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Podcast: Venom, Deadpool 2, Joker, Solo and Cloverfield

Welcome back to the IGN Movies Podcast! Jim Vejvoda, Tom Jorgensen and Joshua Yehl talk about the glut of comic book movie trailers that dropped this week, from Venom, Deadpool 2, and Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War.

We dive into the big DC movie news about Joaquin Phoenix being up for the role of Joker in a standalone film and Michael Bay possibly directing Lobo.

We also discuss Netflix's surprise drop of The Cloverfield Paradox after the Super Bowl and share our thoughts on the film, as well as our reactions to the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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What Was Your Favorite New Movie Trailer This Week?

Between the Super Bowl and all the big movies attaching previews before the upcoming release of Black Panther, this week saw a larger than usual amount of new movie trailers and TV spots released.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and Skyscraper were among the upcoming films that received Big Game spots. A trailer for the third Cloverfield film, officially titled The Cloverfield Paradox, also aired during the Super Bowl, ahead of its surprise debut on Netflix immediately after the game.

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Black Panther Review

It may utilize the mix of action and humor that now defines the Marvel movie formula, but Black Panther refuses to blend into the crowd of superhero films. It stands out boldly, in part by opening up a beautiful new corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also with its topical themes. Not everything works across the board, but when it sets this fantastic cast of relatable heroes on one side of real-world ideological debates and the MCU’s most compelling and dimensional antagonist in years on the other, a huge amount of it works wonderfully.

For a film that touches on so many very real and very serious topics, you might expect Black Panther to be an entirely solemn affair. Some parts are, but it’s also an entertaining adventure film about an action hero with awesome gadgets and a super-suit, a fun film with many laugh-out loud moments, and a gorgeous movie with a distinctive visual style that can’t be mistaken for any other big-budget movie. It’s a testament to director/co-writer Ryan Coogler’s skill that he juggles all these elements without his film ending up tonally inconsistent. As he did with his previous film, 2015’s Creed, Coogler has made a larger-than-life crowd-pleaser that works so well because he keeps it grounded in what is very human, emotional, and relatable.

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Infinity War Super Bowl Spot Breakdown

Marvel Studios unleashed a thirty-second TV spot (seen below) for Avengers: Infinity War during Sunday's Super Bowl LII, which included brand new footage from the long-awaited culmination of everything the MCU has been building toward the last ten years.

As with the first trailer, the tone was decidedly grim and foreboding, even for the usually fun-loving Guardians of the Galaxy.

Check out what we caught in the new Infinity War Super Bowl spot in the slideshow below:

For more of our coverage on Marvel's The Avengers: Infinity War, check out our detailed breakdown of the (still largely unreleased) footage shown at last year's D23 Expo and Comic-Con, our theory on what the trailer suggests about Thor's hammer, and, of course, watch the first trailer for the millionth time.

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Captain Marvel’s Movie Costume Revealed

The first photos of Oscar winner Brie Larson in costume as Captain Marvel have appeared on social media and they reveal a color scheme to her suit that some fans might not have been expecting.

As revealed at Page Six and in various tweets, Larson's Carol Danvers is wearing a green, black and silver spacesuit. In the Marvel Comics, Captain Marvel's suit has been red, blue-black, and gold. There is, however, precedent to Carol wearing a green costume in the comics.

One stretch of Marvel Comics saw Carol wearing the traditional green and white uniform of the Kree before later donning her more recognizable costume:

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Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Trailer Debut

Check out the exclusive new trailer for the upcoming animated feature film Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital later this year via Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, sexual content, brief graphic nudity, and some drug material.

As the official synopsis puts it, the movie “finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option.”

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Venom: New Image Confirms Standalone Movie’s Villains

Earlier today, we debuted an exclusive new image from the Venom movie starring Tom Hardy and slated for release this October. The photo shows Hardy as reporter Eddie Brock and holding a notebook that, if you flip the image upside down and zoom in, reveals some plot details about the Sony-Marvel movie (which is a standalone film that's not expected to include Tom Holland's Spider-Man).

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Movies Podcast: Wonder Woman’s Oscar Chances

Welcome back to the IGN Movies Podcast! This week, Jim Vejvoda, David Griffin, and Tom Jorgensen take a look back at the films that came out on top in 2017 and share their thoughts on the most notable movies coming in 2018.

We discuss the overall box office performance of -- and some of the very heated divisiveness around -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi and what we think that might mean for both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's planned new Star Wars trilogy.

And with awards season now upon us -- the Golden Globes are this weekend -- we debate what sort of Oscar chances the likes of Wonder Woman, Get Out and Logan have in light of the nominations they've received from critics and industry groups.

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2017’s 17 Biggest Genre Movie Box Office Flops

Even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is expected to become the biggest hit of the year, its inevitable success is still not expected to alter Hollywood's perception that this year's box office has been a disappointment overall. This past summer alone was the worst summer movie season the film industry had endured in over a decade, and there have been plenty of other dry spells throughout the year as well.

While once solid franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars, Planet of the Apes, and Transformers may have all cracked the domestic box office's Top 25 in 2017, they all still posted the worst returns in their respective series. Other movies -- such as Baywatch, Alien: Covenant, and The Mummy -- were flops at home, but grossed enough overseas to, while still not anything for Hollywood to be thrilled about, at least lessen the sting for their respective studios.

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Disney Now the Most Powerful Movie Studio of All Time

Thanks to its $52.4 billion acquisition of News Corp.’s 21st Century Fox film assets, Disney is now the most powerful movie studio that has ever existed.

The deal -- a seismic shift in the entertainment industry landscape -- essentially ends one of the six major studios (20th Century Fox has been around since 1935), provides Disney with even more content for their upcoming streaming service, and opens up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include formerly Fox-controlled Marvel characters like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer, and Galactus.

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