Did Fox And Marvel Really Work Together? The Answer Is Yes!

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(PCM) It has recently been revealed that despite some major creative differences in the past, Fox and Marvel did come together and swap characters for both “Deadpool” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

Fox holds the rights to some very key Marvel properties including both X-Men and Fantastic Four so in turn they hold the movie rights to some popular Marvel characters. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown enormously over the last few years, so it is only natural that the MCU would wish to explore new storylines that feature some of the characters that are currently owned by Fox.

While obviously there is not going to be any huge partnership between Fox and Marvel anytime soon, much to the dismay of fans, we have now learned that the two companies have worked together on two of their biggest film franchises: “Deadpool” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

It has been revealed that there was some character swapping when it came to specifically the use of the X-Men character Negasonic Teenage Warhead in “Deadpool”. The character went through a number of changes that had to be cleared by Marvel for the film. In return, Marvel requested a character that was owned by Fox to be used in “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet in the new ‘Guardians’ movie was the character that Fox swapped with Marvel to allow the change to Negasonic Teenage Warhead powers, according to Deadpool writer Paul Wernick during a recent Q&A.

Below you can find the release dates for the upcoming Marvel and Fox films:

“Doctor Strange” is now in theaters; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – May 5, 2017; “Spider-Man: Homecoming”– July 7, 2017; “Thor: Ragnarok” – November 3, 2017; “Black Panther” – February 16, 2018; “Avengers: Infinity War” – May 4, 2018; “Ant-Man and the Wasp” – July 6, 2018; and “Captain Marvel” on March 8, 2019.

“Logan” hits theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by “Deadpool 2” on January 12, 2018. Movie versions of “Gambit”, “New Mutants” and “X-Force” are still currently being developed.

 

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The Killing Joke A Review

JokerI received my Blueray copy of The Killing Joke Tuesday.  The film had already been screened at Comic Con and had a Fathom Event the previous week so it’s content and it’s controversy was already out there.  I was trying hard to keep an open mind so in order to be fair to the film I decided to read the source material again before watching the film.

The original 48 page comic book set in motion a new path for the DC Universe.  Because of The Killing Joke we gained Oracle as a character and also a paraplegic became super hero.  It was a dynamic story told well and though you are wondering at the end if this is really the true beginning of The Joker you still walk away having experienced a terrific read.

The animated film version did a great job of adapting the source material and if that was all they had done this would have been a great film.  But they had to get clever.

Batgirl has always been one of my favorite characters in the DC universe.  She was originally created to attract more viewers to the Btaman TV show of the 1960s.  The shows ratings were beginning to falter at the end of the second season and the studio was hoping by adding a female character to the show it would attract more viewers.  This actually didn’t work and at the end of the third season Batman came to a close as a live TV show. But Batgirl lived on.

Barbara Gordon was the daughter of Police commissioner James Gordon and secretly Batgirl.  The relationship of father and daughter would add depth to the character for years to come.  Her relationship to , as the character grew in the comic books, was one of mentorship.  She did have a relationship was Dick Grayson, or Robin but never with Batman.  I don’t think Bruce as Batman had much of an ability for actual love.  I think an in depth psychological profile of Bruce Batman Wayne is long overdue.  Just exactly how does his obsession with stopping crime affect his relationships?  My answer would be that he is almost incapable of relationships except where they align with his cause.  This is why in The Killing Joke film with a brief sexual encounter with Batgirl is implausible.

The beginning of The Killing Joke is a new story that features Batman and Batgirl.  The two are trying to bring down a mob boss.  The Mob Boss is infatuated with Batgirl and so Batman tells here she is off the case.  Batgirl ignores him almost gets killed and in a moment of anger the two have sex.  The sex is not shown just Batgirl pulling off her top revealing her bra covered breasts.  The story come to its conclusion and the legitimate Killing Joke story begins.

I am not saying that the new part of the The Killing Joke was bad.  The story was quite good it was the addition of language and sex that bothers me.  Batman The Animated Series was loved by both kids and adults.  It had a great way of appealing to both by making the stories deep for adults but action packed enough for kids.  If they had done this with the Killing Joke I would have had much less of a problem with it.

The Killing Joke Starts with The Joker putting a bullet through Barbara Gordon’s spine and kidnapping Commissioner Gordon in order to drive him insane in a single day.  This was enough to give it at minimal a PG 13 rating but DC wanted an R rating.  I believe they feel they need to stay in competition with Marvel and the popularity of The Deadpool film forced their hand.  But DC has characters that could be used in an R rated film.  Both Lobo and The Specter come to mind.

DC is doing an incredible job with their television adventures, Arrow, Flash, Legends, Gotham and Supergirl are all great shows.  They were also doing great in their direct to video series.  I have enjoyed almost all of those.  DC has nothing to prove to anyone.  They don’t need to be controversial; in fact it hurts them when they are.  They need to take their characters and keep them seeped in the stuff that made them great in the beginning.  Superman fighting for truth justice and the American way and Batman as the obsessed avenger is a lot to work with.

The Killing Joke is a good movie.  It just has elements in it that are not necessary.  If DC would go back and take stand on doing good film work that everyone can enjoy they will rise to the top again.

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Captain America: Civil War Trailer 2

The new Captain America trailer is here, and it is awesome! We finally get a better understanding of the driving story behind Captain America: Civil War, and doesn’t look like its going to disappoint. Unlike the first trailer, which really didn’t explain much, expect that Tony and Steve disagree and apparently everyone has to pick sides. Fans of the comics obviously know theres a lot more to story (even if it is abbreviated), but whats really important is showcasing that to the average movie-going audience. The only thing people are talking about after that first trailer was how awesome it was to see Cap and Bucky vs. Iron Man. I will admit that is an awesome scene, but it didn’t sell me on the film (although lets not kid ourselves, Marvel gets all my money). This trailer makes up for pretty much every complaint I had about the first one, and now that I have a better understanding of the story, I couldn’t be more excited. Check out the second official trailer for Marvel’s upcoming film, Captain America: Civil War right here!

First thoughts? How bad-@ss does Black Panther look! I know the internet is blowing up over the Spidey reveal in last few seconds, but in my opinion there were tons of cooler moments throughout this trailer. The Spider-Man reveal is just icing on the cake. Ant-man riding Hawkeyes arrow was notable, but as I already mentioned, Black Panther walks out the most interesting CHARACTER in this trailer. Watching him chase down Bucky on the bike and the way he moves, it is all just so boss. And lets not forget the fact that he just eats bullets like the Hulk.

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The other most interesting aspect of this trailer is what appears to be a giant underwater prison rising in the middle of the ocean. It is always hard to guess the how out of order the scenes presented really are, but based on what we saw it looks like Stark is behind the building of the prison and may very well be rebuilding SHIELD. Again, its hard to decrypt the entire trailer but it has become clear that it is definitely more than just Captain America defending “his friend”.

Here is the official synopsis:

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in twocamps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire  for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

 

Let us know what you think in the comment section below! Check back soon for more information surrounding Captain America: Civil War and other upcoming Marvel movies.

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Top 5 Greatest Comic Book Movie Soundtracks

Soundtracks are a vital part of film. A great soundtrack can help set the tone of a film. It can bring you into a film’s world, and it can also act as an intangible character in the story. For instance, legendary composer John Williams is an expert at creating memorable soundtracks. From movie theme songs like “The Raiders March” (Indiana Jones) to providing epic battle music such as “Duel of the Fates” (A Phantom Menace). Williams, along with other composers, have created the ultimate soundtrack to many of our childhoods.

In this top 5 list, I’ll countdown what I think are the Top 5 Greatest Comic Book Movie Soundtracks!

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5. The Crow — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1994 was the year that we saw one of the most beautiful and tragic comic book stories come to the big screen, when Brandon Lee played Eric Draven in The Crow. Not only did the story make for a unique and powerful film, but the soundtrack played a huge part in the telling of the story. The film was not heavily scored, but all of the music featured in the movie really seemed fit for the vigilante and his story perfectly. The soundtrack featured the powerful song “Burn” by The Cure, which everyone who is a fan of comic book films can recall that epic scene where Eric Draven begins the transformation into The Crow. The soundtrack also included huge alternative bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, and it even featured the metal band Pantera. Also, most of the songs on the soundtrack were actually in the film, which is a rare thing when it’s a soundtrack that features nothing but various artists. This film would pave the way for films like Spawn, which also took notes from The Crow‘s soundtrack and featured a lot of huge alternative bands, metal bands and nu metal bands.

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4. The Dark Knight — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight series not only changed the way superhero movies would be made and looked at, but it would also up the ante in which superhero films would be composed. In 2008, composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard would make a soundtrack for The Dark Knight so epic that it heightened the intensity of numerous scenes in the film, exactly as a score should. In the film, Batman would get a new new theme to fit the Nolan’s updated version of Batman. It was big, powerful and intense, much like the title character. Not only did Batman get a new theme, but so did the Joker with “Why so Serious?”, a suite that mixed all of the Joker themes into one, which matched the character’s outlandish personality. The soundtrack won a grammy for Best Score Soundtrack in Visual Media and would peak at number 20 on the Billboard 200, with selling 25,000 copies in the first week. Zimmer would go on to compose The Dark Knight Rises without the help of Howard and would also compose other comic book films such as Man of Steel, Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is also the composer of the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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3. Superman: The Movie — Original Soundtrack

Richard Donner‘s Superman featuring Christopher Reeves was as good as it could possibly be in the day and age of practical effects and limited green screen effects. Now how do you make the most powerful superhero have an equally powerful theme? You get the legendary John Williams. After composer Jerry Goldsmith dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts (Goldsmith would eventually score Superman III, and we all know how that ended up), Williams took over and made the most recognizable superhero theme song ever with the help of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1978, the soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Score and just two years later, Williams would end up winning Grammys for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. The Superman theme song would be used in every Superman film opening (except Superman III) with varying arrangements, it was also used in a scene in the Supergirl film. Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel was the first Superman film not to feature any of Williams’ themes.

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2. Batman (1989) — Prince Soundtrack/Original Motion Picture Score

Let’s start off with the Prince soundtrack; Some of you may laugh at this one but truth is, Prince’s Batman (1989) soundtrack was amazing! Yes, that’s some nostalgia talking but let’s face it, not only was this the first time that we got to see the caped crusader on the big screen in a black suit but this was also the first time that a pop artist made his own album for a film and several music videos to go along with it. Songs such as “Trust” and “Partyman” were the back bone to iconic scenes in the film such as the Joker and his goons meeting Vicki Vale in an art gallery and defacing the paintings and statues (except for the one that he “kinda” liked). And whether you choose to remember or not, the “Batdance” was such a catchy tune. Prince’s Batman soundtrack hit number 1 on both the Billboard 200 chart and R&B Albums chart. Now let’s talk about the original motion picture score by another legendary composer, former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman. Much like what Williams did with the Superman theme, Elfman would create such a recognizable theme for Batman that it would be used in multiple films and even the beloved Batman: The Animated Series. The soundtrack peaked at 30 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 1990, Elfman went on to win a BMI Film & Television Award for the soundtrack and a grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for the Batman theme song.

 

 

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1. Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Now coming in at number one is a very unique comic book film and an equally unique soundtrack. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t really have it’s own theme song but instead, made a whole soundtrack that would act as a theme song for the film. Taking hit songs from the 60’s and 70’s such as Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling”, Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky”, David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” and The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” the soundtrack would be the first soundtrack in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to hit number 1 on the Billboard charts. Though some of the music on the soundtrack is dated, the blending of the oldies with such a futuristic type of film, gave the film such a perfect balance and it would be a huge reason why different generations would enjoy the film. The music became a centerpiece of the film in which even the characters would actually acknowledge the music. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 would hit number 1 on the US Billboard 200, US Billboard Top Soundtracks, US Billboard Top Rock Albums and US Billboard Top Digital Albums. With accolades like these, you can’t really argue with it being number 1.

 

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Marvel Studios Begins Production On Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”) and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”).

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director James Gunn’s creative team also includes director of photography Henry Braham (“The Legend of Tarzan,” “The Golden Compass”); production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Tomorrowland”); editors Fred Raskin (“The Hateful Eight,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Craig Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”); three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”); stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ); co-producer / first assistant director Lars Winther (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”); and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “The Avengers”).

The original “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning over $770 million at the worldwide box-office, and holds the record as the most successful debut film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the film’s soundtrack went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy®.

Based on the Marvel comic characters first published in 1969, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 “continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, 2016; “Doctor Strange,” November 4, 2016; “Spider-Man,” July 7, 2017; and “Thor: Ragnarok” on November 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2015 with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has opened and has grossed over $1.4 billion in global box office. The studio also successfully launched another franchise with “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. The film opened #1 at the box office on July 17 and went on to gross more than $519 million at the worldwide box office. The film propelled the Marvel brands’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 12 consecutive films.

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Pop! Pop! Ep. 17 – 2015: A Year in Review

 

Pop! Pop! The Pop Culture Podcast! is back this year after surviving the end of 2015!  The LA Nerd and Taylor dish out a Marvel-heavy Nerd News this week including talking about the new images of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange; how much Thanos we’ll really see in Guardians 2; there’s not a dry pair of pants in the studio after talking about the Deadpool trailer; Black Panther gets an “official” genre; and finally the guys talk about their favorite movies of 2015 and what movies they wish they had seen in theaters! All of this and more on this week’s episode of Pop! Pop! The Pop Culture Podcast! 

Show Notes:

[0:00 – 1:56] Intro & sweet smooth jams.

[1:57 – 6:26]  Doctor Strange images / Eye of Agamotto one of the final two Infinity Stones?

[6:27 – 9:57]  Don’t expect to see a lot of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  How will he factor in to Infinity Wars 1 & 2?

[9:58 – 20:11]  Merry Christmas you bastards!  Another official Deadpool trailer was released on Christmas day and it’s bad-fucking-ass! Also, how many rated R superhero movies have there been?

[20:12 – 23:23]  Black Panther is considered what genre? & it’s a direct set up for Infinity Wars.

[23:24 – 28:16]  12 key characters in Marvel’s Civil War that aren’t going to be in the movie.

[28:17 – 52:36]  Year in review! The guys talk about their favorite movies of the past year!

[52:37 – 56:35]  Special mention for The Walking Dead’s second half of season 6 getting a trailer! Joel gets a boner, FYI.

[56:36 – 58:14] Shout outs & outro.

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