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Did a German LEGO Catalog Reveal A Giant Plot Point for Captain America: Civil War?

The LEGO Group prides itself in its secrecy and leaks of their upcoming product line are few and far between.  Earlier today, images from a German retailer catalog showed off three sets based on the upcoming Marvel Studios film Captain America: Civil War.

LEGO_thumbIt looks like that for the first time we will be getting minifigs versions of Falcon, Crossbones, Agent 13 and Black Panther. And of course there will be the requisite updates to Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Iron Man, Winter Soldier.  Overall, the sets seem pretty great with all the necessary flick-fire missiles and extraneous vehicles that will most likely not even make it into the final film.

However there is one more giant minifig update after the jump, but be warned there are potential SPOILERS ahead!

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The Captain America: Civil War Trailer Is Here, And It’s Awesome!

The teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War  debuted last night and it … looks …. AWESOME. The Russo Brothers are back to direct the sequel after the success of Captain America: Winter Soldier and from the 2 1/2 minutes of footage we have here it looks like they are picking up right where they left off.

There is a lot to digest in this trailer.  Picking up after the events of Age of Ultron where there is a movement afoot to hold the Avengers accountable for another international incident involving significant collateral damage.  This movement appears to headed up by none other than General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt reprising his role from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk).  Iron Man agrees, but Captain America does not and what happens is heroes fighting heroes.

Iron Man.  Captain America. Black Widow. War Machine. Scarlett Witch. Falcon. Hawkeye. Ant-Man. Black Panther ….. BLACK PANTHER!!!!

BlackPantherLet’s just talk about Black Panther for a minute. His costume design is fantastic and the trailer gives us our first official look at T’Challa other than concept artwork or leaked set photos (which doesn’t give the suit justice).

I’ve long held a soft spot for Black Panther, when I came upon several old issues of Marvel Premiere from the 1970s. It looks as though the Russo Brothers’ interpretation of the King of Wakanda may be spot on.

Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters May 6, 2016.

 

DDOY Review — Iron Man 3

After the credits rolled in my sold out 6:20PM showing last night for Iron Man 3, I have to say that I’ve never been more proud of myself of staying spoiler-free for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.  In what I consider Robert Downey Jr.’s finest outing as Tony Stark, the big (and even the subtle) reveals are genuinely exciting, and completely unexpected based on the marketing for the film.

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With Director Shane Black at the helm (who also co-wrote) there is in fact more Tony Stark “man of action” than Iron Man through the first two acts of the film, which carries us up to the huge reveal about The Mandarin and his nebulous terrorist organization.  There are things that I absolutely loved about Iron Man 3, while there are some nitpicks that I’ll discuss after the jump.  BE WARNED — Spoilers From This Point Forward —

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Okay Guys, Even Joss Says There Are No Skrulls In The Avengers

This weekend at SXSW, The Avengers director Joss Whedon put all the rumors to rest regarding the “big bad” we will be seeing once the Earth’s Greatest Heroes unite in multiplexes this June.  During the course of the panel, “A Conversation With Joss Whedon” the director went to point out that neither the Skrull (or Kree) will be seen.  He pointed out that

The Skrulls — they can shape change. That’s a whole thing,” he said. “I’ve already got Loki. He’s got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow — it’s a real juggling act.”

Whedon also pointed out one of the big problems of involving an alien species like the Skrulls is that they have such a rich mythology on their own.  He wouldn’t want to shoehorn them in (i.e. Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.)

Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous backstories … they have a big life of their own that just could not be contained in a film where I already had seven movie stars

I for one am a little relieved, although if this holds true my wild speculations and musings will have been found to been wholly inaccurate.

Since I read this I went back and review the latest trailer for The Avengers, and I’m really going to go with the magic angle.  We have Loki on Earth, messing with the members of the group turning them against each other.  When that won’t work … he brings some Asgardian magic/tech to reign death and destruction.  But again, this is all speculation and Whedon could just be throwing us off in the build up to May 4th.

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The League of Extraordinary Bloggers: Iron Man Made Me A Believer

 

This week Brian from Cool & Collected posed the following question:

What media announcement had you throwing fist pumps and doing roundhouse kicks in the air? Did the final result live up to your dreams?

 

I still find it hard to believe that It’s 2012 and we are on the cusp of a full fledged Avengers movie.  Five years ago during Comic Con foundation was starting to take shape when Marvel Studios rolled out a teaser trailer for Iron Man.  The attendees at Hall H lost their minds and took to the internet spouting their unrequited love for director Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark.  Up until that point, there wasn’t much buzz on the project and Iron Man walked away the fan favorite of San Diego Comic Con 2007.

