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Captain America: the Winter Soldier Trailer #2

2 Feb

Check out the latest 2:30 min trailer for Captain America: the Winter Soldier!

Top 5 Most Improved Superhero Franchises

5 May

Can you imagine David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury? Yes, it really happened. Be happy Samuel L. Jackson replaced him for the Marvel movie francises.

Super hero franchises don’t always get it right the first time. A number of comic book franchises today flopped miserably in their first forays into television and film. Through some trial and error (Captain America with a plastic shield? A Batman suit with nipples?) , various comic-book movies and television shows have gotten their acts together and delivered incarnations that audiences have finally come to embrace.

See the full list published in Yahoo!

 

Here are clips from the Captain America TV movies:

 

Here’s a clip from that awful Justice League live action pilot:

 

And finally, here’s “The Hoff” as Nick Fury:

The Avengers: movie vs comic book

30 Apr

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As a reader of almost four decades, I place a great importance on faithfulness to comic book canon. I winced when Spider-Man spun biological webbing instead of from mechanical web shooters. I groaned at an original X-Men lineup that didn’t include Scott, Jean or Warren. I was furious when Galactus appeared as a formless space cloud.

Where The Avengers (and its forerunners Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger) differ from other super-hero movies is Marvel’s retention of full creative control. That is, unlike most other films based on comic books where the characters are simply licensed to a film studio, they instead remain in the hands of the comic creators at Marvel themselves.

My expectation is that The Avengers should stay true to the original comic book source material like no other film franchise. So does it deliver?

I answer the obvious questions about how the Avengers movie compares to the original comic book source material in this story written by myself and published in Yahoo! 

Join the Avengers!

14 Apr

SingTel allows you to create your personalized Avengers Priority Card

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Get your very own Avengers identity card that grants you access to special offers at retail partners right here in Singapore, including the SingTelShop.

This is for a limited time only so better sign up for one now! Only at SingTel’s Facebook page.

The Avengers opens in Singapore on 1 May 2012.

Avengers Trailer #2

1 Mar

The Avengers opens in Singapore on 1 May 2012.

Avengers Super Bowl XLVI Commercial (Extended)

6 Feb

 

Here it is, sports fans. Enjoy!

Here it is: the first full Avengers trailer

12 Oct

The first Avengers movie trailer shows Loki as the principal villain, a bunch of cars blowing up and tensions flaring between members. It is also probably the coolest two minutes of video on Youtube today.

Avengers will hit screens in Singapore 1 May 2012.

Comic vs Movie: Captain America Trailer

2 Apr

How will the movie Cap differ from the comic book? Grumpy Fanboy goes frame-by-frame on the new Captain America: the First Avenger trailer to see how the film compares to comic book canon.

How frail is the pre-Super Soldier serum Steve Rogers?

Steve Rogers as a 90-pound weakling is disturbingly realistic. It’s amazing how they managed to make Chris Evans look small and frail. Marvel worked with the same special effects wizards that did similar effects in the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The scenes showing Steve attempting (and failing) to enlist in the Army should be familiar to most long-time Marvel fans.

Will we see Cap’s sidekick Bucky?

The movie version of James Buchanan Barnes (aka Bucky) is not the camp mascot or teenage sidekick like in the comics. Instead he is the same age as Steve and very much a peer. This scene actually puts Bucky in more of a mentor role to the smaller, less formidable Steve.

Is Operation Rebirth just like in the comics?

For the most part, yes, including the participation of Dr Abraham Erskine (played by Stanley Tucci). One small difference is the link to previous Marvel movies. In particular, Erskine is assisted by Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark (aka Iron Man).

Does Cap’s classic costume make an appearance?

Maybe. Apprently Cap’s costume goes through an evolution of sorts, from the more “soldier costume” look to the more functional armored version. In this shot, we get a glimpse of Cap’s blue jersey underneath his army fatigues. Other images from the production also show Capt with his original shield.

How does the Red Skull look?

Just like in the comics! Though as with the previous teaser trailer, we only see his face for a split-second.

Will the Howling Commandos make an appearance and are they led by Nick Fury?

Yes and no. From the trailer, we see that the Howling Commandos are the elite team of soldiers assigned to work with Cap. (Look! There’s Dum Dum Dugan in his bowler hat & moustache.) But unlike the comics, Bucky seems to be taking up the role Fury played. No sign of Samuel L. Jackson, who played Fury in the Iron Man films, in the World War II scenes.

Does Captain America throw his mighty shield?

Hells, yeah! A few fans were concerned that, because previous footage and photos showed cap carrying a gun, he wasn’t going to throw his shield like in the comics. This trailer lays those fears to rest.

Here we see Cap catching his flying shield …

Throwing it …

And we see the shield carom off the walls just like in the comics.

Woohoo! I’m excited. What about you? Captain America opens in Singapore on 4 August 2011. Click here for release dates in your market.