Whedon Wants to Go Original After ‘Avengers 2′

- 09-27-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Considering that Joss Whedon is hip deep in everything Marvel – from directing Avengers: Age of Ultron, to producing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., to consulting on the new Thor and Captain America movies – it should come as little surprise that the filmmaker is, perhaps, looking to make something a little more personal in the future. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whedon talked about his creative yearnings and why it’s important for Hollywood, and imagination in general, to go back to the drawing board and tell new stories as opposed to remaking the same old, same old.

“There’s probably a dozen [properties I’ve always wanted to do]. It’s very important I don’t do that. It’s very important that we start creating new content again. We can only build on nostalgia so much before we have nothing left to build on. Before we’re rebooting Spider-Man—again. It’s dangerous to the culture, and it’s boring to me. I squeezed in between my Avengers movies a 400-year-old play. So I really need to create some new worlds.”

Yes please. What is arguably Whedon’s greatest work, and you can decide for yourself whether that’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Firefly, come straight from his own brain. So Whedon’s got a hankering to make his own stuff again, but what if someone were to offer him something tantalizing, like a movie about Boba Fett?

“I can’t say for sure, because that’s a tasty morsel. But right now my heart doesn’t go that way.”

But if there was one pre-established property that would entice Whedon’s creative instincts, it would be another 400-year-old play, an adaptation of the Bard’s tragic-classic Hamlet.

“That’s a giant endeavor, and I’m not planning any giant endeavors. I feel like some of the family stuff in [Hamlet] is even more twisted than we give it credit for. [My version] is no darker than any other vision, in certain respects. If everything works out according to plan, S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on when the movie is over and then I’ll already be too busy.”

I think so far as fans are concerned, a busy Whedon makes for some very happy fans.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Joss Whedon on Why ‘The Avengers’ Wasn’t Great & How the Sequel Will be Better

- 09-26-13Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook

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Joss Whedon has been on a roll as of late, and is on his way to becoming the unofficial king of nerds. With his box office smash, The Avengers, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere breaking ratings records, it seems that he can do no wrong… but he would disagree with you. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he talks about The Avengers not being a “great” film, and how he thinks he can make the sequel better, among other things.

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Katee Sackhoff Has Talked to Marvel About Something, Perhaps an ‘Avengers 2′ Something?

- 09-06-13Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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Out and about promoting Riddick is one Katee Sackhoff, known to most as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from Battlestar Galactica. While making her rounds she ended up on the Schmoes Know podcast and there was asked about the possibility she’s heard anything from Marvel or Disney. Here’s her unbelievable awkward response,

Um… There’s been some stuff going on. Um… there’s been a lot of checking of availability… I don’t quite know exactly… I don’t know… there’s been a lot of questions about the first quarter of next year and then the…

What isn’t clear from the text that is when you listen to the audio is that the Schmoes were talking over her, and in the end cut her off before she really revealed anything. But her bumbling makes one thing clear, she likely has been talking to Marvel, or at least someone has for her. Otherwise, it’d have been a clean cut, “No,” right?

The biggest clue is her mention of, “the first quarter of next year,” as we know that’s when Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in production. If they’re interested in keeping her schedule free for that period then they must be looking to include her, in some way, in Age of Ultron. It’s likely a small role considering how late in the game these talks are happening, which leads me to guess she’s up for Captain Marvel. Not only is Sackhoff a dead ringer for Carol Danvers, but we know she’s got the balls to bring one of Marvel’s heaviest hitters to life on screen. Exhibit A: Starbuck.

Once you take into account Joss Whedon wants to include more women heroes and the latest threat will be cosmic in nature, introducing Captain Marvel seems a no-brainer. Another possibility is they’re looking to her for The Scarlet Witch, something I can also dig, but I’d much prefer her as Danvers. What do you guys think of this latest casting rumor? Who’d you cast Sackhoff as?

Source: Bleeding Cool

Ferrigno Declares Self the Ultimate Hulk Actor

- 09-03-13Comics, Film, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Mark Ruffalo got a lot of positive reaction to his portrayal as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in last summer’s The Avengers, and while some have said that his iteration of the character is “The Best” ever put to screen, is Ruffalo truly the best Hulk?

Well one other actor who played the Hulk is staking a claim. Lou Ferrigno played the Green Goliath in the 1977-82 TV series The Incredible Hulk, as well as in a number of follow-up TV movies. Ferrigno says that no one can play the Hulk like he could because Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulks were all brought to life through CGI and motion capture, and not because the actors themselves bulked up and slathered on green pant. The difference, according to Ferrigno, is that feeling of reality.

“I was the first to bring superhero muscles to the screen and to make it more believable. There’s still people who prefer to watch the old show over the newer things because it’s real, not CGI,” Ferrigno told The LA Times. “The Hulk was the beginning of me, a platform as an actor to grow. I don’t think anybody else can play the Hulk like I could. I was able to show emotions even with all of the makeup. I don’t think it can be duplicated.”

He may have a point, but then again ask anybody if motion capture can’t render (pun intended) a great performance and they’ll point you to Andy Serkis as Gollum in the Lord of the Ring movies among others. Still, Ferrigno deserves some credit for being the first live-action Hulk, and for doing it without computer graphics assistance.

What do you Bastards think, is their a better Hulk than Ferrigno, or is it reality for the win?

Source: Comic Book Movie

And, Playing Ultron in The Avengers Sequel Is…

- 08-29-13Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook

Yep, James Spader.

Since it was announced that Ultron was going to be the villain in The Avengers‘ 2015 sequel (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), and that the story would not include Hank Pym, it’s been heavily speculated that Tony Stark would be the character to create the maniacal AI killing machine. From that speculation, the latest theory was drawn; that Iron Man’s beloved JARVIS, voiced by Paul Bettany, would go insane, build itself a robotic body, and become the films namesake villain, but that no longer seems the case.

With this casting news, that theory is pretty much out the window, but it’s still unsure just what Spader will be doing in the role of Ultron. Will he just be voicing the character? Will Whedon change the character to be some sort of Terminator-like cyborg? It’s definitely a choice that has caught many off guard, and that isn’t meant as a slight to Mr. Spader.

This news definitely surprises me, and I thought the JARVIS theory made a lot of sense, especially after the fans have sort of developed an attachment to it as its own character. With that being said, I’m definitely a James Spader fan, and I know he has what it takes to pull off the “calculating, all-powerful psycho” character, so I can’t wait to see what they do with this one.

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Joss Whedon on Marvel Villains and Possible Death of a Character

- 08-28-13Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook

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It’s always a pleasure to read what Marvel’s movie kingpin has to say, regardless of the topic, and Joss Whedon‘s recent interview with EW was no exception. He covered a variety of topics; among them, the roles villains play in the Avengers movies, and the possibility of portraying the death of an Avenger on screen.

In regards to the villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Whedon doesn’t plan on re-using any in the Avenger films.

Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in ‘Thor 2,’ but ‘The Avengers’ is a different thing.

So, as great as Loki was in The Avengers, we won’t be seeing him in the sequels, even if his brother will be joining up with the super group. It seems, with Ultron as the next villain, that we may be getting a different theme for the enemy of each movie; Loki represented the “God” aspect of the Marvel Universe, and Ultron will be show casing more of the scientific/engineering side of the series.

On that note, with such an unstoppable enemy in the form of Ultron on the horizon, it makes one wonder; will one of our heroes die in the fight to save the world? Well, according to Whedon, it’s a possibility, but it doesn’t seem likely.

Um… maybe? But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’

This makes a lot of sense, and I never thought about it in terms of the fact that they wouldn’t just be ending the character’s story, but also, most likely, the possibility of that character’s franchise continuing (except for maybe through prequels and such). Is this something you’d like to see; a major character dying for the sake of the story?

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‘The Avengers’ Animatics Reveals Hero Missing from The Battle of New York

- 08-26-13Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook

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Joss Whedon has mentioned it before, but we finally have visual confirmation that early animatics and scripts for The Avengers did in fact feature the female superhero, Wasp. Among other major changes from the animatics, it seems Wasp was cut completely from the film, and only seemed to have a minor part as it was, along with a more comic-like costume for Hawkeye, and the fact that Loki was sent the “wrong army.”

In addition to the early write up of the “Avenger Assemble” scene, there are also a few other animatics; one demonstrating a different introduction of Iron Man, that used some of the same scenes as the Iron Man- Thor fight scene (the tree spot, in particular), another putting Tony in the opening “tunnel collapse” scene, and the last is a slightly altered version of the scene between Stark and Loki in Stark Tower.



These scenes are definitely Iron Man centric, so I understand why they were cut from the final script, but these are fun watches nonetheless. It’s clear that the best of each clip made it into the movie, but it’s always fun to wonder how the movie would have turned out, had they actually included these scenes in the movie. Do you see anything that you wish would have been used in the final film?

