A toy box reveals the backstory for Godzilla. Karen Gillan talks her big fight with Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy. And just what is the history between Sarah and the new character Cal on Orphan Black? Plus a major Hulk character comes to Agents of SHIELD. Spoilers now!
A description of the latest movie's take on Godzilla's origins has appeared on a box for a tie-in toy. It says:
Possibly the last of an ancient species of giant amphibious creatures that evolved at a time when the surface of the Earth was over ten times more radioactive that it is today. Godzilla can convert his radiation stores into a violent, focused exhalation of atomic ray. Rarely seen, but spoken of in ancient Pacific Island myths, "Gojira" was last spotted in 1954, when the U.S. Navy encountered and attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the Pacific Ocean. Since then, the giant creature has been living in the deep ocean – until a threat to his survival from an ancient foe forces him to reappear.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Speaking to MTV, Karen Gillan spoke about Nebula and Gamora's fight sequence, saying that it's a pivotal moment for her character:
This is the integral one for my character, because it's not just a physical battle. Their relationship goes very deep, and there's a huge history between them. So there's a lot more to it than just the physical.
Even though Kevin Feige has denied that there's any short list for directors, The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit has added Scott Derrickson (Sinister) to the list. He also says that only two of the four original names are still on the list: Mark Andrews (Brave) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). [Borys Kit on Twitter via Coming Soon]
The Wrap says that Dr. Doom casting is down to four names: Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Rocknrolla), and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time). The Wrap points out that Jack Huston was rumored to be on the list recently, and that there's no information about whether these four names have been added to his or if he's been stricken off. [The Wrap via Slashfilm]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Kevin Feige has confirmed that one of the two post-credits sequences was directed by the film's directors and one was directed by Joss Whedon. This indicates that the Whedon scene will be related to Avengers: Age of Ultron, since he did the same thing for Thor's post-credits scene and James Gunn directed Thor 2's, which connected to his Guardians of the Galaxy. [Comic Book Resources]
Sinister Six and Venom
Producer Matt Tolmach talked about the challenges of doing a film based on the Sinister Six, telling SFX:
It's a challenge in every sense. Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. At the same time it's an awesome challenge, because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they're good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody's all good, nobody's all bad, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, and we all smile when we think about what you can do. It's definitely a bad-ass group of people and I think it's going to be a ton of fun to watch them.
Avi Arad then explained the thinking behind a Venom movie:
Venom hated only one guy – Spider-Man. He wasn't innately bad, he was a shortcut guy, not really into fighting hard for achievement. That's the Venom story. Can he also be a good guy? As you know, Venom was also called 'lethal defender of the innocent'. We had a great history with him, especially caring for the homeless, which is a very sensitive issue and something that many of us are very concerned with. Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side. Venom happened to be a phenomenal character. With Eddie Brock, or if you do Flash Thompson, it doesn't matter who is going to be inside the suit – what's important is that a man like him is going to realise there comes a time when you wake up in the morning and say 'How did I get here? There must be a better way.
Arad also said that they're actively looking for more Spider-Man characters to do films about, although the Marvel villains are complex enough to sustain movies on their own. [SFX]
Kevin Feige is still talking about the possibility of a Black Widow standalone movie, saying:
I think the idea would be great. We've got various outlines and ideas of where to take that. As Scarlett already said, there's a big element that explores her back story in an upcoming Marvel feature. The question really is, 'When will we take her out of the ensemble and have her do her own thing?' As you saw in ['Captain America: The Winter Soldier'], as you'll see in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' she's really the key to so much of the plot development.
Michiel Huisman, who plays new character Cal Morrison (seen in the trailer kissing Sarah), is being pretty cagey about whether Cal knows Sarah from the past, telling Zap2It:
I think I can tell you that Cal and Sarah have a love interest that kind of is dangerous, almost. And [pauses] I think I'll stay away from answering that part about the past, because then I'd be in spoiler territory. So basically, my storyline involves Sarah, and we have a love going on, and it's not without danger.
