Tonight’s the night! After a trailer for the trailer was posted on August 3, we finally have the actual trailer! From the official synopsis:
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
We live in a golden age of super hero movies. What Marvel, and now DC, are doing with their cinematic universes is pretty special. The idea of taking the shared universe concept that is seen in many comic books, and applying it to film, was nothing short of brilliant. Since Marvel started this trend with Iron Man in 2008, we’ve gotten film after film ranging in quality from okay to excellent. Marvel has yet, by most accounts, to release a film that is generally considered to be bad. However, that doesn’t mean that their movies are flawless. In fact, almost all of their movies seem to have one glaring issue: the villain.
For years now I’ve been waiting for a truly great villain to show up in a Marvel film. Sadly, it just hasn’t happened yet. We either get villains with cheesy or unoriginal motivations, villains that share the same abilities as our hero, or villains that are just nameless, faceless masses of aliens and drones that pose no threat to our heroes. I was hoping Ultron would buck this trend, but I was left disappointed by him as well (Skynet anyone?) I mean, don’t get me wrong, their villains aren’t terrible, but none of them are very memorable. Out of all their villains, Loki is the probably the only compelling one. However, while he may be compelling, he just isn’t very intimidating.
Now that Warner Bros. has caved to pressure and begrudgingly released the Suicide Squad footage that leaked during Comic Con, the only major sizzle reel yet to get an official release is the first trailer for Deadpool, which is apparently so good that it received a standing ovation and an immediate encore when it was screened over the weekend. You’d hope that Fox would eventually come to its senses – a grainy version of the trailer leaked during Comic Con, though it’s tougher to come by now – but until then, we’ll have to make do with those imperfect first impressions.
Thankfully, what we saw is pretty decent. I’m not sure it’s standing-ovation-and-an-encore amazing, but Deadpool at least seems to be a good faith adaptation. The character was infamously mishandled in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the terrible script wasn’t Ryan Reynolds’ fault and he’s clearly enthusiastic about the character. He also seems to understand the meta-anarchic sensibilities that make Deadpool so much fun. The new Deadpool consistently breaks the fourth wall and refuses to shut up even when he doesn’t have anything useful or humorous to say.
It’s the reboot of the reboot. That’s right, whether your like it or not, we’re getting a brand new Spider-Man. After Marvel and Sony officially became best buds earlier this year (bringing Disney one-step closer to global domination), it was announced that Spider-Man would not only be getting a new standalone film in 2017, but that he’d also be appearing in the Marvel cinematic universe as well. Then, last week it was announced that Tom Holland (pictured above) will be taking on the role of the web-slinger, and that he’d first be appearing in Captain America: Civil War. Finally, we learned that Jon Watts would be directing the standalone Spider-Man film.
Daredevil may have been around since Stan Lee and Bill Everett introduced him in 1964, but many new fans have been discovering him now thanks to the live-action show on Netflix and the past several years of consistently entertaining stories from a slew of fan-favorite writers. Though blinded by radioactive materials, attorney Matt Murdock uses his other now-superhuman senses and a special radar sense to operate as the acrobatic hero Daredevil, the “man without fear.” But how does his famous “radar sense” work exactly? Let’s find out!
We’re going through another golden age of comics, haven’t you heard?
Comic books haven’t received this much attention since the ‘40s and ‘50s when cocksure psychotherapists wielded their paranoia drill and implanted warning signs for parents of heretic homosexual behaviors found within the pages of a Batman comic. The result, naturally, would be the desecration of their sons Christian souls and the emasculation of their walking testosterone bundles of joy.
Now, however, Marvel has managed to bring the conversation of comic books back to the forefront thanks to global mega successful film franchises they’ve built around characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.
While we didn’t see an Ant-Man cameo in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (maybe he was there, but was too small?), that’s not stopping the mass-shifting hero from showing up in new posters with Avengers visual gags on them, complete with tongue-in-cheek slogans. Sure, he doesn’t have the powers of Captain America or Thor, or special armor like Iron Man… but will he really need all that? Or is this just a clever ploy from Marvel to convince fans of The Avengers that Ant-Man is worthy of their attention, too?
Either way, with Ant-Man scheduled to hit theaters July 17, 2015, we’ll find out soon enough.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe grows every year, connecting films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron with TV shows like Daredevil, Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s been a lot of fun to see things unfold, but where are the LGBT characters of Marvel Comics? Victoria Hand appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., true, but homosexuality wasn’t even mentioned before the show killed her off (disturbingly, while she was on her way to a place literally called “the Fridge”).
So here’s a fun list of some LGBT characters we’d like to see show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU). Please keep in mind, since the X-Men related characters and Marvel’s mutant heroes are only allowed to appear in Fox films, heroes such as Northstar and Shatterstar aren’t mentioned here because Marvel Studios can’t use them.
As we are in the midst of a brand-new, universe spanning Secret Wars from Marvel comics, it’s good to look back at the company’s original Secret Wars in 1982 and the biggest lasting change that came out of that event series. I’m talking about Spider-Man’s way-cool black costume, of course.
Spider-Man only wore the suit for a relatively short period of his career — from 1984 until Amazing Spider-Man #301 in 1988 — but unlike modern shifts to Spidey’s look, it didn’t come with a built-in reset button. That’s just what Spider-Man looked like for the middle of the 1980s.
Last week rumors emerged that Marvel had cast Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One — which is quite a change from the comics where The Ancient One is a venerable Tibetan man. Swinton, the weird and otherworldly star of such films as Orlando and Only Lovers Left Alive, is many things, but a old man from Tibet she is not.
Early on many people complained that the move was white-washing the cast, and taking away roles for Asian actors. Those arguments aren’t wrong, but the thing is The Ancient One isn’t just Asian, but specifically a Tibetan.