Check out the latest Thor and Star Trek sequel hints. A Captain America actor confirms his return in The Winter Soldier... probably. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might have found its Shredder. Steven Moffat promises this week's Doctor Who will resolve one big mystery and lead into the next adventure. It's all spoilers right now!
Top image from Thor: The Dark World.
An article focusing on Zoe Saldana's Uhura and Alice Eve's Dr. Carol Marcus includes this plot description, which includes at least one intriguing hint about what lies ahead:
[Uhura] fires phasers as good as the guys and romances Spock (Zachary Quinto). Then there’s Eve as science officer Dr. Carol Marcus, whose connection to Kirk (Chris Pine) will result in a crucial future plot twist. They and the rest of the Enterprise crew head to 21st-century San Francisco to stop a terrorist (Benedict Cumberbatch) waging a one-man war against Star Fleet.
Also, co-writer Damon Lindelof explains how the team ensured the female characters were just as strong and vibrant as their male counterparts:
“Uhura can never be the damsel in distress, never needs to be saved. She is ballsy and just as front and center as any of the guys. And when we were talking about Carol Marcus, that applied as well. She really had to have a reason to be in the movie. She’s not just a love interest. She’s not just eye candy.”
Lucasfilm has now confirmed that production of Episode VII will indeed take place in the United Kingdom. The official website includes this quote from producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy:
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."
Executive producer Craig Kyle discusses the Thor sequel's story and feel:
"It's The Empire Strikes Back. We're travelling further out into the other worlds of the Thor saga – the further out we go the further in we have to go with the character. We spent a lot of time in the first film in the palace. This time, we are going to see where the people live and where the pubs are!... [The movie will show] Valhalla drinking dens and training centers, Vanaheim, Svartalfheim... [The universe is] tilting into mayhem thanks to a busted bifrost bridge which allows new baddies, the marauders, to get a toehold in Thor's kingdom. The nice thing that Avengers did for us – besides make a lot of money – was [that it] dropped this bomb in the Marvel cinema universe and affected all of our characters in a huge way. The big event takes place and draws everybody out of their own BS, and then they have to go back to their own problems again."
[Total Film via Comic Book Movie]
Jaime Alexander talks some more about what to expect from Sif:
"I think we can all tell from the trailer that there's definitely a love triangle [between Thor, Jane Foster, and Sif]. We get to explore the Thor/Sif relationship, and that means in every aspect. She's grown up with him. He's almost like a brother, but at the same time she respects him so much now that there's deeper love there. And we also get to see a much more vulnerable side of Sif, which is really nice... There are scenes with Natalie [Portman] and I, even when other characters aren't around, and she's a blast to work with."
She also discusses the film in general, echoing some of Kyle's points:
We do get to see a lot more of the Asgardian lifestyle, and the daily lives of the warriors and that sort of thing... It's really as gorgeous as it was in the first movie. You get to see what it's like when they celebrate after a victory and how much they all love each other so much, and how they've known each other their entire lives – all the Warriors Three, Thor, the king, the queen, everybody. So it's really fun to see how they are with each other, and how actually, how similar it is to Earth: the way they treat each other, where they go to celebrate, what they do... Marvel's really great at tying the all the movies in together. [Thor: The Dark World] definitely brings up what happens in The Avengers. We can't just be up in Asgard and pretend like nothing happened. It wouldn't make any sense."
Dominic Cooper more or less confirms that he will be back as Howard Stark, albeit in the most circuitous manner possible:
"Well... It's hard to say. We're shooting something for it. I've worn the costume again. But whether they just had me put it on as a joke, I don't know! [laughs] It was good fun getting back into it and he's got some very cool shades now. But who knows…"
[Total Film via Comic Book Movie]
Here's a set photo via WENN.com that shows a bald, grizzled, tattooed Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, alias Rhino. The photos show him driving a truck when Andrew Garfield — who is actually in the Spider-Man costume for these shots, because he takes his mask off between takes — shows up as Spider-Man and attacks. Check out the rest of the set here.
Director Bryan Singer tweeted this picture of James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, hinting that perhaps Professor X will be exploring the counter-culture a bit in the 1970s sections of the film. [Slashfilm]
Here's a TV spot. [Coming Soon]
Star Zoe Saldana offers a general update on where writer-director James Cameron is up to with the sequels:
We've emailed, but I know that he's sort of been removing himself from things that might distract him so that he can focus on doing the final tweaks on the scripts. He did share that he's in a very interesting and fragile place, because the story is dictating itself. You walk a fine line when you're the creator of the story you're going to tell, of the manipulation that you may have unconsciously of the story and the characters versus allowing the story to unfold it, because you did create such a monumental and solid platform that they're just living and breathing organisms and they're the ones that need to make their own decisions. I'm geek talking right now, but that's how intense it affects me and how I feel about amazing storytellers like James Cameron and J.J. Abrams. They create things that are real out of unimaginable scenarios, and that is beautiful to me."
Although Avatar and Titanic composer James Horner was originally reported to be providing the score for the film, it's now been confirmed that Steve Jablonsky, whose highest profile work has been on the Transformers films, will in fact be handling composing duties. [Ender News]
Independence Day director Roland Emmerich says he's planning nothing so mundane as a two-part, alternate history follow-up to the 1996 alien invasion movie; instead, he's hoping to build an entire ongoing franchise, with ID Forever Part I and Part II representing only the new beginning:
That's actually what we talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies. And it's a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that's what we want to do.
William Fichtner, who has been absolutely terrifying in everything from The Dark Knight to Drive Angry to Date Night, has reportedly joined the cast as "a lead with iconic stature in the Turtles' mythology," which everyone is just sort of logically assuming means Shredder, because why would anyone bother casting William Fichtner in a Ninja Turtles movie and then not make him Shredder? [Deadline]
There are some new set photos that show star Megan Fox wearing April O'Neil's yellow jacket; you can check them out right here. There are also some set photos elsewhere that show former Saturday Night Live cast member Abby Elliott arriving on the set, and the current fan speculation is that she's playing April's friend and colleague Irma Langinstein. Finally, check out a set video below that shows the motion capture turtles in action. [Coming Soon]
Here's a pair of trailers for this Saturday's season finale, "The Name of the Doctor."
Steven Moffat promises that the mystery of Clara will be resolved:
"We’ll sort [the Clara mystery] out in that [episode]. The next time you see Clara [after the finale] you’ll know it all. It’s again one that he gets quite emotional about. It’s got quite a dark tone to it."
He also suggests this episode will lead into the 50th Anniversary special, although the link won't be too strong:
"It’d be fair to say ‘the 50th starts here’. It begins. It’s quite a dark episode; it’s quite a serious episode. You’ll start to see the Doctor enter a phase of his life that’s going to change things. I assure you I haven’t made the 50th the second part of a story, that would be insane. We start to move the Doctor into a place, and you’ll start to see we’ve been moving him into a place for a while."
Here's a synopsis for episode 19, "Children of Men," which airs May 27:
RACHEL ENRAGES MONROE WHILE THE REBELS INFILTRATE THE TOWER AND MILES AND MONROE MEET AGAIN - Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Monroe (David Lyons) battle with more than wits. Meanwhile, Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Nora (Daniella Alonso) and Aaron (Zak Orth) get inside the Tower but Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and son Jason (JD Pardo) get shut out. Miles and Monroe once again face-off, this time even more lethally. Also starring Tim Guinee, Colm Feore, Maria Howell, Ramon Fernandez
Here's a promo for this Thursday's season finale, "Graduation."
Here's a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "The Big Snag."
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.