Fifteen Things You Should Know about X-Men:Days of Future Past

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What's going on with that sequel to X-Men: First Class, you say? Well, I had the same question, so I did  a little digging and compiled a list of things that we know so far. Granted, it's not a long list because the movie hasn't started production, but once the new year rolls around, I'm sure we'll get a plot synopsis and some juicy on-set pics. 

Since we learned back in August that the title of the next movie in the X-Men franchise would be titled X-Men:Days of Future Past, there's been a lot of rumors, but precious few facts to go on. After a little research, I came up with the following fifteen things that are known as of October 29, 2012. Check out the list below and let me know what you think.   

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1. It won't be directed by Matthew Vaughn, as originally announced by Twentieth Century Fox. (This was a big surprise, so close to the start of production. Still not sure of the story behind Vaughn's bailing on this movie.) 


2. As of October, 29, 2012, a director hasn't been hired. (Update: Oct. 30, 2012 - It was announced that Bryan Singer would take over the directing duties.)

3. It will be based on the 1981 Marvel comic book series of the same name, by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. 

4. It will involve time-travel and have a "sci-fi style" - according to Marvel consultant, Mark Millar. 

5. It will have robots! (again, via Millar)

6. It goes into production in January 2013. 

7. Bryan Singer, who co-wrote, and directed the first two X-Men movies, is one of the producers. 

8. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence will reprise their roles from X-Men: First Class. 

9. The filming schedule of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was adjusted to allow Jennifer Lawrence to  film "Days". 

10. It opens in theaters on July 18, 2014.

11. Famke Janssen, who played Jean Grey/Phoenix in the first X-Men trilogy, has teased that she might be back for "Days". 

12. Bryan Singer has mentioned his desire to "bring some connectivity between the flms" - meaning, connecting the first X-Men trilogy with the First Class storyline. This might mean Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman (and other actors) could reprise their roles.  

13. Hugh Jackman, who's played Logan/Wolverine in five X-Men films (and will appear in a sixth in 2013 - The Wolverine) has expressed an interest in appearing in "Days".

14. Patrick Stewart, who played Charles Xavier/Professor X in the first trilogy, said "...there is every possibility." that he would appear in "Days". 

15. This will be the seventh X-Men movie since 2000. 

Okay, so how did I do? Did this list answer any questions you had about Days of Future Past? If you're an X-Men fan and have some info to add, hit me up on your favorite social network. 

Iron Man 3 - First Full Trailer Now Online!

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"Heroes. There is no such thing."

- so says the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), in the first full trailer for Iron Man 3. The chilling, ominous voice of the Mandarin is a key part of our introduction to the post-Avengers world of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Apparently, Tony has made some enemies after saving New York and becoming one of "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" because at one point he says to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) - 

"Honestly, there's a hundred people who wanna kill me. I hope I can protect the one thing I can't live without."



We see a bunch of interesting things in this trailer - the complete destruction of Tony's Malibu home by the Mandarin's helicopters, War Machine decked out in new red, white and blue armor, an airliner being blown up, and Pepper being rescued by Iron Man, and much more. 

To me, this trailer clearly shows that Marvel isn't afraid to take its Cinematic Universe down some fascinating, psychological twists and turns. Everything isn't all sunshine and roses when Tony accepts the role of being a superhero. Marvel and director, Shane Black, explore the dangerous consequences that would result from that decision. I'm sure we'll be learning more about these new dangers that Tony faces as Marvel ramps up the promotion of Iron Man 3 as it nears its May 3, 2013 opening date.  

Were you surprised by anything you saw here? What do you like or dislike in this trailer? 

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New Movie 'Alter Egos' Shows a Different Side of Superheroes

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Kris Lemche as "Fridge" in Alter Egos
What if you're a superhero in a world that doesn't want superheroes, and you've got serious relationship problems, as well? That seems to be the story of Alter Egos, a new spin on the superhero genre from Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures


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I don't know much about this film beyond what's listed on its IMDb page, but it looks, um...intriguing. I'll probably have to wait until it's on Netflix to see it, so let me know if you check it out in the next few weeks. 



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Pics from New York Comic Con 2012

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Last weekend, (Oct. 11-14), New York City was the center of the geek universe, as New York Comic Con took over the sprawling Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. I was lucky enough to spend Friday and Saturday at the con with my friend and comic book creator, Judex Jones, and I was blown away by the massive crowds and the ultra-cool exhibit hall. The con had over 300 panels, screenings, and special events, and featured guests such as Adam West and Burt Ward, director, Guillermo del Toro, actress, Chloë Grace Moretz, and dozens more. 
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If you've never been to New York Comic Con, here's a couple of things I discovered that are good to know. Getting to the con from most of the nearby hotels is easy. There's a shuttle bus that runs in the morning and again around 6:00 to 8:00 pm. I stayed at a hotel near Times Square and it was just a few blocks walk to the shuttle pick-up location (with a stop in one of New York's famous coffee shops on the way). Some of the hotels are within walking distance, so you might be able to skip the shuttle altogether. Just be aware that the shuttle isn't always on time, so be prepared to wait a few minutes.  
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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) wax figure at the Tussauds display
Once at the convention center, the line to get in moved quickly despite the huge crowd (estimates put the total number of attendees at around 100,000). If you plan on sitting in on one of the panels that features a celebrity or an especially hot topic like a new movie, get there early. I made the mistake of waiting til the last minute to walk up to the Batman movies panel room, and it was already filled up. Next time, if there's a major panel I really want to see, I'll get there at least thirty minutes before it starts. 
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I totally admit, I should have done a better job at preparing my convention itinerary, because I missed several cool things due to poor time management. Overall, though, I had a blast wandering the exhibit hall, talking to to some of the creative geniuses in Artist Alley, and taking lots of pics. Next year, I'll have a better sense of where things are and how much time to devote to different parts of the con.  

You might also like these Halloween costumes based on The Dark Knight Rises.

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The exhibit hall on Friday

Were you at the con? If so, what were some of the coolest things you saw? Do you have any tips that could help out first-timers at the 2013 edition of New York Comic Con? Hit me up on Twitter with your con experience.  

Warner Bros. Wins Legal Case for Superman Film Rights

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The Associated Press is reporting that the heirs of Joe Shuster, the co-creator of Superman, have lost a legal battle to regain the rights to the Son of Krypton. This is a huge win for Warner Bros. and DC Comics, because their use of the Superman character and image in books, television, and film would've been forever altered had they lost. 

Warner Bros. has the feature film, Man of Steel set for release in 2013, and Superman comic books and merchandising are perennial best-sellers for the entertainment giant. 
"DC Comics sued the heirs of artist Joe Shuster in 2010, seeking a ruling that they lost their ability to try to reclaim the superhero's copyrights in 1992. U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright II agreed, stating that Shuster's sister and brother relinquished any chance to reclaim Superman copyrights in exchange for annual pension payments from DC Comics." - AP
I do feel sympathy for the Shuster family, but according to the ruling, about twenty years ago, the family exchanged any future rights to Superman in return for a higher annual payment. This just goes to show - be careful what you sign

Revealed! Thor: The Dark World - Plot Synopsis

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Marvel Studios is going full steam ahead on the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the next chapter in the multi-film saga can't come soon enough for me. The next two movies that will continue the story are Iron Man 3, which is entering the final stages of production, and Thor: The Dark World (TTDW), which still has a ways to go before filming concludes in England. We really haven't known much about the plot of TTDW, and the rumours have been flying as to what challenges Thor will face in his next outing. 

Ahh, but now we have facts, as Marvel's parent company, Disney, recently gave us a morsel of info to chew on.  

"...Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos..."

What's the key point to take from the synopsis? It's that Marvel will head to the stars in TTDWThat single phrase above tells us that TTDW will involve many other worlds besides Thor's home of Asgard. Let the speculation begin regarding which cosmic characters from Marvel's vast stable will have a role in Phase 2

Check out the official synopsis below and hit me up on Facebook if you have any guesses as to what else the plot might hold.

Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. 
Presented by Marvel Studios, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Game Of Thrones' Alan Taylor and invades theaters on November 8, 2013. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
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Have a Gotham Halloween with these Dark Knight Rises Costumes

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Check out the Halloween costumes available this year that are based on The Dark Knight Rises! I gotta be honest, these are surprisingly spot-on versions of the outfits from the film (uh, except for the onesie). If you're willing to part with a few dollars in order to be Batman, Bane, or Catwoman for a night, you can't go wrong with any of these suits. 

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For even more cool choices for the guys, check out Top Ten List of  Best Superhero Costumes for Men


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Producer on Bringing a Woman's Perspective to Spider-Man


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The late Laura Ziskin was one of the key players who brought Spider-Man to the big screen in 2002, and in her role as producer, she helped guide the two Spider-Man sequels and the franchise reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. Sadly, Ziskin passed away in June  2011, and until now I wasn't aware of the important part she played in ushering in the modern era of superhero movies. 

Fortunately, we have the interview below, in which Ziskin talks about how much respect she had for the story of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, and why their relationship was a major part of the first Spider-Man trilogy. If you're a fan of the Sam Raimi-directed Spidey movies, this interview will give some insight into why those films were so successful.

"There was always this kind of honesty in the relationships, that there's a reason why the comic book has been so popular for 45 plus years. So as a woman, I just wanted to make sure that we protected those characteristics in the movie.  
Even though we're in a comic book world, we tried to create a real world so that you feel that you can identify. The issues that Peter and Mary Jane are dealing with are heightened by him having been bitten by a spider, but they're relationships and issues that we've all dealt with."  
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Tony Stark has New Armor in Pics from Iron Man 3 Set

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Cameras are once again rolling on the Iron Man 3 production, and we're getting a sneak peek at the new armor Tony Stark will be sporting in the film. The pics below are from the Miami, Florida location, and you'll notice a big change in the armor from the last time we saw ol' Shell Head in action, in Marvel's The Avengers. I'm still undecided if I like this new look, but it's a good bet that the suit will look different on screen, once CG effects are added. 

Although Iron Man 3's plot isn't known at this point, rumors are that it involves a new type of tech called "Extremis", which was featured in the Iron Man comic books a few years ago. An example of that new Stark technology might be what we see in these pics. 


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Iron Man 3 set pic via Daily Mail
That red, white, and blue gent next to Iron Man is known in the comic books as Iron Patriot - a relatively recent addition to the Marvel Universe. In the comics, the nefarious Norman Osborne created and wore the Iron Patriot suit as means to replace Iron Man, but that origin will surely be changed for Iron Man 3. I can't wait to see  how this new armored hero (villain?) is adapted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe


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Iron Man 3 set pic via Daily Mail
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