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Ultron Sings More Classic Disney Songs in this Animated Parody of the ‘Age of Ultron’ Trailer

Disney does own Marvel, you know, so it could happen...

Did you find yourself watching the teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron and thinking, "What the hell is that song? I know that song!" (In the unlikely event that you have not seen the trailer, you can find it below.)

Well, I'll tell you what that song was. It was "I've Got No Strings," and it's from Disney's 1940 animated classic Pinocchio. Sung in a creepy falsetto, it was a slower, more ominous version of the song than the one people know from the animated film. But that's what it was. And it was a fitting allusion, too, since Ultron is a robot created by Tony Stark (in the film, not the comics) who comes to life and becomes "free," just like Pinocchio.

That said, it was also a little weird to hear a comic book supervillain bent on taking over the world singing a song from a children's movie. And that got the folks from "How It Should Have Ended" thinking: what would it have been like if Ultron had sung other famous Disney songs in the trailer?

So they made the video above...which you've probably already watch. Pretty sweet, right?

Marvel One-Ups DC, Announces Full Slate of Phase 3 Movies

For Phase 1 and Phase 2 of their Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios never revealed everything all at once. They gave us a big details, then filled in the rest of the schedule as time went on.

However, when Warner Brothers and DC Comics laid their plans out on the table a few weeks ago, giving the basic timeline for a ridiculously ambitious slate of 10 superhero movies though 2020, that was a game-changer. They mapped out the next decade, so Marvel Studios felt they had no choice but to do the same.

And so yesterday, at the El Captain theater in Hollywood, Marvel gathered nerds and journalist nerds from all walks of life (nerd life) for the unveiling of the complete schedule for Phase 3.

Last Two Films of Phase 2:

  1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
  2. Ant-Man (July 17, 2015) – starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly

Phase 3:

  1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016) – A.K.A. Iron Man v Captain America
  2. Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016) – Benedict Cumberbatch explicitly NOT confirmed
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017) – release day moved up from mid-summer
  4. Thor Ragnorak (July 28, 2017) – Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki
  5. Black Panther (November 3, 2017) – starring Jackie Robinson (i.e., Chadwick Boseman)
  6. Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet Part I (May 4, 2018)– that's right, Avengers 3 is a two-parter
  7. Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018) – featuring the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel
  8. Inhumans (November 2, 2018) – starring a bunch of people who aren't even famous yet
  9. Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet Part II (May 3, 2019)

Did Marvel share every detail? Of course not. We don't know directors for seven of the nine films, and while we know Captain Marvel will be a woman, we don't have a star.

But we know the dates of the films, and that was the point of all this: marking territory. You see, when WB and DC made their announcement, they gave years, not dates. Marvel gave the actual dates. So this was was the Hollywood equivalent of a dog peeing on a bunch of trees and fire hydrants.

[via EW]

Good News Everybody! You Don’t Have to Watch ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Next Week Because the ‘Avengers 2′ Trailer Already Leaked Online

Yesterday we learned the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron would premiere during next week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and I said you didn't really need to watch the show because it would be available online 10 minutes after it aired.

Well, I was wrong. It's already available. The thing leaked last night. And Marvel knows who's behind it:

Haha, good joke guys. I probably wasn't going to tune in to ABC next week to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I definitely won't now. Sorry.

Now, here's the good stuff:

For those of you who aren't familiar with the entire Marvel cannon, Ultron (voiced by James Spader) is a creation of Tony Stark. (Whoops.) And that giant Iron Man suit is called the Hulkbuster...for reasons that should be obvious.

In any case, Avengers: Age of Ultron looks f-ing fantastic, just as we all knew it would. May 1, 2015, cannot come soon enough.

First Trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ to Premiere During ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Just a few weeks ago there was a rumor going around that the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron would premiere before screenings of Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Interstellar. However, today I'm really glad I didn't write a post about that rumor, because it turns out the first Age of Ultron trailer will actually premiere on ABC during next week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The exact date and time, in case you want to plug it into your phone and set a little reminder for yourself, is Tuesday, October 28, at 9/8c.

The announcement was made last night, as the credits rolled for this week's episode. It was then followed up with confirmation tweets from the official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers Twitter accounts.

