The Avengers Are Going Into Space

The Avengers Are Going Into Space

From Cinemablend.com

 

Given that The Avengers has made over a billion dollars at the international box office, it’s fair to say that just about everyone on planet Earth has gotten to see the superhero team-up movie already. But now it’s time for the folks in space to watch it.

No, sadly I’m not talking about advance alien life, but rather the crew of the International Space Station. Marvel and Disney have announced that they will be hosting a special screening for the men and women aboard the spacecraft, which currently flies at about 220 miles above the Earth’s surface. The movie is being sent to NASA’s Mission Control in Houston where they will digitally send the film to the orbiting station. The space station is currently working on Expedition 31 with a six member crew including 2 astronauts from NASA, one from the European Space Agency, and three Russian Cosmonauts.

Said Louis D’Esposito, Marvel Studios’ Co-President about the event, “The studio is privileged to share Marvel’s The Avengers with those up in space exploring the universe. A special thanks goes to NASA for utilizing their incredible technology to make this special screening miles above us in space happen. It is a screening that would make Tony Stark envious.”

This actually isn’t the only connection that The Avengers has with NASA. During production, director Joss Whedon and his cast and crew set up camp at the Space Power Facility at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. For more information about the current International Space Station expedition, head over to their official site.

 

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Thor 2 Coming Earlier

Thor 2 Coming Earlier

From Cinemablend

Man, Hollywood is taking a sledgehammer to its release-date calendar. Amid news of Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse being shift back nearly a year, and new dates for two anticipated sequels (X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes), comes the announcement that Thor 2 will hit theaters one week earlier than anticipated. The sequel’s new release date is November 8, 2013.

The news was shared by Exhibitor Relations on the organization’s Twitter feed. As with the rest of these date-switch stories, no reason is given for the move, though it’s unlikely that Marvel movie fans will complain that they’ll get a second Thorstory sooner than expected.

What do we know about Thor 2 so far? Obviously, Chris Hemsworth is back in the lead role of the Asgardian guardian, swinging his hammer for new director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones). The storyline is expected to develop the relationship between Thor and his half-brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who was recently seen causing all sorts of trouble in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. And Marvel President Kevin Feige has promised that we’ll see more of Thor’s home universe in the sequel (as well as the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster).

This shift in release dates means Thor 2 will now face off against Paramount’s animated Me and My Shadow as well as a concert film by the pop band One Direction. Now that Marvel has moved up, though, you can bet one of those will shift, perhaps moving back a week to a weekend like November 15, 2013 that currently has nothing opening.

 

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X-Men First Class Sequel Release Date

X-Men First Class Sequel Release Date

From Cinemablend.com

X-Men: First Class was one of the more rushed blockbuster productions in recent memory, with Matthew Vaughn signing on as director in May of 2010, just 13 months before the June 2011 release. Miraculously, it actually turned out pretty well, earning strong reviews, a whole lot of money, and of course, the inevitable plans for a sequel.

As rushed as they were to make the first one, though, 20th Century Fox has been taking their time putting together the First Class sequel, and in early April they announced they’d wait even longer, starting production in January of next year to accommodate the schedule of star Jennifer Lawrence, who will be shooting the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire this fall. Now, as you might guess, Fox has finally set a release date for the still-untitled film, but it’s giving them a little more time to finish it this time around. The update at Box Office Mojo says the First Class sequel will come to theaters July 18, 2014, giving returning director Vaughn a much more reasonable 18 months from the start of production to release.

We don’t know a whole lot else about the film, except that it will focus even further on the development of Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as the villain, and that other stars like James McAvoy, Zoe Kravitz, Rose Byrne and Nicholas Hoult are all likely to reprise their roles. With production not starting until next year it will probably be a while before we hear more casting information or any more plot details, but now at least we can know it’ll be 2014 before we should start looking forward to actually seeing it.

 

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New Marvel Heroes Screenshots & Characters Revealed

New Marvel Heroes Screenshots & Characters Revealed

Last week, we brought you the very first trailer for “Marvel Heroes,” and today we’ve got a batch of new screenshots and character models from the game!

Future Foundation Spider-Man, Emma Frost, Colossus, Ms. Marvel, and Hulk (in his “Planet Hulk” gear) join the growing cast of “Marvel Heroes” as they rally against Doctor Doom. Plus, get a glimpse of your favorite characters in action with five new screenshots!

You can check out our full gallery below, and keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all things “Marvel Heroes”!

Screenshot of Spider-Man, Colossus, and Hulk from “Marvel Heroes”

 

Hulk (Planet Hulk alternate costume) character render from “Marvel Heroes”

 

Emma Frost character render from “Marvel Heroes”

Ms. Marvel character render from “Marvel Heroes”

Spider-Man (Future Foundation alternate costume) character render from “Marvel Heroes”

Colossus character render from “Marvel Heroes”

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Iron Patriot In Iron Man 3 !?!?!

Iron Patriot In Iron Man 3 !?!?!

From Newsarama

Movie and celebrity gossip site What Would Tyler Durden Do took a break from celebrity bikini pictures today with a look at a guy in a special suit, namely a villain in Iron Man 3. Rocking the red white and blue armor, James Badge Dale’s Eric Savin seems to be taking on a role aside from that of Coldblood from the comics. Comic book fans know this armor as Iron Patriot, a guise the villain Norman Osborn took on as leader of the Avengers during the “Dark Reign” storyline.

Of course, Norman Osborn is also the Green Goblin, primarily a Spider-Man character, and thus tied up in film rights with Sony/Columbia Pictures. But that doesn’t mean this recognizable combination of patriotism and Iron Man armor can’t make a splash for a twist of a villain in Iron Man 3.
We’ve previously speculated about the Extremis storyline that will take on the bulk of Iron Man 3’s plot, and that may not change, but there will be more of the standard “other people getting armor” plots we’ve seen in the first two films as well, apparently. WWTDD flat-out states that Ben Kingsley will be playing the speculated Mandarin, though no actual studio confirmation of that has come yet.

Now as awesome as this looks and seems, I wonder if it is even possible for them to even use the Iron Patriot being he is tied to Mr. Osborn and Osborn being linked to the Spider Man movies.  Agreed it’s the Green Goblin/Osborn, but we all know how lawyers and legal jargon are.  I wonder if this is possibly a scaled down version of Detriot Steel?  All I can say, I hope to see a truly knock down, metal rending, thrown through buildings fight, between these two.