The Cloverfield franchise is a project that’s particularly fascinating in an era of Hollywood filmmaking that seems to hinge on ever-increasing levels of series cohesion. While loyal audiences of the biggest film franchises purposefully seek out closely woven connections between entries, Cloverfield is atypical in its nature as an anthology series. These are films that appear to share only the loosest of connections, while building an expansive new cinematic universe.
It began in 2008, with the giant success of Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield. A high concept, invigorating take on both genre and artistic convention, the movie not only launched Reeves’ career into the stratosphere, but it also provided the seed for J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot to do something very different. The then in-development film titled The Cellar, was gently re-tooled as 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane – directed by Dan Trachtenberg – a standalone story connected to the events of Cloverfield only by its sparse, viral marketing campaign and the implications of its third act.
But then The Cloverfield Paradox hit and kind of derailed the franchise. Arriving on Netflix with next to no marketing, it bombed pretty hard with both critics and fans, despite featuring an all-star cast comprised of David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl, Chris O’Dowd, Ziyi Zhang and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Elizabeth Debicki. We won’t get into all of its problems here, as they’ve already been discussed to death, but it seems that the frosty reception it received hasn’t deterred Paramount.
Next year, Marvel will deliver the MCU’s first ever female-led movie in the shape of Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson. As if that wasn’t enough reason to be excited, the film will also act as something of a prequel to the MCU as we know it, as it’s set in the 1990s and will see the return of several familiar faces as we revisit these characters twenty years before we first met them.
The big two names are Samuel L. Jackson, back as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, and Clark Gregg, finally making his long-awaited return to the movies as Agent Phil Coulson. Also appearing are Guardians of the Galaxy villains Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser and Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer.
Every MCU movie by this point is heavily tied into the wider story of the franchise, but why will Captain Marvel feature so many connections to the franchise’s past? Kevin Feige was asked this in an interview with io9 and explained that it came out of the story the movie was telling as well as from the appeal of seeing familiar characters in “different environments.”
“It was the backstory of those characters crossing over into Kree mythology, and Kree lore, that just made it made it work. And I always think it’s fun to see, most obviously with Fury in Captain Marvel, but also to a certain extent you’ll see with Ronan and Korath, characters...
Avengers: Infinity War features just about every single one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the same movie for the first time ever. The result will be some unusual pairings between the characters, as the likes of the Avengers, the Guardians and Doctor Strange finally meet. But who, if pressed, would the best unlikely team-up be?
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo were asked this question by Screen Rant and gave two different, intriguing answers. First up, Anthony picked the union of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy, teasing that the dynamic between the group “evolves” over the course of Infinity War.
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“That’s a very tough question, but I might go with a combination of Thor and the Guardians. There’s an interesting dynamic that evolves between the two groups, and especially between Thor and Quill. That is a lot of fun.”
Last weekend, John Krasinski’s breathtaking horror pic A Quiet Place reclaimed top spot at the box office, narrowly beating out Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage. The Platinum Dunes production hauled in $22 million during its third weekend of release, pushing the film’s worldwide total to $213 million on a budget of just $17 million. As a result, there was an unsurprising announcement out of Las Vegas earlier today.
Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos stated during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation that a sequel to A Quiet Place is in the works. Gianopulos praised Krasinski’s creativity, too, saying “it’s the artist with a true vision that makes the improbable happen.”
Although Gianopulos never would’ve guessed that “the very funny guy Jim from The Office” would star in a silent horror hit at Paramount, the studio was willing to take the chance, having endured a tough year or so at the box office – something the CEO also addressed in Las Vegas.
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“We’re laying the foundation for the success that Paramount had in the past and I’m incredibly confident that we have the right team, culture, and attitude in place to take Paramount to new heights. And we already started on that road to giant success with A Quiet Place.“
With Avengers: Infinity War projected to earn somewhere between $216 million-$235 million domestically this weekend, the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed blockbuster will officially catapult the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the $15 billion mark at the box office.
Currently sitting at $14.81 billion worldwide, Marvel Studios approached the milestone earlier this year when it released Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, which quickly became the MCU’s most profitable film domestically, hauling in a little over $682 million and a gigantic $1.3 billion globally.
T’Challa’s tenure at the top will be short-lived, however, as Thanos is expected quite handily to dethrone the King. Avengers: Infinity War has already sold out 1,000 screenings, according to Fandango, but the triple-zero plateau is just the tip of the iceberg.
Deadline has reported that Marvel Studios’ culmination of a decade-long effort to bring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together on the big screen could result in a $498 million worldwide opening, making Infinity War one of the top five biggest openings of all-time.
Still, with all these figures being tossed about, if you’re a little curious as to where all our hard-earned cash goes, we’ve got you covered. Fun.com took the time to create the below infographic, which breaks down each of Marvel’s superheroes’ financial gains.Avengers: Infinity War Will Push The MCU Over $15 Billion 1 of 2
Two-time Academy Award nominee M. Night Shyamalan took the stage at CinemaCon earlier today alongside Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson and Samuel L. Jackson to debut the first trailer for Glass. The follow-up film to Unbreakable and Split, Glass is said to focus on Jackson’s character from the former, Mr. Glass.
Unbreakable, is, without question, amongst the best in Shyamalan’s filmography. The 2000 deconstruction of the superhero genre orbits David Dunn (Willis), who comes to the realization that he’s been endowed with exceptional abilities after emerging, unscathed, from a train accident.
Split, meanwhile, Shyamalan’s sequel to Unbreakable, sees a mentally disturbed man with 23 different personalities abduct and imprison three teenage girls in an underground facility while he undergoes a bizarre transformation into a “merciless and cannibalistic sociopath with superhuman abilities.”
According to THR, the footage released at the National Association of Theatre Owners event today opened with Sarah Paulson’s character, psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple, saying “I specialize in those individuals who believe they are superheroes.” Sitting across from Paulson in the scene are Jackson’s Mr. Glass, Willis’ David Dunn, and James McAvoy’s Patricia.Glass Set Photos 1 of 15 Click to skip
In an October memo, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation staff were advised that Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter would be taking what The Walt Disney Company delineated as a six-month “sabbatical” resulting from undefined “missteps” in the workplace.
First reported by THR in association with Disney/Pixar insiders, Lasseter, 61, is accused of drinking “heavily” at corporate events, and hounded by a pattern of alleged misconduct, described as “grabbing, kissing and making comments about physical attributes of women.”
Lasseter’s half-year leave of absence is drawing to a close now and many animators are convinced the Toy Story director will not return. In fact, multiple sources believe that Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO, is preparing to cut ties with him. “Bob is about keeping peace in the family. He’s not anxious to take on defending somebody with that kind of reputation,” said one individual.
The Principal Creative Officer for Walt Disney is said to have amassed so much power during his tenure, that underlings would confer with Lasseter before following through on Iger’s instructions. However, if, or rather when, the CEO does bid farewell to the CCO, there will be no love lost between Iger and his employees, who felt that Lasseter “bullied and belittled them and hogged credit for years.”
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, there’s Lasseter’s comportment with female employees. According to a former Pixar insider,...
No longer is Bucky Barnes causing headaches as the Winter Soldier; instead, Sebastian Stan’s anti-hero has gone full circle to become the White Wolf, a straight-laced freedom fighter who now resides in Wakanda under the protection of T’Challa.
That is, in a nutshell, the journey that’s led Bucky to Avengers: Infinity War, where he’ll be fighting alongside Cap (Nomad?) and Black Panther when Thanos descends upon Wakanda.
On a more personal level, though, Sebastian Stan believes Infinity War presents a “refreshing new take” on his conflicted character, who recently caused so much pain and anguish during Captain America: Civil War – memories that Tony Stark, of all people, hasn’t forgotten.
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I would say it’s definitely a refreshing new take on the character – from my point of view, at least. You know, it’s a throwback to the old days [Captain America: The First Avenger] when things were a little bit better for him. But the past never leaves you!
Infinity War actor Josh Brolin isn’t the only one wholly committed to Fox’s X-Men franchise – That Hashtag Show brings word today that Zazie Beetz will reprise the role of Domino for X-Force, the Drew Goddard team-up movie that is said to be targeting a production start on October 1st.
Indeed, much like Brolin before her, Beetz has reportedly signed a three-picture deal with Fox, so news that her Domino will be returning for X-Force shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Pre-production is just now getting underway on the ensemble movie ahead of its October start date, by which point Goddard and his team will be directing a “Black Ops force of down and dirty mutant warriors who are far more ruthless than their X-Men counterparts.” Yikes.
Beyond that, details are scarce; all we know for sure is that Deadpool 2 will likely act as something of a springboard as Fox begins to expand its mutant universe. Also of note, the X-Force comics originally included characters like Warpath, Colossus, Boom Boom, Shatterstar, Feral, Wolverine, X-23, Archangel, Psylocke and Fantomex, so there’s really no telling who Goddard plans to use once the wheels begin turning.The Merc Gets A Cartoon Makeover For Deadpool 2's Zany IMAX Poster 1 of 2 Click to skip
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently revealed that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will feature Peter Parker visiting “other parts of the globe.” This is a sharp change from the trend set by previous Spider-Man solo movies, ether in the MCU or outside of it, as the Queens-born character has traditionally been based in New York. Now, the producer has revealed the reason that the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler is stretching the “neighborhood” part of his nickname.
While talking to Den of Geek, Feige said that the choice of villain for Homecoming 2 is the reason for the global scope of the sequel. Apart from the fun of putting Peter in locations that he’s unfamiliar with, the exec producer teased that the hero’s latest nemesis will fit neatly into this new aim to widen Spidey’s surroundings.
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“We’ve chosen a villain, and I think the storyline is fairly impacted by the locations we go to. We love the notion of taking Spider-Man to places around the world that we haven’t seen him in before. And we have a villain who I think will play into that nicely.”
As fans know all too well by now, Avengers: Infinity War has been kept so tightly under wraps by Marvel Studios that very few of the cast actually got to read the full script. And even those that did weren’t entirely sure if they’d got hold of the real thing or not, as fake scenes were written in a further attempt to prevent spoilers from leaking out. Despite all this, it seems that one of the movie’s leading men did actually manage to get his hands on it.
We’re talking about Chris Evans, who revealed on Good Morning America that he pushed hard to be provided with the full script for Infinity War. He explained that it took some doing, but the studio eventually gave in. Apparently, though, Evans broke protocol even more by bringing the screenplay home. Maybe you shouldn’t have said that on national TV, Chris…
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“They let me read it, but you gotta get fussy. The level of secrecy has only increased over the years, they’re so worried about leaks. So, you have kind of put your foot down and say, ‘Give me the f-, Give me the script.’ …I took one home. You’re not supposed to, but I took one home. This is actually going to get me in trouble.’”
At this rate, there’s really no stopping Avengers: Infinity War.
Currently simmering at 87 percent over on Rotten Tomatoes after 128 reviews – a score good enough to earn the coveted ‘Certified Fresh’ badge – the Marvel mega-movie features more big-name stars than the last 10 MCU films combined. And while it’s admittedly a little bloated in parts (our review), Joe and Anthony Russo deserve credit for serving up a superhero smackdown that is somehow – almost inexplicably – more than the sum of its parts.
Now, it’s time to crunch some numbers. On the eve of release, The Hollywood Reporter has relayed the latest box office projections for Avengers: Infinity War, which is now headed for a record $225M-plus opening in North America. That’s a middle-of-the-road estimate, according to THR, as some analysts believe the MCU’s biggest movie has a genuine shot of outstripping The Force Awakens ($248 million) to land the biggest domestic opening in box office history.
To date, only The Avengers ($207 million) and Black Panther ($202 million) have cracked the $200 million threshold in North America for Marvel Studios, and even they find themselves behind The Last Jedi ($220 million) and Universal’s Jurassic World revival, which collected a staggering $208.8 million in its opening weekend.
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Regardless of whether she crops up during Infinity War or not, creatively speaking, the “uber-powerful” Carol Danvers still posed quite the challenge for Joe and Anthony Russo.
As the directors responsible for Avengers 4, the Russo Brothers were tasked with bringing Brie Larson’s heroine into a modern-day setting – remember, the standalone Captain Marvel movie largely takes place in the 1990s, back when Nick Fury had two functional eyes and the Avengers Initiative was but a pipe dream – and while speaking to ComicBook.com, the filmmaking duo dished on their strategy for handling a character who has since been championed as the MCU’s strongest superhero.
Said Joe Russo:
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Well for us, with super powerful characters, it’s always about the flaw in the character, how is the character human? How is the character accessible? I have a hard time with comic book characters, I did as a child, that were too powerful because I never feared for them, I never felt like I could relate to them. I think that’s why traditionally Batman is the most popular DC comic character, he’s human. So, it’s important for us when we’re working with uber-powerful characters, to understand their vulnerability on a psychological level.
At least, that’s according to writer-director Patty Jenkins, who swung by the ongoing CinemaCon event in Las Vegas to discuss the Immortal Warrior and her hotly-anticipated second coming.
Pegged for a production sometime next month, when Jenkins and her team are expected to set up shop at Warner’s home base in the United Kingdom, Wonder Woman 2 will reportedly see Diana face the “temptations of the world,” whatever the hell that means, all the while attempting to overcome “incredible odds.” Again, Patty Jenkins didn’t elaborate, though the filmmaker has been quoted recently as saying that Diana’s second standalone adventure is decidedly different from the first.Epic Wonder Woman 2 Fan Art Imagines Kristen Wiig As The Villainous Cheetah 1 of 7 Click to skip
Longtime fans of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies had their minds blown at the end of 2017’s Split when Bruce Willis turned up for a cameo as David Dunn, the super-powered hero he first played back in 2000’s Unbreakable. In Marvel-esque style, this set up a closer to the loose trilogy, Glass, which will see Willis face off against both James McAvoy’s The Beast and Samuel L. Jackson’s titular Mr. Glass.
Those lucky enough to attend CinemaCon got the opportunity to view the first trailer for the film today. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this footage hasn’t made its way online yet, but the first promo image for the movie has. The banner, seen below, features Kevin Wendell Crumb alongside Elijah Price AKA Mr. Glass and David Dunn. The latter two are in their familiar looks from Unbreakable – a snappy purple suit and a rain poncho, respectively.
Check it out below:
Also in the cast is Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist whose specializes in studying those who believe they’re superheroes. This leads her to meet with – and institutionalize! – Crumb, Glass and Dunn. Info from CinemaCon (via ComicBookMovie.com) has also confirmed what fans already expected: that the two villains will team up at some point and take on Willis’ hero.
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There’s a buzzworthy reunion about to occur on the streets of Haddonfield, and everyone is invited! Even Michael Myers…
Yes, Blumhouse and director David Gordon Green have conjured up a Halloween sequel that is decidedly different from everything that has come before. So whereas The Return of Michael Myers and Season of the Witch dabbled in supernatural hijinks and Michael’s next steps, Green’s continuation begins 40 years after the fact, by which point Myers is locked behind bars and Laurie Strode has moved on to become a grandmother.
This alternate timeline also means that the whole sibling subplot has been shelved entirely, as was revealed in the Halloween teaser trailer paraded in front of CinemaCon attendees. Jamie Lee Curtis was also in attendance to warn budding viewers that, yes, the R-rated Blumhouse sequel is every bit as horrifying as we’ve been led to believe, all the while maintaining that old-school spirit that made the original John Carpenter movie so special.
HALLOWEEN trailer KILLED. This definitely seems like Laurie's movie. She's well prepared, like a proud NRA member. Enjoys target practice in the woods. Michael's an inmate whose bus crashes and he escapes, takes up the mask again.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 25, 2018
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Deadpool isn’t known for his run-of-the-mill campaigns – be it the cartoonish IMAX poster (see below) or the cheeky teaser trailers that spend more time lampooning comic book movies than they do actually promoting Deadpool 2, the Merc With a Mouth continues to entertain and delight his fans with each passing promo. And the latest is no exception.
So whereas most major movie studios regale their target audience about the ways in which IMAX enhances the experience (26 percent more screen real estate!), Wade Wilson has volunteered to educate his viewers about the expanded, larger-than-life IMAX 1.9:1 aspect ratio. Only this time, things don’t exactly go according to plan.
Indeed, up above you’ll see the moment when Ryan Reynolds’ gun-toting vigilante is brought down to size – all the way down to mini-Deadpool, before he walks off-screen and allows the real action to begin. Granted, the subsequent sizzle reel contains much of the same footage that was featured in Deadpool 2‘s final trailer when it aired earlier this month. But it’s an exciting reminder of what’s to come nonetheless.The Merc Gets A Cartoon Makeover For Deadpool 2's Zany IMAX Poster 1 of 2 Click to skip MORE FROM THE WEB
When a character such as Batman has not only appeared on screen since 1943 but has also been continually recast over time, it’s only understandable that moviegoers forge attachments to specific actors to have played the icon. Despite having appeared in a campy TV show, many still stand by Adam West because his iteration boasted such conviction and embodied many qualities synonymous with the Caped Crusader. Likewise, there are those of you reading this who can no doubt make compelling cases for the likes of Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy and Christian Bale, among others.
Of course, if you’ve had the privilege of sharing the screen with anyone to have worn the cowl, you may have somewhat of a bias. Well, at least that’s what you’d think, but Jason Momoa didn’t choose the Dark Knight we’d have thought when it came to naming whom he thinks is the best of the lot.
During a presentation at CinemaCon, the Aquaman actor turned toward Will Arnett and was heard to say, ““You’re the best BLEEP-ing Batman,” an honor you’d think reserved for his Justice League co-star in Ben Affleck.
Of course, he could’ve just said this because Arnett was in such close proximity to him, but Momoa is entitled to his own opinion if, in fact, that’s who his favorite Batman is. Who knows, maybe he really dug...
CinemaCon has officially rolled out the blood-red carpet for Michael Myers, and if the likes of Birth.Movies.Death and the Los Angeles Times are to be believed, David Gordon Green’s “terrifying” Halloween sequel enjoyed a big response at the convention.
Word is Blumhouse brought the first-look teaser for what is undoubtedly one of the biggest horror movies of 2018 – a bold claim, for sure, especially when you consider that Halloween shares the release calendar with Hereditary. But the fact that Green’s R-rated continuation is arriving a full 40 years after the John Carpenter classic means there’s an air of history and deep-seated horror legacy swirling around Michael Myers’ return.
And at least based on the following trailer reactions, it’s looking increasingly likely that Blumhouse and David Gordon Green are about to deliver the goods in the form of a “fucking awesome” trailer that’s designed to stir excitement for Laurie Strode’s final confrontation with The Shape. Buckle up, folks; things are about to get hairy. And don’t worry, there are no spoilers to be found after the jump.Michael Emerges From The Shadows On First Halloween Poster 1 of 2 Click to skip
By now, I’m sure many of you know to stay after the credits whenever seeing the latest Marvel movie and, likewise, wonder where the heck everyone else is going when they begin to roll. I mean, haven’t people learned their lesson on numerous occasions since the first Iron Man flick debuted back in 2008?
Of course, this now time-honored tradition had to begin somehow. When recently doing press for Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studio’s head honcho Kevin Feige laid it out to Entertainment Weekly:
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“It occurred to us [while making Iron Man], ‘Well, we don’t have X-Men, we don’t have Fantastic Four, we don’t have Spider-Man, but we have everything else. Even though everything else hadn’t been turned into a big film before, or had the name recognition among non-comic-book readers that others ones did, we had the opportunity to start putting certain heroes in other heroes’ movies, which hadn’t been done before. It’s a bonus of what’s to come.”