Sony is jumping the gun and placing a lot of faith in their The Amazing Spider-Man franchise: they’ve just announced release dates for the 3rd and 4th films. Yes, you can say that they’re definitely planning ahead.
They’ve got the films spaced about 2 years apart (which is worth noting because the upcoming DC-based films are rumored to be released 1 year apart). It will be interesting to see whether director Marc Webb will stay on board for all 4 films, given that the schedule probably wouldn’t leave him too much time to pursue any other projects.
Here’s the schedule Sony has set for the upcoming Spidey flicks:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – May 2, 2014 - The Amazing Spider-Man 3 – June 10, 2016 - The Amazing Spider-Man 4 – May 4, 2018
What do you guys think about this move by Sony? They haven’t mentioned anything about the cast or production crew being signed on to complete the film series, but I would assume that’s their next move. This probably also means they have a general idea of where they want to take the stories in the next few films – what storylines would you like to see included?
Avengers 2 is still two years away and shooting on the film hasn’t even started yet, but people are already screaming for details on what Joss Whedon has planned for us this time. There’s not a lot of information out there, but the latest to come through the Internetz arrives via the mouth of the Whedon himself. What does he have to say? Looks like Loki will be put into cold storage for the second Avengers flick.
When Whedon was asked about Loki and the possibility of him returning for Avengers 2, he had this to say:
Imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things.
But there’s always the chance that he might change his mind, right? Not likely, as he also had this to say regarding the Avengers 2 script:
I’ve turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody’s very much on board with the exact movie I’m trying to make which is what worked the first time.
Well, it’s probably for the best, in my opinion. With so many villain possibilities, there’s really no need to drag Loki into everything. The guy may be loads of fun, but he has his screen time in Thor 2. Let him enjoy a little vacation while he dreams up his next big plot to destroy/take over a world or two.
Check out the Loki-less Avengers 2 when it comes to theaters on May 1st, 2015.
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Y’know, with all the interviews Marvel‘s wonder boy, Joss Whedon, has been giving lately I’m not really sure how much he’s working on that script for Avengers 2. I mean, just sayin’. Anyway, in his latest interview with Moviefone, Whedon gushes about his “little, passion project” Avengers 2, and how he’s approaching the sequel differently than The Avengers,
I enter upon ‘Avengers 2′ with a different mindset than I did the first one. I feel like I know so well what it is that I want to accomplish, and like ‘Much Ado,’ I now have a real sense of the troop I’m working with and the strictures and the opportunities. My little passion, sidebar project comes out May 1st, 2015.
Yeah, sidebar project. A flick that will likely fly under the radar. Uh-huh, sure.
Hit the jump for more words from Whedon about the upcoming ABC series, Agents of SHIELD and what he thinks of James Gunn as Marvel’s choice for Guardians of the Galaxy director.
As everybody was already aware, Jennifer Lawrence will be reprising her role from X-Men: First Class as Raven Darkholme, AKA Mystique (the only character in comic book history whose birth name is cooler than their “super” alias) in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Below, we see Miss Lawrence on set in full Mystique regalia. To be honest, her portrayal of the shapeshifting mutant was one of the few things about First Class that I didn’t care for (that, and January Jones totally phoning it in as Emma Frost).
However, I’m liking her look in this film better somehow…I couldn’t tell you WHAT about her character design in DOFP is superior, but I like it a lot, and I have high hopes for both the character and the film.
Lawrence is joined in some of these photos by a woman who looks like the 1970s incarnate. Fans speculate that this could be Misty Knight, though if you’re not big into the X-Men comics, the first names that pop in your head will likely be either Foxy Cleopatra or Pam Grier, depending on your age:
Marvel has just released a TV trailer for its highly anticipated Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. As reported, Clark Gregg will be returning as resurrected Agent Phil Coulson. Rounding out his team will be combat and espionage expert Grant Ward (Bret Dalton), pilot/martial artist Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), brilliant engineer Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), genius bio-chemist Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and a new recruit: Computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
This trailer will debut tomorrow night during the NBA Finals:
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The Quicksilver wars are on, with both Avengers 2 and the new X-Men: Days of Future Past films bringing their own versions to the big screen. The X-Men incarnation has already been decided in the form of actor Evan Peters. Now, it looks like there’s a frontrunner for Avengers 2 as well – Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
You may know the guy from his role as Kick-Ass in the movie… well, Kick-Ass. Sources are saying that he’s the man that Marvel wants. If he gets the role, that will make two Kick-Ass alumni playing the same character in two different incarnations in two different movies by two different studios and… the fabric of time may just implode. Either that or some lawyers are going to get very, very rich in the coming year.
Oh, still no word on the Scarlet Witch casting. Sorry, but we’ll let you know about that one when we hear something.
Mark your calendar for Avengers 2 – May 1st of 2015.
Appearing on Tavis Smiley‘s PBS talk show last night was one Joss Whedon. The man’s had a lot to talk about lately, like promoting his recent Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing, fielding questions about his upcoming ABC series Agents of SHIELD, and discussing his progress on scripting Avengers 2. It’s that last gig, writing the sequel to the billion dollar earning The Avengers, that I find most interesting. Partly because we all want to see how Whedon will follow up the superhero smash hit, and, we want to know how he’s incorporating new characters Scarlet Witch and her brother, Quicksilver.
He talks Marvel from around the 10:00 minute to the 19:30 mark,
His specific comments on Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are as follows,
We are introducing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch who are mainstays of The Avengers universe, they’re foes, they’ve been allies and they’re very interesting to me because I grew up reading The Avengers. They have powers that are visually exciting, different from the characters we’ve seen before so I’m excited to knock them against The Avengers and see what shakes loose.
Obviously, Whedon’s made no change in his decision to include the twins, and it seems we’ll first see them squaring off against The Avengers before they team up, if they ever do. What do you think the role of the Maximoff twins will be? And is the whole FOX vs Marvel/Disney mess only going to complicate the production on these films as things move forward?
Every week, this month and last, it feels like there’s been a casting announcement for Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy, and with production beginning soon there’s only two more roles left to fill: Groot, a sentient tree-creature, and Rocket Raccoon, a, uhm, raccoon. Yesterday director James Gunntweeted a picture from a meeting he had with a possible candidate for Rocket,
Aw, just look at him. He’s got the makings of a star! But, I fear, he’s not a really a likely candidate. Gunn tweeted along with the picture, “I’ve just hired a new gaffer for the shoot. Chewing on wires is good, right?” and producer Victoria Alonso already ruled out potential raccoon motion capture,”You can’t do any motion capture with a raccoon – they won’t let you put the suit on [laughs]. But we will do rotomation, probably, for some of the behavior.” Hence, the meeting with this little guy.
So, now I wonder if this is any indication of the size they want for Rocket? And does the decision to rotoscope mean they’re leaning towards a Rocket Raccoon that’s as life-like as possible, not cartoony?
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