Six Stylized ‘Winter Soldier’ Poster Designs

ComingSoon.Net had unveiled six stylized character posters for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Based on previously released designs, these new versions feature a powerful deep red color motif. To me they resemble a mashup of Cap and Sin City. The actual posters themselves can be seen in person at the Hollywood Arclight if you happen to be in Los Angeles.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens Aril 4.

‘Winter Soldier’ Clip: Mr. Fury & Mr. Pierce

In this clip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury goes to Alexander Pierce to ask for a favor, giving Samuel L. Jackson a chance to work with Hollywood legend Robert Redford. Check it out…

Y’know speaking of Redford and that “Hollywood legend” stuff, the Law of Conservation of Casting would seem to indicate that a production would not hire an actor of Redford’s stature/salary for a throwaway role — which fuels the speculation that Alexander Pierce is not exactly who he says he is. But if that’s the case, who is he?

There has been rampant speculation that Pierce is the Red Skull in disguise, and while that certainly sounds cool, I kind of doubt that Redford was brought on board just to replace Hugo Weaving. And does Redford really want to take over a role created by someone else? We know he’s not Baron Strucker. He’s not Batroc. Could Redford be Zemo? Maybe he’s playing the son of Red Skull, who takes on his late father’s mask and mission?

Of course,  Alexander could be Cap and Peggy’s lovechild from the 1940s, left fatherless by Steve Rogers’ plunge into the icy North Atlantic…

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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First Trailer From ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Following the release earlier this week of the most majestic (and ass-kicking) teaser poster of 2013, we at last get a glimpse into the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger in spring’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I really like this clip because it seems to give a taste of what the movie will be like overall: Some character banter, some politics and a whole lot of jaw-dropping action. What I’m excited about is the film seems to treat Cap (Chris Evans) with the reverence he deserves.

It looks like the Black Widow will have a more significant role than originally rumored — but who’s going to complain about more Scarlett Johansson? We also got a glimpse of Anthony Mackie as both Sam Wilson and the Falcon in action! Of course Sam Jackson is Sam Jackson, but Robert Redford appears to fit right in as Alexander Pierce, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I get more and more psyched for this movie the closer we get to April 2014.

Sam Jackson: Elizabeth Olsen Added for Age of Ultron

EolsenNo less an authority than Samuel L. Jackson, Col. Nick Fury himself, told The Wall Street Journal that Elizabeth Olsen has joined the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron — and since she has been rumored to be up for the role of the Scarlet Witch, that’s probably who she’s playing. Unless she’s the Wasp (there was some talk that she could play the winsome one).

Here’s what Jackson said to the newspaper:

“I don’t think we begin shooting before March of next year. I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch], but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script.”

Okay, so he didn’t say the words “as the Scarlet Witch” — WSJ added the material in brackets. But her casting (in some role) sounds pretty solid to me. Besides, even if she wasn’t officially hired, maybe Sam talking about it will make it so. After all, do you want to tell Mr. Samuel L. Jackson that Olsen won’t be in the film?

I think Olsen will make a fine addition to the ensemble cast. Check out Martha Marcy May Marlene to see what a fine actress she is.

Captain America Sequel: A Crowded House

capwidowfuryIs it just me, or does anyone else think the Captain America sequel is getting more than a bit crowded? The latest synopsis of Captain America: The Winter Soldier teases a big role for Black Widow, and combining that with lots of Nick Fury and introducing the Falcon and new baddie the Winter Soldier — so where does Cap himself fit in?

Samuel L. Jackson recently had this to say about his character, Nick Fury:

“You see Nick Fury the office guy, him going about the day-to-day work of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the politics as opposed to that other stuff. It’s great to have him dealing with Captain America in terms of being able to speak to him soldier to soldier and try to explain to him how the world has changed in another way while he was frozen in time. Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies — him trying to figure out, “Well, how do we trust those guys?” or “How do we trust the guys that you didn’t trust who don’t trust you? And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this gray area. Nick lies to him all the time, too. But he’s trying to help him navigate the waters of the new sharks that he doesn’t know anything about.”

Of course, all this mental stuff could be going on inside Fury’s head and all we’ll see onscreen is one interaction with Cap. But then again, probably not.
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Awesome New Avengers Trailer!

The new trailer for Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers manages to simultaneously make the movie look epic — by playing up the widescreen action and pumping up the threat level — and intimate — by featuring tiny little character moments that demonstrate these are Marvel characters (by which I mean, damaged souls). Check it out at Apple trailers.

And check out The Avengers in theaters May 4.

Review: Iron Man 2 (non-spoiler)

They don’t build ‘em like they used to, and they don’t make Iron Man movies like they used to, either. Iron Man 2 is basically more of the same — but slightly less entertaining. And that’s the movie’s only real flaw: It’s just not as fresh and original as the first film. If you loved the first one, you will be very happy with this one.

Robert Downey Jr. is still the center of the film, and he still plays playboy inventor Tony Stark as light a mixture between a petulant child, a nerd, Hugh Hefner — and Capt. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The self-indulgent Stark is (sort of) reined in by his coolly-efficient assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) — until he realizes that she really is better at doing his job than he is.

Stark’s job in this movie is to fend off rival industrialist Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), who could be Stark’s less-competent twin. Hammer teams up with Russian madman Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who feels that his father was cheated by Stark’s father, Howard, and creates a supersuit of his own that employs energy whips to incapacitate his foes. Rourke certainly looks and sounds like a survivor of a corrupt Russian prison system, but Vanko’s motives are only barely hinted at — a weakness of the script, not Rourke, who gives it his all. He makes Vanko mad in the sense of being both angry and crazy.
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