Edgar Wright confirms Ant-Man won't be in The Avengers. Plus our first look at major returning characters on Fringe and Doctor Who!

Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish give a promising update on their Ant-Man script, but the character definitely has no part in The Avengers. Tons of revealing new images for Doctor Who, and the Fringe cast prepares for an epic return.

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The Avengers

This has been more or less official for ages now, but Edgar Wright offers one last bit of confirmation that his Ant-Man project isn't connected to The Avengers, and Ant-Man won't appear in Joss Whedon's movie:

"The thing is, the script that I've written...the chronology of it or the way it works wouldn't really fit in with what [The Avengers] do. And my film is very much an introduction to [Ant-Man], and so it wasn't something where it felt right to introduce him in [Whedon's] film."

[Examiner]


Ant-Man

Writer Joe Cornish - who is currently winning rave reviews for his movie Attack the Block - says they've delivered the second draft of the script, and he will be talking it over with co-writer and director Edgar Wright in the very near future.

Edgar Wright also explained the long winding road they've traveled on this project:

"We kinda have a stock response now, it's true to say we've been writing it in some form. Weirdly, the treatment for ‘Ant-Man' exists before Marvel Studios. There was a treatment that Joe and I did when Artisan had the kind of lower-rung Marvel properties and we wrote a treatment for it that exists before ‘Hot Fuzz'. Basically, when I met Kevin Feige I said, ‘Oh, did you ever get our ‘Ant-Man' treatment?' and he had never read it so we submitted it properly like four years later. So it's something me and Joe have genuinely been working on for nearly a decade and at some point we'll finish the script."

[Examiner]


Captain America

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Here's a newly released high-res promo photo.


X-Men First Class

Here's the official synopsis:

X-MEN FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

[SpoilerTV]


Super 8

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Here's a new promo photo.


The Hobbit

Peter Jackson explains why they're making the jump to shooting the Hobbit movies in 48 frames per second:

We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 fps, rather than the usual 24 fps (films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920's). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok—and we've all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years—but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or "strobe."

Shooting and projecting at 48 fps does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D. We've been watching HOBBIT tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D. It looks great, and we've actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive.

There's much, much more to Jackson's explanation at the link. [Facebook]

Elijah Wood says he will film his scenes as Frodo Baggins in either November or December. He also explained what excites him about the project:

There's a lot of new elements to this. They're shooting on the Red [camera]. They're shooting in 3D, so that should be interesting. And I'm excited to read the script. I'm very excited to see what they've done with "The Hobbit." They've stretched it out over the course of two films – I'm so curious as to what other elements they've woven in, because there are certainly additional works that refer to that same time period that they could weave into it. So I'm just very excited to sort of see what the ultimate vision is. I was down there about a year ago, February, and I saw some of the design. This is when Guillermo [del Toro] was still attached. So I've seen a lot of the design work. I mean, it's extraordinary! And Alan Lee and John Howe are back in the art department doing designs for it. I think it's going to feel very familiar, and different as well.

[ComingSoon.net]


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Michael Bay debunked a fan theory that the car belonging to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's character Carly is actually Soundwave. His explanation was almost refreshing in its shameless corporate toadying:

Mercedes would never let us make their car into a bad Decepticon. Car company's really frown on that - I can't say what the game company and comics do that's their own thing. They don't have the same constraints movies do. It's Carly's car.

[Shoot for the Edit]

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Doctor Who

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The BBC has released a ton of new promo pictures, and at least one is pretty spoiler-y. It's our first official look at the Cybermen in this series, and weirdly enough it looks like Rory is facing off against them in his Roman garb. Also of interest - these Cybermen appear to lack the Cybus logo, suggesting these are the original series Mondasian Cybermen. There's plenty more goodies, including a photo of Neil Gaiman, Matt Smith, and Idris portrayer Suranne Jones. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]

Here's a new trailer for CBBC, which features a couple new clips, including a look at the returning shady alien salesman Dorium. He does not look pleased - and, after what River Song did to him in "The Pandorica Opens", who can blame him?

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Here's a bunch of character cards for the opening two-parter. The most spoiler-y detail is that there's apparently a "mysterious little girl" inside the astronaut suit, although there are plenty more little details to glean from closer inspection. [SpoilerTV]

Matt Smith offers a brief overview of the upcoming series, promising lots of surprises, great guest stars, and cinematic scale.

Matt Smith explains how he sees the relationship between the Doctor and Amy:

"The Doctor will always love Amy, but he loves her the way you would a friend, a best friend. I think the Doctor loves Amy Pond, he's capable of loving people, but he's an alien...he doesn't see love in the conventional way we see it."

[MTV Geek News]

Steven Moffat discusses the mid-series cliffhanger episode "A Good Man Goes to War." This really does appear to be the Doctor's finest hour:

"If you take someone like the Doctor and really piss him off, if you set yourself up to go to war with the Doctor, what would happen? Obviously you'd lose, it would be a massive, crushing defeat, but what side of the Doctor does it bring out? He's actually quite capable of being really unpleasant to people. Of course he is. He's a man like anyone else. If you treated Amy with extraordinary cruelty, how long would you live after that?"

He also suggests that the Doctor will lose some of the infamy he's built up in recent years, which he admits was taken to its logical extreme in his big Stonehenge speech in "The Pandorica Opens":

"There's an ongoing thing that the Doctor has become far more famous than he ever intended to be. Well, you would, if you'd done all those things in one lifetime. My God, people would start to notice you. You would be some incredible legend. We've started to play with this idea – which I remember Russell [T Davies] was so keen to avoid in the first series – with Chris Eccleston – of the Doctor being this great and famous hero, even though that's not what he intended to be. He never wanted to be that. But you can't avoid it. If the Doctor is dealing with life forms that he's defeated on multiple occasions, it's not like they haven't noticed. It's not like they haven't written it down. You are going to be able to stand up at Stonehenge and say ‘Who's first? Look at the score sheet, and take your best shot.' It's going to happen. At the same time, he can't keep doing that. It could be quite damaging for the show. So it's something that I'm bring to a head, and kind of ending."

[Doctor Who TV]

There's a ton of various minor spoilers at the link, including some key points about River. It appears that, at least as far as the opening two-parter is concerned, the Doctor only ever meets River as an adult, although obviously it's all out of order. River is in the Storm Cage holding facility at the start of the story, and the kiss between the Doctor and River that we saw in the trailer happens in episode 2, "Day of the Moon." [Doctor Who TV]


Torchwood: Miracle Day

John Barrowman talks up the upcoming series and why he no longer can do his own stunts:

"There is so much more we can do with Torchwood now having made the leap to America. The budgets are bigger, the stunts are more dangerous and the sexual chemistry is more explosive. The stunt work is unbelievable. The audience is going to need a forklift truck to pick their jaws off the ground. I used to do a lot of stunts except if it was jumping off buildings but now I'm not allowed to because of the insurance policy. I'm much more valuable in America. I'm leaving stunt work to the professionals."

[The Daily Record]


Fringe

In this promo video, the cast teases the return of Leonard Nimoy as William Bell in the next episode, saying it will be "unexpected." We also actually hear Nimoy's voice at the end of the promo.
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Here are some more cast interviews. [Fringe Television]

Here's a short description for episode 21, "The Last Sam Weiss": "Olivia joins forces with the mysterious Sam Weiss in a desperate race against time." [Fringe Spoilers]


Supernatural

Here's a promo and a sneak peek for the next episode, "My Heart Will Go On."



Red Dwarf

Series co-creator and current sole writer Doug Naylor says that the tenth series is now officially a go for 2012 (the "Back to Earth" specials are now retroactively considered series nine). Naylor reportedly has plans to deal with the huge time gap between this series and the original run, as well as explore some of the characters' family relationships, including Rimmer's brother Frank and the possibility that Lister is his own father. He also reportedly is considering bringing back Holly, although there's no word on whether that means Norman Lovett, Hattie Hayridge, or some combination of the two would be involved. [Den of Geek]


Smallville

Here's a promo for the upcoming episode, "Kent."


Sanctuary

Here's a sneak peek for episode 11, "Pax Romana."


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.