Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hobbit gets an extra film

Following up what seemed an off-hand comment at this year's ComicCon, Peter Jackson has announced that The Hobbit will in fact become three movies, instead of the originally planned two. This means The Hobbit will get as much screen time as the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. I've made so secret of my love for those films, so this is exciting news, but I'm not sure just how PJ and company are going to manage to stretch this out. TheOneRing.net has a few ideas and NewLine has begun to register domain names that hint at possible titles for the next film. Of course, we'll know a lot more in December when An Unexpected Journey finally hits theaters.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Comic Review: Captain Marvel #1

Wednesday saw the release of issue #1 of Marvel's new Captain Marvel series, which sees former Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers take over the Captain Marvel name (like my previous post about the Ultimates, I'm aware of just how many times I'm using the word 'Marvel'). Technically, the new and improved Carol premiered last week in Avenging Spider-man #9, but this is the first issue that Carol gets all to herself (though Captain America and Spider-man do put in guest appearances). Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has created a much more confident, self-assured version of Carol than appeared in the character's previous Ms. Marvel series. Now, neither Marvel or DeConnick would ever admit that this new book was in any way an answer to the problems DC faced with female characters in their New 52 line. Still, this new version of Carol Danvers--without "Ms." in the title and a uniform that shows less skin--is obviously designed as a hero rather than another sexy comic book woman. And I think that's great, because more so than ever, it looks like the new Captain Marvel is going to be one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Breaking: Anthony Mackie to play Falcon in Winter Soldier

On the heels of ComicCon, the Hollywood Reporter has the news that Hurt Locker and Adjustment Bureau star Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to play Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Mackie had previously expressed interest in the Black Panther role, but with that film not on the immediate horizon for Marvel, it seems talks have shifted. The Falcon, real name Sam Wilson, has been a supporting character in Captain America comics since he was introduced in 1969. The Falcon was significant in being the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics (Black Panther was a native African), as well the first black superhero not have the word "Black" in his name. Falcon played a major role in Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier storyline, soit won't be a surprise to see the character appear in the film.
In Marvel's mainstream universe, Falcon is a reformed criminal with the ability to telepathically communicate with birds. Meanwhile, his Ultimate universe counterpart is a genius SHIELD scientist. On film, I expect him fall more in line with the Ultimate version, the same treatment Hawkeye received in The Avengers.
Ultimate Falcon
Mainstream Falcon

Sunday, July 15, 2012

ComicCon updates: Iron Man 3, Winter Soldier, Ant Man, Thor 2 and Rocket Raccoon!

Big news from Marvel's Iron Man 3 panel at ComicCon yesterday. The biggest for me? The Captain America sequel has been officially titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Thor's sequel has been subtitled The Dark World, which tells considerably less about the film's plot. Iron Man's new Extremis armor has been revealed and speculation regarding the villain has been confirmed. Guardians of the Galaxy will indeed be the second 2014 Marvel film, and Edgar Wright showed off Ant-Man test footage, though there's still no release date. Details and my thoughts are all after the jump.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

They made a LEGO Bag End!

Bag End is arguably the single most recognizable location from Middle Earth. Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit begin and end on its doorstep. And now from ComicCon, TheOneRing.net brings us an exclusive look at the Lego version. Click on the image for a fantastic hi-res look at Bilbo's Unexpected Party and the hold in the ground in which lives a Hobbit.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Item 47 and Iron Man 3 concept art

In preparation for ComicCon, Marvel has released some official concept art from Iron Man 3. Here it is, Tony Stark wearing just a couple parts of his armor. It looks like the heavy gold color scheme is going to be in for this movie after all, and based on this image, Stark is going to be shifting toward the modular armor that probably leads toward Extremis. The common rumor is this: Based on Captain America's quote from The Avengers ("Just a big man in a suit of armor, take that away and what are you?") Stark turns to nano-technology to make himself more than a man in a suit, and interfaces himself directly with his armor.

Meanwhile, the first still and synopsis has been revealed Marvel's next short, premiering with The Avengers Blu-ray in September. According to Entertainment Weekly, the short features Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as a couple who find a Chitauri guns from the finale of The Avengers and proceed to make some bad decisions that cause S.H.I.E.L.D. to step in. Of course, Agent Coulson won't be the star, but there's always a chance on of these new characters could turn out to be a key player in the Marvel cinematic universe.