Michael Douglas explains Hank Pym's movieverse background. James Gunn's already hard at work on The Guardians of the Galaxy 2. What's does April O'Neil have to do with origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? And, The Flash casts Plastique! Spoilers now!
Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Wondering what's up with the Pyms in Ant-Man? Here's Michael Douglas on the state of his family:
My name is Dr. Henry Pym. I'm an entomologist. I'm also a physicist and I discovered in 1963, a way, a serum to reduce a human being to the size of ant maintaining the strength. Not only that, but I was able to find a way to communicate with the ants. But unfortunately during this process, a tragic personal accident happened with my wife, my daughter, Evangeline, Hope. So I've had to pass my powers and strengths onto a mentor. Because my partner, my partner, Corey [Stoll] over there, fucked me good.
So does this mean Janet Van Dyne will be dead before the film starts — and we won't see her at all? Or is his wife someone other than Janet in the Marvel movie continuity? Chances are Pym's wife is Janet, and Marvel's doing everything humanly possible to dodge the more ... problematic issues of the comics version of Hank Pym. Still, the notion of killing off Janet (a founding Avenger in the comics) offscreen has launched a Twitter protest hashtag, #JanetVanCrime. Anyway, see the video at the link. [Entertainment Weekly via Comic Book.com]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Michael Rooker talked a bit about why he's so likable and what his Yondu is like:
I don't know why, I don't know how, but it seems like I can be a real — dick! And people still like me. It seems like I have this little knack, so he sort of wrote that with Yondu in mind and myself in mind, this ability to sort of be abusive verbally, or whatever. [Laughs] Even physically, and still have the audience forgive and enjoy what's going on on-screen, and like it enough that they don't really care if you're really not a nice person. Yondu's not a nice guy, but he's got this paternal instinct, and it came like the first moment he saw Star-Lord. Got him up in his ship, and all of a sudden, the kid is, in my mind, this kind of little guy who's not all sheepish — he's just lost his mom, and he's still being tough, he's standing up for himself. That and maybe something else was involved that convinced Yondu to basically keep the kid. I kept him. Raised him as my own, as opposed to sending him off to where we're supposed to take him. And so there's that heart in there. I think people, they see through all the makeup and all the wardrobe, and they see the real person somewhere.
James Gunn is already thinking ahead to the next movie, telling The Walll Street Journal about Guardians of the Galaxy 2:
"I have a good idea. Frankly, it's more important that the story works by itself than by how it fits into 'The Avengers.'" He has to keep certain things in mind to connect to the overriding story arc, but, "first and foremost, I'm concerned with the Marvel cosmic side of things and these characters."
Star Wars Episode VII
Simon Pegg had this to say about the rumors that he'll be joining the Star Wars franchise:
Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we're good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don't want people to watch and go, Oh, there's Simon Pegg's face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.
So, you're not in the movie?
[Smiles.] Of course I visited the set. It's amazing, and I love Star Wars. I want to see everything happening. It looks wonderful, and you need to believe those characters. Any type of stunt casting might just pop you out of the movie.
Well, that's a non-answer, but it seems to lean in the direction of not being in the film. Unless, of course, the references to his potentially distracting face could mean he'll show up under layers of makeup or as a voice for a CGI character. [Vulture]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Will Arnett talked a bit about how his Vernon is different from the original incarnation of the character:
I think, in the comic, Vernon actually had more of an adversarial relationship with April, but through all the various incarnations, from the comic to the TV series to the movies, there have been licenses created and artistic licenses taken in order to tell whatever particular story. And I think that as this movie really evolved, and before we started shooting the script, it became apparent that there needed to be an evolution in the character, that they needed to sort of partner up and really support April, and Megan. They needed a character more like Vernon, and they had to kind of change the rules a little bit with him. So what is true is that he's a cameraman, and that part of it stays very true, but now, he kind of works with April. I think that maybe some of his crankiness is more now just — we kind of transfer that into, he wants an easy ride, and he wants to punch the clock and go home and doesn't want to get involved. So when April's like, "Hey, listen. I'm following this story." He's kind of like, "Oh, God, come on — no. Just let it go." And then he gets sucked in.
Megan Fox also commented on how her April O'Neil is related to the Turtles' origin story:
Fox: I don't know what I'm allowed to reveal. She's not aware that she had anything to do with it. She didn't really have anything to do with it, but her dad was a scientist whose experiments were being funded by a group in the movie.
Arnett: Unknown, shadowy —
Fox: Shadowy figures. And there's a lab fire. Her father dies in the lab fire. She loses him, and it's not until she starts hearing their names, when she meets them on the roof, that things start firing off in her brain, and she digs through all of her father's old lab notes and his books and all of this stuff. She discovers that these quite possibly are the little turtles that she used to look at in his lab, before it burned down.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The sequel/reboot will have its Burt Gummer in the form of a returning Michael Gross. In the script for the sequel, he's nicknamed "The Gummer." [Movie Hole]
We've got some teasers from Entertainment Weekly's cover story, with Jenna Coleman talking about some of this season's guest stars:
On Keeley Hawes as Ms. Delphox: "She's great," says Coleman. "She's playing this naughty but nice, really sexy villain who kind of kills you but with a sweet smile."
On singer Foxes: "She's really cool," says Coleman. "I know her personally as well. I don't actually know how much I can say about it but it's a very clever way in which she is brought in and—what can I say?—there's music!"
On Frank Skinner: "He is a huge, huge, huge Doctor Who fan," says Coleman. "We'd do scenes between me and Peter and then you'd often just see Frank basically soaking it all up and just really really enjoying being on the TARDIS and the whole experience. It was funny to have a proper, proper fan who really does know everything about Doctor Who folklore."
As for the casting of Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat said:
I did say, 'No, we probably won't end up with another quirky young man. I didn't think there was any space around Matt to have another Doctor of that kind, because he sort of sums up what you could do with that. I very very quickly, veryquickly just thought about Peter. There is no right age to be the Doctor.
See the Entertainment Weekly cover, featuring Peter Capaldi in costume, at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
The Walking Dead
Here's a video interview with Jensen Ackles where he talks about how little Demon Dean cares about anything and how that's "not funny" even though there's "A lot of bar fights, a lot of booze, a lot of babes, that's Demon Dean." [Buddy TV]
Playing Plastique in episode five of the series is Kelly Frye. The show's version of the character is "a fetching young redhead who was a bomb specialist with the Army before she was injured by an IED in Iraq. Since being exposed to the Central City explosion, she can turn any object into a bomb with just a touch of her hand." [E! Online]
Joining the cast as a major recurring character is Donna Murphy as a"mysterious government agent who will be in charge of monitoring Agent Bellamy (Omar Epps) and the activities in Arcadia." [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's a promo for season 2 called, "Evil Takes Hold." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer