DOCTOR STRANGE: A Parent Review #DoctorStrangeEvent

Doctor Strange Parent Review

I’ve been a Marvel fan for several years. The Marvel Cinematic Universe fascinates me, and I feel myself getting pulled deeper into the MCU with every new Marvel production I see.

I loved Marvel’s Doctor Strange! I saw it a few weeks ago and my mind was blown over and over again. It left me with plenty to think about and I’ve told all my friends that they need to see this movie!

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I also learned a ton about the movie while at the Doctor Strange press junket. I’m hoping I get to see it again sometime soon to relive those moments and pick up on details I missed the first time around.

With all my new knowledge, I wrote this Doctor Strange parent review to help answer the question, Should I take my child to see Doctor Strange? [Read more…]

Marvel’s ANT-MAN: New Teaser Trailer and Poster! #AntMan

paul rudd as ant man

Since I say this pretty much every time I write about a Marvel movie, I think I should be clear: I’m determined to make a Marvel fan out of everyone!

I’m definitely unlikely Marvel fan myself, so I understand why you might not get the hype. But trust me, if you start watching Marvel’s brand of superhero movies, you won’t be disappointed!

Ant-Man is one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2015. One reason I’m excited? The Ant-Man screenplay is by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. Yay!

Watch this trailer to get the first taste of why fans are so excited:

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

If that’s not enough, take a look at this crazy new Ant-Man movie poster:

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Marvel’s Ant Man will be released in the United States on July 17, 2015. 

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

Peyton Reed directs Marvel’s “Ant-Man” with Kevin Feige producing and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The story is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Adam McKay & Paul Rudd.

Disney and Marvel News: First Look at Paul Rudd in Ant-Man! #AntMan

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There was a time when I didn’t think I liked superhero movies. It’s interesting how a trip to the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, meeting Chris Evans and going to the Hollywood premiere of Iron Man 3 can change that!

Honestly, I had an “assignment” straight from Disney to watch several of Disney and Marvel’s Avengers movies before heading to the Iron Man 3 premiere. I wasn’t crying over it, but I was a bit wary (for no good reason). I was hooked about 4 minutes into the first Iron Man. By the time we made it to The Avengers I was officially a fangirl.

Now, I await every Disney-produced Marvel movie with excitement that surprises pretty much anyone who knows me. I’m an unlikely superhero fan, to be sure. But those movies are pure entertainment–if you haven’t seen any of them you need to watch at least one. You can thank me when it’s over 🙂

The character of Marvel’s Ant-Man is one of the original founding members of The Avengers, and Disney’s film of the same name brings the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The above image is our first look at Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. I love him, and I’m excited to see him enter the franchise. I think he’ll bring the perfect blend of toughness and humor to the role.

Marvel’s Ant Man will be released in the United States on July 17, 2015. 

Exclusive: On the Captain America Winter Soldier Set with Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson! #CaptainAmerica

Captain America Winter SoldierEver since I went to the Iron Man 3 premiere almost a year ago I’ve been sharing bits of information about another Marvel movie: Captain America Winter Soldier.

If you’ve been following along, not only did I attend the Hollywood red carpet premiere of Iron Man 3, I also had the fabulous experience visiting the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier! That set visit allowed me to:

  • Be one a handful of bloggers and websites to debut an amazing Captain America 2 trailer
  • Interview the Captain America: The Winter Soldier prop master and have my picture taken with Captain America’s Shield
  • Watch Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and other Captain America Winter Soldier cast members film a scene for the the movie
  • Meet Chris Evans, do a quick group meet-and-greet and have my picture taken with him!

Visiting the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set (or any movie set) is one of those things that I never dreamed I’d do. Seriously, I’m from Minnesota. I had a career in corporate accounting. Now I’m a stay-at-home mom. None of those things fit with someone who visited the set of the next big movie, met a seriously handsome movie star, had some professional photos taken then left to get ready for a Hollywood movie premiere.

Just writing all that makes me sigh. I truly loved and appreciated every moment, and I’m so thankful to Disney and Marvel for making that amazing day happen!
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Exclusive Facts About Marvel’s Captain America’s Shield (It’s Just as Amazing as You Think it is!) #CaptainAmerica

Real Captain America ShieldIf you’ve been reading this blog for the past few months you probably won’t be surprised to know that I’m a big fan of Marvel’s Avengers franchise. If you’ve seen any of the movies, you know it’s not difficult to get excited about those superheroes.

And if you’re not familiar with the films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World), this isn’t the first time that I’m urging you to check them out!

Of course, attending the Hollywood premier of Iron Man 3 would likely make a fangirl out of anyone, but I can honestly say that I’ve even surprised myself with how much I absolutely love all of Marvel’s Avengers movies.

Russell Bobbitt and Captain America's Real ShieldYou’d think that a day that included an actual movie premiere would be exciting enough, but we also paid a visit to the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set just hours before the Iron Man 3 premiere.

Visiting the set was amazing, and one of the highlights of the experience was interviewing Russell Bobbitt, the Property Master for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Captain America's Real ShieldThe property master on a film production is responsible for all objects handled by the actors during a scene, which means Russell Bobbitt was responsible for developing the perfect design for Captain America’s iconic shield.

Russell had so many interesting details about his job and his role in the film, and I’m so happy I get to share them with all of you!

Talk about [Captain America’s] shield. How did you design it?

In our movie [Captain America 2], we have four different looks for the shield because he goes into different scenarios, different missions. And [Captain America] applies different materials that help make the shield stealth in different situations. So we have four different styles…it will appear that there are different shields, but it’s only one shield.

I had to make 50 versions of that “one” shield to accommodate all the different situations. I have hard rubber, soft rubber, fiberglass, metal. Metal looks the best.

Why do you need so many shields? 

We need so many because we do different things.

If [Chris Evans, the actor playing Captain America] is walking around and the shield is on his back, I can put a really clean, nice, heavy one on him. When we photograph from behind, the shield looks shiny and new, like metal.

When he takes it off and starts fighting with it, we can’t hit each other with metal shields or the boys won’t be able to play very long. So I make soft ones to accommodate the physical contact.

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On the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Anthony Mackie, Property Master Russell Bobbitt, Co-Director Joe Russo and Chris Evans

I also have to mention that Russell Bobbitt was so incredibly nice to our entire group of 25 bloggers. Both before and after the interview about the shield, he spent a long time chatting with us. He told us about his job as the property master in Iron Man 3 and other movies and general details about the responsibilities of his job. Mr. Bobbitt also shared personal details about the arc of his career and how he worked his way up the ranks into the role of property master for major Marvel films. There’s no question that this man is passionate about his job, and I could have listened to him share details and stories for hours!

The entire set visit was an unforgettable experience, and the icing on the cake was the image at the top of this post. That’s me, holding Captain America’s actual shield that was used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

It’s pretty fantastic to see that picture and know that I’m holding the same shield that Chris Evans uses in the movie: Real Captain America shield

Are you ready to watch Captain America in action? You can currently buy Captain America on DVD or stream it from Amazon, Netflix and Redbox Instant. Then get ready, because Captain America: The Winter Soldier is being released in theaters everywhere on April 4, 2014!

Keep up with all the news about Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

I’ll also be bringing you all the Disney and Marvel news as soon as it’s available, so you can just keep checking back here for Captain America: The Winter Soldier updates!

Captain America 2 Trailer: See The Captain America: The Winter Soldier Preview! #CaptainAmerica

captain america 2 trailerYou all know that I’m a big fan of Captain America, and I’m so excited to say that the Captain America 2 trailer (officially titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is brand new and exclusively available for viewing on just a handful of websites, including mine!

The sequel to Captain America is going to be amazing (keep reading after you view the Captain America 2 trailer for how I know it’s going to be epic)!

Captain America 2 Trailer:

If you can’t view the Captain America 2 trailer here, you can also see it on iTunes here: Captain America 2 Trailer.

In addition to being one of the select bloggers to feature the Captain America 2 trailer to get the word out about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I also have to admit that I’ve been keeping a secret for a few months. When I was lucky enough to attend the Iron Man 3 premiere earlier this year, Walt Disney Studios arranged for our group to visit the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

I’m still not authorized to share all that we did and everything we saw on the set, but I can tell you that I had a glimpse of the making of the Captain America sequel, and it’s going to be amazing! When I get the go-ahead, you can be sure that I’ll be telling you all about what I experienced, who I met and everything I saw. Stay tuned because I have a lot to share on all things Captain America!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released in theaters on April 4, 2014!

Be sure to check out this post at to find out more about the Captain America 2 trailer!

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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world.

But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn.

When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger, Black Swan) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (Marvel’s The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc.

Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger,The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (The Ring 2, Revenge) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (Marvel’s The Avengers,Thor) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (Elysium, District 9), production designer Peter Wenham (21 Jump Street, Fast Five), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (Star Wars: Episode 7, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone).

Keep up with all the Captain America: The Winter Soldier news:

Of course, I’ll also be bringing you all the Disney and Marvel news as soon as it’s available, so you can just keep checking back here for Captain America: The Winter Soldier updates!