‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3’ Announced As Switch Exclusive

Over the last few days there’d been rumours that we were finally going to get some details on the Untitled Avengers Project that Marvel announced some time ago now. However, what we’ve received instead is our first look at Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – which will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

The first trailer offers us a look at just some of the playable characters, which includes Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Guardians fo the Galaxy and lots more.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja and is set to release next year.

 

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JUMPCUT’s Top 5: Marvel Cinematic Universe

With ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ practically within touching distance, we asked our team to vote on their favourite films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We’d like to make it clear that this list doesn’t reflect any of the team’s personal lists, but is in fact based on the results of a voting system we used. The team would love to discuss their favourite MCU films, so feel free to join in the discussion on Twitter – @JUMPCUT_ONLINE 

Our journey to ‘Infinity War’ started 10 years ago with ‘Iron Man’ as we watched Tony Stark create a suit of metal whilst being held hostage in a cave. Since then we’ve been introduced to a whole range of different heroes, we watched a skinny kid from Brooklyn become Captain America (thanks to a little super soldier serum), a dramatic and never ending sibling rivalry between Norse Gods, a walking, talking stick sacrificing his life for a bunch of criminals he’s known 5 minutes and making everyone cry, only for his son to then make everyone go ‘awwww’, and a King running round in a cat suit to protect his country.

Before we announce our Top 5, we also asked our team to tell us their least favourite film from this iconic universe. The team’s overall pick may not come as too much of a surprise, but there are a couple members of our team who had this film in their personal top 5 lists and are very unhappy about this particular result!

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JUMPCUT’s Least Favourite

Thor: The Dark World

The second film in Thor’s trilogy saw the God of Thunder go toe-to-toe with Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), a dark elf who threatens to bring darkness to the Nine Realms as he wields the power of the Aether. After coming into contact with the Aether, Thor must save Jane, and the rest of the world from it’s dark power. A highly forgettable sequel, which even Christopher Eccleston recently admitted he hated being a part of, and not enough of Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif if we’re being completely honest! 

We also asked our team to vote for their most anticipated upcoming MCU film (which has been confirmed) and beating the likes of ‘Avengers 4’, ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’, and ‘Black Panther 2’ is…

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JUMPCUT’s Most Anticipated

Captain Marvel

This week the cameras began rolling for Brie Larson’s solo film debut as ‘Captain Marvel’. We will of course see Captain Marvel make her first appearance in ‘Avengers 4’, or maybe even ‘Infinity War’ if rumours are to be believed! Either way, we’re excited to see her in action and become the first female superhero in the MCU to have her own solo film (Way overdue Marvel! *angrily shakes fist*). 

Without further a do, here’s our Top 5 MCU films based on votes from our team!

JUMPCUT’s Top 5

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#5 – The Avengers (2012)

I can already hear the trumpets blaring as the camera circles Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye as they came together to stop Loki and his chitauri army from invading Earth. ‘The Avengers’ was a box office smash in 2012, four years after we witnessed the start of the MCU with ‘Iron Man’ and the post credit scene that built all our hopes up after we witnessed Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury tell Tony Stark that he wasn’t the only superhero in the world and gave everyone goosebumps when he mentioned the ‘Avengers initiative’. This was it. This was what we had been waiting to see and it didn’t disappoint!

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#4 – Black Panther (2018)

‘Black Panther’ is currently on it’s 5th week at #1 at the box office and is the first film to hold it’s top spot since Jame Cameron’s ‘Avatar’. We first met Black Panther in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ where he became an instant fan favourite. ‘Black Panther’ takes place just days after the events of ‘Civil War’ as Chadwick Boseman’s T’challa is sworn in as King of Wakanda following the death of his father. Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) has other ideas and returns to Wakanda to challenge T’Challa for the throne so he can run things his way. The film boasts a fantastic cast, stunning visuals, and one of the best villains the MCU has seen. Michael B. Jordan absolutely killed it as Killmonger and is the second Human Torch to be redeemed by the MCU.

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#3 – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Coming in at #3 is this bunch of a-holes. The success of this film came as quite a surprise to many, but with a catchy soundtrack and some stunning visuals, James Gunn actually did it! Who would have thought that a film with a smack-talking raccoon and a talking stick would bring a tear to your eyes, both with laughter and from pulling at your heart strings. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ took us to out to the stars where we met a whole host of new races and faces, and it was the perfect set up to learn about the Infinity Stones, which fans  (and Thanos) have been keeping a very close eye out for ever since…

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#2 – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Compared the other solo films in the MCU, it’s fair to say that Thor never really got the film he deserved, that was, until Taika Waititi delivered us ‘Ragnarok’. After being left out of the events of ‘Civil War’, many had wondered where Thor had gotten to – but it turns out he had bigger (and greener) problems on his hands! Waititi injected a lot of colour and humour into ‘Ragnarok’ and also blessed us with Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and of course, Korg. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie was a very much welcomed addition to the ‘Revengers’ team and we’re keeping our fingers crossed Valkyrie doesn’t become one of the many fatalities we’re expecting to be forced to witness in ‘Infinity War’! 

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#1 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Our #1 may not come as much of a surprise to many, especially because it didn’t feature anywhere earlier in our Top 5 list, but ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ sits proudly at the top of JUMPCUT’s favourite MCU list. With some fantastic fight choreography and the proud owner of one of the more memorable scores of the entire franchise, ‘The Winter Soldier’ kept things grounded (for the most part) as we learned that S.H.I.E.L.D had been compromised and Hydra had their hands on the steering wheel the whole time. But that’s not all Steve Rogers had to deal with, no sir. It also turns out that his best friend Bucky is still alive… and trying to kill him. Steve’s friendship with Bucky has always been at the heart of his trilogy but could Thanos put an end to it once and for all in ‘Infinity War’?

And that’s it! That’s our top five films of the MCU. How does your Top 5 compare to ours? We’d love to here your thoughts over on Twitter – @JUMPCUT_ONLINE

Watch This Space: September 11th – 17th

Every Monday we will be recommending films that are on TV that week, films playing at the cinema, and also remind you of those brilliant films hiding on streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, and possibly in your own collection.

In Cinemas

IT: The highly anticipated ‘IT’, the second Stephen King adaptation to grace our cinemas this year, released last week and is already breaking records worldwide! We’ll have our review up later today!

Wind River: Last week we posted up Rhys’ review of Wind River, in which he says “Sheridan has set himself an improbably high standard to exceed with his next film”. We highly recommend checking it out at the cinema this week if creepy killer clowns aren’t your thing!

On TV

Monday

Prometheus (2012): Up for a mind-bending Sci-Fi flick this evening? If so, make sure you catch ‘Prometheu’s, Ridley Scott’s enigmatic and divisive return to the ‘Alien’ franchise. Delving deep into the mythology and lore of the ‘Alien’ universe, Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ is a story of creation and the origins of mankind. Whilst it lacks the scare-factor evident in the original ‘Alien’, this prequel will immerse you by its many, many mysteries. Whether you’ll love it or hate it, you will need to watch it at 9pm on Film4 to find out.

Home Alone (1990): With plenty of silly moments and wonderfully funny set pieces, courtesy of the famous booby-trapped finale, this delivers lots of heart in a story full of witty and charming moments. It made an international star out of Macaulay Culkin, and it’s easy to see why at just 8 years old by carrying the film pretty much on his one. With a toe-ta[pping festive soundtrack, wonderful performances from all including our “Wet Bandits” Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern – who has THE best scream in cinema – this is real innocent family fun. But shame on you for watching it in September. Hethen! Save it for mid-November to December at least, ya filthy animal.

Tuesday

The Secret of My Success (1987): Tune in for a slice of 80s fun in the male version of ‘Working Girl’, as Michael J Fox attempts to sleep his way to the top in ‘The Secret of My Success’. As usual with 80s fare, there’s some crazily fantastic fashion, decor and music on display. This film is really funny and relies on the charm of Fox as he wrestles with his conscience, leading to a heart-warming, feel-good conclusion. Like all 80s classics, this is comfort food for the soul. To learn the secret be sure to tune in to ITV2 at 9pm!

Wednesday

Hot Fuzz (2007): At this point, every film fan has had a conversation about which Edgar Wright film is their favourite. Some will say ‘Shaun of the Dead’, some will say ‘Scott Pilgrim’, and I’m sure some will now say ‘Baby Driver’. Me? It will always be ‘Hot Fuzz’. ‘Hot Fuzz’ is everything that makes Edgar Wright great. It’s hilarious, it has a brilliant cast of characters, it’s fabulously written, and it has many moments that I can remember beat for beat. Also, as great as he is in most things, Nick Frost is never better than he is as Danny Butterman, yeah motherfuckerrrrrr. Catch ‘Hot Fuzz’ on ITV2 at 10pm

The Ladykillers (1955):   Five oddball criminals rent out a room in a house owned by  a an old lady by the name of Mrs Wilberforce, where they pretend to be musicians. Here, they attempt to plan a bank robbery, but they find Mrs Wilberforce is a force to be reckoned with and things do not go to plan! This is a classic that everyone needs to see at least once. It has a brilliant cast, with the likes of Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers starring. Watch the robbery plans unfold on Film4 at 12pm.

Thursday

Mr and Mrs Smith (2005): Imagine keeping your secret life of an assassin a secret from your spouse, only to learn they are doing the exact same thing… Well, that’s exactly what happens when John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) are contracted to kill one another and learn they’re both hiding the same secret. Of course, the professionals that they are, the pair plan on fulfilling their contracts and killing the other, but that may not be as easy as they’d planned on it being. Watch the bullet-fest marriage counselling session at 10pm on 5*.

Meet the Fockers (2010): Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller come face to face again in the sequel to 2000’s ‘Meet the Parents’. This time, it’s the the Byrnes’ turn to meet the other side of the family, the Fockers. Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand are Bernie and Rozalin Focker, and hilarity ensues as the two families, who are complete opposites, are forced to spend time with one another for the sake of their children. You can meet the Fockers on Comedy Central at 9pm.

Friday

Pitch Perfect (2012): Every few years or so there comes a “chick flick” which easily manages to transcend that annoyingly gender specific term. We had ‘Clueless’, ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Easy A’, and now ‘Pitch Perfect’ is able to join that elite pantheon. Making the world of competitive collegiate acapella somehow the coolest thing ever, ‘Pitch Perfect’ has great songs, great comedic performances, and a surprising amount of heart. It ticks some of the gross-out humour boxes without ever going too far and is consistently rewatchable. Give it a try, you might just find yourselves surprised. Tune in 9pm on Film4!

Legend (2015): Love a bit of Tom Hardy? If so, make yourself a cup of tea, get your jammies on and jump on the sofa, because tonight you’re going to see two of him in ‘Legend’, A biopic exploring the Kray twins’ criminal hold over London. Starring Hardy as both Reggie and Ronald Kray, ‘Legend’ is driven by its exciting performances and the overwhelming amount of fun to be had, from its explosive fight sequences and hilarious dialogue (“it’s a fucking rolling pin”). You’ll have a ball with this one, I guarantee it, so flick over to Film4 at 9pm

Hiding Online / In Our Collection / Out This Week

Mindhorn (2017): His time has finally come! ‘Mindhorn’ is available to take him this week, and you’d be a sucker not to pick it up. Julian Barrett has been a long time favourite of mine, from his time as Howard Moon in ‘The Mighty Boosh’, and more recently as Maurice in Channel 4’s ‘Flowers’. Barrett’s character, Richard Thorncroft, is an actor who played an 80’s detective in a hit TV show that time forgot, and is called to play the character once again after a murder suspect the police are chasing will only talk to Mindhorn, who he thinks is a real detective. Thorncroft see’s this as the perfect opportunity to get his career back on track, and get his name in the news. ‘Mindhorn’ is simply British comedy at it’s finest and definitely one I’ll be picking up.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017): The second outing for the Guardians is out on home release this week, and it’s a mixed bag. Some of the characters are a little flat and just there for the sake of it, and some of the humour feels shoe-horned in and rather naff, but there is much to be enjoyed to counter the negatives. It’s a popcorn movie at heart that doesn’t fail in setting up more for us to follow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while expanding on the ‘GOTG’ series as a whole with new characters and new worlds. Plus, with the likes of Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone and….David Hasselhoff?….in tow, you can’t go far wrong. It’s daft, bright, visually spinning stuff so don’t expect anything groundbreaking and you’ll be ok.

A huge thank you to contributors this week: Chris Gelderd,  Corey Hughes, Sarah Buddery, Fiona Underhill, and Rhys Bowen Jones

Official Music Video Released For David Hasselhoff’s ‘Guardians Inferno’

As promised earlier this week, James Gunn has shared the official music video for ‘Guardians Inferno’, David Hasselhoff’s track from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’.

The video stars director Gunn on the drums, and the cast of the hit sequel pull their best shapes in their best 80’s gear. There’s even a cameo from the king of cameos, Mr. Stan Lee, because what Marvel related video would be complete without him!

But which Guardian has the best moves? 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Track List Revealed

Whilst there’s no actual spoilers in this piece, Chris Pratt did tweet earlier this month advising that he encourages people to watch ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ before listening to the ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 2’, so if you wish to not know what’s made it onto the mixtape close this article right now! 

The mixtape features the likes of Fleetwood Mac, George Harrision, Sweet, Cheap Trick and.. David Hasselhoff!? That’s right, The Hoff will be lending his singing voice to a song that was co-written by James Gunn himself and is said to be a ‘comedic original’ scored by Tyler Bates.

After the greatness that was ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’, I thought Gunn would have a hard job topping it – but it looks like he may have actually pulled it off. I’m excited to hear the music (listed below) in the film. 

  1. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  2. Fox on the Run – Sweet
  3. Lake Shore Drive – Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
  4. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
  5. Bring it On Home to Me – Sam Cooke
  6. Southern Nights – Glen Campbell
  7. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
  8. Brandy You’re a Fine Girl – Looking Glass
  9. Come a Little Bit Closer – Jay and the Americans
  10. Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang – Silver
  11. Surrender – Cheap Trick
  12. Father and Son – Yusuf / Cat Stevens
  13. Flashlight – Parliament
  14. Guardians Inferno – The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

I’ve no doubt that someone has kindly put together this mixtape on Spotify or YouTube already for us to enjoy! 

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Written by Tom Sheffield

The Guardians Of The Freakin’ Galaxy Come Together In A New Trailer

In 2014 cinemagoers were delighted by ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’; a refreshing semi rejuvenation on a somewhat tired Marvel formula, this nicely paved the way for speculation and eagerness for a Volume 2 in the series.  Inevitably the excitement was almost palpable when ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’ was announced, seeming like an eternity, fans will be thrilled to hear that the wait is almost finally over. Volume 2 takes to UK picture houses on 28th April and is released in the US on 5th May.

Much of the cast from the first film reprise their roles (with a few welcome additions), from Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana to Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista. Specific plot details on Volume 2 have been hard to come by. All I can say is that Kurt Russell plays Ego the Living Planet, and Sylvester Stallone is reported to make an appearance as a member of Nova Corps. James Gunn is back in the director’s chair whilst collaborating again with others in the writing. One thing is for sure ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ is looking like a winner, and needs absolutely no input from me to convince movie fans to go see it.

I must mention that my anticipation for the Awesome Mix Vol 2 is at an all-time high, especially as the soundtrack selections in the original was just amazing. The trailer drops a couple of teasers as to what may be included in the next Awesome Mix, and promises an interesting, fun and pulse raising  movie.

Written by Mark Putley

The Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 2 Super Bowl Spot Propels The Hype Train To Full Speed!

Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy: GOTG2 Super Bowl trailer sends the hype machine into overdrive

Kick-ass soundtrack? Check
Wise-cracks galore? Check
Superb CGI, amazing action and great cast? Check, check and check

The latest trailer for James Gunn’s sequel to the massive critical and box office hit, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’ is making the world wish that May would just come around that bit faster. Soundtracked by Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain,’ we see Starlord and crew entering into another action-packed battle to save the galaxy, this time from Elizabeth Debicki‘s villainous golden priestess Ayesha.

However, it seems the real heart of the film is set to be a story of family. Or rather, two families. The story of Gamora and her estranged sister Nebula sits in one corner, and Starlord’s quest to find his real father while being guided by his surrogate father Yondu, sits in the other. While Gunn revealed the identity of Starlord’s father as Ego the Living Planet at San Diego Comic-Con last year, we also know he will be played by Kurt Russell. The prospect of Kurt Russell and Chris Pratt as father and son team is pretty exciting in itself.

Part of Marvel film’s Phase 3, GOTG Vol 2 follows hot on the heels of Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, and will be followed later in the year by Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’ will be screening across the UK from the 28th April 2017.

Written by Abbie Eales

Super Bowl 51: Film Trailer Roundup

The Super Bowl is one of my favourite events of the year, and I don’t know the first thing about the NFL. What gets me so excited for this huge sporting event every year is the adverts in between the game. Studios fork out millions of dollars each year to grab a 30 second – 1 minute slot and deliver us a TV Spot, or in some cases a brand spanking new trailer, to get us excited for the year ahead.

Last night’s adverts did not leave film fans disappointed as we were treated to extended TV spots for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’,  ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. Two’, ‘Fate of the Furious’, and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ along with a handful of other fantastic looking films that we’re looking forward to this year. 

Keep your eyes on JumpCut later this week as writers from our news team take a closer look at these trailers and share their thoughts! 

Here’s a handy roundup of TV spots and trailers that were aired before, during, and after the Super Bowl: 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

Back in October we were treated to a tiny teaser for the sequel to the 2014 Marvel space-hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. The teaser offered us a quick look at the Guardians themselves, as well as our first peek at Baby Groot on top of Rocket’s shoulder.

This trailer gives us a great deal more of Baby Groot, who already looks like he’s going to steal the whole movie, just as easy as he stole the nuclear bomb from Rocket. We seem the team leap into action during some colourful action sequences, and we are also introduced to Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff, who reveals Quill’s true feelings about Gamora in front of the rest of the Guardians, much to Drax’s delight.

After learning in the first film that he’s only half human, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) and the Guardians  go on an adventure that takes them across the galaxy to find out the mystery of his true parentage. We know Yondu (Michael Rooker) will have a larger role to play in this film, although he’s not in this new trailer. We also know Kurt Russell will be playing Quill’s father, Ego the Living Planet, which we will have to probably wait for the film to see. Sylvester Stallone is also a member of the cast, although his role is still unconfirmed!

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ will be flying into UK theatres on April 28th 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield