Isaiah Mustafa as 'Power Man' (maybe)

Luke Cage/Power Man copyright Marvel Comics
Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice Guy) has made it clear that he wants the role of Luke Cage/Power Man if Marvel Studios goes ahead with a Power Man movie. To prove that he's perfect for the role, Mustafa has released this self-made trailer starring...him, of course.

Thanks to Retroist for the heads up

The Art of Steve Willaredt - "To the Bat Poles!"

"To the Bat Poles!" by Steve Willaredt
You can almost hear Adam West saying "Batteries to power, turbines to speed" when you look at Steve Willaredt's image of the Caped Crusader. I just stumbled across his blog a few days ago and I've been digging all of his pop culture caricatures. I might have to post a few more of his superhero pieces - they're too good to pass up.

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Concept Art from Kenneth Branagh's 'Thor'

Thor concept art - Michael Kutsche - click to enlarge
Thanks to the nice folks at ReelzChannel, we got a heads up on some fantastic concept art for Thor, that was released in the last few days. Two artists have posted images on their websites that will be of interest to anyone who likes the film and wants to see the inspiration for some of the key scenes.

The Frost Giant image above is by the German artist, Michael Kutsche, who, according to his bio, is self-taught and whose work can be described as " astoundingly life-like depiction of parallel realities, populated by odd characters, reminiscent of movies, comics but also Flemish Renaissance Painting."

Craig Shoji is another artist who helped create the world of the Norse gods' home, Asgard. Shoji has 40 images on his website that give us an idea of how the other-worldly architecture and landscapes of Thor came into being. The image below is a sample of his work.

Thor concept art - Craig Shoji - click to enlarge
Read the ReelzChannel article:
Incredible Concept Art and Movie Props from Kenneth Branagh's Thor Revealed

New 'Green Lantern' Trailer (May 20)

Green Lantern - Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. released a new Green Lantern trailer today and I gotta say, this flick is starting to look mighty impressive. I wasn't exactly thrilled with the early trailers, but I love the way this one shows the expanse of the Lantern universe. Pleeease, let it live up to the expectations that this trailer raised.

Green Lantern opens in the USA on June 17, 2011

'Thor' Director Answers Fans' Questions

In this clip, Thor director, Kenneth Branagh, answers questions that fans submitted via Twitter and Facebook. It's an interesting look inside the mind of a  great director, who -in his words - "...wanted to tell the story of that crazy Viking god."

Via Paramount Pictures

X-Men: First Class - New Trailer (May 15)

Jennifer Lawrence/Mystique - Twentieth Century Fox
Fox released a new TV spot for X-Men: First Class, and judging by its tone, it's aimed at a much younger audience than the earlier trailers we've seen. It'll be interesting to see if this movie can tread that line between suspenseful adult drama and kid-friendly adventure. X-Men: First Class opens in the USA on June 3, 2011.

Hello Thor!

Hello Thor by yodaflicker
Hello Thor, a photo by yodaflicker on Flickr.
According to Joseph Senior's bio, he's an illustrator and art director for a New Zealand-based advertising agency. His Flickr stream is filled with illustrations of pop culture icons portrayed in his own unique style. Two of his latest creations are this Thor and Loki kitty that, of course, pay tribute to the Marvel Studios movie, Thor. These images are not of actual dolls - they're made to appear three dimensional, but they're illustrations. Click on an image to see more of Senior's amazing work.

Hello Loki

Via Flickr:
From The Hello Thor Collection.

'Thor' Reviews Are In!

Thor - Paramount Pictures
MTV Movies posted a round up of some of the first major reviews of Thor - and the news is good. With a few exceptions, such as A. O. Scott of the New York Times, the critics seem to be won over by Kenneth Branagh's mix of Shakespearean family drama and superhero adventure.

Here's one of the most glowing reviews so far -
"Can a blockbuster be momentous and lighthearted at the same time? Thor, Kenneth Branagh's rousing popcorn adventure about the Norse-blond, hammer-wielding god of thunder who made his Marvel Comics debut in 1962, pulls off something I wouldn't have thought possible: It restores the innocence to big-budget superhero myth-making." — Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly.
Read the entire article --> 'Thor': The Reviews Are In! - MTV Movie News| MTV

Emma on set of "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Emma Stone
Celebuzz just posted several pics of Emma Stone, who's playing Gwen Stacy in the new Spidey flick. She's not looking too thrilled at the moment the pics were taken, but maybe she was just getting into character. Check out the gallery ---> Oh No They Didn't! - Emma on set of "The Amazing Spider-Man"

'Thor' Behind-the-Scenes Clips Released

Paramount Pictures / Marvel Studios
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have released 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage of Thor. Since the clips contain spoilers, I'm not sure if it's the best strategy to release them before the movie opens in the USA. Even though the clips give us a great look at how a big budget epic is made, they ruin the surprise of some scenes.