Welcome to Indie Revolver

We’ve gotten a lot of traffic over the last couple days and, understandably, a lot of messages from other fans and entertainment sites. With that in mind,  I thought it might be a good idea to reintroduce ourselves to the newcomers and answer some of your more frequent questions!

I’m a fan of film and art and I gravitate towards most of the same pop culture touchstones that mean so much to most of our generation. I started this site to open up the conversation; to expand and add to the discussion of these stories and artists which mean so much to all of us.

We’re allowed to attend some events and concerts, permitted interviews, and sometimes even manage to break a good story because we work at it pretty hard, making phone calls and sending emails and visiting friends and contacts who we’ve met. That’s been my main hobby since I was a kid, and I’ve always devoured every scrap of news I could find on sites like Ain’t it Cool and Variety. One thing that has changed since I was younger is that I don’t see a group of friends every day to quote our favorite dialogue and trade rumors and debate the finer points of our beloved films. I thought that this blog might be a way to bring some of that dynamic back to my life, and since I started it a few months ago it has actually brought some new friends into the fold to help build it. This is the most fun I’ve had with my hobby in many years, and I’m very thankful to everyone who’s jumped in to enjoy it with me.

While it’s my nature to mine for every nugget I can unearth, I always want to be careful about ruining things for anyone else. We include spoiler warnings when that stuff comes up, of course – but it goes further than that. We posted our images of the new troopers only once they’d been described in detail by other sites and sketched (pretty well from memory, apparently from one grainy black and white photograph!) by Tom Hodges. We unveiled the illustration of the Inquisitor only after his appearance and motivations were impressively mapped out by Latino Review and Badass Digest. Fleshing out the conversation, adding to it – talking about what’s already out there in as much depth as we can. That’s our sweet spot, what we really enjoy. Some of you have sent us some truly fascinating information and insights. When you see those pop up on another outlet first after weeks or months of waiting, this is why. Similarly, we will not post anything we’ve been asked not to post nor will we keep up anything we’ve been asked to take down.

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When we watermark an image, it’s because it was given to us for use on our site. We will not watermark any images which we re-post from other sites, and we will not watermark exclusive images for which a watermark is not requested. Sorry to say, we cannot supply you with non-watermarked or higher resolution versions of the ones that are. For some of our sources, it matters that it lives in a context that’s really about the love of the story. If you take a look around, you’ll notice there are no ads. It cost me $12 dollars to buy the domain name and another $13 to redirect to the WordPress page. The site is hosted for free on WordPress’ free servers, and laid out using one of their inexpensive templates at a cost of $30. Since then, I’ve spent another $30 to remove WordPress’ occasional ads to keep things cleaner and give our community a more enjoyable experience. Those are our ledgers – I’m out about $85 dollars and we don’t earn a penny here. I shudder to think what kind of expenses would go along with this week’s traffic if I had to support that on my own site/server, so I understand why most sites need to display ads (if you like what a site is doing, clicking on their banners is a great way to support them!). I’m aiming for something simpler here. On that note. this seems like a good time to thank our team – all of our contributors write/edit/research for free, in their spare time (and perhaps some hours that they should be working at their day jobs).

We do not represent a controlled leak from JJ Abrams. Man, if only…

We do not post anything that we don’t think is reliable. We verify everything we can within reason. It’s okay if you don’t always agree that the more sensitive kinds of stories are accurate! We have faith in them. If we ever doubt them, we’ll issue a retraction. We will not connect you with our sources nor identify them. In some instances, we don’t actually know who they are ourselves. Regarding Star Wars, we’re pretty sure what we write will hold up and everything we see come out elsewhere seems to support everything we’ve seen so far. We don’t know most of it, and we’re just as excited as you are to see how it all comes together next Christmas.

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Welcome to Indie Revolver – please feel free to hang around and talk about movies and poster art and vinyl and what you’re reading in our reply section beneath each story and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Jay Carlson
Editor-in-Chief, Indie Revolver

Happy Halloween! Check out The Ghostbusters Trailer Reshot by Middle Schoolers

GhostBOSters Trailer from Real To Reel on Vimeo.

by: Jay Carlson

This is pretty fun. 

Raw Art Works,  a nonprofit organization who encourages kids to tell stories on film, Reshot the Ghostbusters trailer but kept the original audio.

Raw Art Works is a great organization, just down the road from me in Lynn, MA. Check out the rest of their videos on the link above. It’s great to see the pure love of cinema show through in every frame. It looks like they have a blast making their videos.

Take a look and sound off in comments!

Seth Rogen and Jessica Chastain Rumored for New Steve Jobs Biopic

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After the blockbuster news that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in the new biopic, the folks at The Wrap are now reporting that Seth Rogen and Jessica Chastain are also being courted for roles as well.

The new film is set to be directed by Danny Boyle from a script written by Aaron Sorkin. The film is expected to follow Jobs through three high stress phases of his life, including the launch of the first Macintosh computer in 1984 and the 2001 debut of the iPod.

While no deals are in place for either actor just yet, it’s being rumored that Rogen is wanted for the role of Steve Wozniak, creator of the Apple I computer and co-creator of the Apple II computer. The role for Chastain has yet to be identified.

While mostly known for his comedic roles, Rogen has proven he has the chops to play it serious. I thought he was outstanding in Funny People and 50/50.

Rogen teaming with Bale is being compared to when Martin Scorsese teamed Rogen’s friend Jonah Hill up with Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall Street. That pairing led to Hill’s second Oscar nomination. How hilarious would it be, after all the stoner comedies and everything else, to see Seth Rogen nominated for Best Supporting Actor?

Honestly, you had me at Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle. I can’t see any reason why this pairing won’t give us an excellent end product.  Sorkin is adapting the screenplay from the biography written by Walter Isaacson, which Jobs had authorized before his death in 2011.

IR Review: Supernerd Weighs in on the Dangers of Being a ‘Nightcrawler’

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Jake Gyllenhaal has always been attracted to the darker roles. After writer/director Dan Gilroy’s film Nightcrawler he may not be able to take himself to any lower level. As sociopathic video journalist Louis Bloom, Gyllenhaal has truly outdone anything that I think he’s done before.

We meet Bloom as he’s trying to sell stolen goods, just wanting to eke out a meager living in an uncaring world. Wholly and by accident he comes across the world of nightcrawling, where freelancers film the aftermath of accidents and tragedies and sell the footage to run on local news stations.

After trial and error Bloom soon begins to build a name for himself with one particular news director. But the money and ego stroke of having his footage on TV isn’t enough. He wants more. And whether it’s legal or not, Louis Bloom will get everything that he believes he has coming to him.

I thought Jake Gyllenhaal was impeccable as the uncaring and manipulative Bloom. There were times when he had a hungry and feral look to him, like a wild animal waiting for you to drop your guard so he could finally get a decent meal from your carcass. There were other times when he’d smile and give you an “Aw, shucks” smile and tell you exactly what you want to hear, slowly earning your trust, until it’s too late and you realize that putting your faith in him may have been the biggest mistake of your life. Gyllenhaal slipped from one persona to the other effortlessly, like taking one mask off and putting another one on.

I’d say that this was a character study of one man’s descent into madness and depravity, but I think that to show that descent you’d have to at first be a likeable human being worth rooting for. There was nothing morally redeeming about Louis Bloom from the outset. His actions only became more progressively self-serving and ego driven. I feel comfortable comparing him to some of fictions more popular psychopaths, like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho.

The supporting cast was good, but Riz Ahmed as Rick was outstanding. Rick was the guy that you wanted to see get out of there as soon as he could. You wanted him to open his eyes and see Bloom for the scam artist that he was. There’s no room for nice guys in a business like this and you always had a bad feeling that Rick was going to be collateral damage in Bloom’s rise to the top.

Bill Paxton as a slimy fellow nightcrawler was too good. The emergence of Bloom onto the scene sets off an almost animal instinct within Paxton, as if he was an alpha male of a pride of lions and he knew a younger male would soon challenge his spot as leader.  With his cheesy handlebar moustache and cock-of-the-walk attitude, he was a pleasure to watch.

Rene Russo was a bit wooden as the news director who develops a working relationship with Bloom. I hate to say that she’s the weak link here,but the way her character ended in the movie was a little puzzling and it threw me off a bit. It just seemed like it went against everything that was already established. You could chalk it up her completely falling under Bloom’s spell, but it just didn’t sit right with me.

