We've got tons of Avengers plot details...assuming we can believe any of it. J.J. Abrams talks Star Trek 2, while Colin Farrell discusses the Total Recall reboot. Plus a potentially massive Green Lantern spoiler, and is The Dark Tower doomed?
Top image from Immortals.
Who's up for a supposed plot synopsis from that most unreliable of sources, IMDB? Well, we've got the motherlode of quite possibly made-up Avengers plot details. There may not be enough grains of salt in the universe to deal with all this, but let's take a look at what's supposedly on tap:
- It starts like The Ultimates with Captain America in WWII*
- There is a battle between Captain America and some S.H.I.E.L.D agents
- The Skrulls are in it but they are not named. They aren't Nazis like in The Ultimate and there is no Kree unfortunately.
- Loki DOESN'T summon them, he's simply tells them the [cosmic] cube's on Earth
There are more details at the link, including one major character who turns out to be a Skrull impostor and another who gets killed. As far as other details go, the Avengers supposedly split up at the end of the movie because they realize they don't really work well together - which is probably the most likely part of all this to be true, if only because the various sequels need to be set up - there is a short battle between Hulk and the Avengers, and the Skrulls want to use the Cosmic Cube to rebuild their dead planet — and in fact the entire reason behind the formation of the Avengers was to fight the Skrulls. [ComicBookMovie]
And here are some additional claims from the same poster:
- The Skrulls have been here [to earth] before. They just thought the cube [was] no longer on Earth.
- Once S.H.I.E.L.D found the cube Fury knew it was only a matter of time before they would come back.
- The Skrulls' homeworld had been destroyed, just like in the comics...
- There are some great fights with lots of spaceships. The script definitely is EPIC.
On a rather more substantial note, here are some set photos that appear to depict a sequence set in a foreign country. [ComingSoon.net]
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the India location shooting took place inside the Mehrangarh Fort on May 6 and 7, but these are just part of a much larger sequence and it's quite possible the location won't actually be India in the finished film. Also, Christian Bale was reportedly not present for filming, contrary to previous information. And yes, this is the filming where we glimpsed what may or may not be the Lazarus Pits, but there's no further information on that. [IGN]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt offered some general thoughts on reteaming with Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises:
"I am so excited to be working with ['Inception' director Christopher Nolan] again. He's making a movie from his heart. Even though Chris makes these gargantuan movies, he manages to maintain that purity of storytelling. I think that's a big part of why so many people love his movies."
Time for a bit of super spoiler-y speculation based on a screenshot from the latest trailer. There's a moment where Hal Jordan is apparently standing over a dead body, and there's some thought that this trailer actually gives away the death of Hector Hammond — and Hal Jordan is desperately trying to retrieve a ring from Hammond's finger as Parallax attacks. [ComicBookMovie]
Here's another character trailer, this time for Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique.
- They're filming a rain scene right now—Peter and [Gwen] talk on his porch and she smacks him. Uh-oh. It's taken like ALL DAY.
- Andrew Garfield and Martin Sheen are filming Spiderman on Fuller Pl and Prospect Avenue! AWESOME
- Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker chatting with Uncle Ben at the Brooklyn Spider-Man set. Loving the glasses.
- Sad scene, [Gwen] cries & slaps [Peter] & he just looks broken.
- A crane that makes rain. Apparently they're filming some Spiderman scenes outside my friend's place in Brooklyn
- They're totally shooting spiderman right near my apartment, got to walk through the set and see Andrew Garfield and [Martin] Sheen on roof!
And here's a short set video of Spider-Man swinging around New York. [ComingSoon.net]
J.J. Abrams discusses Damon Lindelof's involvement in the scripting of the sequel:
"Damon is working on the script for this one. As busy as I've been with 'Super 8,' I remember that when we did the first one, Damon was that busy with 'Lost.' So it's going to be very cool to have him on board as a writer. There are some amazing ideas. These are not just great friends of mine, but they're great writers. I'm thrilled and very optimistic that it's going to get to where it needs to get to."
He also said that though there's no final approved script, the team is "working on it" and he expects to become heavily involved in the process as soon as Super 8 is done. He still won't say whether that means he's directing it or not, though that does appear increasingly likely:
"The truth is that my focus has been so much on finishing 'Super 8' that it's been something I'm looking forward to getting to, but with an incredibly compressed post schedule, there hasn't been a whole lot of time for me to be working with the writers. Now that 'Super 8' is drawing to a close in terms of this post schedule, I'm looking forward to jumping in and hopefully getting that ready as soon as possible."
Star Colin Farrell says this movie will be a little more serious than the "campy" original:
"The film, tonally, is really different. I loved that original and I've seen it recently and it's still great. It's so enjoyable from start to finish. But it's really camp. I'm not sure how camp it was back then, because I didn't have a reference for such notions when I was a kid. I say this not in a disparaging way, but there's not as many kind of winks to the audience. It's played a lot more straight. And of course, it's going to be with the advent of certain technologies and special effects. I've seen some of the pre-vis stuff that [director] Len [Wiseman] has already designed with his team. It's f**king amazing, man! I don't know what the film is going to be like, but lookswise, it's incredible."
Hanna star Saoirse Ronan confirms she was up for a part, but it does not appear that she will be involved after all:
"It's probably not going to work out with The Hobbit, unfortunately. Because I would have been working for about a year on it and there were other projects that I was very interested in, but Pete and [his producer wife] Fran [Walsh] have been very good about it and very understanding."
Despite the fact that Javier Bardem was officially cast as Roland just last week, the project may be on the brink of cancellation. While Universal is behind the project, they reportedly never actually greenlit the project, and now they've reportedly pulled the plug on the project due to budget concerns, in much the same way Guillermo del Toro had to abandon At the Mountains of Madness. That said, Ron Howard's production company denies all this, and even if it does come to pass there's a chance that either Warner Bros. or Sony could step in to save the project. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's a cool new image from Tarsem Singh's upcoming film. [ComingSoon.net]
New director Craig Gillespie discusses the movie's approach to the source material:
"That's always what I'm attracted to, is to see if there's a really cool sense of tone on the page and that's what I think makes the movies unique and makes it specific to you as a director. The mix of the humor in that and staying so faithfully to the dialogue and the structure of the original Pride and Prejudice and that period, and then throwing the clash of the zombie world into that, is what's fun. It's what's really exciting about it. It's going to have this very sort of scary, gothic side to it. You've got to be invested in those characters like you are in the novel."
Here's a new promo picture. [SpoilerTV]
Ricky Gervais will voice "the outrageous robot spy dog Argonaut" in Robert Rodriguez's fourth entry in the inexplicably long-running franchise. [ComingSoon.net]
Next week is the much anticipated episode by Neil Gaiman, "The Doctor's Wife." Let's get started with an introduction from Gaiman (along with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill), as well as a trailer and two sneak peeks. [DoctorWhoTV.co.uk]
Here are some promo pictures. [Blogtor Who]
And here are some dialogue teasers for the episode.
- "There'll be a Time Lord coming..."
- "I've just had a new idea about kissing."
- "You've got the eyes of a twenty-year old."
- "I had an umbrella like you once."
- "You're a bitey mad lady."
- "What makes you think I would ever give you back?"
The rest are at the link. [Cult Box]
Looking a little further ahead, here are some hints for Matthew Graham's subsequent two-parter, "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People" from the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine. First up, here's a description of the story:
Meet The Flesh. A shimmering pool of gelatinous white matter, threaded with veins like an eyeball. Step into the alcove, strap yourself into the harness, and the Flesh can take your form. You can control the cloned drone like a puppet, performing dangerous tasks without putting yourself in danger.
That's what's happening in the monastery where the TARDIS crash-lands. And all things considered, it's going pretty well. As long as the Flesh doesn't start having ideas of its own…
And here's a quote from the Doctor:
"You poured in your personalities, emotions, traits, memories, secrets – everything. You gave them your lives. Human lives are amazing. Are you surprised they ran off with them?"
