Disney Is Open to Making Fox-style R-rated Superhero Films

The senses-shattering news that Disney, home to Marvel Studios, has acquired 20th Century Fox‘s library was met with elation by many comic book fans, but the blockbuster deal also struck fear into the hearts of some, who worried that the family-friendly brand would neuter Deadpool’s famously NSFW aesthetic and turn the foul-mouthed and bloody murderer into someone acceptable at a small child’s tea party.

While not a promise, it sounds like Disney is at least willing to consider releasing R-rated superhero movies like Deadpool and Logan in the future — as long as they are segregated from the PG-13 heroes and the kiddie stuff.
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It’s Official: Disney Buys 20th Century Fox Properties

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it is acquiring 21st Century Fox‘s film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and international TV businesses for $52.4 billion dollars.

But forget all that financial babble — all comic book fans want to know is: When will the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool be reunited with the House of Ideas? Well, it’s certainly going to happen, as Disney’s release stipulates:

“The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love.”

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Japanese ‘Black Panther’ Trailer Boasts New Footage

 

The just-released international trailer for Black Panther contains a significant amount of new footage and dialogue not seen in either version of the first domestic trailer, shedding more light on the characters and hinting at the film’s storyline.

We also get a slightly clearer look at Andy Serkis‘ villain — Ulysses Klaue a.k.a. the supervillain Klaw — using the sonic device on his left arm. (We saw his arm get chopped off in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.) There are also some nice shots of Michael B. Jordan as the film’s Big Bad, Erik Killmonger.

Does this new international trailer make you more excited to see Black Panther when it opens Feb. 16, 2018, in the USA and on March 1 in Japan?

First Trailer for ‘Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom’ Drops

One of the most surprising hits of 2015, Jurassic World, gets its inevitable sequel with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, featuring the return of cinema’s most beloved man-child, Chris Pratt, and his counterweight, the more mature Bryce Dallas Howard.

And, almost equally inevitably, the sequel’s first trailer stinks worse than a giant mound of dinosaur poop. As Samuel L. Jackson said in the original Jurassic Park (1993): “Hold on to yer butts!”

I am very, very disappointed in this trailer, which tells me Fallen Kingdom is going to be just more of the same. More goofy Owen (Pratt), more uptight Claire (Howard) — well, maybe she’s loosened up a bit — more bubble cars, more annoying kids and yet another heavy-armed “rescue mission,” but this time to save the dinos, not people, trapped on the island. And, on top of all that, we get Jeff Goldblum as the pompous Dr. Ian Malcolm one more time, as well as B.D. Wong as the conniving geneticist, Dr. Henry Wu.
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Your First Look at Sophie Turner as Phoenix

The next installment in the long-running X-Men series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will see the mutant heroes battling one of their own, telepath Jean Grey, when she is driven mad after being possessed by the Phoenix, an entity of nearly unlimited power.

Entertainment Weekly has the first images from next fall’s big movie, depicting star Sophie Turner (Sansa, GAME OF THRONES) as Phoenix. When she turns evil, she becomes known as Dark Phoenix.

According to director Simon Kinberg, the Phoenix force is awakened after a solar flare hits the team during a mission in space. First-time helmer Kinberg wrote and produced a number of previous X-flicks.

Here are EW‘s three exclusive images from the movie:

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‘The New Mutants’ Film Scares Up its First Poster

This spring will see the debut of a new group of superheroes who are mutants, but not part of the X-Men, and their movie aims to be nothing like the complicated long-running franchise featuring their elders.

Today’s release of the creepy first poster for The New Mutants confirms that director Josh Boone is going all-in on something totally new: a superhero horror movie.

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” Boone (The Fault in our Stars) said. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

Debuting back in the 1980s, The New Mutants (created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod)  comic book series featured a handful of youngsters gathered by X-Men mentor Professor Xavier, who intended to teach them how to control their powers, but not for the purpose of being superheroes. However, events conspired to force the fledgling team into battle.
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What’s a Jaeger? The Heroes of ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’

An extended version of the Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer has been released that includes a featurette on the Jaegers, the giant robots that battle the giant monsters known as Kaiju.

Designed as a sort of recruiting film for prospective Jaeger pilots, this primer is part instructional, part propaganda. It’s the sort of expanded universe trope that reminds me of Kaiju Emergency Alert System. If you haven’t seen the first movie, this video will tell you just about all you need to know about these cool robots.

So, what exactly is a Jaeger?

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