NEW ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ CLIP SERVES UP A BIT MORE STAR-LORD
If you’ve seen the trailer for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, you’re likely already familiar with the prominently featured scene in which Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord tiptoes up to an ancient-looking artifact with designs on stealing it in a manner reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Now, Marvel Studios has released a slightly longer look at that scene in what you might call a clip or what kind of seems like a slightly different trailer cut. Whatever you’d call it, the video awaits your eyes.
WONDER WOMEN: FIVE ACTORS IN SEARCH OF A SUPERHERO MOVIE
Hollywood has proved to be pretty great at superheroes. For the last few years the genre has provided some of the biggest tentpoles of the blockbuster season. Hollywood is less great at other things — like, for example, providing leading roles for women.
Hollywood is especially not great at providing lead superhero roles for women, but maybe that’s not entirely Hollywood’s fault. Superhero comics aren’t great at providing those roles either. In fact, there are plenty of actors in Hollywood who could play amazing superheroes — if only the roles existed for them. For example…
‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER’ REVIEW: IT’S MARVEL’S UNIVERSE, WE’RE JUST LIVING IN IT
When the first Captain America movie came out in 2011, the character seemed like a tough sell. His earnest patriotism felt dated to many and was alienating to some.
Marvel Studios has made a habit of landing tough sells. Neither Iron Man nor Thor were the obvious calls that they look like in retrospect, while the plan to tie the characters together in The Avengers was an ambitious gamble. Yet if Marvel ever has any doubts, it never shows in their movies. As Captain America returns to the screen in The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios has never looked more confident.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Captain America: The Winter Soldier may be Marvel’s most robust movie to date, and the movie that most feels like it inhabits the Marvel Universe. Resurrections, betrayals, scale; villains and henchmen; conspiracies and theatrics; characters wandering in with their own secret origin stories in their back pockets. It’s superhero comics writ large.
CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVES ON: JOE SIMON’S GRANDDAUGHTER ON MARVEL’S FILMS, CREDITS, AND THE GREAT COMIC BOOK CREATOR
My intent in writing this on the release of The Winter Soldier is to ask that everyone keep him in their hearts and minds. Let us always remember Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, even if just for a quick moment as their names flash across the screen.
BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK):ROYAL TENENBAUMS, JUBILEE, DAZZLER, SUPERBOY AND MORE
Betty Felon’s ongoing compilation of the best comic book, video game, anime, film and TV cosplay and cosplay photography discovered in the last week.
Above: Cosplayed by Alice & London, photographed by KellyIsNice
GAY PUNCHLINES, LGBT VISIBILITY AND MARVEL STUDIOS’ ONE-SHOT ‘ALL HAIL THE KING’
And this is throwback, retrograde, oh-so-’80s being-gay-is-something-that-happens-in-prison frat house humor. And this is the first presentation of a same-sex relationship or anything resembling a gay character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe across eight movies, five one-shots, and fifteen episodes of television. And that is the part that burns.
As a gay man watching this, let me tell you how I respond. I try to laugh. Why do I try to laugh? Because that is the good, obedient, go-along-to-get-along thing to do. My identity is being presented up there on the screen as something that should make the audience laugh, and I am conditioned to think that I should find this funny and laugh along and not cause a scene — even though I am watching this movie on my own and there is no-one here to cause a scene for.
We are so used to being clowns for the majority audience that I feel like I’m letting people down if I don’t laugh. I feel like I’m inconveniencing straight people if I say, “Please sir, can I not be the punchline?” Do you know how painful that is? How shameful it is? How it makes me want to cry that I would want to laugh at being dehumanised rather than stand up and protest, because I’ve been led to think that protesting makes me a bad person? Do you know how it stings to feel conditioned to want to betray oneself like that?
Some of you surely do. Which begs the question: Why is our entertainment making us feel like this?
And it turns out I can’t laugh. Not today. Not any more. Because I am not a clown. And I want better from Marvel Studios than this.
THIS ‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’ HARDEE’S AD IS THE WORST THING MYSTIQUE HAS EVER BEEN INVOLVED WITH
By Chris Sims
Folks, I have seen some dumb things involving the X-Men in my time. It is, in fact, my actual job is to see dumb things involving the X-Men on a fairly regular basis, and I have also seen more than my share of terrible ads over the years. This new ad from Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. that makes an attempt to promote their Western X-Tra Bacon Burger, however, might just be the new gold standard for idiocy.
See, shapeshifter Mystique (not played by Rebecca Romijn or Jennifer Lawrence, mind you) is going to eat this burger, but it’s just too much burger for a li’l lady to handle, so she turns into some scruffy bro because only men can fully enjoy the taste of fast food bacon. Seriously. That is what this ad is about.
FIRST ‘TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’ LIVE ACTION MOVIE FOOTAGE ARRIVE
For some the August 8 premiere of the new live action/CGI hybrid Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie can’t come soon enough. For the rest of us, here’s confirmation that the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed take on Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Green Machines is pretty much what you’ve been expecting ever since you found out the TMNT would have… lips. They just kinda look like a bunch of Shreks, man. Thanks for starting our day off right, Today show.