Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Bourne Legacy Trailer


I know what you're thinking, no that's not Matt Damon. Jeremy Renner has stepped into the Bourne movie franchise playing another lethal kick-ass agent made in the same program as Jason Bourne. Here's a brief synopsis of the movie:
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
Eric Van Lustbader took over the Bourne franchise and the first book he wrote was titled The Bourne Legacy, but it was a continuation of Bourne's story and not a stand-alone story like this one. Here's the description of the book's plot:
Jason Bourne is known and feared in the deadly world of covert-ops as one of the most highly skilled assassins for hire. Bourne, however, was merely an identity assumed by CIA agent David Webb, a personality implanted by the CIA to facilitate a dangerous operation, but one that threatened to subsume David Webb entirely.
Years after the events of The Bourne Identity, Webb is no longer an active CIA agent and is now a professor of Eastern Studies at Georgetown University, living a quiet life, far from the dangers of his previous life. Until one day he finds himself the target of an assassin nearly as skilled as himself and is framed for the brutal murder of his two closest associates and friends. Fighting for his life against unseen assailants, as well as the full resources of the CIA who believe he has gone dangerously rogue, the Bourne identity asserts itself, leaving Jason Bourne in control. Now Bourne must use all his skills to stay alive as he battles against a determined assassin, the combined skills of the world's intelligence networks, and a shadowy figure in the background, skillfully manipulating events and people, in a far deadlier and more dangerous game than any of them realize.

Which sounds better to you?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Next for The Avengers? Part 2

This is going to be huge... what'll it cost man, what'll it cost?
So here's my problem with making a sequel to the Avengers. The movie is amazing, and right now it's on track to pass The Dark Knight for the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time in the domestic market and on track to pass Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 as 3rd highest grossing movie of all time in the worldwide box office. I'm curious to see how much out of the 1.309 billion dollars the movie went to the cast. Getting the cast together for this movie is an achievement to say the least, and if they intend to add more heroes and heroines to the roster they'll be adding to a very large cast of people.

A fanboy can only dream.
When the cast and director trotted out on stage at comic con a few years back I was excited to say the least. I was excited to see Joss Whedon in the saddle of a major project acting as the screenwriter and director. The you have the golden boy RDJ, who's career has somewhat fizzled before getting the role of a lifetime as Iron Man (can you say niche casting?) You also have one of the hottest women in hollywood slipping into some leather and kicking some serious ass with Scarlett Johansson playing the Black Widow. You add some serious beef with Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth who both had successful movies as Captain America and Thor. When you add Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo, two academy award nominees, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders and Samuel L Muthafuckin' Jackson and you've got a big cast.


With what happened in the movie and getting a taste of what's coming down the pipe, it stands to reason that the Avengers are going to need more guns. But how will they fit them all in one movie? This movie ran over 2 hours and the last half hour or so was a frenetically paced action sequence, the rest was dialogue. Some people crunched the numbers and looked at how much screen type each character had. Hawkeye only had 12 minutes or so of screen time besides his brief cameo in Thor whereas Iron Man, the patriarch of the Marvel universe, was on screen 37 minutes and Captain America was on screen a few seconds more than he. If they added more heroes who would get the shaft? Would they boot Ruffalo's Bruce Banner until they need him to Hulk-up and smash? While I'd love to see Ant Man and Wasp flying around with Thor and Hulk would they possibly be given more screen time than Iron Man or Cap? Will they push out Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. or put them on the fringes as ancillary characters, can you see SLJ as window dressing?


Seeing as how the next three movies announced for 2013 and 2014 are Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 it will be a couple of years before we get an Avengers 2. I say Marvel introduce Doctor Strange and Heroes for Hire and add in the Hulk and do a Defenders movie and then when they finally do an Ant Man movie you can have him Wasp and Hawkeye move to LA with Iron Man and do a West Coast Avengers movie. Once they're all introduced then you can do a massive sequel, but lay the groundwork in smaller movies that either introduce more heroes or crossover smaller bands of heroes first. And with what's been hinted at you're going to want to go big or go home.

Avengers Assemble!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What's next for The Avengers?


So it's been a month and I've withheld any spoilery-type comments I might have had after seeing The Avengers. In a month's time, including the midnight premiere I've seen the movie 5 times. I loved the movie and enjoyed the movie going experience every time I saw it. (Thank god for coupons and AMC stubs, do you realize how much a IMAX 3D ticket costs?) So here are a few of my thoughts, I'll try to stay as spoiler free as possible (but seriously, if you haven't seen the movie get off your ass.)

What's next?
The main thing to take away from the movie is that all of these character exist in a larger universe. There are things out there that require the strengths of all the members of the Avengers to stop them. Those heroes assembled, defended the universe and unsurprising to no one, Avengers 2 is in development at Marvel. Iron Man 3 is going into production this summer with a release set for May of 2013; and is rumored to be based on the Extermis arc of Invincible Iron Man. Thor 2 is also in development for a November 2013 release. Marvel has stated they intend to release 2 movies a year. That could mean we could finally get an Ant Man movie or Marvel may be working on some of their other comic properties like Immortal Iron Fist or the recently rumored Guardians of the Galaxy.


I honestly think it's going to be a while before we get another Avengers movie, for a couple reasons. The Marvel movie universe has become really big, but it's set to get pretty bigger with the post-credits reveal of the future big bag waiting on the other side of the wormhole (seriously you have to see the movie.) They are going to need more guns to fight off what's coming next. There are a couple of characters that could be introduced in either their own standalone movie or in other character's movie as the movies ramp up for an Avengers sequel.

Who are the next Avengers?

Doctor Strange


With the release of Thor we have a justification for magic in the Marvel movies. And with the cosmic cube (tesseract) playing a role both in Captain America and Avengers it makes sense to delve deeper into the magic portion of the universe. Doctor Strange could appear in his own movie dealing with some sort of mystical attack on New York (why not right?) and some one like Bruce Banner or Dr. Selvig could come to him about the Avengers' Initiative. Patrick Dempsey has expressed interest in playing the role and he could definitely pull it off.

Black Panther

One of the oldest and most popular black superheroes in comics is the Black Panther, the king of Wakanda.  A legend in Africa on par with Captain America, he's quick and agile with animal instincts and according to the comics he's one of the 8 smartest people in the world. He's one in a line of warriors who protects Wakanda. He could appear in Captain America 2 in WWII flashbacks or as an ally of Captain America's in an international conflict.

Ant Man & Wasp

It seems odd that you would make a movie about the founding of the Avengers without two of it's founding members. Granted it seems kind of pointless in having a guy who can shrink down and speak to ant's and his wife who can shrink down and shoot stinging bolts and fly around with insect wings. These two character may be dumb sounding but they are an integral part to the Avengers and the Marvel Universe. Hank Pym (ant man) creates a form of particle that allows himself to shrink down and ride an ant he can also use the particles to grow exponentially to become Giant Man. In an Avengers sequel he could be a 'big' contribution to a global threat, imagine him growing and smacking down chitauri. Introducing these two characters in their own movie, which has been rumored to be in the works with Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright, could set up a potential villain for the Avengers as well.

Ultron

Ultron is a robot A.I. that decided to eliminate human beings. It's software is decided by Hank Pym with help from Tony Stark. It is incredibly adaptive and has eliminated multiple groups of Avengers over the years. Ultron could function as a villain that takes the new Avengers squad to the breaking point with other dangers lurking in the galaxy.


Heroes for Hire

The Immortal Iron Fist and Luke Cage could each have their own movie, covering their origins, but the idea of two superheroes working for money could work in the Marvel movies, especially as potential Avengers. Iron Fist is a martial arts expert who can focus his chi through his fists, and Luke Cage has bulletproof skin and increased physical strength. Quick flashbacks could tell their origins as they work to fight crime in New York City.




The Cosmic Cube (tesseract) and the Infinity Gauntlet


Anyone who's read the Infinity Gauntlet knows the importance of the cosmic cube. It can be used to bend reality to the will of the user. In Captain America it was used by the Red Skull to power Hydra's weapons of destruction. In Avengers, Loki uses it to power a machine long enough to rip a whole in the fabric of spacetime opening a gateway for the chitauri to come through and attack New York. It was used to give a user enough power to harness the infinity gems, which when gathered would form the infinity gauntlet, granting the barer unlimited power. Rumor has it Loki's staff was powered by one of the infinity gems, and some of the other gems have been held by people like Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

The Avengers would have an uphill battle on their hands if the infinity gauntlet or the cosmic cube fall into the wrong hands. Having some new blood would definitely make things a little easier, but not too easy.

I do have one problem with making an Avengers' sequel, which I'll get into tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Skyfall Teaser Trailer


I am very excited for a new James Bond movie... especially after all the crap that went down at MGM that put the future of all of their movies in doubt. But we finally have a new Bond movie coming out called Skyfall. No real information about Javier Bardem villain role, but I have to say I'm excited to see what Sam Mendes brings to the table.


Sam Mendes did American Beauty, Road to Perdition and Jarhead... This has got some serious potential.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man Super Trailer


The Amazing Spider-Man is coming soon in 3D, July 4th weekend. To get us pumped up, Sony is putting a lot of work into the ad campaign. At the midnight premiere of The Avengers a 3D trailer for the movie appeared. It gave us a small glimpse at the humorous side of Peter Parker; not to mention it gave us our best look so far at the villain of the movie, Dr. Kurt Conners aka The Lizard.



This week during the premiere of America's Got Talent we got a longer look at the movie... with an appearance from C. Thomas Howell. I've heard a lot about the retelling of the origin and how oddly human The Lizard looks, but I have to say I'm really excited for this movie... As much as I was looking forward to seeing Dylan Baker, who played Conners in two of the previous Spider-Man movies, I think Rhys Ifans will kick some serious butt.  I can ignore a lot of things, I'm still trying to wash the awful taste out of my mouth that was Peter Parker Cries with Everyone He Meets (Spider-Man 3) 







Can you imagine what a piece of crap a movie would have been if C. Thomas Howell played Spider-Man back in the 80's.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

SONOFABITCH: The Supercut

One of my favorite things on youtube is the ability to share hilarious videos supercuts, like this one, which focuses squarely on scenes in movies where the character says... well you guessed it, SON OF A BITCH

I haven't watched Supernatural in about a season and a half, but Dean Winchester may have the best sweary voice on television.
 

Josh Holloway does give him a run for his money on LOST though.
 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Prometheus International Extended Trailer




I don't know about you but I can't get enough of these trailers. Here's the trailer for Alien to keep you pumped for Prometheus.
 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises New Trailer


As much as I am excited for the premiere of The Avengers I think I'm equally or possibly more excited for The Dark Knight Rises. The newest trailer was just released, and those chants get me excited every time. I personally have no problem with Tom Hardy as Bane, or his voice (he wears a mask.)  The one thing I could do without is the googles Anne Hathaway wears as Catwoman, I'm a big fan of Catwoman's recent costumes, but I can let aesthetic choices go.


Check of the new trailer. The movie premieres July 20th, and I will most definitely be seeing it in IMAX.

The Ultimate Marvel Marathon


The Avengers premieres May 5th but AMC is offering a special deal for May 4th. For $40 you can watch all of the Marvel movies leading up to the big premiere of Avengers at midnight. That's 6 movies, 3 of which are in 3D. If you do the math right, that's $6.66 or so per movie. I only got to see Iron Man, Thor and Captain America in the theaters, and say what you will about The Incredible Hulk or Iron Man 2, seeing all of the movies in one sitting seems fun.


They're even going the extra mile by giving you collector's edition Real D 3D Avengers-themed glasses. You also get an event lanyard. Leading up to the event I've been watching all thing Avengers, including the animated series and the Ultimate Avengers animated movie. I've also been rewatching the movie trailers for all of the movies leading up to the Avengers.



I wonder how many people will be coming down with "Avengers Flu" on Friday.