The Avengers

It’s Official: Sony and Marvel Reach a Deal for Spider-Man to Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Welcome home, Spidey

Marvel and Sony announced on Tuesday a landmark deal that will bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and make him an Avenger. Finally.

This is HUGE. That’s why I used all caps right there. Spider-Man has always been Marvel’s #1 superhero, but they licensed him to Sony before they realized they could create their own movie studio and make their own movies. Initially, Sony was killing it with the Tobey Maguire version of Spidey, breaking all sorts of box office records. However, the franchise stumbled, and the Andrew Garfield reboot just did not work. So now they’re basically going to Marvel and saying please, help us.

Of course, when you put it like that, this deal sound like defeat for Sony. However, it’s actually a coup. They obviously have no idea how to make the Spider-Man franchise work. But rather than selling him back to Marvel for a fixed sum because they’re desperate, Sony has worked out a deal to co-produce Spidey movies with Marvel. Sony will finance and distribute the movies, but MCU architect Kevin Feige will come in and make sure the movies don’t suck. In exchange for lending their expertise, Marvel gets to make Spider-Man an Avenger. Everybody wins.

Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from the MCU. Then he will appear in his own movie that will hit theaters July 28, 2017. Marvel and Sony have not officially said which MCU film will introduce the web-slinger, but it’s got to be either Doctor Strange or Captain America: Civil War in 2016.

Either way, the schedule for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been altered to make room for Peter Parker. Here’s the new schedule, with asterisks next to the new dates:

Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
Spider-Man – July 27, 2017*
Thor: Ragnorak – November 3, 2017*
The Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 – May 4, 2018
Black Panther – July 6, 2018*
Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018*
The Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2 – May 3, 2019
Inhumans – July 12, 2019*

Oh, and in case you weren’t sure, yes, all of this does mean we will get yet another new Spider-Man.

Andrew Garfield, we hardly knew ye.

[via Marvel]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Says Don’t Hold Your Breath for a Guardians-Avengers Crossover

guardians of the galaxy

You wouldn’t be alone if you assumed that the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers would eventually meet up in some sort of crossover. There are plenty of reasons to make that assumption, starting with Thanos. He has been in both franchises, and we know he’ll factor into Avengers: Infinity War because he’s the dude who wields the freaking Infinity Gauntlet. Given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a shared cinematic universe, and that storylines of Avengers and Guardians are tied to Thanos, how could there not be a crossover? Isn’t that sorta the point of all these movies?

Not so fast, says Guardians director James Gunn. As much fun as it would be to see Robert Downy Jr. talking to an anthropomorphic tree, it might not actually happen.

Here’s what Gunn had to say about a possible crossover to the folks over at Screen Rant:

We really are separate from the Avengers, and I don’t think people should assume too many things about the Guardians play in all this. We have our own galaxy to take care of. We have our own galaxy to save. Earth is the Avengers’ province. Thinking that everything is going to come together in a perfect way is not necessarily the way it’s going to happen.

Now, just a few months ago Gunn did an interview suggested there would be a Guardians-Avengers crossover. So either plans have changed, which is possible, or Gunn is backtracking because the overlords at Disney told him to ixnay on the ossovercray.

Your thoughts, internet?

Marvel Gives You a Glimpse Into Their Next Phase. My Advice: More Scarlet Johannson (VIDEO)

Entering Phase II

When the original Iron Man came out, I don’t think anyone–especially Marvel–thought it was going to become what it did, which is basically the first cog in a giant machine known as Phase I. Phase I involved setting up a cast of characters that would be shoe-horned into each other’s movies and lead up to the eventual Avengers film. Well that happened and everybody made a dump truck full of money (despite the fact that no one really likes Captain America all that much). Which now brings us to Phase II, which begins in exactly one month when Iron Man 3 hits theaters.

In the above video, check out the cast and crew of these movies lay out their plans for what Phase II will bring to audiences. ANd while I’m hoping this is the last time Gwyneth Paltrow will be talking about being in a Marvel movie, from what we’ve gleamed from the trailer, it looks like she’ll be sticking around for awhile. Damn. And be sure to check out the entire Marvel release calendar for the next three years of your life after the jump. Read more… »

Just Incase You Thought the Avengers Were Real, this ILM VFX Behind-the-Scenes Video Tells You Otherwise (VIDEO)

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Assembling the assembled Avengers

I may be the person on the planet (living or dead) who really did not enjoy The Avengers. There are way too many reasons to list off at the moment, but feel free to message me if you want to hear them in their full, misanthropic glory. What can’t be argued about though, is that director Joss Whedon was somehow able to navigate the hodgepodge of CGI nonsense to at least have the shots make sense, and not pull an Attack of the Clones on us.

The highlight of the effects in the movie (other than Hulk’s pants stretching to appropriate size) was the climactic finale through the streets, buildings and air of New York City. And in the video above, the ILM magic makers describe how they were able to make it seem like all the Avengers were fighting together outside Grand Central Station when not only were none of them in New York, but sometimes none of the actors were even there. Enjoy.

Everyone Loves a good Spinoff! Will Hulk Outshine These Other Supporting Characters Who Got Their Own Spotlight?

The Hulk stole the show in Joss Whedon’s Avengers adventure last summer. He provided comic relief, emotional resonance and packed an almighty punch too.

And now it seems like his efforts have been rewarded with the announcement that the big green beast will get his own movie after The Avengers 2 has been released. Will he manage to do okay by himself? History certainly isn’t on his side but it’ll be nice to see Mark Ruffalo get the chance, hopefully.

But what other films have been stolen by characters, who were then been rewarded with their own adventures? Check out the gallery for some of our favorites.

‘The Avengers’ Deleted Scene Shows What Steve Rogers Did After He Became Captain America (VIDEO)

The Avengers Deleted Scene
Here's What Happened to Steve Rogers

If you’ve ever wondered what Steve Rogers did after he became the first avenger, then you can stop wondering now and find out. It turns out that Joss Whedon had to cut a lot of scenes from The Avengers to keep it down to 143 minutes, and this poignant one featuring Captain America happened to be one of them.

Steve lost a lot of friends and loved ones while he was frozen in ice. With the exception of one, as you’ll see in the cut scene. This 3-minute clip basically shows Steve’s perspective of the world as he tries to adjust to modern life. Hit play to watch the clip above and keep your eyes peeled to catch a cameo featuring one of comics’ greatest living legends. Enjoy!

The Greatest Ever Deleted Scenes That You Probably Haven’t Seen

The release of The Avengers on DVD and Blu-ray has allowed us access to several scenes that Joss Whedon decided weren’t good enough for us on the big screen. An alternate beginning to the superhero opus recently hit the web which would have set up the rest of The Avengers as flashback and also showed us that downtown New York was completely destroyed by IronMan, The Hulk and Captain America’s actions.

It also showed us that Cobie Smulders’ S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill had a problem with Nick Fury’s methods and that there was a divide between the two of them. Something that wasn’t apparent in the movie, probably because we were too busy staring at Smulders’ ass.

This isn’t the first time deleted scenes have emerged and changed the perspective of a movie, or in the case of Jackass and Anchorman just given us extra reasons to love it. Check out our list of the greatest deleted scenes of all time, starting with:

Jackass the Movie