And One Trailer to Rule Them All…

I don’t think there was any doubt that the Captain America: The Winter Soldier Super Bowl trailer lived up to the hype — and matched the high standard set by the first Cap clip.

CA:TWS made you forget there were trailers for other movies. Relive the glory:

Look for Cap, Widow, Falcon and all their friends on April 4.

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.

 

This Winter Weather Makes Me Think… ‘Winter Soldier’

With all this blasted snow around these parts (the Northeast USA), I prefer to think about warmer weather — like, say, April 4, which just happens to be the day Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens.

Like the last batch, these images do a good job of making this sequel look like action-packed fun. In fact, all of the promotional material — the teaser poster and the first trailer — has been hugely effective, in my book.

Good to see the Falcon finally getting some love — and even Frank Grillo’s Crossbones. (Anyone else remember Grillo from THE SHIELD or, better yet, GUIDING LIGHT?) Robert Redford is at the center of swirling Oscar rumors for his role in All Is Lost, so he’s getting more attention in the promotional materials for Winter Soldier. This is the first good look I’ve seen of this movie’s version of Cap’s (Chris Evans) uniform. And who ever needs an excuse to run a photo of Scarlett Johansson?

New ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Photos

A few more images from Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released to either help tide us over until April 4, or to make the torture of the wait that much more exquisite…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo and Robert Redford.

Long-Gestating Sandman Movie Is Back On!

Joseph-Gordon-Levitt-joseph-gordon-levitt-34334769-500-668People have been trying to make a live-action movie based on acclaimed comics god Neil Gaiman’s influential Sandman series for literally decades, but no one has been able to crack the script problem: There’s just too much magic and drama and whimsy and terror and poetry to fit into a two-hour movie.

Well, as of today, actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks he can do it — and is in final negotiations with Warner Bros. to helm the project. JG-L will at least produce, and may also direct and star in the movie as well. There are rumors that he’s confirmed to star and direct, but all JG-L himself will confirm (via Twitter) is that he’s producing, alongside David Goyer. JG-L directed the romantic comedy Don Jon, co-starring Scarlett Johansson, which he also wrote.
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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.

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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Female of the Species: Deadlier Than the Male

This clip is the first piece of a scene released from the forthcoming summer blockbuster The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.

This snippet showcases the team’s only female member, the Black Widow, and demonstrates the two big reasons why she’s on the team:

  1. She kicks total ass (even while bound in a chair).
  2. She’s played by Scarlett Johansson.

In this non-spoiler scene, the Widow is being interrogated by some bad guys. She’s wearing a cocktail dress, so they probably captured her during an operation and then tied her to a chair. Bad move for them…

The Avengers opens May 4 in the USA.