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We live in interesting times, Dear Reader. When I went to the late-night screening of Ant-Man, a line had already formed a half-hour before showtime. It wasn’t a big line, mind you, but it was still 30 people or more than I expected to be excited enough to turn up early. And they weren’t merely hardcore comic fans, but Marvel movie fans, Paul Rudd fans, and assorted interested parties.
There’s a second-act cameo that caused a group of teen girls behind me to gasp and cheer, a huge coup in making comic books more mainstream. Pop culture always used to sound like soda pop, the delight of the young looking for sugar, and now it seems we might just be popular after all.
WARNING: Spoilers! Nothing too direct, but to talk about the movie, you have to talk about the details, so go out and see Ant-Man, and follow along!
Sure, these days, Marvel has the Midas touch when it comes to making movies, but it was a long road to get to this point. Now, thanks to the handy infographic below, released by shirts.com, we can relive every stage of Marvel’s movie history, from the days when they signed bad Hollywood deals that resulted in terrible big screen adaptations (I’m looking at you, “Howard the Duck”), to the current Marvel Studios era which has pleased longtime fans while creating millions of new ones.
From 1990’s “Captain America” featuring fake ears on the main hero’s mask, to 1994’s “Fantastic Four” which never even scored a release (though it can be easily found via bootlegs), to box office titans like “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” breaking records left and right, Marvel started from the absolute bottom (I’m looking at you again, “Howard the Duck”) and grew to epic proportions. So take a look, revel in the glory that is Marvel and connect the dots of every critical misstep and genius movie making decision they’ve made along the way.
A Stan Lee cameo has become a secondary source of intrigue in Marvel Comics-based films — when will he show up, what will he be doing and how will fit in with everything else going on? He’s able to dwell in the worlds of the in-house Marvel Studios movies, Sony’s Spider-Man films and 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises. There have even been fan theories about how he can show up in so many different places.
The UK-based MorphCostumes, who offer a wide variety of skintight superhero bodysuits, have put together an infographic documenting Stan Lee’s cameos in Marvel films, dating back to 1989’s made-for-TV “The Trial of Incredible Hulk” and finishing with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” released this past May. This follows an earlier infographic from MorphCostumes, looking at the “Murderers of Marvel.”
Proving once again that we live in a fascinating world full of nearly infinite possibilities, here is a photograph of Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning star of the 1987 classic “Wall Street,” fist-bumping Marvel superhero Ant-Man inside the New York Stock Exchange building earlier today.
Of course, it was promotion for Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” opening this Friday, with Douglas ringing the NYSE Closing Bell. In the film, Michael Douglas plays long-running Marvel character Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man of comic book lore. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, Marvel Comics’ subsequent Ant-Man — though unfortunately, it likely wasn’t Rudd inside the costume at the NYSE; perhaps the one thing that could make that photo even more improbable. Fingers crossed that in 2016, we’ll get Doctor Strange high-fiving Tilda Swinton inside the United Nations Headquarters.
Stan Lee was reportedly rushed to the hospital Sunday, but that certainly didn’t stop the 92-year-old from appearing last night at the Hollywood premiere of Ant-Man.
According to TMZ, Lee called 911 Sunday morning, complaining that he didn’t feel well, and was taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A representative for Lee wouldn’t confirm the report, but pointed EW.com to the comics legend’s attendance at the movie premiere.
Last week we were teased with a fun fan-made trailer for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, and now we treated to a wonderfully imaginative credits sequence that employs animated comic book art.
The song is “The W.A.N.D.” by The Flaming Lips, which seems strangely appropriates — “We’re the enforcers, the sorcerer’s orphans, and we know why we fight” — even if it’s highly unlikely to show up on the movie soundtrack.
If fans are incredibly lucky, they’ll be treated to the briefest of teasers for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in August at the D23 Expo — perhaps a flickering logo with a voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch. Until then, they can whet their appetites with this fun fan-made trailer, which not only references Stephen Strange’s origin, but also gives us a bearded Sorcerer Supreme.
Produced by David Johns, the teaser features both Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton (it was produced before news of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s casting as Baron Mordo), and a plinky rendition of “People Are Strange” that made me smile.
Countless thousands of Marvel fans likely would love to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition, but how many are willing to pay in the high five figures for it?
One of those sweet, sweet red-and-gold smartphones sold Thursday for about $91,600 in an auction held by a China’s second-largest online retailer, JD.com. That’s just a little more than its suggested $1,079. So what’s so special about this phone that it would attract 92,429 bids, driving the price so high?
You know you’ve created something special when the fanbase starts marketing for you.
Sure there’s the fans that get folks pumped up through general word-of-mouth hype and excitement, but then there are the ones who go above and beyond — fans like mechanical engineer Darian Robbins, whose mock magazine covers for Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Black Panther” film have become a viral hit.
Following a week-long buildup, Samsung this morning officially debuted its Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition, a collaboration with Marvel to celebrate the “technological innovation and creative visual storytelling in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
As expected, the smartphone goes beyond a mere red-and-gold color scheme; there’s an Iron Man helmet etched on the back, a wireless charger designed to look like an arc reactor, 64GB of storage, and customized software with new icons and fonts.
A mere week after tantalizing fans with an image of the glowing box, Samsung has unveiled a new teaser for the Iron Man-themed special edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge, accompanied by the words “Coming Next Week.”
The shadowy image provides a slightly better idea of what to expect when the smartphone arrives: It’s, of course, red and gold, and — like the glowing box — boasts an image of Iron Man’s helmet. We’ll have to wait a while longer to find out whether it features its own J.A.R.V.I.S.
David Letterman’s farewell last night after 33 years on television was packed with tributes from the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Peyton Manning and the Foo Fighters. While the Simpsons apparently weren’t able to appear in person on the Late Show — hey, Beavis and Butthead pulled it off in 1996 — they did send along a clip that pokes fun both at Letterman and their own long-running series.
Samsung today teased an Iron Man-themed special edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone that’s so glorious the contents of the box glow, like the briefcase from Pulp Fiction. Or maybe that’s simply a marketing ploy.
As for what’s inside, we only have a Korea Times report from last month in which a Samsung executive said the phone will (of course) be red, and reflect the design of Iron Man’s armor. It’s expected to be released either this month or in June, but the teaser says only “Coming Soon.”
Much has been written and said about the dearth of female characters in superhero films, but I’m not sure anyone has addressed the issue quite like Agnes, an 18-year-old blogger from Hungary: She created a series of incredible portraits gender-swapping the cinematic Avengers.
For her alternate movie universe, Agnes recasts Captain America as Amber Heard, Iron Man as Kate Beckinsale, Bruce Banner as Mila Kunis, Thor as Jennifer Lawrence, Hawkeye as Shailene Woodley and Loki as Kristen Stewart.
That recent “Saturday Night Live” parody is the closest we’re likely to get anytime soon to a Black Widow movie. However, while fans wait (and wait and wait), they can enjoy this beautiful imagined title sequence created by Christopher Haley as a final project for his After Effect class.
Set to the sound of Portishead’s “Sour Times,” the animated sequence suggests the influence of Maurice Binder and Saul Bass, with bold graphic elements in red, black and white. And Haley doesn’t stop with envisioning a cast –Scarlett Johansson is joined by Rosamund Pike as Yelena Belova, Samuli Edelmann as Red Guardian, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May — he also dreams up a premise: