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Just like other hardcore fans of the novel, I waited more than a DECADE for Ender’s Game the movie. The movie preserves the essence of the novel and deftly does it justice. [Spoilers & words, lots of words]

 

Context and HYPE!

Let me start this off by giving some context to my anticipation build-up for last night. I, like a whole host of others, love Ender’s Game. Ender’s Shadow, the entire Ender’s series, and Bean’s tale as well… all that shit, I eat it up. Ender’s Game has held a special place in my heart for a long time. The psychological focal lens, the philosophical conundrums, awesome tactical details + military exposition, awesome ideas for the future (this movie managed to modernize a lot of amazing sci-fi, since keep in mind, this book is 30 years old and was just then showcasing an ambitiously naïve conception of the internet through Demosthenes and Locke) and that’s only Ender’s Game. The series gets way darker and more complicated, delving into foreign species relations, quantum physics, and artificial intelligences as Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind progress.

Ok ok, I’m already on a tangent and I haven’t even gotten started. Sorry, I was just so excited about the experience for so many years, since like, 2003 maybe? After having read the novel, I knew there were turbulent plans to make it into a film, and at the time, it seemed completely inconceivable. I remember a bunch of commotion about the anti-bullying, kid on kid violence (still shown), the 6-11 year olds running amok naked and discussing military tactics (I could see how that’s more or less unfilmable), the scenes in the gravity room and how it would look (oh man, even 5 years ago this was a mystery), and I didn’t even feel a concern about the Command school because I simply had no idea how they could possibly even start to brainstorm that challenge. And the ending? What? How could they possibly have any emotional impact, for fans of the book and also newcomers to the story via the movie?

Well fuck! It wasn’t happening. The movie wasn’t being made. I remember Wolfgang Puck (Troy director) was set to make it, and they had some promising ideas. Minor changes here and there, but when considering how cumbersome movie adaptations usually are, it’s understandable concern. If they were going to do a mini-series, we’d lose some polish and budget, but we’d be able to see every scene play out, all of the character and plot development intact, more focus on the complex emotional issues… but, well, we knew we were getting a movie. Hell, before the movie even came out, it’s pretty easy to see how an adaptation or remake brings the original source material to a wider audience, thereby getting more people to experience the wonderful story of Ender’s Game. I just didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. Justice was fucking served.


The Movie Drops, and I’m getting AMPED!

Ok, I’m amped. I wanted to see it Imax, scheduling prevented that, but no biggie. I’d seen reviews. I knew it was doing decent, and let’s face it, the trailer was dope, the cast is amazing, and no matter what, it was gonna be an interesting depiction. The intro scenes are phenomenal. They showcase in graphic detail Ender’s monitor being removed, the encounter with the first bully, and establish the war between the formics and humanity. Ender seems to act just like I’ve pictured him. So contemplative, calculated, and genuine. Asa is killing it right from the get-go.

I’ll admit that he’s clearly a bit older than he was in the novel, yet they never actually give any clues to his age. This isn’t a contention for me in the slightest, nor are many of the other changes they made in the movie. The book is dense. Plot cuts worked to plausibly construct the film into a feature length film, unless they’d gone with a 3 hour epic ala LoTR, but damn, maybe next time. Unlike many others, I liked seeing Bean in the launch group. I don’t recall seeing him in the trailer at all and thought he wasn’t going to be a prominent character, and seeing him get as much screen time as he got really (when thinking he’d be totally written out, more or less) got me amped. This story wasn’t for Bean. Ender’s Game the movie was clearly Ender’s story. It took all the important bits from the novel regarding Ender and hyper-focused them, and while the supporting characters are so lush in the novel, here they are used to propel the plot and Ender’s journey.

ACTING and Performances

IMO, if they continue the saga with the films (and here’s hoping it does well at the Box Office), I hope they continue to make small adjustments to focus the story even more on Ender. Ender himself is an amazing character, and that’s probably where the movie succeeds the most.

Oh man, not just Ender though. Everyone was cast well and gave a phenomenal performance. More than anything I’d have to say that I’m glad they actually managed to find an actor that could provide Ender with the sort of charisma and thoughtfulness that he seems to have. There are plenty of times that Ender makes some questionable decisions later on in the saga, after he’s spent more of his life living through diplomacy (the finale of Ender in Exile comes to mind), but I couldn’t be more pleased with how Ender was brought to life. Considerable thanks to Gavin Hood, Asa Butterfield, and of course OSC. Graff and Ender’s relationship was pretty intriguing IMO. They switched up the power balance constantly, and Graff exposed his various sides of affection and mentorship, and ultimately looks like the bad guy who uses his protégé like a scalpel. The movie actually showcases the relationship better than the book in lots of ways, and I think the emotional impact at the end may have been better conducted through the visual medium. Shit, the acting was a huge portion of why this movie was “unfilmable”. No one thought it could be pulled off years back, and boom, Asa and Harrison to the rescue, it seems. Dap was stellar. I didn’t even get stoked to see Dap, but his salute to Ender after the way Ender goaded him was probably the most touching moment in the film. Petra was candid, but not overwhelmingly amazing. Bonzo was downright perfect. I don’t recall him being so small, but as far as an inferiority complexes mitigated by blind rage and rigidity to authority go, he ruled his role. The way they showcased him and Ender’s fight was… interesting to say the least. It was impactful, and I’ve seen a lot of people complaining, but it seemed a pretty strong message to me. Also seeing Bonzo get neutralized like that made me cringe pretty hard.

Anderson as a critique of the program rather than a carbon copy of Graff was nice to see, as was the way they actually managed to incorporate the deception the ending relied on. Instead of seeing a broken down Ender wanting to give up, we’re given an eager Ender, ready to prove himself as a potential commander. The big reveal worked in a lot of ways. We never get a glimpse of the emotions the other officers feel in the novel, but it’s harrowing to watch their faces as the human ships wither and wane during the final battle. These moments, when viewed in a movie, really do fill up thousands of words in seconds where full pages might be used.


Where the movie is BETTER than the book

But shit, y’all, the movie was downright amazing when compared to the onslaught of production difficulties it had up against it. I ain’t much for “wishlist” critiques, where people go in with massive expectations, and then subsequently nitpick the movie to death because it didn’t live up to their bloated vision, as if that’s an actual dissection of the qualities the movie possesses. It’s tough in an adaptation because that’s often the focus – bringing the novel to a visual light with accuracy, but it’s just not possible most of the time with feature films.

The straight up amazing stuff the movie excelled at was in how they showcased the visuals. I was beyond pleased with the structure of the battleroom, the visual changes, and the zero-g combat. I loved Ender’s grace in battle and the look of the suits. The zoom in on the hardening of the muscle fibers was nutso, and despite a somewhat truncated emotional impact due to quickened pacing, the battles were intense and had me cheering for Ender like a decade-old hometeam. The actual Command School simulations were pretty damn jaw-dropping. I don’t know about y’all,  but I didn’t quite envision it like the movie did, and was pleased to see some gaps filled in for me. Every single time that I was witnessing the destruction of a human ship, I recoiled. I don’t usually feel that way about fictional characters, but the fact that I was watching a simulation of a story (the movie itself) and living vicariously as Ender whilst he lived a simulation made our experience interestingly equal. We both recognized the images before us as simulation, and yet are both deceived. It’s an interesting feeling to watch the final battle because as I knew they were real people the whole time, the knowledge that Ender didn’t know was in my head which made them feel all the more real. I think that this duel simulation of movie/Command School and audience/Ender made the discussion of death and winning-at-what-cost all the more impactful — dare I say even more impactful than the novel itself.

I don’t think I’ve had a similar contemplative emotion as in that particular final battle in any movie, so Kudos to that.

