Top image from Thor: The Dark World.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Sebastian Stan says the seeds of Bucky Barnes’ survival as the Winter Soldier were sown in the original film:
"There were actually some clues in the first movie that this was going to happen, believe it or not. I didn't even know about that... There are some clues in some of the scenes, actually in some of the set pieces that the guys put in there that I didn't even know about, particularly in that rescue scene. If you freeze [frame it], you go, 'Oh!' But it's so subtle, I mean, that's one of the great things about it. There's a reason he survives that fall."
As MTV Splash Page’s Brett White points out, Stan is almost certainly referring to the scene where Captain America saves Bucky from Armin Zola’s clutches. It’s more or less explicit that Zola had previously been experimenting on Barnes, which could easily explain any enhanced abilities that would allow him to survive his fall. [MTV Splash Page]
Thor: The Dark World
Star Chris Hemsworth discusses how this movie fits into Thor’s larger character arc:
“Basically, Avengers is kind of a side-step amongst everything for all the journeys. This is certainly a continuation of it but at the same time, Thor’s journey I think picks up from where we left the first one. He’s about to take on the throne, earning the right to be king, and now coming to the realization of what responsibility comes with. Also, Alan (Taylor) keeps talking about the dark side of that responsibility and the secrets within being king and becoming very political about what people need to know and what they want to know. So… can I say any more about it? Obviously Tom [Hiddleston] is on set so this is continuing; it’s great to have some meatier stuff with Tom. Certainly in Avengers the stuff I got to sink my teeth into was those scenes. Following up our relationship and the ongoing question from Thor about what it is that Loki wants, and why and how did we come to this? I think we get to possibly attack some of those questions properly.”
He also discusses the various worlds that this new film explores:
“Um, it’s certainly set in both worlds, it’s pretty substantial like last time, pretty similar I think. We certainly see more of Asgard and more of the Nine Realms in this film than we did in Thor. Thor was, we were just on Asgard; this time, there’s a bigger universe out there that we get to explore.”
There's more at the link. [/Film]
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Tom Hiddleston confirms, yet again, that Loki won’t be in the Avengers sequel:
“He’s not in it. Here’s the thing: I don’t think there’s anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively. Joss gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we’d only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director Bryan Singer explains that the movie could justify the resurrection of Patrick Stewart’s older version of Professor Charles Xavier because “he transferred his consciousness, and could possibly construct a body around that consciousness.” There are some more details at the link. [JoBlo]
Star Trek 3
The great “Who’s going to direct the next Star Trek?” derby appears to have officially started, which means we’re likely in for a flurry of reports naming potential candidates, then debunking those same candidates, and then possibly naming them again just for good measure. The first director to go through this process was, as you may recall from yesterday’s post, G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Jon M. Chu, but his representatives have reportedly already denied that he’s even been contacted about the job.
No matter, as Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has now been put forward as a replacement rumor. I imagine that report will debunked in the next couple of days, and then we can repeat the process several more times over the next few months. That’s a slightly more crotchety way than usual of saying “take all this with a grain of salt,” I guess. [SciFiNow]
Moving on to rather less surprising news, the franchise is reportedly bringing back writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to pen the sequel. Damon Lindelof, who also worked on the previous screenplays, is not expected to return. There were earlier reports that new writers were being considered, but that seems to have been more just a reaction to Orci and Kurtzman being too busy to initially commit to the project; now that they and Paramount have found a window for them to write it, they are going ahead. [Heat Vision]
Here’s a cool new featurette.
And here’s some concept art. [Film School Rejects]
Here’s a new still image. [Coming Soon]
Indiana Jones 5
For whatever it’s worth, Harrison Ford actually sounds uncharacteristically enthusiastic about making another entry in the franchise:
"We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass. To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do."
Here’s a red-band featurette. [/Film]
And here’s another clip. [Coming Soon]
Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow discusses his plans for the X-Men spin-off movie:
"Tonally it will fit in, quite well with all the other movies… but then I think the other movies cover a wide range of tones. It’s certainly not going to be tonally similar to Kick-Ass...I hope it will have what fans of X-Force will expect. I think it will be a little edgier, I think you’ll see some characters with different takes on what it means to be a mutant. There will be some grey areas that the movies haven’t yet been explored. It won’t be as “overt.” This movie is more about the grey areas in between. I’m going to take some big ideas from the X-universe and flip them, I think in an interesting way."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Joss Whedon says the TV show will definitely feature its fair share of crossovers with the wider Marvel cinematic universe:
“There will be as much as we can allow. We're still working that out. It's a fluid process… We'd love to see [Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill] again. We'd love to see Sam (Jackson as Nick Fury) too, but he's a movie star and a workaholic. Whether or not he makes time for us again I can't say yet… [Crossovers are] a great idea for the show and a perfectly good idea for (the actors). They're superstars in that universe. If they showed up it would actually make sense.”
Maria Hill actress Cobie Smulders discusses what role her Avengers character could have in the show beyond the pilot, as well as how interested she is in eventually taking on a more regular role on the show:
“I’m up for it, it’s just a matter of the direction that they decide to go with the show. I don’t know how much they’ll be at the Command Center and how much they need me around. If it works out organically with the story line, then I'd be happy to come in but I truly don’t know… It’s hard to say. I’m planning a big move to New York, so that’s a pretty huge factor in doing another series in Los Angeles. This is the joy and the terror of coming off of a show after nine years: What should I do, what should I not do?! If the right project comes along, of course I’d return to TV. But I'd like to focus in film and on theater right now.”
Meanwhile, Tom Hiddleston says he would be open to appearing as Loki on the show:
“It would be something that would depend upon script and story but yeah, of course… I’ve spoken to him about it. I saw him down in San Diego. I hear it’s good fun.”
Under the Dome
Here’s a promo for the next episode, “Thicker than Water.”
The fifth episode of season two will reportedly be called “One Riot, One Ranger.” [SpoilerTV]
The second episode of the new post-apocalyptic CW series will reportedly be called “Earth Skills.” [SpoilerTV]
The second episode of another new CW series — this one about the romance between a human girl and alien boy — is said to be titled, “These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends.” [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story: Coven
Here’s the first teaser for the episode, referred to as “Detention.”
The always-welcome Mark Sheppard will reportedly return to the show as the supposedly dead Benedict Valda for all six episodes of the final season. [The Huffington Post]
The second season has begun filming its thirteen episodes in Toronto, and Syfy released this update on the show to mark the occasion:
Grant Bowler returns as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The cast also features Dewshane Williams as Tommy, Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley.
As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil. The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor. Nolan traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa, Amanda has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes.
James Murray joins the cast in the integral role of Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance. Appointed by the Earth Republic, Pottinger is shrewd, polished and charming; he quickly wins the trust of most people he meets. But his civilized veneer hides a ruthless pragmatist who traffics in information and secrets, and mercilessly punishes those who defy him. Pottinger sees people as tools to be exploited or prizes to be won; his latest object of desire is ex-mayor Amanda (Benz). Born in Manchester, England, Murray found initial fame in ITV’s soap opera Coronation Street as Sandy Hunter. He has starred in numerous British film and television pieces including the popular BBC series New Tricks. He also appeared on the NBC series Beautiful People and CBS’s Chaos.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.