Rumors add not one, but two women to Star Wars Episode VII's cast. There are posters for Arnold Schwarzenegger's King Conan and the Despicable Me spinoff about the Minons. Doctor Who gets another guest star. Arrow promotes someone to series regular. And, most importantly, the Hulk gets stretchy pants. Spoilers now!
Top image: Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
JoBlo has a source that has given them a number of unconfirmed details about the next Avengers film. There will be at least three versions of Ultron, starting with a "rudimentary" one which will be followed by upgrades. James Spader will do motion capture for at least one of those versions. And those upgrades will include a vibranium coating, which seems to be another hint that we'll be getting Wakanda (home of vibranium in the comics) and maybe nods to Black Panther in the film.
As we've already seen on Captain America and Hawkeye, the Avengers will be getting new costumes for the second film, and they will all feature the "A" symbol seen on Cap. This is likely the result of the team being financed by Tony Stark this time around. Stark, meanwhile, will continue to use suits as drones, like he did at the end of Iron Man 3. Black Widow is reportedly adding two batons that shock people, and the Hulk is getting the super-important addition of stretchy pants.
JoBlo's also reporting that War Machine will cameo in the film. As for the Vision, they say that his costume will retain the classic green and yellow, but that we won't see him until the third act of the film. We'll also see a battle in a forest early in the film, with the first of the requisite "hero" shots of the team, who are known to the public by this movie. [JoBlo]
The latest rumors have Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who we've heard mentioned before, and Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank) joining the cast. Of course, who they might be playing is still unknown. [Latino Review via Slashfilm]
A legal dispute over who will provide extras for the film has reportedly revealed some details about filming. The Daily Mail article about the lawsuit mentions a need for "Wookiees and stormtroopers" and "crowd scenes that involve aliens and other creatures." Of course, this could just be guesses about what would be needed, so treat these as rumors until confirmed. [Daily Mail via Star Wars Episode 7 News]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Here's another teaser trailer, this time focusing a bit on Rocket:
And here's a poster. [SpoilerTV]
The Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring Conan film isn't slated to start production until later this year (after Schwarzenegger finishes work on Terminator: Genesis), but there's a poster already making the rounds at Cannes. It's below. [JoBlo]
Well, this heralds interesting things for season 3: John Barrowman has been added as a series regular next season. So, expect a lot more Malcolm Merlyn come next fall. Below is the tweet Stephen Amell sent out announcing this. [TV Line]
What could go wrong?!?! pic.twitter.com/VgFQdQhKNq
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) May 15, 2014
Comedian Frank Skinner will join David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Janet Henfrey and Christopher Villiers to guest star in the season 8 episode written by Jamie Mathieson. No one seems as thrilled as Skinner, who said:
I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine, I've got a TARDIS ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites. I am beyond excited.
Steven Moffat had this to say about Skinner and the episode he'll be in:
It's no secret that Frank's been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while. He's been volunteering to be "third monster on the left" as long as I've been in this job. But now, in Jamie Mathieson's sparkling script, we finally have a part that can showcase all of Frank's famous wit and charm. Hopefully he'll get out of my garden now.
Co-creator John Fawcett said that there's more to last week's fracture between Rachel and Leekie than the "typical corporate power struggle":
There's certainly hinting at more. There is more than just a corporate power struggle. That's certainly part of it, I think there is a power struggle between Rachel and Leekie. But there's obviously hinting at a personal relationship between them. As said in the episode, he became Rachel's guardian when Rachel's parents were killed, so he's kind of been a father figure to her. I think the episode is really about Rachel's vendetta against Sarah. This is kind of a continuing of what we set up at the beginning — a war between Rachel and Sarah — and this episode is very focused on Rachel wreaking vengeance.
He also previewed what going to Cold River and "the place of screams" means for the show:
This is really the beginning of the search…the scientists in the LEDA picture, presumed dead, but one of them may be alive. This is kind of the beginning of trying to track down a big part of the puzzle that will help us with a lot of our big questions. And it's interesting, I think, putting Helena as sort of a little bit in charge of the knowledge and putting Sarah and Helena on the road together, the two sisters. The two yin/yang sisters.
Here's the promo for episode 2.06, "To Hound Nature In Her Wanderings." [via SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Showrunner Julie Plec explained a ton about the finale and what will happen next season to TV Line. She confirmed that Tyler was back to being a human with the dormant werewolf gene, and he'll have to relive dealing with the curse that he'll start changing if he kills someone. She also confirmed that Alaric is still a vampire, and we'll see him deal with that fact. Next season will also see Michael Malarkey as a series regular.
As for what's on deck for Stefan in season 6, Plec said:
I think it'll be surprising. I don't want to say too much about it, but he lost something very profound, and there are a million ways he could go. He could go light, he could go dark, he could go pure, he could lose his mind and get on a motorcycle and drive to Miami. So what he ultimately ends up doing will be an interesting reflection on his state of mind at the moment — and very fun for Paul [Wesley] to play.
Given Caroline's feelings for Stefan, and now the return of her ex, might there be a triangular shape forming there?
Honestly, we can officially say that Caroline and Tyler have reached a point where they genuinely and legitimately care about each other and have found their way back to being friends, but are no longer a couple. I think Caroline and Tyler's individual responses to losing Damon and Bonnie will set each of them on a new path in their life. Caroline is holding very strongly onto the idea that "We need to stick together in order to find our way back home and be allowed back into our town." And Tyler's thinking, "Hey, maybe it's time for me to go live my life." So everyone's response to the events of the finale will be different and profound.
Plec also said that they're pretty much done with doppelgangers (at least for a while) and previewed what's next for Matt:
Weirdly enough, in spite of the grief attached to the circumstance of what happened, Matt Donovan came out the other side in the strongest way. He's in a town with no supernatural entities, he's out of high school, he's grown into a young man, and he begins to find his way as he steps out on a new career path that might lead him to being someone you'd like to have protecting you in the town of Mystic Falls. [Editor's note: Anyone else picturing Matt Donovan in uniform? You have the right to remain excited.] He's living a pretty decent life, so it's sad that his friends can't be there with him, but at least it's peaceful.
Rumor has it he also might be getting a love interest next season?
It's possible. We're definitely introducing a new female character next year, and she will be able to live in Mystic Falls. So that leaves Matt, Jeremy and Tyler — on a good day — for dating opportunities in that age range. One of them might get lucky.
So while the CW won't be making Supernatural: Bloodlines, it looks like the network is still hoping to turn Supernatural into a franchise. Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, said that they'd make determinations about another spinoff in June or July. Pedowitz also told reporters:
We believe that there's a real brand in Supernatural. . . . I've already spoken to the creator and the studio. They know that we want to develop once more next season, a Supernatural spinoff. What it is and what it isn't is still in the air.
Jensen Ackles says that this week's season finale has a final
60 seconds that aren't to be missed. And that there's a Winchester brother moment that's all about the tears, as Ackles says that "[Jared's] tears were all over my shoulder."
Ackles was also asked to rate the finale on a scale of one to Hell:
It's not so much the place that he's in as opposed to the issue that's surrounding him, and that I think is the shocking part.
Marvel released a video with Hayley Atwell talking about the show, and she confirmed that the season will be eight episodes long. [Marvel]
Microsoft is looking to premiere the Halo series in fall of 2015. [SpoilerTV]
July 6's episode will be called "Fire in the Hole." [HBO]
Here's a short description of episode 6, "The Red Rose and the Briar":
Alden and Cotton come face-to-face with a real witch; Mary devises a solution to the conflict within the coven.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer