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Movie Morsels: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Will Have a “Controversial” Ending

Just how game-changing will the events of Captain America: Civil War be? The film’s directors give us a hint in today’s Movie Morsels. We’ve also got the latest on xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Gods of Egypt, and more!

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America Civil War

Remember how Captain America: The Winter Soldier was marketed in part as a political thriller? In the latest issue of Empire, the Russo Brothers name the genre with which their new Captain America: Civil War shares its DNA…

“The consequences of Civil War,” says Joe Russo, “will have an even more significant impact [than The Winter Soldier]. In Civil War, we’re going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s psychology, and it’s an extreme shift… Winter Soldier was a political thriller; this is a psychological thriller.”

Hmmm… Then Anthony Russo weighs in, admitting the film has a “very dramatic ending that will be controversial for a lot of people.”

*Spoiler alert*

In the comic books, Civil War is capped by the Death of Captain America storyline, in which see Bucky take up the shield when Steve is assassinated. We may be inclined to believe this is the course the film will take, considering the fact that Chris Evans has only one film left on his Marvel contract. Many are speculating his last appearance will be in the Russos’ Infinity War Part 2, which could see Cap return from the grave.


The Light Between the Oceans

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are my favorite new nerd power couple, seeing as how they’ve each starred in several recent genre film favorites. Now the real-life partners bring their relationship to the screen in the drama The Light Between Oceans. The film revolves around a pair of lighthouse keepers who raise an abandoned baby who has washed ashore in a rowboat. Here’s the film’s new trailer…

[The Guardian]

The Thomas Crown Affair

Creed By all accounts, the notion of retooling the aging and ailing Rocky franchise to focus on the son of Rocky Balboa's late opponent and friend, Apollo Creed, seemed foolhardy at best, and a shameless cash-grab at worst. However, much like Sylvester Stallone's iconic character, Creed overcame impossible odds to be one of the most heartening, stylish, and fulfilling films of the year. The Fruitvale Station duo of director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan prove to be one of Hollywood's most potent pairings, creating a charming, kinetic drama that deals with love, loss, and determination (and delivering some searing action sequences, to boot). While Jordan's star power is undeniable, the true breakout performance from Creed comes from Sylvester Stallone, who turns in one of his best performances in years. Incredibly, after seven films, this franchise can still pack an emotional punch. (Read the review)

Michael B. Jordan got down and dirty for the masterful Creed. But the star is in talks to get smooth and suave as a master criminal in a new remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. The original 1968 heist thriller starred Steve McQueen, while the 1999 remake featured Pierce Brosnan.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

Gods of Egypt

We’ve got a bunch of new clips from the batshit-crazy-looking Gods of Egypt (a frontrunner for the title of “this year’s Jupiter Ascending“), in addition to the exclusive clip we debuted this week. Check out the quasi-ancient Egyptian action below…


xXx: The Return of Xander Cage


Paramount has at long last set a release date for its much anticipated extreme sports/spy saga xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Vin Diesel will make his return to the franchise on January 20, 2017. Ruby Rose, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, and Samuel L. Jackson co-star.


The Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation

Finally today… Fox has set a release date for the much acclaimed Birth of a Nation, which made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: October 7, 2016, a date that tells us the studio is already thinking “Oscars.” A 21st century response to silent pioneer D.W. Griffith’s racist-as-hell movie of the same name, the new Nation tells the story of Nat Turner and the rebellion he led in the antebellum South. The film stars Nate Parker (who also writes and directs), Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, and Jackie Earle Haley.

[20th Century Fox]

Images: 20th Century Fox, MGM, Marvel

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