Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures original film Black Panther won Marvel its first Oscar.
oscars: 3 wins
golden globes: 3 nominations
SAG awards: 2 wins
oscars: 3 wins
golden globes: 3 nominations
SAG awards: 2 wins
Honestly if you aren’t a Thrones fan by now I’m just gonna throw this out there but, something is wrong with you. @kevfeige #themanhimself is said to be a rampant Thrones fan and I’m not gonna hold it against the guy. It’s a quality show.
Marvel’s panel at SDCC primarily showcased an ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy cast including: Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt and Djimon Hounsou. The Avenger’s 2 will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, which let’s be totally honest is multitudes better than Zack Snyder managed to do:
Albert Einstein himself plans on bringing depth and meaning to his Batman/Superman team up-film, so he titled the film: Superman vs. Batman. The guy’s clearly a genius. Why Warner Bros. keeps hiring a man who’s “best film” garnered a 56% on rottentomatoes, is baffling. As a matter of fact, the guy’s LAST THREE FILMS averaged a blunderous 43% on the oft-referenced meta-critic-website. Now, I’m no rocket scientist. To be certain. But words like fail, and baddie; spring to mind.
Zack Snyder may be a bad story-teller, but in all fairness is a talented cinematographer. Luckily enough for us, Christopher Nolan is the kind of guy that would start trolling a baddie if they are bad. Which let’s be honest if you are dealing with Zack Snyder; that is going to be the case more often than not.
#TROLOLOLOL. Disney finally bought itself out of Marvel’s Paramount contract, but is still paying 8% and 9% royalties on grosses $1,511,757,910 (The Avengers) and $1,147,575,931 (Iron Man 3) respectively. Granting Paramount roughly 200$mill without breaking a sweat. Or literally even doing anything. Thor: The Dark World however: will be Marvel Studios’ first foot-loose and fancy-free “in-house” project. With a little bit of wiggle-room, Marvel has already started writing up scripts for some of it’s most recently re-acquired intellectual property most notably: Blade, Punisher, Daredevil, Ghostrider, and Doctor Strange.
They’re back in the fold, which is where we want them to be. — Marvel President Kevin Feige
Marvel’s promise to “keep taking risks” creatively into it’s Phase Two is already paying off, as relatively untested director Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 crushed it at the box-office AND with critics. Clinching the second highest domestic opening ever, and pulling in a gross $1,111,096,000 and rocking a 9/10 on IGN, Iron Man 3 is only Black’s second film as a director. Marvel Studios seems to have a knack for boldly pulling creative gem’s out of nowhere, like they did with Joss Whedon.
NOW IM NOT A MATHEMATICIAN OR ANYTHING: but Shane Black’s average rottentomatoes score as a director with only two films turned out to be 80.5%. Meaning that if making movies were like high-school, Black got a B. Pretty impressive. Equally not impressive: one could argue, is Zack Snyder’s average rottentomatoes score as a director with 5 films at 54.4%. Meaning that if making movies were like high-school, Snyder failed. LOLUMADBRO?!?
The day of reckoning is nearly upon us my dear friends as The Avengers drops this Friday and can be seen in 3D and IMAX at a theater near you. Pre-release tracking on the film projects Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to have the biggest domestic box-office opening of all time. Why all this huss and fuss, jibber-jabb, and riggamaroo over a silly film about a couple of guys in leotards you ask? Because the core concept of the story is that there are four basic kinds of people.
With summer approaching Marvel released yet another fresh new trailer this week for it’s in-house blockbuster franchise The Avengers and even though Captain America looks pretty damn goofy in that helmet of his the film actually looks pretty decent. Earth’s mightiest heroes consists of four main characters, each one of which is highly representative of the four basic personality types: Artisan, Guardian, Rational, and Idealist. Such a dynamic pattern of awesomeness of course is a common pop-culture occurrence in: Sex and the City, the Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, the Fantastic Four, and Harry Potter among others. Despite Captain America’s goofy a** helmet let’s take a look at Marvel’s most coveted supersquad.
Thor 2 has finally found a new director after firing Patty Jenkins (Monster) over ‘creative differences’. Director Alan Taylor, best known for his work on HBO’s Game of Thrones, will reportedly step in and take Jenkins’ place. Jenkins got canned in early December reportedly because of a “lack of clarity in her [creative] choices”. Marvel Studios of course has an infamous reputation for doing whatever they want after getting into rough financial negotiations with Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard, and Scarlett Johansson while having both Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau opt out of directing sequels. Jenkins would have been the first female to direct a major superhero tentpole film and Natalie Portman, who is a close friend of Jenkins’, is reportedly very upset at the way things panned out. It seems Marvel Studios even though they’ve only put out five independent films so far is already getting big-headed when it comes to managing talent. Welcome to Hollywood. Given Marvel’s fine display of hubris let’s take a look at the excessive arrogance of one of their most beloved characters Thor the God of Thunder and his mischievous half-brother Loki.
Thor’s villainous step-brother Loki aptly named after the Norse God of Mischief starts off as a resentful and jealous Asgardian Prince but evolves into a truly loathsome and malevolent evil genius. Growing up step-brother to the Mighty Thor indeed left Loki with a tragic sense of inferiority and not belonging. What he lacked in physical strength and bravery however, he eventually made up for in cunning and malice. Always strategizing and conceiving ingenious schemes and plots, The Asgardian God of Mischief is undoubtedly a Mastermind Rational. Diabolically ingenious, highly pragmatic, outstandingly intelligent, and a powerful sorcerer, Loki finds ‘difficulties highly stimulating’, as do other Masterminds, as he loves responding to a problem that requires a ‘creative solution’. Being the God of Mischief, Loki indeed seems to thoroughly enjoy creating problems for himself, and is well-equipped to solve them. Finding out that he was actually an adopted Frost Giant, Loki became wrought with feelings of abandonment. Indeed Loki’s malicious and malevolent behavior are quite reminiscent of David Keirsey‘s ‘distracting rituals’ that serve as defense mechanisms for hiding one’s shame. Loki’s arch-villainy and ascension into madness can be seen in Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers.
