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On today’s episode, Michael breaks down how Disney/Marvel should approach Robert Downey Jr. walking away from Iron Man due to wanting more money without destroying their universe. Plus, from the words of Batman writer Grant Morrison himself, the life of Batman in 3 minutes. Be sure to click the Like / Tweet buttons to help promote The Michael Show!
Comic-Con 2012 is now history and it’s easy for things to get lost in the shuffle because a lot of stuff happens at that show. Below is compiled the biggest announcements of the convention. The news stretches from comics, to movies, to TV, to video games; from Marvel, DC, Image and more.
DEADPOOL’S GOT (A) GAME
It started with posters for other Activision games, like the recent Amazing Spider-Man, scratched out with Deadpool graffiti. Wolverine found himself a victim of this advertising defacement as well. Then, at the Marvel Games panel, Deadpool himself crashed, demanding his new trailer be seen immediately.
With Deadpool’s signature multiple-voiced interior monologue, his truly insane way of processing situations, and of course the way he broke the fourth wall to speak directly to his fans, it’s clear that the folks at High Moon Studios aren’t just making a video game starring Deadpool, they’re making a Deadpool Game.
AVENGERS VS X-MEN WILL HAVE ‘CONSEQUENCES’
It happens at the end of pretty much every major Marvel story — Avengers vs. X-Men is no exception, and Marvel made that clear at Comic-Con.
Though we already know that the end of AvX brings the dawn of the “Marvel NOW!” era, Marvel announced two series at Comic-Con that tie even closer to the end of the 12-part event: the Kieron Gillen-written five-part AvX: Consequences, with an ominous cover (seen above) that sure seems to point to the death of a major character who may or may not be Cyclops; and A Plus X, a team-up series that’s essentially the reverse of “fight book” AvX: VS.
That’s not all Marvel’s comic side offered this Comic-Con, with announcements including the Jeff Parker-written Hulk becoming Red She-Hulk, and a new Ultimate Comics Iron Manminiseries from Nathan Edmondson and artist Matteo Buffagini.(Albert Ching.)
TIM DRAKE WAS NEVER ROBIN
Scott Lobdell first said at the Young Justice panel at SDCC 2012 that Tim Drake was never a “Robin” and had simply adopted the guise of “Red Robin” upon first becoming Batman’s sidekick, that objectivity was bound to be tested in a big way. Add in that he “was one of the few people to get really close to tracking down who Bruce is” and it seems we’re dealing with an almost entirely new character.
This is some major revisionist history whether you’re for or against it, and appears to hurt what made Tim Drake fundamentally different from the other Robins: he and he alone recognized that Batman needed a Robin, he alone figured out that Batman was Bruce Wayne and he gave up everything by being Robin: his parents, his best friends, and his girlfriend all died along the way.
Taking away Tim Drake’s time as no-adjective Robin, or reducing his initial, natural detective skills, quite simply makes the character a different one from the sidekick, and from the hero that readers grew with for the last nearly 25 years. This may all lead to great stories — everything has potential — but it will need to do it fast to avoid giving long-time DC fans one more thing to be upset about.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & WINTER SOLDIER — ON FILM
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie was the worst kept secret from Marvel Studios this year, but it’s still safe to say it surprised even those who pretty much knew it was coming. After successfully building an Avengers franchise, the studio is showing some real guts by taking the Marvel Universe into the far reaches of space, and headlining a movie with a talking raccoon and a walking tree who can only say “I AM GROOT!”
Read more about the Guardians of the Galaxy and other Marvel Films HERE.
KRISTEN STEWARD SMILED (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER)…
…and looked pretty hot (also for the first time ever).
The long-rumored Guardians of the Galaxy movie is official, and was announced at the Marvel Studios panel during Comic-Con in San Diego.
Images of Drax, Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon were shown during the presentation, giving an idea of the main cast. The film is scheduled for release on Aug. 1, 2014.
Additionally, the full titles for the Captain America and Thor sequels were announced: Captain America: Winter Soldier (scheduled for April 4, 2014) and Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8, 2013).
The subtitle “Winter Soldier” appears to confirm that it’s an adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Captain America acclaimed story where Bucky was found to be alive, and operating as a brainwashed Soviet assassin. In 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger, Bucky was played by Sebastian Stan. Sitcom veterans Anthony and Joe Russo were confirmed as directing the film.
Director/screenwriter Edgar Wright joined the panel to discuss his long in-development Ant-Man film, and showed the recently shot test footage that was reported on late last month.
A clip from Iron Man 3 showed Tony Stark controlling his armor with his mind and it assembling around him, which speaks to the “Extremis” storyline reported to be a major influence on the plot of the film. Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau and director Shane Black are all appearing live at the panel.
As long expected, Black confirmed that the role played by Ben Kingsley in the film is indeed Iron Man archenemy The Mandarin. Rebecca Hall’s role was confirmed as Maya Hansen, a key player in the “Extremis” story. According to Marvel.com’s live blog of the event, it’s actually War Machine in the Iron Patriot armor, images of which leaked in May.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige commented that Iron Man 3 is Tony Stark-centric story, as opposed to the larger scope of Avengers.
Walt Disney Co’s design team has increased its efforts to bring the Marvel superhero team “The Avengers” to the company’s theme parks after the film’s smashing success, the head of Disney’s parks unit said.
Speaking as Disney unveiled the final attractions of a $1 billion investment to boost its laggard Disney California Adventure park,Tom Staggs said he intends to bring “The Avengers” characters to the Anaheim resort and other parks outside the United States.
“We were hard at work on attractions using Marvel characters previously, and that work has only intensified given (the film’s) great success,” Staggs, chairman of Disney’s parks and resorts division, told Reuters in an interview at the park’s Golden Vine Winery.
“The Avengers” has sold more than $1.3 billion worth of tickets around the world. Executives andDisney’s designers, called “imagineers,” are still working out how to bring characters like The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America to the parks. “The setting has to be right, the story has to be right. That takes a fair amount of time,” Staggs said.
Disney is contractually restricted from bringing Marvel characters to its parks in Orlando, where they are licensed to Comcast Corp’s Universal Studios.
The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012 in the United States in 2D and 3D. Another trailer was released today with some amazing shots of our first official look at the whole team together.
First look at the Big 3 together: Captain America, Iron Man and Thor
Check out the trailer below:
This Avengers movie is really happening. There’s no maybes or ifs to consider, no developmental hell or botched contracts to sort out amongst studio executives. After more than three years in the making, next summer’s film approaches with the speed and subtlety of a breakaway train.
It’s been awhile since The Michael Show has posted an Avengers update because no new information has become available. However, some new pictures surfaced.
Today, Michael get bitten by the movie bug and enjoys heart retching episodes of Breaking Bad, takes a trip to Blockbuster to rent Scream 4, uses Red Box for the first time to experience Thor and recounts endless viewings of Barney on Netflix. Barney? Yes, you know who I mean. News discussed on today’s show: Netflix stocks plunge, Bank of America to charge monthly fee, Lindsay Lohan receives offers from Playboy and Fleshlight and Justin Bieber needs his mommy’s permission to attend a pj party. Be Sure To Click The Like / Tweet Buttons To Help Promote The Michael Show!
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There are 4 main things I expected in the Avengers movie trailer. Sadly, none of those expectations were seen. It really doesn’t matter, though. The trailer looks amazing, this movie will be amazing and I can’t wait. I’ve literally waited 20 years for an Avengers movie and now it is finally here. My life will finally be complete May 2012.
Marvel Studios have announced that the trailer for The Avengers will be released Tuesday, October 11, and, of course, The Michael Show will be featuring it right on this site. You have no idea how excited I am for this.
For this trailer to deliver there are a few things I expect to see:
- Our first look at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. I will be pissed if it’s not there.
- A full team shot. I don’t mean individual second shots of Cap and Thor. I want the whole team, fully assemebled, if only just for a second.
