Thanks to Captain America: Civil War, we know all about Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Team Thor, on the other hand, remained a mystery — at least until San Diego Comic-Con, when we learned that Asgardian ass-kicker was chilling Down Under with his new BFF via a laugh-out-loud mini-mockumentary. Now, to accompany the home edition of Civil War, Marvel has publicly released the full 3-minute clip (watch below), helmed by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi in the style of his slice-of-undead-life 2014 vampire spoof What We Do in the Shadows (which in turn owes a debt to Ricky Gervais’s The Office). Along the way, Thor dictates an “electronic letter” to Tony Stark and Captain America offering his services, teaches kids about his fellow heroes, and reveals his personal crazy wall connecting the Infinity Stones to Thanos (a.k.a.
Part Matrix with a little Harry Potter sprinkled on top, Doctor Strange promises to look and feel unlike any other Marvel movie. “In amongst that, there’s a very serious message, which is the idea of selflessness, the idea of how you go on a journey of self-discovery to realize you know nothing and that’s the beginning of knowledge,” Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness) told us at Comic-Con (watch above) shortly after Marvel’s splashy panel. Cumberbatch stars as Dr. Stephen Strange, an egocentric neurosurgeon who, following a devastating accident, is recruited by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) to master the mystic arts and hop dimensions while, of course, also saving the universe.
Back in 2008, when Batman epic ‘The Dark Knight’ swooped into cinemas just a couple of months after Robert Downey Jr’s big screen debut as ‘Iron Man’, comic book fans could never have imagined how successful Marvel’s then-pioneering cinematic universe would go on to be. If you had told anyone that a movie in which Batman fights Superman would struggle to surpass the unspeakably obscure ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at the global box office, DC acolytes would have cackled maniacally in your face like The Joker after pulling off a particularly cruel and ingenious jape. Christopher Nolan’s Batman films were wowing critics and stirring up huge numbers at the box office while Marvel was still pulling on its power-suit.
To be clear, Mads Mikkelsen’s crack-eyed Kaecilius in Marvel’s upcoming mythical actioner Doctor Strange is not a good guy. A disciple of the Baron Mordo (played in the film by Chiwetel Ejiofor), Kaecilius wasn’t all that well developed in the comics, but we do know he did his evil master’s bidding, and will be making life extra tough for Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular superhero. Mikkelsen says his inspiration for the part, however, is one of cinema’s most revered good guys of all time: late martial arts icon and movie star Bruce Lee.
Not overly enthusiastic about your ballot options in this year’s upcoming presidential election? While it will inevitably be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump who takes the Oval Office after November’s vote, we couldn’t help but fantasize about an alternate timeline where some universally beloved figure could unite a divided nation, someone like… a Marvel superhero.
The cultural significance of playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first black lead superhero is not lost on Chadwick Boseman. All four came out on stage in San Diego, where they also announced The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira had been added to the cast.
Unlike the eight Harry Potter movies, there is no preexisting novel that introduces the new wizards and No-Majs (that’s Muggles to Potterheads) who inhabit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set in 1920s New York, the movie will focus on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a wizard who accidentally sets the title beasts loose and wreaks havoc in the magical world of the United States.
In the comics, it’s normally the villains who play tricks on the heroes, but Henry Cavill decided to flip the script at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, by playing a joke on Will Smith. The 33-year-old Brit, who plays Superman in the DC Comics movie universe, took to the show floor wearing a ‘V For Vendetta’ mask to prank Will Smith, who plays the villainous Deadshot in ‘Suicide Squad’, and the moment was captured on camera. - Marvel v DC: Who Won Comic-Con?
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and actors Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Jason Mitchell, and Corey Hawkins are stomping on hallowed ground with next year’s big-screen adventure, Kong: Skull Island. The movie is an origin story for King Kong, the iconic, oversized ape who first climbed into pop-culture conscience in 1933.
To cap an epic panel that included casts, sizzle reels, trailers, and concept art for a range of films — Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige called all the stars from the films together for an epic superhero selfie (similar to what Fox did last year with its version of the Marvel universe). But after the various ensembles assembled, he had one more person to trot out: Brie Larson, your new Captain Marvel.
“This is not a movie about good vs. evil — it’s a movie about bad vs. evil.” That’s how Will Smith perfectly summed up at the struggle at the heart of the hotly anticipated Suicide Squad shortly after Warner Bros./DC Comics unveiled a brand new trailer for the film at Comic-Con on Saturday. What follows is a captivating, rapid-fire montage of the “meta-humans” in action with some new scenes featuring Viola Davis’s tough mastermind Amanda Waller.
When the first trailer for the Oliver Stone-directed biopic Snowden was released online in April, it presented a good look at how the film would shape NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s story as a thriller full of intrigue, technology, and even a little sex. “Nothing Will Prepare You for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Snowden Voice,” read MTV’s peg. “Joseph Gordon-Levitt Nails Voice of Snowden,” opined Moviefone.
One of the most talked-about movies through the first half of Comic-Con has to be the Luc Besson-directed futuristic thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the filmmaker’s first space flick since his 1997 favorite The Fifth Element. Valerian is drawing interest for its eye-popping visual effects, cool gadgetry, intriguing star-on-the-rise pairing… and kickass suits, which we talked to DeHaan and Delevingne about on the film’s Comic-Con press line shortly following its Hall H panel.
You could say Lights Out star Teresa Palmer takes her work home with her. Not only was the property the 30-year-old actress grew up on in Australia — which she has since bought — supposedly haunted, she’s also recently been told that her current Los Angeles residence comes with some paranormal activity. “I was told by a ‘sensitive,’ she calls her herself, that there was a male entity in my house,” Palmer told us Friday at Comic-Con (watch the clip above), where she was joined by castmates Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia, and Gabriel Bateman. It’s just in your bedroom.’” Related: How ‘Lights Out’ Went From Viral Horror Short to Major Studio Scare-Fest Palmer clearly ain’t afraid of no ghosts, though.
DreamWorks Animation has begun to unspool early footage of its upcoming film Trolls — at CinemaCon, Cannes, at a recent screening in New York, and this week at Comic-Con. “We got to Germany, and there was this woman who saw some of the footage and she was like, ‘Your character looks like you.’ And I was like, 'Oh yeah, they have cameras on us, and we make the same expressions,’” Timberlake told Yahoo Movies at Comic-Con in reference to some motion-capture techniques used on the film.
Add Lights Out to the list of horror movies that may have invited the ire of the other side. Lights Out — based on the viral short by its director David F. Sandberg — follows a woman (Teresa Palmer) who must rescue her mentally unstable mother (Maria Bello) from the clutches of a malevolent spirit named Diana that’s been haunting her for years. "We think Diana ended up staying there after we left,” Bello said.
The film’s directors John Musker and Ron Clements have revealed that ‘Moana’ instead would focus on the film’s 16-year-old titular heroine “finding herself”. The film will feature new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of broadway smash ‘Hamilton’, and is coming to cinemas this December. This is the second film in a row from the Walt Disney Animation Studios that has eschewed the notion that animated films need romantic subplots, with ‘Zootropolis’ also not featuring a love story at its centre.
Of all the celebrity appearances at Comic-Con on Thursday, none was more meta than Edward Snowden appearing via Google Hangout from an undisclosed location in Moscow to discuss a screening of Oliver Stone’s biopic Snowden. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who stars as the fugitive whistleblower, and Shailene Woodley, who plays his long-suffering girlfriend, joined Stone and the disembodied Snowden for a 30-minute Q&A after the Thursday event. Snowden appears briefly as himself at the end of the film to explain what has transpired in the years since he revealed the illegal data-mining of U.S. citizens by the NSA.