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The Marvel Cinematic Universe By the Numbers

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by Jacob Hall April 30, 2015 @ 2:28 PM
Marvel
With the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron this week, we are officially 11 movies deep in the wildly ambitious and massively popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not including TV shows like Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, that’s approximately 23 hours of superhero content, or 1,384 minutes to be exact. When you have that much content and so many recurring characters, patterns start to emerge. You begin to see the habits and tropes that define any franchise played out on an unprecedented scale. It encourages some genuine nerdery. Just how many times does Captain America throw his shield? How many times does Thor boast? How many alcoholic beverages does Tony Stark consume?

10 Facts You Might Not Know About ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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by ScreenCrush Staff April 30, 2015 @ 9:14 AM
Just before filming began on Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson found out she was pregnant. A movie like Avengers can't just be delayed, so Marvel used a variety of tricks to hide the pregnancy including shooting her from the waist up, using three stunt doubles and CGI-ing out her growing belly. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which follows the latest adventures of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

The Ultimate Marvel Marathon 2015 Live-Blog

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by Matt Singer April 29, 2015 @ 3:41 PM
Marvel
By the time you read this, I will be on my way to “The Ultimate Marvel Marathon.” It’s 11 films back to back to back; all the official entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from 2008’s Iron Man to this week’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the final credits roll, I will have sat through — and hopefully written about — approximately 27 hours of superhero movies.

‘Independence Day 2’ Didn’t Bring Back Mae Whitman, and Some Men Think It’s All About Sexism

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by Britt Hayes April 29, 2015 @ 2:11 PM
NBC
Yesterday, it was announced that It Follows star Maika Monroe will be taking the role of President Whitmore’s daughter in Independence Day 2, a role originated in the first film by a young Mae Whitman. Whitman has grown up to become a successful star in her own right, recently proving herself as a leading lady with recent teen comedy The Duff. So why wasn’t she cast in Independence Day 2? There’s one answer many male journalists are contenting (or discontenting) themselves with, and it kind of stinks.

10 ‘Arrow’ Facts to Store in Your Quiver

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 29, 2015 @ 1:22 PM
The CW’s Arrow is still going strong in Season 3, but did you know that the emerald archer has never once chosen his own superhero name? Or that the famed Starling City is actually a composite of Germany and Philadelphia? These are just some of the Arrow points targeting you in the fourth episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which will not fail this city!

The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies, Chapter 10: ‘Atom Man vs. Superman’

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by Matt Singer April 29, 2015 @ 8:50 AM
Columbia
ScreenCrush editor, comic-book lover, and undiagnosed masochist Matt Singer is systematically watching every single (American) comic-book movie ever made in the order in which they were released. This week in The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies: Superman returns (but not Superman Returns).

The Worst Superhero Movie Villains of All-Time

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by Jacob Hall April 29, 2015 @ 8:00 AM
A great movie villain can elevate the hero and his journey. A great villain is the key to conflict, and conflict fuels an effective story, and an effective story is what allows a movie to linger on long after a movie has finished screening. This is all especially true in the realm of the superhero movie, where characters who can do impossible things need a bad guy who can realistically threaten them. All of the truly great superhero movies have a villain who balances the heroes, a sinister force who gives them something to fight. This list is not about those guys. It’s about the other guys. The ones that suck.

100 Interesting TV Facts You May Not Know

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 29, 2015 @ 7:52 AM
NBC / AMC / Showtime / FOX
Well hello there, TV super-fan! Did you know that Breaking Bad breakout Jesse Pinkman was almost killed off in Season 1? How about that Joss Whedon hated the original Buffy theme song, or Curb Your Enthusiasm served as a murder alibi? Can you imagine LOST starring Michael Keaton? Why yes, we ​do​ have more where that came from!

New DVD and Blu-ray Releases: May 2015

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by Britt Hayes April 28, 2015 @ 8:14 PM
Universal
We know there are lots of great options at the movie theater next month, but when you’re not busy seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mad Max: Fury Road, you might want to take in a movie in the privacy of your own home. You’re in luck because there are just as many great options hitting DVD and Blu-ray in May. Read on for our guide to what’s hitting shelves next month.

Rise of the Machines: How Robots Took Over Hollywood

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by Matt Singer April 28, 2015 @ 8:41 AM
Marvel
When the Avengers reassemble for their big sequel this weekend, they do it to stop Ultron, an eight-foot-tall robot who wants to destroy the world. He’s the accidental creation of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, who are trying to create an artificial intelligence capable of protecting the planet from threats too big for even the Avengers to handle. Their experiment is a horrific success; Ultron becomes self-aware, gives himself a body made out of spare Iron Man parts, and begins plotting the Earth’s destruction. “You want to protect the world, but you don't want it to change,” he tells the Avengers. “There’s only one path to peace. Your extinction ... when the dust settles, the only thing living in the world will be me!”