My first Marvel OHC. This could be a slippery slope.
The Hulk and co. have smashed their way into this week’s box office, as Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed $84.5 million on its opening day in America. It’s four million more than what the first Avengers managed on its opening Friday, but the massive total wasn’t enough to take out the all time record of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 ($91.1 million in 2011).
This is on top of the $27.6 million the film took in from its Thursday night preview! As the film opened a week early in Europe and Australia, Age of Ultron has grossed $424,460,000 worldwide already.
With the action film genre still proving popular with audiences, Marvel Studios is well prepared for the growing demand, having films lined up through to 2019.
UPDATE – The film is now the eighth highest grossing film of all time. So far making $1,142,508,000. Unsure if it will be able to top the first Avengers film though, but will go close.
[contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron]
Last week a list of five young actors in the running for Spider-Man hit the web, and already sources are saying Asa Butterfield will be the one to take on the power with great responsibility.
The others on the list were Nat Wolff, Tom Holland, Liam James, and Timothee Chalamet.
Reporting that Butterfield already has the part is the Latino-Review, so it isn’t exactly Entertainment Weekly breaking the scoop, but they claim industry insiders believe he already has the role and “Marvel has liked him since day one”
In other Spider-Man news, it is rumoured his first stand alone film, after a appearance in Captain America: Civil War, will be titled “Spider-Man: The New Avenger”, which makes a lot of sense considering at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron we see Scarlett Witch, The Vision, War Machine, and Falcone in training as the newest additions to the team. Also in Phase Three will be introduced to Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, so that title for the next Spider-Man wouldn’t be extremely shocking.
Can we all just be glad Marvel use subtitles so we don’t end up with Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The follow up to the highly successful X-Men: Days Of Future Past has started filming, giving us our first look at Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Lana Condor.
Writer and producer of the new film, Simon kinberg, stated in Empire Magazine this month the the younger versions of iconic X-Men members are “as much a part of the movie as our main cast” and that “Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader. Storm is a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world.”
X-Men: Apocalypse will be in cinemas May 26, 2016
Deadpool is a comic book favourite that everyone has wanted to see on the big screen in a solo film for years. Now it’s been revealed he will be joined by another comic book fav that does get much love from the movie studios, Colossus. Daniel Cudmore will make his fourth appearance in a X-Men film, but it is unknown how big a part the character will big of the story.
Joel Kinnaman is rumoured replacing Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in Warner Bros. Suicide Squad. He will be joining stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis. In the running for the role also is Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal.
I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure if I saw A New Hope or The Phantom Menace first, but if it was TPM first, ANH wouldn’t of been far after. I would of been five around that time, and my parents started buying me the toys for the first prequel film, to go along with my Dad’s original trilogy toys from Kenner (you know the ones with a lightsaber coming out of Luke and Darth’s hand).
What followed was buying even more of the toys by the time Attack of the Clones rolled around, and also getting more merch like books and video games. I remember AOTC was one of the first big action blockbuster films I saw at the cinemas, and walking into Revenge of the Sith, I thought it would be the last time seeing a Star Wars film, for the first time.
While we have all been talking about this for a while, I like many, thought it was exactly that. Just talk. But it looks like Spider-Man will be coming to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) without Sony giving up the rights to the character. Most are speculating he will now appear in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, and could make future appearances in Avengers: Infinity War.
Here is the statement from Marvel”:
“Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
The Force Awakens (December)
The hype for this film is massive. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the amount of press and speculation about a film in my life time. The first thought I had when another trilogy was announced was, if this goes bad, it’s gonna be really bad. As in, Star Wars fans take things super seriously, and something tiny could ruin the film for them. But so far, everyone has been super positive about it, which is a good sign.
Age of Ultron (July)
The first Avengers film took me by surprise. At the time I hadn’t seen any of the five Marvel films that had proceeded it, but I absolutely loved it. And as most sequels go, this one will be bigger and better. On the flip side, some sequels are terrible, but that won’t be the case with this one. With the incredible Joss Whedon in charge we have nothing to worry about. Plus he has been taking inspiration from The Empire Strikes back, only the greatest sequel of all time.
Songs of Experience (Probably not even 2015, more like 2018, because this is U2, right?)
The most hated album of the year was one of my favourites, and ever since Bono mentioned a follow up, I’ve been wanted more from U2.
untitled 7th Kanye album (some time soon)
All through out 2014, there was meant to be a new Kanye West album. We got to end of the year and we had nothing. Now in 2015, it’s looking like a full album will be coming sooner rather than latter, now that a new single “Only One” with Paul McCartney has been released.
Game Of Thrones (April)
The worlds most downloaded show is back again. While I like shows with shorter seasons like Thrones (10 episodes a season), the ten month gap is painful. Luckily the wait is close to over.
Parks & Recreation (January)
NBC’s last decent comedy is nearly over, and they will be missed by many. Blink and you might miss the final season as it will be all over by the end of Febuary. Then all we will have is our memories Lil Sebastian (RIP Lil Sebastian).
We are currently in the middle of San Diego Comic Con, and it’s nearly time for Marvel Studios’ panel. Here’s to hoping we find out what movies we will be seeing in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the meantime, enjoy this concept art, for Avengers: Age of Ultron, that was slowly revealed, and has now been completed.
(UPDATE) While I was expecting my twitter feed to be blown up by the end of the Marvel Studios panel at SDCC, this was not the case. Only a sequel for Guardians of the Galaxy was announced. And so the speculation continues, for what will become of Phase Three. My guess is something like this: Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, GotG 2, Black Panther, Thor 3, Inhumans, Avengers 3.
Now this has got me excited, seeing Iron Man and Captain America back together in the sequel to the box office hit “The Avengers”. While “Age of Ultron” isn’t in cinemas till next year, check out the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly to get the exclusive first look.