New “Avengers: Endgame” Character Posters

Check out these new character posters that dropped today for Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero fest Avengers: Endgame. There are 32 in all! The posters in full color are the characters that survived Thanos’ sinister snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War last year.

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Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans)
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffal0)
Hawkeye/Ronin? (Jeremy Renner)
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)
Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)
Nebula (Karen Gillan)
Okoye (Danai Gurira)
James “Rhoady” Rhoades/War Machine (Don Cheadle)
Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow)
Rocket (Bradley Cooper)
Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson)
Wong (Benedict Wong)
Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau)
T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)
Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)
Gamora (Zoe Saldana)
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)
Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland)
Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)
Vision (Paul Bettany)
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
Shuri (Leticia Wright)
Groot (Vin Diesel)
Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly)
Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie)
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier/White Wolf? (Sebastian Stan)
Mantis (Pom Klementieff)
Drax (Dave Bautista)

And these fake posters cracked me up.

Avengers: Endgame opens in theaters on April 26.

“Dumbo” Posters

So we already know that I’m not thrilled that the Walt Disney Studios is using their immense resources and creativity into just remaking their entire animated catalog. Still, these remakes have all been very high quality thus far and overall quite entertaining (still, I’d wish they’d stop it and apply their money and creativity elsewhere).

Next up in the remake queue is Dumbo, which is being reimagined by director Tim Burton. I’m curious and hopeful that it will be good.

Poster Posse has released some new poster collaborations for the film and they are really nice.

(🎨: Doaly)
(🎨: Mike Mahle)
(🎨: Matt Needle)
(🎨: Thomas Walker)
(🎨: Andy Fairhurst)
(🎨: Vincent Aseo)
(:🎨 17th & Oak)
(🎨: Orlando Arocena)
(🎨: Kaz Oomori)
(🎨: Jérémy Pallier)
(🎨: Paul Ainsworth)

Dumbo opens in theaters March 29. I’m seeing it opening weekend and will post a full review on the blog soon thereafter.

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“Captain Marvel” Posters

The cool folks at Poster Posse are releasing new posters for Marvel Studios’ upcoming feature Captain Marvel. I’ll keep updating this post with the new posters as they are released over the next few days

(🎨: @TracieChing)
(🎨: SG Posters)
(🎨: @rolarafal)
(🎨: @CryssyCheung)
(🎨: @kazoomori)
(🎨: Aracely Munoz)
(🎨: @tommypocket)
(🎨: @nickybarkla)

Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8.

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Get Ready for “Frozen 2”

Today, Walt Disney Animation Studios debuted new artwork, a teaser poster, and a teaser trailer for their upcoming animated sequel Frozen 2. (Or is it Frozen II? The trailer and poster use the Roman numeral while the social media hashtag is #Frozen2.) Regardless, the trailer is impressive and the art looks beautiful (and have I mentioned lately how much I love the work of the talented folks at Walt Disney Animation Studios?).

Here’s the teaser trailer (see if you can spot the two new mystery characters).

Here’s the brand new teaser poster (with more of those fancy floating diamonds from the trailer).

And check out this beautiful art.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen 2 opens in theaters on November 22.

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New Teaser Trailer and Poster for “Spider-Man: Far from Home”

We are big fans of Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). A cool poster and teaser trailer for its sequel film, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), just dropped today. Consider us officially excited.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far from Home opens in theaters on July 5.

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Review: “Mary Poppins Returns”

The magical and mysterious Mary Poppins is back again in London to help out the Banks family in Mary Poppins Returns, a new sequel from Walt Disney Pictures.

Yes, this film is a sequel to, not a remake of, the classic 1964 film which starred Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, et al. Author P.L. Travers wrote eight Mary Poppins books, so it’s not like it’s a totally out-there idea to do a sequel, even if it’s been over 50 years since the first film was released. However, with the current remake-happy management team running the Walt Disney Studios, a sequel originally sounded like a creatively bereft idea, at least to me. The 1964 film is such an iconic work that I felt this possibly could be a very misguided, reductive, and disastrous project.

However, now that I’ve seen the film, I have put those worrisome thoughts to rest because this sequel is pure delight. It’s definitely an homage to the 1964 original (I believe the filmmakers have been referring to this new film as a “love letter” to the original), but it also stands on its own as a high quality, highly entertaining, and highly emotional (in a good way) classic Hollywood musical. 

Here’s a fun little featurette about the film:

The story picks up 25 years after the original. Jane and Michael Banks have grown up. Michael (played by Ben Whishaw) is, sadly, a widower who is raising his three children on his own and has also fallen on hard financial times. Jane (played by Emily Mortimer) is an activist (taking after her mother) and a devoted sister and aunt, but the family is still in a bit of a crisis.

Enter Mary Poppins (wonderfully played by Emily Blunt), who flies back in to 17 Cherry Tree Lane to get the Banks family back on track in her own unique and enchanting way. Also along for the ride is Jack the lamplighter (or “leery”; expertly played by Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda) in the sidekick role similar to Dick Van Dyke’s Bert in the original. 

The entire cast is stellar. It also includes Julie Waters as the Banks’ family maid, Colin Firth as president of the bank where Mr. Banks used to work and where Michael Banks is currently employed, Meryl Streep as Mary Poppins’ cousin Topsy, Angela Lansbury as the balloon lady, and even Dick Van Dyke himself shows up in a brief but meaningful cameo.

Along with the great cast, the film’s creative team are the ones who really brought this positive and whimsical film to life. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) along with the terrific songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman (Hairspray) have been able to create a new film in which everything old is new again and which, like the original, doesn’t have a snarky or cynical bone in it. 

Take your family and friends over the Christmas holiday to experience this charming, cathartic, and optimistic film together.

Mary Poppins Returns is rated PG by the MPAA for “some mild thematic elements and brief action.”

My score: 5 out of 5 stars

And as an added bonus, here are a couple of fantastic posters for the film.

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