Aside from last night's big Spidey news, The Flash casts a Walking Dead alum as an enemy of the Atom, while another Marvel hero is returning to Agents of SHIELD. Plus, sneak peeks at what's in store for The Returned, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time and more. Spoilers Now!
Top image: X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Patrick Stewart has dialled back on recent comments he made about the next X-Men movie in an Interview with Oregon Live — seemingly confirming that while he won't be making an appearance, Ian McKellen's Magneto will be:
Last but not least: It sounds like you won't be returning as Charles Xavier in the next "X-Men: Apocalypse". Is that something you can confirm?
Yes, I understand that it seems to be very unlikely that I will be in the next "X-Men" movie, which is almost getting ready to start shooting in Montreal.
Well, if you're going to be in it, you better get to Montreal quickly, it sounds like.
[LAUGHS] But Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it.
But then, it gets interesting - Stewart goes on to say that he's in talks to star alongside Hugh Jackman in the next Wolverine solo film:
And what I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together. Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of "X-Men" from the four movies that I've already done.
I'm picturing a mismatched-buddies-road-movie sort of thing.
I'd just like to get to drive his motorbike, I think.
The way Stewart words it sounds like this is much more than a cameo appearance, but a full-on team-up between Xavier and Wolverine. This could make some sense, since the last Wolverine movie took place after X-Men: The Last Stand, and the next one might as well. [ Oregon Live]
Here's the first look at Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke in this supernatural thriller. Clarke plays Verena, 'a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Marton Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls. As Verena's relationship with the father and son grow, she becomes ensnared and consumed by Malvina's severe force. If she is to save the boy, and free herself, she must face the phantom hidden inside the stone.' [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's a TV spot for the movie, featuring Cate Blanchett getting her Villain on in the most delightful manner. [ First Showing]
And now a TV spot for Insurgent, starring pretty exploding buildings and Shailene Woodley punching said buildings.
The Walking Dead's Emily Kinney (the former Beth Green) has been cast as Brie Larvan, a female version of the Atom villain Bug-Eyed Bandit - she'll be starring in episode 1.18, which will also features Felicity Smoak and Ray Palmer from Arrow as guest stars. [TV Line]
Jaimie Alexander's Lady Sif will be returning to the show in the second episode of the next batch of episodes, but has apparently come down with a case of Asgardian amnesia:
Sif comes to Earth on an undercover mission and has a bodyslamming showdown with a foe whose superpowers are equal to her own. (Marvel is keeping the baddie's identity hush-hush.) Footage of the epic clash, which takes place on the coast of Portugal, becomes big news on social media, prompting the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to rush to the scene to investigate. Not only do they find Sif without her lusty trademark armor, but she has also lost her short-term memory.
"Sif has no idea who Thor is or that she serves a king, and we're going to have fun with that," says executive producer Jeffrey Bell. "It'll give us some much-needed humor in a season that's been full of betrayal and death. Sif can't even recall who she came here from Asgard to stop, but Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] and his team will try to help her figure all that out."
On the plus side, Sif still has her childhood memories and knows that she's Asgardian. "We've been dealing a lot with space aliens and Inhumans in our last few episodes—things our Earth-bound heroes just don't know much about," Bell says. "They need help understanding what's really going on. Sif's memory—what's left of it—will come in very handy."
Meanwhile, Adrianne Palicki delves into what's ahead of Mockingbird on the show for the rest of the season:
What's been especially fun about taking that expertise to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where you've got the superhero costume now. What's been the fun of the experience for you?
I'm going to tell you again: It's this action stuff. Doing fights, it's a different world. You do a movie, and it takes a week to do one action sequence. On the show we're doing, per day there's a fight, and it's like every episode, there's a new fight. So it's constant. I'm constantly learning new things and fighting and also other than jumping through windows, it's me. I'm getting my ass kicked, but that's the fun stuff. Plus on top of that, she's funny. She's strong, but she also gets to live in this world where she's a good person. And on top of everything else, it's just been fun to work with LA, with that group of people because every single person on that show is awesome.
Clark Gregg tells me that with Coulson and Mockingbird, we'll get to see more with the two of them together. Can you tease me about what's around the corner?
Well, there's a little secret that Mack and Bobbi are keeping from the team. It's going to come out soon, and it's going to really throw a big wrench into the S.H.I.E.L.D. community. But it's not bad, and you're going to see their relationship become very clear. And it's all I can tell you, because I can't tell you anything [laughs]. I feel like Marvel's going to come out and tackle me if I say anything.
Gale Ann Hurd talks about how the death of Tyreese in the last episode will play in the minds of the show's survivor's going forward:
How does Tyreese's death impact the group?
Hurd: There is no group response. They're all individuals who collectively make up the group. The leadership role that Rick has reassumed we'll see come into play. We'll also see how the additional blow affects the characters of Michonne and, especially, Sasha. This isn't following that long on the heels of Bob's death. Does this galvanize her or is this the straw that broke the camel's back?
What can you say about the rest of the season? For now, there doesn't seem to be a clear threat like the Terminans or Dawn's group at Grady.
Hurd: We always have both. The show traditionally has the conflicts that develop among and between our characters as well as the external threat. We've always got the walkers around the corner that they could encounter at any moment, but also the threat of other human survivors who are often far more dangerous than the zombie threat. But [the second half of the season] really is about what the recent circumstances and the stress of having survived so much does to the group, both individually and collectively. They'll be facing very different kind of threats that we haven't seen before.
And at least the group is all together again. Will that continue?
Hurd: We've seen the stress and the fracturing that came from Eugene's lie and how various characters have reacted to that. Now with the deaths and realizing that Noah's community is not the answer, it's going to stress them even further. I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't more fracturing.
[ TV Guide]
Here's two clips from the next episode, 'Them', featuring the survivors walking away from, and staring down, a large pack of zombies. [ Spoiler TV]
Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim teases a big event happening in 3.15, 'Nanda Parbat', in this interview with TV Line:
TVLINE | I feel like we're entering the "third act" of the season, following Sara's murder and that investigation, and then Oliver "dying" at Ra's al Ghul's hand, to protect Thea.
The season is more demarcated in fourths, as opposed to the traditional three-act structure. Certainly Episodes 10, 11 and 12 were their own"mini-act," with Team Arrow moving on in the wake of Oliver's apparent death. Episode 13 kicks off the next piece of our story, and things get a really crazy from here on out. Episodes 13, 14 and 15 are probably the next "book" or movement in the story, 15 ends with a game-changing twist, and from 16 to 23 it's just one crazy run up to the finish line. [Laughs] I'm really excited about where we're going mainly because, as I tweeted out, when all is said and done with Season 3, stabbing Oliver through the chest and kicking him off a cliff will end up being the least crazy thing we do all year. I encourage people to watch the whole season and then confirm whether or not I'm telling the truth."
TVLINE | Where in the sand has Felicity drawn her line? Is she still with the team…?
She's still with the team. She's not going anywhere, but she's made it very clear that a romance with Oliver is off the table.
TVLINE | That scene was an unanticipated gut punch, I tell you.
Thank you — it was definitely designed to be. We very much want to explore what it looks like with Felicity still working with Oliver but post the events of Episodes 10, 11 and 12, where she has not only moved on romantically, but she, along with Diggle and Roy, has developed a bit more ownership and more agency in the "lair," as it were. It's going to be interesting to see what happens if Oliver decides to call the shots and expect everyone to just fall in line the way they used to.
TVLINE | Stephen Amell was telling me that Episode 15, "Nanda Parbat," is especially stunt- and action-heavy, one of his favorites of the season.
It certainly is one of mine. It's one of those episodes where everything came together very nicely — its got some wonderful character moments, some incredible action, and it's got a final twist that I think people will be talking about for a long time. Certainly a twist that sets the table for the remainder of the season.
Stephen Amell recently confirmed at a convention that Oliver would be seeing not just updates to his Arrow suit this season, but a new costume altogether. Check out a super-duper low quality clip of his Con Q&A below, but the costume-specific comment comes at around the 16:00 mark. [ Comic Book]
Meanwhile, the actor took to Facebook to post a picture of a fight scene between Oliver and... err, Oliver, apparently. He says it's not a scene where Oliver is under the effects of the drug Vertigo, so presumably he's battling someone else who happens to be dressed up as the arrow of indiscriminate viridian hue: [ Spoiler TV]
David Morrisey will be joining the cast in season 2 of the Amazon series, playing General Tobias Shepherd, who 'leads the Global Security Commission, is rather personable and has a history with Halle Berry's Molly — a connection that makes his job tougher in light of a new, deadly threat.' [ TV Line]
Here's a press release for episode 1.16, 'Memories of Murder':
Memories of Murder - The death of a young college woman sends Henry and Jo back to the cultural hotbed that was New York in the 1970s. Murder victim Sarah Clancy's fascination with authentic 70's attire is more than just a fashion statement, it is revealed that she had an unhealthy obsession with the past. The investigation ironically leads Henry and Jo back to college professor Molly Dawes (aka Iona Payne, the dominatrix), who taught Sarah in a course on sexual identity. Molly not only agrees to help in the search for the killer, but she and Henry spark a hot, romantic connection. Flashbacks to 1979 reveal Henry and Abigail's struggle coming to terms with their age difference as they try to celebrate their anniversary with a night on the town, on "Forever," TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Forever" stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Judd Hirsch as Abe, Alana De La Garza as Detective Jo Martinez, Lorraine Toussaint as Lt. Joanne Reece, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson and Joel David Moore as Lucas.
Guest starring are Mackenzie Mauzy as Abigail Morgan (1955), Hilarie Burton ("One Tree Hill") as Molly Dawes (Iona Payne) and Emily Kinney ("The Walking Dead") as Jennifer Schroeder, Cotter Smith as Neville and Janet Zarish as Abigail Morgan (1979).
"Memories of Murder" is written by Anderson Mackenzie and directed by Zetna Fuentes.
[ Spoiler TV]
Cuba Gooding Junior will join the cast as a recurring guest star - a love interest for Jo named Isaac Douglas, originally considered as a suspect in one of her cases. [ EW]
Adan Canto has been cast as the male lead in this NBC pilot. The show chronicles what happens when Salvador (Canto), a mysterious stranger, washes up on Miami Beach and comes into the lives of the Fuentes women, reviving a link to a magical past.' [ Deadline]
A trio of previews for 4.12, 'Darkness on the edge of Town' - first up, here's the press release:
"Darkness on the Edge of Town" – With Gold banished from town, the residents of Storybrooke attempt to resume their normal lives. Hook and Belle search for a way to release the fairies from the Sorcerer's hat, while Emma, Henry and Regina continue to look for clues that could lead them to the Author. But when a terrifying darkness descends on the town, Emma and Regina are forced to confront the true nature of evil. Meanwhile, in New York, Gold and Ursula enlist Cruella De Vil to join their cause, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MARCH 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest stars include Keegan Connor Tracy as Mother Superior, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Merrin Dungey as Ursula, Victoria Smurfit as Cruella De Vil, Michael Querin as Banker, Panou as FBI Agent and Kristin Bauer van Straten as Maleficent,
"Darkness on the Edge of Town" was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and directed by Jon Amiel.
[ Spoiler TV]
Then, a Cruella De Vil focused trailer. [ Spoiler TV]
Executive Producer Albert Kim discusses where Katrina's loyalties really lie:
"Katrina has a lot of questions regarding where her allegiances lie," co-executive producer Albert Kim tells TVGuide.com. "Not just because of Henry, but because of her past as a witch, which we'll explore more in the second half [of the season] in regards to what drives her, what her guiding principles are, and how that comes into conflict with our heroes."
In addition to her dubious, witchy morals - which we've already seen to be questionable on more than one occasion - Katrina's history with Abraham will continue to complicate things, particularly her relationship to Ichabod. "Abraham was her fiancé, and although she was in love with Ichabod, that's not something she can easily ignore," Kim says.
[ TV Guide]
Dean learns the terrible truth about deleting files off the Internet in a clip from 'Halt and Catch Fire'. [ Buddy TV]
And here's a behind the scenes picture of the two leads goofing around filming the episode. [ Spoiler TV]
Creepy kids abound in the second trailer for this remake of Les Revenants, from IGN:
Here's a clip from 'Rubicon', with the 47 finding themselves locked up and wondering where Bellamy is. [ Spoiler TV]
Jeremy Gilbert graduates (sort of) in his final appearance on the show, in an exclusive clip available on TV Line.
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders.