Earlier today I had a chance to screen Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, and all I’m gonna say so far is that the hype is fairly accurate–it’s an awesome film, but it was seriously deficient in the cameo department.
Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and The Avengers: they’re the stuff of legend, and since the 1950s they have helped turn Marvel Comics into a publishing powerhouse, spawning huge movie franchises, and feeding the imaginations of fans both young and old. But the most notable thing all of these characters have in common with each other is a much bigger deal: as any fan will tell you, they were all created by the great Stan Lee.
On May 7, Paramount Pictures debuts director Jon Favreau‘s hotly anticipated sequel, Iron Man 2, which once again stars Robert Downey Jr. as the iconic Tony Stark.
Let’s be honest, today’s news that Walt Disney was acquiring Marvel is hardly likely to inspire cheers among anyone except shareholders. If you’re a fan of comic book movies, you probably see this as a death knell for some of the great hero movies of the last few years, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and even X-Men.
On screen this week, the hit play Frost/Nixon takes a look back at the fateful interview between David Frost and Richard Nixon, while the Punisher gets another shot at success in Punisher: War Zone. Also opening this week, the surreal drama Synecdoche, New York, and JCVD.
Ever since I was a teenager Ghost Rider has been one of my favorite comic book heroes. He has everything it takes to be a great tragic/violent icon – from the flaming skull and the painful past to the fact that he fights against the perfect nemesis – the devil. The only problem is, well, he might be what you call a true comic book hero. On paper heâ€™s an intense character who survived on style and darkness, but somehow after the transformation to the screen you feel like something might be missing.
Everybody loves a good hero. They’re daring people with amazing abilities who want to make the world better. So it was natural that when computer animation finally became realistic enough to make anything look real, we reached back into the comic books and decided to make movies about the kinds of heroes we’ve always wanted to see on the silver screen… superheroes.