It looks like Marvel’s web developers were among the victims of that crazy Thanos finger-snap in “Infinity War” after all, because they forgot to actually setup a website for “Avengers: Endgame.” And now one enterprising fan is hoping to convert that mistake into a ticket to the film’s world premiere.
Here’s the situation: If type www.AvengersEndgame.com into your browser, you’ll be rerouted instead the website for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming PG-13 edit of “Deadpool 2,” “Once Upon a Deadpool.” Good one. Yeah, that was a good one.
We were inclined to think this is nothing more than two companies owned by Disney sharing some synergistic holiday cheer (and making a very good joke). After all, piggybacking on the next “Avengers” film sure feels like a guaranteed way to make sure people will get their eyes on marketing for “Once Upon a Deadpool.” And it’s not like “Endgame” actually needs a website.
But Twitter user @aguyinchair has taken responsibility for the caper, and says he owns both www.AvengersEndgame.com and www.AvengersEndgameMovie.com (which also redirects to the “Once Upon a Deadpool” website). But, he also says he’ll turn both of them over in exchange for access to the Los Angeles premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”
— Guy Inchair (@AGuyInChair) December 7, 2018
While “Endgame” was one of several rumored titles for the follow up to “Infinity War,” making it an easy pick for a camping expedition, it turns out the selection was just a lucky guess. According to the who is database, the www.AvengersEndgame.com domain was registered on April 27, 2018, the opening day of “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is when @guyinachair tells TheWrap he grabbed them.
“I am proud to say that I bought them both before anyone on the internet theorized that Endgame was the title,” @guyinachair tells TheWrap, adding that it was just a “right place, right time” situation.
Since then, “I’ve just been hanging back, waiting for the title release to confirm it. When I swear the trailer, this morning I got goosebumps,” he continued.
At first, @guyinachair tells TheWrap that he redirected the URLs to this blog post he published April 27, in which he outright asks Disney reps for premiere access. But after getting no bites, “I offered it to Reynolds on Twitter,” but eventually decided to just redirect “for the lulz.”
@guyinachair has requested to keep is identity private, but discloses that he lives somewhere in the Midwest, and isn’t connected to the film industry in any way. “I really am just a dude, who played a hunch, mainly because my wife wants to meet Thor,” he added.
@guyinachair adds that next week he might redirect again to the “Shazam!” trailer.
Marvel and Fox also did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But we’ll keep you posted on whether the great attend-a-premiere caper is a success.
“Once Upon a Deadpool” opens in theaters Dec. 12, while “Avengers: Endgame” opens April 26, 2019.
We’ll get right to the point: here’s the first trailer for “Avengers: Endgame,” otherwise known as the only thing any of you reading this post have cared about since April.
So, uh, holy crap, right guys?
We start by seeing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) adrift in space, running out of food and oxygen, and many of the other Avengers mourning “Infinity War” villain Thanos’ destruction of half of all living creatures — and then Chris Evans’ Captain America and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow hatching a plan.
“This is going to work, Steve,” she tells him.
Their talk is interrupted by the sudden arrival of an Avenger they have not seen in a long, long time: Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
What does it all mean? We’ll have some thoughts about that soon, but meanwhile, we’ve spent the painful seven months since Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe trying to figure out what’s coming, and we have some pretty good guesses.
Here is how we think “Captain Marvel” might be connected to the end of “Infinity War. And here is our guess for what Doctor Strange saw in the one version of the future in which the Avengers defeat Thanos. We also think the Hulk might have some crazy new developments ahead.” And of course, click here to see what we think about the crazy “Ant-Man and the Wasp” connection to Infinity War.
But wait, there’s more. What if “Infinity War” was actually a giant, elaborate test? What would happen if this obscure Marvel hero made an appearance. And you don’t really think Vision is dead for real, do you? Neither do we. And if you need it, here’s a deep dive into what happened in the comic books that “Infinity War” is based on.
Finally, pour one out for everyone who was wiped out by that Thanos finger-snap.
On Monday Marvel dropped the second trailer for “Captain Marvel,” the first female-led standalone movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and at first glance it seemed pretty straightforward — it’s a movie about a superpowered woman trying to find out who she really is and getting caught up in some kind of crazy cosmic conflict.
