Could Marvel make a Captain Marvel movie instead of a solo Black Widow film? Rachel McAdams leaves Passengers. Terminator: Genesis casts a major supporting charater. Peter Dinklage discusses Tyrion in Game of Thrones season 4. Plus, Kevin Feige explains magic in Doctor Strange and a building-sized Captain America Easter Egg. Spoilers now!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
In an interview with Luke Y. Thompson, directors Anthony and Joe Russo spoke about an Easter egg that seems to relate to the death also hinted at in a commercial:
LYT: Does Quentin Tarantino know about the little Easter egg?
AR: Not that we know.
JR: Not that we know. And that was something that actually came in at the last second. We were struggling. We probably did 10 iterations of what...epitaph should be on that gravestone, and I think we were sitting in the VFX review, and I think it was our - I think it was Dan Deleeuw, the effects supervisor who came up with the idea.
AR: But we love Easter eggs, so we always would prefer to make the choice to put in an Easter egg, rather than to put in something that lacks multiple layers of appreciation.
More at the link. [Topless Robot]
At the Hollywood premiere, Maximiliano Hernández – who plays Jasper Sitwell – compared Captain America: The Winter Soldier to something other than a '70s political thriller:
It's the least superhero-ey of the super hero movies. It's like a detective novel. You have to peel off the layers.
Samuel L. Jackson, on the other hand, wanted to make sure that people understood that it didn't mean the film wasn't superhero-ey, saying that "The superhero stuff makes it even better. We like the super things."
It's been rumored for a while that this film would have a major impact on Agents of SHIELD, given that SHIELD plays an important role in the movie. And at the premiere, Clark Gregg hinted at it again, saying:
There's enough chaos [on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.']... I think that's getting explored in this movie tonight.
Scarlett Johannson spoke about the substantial role Black Widow has in this film, saying:
I was trying to get them to switch the name of this film for so long. I wanted it to be like 'Captain America (But It's Really a Widow Movie)' in parentheses.
...The most exciting thing about reading and developing this script from early on is I felt like I had a lot of input this time around," said Johansson. "In this film we really get to focus on the relationship between Cap and Widow and learn more about who she is outside of the job. It was fun to incorporate my backstory that I've been developing and finally get a chance to play that here.
If it works, and early buzz suggests it will, then maybe it'll get the ball further rolling on a Black Widow standalone movie. [Yahoo!]
There's also going to be a cameo from Avengers Tower in the film, according to Kevin Feige:
You get a quick glimpse, I don't know if you noticed, of the new Stark Tower – which is not the Stark Tower, it's the new Avengers Tower in Captain America: The Winter Soldier]. We show it in there. It goes by *snaps* real fast during that targeting sequence. But it's there.
That may mean Marvel's setting up that location for use in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It makes sense as their base of operations, if SHIELD's buildings are destroyed and the organization's in flux, as the commercials and trailers seem to imply. [Slashfilm]
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
In an interview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Johansson spoke about the Avengers sequel, saying:
I was just amazed—Joss is something else, he really is. He locks himself away for God knows how long; I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive. I mean this movie feels like the continuation of The Avengers, it doesn't feel like a tag-on or the rehashed version or just 'let's throw a bunch of new characters in there and keep the thing alive.' It really feels like the next step, and all of our characters, our relationships with one another continue to progress, become more intertwined, more complicated, more meshed. And the film has a lot of great comic book moments that the fans are gonna love, but it's also got a lot of really great dramatic moments that audience members, I think, will really relate to.
Anthony Mackie says that, as far as he knows, the Falcon won't be in Avengers: Age of Ultron, saying:
I wish. Everybody says that but Kevin Feige. Chris is a good friend of mine. The movie starts in three weeks. I know he's read the script. He's like, 'Yo, man, I read the Avengers script. It's good.' I was like, 'Really?' He said, 'Yeah, Joss (Whedon) is doing rewrites, but it's good. I was like, 'Great! So... am I in it?' And he says, 'I've got to go. I'll be back.' What do you mean? Why can't you just tell me if I'm in the movie? No one will tell me, not one person, so I gave up on it.
Feige himself denied rumors that the film would have Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as members of the Inhumans, telling Slashfilm:
Only journalists today have been telling me that's popping up online. That's absolutely not the case.
The upcoming Captain America: The Winter Solider means that a lot of questions have been posed to Kevin Feige. One of them was how they'd make Doctor Strange's magic work in the established Marvel Universe. Feige answered:
Are you watching the Cosmos series? That's magic, [the quantum physics]. It's unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what's the difference between that and magic?
You don't get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he'd find out how some of that stuff is happening! We're not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won't be an answer! Sometimes he'll want an answer - "How is this happening?!" - and nothing.
Speaking of Feige, he also commented on whether Agents of SHIELD and the Netflix shows will cross over:
The only conversations, really, have been – I think – they're smart desire to make those shows stand on their own. To make those shows all about making the best Daredevil show you can make, the best Jessica Jones show you can make. Which is what the early days of the MCU – and still now – all of our movies are about. 'What's the task at hand?' 'Make the best Iron Man movie.' 'But we have an idea that we can bring in Nick Fury and introduce that all these movies are connected.' 'Okay let's put that in the tag though so it doesn't distract from the movie itself.' So I think that's what they're focusing on. Just doing a great 13 hours of Daredevil, a great 13 hours of Jessica Jones.
He also said that the appearances of Sif and Lorelei in Agents of SHIELD were not hints for anything to come, which may, for now, rule out seeing the Enchantress (Lorelei's sister) any time soon. [Slashfilm]
And one last thing from Feige: Asked about doing a Black Widow movie, Feige also hinted at another possible female-led film:
Frankly if we do a Black Widow movie after Age of Ultron, when she's been central in three or four movies I don't think we'd get the quote unquote credit for it. People would say 'She's already a big giant superhero!' But if we had a great idea, we'd do it.
... I like the idea if we're going to do a [female lead], do a new one. Do a wholly new character, do an origin story.
... We've talked a lot about [Captain Marvel]. I think that would be very cool.
James Ward Byrkit (Rango) has been signed up to write the script for Wake, based on the Liza McMann novel. The story follows teen Janie Hannagan, who can enter other people's dreams. The project has long had Miley Cyrus attached to play Janie. [Yahoo!]
Both Rachel McAdams and the Weinstein Company have dropped out of Passengers. The film was supposed to come out next April, starring Keanu Reeves as one of 5,000 colonists on a ship. When he accidentally wakes up and becomes lonely, he wakes another colonist up, Aurora. Aurora was supposed to be McAdams, but after she left and production was delayed, the Weinstein Company also left. [The Hollywood Reporter via Slashfilm]
Added to the cast is J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) as a "weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades." According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simmons' character started investigating in 1984, the year the original movie was released. [Coming Soon, Hollywood Reporter]
The Amazing Spider-Man
While he's attached for a third movie, Marc Webb told The Daily Beast that he will not be directing a fourth, although he would like to be involved:
I'd like to be involved as a consultant, and I've already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, [the third film] will close out my tenure. I've had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it'll be the time to find something else.
He also discussed how the villains for Amazing Spider-Man 2 were chosen:
Electro's really the main villain in the movie. Rhino makes a brief appearance. With Electro, he has enormous cinematic potential—the way he looks is cool—and how do you stop that guy? I thought it was a worthy adversary for Peter Parker, and it was always something I was fascinated by in the comic books, about how you'd render that visually. But I thought there was enormous potential in exploring the character of Max Dillon before he becomes Electro, and enormous pathos. You feel for this guy who's been pushed into the shadows and whom no one listens to. He's humiliated and feels shame and emerges, through his transformation, in a darker and more destructive way. Feelings of shame and unworthiness are universal precursors to one of two things: an act of destruction and an act of heroism. Heroes and villains have so much in common. Peter caused the death of his uncle and has been abandoned by his parents, but he approaches that in a positive, more constructive way.
And here are more promo images. [Coming Soon]
Game of Thrones
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Peter Dinklage gave this preview into Tyrion in season four:
He sort of reaches a breaking point. He comes to a point where it's difficult to have a sense of humor about his circumstances, and he really just wants the truth to be heard. He reaches the point where he's very tired of all the lies. He become as non-characteristic of a Lannister as you can get.
Actor Mustafa Shakir posted on Facebook about True Blood audition he went on, saying:
SO I was gonna keep this to myself but fork it. I just had an audition for True Blood playing the role of "Minus" a slave, and I don't know if I did a great job or just channeled some ancient angst up in the audition room but I was over come. It started as soon as I got the audition, this bubbling up of the rawest uncut shadow shit. I came home to do last minute prep and was just snatched by grief. by the time I got to the audition I was fcuking exhausted from crying and growling. Lord knows its gonna be amazing to book that role but DAMN slavery is alive and well in my cells and I've gotta do some ritual it seems to give them some peace. Seriously. thanks for listening. I need some pedialyte and thai food STAT.
Minus was referenced by Bill in season 1, as a slave owned by the Comptons during the Civil War. This report does match previous news that we'd be getting Bill flashbacks to the war in the final season, so it could very well be accurate. [Facebook via The Vault]
Here's the official description of March 25's episode, "Mother's Little Helper," which happens to be directed by Misha Collins:
MISHA COLLINS MAKES HIS DIRECTING DEBUT — Dean (Jensen Ackles)
struggles with the after effects of the Mark of Cain. Meanwhile, Sam
(Jared Padalecki) hears about a case where straight-laced people are
turning into violent murderers. Sam suspects possession and suggests
to Dean that they investigate, but Dean tells him to go without him.
While interviewing the local townsfolk, Sam meets an elderly woman
named Julia (guest star Jenny O'Hara), who tells him the Men of
Letters came to town in 1958. Josie tells Sam the story of a young
man named Henry Winchester (guest star Gil McKinney) and his female
companion, Josie Sands (guest star Alaina Huffman). While Sam is
away, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tests Dean. Misha Collins directed the
episode written by Adam Glass (#917).
Go here for more photos from the episode, including glimpses of the return of Henry Winchester.
Episode 2.19 is titled "The Man Under the Hood." [Spoilers Guide]
Under the Dome
Here's a season 2 promo video. [via SpoilerTV]
Here are all the known episode titles:
- Episode 1.02 - Earth Skills
- Episode 1.03 - Earth Kills
- Episode 1.04 - Murphy's Law
- Episode 1.05 - Twilight's Last Gleaming
- Episode 1.06 - His Sister's Keeper
- Episode 1.08 - Day Trip
- Episode 1.09 - Unity Day
- Episode 1.10 - I Am Become Death
- Episode 1.12 - We Are Grounders
Here's a video of Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy talking about Peter Capaldi. [Life, Doctor Who & Combom]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Jason Krell