Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Blu-Ray Collection

A lot of pop culture news happens. Some of it you don't need to know. Some of it you only need the briefest bit of it. And pretty much all of it is not urgent. Welcome to an endeavor to save you time and sanity. Enjoy.

  • And here it is: the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Collection. Well...not really, that's not it...that's just the image that's posted on Amazon for the pre-orders. But it's an Amazon exclusive, so if you want the films Iron Man 3 through Ant-Man plus a "bonus disc and more" now's your chance. Speaking of which, Ant-Man is also available for pre-order. No release date for either one yet.
  • Did you know Matt Smith had played Patrick Bateman in a musical production of American Psycho on the London stage? I did not.
  • You don't technically need to know this, but some of our readers who were really bummed out when the show got cancelled might sleep better at night: Constantine could show up in Season 4 of Arrow, since they're going a bit magicky anyway.
  • Disney, in a move that will surprise no one, is not only working on live action versions of Dumbo (directed by Tim Burton), Mulan, Tinker Bell (starring Reese Witherspoon) and Winnie the Pooh (eh?)... but they're doing The Sword in the Stone, scribed by one of the Game of Thrones writers. And the live-action prequel to Aladdin, giving the backstory on the Genie, appropriately titled...Genies. I know, it's a little frightening, but the fact the recent Cinderella has done over a half-billion worldwide is enough to explain it. The scariest part of the second link is the bit where the Genies scribes have "recently worked on the Baywatch film, which will star Dwayne Johnson." Yeah...suddenly, Genies doesn't look so bad by comparison, does it?
  • As if to prove something we've been saying during our Make the Bad Men Stop panels for years... there's an Emoji movie that had three studios in a bidding war over it. Yeah...suddenly, Baywatch doesn't look so bad by comparison, does it?
  • One thing I neglected to mention last time regarding The Hateful Eight is that it will have an Ennio Morricone score...his first for a western in forty years. Sweet. Source.
  • Mondo had a Baby Hellboy statue on display at San Diego. I peered over at Amazon to see what they had, and there was this:

    Cube Hellboy

    That, by the way, is definitely not by Mondo. Also, I like how ripping off one intellectual property wasn't enough. Look closely if you haven't seen it already. Amazing.

  • The full trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is out and thank FSM for that, because the choreographed dance routine of the teaser was just painfully hilarious. I get the sneaking suspicion...that Snow is the villain in this piece.

  • Also meant to post this, which is a ridiculously awesome, mechanized Iron Man Hulkbuster figure. It's made by Comicave. Here's the video from io9:

    Tuffley, don't worry, it's currently not for sale.

  • In a move that will surprise no one, Jurassic World is getting a sequel (presumably Jurassic Galaxy) and it's slated to hit cinemas on June 22, 2018. (World has a pre-order link on Amazon, incidentally, but no date.) Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back and Colin Tervorrow will co-write word on whether or not he'll direct. And just so we can get this straight: World is not the third highest grossing film of all-time worldwide. Not in any way that matters since ticket prices just keep going up: without adjusting ticket sales for inflation, that number is bullshit. I wish people would clarify that when they cite the stat. Source.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road is going to be available digitally on 8/11 but is hitting Blu-Ray on 9/1. You can pre-order that here...and there's also a Mad Max four-film boxed set. That's available for pre-order here.
  • When Christoph Waltz announced "and here we are" in the previous Spectre trailer, it made me tremendously happy. Because ever since a shadowy organization was mentioned towards the end of Casino Royale, I've been awaiting the arrival of SPECTRE. Instead we got sidetracked with QUANTA. Never name your shadowy organization in such a way that it can be easily mistaken for an Australian airline. Anyway, they have arrived and so has the latest trailer, where it looks like we are about to get down to some serious business. And the credits I've seen have Waltz listed as Franz Oberhauser and not Blofeld. I have it on good authority (Cosette, who has read through the Bond books multiple times) that Oberhauser is a character from the short story "Octopussy" and is not, in fact, a Big Bad. So does Oberhauser simply pave the way for the coming of Blofeld? No clue. But I dig it.