Minor Gripes and advocacy

With all that said, it stands to be mentioned that my main complaint, and others’ is that there justwasn’t enough of the movie. I, we, everyone, wanted more. I wanted to see more, stay with the characters more, and hear more of their thoughts. We didn’t get as much of that as we liked, and I’d say it’s a fairly large compliment that every character had a valuable on-screen presence. The only scene I remember watching and thinking that it was low impact was Valentine and Ender in the boat 2/3rds of the way through.

Obviously I want this movie to do well, as I hope we can see more of these amazing character. I want to see Valentine and Ender journeying through the galaxy. I want to see how Ender handles inter-species relations and quantum physics conundrums. I want to see Bean motherfucking step up like we all know he’s capable of, and I want to see how they manage to portray Achilles in the story. I want an Ender’s Shadow stand-alone movie in a couple of years, and I want the Ender’s Sage to continue with many of the cerebrally stimulating themes the wonderful books do. Likely speaking, we won’t be seeing any of this for a while, but I think I’ll go watch the movie in theaters once more so that I can at least say I tried to make it happen.

TL;DR

From my perspective as a hardcore Ender’s Sage fan who’s waited for a decade for the film… it was better than I could have ever hoped it to be. This certainly comes from the angle that I knew it was in production HELL and I very wisely managed my expectations of what a novel — > movie adaptation must change. I didn’t mind a single change that occurred, and was beyond blown away with how gracefully the complex thematic nature translated to the screen. They kept in what I consider the majority of themes and ideas (and even alluded to new ones via Speaker for the Dead) whilst focusing the story on Ender. The pacing was blisteringly fast, and my only complaint is that I just wanted to experience more of it. As a companion piece to one of my favorite novels, Ender’s Game is amazing. As a stand-alone movie, I think it tried a lot of interesting concepts and did a fairly good job given the short running time. It ain’t perfect, but it sure as fuck did the novel justice. Fans of the book should rejoice.

 

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Rob Spake on five classic villains who should appear in Spider-Man movies… but probably won’t….

The build-up for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has begun and it’s going to be packed with villains. Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti have been confirmed as Electro and Rhino respectively, while Dane DeHaan has been cast as Harry Osborn leading to speculation about whether he could possibly don a Goblin’s costume, and there’s the hovering presence of Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn as well. But Spider-Man has one of the most extensive Rogues Gallery of any hero and there are some we probably won’t get to see depicted on the big screen. Here are five that I’d love to see, feel free to add your choices in the comments below!

#5 The Vulture

The VultureThe Vulture almost made it to the screen in Sam Raimi’s aborted Spider-Man 4. On that occasion Ben Kingsley was heavily rumoured for the part, and although Spidey punching an old man may not transition well from comic panels to live action I think there’s great potential in the character. Besides, if using Adrian Toomes is too uncomfortable for some there are plenty of other characters who have used the harness through the years, but I’d like to see one of Spider-Man earliest villains make an appearance.

I can imagine some incredible aerial fight scenes, which isn’t something we’ve really seen in any of the Spider-Man movies to date. The Vulture would open up a whole new dimension for dynamic sequences and would add an extra sense of danger for Spider-Man as he careens through the air. I also think it would open up development for another character – Aunt May. In the comics Doc Ock tried to wed Aunt May in one of the most bizarre storylines, but Sally Field is a great actress and I’d love her to have a more substantial role. If The Vulture romanced her, perhaps not even as part of a nefarious plot but simply because he genuinely cared for her, it would add even more complications to Peter’s life as he’d have to break his Aunt’s heart in order to defeat the supervillain, and there’s a great deal of angst to be mined from that as he already feels responsible for Uncle Ben’s death.

#4 The Chameleon

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The Chameleon
Considering he was Spider-Man’s first foe way back in Spider-Man #1 it’s somewhat surprising that, as far as I’m aware, he’s never been considered for one of the live-action films. While he doesn’t pose the greatest physical threat I love the idea that he could be posing as anyone Spider-Man encounters, and that because Spider-Man doesn’t know exactly who he’s looking for his Spider-sense’s effectiveness is reduced.

I also like the idea of a Spider-Man doppelganger running around causing havoc and giving the webslinger an even worse reputation. I think it would be a great opening to the movie if we follow Spider-Man to a crime scene assuming he’s going to save the day only to realise that we’ve actually been watching the imposter as he shoots someone (or commits some other dastardly deed.) Although Peter Parker isn’t a detective, having The Chameleon as a villain would showcase his intelligence as he tries to figure out who is imitating him and why, and it has the potential to be a suspenseful and tense film.

#3 Michael Morbius

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Spider-Man and MorbiusOne of the aspects of the Spider-Man films I’ve been critical of is that so many of the villains have been scientists-gone-bad. In this feature I tried to stay away from those types of characters but I decided to make an exception for Morbius for a number of reasons.

I think Spider-Man is one of those characters that can work in a number of different tones. Obviously so far on this list The Vulture would be more of a straight action film, The Chameleon would be more of a suspenseful thriller and Morbius would be a horror. There’s obviously a tragic aspect to the character so he’s more of a sympathetic antagonist rather than an outright villain, and again I think the main romantic angst of the film can come from Morbius and his love interest rather than Peter and his, although I’m thinking more along the lines of Buffy/Angel rather than Twilight. With his enhanced strength he poses enough of a physical threat to Spider-Man that the fights would be equal, but the one drawback is there are a lot of similarities with The Lizard, given that both were scientists trying to cure themselves.

However, I think one of the more interesting angles that could be explored, and would make this a proper horror film, is the transformation of Spider-Man into the Man-Spider. It wouldn’t be a stretch to have Peter’s mutation go farther, and it would be a nice twist to have Spider-Man be a villain in his own film. It would also give something for Gwen to do as well. We’ve already seen that she’s intelligent and has a position at Oscorp, and I’d like to see her save Peter for once.

#2 Kraven the Hunter

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Kraven the Hunter
Kraven was the star of one of the most iconic Spider-Man stories – Kraven’s Last Hunt, but I don’t think an adaptation of that story would work. Since Spider-Man 2 I wanted a film where Kraven came to New York to hunt Spider-Man and The Lizard emerged at the same time, so Spider-Man had to stop Kraven from attacking him and The Lizard, and stop The Lizard while trying to get him to change back to Curt Connors. I’m still a bit sad that never happened, but I still think Kraven should be used in tandem with another villain.

I like the idea of him hunting Spider-Man while he battles another foe, taking notes about his strengths and weaknesses and then strikes when Spidey least expects it. I also like the idea that the appearance of Spider-Man gets the attention of this legendary hunter, and it would give an opportunity to show what people outside of New York think. I always think in film series where there’s only a single hero operating not enough attention is given to the worldwide impact their existence has. And yes, I do want him in his classic costume.

#1 Mysterio

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Mysterio‘Wait, what, Mysterio? Is this guy serious?’ Indeed I am. I’ve longed for a Mysterio appearance, so much so that when I attended a preview event for The Amazing Spider-Man I actually suggested him as a potential villain to some people who were collection opinions for the studio. I waited eagerly when announcements were made about villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but, alas, they did not take my opinions on board.

Ol’ Fishbowl Head isn’t taken that seriously but I think in the hands of a good writer he can be an effective villain. He can really torture Peter’s psyche and play on the webslinger’s doubts and fears in a way not many other villains can. I love the idea that along with fighting Mysterio Peter has to fight his own personal demons. I’d also love to see them actually treat Mysterio as a joke in the film (and as with Kraven I want to see the classic costume, as ridiculous as it is) until they realise that he’s actually really dangerous. And as anyone who has read Old Man Logan can attest; Mysterio can be dangerous.

I also think that in this period where there are so many 3D movies and movies want to be bigger and more of a spectacle than the last Mysterio is the perfect villain to deliver on that front. I mean, he’s a special effects artist! The whole film could be a visual extravaganza; the possibilities are endless!

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With the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney comes the end of era and the beginning of a new one.  Many projects that were in development have been shelved or canceled such as: “Star Wars: Detours,” and LucasArts “Star Wars: 1313″ video game. Weeks ago, a sorrowful announcement was made that the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” was coming to an end.

With the bad news of projects being canceled and layoffs going into effect, there is a ray of sunshine. Disney is taking the licensing in a new direction.  Not only are they ramping up and committing to three more Star Wars features, but Lucasfilm has teased that a new Star Wars animated series is in the works.

Rebel Force

RebelForceRadio.com had a chance to interview “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” supervising director, Dave Filoni, who revealed that he will be staying on at Lucasfilm Animation to help develop the next Star Wars animated series. During the interview, Filoni was asked if he’ll continue with animating the events and characters in the Star Wars universe, and he responded by saying,

“Well, that’s my plan!”

Filoni also states,

“(Star Wars is) obviously important to me and I’ve had a very great time working here. I’ve really helped build the animation division from when I got here and there were only a handful of people.”

Regarding recent events, he remarked,

“It’s a function of our industry… It’s not my favorite part. You can luckily grow things and bring on many talented people, but there become times when you have to shrink things as well. We happen to be in one of those times right now, but that just paves the way, hopefully, for new things and new creativity in the future.”

Filoni went on to explain,

“At this point, I am involved in some early production discussions and exploration of what we’ll be doing with Star Wars animation in the future, which is really exciting for me and I have some friendly faces around me, of course, that are helping me on the project. So it’s a transition time, as I’ve said before, and I think it will lead to an exciting time and hopefully I’ll see things grow again.”

Filoni couldn’t say much more about it, including what the show will focus on or when we’d see it, but if his track record is any indication, then it should be one exciting and fun filled series.

Sources: IGN, RebelForceRadio

Last week, Peter Laird had some pretty negative things to say about the choice to cast Megan Fox in the new movie. To be fair, Laird hasn’t exactly been a fan of anything that they’ve been doing with the film, although some of his words were misinterpreted as being positive about a year ago. Let’s just say that he was being fairly sarcastic about the horrible possibilities of the new flick back then and he definitely hasn’t warmed up to it since. In a recent blog entry, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had the following to say about the new casting choice:

Peter Laird co creator TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

“My only exposure to Megan Fox as an actress is through her role in two TRANSFORMERS movies and the wretched (but happily forgettable) JENNIFER’S BODY. It may not be fair to judge her range of acting skills just from those three movies, but I think it is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil. Of course, her name has promotional value, and maybe that’s what they want. Who knows? I can’t get myself too worked up about it.”

 

Coming out and saying that there are “probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil” is a pretty harsh way of saying that he didn’t much care for the choice. Cut to a week later and, as you might have expected, Kevin Eastman has been asked to share his thoughts on the progress of the film. If we can say that Laird hasn’t exactly been a fan, I think it’s safe to say that Eastman has been. Over the past year, he’s been a vocal supporter of Michael Bay’s new project and has had nothing negative to say about it. Once again, his words on this matter were very supportive and appreciative, suggesting that fans would not be let down. Unfortunately, it’s also pretty clear that he was feeding the interviewer an answer that he had already given several times before, so there might not be much to see here that hasn’t already been seen. That being said, it’s important to note that while one creator is not so happy with this project, the other seems to be quite satisfied, as he explains in his answer given to CBR:

 

Kevin Eastman TMNT | TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com

“From everything that I’ve seen in the (Ninja Turtles) script and the development and everything they’ve asked my input on specifically, it’s gonna be an awesome, familiar, solid “Turtles” movie. It’ll have everything that fans are gonna want and then some.

