Marvel Studios has unveiled it’s slate of films for its Phase 3 initiative, which includes a) a complete ass-ton of movies and properties and b) seemingly totally sweet films. Scroll down past our friend T’Challa here for alook at the whats & whens:
So in an inspired bit of brand synergy (Disney owns both ABC & Marvel, does not own this site..yet), ABC aired a special last night called ” Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe” where they patted each other on the backs, swam around in their pools of cash and called DC a bunch of dickheads (I can only assume; I don’t have cable and I don’t watch TV. Yes, one of THOSE). Some interesting concept art came out as well, including The Scarlet Witch (sexy hobo chic), Quicksilver (blue n blurry, way better than …THIS) as well as two stills from Guardians of the Galaxy. Speaking of, while it looks cool in print…Star-Lord? That’s gonna be a tough one to take seriously when said out loud. Then again, this isn’t …Fellini? Kubrick? insert your own fancy director, I guess.
– I like that they are clearly referencing the events from The Avengers. Clever further reinforcement of a cohesive universe.
– Curious to see how they work The Iron Patriot into the mix.
– I don’t like that towards the end it seemed to get a bit Michael Bay-ish/Transformer-y.
And the winner is…not surprising at all! While DC was cranking out Steel & Catwoman, Marvel was cranking out Spider-Man and X-Men. It’s been all downhill for DC from there (with the exception of the Bat-Nolan franchise) while Marvel’s been hitting them out of the park consistently (don’t look at Daredevil! Or the Fantastic Four movies. Or Elektra. Or the Ghost Rider films. Or Blade Trinity. Or X-Men 3. Or Spider-Man 3.Or X-Men Origins: Wolverine.). Find the per-film breakdown after the jump. I would’ve put it in the main body of the post but it’s just too massive and wrecks everything (ed.note: That’s what she said. HA HA HA GOOD SHOW.)
Director Joe Carnahan was to reboot the Daredevil franchise; he got so excited at the prospect he put together the sizzle reel above. Then lo & behold, the whole project gets the axe and Joe’s out of a dream gig. So he releases the reel online and now we can only imagine what may have been.
IT COMES IN A S.H.I.E.L.D. BRIEFCASE. There’s some sort of Tesseract light up Rubick’s Cube inside! Movie memorabilia that you’ll never look at again! This is a steal at $200, meaning the only way I’m getting this is if I steal it. (ed note: Modern Borefare does not endorse or condone stealing limited edition S.H.I.E.L.D briefcases stuffed with crap.) Though right now it’s 40% off if you pre-order through Amazon. What are you waiting for??