Marvel Entertainment Presents New 10-Year MCU Commemorative Video, Focused on the Fans

Between April and May is the great milestone for Marvel Studios, the in-house filmmaking arm of Marvel Entertainment which conceived the mammoth Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man hit cinemas on May 2, 2008 following an earlier Sydney premiere on April 14. Fast-forward to 2018, and the MCU, one decade old.

Now, they’ve already made some videos to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the MCU, but thus far it’s been about the studio that makes the films and its stars. This time around, a new special video from Marvel Entertainment flips the perspective around, celebrating the MCU’s greatest strength: the fandom.

The one-minute video features scenes from across the 18 installments of the MCU thus far then shifts to scenes of fan crowds at theater showings, cons (SDCC Hall H!), autograph signings, you name it. The sheer enthusiasm and fanaticism of Marvel followers at these events is evident and simply overwhelming.

Meanwhile, various actors and actresses who have starred in the MCU films, led by Robert “Tony Stark/Iron man” Downey Jr. himself, step up to the mike to thank the fans that have flocked to their films and event appearances, making the franchise the successful juggernaut that it has grown into.

All this leads into the reminder that the latest chapter of the MCU, Avengers: Infinity War, is due out two weeks from now on April 27. Note that it’s been hyped as an ending for the storyline of the franchise as laid in three “phases”, so it’s definitely a must-watch.

Final Trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Up

We all know the story now: creative differences, directorial changes, long reshoots, and so on have been the bane in the production of Solo: A Star Wars Story. It had gotten so bad that there have only been a handful of teasers and trailers for it, unlike most other blockbusters.

Its final director Ron Howard had promised one last theatrical-sized trailer for Solo before it arrives in cinemas next month, and Lucasfilm has delivered. It’s easily the longest preview of the second installment of the Star Wars Story spinoffs yet, and really delves into the “world” of the upcoming movie.

The trailer begins with an evening shot of a planet where Imperial Star Destroyers are being built, likely Han Solo’s home-world of Corellia. Voiceover of Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra hints that Han (Alden Ehrenreich) has some secret plans while joining the caper he is currently on, something Han merely demurs.

New scenes are interspersed with old ones already shown. Hints that Han first meets and befriends Chewbacca in Solo are once again dropped, even as the two join with a major con operation led by Tobias (Woody Harrelson) who gives Han his signature blaster and recruits Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).

Solo was pitched as a uniquely different tone to the larger Star Wars universe, in that it would feel like a “space western”. But more scenes shown here also reinforce the notion that it will also be a sci-fi heist movie. A slew of new characters are also introduced here.

Actresses Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are introduced in the final film trailer as their newly-seen characters Val, an associate of Tobias’, and droid L3-37, respectively. More shots of the “Kessel” Millennium Falcon are in evidence, plus a reminder to casual Star Wars fans that Chewbacca is 100+ years old.

For those who were brought down by the grim and fatalistic tone of the first Star Wars Story, Rogue One, then Solo looks to be a more light-hearted yet still action-pack alternative. The film premieres in cinemas on May 25.

Closely-Guarded “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Plot and Character Info Not a Secret on Tie-In Merchandise

There are only two months to go before the premiere of Solo, the second installment of the Star Wars Story spinoff anthology. But remarkably, the expected torrent of information on plot and characters just hasn’t materialized. Despite several trailers coming out, franchise fans remain as in the dark as ever.

In fact, about the only place where people who can’t wait for official news can go to get spoiled would be at toy shelves or bookracks, combing through merchandise tie-ins to Solo that, as is usual for major film releases, have already come out well before the premiere date itself.

It was, after all, from a LEGO announcement that we first got wind of the Millennium Falcon in its original new condition, fit to do its famous Kessel Run which is now known to take place in the movie. Now, a Solo children’s storybook entitled “Train Heist” will spoil more.

The e-book, found in Amazon, appears to be a partial movie adaptation, narrating a scene from a trailer sequence where Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) jump atop an elevated train called the Conveyex to steal something, only to get attacked. Check the original trailer below at 29 seconds.

In addition, the blurb for Solo: “Train Heist” reveals that the writers for this spinoff are lifting even more world-building details regarding Han Solo and his world from the now de-canonized Star Wars Legends books, aka the former Expanded Universe.

The train scene apparently happens on the planet Vandor, site of an adventure by Qui-Gonn Jinn and his then-Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Jedi Apprentice teen novels, before the events of Episode I. Now, packaging information on an action figure of Emilia Clarke’s character Qi’Ra teases a past connection with an antagonist group from Marvel’s old Star Wars comics run.

Finally, said character profile for Qi’Ra also mentions the planet Corellia, home world of Han according to the Legends continuity. Fans now believe that the scenes with Han and Qi’Ra driving on the speeder may actually take place on Corellia itself. The sequence can be found early in this trailer.

Solo: A Star Wars Story premieres in cinemas May 25.

Teaser Released for Disney Channel’s “Freaky Friday” TV Musical Film

Ever since it originally appeared in 1972 as a children’s novel by Mary Rodgers, Freaky Friday has been one of the most well-liked stories ever to enter the popular imagination. The concept of a mother and daughter suddenly switching bodies was just ripe for plenty of comedy and some drama.

It’s no surprise that Freaky Friday has been adapted multiple times on film, TV and stage. Disney for instance had a TV movie version starring Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman in 1995 shown on ABC. Now, they’re going to adapt the stage musical for TV on Disney Channel this year.

The original stage musical for Freaky Friday was developed by Disney Theatrical Productions, making an easy transition to television. Some of the stage performers are also reprising their roles on Disney Channel, like Heidi Blickenstaff as Katherine the mom. Cozi Zuehlsdorff will portray daughter Ellie (and Katherine post-switch, and vice-versa).

Bridget Carpenter, who wrote the book for the musical, will return to adapt it into a screenplay, while Tom Kitt and written by Brian Yorkey, who were respectively composer and lyricist, will also reprise for the TV movie’s musical numbers and soundtrack. Susan Cartsonis and Thomas Schumacher serve as producers.

A teaser for Disney’s Freaky Friday shows the signature scene where the mom and daughter switch bodies. This version has Blickenstaff’s Katherine and Zuehlsdorff’s Ellie doing a tug-of-war with an antique hourglass that triggers their “exchange”. Following a brief moment of confusion, the two of them scream in familiar fright.

Other cast members for the TV musical are Alex Désert, Ricky He, Disney Channel regular Jason Maybaum, Kahyun Kim, Dara R. Moss, Jennifer LaPorte, Isaiah Lehtinen as Karl and Sarah Willey. This latest adaptation of Freaky Friday will premiere this summer, only on Disney Channel.

Marvel Kicks of 10th Anniversary Celebration of MCU with Epic “Class Photo”

We know the story by now: on 2008 Marvel Studios released a single live-action adaptation of a Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man. From that solo film starring Robert Downey Jr., sprung a fully-realized “universe” of sorts for a significant stable of Marvel characters excepting Spider-Man and the X-Men: the MCU.

Ten years have passed since that small beginning, and now, in 2018, Marvel Studios is preparing to celebrate the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in style. In fact, they’ve been pretty much preparing for this initial milestone since the previous year, as a recently released group photo reveals.

Our featured photograph is a magnificent secret gathering that was done back in October 7, 2017. On Atlanta, the location set for Avengers: Infinity War, about 79 different actors and actresses who have appeared in all previous films in the MCU were brought together for an impressively massive celebratory snapshot.

As the above video from Marvel Entertainment shows, the mere assembly of stars who have served as the main cast for almost 20 individual MCU films was a mind-blowing undertaking. And the participants were just as awestruck, some of them not quite believing that they’re surrounded by superhero movie actors.

Robert Downey Jr., the man who started it all cast-wise as Tony Stark/Iron Man, had the honor of being seated “dead center” in the 4-tier group photo, with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige to his left and Marvel’s grand old man Stan Lee seated behind them. In Downey’s opinion though, any one of his co-stars were big enough to sit in his place.

In addition to the MCU cast, Feige and Lee, two directors were also part of the shoot: Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler. And truth be told, some other MCU actors couldn’t make the shoot due to other obligations or conflicting schedules.

This MCU “class photo” is pretty significant too, as, although the MCU will likely try to keep going as long as it could, the stars themselves will eventually be bowing out of their long-portrayed roles eventually. Nobody knows what the future will bring for Marvel Studios, but this moment will be kept for posterity. Here’s to 10 more MCU years.