But at second — and third, and fourth, and fifth, and so on (we’re not kidding) — it doesn’t seem quite so simple. Combine that with the assumption that “Captain Marvel” will in some way be a crucial piece of the greater MCU story ahead of “Avengers 4” next May, and there’s a lot to try to parse from this two-minute trailer.
So after spending way too much time staring at the new “Captain Marvel” trailer, we’ve got a lot of questions. Let’s get into it.
1. How Is Carol Danvers Secretly Important to Whatever Is at the Center of the Story?
There’s a conspicuous line early on in the trailer: Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), speaking to Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) declares that “something in my past is the key to all of this.” Assuming that “all of this” is referring to the general conflict at the core of the movie, which involves the galactic war between the Kree and the shapeshifting Skrulls, why would Carol Danvers’ past be so crucial?
She was, after all, just a regular human before she was converted to the (we think) half-Kree superhero that she is now. Did she stumble into some kind of important battle? Did she see something she wasn’t supposed to? Did the Kree wipe her memory to make her forget whatever it was?
There’s also the looming threat of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future. And as we saw during the post-credits scene in “Infinity War,” Nick Fury specifically called her when he realized what was happening. We have to think then, if this movie is so important to the greater story of “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” that whatever it is in her past that’s so crucial in this moment may very well also be the key to saving the universe from Thanos.
We just have no idea what it might be at this point.
2. And Related to That, Will “Captain Marvel” Reveal Why Earth Is so Central to the Greater Galactic Situation?
If there’s one thing the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made crystal clear since at least “Thor,” it’s that Earth has some kind of crucial connection to events of galaxy-scale importance, even if puny earthling aren’t directly involved. And that was true long before the two times Thanos tried to invade the planet.
For starters, we know the Kree have been meddling with humanity behind the scenes for millennia, which is how the (we assume still-canon) Inhumans were created. Later on, during the middle ages, Norway was the site of a critical battle between the forces of Asgard and the Frost giants, which is of double importance because it’s after this battle that Odin decided Earth was the best place to hide the Space Stone. (Also known as the Tesseract.)
Somehow the Space Stone remained safely hidden for centuries. Not only that, but Earth also became home to another Infinity Stone, the Time Stone, kept safe for thousands of years by Masters of the Mystic Arts. And even after the Space Stone was removed from earth, the Mind Stone stayed behind on Loki’s scepter, meaning that for more than a thousand years, there have been at least two Infinity Stones on earth at any given time.
Meanwhile, out of all the sentient races in the galaxy, Ego the Living Planet was only able to produce a child who could inherit Ego’s powers successfully with a human — the resulting child, Peter Quill, even survived direct contact with an infinity stone without dying.
And that’s not even getting into how Carol Danvers is either a half-human, half kree, or a human turned by science magic into a human-kree hybrid — remember, according to Marvel studios boss Kevin Feige, Carol is the most powerful superhero in the MCU.
So, what’s up with that? Clearly, Earth and the human race have some kind of special importance. And whatever secret thing is in Carol’s backstory may help explain that.
3. How Long Was Carol Actually With the Kree?
“Captain Marvel” takes place at some point in the 1990s, and we can infer that when we meet her, she’s an experienced Kree warrior with years of service under her belt. Carol certainly seems to think she’s 100% a Kree at the beginning of this trailer. But she’s also having flashes of old memories that clearly happened here — she appears to have been an Air Force captain — and she enlists Nick Fury to help her find out WTF.
We have to wonder how old those memories are. What if Danvers was in the Air Force much earlier than the 90s setting, like sometime in the 1980s? She could still look so young as a result of faster-than-light travel time dilation. It could also just be that the space magic the Kree put into her bloodstream allowing her to live longer. Living longer is one of the perks of being Kree, after all.
One thing is for sure: Nick Fury isn’t yet the eyepatched, badass leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. we know and love. But he’s in SHIELD, so presumably has access to government records that could possibly shed light on Carol’s past. It would be weird if all he has to do is visit the Pentagon to find records going back to the early Clinton administration — which is at most just a couple of years earlier.
4. And Why Does Carol Think She’s a Kree?
In the trailer, Carol indicates that she doesn’t know she’s from Earth. This is not part of Carol’s story in the comics, and so it feels like a really significant point. It also provides a parallel to another MCU character, Peter Quill, who thought he was fully human before discovering that his dad was actually a Celestial.
