New rumors abound about how Spider-Man makes his entrance in Civil War. Neal Scanlan teases the aliens of Rogue One. You probably won’t see Iron Fist hit Netflix this year. Plus, teases for Jewel Staite’s Legends of Tomorrow character, and a first look at Killer Frost and Deathstorm on The Flash. Behold, Spoilers!
Connie Nielsen has been cast as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons and mother of Wonder Woman. [THR]
Geek.com claims to know how Spider-Man will make his entry into the movie. Allegedly Peter Parker is sought out directly by Tony Stark, to recruit him to his team to help hunt down Captain America—offering him a fancy new supersuit to sweeten the deal. Peter apparently accepts, because he grew up (this Peter would’ve been around five years old during the events of the first Iron Man film) idolizing Tony Stark.
Michael B. Jordan has doubts that a sequel will happen:
I’m not sure, man... As much as we want and we like these characters, and we like these worlds and stuff like that, we [actors] have such a small say in what goes on behind closed doors—all that other, extra stuff. Also, I love the character. I’m a big comic book fan, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to do it in the first place. We’ll see what happens.
Simon Kinberg says that the movie’s scale sets it apart from the past X-Men films:
I think in some ways, it’s the biggest X-Men film we’ve done, both in terms of the external stakes—we’ve never done one of these before where there’s an extinction-level event for the whole world—and I think it’s the biggest emotionally, too. Because the situation is so heightened, the dynamic between the main characters is as heightened and intense as it’s ever been.
Creature designer Neal Scanlan says that the film will feature more “realistic” aliens, as they’re a larger part of the story rather than background dressing like The Force Awakens:
In the world of ’Force Awakens,’ there was a real mixture of all different kinds, very much like the original Cantina sequence. Working with Gareth now on ’Rogue One,’ he sees these aliens as being much more part of the human [world]. They cohabitate, they work together and so it’s pushed us very much to create characters that are more realistic.
They move more realistically, they’re able to emote more than maybe the characters that we did for ’The Force Awakens.’ So they’re a closer part of the storytelling. They’re less of the world, and they’re more of this group who have a mission, and play a part in that.
David Ayer has revealed a new poster for the film—go to the link to see some similarly-designed posters for each individual character. [CBR]
Here’s a new TV spot for the film.
Following yesterday’s announcement that the show would return for a second season, Melissa Rosenberg took to the Television Critics Association Press Tour to briefly tease the show’s return—even though Jeph Loeb admitted at the same event they only discovered the show’s renewal was happening at the same time the public did. First off, Rosenberg discusses continuing to use elements from the comics, including Alias:
I will always use as much as I possible can from the book, We’ve gone away from the mythology of the book, the MCU is very different in terms of its mythology from the [comics]. The nature of that is we’re probably not going to be able to do parallel storylines. But I take every little piece I can.
And wanting to keep a tight focus on Jessica’s personal growth:
I think I just want it to be about her character. She’s a very damaged character, and that damage goes beyond Kilgrave. There’s a lot to mine from in her backstory and into her present day situation.
Rosenberg also used the opportunity to acknowledge elements like the show’s tie-in to Civil War (presumably, as they share a universe, but unsure of how exactly just yet) as well as Luke and Jessica’s romantic relationship (once again, unsure of how it will pan out just yet—it’s clear the season is still in the absolute earliest days of development).
Here’s a suitably mysterious teaser image that was released as part of the season 2 announcement.
Speaking of Marvel Netflix though, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos offered a brief update on the Iron Fist series, saying that casting is underway, but it’s unlikely that the show will air this year, as Netflix are loosely following a “two Marvel shows a year” format:
It’s certainly possible [to release more than two in a year] but these [Marvel series] are produced on a scale of a major film. So there are long production times and long post times. And in some cases we have character crossovers, which makes it a little difficult to manage production. It’s not the goal to put out more than one or two a year.
Pilou Asbæk briefly teases being cast as Euron Greyjoy in the next season:
There’s no one like Euron Greyjoy.
It came as a surprise. When I came home that night, there was like two-hundred calls and two-hundred unanswered text messages and stuff like that. That was quite intense, I’ll tell you that.
Following the announcement of a Kiefer Sutherland-less 24 series, writers Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Patrick McKay, John D. Payne, who all helped co-create the series as well as establish the main story, have left the Hellfire series, as Katz and Coto move on to focus on the 24 reboot. [THR]
Gary Newman, co-chairman of Fox Television, is optimistic there’ll be more from the show beyond the six new episodes:
The biggest impediment to going forward with ‘The X-Files’ was the schedules of David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson]. Even the other night at the premiere, we were all laughing and joking about doing this again.
Here’s a new trailer, with a smattering of new footage, from the show’s TCA Press tour panel.
FX CEO John Landgraf offers a brief update on the show’s progress, teasing that there’ll be several announcements soon:
There’s a kind of a scrum of interest in that. We’ve had a number of producers and writers who really want to participate in that. Ultimately, it’s Brian’s call who he wants to work with, and I think that’ll come out soon.
Executive producer Phil Klemmer teases Jewel Staite’s guest character, Rachel Turner:
She’s related to one of our heroes. We will find that she’s not a person off the street. We are going into the most distant future that we will be visiting, and we will find that she is the biological result of something that one of our characters either directly or indirectly did before their recruitment in the pilot, in 2016. As we know, when we pull our characters out of the timeline, they cease to have an effect on the future, but this will be a sort of Ghost of Christmas Future where somebody will realize that something that they did before they left had a butterfly effect on the future that will effectively—they will have aided and abetted Vandal Savage’s rise to power.
Arthur Darvill finds himself in familiar sci-fi territory with this timey-wimey promo about Rip Hunter.
Here’s a brief synopsis for “Unchained,” teasing the return of Roy Harper:
ROY HARPER RETURNS; NYSSA MAKES HER MOVE — The team faces off against a formidable villain nicknamed The Calculator (guest star Tom Amandes). Meanwhile, Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) makes her move and Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes) returns to Star City.
Finally, here’s a few pictures from Entertainment Weekly, revealing the villainous alternates of Caitlin and Ronnie, as Killer Frost and Deathstorm.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Jessica Jones.