 

Much like you look at what they’re doing at Nickelodeon with the new animated series, it’s all based solidly on the “Turtles” foundation, but they’ve hit the reset button. They’ve taken it back to the first episode, with the Turtles first time above ground after many years of training with Master Splinter. They’re making a “Turtles” origin that is firmly rooted in “Turtles” history, but a slight tweak here and a slight tweak there. It’s been enjoyable and the IDW series is much the same, in that it’s firmly rooted in “Turtles” history, but multiple “Turtles” universes.”

While this is a somewhat comforting response that should give fans hope, it should also be taken with a grain of salt. After all, the last time Eastman was said to have any involvement in the script and development of the film was almost a year ago. A lot of things can change in a year, and we just don’t know if he has had any further involvement since Paramount and Platinum Dunes decided to make a few changes over the summer. In fact, we really don’t know what the working script even looks like right now, as Bay has said that the script which was leaked on the internet last year was old and out of date.

In the end, it’s interesting to hear the thoughts of these two creative geniuses on the new Ninja Turtles movie, but it would probably be a bad idea to rely on just one of them to give you a sense for how this film is going to turn out. Eastman has had more experience behind the scenes than Laird has, but that doesn’t mean he knows exactly how the film will turn out. Laird’s criticisms are valid and important to consider, and ultimately they just highlight the fact that the entire TMNT fan base is rather unsure about how to take all this news about the movie. These two rarely agree on everything, but this might just be a case where their disagreement deserves a second look. What do you think? Who’s got the right idea bout this project? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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The competition to land the role of Marvel’s Drax the Destroyer in the sci-fi/action/adventure film “Guardians of the Galaxy” was difficult. Competing for the part were actors such as Isaiah Mustafa, Patrick Wade, Jason Momoa, and mixed martial artist and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. Momoa was a frontrunner and sure winner with the “Game of Thrones” and “Conan” behind him, but Marvel has closed the deal with Bautista to play the resurging character.

Bautista is the second actor to join the project along with Chris Pratt, who will portray lead character Peter Quill/Star-Lord. “Guardians of the Galaxy is linked to last year’s wildly popular hit “The Avengers.” The last scene in that film revealed the villainous “Mad Titan” Thanos. Thanos is Drax the Destroyer’s sworn enemy. In fact, Drax’s sole purpose is to kill Thanos. His involvement as part of the Guardians is essential.

So, who is Drax?

Drax was an Earth man named Arthur Douglas. While laying low on Earth, Thanos encounters Douglas and his wife, and fearing they have seen him, kills them both. The being known as Kronos placed Douglas’ spirit into a powerful new body. Drax’s powers include enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts from his hands.

Bautista certainly has the physique to play the part. He has been very busy as of late as well. He appeared in RZA’s martial arts film “The Man with the Iron Fists,” and he will next be seen in combat against Vin Diesel in “Riddick” on September 6th.

Here’s a brief storyline of the film.

U.S. pilot Peter Quill ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” will be released on August 1, 2014. The film currently stars Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista. Chris McCoy, Nicole Perlman, and James Gunn wrote the screenplay based on the Marvel Comic by the same name originally created by Gene Colan, Arnold Drake, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning. James Gunn directs.

There are going to be MANY armors shown to have been created by Tony Stark in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 3; here are a few:

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Inspired by Iron Man: Extremis, Tony Stark will be working with Extremis technology to create multiple new “contingency armor sets” and hopefully keep his many enemies from getting their hands on his technology. Tony will have once again upgraded his armor, this time from the Mark VIII previously seen to the Mark XLVII. The trailers have shown Tony in a room full of different armors some of which we have found listed. So, wityhout to much further ado, I present to you…

1. Mark XLVII

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Fans of the previous appearances of Iron man have seen Iron Man armors Mark I-VII, it is being stated that between the times in Avengers and Iron Man 3 Tony has created MANY new iterations of his core armor bringing us all the way to Mark 47  which is rumored to contain Extremis Nano technology. we have seen in the trailer that he can move this armor simply with a thought causing it to form around him seemingly at will.

