There's a wild rumor about Marvel's plan to replace Tony Stark as Iron Man. New artwork gives a better look at some key Star Wars characters. Find out how Gotham will explore the backstory of Robin's family, and how Agents of SHIELD will reveal May's past. Check out a ton of Kingsman featurettes. Spoilers now!
Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron
As is their wont, Making Star Wars has more descriptions of concept art. This time it's several pieces depicting a new blue alien character that they believe will be Lupita Nyong'o, who appears to join Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) on their journey.
Here's a description of the character's look:
There's a really dignified concept art of the face of the young sidekick. The character has a long neck. The mouth is very human, but it has no nose. The area where the nose should be, if it were human, is shaped like a half circle, a rainbow, and upside smiley face, and gives the character a seriousness making it very much not like a cartoon in someways. The eyes are very far apart in this portrait. The character has a red headband on, which coupled with the eyes has a very eccentric Asian-like appearance. Its ears are on the side of its head and appear to have no outer ear at all. The character looks friendly but stern.
There are four different pieces of concept art which all depict "Rose" in a position of food service. Sometimes she appears to be the owner of the establishment, other times she seems to be a server at the bar or eatery.
It looks like she'll appear later in the movie, since the art doesn't look like the sand planet we saw a bunch of in the trailer, but in another location they call "Exotic City." Two pieces of art show "Rose" meeting Rey in what looks like her place of business, a fruit stand covered in vegetables and fruit. The next is the same, but with meat hanging in it, less full tables, and a bright stove in the corner. There are two other works set in bars:
An alternate setting for "Rose's" introduction is a very hyper-realistic piece to be honest. Everyone is painted like they're actually on screen. This one is a bar. It is pretty much the exact bar from Star Wars: A New Hope (you can even see IG-88's head in the hardware). The bartender looks exactly like Wuher, the bartender that serves Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in that film. Clearly, that bartender would be dead by this time, so its a "spirit of" design. In this piece, the bartender is serving people. She's leaning over the bar, casually, and very cool as she talks to an alien patron. She's not little in this piece. She's the height of an average human female. Her face is fairly similar to how it is in the portrait above but her head has two long tentacles in the back. The biggest difference is that in this depiction, she is approached by a male hero in an X-wing fighter pilot flight suit. The aliens in the bar are sitting in ways identical to the exterior paintings of the exotic city, which to me seems to be another strong indication that is the setting of this piece. This appears to be the only time Rey isn't the contact for "Rose."
More at the link. [ Making Star Wars]
A Chinese site has posted photos of what look like prototypes for what may be toys of Kylo, Finn, Rey, BB-8, and Chewbacca. This is our first glimpse at Finn out of his Stormtrooper armor, plus Kylo's helmet. [ Chinese Star Wars via Making Star Wars]
Michelle MacLaren, who has been announced as the director for Wonder Woman, has warned us all not to expect the movie too soon:
Then she warns that at the moment there is no script, no release date. There's not even an official green light from the film's releasing studio, Warner Bros. — and even if there were, nondisclosure agreements and her paranoia about jinxing things would keep her mum. "I really, really, really can't talk about this," she says, then gestures toward the restaurant's picture windows, with their action-film-worthy Hollywood panoramas. "I just picture a drone coming in over the hills and crashing through the glass and flying over here and putting duct tape over my mouth, you know?"
Iron Man 4
Take this with all the grains of salt on Earth, but: there's rumor/speculation that Ty Simpkins, who played Harley Keener — the kid Tony Stark befriended in Iron Man 3 — will take over as Iron Man in a currently hypothetical Iron Man 4, to be released in 2019. [Bam Smack Pow]
And here's a tweet from Jaime Alexander that indicates that she's back on set — or has been contacted about doing so — as Sif in some Marvel thing.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear in island-style garments from a new menswear line called Lanai Collection. (The website: "designed for those who seek adventure and revel in comfortable luxury.") The line is by Genysis producer David Ellison. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials
Katherine McNamara ( Happyland) will play the supporting role of Sonya, who could also appear in following movies. [Deadline]
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
James Gunn wants to make clear that the Guardians of Marvel is not as dependent on the other movies for continuity as the Earth-bound ones are:
The last thing I said was something about how the Guardians, we really are mostly focused on creating the Guardians as their own separate universe, creating the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. It isn't all about leading towards Avengers. We're not subservient to The Avengers. Whether or not at some point, some Guardians and some Avengers meet up and meet somewhere in the world, whether it's two years from now, three years from now, four years from now, fifteen years from now...I'm not going to say. But Guardians of the Galaxy does not exist as a prequel to Avengers 3 and 4. They have their own thing that they're involved in. They have their own mythos that they're involved in. They have their own stories that are equally important.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Here's a passel of videos on the various characters in the film. [via Coming Soon]
Episode 13 of this season is called "Canaries," and has Caity Lotz and Peter Stormare returning as Sara and Vertigo, in what executive producer Marc Guggenheim says is an on-purpose callback to the premiere. Guggenheim added, "It's an episode where a lot of things that we've been doing and setting up during the season really sort of come together," and that they're bringing things "full circle. However, he says, "It's not a 'climactic' kind of episode, but there's a feeling of a big payoff by the end of it."
He also said that there are no plans right now for Deadshot to return this season. [ TV Line]
Even though we've seen hints that Oliver will be back in action pretty quickly after the show's return, there are now reports that Diggle, Felicity, and Roy will have to manage for a few episodes on their own. [ E!]
Looks like we know a little bit more about what Robin's " prenatal origin story" will look like: the show's casting teenage circus performers John Grayson and Mary Lloyd, who are probably exactly who they sound like. They'll show up in episode 16. Episode 17, will introduce two recurring characters in the form of "mad European scientist" Dr. Dulmacher ("another Dollmaker") and Reggie Payne, an old army buddy of Alfred's who "has gone a bit to seed." [TV Line]
Once Upon a Time
The fairies that are stuck in the hat will be an issue dealt with early on in the second half of season four. [ TV Line]
Also coming in season 4 is the backstory the Queens of Darkness have with the rest of the characters, particularly Regina. We also have in no way seen the last of the Robin Hood/Regina plot. [E!]
Sebastian Roche ( The Originals) will play Aurora's father in March. No surprise: his appearance has to do with his history with Maleficent. [Entertainment Weekly]
Agents of SHIELD
In addition to May's ex-husband, we're also going to get more backstory for the character. "The long-awaited Cavalry story will be revealed," says Maurissa Tancharoen. [ TV Line]
The Vampire Diaries
Executive producer Caroline Dries says that January 22's title, "Woke Up With a Monster" is a direct reference to Elena and Kai, who will not lift the cloaking spell on her until he gets to merge. [TV Line]
Here's what's in store for the baby in 2015:
"We want to explore what makes the child of Klaus, a hybrid, and Hayley, a werewolf, completely different from any other child on this planet," exec producer Michael Narducci says. "You'll begin to see certain signs — subtle at first, then maybe not-so-subtle — in terms of how this baby is something completely unique."
[ TV Line]
Game of Thrones
Here's HBO's year in review, which has a look forward at the next season of Game of Thrones in it, too. (around 1:38)
Winter Is Coming has a breakdown of what we saw, which includes Cersei with House Lannister guards in what appears to be the Red Keep, Tyrion in disguise with dyed hair and a full beard, and what looks like Arya arriving in Braavos — since she's in her old clothes and not the drastic makeover we've been promised. Especially interesting is the second shot, which shows Jon Snow with Olly (Brenock O'Connor). Olly killed Ygritte in the show and is not a character from the book, so his appearance may point to a bunch of new material. See more gifs at the link. [Winter Is Coming]
Person of Interest
American Horror Story
Here's a short description of the season finale:
SEASON FINALE – Chapter 13 / Production #413 – "Curtain Call"
(Airs January 21, 10:00pm e/p) –
The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy prepares for his debut performance. Elsa arrives in Tinseltown.
Written by John J. Gray; directed by Bradley Buecker
Here's the synopsis for the midseason premiere, "Prophecy":
As a violent storm hits Arcadia, knocking out all the power, Jacob goes missing – along with Margaret, and The Langstons and Bellamy struggle to find them. Meanwhile, the tempest signals the arrival of another visitor – a stranger (guest star Jim Parrack) with a mysterious link to Bellamy, on "Resurrection," SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (9:01-10:01 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Here's the official description of episode 1.09:
(X) "THE SAINT OF LAST RESORTS: PART 2"
01/16/2015 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Friday) : JOHN PUTS HIS LIFE ON THE LINE AS HE GETS EVEN CLOSER TO THE SOURCE OF THE RISING DARKNESS – CLAIRE VAN DER BOOM AND EFREN RAMIREZ GUEST STAR – In order to fend off a vicious attack, John (Matt Ryan) summons a demon into himself. Chas (Charles Halford), Zed (Angélica Celaya) and Anne Marie (guest star Claire van der Boom) race against time to save John before it's too late.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller