Joss Whedon is really done with Marvel movies. Get a better look at some mysterious Star Wars characters. Will Smith reacts to the next Independence Day. A Flash character makes an intriguing return. Plus more details on Alien: Covenant, and new looks at Agent Carter and Moana. So many Spoilers!
Star Wars: Rogue One
Ben Mendelsohn briefly discusses being part of the franchise, in an interview with Deadline:
I am right there with you on that. It was a big shock when I first became aware that that’s how things were looking. Shock is the wrong kind of word. It’s more like a big jolt. It’s a bit stupefying. However, I’ve been at the fringes of some of this stuff before, so I’ve experienced a bit of that dimension. But then again, the thing of it is, once you get over the dimension then you get down to the work. And that’s where it gets wonderfully doable, and you get your scale back on it. It’s just an absolute joy to look up when you’re spending a day acting and see that Star Wars world in front of you. You can’t really have a bad day when you’re doing that... you can expect something pretty special, I’d like to think.
Speaking during an Oxford Union Q&A session, Joss Whedon has confirmed that his time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe—as a director and as a creative consultant—is over:
No. You know I was their sort of Consigliere for a while... We do not discuss our thing... [audience laughter] But, I sort of had my finger in all of the films in the second phase, but then I just had to concentrate only on Ultron, and sort of know when it was done I was just going to stop. So I made a completely clean break - not because we had a falling out - just because I was like, “I can’t...” If I was still there going, “Well, here are my thoughts on this film,” I’d be there every day. I wouldn’t do anything else because there are a lot of films, and it is a lot of fun. It’s very seductive. When you can put your little fairy dust on things and just improve them slightly, and they actually listen to you... I was a script doctor for a long time, and the part where they listen to you was very rare; so it was very important for my own self to go “we can still be friends,” but...”
Here’s the full hour-long Q&A, if you’re interested. [CBR]
Independence Day: Resurgence
Will Smith briefly responds to the news that his character, Steven Hiller, perished between the original film and Resurgence:
It was terrible when I found out my character died. The [“Independence Day: Resurgence”] trailer looks really cool… I’m going to be sitting around with tears in my eyes when that one comes out.
In a wide ranging interview with Collider, costume designer Janty Yates confirms that the film takes place a decade after the events of Prometheus:
Ready your Q-approved skepticism, because British Tabloid The Daily Star (via other British tabloid The Mirror) claims, via sources, that Christoph Waltz will return as Blofeld in future Bond movies... under the stipulation that they are movies that star Daniel Craig as Bond, for continuity purposes.
The Spanish-language official website for the film has purportedly revealed the film’s running time to be 106 minutes long.
Here’s a brief look at some footage from the film, via a Disney Channel “Movie Surfer” promo.
Batman v Superman
UK cinema chain VUE has released an extended synopsis for the film:
Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth.
As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman’s wrongs.
The rivalry between them is furious, fuelled by bitterness and vengeance, and nothing can dissuade them from waging this war. However, a dark new threat arises in the form of a third man: one who has a power greater than either of them to endanger the world and cause total destruction.
Entertainment Weekly have released some new official images from The Force Awakens of two characters largely left out of marketing until now: Supereme Leader Snoke and Maz Kanata.
Captain America: Civil War
Here’s a largely superfluous behind the scenes video from the Disney Channel.
A series of promo art pieces for the film have made their way to the web (via the Argentinian Marvel fan site Hablemos de Marvel) showing the various groupings of Marvel heroes into their respective teams—and one that shows Clint Barton and Scott Lang recreating the iconic shot of Ant-Man riding one of Hawkeye’s arrows from the cover of Avengers #223.
Here’s a new New Years themed promo for the show’s second season.
A new photo from filming shows the long-rumored return of Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm—but according to the photography site Canadagraphs, it’s the Raymond of Earth-2 rather than the “main” Ronnie.
A small gallery of cast photos has been released—you can find more at the link. [Ksite TV]
Finally, here’s a trio of sneak peeks at the show’s midseason premiere tonight, “Blood Bonds”.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Captain America: Civil War.