Super Hero Round Up: ‘Avengers’ May or May Not Have Stopped Production on Account of Script Leak, Kevin Feige Talks Hawkeye and Black Widow Movies and Other Future Marvel Plans, and Tom Hiddleston Talks More About ‘Avengers’
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First up: Avengers Halts Production Due to Script Theft
Say what? Everyone is waiting eagerly for next year’s production of The Avengers and someone stole the script from right under Nick Fury’s nose, how dastardly. Apparently someone got a hold of Samuel L. Jackson‘s copy of The Avengers shooting script , and attempted to sell it to any film sites and bloggers who were willing to pony up the cash. Thankfully there is actual good in the world as no such sites or bloggers took the offer to buy the copy. The bad news… a certain unnamed site did post pictures of said script (*cough* comicbookmovie.com) on their site, which show massively watermarked script pages strewn across a table, that very clearly detail a scene where the Hulk transforms in front of Black Widow as Iron Man and Captain America frantically search a large boiler room.
According to FilmFanReview (who have since updated their report with claims of additional confirmation), the studio had reportedly decided to halt production of the film until the scenes that were leaked are rewritten.
Badass Digest, meanwhile, reports that halting a production of this cost and magnitude would be stupidly unpractical, and claims that a number of sources have backed up his suspicions. They later updated the article with word from a Disney publicist, who says that this is the first they’ve heard of the news.
So shooting has been halted/not halted until all this blows over, hopefully those writers have some pretty fast fingers some nerds won’t wait too long.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
All this Avenger news must be screaming “spin-off” in the back of Marvel Studios’ president of production Kevin Feige‘s head. How will the Future of Marvel Movies pan out exactly? Speaking to the The Playlist, here’s what Feige had to say:
“Whatever Marvel Film has gone for, it’s succeeded. Whenever it’s operated in some fear or failure it is not done as well,” says Feige, though admitting that the growing interconnectedness of Marvel’s theatrical properties does provoke a little nail-biting if one of the films flops. “We’ve been lucky enough that, going back to ‘X-Men I,’ we’ve constantly been rewarded for giving in to the risks, rewarded for giving in to the idea of ‘Okay, this might be a stretch, but if it works we think that it could be something special.’ As opposed to giving in to the fear of ‘Let’s be careful.’ The good news is that right now we’re able to make the movies envisioning the best end result, really, and that frees us up to make those choices, whether it’s casts or directors or writers or storylines or visuals, just really going with our gut for what we think the broader audience will respond to.”
“If you’re really into it and you really want to study them, you will see that they are all interconnected in a way that flows right into, through and past ‘Avengers,’” says Feige. “I think if one doesn’t do as well as the other, because they are essentially stand-alone movies, they’ll still be okay. But I certainly feel a little bit of what the New Line people must’ve felt back in the day, going, ‘All right, we’ve got three “Lord of the Rings” movies – What if this first one doesn’t work?”
How will all this fit exactly into the Marvel universe, the cameos of characters have intertwined with the movies one after another. Could this mean any future screen debuts for other Marvel heros?
“The whole idea of the cinematic universe is another tool for storytelling that you have to use wisely,” he says. “I would start to be turned off to the whole idea if it ever started to feel like a gimmick. Like Tony Stark saying ‘Oh, Pepper, I’ve hurt my leg – let me go see this doctor. Oh hello, Dr. Strange.’ I don’t think that there will be a lot of cause of that kind of thing. But there are opportunities, like Hawkeye in ‘Thor’ and Black Widow in ‘Iron Man,’ if it serves the story anyway, to have a nod in there. I do see ‘The Avengers’ franchise as something in which other Avenger characters might make their first appearance in an ‘Avengers’ movie. Then maybe if audiences respond to them they could spinout into their own movies.”
It’s in the pipeline that a couple of the avengers will have their own movie to look forward to if all goes well for the Avengers in 2012. Does this mean that Hawkeye and Black Widow can be slated for a 2013-2014 release? In a chat with The Playlist, Kevin spoke about the future of these two currently minor characters and their future:
“There’s no definitive plans, but we have started talking and talking with Scarlett about what a Widow movie could be. Internally we’ve also started thinking what a ‘Hawkeye’ movie could be, how we could continue to explore the organization [which Samuel Jackson‘s Nick Fury leads] S.H.I.E.L.D, which has a pretty big part in ‘Thor,’ smaller parts in the two ‘Iron Man’ films and has a giant part in ‘The Avengers.’ [So it’s like], what would a stand-alone “S.H.I.E.L.D.” be like? It all goes back to the comics. Sometimes the answer is—when looking at a certain run of issues— ‘no way’ and sometimes the answer is ‘maybe, let’s continue to explore it’ and certainly with Hawkeye and Black Widow those are two that we’re exploring”
After all this Avengers talk wouldn’t it be nice to move over to the realm of Asgard and talk to Tom Hiddleston, the man behind the helmet as Loki in the upcoming Thor movie. With Thor all wrapped up and (you guessed it) Loki taking part in the Avengers film this must be really special to reprise such a villian one more time. Did he get all excited to have pencil thin eyebrows all over again or was it all about the costume? Sitting down with Vulture Tom spoke about exaclty what happened for him to become Loki once more and his part in the Avengers.
“Well, I think it was a plan from the get-go, but it wasn’t really dead-set until near the end of Thor. What was wonderful is that about four days after I wrapped on Thor, I went out for a cup of tea with Joss Whedon. We sat down at two o’clock in the afternoon, and we were still sitting there at six o’clock. He said, “Listen, you’ve lived with this guy for six months. I want you to spill the beans and tell me all of his dark secrets. Who is this guy? Why is he who he is?” Ken had already shown him a rough cut of the film, and mercifully, everything I had done accorded with Joss’s idea of the character, too. I’m really so flattered that Marvel and Joss think I can take them all on. In Avengers, it’s going to be me versus seven of them, and I say “Good luck to them,” frankly.”
A seven on one fight and Tom has odds on himself, he must have taken that copy of the script, he is the God of Mischief after all.
Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers in scheduled for release on May 4th, 2012 in 3-D.