Another Avenger is confirmed to be in Captain America 3. There's a possible candidate to replace Tom Hardy in Suicide Squad. Warwick Davis shares selfies from the set of The Force Awakens, one of which could reveal a shocking character's appearance. And what's Howard Stark's deal on Agent Carter? Spoilers now!
Top image: Captain America: The Winter Solider
Captain America: Civil War
Speaking at TCA, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talked about adapting the Civil War story for the film. McFeely said:
It's been on and off the table for a while, let's put it that way. And it's a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we've established, and everyone's established in the MCU are serviced and sound correct, right? Because there's a difference between the characters in Civil War, which was written in 2006, 2007. The MCU doesn't exist [when it was written]. There isn't a Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans who has helped create the character so we need to make sure that that template gets adjusted and what have you in order to make sure it services these characters and not just sort of rip off their parts and make them look like them.
McFeely also talked about the possibility of Peggy Carter making an appearance:
As we have not started shooting, and I'm on my fourth draft of many, that question [of who Peggy was to Tony Stark] has been in and out all over the place so who knows. So many things can shake out but we've had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don't. But we saw [Peggy] in Winter Soldier, so we know she's around.
The Russos have confirmed that Scarlet Johansson will be in the third film, along with Sebastian Stan's Bucky, who will play a "big part" in the film. Joe Russo added that "The new element in this film is that Captain America and Iron Man get into a fight with each other." See the video interview below. [ Comic Book Movie]
Speaking with Empire, Paul Feig has confirmed that the film will return to the original's setting of New York:
To me it's such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there. I just love New York and, selfishly, I just want to shoot in New York.
While he did say there would be "fun nods" to the original film, it's not going to be a remake:
We're not recreating the old movie, but we want to do just enough fun nods that the fans will go, 'Oh, okay, they're acknowledging that the other movie existed.' I like to watch parodies, but I don't want to do them because they're too referential. Comedy that's too referential has such a short shelf life, whereas comedy that's based around characters will be relatable 2000 years from now because people won't change that much.
We now know that Tom Hardy won't be in the movie any more, so speculation is already rampant on who will replace him as Rick Flagg. The Hollywood Reporter claims that there's an offer out already for Jake Gyllenhaal to take over. [The Hollywood Reporter]
According to Cinelinx, Gary Whitta's departure from the standalone film isn't in any way a major issue, as he was hired to do an first draft, which he's finished. Someone else was always going to come in and polish it up. Secondly, they say that his script was too "big budget" for the size of the film Disney/Lucasfilm was looking to make, so Simon Kinberg (who is reportedly coming in for the rewrite) will be tweaking it to make it cheaper. [ Cinelinx]
Warwick Davis shared selfies from the set of The Force Awakens. One appears to show Darth Vader — which would be a huge spoiler if it meant anything. Likely, it's a gag. [Yahoo! Movies]
A source tells Bleeding Cool that Fox is not happy with Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, which is being dubbed "Chronicle 2" — and that sets are being rebuilt in Louisiana and the studio is freeing up millions of dollars for reshoots. But other sources tell Badass Digest that the reshoots are no big deal, and are just a way of adding some action to a mostly character-driven film. [Bleeding Cool and Badass Digest]
Divergent Series: Insurgent
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the second Divergent film. [Coming Soon]
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will be in the third Sharknado. [Coming Soon]
Agents of SHIELD
Brett Dalton says that we're going to get more insight into Ward's actions when the show returns:
I think that things will probably become clear by the end of this season, I would certainly hope. We've followed this guy for 10 episodes now. The writers are really good at introducing something that makes you retrospectively look at the rest of the actions and all of the sudden you have an ah-ha moment. I hope that there's going to be some kind of twist where everything makes sense and comes into focus.
He also stays silent on whether we'll see a romance between Agent 33 and Ward, who partnered up in the midseason finale:
You're a very perceptive interviewer. I'm going to leave it at that, but I can't answer that. You'll see.
[ Zap 2 It]
Star Amanda Schull promises that the writers have got the twisty time travel plot worked out:
They have it all drawn out, and everything makes sense. So it is science-fiction — obviously, time-travel, and [Cole is] disappearing — but we do it in a way that… is as real and based in reality as it can possibly be.
She also talked about her character:
Maybe some people would question themselves. She never questions herself. She knows what she saw.
If [Cassie] chooses to ignore his warnings, she basically is spitting in the face of all her years of work and study. If she drops the ball, the end of the world is basically on her shoulders.
Episode 1.06 will be called "The Red Forest." [ SpoilerTV]
Jeph Loeb previewed what's next for Howard Stark in the show, saying:
Howard returns, and as you can guess from there, there might be reasons he reached out to Agent Carter at the beginning, that he wasn't entirely truthful about. As it is with everything we do in our shows, we don't put anything in our shows just to put them there.
... We would love for Dominic to be a regular as much as he can. What he does on the show in two weeks will give you further indication why he'll need to recur after that as well. We're lucky to get him at a time when he slipped into (the show) between two movies.
Even though Lyndsy Fonseca has done a ton of action on her other show, Nikita, the cast and crew is standing firm on Angie not being an action person. Showrunner Michele Fazekas said of the character:
She's got an attitude and she can meet Peggy toe to toe and push against Peggy's need to not get close to anybody. We wanted someone formidable.
Fonseca adds that Angie's role is to represent the regular world:
What is important that these first episodes is to establish this real life. It is a reminder of what Peggy is fighting for. If you don't show that real world, you don't really remember what it is she's fighting for and it can get too all in the spy world and you forget what is normal life in that time. [She] really grounds the show.
.. It is really weird. This isn't happening in the first season, but let's just say if Angie were to just start moving, it would be not as a trained assassin like I was on Nikita, because I feel different in the waitress outfit and in these '40s clothes and as Angie, just this New Yorker trying to be an actress. It's just a totally different feeling in my body and I think that that's the weirder part.
Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) and Dominic Purcell (Heat Wave) each spoke about their characters and the team-up. Said Miller:
What I responded to was this very powerful guy, who has been at the top of his game for a long time and maybe he's gotten a little bored, a little complacent. Then this extremely worthy adversary shows up and suddenly the game's interesting again. While he has it out for The Flash, on some level, there's also an appreciation and a certain degree of respect.
... Everyone is potentially a pawn as far as Cold is concerned. Much like myself, Cold is a solitary, lone-wolf kind of character and may occasionally enjoy having some company. So there is a push-pull between the two. They aren't friends, but they do have a kind of intimacy.
I'm bringing an animalistic kind of [growl] to him, and Wentworth's playing it ice cold. [Heat Wave has] a human side. There's tragedy. He was burnt, severely. His whole body is burnt. So there are certainly metaphors of tragedy within him.
[ TV Line]
Christian Kane described his character, Jake Stone, this way:
I would describe him as a good ole boy. He was very smart growing up in Oklahoma and that is just something you don't do there. It's not so much like that anymore, but when I was growing up, you kind of hid it and didn't let your friends know. You wanted to be a tough guy, you wanted to be a beer drinker, you wanted to be a bar brawler—when you were really smart, you wanted to keep it under your belt.
And that is who I think Jake Stone is. Jake is very embarrassed actually to be that smart until he gets to the Library and realizes there are other misfit toys like him. Then he realizes, it's okay to be the true person I am around these people, it is okay to open my mouth, it's okay to talk. It takes him a second, but he begins to realize these people could be a family he could be involved with.
... Jake leads with his fists when he should lead with his brain. That is why Rebecca's character, Eve, has such a problem with Jake because he believes he can solve any problem with two fists. He is not Eliot Spencer so he loses a lot of fights.
[ TV Equals]
Here's an interview with Malcolm Goodwin and Rahul Kohl, filmed during last summer's Comic Con. [ Comic Book Resources]
Matt Ryan explained what's next, now that Constantine's summoned a demon to save his life:
It's interesting [for] an exorcist, who knows all about demons and excising demons and managing them, for him to actually have one inside himself. The most interesting to see is John going through this struggle knowing he only has a certain amount of time before this thing is going to take over him, and then what are his options to survive that? You see him really struggling with that.
He then teased Felix Faust's upcoming arrival:
John has a previous relationship with Felix Faust, but he doesn't know that Felix Faust is responsible for the goings-on in Brooklyn and New York. The episode really is about Chas' backstory, and how Chas came about his powers then, and John's relationship early on with Chas. We have a little flashback which explains a few things about Chas and John and that relationship. Also, [we learn about] John's relationship with Chas' family and Chas' wife not liking John enough and how they have to negotiate that. We really do dig into Chas' backstory a little bit and get underneath all of that.
[ TV Line]
Reggie Lee said that Wu's new education will take place over several episodes, before Wu comes to peace with his new knowledge. "For someone who's really good at his job, it's almost worse than checking myself into an insane asylum," Lee says. "That's how we pick up, hitting very rock bottom." [ TV Line]
Emily Kinney ( The Walking Dead) will appear in episode 16, along with Hilarie Burton's return as a dominatrix. EP Matt Miller described the episode as:
[The episode] involves a college-age student that gets involved in a very intricate game of role playing, where she's basically fulfilled someone's fantasy that dates back to the 1970s, so she dresses up in 1970s garb, but she ends up dead. For Henry [Ioan Gruffudd], he's very easily able to connect to that kind of a story because he understands somebody that would be fixated on a moment of their past that they can't get past. Emily plays a character that also falls into this idea of obsession. It's all an episode about obsession and the things we can't let go of.
Here's a special preview at episode 3.10:
American Horror Story
Here are the photos from the season finale, "Curtain Call." [ American Horror Story]
At the link is a sneak peek at the midseason premiere. [ TV Line]
Here's the synopsis for episode 2.10:
"Survival of the Fittest" — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, V) (HDTV)
THE BEAST WITHIN — Lives are at risk as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Lexa (guest star Alycia Debnam Carey) encounter a new emeny. Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) agree to work together to break into Mount Weather. Murphy (guest star Richard Harmon) helps Jaha (Isaiah Washington) confront his past. Meanwhile, Indra (guest star Adina Porter) makes Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) an offer she can't refuse. Paige Turco and Henry Ian Cusick also star. Dean White directed the episode written by Akela Cooper (#210). Original airdate 1/28/2014.
Person of Interest
Here's the synopsis for episode 4.13, "M.I.A.":
REESE AND ROOT TRAVEL TO UPSTATE NEW YORK IN THEIR HUNT FOR SHAW, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," TUESDAY, FEB. 3
"M.I.A." – Reese and Root's hunt for Shaw takes them to a small town in upstate New York where it becomes apparent that not everything is as idyllic as it seems. Also, Fusco teams with a former POI to tackle the newest number, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Feb. 3 (10:01-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Adria Arjona (Dani Silva)
Mason Pettit (Albert Weiss)
Maddie Corman (Ms. Thompson)
Darren Lipari (Officer Craig)
Brian Russell (Chief Wicker)
T.J. Kenneally (Larry)
Julie Jesneck (Laura)
Robert Eckard (Willy)
Daniel J. Watts (Marcus Young)
Cormac Bluestone (Mason)
Victoria Arbiter (News Reporter)
John Leonard Thompson (Dr. Haskell)
Brian Edwards (Dave)
Jonathan Tindle (Doctor)
Vanessa Wasche (Delia)
WRITTEN BY: Lucas O'Connor
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Bray
Here are two sneak peeks at the new show. [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller