Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 23, 2014, 09:34:26 PM
Hmm, that's interesting. Not in a good way, of course.
I've heard that Edgar is very particular and will re-shoot things many times to get the shot he wants, but that seems to have done him well in the past. Could just be that Marvel doesn't want to concede total control to somebody else.
I don't have a clue who will fill in, but you know a director with some experience working with miniaturized cast members? Cap 1 director Joe Johnston (Honey I Shrunk the Kids), who still is under Marvel contract for one more movie. I doubt his sense of humor is quirky enough for this material though.
I'm hard pressed to think of a director who'd be comfortable jumping in on a big Marvel movie that another director spent years developing, and then having to meet a fixed release date just over 1 year (!) away (July 17, 2015). It's gotta be someone who works fast and is at ease taking over the reins of someone else's baby, so to speak. Since the Russo's worked out well, wouldn't surprise me if they tabbed someone else more experienced in TV, where you have to work fast and generally the director hasn't written the material.
Not thinking it would be someone Marvel previously worked with because they probably still want a fresh take and not someone associated with a different Marvel franchise (i.e., not Jon Favreau again, or Thor: The Dark World's director who's already signed for Thor 3 I think).
Wright co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Cornish, so presumably he'll still be in the credits unless they start over from scratch. Seems unlikely if they're holding to that 2015 release date.
Wright was apparently working in some form (screenplay, pre-viz etc.) on the film since 2006 (!). So I don't think he'd lightly step away from something he spent 8 years working on.
Marvel Studios and Wright issued a joint statement Friday announcing the news: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”
I suspect it's a question of whether you can subvert one's indy sensibilities to the Marvel Movie factory. The Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) seemed [seems on Galaxy; I realize it's not out yet! ] able to balance that -- perhaps Wright wasn't interested in that. Well, that's my penny ante speculation, I'm sure the Internet will be rife with more thoughtful discourse.
Quote from: rittchard on December 15, 2013, 03:26:45 AM
Interesting cast. I dunno about Matthew McConaughey as the lead though. I don't dislike him and I know he's supposedly been working hard at becoming a "serious actor" but he just doesn't inspire me.
After True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club I'm hoping he's won you over. If not, he probably never will. Personally I think he's become one of the most fearless actors out there right now. Something I never would have thought possible even 5 years ago.
McConaughey's also very good in Mud, which is on Netflix. I finally caught it there.
From interviews, I think it's more that he decided to stop settling for working on movies with lazy scripts and directors with no particular vision. The fine "The Lincoln Lawyer" seemed to be a tipping point of sorts in a more interesting direction for him.
Now he wants to work on movies with intriguing, challenging scripts and directors who have a specific vision -- whether that vision's really box office friendly or not. And the more films (and TV work in Showtime's case) he does like that, the better the quality of the material offered to him or that he's alerted to. It seems more a conscious effort to find better, more challenging material rather than proclaiming, "I'm a serious actor now, give me my Oscar, alright, alright, alright..."
Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 16, 2014, 05:09:03 PM
Hey, if it works for ya, then it works for ya. I know a (admittedly hipster) writer that still uses Ye Olde Fashioned typewriters for his work. Some poor bastard has to OCR it when he's done, but it's his "thing".
For sure I have read of many screenwriters, novelists and short story writers who still use manual or electric typewriters. I think some of it comes down to whether you prefer to write and re-write in your head (and then bang out the results on a typewriter), or if you prefer to keep revising and reiterating on screen (then word processing's the thing).
Although my professors encouraged doing outlines and such before actually typing up a paper, most of my later high school and then college time was spent on a Brother and later Smith-Corona (the snap-in square cartridges seemed so high-tech ) typewriters, with the "OMG, it's due tomorrow!" juices driving me to type thoughts as fast as I could think them. I try very hard in my current trade media reporter job to get stories done as early as I can rather than wait for inspiration to hit me.
I bet it's malware and virus proof in today's world. They probably don't even know what to DO with Wordstar and DOS at this point.
I did actually use Word Star (CP/M version I think) at our college's "computer lab" in 1986-1987 to write some English papers. That was before my ordered hot rod Amstrad CP/M green screen word processor (and cromagnon CP/M computer) with the world's loudest dot matrix printer arrived at Sears and changed my life forever.
I take my post back; after seeing a colorized version of the photo at Collider (http://collider.com/ben-affleck-batman-image/), the costume looks more like a potato sack, and the Batman logo is so phat you can barely even tell it's a bat at all. Maybe it's supposed to represent a paunchy, middle-aged bat?
I like the gloves. Not sure about the short ears. While that's in line with Miller's comics, it kind of makes him look more like my cat JJ to me.
From what little the writers said in that Collider review: -it'll start in 1946 -They'd like to have Howard Stark as a "recurring," not regular character. DumDum Dugan (Neal McDonough) appeared in the Marvel One Shot on the Iron Man 3 BluRay. -S.H.I.E.L.D may eventually come into play, but not right away, even though the Agent Carter One Shot already mentions it.
It's the right era for some Cold War stuff. Not sure what else would come into play then.
The Agent Carter One Shot summary from Wikipedia:
Agent Carter, released on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, 2013, as well as part of the digital download release on September 3, 2013, sees Hayley Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter.
The short also sees Dominic Cooper and Neal McDonough reprise their roles as Howard Stark and Dum Dum Dugan, respectively, Chris Evans via archive footage as Steve Rogers / Captain America, and introduces Bradley Whitford as Agent Flynn and Shane Black as the Disembodied Voice. It was directed by Louis D’Esposito and written by Eric Pearson. The short was filmed over five days.
One year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter, now a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, is stuck compiling data instead of working field cases. One night while alone in the office, the case line rings, informing Carter of the location of the mysterious Zodiac. She goes to the location, and is able to retrieve the serum single-handedly. The next day, her misogynistic boss, Agent Flynn, reprimands her for not going through the proper procedures to complete the mission. Carter explains that the mission was time-sensitive, but Flynn is unmoved, dismissing the indignant Carter as an "old flame" of Captain America's who was given her current job out of pity for her bereavement.
As Flynn heads to his office, the case line rings, this time with Howard Stark on the other end. He tells Flynn to inform Carter that she will co-head the newly created S.H.I.E.L.D. and that Flynn must personally assist Carter with her things. In a mid-credit scene, Dum Dum Dugan is seen poolside with Stark, marveling at two women wearing the newly created bikinis. Dugan asks Stark if he invented them, to which Stark replies "No, the French".
Bradley Whitford's show "The Trophy Wife," was canceled so he'll be available.
Oh, per my "flying dildos" comment way back around release -- my friend and I started laughing during this scene, just about blew our beer out our nostrils -- it's up on YouTube for posterity. Man of Steel: Flying Dildos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kkExGfUv4Q No sounds, so you can add your own screenplay.
"We banish you! To frozen Dildo-dom!" "May you forever be imprisoned in your Dildos!"
Probably some sort of mature Zack Snyder metaphor... In retrospect, it seems like an outtake from Prometheus.
So it was a far larger screen than I expected (part of the small Angelika chain), and my mom loved it. She's a bit child-like when she enjoys this type of movie so I saw her do a little clapping, cheering and fist pumping on occasion. I explained the mid-credits extra scene.
I explained when I could, though she professed later to missing a couple plot points while overall being delighted with it.
All this time after release a few folks in the audience were still surprised by the Bucky "reveal." I tried to refresh my mom's memory of the first film over lunch before. She said she was a bit tired and to consider the outing our Mother's Day outing, though I still got stuff for her today. That's the end of the Momma's Boy report.
So, my wife now owns a slim Vita and I got the Borderlands 2 code.
The slim Vita is quite nice and the screen is pretty good. I still prefer the OLED screen, but the LCD screen on the slim is not bad at all.
How is it to hold? I have fairly large albeit thin hands (I'm 6'4" ). Read some concerns about the new model maybe being harder to grip (though I suspect accessory makers will come out with some sort of grip add-on for the Slim model). Just wondering -- I haven't seen the new model in stores yet.
I liked the look and hey, I started this thread , but everything everyone says in terms of "you may like it if you're into This or That" just screams this Isn't the MMORPG You're Looking For (at least on my narrow tastes).
City of Heroes is still my all time favorite mmorpg even if only for a short time (2004-2007 mainly), and I used to play and try all sorts of NCSoft stuff. They've just lost me these days.
My mom's feeling a bit better and was finally game today to see an early afternoon show. And it's actually been long enough since my last viewing I might've forgotten some things.
I'm afraid it's really not on any nice size screens around here anymore so we'll be seeing it on a relatively tiny, non-3D screen (which is fine -- will be my first 2D experience of this at least). Think it'll be the same screen we saw American Hustle after it had been out for quite some time. For me the one thing I appreciate about 3D when attending films with my mom is she always wants to sit near the back of the theater and 3D glasses sort of artifically make me feel like I'm still close to the screen. Though really in a auditorium as small as the one we're attending, maybe that doesn't matter much.
I think regardless of whether she follows the twists and turns of Cap 2, she'll enjoy the characters and set pieces and stuff. And unlike American Hustle (which I found as hard to follow at times as she did), I know and love the story and characters enough to patiently explain it and refresh her memories of the first if she needs me to. She loved the first movie as much as I, it just isn't fresh in her memory. =======================
What makes me curious about the ending is (trying to be sensitive to folks holding out for the BluRay release later):
Spoiler for Hiden:
Wouldn't the Avengers: Age of Ultron events happen before Cap and Falcon can go searching for Bucky/Winter Soldier?
I mean, I dig the ending has this propulsive, "oh boy, what happens next!" feel.
Marvel’s Agent Carter will star Hayley Atwell as the titular Marvel character, who was initially seen onscreen as Steve Rogers’ love interest in the first Captain America film. In the subsequent Marvel One-Shot (ie. short film) Agent Carter, it is revealed that after Rogers’ disappearance, Carter became one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper).
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely penned the script for the Agent Carter pilot, and we previously spoke to the duo at length about their plans for the potential series. They revealed that the show would start in 1946 and find Carter in a world where “people are disrespecting her and she’s proving herself and going on missions and things like that.” Additionally, their hope is that Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark would be a recurring character on the series.
Markus and McFeely also told us that they envisioned the show as a maximum of 13 episodes per season, maybe less, with one idea being that each season is almost like a limited series that spans the length of one year.
We recently heard that ABC was strongly considering ordering Agent Carter to series without the production of a pilot, since the Marvel One-Shot acted as a sort of proof-of-concept, and now we can see that is certainly the case. Additionally, rumor has it that the network has been mulling over the idea of using Agent Carter as a midseason show that will fill in the gap while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes its winter hiatus.
I'm just a jibbering, middle age Hayley Atwell fan but if the show's well written I think I'd much rather spend 45 minutes or so with her than the whole Agents of SHIELD cast. She has expressed a lot of enthusiasm about reprising the character on TV, and said she was game to move to the U.S. for the series (it's a 12-13 episode type series so shouldn't be as grueling as a full 22-26 episode type series).
Of course there's no Steve Rogers, Red Skull or even Tommy Lee Jones' character. I don't think Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark) has been officially asked yet but my recollection was he enjoyed playing the character in the first film.
My brother and I saw it. It's generally fine imho. No desire to see it again. It's probably gonna make $1 billion overseas so I suspect Sony won't lose sleep over its opening weekend falling shy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's April 4 weekend launch.
I could waste about 17 paragraphs in spoiler codes nitpicking on cockamamie screenplay/storyline decisions or the questionable usage of some scene snippets in TV trailers that are misleading but hey, it's Sony's reboot franchise and they can do what they want. I was entertained, even though I'd probably be fonder of the movie if they had cut about 20-25 minutes from the end.
btw, this movie does have one thing in common with Spider-Man 3 imho, it's the perhaps warped belief that really awful hair styling (Electro, Osborn/Goblin; arguably Peter himself) can somehow portray a character's emotions more than the actor can.
Quote from: Dante Rising on April 19, 2014, 06:48:22 PM
Despite being a "dead" system, I'm very happy to see publishers still supporting the platform. My 64GB card is already over half full, and will be getting quite a workout this year. I'm especially interested in Tales of Hearts and Oreshika.
Helldivers might get me into the Vita pool. I'm impatiently awaiting news on a release date for that (early summer).
I have two PSPs and a drawer full of games, just haven't seen much on Vita of interest to my niches tastes.
OMG! And directed by JJ Abrams! That would be SO AWESOME!
I don't like any of the Transformer films (the first one I could maybe sit through again). Yet I liked the rebooted Star Trek movies. I like some of the Kurtzmann/Orci TV stuff and others do nothing for me. So I don't know if their names drag baggage (just from my narrow perspective )
The first AMS made $750M globally so nobody can say it didn't succeed. Though Raimi's more maligned Spider-Man 3 made more than $336M domestically and $890M globally, and yet somehow is seen as not successful. Probably because of Tobey's bad haircut and Topher Grace both seeming like really poor casting.
I dunno. imho it is possible to make a zillion dollars and yet not be seen as having fans' affection.
I didn't hate the first Amazing Spider-Man. It's just doing another origin take on the character seemed unnecessary, I forgot the movie the moment I left the theater and had zero desire to see it again (still haven't to this point).
imho, I don't think there's anything wrong with letting Peter Parker grow up a bit so it seems wholly silly to have a nearly 31 year old actor and 25 year old actress still playing teens. I think it'd be fun if the rebooted movies had let Peter grow up a wee little bit, but I don't know jack. Maybe a 28 year old Peter Parker would terrify young audiences?
I do plan to see it. My brother's visiting me tomorrow, so we might see it. I could also just see myself waiting until next weekend.
good news is that every hero I play I like bad news is that every hero I play I like
Heh, yeah, my Synergies screen (this was before I picked up Luke Cage) here reads like short attention span theater. I'm hoping the bonuses will be a carrot for me to at least try to get all my heroes to L25. I tried the revamped DD a bit last night and he was fairly fun. I'll probably try to get some more time in on him and Luke Cage, see if I can get them to 25 at least. Though I guess I oughta just put a bit of time in on Cable to get him to L25 for the next synergy bonus.
Though I like the idea of the "buy one get one" promo going on, when I bought Luke Cage my reward was... another Scarlet Witch Thouigh now at least you can use it later to upgrade her Ultimate power.
Quote from: Harkonis on April 30, 2014, 07:55:33 PM
The devs only watched it twice
I did read they revamped Cap's Airborne Assault animation based directly off a sequence in the movie (the Cap leap off the VTOL fighter on the bridge. Think they tweaked it in last night's patch after some negative feedback - veteran players preferred the original animation.
I bought Luke Cage last night. Very fun in terms of both attacks (throwing chunks of pavement and eventually cars even if no cars are around) and a pet tree of sorts (starting with Iron Fist) where eventually you can call in several Luke's friends for a short period of time.
Finally got Captain America to L40, and chose the special "empties clips" pistols attack for Falcon. While it's pretty fun to watch (he jetpacks up a bit in altitude and "empties his clips" at enemies at rapid speed), as I near Doom's castle in Heroic mode it was pretty clear Falcon was going to die quite frequently with my Team Up powers set up as they are.
I'm a little bit disappointed the Captain America: The Winter Soldier film didn't apparently inspire Gazillion to add any content specific to it beyond Falcon as team-up and one Captain America costume (the early stealth one in the movie w/ more subdued colors). I don't think I've read about any plans to add Winter Soldier as villain, hero or team-up to this point.
I mean, Thor: The Dark World got content, levels, and Loki, and the Marvel Heroes splash screen is still Loki-specific. No I didn't expect them to have Helicarriers crashing into oblivion and what not, just thought there might be a more specific tie-in of some kind to the movie.
Steam mostly now. Origin a bit a couple years back (Mass Effect 3, couple other things).
My last boxed PC titles I bought at Target, which has a surprisingly decent PC games section. However, when you more and more often buy a boxed game and the instructions tell you to go to Steam and download the game there (the disc is essentially useless), it doesn't give much impetus to buy boxed titles anymore.
Quite true. I've noticed more and more sites giving up on forums (perhaps they just don't want to mess w/ moderation issues) in favor of Twitter, Facebook et al.
With me, I really try to keep my Gaming self and, uh, Regular Guy self separate on Facebook. I just don't post about gaming on Facebook because I think too many of my non-gamer pals think gaming is the Evil. If I say, posted on Facebook that pixelized explosions of blood spray and gore in Broforce tickle me... I don't think they'd understand. Here, I think people would.
I like sifting through Twitter for interesting posts but haven't so far been willing to Tweet. Perhaps if I can just get a Twitter going as my Blackjack self and focus it that way, it might be fun.
As far as comments on the Gaming Trend news/video items, can we use our GT forum accounts to login there? Or does it have to be a separate login we set up for comments-only?
Ratings-wise, imho it was a mistake to counter-program an old ratings warhorse like NCIS. I don't see Agents ever having strong ratings against it. Not even if they turn Coulson into Thanos, Maria Hill into a strip tease dancer, Sky into a virtual prostitute and Ward into a robot Nazi. So my theory is find a time slot where fans can find it but where it won't get pummeled into the ratings by a top-5 show that has built up a huge audience over many seasons.
My gut feeling is ABC/Disney will renew the show so as to not tick off Joss Whedon by firing his brother and sister-in-law. And perhaps they think if the show survives long enough, maybe Whedon will get more directly involved in the show once Avengers: Age of Ultron's released (almost exactly 1 year from now - May 1, 2015).
While it's all well and good, I'm 49 now, not 12-18 (my age during the original trilogy). I don't respond to the same things in movies or TV anymore (yeah I still see spring-summer movies I love 3-5 times), though obviously SW in its heyday appealed to everyone across all ages. I wish JJ and co. best of luck in finding that sort of broad appeal again in an era where the Internet monitors and analyzes every millisecond of your work.
Quote from: Blackjack on April 28, 2014, 05:36:45 PM
I heard Blackjack stopped posting here for weeks after having a Captain America hissy fit.
However, I did then sincerely apologize for questioning why you saw it five times in one week. It wasn't my intention to insult you, I was just astounded at your dedication to the cause.
Hey it's cool. I am a melodrama queen sometimes. I wanted to take my mom and visiting aunt to see Cap 2 but mom's got back aches and seems to think doing yardwork is more therapeutic than Cap and Co. I did show her the 2nd theatrical trailer on my iPad Air and she was delighted by it. So there's that. Though I guess I won't get to see it a 6th time. ======
As for why folks stop posting here, in my own experience online, sometimes if you feel too Stereotyped at a board, you may want to just move on somewhere where folks don't know you, reinvent yourself. I posted under another name at other boards and when I started hanging out here wanted to use a different name and bring no baggage, so to speak. I mean, maybe CeeKay for years delighted in being poked fun at as "That CeeKay" and then he just decided he didn't like that treatment anymore.
Or sometimes one has an argument at a board that gets under one's skin, and you just knee jerk decide you don't want to post at that place anymore. Maybe you just feel a place has become sort of unfriendly. I actually had that experience at a smaller board, and that's how I ended up starting to post here around 2007-2008 I think.
Or sometimes here I just realized that 99% of the games I like are not FPSs and not big releases and are just not the kind of games where my threads get much discussion. Not even discussions saying "that game sucks, why do you play it?" SWTOR for a while was finally that big mega game that I played and everyone played here, no shortage of chatter on it. These days I'm playing a lot of indy games, lot of Steam early access titles, lots of isometric and top down niche games. So sometimes I'll blather and post screenies/vids for a while and then think, "clearly nobody at GT cares about this kind of game so why am I yakking to myself like this?" And that'll be my cue to "take a break."
Personally, I wish we still had the separate PC games forum cause that's mostly (outside of some DS stuff) all I play still. And I feel like often people just don't look past the first page of threads. I realize they can search for thread titles but I still just imagine most folks scan that first page and that's it. Maybe I should do a poll on that some day? There won't be an option to send me to go see a Saw sequel.
Or perhaps I'm over navel gazing, and it's really just about moving on for no particular specific reason.
Finally got back into this while taking some time off last week. Captain America seems a lot more better good to play now. They seem to have taken some cues from the last movies on attacks (some animations seem cooler than I remember at least). Airborne Assault (fairly long cooldown) -- which has you leaping in a huge arc and slamming into the ground for tremendous AOE damage -- is all kinds of awesome.
I'll try to put some sort of video together about Cap as he plays now.
I was impatient to try The Falcon as "team up" partner (think much jazzier/permanent versions of Diablo II's mercenaries). The partners work as a sort of carrot to leveling up. I'm eager to hit L40 (my Cap's L38) and get Falcon's third tier skill. One lets him empty his pistol clips for a short, high dmg burst special attack; the other seems to let him swoop in via his jetpacks and knock down large groups.
While I do still enjoy the campaign -- you can play it again now at appropriate levels for you, but it still feels even on the Heroic and Superheroic difficulty levels to play way too easy at this point, perhaps I'm not setting the skill levels properly. Then again, I remember in early City of Heroes the complaint being "this doesn't feel super heroic to have to whack at the same enemy 10 times to knock him down." So far I'm still having dumb fun with Cap and Falcon and any call-in pets obliterating massive armies single handed.
Although I see lots of folks in game I really never get to do pick up groups anymore. I guess everyone just does terminals and the various event stuff. This is kind of a shame because it looks like they revamped a lot of the instances (Fisk Tower for example) to have wider corridors and areas more conductive to team play but I played heavily for four days and never got on a single pick up group in terms of the campaign stuff.
That always tends to make me sad about MMOs. Invariably they're not in great shape at launch and then by the time they get updated into what I wanted them to be at launch, the folks I might've played it with have already moved on.
I heard Blackjack stopped posting here for weeks after having a Captain America hissy fit. Sources say it's just an ugly rumor though (because Blackjack is ugly ), and nobody even noticed he wasn't posting anymore anyway. He's just another nobody here.
I finally got back into Marvel Heroes the last few days, fwiw. Captain America's revamped Airborne Assault attack? Awesome.
5 times??? My god man, why not just see it twice and use the other 30 bucks to buy the blu ray when it comes out?
I think I've seen one movie twice in the theaters in the past 20 years. Brick, and only because the dialog in that film is so freakin' fantastic I wanted to make sure I caught it all.
I don't have BluRay and as mentioned earlier, I actually enjoy catching movies on a large screen in theaters, which is ya know, the idea of movies as opposed to TV. Although now that Cox is screening Game of Thrones at movie theaters, maybe that whole idea is backwards now. Though I'll grant people aren't really into a movie as much after it's been out for a week.
More often than not these days I find myself buying DVDs or asking for stuff on disc, and I never even watch them. I don't care if folks have a 90" big screen and rocking chairs at home, it's just not the same experience as in a theater opening day/weekend. I try not to argue the point anymore cause I don't really care how other people want to consume their media.
And being as probably everybody here spends hundreds of dollars a year on gaming in all forms, please begrudge me a few dozen dollars for a movie and characters I love. I guess I don't have anything more to say on this topic anyway, now that the only discussion is on skin complexion.
Oh what the heck, every blog on Earth is posting these, so here's the photos of Chris Evans from Korea Yonhap is South Korea's main news agency. I think the videos are of the stunt double, who's just a bit bulkier than Evans. Kind of interesting he's on an Audi (!) in Korea. Chevy was the main automaker sponsor for Cap 2, but Audi I think has been the one for the Iron Man films.
Since Marvel clearly wasn't discouraging filming and photography, I wonder if the story angle incorporates Avengers getting treated like rock stars there.
*Think they filmed this with his stunt double originally, with the car moving.
Can't really chat about the Avengers emblem without getting into Cap 2 spoilers...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Some fan speculation is with S.H.I.E.L.D. being, you know, maybe Stark is funding the Avengers as a standalone organization with an official emblem. Though given how IM3 ends, I'm not sure where the money comes from now.
Aw, my mom (78) has some ribcage pains, and doctor put her on some heavy duty Tylenol so no taking her to see Cap 2 today.
I'm torn between seeing it a 5th time, or the Raid 2 (I may invite a former co-worker down from Maryland to see it with me; we had caught The Raid in D.C. in 2012) or that horror movie Oculus. Hmmmm... sounds like a GT forums poll, right? Doesn't even have a Saw sequel in it.
One of the most important design principles of Gauntlet was the introduction of four distinct player classes. This is something that Arrowhead has really taken to heart, and not only do the classes have different strengths and weaknesses; the mechanics themselves are different.
The Elf for instance, one of two ranged characters, controls like a twin-stick shooter, where you move with one stick and shoot with the other. Like the original and unlike its sequel, the new Gauntlet doesn't allow for multiple characters of the same class.
There is the Warrior and the Valkyrie for close quarter, where the Valkyrie has a shield block that allows for a different play-style compared to the more standard tank stylings of the Warrior.
The Wizard wasn't properly tuned in the build we sampled so the developer took charge of that character.
What is easy to see right from the first room is that the game has been designed to favour player skill. There's no automatic lock on that will aid you on your quest as an Elf, you really have to send out those arrows and abilities in the right direction. ... If you're familiar with Magicka you're probably wondering about friendly fire. And this is something that the team played around with a lot before settling on just allowing for shoving rather than full on friendly fire. It simply got more frustrating than fun. But they're leaving the door open for a hardcore mode with full-on friendly fire. And of course, the Elf can always "accidentally" shoot that piece of meat that the Warrior so dearly desires.
One addition to the concept are Relics. In the demo we played there were two relics that you were able to pick up. These relics add a new ability, such as boots that will make you run faster or an area of effect ice attack. The idea in the full game is that players will unlock these and customise their build ahead of each level; an interesting idea that has far reaching effects. A faster Valkyrie becomes a very different kind of class, capable of strong lunging attacks, but also nimble on its feet, while the ice attack that affects an area around is a better fit for a tank build. Just how many options and how much effect these will eventually have on the classes and their balance remains to be seen, but it's certainly something that adds a modern flavour to the experience.
The structure of the game has changed during development. At first they wanted to make an entirely procedurally generated game with random rooms and dungeons throughout, but as the team puts it that was "simply no fun to play". Instead there will be designed "adventure levels" with more elaborated design and better pacing in-between the procedurally generated levels and boss levels.
A blog called Joblo.com posted some neat photos of Chris Evans (earlier pix were his stunt double) on set in South Korea, with the new Avengers costume that seems like a cool hybrid of the first Avengers' costume's color scheme, the "helmet with ear holes" from Cap 2's stealth suit, and the WWII suit from late in Cap 1.
More Set Pics and Video of Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/more-set-pics-and-video-of-captain-america-in-avengers-age-of-ultron *They seem to have added a bit of padding to the forearms and a bit of shoulderpads and kneepads too (at least, seems more noticeable). Boots have a bit of red strapping. *Since modern Cap doesn't use firearms, a bit curious about what's in his "ammo belt" pockets. Maybe Tony or Black Widow provided him some new toys? *Much ado made of the Avengers insignia on the left upper arm, suggesting a more formalized organization.
I like the new look and don't have an interest in the "scales" from the comic -- I think in real life they'd make him look like a bird.
Summer in Korea can get pretty uncomfortable, so it makes sense they wrapped up filming in early Spring. ============
I watched Avengers all the way through on Monday via Netflix (can't seem to find my DVD ) to refresh my memory. While I still loved it, it did jump out to me how carefully Joss frames his action. He's not a fan of hand-camera work, nor of zooming in claustrophobically (per Nolan's Batman films). It's like I could always see the parties involved, and never got confused by his camera placement/edits.
That said, watching his fighting take on Cap was almost deflating after the "in your face-ness" of the Russos in Cap 2. While I don't expect Whedon to indulge in handheld camera stuff (I wouldn't want him to), hopefully he'll take some inspiration at least maybe in spirit of how they handled Cap's fighting scenes, and making more versatile use of the shield, being less of a grumpy Boy Scout counterpart to Tony Stark etc.
Speaking of makeup, learned this interesting tidbit from listening to an Empire (UK) magazine podcast interview with the directors (Russos). Not a mega spoiler but probably don't view this unless you've seen Cap 2.
Spoiler for Hiden:
As with "Skinny Steve" in the first Cap movie, they used almost entirely digital FX for the scene with Hayley Atwell in the retirement home.
If you recall, they used a then new FX technique that "shank" Evans' body both in weight and height. So it's not like pasting a real head on a digitized body, it's more like digitally shrinking someone's actual body on screen. It's commonly used in commercials now -- you may see a head inflated to giant size, a baby digitally inflated to adult size, etc.
So apparently in Cap 2 they digitally aged Atwell's face. To me that's still kind of guess work as to what she'd look like at about age 98 (she was 27-28 when doing Cap 1 and when it released), though it does look different than aging makeup.
They said they were concerned aging prosthetics would just look too much like an obvious makeup effect.
I had read the original concept was Peggy Carter would still be active, working at a retirement home for military veterans, so I was kind of surprised when she was bedridden in Cap 2. I thought maybe they'd finally get to have that dance, albeit a bit on the slow side.
fwiw, it's up to about $113+M domestically and at least $207M in foreign markets (box office tracker sites don't track the foreign numbers in "real time" so numbers haven't been updated for a couple weeks now).