Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is big on set pieces and spectacle, but what happened to the fun?
Sidekicks are dead, according to Dork Shelf's newest comic writer Diana McCallum, and the comic book industry seems intent to keep it that way.
For this week's Unsung Anniversaries, we go with a pretty deep cut to celebrate the 25th anniversary of American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt, and in the process talk a little bit about the history of 1980s movie making powerhouse Cannon Films, what happens when a franchise has to recast its lead, and why the film has two standout performances from cult acting icons that almost make it worth watching.
We’ve got four more Marvel flicks to look forward to between now and 2015. To make the wait a little less unbearable, why not spend some time getting familiar with the source material? Here’s what you need to read to prepare yourself for the rest of Marvel’s Phase Two films!
Win a prize pack from Dork Shelf and Marvel Studios to commemorate the arrival of The Avengers, including a signed poster from Mark Ruffalo and Cobie Smulders!
Dork Shelf catches up with The Avengers' Agent Maria Hill, Vancouver native Cobie Smulders, to talk about working with such an elite squad of actors and how it's a change of pace from her day job on How I Met Your Mother.
Funny, exciting, and not entirely disposable as entertainment, The Avengers lives up to the early hype that it might be the film to beat for this year’s box office crown.
Dork Shelf sat down with the new big screen incarnation of The Incredible Hulk, Mark Ruffalo, just before the release of the long anticipated Marvel epic The Avengers about working on such a big scale with director Joss Whedon and his adventures in motion capture.
Hey you, guys! It's contest time again, and here's your chance to win a pair of DVDs from our good friends over at VVS Films! Five lucky winners will receive their very own copies of PUNCTURE (starring Captain America's Chris Evans) and ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN.
Apple.com has the first concrete look at Joss Whedon’s Marvel ensemble, The Avengers. Fans no longer have to grasp at 30 second preview snippets or shaky phone cam location footage. The trailer hits audiences with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the Hulk in action, being led by S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. The trailer also contains some serious scenes of destruction along with shots of Thor's villainous brother Loki wreaking havoc on New York City.
If a man in a giant bat costume can be rationalized – intensely and dramatically – then so too can a man named Captain America. The name alone makes my skin crawl; it’s filled with so much camp and pomp. When I imagined what such a film would feel like I thought of Independence Day. With that as my prejudice, this movie had some challenges to overcome in the battle of authenticity versus believability. However, I am happy to report that Captain America: The First Avenger nailed it.
Yet another Point One issue from Marvel, and I'm starting to notice some trends. Creator change-ups on titles; less forced back-story exposition; and the stories are just getting better and better! Secret Avengers #12.1 has all of these elements and is possibly the best issue yet in this stellar series.
The first full length trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger has hit the web. The Marvel Comics adaptation is being directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, The Wolfman) and stars Chris Evans as the titular super soldier.
With every comic book movie adaptation, there is a flood of new titles that showcase the soon-to-be silver screen hero. Captain America: The First Avenger will be no different, and in addition to the regular on-going series, this week saw the arrival of three different comics with the star-spangled hero headlining.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you Hugo Weaving's Red Skull from Captain America: The First Avenger. I'm guessing this is a late-in-the-movie uniform, as there's no Nazi symbology. This kind of disappoints me in a weird way; I mean, being a Nazi just adds another level of evil to The Red Skull, don't you think?