Marvel’s Netflix ‘Iron Fist’ punches through to the final ‘Defender’ series, but forgets anything resembling relatable characters, missing every chance to embrace its comic weirdness. Our early review, before all episodes start to glow on March 17.
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FYI dudes, a new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is premiering tomorrow night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (that guy sure is having a good week), and even though it’s only a day and some change away, Marvel has generously offered up a short teaser for James Gunn’s highly-anticipated sequel. In addition to showing off what appears to be the space-equivalent of a campfire, the new sneak peek reveals our first look at the return of Nebula, played by Karen Gillan.
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ loses “Self Control” bringing Season 4’s ‘LMD’ arc to an insane, action-packed climax, but can the third, ‘Matrix’-inspired pod keep the same streak? And is THAT fallen foe really coming back? Find out in our full review of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s latest!
Game of Thrones had so much fun with Iwan Rheon in a nefarious and regal role, so why would Marvel’s The Inhumans want any different? The ABC-IMAX drama has its first star, as Rheon joins Marvel’s Royal Family as brother to Black Bolt, the dastardly Maximus.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if art house cinema had the same weird toy leaks as blockbuster movies. These days, we’re more likely to see a character’s design leak thanks to a brand new action figure than a behind-the-scenes photo; what if the same thing happened in the world of independent cinema? What if we’d encountered Moonlight spoilers thanks to a new line of beach toys? Or if La La Land’s third act was spoiled due to a fully posable Ryan Gosling action figure? Come to think of it, I’d probably buy the heck out of a Moonlight bath toy. No shame there.
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ brings Season 4’s ‘LMD’ program to a peak with “The Man Behind the Shield,” but can the series handle another four (!) evil robots in its midst? And are we getting ready to leave the series on a high note? Find out in our full review of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s latest!
Recent weeks have seen a strong push for Marvel to get its other TV projects off the ground, first casting its Freeform Cloak and Dagger, as well as progress on Hulu’s Runaways and ABC’s Inhumans, and that trend isn’t slowing down. Cloak and Dagger now fills out its full support cast, still likely eying a 2018 premiere.
With the release of Doctor Strange on home video just around the corner, fans are getting an early look at some of the behind-the-scenes features that will accompany the film on DVD and Blu-ray. Just yesterday, for example, Marvel released some of the best best set jokes on the film’s gag reel, showing that even respected Shakespearean actors like Benedict Cumberbatch aren’t above flubbing the occasional line. For die-hard fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these features are a great peek at how the sausage gets made.
It’s funny how things work out. When Marvel was putting together the cast for Guardians of the Galaxy, they probably never dreamed that it would be former professional wrestler and MMA fighter Dave Bautista who would emerge as the film’s most likable character. And yet, with his deadpan line deliveries and awesome physicality, Bautista stood out among his live-action costars — I mean, nobody was going to beat Groot — as the funniest and most sympathetic of all the Guardians. Just like that, Bautista was a bonafide movie star and one of the biggest strengths of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There may never be a Hollywood talker like Robert Downey, Jr. Even in his fifties, the actor possesses a nervous energy and patter that makes him seem like the youngest man in the room, barraging his co-stars and audiences alike with a flurry of self-deprecating jokes and unbridled enthusiasm for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His success as Tony Stark is synonymous with the success of the Marvel movies as a whole; while it’s technically possible to picture an Avengers movie without Downey, Jr. in the mix, there’s no denying it would probably be a whole lot less fun.