And Kevin Feige drops a ton of hints about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just how racy is HBO’s Westworld show going to get? Set videos from Game of Thrones tease another major sequence for the show. Plus, The Flash casts Mama West, and new Walking Dead pictures. Behold, Spoilers!
Avengers: Infinity War
Speaking at an event to celebrate the home release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kevin Feige took the opportunity to dish out a ton of teasers for the future of Marvel movies. First up is Infinity War, which Feige acknowledges is the final swan-song of the current crew of Avengers—and perhaps the end of MCU’s connective tissue revolving around Earth’s Mightiest Heroes:
It definitely is an end to some version of the team that we’ve come to know in The Avengers. Who knows exactly what’s gonna happen yet in that film but I think this version of that team, and I think we hint to it at the end of Age of Ultron, that the team will be a evolving. And one of the things that we love from the comics is that the roster is always changing. New people are coming onto the team. You can pick up an Avengers book 10 years later and you don’t recognize the people on the cover but the ideas and the ideals that make the Avengers the Avengers still exist and I think that’s part of what this culmination will be. We’re seeing this version of the team doing this thing to save the universe, the galaxy, however you want to put it, and then we’ll kind of see where that goes. You know? It’s not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but I think it’s the end of part of it, for sure. We’re still trying to sort out which parts.
Meanwhile producer Jeremy Latcham briefly discusses finding the comic tone for the movie:
I was in an Infinity War meeting with the Russos earlier today and there are really old Starlin stuff, there’s really new Hickman stuff, there’s all kinds of stuff sitting on this table. And it’s really kind of chaotic, like ‘Oh, there’s a great issue here. There’s a great moment here. Let’s talk about all of them. Let’s make sure we are looking at everything.’ I think that’s part of what’s fun, it doesn’t matter when it was written, in the books, if it’s great it’s great and we want to find a way to put it into the movie. Part of the job. Part of the fun.
Kevin Feige on having Marvel’s most lucrative hero back in the fold:
Making that agreement... was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man. I think Spider-man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.
Doctor Strange/Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Feige promises casting announcements for both movies in the near future:
I think there will be quite a slew of casting announcements over the next few months. Before the end of the year, I think, on those two films and some other films.
And finally, Feige once again, this time teasing that the Marvel TV shows will begin to become more integrated with the events of the movies, and why that’s not quite happened as much just yet:
I think that’s inevitable at some point as we’re plotting the movies going forward and they’re doing the shows.
It’s easier for them. They’re more nimble and faster and produce things quicker than we do, which is one of the main reasons you see the repercussions of Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron in the show. Going forward and certainly as they begin to do more shows and cast them with such great actors as they have — particularly Daredevil — that that may occur. A lot of it is by the time we start doing a movie, they’d be midway through a season; by the time it comes out they’d be done with the second, starting the third season. Finding timing on that is not always easy.
Warner Bros. has picked up the film, a sci-fi spec script by newcomer Mike Van Waes. The film, according to THR, is about a terminally ill teen who “while searching for answers about his missing father, finds a mysterious key that unlocks a portal to an alternate animated dimension, releasing an unexpected new friend who helps him repair his broken family.”
Hotel Transylvania 3
Bad news: Genndy Tartakovsky says he will not return to direct the third film:
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me. Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.
Batman v Superman
The film now has a rating: PG-13. [Coming Soon]
The cast and crew discuss the new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in a new video.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Katniss takes aim in a new poster. [Coming Soon]
Game Of Thrones
Some video footage of a fight scene being filmed at the Castillo de Zafra—purportedly standing in for the Tower of Joy in the show—has made it online. The video features several men engaging in a sword fight, via Watchers on the Wall. The fight apparently features a young Ned Stark, the legendary knight Ser Arthur Dayne, and Howland Reed, the father of Jojen and Meera Reed.
This new HBO show has come under criticism from the SAG-AFTRA union for a bizarre new casting call for extras, requesting that actors “may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back, [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude.” in their roles. [THR]
Once Upon A Time
A press release for the second episode of season 5, “The Price”, has been released:
In an effort to protect Emma, Regina steps up in a surprising way that will test her mettle as a force for good. King Arthur and Queen Guinevere throw a royal ball to welcome the heroes to Camelot, but when the celebration takes a deadly turn, David and Robin must leap into action or lose a crucial asset in the fight to save Emma. Back in Storybrooke, Hook deploys a tried-and-true technique in hopes of bringing Emma back to the light while the heroes discover that some unexpected baggage has followed them home from Camelot.
A gallery of pictures from the second episode of season two, “Zombie Bro”, has been released—go to the link to see more. [Spoiler TV]
Jerome visits his father in a new clip from “The Last Laugh”:
Clara hides from some ghostly monsters in a clip from “Under the Lake”:
Fear The Walking Dead
A gallery of images from the season finale, “The Good Man”, have been released—there’s more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Meet the cast in this new behind-the-scenes featurette:
The Walking Dead
Finally, some new stills from season six have been released. You can find more at the link. [Vulture]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Thanos, as he appears in the Phase 3 Teaser video included on the Avengers: Age of Ultron home release.