- With number 2 in mind, I want to hear Captain America yell out Earth’s Mightiest Heroes famous battle cry, “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!”
- Confirmation of if Loki, the Skrulls, Thanos or whoever is the central villain.
Stay tuned, True Believers.
Finally, we’ve got our first look at two of the greatest Marvel heroes ever, side by side, stepping into the ring and kicking villainous ass alongside each other. Captain America and Thor — I love it!
The Avengers are still on the rampage in Cleveland, and today, Captain America and Thor are wielding the shield and throwing the hammer like it’s their job…which, y’know, it is. Set videos and photos show Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth kicking the crap out of a pack of enemies.
And not just any enemies, either — there’s compelling evidence from earlier set photos that the Skrulls are in the movie. There was an alien firearm on the set yesterday, and adding further fuel to rumors of the Skrull presence (or, at the very least, some kind of otherworldly threat) is today’s appearance of what looks to be a spacecraft. See it for yourself:
And here’s Captain America and Thor fighting side-by-side against a bunch of guys in motion capture suits — aka, Skrulls. You know it, I know it.
The ending of Captain America: The First Avenger gives us a nice sneak peak at footage from Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Avengers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have never looked so amazing. Check out the stills below:
In order to see this Avengers trailer, you have to sit through the final scene of Captain America. So if you haven’t seen “Cap” yet, you’ll need to cross some spoiler-filled waters to get to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Unless you just want to jump to the 34 second mark; that’s an option, too! Enjoy.
In addition to the new movie poster for next summer’s The Avengers, Marvel Studios has released several character posters that were designed for this year’s Comic-Con. I have two words: FUCKEN AWESOME!!!!
Check out the brand new Avengers teaser poster!
Not a whole lot to see, but, combine it with whatever else we’ve heard about the project and this gets me extremely excited!
Joss Whedon — we’re whole-heartedly trusting you! Get it done with your usual and expected awesomeness!
Below you can checkout a brand new fan poster for the upcoming Avengers movie which just hit the web via Imagehost. The poster features a whole slew of the main characters that we can expect to see in The Avengers as well as some that we are not so sure on. This looks amazing.
I love comics. While I do not read them as religiously as I use too, I still do check in with them from time to time. One of my favorite comic runs was the Busiek/Perez Avengers from the early 2000′s (picture above). This was the Avengers at their best!!! Turns out the editor, Tom Brevoort, has a Formsping. I made a statement and he answered. Enjoy:
Ask me a question on Formspring.
WOWZERS!!! This is amazing!!
The Avengers is probably the most talked about superhero movie in recent years and with Joss Whedon behind the lens, there’s little to no chance that this movie is going to disappoint. (Don’t quote me on that.)
Not much is known about the story, but as of today, we have a first look at The Avengers all together, all in costume! Check out the poster for flick (above), which was presented to attendees of the at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas this week.
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Happy Mother’s Day, especially to all you MILF’s out there. On this special Friday installment of The Michael Show, Michael reflects on Mother’s Day, talks about his relationship with his mom and his childhood with her. Also, updates on Rebecca Black, Thor opening night, The Office ratings minus Steve Carell and the more awkward infomercial ever: the Cuchini.
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Here’s the first set photo to be released:
Here’s the text from the official press release:
Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Thor, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (“Thor,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man,” “Thor”) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.
Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest super hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of super heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming Marvel Studios’ feature “Thor.”
“Marvel’s The Avengers” is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patty Whitcher, and Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios’ Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso will co-produce.
So that’s the latest news!
Ah, it’s comic book dork time. Michael opens up with some Thor, Avengers, Justice League and Batman movie talk. Then, its PSA time with Rebecca Black discussing the safety risks of 13-year-olds driving cars and we take a listen to one of the most infamous PSA’s of all time. Lastly, top 20 most common passwords of all time, Charlie Sheen bombs his first live show in Detroit and a porn star reality show in development. We so excited about The Michael Show….eh, not really, I’m sure.