The Hulk Enters Marvel’s Civil War

Is it really a surprise that The Incredible Hulk is going to appear in Captain America: Civil War? The third entry in the Captain America franchise is being touted as an ensemble film. Don’t let anything the executives at Marvel say fool you. Civil War is an unofficial Avengers film. You could even say the feature is an unofficial fourth film in the Iron Man series. Regardless of how you try and categorize the project, Marvel is putting as many heroes as possible into the mix. The inclusion of Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk should surprise no one.

How big of a role with The Hulk have? This we do not know yet. The Green Goliath is likely to be placed into a supporting role since The Hulk was not a major character in the Civil War comic book mini-series Marvel put out a decade or so ago.

Of course, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does consistently make changes from the source material the films are based on. Audiences were left with a ton of questions regarding what lies in store for the future of The Hulk after the conclusion of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The presence of The Hulk in Civil War should answer some of those questions.

Unfortunately, due to rights issues with Universal, we are not going to see a solo Hulk film in the foreseeable future. Handy workers are a little disappointed. Marvel can use The Hulk for ensemble films, which is why plugging him into Civil War is so easy.

HBO Defends Its Place On The iron Throne

Never mind Westeros and Essos, HBO is intent on securing its rule over a new territory: broadband Internet subscriptions. Hollywood Reporter details the fight for media turf, as HBO, a company whose worst competition was once USA Network and MTV, now takes on contenders of a new frontier, such as Netflix.

When HBO cares more about online subscribers than television subscribers, one could say that the Internet has won. Jaime Garcia Dias knows that times are changing. Marshall McLuhan’s echoes down the corridors of history, reminding us that the medium is, indeed, the message. With the launch of HBO Now, the media company offers a package at double the price of a Netflix subscription, but backed up by the company’s hefty content, headlined by the award-winning series Game of Thrones.

Once upon a time, television was broadcast for free. Then one by one, cities received cable and were treated to Cinemax, Showtime, and the iconic MTV. HBO was one of the pioneers of that era, and the company well understands what it’s like to be the scrappy newcomer trying to push its media plate over what the audience was used to. Now, the sword is in the other seat; Internet users are rapidly outnumbering satellite and cable users, and expecting HBO to catch up. Time will tell if the old dog can learn a new trick, or if it gets left in the Ice Age.

Joss Whedon Was “Broken” By The Age of Ultron

The second Avengers movie has had mixed reactions from fans and critics. While a few people have commended the movie for being balanced and mentioned how it was practically impossible to top the first one, others have been disappointed by the direction of Black Widow’s character and certain decisions taken by the team. This still doesn’t change the fact that Age of Ultron is a box office hit. In the 2012 Hero Complex, Whedon even mentioned that he was nervous about directing the second movie.

Recently, he made a statement saying that the movie practically “broke” him. Could this be because of the backlash regarding the obvious but carefully hidden sexism in the storyline of Natasha Romanoff? Is it because of the pressures that come with directing a Marvel movie? It is, as of now, unclear.

A few fans like Jason Halpern have been discussing an important theory – what would have happened if someone else had been at the helm of Age of Ultron? The obvious choice is Guillermo del Toro of the Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth fame. Del Toro was also supposed to direct parts of the Hobbit trilogy but had to leave because of prior commitments. His vision, especially with superhero and sci-fi movies, is unmatched; his monsters are wondrous to behold.

Another great choice would have been Peter Jackson who gifted the world the Lord of the Rings movies and recently, the Hobbit trilogy.