JJ Abrams discusses honoring Star Wars’ past in The Force Awakens. Clark Gregg looks to Agents of SHIELD’s future in the MCU. Plus, teases for the finales of Once Upon A Time and Arrow, and where a potential fifth season of Person of Interest could go. To me, my Spoilers!
Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson says he would like to return as Quicksilver:
“I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed working on [this movie], and I would love to be doing more movies with the guys at Marvel,” he said. “Maybe there will be some case where that might happen.”
Joss Whedon, on the other hand, is very adamant that Quicksilver can’t return — but does reveal that a scene was shot in which Quicksilver recovered:
It felt very disingenuous for me, especially the second time around, to make what I refer to as ‘a war movie’ and say that there is no price and everybody walks away. In this movie, we’re saying, ‘Prove to me that you guys are heroes.’ And he’s the guy that does it. I knew it would be resonant, and make everything else work better and matter more. The city in the air, that’s just an explosion – Wanda’s grief, that’s extraordinary...
I said to Aaron, ‘The only way you’ll stay alive is if the Disney executives say, “Hey idiot, this is a franchise, and we need all these people and you’re not allowed to kill them off!”. We did actually shoot him in the last scene, in an outfit, with his sister. We also shot him, waking up, saying, ‘Ah, I didn’t really die from these 47 bullet wounds!’
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
JJ Abrams talks about how referential the film will get when discussing the original films:
…we’ve obviously had a lot of time [during the development process] to talk about what’s happened outside of the borders of the story that you’re seeing. So there are, of course, references to things, and some are very oblique so that hopefully the audience can infer what the characters are referring to. We used to have more references to things that we pulled out because they almost felt like they were trying too hard to allude to something. I think that the key is—and whether we’ve accomplished that or not is, of course, up to the audience—but the key is that references be essential so that you don’t reference a lot of things that feel like, oh, we’re laying pipe for, you know, an animated series or further movies. It should feel like things are being referenced for a reason.
[Vanity Fair via Indiewire]
Toronto’s Entertainment City has an exclusive look at filming.
Marvel has revealed the final poster for the movie. [/Film]
Agents Of SHIELD
Clark Gregg discusses how the show will react to the events of Civil War:
If you’ve ever read any of the Civil War comics, you’ll know that S.H.I.E.L.D. is very much part of a group that’s trying to register the superheroes, and that really divides and forces some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents – especially those with connections to people who have powers that can feel personal – to really decide which side of that conflict they’re on. Iron Man and Cap end up on, in the comics anyway, on opposite sides of it. There’s always changes in the way they do that in the cinematic universe. I think, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0, you’re seeing some of the first ripples of that different points of view on what S.H.I.E.L.D. should be when it’s rebuilt. I’m very, very curious to know which side Coulson will end up on in that struggle.
While Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen tease how the finale will leave viewers:
MT: There is a cliffhanger for sure. You will be waiting for Season 3.
JW: You will leave with a mystery of something you desperately want to know what’s happening, the promise of something you’re very excited to see happen, and a little bit of a resolve of all the things you’ve seen happen this year.
MT: So that’s why it’s two hours long.
JW: Not everyone will make it, and not all of our favorite people will get out unscathed.
Marc Guggenheim sets up the season finale:
We’ve always said the season is about identity, and Oliver trying to decide between being the Arrow and being Oliver Queen,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “That’s obviously very present, as the title suggests, in the finale. Oliver’s arc over the course of the last episodes of the season relates to this question of ‘am I Oliver, or am I the Arrow.’ [It’s] very focused on that threesome” of Oliver, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
With Al Sah-him’s marriage to Nyssa (Katrina Law) on the horizon, and the subsequent potential destruction of Starling City to follow—wow, what a honeymoon!—Guggenheim teases that this year’s season-ender has the “same epic scope that we’ve established in season 1 and 2. It’s got some of the most emotional scenes that we’ve had in a season finale. We always say on Arrow that the season finale is time to go big or go home. I’m really optimistic [it] will feel every bit as big in terms of story and production value as our previous two season finales.
Person Of Interest
Greg Plageman discusses how Season 5 could go following the finale:
Greer said it pretty explicitly in terms of how Samaritan operates and what true power really is — the reshuffling of the deck that we saw in the finale with the “correction.” You see Samaritan removing those that it considers problematic or obstructions, and it was very lethal and insidious. I think we’re going to see how Samaritan tightens that grip, and with our Machine being under duress, how will our guys sort of reconstitute and get The Machine back in a place where they can not only continue to work with the numbers, but find a way to go up against Samaritan?
CBS has made an early announcement that they have picked up the show to go straight to series. [Deadline]
Once Upon A Time
Eddy Kitsis teases a major twist in the finale:
There is a top-secret scene that I’m shocked hasn’t got out — but there’s still time!” Once co-creator Eddy Kitsis tells TVLine with a knowing laugh. “We’ll absolutely be setting up what Season 5 will be, but unlike last year where it was, ‘Hey, it’s Frozen,’ or the year before which was, ‘Hey, we’re going to Neverland,’ this one will be much more like Season 1 in that it’s a condition of the show that changes and has ramifications for everyone.
The show has been confirmed to return for a second season on the Playstation Network. [THR]
Nothing at all official related to this, but Tom Hardy expressed an interest to play Frank Castle (or Splinter Cell hero Sam Fisher) to Collider:
Collider: I heard Warner Bros. has a few more superhero movies, maybe one or two that they’re developing [Laughs].
HARDY: I want The Punisher… I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something…I don’t know what I want.
You as Punisher could be very interesting.
HARDY: I’m not big enough to be The Punisher, I’m 5’9” [Laughs].
But I actually think that adds to the character.
HARDY: Frank Castle, I would love it. Is that him, isn’t it?
Yeah. It’s Frank Castle.
Greg Berlanti will produce a TV adaptation of the near future Image Comics series by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto. [CBR]
Here’s a gallery of pictures from “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places”. [Spoiler TV]
Davina prepares the ritual to resurrect Kol in this clip from “Ashes to Ashes”. [TV Line]
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Finally, the BBC adaptation now has both a UK and US première date: May 17th in the UK, June 13th in the US. [Deadline]
Honeyfoot and Segundus of the York Society Of Magicians visit Mr Norrell to discover why magic has vanished from Britain in this clip from episode 1:
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders.