Film Bits: Marvel Releases First ‘Infinity War’ Trailer

Marvel Looks Toward ‘Infinity’ and Beyond in New ‘Avengers’ Trailer

It’s all come to this. After a decade of world building that features intricate narrative threads and connective tissues spread out across nearly 20 movies, the MCU is preparing for its biggest, baddest, most world changing event to date with Avengers: Infinity War. The first official trailer for the massive crossover event was released today, and it looks every bit as game changing as they’ve promised. Infinity War represents the end of the narrative thread that’s propelled the MCU forward all this time, and features the first ever crossover between the Avengers and their galactic counterparts, the Guardians of the Galaxy. Every hero so far introduced—and perhaps even some new ones—will be brought together for this epic conclusion, which also sets the stage for the future of the entire franchise. There’s a lot riding on the back of this film, but if the last decade has taught us anything it’s that you should never bet against Marvel. We’ll know for sure when Infinity War hits theaters next year on May 4.


‘Love, Simon’ Trailer Highlights Underrepresented Coming of Age Story

We’ve gotten a lot of coming of age dramas over the last few years, all from different perspectives. None, however, have touched upon the realities of gay teens and the troubles they face. Love, Simon looks to break that barrier. Nick Robinson stars as the titular Simon, a young man who’s coming to terms with his sexuality while in the grips of adolescence. And in a twist that will be certain to make us all feel old, his parents are played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel. Greg Berlanti, creator and runner of the CW’s DC universe, helms the film, bringing a much needed personal perspective to the film. Love, Simon hits theaters on March 16, 2018.

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Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix Star in ‘Mary Magdalene’

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, who previously co-starred in Her, are together again as Mary Magdalene and Jesus in a new film from the director of Lion. Mary Magdalene looks at the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, telling her story and her rise to becoming one of Jesus’s most trusted companions. Chiwetel Ejiofor co-stars as Peter, who was distrusting of her inclusion among Jesus’s ranks. Films about Jesus are pretty hit or miss, although mostly miss in recent years. It’s hard to deny the star power behind this effort, however, and it certainly has the potential to be one of the best religious films in recent years. We’ll know for sure on March 30 when Mary Magdalene is released.


New ‘All the Money in the World’ Trailer Highlights Christopher Plummer

The news of Kevin Spacey’s history of sexual assault and harassment threatened to derail one of the most expected films of the season, All the Money in the World, but director Ridley Scott wasn’t about to be stopped. Shortly after the news broke, and right before the film was expected to premiere at the AFI film festival, Scott announced that the role had been recast with Christopher Plummer and that reshoots were underway. With the release of the first trailer for the film since the recast, we’re forced to wonder why Spacey was ever cast in the role in the first place. The initial trailer for the film, with Spacey’s performance still intact, revealed the actor buried under a mountain of make up to make him look the part of the aging mogul. Plummer, whom Scott initially wanted to cast before being forced to cast Spacey by the studio, looks the part without the awkward makeup and affected mannerisms. We won’t know for sure until December 22, when the film is released, but it looks as though they’ve made All the Money in the World even better with the recast.


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