Nerd Art Dump: The True ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, Muppets Weapon X & MOAR!

- 08-24-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: Sorry for spoiling the final episode of Breaking Bad, but this is how it all ends. Walter White has is a Sith Lord and the last five seasons (according to PJ McQuade) have been leading up to this. Please don’t sue us AMC. [GeekTyrant]

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Joss Whedon on Ultron’s Powers and Personality in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

- 08-22-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Joss Whedon answered some questions about the upcoming blockbuster The Avengers: Age of Ultron where he talked about his love of the Ultron character and how Ultron fits into the Avengers movie universe.

I was pitching Ultron before I took the job on the first movie. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this, but for the second one, you should totally do Ultron, because he’s been a thorn in their side as much as any other character over the years and particularly back in my history.

There are going to be some changes though, starting with what that title really means.

“A lot of people—because we called it Age of Ultron and there was a book, Age of Ultron just recently—assumed that was the storyline we are doing, which is not the case.  We’re doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron.  The other thing is, in the origin story, there was Hank Pym.  So a lot of people assumed that he was going to be in the mix, but he’s not.   Because we’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use.  A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.  Ultron was their chief villain.  He’s been the Avengers villain for so long.  I was amazed anybody was surprised that it was going to be him in the movie.  We are crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about.

How is Whedon planning on bringing the character of Ultron to life on the big screen?

I knew right away what I wanted to do with him, he’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, godd@%n it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy. He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone [a new character, Scarlet Witch] who’s a witch.

So Whedon will be powering down Ultron a bit, face it, some of those powers wouldn’t translate to the big screen very well. I’m sure Jeremy Renner is probably breathing a sigh of relief, most likely he won’t spend 3/4 the movie mind controlled by Ultron.

What do you think about Whedon’s Vision for Ultron (I made a funny there)? Is he on the right track? Ultron is a good choice, he’s a tough customer that, one on one, could easily take on and defeat each Avenger. Only together will the Avengers have a chance to stop Ultron.

I’m still betting Ultron being a corrupted or abandoned early version of Tony’s computer butler J.A.R.V.I.S. combined with Stark armor tech with abandonment issues and a huge chip on his shoulder against his creator, Tony Stark.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron blasts its way onto the big screen May 1st, 2015.

Via: IGN

 

Edgar Wright Answers Questions About ‘Ant-Man’ Villain

- 08-20-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter
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As director Edgar Wright makes the publicity rounds for The World’s End with Simon Pegg, he’s bound to get plenty of questions about his upcoming Marvel movie Ant-Man. The latest tidbit to come out is Wright’s take on the villain in the movie.

Many people first thought the creation and ultimate turn toward villainy for Ultron would be the main Ant-Man story line.  Of course this got shot to hell when the villain for The Avengers II, which comes out before Ant-Man, was revealed as Ultron.

What did Wright have to say about it all?

It was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie. It’s why I think “Iron Man” is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.

Is Wright worried about overzealous fans calling him on certain aspects of his Ant-Man story or characterization?

I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, there’s hopefully more license, for the one percent of people who are like, “Wait, Hank Pym would never do that!” there’s 99 percent going, “Who’s Hank Pym?” So, to me, the source material is great but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie. The movie is not going to represent 50 years of Marvel comics because that’s impossible. But I’m going to make a 100 minute movie — or 110 minutes [laughs].

So if Ant-Man’s villain comes from his technology, which of his known enemies could it be once Ultron, arguably his greatest arch-enemy is taken out of the picture?

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There’s Egghead, not really exciting movie material there though, he might be a great secondary villain.

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What about Whirlwind? He might be a good choice, but does he have that big villain flair? Not really.

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There’s Radioactive Man, he could work, but could he threaten the world?

I’d like to see Graviton. He could be a colleague of Pym when his power gaining accident occurs.

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Franklin Hall is a physicist involved in an experiment in a private research facility in the Canadian Rockies. A mistake in Hall’s calculations causes graviton particles to merge with his own molecules, and Hall later discovers that he can mentally control gravity. Hall at first tries to hide his newfound ability, but becomes tempted by the potential power, and donning a costume adopts the alias “Graviton.”

Wright’s comments though make me think the villain might be new or another established villain that is not from the comic book Hank Pym’s past. If you open it up that far, the villain could be anyone.

Via: Comicbookmovie