Comic book legend Stan Lee first started working for Marvel Comics in 1939, back when it was still known Timely Comics, eventually co-creating Marvel's most enduring characters, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the Avengers, to name a few. Still going strong at 90 years old, many might be surprised to know that Lee hasn't worked at Marvel Comics for years, as he is still seen as a figurehead for the comic book company. Lee continues to field questions and comments on Twitter, where he has a huge following, and continues his association with Marvel through his many cameos in Marvel movies.
Lee made his first onscreen cameo in the 1989 TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and would go on to appear in 2000's X-Men, all four Spider-Man, 2003's Daredevil and Hulk, both Fantastic Four movies, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, both Iron Man movies as well as 2011's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger and last year's The Avengers (but not, inexplicably, 2003's X2: X-Men United or X-Men: First Class). Lee's entire, chronological cameo history has been compiled into a single video (via Mary Sue), including most of our ten favorites (sorry, Mallrats doesn't count) and excluding Lee's voice over work from Marvel's animated series. watch the video >> Posted 01.09.13 by Ryan
When they are not too distracting, celebrity cameo appearances in movies are a nice treat for the audience, a bonus of sorts that gives viewers a little something extra to talk about after the credits roll. Directors will often reserve small roles for their favorite collaborators — or themselves — and athlete cameos are relatively commonplace whenever sports are involved.
Cameo appearances by actors playing characters from other movies are far rarer, however, and far more likely to enhance the moviegoing experience for those who recognize the character. Rather than destroying the "suspension of disbelief" that moviegoers are expected to achieve in order to enjoy a fantastical situation or story, a character cameo, when done properly, can actually broaden the fictional universe playing out on screen, making it seem more inter-connected with other fictional universes, more "real." And, sometimes, character cameos are not meant to broaden anything at all, except for the viewer's smile. Click on the link below to check out our list of the best character cameos in movies. The best character cameos in movies >> Posted 10.03.12 by BrentJS
Remember that rumor about Marvel bringing its entire cinematic universal in one deluxe package? Well, those rumors turned out to be true.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One: Avengers Assembled is every comic book-fan boys’ dream. Beginning with 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel has carefully merged its characters from comic books to the big screen and all that hard work pays off with this ultimate movie collection, which features not only the Blu-ray 3-D version of The Avengers but also Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and a bonus disc, The Phase One Archives. The blu-ray set also includes collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the rest of the Marvel collection is already available on Blu-ray, Avengers won't hit home theater until Sept. 25 (Amazon actually doesn't list a release date for Phase One but it's safe to assume it will be released around the same time).
With dubbing this collection Phase One, Marvel is telling us there’s a lot more in store for comic book and movie fans alike.
You can preorder the collection on Amazon for $153.30. So are you ordering Phase One? Posted 06.03.12 by Chris
2012 is going to be filled with plenty of movies for comic book fans to devour; but May's superhero team-up of The Avengers is clearly one of the most anticipated. With the first (and only) trailer released in October, the recent arrival of a German-dubbed trailer and a Russian-dubbed trailer, each only revealing snippets of new footage (but new footage nonetheless) was a welcome addition to Marvel's fervent fanbase.
The start of 2012 sees the reveal of a new international poster for The Avengers, which is mostly comprised of drawn poses taken from a promo poster released last June and a promo image released last August. see the full poster and read ruffalo's comments >> Posted 01.03.12 by Ryan
As time goes by, it's beginning to look less and less likely that we will ever see a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Back in October 2010, director Guillermo del Toro basically said Hellboy 3 will never happen for a variety of reasons, from creator Mike Mignola's reluctance to let del Toro tell the ending of his character's story, to title star Ron Perlman's extreme dislike of the makeup process to transform him into the "Right Hand of Doom." Perlman sounded a little more interested in reprising the role at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, but del Toro didn't seem to think anything had changed.
Still, comic book movie fans may yet have a chance to see the visionary filmmaker put his unique stamp on another comic book property. In a recent interview with MTV, del Toro discussed everything from being offered the helm of Thor, to the rumors he might be connected to a live-action Doctor Strange movie, to The Hulk TV series he is developing for ABC with Battlestar Gallactica producer David Eick. del Toro working on Hulk TV series >> Posted 08.14.11 by BrentJS
The rumors that Marvel Studios was planning on releasing short movies that take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were proven to be true at the recent San Diego Comic-Con. A preview of Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant was shown during Marvel's Cup O' Joe panel. Now, Marvel has released a preview of the full short, which will be included as one of the special features on the home video releases of Thor.
According to co-producer Brad Winderbaum, The Consultant, which stars Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, bridges the gap between Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk and takes place before Thor and The Avengers. Based upon the short's place in the chronology, it appears as if the eponymous subject of the short is actually a Marvel Cinematic Universe character who already goes by another alias, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), though it has not been revealed whether Stark will appear in the short. watch the preview clip of The Consultant >> Posted 08.03.11 by BrentJS
Marvel Studios' upcoming adaptation of The Avengers will be the third appearance of the character of the Hulk, and will have the third actor playing the Hulk's alter ego, Dr. Bruce Banner. When Mark Ruffalo was cast in the role after Marvel decided not to use Edward Norton again, Ruffalo referred to the role as "my generation's Hamlet" while also revealing that he would be the first actor to also play the Hulk in motion capture. But that may not be the only change the Hulk sees in The Avengers.
While attending the 2011 Comic-Con, Marvel president of production (and producer of the Marvel Avengers movies) Kevin Feige told The LA Times that the Hulk "will be as different as The Incredible Hulk was from Ang Lee’s Hulk in terms of its look and design." how will the hulk change? >> Posted 07.27.11 by Ryan
Mark Ruffalo has yet to take over the role of Dr. Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, in the upcoming Marvel adaptation of The Avengers, and has already been asked about whether there will be another sequel movie to follow 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Last October, Ruffalo revealed Marvel had several future projects lined up, and teased that "possibly there will be a Hulk movie" amongst those projects. Tim Blake Nelson, who played Dr. Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk, also revealed that he was still contracted for more Marvel movies and could return as the Hulk nemesis The Leader if Marvel makes a Hulk sequel.
In a recent interview with Total Film, Ruffalo explained that another Hulk depends on the success of The Avengers. Ruffalo wonders "How old is the Hulk supposed to be?" >> Posted 03.22.11 by Ryan
When Mark Ruffalo was announced as the replacement for Edward Norton in Marvel Entertainment's upcoming The Avengers, some fans wondered why Marvel would replace an established actor in the Marvel movie continuity with an actor who hadn't appeared in a comic book movie before. In a interview with IGN, Ruffalo admitted that the scrutiny and attention the actor has received since landing the role has been intense.
Ruffalo's Getting His rage on >> Posted 11.19.10 by Ryan
It's like doing a sex scene. It's like doing a sex scene with 20 total strangers standing around and someone telling you how you can do it better. All eyes are on you, right?
In 2008's The Incredible Hulk, while the transformation of Dr. Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson) into his villainous alter ego the Leader was only hinted at, it seemed to promise that Nelson would appear in a subsequent sequel. Nelson told The Playlist that he is contracted for more Marvel movies.
I am, but it's a question as to whether they'll make more movies, which was the [original] intention, or whether they'll take a fresh start with the villains, since they switched Bruce Banner to Mark Ruffalo. I certainly very much want to return as the Leader and I hope they'll have me. The intention was that I would come back, which is why my head starts to, um, bubble, at the end. It’s just a question as to whether a) they're going to make more Hulk movies, and b) because of Ruffalo, if they're going to use me again.
Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton for the upcoming The Avengers, and recently admitted that another Hulk was "possible." Posted 10.29.10 by Ryan