 

2. HeartBreaker Armor :

Heartbreaker armor

The second armor is more of an improvement to the base Mark 47 armor adding a giant unibeam to the chest. This will be used to take down other enemies “infected” with the Extremis nano tech as well as to face down Mandarin.

3.Deep Space Armor :

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Tony’s “Space Armor” has been shown in design images (above) and is believed to be a lead in to his appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It is rumored to contain a gel that will protect the wearer from the heat of gel which protects this armor from the heat and friction damage of clearing and reentering Earth’s atmosphere.

 

4. Ghost Armor:

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This is Tony’s upgraded  “stealth” armor. It is equipped with sound dampening technology, stealth technology to cloak him from radar AND it is rumored to be able to bend light making the wearer invisible (think predator style invisibility). Elements of this armor are also rumored to be incorporated into the armors that were created after it.

5.Stealth Armor :

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Said to contain no weapons technology at all this is a “downgraded” version of the Ghost armor. It is said Tony created this to be able to come and go freely without being able to be tracked via radar.

 

6.Hydro Armor :

hydro armor

A suit for use underwater.

 

7. Hypervelocity Autonomous Personnel Protectorhappy armor

Armor :

Codenamed H.AP.P.Y  this is an AI infused armor to aid Tony should he need a hand in field combat. Many are believed to exist.

 

8. Godkiller Armor :

godkiller armor

Facially different this armor’s A.I is rumored to have been designed by Tony’s lovely  girlfriend Pepper Potts. Given the designation of this armor it is believed it may be a contingency for Thor.

 

 

9. HulkBuster Armor :

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A much larger armor, this is often used for dealing with Hulk related issues as it can take a lot more punishment and is also capable of hitting hard enough to at least get the Hulk’s attention.

As some of you may know, the first look at footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be included on the blu-ray/dvd release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey out March 19th. But here’s some info on where and how you can watch the trailer. It will be revealed via a live-streaming event at thehobbit.com/sneak on March 24 at 3 p.m. ET/12 PT. In order to get access to the live-stream you’ll need an UltraViolet code that’s only available through a purchase of copies of An Unexpected Journey. There’s no word on when or if the trailer will be released at a later date for those that don’t make the purchase and I imagine Warner Bros. will definitely have an eye out for bootleg uploads.

Also, you can submit questions for Peter Jackson to answer in a Q&A taking place directly after the trailer premiere through the film’s facebook and vine pages.

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Says Deadline, “Despite turning 75, Scott continues to have an appetite for cutting-edge stuff and emerging technologies. He won’t direct any of these short films but will be a hands-on executive producer with RSA president Jules Daly. With Machinima, they will select directing clients of RSA and figure out what stories to tell.

“Machinima has provided a strong springboard for genre content on the web. The network distributed Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which revived the moribund Mortal Kombat franchise. It started with a short film and is now in its second season and led to a feature film in development. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn premiered last fall and the series has received more than 3.2 million views.”

According to the article, Scott’s RSA is working with over 80 filmmakers, among them Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Joe Carnahan, etc. The idea is that as a source for potential ideas, these filmmakers will be approached to see if they have any concepts they’d enjoy bringing to life. Daly is quoted as saying, “There is a plethora of great talent here and sometimes they don’t have a platform for great ideas that would work well in shorts. It could be an established director wanting to try something new, or a brilliant young director from Sweden who surprises us.”

In a statement, Scott said: “RSA has always been at the forefront of creating innovative work. With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans. It’s a tremendous opportunity for pushing the creative boundaries for both our filmmakers and the audience.”

 

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Perhaps most interesting – and of keen interest to the fans – was Lucas’ concern about creative control of the storyline for the next trilogy, even after the sale. That’s conveyed in the following excerpt from the piece:

“Lucas had paid close attention to how Disney had handled Pixar, which he still refers to as ‘my company.’ He founded it as the Lucasfilm Computer Division in 1979, and sold it to [Steve] Jobs six years later. He calls Disney’s decision not to meddle with Pixar ‘brilliant.’ If he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he figured there might still be a way to retain some influence over his fictitious universe. Much would depend on who ran Lucasfilm after he retired.”

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That person, of course, was Kathleen Kennedy, who immediately accepted the offer. Details the story, “‘When Kathy came on, we started talking about starting up the whole franchise again,’ he [Lucas] says. ‘I was pulling away, and I said, “Well, I’ve got to build this company up so it functions without me, and we need to do something to make it attractive.” So I said, “Well, let’s just do these movies.”

“Lucas and Kennedy hired screenwriter Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, to begin work on the script for Episode VII. They enlisted Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, to act as a consultant. Lucas started talking to members of the original Star Wars cast, such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, about appearing in the films. In June 2012, he called Iger. In the five months of negotiations that followed, Lucas argued that the best people to make the next Star Wars trilogy would be his longtime Lucasfilm executives. ‘I had a group of very, very talented people that had worked for the company for many, many years and really knew how to market Star Wars, how to do the licensing and make the movies,’ Lucas explains. ‘I said, “I think it would be wise to keep some of this intact. We need a few people to oversee the property, you know, who are just dedicated to doing that, so we’re sure we get this right.”

“Iger understood Lucas’s concerns. ‘George said to me once that when he dies, it’s going to say “Star Wars creator George Lucas,”‘ he says. Still, Iger wanted to make sure that Lucas, who was used to controlling every aspect of Star Wars, from set design to lunchboxes, understood that Disney, not Lucasfilm, would have final say over any future movies. ‘We needed to have an understanding that if we acquire the company, despite tons of collegial conversations and collaboration, at the end of the day, we have to be the ones who sign off on whatever the plans are,’ says Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

“…At first Lucas wouldn’t even turn over his rough sketches of the next three Star Wars films. When Disney executives asked to see them, he assured them they would be great and said they should just trust him. ‘Ultimately you have to say, “Look, I know what I’m doing. Buying my stories is part of what the deal is.” I’ve worked at this for 40 years, and I’ve been pretty successful,’ Lucas says. ‘I mean, I could have said, “Fine, well, I’ll just sell the company to somebody else.”‘

“Once Lucas got assurances from Disney in writing about the broad outlines of the deal, he agreed to turn over the treatments—but insisted they could only be read by Iger, Horn, and Kevin Mayer, Disney’s executive vice president for corporate strategy. ‘We promised,’ says Iger. ‘We had to sign an agreement.’

“When Iger finally got a look at the treatments, he was elated. ‘We thought from a storytelling perspective they had a lot of potential,’ he says.”

From previous interviews, we knew Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) would be the lead of ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. show but we didn’t know how showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen, Joss,Jed, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb would accomplish this seeing as how Coulson died at the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in The Avengers. With the show taking place after the climatic battle with the Chituari in NYC many theorized that Coulson would be seen in flashback, that he was really a robot, a Skrull shape-shifter or something else equally outlandish. Well S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Joss Whedon told the crowd at SXSW that Coulson is in fact returning from the dead.

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“I’ll tell you guys this, Heimlich,” Whedon joked, before effectively clamming up about the show. “I can’t talk about it,” he admitted, but said that he did bring Coulson back from the dead for the ABC drama. “Yes. For realsies.”

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Now that it’s established that Coulson really did die in The Avengers and that Fury didn’t lie to the other Avengers, the question now is HOW does Coulson come back from the dead? There are a number of items and methods that this could be used to accomplish this in the pages of Marvel Comics but the vast majority of such devices have yet to be presented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

No matter how they do it, it’s safe to say Agent Coulson is a badass at this point.

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