Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer & Poster Is Here!

Early on yesterday, a trailer for the next entry in Marvel’s Spider-Man run has dropped.  Supposedly taking place after Avengers Infinity War, we see Peter Parker (played by actor Tom Holland) handling his new role as Spider-Man, having the support of Aunt May (Actress Marisa Tomei), and getting ready to go on a school trip to Europe.

Everything seems very upbeat and life is going great until a dart flies from the darkness, Ned’s body hits the floor, and Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) appears to let us know this is still a super hero movie. A tone shift in the trailer takes us into the apparent main plot, having Fury recruiting Peter to help with some strange occurrences happening across Europe.

This trailer was brilliant, having the layer showing the progress of Peter’s life, to the transition of being Spider-Man overseas, and then right when you think the trailer is going to end with the release date? We get the silver screen debut of Mysterio (played by actor Jake Gyllenhaal), one of Spidey’s more well known villains.

From the nod to Steve Ditko’s black and red Spidey design (which may also be a slight nod to assassin Spider-Man), to the enemies that seem to be popping up for this film, there seems to be a lot to love and it is only the trailer.

Returning actors and actresses joining Holland, Tomei, Jackson, and Gyllenhaal are Zendaya, Combie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, and Michael Keaton.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to debut this summer on July 5th 2019.

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer is Here!

Doctor-Strange-Logo-LightYesterday Marvel blessed us with our first real look at Doctor Strange. With all the hype over Captain America: Civil War, many forget that this movie could be a real eye-catcher with Benedict Cumberbatch in the leading role as Stephen Strange. But that’s enough for now. Just check out the trailer (and some cool new posters) if you haven’t already.

Though the PR train hasn’t hit full steam yet, some argue it doesn’t need to. Marvel may be a big enough name to carry this movie through at this point. No doubt they’re banking on that being a good thing for this film.Doctor-Strange-posters Doctor Strange isn’t exactly what you’d call a household name. Let’s hope that changes a bit after the Sorcerer Supreme comes to theaters on November 4, 2016.

Daredevil Preview! The Man Without Fear Returns Tomorrow to Netflix!

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With Marvel’s Daredevil coming back for its sophomore season on Netflix, this will be the third installment in Marvel’s Defender series. The first season of Daredevil saw much acclaim both critically and commercially. It proved to the fans that Marvel can indeed give fans a darker look at their ever-expanding cinematic universe and still keep pace with what’s happening with their larger properties. Jessica Jones kept the ball rolling with its first season and now its time for Daredevil and crew to take the baton back. New friends and new foes will test Daredevil and his friends as they continue their attempt to clean up Hell’s Kitchen. But will this season pick up where it left off, or will it succumb to the sophomore slump that so many other shows have had?


Many of questions emerged at the end of the first season and what little we got from the trailers surely didn’t help. Only gave us more questions. There’s so much tension rising for the upcoming season, so let’s go over what we do (kinda) know. What we know for sure is that Daredevil has established himself as a legitimate force to be reckoned with on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. The suit, the moniker, it’s all there. And it has attracted the attention of many in the villain world. It used to be the villains that were the target. Now it seems that the tables have turned and Daredevil is the one with the target on his back. Not to be forgotten is the fact that Matt Murdock is still a bit at odds with best friend and associate Foggy Nelson. Along with their secretary Karen Page the three still have a lot to work out both personally and professionally at the law-firm. I hope it’s addressed in some form and not forgotten completely.

There is also the big elephant in the room in Wilson Fisk and whether he will make a comeback in some capacity. If the trailers have told us anything (which again, isn’t much) there will be a much larger cast of notable characters incoming and we’ll see if there is suitable room for his return. Speaking of incoming characters, Elektra and Frank Castle (better known as Punisher) will both be making their debut’s this upcoming season and fans couldn’t be more excited. Both characters have very interesting relationships with Daredevil and are often times at odds with him as comic book fans can attest to (especially with Punisher). It will be fun to see which side they start on and how it will affect Daredevil throughout the season.

We’ve talked about the previous season, we’ve talked about some of the things we can expect to see, but one question still remains… Who is Daredevil really fighting. There’s no real established villain to be heard of. I mean yeah we knew Kingpin was the guy in the first season pretty early and we’ve seen Daredevil in very vulnerable positions with a lot of people (mostly Punisher) in teasers, but do we really believe that Punisher is the main antagonist or just another adversary to contend with. Or is it Elektra, or is it someone else like the Hand which was teased a bit in the first season. No one really knows until… well, you actually start watching. If I had to guess… I wouldn’t. I would much rather just hop on the train and ride like everyone else. it’s easy to speculate and even easier to read spoilers, but is it more fun?


Daredevil was a delight to many like myself who wanted to see another side of Marvel and with a character that people wanted to see again. It set the stage for a much larger initiative in the defender series and is original in so many ways from its platform to view it (Netflix) to its cinematic approach. With that being said, this second season has a lot to live up to. Not just from its own first season, but from the impressive track record that Marvel has set to date. I have little worries that it won’t live up to them but it does bear mentioning nonetheless. Marvel has proven that patience and forward thinking work on every level and with that comes one of the most anticipated pieces that they have produced. So buckle up because in a few hours… It’s… About… To go… Down.

The second season of Marvel’s Daredevil premieres on Netflix March 18, 2016.

 

Second Civil War Trailer Gets a Special Look at One of the Films Most Anticipated Stars

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If you didn’t get enough from the first trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, then you still probably won’t get enough after this. But what you will get is a nice cameo from a very important character. But don’t take my word for it, hold your breath and check out the video below.

Well it doesn’t get more hype than that. For those weren’t excited enough, I hope this did it for you. And for those who were… Well, hold on just a little bit longer when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Black Panther Finds It’s Director!

Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is starting off well this year with Captain America: Civil War on May 6th and Doctor Strange on November 4th. Also, there have been reports going on with The Russo Brothers stating that the two part Avengers: The Infinity War movies might feature the entire character roster of the Marvel Universe shown on both television and movies so far.

That roster includes Black Panther, a super hero from the African fictional country of Wakanda, who’s abilities are like no other. Marvel announced that Ryan Coogler will be directing the film. Director credits of Coogler include Fruitvale Station and Creed, both have which been praised very highly.

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Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

 

Jessica Jones Stuns With New Netflix Trailer

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It won’t be long before Jessica Jones makes its way into the Netflix catalog as the next show in Marvel’s Defender series. With all the anticipation, you just know there’s gonna be a follow-up trailer to really give fans a better look at what’s to come. And fortunately for us, we got one today.

The new trailer is a stark opposite from the initial teaser. The new trailer leaves much less to be desired with extended looks at all the major characters including Luke Cage(Mike Colter), The Purple Man (David Tennant), and of course Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) herself. Without going any further and spoiling anything else just take a look at the trailer.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what this series has to offer. Daredevil started off strong and I expect Jessica Jones to hit the ground running and pick up where its contemporary left off.

Watch all episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones November 20 on Netflix


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub

 

Premiere Announcement and Teaser for Marvel’s Jessica Jones

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It won’t be long now as the announcement has been made that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will be released on November 20, 2015. 12:01am PST / 8:01am GMT is the time when everyone will be able to watch and the 13 episode series will be available in all Nexflix territories. Along with the announcement, Marvel was kind enough to debut an amazing teaser for everyone to see. Check it out below.

Jessica Jones is the second edition into Marvel’s collection of live-action Netflix series. Daredevil was the first, premiering on April 10th of this year, with expectations of Luke Cage and Iron First to come soon after. The collection of series will culminate with Marvel’s The Defenders, a crossover show involving all the superheroes from the previously listed series.


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and he’s on board with the Jessica Drew series. You can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub

Spider-Man Gets a Lead Actor, Director, and Release Date!

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Fans don’t have to wait anymore, because the Spider-Man franchise has its new Peter Parker!

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Tom Holland will take on the task of being the Marvel and Sony Pictures Peter Parker/Spider-Man. While he will see plenty of screen-time in his own standalone movies, his debut will take place in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. As relatively unknown actor, Holland made a name MV5BNzg2NjA5ODAyMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODAzMjkxNDE@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_for himself in the independent movie entitled The Impossible. In a press release on the Marvel website Sony Pictures Producer Amy Pascal said of the 19-year-old actor that “we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Not to be left out of the news, the Spider-Man films will be headed by director Jon Watts whose credits also include independent films. His most recent being Cop Car, a film which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Marvel President Kevin Feige also spoke about Watts during the press release saying “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

Now, the only thing left is the release date. The first (again) installment of the Spider-Man franchise with make its way to theaters on July 28th, 2017 and as a bonus, it will be in both IMAX and 3D. Many are probably pretty confused as to why Marvel will not be at Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con to promote the upcoming slate of movies, especially with this news which comes pretty close to the convention date of July 9 2015. No matter as I’m sure they have their own promotion plans so fans should not worry. To read more regarding the casting head on over to Marvel.com and check out the full press release.

Source: Marvel.com


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Avengers Age of Ultron: Dominating The World As We Know It

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This weekend finally saw the release of one of the years most anticipated movies in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s not a secret that this movie is gonna rake in the money and at this point the argument isn’t about whether the movie is good or not, but will it surpass its 2012 predecessor. No need to go any further, lets just jump right in.


Unlike the first movie, the team is already working together and have their hands full when they take on Ultron; a peace initiative designed by Tony Stark turned ruthless A.I. that’s hell-bent on human extinction. Ultron isn’t the only problem as the team has to deal with a pair of super-powered twins who seem to have their own agenda.


avengers_age_of_ultron_teamThe movie begins not unlike how the previous movie ended. The team is doing the “avengers” thing and it’s cool. It’s a good way to get people into the movie by giving them a piece of what made the first one so beloved. It doesn’t take long to move off the tracks a little bit because once all the fighting is over, it seems like we get thrown almost right away into the middle of the story without a proper set-up. It almost made the villain feel forced into the story and that’s not a good thing because it messes with the pacing of 1936dbdceaa4644169795e9c4f972d83the movie (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt the quality of the movie itself but we’ll get to that later). It doesn’t help that if you blink you kind of miss the entire back story of two of the more important characters in Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) Maximoff. Also, there were some instances that saw plot points from the first movie being rehashed (and is even covertly mentioned by one of the characters) and keeps this movie from distinguishing itself from the former as a more original entity. Besides a couple other small scenes that seemed a bit unnecessary or could have been done better, the movie flows pretty seamlessly.


