Steve Rogers is putting his vibranium shield to good use on the latest poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Remember how, after The Avengers became a massive hit that seemingly everyone loved, there was a long wait where we all wondered if Joss Whedon would drop the mike and walk off stage rather than write and direct the sequel?
Well we might be spared such a purgatorial wait between Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, because a screenwriter with the inside scoop at Marvel Studios may have just offhandedly revealed Whedon's involvement in the third installment of this mega-franchise.
On Monday night, I was invited to attend (along with a few other members of the press and some very lucky fans) a special Los Angeles screening of All Hail the King, which is a new 14 minute short film that is part of Marvel Studios’ Marvel One-Shots and will be included on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray available February 25th. After the screening, we were joined by the film’s writer and director Drew Pearce (who also co-wrote Iron Man 3), as well as Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige and Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley for a unique Q&A.
At the end of the Q&A, the moderator asked Feige if he could tell the audience anything about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is Marvel Studios next big screen release and opens in theaters on April 4th. The film is a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and follows the events of the super hero team-up The Avengers. In classic Feige style he answered, “It’s opening in a few weeks so I don’t want to say too much but … would you like to watch the first 10 minutes of the film?”
What? Do we? Of course!!!
To my absolute delight, I then had the rare opportunity to be one of the first to view the opening ten minutes of the highly anticipated Marvel sequel. What follows is my breakdown of the footage along with a few spoilers, so if you don’t want to know what happens … consider yourself warned!
Principal photography on Avengers: Age of Ultron has begun earlier than we anticipated, kicking off production in South Africa.
The first Captain America: The Winter Soldier TV spot not designed for the Super Bowl plays up the ferociousness of Cap's new opponent, the eponymous Winter Soldier.
Yet another character poster, meanwhile, highlights the involvement of bona-fide movie legend Robert Redford.
Avengers: Age of Ultron just keeps getting more and more crowded with familiar comic book characters.
The latest addition to the super-sequel's mega-line up is none other than The Vision, an android with a red face and a whole mess of powers. Though this new character is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the actor playing him has been along for the ride since Iron Man.
Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off principal photography in no time.
Even as he prepares for production on the sequel to the biggest comic book movie ever released, loquacious writer-director Joss Whedon is sharing some spoiler-free insight on how his second Avengers movie is influenced by The Godfather: Part II.
Oh, and there's some new info on how a gorgeous Italian setting plays into Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As Avengers: Age of Ultron gears up for principal photography, no less a source than Scarlett Johansson is enthusing about Joss Whedon's screenplay for the sequel to the biggest comic book movie of all time.
Premiering January 11th on EPIX is the new documentary Milius, which chronicles the life and career of director and screenwriter John Milius (Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn). The documentary was directed by Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson (Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell), and features interviews with Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws), Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry), Sam Elliott (Hulk), Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Bob Gale (Back to the Future), James Earl Jones (The Empire Strikes Back), William Katt (Carrie), George Lucas (Star Wars), Michael Mann (Heat) Ed O'Neill (TV's Modern Family), Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan the Barbarian), Charlie Sheen (Red Dawn), Bryan Singer (X-Men), Steven Spielberg (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Lea Thompson (Red Dawn), Oliver Stone (Platoon), Kurt Sutter (TV's Sons of Anarchy), Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump), and Powers Boothe (Red Dawn).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had an opportunity to attend the red carpet premiere of Millius at USC in Los Angeles and speak with Powers Boothe about the documentary. The veteran actor discussed the new film, working with the great John Milius, the director's genius, making Red Dawn, working with its young cast, and the movie's lasting impact. He also confirmed that he will NOT be reprising his role from The Avengers in the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Now that we've seen the first real image from 2014's other Marvel Studios movie, let's get back to the Red, White, and Blue Avenger himself.
Four more picture from Captain America: The Winter Soldier have made their way online, providing new looks at Cap, as well as a quartet of the sequel's many, many supporting players.