The lingering shirtless scene has become a trademark in Marvel’s movies and TV shows, and why not? Their leading men sacrifice cream cakes and booze in favour of gruelling gym sessions and infinite ab crunches to gain Marvel’s signature chiselled frames. But not all actors start out looking like a mythical god, so let’s take a look back at Marvel’s leading men before and after their magnificent makeovers.
With Daniel Craig’s recent admission that SPECTRE will likely be his last time sipping martinis as James Bond, SPECULATION has begun running wild with who will take over the mantle. Idris Elba has gotten the most ink so far, partly because he has become a fan favorite, but mostly because of Bond writer Anthony Horowitz’s ill-advised choice of words in explaining why he didn’t think The Wire alum was the right fit. Now, another candidate emerges: Mr. Hugh Jackman.
The Wolverine 3, due out in 2017, will mark Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the semi-feral mutant, capping an incredible nine-film, 17-year run. “My last time putting on the claws,” Jackman wrote. Some suggested that the film tackle the famous “Old Man Logan” storyline, which originally ran in the comic books from 2008 to 2009 — and has, in fact, been teased by Jackman himself as the potential basis for the final film.
Leave it to a bunch of mutants — and a certain Merc with a Mouth — to put an exclamation point on Comic-Con. Making a movie about the profane killing machine has been a pet project for Ryan Reynolds for more than a decade.
Neill Blomkamp, the South African, Oscar-nominated director of District 9 and Elysium, says he views the world in a “very violent and hostile manner.” That point-of-view shows in his films, which generally depict grim futures where the poor live like vermin in bombed-out cities. Deon’s robot cops — which operate on advanced logic-based artificial intelligence software that Blomkamp refers to as “soft A.I.” — help clean up the city with brute force. The invention makes a fortune for the weapons company where Deon works, much to the chagrin of a former soldier named Vincent (Hugh Jackman), who fears that robot soldiers will eventually replace human beings and is determine to short-circuit Deon’s ambitions.