For his directorial debut Dan Gilroy should be proud. Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, Nightcrawler was a joy to watch. You’ll be watching the news a little differently after seeing this one.

Trailer: Star Wars Co-Stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson In ‘Ex Machina’

Ex Machina is an upcoming science fiction thriller, written and directed by Alex Garland, marking Garland’s directorial debut, and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. It tells the story of a computer coder who wins the chance to spend a week at the house in the mountains belonging to the CEO of the company he works for, only to find he has to participate in an experiment involving a new brand of artificial intelligence.

The film will be released in the UK on January 23rd 2015, and in the US on April 10th 2015 through A24 Films.

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NPH Wants to see a ‘Freak Show’

 

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

After expressing interest in possibly guest starring on the hit horror anthology, Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka will appear in the final episodes of the fourth season of American Horror Story:  Freak Show.

First reported by TV Line and officially confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, NPH will play a chameleon salesman in the final two episodes while Burtka will be involved in a storyline with Jessica Lange in the finale.

Creator Ryan Murphy worked with Harris, as both had very specific ideas as to what the character’s story should be. After amicably melding ideas it was just a matter of finding the time to get it on film. Murphy noted it would have to be late in the season to accommodate the busy actor’s schedule.

Also coming on board is AHS alum Lily Rabe. Rabe will be reprising her role as Sister Mary Eunice from the second season storyline Asylum. Rabe will appear in the tenth episode of the season to explain how Naomi Grossman’s character of Pepper went from a travelling freak show in Florida to an insane asylum in Massachusetts. In the history of the show the only characters to have appeared in more than one season are Pepper and Sister Mary Eunice.

It was recently announced that the FX Network has picked up American Horror Story for a fifth season. FX has also given the greenlight to Murphy’s true crime anthology series American Crime Story.

UPDATED With New Images! Is the New Terminator Movie Messing With Us?

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By: S. Scott Stanikmas

I’m going to start with a good dose of SPOILER WARNINGS here folks. The good peeps over at Entertainment Weekly have gotten some awesome pics on their newest covers and have dug a little dirt and managed to get some crazy details on the new film in the Terminator franchise Genisys.

Apparently we start off in the year 2029 with the war between man and machine in full swing. John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) are pressing the advantage and looking to send Kyle back to 1984 so he can hook up with John’s mom Sarah Connor and ensure that John is born to lead the human resistance. They duo is successful and Reese makes it back to 1984 and the loving arms of Sarah.

But that’s where the story goes sideways. This isn’t the Sarah Connor that we knew and loved played by Linda Hamilton. This new Sarah (Emilia Clarke) is a social hermit with extensive sniper skills. It turns out she’s been totally screwed up in the head because her family died when she was nine years old from a Terminator attack. And on top of being orphaned, she’s been raised by an aging model T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who keeps telling her what her destiny is.

Wait…What?!?!?!

So Terminators wiped out Sarah’s whole family and now she’s denying her destiny, saying she chooses what happens in her life? So how will John be born if she doesn’t do what history says she’s supposed to?

Terminator: Genisys just pulled a Star Trek on us. They keep the old timeline but create a new one. So this is a sequel and a reboot all in one. I like that. It stays true to the original timeline and story, so as not to alienate the older fans while forging its own path for the next generation. I can dig that.

Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor will drop this movie on us on July 3rd 2015.

 

 

MTV Orders Scream TV Series

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Unplug the phone and make sure the doors are locked – MTV has ordered a 10 episode run for the proposed Scream TV series. The news series goes into production and will debut in October of 2015, just in time for Halloween.

The network sent out a cryptic text message with a phone number. Fans who called the number were treated to voice asking them “Do you like scary TV?” before hearing the official announcement about the show being picked up.

Jay picked up on a story earlier that said this new series would not have the iconic Ghostface and that is a deal breaker for me. R.J. Torbet, owner of the rights to the Scream villain’s look, has said that while for now there will be no Ghostface we shouldn’t count it out for the future. For the time being, no Ghostface is a bitter pill to swallow.

Still, it can’t be any worse than Scream 3.

Supernerd Takes a Closer Look at Marvel’s Phase 3

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

What a day at the El Capitan. Marvel blew everyone away and all they really did was announce one new actor for their movies and show a bunch of title cards. But it’s how they did it that got the crowd and the internet hyped. Indierevolver EIC, Jay, hit the nail on the head when he told DC and Warner Bros that this is how you announce your upcoming film schedule. You don’t do it on an investor conference call as “Item number whatever on today’s docket.” You need some pomp and circumstance, some pizzazz, some flair.

But now that the smoke has cleared and we’ve all had a day to digest the information, it’s time to look at what Marvel’s Phase 3 announcements are going to bring us.

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First on the agenda is Captain America: Civil War. It was officially announced that Black Panther will debut in costume in this film. Other than that it’s all up in the air come May 16th 2016. The good odds say that this film will showcase a battle between the heroes over some kind of government registration, much like the comic book storyline of the same name. Some will be for it, some will be against it and it will be all out war.

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The Doctor will see us on November 4th because next is Dr. Strange. While it has yet to be made official it’s all but confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the good doctor. With horror director Scott Derrickson set to helm this feature I expect a good mix of super heroics and creepy terror. I’d love to see them explore the many different realms that the Master of the Mystic Arts has to defend us from.

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After that we get Guardians of the Galaxy 2. This was no surprise as it had already been announced during the opening weekend of the first GotG film. Marvel already had this one ready to go, but the runaway success of the first weekend and rave reviews forced their hand. They struck while the iron was white hot and made the announcement of a sequel. Originally set to come out July of 2017 it has since been pushed up to the beginning of May. This shows tremendous faith in the franchise as this film is now set to jump start Marvel’s summer. James Gunn will return to direct and the usual band of misfits that comprise the Guardians should return as well.

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Dropping in July will now be Thor: Ragnarok. We can assume that we’ll get the same cast that we’ve had from the first two films. No director has been named as of yet. With a subtitle that references the last days of the Norse gods I can only surmise that this won’t end well for everyone. This may have been the plan from the get-go though. With the possibility of the Asgardians dying, this takes out a very heavy hitter before the arrival of Thanos. Or they could possibly be referencing the Thor clone named Ragnarok from the “Civil War” comic story who is Thor’s equal in almost every area. Either way it doesn’t look good for the God of Thunder.

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November of 2017 will bring us the solo Black Panther film. Acquiring Chadwick Boseman’s services as King T’Challa was a masterful move. Boseman is hot in Hollywood right now, coming off highly praised performances as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up. As I stated in a previous article a political thriller in the vein of Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be the right way to go for this project.

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Now we come to what the fans have so patiently waited for: Avengers: Infinity War. Split into two separate movies, this will no doubt contain the showdown between Thanos and all of Earth’s heroes. With Part 1 set to release in May of 2018 and Part 2 out May of 2019, this is the major event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been over a decade in the making. The teaser trailer at the press conference showed us the mad Titan in possession of the Infinity Guantlet, a glove that holds powerful artifacts in gem form that can alter reality to the wearer’s whim. This could get ugly.

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Between parts 1 and 2 of the Avengers: Infinity War saga will be the Captain Marvel movie. Marvel’s first female superhero movie will star the character of Carol Danvers. While there have been a few Captain Marvel’s in the history of the MU, choosing Danvers shows us where the studio execs may have their thoughts at. Danvers was pro-registration during “Civil War” and is a government trained soldier. We may get an unannounced cameo from her during the third Captain America movie.

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Also sandwiched in there will be an Inhumans film. The Inhumans are a race of beings who mutate themselves into more evolved life forms with the help of something called Terrigen Mists. It can only be speculated as to how they will fit into the overall scheme of things at this point in the release schedule. Will they somehow affect the outcome of the Infinity War? Or will this film stand alone for the time being, giving us a glimpse of the world to come after the second Avengers: Infinity War film?

We’ve seen quite a few of the Infinity Stones so far, only not in stone form. The Tesseract originally seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, being the most famous of them so far, is a highly sought after prize. The aether from Thor: The Dark World and the power stone in Peter Quill’s orb in Guardians of the Galaxy are two others. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed during the press conference that Loki’s staff is another Stone. With two more left to uncover the real questions begin to surface. Will we see another Infinity Stone in the Dr. Strange movie?  How will Thanos come into possession of them? Will the Ragnarok subtitle mean the end of the gods in Asgard because Thanos is coming for the Tesseract?

Curiously absent were mentions of a Black Widow or Hulk solo film. While these characters have been referred to as linchpins of the Avengers franchise, there are currently no plans to give them their own spotlight movies as of yet.

Leaving the Hulk out in the cold is understandable. After the “meh” reaction to Ang Lee’s film and the fact that Ed Norton’s turn starring in Incredible Hulk didn’t exactly set set the box offices ablaze, I get why Marvel Studios is hesitant to fund another Hulk feature. But that leaves poor Mark Ruffalo, who did an awesome job in the first Avengers film, twisting in the wind.

Having no Black Widow film is ridiculous to me. Kevin Feige danced around this topic like the ballerinas in the Age Of Ultron trailer. He reasoned that telling a prequel origin story or taking her off on her own right now would actually ruin the forward momentum that the Universe has worked so hard to create. I do hope that we get Scarlett Johansson in her own movie sometime soon.

Also conspicuous by his absence is Iron Man. No solo film? Interesting. We have heard that Robert Downey Jr. has no interest in continuing the Iron Man franchise, but that he would not be opposed to resurrecting the character in other Marvel movies. He’s a lock for Captain America: Civil War. Could we see him try to conquer his fear of space and join up with the Guardians? Or will he stay on Earth and help lead a new regime of government-regulated superheroes like in the comics? Or will they flip the switch and have Tony Stark lead the anti-registration side? Is the reason he doesn’t get another film because he has to go into hiding as a fugitive from the law? So many questions!

Whatever the case may be, there’s no denying it’s a great time to be a Marvel movie fan.

 

 

 

A New Look at Some Additional Footage From ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

by: Jay Carlson

Above you’ll find the footage that Marvel aired with Agents of Shield last night. You’ll recall they originally announced last week that they would be showing the first trailer for Age of Ultron during Agents of Shield. Then all hell broke loose when the trailer leaked nearly a week early. Marvel were good sports about the whole things and quickly released the HD version of the trailer for everyone to watched repeatedly. That trailer went on to set a record, racking up 50.6 million views on YouTube in one week.

Since that cat was out of the bag, Marvel released a scene of the gang unwinding in Tony Stark’s living room, drinking beers and trying to lift Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. Everyone’s having a good time until a very early version of Ultron crashes the party, This is the scene that was screened for the enthusiastic crowd in Hall H at this years San Diego Comic-Con.

What do you think? I was kind of hoping to see Cap make Mjölnir budge a little. After all, he is the only mortal human character to lift Mjölnir in the comics.

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Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963.

 

Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s Lost Film ‘Serena’

 

“North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.”

What do you think? Should it have stayed lost? I think they should have stuck with David O. Russell….

Keanu Reeves to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Replicas’

 

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

It’s always an interesting question to pose in a movie: How far would a man go for the sake of his family? Keanu Reeves is set to tackle that issue in the upcoming science fiction thriller Replicas.

In the film Reeves will play a neuroscientist who loses his family in a car accident. Devestated, he will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means breaking the laws of man, science and nature.

I like the sound of this. With how far science has come I could see someone being so distraught after losing their loved ones that they’d try cloning. I see this as being a high tech Pet Sematary or a sci-fi Law Abiding Citizen. Something will inevitably go wrong, but that’s the fun thing with a movie like this.

Keanu Reeves is no stranger to the sci-fi genre, being widely known for playing Neo in the Matrix trilogy.

Reeves is on fire in Hollywood right now. His latest film John Wick is garnering rave reviews. Despite losing the opening weekend box office battle and getting second place, Reeves came out the true winner, giving his waning star power a much needed boost.

Replicas is set to be directed by Tanya Wexler from a screenplay by Chad St. John. St. John wrote the screenplay based on the script from Reeves and production company partner Stephen Hamel. Reeves and Hamel in turn wrote the script based on a story treatment by Hamel. Production is set to begin sometime in 2015.

How Will Marvel do ‘Civil War’ When There are no Secret Identities?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

We now know that the third Captain America movie will be titled Captain America: Civil War and will bring the popular and polarizing “Civil War” comic storyline to the big screen. “Civil War” was the story where Marvel’s superhero community was asked to reveal their secret identities and register with S.H.I.E.L.D.  There seem to be two problems though: Marvel Studios doesn’t own the Spider-Man character, who was a HUGE part of the whole plot and secret identities aren’t that big a deal in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. So how do you get around these two big issues?

After the huge press conference announcing the next five years of Marvel Studios films, president Kevin Feige sat down for a Q & A and addressed how they could pull off Civil War without secret identities.

It all boils down to the heart of the storyline. Essentially the governments of the world are seeing the rise of the superhuman and it scares them. Whether it’s a cumulative effect from everything that has happened so far or its one major event, people are going to want to hold someone responsible. With no Security Council and no S.H.I.E.L.D. to oversee superhuman affairs it looks like they are running rampant, with no one to police them but each other.

Now it becomes an issue of “Who do they report to?” Order, even the illusion of it, makes people feel more comfortable. So instead of “Take off your mask and tell us who you really are” it becomes “Sign up and join the government because you have superpowers.”

As we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap himself is all for government and fighting for the good of the people. But when the government goes too far he’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. Seeing as the Ultron program is attributed to Tony Stark in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, I could see him having guilt issues if there were major casualties, thus leading to him feeling the need for some form of superhero hierarchy. This would definitely put Cap and Iron Man on opposite sides of the playing field.

Now where does Black Panther fit into this, seeing as he gets introduced in Captain America: Civil War? Easy: With King T’Challa being a major world leader, Captain America and Iron Man both want to curry his favor. Being both a politician and a superhero, Black Panther may swing the momentum to either the pro- or anti-registration side depending on which way he votes.

In doing all of this you now eliminate the need for Spider-Man’s story arc. Spidey’s tale was all about him publicly announcing his secret identity and rallying behind the pro-registration side. Eventually he came to regret it, as he was soon attacked in his civilian identity and his loved ones essentially had targets put on them. With the story now just about being leery of government control and not about secret identities you don’t need to explore the Spider-Man aspect.

The more we speculate the more excited I’m getting. I loved the “Civil War” event (I was on Cap’s side). As long as we get an awesome story with hero battling hero, count me in!

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Captain Marvel Will be the First MCU Female Solo Superhero Film

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Sorry Scarlett Johansson, but Black Widow will not get her own solo film in Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The honor of the first MCU film with a female lead will belong to the character of Captain Marvel.

It was announced today during the blockbuster press conference that set the slate for the next five years for Marvel Studios that Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel and current Captain Marvel, will headline her own feature film in 2018. No casting or crew announcements have been made just yet.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been clamoring for a Black Widow solo movie to be made starring Scarlett Johansson. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that while the Black Widow character is important it would ruin the forward momentum that the Universe has going for it. He went on to say that Black Widow is a linchpin character in the Avengers films and to go back and tell a prequel or take her out of the series to tell her own story would be doing the character a disservice.

I won’t deny that I’m a little disappointed. Johansson has killed in the Black Widow role, stealing scenes and slowly making herself a favorite amongst many fans. While I’m still intrigued to see how they handle the Captain Marvel character, I’m still holding on to hope for Phase 4 and the long awaited Black Widow movie.

I just hope Scarlett can wait that long for what she’s due.

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Chadwick Boseman Scratches and Claws his way to ‘Black Panther’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

With apologies to Bruce Campbell, I think it’s time that we all hailed to the king – King T’Challa that is. Marvel Studios broke the news today that Chadwick Boseman will play the regal leader of Wakanda in its upcoming movie Black Panther. Boseman will be the first non-Caucasian actor to play a leading role in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel Studios held a groundbreaking press conference today and I think other than the announcement of the slate of movies the biggest piece of news was introducing Chadwick Boseman as the next big star of the Marvel Universe. Known most famously for his roles in the biopics 42 and Get On Up, where he portrayed Jackie Robinson and James Brown respectively, I think Boseman is the best choice for this role. He’s got the kind of buzz Marvel likes to get behind and he can only go up from here.

It was announced  by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that Black Panther would make his debut “in costume” during the third Captain America movie Captain America: Civil War. From there he’s on to his own solo film.

While sharing the stage with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, Boseman stood between them while they mocked a fight over whose side he would be on. This may be some interesting foreshadowing. Marvel Studios has been trying to lock down a deal with Sony where they could use Spider-Man in upcoming Marvel Studios productions. This sly little bit of playfulness may be Marvel’s way of telling us that if they can’t nail down Spidey maybe Panther could fill in for that story.

That’s all just speculation for now. While Spider-Man’s arc in the comic book “Civil War” was a pivotal role for the character it’s not really all that necessary in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a huge comic nerd it would be cool to see the printed story take place on the big screen, but I’ve come to terms that concessions need to be made for the greater good of telling the best story possible.

With Andy Serkis set to play classic Black Panther nemesis Ulysses Klaw in the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron, could we possibly get a sneak peak at the leader of Wakanda? Maybe to help Cap replace the broken shield we see in the trailer? Wakanda is known to have a plentiful stash of Vibranium, the material the shield is made out of. I’m just saying…

Black Panther has seemingly been in development hell for years. It was rumored that Wesley Snipes had originally wanted to play the role himself, taking on the Blade movies and hoping that eventually he could leverage a Black Panther film into production.

After seeing how well Captain America: The Winter Soldier did, I hope that Marvel keeps the same tone for Black Panther. They have some of the best source material with the third volume of the Black Panther comic series written by Priest that ran from 1998 to 2003. It was a radically different comic, coming from the new-at-the-time Marvel Knights imprint. Priest had a knack for mixing superheroics with political intrigue.

No matter what they decide to do, Chadwick Boseman is an excellent actor. His addition to the Marvel family can only bode well for the future.

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Marvel’s FULL Upcoming Slate of Films Revealed!

by: Jay Carlson

Marvel’s Event is currently underway and it sounds like they put on a helluva show. In attendence was RDJ, Chris Evans, Joss Whedon, The Russo Brothers, Scott Derrickson and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther). Marvel dropped the BOMB of their full schedule of upcoming films. This is how you do it, DC. Not over an investor conference call…

The Full Marvel Slate:

  • 05.01.15 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 07.17.15 – Ant-Man
  • 05.06.16 – Captain America: Civil War
  • 11.04.16 – Doctor Strange
  • 05.05.17 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • 07.28.17 – Thor: Ragnarok
  • 11.03.17 – Black Panther
  • 05.04.18 – Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1
  • 07.06.18 – Capatin Marvel
  • 11.02.18 – Inhumans
  • 05.03.19 – Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2

I was expecting an official announcement for the casting of Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. They must still be finishing the deal.

I was hoping for (but not expecting) an announcement that Spider-Man would be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Civil War. There’s still plenty of time to work that out, though.

What do you think about the big announcements? INFINITY WAR?! Captain Marvel! And an Inhumans film??!!

A Blurry Look at a ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Villain With a Very Different Looking Lightsaber

 

By: Jay Carlson

Star Wars Underworld has posted a new image that was anonymously posted to an imageshack account purporting to be a piece of concept art from Episode VII of a villain holding a very strange looking lightsaber. I respect their hesitation to claim any authenticity related to the image – it’s nice to see some restraint with Star Wars news on the internet. However, I can confirm that not only is this legitimate production art but that this particular concept made its way through pre-production and into the film. This character and his lightbroadsword have filmed scenes in England.

What do you think of the blurry look at the character and his very unconventional lightsaber?

And the Director of ‘The Walking Dead Companion Series Pilot Is…

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

AMC has chosen the director of their pilot for the companion series to their hit The Walking Dead. Deadline reports that Academy Award winner Adam Davidson will get the nod to helm the spinoff pilot.

Davidson won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 1991 for his debut effort The Lunch Date. The same movie also won him the Short Film Palme D’Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

Adam Davidson is no stranger to directing TV shows. He has a wealth of experience to draw from, having been in the director’s chair for such shows as Dexter, Lost, Fringe, Grey’s Anatomy and True Blood. He’ll have to pull off something extra special, as TWD fans will be watching this new series under a microscope.

Co-created by The Walking Dead comic co-creator Robert Kirkman and future series showrunner Dave Erickson, the new companion series will take place in the same universe as the hugely popular original show. While no real details have been made concrete at this time it’s been floated about that the new show will take place in a different region of the country and possibly at a different time frame of the current series.

The Walking Dead has an excellent crew of people who have directed episodes of some of the most stellar TV recently seen. People like Greg Nicotero, Michelle MacLaren, Guy Ferland and Frank Darabont have all taken the helm and shown us their vision of the world inhabited by walkers. Adam Davidson has some pretty big shoes to fill.