And some various tidbits:
- Described as Avatar meets The Thing
- An old converted monastery is mining acid
- The Flesh is programmable matter
- There is a bad, scary monster at the end
- The Flesh creatures are very scary
- Amy has a secret
- Rory is worried about losing Amy
- These episodes are a pivotal part of this year's story arc
- Some whispered words in the second half of the story will have "mind-blowing significance"
- Huge surprises, including the chance to hear "some voices from the past"
- Ends on a massive cliffhanger that spin us off into the mid-series finale
Arthur Darvill has taken a a big role in an upcoming production of Doctor Faustus, which will run from June 18 to October 2, 2011. This is pretty speculative, but assuming he stays for the entire run, and also assuming season seven has roughly the same production dates as usual, it would seem unlikely that Darvill would have the time to appear as Rory next season, at least not for the entire run. Again... that's all pretty speculative, and dependent on a lot of assumptions, so I wouldn't take too much away from all this just yet. [Doctor Who News Page]
Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman explain that the whole Bellivia storyline isn't done quite yet, as well as why they went there in the first place. Jeff Pinkner explains:
Well, we talked early on about the idea of "soul magnets," and it was no accident that Olivia drank tea in that scene in the second season when she was in Bell's office. We didn't know exactly when we would incorporate it. We also knew that Leonard was retiring, and that we wanted him still to be a part of the show. Without spoiling anything, that whole tangent will likely be a setup for something that happens further on down the line. Still, we understand that some people were frustrated, just like some people were frustrated with the idea of Bolivia having a baby. ["Bolivia" and "Fauxlivia" are nicknames for the show's alternate-universe version of Olivia Dunham. -ed.] But there are things that we feel are entertaining to us, and that allow us to explore themes that, as Joel was just saying, we can't otherwise access. And we think that if it's entertaining, and it allows Anna a chance to stretch, and it gives Walter Bishop his old partner back for an episode so we can see what they were like together… those are also perfectly valid reasons for doing those episodes.
While Wyman discussed the enduring importance of the Walter Bishop and William Bell relationship:
Yeah, it was important. I mean, you know, for people that say it was just a diversion, well, there was something really important involved in that Walter/William relationship. That was part of Walter's self-actualization, that moment when William Bell says, "Look, you have to be on your own. You have to walk the path that you believe in. You gain some humility where there once was hubris, and it's really important that you depend on yourself." Part of our plan has always been to get Walter to embrace his flaws and uniqueness as strengths, rather than thinking of them inhibiting his performance as a scientist and as a character. We were really anxious to get that across, and the best person to do that for us was William Bell, because Walter depended so much on William in so many different ways. So that story came around at a time where we really needed to have it.
Here are descriptions for the final three episodes:
Episode 08: "The Pointy End":
In the aftermath of Nedʼs capture, Syrio and Arya face off against Lannister guards, while Cersei manipulates Sansa to her own ends. Robb rallies his fatherʼs northern allies against Tywin Lannister and heads south to war. Tyrion forms an uneasy alliance with the hill tribes and reunites with his father. Jon lashes out at Thorne and battles a mysterious attacker from beyond the Wall. Dany is forced to reconcile her desire to conquer Westeros with Drogoʼs savagery after the Dothraki raid a peaceful village.
Episode 09: "Baelor":
With Sansaʼs life in danger, Ned makes a fateful decision. Catelyn brokers an unsavory deal with the slippery Walder Frey. Tyrion acquires a mistress and is forced by his father to fight on the front lines. Robb wins his first major victory and captures a prized prisoner. Jon is rewarded for his valor and discovers a dark secret about Maester Aemon. As Drogoʼs wound festers, Dany defies Qotho and puts her trust in the enslaved witch Mirri Maz Duur.
Episode 10: "Fire and Blood"
As tragic news spreads across the Seven Kingdoms, Bran and Rickon share a prophetic dream, Catelyn interrogates Jaime about her sonʼs fall, and Robbʼs destiny is forever changed. After a surprising decision by his father, Tyrion heads south. Meanwhile, Arya assumes a new identity in an attempt to escape Kingʼs Landing, and Sansa is terrorized by Joffrey. At the Wall, Jon is forced to choose between the Nightʼs Watch and the family he left behind. Across the sea, Dany pays a terrible price for her love, but finds new hope.
And here are much more spoiler-y descriptions for the final two episodes, which give away the fate of a major character:
Ep 9 Baelor
Seat of House Frey, the two identical fortresses known as the Twins provide the only crossing for miles on the Green Fork of the Trident River. A narrow pass, known as the stone bridge, connects the two strongholds to each other and for centuries, the Freys have charged a toll on riverland travelers who need safe passage across the stone bridge. In order to make his way across the river towards the Lannister encampments, Robb Stark enters in a marriage contract with a Frey daughter as part of his toll. Once on the other side, Robb manages to distract and surprise Jaime Lannister's forces and take the Kingslayer hostage.
Ep 10 Fire and Blood
Poised in the riverlands for further war with the Lannisters, Robb and Catelyn stark receive word of Ned's death. Similar news travels north to Winterfell and the Wall, where Jon reacts by deserting his post and seeking revenge... until his friends convince him Castle Black is the only place he belongs. Tyrion's father sends him south to King's Landing to serve as the new Hand, just as Arya escapes the city with the Night's Watch recruiter, Yoren.
Here's the synopsis for the season premiere, "She's Not There."
Sookie journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric and Bill try to win back the human public; Jason learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara finds refuge in close quarters; Sam bonds with his own; Hoyt and Jessica debate the dinner menu; Jesus urges Lafayette to join a coven; Terry tries to alleviate Arleneʼs fears about the baby.
Here's the description for this week's episode, "Chuck vs. the Last Details":
CHUCK AND SARAH RACE TO SAVE CHUCK'S MOM IN TIME FOR THEIR WEDDING DAY - LAUREN COHAN, MEKENNA MELVIN, RAY WISE AND LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah's (Yvonne Strahovski) wedding prep includes one final detail: ensuring that the mother-of-the-groom (guest star Linda Hamilton) makes it to the ceremony alive. Meanwhile, Morgan's (Joshua Gomez) responsibilities as Best Man include his most dangerous mission yet, as he faces Vivian Volkoff (guest star Lauren Cohan). Elsewhere, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) tends to the last details of the rehearsal dinner and seeks help from an unlikely source.
Here's a synopsis for the season one finale, "Arrival."
IN A RACE TO STOP THE VIRUS — ROGER BART AND ROMA MAFFIA GUEST STAR — The White House is gripped by a power struggle of historic proportions, pitting Martinez (Blair Underwood) and Chief of Staff Peel (guest star Roger Bart, "Desperate Housewives") against Jarvis (Bill Smitrovich) and his secret ally, Sophia (Laura Innes). Elsewhere, Sean (Jason Ritter), Vicky (Taylor Cole), Sterling (Željko Ivanek), and Simon (Ian Anthony Dale) race to stop the dispersion points for the virus. Meanwhile, Leila (Sarah Roemer) fights for her life. But it all may be too late — as the portal begins to open, sending tremors across the globe. Lisa Vidal also stars.
Ben Edlund previews what's ahead, and it's nothing good for our heroes:
"We've flaunted death, [and] it takes one thing away from us dramatically speaking. Yeah, there'll be more death. I can't really give a body count or a checklist or anything like that…but some of the things that are the most jarring and the most, let's say potentially painful, don't incorporate death. So, plot turns, I think, for us, and emotional switchbacks and things like that, are as impactful in the case of these episodes [coming up] as death might be on another show."
The lead roles still haven't been cast in the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis's acclaimed comic book series, but Charles S. Dutton has reportedly now been cast as Captain Cross, the head of the homicide division. [Spinoff Online]
Here's a general promo for Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Alphas. Among other things, it offers our first glimpse of Felicia Day on Eureka.
Erica Durance discusses the return of Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor. [KSiteTV]
And here's another quick finale promo. [Smallville Fans]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.