This year's C2E2 convention was fairly quiet in terms of new Marvel announcements, as the company is still keeping a lid on their post-Secret Wars plans this fall. But they did announce several new Secret Wars tie-ins at the show this weekend, as well as a couple promising new ongoing series and an actual release date for the long-gestating Captain America: White. Scroll down to find out what was announced and when you can read it.
Creative Team: Nick Spencer & Ramon Rosanas
Release Date: August 2015
While Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't open in the US until this Friday, it dominated the international box office over the weekend.
Variety reports that the $250 million production has already opened to $201.2 million across 44 territories, and it was the highest grossing film in all locations. The debut was higher than expected, with Disney projecting between $160 million to $175 million.
Age of Ultron also broke IMAX records with the largest international opening in IMAX history, not counting China, earning $10.4 million across theaters.
Marvel's latest movie is projected to earn north of $200 million when it opens Friday in the US. Some analyst are even expecting it to top the first Avengers film, which had a record-breaking $207.4 million opening.
The latest trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? has hit the Internet, offering us more images of Nicolas Cage donning his Superman light-up suit created for the unproduced project.
The documentary from Jon Schnepp promises to tell the story of the ultimately doomed Nicolas Cage/Tim Burton Superman movie that halted right before production began.
The new trailer teases interviews with key members of the Superman Lives team, including director Tim Burton, third screenwriter Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), and first screenwriter Kevin Smith. You can also see previously unseen footage of Nicolas Cage in a special effects test and more of the light-up Superman suit.
Not only did Furious 7 top the domestic box office for the fourth weekend in a row, it is now only the third film after Titanic and Avatar to ever pass $1 billion internationally. (Most billion-dollar grossing films are a combination of domestic and international totals to reach $1 billion.)
Furious 7 is now the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office. It also became the highest-grossing film in China this weekend, surpassing Transformers: Age of Extinction.
And with meek competition at home, Furious 7 easily remained the No. 1 movie at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $18.3 million. It's month-long reign will certainly end when Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron opens stateside next weekend.
A source close to director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed to IGN that the filmmaker's collaboration with Hideo Kojima on Silent Hills is "not gonna happen."
During a question and answer session last night with fans at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the director commented on his involvement with the project, saying he and Hideo Kojima will no longer be working together on the game.
One fan in attendance tweeted out a statement made by del Toro during last night's panel.
At NicoNico Chokaigi, Gengar was revealed to be the latest addition to Pokkén Tournament's roster of fighters.
The addition of Gengar was determined by the public through a Twitter campaign that ran when Pokkén Tournament was annouced in August 2014. Gengar's reveal trailer showed a variety of moves, some of which appear to be Night Shade, Feint Attack, and Lick. The Shadow Pokémon's ultimate move, also known as a "Burst Attack," was shown to be its Mega Evolution.
Pokkén Tournament is an upcoming arcade fighter being made in collaboration between The Pokemon Company and Bandai-Namco. It originally introduced the fighting-type Pokémon, Machamp and Lucario, in the game's annoucement trailer.
Today, Activision held its "world reveal" of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
A new trailer, some news about the release date and beta, and new screenshots were dropped. We're looping everything together in one convenient spot so you don't have to go hunting.
Here's what you need to know about the next Call of Duty.
Set to Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones, the trailer gives us a first look at Black Ops 3 gameplay and offers some story context about how soldiers are becoming less and less human.
Most importantly, it confirms the leaked Black Ops 3 release date of November 6, 2015 was correct.
Every year, the studio developing Call of Duty tries something new to shake up the familiar formula.
Sledgehammer Games, for example, wanted more speed and verticality, so Advanced Warfare had jetpack-like Exo suits. Treyarch’s plan for Black Ops 3 doesn’t sound as revolutionary, and until you play the game, it might not make any sense.
They’re taking the shootiest shooter around, and… adding more shooting. That’s not cynicism; it’s genuine astonishment.
When I visited Treyarch to see Black Ops 3 in action, the developers kept using the phrase “guns up.” Boiled down, it means no matter what you’re doing, you’re going to have full control of your weapon.
If you pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops III, you’ll have access to a multiplayer beta before the game is launched later this year.
“The public MP beta will be available for anyone who pre-orders the game,” said Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia. “We want people to play before it launches. The team is so excited to offer this opportunity, which is something the franchise hasn’t done since Call of Duty: World at War.”
Last week, leaked promotional images suggested a Black Ops 3 beta would soon be announced. Now, Activision has made the news official.
Treyarch has revealed the minimum PC hardware requirements needed to run Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
A release date has not yet been announced (though a possible Black Ops 3 release date was leaked), but Call of Duty games typically release in November, meaning you have plenty of time to get your PC in shape if necessary. Here’s what you’ll need:
Minimum PC Specs
A new trailer from Activision gives us a first look at gameplay in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
It also confirms a November 6, 2015 release date, which was leaked via promotional materials last week. If you pre-order Black Ops 3, you'll get access to a multiplayer beta on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, though no start date was given.
In Black Ops 3 multiplayer, you no longer play as regular soldiers. Instead, you pick a specialist, which has a unique weapon and power. This trailer shows off some of them, including the death robot whose arm turns into a minigun. For more details on the new game from Treyarch, check out our full Black Ops 3 preview.
Warning: Full spoilers from the episode follow.
After another hiatus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned with the introduction of another classic TMNT character -- Muckman! Here, the garbageman Garson Grunge got a surprisingly similar origin to his '87 counterpart, with Bebop and Rocksteady pouring mutagen out of a window that then landed on him. Not surprisingly, the gruesome twosome were fed up with being Shredder's errand boys, which offered some good humor throughout.
While this episode was mostly a freak-of-the-week episode, it was nice that Bebop and Rocksteady's mission loosely tied in to acquiring "Reagent X" for Karai's mind control. And "The Noxious Avenger" didn't waste any time in getting straight to the action, with the Turtles showing up to foil Bebop and Rocksteady's plans. Also, did anyone notice Rocksteady's new hammer and sickle weapons? A nice visual reference to the Rhino's Russian origins.
Joss Whedon has said that he’d be interested in making a movie for DC, and while sad he isn't getting to direct the forthcoming Wonder Woman movie, he's still excited to see it.
While promoting new film Avengers: Age of Ultron, the writer-director has been telling all and sundry that this would be his last Marvel movie for the foreseeable future. So we asked if he’d consider defecting to the other side.
“Sure. I’d be like ‘I have all these joke ideas.’ And they’d be like ‘No, we don’t do that here.’ I desperately wanted to do a Batman film – who doesn’t? And I wanted to do Wonder Woman. I was a Marvel kid growing up, but I was always DC-curious. And I see myself on the spectrum in between.”
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
After traveling around Scotland and to Castle Leoch, it's finally time to see where Jamie Fraser grew up. The opening scenes switched from a cozy hearth with sleeping dogs to the sweeping landscapes of Scotland and besides being absolutely gorgeous, it said much about the theme and provided a sense of scale for Jamie's homecoming. The juxtaposition gave the moment when Lallybroch appeared on the horizon more meaning, and it was a lovely example of how to combine the eye candy aspect of the setting with storytelling.
We've been building up to going to Lallybroch since the wedding when Jamie used part of the key to his home to create Claire's wedding ring. They've effectively communicated how close his home is to his heart so when he arrived and it wasn't a happy reunion, it was a shock. Jamie was an absolute jerk to his sister, and though we've seen him show anger towards Claire, the moment gave the character a different edge. It was the first time he's truly been unlikable, and I like seeing another side even if I wanted to slap him on Jenny's behalf. The flashbacks -- which were edited into the narrative in a weird way -- gave Jamie's strong reaction some context but didn't excuse it.
The "playable teaser" for Konami's upcoming horror game Silent Hills will be delisted from Sony's online marketplace in just four days.
The publisher posted a notice on the game's official website, announcing that come April 29, the "distribution period of 'P.T. (Playable Teaser)' on PlayStation Store will expire."
Ever since Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima's position over at Konami was first called into question, the future of Silent Hills, which Kojima was set to work on with Guillermo del Toro, has looked shaky at best.
Ninja Turtles 2 producer Michael Bay has pulled back the curtain on the flashy new vehicles set to appear in the upcoming sequel to Paramount's reptilian blockbuster.
In addition to a pair of photos showcasing the Turtles' new van, Bay's tease on Twitter also includes an image of a Polaris Slingshot, accompanied by the description: "Just some stuff I found…"
Here's a look at Polaris' three-wheeled motorcycle.
Warning: Full spoilers from this episode follow.
Season 3's second episode of Orphan Black was a classic give-and-take episode, as some storylines began taking shape while others floundered. On the plus side, we learned a bit more about Project Castor, via Rudy and Seth. Their "Doctor Manhattan" routine at the start gave us a glimpse at just how messed up they are, at least somewhat establishing some differences between them. It makes sense that the Castor clones would be a bit more alike than the Leda clones, as they were all raised to be soldiers, but it was nice to see some of their defining traits.
This was further evidenced by the syllogism scene, where Rudy answered all the problems with ease and Seth struggled. Clearly, something was amiss with Seth from the very beginning -- he was obviously a bit dimmer than his scar-faced brother -- but here we learned that, same as Cosima, he was suffering from some sort of illness, albeit more of a mental one. It seems the Castor boys have just as much to gain from Duncan's notes as the Leda ladies.
After what could be described as a cool reception to the news that Valve would allow modders to charge for their creations, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell took to reddit to talk about mods, Valve's reasoning behind the move, and his confidence that mod authors won't have their creations ripped-off.
Addressing concerns that a pay model will corrupt the modding community, Newell said Valve's goal is to improve modding both for the authors and gamers. "If something doesn't help with that, it will get dumped," he said, adding that while he believes this will be a win-win situation for modders and gamers, ultimately the data will decide what stays or goes.
Note: The series premiere of Happyish debuts Sunday on Showtime and is now available to watch on YouTube.
I wish I could say Happyish had anything "ish" about it -- funny-ish, clever-ish, insightful-ish. Unfortunately, Showtime's new comedy, starring Steve Coogan (Philomena), never quite attains any of those things. While the series certainly has room to grow and carve out its own niche, the premiere isn't very promising, despite a strong cast that also includes Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation) and Bradley Whitford (The West Wing).
Perhaps the biggest problem with Happyish is that it so desperately wants to come off as daring and edgy -- ironic, considering the show revolves around a 44-year-old ad man, Thom Payne (Coogan), who faces pressure to rebrand himself after his agency hires a pair of hip, young Swedish creatives to expand the company. Although, that inciting incident doesn't even happen until 12 minutes into the pilot.
The latest Frankenstein project -- Victor Frankenstein -- will hit theaters this fall, and 20th Century Fox is giving us our first glimpse of James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as the mad doctor and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as his assistant Igor.
Empire Magazine debuted the behind-the-scenes photos, showing McAvoy and Radcliffe on set sporting some Victorian garb with crew and equipment surrounding them.
Another image of McAvoy decked out in a leather jerkin and goggles can be seen on Empire's website.