He also went on to say that he was surprised that the kiss was in the trailer, which seems to indicate that their relationship is a big deal:
I was also surprised to see how they spoiled it, but then I started thinking about everything, and in this scene you can't really make any conclusions — except for the fact that he's kissing her. What does that mean? What does that mean for Paul? How do they know each other? How long have they known each other? You can't really say.
So, that being said, yeah, it's exciting. You're going to have to wait and see, and what Paul thinks about it
Bustle's Alicia Lutes speculates – based on Huisman's reticence, that Cal will be hiding Sarah and Kira in his cabin, and the rumor that Cal will kill to protect them – that Cal is Kira's father. Again, it's speculation, but there's definitely something about Cal and Sarah that Huisman's afraid of spoiling, and this does make sense. [Zap2It, Bustle]
Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams is unsure of how people are going to feel about Arya Stark this season, telling Wetpaint:
I don't know how people are going to react [to Arya this season]. Because her little one liners that she used to have are now a lot darker, and not so funny, and a bit more twisted.
She's at the age where you're a complete sponge, and you soak up habits and traits from everyone around you.
It's true that we last saw Arya with the Hound, and Arya's companions don't exactly get kinder in the books, so it sounds like this season will show Arya changing to reflect that. [Wetpaint]
The scene at the end of episode 16 that showed Rebekah leaving New Orleans in a red convertible really was her exit from the show. Claire Holt's left the show as a regular, but could return as a guest star at some point. [Zap2It]
Go here for more photos from next week's "Moon Over Bourbon Street," described as:
UNNATURAL ALLIANCES — After accusing Klaus (Joseph Morgan) of doing nothing while their control over the Quarter crumbles, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) makes a move to take matters into his own hands. He receives an intriguing offer of support from Francesca (guest star Peta Sergeant), a beautiful woman from a powerful New Orleans family. In an attempt to bring the warring factions of the city together, the Mikaelsons throw an extravagant party, where Klaus offers Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) a tempting deal, Elijah and Hayely share a dance, and a violent fight comes to a surprising end. Finally, even as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) works on a new path to power, he continues to help Cami (Leah Pipes) deal with her Uncle Kieran's tragedy (guest star Todd Stashwick). Michael Robinson directed the episode written by Michelle Paradise & Christopher Hollier (#117).
Agents of SHIELD
Adrian Pasdar will be guest-starring in an upcoming April episode as Glenn Talbot, who is a major supporting character from the the Hulk comics. No news yet about how Coulson and his team will encounter Talbot, but Pasdar did seem to hint that he'd be more than bit part in a single episode, answering a question about whether he'd come back by saying:
Oh yeah. I would imagine. As willing as I am to jump when Jeph [Loeb] calls, there had to be a little bit more in it than just an episode for me. So I can't say much more but the mustache is in a locker and it's being taken out and prepped as we speak for next week. Every show needs a jerk, [and] I guess I'm that guy. I make everybody else look so nice. I think it was Walt Disney who said it, "The show's only as good as the bad guy is bad."
David S. Goyer recently implied that other DC characters might appear on NBC's Constantine, saying:
[Q]uite a few other characters from the comic books and possibly from the DC universe should we move forward will be showing up.
See the interview below. [I Am Rogue]
Seems like we've been getting announcements about new characters a lot recently, and here's another: Dr. Geyer, the hospital's new administrator who is described as " charming and intelligent, as well as handsome." That sounds like the groundwork for a love interest for someone. [E! Online]
While Amazon has been considering which of its ten pilots will get a series order, a source told Variety that Chris Carter's The After will get one. The show will follow "eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces and who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation." [Variety]
Falling Skies and The Last Ship
TNT has announced some of its summer premiere dates: Falling Skies' fourth season premiere will be at 10/9c on Sunday, June 22, following the series premiere of the Michael Bay produced The Last Ship at 9/8c. [TV Guide]
Under the Dome and Extant
Similarly, CBS has announced its summer schedule. Under the Dome returns June 30th and Extant will premiere on July 9th. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's a preview from next week's "Suicide Squad." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Jason Krell