Marvel One Shots (On Going)

Marvel One Shots:

  • “The Consultant” (2011) – 4 Minutes
    • Appeared on Thor Blu-ray release
  • “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” (2011) – 4 Minutes
    • Appeared on Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray release
  • “Item 47” (2012) – 12 minutes
    • Appeared on The Avengers Blu-ray release
  • “Agent Carter” (2013) – 15 minutes
    • Appeared on Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release and digital download
  • “All Hail the King” (2014) – 14 minutes
    • Appeared on Thor: the Dark World” Blu-ray release and digital download
  • “Team Thor” (2016) – 4 minutes
    • Appeared on Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray release
  • “Team Thor: Part 2” (2017) – 5 minutes
    • Appeared on Doctor Strange Blu-ray release
  • “No Good Deed” (2017) – 4 Minutes
    • Released theatrically before Logan and free online

Marvel Comic Book Adaptations: Movies (Ongoing)

Marvel Comics Film Adaptations

  • Captain America (1944)
    • 15-chapterserial film; Marvel was then known as Timely Comics
  • Howard the Duck (1986)
    • Co-produced by LucasFilm
  • The Punisher (1989)
    • Direct-to-video in U.S.; limited theatrical release internationally
  • Captain America (1990)
    • Co-produced byJadran Film; Direct-to-video in U.S.; limited theatrical release internationally
  • The Fantastic Four (1994)
    • Unreleased
  • Blade (1998)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • Blade 2 (2002)
  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • Daredevil (2003)
    • Co-produced byRegency Enterprises
  • X2 (2003)
  • Hulk (2003)
  • The Punisher (2004)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • Blade Trinity (2004)
  • Elektra (2005)
    • Co-produced by Regency Enterprises
  • Fantastic Four (2005)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

BEGINNING OF THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (MCU)

  • Iron Man (2008) – MCU
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – MCU
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008)
    • Produced under Marvel Knights banner; Distributed by Lionsgate Films in the U.S. and Canada and Columbia Pictures in other territories; Not part of MCU
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – MCU
  • Thor (2011) – MCU
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – MCU
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)
  • The Avengers (2012) – MCU
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – MCU
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – MCU
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – MCU
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – MCU
  • Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) –MCU
  • Ant-Man (2015) – MCU
  • Fantastic Four (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) – MCU
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016) –MCU
  • Logan (2017)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) –MCU

UPCOMING

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
    • To be distributed bySony Pictures; Part of the MCU
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018) – MCU
  • New Mutants (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – MCU
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – MCU
  • Untitled Venom Film (2018)
  • Dark Phoenix (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019) – MCU
  • Untitled Avengers Film (2019) – MCU
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (2019)
    • To be distributed by Sony Pictures; Part of the MCU

Watch the First Trailer for Ghost in the Shell

The first full length trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is here! You can watch the trailer above and see Scarlett Johansson become The Major and start kicking ass.

In Ghost in the Shell, Johansson stars as The Major, a cyber policewoman tasked with taking down cyber criminals who are attempting to bring down the Hanka Robotics corporation. The Major eventually begins to question her reality and uncover the mysteries surrounding her identity.

Even though the trailer looks pretty bitchin’ and the film will probably be objectively good, everyone is still pretty pissed off over the casting of Johansson as The Major. The character was originally a Japanese character and casting a white American actress has been viewed as whitewashing. Why the studio did not hire any number of Asian actresses to fill the coveted role has been upsetting to many. The film’s producers have defended the choice, saying that Johansson was simply the right actress for the part. But in reality they likely wanted the A-lister in order to bring in the audiences and the money.

Ghost in the Shell is based on a Japanese media franchise originally published as a seinen manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The manga, first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle of The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.

The adaptation is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and also stars Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbæk and Japanese star Takeshi Kitano.

Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31.

Marvel’s Inhumans Coming to ABC in Fall of 2017

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When Marvel’s Inhumans the movie was cancelled during development, many fans were very disappointed. But fear not! Marvel announced in an interesting turn of events that they are now planning to keep the property but instead as a television series much like “Agents of SHIELD.”

In addition to changing the MCU Phase 4 movie into a new television series, Marvel announced earlier last week that the television series “Marvel’s Inhumans” will premiere on IMAX screens in Sept. 2017 before moving to ABC in it’s regular time slot. The first two episodes of the series will be shown on IMAX screens for two weeks before moving to ABC making this the first time a live-action series debuts this way.

“Inhumans” was originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. The series will follow the group of Inhumans, or super-humans with distinct and abnormal powers. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already introduced the idea of Inhumans beginning in season 2. Whether the two shows overlap haven’t been revealed but it seems extremely likely. ABC currently airs the other popular MCU series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..” 

“This unprecedented alliance represents a bold, innovative approach to launching great TV content for a worldwide audience,” said co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Ben Sherwood in a statement. “It highlights Disney|ABC’s unrelenting commitment to finding new and creative ways to showcasing our very best programming and increasing global engagement and reach.”

IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond also added,

“This first-of-its-kind multi-platform production, distribution and marketing agreement brings together Marvel Television’s unique brand of entertainment, ABC’s unparalleled audience and IMAX’s brand and global fanboy demographic. It also takes our decades-long relationship with The Walt Disney Company to a whole new level, jointly breaking new ground in the industry. We are confident our exhibition partners will be excited to work with us on this innovative launch of a series across the IMAX network.”

Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Television, Publishing & Brand, added,

“We’re happy to see this unique deal come together, working with our partners.  In an ever-changing world of distribution and consumption, it’s very exciting to be part of a groundbreaking initiative that takes us to the forefront of this evolution.”

Watch the New Trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson’s newest science fiction thriller, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has officially released its first trailer and it looks bitchin’. It is just a teaser trailer but we are getting our first peek into the film which you can see above.

Valerian stars Dane DeHaan as the titular hero Valerian alongside Cara DeLevingne as Laureline. The duo are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner – blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him. Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time – uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Interestingly, Valerian is based on a comic book series that follows time traveling agents of the government. Based on the trailer, it is unclear whether or not the agents in this adaptation are the same type of agents taking part in time travel or “spatial-temporal” traveling.  The teaser trailer doesn’t mention it and the plot details are scarce enough that we can’t tell. The tagline for the movie, however, hints at something more. It says, “A universe without boundaries needs heroes with no limits.” So who knows,maybe there is more going on that we don’t know at the moment.

It is also interesting to note that the full title of the movie is/was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but as of lately the marketing has only been Valerian. 

Valerian is due out in July of 2017.

The Dark Tower Movie Delayed

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In slightly upsetting news given this week’s circumstances, EW has reported that the release of the upcoming film adaptation of “The Dark Tower” has been delayed.

The Dark Tower was originally supposed to release in theaters on February 17, 2017 but according to Sony Pictures it will now open in theaters on July 28, 2017.  That date was previously held by Sony’s Jumanji, which will now open on December 22, 2017 instead.

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The word is that the film isn’t a direct adaptation of the novel series but rather  a continuation and sort of remix of the novels, focusing on Roland’s final cycle in his pursuit of the titular location and using elements of all the books. So it should be an interesting ride.

The film features an impressive cast to bring the novel series to life. It stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. They are joined by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee as Tirana, and Fran Kranz as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, and Claudia Kiim.

 

The Walking Dead Season Seven Premiere Debuts to 20.8 Million Viewers

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The season six cliffhanger of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was definitely doozy because when it returned last Sunday night, the premiere of season 7 pulled in over 20 million viewers.

With these numbers, “The Walking Dead” was able to hold down the spot as the number one show on television for the fifth consecutive season. Even more so, the gold has rubbed off because the expanded 90-minute episode of “Talking Dead,” presented live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in front of 2,500 fans, became the highest-rated episode of that show ever as well.

According to the Nielson Ratings, “The Walking Dead” season seven premiere brought in approximately 20.8 million total viewers, 13.2 million adults 18-49 (a national rating of 10.3) and 13 million adults 25-54 (a national rating of 10.8), growth of 7 percent in total viewers from the season six premiere, 3 percent in adults 18-49 and 7 percent in adults 25-54. From the season six finale, the premiere grew 13 percent in total viewers, 14 percent in adults 18-49 and 11 percent in adults 25-54.

Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios said,

“When millions of fans come together at almost exactly the same time to share a story – a story elevated, that viewers anticipate and have time to let sink in and discuss, moments we collectively feel – it’s as good as television gets and a reminder of the power of weekly storytelling. This week, ‘The Walking Dead’ once again provided that for all of us. Rest in peace, Glenn and Abraham. You will never be forgotten.”

Five More Join the Cast of Marvel’s The Punisher

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Marvel’s The Punisher is continuing to gain steam. The production is moving forward in New York City and last week Marvel Entertainment has announced the addition of five more to the show’s cast!

New additions to the highly anticipated spin off series include Daniel Webber (“11.22.63”) as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society; Jason R. Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying) as Curtis Hoyle, a friend of Frank Castle’s and one of the few people who knows he is alive; Paul Schulze (“Nurse Jackie”) as Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle; Jaime Ray Newman (“Bates Motel”) plays Sarah Lieberman, Micro’s wife whose marriage has made her life far more complicated; and Michael Nathanson (Wolf of Wall Street) as Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah.

If you are a fan of the comics you might recognize some of those names. Two of the a five, Curtis Hoyle and Rawlins, are from the actual Punisher comics from Marvel with the other three being new creations for the series.

Jon Bernthal is set to reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil where he gave one of the best performances of any Marvel series . He will be joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo (the civilian name of the villain Jigsaw), Frank’s Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces who runs a successful private military corporation called “Anvil;” Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them; and Amber Rose Revah (Indian Summers, Son of God) as Dinah Madani; a highly-trained sophisticated Homeland Security agent who is vexed by the Punisher.

Executive Producer and showrunner Steve Lightfoot commented on the new casting saying,

“We couldn’t have asked for a more talented group of actors to round out the cast of Marvel’s The Punisher. It’s a thrill to watch them each bring their characters to life with such layered, nuanced performances.”

Executive Producer Jeph Loeb added,

“Marvel TV is very proud of the cast of The Punisher. Each actors brings a special promise who surround Jon Bernthal’s exceptional performance.”

The Punisher first appeared in the MCU in the second season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix. This series is part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, which has already released the critically-acclaimed seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage, with Marvel’s Iron Fist coming on March 17, 2017. The heroes of these series will unite in the mini-series event Marvel’s The Defenders.

Executive produced by Steve Lightfoot, The Punisher spin-off series will premiere in 2017.

Joe Manganiello Is Officially Deathstroke, Will Appear in Stand-alone Batman Movie

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DC has officially cast the character of Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe. DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns just confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that Joe Manganiello will play the character in the eventual solo Batman movie.

The first rumblings of Deathstroke came in when  Ben Affleck posted a video to his Twitter showing a very weaponized-looking unnamed figure walking slowly toward the camera. A few weeks later DC confirmed it was the world’s greatest assassin and one of the most feared people on the planet.”

In the comic books, Deathstroke has several run-in’s with Batman as the mercenary has been affiliated with adversaries like Lex Luthor and Talia al Ghul. When he isn’t working as a villain, he is known as Slade Wilson (no relation to Wade Wilson also known as Deadpool.)

The Batman solo movie doesn’t have a release date yet but we know that it is coming. In the meantime, check out the video Affleck posted below:

 

 

Darren Aronofsky’s MaddAddam Is ‘All Written,’ But Not Moving Forward at HBO

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Fans of Margaret Atwood’s novel “MaddAddam” were more than psyched when it was announced that an adaptation was coming to HBO (with Darren Aronofsky at that!). Unfortunately, they must have their hopes dashed once more. News broke last week that her critically acclaimed novel has been cancelled at HBO.

An HBO rep confirmed to Vulture recently that they would not be developing the series based on Atwood’s trilogy of books, Oryx and CrakeYear of the Flood, and MaddAddam. 

But don’t give up hope yet! Despite losing its home at HBO, Aronofsky isn’t giving up on his project just yet. At a New York Film Festival event last week, Aronofsky told Vulture the series “is all written. We are working hard on it, and trying to figure it out.” He said, “We are still in play.”

He also added,

“We just went with the best writer. Her work is amazing. It was interesting to see how her brain worked and processed to bring it all into a cohesive universe. Figuring out how to focus it into a ten-episode series was really challenging. It is such a massive, amazing piece, and we are just trying to find the right home.”