VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (06/05/2018)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

In the spirit of Avengers: Infinity War‘s recent release, this weeks news seems to trend towards that of costumed protectors. We’ve got Ant-Men, we’ve got Wasps, we’ve got Guardians of Galaxies and Mighty Avengers of Earth. And although he’s not technically a superhero, we’ve got a certain hooded archer rounding out this week of masked men and women.

Avengers: Infinity War – Biggest Opening Weekend of all time

Just a few months ago, audiences were raving about Marvel’s latest hit, Black Panther, and how its ticket sales and audience attendance was through the roof. Just like Captain America before him, Marvel had taken this relatively unknown superhero and given him a kick-ass movie that won the hearts of fans new and old, everywhere.

But no matter how good Black Panther was, or how much money it made, it’s small potatoes now.

Because with Avengers: Infinity War in cinemas, the records set by Black Panther (and the majority of other films) have been blown away. The film has had the biggest opening weekend of all time, rocketing past Star Wars: The Force AwakensThe Last JediJurassic WorldBlack Panther and the first Avengers. Just goes to show what a ridiculous amount of success you can get if you spend ten years drawing audiences in (take note DC, Marvel needs some competition).

Furthermore, the film has already made a billion dollars, doing it a day faster than The Force Awakens, to boot, making it the fastest film to make a billion dollars ever (11 days). This marks the sixth time a Marvel movie has hit the billion dollar bar, and the seventeenth time for Disney.

The most impressive thing about this however, is that the film has yet to even open in China; the second biggest market in the world.

Someone tell James Cameron to watch out. That ‘Avengers fatigue’ he wants to kick in hasn’t happened yet, and it could mean Avatar and Titanic have some competition at the top of the worldwide box office list.

Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas now.

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp face their biggest threat yet in new trailer

Evangeline Lily & Paul Rudd / Picture courtesy of Marvel Studios

As the marketing for Infinity War started to ramp up a few months ago, one question that pervaded fans minds was ‘Where’s Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man?’

While some jested that perhaps he was just too small to see on any of the posters or trailers, in truth, it seems, he was preparing for his second solo (sort-of) outing.

And as of this week, we have a new trailer showing off Scott Lang’s non-Avenger related adventures, as he and his new superhero partner the ‘Wasp’ (Evangeline Lily), take on Hannah John-Kamen’s ‘Ghost’. With a supporting cast of Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer and returning cast-members such as Michael Douglas, Ant-Man and the Wasp looks to up the stakes from the first film, while introducing audiences to Marvel’s first titular female superhero, who, might I add, looks pretty awesome in this trailer:

Ant-Man and the Wasp flies into cinemas on July 6th 2018.

 

New Robin Hood trailer makes a hilariously un-surprising reveal

Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx / Picture courtesy of Lionsgate

With Infinity War out at the moment, you may have had your superhero fix for the next few months, and thus, a trailer about Ant-Man and the Wasp may not be what you’re after right now. Fortunately, a second trailer of note debuted this weekend; the trailer for Robin Hood.

The first half of the trailer paints the picture of a mysterious masked vigilante, the Hood, and sees Ben Mendelsohn’s sheriff of Nottingham discussing ways to bring him down with a cabal that includes Taron Egerton’s Robin of Loxley. But then, around the 1.10 mark, ‘the Hood’ pulls off his cowl and reveals that he is in fact Robin of Loxley himself! *gasp*

Just kidding. That’s not shocking at all. Why is that a trailer reveal? Between casting information and y’know, stories that go back to the 1400s, pretty much everyone knows who Robin Hood is. It’s like when the Solo trailer teased an imperiled Chewbacca, despite the fact we know he lives on to feature in five subsequent films…

Whatever, here’s the trailer:

Robin Hood shoots into cinemas on November 21st 2018.