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Marvel Underwhelms With Brief 'Avengers' Showing, Inexplicable Cast Appearance & Nothing Else

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 21, 2011 1:46 AM
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D23 Event Is An All Too Brief & Nearly Pointless TeaserAfter Marvel’s much-discussed no-show at last month’s Comic-Con, the hype machine has been turning fast leading up to this weekend’s Disney D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. They’ll be pulling out all the stops, right? “Avengers” footage, revealing those two newly-dated mystery projects, surprise appearances and who knows what else. Well, some of that wound up being true, but Marvel’s showing at D23 wasn’t nearly as exciting as the speculation leading up to it.

Marvel & Disney/Pixar Date Mystery Movies For 2013 & 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2011 5:28 AM
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Untitled Henry Selick Project Hits In 2013 & Jason Statham's 'Parker' Arrives On October 12, 2012In a move today that is sure to light up speculation among comic and animation fans, Marvel and Disney/Pixar have planted their flags on dates on the 2013 and 2014 calendar for some mystery films that they aren't revealing just yet (though we're likely to find out at D23 which arrives very, very soon).

Marvel Is Going To Give 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Their Own Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 8:24 AM
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It's no surprise that Marvel has been trying to figure out what to do with their movie franchises now that they've pretty much milked their A-list characters. There are only so many "Iron Man" movies you can do (we hope) and the comic house is now looking to get their second tier characters on the big screen. As you know, "Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange" are pushing ahead and last year, chatty Marvel head Kevin Feige hinted at what may be around the corner saying, "I think what Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction have done with 'Iron Fist' lately is exciting. I think 'Black Panther' and Wakanda has some amazing potential to be a feature film. 'Doctor Strange,' as you've mentioned. There are some obscure titles, too, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' I think they've been revamped recently in a fun way in the book."

Watch: Clip From Marvel Short Film 'The Consultant' Scored By DJ Paul Oakenfold For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 9:33 AM
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Have you been staying up nights, stricken by anxiety at the seeming lack of continuity between "The Incredible Hulk" and "Iron Man 2"? Did Tony Stark's cameo leave you with more questions than answers? Well prepare to finally get a full night's rest as on September 13th, all those nagging concerns will be alleviated.

Marvel Moves Ahead With 'Doctor Strange' As Script By Thomas Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer Handed In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 8:18 AM
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You may have missed this bit of news during the blitzkrieg of Comic-Con, but Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish finished their long-gestating script for "Ant-Man," submitted it before they hit San Diego and have even done some preliminary concept work. Now, another long, long awaited comic adaptation is taking its next step to becoming a reality.

Weekend Box Office: 'Captain America' Is Number One, Because That's Just How America Does It

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 24, 2011 3:44 AM
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Marvel is doing the right thing with their superhero productions. They wisely didn’t break the bank after “Iron Man” did a little under $100 million in its opening weekend, instead opting for future adventures within their universe for around the same cost every time. Even with “The Avengers,” said to be the big kahuna in Marvel’s strategy, they kept costs down thanks to cheap multi-film contracts and economic micromanaging.

'Simpsons' And 'Fantastic Four 2' Writer Don Payne To Pen Script For 'Thor 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 6:00 AM
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Yeah, we know, we're going to have to change our name to The Thorlist if this doesn't stop soon. Having exceeded expectations to become one of the top-grossing films of the year so far, Marvel are understandably keen to get moving on a sequel to "Thor", even with the character reappearing next summer in "The Avengers," and announced last night that Chris Hemsworth would be returning to the role in a sequel, which will hit theaters in the summer of 2013, although his director Kenneth Branagh, won't be at the helm again, although will be involved in some kind of producing capacity.

'Thor 2' Will Drop Its Hammer On July 26, 2013; Chris Hemsworth Is Back, Kenneth Branagh Is Not

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 9:09 AM
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Say what you will about "Thor" -- and we definitely had a lot to say about the uneven movie -- but audiences seemed to love it. In fact, it's one of the only movies this summer season to come in first at the box office two weeks in a row, which in this age of big weekends followed by quick drop-offs, is quite a feat. Well, with the movie now tallying up over $430 million in ticket sales, a sequel is confirmed to be on the way.

Rumor: New Marvel Short Films To Appear On Upcoming 'Thor' & 'Captain America' DVDs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 4:32 AM
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'Captain America' Gets Terrible New PosterLet's rewind the clock a bit. Last summer, a rumor cropped up that Marvel had a plan to make live-action short films as a way to introduce the characters to audiences who may not be familiar with them — pretty much everyone who's not an avid comic book reader. The this bit info was notable, because just a few weeks earlier word was being knocked around that Marvel was planning to make lower budget movies centered around their second and their tier characters like Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Ka-Zar, Power Pack & Luke Cage -- in essence, a short film introduction seemed like a good way to go to get mainstream crowds to know who they were.

Promotional Poster For 'The Avengers' Offers First Look At Superhero All-Stars Together

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:24 AM
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The Licensing International Expo, where movie studios court promotional partners to produce toys, Happy Meals and other unnecessary accessories to wring every cent out of potential franchises, is currently underway in Las Vegas, and a selection of early posters for big properties are starting to leak out. Most aren't really newsworthy (if you've ever wondered what a promotional one-sheet for "Men in Black 3" would look like, it involves the letters M, I and B, followed by the number 3, on a black background), but there's one exception.

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