Marvel Cinematic Universe: Alternative Artwork

Every time a new Marvel film comes out, the marketing is once again ramped up to an almost ridiculous level. Avengers: Infinity War is no exception with more than 30 posters released so far and another week to go until it’s release, who knows how many more we will see? Frankly I’m hoping none because the quality has been pretty poor. From the ensemble cast posters, the mini team-ups and the digitally enhanced individual images, it’s not hitting the notes which the trailers have.

A lot of the time independent artwork is much better than what we see being launched by the studio. It seems that it’s mainly to do with the fact that multiple people are having their say no matter how little they know about creating something visually pleasing to the eye. Here are just a few examples which are much better than the official posters. If you’d like to see more work like this, each piece has a link to the credited artist below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avengers: Infinity War – Trailer Breakdown

It’s been 10 years in the making and when Marvel began with Iron Man in 2008, they had no idea where they were going. However, the consistent success and being able to go deeper with characters by developing their stories more, they have arrived at Infinity War. 

Classically, in the comic books, Civil War is bigger than Infinity War, however they’ve taken a different route when culminating these characters in one film. By the time it’s out, there will have been 18 films part of the MCU something that no one thought would happen. Here’s the trailer, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Beginning with a statement from a number of the Avengers, it’s what Nick Fury said to get his team together in Avengers Assemble, desperately clinging onto what was left of his mostly disbanded team by telling them about a plan to bring together a group of remarkable individuals. A plan known as the Avenger Initiative. Fury, Iron Man, Vision, Thor, Black Widow all share lines from statement, as we see each of them in separate shots. During this montage there’s a human Vision in the form of Paul Bettany with Scarlett Witch, perhaps this is real however it’s more likely that it’s a dream sequence. In the comics they develop a relationship which is heavily hinted at here.

There’s also a confused looking Bruce Banner who seems to have crashed into Sanctum Sanctorum with Doctor Strange and Wong. There’s even a reunion between Banner and Black Widow hinted at, something we all can’t wait for. We then see Wong, Strange, Banner and Tony Stark again in New York’s Sanctum Sanctorum, shortly after Stark leaves and then a brief shot of Peter Parker and his Spidey sense kicking in as he see a round contraption in the skyline. 

Showing war torn streets and then Loki handing over the Tesseract to Thanos who reveals himself just as Spider-Man shows off his new suit which we first saw in Homecoming. Thor shows up, as does Steve Rogers (I have NO idea if I am to call him Captain America any more, should I? Is he Nomad now?? Not a clue!) as he dodges and grabs a spear thrown at him by Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos’ Black Order. It’s a welcome return for Rogers who comes out of the shadows sporting a sexy beard as Black Panther demands that someone gets him a shield.

During the trailer, we see plenty of fights and battles which is what you expect from a film with the word War in the title. There’s a team up including Rogers (long hair flowing as he runs and punches. I think I have a new man crush), Falcon, Okoye, War Machine, Hulk, Black Widow, Bucky and Black Panther an army with them. 

The Hulkbuster armour makes an unexpected reappearance and both Tony and Peter get beaten badly by Thanos himself. It’s a brutal trailer which gets worse for the Avengers as we see Vision’s stone being almost ripped out of his head and Thanos loads his Infinity Gauntlet with just a few stones. No scenes with Stark and Rogers, however it’s assumed that they have kissed and made up by now, but who knows how??

Frankly we see everyone including a brief teaser at the end with Thor with one eye meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy, however a couple of notable absences include Hawkeye and Ant-Man who have been Luke Skywalkered! It’ll be curious to see why they aren’t in the trailer, especially Ant-Man who isn’t in the ComicCon poster either.

All in all it’s a very interesting trailer, showing most of the characters we have all come to love battling Thanos and co. who has a power that they be never come up against before. Deaths of the Avengers, especially in its original line up are to be expected, however whether that’ll happen in 2018’s Infinity War or in the as yet Untitled Avengers 4 out in 2019 remains to be seen. 

The Russo brothers have taken the helm with this being their third MCU film once again working with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Avengers: Infinity War is set for an April 27th release in the UK and May 4th in the USA. 

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Thor: Ragnarok New Images

The previous two stand alone Thor films haven’t been great. They’ve had their moments and given us Tom Hiddelston as Loki, who is so far the best Marvel villain, they’ve just been lacking something. But I’ll say this, the worst MCU films are better than the best DCEU films. Thor: Ragnarok is out towards the end of this year, besides a few details confirmed mainly including cast and characters, we haven’t seen a lot just yet. Until now! 

Yes! Images! Sexy, shiny, new and bloody colourful! Turn the colour pallet down guys, I’m going blind from your disco revival! With a lighter looking movie and Thor’s trademark look of long hair whilst wielding his mighty hammer seemingly gone, what are we to make of what we see? Well there’s a meeting of Thor and Bruce Banner who look very excited, Jeff Goldblum has an interesting get-up with his choice of hair, makeup and clothes and Loki is making his return to the MCU after not being seen since the last Thor film. Yay!

From what we know regarding the story, it certainly sounds different. Thor has to face the Hulk, in order to save his people from Hela, played by Cate Blanchett as seen in one of the images below. It’s yet another way the MCU is cleverly incorporating it’s characters into the stand alone films. With the addition of Doctor Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as Karl Urban, Tessa Thompson and Sam Neill joining the crew, it’s going to be a very interesting film. Thor: Ragnarok is due for release in October this year and directed by Taika Waititi.

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Doctor Strange set to appear in Thor: Ragnarok 

When the MCU began, it made perfect sense to have stand alone films, with just one protagonist fighting against the odds. However as this universe has developed and grown into what it is today, this can no longer be and Marvel understands this. Black Widow showed up in Iron Man 2 and in Captain America: Winter Soldier, with Falcon making his debut appearance in the later. Next year Spider-Man is teaming up with Iron Man and now it’s been announced that Doctor Strange will be joining Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok.

Benedict Cumberbatch has finally been confirmed for the film in which he is reprising his Stephen Strange character and joining a huge ensemble cast which already includes Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddelston. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise due to the after credits scene in 2016’s Doctor Strange where he and Thor had a chat over a beer. Fans were hopeful to see him appear on the third Thor film and their wish has come true.

Thor: Ragnarok is released in October 2017 and directed by Taika Waititi.

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The Great British Geek Off

For those of you who are like me and into the nerdy and geeky wonders of life but also enjoy a spot of baking now and then, you would have enjoyed this year’s Great British Bake Off. It had a wide array of contestants and brilliant bakes. Nadia’s soda cheesecake was one of my favourites and Paul’s (not the judge of course!) lion bread concoction was incredible! It got me thinking how I could combine my love of baking and all things geeky. I’ve found some amazing things to go with my Death Star cookie jar (yes I have one and it’s magnificent) all of which is being added to my Christmas wish list.

Now that we are approaching the festive season with Thanksgiving and Christmas not far off, I wanted to come up with some fun items that the nerd / geek in you will really want to use to create some amazing bakes. So to keep that in mind, here are some things you can use to create the ultimate geek bake off.

What to wear

You are going to want to cover up your threads so why not try on this lovely Tardis from Doctor Who apron on for size? You will look ever so stylish in this blue apron, whilst keeping up the appearance of being a nerd, good choice I say! Especially if you love Doctor Who. Who doesn’t?

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/doctor-who-tardis-apron

Tardis apron

What to bake on

Yes you have your kitchen surface but it sometimes helps to have a chopping board, depending on what you are baking. If you need to make cookies or a cinnamon roll of some kind, you’ll want that extra layer of protection. Just use the Hulk chopping board and all is well. Just do what the Hulk does, which is to say SMASH!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marvel-Breakfast-Chopping-Board-Design/dp/B00EE726D4

What to roll with

You will only occasionally need a rolling pin, unless you have an unhealthy (actually very awesome) obsession with cookies, whilst baking. So, with that in mind, why not get a fun one? I only have dull plain ones, which I’m not a fan of. However, I may invest in something like this. A Harry Potter embossed rolling pin. This will certainly add some magic to your biscuits!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/234523157/harry-potter-rolling-pin-embossing

harry potter rolling pin

What to cut with

If rolling patterns isn’t your thing, then maybe try out some funky cookie cutters. Yet another thing I would like to invest in are these 3D dinosaur cookie cutters. Never been a fan of 3D when it comes to the cinema, but I’m loving these. They are certain to give your cookies some bite!

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/19351/3D-Dinosaur-Cookie-Cutters

dino cookie cutters

What to bake in

This is for all you cake bakers out there, which I’m sure includes a lot of you. If you want to do something more special than your standard round cake, how about a Darth Vader head shaped cake? Sound good? Well lucky you, there’s a Darth Vader head cake mould just waiting to be used! Come over to the Dark Side and bake with Darth. He’s famously a big icing fan!

http://www.cake-stuff.com/equipment-c7/cake-tins-c55/novelty-cake-tins-c147/wilton-darth-vader-star-wars-cake-tin-pan-p1859

Darth Vader cake tin

What to store it in

Unless you’re very hungry, or you have lots of people to hand out these tasty treats to, you’ll need something to store your cookies in. (Yeah I looked for a cool cake tin, but alas there are none as cool as the rest of this list!) I have a Death Star cookie jar at home, which I absolutely love! But, why not keep this in the darkest of places? Why not keep them cool? Why not keep them in the Dark Knight? This wonderful Batman cookie jar is ideal for biscuits of all sizes. At least he’ll have an excuse for not defending Gotham, he’s just too full of your delicious cookies!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Westland-Giftware-25515-Batman-Cookie/dp/B008LY0U3E

BAtman cookie jar

So there you have it, all you need to enjoy yourself baking at home and to maybe even start your own novelty baking shop! Get out there my fellow nerds and geeks and get baking!

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New Avengers artwork and DVD case.

The Avengers are Assembling, again. Now I I hope you aren’t quite sick of the super hero lovefest I’ve been having here on Neel’s Reel Deel because here is some great new artwork and a stunning collectors edition case for the release of Marvel’s The Avengers Assemble. Each piece of artwork is for the discs included for the solo films of all the characters plus the bonus “Phase One Archives”. So in this mammoth boxset, you will get Iron man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers Assemble as well as the bonus disc of “Phase One Archives.” Very exciting, so much so that I wish I didn’t have any of the film so I could buy this box! Probably the most amazing looking case for any sort of DVD / Blu Ray release, just take a look, it’s beautiful. Well happy buying and watching!

A super year for super heroes!

We will never forget the unfortunate and lacklustre comic book films that have come out in recent years including Green Hornet (2011), Green Lantern (2011) and the terrible Superman Returns (2006) but what some may forget is that the studios would never have made these without the aide of Spiderman and X-Men who released their first films 2000 and 2002. They were both huge hits at the box office and comic book fan united and wanted more. Who knew what they’d get some years later is the studios scraping the barrel for film. Even the reboot of Superman films was badly executed. It did to the Superman series what Batman & Robin did to the Batman collective.

But now we find ourselves in 2012, the year of three huge superhero movies, one of which is the concluding chapter in what has already been a brilliant trilogy. Another is a reboot which the fans are more excited about than the original. The final film has already become one of the greatest successes at the box office and This year sees three highly anticipated films released including The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman and The Dark Knight Rises, with the latter arguably being the most popular release this year.

The Avengers

The Avengers has been in the making since Ironman of 2008, where Nick Fury makes an appearance after the credits and visits Tony Stark to tell him about the Avengers initiative. Since then, in The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America, small hints and clues have been dropped using Nick Fury and the ever brilliant Agent Coulson to start the rumours of The Avengers. A film with more superheroes than you will ever see in one film, unless DC get their finger out and make The Justice League. It’s clear to see why this is a huge release for 2012.

Whilst enjoying The Avengers, please take a minute for poor Spidey  who is not one of The Avengers, despite the fact that they all come from comic super power Marvel. However don’t feel THAT bad for him, after just 5 years since Spiderman 3, he’s been given a reboot. This is no ordinary reboot however, this is one that the fans wanted, the one that gets more to the root of who Peter Parker really is and what happened to his parents. We will also see the character Gwen Stacey introduced, who is a refreshing change from Mary Jane. Andrew Garfield takes up the role of Peter Parker / Spiderman and looks as if he is more suited to this than Tobey Maguire, who I never felt fit the part in the way that he should have! I’m sure I can expect some backlash from that comment!

Now we come the The Dark Knight Rises. The legend that will end this year is the legend we’ve been waiting for 4 years to return. Four years after we saw Batman take the fall from Harvey Dents crimes, he returns. But what he returns to we will have to wait and see. From the three trailers, what we do know is that Bane is his new enemy and he’s causing havoc and devastation in Gotham. What has happened to Batman, we don’t know but chances are when it comes to both brains and brawn, The Dark Knight has finally met his match. This is the third and final Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale Batman flick that we will see. After breaking the the billion dollar barrier at the box office, The Dark Knight has set the bar incredibly high, but knowing what Nolan can do, chances are he’ll Rise above it!

Man of Steel

So a great year for some great some films, and there will be more to come. The Amazing Spiderman 2 has already been announced as as The Avengers 2 and 3. Without a doubt, this will be a super year. And for those of you worried about Superman, fret not dear friend! Take a look above, this is the first images from The Man of Steel, pencilled in for a release in 2013, with Christopher Nolan’s creative input as Executive Producer, working with Zack Snyder as Director, this should have you looking forward to another super year for superheroes.