Avengers: Infinity War - the Marvel superhero spectacle fans have been awaiting for ten years - is a matter of days away, with fans sharing their initial reactions following the film's Los Angeles premiere. The film, which shattered pre-sale records, will see superheroes including Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) colliding with the Guardians of the Galaxy - led by Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt - as well as Spider-Man (Tom Holland) for the very first time. Billed as “the beginning of the end” of this particular phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War - directed by the Russo brothers - tracks the villainous Thanos' hunt for the Infinity Stones as his rule over humanity inches ever closer to his grasp. Predictably, the film - which is expected to boast a scene featuring over 40 Marvel characters - has sparked intense excitement with fans posting their reactions to social media. Black Panther smashed its … [Read more...] about Avengers Infinity War first reaction: Fan verdict is in for ‘relentless’ Marvel sequel
It's just after midnight in Los Angeles, and those people lucky enough to have been invited to Monday night's premiere of Marvel's latest blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War, are sharing their (spoiler-free) feelings about the film on social media. Reviews of the film are embargoed until 11pm tonight (GMT), but the first reactions from writers at the premiere suggest it lives up to the hype. The film – which reportedly cost $300 million to make – brings together heroes from a decade's worth of Marvel movies, to confront the super-villain Thanos (Josh Brolin). Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, it features an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. VIP guests at the premiere have been sharing their breathless excitement on social media. According to Robert Liefield, the comic book artist known for his work on Deadpool, it has "the greatest super hero battles ever put to film". Doctor Strange director Scott … [Read more...] about First reactions to Avengers: Infinity War: does Marvel’s superhero epic live up to the hype?
Nineteen movies in, the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become as familiar to audiences as prepping your bathroom breaks in advance of a 3-hour superhero movie, or waiting around for the credits to finish scrolling so you can watch the 30-second post-credit clip teasing the next sequel. But the ubiquitous likes of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson weren’t always in line to play the franchise’s most notable superheroes. In an alternate, usually far weirder universe, Avengers: Infinity War could have featured anyone from Joaquin Phoenix to Adam Sandler to Lindsay Lohan (!) Here’s our rundown of the stars who got within spitting distance of the Avengers: Emily Blunt... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about Adam Sandler, superhero: 15 actors almost cast in Marvel movies
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. It was only as I bit into my second Laugenstange (pretzel stick) of the day that I realized I had rebuilt my problematic relationship with bread. That was a few weeks ago, but for years I had tried to avoid any kind of bread, believing it was the root of my problems. It’s not that I had an intolerance to gluten and I’m not a sufferer of the debilitating coeliac disease. But I had read countless articles on why eating bread would lead to piling on weight and health difficulties. I struggled with self-esteem and body confidence issues during my 20s and took these warnings to heart. Cheese on toast and tuna sandwiches were banned from my stomach, but this only led to cravings – and, looking back, it didn’t actually make me healthier at all, only more anxious. Despite it being an integral part of our meals historically, bread today has become controversial and even a … [Read more...] about How Germany’s marvellous bread helped me overcome food anxiety
Who doesn’t love a good fan theory? With the current Marvel phase approaching its final stages, speculation about where the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) might be taking us is reaching new heights. Some fans, however, have gone the extra mile, probing deep into the history of the characters, reading plot twists into tiny details – and coming up with some pretty impressive conspiracies about the events of Avengers: Infinity War and beyond. Here are a few of our personal favourites – some, admittedly, a little more far-fetched than others. One was even eventually proved right… Tony Stark is going to lose his left arm Fans on Reddit have noticed that, in several previous Marvel films – including... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try … [Read more...] about The future of Marvel after Infinity War: 7 crazy fan theories that could reveal all