These Idealist-Rational relationships do not always remain harmonious, of course. Conflicts of NF emotional expressiveness against NT self-control, of NF intuition against NT logic, and of NF ethical or humanitarian concerns against NT technical pragmatics can prove challenging. — Please Understand Me II, p. 238
Marvel Studios president Kevin Fiege talked recently about the future of Marvel and the Avengers 2, saying that the roster in the next avengers films will be decidedly different from that of the first Avengers. “Absolutely, that’s the fun of it — introducing new characters.” Of course what Kevin does NOT know is that the current line up is of course optimal, seeing as that it has all four temperaments and therefore is at a perfect equilibrium. Someone should really contact him and let him know. Let’s however hope for the best and proceed with analyzing the Avengers ‘go-to’ green monster the incredible Hulk.
Doctor Robert Bruce Banner had a tough childhood as his father hated him, was an alcoholic, and murdered his mother. His father did however do one good thing, in giving his son a pre-disposition to gamma radiation, which saved his life, and created the big green monster that we all know and love. Bruce Banner after being caught in a gamma radiation explosion turns into an emotional and impulsive humanoid monster known as the Hulk when angered. Instinctive, fearless, and exploding with brute strength, the not-so-jolly green giant is undoubtedly a Crafter Artisan. Inspired by the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Hulk is a representation of our primal instincts and animal nature. Indeed the Hulk is a ferocious and savage creature, with a visceral mentality that any Artisan can relate to. Certainly the Hulk does much of the heavy lifting for the Avengers, and is an irreplaceable asset, as are all Artisans within any successful organization. In Avengers footage shown at NYCC, Loki brags “I have an army,” to which Stark replies “We have a Hulk.”
Marvel Entertainment Inc. brought a strong presence to NYCC (New York Comic-Con) this weekend to further promote their beloved and blossoming potential blockbuster movie franchise The Avengers. The panel showed some never-before-seen footage and did some Q&A. Marvel head honcho Kevin Fiege then opened up to fans about how happy he was with the direction the studio was going, culminating in an Avengers film. The Avengers however, as Fiege explained, is certainly not the end of the road for Marvel/Disney.
Fiege hinted at the fact that ‘phase two of the Marvel Movie Universe‘ will include another round of solo films, and then culminate in a second Avengers film. That however, is not all. Marvel reportedly has five projects currently in development. Iron Man 3 is in pre-production for a 2013 release attached to director Shane Black. Thor 2 will begin pre-production soon and just picked up director Patty Jenkins (Monster). An Ant-man film is ‘still nebulous but definitely in the works’. Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhumans films are also reportedly in the works. With so much success in their mainstream characters it seems a bit risky to put out obscure characters like some mentioned above. Lucky enough for Marvel it has an insurance policy: The Walt Disney Company.
Disney bought Marvel about two years ago for over $4 billion. While things indeed seem to be going well for both companies since the acquisition, Marvel has made deals with other studios to distribute some of their movies (spider-man, x-men, daredevil, etc.) making the Avengers and its four superheroes a coveted ‘in-house’ Marvel enterprise. Without kissing too much Walt-Disney/Marvel ass, let’s take a look at the first avenger to make it to the big screen, and also by far the most box office successful avenger: Iron Man.
Anthony Edward Stark is the son of industrialist and inventor Howard Stark, and demonstrated his mechanical aptitude and extraordinary inventive genius at an early age. Inheriting his father’s company Stark Industries, Tony blossomed into a billionaire industrialist, and an ingenious engineer. With a highly ‘innovative attitude‘, an ‘entrepreneurial spirit‘, and a ‘charming capacity‘ to ignore the standard, the traditional, and the authoritative: Tony Stark is undoubtedly an Inventor Rational. Indeed the Inventor‘s tendency to depend on their capability and inventiveness can get them in trouble at times. Tony took this concept a bit too far when he ignored security concerns and ended up with shrapnel lodged in his chest. In classic Inventor Rational fashion, Tony used his creative and inventive genius to devise a mechanical suit that saved his life. And thus, Iron Man was born. Indeed Tony is constantly searching for new projects, as we will no doubt see in the Avengers, and always tinkering with and improving his mechanical suit. Indeed given their exceptional propensity to innovate, Inventors have a tendency to live their lives somewhat on the brink of disaster: as evidenced by Tony Stark’s perpetuated struggles with alcoholism. Tony Stark having a somewhat reckless and at-times irresponsible persona in the comics goes hand-in-hand of course with casting the likes of Robert Downey Jr. The Armored Avenger can be seen amongst his super squad May 2012, and again by himself May 2013.
While Marvel/Disney seems to have it’s sh*t together, DC/Warner Bros. is still searching for solid cash cows to replace the likes of Harry Potter and The Dark Knight. While they do have The Hobbit films coming up, they simply cannot afford setbacks like Green Lantern if they actually want to directly compete with The Avengers and it’s four characters with already well-developed fan-bases.
Marvel/Disney seems poised to keep churning out inter-related superhero blockbusters while DC/Warner Bros. still has yet to find solid JLA (Justice League of America) footing. In the epic battle for Hollywood supremacy that is Marvel/Disney vs. DC/Warner Bros.: Marvel/Disney is cleaning house.