Avengers 4 Concept Art Shows Major Changes Made To Characters

Information on next year’s Avengers movie has been scarce. We don’t even know what the official title of the movie is yet. However, as we go into September, expect to see Marvel release tons of information on one of their biggest movies ever. I know, I feel like I find myself saying that with every Avengers movie.

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A couple of weeks ago this concept art had leaked from Avengers 4. Initially this promo art was labelled as a ‘fake’. However, just a couple of days ago, someone has leaked a better version of this promo art. The most interesting to note about this concept art is how it only features the Avengers who survived the ‘snap’.

Here’s a close up on a few of the characters:

Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel, is expected to play a huge role in Avengers 4. The concept art shows the character in her traditional suit which she will obtain in her solo movie.

Hulk

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This might be the most interesting aspect of the concept art. Yes, Hulk in his own suit. It looks odd but, he has had this type of look a number of times in the comics.

Captain America

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When looking at Captain America, again, this concept art looks to be accurate. Having seen set photos from Avengers 4, we know Cap will no longer have the beard and will be wearing an earlier version of his suit.

The likes of Iron Man, Thor and Rocket remain unchanged from Avengers: Infinity War:

Let me know your thoughts on this early concept art down below

Do you think it’s real or fake?

Matt Reeves Submits First Draft Of The Batman Script

It feels like Matt Reeves’ Batman movie has been in development forever. Information surrounding the project has been scarce. Matt Reeves has been tight-lipped during the whole process, and I don’t blame him. However, in the past couple of months he has slowly been giving up updates. One of the major things he revealed was how he’s close to submitting his first draft for the script. While Matt Reeves hasn’t publicity stated that he’s submitted the first draft yet. Umberto Gonzalez responding to a fan on Twitter last night revealed the first draft has been submitted to the studio.

This could also most likely explain Matt Reeves’ trip to the Batman ’66 exhibition last week. It’s possible he was taking a well deserved break after submitting the script.

People have their own thoughts and opinions on Umberto as a source. Personally I find him to be pretty reliable. And I trust him here. With the first draft submitted this should hopefully mean the studio are still on track to start shooting the project next spring!

Let me know your thoughts on this

What would you love to see in Matt Reeves’ Batman script?

 

Official: Venom Gets PG-13 Rating

Sony’s Venom movie is right around the corner as I write this. For months there has been speculation as to whether this movie would be Rated R or PG-13. From the start it felt like this film was going to be Rated R as it would look to fully embrace this dark, iconic villain. The tag-line of the movie even states “No more heroes”. However, the talk of Venom being Rated R started to change back in August with Variety’s report. They claimed the studio were likely going to go with a PG-13 rating. According to Variety, one of the main reasons for this PG-13 rating would be so they could eventually bring in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into the universe. Taking this direction would make Sony’s Spider-Man universe more accessible to the general audience. And ultimately allowing them to make more money.

Well, today it has been pretty much confirmed that Venom will be PG-13. Sites such as AMC have started selling tickets already. Not only do they confirm the PG-13 rating of the movie. But, they have also revealed the runtime of Venom, which is 1hr and 52mins.

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As someone who is looking forward to this movie, I have to admit I’m kind of disappointed with this decision. I just feel like if you’re going to make a Venom movie, then go all out. This is a character who eats people’s brains! Are they just going to cut the scene before he kills someone? At this moment it feels like Sony are too busy planning ahead. Let’s make sure that this Venom is a success first of all. Then you can worry about sequels. And how you want to incorporate Spider-Man into this universe.

My best hope at the moment is we’ll get an R Rated cut when the movie is released on Blu-ray.

Venom is set to be released next month on Oct.5

What do you think of this news?

 

Report: Doctor Strange Sequel To Start Shooting Next Spring

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After the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is more popular than ever. As someone who didn’t love his solo movie back in 2016, I’m now really anticipating the sequel. Doctor Strange along with Thor was the highlight of Avengers: Infinity War to me. A sequel for the highly successful first instalment was always going to follow. But when would we eventually see it? Today, Mirror has reported the studio are looking to start shooting the sequel next spring. This sequel is also going to be accompanied by a huge pay rise for Benedict Cumberbatch. He is set to make £7.5 million, compared to the £2.5 million he made with the first movie. Mirror, also claims shooting for the movie could take up to six months. If this is true we could see the Doctor Strange sequel in late 2020 at the earliest.

Personally, I can’t wait for the Doctor Strange sequel. As I stated before I wasn’t really a fan of his solo movie but after Avengers: Infinity War he became one of my favourites. With his origin movie out of the way. Hopefully, we could have a movie that displays the wizard’s full power, just like in Avengers: Infinity War.

Let me know your thoughts on this news.

Are you looking forward to another Doctor Strange movie?

 

 

What’s Going on With X-Men: Dark Phoenix?

Despite its chequered production behind the scenes Fox’s upcoming instalment in the X-Men franchise: X-Men: Dark Phoenix is still set to be released next year. However, with reports that the project is set to go under reshoots fans have been questioning whether this film will actually be released on the intended date of 14 February (2019). The upcoming reshoots has left many fans worried about the project because various reports have started claiming the reshoots are set to last for three months to just a couple of weeks. With this article I hope to clear up the mess surrounding X-Men: Dark Phoenix along with the impact of the impending Disney/Fox deal.

What we know about the production so far

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As of right now the shooting for X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been completed for some time now. Filming initially started at the end of June last year and was completed by October. This three to four month filming process is perfectly normal for any major blockbuster film. What worries fans is how apart from one or two stills from the movie, we haven’t seen much at all from the project. However, this just might be the way in which Fox Studios operates. I remember not seeing anything from Logan (Fox’s last X-Men movie) until a couple of months before its release. Logan was released in February 2017 and we didn’t get our first trailer until October prior that year. With X-Men: Dark Phoenix releasing in the same month as Logan I wouldn’t be surprised if we got the first trailer in October again.

Reshoots

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Just like with every other major Hollywood project X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to go under reshoots. The reshoots were initially set to start earlier this year but due to the likes of Sophie Turner having to shoot the final season of Game of Thrones the reshoots were pushed back. However, it was Pierre Moreau comments and a report which surfaced yesterday on the upcoming reshoots which left many people like myself worried for the future of this project.

When questioned on the reshoots Moreau responded with:

“They are returning the last part of the film. It’s a nice surprise” – LA PRESSE

The report would also state that instead of three weeks of additional photography the reshoots are going to last up to three months. If true this is roughly the same amount of time they spent with the initial shooting for the film. While the third act of the movie is set to be reshot, we could see a totally different film altogether after three months of shooting. As a DC fan a lot of this just feels like Justice League all over again. The Hollywood Reporter reported on the studio looking to reshoot the final act of the movie earlier this year.

The mutant film will now undergo some reshoots as it heads toward a new opening date, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The movie was in postproduction, and insiders say it had come in slightly underbudget. But sources say that the third act will need some reworking, thus reshoots.

The extent of the new material isn’t known as Simon Kinberg, the X-Men franchise writer-producer who is making his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix, has yet to pen anything. But one insider expects the shoot to cost under $10 million and to take place in late summer/early fall. – The Hollywood Reporter

Shortly after the report containing Pierre Moreua’s comments on the reshoots Collider reached out to people who are close to the project. They stated that contrary to reports the reshoots are only set to last for “a couple of weeks”. To me this just sounds like they’re trying their best to reassure everyone because when it was revealed the project could potentially go through three months of reshoots comic book fans in general were not happy. In fact I saw many fans who weren’t even surprised by this report. It just led to more calls for the film to be cancelled altogether. Regardless of the various reports the film is set to go through reshoots. And that’s fine, it’s just how long are these reshoots going to last?

What’s Disney’s role in the movie?

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With the Disney and Fox deal being approved by shareholders last mont it’s all but confirmed now that both the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be coming to the MCU. I’ve seen people questioning Disney’s role in this project and calls for them to pull the movie. Although, the X-Men will eventually join the MCU this doesn’t mean Disney has control over Fox’s current projects. The deal won’t be finalised for another couple of years with reports stating both franchises will be integrated with the MCU in 2020-21. While the deal won’t directly impact the movie I do think with how public the impending deal is it’ll impact the general audience. Some people would probably be thinking “What’s the point of watching this movie when I can just wait a couple of years to see them with the rest of the Avengers?” Unless you’re really a fan of the characters and the cast what’s the draw to go see this movie? What comes after this film? Nothing… except for a new chapter with a different cast.

As it stands X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to release on 14 February next year despite the period of reshoots it goes through. If it does go through three months of reshoots I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this release date get pushed back again.

Tom Holland Spotted In Homecoming Suit On Set Of Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home has only been shooting for a couple of weeks in the UK. And while some set photos have already leaked, none have given away too much about the film. However, today Tom Holland may have just given us our first real piece of information about the film. Tom Holland in an Instagram video talked to fans from the set of Far From Home about the potential opportunity of joining him on set thanks to The Brothers Trust.

One of the most interesting things to point out in this video is how Tom Holland is in the suit from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Like with every comic book movie one of the main aspects of our favourite characters are their suits. In Avengers: Infinity War we saw Tom Holland’s Spider-Man receive an upgrade to the Iron-Spider suit thanks to Tony Stark. Seeing Tom Holland on the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home in the suit from Homecoming only raises more questions. Does he give Tony back the suit after the events of Infinity War and Avengers 4? Could they possibly be filming flashback scenes? Is Spider-Man: Far From Home set before the events of Infinity War? Or is Tom Holland trying to play a trick on us. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised given how much he has been blamed for revealing spoilers in the past.

With that being said regardless of how much he wears the original suit from Homecoming in this film I’m definitely expecting him to receive another upgrade by the end of the movie.

Venom: Trailer Review

As expected the new Venom trailer dropped today. I’m trying not to get carried away here but this is easily the best trailer they have dropped so far. Yesterday I said this film would either make or break the film in terms of people deciding if they’re actually going to watch it in October. And the early responses I’m see to the trailer have been positive for the most part. With each trailer the reception to the upcoming film continues to improve but that could just be me and the people I follow on Twitter. We’ll get our real answer in October with how many people actually go out and see the movie during its opening weekend.

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The main thing I wanted from this trailer was to see more Venom. Now of course that seems obvious right? But given the character is so reliant on special effects I was worried about the CGI not being finished yet. Luckily I got exactly what I hoped for with this trailer as there was plenty of Venom in this trailer for me. Firstly his design is great! He looks like he just walked off the comic pages (yes I know he doesn’t have the white spider on his chest). As the trailers have been released you can see how they’re slowly updating his design. I love how Venom is getting more defined with the addition of the white veins on the Symbiote. The way Venom moves around is done well and of course it helps differentiate himself from Spider-Man. However, with all the praise I’ve given this trailer so far there is one major problem I have with it. And it seems like I may not be the only one who had this problem. At certain parts in the trailer I found it really hard to understand what Venom was saying! For example the scene at the end where Venom is about to eat that guy in the convenience store. I had to re-watch this scene multiple times just to understand what he was saying. Maybe Tom Hardy’s just having bad luck with these type of roles. Hopefully it doesn’t end up turning into a similar situation with what we saw in The Dark Knight Rises. Just to refresh your memory after early test screenings Christopher Nolan went back and made Tom Hardy re-record his lines because audiences were struggling to understand what he was saying. With the release of Venomonly around the corner this might have to be something the studio considers. But then again I did see some people saying they had no issue with his voice and they understood everything he said.

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As for the plot of the movie director Ruben Fleischer has said the movie will be heavily influenced by the Leathal Protector storyline. The comic has a group of Symbiotes which consists of ScreamPhageRiotLasher and Agony. At this point we’ve only seen 3 Symbiotes (excluding Venom). I can’t see them including all of the Symbiotes from the Lethal Protector storyline because at some point it will just become overkill. We aren’t sure yet as to how Eddie comes in contact with the Symbiote. But it’s clear that Riz Ahmed’s character (Dr. Carlton Drake) has multiple Symbiotes in his possession. Does Eddie volunteer to be tested or does Dr. Carlton force him to? Clearly we can see from the trailer Dr. Carlton has been experimenting on other people with the Symbiote as he looks to create this new race of species. At one point in the film Dr. Carlton will experiment with a Symbiote on himself in hopes to takedown Eddie Brock. Dr. Carlton’s Symbiote is called Riot. For months it has been rumoured that Carnage will be the main villain of the movie. Now it’s clear they’re holding off with Carnage and are planning on brining him in later on. I wouldn’t be surprised if we catch our first glimpse of Carnage during the post credits scene.

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I wouldn’t be worried about these trailers showing too much of the movie already. I believe the majority of what we have seen so far takes place within the first 45 minutes of the film. They haven’t shown us a lot of Eddie’s relationship with Anne Weying (played by Michelle Williams). And to be honest I’m really looking forward to spending time with Eddie Brock without the Symbiote. He has never came across as a super interesting character to me but the casting of Tom Hardy already looks to be a great choice with the way he is portraying Eddie. In particular I love the early dynamics of Eddie trying to fight off the Symbiote as it takes control over his actions. Surprisingly the trailer actually had a few comedic spots which I wasn’t expecting at all. It just shows that while this is going to be a dark film, it’ll also be a film where you can at least expect to have some fun.

Let me know your thoughts on the trailer

My Thoughts On The Shazam! Trailer

Now I can’t lie although I thought the Aquaman trailer was amazing I found myself enjoying the Shazam! trailer a lot more. This is not a knock to the Aquaman trailer or James Wan, I just find myself replaying the Shazam! trailer more than the Aquaman one. To be honest I was already sold on Aquaman before the trailer was even released. I know what James Wan is capable of and the horror elements he would bring to Aquaman. Now Shazam! is an entirely different case to me. A kid who turns into a superhero with the mention of a single word sounds great on paper (hence the popularity of the character). But how would that work on the big screen? Especially in 2019? This was one of the biggest questions I had going into this trailer. And Sandberg along with the cast look go have got it spot on. I love everything about this trailer. The tone, humour and even the way its shot given its much smaller budget compared to the previous DCEU films. Now I’m not going to pretend like I’m the biggest Shazam/Captain Marvel fan ever but from what I know of the character they have done a good job at both respecting the past of the character while embracing the more recent iterations of Shazam with the New 52 run.

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Zachary Levi looks great in the suit and plays the whole inner-child aspect of the character really well. Granted we can see that the suit is padded and Zachary Levi clearly isn’t that big but it feels like they did it on purpose, it fits the tone of the movie. While Zachary Levi will play the most important role in the movie the child actors that were picked here are the real stars of the trailer for me. Asher makes a great Billy Batson in my opinion and Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman was involved in my favourite moments from the trailer. I just feel like he does a great job at representing us comic fans and how we would react if we find out our foster brother had superpowers.

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I’ve seen people complain about the trailer potentially showing too much of the movie already. I’m guessing the majority of what they showed in the trailer takes place within the first 30/45 minutes of the movie. While I want to see Billy running around using his powers I also want to see the struggles he goes through as he’s trying to find that family structure in his life. But when he does discover his powers in the trailer that’s when the fun begins. Those training montages are great I can’t wait to see more of them. My favourite part of the trailer is the robbery scene where Shazam finds out he’s bulletproof. Freddy’s reaction in this scene makes it for me, you can tell him and Zachary have great chemistry on screen. We only caught a glimpse of Mark Strong’s Doctor Sivana and I’m expecting us to see a lot more of him in the second trailer. This just shows how they haven’t given away too much with this trailer.

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Overall while the character of Shazam is familiar to me this trailer makes me want to go back and start reading through his comics. I think New Line Cinema could potentially have a gem on their hands with this movie. They really need to go full force with the marketing of the film. If done right and this trailer is a great start I think Shazam could reach the same level of popularity as the rest of the Justice League members in the cinematic universe. Speaking of cinematic universes I love how both Aquaman and Shazam! are completely movies in terms of style and tone but they still exist in the same universe. One day I hope we get to see Billy and Freddy interact with the Justice League in the future.

Let me know your thoughts on the trailer

My Thoughts On The Aquaman Trailer

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My expectations for this trailer were so high to the point where I felt worried about being let down by it in the end. Thankfully James Wan really blew it out of the water with this trailer(pun intended). This 2 and a half minute trailer was enough to satisfy fans like me who have been waiting for an Aquaman movie for years.

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During the promotion run for this trailer people who visited the set compared this film to blockbusters such as Star WarsBlade Runner and Lord of the Rings. And we saw all of these influences in the trailer. I’ve seen people complain about the use of CGI in this film and it blows my mind. Of course, this film would need to heavily rely on CGI, 2/3’s of the film is going to be underwater after all. I don’t think people understand how hard it is to make a live action underwater film look realistic. And to be honest they haven’t gone down the realistic route with this film. They have fully embraced that this is a comic book movie which pulls from multiple genres such as sci-fi and adventure. Visually the trailer is stunning and Atlantis looks even better than it did on the comic pages. There are some shots where the CGI looks choppy but that’s to be expected at this early stage. James Wan and his VFX team still have several months to perfect these shots.

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As for the plot I love how Arthur is seen as an outsider now because he grew up on the surface, almost fully embracing his human side. The story of him coming home after Orm has taken over goes with the movie’s tagline “Home is calling“. It just shows that no matter how much time he spends on the surface world Atlantis is still his true home and I think we’ll see him struggle with the responsibilities he has on both the surface and underwater. Orm already looks like he’s going to be a General Zod level main villain. Patrick Wilson was a great choice for Orm and he has been provided with a really interesting character who will be a great match for Arthur and even someone we could sympathise with at points during the film given his motivations. The climax of the film looks to be an epic battle between Orm and Arthur involving their opposing armies and once again the visuals of the war scenes look amazing. My personal highlight from the trailer is finally getting to see a live action version of Black Manta. The suit looks incredible and Yahya looks great without the helmet on too. I felt like we didn’t get to see enough of him but that’s understandable since Orm is the main villain and Black Manta is being built up to star in multiple movies.

Overall I loved the trailer and it was the perfect appetiser for what’s to come in this underwater adventure. Remember this was only the first trailer, there’s still so much that we haven’t seen yet.

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First Official Look At ‘Shazam!’

With SDCC right around the corner I was expecting us to get our first official look at Shazam! during the Warner Bros. panel. However, the studio are looking to start the hype train early by giving us our first look at Shazam! After months of behind the scenes shots and leaked promotional images we finally have our first look at the character. Entertainment Weekly has provided us with a still from the upcoming movie which features both Shazam! and Freddy Freeman (Billy Batson’s best friend). Comparing this shot the ones that leaked from the set I straightaway noticed some changes that they made to the suit. Firstly, the boots are completely different, the gauntlets look more detailed along with the belt.

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Director David Sandberg talking to Entertainment Weekly went into detail about the suit:

“I wanted to keep the shorter cape as a throwback to the original because that’s something that sets him apart from Superman or Batman,”

Just like with every comic book movie directors try their best to respect the past while embracing the present and David Sandberg has shown that with the addition of the hood on the suit which is influenced by the Golden Age comics:

“It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.”

Personally I love this image, it really captures the tone of the film. Shazam! will be a much lighter film compared to the previous entries in the DCEU. Everyone involved in the project seemed to have a lot of fun shooting this movie and I can’t wait to see what they bring with them to SDCC. My prediction is that we’ll get a teaser trailer next week along with some more official images. Mind you we still haven’t seen what Shazam! will look like when all the VFX are applied to the character.

Synopsis for Shazam!

“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”

Shazam is set to be released 5 April 2019