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Here’s almost every Easter egg from Marvel’s first eight films

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None of Marvel Studios’ films are entirely original. That isn’t a criticism: the storyline and characters are adapted from years of comic books, films, TV shows, etc. Each film embraces the past with an insane number of Easter eggs that acknowledges both the source material and the other films in the wholly-interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a 13-minute montage, MTV breaks down all the Easter eggs from 2008’s Iron Man through 2013’s Thor: The Dark World— meaning no Captain America: The Winter Soldier, no Guardians of the Galaxy, and nothing from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD television show. Is it complete? “Absolutely not,” say someone who knows comic books way better than us. But we still enjoyed watching.

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And if you want to skip ahead to your favorite:

  • 0:14 – Iron Man
  • 2:03 – The Incredible Hulk
  • 4:16 – Iron Man 2
  • 5:42 – Thor
  • 6:47 – Captain America: The First Avenger
  • 8:09 – The Avengers
  • 9:43 – Iron Man 3
  • 10:50 – Thor: The Dark World

Here’s What ‘The Avengers’ Sequel Is All About

After “Thor 2,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” our superheroes are pretty much in retirement mode.

Thor has given up his right as the leader of Asgard, Captain America has gone off in a search of his friend Bucky, and Tony Stark rid of all his Iron Man suits.

According to EW, the Avengers team now wants someone — or something — else to take the lead when it comes to fighting off villains.

Enter Ultron, a drone that was originally built by Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) in the comics back in 1968. This time; however, he’ll be built by Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) as a means of protection gone awry.

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From EW:

“The ‘Avengers’ sequel begins with Stark’s latest plan to fix the world: Ultron will be an all-seeing, all-knowing captain of the Iron Legion, a planetary force of robotic beat cops that resemble blue-and-white versions of the Iron Man suit but have no human core … If it all works out, the superheroes can just sit back. It does not work out.

“In a bid to give his creation a dose of humanity, Stark programs Ultron (James Spader) with elements of his own personality—which proves to be Mistake No. 1 … It seems our new robot overlord is an absolutist with all of Stark’s cynicism but none of his kindness.”

As you could imagine, eventually, Ultron will go rogue and announce a plan to “bring peace” to Earth by ridding of the entire human race.

How J.A.R.V.I.S., who has been voiced by Paul Bettany up until this point, will appear in the film:

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Bettany, who has been voicing Stark’s A.I. system J.A.R.V.I.S. up until this point on screen, will finally appear in human form in the “Avengers” sequel.

However, Bettany was cast as The Vision, described by EW as a “synthetic, superpowered human designed by Ultron.”

What does this mean for Jarvis? Fans can probably put two and two together and imagine that J.A.R.V.I.S. will be transformed into The Vision.

It is thought that: We’re thinking Ultron will manipulate the A.I. system into working against the Avengers team by offering him the gift of life — something Stark didn’t do for his beloved J.A.R.V.I.S. (Vision is used in a similar way in the comics.)

 


 

What? He is really dead?

I do understand that there is more to life than comic books, but I just had to share this:

<Phone rings>

Me: GamersCircle!

Male Voice:  I am looking for either an Incredible Hulk or Captain America toy/action figure.

Me: Hang on, let me walk around the store and take a look real quick.

Male Voice: <burp>

Me: I know that I have a “Zombie” Hulk, but I am still looking for a Captain America

Male Voice: Nah, I am looking for the ‘standard’ I guess is what you would call it.

Me: Sorry, looks like I all out of any Hulk related and I know when Captain America was killed, I got pretty much cleaned out.

Male Voice:  What?!?!  He is dead?

Me: Yep, shot and killed

Male Voice: In real life or the comic book?

Me: errr

Male Voice: There isn’t really a person called Captain America … is there?

Me: Umm – he was killed in the comic book about a year ago.

Male Voice: okay.   Thanks for checking.

Me: Have a good day!

Brubaker’s ‘Angel of Death’ Online

Sony Picture’s Entertainment has announced a live action series, Angel of Death, written by top drawer comic scribe Ed Brubaker (Criminal, The Death of Captain America). The series will consist of ten 8- to 10-minute episodes and will debut one per week over a ten-week period on Sony’s online network Crackle.com in 2009. After the series appears on Crackle additional footage will be added to smooth out the continuity into a feature film-like form and then Angel of Death will be released on DVD.

Stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bell (Death Proof, Double Dare) has been cast in the lead role in the series, an assassin working for a ruthless crime family. When she suffers a severe head wound she is haunted by her victims and sets about methodically dispatching the people who ordered the hits.

Production of original programming (both live action and animated) for the Internet is a fast-growing sector as studios and independent producers look for ways to monetize the Net’s huge audience. Budgeted at just over a million dollars, Angel of Death is pricy by the standards of Internet productions, but cheaper than many direct-to-DVD productions. In the business model for Angel of Death, which is the first of four to six such productions slated for 2009, Sony hopes to recoup some of the costs via online ad revenue at Cackle, but plans on recovering the bulk of its expenses (and generating profits) from its exploitation of the material on DVD (and paid downloads of the complete series).

Hulk – Serious .. now

Solid acting and a pretty darn good story is all that was needed to wash away what you thought you witnesses from the Ang Lee’s version of this flick.  I think that the screenwriters along with the director established a firm foothold for the Jade Giant in Marvel Studio’s new big screen universe.  If the studio wishes to again bring the Hulk back to the box office, I am sure that they will be plenty of options to choose from.

I am sure that with the success of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, most will be looking forward to Marvel Studio films hitting theaters in the coming years — the current list includes:

Iron Man 2 and Thor in 2010
Captain America and The Avengers in 2011

Marvel Studios is well on the path in creating what all comic book and film fans have wanted for years:  Superhero movies that make sense, keep true to the story lines of the from "the day".