Promised Longer Trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Delivers More Preview Goodies

Making an appearance at the Super Bowl is certainly one good way to get plenty of attention and buzz from after the fact. It’s understandable therefore, that major film studios like Disney decided to showcase their latest movie trailers during the commercial breaks for Super Bowl LII Sunday this week.

Well, I wouldn’t exactly call what they put up for Solo: A Star Wars Story an actual trailer. It was just a tease for the actual preview that would be shown on the following day. But the teaser, the first for Solo, has done its job to pique viewers’ interest.

We got a look at the follow-up trailer for the latest Star Wars Story this Monday, and it does a good job of expounding on the little plot and background-building done in the Super Bowl LII spot. We get a few lines from Han (Aldren Ehrenreich) narrating his past circumstances.

According to his voiceover musings, Han has been a scoundrel running scams since childhood, age 10. His desire to be the best pilot in the Galaxy led him to enlist in the Galactic Empire military, only to be kicked out for, in his words, “having a mind of his own”.

From there, the future smuggler wades deep into the Galactic underworld, gaining his lifelong partner Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and joining a caper by mastermind Beckett (Woody Harrelson). He also has an encounter with the mysterious Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who owns the then-new spaceship Millennium Falcon.

The rest of this trailer is again made up of action pieces, like Han and Qi’Ra engaging in a speeder chase reminiscent of Blade Runner, and a space-bound version with the Falcon fleeing a Star Destroyer and its TIE Fighters. Then they run into giant tentacles of some eldritch creature.

Han’s line during that particular scene – “I thought we were in trouble there for a second, but it’s fine. We’re fine.” – comes off as yet another cheeky reference to the troubled production of Solo and the sheer delay of releasing its promotional material. Perhaps future trailers will continue that.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, initially directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard finishing up, is due to premiere on May 25, going into Memorial Day week.

MCU Fans Spread Unfounded Rumor of Captain Marvel Being in “Avengers: Infinity War”

For solid fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they most probably have got the movie release schedule for each installment by Marvel Studios memorized down pat. Three films are premiering this 2018, with two in the following year. Avengers: Infinity War is coming this May; Captain Marvel, on March 2019.

But when the latest trailer for Infinity War was shown during the commercial break for the recently-concluded Super Bowl LII just this Sunday, some viewers saw something in a split-second that has suddenly exploded into heated discussion online. Did Marvel Studios cannily insert Captain Marvel in Infinity War without notice?

The buzz started when MCU fans dissecting the 30-second Super Bowl trailer for Infinity War caught something curious at the 11-12 second mark. Here, Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Vision (Paul Betanny) are walking towards the screen. A fourth character is behind Cap, his details obscured.

Some theorists have put up a guess on Twitter that the shades of red, blue and gold briefly seen between Cap’s left arm and body look somewhat like the costume of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, protagonist of the same-titled 2019 MCU movie.

Sometime before, Marvel released a CG mockup of actress Brie Larson, who will be portraying Carol Danvers, wearing the comics-current Captain Marvel costume. The star pattern on her chest is being touted as the bright thing seen in the Infinity War trailer behind Captain America, and supporters of the theory won’t budge on it.

Infinity War co-director Joe Russo had already insisted that Captain Marvel won’t be in the movie, and dissenting Twitter posts have posited that its actually the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) walking behind cap there. Now, everyone’s free to believe what they must, at least until a new trailer appears or it finally premieres May 4.

If Brie Larson as Carol/Captain Marvel really isn’t in the movie though, she can at least be expected to join the other MCU heroes on 2019’s Avengers 4 (still not subtitled), which will release some two months after the premiere of her introductory solo movie.

New Trailer for “Avengers: infinity War” Arrives During Super Bowl LII

It looks like we’ll be somewhat busy documenting all pertinent movie trailers and teasers connected to Disney overall, that were shown during the recently-concluded NFL Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Not only has patience been rewarded with the first ever teaser for Solo, the MCU also gets its own spot.

No excessive repetition is necessary regarding the sheer storyline importance of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War in the 10-year long Marvel Cinematic Universe. It promises to address, if not completely resolve, the long-hanging issue of the threat posed by the cosmic-powered alien Thanos (Josh Brolin) over the entire planet Earth.

That said, the master of the Infinity Stones doesn’t particular dominate this trailer the way he did the first one that came out. Rather, this focuses on the now impressively massive ensemble of all the Marvel superheroes that have come out into the MCU since Iron Man back in 2008.

Certain visual plot threads picked up from the past preview include the developing relationship between Paul Bettany’s Vision and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, the potentially devastating choice made by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) examining that giant alien portal.

Practically every good guy who ever showed up in an MCU film beforehand is present in this. Perhaps the most exciting moment in the trailer however, has got to be the on-screen reveal of the new vibranium shield that Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) ordered given to Captain America (Chris Evans).

Maybe I should’ve said “shields” with an extra “s”. That’s because Cap is packing a collapsible shield in each arm. The design calls back the bifurcated shield used by him in the recent comic book art, and it actually looks formidable on him as he runs like in Trailer 01.

Avengers: Infinity War premieres on May 4, some three months after the solo Black Panther movie starring Boseman arrives this coming February 16. All in all, two out of the three MCU films showing for 2018 are shaping up to some strong box office openings.

Lucasfilm Unleashes First Teaser (for a Later Trailer) of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

We’ve run several articles here in the past regarding the remarkable lack of any teaser or preview materials for the second Star Wars Story anthology film, Solo. This latest installment of the franchise from Disney and Lucasfilm is supposed to premiere in May and not a peep had been given.

That is, until now. On Sunday, while Super Bowl LII has everybody’s attention, Lucasfilm finally dropped its first official audiovisual media promoting Solo. Less than a minute long, it’s about several seconds’ worth of dialogue scenes, with all the rest a series of action set piece samples and actor close-ups.

In case you forgot, this Star Wars Story focuses on Harrison Ford’s unscrupulous hero character Han Solo, back in his youth (as portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich) and how he ended up with a Wookie co-pilot and an awesome spaceship. The teaser shows a scene from his backstory, and it’s interesting.

Going by the now-non-canon Expanded Universe novels (aka Star Wars Legends), Han Solo started his career as a Galactic Empire pilot. And the teaser does show Ehrenreich’s Han at an army recruiting station, telling his Imperial interviewer that he wanted to be a pilot; the best in the Galaxy, even.

As soon as the recruiter tells Han “You’re gonna love this” – an endorsement for a military career, but can also be considered an aside to the near-frustrated audience – the teaser starts showcasing some sweet visuals. There’re the exotic alien locales and shots of a brand-new Millennium Falcon in Imperial colors.

We also get a fight sequence on a train, and face shots of the other cast: Woody Harrelson as Han’s mentor Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Kira, Donald Glover as the young gang boss Lando Calrissian (formerly played by Billy Dee Williams), and of course the guy in the hairy suit as Chewbacca.

All that and it’s only a teaser for an actual trailer, likely longer in running time, that will come on Monday. We’ll be sure to put up our impressions of that promised trailer as soon as it’s out.

Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp” Gets First Trailer

Marvel Studios has had quite the knack for taking some of their lower-tier comic book characters and making them big movie characters if even just for a single feature film. Guardians of the Galaxy was the pioneer in this adaptation success with already one sequel, and Ant-Man is following suit.

Already scheduled to premiere this coming July, Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to reunite the primary cast from the original 2015 film for even more size-changing super-heroics. Excitement for the movie exploded after its first trailer was teased during the world premiere of Black Panther this Monday, January 29.

The sequel takes off from the last-known status of the second Ant-Man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) following 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Under house arrest for helping the renegade Steve Rogers, Scott tries to keep his head down in a post-Superhero Registration world, only to be brought back into trouble.

Due to his arrest, his benefactors Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) were forced to go on the run and be branded dangerous criminals. Now they need Scott’s help against bounty-hunters pursuing them, led prominently by a tech-powered mercenary that can become intangible like a ghost.

The trailer boasts some ridiculously awesome size-shifting CGI shenanigans that have been a hallmark of the first Ant-Man. It also shows off some neat action sequences of Lilly’s character in her new super-powered identity, with extra abilities that make Scott envious. This is of course fodder for their romantic tension.

Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Rudd, Lilly and Douglas alongside Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Randall Park, Hannah John-Kamen and Michelle Pfeiffer, under the direction under the returning direction of Peyton Reed. It’s already being praised as a groundbreaking film similar to Black Panther for having a super-heroine in the title.