6:47 PM 5/6/2013 by Jeff Giles
Ever since the overstuffed mess that was Spider-Man 3, the Spidey fanboy universe has existed in a state of semi-perpetual panic regarding the storylines and/or casts of subsequent Spider-films -- and with Amazing Spider-Man 2 boasting a lineup that includes the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and both Harry and Norman Osborn (Dane DeHaan and Chris Cooper), the potential for another round of bad-guy shoehorning seems pretty high.
7:38 PM 5/3/2013 by Jeff Giles
If first acts counted for everything, then Iron Man 3 would be a flawless five-star extravaganza of comic book fun: A sequel that starts off by accentuating its franchise's ruthlessly charming star, a fleet-footed action flick that drives the viewer around the world and sets up the stakes before the first 10 minutes have elapsed, and a tightly scripted, quip-laden techno-farce with loads of physical comedy, no shortage of off-handedly funny pop culture references, and even a little thought-provoking subtext in the bargain.
4:28 PM 5/2/2013 by Jeff Giles
They did well enough to spawn something of a franchise, but Columbia's Ghost Rider movies weren't exactly popular with fans of the comic book character, which is why -- although it pains us to consider a future in which Nicolas Cage will no longer have the opportunity to play a stunt cyclist whose alter ego is a demon-powered flaming skeleton -- it's all kinds of good news that Rider's rights have reverted back to Marvel.
12:23 PM 5/1/2013 by Jeff Giles
We've been taught to temper our expectations when it comes to seeing Wolverine on the big screen, but Fox really wants you to get excited about James Mangold's The Wolverine, and they've just unleashed the Comic-Con footage that's supposed to make it happen.
9:41 AM 4/26/2013 by Jeff Giles
Book your tickets to Beijing, folks: we already knew Marvel was preparing a special cut of Iron Man 3 for Chinese audiences, but according to recent comments made by director Shane Black, it sounds like it could contain more than just minor differences.
7:57 AM 4/23/2013 by Jeff Giles
One of Thor's unexpected pleasures was just how disarmingly funny it managed to be, while still making plenty of room for the straight-faced epic adventure the comic is known for. Given its title, we've been expecting something a bit grimmer from the upcoming sequel, Thor: The Dark World -- and those expectations have been confirmed by the movie's first trailer.
8:43 AM 4/22/2013 by Jeff Giles
Decades ago, Marvel staked its claim to comics readers' budgets by creating fully realized heroes -- characters whose messy personal lives often stood in marked contrast to the noble pictures their alter egos presented to the public -- and perhaps none were more painfully drawn than Tony Stark, the wealthy industrialist driven to a life of crimefighting after being physically crippled by bomb shards during a war his weapons helped wage.
5:48 AM 4/17/2013 by Jeff Giles
He's a brilliant visual stylist, but the knock on Zack Snyder as a director is that he too often neglects real storytelling in favor of pretty pictures. The latest Man of Steel trailer, however, suggests he may have made a quantum leap as a filmmaker.
7:50 AM 4/15/2013 by Jeff Giles
Well, he doesn't come out and say "Kneel before Zod." But General Zod (Michael Shannon) still has a pretty strongly worded message to deliver in this new promotional video for Warner Bros.' Man of Steel. Shrouded in a haze of digital gibberish that suggests Kryptonian video broadcasting technology didn't have much of a chance to evolve before the planet exploded, Zod keeps things short here, beginning with a simple "My name is General Zod" before sending things in an ominous direction.
2:14 PM 4/11/2013 by Jeff Giles
Warner Bros. is entering the home stretch between now and Man of Steel -- with just a few weeks standing between filmgoers and Superman's long-planned return on June 14, it's time to make or break blockbuster-level interest in the big guy's latest reboot.