Just as that revelation had universe-shattering consequences for Quill, could the fact that Carol thinks she’s a full-on alien only to discover in this movie that she’s actually a human, enhanced with Kree DNA, be similarly huge? Considering that seems to be the entire plot of the movie, it seems likely.
5. Who Is Actually the Villain?
The trailer shows how, at first anyway, Carol is a devoted Kree warrior in the fight against the shapeshifting Skrulls, until at some point she decides to stop fighting the war. That makes us think the Skrull, whatever they’re actually up to on Earth, aren’t actually the bad guys their naturally-reptilian green skin and pointy ears would suggest. Despite Carol Danvers explicitly telling Nick Fury otherwise.
We think the trailer actually spells it out for us: the villain is whoever Annette Bening is playing. The clue comes during the scene in which Bening’s still-unrevealed character breaks down Carol’s origins to her: how the Kree found Carol injured and suffering amnesia, added some Kree… stuff to her bloodstream, and made her better, stronger, faster, etc. Here’s a screenshot:
Now check out the moment Carol starts to tell an unseen *someone* “I’m not gonna fight your war. I’m gonna end it”:
Kind of looks like they’re standing in the same room for that conversation, doesn’t it? And Bening’s comment sure feel like the kind of thing someone who’s been gaslighting you (for their twisted idea of The Greater Good) might say near the end of a story, when you find out and try to quit.
6. What Are the Skrulls Up to on Earth?
If Annette Bening’s Kree character is the true villain here, then what does that mean for the Skrulls? In the comics, the Skrulls only end up in a war with the Kree because the imperialistic Kree came after them first — meaning there’s a good chance that the MCU Skrulls could in turn be less villainous than they appear.
Meanwhile, the main thrust of the action that we’ve seen so far indicates that the Captain Marvel has chased the Skrulls to Earth, but why did they go there? Is this just a random place they fled to, or are they after something specific? Maybe an Infinity Stone to use against the Kree? Earth sure seems to have a lot of them…
Danny Rand, the immortal Iron Fist of Marvel’s Iron Fist fame, is easily the most famous martial arts-based hero in the Marvel Universe (not counting Daredevil’s ninja moves), but he’s not the only martial arts-based hero in the Marvel Universe. We might actually get a chance to see one of the others on the big screen…
Sony Pictures has planted flags for two Marvel projects in 2020, the company announced Wednesday.
The first film is an “Untitled Sony/Marvel” dated 7/10/20 and the second film which is “Untitled Sony/Marvel Sequel” is dated for 10/02/20.
The first project is most likely “Morbius” which will star Oscar winner Jared Leto and Daniel Espinosa will direct, based on the Marvel comic. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster. Palak Patel will oversee for the studio. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script.
The Morbius character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” issue no. 101 in 1971. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who is transformed into a vampire while attempting to cure a rare blood disease with a highly experimental approach involving electroshock therapy… and vampire bats.
As a “pseudo-vampire,” Morbius does not possess all the powers of an actual vampire, and isn’t subject to all the traditional limitations and weaknesses thereof, according to Marvel lore.
Morbius almost made it to the big screen before. In 2000, when Avi Arad was president and CEO of Marvel Studios, the company entered into an agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films or internet projects. Morbius would have been among the franchises.
The second project is most likely a sequel to the hit “Venom” which has grossed $779 million worldwide at the box office.
On Monday, a billboard calling for James Gunn to be rehired as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” went up just four miles away from Disneyland. The ad was paid for by a fan-created crowdfunding campaign that has raised just under $5,000 since September.
Reading “Save the Galaxy: James Gunn for Vol. 3,” the digital sign, which went up Monday in in Garden Grove, California, directs people to the campaign’s website, www.rehirejamesgunn.com. It’s visible from the 22 Eastbound Freeway before the Harbor Blvd. exit, and several fans have posted their own photos of it on the group’s GoFundMe page. An image of the billboard is above.
On the campaign’s GoFundMe page, organizers are seeking to raise $12,000 total to put billboards near both Disneyland and Walt Disney World for at least one month “preferably during the holidays to maximize exposure.”
Gunn directed 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its 2017 sequel, but was fired in July after far-right media personality Mark Cernovich and his followers publicized offensive tweets and writings from nearly a decade earlier. Those comments had previously come to light in 2012, just after Gunn was hired to direct the first “Guardians” film, and Gunn apologized for them at the time. He apologized again after he was fired, and said he accepted Disney’s decision.
Many fans have called for Disney to reverse its decision. Those calls were echoed by members of the cast, who eventually published a joint open-letter saying in part: “In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.”
Disney stood by its decision, however, and Gunn has most recently been in talks to write and possibly direct a sequel to “Suicide Squad” for Warner Bros.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.
A white-hot October at the box office is about to end, and the film that started that success, Sony’s “Venom,” just passed a major milestone with over $508 million grossed worldwide after four weekends in theaters.
If compared to other superhero films, this doesn’t seem like an impressive milestone, as every Marvel Cinematic Universe film since 2012 has crossed that mark, with 10 of them crossing $750 million globally. But “Venom” has a much smaller budget than those films with just $100 million, while Marvel Studios has production budgets well north of $175 million.
That smart budgeting decision by Sony has paid off immensely, as the studio hopes that this spinoff based on Spider-Man’s nemesis/occasional ally can trigger interest in even more films about other characters from Spidey’s universe. The studio will release the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” this December, putting the spotlight on two more recent characters to take on the Spider-Man mantle: Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. The studio is also set to start production on a film about Morbius the Living Vampire starring Jared Leto.
But in the meantime, “Venom” still has a chance to push for even higher box office heights. Earlier this month, it was approved for release in China on Nov. 9 and also has a release still to come in Japan. Asia, and particularly China, have grown a huge fanbase for Marvel movies, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” grossing $116 million in China and “Avengers: Infinity War” grossing $359.5 million.
While the November release slate in China will be crowded with Hollywood imports, “Venom” has the opportunity to stand out and possibly push its global total to that $700-$750 million range that would put it past “Justice League” and place it alongside superhero movies like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($714 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($773 million) on the genre’s all-time charts.
(Some potential light spoilers ahead for “Avengers 4.” I say “potential” because this might be nothing, in which case this stuff is not spoilers. But we don’t know yet.)
We don’t officially know all that much about “Avengers 4” just yet — we don’t even have a title! — but we’re reaching the stage where leaks are going to start popping up fairly regularly, as well as fake leaks either by folks looking to get internet famous for a brief moment or folks at Marvel trying to provide some misdirection. What were about to discuss is either real or fake or somewhere in between, but it’s too intriguing to ignore. So let’s take a look!
Early Thursday morning an image popped up around the same time on reddit and Instagram of the back of an “Avengers” action figure box. It’s got a picture of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Rocket Raccon sporting some snazzy looking white uniforms with the Avengers’ A logo on the chest. Here it is:
Now, the Avengers have never had a uniform in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before, so this is immediately curious on those grounds. It’s also true that action figures often feature heroes wearing outfits they don’t wear in the movies they tie into (e.g. “battle suits”). But there is reason to believe this leak is more substantial than it may initially seem to skeptics.
First, we don’t actually see the figures here — just the art on the back of the box. And when toy makers create new, non-movie outfits for action figures those suits are usually seen only on the figure itself, with the box art featuring actual movie art. For example, this action figure for the original “Thor” movie:
The figure has a different suit, but the art on the packaging is actual key art for the movie. Because when the packaging includes a picture of the actual actor who plays the part, it’s usually legitimate promotional art for the movie and not just a fun real-life rendering of the figure. There are exceptions, of course. But what I’m getting at is that if that box art is real, then that would mean there’s a solid chance that Thor and Rocket do wear that outfit in the movie.
There is one other thing that I think boosts the possibility that at least some of the Avengers will be wearing uniforms like that in “Avengers 4”: three months ago someone on reddit said they had attended a “Disney 2019 marketing meeting” in which “they showed artwork of all the remaining Avengers in some sort of sleek white outfit, even Hulk and Rocket.”
There is another reason they potentially might need special suits: if they have to go into the Quantum Realm.
If you can’t make out what the text on the box says, by the way, it goes like this: “The Asgardian Thor wields the might Stormbreaker in his battle against his foes. Rocket teams up with a new crew to guard the galaxy against an even greater threat.” Nothing particularly illuminating there — with the Guardians of the Galaxy all dead aside from Rocket, of course he has to find new people to hang out with. But is that “even greater threat” teasing a new villain in “Avengers 4”?
Take all this with a grain of salt, of course. But I think there’s enough here to think that these suits could be a thing. Could be. We’ll find out for sure, at the latest, on May 3 of next year, when the movie hits theaters worldwide.