With all signs pointing toward Spider-Man: Homecoming being a colossal hit this weekend, some eyes have started looking ahead to the unpredictable future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while it certainly looks bright for new characters like Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, it looks considerably more cloudy for several Marvel mainstays, none more so than Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, a character we’ve known and loved since the MCU’s inception in 2008. While RDJ is currently filming Avengers: Infinity War and is expected to begin Avengers 4 later this summer, rumors have already started to swirl that the epic two-part Phase 3 finale may indeed be the end of the line for his version of Iron Man. Also, considering that there are no definitive plans in place for an Iron Man 4, which combined with the fact that he hasn’t toplined a film since 2014’s The Judge, it would make sense if the 2x Academy Award-nominee wanted to pursue other projects as he transitions into the next stage of his illustrious career.
From Marvel Movies News –Marvel Takes Home 4 2017 Saturn Awards:
The 2017 Saturn Awards have announced their winners, and Marvel took four home for film and tv! Celebrating science-fiction, fantasy, and horror films and television, the Saturn Awards gave Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” the statue for Best Comic-To-Film Motion Picture, and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” tied with “Stranger Things” for Best New Media TV Series. >But that’s not all! Tilda Swinton earned Best Supporting Actress in a Film for her role as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” while Tom Holland took home the award for Best Performance By a Younger Actor in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War.” Congratulations to all the winners, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel film and TV!
From Marvel Movies News –Witness T’Challa Take The Throne in First Official Poster For Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’:
Witness the legend. Behold the unmasked Black Panther on his Wakandan throne in the first official Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” poster below! Don’t miss the World Premiere of the brand new teaser trailer tonight during Game 4 of the NBA Finals game between the Warriors and the Cavaliers. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.
From Cracked: All Posts –5 Series Defining Plot Points That The Films Need To Drop:
By Daniel Dockery Published: June 06th, 2017 – When something becomes ridiculously popular, it’s nearly impossible to separate it from some of its most notable aspects. It’s hard to imagine a Lord Of The Rings without the Hobbits. It’s difficult to envision a McDonald’s that doesn’t sell Big Macs. And tequila simply isn’t tequila unless it’s followed by punching your friend for almost no reason. But in the case of a few pop culture franchises, the inability to split from some seemingly important building blocks is what’s keeping them from evolving. And when you look closer, you begin to realize that, like that sixth tequila shot, you don’t really need these things at all in order to create an entertaining experience…
From TrendHunter.com – Viral Humor and Comedy –Slow-Motion Marathons – This Slow Running Event in Los Angeles Promoted the New Baywatch Film (TrendHunter.com):
(TrendHunter.com) For the release of the all-new Baywatch film, a clever promotional stunt was set up in downtown Los Angeles. Although many young people have never watched an episode of the original Baywatch, they are probably still familiar with the iconic slow-motion running in the opening credits, as it has made a lasting mark on pop culture. As such, a ‘Slow Mo Marathon’ was hosted by Paramount, featuring thousands of runners who slowly made their way across a 0.3 kilometer stretch, mimicking the way the original series’ opening credits were slowed down. This stunt offered an fun way to reference one of the most legendary parts of the 90s show. Just like a real marathon event, crowds of spectators gathered to watch the slow-motion run as it happened.
From Cracked: All Posts –4 Terrible Celebrities The World Has Given A Free Pass:
By Felix Clay – Published: May 05th, 2017 – The world loves some good celebrity gossip, especially if it’s the sort about how a celebrity may be some kind of monster in a Hollywood flesh suit. Look at James Woods — man, is that guy terrible. He sued a guy for slandering him on Twitter, then kept suing him after he died. He also expressed some joy at the thought of the man dying whilst screaming his name. And while James Woods is a current turd homunculus lurching around the fringes of fame, there are others out there who were just as bad if not worse than Woods who are apparently cool as shit these days for no other reason than we just got tired of caring.
From Marvel Movies News –Ford Aims to Let Fans ‘Become the Guardian of Your Galaxy’:
People cannot wait for “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to land in theatres on Friday, May 5, but Ford has a plan to get the good times rolling now. Fans can start the party early by entering the “Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy” sweepstakes at http://www.marvel.com/ecosport. Entrants get a chance to win a Ford EcoSport, a hometown screening of the movie, one of 150 custom illustrations by a Marvel artist depicting the fan as a galactic hero, and plenty of swag. In addition to the All New 2018 EcoSport, the compact SUV designed for all intelligent life, making its big screen debut in “Vol. 2,” the car makers are offering fans a chance to see exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy art before the film opens wide in theaters everywhere. The art, inspired by many of the classic album covers of the 80s, became available to fans through this tweet and in the gallery belowfor the first time. Browse, save your favorites, use them for your phone lock screens, computer backgrounds, and social media profiles, and be sure to let your fellow Galactic travelers know where they can find some of the coolest art this side of Ego the Living Planet. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest! Please visit ford.com/suvs/ecosport for more information about the fun, capable, and connected 2018 Ford EcoSport! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. resident 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes ends 5/31/17. See Official Rules for details. Ford EcoSport available early 2018.
From CBR.Com – Cool Websites and Internet Culture –Pepe the Frog Is Dead: Creator Kills the White Supremacist-Hijacked Icon:
After fighting an uphill battle to reclaim the feel-good image of his popular character after it was perverted by a culture of hate, cartoonist Matt Furie laid to rest Pepe the Frog in Fantagraphics’ Free Comic Book Day offering, “World’s Greatest Cartoonists.” In a one-page strip, Pepe lies in an open casket while “Boy’s Club” friends Landwolf, Brett and Andy mourn him in their irreverent fashion.
From Marvel Movies News –Infamous Iron Man: Meet Your Maker:
In the upcoming INFAMOUS IRON MAN #8 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev—available May 24—we’ll see The Maker unleashing his master plan, and facing off against Doom. But how exactly did “Ultimate” Reed Richards go so bad? What led him to follow a course so different from the Mister Fantastic of the Marvel Universe? Let’s look at some of the critical turning points in the Maker’s history. With Reed in the Ultimate Universe, we saw a younger version of the brilliant scientist. A child prodigy, Richards always had a challenging relationship with his father, who never really understood him. Reed’s father wanted him to become the popular jock type, and didn’t acknowledge that his son could find another path to success. This early blow to his self-esteem sets Reed on a different path from his Marvel Universe counterpart from the outset. Reed’s downfall really starts with Ultimatum, where Magneto shifted the Earth’s magnetic poles, creating a tidal wave in New York City that killed many of the Ultimate characters close to Richards, including Franklin Storm, whom he worked for—and who appreciated Reed’s genius in a way his father never did. We find out that Doctor Doom had actually orchestrated Magneto’s plan, so Reed feels consumed with guilt, blaming himself for what happened and feeling like he created Doom; this messes with his metal state. Shortly thereafter, events unfold that cause the Fantastic Four to disband. Sue rejects Reed’s marriage proposal and the two of them break up. The end of his relationship and the blow to his most important friendships leaves Richards feeling alone. After the breakup of the FF, Reed moved back in with his parents. His dad gets up to his old patterns. Soon though, his parents both die in an explosion, and we later find out that Reed himself had orchestrated the murder of his family, as well as other attacks, spiraling downward even more, growing darker and darker as a character. As The Maker, Reed leads the Children of Tomorrow, who have the impossible and destructive goal of trying to perfect the world. Richards, we learn, had been trapped in the Negative Zone—where time moves differently—for around a millennium, and this had understandably warped his psyche to what we see today. The Maker confronts Doctor Doom in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #8, coming May 24 from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev!