Black Widow could get her own Avengers spin-off. Plus why the Wachowskis' Iraq War romance is also science fiction

James McAvoy explains Patrick Stewart's influence on his performance in X-Men: First Class. Steven Moffat drops some crazy hints for what lies ahead on Doctor Who. Breaking Dawn might not start out as 3D. Smallville casts another major Superman alum.


X-Men - First Class:

James McAvoy jokes that he wants to "bury" Patrick Stewart's work as Professor Xavier. On a more serious note, he says he'll start out by playing the character somewhat differently from how Stewart did, but the goal of this movie (and its potential follow-up) is to take the character to a place more in line with how Stewart played him. McAvoy explains:

"I think the fun about these films, when you go back and you either reboot or do a prequel, is you get to see how people became who they are. That means that you have to do them differently and by the end of the movie you have to do them the same way. The interesting journey is what happens to them, what changes them, what makes them evolve - not just mutate, but emotionally and psychologically evolve. I would suggest by the end of the movie and the start of the next movie, it'll be more like what Patrick does. Or maybe not. Maybe it will still be in a period of flux, if there is a new movie."

[MTV Splash Page]

Black Widow:

Marvel Studios exec Kevin Feige says they're actively discussing with Scarlett Johansson the possibility of making a Black Widow spinoff movie, although he unsurprisingly points out The Avengers is still their main priority. There's some speculation that Jeremy Renner might also appear as Hawkeye, seeing as how they're the two relatively unpowered members of the team and they're rumored to have some relationship in The Avengers, but that's purely speculation at this point. [Superhero Hype via /Film]

Cobalt Neutral 9:

The Wachowskis' mysterious new project is supposed to be an Iraq War movie featuring a gay romance and science fiction undertones. An inside source now claims to have read the script, and gives some more insight on the project. Reportedly, the main science fiction element is that part of it takes place 100 years into the future, when a group of "digital archaeologists" discover old footage from CNN and digital cameras that reveals the romance between Butch, a strapping young American soldier on a quest "to fuck and kill everything" in Iraq, until he falls in love with an Iraqi soldier. Tragedy then strikes, and they decide to assassinate then-president George W. Bush. (Of course, if they succeed, then that pushes the movie into a whole different sort of science fiction territory.) [Vulture Blog]

Breaking Dawn:

Comments from Summit Entertainment suggest the final two-part movie in the saga won't be shot in 3D, but instead converted after being initially shot in 2D, which seems to be an increasingly popular move for serious projects (and not just cheap cash-ins like Clash of the Titans or The Last Airbender.) [Gossip Cop]

Transformers 3:

Here's a video from filming at the Packard Plant in Detroit. You can check the link for a set report and another video: [TFLAMB]

Also, turns out Tyrese Gibson hasn't completely moved on to Fast and Furious 5 - he's actually commuting and filming for both. [TFLAMB]

Fringe:

Joshua Jackson tackled major questions like romance, filming sex scenes, and the all-important matter of whether there will be a Pacey-Con II. (If not, may I suggest CharlieCon?): [Buzz Sugar]

And check out this on-set interview with Kirk Acevedo: [Chicago Now] Click to view

Doctor Who:

Steven Moffat supposedly said some rather interesting things in the new Doctor Who Magazine, but we haven't seen a physical copy, and honestly we're not quite sure if we believe it. It just seems so... strange. Check out the quote, most of which is probably discussing the standalone episodes:

So what can I tell you about next series? The startling truth about Idris' new soul ā€“ even the Doctor doesn't believe her! The frankly appalling revelation concerning the one person in the universe the Doctor trusts the most? Would you like to peek inside a cupboard that will chill your blood, or meet a workforce that will haunt your dreams? Have you ever wondered about Apollo Ten and a half? And have you already guessed that River Song is...

And then this on the mid-series cliffhanger:

The calamitous and frankly shocking events at the climax of Episode 7 will still be ringing in your ears when Doctor Who returns in the Autumn for a futher six episodes. Oh, yes, feel our cruelty ā€“ you will see the Doctor's life change forever, you will gasp in astonishment at the true nature of his relationship with Amy Pond, and you will cry out in horror as Rory Williams stumbles to the brink of a tragic mistake...

In all likelihood, this is all legit, but it seems just weird enough for me to take the unusual step of asking for additional confirmation. If any of you lovely people are readers of the magazine and can confirm or deny the authenticity of these quotes, please email me at alasdair@io9.com. Thanks! [Doctor Who Spoilers]

A whole bunch of new set photos are out, which I believe should all be from Mark Gatiss's episode: [SFX & Gallifrey News Base]

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According to the mother of a pair of baby acting twins who might get a part on the show, the next series is looking to cast a baby (the twins would take turns playing the part, as is common for very young actors). [SpoilerTV]

Chuck:

Here are some new promo photos for the third episode, "Chuck vs. the Cubic Z", including a look at guest star Steve Austin: [SpoilerTV]

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Supernatural:

Here's an interview with star Jared Padalecki: [SpoilerTV]

Serinda Swan, best known for playing Zatanna on Smallville, has reportedly been cast as a TV news reporter in the fourth episode, "You Can't Handle the Truth." [Fancast]

Episode nine will definitely be called "Clap Your Hands if You Believe", and reportedly it features a UFO hunter. [SpoilerTV]

The Event:

Here are five sneak peeks at next week's episode, all in one handy video: [SpoilerTV] Click to view

And here are some promo photos for the same episode: [SpoilerTV]

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According to one report, the next couple of episodes will definitively resolve the mystery of the vanishing plane (and who did it), who kidnapped Leila (though not necessarily why), and why the prisoners are being held in Alaska. Also, the third episode will reportedly feature a very creepy twist. [SpoilerTV]

Stargate Universe:

Here's a trailer for season 2:

Caprica:

A couple slightly different promo photos have been released: [SpoilerTV]

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Star Wars - Clone Wars:

Check out this sneak peek from Friday's episode:

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Some more behind-the-scenes photos are out: [Nigel Horsley's Flickr via The V-Files]

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Smallville:

There's another new promo for the premiere episode "Lazarus":

Yet another alum of the Superman universe will appear on the show. Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane next to Dean Cain's Superman on Lois & Clark, will reportedly play Lois Lane's mother Ella in the eighth episode, "Abandoned." Since Ella Lane is, technically speaking, dead, this will apparently be accomplished by having Lois discover a bunch of old videotapes her mom recorded for her, allowing for an appearance from beyond the grave. I've got to say, this has got to be the biggest Superman-related casting coup the show could have pulled off, unless of course they can tempt Gene Hackman out of retirement to play Lex Luthor's grandfather or something. [The Ausiello Files]

And here's a radio interview with the current Lois Lane, Erica Durance: [OSCK] Click to view

Tom Welling will direct episode 9, "Patriot." [OCSK]

Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth and Charlie Jane Anders.