Now that Avengers: Endgame has been released, Marvel Studios is much more open about its secrets and creative process from the first eleven years of filmmaking. Visual effects frames are being shared, questions about the films are being answered, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was nice enough to chat with fans over Reddit.
Sadly, one of the things Feige revealed was that the late and great Stan Lee never got the chance to see the final cut of Endgame before he passed away.
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“Stan loved to wait to see the final movie at the premiere, so unfortunately he did not get to see the finished movie,” Feige explains. “Stan got a download of the full story the day he came and shot his cameo.”
It’s sad enough that Stan didn’t get to celebrate Marvel’s success and Endgame’s overwhelmingly positive reception, but the fact that he didn’t get to witness the conclusion of the Infinity Saga’s eleven-year build-up is legitimately heartbreaking. However (AVENGERS SPOILER INCOMING), just as Wanda assures Clint at the end of Endgame that their fallen loved ones know that they succeeded, Lee undoubtedly knows that Marvel succeeded as well. (Are you crying yet?)
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And while it’s unknown if Stan Lee had shot any cameos meant for any other movies beyond Endgame, until anything more is confirmed, his final MCU words were, “Make love, not war.”
Shocking news. According to The Guardian Stan Lee’s former business partner has been charged with four counts of elder abuse. Keya Morgan, who was a close companion of comic book legend Lee, and has now been issued with an arrest warrant by the Los Angeles superior court. The charges include false imprisonment, forgery, and fraud. Morgan had previously been accused of abuse toward Stan Lee when he tried to get police arrested who were visiting Lee’s house to perform a welfare check. He was arrested and charged with filing a false police report.
Morgan was further accused of exploiting his relationship with Stan Lee, isolating him from friends and family, using him to embezzle artwork, cash, and other assets. Furthermore, he was accused of taking over Stan Lee’s twitter account and launching a lawsuit against Pow! Entertainment against Lee’s consent. Lee’s friends and family noted Morgan was the latest in long line of men who attempted to attach themselves to Stan Lee and manage his personal affairs before the Marvel creator passed away.
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Morgan has for his part denounced the comments, calling them ‘100% false’ but has declined further comment, making anything he says to the contrary clearly suspect. We only hope Morgan is served Justin for any injustices he may have committed to Stan Lee in life and that more attention is paid to elder abuse, especially in the entertainment industry. Rest in peace, Stan Lee, and we hope justice is served.
If you’re like me, and the only place better than a library, or bookstore is a movie theater, then you would completely lose control of social etiquette and squeal like an owl in heat if one of your favorite characters decided to serve you popcorn. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the citizens of Jersey Saturday night when Brie Larson surprised her fans at the AMC Clifton Commons 16 in Clifton. A committee of squealing owls was lucky enough to have their opening weekend Captain Marvel experience enhanced by the woman in red, yellow and blue herself. Not only did Ms. Larson make an appearance, but she full on embraced the role of moviegoer and then employee?
Insiderspoke with Susana Moimenta, a woman who took her little cousins to the event:
“It was completely surreal to see her at the concession stand. We weren’t expecting it at all,” Moimenta told Insider over Instagram. “We heard another moviegoer say Brie Larson is here and thought they were joking.” “I am so so grateful that we got to meet her. My little cousins are HUGE Marvel fans and to have them actually meet one of their heroes in incredible. Brie Larson did a tremendous job,” Moimenta added of getting a chance to see Larson. “[I’m] so overjoyed that my family gets to grow up with role models and representation of strong women on screen.”
The endearing thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the community of celebrities, creatives and fans it has accumulated. I went to a screening Saturday myself and thoroughly enjoyed the movie- one because Marvel has perfected a winning formula, two, a character has finally gone super saiyan in mainstream cinema and three, because of simple things that outlined the night. More than the plot or overall message of the film, I’ll remember the young girl three rows back and her loud “oooohhhhhhh shoot” reaction to a line in the movie spoken by the character Maria- “I’m going to put my foot…” It was the only reaction in a theater full of people to that line, and everyone heard it. What followed was an outburst of laughter all around me, not at the movie but at the young girl’s amusement with a certain character’s gumption. When the credits began to roll, I, with a handful of other people, took a well-deserved bathroom break before returning to a still full theater. The mid-credit and end credit scenes have had that big an impact on the movie-going experience.
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I don’t think anyone thought that Iron Man in 2008 would be the beginning of an entire cinematic universe that would have such an effect on so many people. Multiple movies helping further the battle against issues like representation and totalitarianism while maintaining the simplistic appeal of valour and heartfelt dedication to one’s moral compass. Brie Larson is clearly embracing the love and excitement that surround these type of films while gracefully settling into her new position of superhero. If Saturday was any indication, one of the most important things Brie Larson and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taught us is to do two things in life—-be nice, humble and have fun.
Captain Marvel had a record-breaking weekend, making $455 million at the global box office. The sixth highest grossing movie of all time (internationally).
P.S. That opening Stan Lee montage and subsequent cameo were charming and well done.
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R.I.P. Master Lee. You showed the world that there’s a hero in all of us.
A who’s-who of pop culture creators have shared their memories and recollections of famed comics artist and writer Steve Ditko, who has passed away aged ninety. Among them is celebrated author Neil Gaiman. A comic book writer himself, Neil Gaimanspoke withThe Washington Post‘s Comic Riffs about Ditko’s many influential contributions to the world of comics. “He drew things his own way. And he saw things his own way. I think we were so lucky to have him,” said Gaiman.
Accordingto Publisher’s Weekly, much of Ditko’s art in the early issues of Spider-Man was highly innovative for its era. His drawings broke new ground by truly capturing the urban atmosphere of New York City, as well as realistic psychological and physical depictions on the page.
His early contribution’s to Spider-Man aside, much of Ditko’s work was weird or existed on the fringe. “What Steve brought was grandeur and a view to other dimensions,” said Gaiman regarding Ditko’s work on Doctor Strange books. Ditko was the creative spark behind a lineup of particularly quirky characters including the likes of Shade, the Question, and the Objectivism inspired Mr. A.
Although much of his work reverberated with many readers and many of his characters cherished by generations of fans and other creators, unlike his colleague Stan Lee, Ditko shied away from the spotlight. Very much a reclusive figure, he was called the “the J.D. Salinger of comics.” Living in the same Manhattan apartment for many decades, Ditko refused most public appearances and interviews.