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The biggest strength of the movie is in its character development and the dynamic relationships the heroes share. One of the best scenes in the movie involved the heroes… well… not actually being heroes for once. 130123_oriThe interactions between any combination of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) contained either humor, drama, or a mixture of both and were delivered admirably. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) both share intimate scenes which accomplish the task of providing both exposition of who they are as people and depth to characters who were severely lacking it. Speaking of characters who severely lacked depth, there was definitely a concerted effort to make Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) a more important character and it was done almost flawlessly. I won’t spend much time on him (because it would spoil it a bit) but, his character was a joy in the movie and was a crucial part in more ways than one. Even the cameos (none of which I will spoil) were great and made an impact on the movie outside of just taking up screen time.

If you didn’t think the heroes were the brightest spot of the movie, then it was because Ultron (James Spader) stole the show. Ultron is probably the most polished villain the cinematic universe has put on-screen. He was calculated, ruthless, but not without purpose and Spader was just about as good an actorcleaner-lead-age-of-ultron-trailer-leak-141022-665x385 as you could find to fill this role. While some may have found his mannerisms a bit too humanistic, I would remind them that this is a different story with different core aspects and therefore Ultron’s character reflects that quite a bit. By extension, the inclusion of Vision (Paul Bettany) was almost, if not, just as important and show stealing to me. The stark contrast in the characters and their ideals made for great moments at times in the more tense scenes. He really became one of my favorite characters by the time the whole thing was over.


9F5KAva55gWxAnd What would the movie be without a big action sequence, I mean c’mon, this is still an action movie right? Was it big? Yeah it was! Did it raise the stakes from the first movie? Definitely! It was what everyone was waiting for and did not disappoint. So much of the action was vivid, clean, and looked as if it were ripped right off the pages of a comic book. The tone was refreshingly different and It definitely brought the feeling of desperation among the heroes. Many of times there was a question of what was gonna happen next, because the tension mounted with every passing scene. Every character gets a piece of the action, but unlike the last time the end is a bit different.


130122_oriVerdict: This movie is everything you want in a blockbuster. It was fun, action packed, and felt like an event. I wish the Maximoff twins had been better utilized. It seemed as though there was a lot left out and considering the fact that the blu-ray will contain an extended version (three hours) and an alternate ending, we’ll see if it was for the best, but a longer run-time actually could have been beneficial. Also, the humor wears on you by the end of the film, but there is no denying that Joss Wheden knows how to handle a large cast of characters. Many had reservations because the cast seemed so large, but this movie handles a large cast better than any movie I have seen. Even with that, Everyone who plays a role in the movie and  the cinematic universe at large seem genuinely excited to be apart of what is happening and you can see how comfortable they have all come to be in their roles. As someone who will continue to watch the cinematic universe grow, that is what I am happiest to see. I am ready to see Whedon move on though as I feel we’ve reached the limit of what to expect from his style. The Russo’s were effective in creating a great story for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I think their direction is one well worth taking.

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets a 4 out of 5

+ Great chemistry among the entire cast

+ Action scenes were second to none

+ The slight change in tone works well throughout and especially in the climax

+ Ultron… nuff said

– Could have been paced better

– Just needed more scenes with the twins (because they were pretty good when they were there)

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub

Marvel’s Daredevil Gets Second Season Along With New Showrunners

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It was probably a foregone conclusion after the first season was met with such a positive respose, but now it is official that Marvel’s Daredevil has been re-upped for a second season. What is worrying fans is that the news is also accompanied with the fact that showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will not return with the series.

 The Spartacus producer wrote the series alongside Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Doug Petrie and Sons of Anarchy writer Marco Ramirez; both of whom will be sharing the load with executive producer Drew Goddard for the second season. It was unclear why DeKnight decided to leave the series, but later mentioned on twitter that he had a prior commitment to a film that did not permit him to participate in production for the upcoming season. He did not leave fans without a statement, which is on Marvel’s website along with the news. You can read it below.

“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season, I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch. They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.”

While Deknight may be out for the second season of Daredevil, there still may be a spot for him in the family of Netflix series as both Iron Fist and the culminating series The Defenders are both without showrunners. As for Daredevil itself, a second season was in question but it seems as though that has been officially answered. It’s a good thing too because the series is great and you can definitely expect a review for it here in the coming days.


Stephon W. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and sorry, he doesn’t do social media. But you can follow the team on facebook (Teh Lunchbox Publications), and on twitter @tehlunchboxpub