With Disney+ launching in only a couple of days, people are gearing up to add yet another subscription streaming service to their lineup. That also means that Disney is adding another revenue source to the plethora that they already have for their myriad film franchises. But even with the advent of online streaming for entertainment, it’s not like these franchises haven’t made copious sums of money already.
But how much have some of film’s biggest franchises made and how have they made them? We have a handy infographic to show you. Take a close look at Star Wars’ merchandising revenue while you’re here.
One thing that often happens when comic book movies come out is that fans will compare the comics to the movies. Sometimes, the comparisons are favourable. Sometimes, less so. I’d like to think that the likes of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy were better movies than the comics. Spider-Man and the later X-Men movies, on the other hand, should probably have stuck to print.
Anyway, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a very limited number of Avengers through the first two movies. That’s in direct contrast to the never ending members of the Avengers throughout the years in the Marvel Comicverse, including to this very day. To see who is and has been part of the Avengers through the years, we have a handy little infographic for you.
For as many great superheroes there are with fantastic powers like your Superman, Wonder Woman, Thor, The Hulk and so on, there are many more superheroes that aren’t endowed with superpowers to save the Earth. While heroes like Batman and Iron Man might dominate on the silver screen, they don’t have their own superpowers. Both superheroes and supervillains have used their money to become among the most powerful people in the world.
So today, we have a handy little infographic to take us through the finances of some of the most powerful men in the Marvel and DC universes.
The shawarma break is over. In two months, The Avengers return to the big screen for their second movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. This movie is effectively the last major film of Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe and will lead into the next Captain America movie that will kick off Phase Three. Not that you’re interested in that. We’re all more interested in a kick-ass blockbuster inspired by the recent Age of Ultron comic arc, even if Hank Pym doesn’t exist in the MCU yet.
Just one note before you watch the trailer: It says that the movie comes out in April but that’s the UK release date. In Canada and America, it opens on May 1st. It’ll probably be a good movie but I don’t think you should hop on a plane and go to London just to watch Age of Ultron.
We know what the plan is for Marvel Studios, the TV and movie production arm of Marvel Comics, through the end of next year. However, until Tuesday, we didn’t know what the plan was beyond that point. At a special event at El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, Marvel announced plans for Phase Three of their movie initiative.
After the trailer leaked early online before a scheduled exclusive premiere during next week’s Agents of SHIELD, Marvel released the first teaser trailer for the second Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. We don’t learn too much about the movie but you can certainly piece together an outline of the premise (I think they’ve changed the Ultron origin story slightly but that’s just a deduction on my part). At the very least, we get our first look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release on May 1st, 2015. Six months isn’t too long to wait, right?
If you’re a fan of RDJ as Tony Stark / Iron Man, he won’t be leaving any time soon. Downey has signed up for two more Marvel films after his current deal which runs through Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’ll be back for The Avengers 3 and get a big role in Captain America 3.
For 73 years, Steve Rogers has been protecting America and leading the Avengers. That’s come to an end (for now) in Captain America #21. With Steve’s Captaining days having come to an end, he needs a replacement to take up the shield. To do so, Marvel has called in one of his sidekicks, Sam Wilson, The Falcon, to take over as Captain America.
If you’re in North America, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes out this week. If you’re elsewhere in the world, it’s already been out for a while (except for China and Cambodia who still have a short wait). My friend (and one-time etg contributor) Jackie already saw the movie in Australia and said that it does the multiple villain story far better than Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 did. That’s good news for Spidey fans because I was a little worried after seeing the trailer that ran before Captain America 2.
Anyway, to mark the opening of the latest Spidey movie, here’s a look back at the history of Spider-Man’s costumes, both in the comics and movies, in infographic form.
Marvel has decided that now is the time to make a big splash in the comic book business by killing off a major character. This might be the biggest death that Marvel has tried as they have announced that this fall will be The Death of Wolverine.