Hollywood has proved to be pretty great at superheroes. For the last few years the genre has provided some of the biggest tentpoles of the blockbuster season. Hollywood is less great at other things -- like, for example, providing leading roles for women.
Hollywood is especially not great at providing lead superhero roles for women, but maybe that's not entirely Hollywood's fault. Superhero comics aren't great at providing those roles either. In fact, there are plenty of actors in Hollywood who could play amazing superheroes -- if only the roles existed for them. For example...
When the first Captain America movie came out in 2011, the character seemed like a tough sell. His earnest patriotism felt dated to many and was alienating to some.
Marvel Studios has made a habit of landing tough sells. Neither Iron Man nor Thor were the obvious calls that they look like in retrospect, while the plan to tie the characters together in The Avengers was an ambitious gamble. Yet if Marvel ever has any doubts, it never shows in their movies. As Captain America returns to the screen in The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios has never looked more confident.
The following was authored by Megan Margulies, granddaughter of the late Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.
Today Marvel Studios releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier. These movies are not only a cause for celebration by comic book fans, but also for the artists who created the superhero decades ago. In 1941, Jack Kirby and my grandfather, Joe Simon, dreamt of Captain America in an attempt to keep their heads above the turbulent waters of the comic book industry. Much to their surprise and joy, the character went on to receive worldwide fame.
The newest evidence of that comes from the casting department. Apparently Jackass star and former Duke of Hazzard Johnny Knoxville will be the voice of Leonardo and Tony Shaloub, who played the title character on Monk for eight seasons, will be Splinter.
With just a day left before Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters on April 4, Hot Toys has revealed two more 1/6 scale collectible figures from the film. Coming later this year is an individual figure of Cap in his new Stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. Suit, plus a Captain America & Steve Rogers Collectible Figures Set that pairs the S.T.R.I.K.E. Suited Cap with a Steve Rogers figure.
We've known the lineup of the titular Fantastic Four from the upcoming movie for almost two months now, but people have been guessing for some time who would play the team's arch-nemesis, Victor von Doom.
Rumors that Dr. Doom could have been a woman have turned out to just be rumors. Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has cast Toby Kebbell, who has played roles in Prince of Persia, War Horse, Wrath of the Titans and Ridley Scott's The Counselor, will be the new movie version of the masked supervillain.
We've known for a while that the upcoming TheAmazing Spider-Man 2was going to feature Electro, the Rhino and the Green Goblin, but I think I speak for all true fans of the web-slinger when I say that we've been waiting for months for the answer to a far more important question. Sure, Spidey's going to fight super-villains, but will he also be confronted with a horrifyingly misshapen baby version of himself that he will inexplicably battle via dance-off?
Well, now we know: Yes. Yes he does. I mean, it might not happen in the movie, but it's definitely what happens in an ad for Evian bottled water, which is somehow even stranger. Watch and be mystified below.
If early reports are accurate, one of writer Gerry Conway's most famous Spider-Man stories has been adapted in the new TheAmazing Spider-Man 2movie. Yet the studio behind the movie, Sony Pictures, has yet to contact or acknowledge the writer.
Remember those LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie sets we saw at Toy Fair 2014 but weren't allowed to photograph? Two of them have finally rolled online at Canadian retailer Indigo. Hit the jump to see the Big Rig Snow Getaway and Turtle Van Takedown sets, along with their official product descriptions which may contain spoiler-ish information about the movie's plot.
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