Help yourself to a giant pile of speculation about Marvel's Phase 3. James Cameron explains why the Avatar sequels have been pushed back. Gotham adds yet another villain's origin story to its line-up. And that 21 Jump Street/Men In Black crossover is still a possibility. Spoilers now!
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As usual, take everything that isn't backed up by official announcements or the like with a giant grain of salt. With that said: Latino Review's reporting that Marvel's Phase 3 will talk many of the original Avengers out of play, with a new line-up taking over. In order to do that, the rumors say, Civil War will include Tony Stark discovering that Bucky killed his father, leading to a fight between Cap and Iron Man. And then Crossbones will kill Steve Rogers. Thor will end up in a "space prison" in his third movie. The best guess, despite Marvel being pretty clear on not doing Planet Hulk, is the Hulk will be in space.
So Infinity War Part I will include all-new Avengers AND, apparently, Spider-Man. We've heard that the deal with Sony to have him in Civil War never went through, so now it's believed that a new deal was signed to include the character in Infinity War.
Also, after removing all the original Avengers, they'll all come back to fight in Infinity War Part II. Yes, including any of the ones who end up dead. [Latino Review]
And, in case you were wondering, Sony's already denying the Spidey part, saying there was "no validity whatsoever" to the "old rumor." [Moviepilot]
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith reiterated that the next film isn't a reboot but a sequel set in the present day. He's also taking Michael Keaton's advice in using the title character sparingly, reminding us that Beetlejuice didn't show until halfway through the original film. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Lee Pace, while admitting he was the "last" person to know anything, says that he'd love to return as Ronan the Accuser: "I love the character. I'd love to play him again! Who knows!?!" [IGN]
James Cameron says that the writing of the three sequels is so complex that the first movie's release date has been moved back to late 2017. Said Cameron:
There's a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don't get when you're making a stand-alone film.
We're writing three simultaneously. And we've done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We're not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. And parallel with that, we're doing all the design. So we've designed all the creatures and the environments.
21 Jump Street/Men in Black
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller told MTV that the rumored crossover is still a possibility. Said Lord:
Nothing's changed. It's still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they're going to be terrible….We're really focusing on what's a great story for Schmidt and Jenko and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time.
Miller then commented on the possibility of doing an animated Spider-Man:
We're developing a lot of things, you know. And they may or may not all happen, but that's how the business works.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Production designer Stuart Craig, who worked on the Harry Potter films will return for the next set of movies set in that universe. Said producer David Heyman:
The experience of conjuring up these worlds is such fun. So to do it with [Rowling] and with Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram is involved too, and with David Yates, and Stuart Craig will be designing it; it's great. It's exciting, and it's a great world to return to.
Mercedes-Benz, marketing partners for Jurassic World, have released this new footage from the film. [via /Film]
Here's the UK trailer. [via Yahoo!]
The Walking Dead
Ross Marquand will join the cast in the second half of season 5 as a "yet to be announced" character. Of course, with the comics as a guide, the best guess has him pinned for the role of Aaron, who meets the group on the way to Washington D.C. and recruits them into the walled-off community known as the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Further hints that Marquand will play Aaron came in an episode of Talking Dead where Robert Kirkman said that "a very prominent gay character from the comics" would be appearing soon on the show.
Of course there is no official confirmation of whether Aaron is one of the new characters appearing this season. [Entertainment Weekly]
Game of Thrones
The Three-Eyed Raven viral videos have included a bunch of brief flashes of the new season, and WatchersOntheWall has a number of screencaps. You can see the rest of the screencaps at the link. [WatchersOntheWall]
The guest stars for the two-part Toby Whithouse-written episodes include the previously announced Paul Kaye, Colin McFarlane, Morven Christie (Grantchester), Arsher Ali (The Missing), Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson (Being Human), and Neil Fingleton (Game of Thrones, X-Men: First Class). [Blogtor Who]
Devon Graye (Dexter) will appear in episode seventeen as "Axel/Trickster," a copycat of Mark Hamill's James Jesse/Trickster. The appearance of a copycat of the incarcerated Trickster has led to speculation that taking down the copycat will be what brings in James Jesse to aid the police. [Comic Book.com]
Katie Cassidy did an extensive interview on Laurel taking up the Black Canary mantle this season. She says that Laurel won't be a pro, even when she's in the costume:
In Season 3, you'll see Laurel go from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to then becoming her. But I think, A) The suit is not the same, but it's definitely similar; the jacket is almost identical, and B) She's doing this for her sister. Part of what she brings to it is heart. She's fearless, she's driven, she's doing this because, deep inside, it's what she believes in and what she wants. I'm not necessarily sure that Sara — you'd have to ask Caity Lotz, because it's a character choice — but that's where she was coming from. She sort of fell into it mistakenly, because of the crash in Season 1. Being on the island, she had no choice. Laurel has a choice, and she's choosing this because she's that strong and realistic, and has heart about it.
She adds that when Laurel finds out how her sister actually died, her reaction won't be what you'd expect. She hinted, too, that there will be friction between Laurel and Team Arrow:
I think at the beginning, when she goes out onto the streets, Arsenal and the team don't agree with it. So she's just on her own. But eventually she proves herself, and they see that she's following her heart and doing it for her sister; she's avenging her sister's death and honoring her sister, and will stop at nothing. They recognize that. It's Arsenal who is the first to support her and says, "You know what? She's smart. Even though she's not trained, she's good for not being trained, huh?" She's training, but she's not a professional. So they do end up coming around to it
And here's a trailer for the show's return:
February 2nd's episode will introduce Scarecrow to Gotham, as the episode is entitled "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" and has Bullock and Gordon hunting down "a killer who targets victims with severe phobias." [Comic Book Movie]
Here's an extended trailer for the next episode, "What the Little Bird Told Him":
Recurring this season will be Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend. Lawless's character is the Countess Marburg, one of the last in a line of powerful German witches, and Townsend's is Samuel Wainwright, an English doctor looking to expose Salem's secrets (and, of course, with secrets of his own.
We've also got two actors becoming regulars: Joe Doyle and and Oliver Bell. Doyle will play Baron Sebastian Marburg, son of Lawless' Countess, and Bell will still be the presumed-dead son of Mary. Below see a season 2 trailer focusing on Anne. [TV Line]
The season finale will be called "Blood Must Have Blood Part 2." [SpoilerTV]
Here's an extended trailer for "Remember Me":
Here's a sneak peek at the pilot. [IGN]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a peek at the title page for episode 4.16:
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhumanyu Das