In celebration of the upcoming release Avengers: Infinity War, a new featurette recaps Marvel Studios’ ten-year cinematic journey that was leading up to the earth shattering confrontation with Thanos (Josh Brolin). It all started with 2008’s Iron Man, a feature that turned Robert Downey Jr. into a box office star and served as one of Jon Favreau’s finest moments as a filmmaker. The picture also served as a great foundation for the Marvel features to come, as each successive movie has been a success for Marvel Studios.
Click on the the media bar below to hear Robert Downey Jr. talk about how he fulfilled much of his creative goals with the Iron Man experience:
Avengers: Infinity War, co-starring Tom Hiddlestonand Karen Gillan, opens nationwide April 27. Will this installment be just as good, if not better, than Iron Man (which is still considered to be one of Marvel’s finest outings)? Feel free to comment below!
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 08: Tom Hiddleston attends the UK Fan Event to celebrate the release of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at The London Television Centre on April 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)
Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Holland were among the actors who attended a UK Fan Event in London, England to celebrate the impending release of Avengers: Infinity War.
Hiddleston has been part of the Marvel Universe since playing Loki in 2011’s Thor, and though some cinematic naysayers believe Marvel’s success lies in the special effects bonanza that befits a superhero driven world, the actor believes it all comes down to story.
“I think what’s great about Marvel is they’ve always understood that the power of the films always comes from the character,” said Hiddleston. “They started that with Tony Stark – the first Iron Man film. They really believe in creating characters who are complex and different and work well together or not work well in an interesting way. I think the reason why we’re at this point, (with) 20 or 30 leading characters is all the characters feel like they have their own integrity. That’s always been the first thing . . . if you’ve good characters and a good story, you can’t lose.”
Click on the media bar to hearTom Hiddleston elaborate on why he continues to love playing Loki:
Four-time Oscar winner Nick Park has been one of cinema’s most groundbreaking artists thanks to his lifelong passion for stop-motion animation. Early Man is his latest work, and it was partly inspired by his love for the film One Million Years B.C. and the iconic work of Ray Harryhausen.
The storyline centers on an inspiring and naive caveman named Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) who leads his Stone Age tribe in a battle (specifically a game of soccer!) against the seemingly superior Bronze Age warriors. Tom Hiddleston is Lord Nooth, the leader of of the Bronze Age Army and Maisie Williams is Goona, a local vendor who joins up with the Stone Age crew.
“The challenge for me, especially in creating a whole new universe with whole new characters – the most difficult bit and the most attractive bit is how you can relate to characters as soon as possible in the story,” said Park, who’s best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit.
Click on the media bar below to hear Park explain what motivates him as a storyteller:
Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok) lends his voice to the animated film Early Man as Lord Nooth, a pompous and self-important leader to find as much bronze as he can to gain even more power. Dug (Eddie Redmayne) is the optimistic caveman who believes that his tribe can defeat Nooth and save their home in the process.
The anticipation behind Early Man is thanks to director Nick Park, the mastermind behind Wallace & Gromit who actually has not directed a full length feature since 2005’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (he executive produced 2015’s Shaun The Sheep Movie).
One of the benefits of working with Park, according to Hiddleston, was experiencing his wonderful sense of humor. Click on the media bar to hear the challenge and joys of collaborating with Nick Park on Early Man:
Early Man, co-starring Maisie Williams, opens February 16.
One of the reasons why I’m predicting Thor: Ragnarok will be the finest installment of the series lies is director Taika Waititi knows how to craft human relationships amidst fantastical concepts. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was one of last year’s finest films as it deftly mixed comedy and tragedy within an intriguing narrative.
The latest trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, which debuted at this year’s Comic-Con, features the aforementioned tone balance which made Hunt for the Wilderpeople such a unique experience. Hela (Cate Blanchett), though she has a ton to live up to thanks to Tom Hiddleston’s scene stealing run as Loki, seems to be a marked improvement over bland baddie Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) from 2013’s Thor: The Dark World.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Thor: Ragnarok, co-starring Mark Ruffalo and Jaimie Alexander, opens nationwide November 3!