The cast and crew of Doctor Who discuss plans for the next companion. Get a glimpse of Black Panther in action in Civil War. Supergirl casts another DC villain. Plus, looks at the midseason finales for Agents of SHIELD and Arrow, and new images from the Doctor Who Christmas special. So many spoilers!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Last Friday, the cast of the movie took part in a Twitter Q&A—and during his brief time behind the Star Wars Twitter account, Harrison Ford may have revealed a major duel between two characters in the film. When responding to a question about his favorite scene in the film, Ford responded with the below tweet:
The implication there is that, at some point, Rey and Kylo Ren will engage in a lightsaber duel. Bear in mind that was never really unlikely—there was, and still is, plenty of talk that Rey will become a Jedi-in-training by the film’s climax, and we already knew that she is present during the fight between Ren and Finn. Plus, considering the team running the Star Wars Twitter account didn’t immediately delete Ford’s tweet and cart him off for a swift talking to, it’s likely that it’s not something that was meant to be kept ultra-secret in the first place.
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Peyton Reed discusses the tone of the film, and the relationship between Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne:
The goal is to keep what we really liked for the characters in the first one, but to make it a much weirder movie. Part of thing that we’re going to explore, as shown in the comics, is how [the Ant-Man and Wasp] are such a great duo and partnership. Part of that, in any partnership, is how they relate to each other as people. Where will their personal relationship be at that point, and what will be their fighting style together?”
Star Wars Episode VIII
Lawrence Kasdan relates how different the following Star Wars films will be in comparison to The Force Awakens.
These movies will all be so different. [“Episode VIII” director] Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in “Star Wars.” You couldn’t have three more different people than J.J., Rian and [“Episode IX” director] Colin [Trevorrow]. Those movies will have the “Star Wars” saga as their basis, but everything else will be different. Then Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to make the Han Solo film and I can’t guess what that will be like — and I’m writing it!
Captain America: Civil War
A promo picture of Captain America fighting Black Panther has made its way to the internet:
Italia Ricci has been cast as Silver Banshee, a DC comics villain who could kill people with the force of her screams. Ricci will play Banshee’s alter-ego Siobhan Smythe as a regular occurring role from Episode 14 onwards, as a hire at CatCo and quickly becomes a rival for Kara. [TV Line]
Once Upon A Time
Tony Perez will return to his role as Regina’s father Henry in the show’s 100th episode. [EW]
Peter Capaldi says he doesn’t want a male companion to replace Clara:
With the best will in the world, I don’t want a bloke, because I’m frightened that they’ll give him all the action and I’ll be standing around spouting scientific gobbledygook... ‘Oh, Peter’s not up to chasing those Zygons down the corridor, let the chap do it.’ And that would be awful. I want to chase the Zygons!
While Steven Moffat discusses plans being formed for the role:
I’m beginning to have an idea of the kind of person, specific ideas but not a specific actress. A new companion gives us the chance to launch the show again. It began in 1963 with the story of Ian and Barbara and then in 2005 with Rose Tyler. Arguably it begins again with the story of Amy Pond. You can recruit new viewers when somebody else meets the Doctor. And I think we’ve got a really cool new idea about how to do that.
So it would be a new person.
Yeah but anything can change.
Would the dynamic of male and female companions work with Peter’s Doctor?
That’s still being discussed. We’re definitely looking for a different dynamic.
The BBC has released a new trailer for the impending Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song”.
There’s also a bunch of new promo stills from the episode available—you can find more at the link. [Combom]
Here’s a new trailer for the midseason finale, “Dark Waters”.
A few pictures from the season finale, “The Final Girl(s)” have emerged online, seemingly revealing some of the titular final survivors of the series:
Agents of SHIELD
Team SHIELD plane a rescue mission, and Simmons confront Malick in two new clips from the midseason finale, “Maveth”.
Legends of Tomorrow
Finally, here’s a new poster for the series, as well as a new “Future” trailer with extra footage. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.