‘TMNT’ To Show Up Before ‘Winter Soldier’

TMNTsetTiming always matters, and sometimes, so does placement.

That Michael Bay-produced reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that stars Megan Fox will debut its first trailer in front of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, according to ComicBookMovie.com. And that has some Cap fans fuming, because they thing the Turtles project is trying to mooch respectability off the Star-Spangled Avenger.

TMNT producer Galen Walker broke the news on his Facebook page:

“Ok-Cool Beans folks! the new Ninja Turtles Teaser will make it’s debut in front of the New Captain America Movie – April 4th. We are ready and prepared for lift off! Been a long haul.”

It’s also slightly (but only slightly) unusual to unspool a full trailer some four months before a film’s opening, lending at least a little credence to the idea that TMNT producers are trying to latch onto Cap’s coattails.

The live-action movie’s cast includes: Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Danny Woodburn as Splinter, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Will Arnett as Vernon and William Fichtner as Shredder.

TMNT hits theaters Aug. 8.

Baron von Strucker Will Menace Cap and the Avengers… a Lot

tkretschmannMarvel Studios is about introduce another Big Bad in the tradition of Loki: one who can serve as the villain in any number of future superhero films.

German actor Thomas Kretschmann has signed a deal to play villainous former Nazi Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in several movies, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and possibly a cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, according to websites ComicBookMovie.com and Dark Horizons.

Kretschmann, who has already played Nazi officers in films such as The Pianist and Valkyrie, will play the battle-scarred leader of HYDRA, whose agents were seen battling Captain America in the World War II period of Captain America: The First Avenger. In the comics, von Strucker is a nemesis of Cap, the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., which makes him a particularly appropriate addition to the Marvel movie universe. Also, he can give Loki a break from multifilm villainy. After all, the Norse god of mischief cannot be in every Marvel film!
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Pregnant Scarlett Johansson Still in Avengers Sequel

pregwidowScarlett Johansson is reportedly pregnant with her first child with her French journalist fiancé, Romain Dauriac, but that doesn’t mean the Black Widow will have sit out the action in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron — and the role is not being recast.

Instead, Scarlett’s scenes are being moved to the beginning of production, so she can complete her filming well before her baby is due, in August. Word is Scarlett will report to the set for returning director Joss Whedon on April 5 — right after she finishes her press duties for Widow’s appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

More ‘Winter Soldier’ Goodies: TV Spot & Posters!

capwinterposwintersoldWe’re less than a month away from the April 4 opening day for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and anticipation is building.

Marvel Studios has released a poster of The Winter Soldier and a new one of Cap that looks a lot more like a comic book cover than the previous images — well, except for Chris Evans not wearing his Cap mask! In his own comic book and in Avengers, Captain America never goes into battle without his mask, But it’s always different in the movies: The studios all want to see the face of the actor they hired to wear the costume.

Take a look at this great new trailer (the third) that features more new footage — including the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in battle, Cap vs. the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and more on that amazing helicarrier crash!


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What? More ‘Winter Soldier’ Photos? Yup.

Yes, it’s true, Marvel Studios has released another batch of photos to promote Captain America: The Winter Soldier. For those of you haven’t heard, this is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and it opens April 4.

Teaser images are great, but let’s hope that the studio doesn’t release so many images that someone is able to piece together the movie, fumetti-style, photo by photo, before opening night!

The One Super Bowl Commercial I Want to See

Welcome to Super Bowl Sunday, one of the most sacred days of the year in America! The big game will pit the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks — the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense; the irresistible force vs. the immovable object. Who will win? I hope it’s the Broncos, but I won’t be too broken up if it’s the Seahawks, because, without my New York Football Giants playing… who really cares? (Even if it is in the Jints’ home stadium.)

What I do care about is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Marvel Studios has promised a bombastic ad during the game this evening — I hope the video can deliver. Here is a 16-second teaser… a commercial for the commercial, if you will. Enjoy!

Cap, Widow, Falcon, Nick and the Winter Soldier will all be there when C:TWS opens on April 4.