Given that The Avengers is the highest-grossing movie of 2012 and the third highest-grossing film of all time (not to mention the third highest-ranked of 2012 on Flickchart), it’s little wonder that Marvel wants to keep the interest (and the money machine) churning while Joss Whedon preps The Avengers 2. This year will see Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television series (starring Clark Gregg as beloved Agent Coulson), and Captain America leading the charge for 2014.
Given that Captain America: The First Avenger saw Chris Evans‘ titular character displaced from his World War II timeframe to the modern-day, it’s unlikely that Hayley Atwell – who played his love interest, Peggy Carter – will return in any of Marvel’s movies. A shame, since she was one of the more enjoyable elements of Joe Johnston‘s film. But it seems that Marvel has found a new leading lady to take her place in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in the person of Emily VanCamp.
At 22, VanCamp is already a veteran presence on television, with roles in popular series Revenge, Everwood and Brothers and Sisters. Her role in the Marvel sequel is not yet specified, but she is in talks to star alongside Evans.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will see Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Sebastian Stan and Toby Jones reprising their roles from The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger. Scarlett Johansson is also expected to return as Black Widow. The Winter Soldier will also star Anthony Mackie as superhero The Falcon and Frank Grillo as villain Crossbones.
Though there is no firm date yet for the start of production, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (also veterans of television, with Community and Arrested Development). A release date has been set for April 4, 2014.
There hasn’t been a movie that has been built up the same way The Avengers has. It all started in 2008, when Samuel L. Jackson – as Nick Fury – showed up in Iron Man after the credits had rolled to tell Robert Downey Jr. that he was not the only superhero in the world and S.H.I.E.L.D. had a little something called “The Avengers Initiative” in the works. Speculation ran wild on the internet with people wondering which members of the team would be involved and who the villain might be. As the years went on the details started to mete themselves out. Films like The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Iron Man 2 gave us our heroes, villain, and a lead in to what the plot was going to be based around. Finally on May 4, 2012, four years and two days after Iron Man opened in theaters, The Avengers was released to an audience that had been dying to see it.
This is important to mention because it was almost impossible for a fan of superhero movies to not get excited and to not have high expectations. Interestingly, this makes the movie liable to be judged in an extreme way. If the movie was very good, people’s excitement would propel it to be viewed as great. If the movie was a disappointment, people would rightfully be angry about it after placing more money and hours into it than most other franchises. As it happens, Marvel succeeded and The Avengers does in fact tiptoe the line between very good and great. Currently it appears most people think it’s great (already sitting in the global Top 20), but I found it to be closer to the latter. A solid action blockbuster that exceeded the majority of the movies that came before it in the series. As more time goes by and the honeymoon period starts to fade, I think more people will tend to agree with me. Read the rest of this entry »
Over 115,000 film fans worldwide have been adding all the movies they’ve seen from the year onto their Flickcharts and pitting them head-to-head against the best movies of all time. The following list is the product of those rankings – generating a combined list of the best movies of 2011 that are ranked the highest by each and every Flickchart user.
Don’t forget too that once you’re there, you can further filter the list to get the best of 2011 combined with any of your favorite actors, directors, genres, and franchises. If they seem in need of rearrangement, you can also rank any of these combinations and make sure the 2011 films you’ve seen are in just the right order on your list. Remember, if you watched and ranked these movies on your Flickchart, you helped to create this list! The higher your favorites of 2011 are on your list, the more you’ll be influencing their positions. If you haven’t yet, be sure to rank your favorites of 2011 to make changes to this list for the future!
You can expect some major new features to arrive early in 2012, so keep your eyes peeled for some amazing things yet to come for Flickchart!
Without further adieu – out of 807 total movies released this year – here is your Top 20 of 2011:
As Marvel Studios begins their big push to the 2012 release of The Avengers, their films are increasingly taking on more of a soap-opera-like continuity between them. This serialization might be a little aggravating, but so far, it’s not keeping the films from being enjoyable in their own right (at least for the most part).
Still, comic book superhero films in general (and Marvel films in particular) are only becoming more prevalent nowadays. This year, we’ll see the X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class. And, only five years after the hit-and-miss (mostly miss) Spider-Man 3, the webslinger will be getting his very own shiny reboot in 2012.
But in The Avengers is Marvel’s juggernaut, and before it brings together Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, it has to introduce more members of its roster in their very own films. It can be a little exhausting trying to keep up with these Avengers, so if we really only want to check out one Marvel movie this summer, which should it be? With that question in mind, Flickchart‘s Reel Rumbles take on a slightly different form as we present: Pre-Rumbles: Thor vs. Captain America: The First Avenger.