Leading up to Iron Man’s release in May 2008, there were rumors of a super secret cameo that would be dropped in after the credits. As press screenings were rolling out, it was very difficult to remain spoiler free … but I prevailed.  Those who had seen it said it was absolutely mind blowing.

I took in a Friday night showing of Iron Man battling the crowds.  When the credits finished about 75% of the theater remained seated, waiting for this cameo.  And then it happened …  NICK FURY!!!  I howled with fan boy delight as my wife just looked at me sideways.  “Avengers” I exclaimed, “they’re talking about the goddamn Avengers they’re going to do this”.

It wasn’t until that point that I sat back and was floored that Marvel was committed to making a series of movies that would lead up to a movie about their flagship super team.  In the time since Iron Man was released, we’ve almost taken for granted that an Avengers movie was coming.  Five years ago, none of us had an inkling as to what Marvel was planning.

 

The Avengers Eye Bones Your Face With Awesome

I’ve watched the latest trailer for The Avengers at least seven times.  Each viewing is met by the same goggly eyed excitement every time.  Four years after Marvel turned the comic movie genre on its ear, we are on the cusp of a superhero team-up movie.  It’s crazy right?

We are getting a live-action feature with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury.  The 12 year old version of me would have not been able to comprehend the sheer awesomeness contained in the 2:30 seconds embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

The CGI looks very, very good.  I’m very impressed with The Hulk, it’s a very classic interpretation but still actually looks like Mark Ruffalo who is portraying his alter ego, Bruce Banner.  And this point, the bad guys have to be Skrulls right? That’s what I’m going with at this point, we will just have to wait until May 4th to find out.

DDOY Review: Iron Man 2

Because I am in no way a professional film critic, I’ll just put it out there … Iron Man 2 was enjoyable as hell. I’ll admit that I became a little nervous when the reviews started to come out and they weren’t overwhelmingly positive. A number of the reviews indicated that there were so many characters that it was heading into Spider Man 3 territory (which is not good). ‘

Understandably, the Internet becomes my worse enemy in times like these. However despite their best efforts, there was no way I wasn’t seeing Iron Man 2 opening night. From here on out it may get mildly SPOILERISH ….

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Iron Man 2 picks up relatively soon after Tony Stark makes his announcement to the world that he is in fact Iron Man. In the next 2 1/2 hours you begin to get a taste of the greater Marvel Universe and how Tony Stark/Iron Man plays into it. Comic readers will see call backs to very important Iron Man story arcs like the Armor Wars and a hint of Demon In A Bottle.

Some may argue that the inclusion of the Black Widow was needless or that the final battle in which Iron Man and War Machine take on Whiplash is anti-climatic. When you think of truly excellent comic book franchises the sequels have been significantly better: such as Spider Man 2, X2: X Men United, and The Dark Knight. Does Iron Man 2 belong on that list … I believe it does. It delivered exactly what I wanted, some great heavy metal action, the introduction of War Machine … and oh yeah SUITCASE FUCKING ARMOR.

There is one gripe I have, and it is relatively minor in the scope of things. I am hereby issuing a SPOILER ALERT ………

When Rhodey takes control of the MKII suit it appears that it has it’s own Arc Reactor, I guess that’s new?. And furthermore at when Nick Fury asks him how Rhodey was able to do that … Stark just shrugs it off. This could have easily been rectified by inserting a line like, “Rhodey was the contingency plan, if anything ever happened to me he would be Iron Man” … that’s all.

Iron Man Will Be Prominently Featured In My Nerd Cave

With the release of Iron Man 2 just around the corner, it has been increasingly difficult to maintain my spoiler-free status. Instead, I’ve been busy doing what Marvel hoped all of their fanboys hoped … scooping up every bit of merchandise possible.

My grand prize has to be Kotobukiya’s 1/6th scale Iron Man Mark IV ARTFX statue. I’ve preorded him through Big Bad Toy Store, and he should be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

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I was anxious to grab this collectible up, especially since I missed out on Koto’s initial Iron Man release which fetches a pretty penny on the secondary market. All I know is the Mark IV is going to look pretty awesome next to my Tony Starch.

The Iron Man 2 Marketing Machine Is In Effect

There are few things this summer that aim to be more awesome than Iron Man 2. With the movie hitting theaters just under a month from now, the marketing campaign has been ramped up. Over the last few days couple of new TV spots have hit:

I can watch Sam Jackson and Robert Downey, Jr. chew scenery all day. But one thing is bothering me … Scarlett Johanson’s apparent lack of a Russian accent as Nastasha Romanov/Black Widow. With Favreau being so tight with the adaptation so far, I’d expect that her ‘American’ accent is part of the cover … but we’ll see.

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