Of course, this actually makes all the sense in the world when you think about it. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a spinoff of the Avengers franchise (without all the awesome superheroes) centered around Agent Coulson, a somewhat important character from the films. Why the hell wouldn't Marvel and their Disney overlords debut the new Avengers trailer during that show? It might actually get non-hardcore nerds to watch it...assuming they don't realize they can just watch the thing online about 10 minutes after it airs.

[via Hero Complex]

Apparently Everybody Wants Bane to Be in Their Superhero Movie

Today, on the heels of last week's major superhero movie announcements from Warner Brothers (re: the DC Universe) and Marvel (re: RDJ and Captain America 3) we've got some pretty interesting news from Fox. Apparently Bryan Singer, director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, wants Tom Hardy to play Apocalypse.

If Singer gets his man, this would be Hardy's second major comic book villain. In case you somehow didn't know, Hardy also played Bane for Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises.

Here's the thing, though. Apocalypse isn't his only option. Hardy's name has recently been bandied about in connection with the DC supervillains flick Suicide Squad, too, and a few months ago he was supposedly being pursued for Marvel's Doctor Strange.

Of course, it's obvious why everybody wants Hardy for their comic book movies. He was a total badass in DKR and is in general a fine actor. However, we don't know if the guy even wants to play another supervillain, despite the fact that he would make a pretty sick Apocalypse.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

[via Screen Rant]

Yes, There Will Be Ewoks in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Warwick Davis has been cast in 'Episode VII'...

Hey, remember when Han, Luke, and Leia took out a whole battallion of Imperial Storm Troopers with nothing but a couple of rocks and a tribe of cuddly teddy bears in Return of the Jedi? Well, guess what? Those cuddly teddy bears—the Ewoks—are returning for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Or at least that's what J.J. Abrams wants us to believe. Yesterday Abrams (and by "Abrams" I mean somebody who works for him) posted a funny little video announcing that Warwick Davis, who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, has been cast in the latest instalment of everyone's space opera set in a galaxy far, far away. So the obvious conclusion is that there will be Ewoks.

The only problem? J.J. Abrams loves messing with us, and the video didn't actually say Warwick Davis would reprise his previous role. So it's quite possible Abrams cast Davis in some other role and made a big deal about the announcement just to make us think there will be Ewoks.

That being said, if this really does mean there will be Ewoks in Episode VII, maybe I was right. Maybe Lando Calissian did go to Endor, enslave the Ewoks, and start a new mining colony after they blew up Death Star II.

Here’s the Complete List of Announced DC Superhero Movies

Yesterday, Warner Brothers made one of the most ambitious announcements in movie history, unveiling a slate of 10 new superhero movies for their DC Universe, plus another two "bonus" films that I guess they left out because 12 isn't a nice round number like 10.

Of course, the fact that WB wants to build such franchise is hardly news. We've suspected this was in the works since they confirmed Batman would be in the Man of Steel sequel, and we knew it was in the works when they announced Gal Gadot would be Wonder Woman. What makes this announcement notable is the detail.

When Marvel announced their plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they only gave us specifics on a handful of projects and left the rest—like Guardians and Ant-Man—for a later date. Warner Brothers, however, is going all in by telling us all the movies they're going to make and when they're going to make them.

Take a look at the complete schedule:

  1. Batman v Superman (2016), starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck
  2. Suicide Squad (2016), directed by David Ayer
  3. Wonder Woman (2017), starring Gal Gadot
  4. Justice League Part One (2017), starring everyone
  5. The Flash (2018), starring Ezra Miller
  6. Aquaman (2018), starring Jason Momoa
  7. Shazam (2019), starring The Rock as Black Adam
  8. Justice League Part Two (2019), starring everyone again
  9. Cyborg (2020), starring Ray Fisher
  10. Green Lantern (2020), starring not-Ryan Reynolds

The "bonus" movies I mentioned? Those are another standalone Superman movie and a standalone Batfleck movie. They just don't have dates yet.

Will all this play out exactly as planned? Highly doubtful. But I for one appreciate the grandiosity.

[via EW]