shouldn’t be surprised here. Pictures also reveal James McAvoy as Charles Xavier with hair. I wasn’t sold on him originally, but with hair he feels like a completely different character. Are they going to reveal the mysterious origin of  Xavier’s baldness? Come on guys…
  • Staying with the Marvel Comics universe of movies, a lot of names have joined Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the direct sequel to the 2007 lackluster Mark Steven Johnson movie.  Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze and is joined by Christopher Lambert, Ciaran Hinds, Johnny Whitworth, Violante Placido, and Thor‘s Idris Elba.  Elba recently talked about having a multiple picture deal with Marvel, but I don’t think people expected a supporting role in the new Ghost Rider, personally I was hoping for Elba being cast as Luke Cage, but a lot more people want him as Black Panther. How many comic roles will Idris Elba need to take before he gets a real character? The film is being directed by the team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the guys who brought us the Crank series. That gives me a lot more hope than the first one that was directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who also directed the disappointing Daredevil flick.
  • Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film has a title! The Dark Knight Rises. Yeah, seriously, it is that bad. Nolan has also denied rumors that the Riddler will be featured in the film. Earlier he said no to Mr. Freeze, so we are slowly narrowing down the villain possibilities. This might be Nolan’s last Batman film, so I’m hoping for someone good (or a good combo of villains). Maybe Hugo Strange along with a couple “monster” types; Man-Bat, Clayface, or Killer Croc? They can continue the theme of the mob and give us Black Mask. Tom Hardy, who worked with Nolan on Inception, has been cast in an undisclosed role (maybe a villain?). We have until 2012 for the film, so we might not hear anything else anytime soon.
  • Darren Aronofsky will be directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. (I think they can remove the “X-Men Origins” from the title, seriously guys) Aronofsky works best with a gritty realistic style, as used in The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream. His attempt at sci-fi in The Fountain fell a little flat. I want a really good Wolverine film, but I have zero faith after X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  I don’t think Fox will let a good movie happen and I don’t think Aronofsky should waste his time here.
  • Right on the heels of news that Mark Wahlberg may take the leading role in a remake of The Crow comes news that director Stephen Norrington is off the project. Norrington directed the original Blade for Marvel, and while a good film it was very flawed (especially the ending). Since Blade he has only directed two films, The Last Minute, which I’ve never heard of, and the horrible adaptation of the graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I think The Crow might be better off without him.

Are you excited about the upcoming crop of comic book movies? What will you be seeing?

Images from Captain America and X-Men First Class

Earlier this week both Captain America and X-Men villain turned ally Emma “The White Queen” Frost have been spotted!  Click the above image for a larger view of the two.

Lets begin with Captain America. This is not a shot of Chris Evans in the costume, but rather a stunt man doing a motorcycle chase through Europe. Regardless of who is in the costume, this IS THE COSTUME. And I gotta say, I like it.  Hopefully when Captain joins up in present day with the rest of the Avengers the helmet will turn into a normal mask.  You can check out a bunch more pictures of the costume in action here.

Also spotted is January Jones (of the awesome AMC series Mad Men) as Emma Frost. The costume may be covered by a white coat, but it looks pretty spot on. INF Daily got the scoop and has a dozen pictures, which include January and her stunt double. Apparently they were filming some sorta sequence with Emma coming to blows with a few army types and taking off in a helicopter. I can’t wait to see her with Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw and the other members of the Hellfire Club.  I still don’t know how they are going to tie this into the other movies and it is a shame that we’ll never see Wolverine being the last man standing against the club (pictured below).

Wolverine vs the Hellfire Club

X-Men: First Class will hit theaters on June 3, 2011, while Captain America: The First Avenger will be coming out a month later on July 22, 2011. I’ll be seeing both opening night.

Marvel Studios has released a poster for their new upcoming animated series, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  Featured in the poster are four of Marvel’s “big guns”, Hulk, Ironman, Thor, and Captain America. I really like the look and animation style of the new series. Reminds me of the classic Ironman and Fantastic Four series from the 90s.

Avengers Cartoon

Missing from the poster are Ant Man and The Wasp, both who have been confirmed to be in the series.  This Saturday at Comic Con, Marvel and Disney will be premiering the first two episodes, then the series is expected to start in the fall.  The art is pretty cool and the team lineup is perfect. I really hope that the series is good and that the upcoming film will be even better!

While on the subject of the film version, at Comic Con we finally got confirmation from Joss Whedon himself, that he will indeed be directing The Avengers for Marvel Comics.  With Ed Norton out as Bruce Banner, I am hoping that Marvel reveals who will be the new Hulk at Comic Con. Rumors are pointing towards Mark Ruffalo, who I think is an excellent actor and has the look for Banner.  Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans are all confirmed to be reprising their roles as Ironman, Nick Fury, Thor, and Captain America respectably.  We haven’t had any word on who might be portraying Ant-Man or Wasp, who usually get the short end of the stick (see above poster, also).  I could picture someone like Nathan Fillion as Ant-Man, but I have no ideas for Wasp.

Who do you think could fill the roles?

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