And likewise, set reports from Civil War tease a big scuffle. The Flash casts another comic book villain. You’re going to have to wait a teeny bit longer for Agent Carter’s return. Plus, pictures from Doctor Who’s Christmas special, iZombie gets all superheroic, and more. Behold, spoilers!
Rolling Stone has released an extensive cover story about the film, with contributions from multiple members of the cast and crew. First up, Lawrence Kasdan on why he wanted to do the film:
Someone’s story doesn’t end with the big triumph. Life goes on. In those 30 years, a lot of things had happened in my life, so you have to assume that things have happened to these characters—and that was part of the fun of it.
John Boyega briefly teases Finn’s relationship with Han:
Finn and Han have a very interesting relationship. Han sees a bit of himself in Finn’s bravado, a young guy he can help nurture.
And there’s also a brief description of a sequence being edited by JJ Abrams:
I can confirm that there is a space battle in the film, featuring X-Wings and TIE fighters and something like a Death Star. There is a lightsaber duel, where Kylo Ren is unmasked, revealing an intense-looking, unscarred Driver. There is a weapon that the filmmakers, at least, refer to as a “Sunsucker.” I see a churning energy device on the ground of a planet that sends a massive, lavalike beam upward – Sunsucker or not, it looks scary.
The article itself also does note that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill eagerly talked about working with Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, while Harrison Ford did not mention future movie plans at all—perhaps bolstering the often-repeated rumor that Han perishes during the events of The Force Awakens.
And finally, it also has a new picture of Kylo Ren examining the helmet of Darth Vader.
Entertainment Weekly’s feature on the film includes a brief description of a fight between Tony and Steve’s teams:
While Black Widow gives an all-out thrashing to Ant-Man, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch blast away at the sky — him with his trusty bow and arrows, her with her mystical red energy pulses. They’re trying to knock some unseen threat out of the air. (It’s hard to tell which visual effect they’re imagining.)
It’s definitely not Iron Man. He’s flying low and locked onto another target: Captain America. Evans raises his shield, slings an upper cut through the air, and gets in one more hit against his invisible foe before he’s almost taken out in real life…The shot will end with Iron Man knocking Captain America to his knees. But he’s not going to stay there.
Director Peyton Reed says Hank Pym will still play a major role in the film:
We have tons of notes and things we set up in this movie [Ant-Man]…Michael [Douglas] and Hank Pym [are] gonna be a huge part of the movie, still. As for time jumping and different eras, that remains to be seen.
Here’s a new featurette for the film.
Marco Grazzini has been cast as Joey Montelone, a metahuman who goes on to become the minor Flash villain Tar Pit. In the comics, Montelone has the power of astral projection, but finds his new form trapped inside a mass of molten asphalt. [Comicbook.com]
Speaking of The Flash—Carlos Valdes has been confirmed to reprise his regular role as Cisco Ramon on the team up series. [Entertainment Weekly]
A genuine excuse to break out your “Thanks Obama” jokes—Marvel has announced that due to the U.S. President’s State of the Union Address, the second season premiere has been delayed until January 19th.
Here’s a new viral teaser for the series.
The BBC have released a few images from the Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song”—you can find more at the link. [Blogtor Who]
Here’s a new picture from the midseason finale, “Swan Song”. [Spoiler TV]
Finally, here’s a promo for the series’ superhero-themed episode, “Cape Town”.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.