Hela Wreaks Havoc In The First Teaser Trailer For Thor: Rangarok

Right out of nowhere the first teaser trailer for the upcoming third instalment of Thor has been released and it gives us our first proper look at the the tone and plot of the film. 

In this teaser, we see Hela (Cate Blanchett) giving Thor a run for his money as she catches and then destroys his Mjolnir, rendering Thor basically powerless. We also see Hela up against an army of Asgardians, which she the lays waste to.  Subsequently, Thor is captured and made to fight in an arena where he is pitted against fellow avenger ‘The Hulk’ – much to Thor’s delight it would seem! 

As well as a better look at Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, we also get our first look at Karl Urban as Skurge and Idris Elba’s return as Heimdall. We also get a couple of shots of Loki, who we know Thor will team up with at some point in the film to try and find their father who is stuck on Earth. 

Since being announced as the director of this film, I’ve had high hopes Taiki Waititi would do Thor justice, and from the look of this teaser I will not be disappointed. Already there are a lot of people on Twitter comparing it to the likes of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in tone and style, but is that necessarily a bad thing? What I’m taking away from this teaser is that Thor is finally going to get the love he deserves from fans of the MCU, where he’s only really shined in the ‘Avengers’ films, and less so in his solo outings due to poor plots and villains. It’s an exciting year to be a film fan, and even more so for lovers of comic book movies. 

What are your initial thoughts on the trailer? Are you sold on Thor’s new tone? 

The official synopsis for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is: 

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!

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

Jason Starr: Writing for Both Sides

Interview by Chris Gelderd

Whilst our primary focus here at JumpCut UK is the world of film, it’s hard to deny the fact that we are all massive comic book nerds, too. So when we got the chance to speak to Jason Starr – a writer who has worked with both DC and Marvel Comics – we simply exploded with excitement. As well as crafting stories for iconic characters such as Batman, Wolverine and Ant-Man, Jason is also a best-selling, award-winning novelist, and has worked closely with the hit FOX show ‘Gotham’. 

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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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X-23 Takes The Spotlight In New Logan Trailer

We are just over a month away until we witness Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, and the latest trailer puts the spotlight on Laura Kinney aka X-23. 

This trailer treats us to a lot of new footage, including some of Laura giving her hunters a hard time as they chase her down and attempt to capture her. It’s very clear she’s not going anywhere without a fight as we witness her putting her claws to good use! 

Both trailers for ‘Logan’ have given me hope that this film will redeem Wolverine’s name after the less than satisfactory solo films that have come before it. I am incredibly excited for ‘Logan’ and the prospect of seeing more of X-23 in the future as Jackman bows out of playing Wolverine. I’m hoping this film will be the one we remember Jackman for the most during his 17 years as Wolverine, and that it’ll be a fitting end for such a fantastic character and actor.  

Tickets for Logan are now bookable at most UK cinemas, with some also showing midnight screenings. 

Written by Tom Sheffield

Official Thor: Ragnarok Synopsis Released By Marvel

“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!”

Marvel’s synopsis for the third Thor film confirms we’ll see Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk go head to head with Thor in a intergalactic gladiator arena, an idea straight from the ‘Planet Hulk’ comics. We’ve known for some time that the ‘Planet Hulk’ comics would have some influence in this film, especially since Hulk’s armour went on display at last years San Diego Comic Con. 

The last time we saw Thor, he was enjoying a beer in New York’s Sanctum Santorium with Doctor Strange, who had just agreed to help him find his father on the promise that both he and Loki leave Earth once Odin is found.  We last saw Hulk flying off in a  Quintjet at the end of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and his whereabouts since then has remained a mystery. Hopefully this film will give us some more details as to how Hulk ended up at the arena and what else he’s been up to.

Cate Blanchett will be playing the role of the “all-powerful new threat” , Hela, who we can assume is the reason why Thor and Loki team up to find their father. Joining Blanchett as new members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are Tessa Thompson, who is playing Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum will make an appearance as Grandmaster, and Karl Urban will portay Skurge, a villain in the film. 

Taika Waititi is in the director’s chair for Thor’s third solo outing, his previous films include ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ and last years  brilliantly heartwarming and hilarious “Hunt for the Wilderpeople“. After the mixed reception of both ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’, I think Waititi could be the director to deliver us the Thor film we deserve. His directorial style, humour, and passion for the films he makes are a recipe for success and I’m incredibly excited to see the result. 

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is released in UK theatres 27th October 2017


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

Deadpool 2 Has Found A New Director

After Tim Miller’s shock exit from the director’s chair of Deadpool 2 the other week over “creative differences” with Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, there’s been speculation after speculation regarding who 20th Century Fox would hire to replace him. Well speculate no more!

David Leitch has been named as Miller’s replacement for the highly anticipated Deadpool sequel. Leitch boasts an impressive CV, which includes co-directing the 2014 action packed hit, ‘John Wick’, with Chad Stahelski. His experience mainly lies in stunt and action coordinating, and on numerous occasions stunt doubling for the likes of Brad Pitt and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Leitch has worked on such films as ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘300’, and even the Bourne and Matrix films, so it looks like ‘Deadpool 2’ is in very safe and capable hands. Personally, I’m even more excited now for the Merc with a mouth’s next on-screen outing following this news.

Do you think Leitch is the man for the job? Who would you liked to have seen helm the sequel?

‘Deadpool 2’ is currently set to release in early 2018

Written by Tom Sheffield