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06-08-2010, 05:20 PM
I'm just gonna post all the updates I find here, instead of creating a zillion mini-threads.

Capt. America News:


Neal McDonough, who last week was indicated a near-lock by Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/neal-mcdonough-in-captain-america-chatter/), confirmed that he will be taking the part of Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) in an interview with MTV (http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/06/07/neal-mcdonough-confirms-captain-america-role-bowler-hat-howling-commandos/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+splashpage+%28MTV+Splash+Page +Blog%29&utm_content=Twitter).

Also of interest are McDonough's comments about the military unit, The Howling Commandos, and the role they play in the film. According to McDonough, the team may undergo a name change before shooting begins.

"It may change," the actorhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/2_bing.gif (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102213-neal-mcdonough-confirmed-for-captain-america#) told MTV, "I'm reading a few things that it might change. But at this point, it still is [the Howling Commandos]."

Fans may recall that early reports had Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige claiming that The Invaders would fight along Captain America in the film, but it was later revealed that Feige was actually referring to The Howling Commandos.

Reasons for a name change are unknown as are the reasons behind it (be they creative or legal). What does seem certain at this point is that the members of The Howling Commandos will be present and that Neal McDonough will be among them.

06-08-2010, 09:37 PM
Avengers info:


Deadline New York says that Marvel Studios is moving ahead with Joss Whedon as director (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/100589-joss-whedon-to-direct-the-avengers#) of The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657). First rumored to be on the short list by IESB (http://iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8898:iesb-exclusive-leading-contender-in-line-to-direct-the-avengers-not-an-april-fools-joke&catid=43:exclusive-features&Itemid=73), Whedon is now reportedly in final negotiations to helm the action adventure scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.

The film would feature many of the lead actors involved in Marvel Studios adaptations right now, including Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man" films (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/100589-joss-whedon-to-direct-the-avengers#)), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and more.

Paramount Pictures will distribute the film (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/100589-joss-whedon-to-direct-the-avengers#).

Whedon's credits include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," "Angel," Serenity, "Dollhouse" and upcoming The Cabin in the Woods (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=46676).

MTV caught up with Thor (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=23177) star Chris Hemsworth and asked him his thoughts about the casting of Chris Evans as Captain America (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656). In the interview, he also mentions that The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657) should start filming next January or February. You can watch the interview here:


Jeremy Renner may be close to locking a deal to star as Clint Barton, AKA Hawkeye, in Joss Whedon's The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657), reports Heat Vision (http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/06/jeremy-renner-poised-to-join-marvels-avengers.html).

Since last year, rumors have persisted that Marvel has been after the star of The Hurt Locker (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=22133) to play the character, though official sources would not confirm that Hawkeye even has a role in the upcoming summer (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102064-jeremy-renner-to-play-hawkeye-in-the-avengers#) blockbuster, much less actor selection.

Renner talked exclusively with SuperHeroHype (http://www.superherohype.com/features/articles/99813-exclusive-jeremy-renner-talks-hawkeye) late last year, indicating that, while he'd love to join the Marvel Universe in some capacity, the film was too far off and, at the time, didn't even have a director (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102064-jeremy-renner-to-play-hawkeye-in-the-avengers#). It appears that, with Joss Whedon now on board and pre-production moving forward, Renner may become an official member of the team yet.

06-08-2010, 09:40 PM
More Capt. America news:


The Hollywood trades got the scoop that Sebastian Stan, one of many whom originally tested for the lead role in Marvel's The First Avenger: Captain America (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656), has been cast as Bucky Barnes, Cap's sidekick to the previously-announced Chris Evans.

Like other actors, the star of the CW's "Gossip Girl" and before that, NBC's short-lived "Kings," has signed on to do five or six movies, but there's no word whether that might include any movies set in the present day or whether he'll appear in some form in The Avengers.

During World War II, Bucky Barnes was a teenage orphan too young to join the army, instead brought to the battlefield as a mascot. There, he discovered Captain America's (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/100499-sebastian-stan-is-captain-americas-bucky#) true identity and convinced him to be his sidekick. He was subsequently killed while trying to defuse the exploding rocket that presumably also killed Captain America, but instead threw the war hero into the Arctic Circle where he was frozen for decades. Bucky was revived in recent years as The Winter Soldier, having been reprogrammed by the Soviets as an assassin.

With director (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/100499-sebastian-stan-is-captain-americas-bucky#) Joe Johnston at the helm, The First Avenger: Captain America will begin filming in Europe over the summer for a scheduled release of July 22, 2011.


Marvel Studios announced today that Hugo Weaving has been cast to star as Johann Schmidt aka the Red Skull in the studio's highly anticipated movie Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) opposite Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. In the early comics, Johann Schmidt was drafted into loyal service of The Third Reich and renamed "The Red Skull." The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Joe Johnston will direct the film (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/100794-hugo-weaving-confirmed-as-red-skull-in-captain-america#) penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige will produce Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656). Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D'Esposito will executive produce. The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/100794-hugo-weaving-confirmed-as-red-skull-in-captain-america#).
Weaving was last seen in The Wolfman and his voice is very recognizable as Megatron from Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as well as Noah the Elder from Happy Feet. His other film credits include starring in V For Vendetta, "The Matrix" franchise, and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

As rumored, Tommy Lee Jones will act in Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) in a still-unknown role. Hayley Atwell, who plays Peggy Carter in the Joe Johnston-directed comic book adaptation, confirmed the news to LeicesterSquareTV. You can watch their interview with Atwell using the player below. They start talking about "Captain America (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/101676-tommy-lee-jones-confirmed-for-captain-america#)" around the 2:20 mark.

Rumors place the "Men in Black" star in the part of General Chester Phillips, the military officer who chooses Steve Rogers for the super soldier program and who aided in his training soon after the serum took effect.

Phillips was retconned into continuity in "Tales of Suspense #63" in 1965, just two years after Captain America was brought to Marvel's forefront as the leader of the Avengers. Phillips remained a character in the Marvel universe until 2003 when he (now retired) was killed by assassins from the underwater rival-to-Atlantis continent Lemuria.

In addition to Atwell, Jones is joining Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/101676-tommy-lee-jones-confirmed-for-captain-america#) and Dominic Cooper in the July 22, 2011 release.


Marvel Studios announced today that Oscar-nominated actor Stanley Tucci has been cast to star as Dr. Abraham Erskine in the studio's highly anticipated movie Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) opposite Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, and Hayley Atwell.

In the early comics, Dr. Erskine was a German scientist behind Project Rebirth, the secret experiment that created the Super Soldier known as Captain America (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102200-stanley-tucci-to-star-in-captain-america#). Joe Johnston will direct the film penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige will produce Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656). Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D’Esposito will executive produce. The film (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102200-stanley-tucci-to-star-in-captain-america#) will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Tucci's credits include Julie & Julia, Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Devil Wears Prada. He can next be seen in the upcoming comedy Easy A as well as the upcoming movie musical Burlesque.

06-08-2010, 09:49 PM
O, & Jango Fett is in Green Lantern:


06-10-2010, 09:52 PM
Go inside the set of Thor:

Entertainment Tonight visited the set of Marvel Studios' Thor (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=23177) and has posted their first video of what will most likely be multiple ones. This one gives you a first look at the sets, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, plus interviews with Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and director (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102352-go-on-the-thor-set#) Kenneth Branagh. The comic book adaptation opens in theaters on May 6, 2011.


06-10-2010, 10:15 PM
Go inside the set of Thor:

Is it just me or does it look like Natalie Portman has a massive crush on Chris Hemsworth? :unsure-1: :laugh:

Overall, the movie looks pretty good, I just wish they had gone with a more medieval, fantasy-based outfit instead of the typical rubber Batman-suit.

06-11-2010, 04:04 AM
Is it just me or does it look like Natalie Portman has a massive crush on Chris Hemsworth? :unsure-1: :laugh:

Overall, the movie looks pretty good, I just wish they had gone with a more medieval, fantasy-based outfit instead of the typical rubber Batman-suit.
Yeah, they definitely seemed to be flirting a lot, which is good for the film.

06-11-2010, 08:45 PM
best comics turned into movies were spiderman and the crow (not david loiseau)

06-23-2010, 05:14 PM
Dr. Strange News:

Donnelly and Oppenheimer are on board
Marvel Studios has hired screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write the script for Dr. Strange, reports Deadline New York (http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/will-dr-strange-be-marvels-first-superhero-to-fly-under-the-disney-banner/). The duo wrote the upcoming Conan (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=38965), video game (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102798-marvel-studios-hires-writers-for-dr-strange#) adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=56634) and a draft of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=21185).

In case you're not familiar with the character created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, you can read a lot of information at Marvel.com (http://marvel.com/universe/Doctor_Strange).

The film (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102798-marvel-studios-hires-writers-for-dr-strange#) could be the first one for Marvel Studios that gets distributed through Disney.

Patrick Dempsey is pitching himself for the role of Doctor Stephen Strange, reports Bleeding Cool (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/06/22/will-patrick-dempsey-play-doctor-strange/), who also brings an artist's rendering of the "Grey's Anatomy" star in the role.

The image is drawn by Arne Starr, a comic book artist whose career has, as of late, taken a turn to Hollywood acting. Click the image below to see the full picture at Bleeding Cool:

http://cdn.superherohype.com/images/stories/drstrange2.jpg (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/06/22/will-patrick-dempsey-play-doctor-strange/)

O, & a bonus not-really-relevant piece of news:


06-28-2010, 09:21 PM
X-Men news:


Deadline New York (http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/alice-eve-joins-x-men-first-class/)'s Mike Fleming is reporting that Alice Eve, the British actress who first appeared on the scene opposite James McAvoy in Starter for 10 (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=15532) and recently appeared in the romantic comedy She's Out of My League (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=38746) and in Sex and the City 2 (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=52674), is in talks (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/103114-alice-eve-in-talks-to-play-emma-frost-in-x-men-first-class#) to play the role of Emma Frost in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=50645). Eve certainly has all the right elements for her to play Frost, already having a British accent and certain other attributes that were featured quite prominently in the "Sex and the City" movie. If she takes the role, it will reunite her with McAvoy, who has already been cast as Charles Xavier in the Marvel mutant prequel.

Frost was introduced in "Uncanny X-Men" #129 in 1980, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne as The White Queen, a prominent member of the Hellfire Club, a group of wealthy mutants who used their power and powers to confound the X-Men, playing a key role in "The Dark Phoenix Saga." Later, Frost formed her own school for mutants, and her own team called the Hellions, before finally being brought into the X-Men fold by Charles Xavier (and writer Grant Morrison) and becoming a key member of the group for the past few years. A younger version of the character appeared briefly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Tahyna Tozzi.

X-Men: First Class (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=50645) is currently slated for a release on June 3, 2011.

06-28-2010, 10:30 PM
X-Men news:

So it looks like the X-Men: First Class film is just going to build off of existing X-Men film continuity. Oh well, there goes any hope I had of it actually being a good movie. :sad:

06-29-2010, 12:43 PM
best comics turned into movies were spiderman and the crow (not david loiseau)


06-29-2010, 12:56 PM
So it looks like the X-Men: First Class film is just going to build off of existing X-Men film continuity. Oh well, there goes any hope I had of it actually being a good movie. :sad:
Yeah, pretty much. They've made a ton of money off those movies, so I doubt that they're going to mess with it just to make the real fans happy.

07-07-2010, 08:52 PM
Captain America (vid link at the end) -

Chris Evans Talks Captain America Costume
And the testing of the shield

http://cdn.superherohype.com/images/stories/captainamericacostumetalk.jpg (http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=28293)
Empire magazine chatted with Chris Evanshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/2_11pxw.gif (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/103516-chris-evans-talks-captain-america-costume#) about the Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) costume and the testing of the shield. Here's an excerpt from the interview:

"It’s an amazing costume. Given the fact that his costume is red, white and blue, and it’s tight, and it could be kind of flash and over the top – and given the fact that the movie takes place in the ‘40s and ‘50s – they’ve done a really good job of making it look really cool."

"I think everyone that’s going to see it is going to say, 'Okay, well done. Well done. I think they got the costume right. The casting they completely ruined, but the costume they nailed!'"

In comparison to his lithe, skin-tight Fantastic Four costume, Evans says: “[In the FF suit] …you could move around quite well. This is a little more cumbersome. It doesn’t exactly breathe the way the Fantastic Four costume breathed, but it’s the way it should be. Any type of World War II uniform would be a little chunky, and I think that’s what kind of gives it its character.”

To read more on how they've been testing which shield to use, go here (http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=28293)! Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) starts shooting this month in London for a July 22, 2011 release.

07-09-2010, 09:45 PM
X-Men news -

Deadline New York (http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/kevin-bacon-in-talks-for-x-men-first-class-baddie/) is reporting that Kevin Bacon is negotiating to play the villain role in X-Men: First Class (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=50645). They don't say who the villain may be.

If Bacon joins the cast, he would be joining James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Alice Eve (Emma Frost), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee) and the rumored Lucas Till (Havoc).

07-11-2010, 01:56 PM
Ummm,... where's Jean Grey? Shouldn't she be in the X-Men: First Class movie?

I'm not sure about that scrawny Nicolas Hoult kid as Beast. If he's going to be portraying Hank McCoy in his human form, then let's hope that he starts shooting up the steroids now. :laugh:

07-12-2010, 05:03 PM
Ummm,... where's Jean Grey? Shouldn't she be in the X-Men: First Class movie?

I'm not sure about that scrawny Nicolas Hoult kid as Beast. If he's going to be portraying Hank McCoy in his human form, then let's hope that he starts shooting up the steroids now. :laugh:
yeah, I know. I was cool with who they cast for Xavier/Eric/Emma, & even Scott to an extent, but now it looks like they're relying too heavily on the "gawking teenager" stereotype instead of what the characters really look like.

Also, it's been reported the Ed Norton's out for the Avengers movie. There will be a new Dr. Banner. According to Marvel, they didn't think that he'd work well in a large ensemble cast.

07-12-2010, 10:47 PM
WOW! Thank goodness this @$$-clown didn't get put in charge of Avengers! :punch:

Following the critical success of “Narc” and “Smokin' Aces,” director Joe Carnahan is hoping for a commercial hit with his latest film “The A-Team,” (http://moviesblog.mtv.com/tag/the-a-team/) a big-screen adaptation of the 1980s television series of the same name. But during a recent interview with MTV News, Carnahan revealed that he spoke to the folks who are working on another highly-anticipated adaptation – namely, the epic Marvel team-up film “The Avengers.” (http://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/the-avengers/)

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios previously announced that “Firefly” (http://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/firefly/) and “Buffy” (http://splashpage.mtv.com/tag/buffy-the-vampire-slayer/) creator Joss Whedon would be helming the film (http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/04/13/joss-whedon-directing-the-avengers/), which is currently scheduled for release in 2012. But Carnahan confessed to MTV that he found more than a few interesting directions that he thinks a successful "Avengers" movie could go.

"You always wind up in conversations, and there was an 'Avengers' conversation," Carnahan admitted during an interview with MTV News on Saturday. "But it wasn't really a thorough one. I was sent the material [and] I loved it." Few details have been unveiled thus far about the film, but he reiterated some of the speculated story details, which include a team-up by Marvel superheroes to stop none other than the Hulk (http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/05/14/edward-norton-the-avengers/). "I think the 'Avengers' movie you make is Hulk tearing up Manhattan and the Avengers have got to go in there and shut him down," he said. "I think it's very cool."

Carnahan said that given the volume of mythologies and individual stories that each superhero could get into by him- or herself, there are only so many options that filmmakers have for a feature-length adventure. "I think that you're going to have to very quickly get to this situation where you start to make your heroes into villains," Carnahan observed. "I think that somebody like the Hulk, it's such a great place to take him."

At the same time he admitted that such creative decisions might kill the possibility for future installments for at least one of the involved heroes, who to date include Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye. "[For Hulk] I think they may consider that kind of the franchise-killer, but I think something like that would be awfully interesting." Regardless, Carnahan acknowledged that he's as excited as the rest of us to see how Whedon and company help the Avengers assemble. "Listen - you've got Joss Whedon and he's talented as hell," he said. "I think he's going to do a fantastic job with that."
Seriously???? A founding member of the Avengers as the villain in their first movie????? :banghead:

07-14-2010, 10:15 PM
Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Chris Hemsworth as Thor & Tom Hiddleston as Loki:


Also, reports of Norton's replacement as Hulk:
Is he Marvel Studios' replacement for Edward Norton?

We're guessing that Marvel Studios was hoping to announce this at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24th, but Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/mark-ruffalo-in-late-stage-talks-to-be-marvels-new-hulk-in-the-avengers/) is reporting that the studio is in "late-stage discussions" with Mark Ruffalo to play The Incredible Hulk in The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657), scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2012.

He would be replacing Edward Norton, who played Hulk in director Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk. Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige and Norton both confirmed (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/103715-no-edward-norton-for-the-avengers) this week that he would not be returning for The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657).

07-14-2010, 11:40 PM
I'm really annoyed that they replaced Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. :angry:

Plus, after seeing that image of Thor, Odin and Loki, I'm getting a bad feeling about the Thor movie. Their outfits look way too modern and plastic.

07-15-2010, 12:13 AM
I'm really annoyed that they replaced Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. :angry:

Plus, after seeing that image of Thor, Odin and Loki, I'm getting a bad feeling about the Thor movie. Their outfits look way too modern and plastic.
Agreed. They look "cool" and "futuristic", not mythical & gritty, like they should.

07-15-2010, 12:18 AM
Agreed. They look "cool" and "futuristic", not mythical & gritty, like they should.

They should look like they just stepped off the set of Lord of the Rings. I guess they decided that the classic fantasy look wouldn't mesh well with Iron Man; but that's the whole point of the Avengers. You take all of these divergent characters who don't mesh well together and you mesh them together and somehow it works.

07-23-2010, 09:45 PM
Helmets for Loki, Odin & Thor on display at Comic-Con:


07-26-2010, 07:25 PM
The next few posts are all news from ComicCon this past weekend.

07-26-2010, 07:26 PM
G4 Announces 4 New Marvel Anime series:

G4 will be the exclusive U.S. television home of four brand-new anime series featuring some of the most successful and iconic brands from the Marvel Universe. Produced by Madhouse for Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ), these four original series will feature iconic characters from "Iron Man," "X-Men," "Wolverine" and "Blade" in an edgy new anime world. These series will premiere on the network in 2011, it was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con.

"We are excited to partner with Sony Pictures and Marvel to bring these incredible icons to G4," said Neal Tiles, President, G4. "Marvel has shattered box offices around the world and captured the imagination of our G4 viewers. Combine that with the passionate following the world of anime brings with it, and we believe this project has incredible potential for the network”.

Jeph Loeb, Executive Vice President, Head of Television at Marvel Entertainment said, “Bringing Marvel and our characters to G4 is such an awesome opportunity. The size and scope of the animation from top-flight studios Madhouse and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan is nothing short of mind-blowing. We look forward to the start of a beautiful friendship and can’t wait to see the reaction from our worldwide fan-base.”

Each of the four new anime properties - "Iron Man," "X-Men," "Wolverine" and "Blade" - will air as standalone series made up of twelve 30-minute episodes. Guided by multiple Eagle award winner Warren Ellis, the four shows will feature a matrix of interlinked storylines and shared guest characters that further enhance this intellectual roller coaster ride for G4 viewers.

Iron Man - In an effort to make amends for his weapons manufacturing past, Tony Stark has dedicated himself to building the world up rather than tearing it down. Traveling (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/104731-sdcc-g4-announces-new-marvel-anime-series#) to Japan to build a new arc reactor that will deliver unlimited free energy to the Japanese people, Stark is challenged by the Japanese government and the media when he attempts to import the necessary nuclear priming device. And when the reactor-in-construction is repeatedly attacked by the mysterious Zodiac consortium, Stark must gather his allies to take on Zodiac and its mastermind.

X-Men - The X-Men are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-Men, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on.

Wolverine - Based on the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller, the series begins in Japan, where Logan is challenged by Shingen Yashida, the notorious leader of a powerful mafia clan. When Shingen's employee Yukio, a female assassin, falls out of Shingen's favor, she must kill him or be killed. Teaming up with Logan, the pair seek out the villain to exact their revenge.

Blade - Eric Brooks -- known as Blade -- seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire lord who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with Eric. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade's quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost, and, in Vietnam, he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world.

The new "Iron Man," "X-Men," "Wolverine" and "Blade" series will be produced by Madhouse and Marvel Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, and will make their exclusive U.S. TV Premiere on G4 in 2011. Sony Pictures Television is the distributor.

07-26-2010, 07:28 PM
Pics of Cap's Shield:

The Infinity Gauntlet from Thor:

And the Destroyer (also from Thor):

07-26-2010, 07:33 PM
Live Blog of the Marvel Panel (news on Thor, Cap & Avengers)

ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype is back in Hall H at Comic-Con for the Marvel Studios presentation for Kenneth Branagh's Thor (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=23177), Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) and the just-announced Joss Whedon-helmed The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657). We'll be live blogging (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/104667-sdcc-the-marvel-studios-panel#) the event so stay tuned and keep refreshing as we add more information.

The panel is set to start in a few minutes. While you're waiting, Marvel Studios just launched Assemble.Marvel.com (http://assemble.marvel.com/), the official site for The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657) which features the new logo.

Although the focus of the panel will clearly be on Thor, we hear that there may be some teaser footage of Captain America. We were handed 3D glasses which makes us think that some or all of the footage will in fact be in 3D.

The crowd is starting to get impatient... the earlier delay due to the stabbing didn't help. They're starting!!

Kevin Feige, Marvel's President of Production, has come out first to introduce the two Marvel films (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/104667-sdcc-the-marvel-studios-panel#) for next summer.

We're starting with Captain America and they showed a great teaser for the movie which started with an air raid siren, which led to archival footage of World War II with famous quotes voiced over the top. We can see that there's an alternating red, white and blue background as we see different scenes from World War II.

The titles say... "In the world's greatest (something), Our Courage and Strength Led Us Into Battle. Stories Emerged of Heroes, But One Story (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/104667-sdcc-the-marvel-studios-panel#) Has Never Been Told."

The red, white and blue background slowly pulls back to show us that it is indeed Captain America's shield.

There's a voice-over of Franklin D. Roosevelt saying "Today we must create the finest army in history, and every army starts with one man."

And we see Captain America in shadow. (The crowd goes wild.)

"Next summer, meet the world's first Avenger."

And we see our first look as Chris Evans as Captain America. (Crowd goes wilder.)

Then we see the "Captain America" logo and the next shot has Captain America throwing his shield at the camera.

Geoff Boucher then brought out director (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/104667-sdcc-the-marvel-studios-panel#) Joe Johnston, Chris Evans, and Hugo Weaving to talk about the movie and their characters.

Kevin Feige told the crowd that the shots we saw was footage from the costume test.

They've only been shooting Captain America for eight days, so Hugo Weaving says that he's only spent one day in the Red Skull mask, but he didn't want to do his German accent, but they then decided to show us the first footage that they shot last week, which looked fantastic.

UPDATE: As promised, here is a detailed description of the scene that Joe Johnston shot on the first week of production, which involves Hugo Weaving's character, the future Red Skull, looking for a mysterious artifact in an ancient tomb, presumably one that will lead to him becoming the Red Skull. As Weaving had mentioned during the panel, he hadn't really been wearing the Red Skull mask as of yet, so this scene clearly introduces him when he was merely a Nazi soldier.

The footage begins with a title card saying, "Norway, May 1942."

The scene opens with two men inside what looks like a ancient tomb, and they seem petrified as the wall in front of them starts shaking and then crashing down as a bulldozer plows through it, piling rocks on top of the younger man. The older man starts taking some of the rocks off his downed companion when a bunch of German soldiers march into the room and throw the old man aside.

"Remove the lid," one of them commands, and they go to a tomb of what looks like a Scandinavian Viking warrior, and four of the soldiers push open the lid as Hugo Weaving walks in as Johann Schmidt, wearing full Nazi officer attire, and he starts talking in his German accent—sounding a bit like Christoph Waltz in fact. "It has taken me a long time to find this place. I should be commended. I gave you nothing."

"Get him up," he tells the soldiers referring to the old man, who he tells. "I think that what others see as superstition, you and I know to be a science."

"What you seek is just a legend," the old man tells him.

"Then why make such an effort to conceal it?" Weaving asks, as he walks over to the tomb and looks into what could very well be one of the Norse Gods (tying the movie into Thor) and he reaches into pick up a large glass cube that is sitting on the dead body's chest. Could it be The Cosmic Cube? (The crowd oohed and ahed as they saw what was in the tomb.)

He says, "The Tesseract was the jewel of Odins' treasure room" as he picks it up, but then he drops the cube onto the ground and it smashes to pieces. "It's not something one buries, but I think it is close, yes." He continues as he walks over to one of the walls where there's a raised etching of a large tree.

"So…" he says as he starts reaching around the base of the wall. "Yggdrasil, the Tree of the World, guardian of wisdom, and fate also." He pushes a raised section at the base and pulls out a piece of the wall and he opens up what's inside and a glow pours out of the item lighting up his entire face.

"You've never seen this, have you?" he says to the old man.

"It's not for the eyes of ordinary men," the old man trembles in response.

"Exactly," smiles Schmidt as his face is bathed in light and the scene ends.

There's a lot of interesting things we can learn from this scene, which play an important part not only in the origin of the Red Skull, but also how Captain America may tie in with Thor. The first is the existence of the Cosmic Cube this early in the Marvel Movie Universe and how it plays not only into the origin of the Red Skull, but how it may be connected to Odin (who is presumably the body in that tomb) and the Gods of Asgard. Chances are that this will be one of the few ties between the movies being that much of Captain America will take place in the ‘40s, but it could be setting up something much bigger down the road for The Avengers, maybe not in the first movie but certainly in a future one.

UPDATE: Now, here is a more detailed description of the Thor footage we began to describe in our attempt to live blog the Marvel panel yesterday.
As we mentioned before, the footage begins with a lightning crack that seems to be the running theme of the footage shown, which makes sense being that this is the God of Thunder and that creating lightning is one of his principal skills. We see an aerial shot of a S.H.I.E.L.D. base where Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson is grilling Chris Hemsworth's Thor, who is in handcuffs slumped in a chair.

Coulson is giving Thor a long monologue, as he's prone to do, trying to find out who this man before him is. He says to him, with suitably long pauses for added effect:

"One way or another, we find out what we want to know," he says. "We're good at that. It's not easy to do what you did."

We see Thor breaking out of what seems to be a hospital but is more likely to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. containment center, throwing people around and throwing someone in a quarantine suit through the outside of a plastic containment area.

"You make my men, some of the most highly trained professionals in the world look like a minimum wage mall cops," Coulson continues.

We see Thor fighting more S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers using a very physical way of combat, at one point jumping up and kicking a guy full on the chest with both feet.

"In my experience," Coulson says. "It takes someone who received similar training to do what you did to them? Why don't you tell me where you received that training." Pause. "Afghanistan? You strike me more as a soldier of fortune type." During this part of his interrogation, we see more of Thor fighting and a bunch of explosions.

"Who are you?" He finally asks, and at this, Thor looks up at him from the chair.

We then cut to Asgard, which is shown as a bright constellation in the sky and as the camera travels into this star cluster, we see that this is an enormous and spectacular world filled with large towers seemingly made out of gold. Over these scenes, we hear the regal voiceover of Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin:

"I have sacrificed much to achieve peace. So too must a new generation sacrifice to maintain that peace. Responsibility, duty, honor," he proclaims loudly. "these are not mere virtues we must aspire. They are essential to every soldier and to every king," he proclaims.

During this voiceover, the camera that's been showing us glimpses of this Godly world finally enters Odin's throne room as seen in recent pictures and the camera pans forward to Odin sitting in his throne, really holding sway over everyone in the room. Anthony Hopkins really looks well-suited to play a king in fact.

As he speaks, we see some of the Norse Gods briefly including Sif, Balder and each of the Warriors Three. At the base of Odin's throne is his son Thor.

"Thor, for your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and the devastation of war."
As that is said, we see our first look at Idris Elba's Heimdall with fierce glowing eyes, as well as as bunch of other Asgardian creatures, presumably trolls, advancing on the camera.

Odin's voice starts to get louder and angrier, "You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy."

Thor looks up and yells at him, "And you are an old man and a fool!"
Odin responds to him, "Yes, I was a fool…. To think you were ready."
This is when we first see Tom HIddleston as Loki who tries to intercede which just angers Odin more, but he's now back to Thor again. "You're unworthy and you're a traitor! I now take from you your power. In the name of my father and his father before, I cast you out!" And as he says that, he sends a bolt of magical force at Thor sending him flying backwards out of the throne room and then through the stars, screaming as he crashes to earth in the desert.

He's found by Natalie Portman's Jane Foster who looks at his prone body and says, "Please open your eyes." He does and seems perplexed, asking her in what seems like his normal Australian accent, "Oh, no, this is earth, isn't it?" and she asks, "Where did you come from?"

Yes, Thor has angered his father Odin so badly that he's been exiled to earth sans powers, which is a very popular storyline from the comics, though not necessarily the same origin story told in "Journey into Mystery" #83 as we'll learn later.

We then see Hemsworth walking around shirtless (which got many girls in the audience to scream) and impressing Foster and her assistant Darcy (played by Kat Dennings) makes a comment, "You know, for a crazy homeless person, you're pretty good."

The next few scenes involve Thor and Jane Foster driving an RV through the desert and talking.

"Describe exactly what happened to you last night," she says to him.

"Your ancestors called it magic and you call it science," he answers. "I come from a place where they're one and the same," he tells her.

"We are on the verge of understanding something extraordinary," she says to him as they drive.

"The answers you seek will be yours once I reclaim what's mine," he tells her.

We then see that they're driving to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base and once inside, he pulls back a curtain to show where they're holding Mjolnir, Thor's hammer, after finding it in the desert at the end of Iron Man 2. Its business end is encased in a large thin piece of rock that had been cut away from the crater created by it dropping to earth. Thor tries to pull the hammer out of the rock, but as hard as he tries he can't seem to get it out.

This is something interesting to note, because Kenneth Branagh is clearly not going for the usual origin of Thor where Dr. Donald Blake finds a cane in a cave, strikes it on the earth and then changes into Thor. No, in this case, Thor has been exiled sans powers and without the strength to pull that hammer out of the rock, at least for now, which means he remains strong and well-trained in fighting, but still merely a very strong mortal.
Odin's voiceover says, "Whoever wields this hammer will be deemed worthy to possess the power of Thor."

We're then back to Asgard, where Loki is leading a group of Gods on some kind of march, but we also then see that Odin is lying prone on a slab, clearly having been killed either in war (or maybe through some trick of Loki?) leaving his kingdom of Asgard in need of a successor. A woman's voice, presumably his wife Frigga, says, "The line of succession falls to you. Asgard is yours," and indeed, Loki says, "I am now the leader of Asgard. I am your king," as he casually walks up to the throne and the Warriors Three kneel before him.

"For the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do," Thor says in voiceover and then we finally see him in his full costume as he battles with Loki. We also see a great shot of Thor standing on the throne with his hammer raised above his fight, another physical battle with Loki, in which he actually hurls Mjolnir at him and Loki blocks the hammer with his staff. There's also a shot of Thor kissing Jane Foster, though we didn't really see much of Sif, which was surprising.

Throughout the footage, there are lots of lightning strikes used to great effect, the last one heralding the first official Thor logo.

We do see and hear Odin one more time in the footage, as he's standing in the shadows with another figure, his voice proclaiming, "He has disobeyed the expressed demand of his king. His fate is in his own hands now."
The closing scene of the footage shows Coulson gathered with a bunch of agents in the desert, and we hear this loud booming noises which is shaking everything ala the T-Rex footsteps in Jurassic Park. Coulson looks up to the sky and we see something large drop to the desert sending sand everywhere. When the sand clears, we see it's Odin's destroyer, an enormous robotic construct not unlike the one from The Day the Earth Stood Still.

"Is that one of Stark's?" someone asks Agent Coulson, who responds, "I don't know. The guy never tells me anything," he adds, and then says to the Destroyer, "Hello, you are using unregistered weapons technology, identify yourself." The Destroyer starts pacing towards the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and Coulson says matter of factly, "Here we go." and that's when the eye panels on the Destroyer's metal head opens up and starts shooting eye blasts out at the gathered agents, blowing up the agent's cars off to the left and then the cars on the right and then the last blast goes right at the camera to end the footage.

Couple observations about this version of Thor from what we saw in the footage: This is a far more physical character than maybe we're used to seeing in the comics because we can tell that he can handle himself even without having his lightning powers or the use of Mjolnir. This is clear from the footage that shows him fighting S.H.I.E.L.D. agents which seems to be derived almost from the world of wrestling in terms of him jumping up and doing power kicks. There also seems to be more humor in this than some might expect from the normally serious Asgard stuff, and a lot of that comes from the earth characters like Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson and Kat Dennings' Darcy. It's subtle humor but definitely in line with what Marvel Studios have done in their previous films. It seems like there will definitely be two very distinct sections of the movie, what's happening in Asgard and what's happening on Earth, although we expect the story will go back and forth between them. The Asgard stuff certainly seems more like things we've seen in the comics, while the earthbound stuff is more in vein with what Marvel Studios has set up with the two "Iron Man" movies.

One interesting note is that we don't really see Thor on earth in his full costume, as if he is more human on earth, figures out how to get a hold of his hammer and then returns to Asgard to face the repercussions of Odin's defeat and Loki's rise to power. One presumes that eventually he'll have to get back to earth in God form, so that he can join the Avengers, although there really wasn't any indication of how and when that happens from the footage.

Clearly, part of the story as we know from Coulson's appearances in Iron Man 2 is that when Thor is cast down to earth along with Mjolnir, they're both found by S.H.I.E.L.D. and detained, then Thor escapes and hooks up with Jane Foster (at least figuratively) and they try to get Thor's hammer and powers back. Meanwhile, Asgard has been thrown into chaos due to war and the death of Odin, allowing Loki to take power. At least the latter stuff is very much from the comics, while the S.H.I.E.L.D. aspect is very much a way to tie Thor in with the other planned movies.

Before the cast of Joss Whedon's The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657) came out on stage to close the panel, they showed a brief teaser for the movie, and, we wanted to share the full voiceover by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
He says, "And there came a day, a day unlike any other. When earth's mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat that no single superhero could withstand. On that day… the Avengers were born."

This teaser essentially led up to the first logo for The Avengers (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44657), and after it ended, Jackson was introduced and he brings out Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America... and then Robert Downey Jr. came out as Tony Stark and the crowd went crazy. Downey Jr. then talked about how people were saying how Inception was the most ambitious movie ever made, but Downey said that bringing together all of these heroes for The Avengers was the most ambitious movie. He then introduced and confirmed that playing Clint Barton is.... Jeremy Renner... and "reprising his role as Bruce Banner... Mark Ruffalo!" He then brought out director Joss Whedon, who said that he had always had a dream, presumably about directing The Avengers, "but my dream was never this good!"

We may add more to this article soon, since there was some cool stuff said on the various panels, but just to quickly recap, we got the first teaser for Captain America as well as some of the footage they shot in the first week, an extended bit of footage from Thor, a teaser for The Avengers, essentially just the logo with a Samuel L. Jackson voice-over, and then they brought out the entire cast and director of The Avengers, including all of the actors already introduced and adding Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and the new Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Avengers cast pic:

Video interview with Joss Whedon:

07-26-2010, 07:34 PM
"Live blog" of the Green Lantern Panel:

ComingSoon.net's SuperHeroHype is at the Warner Bros. Comic-Con presentation for director (http://www.superherohype.com/features/articles/104655-sdcc-live-bloggin-the-green-lantern-hall-h-panel#) Martin Campbell's Green Lantern (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=38858), starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and more, and we're live-blogging the event as it takes place. Stay tuned and refresh regularly to hear about the footage and what was said as it happens.

There's a lot of excitement to see the very first footage for the first Warner Bros. superhero movie done under the DC Entertainment banner, the production having been shooting in Louisiana since February with two more weeks to go.

The panel is going to start in five to ten minutes but we're having technical difficulties in that the Wi-Fi in Hall H is spotty at best and has already dropped out once on us.

At this point, Hall H is completely full and they're not letting anyone else in. We have no idea how many people were left outside but reportedly, there were people lining up last night who presumably slept on the lawn outside the San Diego Convention Center.

The mood in the hall seems fairly relaxed. Guess a lot of people were out partying last night, but I expect that to change as soon as the lights go down.

Come on... let's start this thing already! (I'm sure that's what most people are thinking right now.)

They're ready to start!!! Here comes Eddie Ibrahim!

Not sure if this is something that many people will realize but apparently, there are hurricane warnings along the Gulf, which means the cast and crew of Green Lantern had to run in to do the panel and they have to get right back to Louisiana.

Moderator is Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex. He started things off by saying the Green Lantern oath, great way to kick things off and the first person out is "Green Lantern" writer and DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns!

They're starting things off with some footage! (Will write up in a second but it went by very fast!)

It's essentially a teaser which starts off with a glowing green ball and an alien voiceover that says:

"Welcome inhabitants of sector 2814. The Guardians have chosen you as candidates for enlistment but before you can be recruited, you must be tested. The light you see before you is controlled by your will. Focus on the light. If you will it, it will be. Now, focus."

That ball of green light continues to pulse and get larger and larger before it blasts the screen with a wave of green light.

We then hear Reynolds' voiceover saying the Green Lantern oath and a quick montage of footage cut together that went by very fast, including a close-up of Reynolds as Hal Jordan, his hand holding the ring, we see him in street clothes being pulled upwards and see a later scene in which he's taking on criminals by using the ring to form a giant fist that throws a roundhouse punch knocking out a bunch of guys. We get a very brief glimpse of Hector Hammond and Tomar Re. (We presume that the voiceover was Abin Sur, but we're not sure.)

After the oath is done, we hear the original alien voiceover saying, "The choice has been made."

The light we saw earlier starts forming into the GL emblem and then we see the logo is "Await Further Contact Summer 2011." (Hopefully, they'll show it again so we can catch more since it went by very fast.)

They're now bringing out the cast and crew including producer (http://www.superherohype.com/features/articles/104655-sdcc-live-bloggin-the-green-lantern-hall-h-panel#) Donald DeLine, writer/producer Greg Berlanti, director Martin Campbell, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong and Peter Sarsgaard.

Ryan Reynolds says he was influenced by Han Solo and Chuck Yaeger for the part of Hal Jordan. The rest of the cast are talking about their characters and doing a superhero movie.

Director Martin Campbell is talking about the tone about keeping it very real and that the humor is apparent due to the presence of Ryan and Blake.

Producer Donald DeLine just listed a roster of Green Lanterns we're likely to see in the movie, most of which we missed cause we were writing up the footage (will add in a bit) but he did mention that we get to see Killer Wasp. We'll go back and add this when we have some time.

Geoff Johns is talking about the origins of the project and how ten years ago, he never thought a GL movie would happen cause someone at Warner Bros. asked, "Can we do it without the ring?"

Boucher is asking the cast some fairly generic questions about the characters they're playing, nothing really urgent that we haven't heard before from any actor who has been in a superhero movie. (Is that too cynical? Yeah, probably.)

Sarsgaard described Hammond as "the kid who licked the battery or went up the rooftop with a coat hanger" to see what happened.

A question from the audience asks how they picked the characters to use for the movie, and it focuses on Kilowog, Sinestro and Tomar Re. They mention that Green Man and Bzzt will both be seen briefly.

Geoff was asked about other DC projects and he said that he can't talk about them. Same as always.

Ryan Reynolds was also talking about how he got the gig, and how they showed him the worlds and he was trying to play hard to get, but they really wanted him, though they made him work for the part by doing a couple screen tests before he got the role.

Martin Campbell is talking about Hal's relationship with his father Martin as seen in the "Secret Origins" arc and how that's going to play a large part in the movie, finally culminating at the end of the movie when Hal becomes a Green Lantern.

Geoff Johns was asked about a "Justice League" movie but he's sidestepping it, saying that it will depend on the success of "Green Lantern."

At the request of a little kid, Ryan Reynolds is saying the Green Lantern's oath... the kid isn't sure how to react. Reynolds is wearing one of those (presumably) plastic Green Lantern rings... unless that's a real one from the movie?!?

A question from the audience asks if there's room for Alan Scott, and Johns says, "There's always room." Ryan Reynolds says that Parallax is in the movie.

Asked about whether Mogo may appear, Johns says, "There's a lot of Green Lanterns in the film (http://www.superherohype.com/features/articles/104655-sdcc-live-bloggin-the-green-lantern-hall-h-panel#)."

When asked which DC character they might make into a movie next, Johns says "Green Lantern 2."

Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong talked a bit about how their character fly in the movie, and then Martin Campbell is talking about Hal and Carol as test pilots and how that's shown in the movie as the two of them test out some of Ferris Aviation's latest jets. We definitely will see Carol in the skies flying the jets as well, rather than being only on the floor.

Ryan Reynolds says he's been wearing the ring for six months and he plans on passing it onto someone else, similar to Abin Sur giving his ring to Hal Jordan. They told the audience that there's a piece of paper under someone's seat and they will be given the ring. And we have a winner!

Are they seriously not showing the footage again? Man, that's kind of a rip-off! Nope, that seems to be the end of the panel. Wow.

07-26-2010, 09:19 PM
Green Lantern Posters. I stuck 'em together 'cause I wanted to. They're meant to be 4 seperate units, I believe.
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07-29-2010, 07:20 PM
Mark Ruffalo discussing playing Banner/The Hulk

It was very exciting — and I realized I had some pretty big shoes to fill. Those were my heroes up there! I was a comic book fan growing up. I loved The Hulk and The Avengers — it’s just strange to be entering that world as an actor. I never would have imagined that before.

He’s a guy struggling with two sides of himself — the dark and the light — and everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control. I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was a really nuanced and real human way to look at The Hulk. I like that the part has those qualities.

I’m a friend of Ed [Norton]'s, and yeah, that wasn’t a great way for all that to go down. But the way I see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my generation’s Hamlet."

08-18-2010, 05:11 PM
Set photos from Captain America:




08-23-2010, 05:00 PM
Extras were filmed on Sunday in Trafalgar's Square for Captian America. There's a gallery of photos HERE (http://photo.wenn.com/index.php?action=quicksearch&ppid=122386&version=int).

02-07-2011, 02:21 PM
Your thoughts?

02-07-2011, 05:10 PM
Your thoughts?
I think it's got promise. We'll see how much they hamstring the patriotism, though, for fear of "upsetting others". :rolleyes:

I'm more excited about Cowboys & Aliens!! :happydancing:

02-08-2011, 12:08 AM
Some of that technology feels a little too advanced for a 1940s timeframe, but then this is a comic book world. I'm in wait and see mode here, just like I am for Thor.

02-08-2011, 12:58 AM
I think it's got promise. We'll see how much they hamstring the patriotism, though, for fear of "upsetting others". :rolleyes:

I'm more excited about Cowboys & Aliens!! :happydancing:

Me too! It's going to be cheesily fantastic! :w00t:


03-29-2011, 04:37 PM
Article from SuperHeroHype.com. It's long, but it's packed with lotsa info. All nerds must read!! :laugh:

This year's CinemaCon kicked off last night, and just as things began, we were given an opportunity to preview two of the summer's most anticipated movies with Paramount Pictures' 2 1/2 hour presentation including 20 minutes of footage from Marvel Studios' two summer releases, Thor (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=23177) and Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656).

We've been asked not to write about the footage in too much detail, but one thing we can definitely confirm is that Jeremy Renner DOES appear in Thor, not in costume as Hawkeye, but as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a bow and arrow working for Clark Gregg's Agent Coulsen. But we'll get to that in a bit.

Marvel Studios' president of production Kevin Feige was on-hand to introduce their portion of the presentation, talking about how well received both movies were at least year's Comic-Con. We have to say that the 6,500 inhabitants of Hall H would probably be somewhat jealous of what he showed to the the 3,000-plus exhibitors in attendance. They actually showed the Captain America footage first but we'll start with Thor just because it comes out sooner, in roughly five weeks in fact.
The twenty minutes of consecutive footage opened in the middle of the film on Asgard with Chris Hemsworth's Thor getting into an argument with his father, Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins. This is an extended scene of what we've seen bits and pieces from in the trailer and the Comic-Con footage with Odin losing patience with his son after an incident that nearly gets them killed. (Thor is clearly a brash and brazen young man who goes into battle without thinking.) At first, it was a little hard adjusting to the way the Gods are speaking in their big dramatic voices--a bit like Shakespeare in fact, something that director Kenneth Branagh has lots of experience with. Hemsworth is especially surprising in this role because we met him earlier and he seems very down-to-earth and affable, which is not how at all how he appears as the character in Asgard. What impressed us about this scene is in how well it shows off Hopkins' power as an actor and his ability to really command the screen, and we got goosebumps when he lifted up Thor's hammer Mjolnir and uttered the famous words to it: "Whomever holds the hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." This essentially creates the "sword-in-the-stone" aspect to the origin story and how Thor will earn back his father's trust in order to be reunited with his hammer.

As the scene ends, Odin symbolically removes parts of Thor's costume as he takes away his powers then sends Thor hurtling to earth where he lands right in front of a speeding jeep being driven by Natalie Portman's Jane Foster through the desert. This awkward meeting in the desert ends with Thor being tased by Foster's assistant Darcy, played by the very funny Kat Dennings, who gets completely freaked out by what they think is a homeless man.

Jane Foster plays a much bigger role in Thor's origin than she did in the comics, because here, she's a scientist studying the stars along with another scientist played by Stellan Skarsgård, so it doesn't take long for her to realize that this man they found might not be what he seems. In all their scenes, Dennings offers some of the strongest comedic moments in her interactions with Hemsworth. The scenes with the three of them do a great job showing what a crucial part they will play in discovering who Thor is and where he's from in order to create a more naturalistic way of showing how humans might react to a God on earth than how it was handled in the early Thor stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This footage also showed that Hemsworth was really well cast as he's able to play Thor both as a mighty pompous being as well as being a big lovable God-out-of-water unable to adjust to human ways. Both things are crucial to the character winning audiences over, especially those who may not be familiar with the character from comics.

While the four of them are getting accustomed to each other, we go back to the site in the desert where Thor's hammer landed on earth as it's discovered by a local in a pick-up truck sitting in the middle of a giant crater. He tries to lift it out and fails, but soon all of the locals are there trying to pull it out of the ground either alone or using other means. Eventually, Agent Coulsen shows up as teased in Iron Man 2. Later, Portman and her colleagues are sitting with Thor in a local diner (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/161400-cinemacon-paramount-a-marvel-preview-thor-a-captain-america#) where he is chowing down on pancakes--allowing even more playful bits between him and Darcy--when they learn from one of the locals about the "satellite" that was found in the desert that no one can lift, which Thor automatically realizes is Mjolnir.

Jane and the others drive with Thor to the location, which has now been taken over by S.H.I.E.L.D. who have built a makeshift glass complex around the embedded hammer surrounded by entrance walkways with plastic tarp for walls. As they arrive, Thor seems to realize it's going to start raining and sure enough it does, so maybe he hasn't lost all of his powers. As he sneaks into the complex and takes on a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Coulsen looks on and orders a special agent into a crane high above the scene where it's revealed to be Renner, and he pulls out his bow and arrow and takes aim waiting for Coulsen's orders. The funny thing is that over a year ago, before Renner was confirmed to play Hawkeye, he hinted the character might make an appearance in Thor, but then backtracked a bit. This appearance is in the middle of a big pivotal scene so Marvel must have already chosen him back when they were shooting the movie (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/161400-cinemacon-paramount-a-marvel-preview-thor-a-captain-america#), because it would seem tough to insert this interaction with Coulsen into the scene. (Personally, we don't think we'll see the character again in the movie as this was just a cameo/tease for the fans to briefly introduce the character. It's not like he walks on screen and someone says, "Thor, meet Clint Barton aka Hawkeye," or anything.) After fighting his way through many men, Thor finally gets to the hammer in the ground and he tries to pull it out and fails, realizing that his father has indeed removed his power to wield it. The footage ended with the scientists looking at a children's picture book on Norse mythology at a similar-looking hammer and realizing that their guest from the stars is a lot more than a strange homeless man wandering in the desert.

We didn't really see much of the other Gods in this footage except Tom Hiddleston's Loki, who is basically standing by and watching the fight between Thor and Odin without really saying anything. We get the impression that he was more involved in getting Thor banished, but it would have been nice to get some idea how evil a character Loki will end up being, especially if he does play a role in The Avengers. I guess we'll have to wait to see the full movie for that tone. We did see one scene of Idris Elba's Heimdall, basically we see his back as he's standing at the gate to Asgard looking down on earth at Thor's predicament. It will be interesting to see how the Asgard stuff plays out since we have no idea how much of that we'll have to sit through to get to Thor being exiled, but we're confident that Kenneth Branagh was the right man for the job regardless. We were especially enamored by the sense of humor in the scenes between Thor and the three scientists.

Another possible note of interest: In an interview we conducted with Chris Hemsworth earlier (which we will post soon), we asked the "Thunder from Down Under" (ha ha) why we haven't heard or seen anything of Dr. Don Blake in the movie and he played it rather coy, saying:

"You may not have heard because you haven't seen that bit yet, there may be some of that in there."

After seeing the footage, we now know that Dr. Don Blake does indeed make a cameo appearance (at least in name) but not exactly in a way one might expect, although we have a few theories that we'll have to keep to ourselves for now because it would be a major spoiler if we're right. We also have seen Stan Lee's cameo, which we'll leave as a surprise treat rather than giving it away; it is very funny though.

The footage from the Joe Johnston-directed Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656) opened with a clip set in the present day, which basically answers our long-festering question of whether we'd see Captain America's frozen body being discovered in this movie or whether they'd wait until The Avengers next year. (For those who haven't read the comics, the Avengers were the ones who found Cap's iceberg in the Arctic Ocean then quickly made him their leader.)

The first clip is essentially how the movie opens with two military men meeting someone out in the colds of the Arctic and being led to an enormous egg-like object protruding out from the snow; the camera pulls away to show that it's been found in a fairly remote area with nothing around. We don't want to say too much about this opening scene except that Captain America won't be encased in an iceberg like he was in the comics, as they're going for a more realistic approach to how he gets from the WWII era to today. We will say that the scene ends with the men finding Cap's trademark shield covered in ice.

The second clip is basically the extended scene from which the trailer was taken of puny Steve Rogers--played by Chris Evans using some interesting CG techniques that may be similar to Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button--being transformed into the muscle-bound Captain America we know and love. We have to assume we'll get a lot more time with Steve Rogers in his pre-Cap state before the transformation, but the scene introduced many of the major characters including Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter who leads Steve into the laboratory where Stanley Tucci's Abraham Erskine and Dominic Cooper's Howard Stark will administer the process to turn him into a super soldier. In this scene, we also meet Tommy Lee Jones' Colonel Chester Phillips glad-handing with a visitor Senator who complains about being dragged out to a basement in Brooklyn and how they've tapped into the local power grid to power the experiment. (There is also a mention of the evil organization Hydra in their conversation, which makes us think they will play a large part in the movie as the bad guys, rather than just garden variety Nazis.)

This scene is very much about Stanley Tucci and his ability as an actor to sell the idea of scientist being able to transform an ordinary man into a muscle-bound superhuman, and it's a far more involved process than just sticking him with a needle filled with Super Soldier Serum as in the comics. As Steve is strapped into the table, there are actually multiple injections and Stark mans the controls to administer them, then the table tilts upwards and closes into something that resembles an iron maiden and Stark starts the process of blasting Rogers with something called a "Vita-Ray." Again, we won't get into specifics of the scene, but it ends with the casing opening to reveal the muscle-bound Steve Rogers. (Showing both of the lead actors shirtless seems to be the connecting thread between the two movies, possibly to attract the women who don't read comics.) Atwell's character is the first to approach him and ask how he feels, essentially the interaction from the trailer, followed by the military men, who come down from the viewing area to congratulate Erskine and Stark. One of them leaves something in his seat and when he gets downstairs, he pulls out a lighter and blows up the viewing area and in the confusion, grabs the last vial of super serum.

In the next clip, we get to see Rogers' relationships with those around him following the experiment, particularly the sexual tension between Evans and Atwell, something we see when she catches him smooching with Howard Stark's secretary - the smitten young woman wanting to reward the hunky hero for his job well-done in the field. After Carter and Rogers change barbs, he's led into Howard Stark's lab and we get to see some of the camaraderie between Rogers and Stark, who plays a fairly major role in the creation of Captain America. Stark walks Rogers through his lab showing him prototypes for a shield he can use in battle - we even briefly see the cool '40s style shield Cap used to carry before it was replaced with the circular shield that was better suited for throwing. Rogers picks up a shiny metal round shield and Stark tells him that it's a prototype made out of vibranium*, a rare metal that is impervious to anything, and when Peggy walks in, Cap asks her what she thinks and as in the trailer, she picks up a gun and shoots at him then comments, "It works." This interaction is even funnier when seen in context with the sexual tension established earlier between Evans and Atwell. (*Along with the mention of Wakanda in Iron Man 2, this certainly looks promising for Marvel doing something with Black Panther in the future, assuming of course that it wasn't part of Fox's Fantastic Four deal.)

Following those three clips, we got see a montage of action scenes from the movie, many of which we see briefly in the trailer, but there's also a scene of Captain America on his motorcycle being chased by Nazis or Hydra agents, we're not sure which.

Overall, the footage we were shown was terrific and it has gotten us even more excited for both movies. From what we saw of Thor (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=23177) and Captain America: The First Avenger (http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=44656), we think both movies are looking to be on par with the first Iron Man, though they each have their own identity and a unique way to approach telling a superhero origin story.

06-14-2011, 09:39 PM

06-15-2011, 05:39 PM
Capt. America's USO uniform in the new movie:



06-20-2011, 03:09 AM
Captain America "Behind the Shield" Featurette: http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/167621-chris-evans-on-captain-americas-shield

10-19-2011, 12:10 PM
Just in case you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer for The Avengers :frantics:


10-19-2011, 02:22 PM
Just in case you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer for The Avengers :frantics:


Not that impressed, was hoping to see more Hulk. Hopefully, they're just banking on star power for the teaser and Hulk will play a more important role in the actual film.

10-19-2011, 02:50 PM
Not that impressed, was hoping to see more Hulk. Hopefully, they're just banking on star power for the teaser and Hulk will play a more important role in the actual film.

probably mroe an issue of cleaning up the CGI.
I hope it's not a bunch of stupid banter through the whole thing.

My initial thought was Robert Downey Jr is going ot mop the floor with everyone else

County Mike
10-19-2011, 02:56 PM
No Ed Norton for the Hulk? Bummer.

10-19-2011, 03:56 PM
my fav comic turned movie is still The Crow

10-20-2011, 10:06 PM
No Ed Norton for the Hulk? Bummer.

I have no idea why they cut Norton, because there were never reports of contract or salary disputes. Norton said he was excited to be in the movie and the news that he was replaced was just as big of a shock for him as anyone else.

I think the director feared that Edward Norton would upstage the other actors too much, especially Robert Downey Jr.

My expectations for the film dropped significantly when I heard that they recast Bruce Banner, but it plummeted even more when I saw this trailer. We've spent the last few years hearing about how this movie was going to star Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, they didn't need to use up 90% of the trailer establishing that.

If I don't see more Hulk and some actual team action shots in the next trailer, then I might just wait until this hits DVD to watch it.

10-21-2011, 02:24 PM
I have no idea why they cut Norton, because there were never reports of contract or salary disputes. Norton said he was excited to be in the movie and the news that he was replaced was just as big of a shock for him as anyone else.

I think the director feared that Edward Norton would upstage the other actors too much, especially Robert Downey Jr.

My expectations for the film dropped significantly when I heard that they recast Bruce Banner, but it plummeted even more when I saw this trailer. We've spent the last few years hearing about how this movie was going to star Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, they didn't need to use up 90% of the trailer establishing that.

If I don't see more Hulk and some actual team action shots in the next trailer, then I might just wait until this hits DVD to watch it.

i read an interview with ed norton somewhere, i will try and dig up, but i think he did say it was a budget thing and he was shocked at the way it was done .. i also remembering him say he was mad, but that he was happy to hear one of his friends got the role ..