More Supervillain Action on S.H.I.E.L.D.
Another super villain has been cast on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing Patrick Brennan to the show as Blackout. Of course, that name belongs to a couple of characters in the Marvel Universe - this one is Marcus Daniels, and has the ability to drain energy from anything around him.
Revealed over the weekend on Marvel.com, Brennan says “it’s just rare to have a character that’s this interesting.” The actor expressed excitement that they did things like flickering and turning out lights and screens all in real-time on set, making him actually feel the power his character is supposed to have.
For those concerned about Deathlok’s initial look on the show, an X-Ray image (Click the image above for the larger version) tweeted out by the official account for the show demonstrates that underneath the layer of skin, a very familiar look to Deathlok is there. Maybe we’ll still see him look that way at some point.
Young Justice Full Series Rewatch in 3…2…1…
If you’re like us, you absolutely fell in love with Young Justice, the new interpretation of young (and old) DC Comics heroes brought to TV, then tragically mis-distributed and cut short. Luckily, we did get two full seasons of the excellent series, and the first one is available starting today on Netflix (at least in the U.S., sorry don’t know about internationally). Commence your rewatching, now.
The Winter Soldier Rules the World in Early Releases
Captain America: The Winter Soldier doesn’t hit American theaters until this Friday, but has released in 32 international territories, with a $75.2 million bow over the weekend, the #1 spot in international territories. That’s only 57% of the overseas opening, as well, with much of the opening coming from South Korea and the UK (almost $11 million each). $75.2 million is 39% of the overseas total for the first Cap movie, and they still have Russia, China, Australia, Japan, and Brazil to open in. The first film never opened in China at all, marking a continued push in that country by Disney and Marvel Studios.
Incidentally, another Disney movie featuring a super powered protagonist hit a major milestone this weekend, as well - Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all time with 1.072 billion dollars worldwide, also sliding it into the top 10 of all movies. That also makes it the third billion dollar film for Disney in a little less than 2 years, following The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Wolverine: The Musical
In “It had to happen eventually” news, noted singer and stage performer Hugh Jackman has finally crossed over his roles as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and Wolverine of the X-Men franchise. It’s “Who Am I” as sung by Hugh Jackman referencing his roles. Thanks, BBC.
Planet of the Apes First TV Spot Dawns
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out with its first TV spot with new footage not seen in the first trailer. The spot premiered with Sunday night’s The Walking Dead season finale.
Watch as a narrator explains why the Apes are taking over in a post-viral apocalypse world.
“You know the scary thing about ‘em?” says the narrator. “They don’t need power, lights, heat, nothing. That’s their advantage. That’s what makes them stronger.”
Basically - human are wusses. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11.