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Dawn of Justice Trailer Drops! Batman v Superman

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(PCM) April 17, 2015

It was meant to be shown on Monday April 20th at select IMAX theaters to those that wanted to see JUST the trailer but the leak on April 16th was too much for DC to cope with. It’s here early and for all to see.

Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson can be heard portraying a Superman skeptic in the audio along with Holly Hunter as another antagonist questioning Superman’s true intentions here on earth.

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Marvel Studios on Cusp of Black Widow Movie

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(PCM) April 16, 2015 In the comic book society girl power is roaring.  Marvel has promised the female audience Captain Marvel, but she is not slated for theaters until 2018. In fact there is no actress cast as Carol Danvers A.K.A. Captain Marvel. We do have Black Widow.

Most thought Black Widow would be the first Marvel Studios film with a female protagonist, seems everyone was sort of right. While a Black Widow movie is probable, Marvel most likely won’t insert a Black Widow ahead of their phase 3 schedule.

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Still, the following news offers great insight into the question many fan girls (and boys) have been clamoring for.  Will we get a Black Widow movie?

Scarlett Johannson revealed in an interview this week with Collider she’s talked to Marvel President Kevin Feige about a feature film of Black Widow. “I’ve spoken to Kevin about it. I mean, of course, of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film,” says Johannson. “I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin — I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series.”

It’s a plausible reality as Natalia Romanova A.K.A. Black Widow has a deep backstory and currently enjoys her own title in print.  But that is the problem with Black Widow, Marvel likes to introduce characters individually then group them up. Part of that reasoning is out of respect for the characters. It is the partial reason Carol Danvers was not in Age of Ultron.  She did in fact have a place in Age of Ultron in an early draft but was ultimately scrapped to keep her origin story a showcase.

One issue Marvel has with Black Widow is the character in the Avengers is a true team player. She’s almost stripped of her Black Widow characteristics and identity as it’s seen in comics.  Films don’t need to lift characters exactly out of print but her canon is a bit lost now after homogenizing her over a few Marvel films. This argument against also works as an argument for Black Widow as a feature, why? Leaving so much about Natasha Romanova out of the MCU stories to date allows Marvel to fill in the blanks without conflict. Thankfully Marvel has not shown on film is how Black Widow has dated most of the Avengers, even ones yet to join the team. Having just noted this, Age Of Ultron will reveal more of agent Romanova’s past which is a bit cliché. Background teases don’t replace characteristics that define a character. See the panel below for example.  The subtle mannerisms speak volumes.


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Marvel has a huge opportunity here to redefine a character that is well known but doesn’t have die-hard fans to challenge them for any changes made to her. Johannson was quite revealing about the character as she sees her — continuing, “I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on,” says Johannson. “I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.”

“Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more — I think I could see her in a standalone film.”

If a stand alone Black Widow movie is to come, will Scarlett Johannson finally learn some real Russian to back up the character’s authenticity?  How will Marvel address Black Widow’s blind allegiance to the Avengers in contrast to what she really is?  There is no doubt Scarlett has made Black Widow a hip and popular character for women (and men) to get excited about, however the character’s flaws and traits are hardly realized in the Avenger’s team up films.  Someone in the screen writing department will have one hell of a challenge to fix the mess the Avengers made of Black Widow.

Black Widow has been a great supporting character, yet Marvel has not used Black Widow as Black Widow.  Even Scarlett Johannson understands this, “My contract has changed. Marvel and myself didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be — they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to use her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invested in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.”

As you can read from Johannson’s own words the character is morphing on screen. Maybe they can morph her into how she operates in canon?

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A.K.A. Jessica Jones Set Photos

(PCM) April 14, 2015 Admit it Daredevil has made you want more from the Netflix Defenders series. Here are some A.K.A. Jessica Jones set photos featuring Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. Taken in lower Manhattan – April 2015.

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X-Men Apocalypse Psylocke Cast

psylocke(PCM) April 12, 2015 Director of 2017 Fox X-Men movie: Apocalypse announced today through Instagram he’s found his Psylocke.

Betsy Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke will be played by Olivia Munn.

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She’s a very complicated character in that she’s been both British and Asian along with undergoing changes to her abilities. She has been a member of the X-Men in print.  She was in fact depicted in the X-Men trilogy.  Will Olivia Munn learn martial arts to portray the psychic ninja?

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Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Lana Condor and Oscar Isaac
Written by: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Todd Hallowell, Simon Kinberg, Josh McLaglen, John Ottman, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Bryan Singer

X-Men Apocalypse is set for release May 27, 2016.

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Ant-Man Movie News: Second Trailer introduces Phase 2 of the MCU

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(PMC) April 13, 2015 It will hit theaters only two months after Age of Ultron yet little is understood about the importance of Ant-Man to casual MCU enthusiasts. Today’s trailer and previous comments by Marvel President Kevin Feige expose Ant-Man’s importance to Phase 2 of Marvels MCU.

Without any major spoilers, the trailer reveals the plot and premise under which Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) becomes the Ant-Man under scientist Hanky Pym’s (Michael Douglas) care.  It’s also established that Ant-Man can do more than shrink down to ant size.  We see this is a west coast story and last up we get the antagonist (pun!), Yellowjacket!

If you don’t mind trailers giving away some of the action, the very end of this one features a battle on a kids train set! Great sight gag, but will it work?

“It is not [an after-thought],” Feige said of Ant-Man. “The truth is the phases mean a lot to me and some people but…Civil War is the start of Phase Three. It just is. And Ant-Man is a different kind of culmination of Phase Two because it very much is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Kevin Feige continued, “You meet new characters and you learn about Hank Pym and his lineage with the MCU over the years. But at the same time, it also picks up the thread of Age of Ultron in terms of heroes – major heroes, Avengers – coming from unexpected places. Whether it’s prison in the case of Scott Lang or being a very disgruntled Sokovian Twins as Wanda and Pietro are in Age of Ultron. And in that way it connects a lot. Also, Hank Pym’s attitude towards Avengers, towards S.H.I.E.L.D, and kind of the cinematic universe in general, is much more informed after Age of Ultron events, and in a certain way, before the events of Civil War.”

Ant-Man will be in theaters just two short months after Age of Ultron. Ant-Man will be released July 17, 2015.

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Deadpool Movie News: Colossus On Set

(PCM) April 12, 2015 More tweets from the Vancouver set of Deadpool.

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For some, news that Colossus will be in the Deadpool movie is no surprise. In fact, if you’ve read the leaked script you even know what scene this is. So yes, this will be Colossus in the Deadpool movie. Shooting in Vancouver at this location is almost finished. Let’s hope we see Ajax and others.

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