The new issue of Entertainment Weekly is full of hand-wringing about spoilers, and how they're ruining things like the Lost season finale for everybody. According to our critics, spoiler whores are really just attention whores — which isn't necessarily true. We just love finding things out early. Like the secrets of how Incredible Hulk sets up a new villain for its possible sequel. Or exactly how things work in Joss Whedon's new amnesiacs-for-hire show Dollhouse. Not to mention our glee when we get new clips from Will Smith's Hancock or this Friday's Battlestar Galactica. We're also excited by new hints about Lost, Iron Man 2, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Jason Statham's new film Death Race. We're spoiler-happy, and we're happy to share.
Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier answered fans' questions in a new videocast, and mentioned that the movie definitely sets up Sam Sterns (aka The Leader) as the villain in a potential sequel. [Comics2Film]
Which brings me to a post by someone who claims to have seen the new Hulk movie. He says there's a scene where Sterns (who tries to help cure Banner from being the Hulk) helps Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) become the Abomination using super-soldier serum. And there's an accident where some of the serum gets into an open wound in Sterns' head. We see his head swell up with extra brainpower, and he gives an eerie smile, before the camera cuts away.
Also, supposedly Banner kills two scientists when he first becomes the Hulk (and hospitalizes his girlfriend Betty, as we'd mentioned.) And Banner flees to Brazil, where he learns meditation from "MMA legend Rickson Gracie," who slaps him around to test his control. (Gracie isn't in the cast listing on IMDB, FWIW.) And as previously reported, Banner works in a bottling plant, but a drop of his Gamma-tinged blood gets in one of the drinks he's bottling — which ends being drunk by Stan Lee, in a cameo. (Lee gets Gamma poisoning, so the military deduce Banner's location.) We see a Hulk's eye view of jumping away from the fight in Brazil, and the next thing you know, he's in Guatemala.
You don't see much of the Hulk except in shadows until around halfway through the movie, and it's mostly about Banner. Banner is homeless and on the run, like a junkie. And there's a recurring thread of Banner having trouble buying pants that are stretchy enough not to break completely when he Hulks out. At one point, Betty buys him stretchy purple pants, and he gives them the thumbs down. (No idea if this guy actually saw the film, or if he's just stringing together stuff we already knew, with some new details. The thing about pants is a nice touch though.) [Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forum]
Here's a new clip from Hancock that aired on yesterday's Ellen show, which gives away a bit more about his origins (which we've already covered before.) [CanMag]
We already gave a detailed look at the new cars in Death Race, Jason Statham's prisoners-forced-to-drive-in-deadly-race movie that's barely an homage to Death Race 2000. Here are a few more details. The movie only takes place about five years in the future, after an economic meltdown. The race happens within the prison grounds, once a year, and is broadcast via the internet. The most popular racer, who wears a Frankenstein mask, gets killed by accident, so warden Joan Allen "arranges" for Statham to become the new Frankenstein. The track has little steel symbols, and if you drive over them, your car gets shields or weapons — just like in a video game. But you don't want to run over a death's head symbol, or your weapons may stop working and spikes may appear in the road. The biggest, scariest vehicle is a truck called the Dreadnought.
Allen's character, Warden Hennessy, wears furs, makeup and jewelry, but walks through the yard unmolested. Statham's character, Jensen, gets into a fight with Aryan Brotherhood members in the mess hall. Jensen's mentor is "Coach" (Ian MacShane) and his main rival is Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson). Jensen's navigator is Case, a female prisoner from a nearby women's prison. (All the navigators are women.) And Jensen keeps a picture of the daughter who was taken away from him. [JoBlo]
And here's how Statham describes the movie's setup in a new interview:
Something happens that he gets sent to prison. It's all to do with the murder of his wife and his young daughter gets taken into foster care. And so he is in prison trying to clear his name. The best way he can - no one is interested in listening to that story. So the only way he can find a way to exit that hellhole is to win five races, and he takes on the persona of Frankenstein, which is a creation that the evil Hennessy has brought to everyone's attention through the masses of the Internet. He has to take the place of Frankenstein because the real Frankenstein is dead.
He also notes that his car has tinted glass, so nobody can see inside. That means he doesn't have to wear the Frankenstein mask while he's driving. [UGO]
Iron Man 2:
Producer Peter Billingsley dropped a few very minor hints for Iron Man 2, including the idea that it's about Tony Stark's weapon-making dad. (Which I had not heard before.) And we'll see "more of the dark side of Tony." [Superhero Hype, via Comic Book Resources]
More set pics from Transformers 2 have shown up, with more helicopters-over-steel-mill action. The Bethlehem steel mill is still doubling as a Chinese plant and there are tons of people with masks fleeing the chaos. Supposedly this is from the movie's opening sequence. And here's a bit of local news station video of the shooting. [Film School Rejects and IESB]
Some new FAQs have surfaced about Joss Whedon's new programmable-puppets show Dollhouse. Most people believe the Dollhouse, where you can hire a beautiful young person to be anyone/anything you want, is a myth, but Agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) is investigating it. It's either near-future or present day, and we see no technological advances beyond the Dollhouse's mind-wiping and personality-imprinting.
The programmable "Actives" all supposedly volunteered for this gig, but it's possible some of them didn't really volunteer. They're supposed to retire after five years, fabulously wealthy and unaware of what they've been doing all this time. But they don't know what they actually signed up for, and there's no guarantee they'll be let go after five years. The Dollhouse has been around long enough to have an Active (named Alpha) go insane.
Here's something Topher, the geek who programs the Actives, tells Boyd, their handler, after Boyd raises concerns about the Actives' ability to give informed consent: "Nonsense. We walk the wire, Friend-man. We live in the Dollhouse. Which makes us dolls, and the people playing with us, little children. Children break their toys, Boyd." [Pink Raygun]
Meanwhile, the show's awesome fansite Dollverse has a couple of new gorgeous looking set pics, along with some other pics and a review of the first episode. Apparently the show's first 10 minutes are very, very confusing. [Dollverse]
The "Lost Answers Show" on Britain's Sky One gave a few hints about season five after the season four finale aired. Some of them were tongue-in-cheek, like J.K. Rowling writing the next season or a whole season of island zombies. (I think.) But others were serious, like the idea that Christian Shepard will be more important next year, and so will Ben and Charles Widmore. And actor Michael Emerson still thinks Ben will wind up being a hero. And the smoke monster is "misunderstood." [Spoilers Lost]
Here's a new clip from Friday night's Battlestar Galactica episode, which pretty much confirms the spoilers we already posted a while back. [Cinemablend]
Meanwhile, there's a new rumor that the original human-Cylon hybrid we saw in the Razor TV movie is actually what's left of Daniel Graystone, the creator of the Cylons who stars in the new prequel show Caprica. (I'm not sure how we would ever get confirmation of this — presumably Caprica won't show him becoming the hybrid, or at least not until the very final episode?) [SyFyPortal]
Yesterday we showed you a still from Saturday's Spectacular Spider-Man episode, showing the Spider-Man in his alien symbiote black costume, with the beginnings of a "wardrobe malfunction." Now here's the first actual picture of Venom, the villain Spidey's black suit turns into after it merges with Eddie Brock. [TV Guide]