It’s been another banner year for comic book movies. Aside from Suicide Squad, which has been out only a week, each movie has grossed over $500 million. That kind of box office success is no longer a surprise, but an expectation. Deadpool is arguably the best of the bunch, but only Captain America: Civil War has managed to receive critical acclaim and cross the hallowed $1 billion barrier.
The unmitigated success of Captain America: Civil War coupled with Batman v. Superman being seen as something of a disappointment has Marvel yet again standing above DC Comics in not only the box office race, but in the realm of critical and audience acceptance. Obviously, the former matters more to both studios than the latter, but the disparity between the two brands at this point is palpable. It seems that in many ways Marvel has found the key while DC continues to pound on the door.
Marvel hasn’t exactly been secretive about Thor: Ragnarok using elements from the Planet Hulk storyline and new armor found on the Comic-Con show floor all but confirms fans will get what they’ve been begging to see for years.
As revealed by Ryan Penagos, Marvel digital media executive editor, Hulk will most definitely don his gladiator armor in the upcoming film.
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man stole the show when he made is Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War, and he apparently stole the show again at Comic-Con this past weekend. While no official footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming has been released online, Marvel showed off some early clips of the movie to an audience inside Comic-Con’s famed Hall H and it sounds like it went over quite well.
For those of us who couldn’t make it into Hall H, we have second-hand accounts and official concept art (above) to tide us over.
The concept art, by artist Ryan Meinerding, finally confirms Vulture will be the movie’s main villain. Vulture’s costume looks wonderfully mechanical and modular, and those talons are looking pretty deadly, too. Marvel didn’t confirm who will play the baddie but we’ve been hearing Michael Keaton is all but signed on to play the part.
Along with the art, Marvel shared a small synopsis for Homecoming:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
As for the footage, io9 described what was shown off as “John Hughes meets Freaks and Geeks,” which sounds like the best movie ever. I’d watch that even if it had nothing to do with superheroes.
Filming for Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently underway—you can see some set images here—with a release set for July 7, 2017.
The first set photos from Spider-Man: Homecoming have begun to hit the internet, giving us our first glimpse at the superhero’s anticipated solo outing. So what do we have in this fresh batch of images? Well, not a whole lot, but it does give us a very clear view of actor Tom Holland in full costume—and we even get to see the character’s phone of choice, which looks like it might be an older iPhone (you can see it in the gallery above).
What’s fun about these photos is that they capture the youth of Peter Parker. Check out his slick Jansport backpack; it looks like maybe he just got out of school. Aside from that, we get to see some of the tricks used for filming: wires, a trampoline, and one very important umbrella.
We also get a more detailed look at Spider-Man’s suit. Notice the detailed webbing along with the mechanical web shooters. It essentially looks identical to the outfit given to him by Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War. While there don’t appear to be many changes, there’s always the possibility we might see the character get a suit upgrade mid-way through the film.
I’m still holding out for the Iron Spider but I doubt we’ll see that happen anytime soon if at all.
The first trailer for Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange kept things pretty small. But at Comic-Con, the second trailer has been revealed, and it actually shows some of the magic the film contains—both literal and figurative—as well as the potential impact Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) could have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It you have misgivings about the movie, this trailer won’t change that, but at least the film looks uniquely trippy—harkening back to that classic ‘60s Marvel weirdness that defined the character’s adventures, but now in a decidedly modern fashion. Doctor Strange opens November 4. It co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen.
There are some minor spoilers ahead. If you want to know absolutely nothing about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 then stop reading.
We don’t have a trailer or footage to scope out but Marvel did reveal new details for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which just wrapped filming. Among the news, director James Gunn on Saturday confirmed actor Kurt Russell will be playing the father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). But here’s something nobody expected: Quill’s father is Ego, also known as Ego the Living Planet in the comics.
“Yeah, his dad is a planet,” Gunn said. “Sort of. It will all be explained in the film… What Nova Prime said about Peter’s father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true—he is something ancient and unknown. And, as we will discover, being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon.”
Gunn goes on to reveal a few more tidbits about what to expect. For one, Nebula is going to play a major part in the sequel. In the first Guardians of the Galaxy, the character was essentially Ronan’s side kick and harbored huge animosity toward her dead, Thanos. Why she decides to team up with the Guardians is unclear but you can bet it won’t be her first choice.
Additionally, Gunn said Sylvester Stallone has a role in the film, while Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha, a golden High Priestess “of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign.”
Finally, Gunn confirmed a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction is coming to Disneyland’s California Adventure and will replace Tower of Terror.
“The Walt Disney Imagineering folks showed me what they had in mind and MY MIND WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN,” Gunn said. “It was awesome. Exhilarating and novel and interactive.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.