The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will definitely end by setting up one of its spin-offs. Robert Downey Jr. gives a hint about a key character in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Plus closer looks at Godzilla and Doctor Who's new sonic screwdriver. Also, new images from Jupiter Ascending, Edge of Tomorrow, and Continuum. Spoilers now!
Variety's profile on Chris Evans has him talking a lot about his reluctance to commit to doing the Marvel movies, with the actor pretty much confirming that, once his six movies under contract are finished, he's probably done:
When Marvel approached him with the part four years ago, Evans turned it down — several times. "The problem was initially, it was a nine-movie contract. And they said, if these movies take off and do very well, and my life changes and I don't respond well, I don't have the opportunity to say, listen, I need a fucking break. That just scared me."
After testing a handful of other actors, Marvel made another attempt to woo Evans. "They called back and they tweaked the deal," he recalls. "It went from nine (films) to six. I said no again." Marvel tried once more, and that's when Evans' reps started giving him a hard time, the actor admits. "My family was even going, 'Are you sure you're making the right decisions?' It started to feel like maybe this is what I'm supposed to do."...
When will Evans finally hang up the character's shield? "That's a good question," he says. "We can do this out loud. ('Avengers 2') will shoot till August. I wouldn't be surprised if for all of 2015, we didn't do a movie. I bet by 2017, I'll be done.
That means, as we've guessed before, that Evans' six movies will likely break down to three Captain Americas and three Avengers films.
And if the nine-picture deal Evans refused sounds familiar, it's because Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) recently revealed that it was what he had, leading more credence to the speculation that he'll be taking over for Evans. [Variety]
And here's a featurette about the character of the Winter Soldier. [via Coming Soon]
At a press event for Da Vinci's Demons, writer David S. Goyer had this to say about listening to fan reactions and/or expectations for major properties:
I mean, I don't read everything that's out there. I wouldn't have the time. But we're aware of some of it, yeah, and it would be silly not to be. I think it's helpful, but at the same time, it's also, and I'm paraphrasing Steve Jobs, it's like you don't give the audience or the consumer what they want, you give them what they don't even know they want. I mean, being involved in some of these comic book movies and stuff like that, people say, well, this is what they should do. And trust me, if we had just done exactly that, I don't think the audiences would have been completely happy. I mean that's not to say that filmmakers can't misfire, but if you try to just do what you think the fan community wants you'll drive yourself crazy and you won't actually write anything. So it's good to have that tension, but I think also some creators pay attention to it too much.
He did walk that back a little, saying that his approach was slightly different for major cultural touchstones:
So it's different when you're dealing with something that has become a cultural touchstone like a Batman or Star Trek. And I think when you're dealing with something like that that has been a cultural touchstone for decades, you do have a responsibility to at least be aware of what the weight of all those decades of kind of fan reaction have been. And so Chris Nolan and I absolutely had discussions about that with regards to Superman or Batman and where he exists in the public consciousness and whether or not this was aligned with that or a betrayal of that or not. And sometimes you say, "Yeah, maybe this is different," and you go for it. And sometimes you're celebrated for and sometimes you're not. And then sometimes you say no, this is the way it's been and this is what we should do. I mean, I will say that when you're dealing with something that is a cultural touchstone I always think it's important to look at what are the elements or themes that are the most sticky, that bubble to the surface again and again over the decades. And those are probably the ones you should pay attention to.
Also with Variety, Robert Downey Jr. talked a little bit about the sequel, including what character is being given a lot to do:
This one is a very ambitious sequel. If you read it, it's dense, it's smart. Joss [Whedon] is a really smart guy. My 2-year-old is crazy about Hawkeye, and I think Jeremy [Renner] has a lot to do with the plot. There's always so many plates to spin to get these things half-right, and I'm really excited about this one.
This isn't a huge surprise, but Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal recently confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Amazing Spider-Man 2 would lead into the planned Sinister Six:
At the tail end of this movie we set up some of the other characters that will probably end up being in the Sinister Six. We're going forward on all fronts.
Jake Johnson (New Girl) explained that he took a role in the film because he had previously worked with director Colin Trevorrow on Safety Not Guaranteed:
Absolutely. Now, I'm also a huge fan of "Jurassic Park." When I was growing up and "Jurassic Park" came out, I freaked out like every other kid. I was born in '78, so I was, like, 12. If it wasn't Colin and someone said they wanted me in "Jurassic Park," I would jump on it. The fact that it's Colin, written by Derek Connolly (who wrote "Safety Not Guaranteed") and both those guys are personal friends, I'd go through a wall.
The film will now open on Friday, July 18, 2014. Below is the official synopsis:
Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in "Jupiter Ascending," an original science fiction action adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, "Jupiter Ascending" is written and directed by the Wachowskis. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom they have collaborated since "The Matrix" Trilogy, is producing, together with Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
Channing Tatum ("Magic Mike") and Mila Kunis ("Oz the Great and Powerful") lead an international cast that also includes Sean Bean ("The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy), Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables"), Douglas Booth ("LOL"), Tuppence Middleton (TV's "The Lady Vanishes"), Doona Bae ("Cloud Atlas"), James D'Arcy ("Hitchcock") and Tim Pigott-Smith ("Alice in Wonderland").
Here's a newly released still from the movie:
Luis Andre Gazitúa snapped a photo of a Godzilla figure at Toys R Us and posted it to Twitter. It's below, and it gives a pretty good look at what the movie's creature will look like. [Gazitúa on Twitter]
We've also got three new high-resolution stills from the movie:
Here are four images that give us a better look at Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt:
Rose Leslie spoke a little bit about how Ygritte will have changed in season 4:
She's a very different animal. She's not so playful. She shuts up more and is monosyllabic. She's been hurt. We see a very different side of her. It harkens back to wronged woman are dangerous, and she's incredibly dangerous this season. She's on a mission.
Specifically, Leslie says that Ygritte has complicated feelings towards Jon Snow:
She's still completely in love with him. She feels like a fool and wants to make him pay.
Mark Gatiss recently confirmed that he'll be writing two episodes for the upcoming season. [Cultbox]
Yesterday, we told you about a recently-filmed scene from episode 8.3 that showed Peter Capaldi in a new costume (which looks like it might be a disguise) and him wielding a new sonic screwdriver. Now we have photos giving a closer look at him, the screwdriver, and one of the aliens. There's also a longer set video. [Doctor Who TV]
Misha Collins described a little bit of what's up next for Castiel, saying:
Cas had some people volunteering to follow him, but Cas is definitely a reluctant leader. He's continuing on his mission to hunt down Metatron. That's his primary objective. As the season progresses, his objective of capturing Metatron and the boys' mission will converge and they will be collaborating with one another.
He also said that Cas will take "ominous notice" of Dean and the Mark of Cain because "he knows it's a bad thing." He also elaborated on executive producer Jeremy Carver's pronouncement that Castiel's theft of grace will be dealt with:
It's affecting him physically. It's affecting his powers. Maybe on an emotional level, it's affecting him in that he knows that he's a bit of a ticking time bomb. This stolen grace is a bit of a cancer that's eating at him.
Here's the promo for episode 9.18, "Meta Fiction." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Jason Krell and Charlie Jane Anders