And there are new photos from Jurassic World, Gotham, and Mad Max. Joss Whedon explains why he wanted Avengers 2 to be "harder" to make. James Gunn reveals more details about Guardians of the Galaxy 2. And a ton of info about the two teachers joining the new Doctor on Doctor Who. Spoilers now!
Top image: Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon gave some indication of the scale of the Avengers sequel, saying:
Some things are easier, there's definitely a shorthand with the actors and the studio. But I set out to make it harder.
I wanted this movie to be harder to make than the last one and hopefully that will show up on screen so it will be more interesting. I can't wait to be done!
At the link, you can see an interview with Chris Hemsworth, where the actor explains that we will see more of the relationship between the Hulk and Thor — and among the whole team, saying "They all have their conflicts and feuds." We also hear that it'll be a while before Thor 3 gets filming. [Collider]
Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn is so ready for the sequel, he's got the whole mythology mapped out:
I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill's father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows.
There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, not to mention a lot of stuff about all of the cultures. There's a lot of stuff about Xandarian and Kree culture that I've written down or I have in my head, as well as Krylorians and Ravagers.
Gunn elaborated on how far along he is in the process duringa press roundtable, too:
Kevin Feige has stuff. I wrote up a lot. He knows all the stuff and if I died tomorrow they could go make a movie. They could write the story of Peter Quill's father and it would all be there. I think Yondu is a very important character, a really important character in this universe, and I think Nebula is really important too and so I think we'll see more of both of those characters.
And here's Zoe Saldana on Good Morning America, talking about how this is a team of misfits, not heroes. [Comic Book Resources]
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2
Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) has been cast as one of the leads in the sequel directed by Yuen Woo-ping. Shum will play Tie-Fen, one of four four heroes "who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of the villainous Hades Dai." [The Hollywood Reporter]
On the eve of Chris Pratt's other movie coming out, director Colin Trevorrow tweeted out a still of Pratt in Jurassic World. [via Comic Book Movie]
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 1, 2014
Here's a photo which apparently shows the reference for the Thing that's being used on set. Bear in mind, it's not 100 percent confirmed that this is real, or that this is what the Thing will look like in the final version. [Den of Geek]
Mad Max: Fury Road
There are two cover stories about the return of Doctor Who, so we've got a plethora of quotes. First up is from Empire magazine, which has Steven Moffat talking about what they had to change for the new Doctor:
Certain things we were doing a little reflexively. Some of the humour was getting a bit glib. One of the hardest things to notice is when your new idea has become your old idea and it's time to get rid of it.
Jenna Coleman backs up the idea that we're getting a change, saying about the first episode:
I saw the first episode and it's amazing how different it feels. It's darker. The limits feel like they're being pushed more in terms of danger and the dread. It's scarier, that's for sure.
... Steven's changed the format quite a lot. We have much longer scenes now.
As for the new Clara, Coleman said:
It's like seeing a control freak out of control. She has a boyfriend and she's a schoolteacher and then she travels around the universe with The Doctor. She's trying to live those lives separately and not let them collide.
The Entertainment Weekly story has Peter Capaldi describing his Doctor this way:
He's more alien than we've seen him in a while, and he is less patient with the foibles of human beings. Somewhere in the regenerative process, human beings have lost their charm for him. But they begin to work their magic eventually.
And executive producer Brian Minchin describing the new character Danny Pink:
He's a teacher at the same school as Clara. Clara decides she's not going to leave her life behind to go travel in time and space. She's starting a relationship with Danny so she's going to keep both lives going at once.
The presence of two teachers in the TARDIS may be reflected in the design of the ship, as a photo from Entertainment Weekly shows blackboards and desks. No clue if this was a conceit for the photo shoot or a permanent new look. [via Blogtor Who]
Once Upon a Time
Here are the first official looks at the live-action Elsa, Kristoff, and Sven the reindeer. [TV Guide]
Comic Book Resources has a pretty detailed rundown of the Gotham pilot, which you can read at the link. But they're also pretty negative about the show, saying:
What we saw was a rushed, emotionally dull affair that is equal parts overcooked and underwhelming. In trying to service too many sub-plots, the hour leaves you unconvinced that you really need to see "Poison Ivy Begins: Age 8," especially when it takes time away from exploring the trauma that brought Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne together. We know this dynamic provides more than enough drama to sustain a series without having to pad it with the origins of peripheral characters; it's too bad writer and showrunner Bruno Heller (HBO's "Rome") sees it differently.
Head to the link for more photos from the set. [Contact Music]
Here's a video interview with Stephen Amell, where he talks about the flashback structure of the new season. He does say of Tommy Merlyn's appearance that the flashback has Oliver "see Tommy from the rooftop, and he's talking to his dad." [via Comic Book Resources]
Under the Dome
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen