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Best And Worst Of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 7, 2014 12:01 PM
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Captain America 2, Best/Worst
This past Friday, after opening worldwide a few weeks earlier and performing like gangbusters, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the ninth Marvel Studios movie to date, arrived in the U.S., and swiftly proceeded to be the biggest opening of 2014 to date, smashing April records with a hefty $96 million weekend. That's a big step up for the second adventure to topline Chris Evans' super-soldier Steve Rogers to date, no doubt helped by very positive reaction from fans and critics alike.

Watch: 2 Clips From 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Plus 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Crossover Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 9:20 AM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This weekend, the only film opening in wide release stateside is "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Why are the other studios staying away? Because Marvel's movie is going to be a monster, with tracking suggesting it's poised to open with over $90 million this weekend, smashing previous April records, and Marvel is doing all they can to put every single butt in the seats.

Watch: New Tease For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'; Deathlok & Lorelei Headed To ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 24, 2014 10:42 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Though the its cinematic universe in divided into three — “Spider-Man” is with Sony, the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” characters with Fox, and the rest with the comics giant itself — Marvel is still far ahead of the competition with each of its futures more or less for the next several years. In fact, with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” the company hopes to slowly introduce more obscure characters from their catalogue to general audiences with the expense of a large blockbuster. In fact, yesterday came news that the middling ABC series will be adding two characters absent from the Marvel cinematic universe up until now.

Michael Cera & John Hawkes To Star In Charlie Kaufman's FX Pilot 'How And Why'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 12:36 PM
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It has been six years since we've had anything on any screen from the mind of Charlie Kaufman. It was 2008 when he delivered "Synecdoche, New York" and since then, while the promise of this Hollywood satire/musical "Frank Or Francis" has been teased, it has yet to find the momentum or money/support to get made. But once again, television is giving someone of Kaufman's unique talent a place to flourish. Last spring came word that over at FX, Kaufman was writing a TV series called "How And Why," but there were few other details. But today, not only does it have stars but we now know a little of what it's all about.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Doing 'Thor 2' Crossover Episode That Actually Doesn't Include Anyone From 'Thor 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 3, 2013 10:21 AM
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'Agents of SHIELD,' 'Thor: The Dark World'
Classic. November sweeps season is on its way for television, which means studios are pulling out all the stops. What will ABC be doing for "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?" Well, there is one upcoming Marvel film that comes out in November, "Thor: The Dark World." It's official: Marvel has announced that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be doing a crossover episode with the upcoming 'Thor' sequel. Hell, fans rejoice, right? This is what they've dreamed of since this ABC spin-off series was announced.

Coulson Lives: How The Agent Survived 'The Avengers' Revealed In Reviews Of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 2:30 PM
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If you're wondering why the comic book stores are empty tonight, it's because fans across the nation will be tuned in to watch the series premiere of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." The comic studio is trying their lucky with a weekly format, taking the beloved Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, and making him the center of the action. But one the sticking point for many will be: didn't he die in "The Avengers"? Wasn't that the crucial motivation in getting the team to work together to defeat Loki? While the answer to both those questions is "yes," it's now moot as the character lives, but you won't believe how it's being explained away.

Watch: 2 Clips From First Episode Of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 11:27 AM
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As word of a brand new, "Harry Potter"-inspired film series dropped this morning, it's reminder that studios are continuing to seek ways to build on existing properties, because you make your money investing in stuff people already know, instead of trying to launch something new. And so we come to "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." which sees the Marvel-verse expanding on the small screen, and with the show to kick off in a just a couple weeks, some new peeks have arrived.

New Poster For 'Thor: The Dark World' Fills Every Space With Characters, Plus Lots Of Pics From 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 10:37 AM
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With Marvel now boasting a couple of billion dollar movies under their belt, the ever-growing movie studio is now stretching their tentacles outside the summer season and into the fall, and onto the small screen as well. And with "Thor: The Dark World" and "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." both arriving in the coming months, comic book fans won't be left waiting long for their next dose of spandex.

Joss Whedon Says Loki Won't Be Back For 'Avengers 2,' Explains How 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Show Fits Into Marvel-Verse

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Though he’s busy doing press for the micro-budget Shakespeare adaptation “Much Ado About Nothing,” current King of the World Joss Whedon hasn’t taken his mind off the unenviable task of following up the mega-hit that was “The Avengers.” And while we already know about some of the characters that will appear in the sequel -- Thanos, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch -- Whedon has let us know who we shouldn’t expect to see in “The Avengers 2.”

Watch: Longer Trailer For 'Avengers' TV Spin-Off 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2013 4:40 PM
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It's upfronts week, which means that all the networks are lining up to debut their new shows to advertisers, and in general, it's looking like a much stronger season than the last few. Not everything looks great, obviously -- have you seen that trailer for "Sleepy Hollow?" Hoo, boy. But there's more than one show we'll be considering tuning in for, and that's more than we can say for the last few seasons of network television.

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