Category Archives: Marvel

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp‘ Opens Big; ‘Incredibles 2‘ Sets Record

Marvel Studios’ smallest heroes delivered big returns as Ant-Man and the Wasp debuted with $75.8 million domestically, becoming the Studios’ 20th straight No. 1 box-office opening. That debut is approximately 33 percent ahead of the first Ant-Man, which opened with $57.2 million in 2015.

Internationally, Ant-Man and The Wasp collected an estimated $85 million from about 48 percent of the marketplace, which is approximately 45 percent ahead of the first Ant-Man, bringing the global opening weekend to an estimated $161.7 million. It opened across key parts of Asia, the whole of Latin America and mainly smaller markets within Europe. Those impressive numbers bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s combined global box office to more than $17 billion across 20 films.

But Marvel wasn’t the only studio delivering heroic numbers. Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 passed Finding Dory this weekend to become Pixar’s top-grossing film domestically. Sailing past the $500 million mark domestically, it is the first animated film ever to reach that mark and just the 12th film ever to do so. Incredibles 2 has now grossed more than $780 million worldwide.

Walt Disney Studios Sets Release Dates for ‘Jungle Cruise’, ‘Maleficent 2’ and More

Walt Disney Studios has set release dates for several upcoming films including Jungle Cruise, Maleficent 2, and an untitled Marvel film.

Jungle Cruise which stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt will bow into theaters October 11, 2019.  The film is based on Disney’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of passengers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.

Maleficent 2 which stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith will hit theaters May 29, 2020.

Also, Disney is moving up the release date of an untitled Marvel film from July 30, 2021, to Feb. 12, 2021. Instead, an untitled live-action Disney movie will open on the July 30 date.

Stay tuned for more details!

Avengers: Infinity War Home Release Dates Announced

Avengers: Infinity War will arrive  home Digitally on July 31 and Blu-ray on Aug. 14 with over two hours of bonus.

“Marvels’ Avengers: Infinity War” is a must-own addition to every in-home film collection and is packaged several ways so that fans get the most out of their viewing experience. Consumers who experience the ultimate showdown Digitally will join a 30-minute roundtable with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed and Taika Waititi who reflect on how their movies contribute to the MCU’s larger storytelling adventure.

The 4K Cinematic Universe Edition’s never-before-seen bonus material grants behind-the-scenes access to MCU members and features the memorable moments when characters first meet, the rationale behind some unexpected on-screen pair-ups, and a funny Super Hero gag reel. Featurettes explore the frighteningly powerful Thanos and two action-packed attempts to prevent his collection of all six Infinity Stones: the struggle on Titan and the massive battle in Wakanda. Deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary reveal even more on-set secrets from Marvel Studios’ monumental undertaking.

The Multi-Screen Edition includes a Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of the film, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition, which includes a 4K Ultra HD disc, a Blu-ray, and a Digital Copy.

And for those who wish to catch up on their MCU history, select retailers are also offering bundled packaging as well as individual Digital and Physical releases of “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray & Digital:

  • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
    • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
    • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
    • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
    • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
    • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Digital Exclusive:

  • A Directors’ Roundtable (approx. 32 min.) – Eight amazing directors reflect on how their movies contribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s larger storytelling adventure.

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Peter Dinklage as Eitri, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is directed by Emmy® Award–winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige produced the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s creative team includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Elysium”), production designer Charles Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “The Matrix”), editors Jeffrey Ford, ACE (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), and Matthew Schmidt (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”), three-time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War”), six-time Oscar®–nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Black Panther”), and stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Atomic Blonde”).

Based on the Marvel comic franchise first published in 1963, “Avengers: Infinity War” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,”  “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Black Panther.”

VIDEO: Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp TV Spot

Avengers: Infinity War Crosses $2 Billion Worldwide

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office yesterday in its 48th day of release. It’s just the fourth film in industry history to reach this milestone, the third to do so in its initial run, and the second to do so from The Walt Disney Studios (joining Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Domestically, Avengers: Infinity War stands as the fifth highest-grossing film of all time with $656.1 million through June 11, 2018. It holds the record for biggest domestic debut ever with $257.7 million in its opening weekend. It was the No. 1 film for three consecutive weeks and remains in the top five.

Internationally, it is the third highest-grossing release ever with $1.346 billion. Its domestic and international debuts over the April 27 weekend combined for a record-shattering global opening of $640.5 million even without China. The film opened to a massive $199.3 million in China two weeks after the global debut and has gone on to become the third biggest western release ever in the country with $369.7 million to date.