Reviewers mostly agree on Thor: The Dark World's weak point... and everyone wonders, will Joss Whedon be back for Avengers 3? There are a lot of fanboy characters on Arrow. Plus, Paul McGann believes the eighth Doctor could return, even though he's going to be missing from the anniversary special. Spoilers now!
Thor: The Dark World
With the premiere in London already a few days past, comes the deluge of reviews. The plot revolves around "the Aether," another one of the super-powerful McGuffins that litter the multiverse. In his battle with the Dark Elves, Thor's grandfather hid it somewhere. It resurfaces, just as "the Convergence" makes Bifrostless travel between realms possible. The evil who wants it is the dark elf Malekith the Accursed.
The reviews all tend to praise the humor, the look of Asagard, and Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki. The reviews also generally find Christopher Eccleston's Malekith to be the weakest part, with some writers wondering if there were cuts that shouldn't have been made. Some reviewers like Loki so much, they think he's not in the film enough. The tone of the film compares favorably to the first Thor, but opinion is mixed on how it compares to Iron Man 3. Some writers like that it's more removed from The Avengers than the third Tony Stark outing, while others find it missing the weight of that film. [Bleeding Cool, IGN, Telegraph, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, Sci Fi Now, and Slashfilm]
Also, if you were wondering, Chris Hemsworth's contracted for at least one more Thor and two more Avengers films. [Access Hollywood]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Peter Jackson said that, after The Hobbit is complete, he wants to go back to making films more like his early Heavenly Creatures. He also described Smaug:
Smaug is not Jaws or a monster. Smaug is a psychopath. Smaug is literally a cunning, intelligent psychopath who is laying in wait for these guys.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Below are two new images (and a teaser for a trailer) for the next Captain America film. [First Showing]
Yes, Avengers 3. With people already demanding to know whether Joss Whedon's locked in to complete a trilogy, Kevin Feige deflected, saying:
It’s still being determined. All of his efforts right now are in what he’s doing for us primarily, obviously, writing and prepping Age of Ultron but also in reading the drafts of the films in phase 2, watching early cuts to inform him where the characters are going to end up in the beginning of Age of Ultron and also to get his input and his wisdom into all of these. But right now it’s all about leading up to Age of Ultron.
On the other hand, Feige says a Black Panther movie is coming:
In terms of Black Panther, it’s absolutely in development. When you have something as rich as Wakanda and his backstory — and clearly Vibranium’s been introduced in the universe already — I don’t know when it will be exactly, but we certainly have plans to bring him to life some day.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Yesterday, rumor had it that Li Bingbing's role may be that of Circuit Breaker. Today, there's a new photo of her on set. [Comic Book Movie]
Stephen Amell described the Barry Allen we'll soon be seeing:
It's great because he's a fan of the vigilante, and he gets to ask a lot of questions, that I know for a fact because I see it on Facebook and Twitter, that the audience would like to ask. You know, he has theories about how the vigilante was trained, and he's speaking for/as a fanboy—he's speaking for a lot of the fans of the show.
Colton Haynes explained what Roy's training will look like this season:
He's fan-boying over the Hood for sure. He looks at the Hood as a savior; someone that can save him from the trouble he's been going through in his life and someone who can lead him in a direction of being a hero as opposed to being the lost kid who is just getting into trouble all the time.
That really starts pissing Roy off. He's thinking he's going to team up with him right away, but he's just feeding him information here and there. Throughout the season, Roy starts to get a little irritated for that and fed up, so he might be looking on his own for other clues behind Arrow's back.
He will definitely get training from the Hood, but whether or not Roy is going to be able to do the things Oliver has done right away is going to be tricky. Roy is expecting to be part of the team right away, but it's a long, drawn-out process that's going to drive Roy a little mad. [It's] going to drive him to be really angry at Oliver, and decide if he wants to forget his plan altogether and just go his own route.
More at the link. [TV Guide]
In casting news, Sean Maher will appear in the tenth episode of the season as Mark Scheffer, aka supervillain Shrapnel. He'll be going after Sebastian Blood. [Coming Soon]
Agents of SHIELD
The actors behind FitzSimmons, Ian De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, and Marvel TV head, Jeph Loeb spoke about the chemistry between FitzSimmons and if there are any plans to expand to other spinoffs:
Henstridge: We got on from the start.
De Castecker: A lot of it comes down to the writing. And the producers are all so great. Honestly, a lot of it really is in the writing. … A lot of our work is really done for us. It's really great that we get on so well, as well as everyone in the cast. But, you know, a lot of it's really there in the scripts so we kind of use that as a very strong framework.
Loeb: Right now what we're focused on is making the show the best that it can be," said Loeb. "We have anamazing writing staff and executive producers led by Jeffrey Bell and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. And then of course Joss. Gary Brown who is our line producer. It's just an incredible group of people. But you never want to rest on your laurels and you want to make sure the show keeps getting better and better. Anytime someone starts talking about, "Okay, what's the next thing?" — We really do look to the movie studio for inspiration and they made "Iron Man," and then they made "Iron Man 2," and then when they decided to make "Thor" and "Captain America" — to make two movies in one year is literally doubling their output in a year and so that's a huge undertaking. That doesn't mean that we night not have some surprise announcement soon, really right now we're focused on making sure that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is up and ready and going.
Here's the promo for episode six, "FZZT":
Paul McGann, the eighth Doctor, will not be in the anniversary special next month. And, while he's upset, he's not discounting any chance of returning:
I was a bit dismayed. A bit gutted, but [the older Doctors] are not in it.
There’s all kinds of rumours… doing the rounds. One gets tired of trying to refute things on Twitter and the like, but take it from me – I’m not in it.
The thing about Doctor Who is… if not now, then maybe some other time. That’s the beauty of it – we can always come back.
Executive producer and co-creator Oliver Goldstick said that the feel of Ravenswood will be different from Pretty Little Liars and gave run down of the new characters:
And you mentioned that we’ve seen a little bit of Ravenswood from PLL, and to me, it feels a little darker and creepier than what we’re used to. In terms of what we’ve seen, is that indicative of the general feel of Ravenswood?
Yeah. There will be people who you feel like are a bit out of time. There’s some eccentric characters and people you’ll feel like, “Wow, when’s the last time she went to a Target?” if there even is a Target in Ravenswood, which there probably isn’t. And if there is, it sells only very specific things. Shrouds. [Laughs] But seriously, the idea is that there is an eccentricity to the town, and one of the reasons we were looking forward to shooting in New Orleans is we could embrace some of the color of that setting. The town is not picture-perfect. The townspeople take pride … relish in the fact that things are in states of decay. It isn’t about painting the pretty picture. With Rosewood, we tried to present a very picture-perfect, Edward Hopper, postcard place where there was isolation and loneliness, but it was all happening behind beautifully manicured lawns and freshly painted shutters. That’s not the case in Ravenswood. The snakes in the grass that are hidden in Rosewood are very visible in Ravenswood. The snakes in the grass are very visible.
Talking about Luke, what can you tell us about these new characters? Give us a brief rundown.
You’ve got paternal twins who are an interesting family, because they’ve lost their father. Their father has been murdered only months ago. That’s Luke and Olivia. And they have a mother who many people in the town suspect is responsible, even though there’s no smoking gun that’s been found, there’s just a sneaking escalating suspicion within the community, her alibi being shaky, her relationship being volatile, the marriage rather. People start to wonder, “Oh my God, is this what happened?” But rather than take pity on these kids, the kids actually suffer under the slings and arrows of it. The kids aren’t given a pass, because the kids look like they’re protecting their mother and protecting a murderer. So that’s an interesting dynamic. Both kids, particularly Olivia being an aspiring prom queen, a girl who’s a popular girl, an attractive girl, a girl who’s used to getting what she wants, having to suddenly face [that] her life has turned upside down within a year. Her whole family life has been fractured. It’s been shattered basically.
Now across town, another family’s been shattered to some degree, and that’s Remy’s. And Remy’s mother was in Afghanistan. She’s recently returned, she’s clearly a victim of PTSD, something’s going on with her mom. And Remy, we call her the Spencer of Ravenswood, because she basically lives above her eyebrows. Wonderful actress playing her, Brittney, and she basically is an investigative reporter without having the press credentials. She asks a lot of questions. So Remy, who’s Luke’s girlfriend, these three are already entwined. Luke, Remy, and Olivia have their own world already before Caleb and Miranda enter it. But the collision of the two worlds causes some friction.
So who’s this Miranda character?
Miranda’s very much, we talked about her being sort of the female equivalent of Caleb, a kid who’d grown up in a series of foster homes, scrappy, charming, street-smart, vulnerable. I could list six, seven adjectives that would equally apply to Caleb. That was always our intention is that they would have an immediate bond because if he had a biological sister, this might be it. There’s chemistry between them, but I don’t want to get into anything icky, that doesn’t preclude a potential romance down the road. They’re not related, but they just seem like it, that’s all.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Below, you can view the promo for episode two, "Death and the Maiden."
The Walking Dead
Here's a new photo from this Sunday's episode, showing the group who leaves the prison searching for supplies. [Entertainment Weekly]
American Horror Story: Coven
Soon, we'll see a flashback showing the former Supreme witch and young Fiona, who was a student at the school her daughter now runs. Younger Fiona is, obviously, very curious as to how one becomes the Supreme. [E! Online]
Here's a new behind the scenes video:
Here's a video interview with Mark Pellegrino where he discusses Jedikah's sense of purpose and where it comes from. [Buddy TV]
Person of Interest
Here's the promo for episode 3.05, "Mors Praematura."
Pierce Gagnon, the young kid from Looper, will play Halle Berry's son in CBS's Extant. [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Here's a preview of season three, showing the cast fighting zombies:
Beauty and the Beast
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Jason Krell