The minds behind the Marvel movie universe explain what to expect from Thor and The Avengers, plus which two superheroes will be next to get their own movies. Plus new Spidey set photos, lots of Doctor Who hints, and more!
Top image from Doctor Who.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige discusses the secrets of Odin's Vault, which houses various dangerous relics:
Everything in that vault and everything you might see if you pause and look behind people's shoulders or as the Einherjar soldiers are walking past – everyone of those has a story and it is from the books. There is Thanos' glove, or certainly a glove that looks like it could be Thanos' gauntlet, is in there for sure. The Warlock's Eye thing [from the first Tales of Asgard stories] is in there. There are some swords. There is a sword there that may or may not be eternal. There are a number of things. There is even one, and in fact I'm not sure if you can see this in the movie or not, but there is one that is empty. There was one sort of subchamber of the vault that didn't have anything in it. So the question is "What used to be in it?"
Feige reaffirmed that this is intended to be a fundamentally standalone movie, as are all the other Marvel movies:
"Maybe I've tricked myself, but I really do look at these movies as stand-alone movies. This 'Thor' film is the first film in what I hope is a franchise of 'Thor' films. 'Captain America' is being constructed and has been produced in a way that it's introducing a 'Captain America' franchise. And 'Avengers', as people will start to see, is not the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe Part Six.' It's 'The Avengers Part One' – it's starting a new franchise, a team-based franchise. It just so happens that they interrelate."
He also says he's OK with the X-Men and Fantastic Four remaining at Fox and Spider-Man staying with Sony:
"I think you have live with the state of the world for the most part, and the state of the world is pretty good. We have great relations, particularly with Sony, and I couldn't be more excited for the new Spidey movie. And the good news is that Spider-Man, The X-Men and Wolverine were never really a part of the Avengers. The core characters – and the characters that we wholly control – are The Avengers, and there is so much to play with there that I don't think we'll find ourselves in a position of going, 'We have to get Spider-Man in here! We have to get The X-Men in here!' Would we like to have them all back? Yes, of course. But as long as they're being well-served where they are now, the studios can continue to make movies for a long, long time."
Feige explained his reaction to recent Transformers: Dark of the Moon footage, and how The Avengers needs to top that spectacle:
"You look at something like that and you go, 'That is gigantic. That is huge. That is awesome. Wow. Boy, we have to equal that.' Literally an hour later I go into the dailies of The Avengers from the first few days of dailies. I saw Sam Jackson as Nick Fury in a slightly redesigned outfit with the eye patch turning around on the bridge of the Helicarrier and I went, 'Oh. That is cooler than anything else. That one shot. That one thing.' I'm not worried anymore."
Tom Hiddleston also weighed in on Loki's plans in the big team-up movie:
I think his motivations change. I think he cares less about… how do I say this without being assassinated? [laughs] I think he's not so concerned with beating his brother anymore. I think he has bigger plans than just being bigger than his brother, I would say. And because his plans get bigger, the necessaries needed to defeat him, I think, need to be bigger.
He expands on Loki's role in another interview:
Well, I think it was a plan from the get-go, but it wasn't really dead-set until near the end of Thor. What was wonderful is that about four days after I wrapped on Thor, I went out for a cup of tea with Joss Whedon. We sat down at two o'clock in the afternoon, and we were still sitting there at six o'clock. He said, "Listen, you've lived with this guy for six months. I want you to spill the beans and tell me all of his dark secrets. Who is this guy? Why is he who he is?" Ken had already shown him a rough cut of the film, and mercifully, everything I had done accorded with Joss's idea of the character, too. I'm really so flattered that Marvel and Josh think I can take them all on. In Avengers, it's going to be me versus seven of them, and I say "Good luck to them," frankly...I think Loki's intelligence is never switched off. Let's put it this way: He has really big, evil plans that will take more than his thunderous brother to put a stop to, but that doesn't mean that the layers aren't still there.
Chris Evans discusses his updated Captain America suit that he will wear in The Avengers, suggesting it's easier to move around in than his outfit in Captain America. [MTV Movies Blog]
Kevin Feige sounds very excited to make this movie happen:
"The next one is Dr. Strange. I'd like to tap into two things: tap more into the world of magic – which 'Thor' isn't, really, but Strange entirely is, and I like that a lot; and then also continue to explore this sort of cosmic side of our universe, which Thor is a big part of, but not the only part. So those two things, in addition to the solid foundation of what's happening on Earth, I think, could be great."
Feige also said this movie is close to getting the green light at last, and that he will be meeting with Edgar Wright this week to go over the latest, and potentially final draft.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner explains how this movie is a reinvention of the franchise:
"X-Men: First Class is very, very different to its predecessors. It's got a different style, a different tone. I believe you have to not just reboot but reinvent. So how do you do it? You make its world unique. You use its strengths. Make it of its world. Nolan's The Dark Knight is vastly different to Favreau's Iron Man. They're very different movies, and that's how you distinguish them. You stay true to your world."
She also discusses the movie's James Bond influences:
"Yes, it's got a Connery, early '60s Bond feel to it. Michael Fassbender's Eric Lehnsherr has definitely got a Bond element to him. And of course we tried to stay true to the look of the '60s, the wardrobes and the hair. We took a few liberties, but mostly we're in that world. And then we have the real events of the time to ground us."
Here are some set photos of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy getting into a police car. There's been some suggestion that she's being arrested, but since she's getting into the front seat it's more likely that this is just a perk of her father George Stacy being a police captain. [Celebrity-gossip.net]
And just to prove this new Spider-Man is totally radical, here are some set photos of Peter Parker skateboarding. [Splash]
Here's a set video.
Well that was fast - Guy Pearce is now officially confirmed to be a part of Ridley Scott's new movie. It's unclear what role he has, although since production has already started it's possible this won't be a main role. In any event, Pearce joins a cast that already includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba, so I'm going to go out on a huge limb here and say this probably won't be completely terrible. [The Playlist]
Mostly unknown actress Jacqueline Emerson has been cast as Foxface, a cunning tribute from District 5. Chris Mark has been cast as her unnamed fellow District 5 combatant. [Hollywood Crush]
Here are some of the first set photos for the Clash of the Titans sequel. [Tumba Abierta]
30 Rock's Katrina Bowden has joined the cast. [ComingSoon.net]
[gallery 5797901] Here are some promo photos for "The Curse of the Black Spot." [Blogtor Who]
And here are some teasers for the episode:
• The TARDIS does something "new" that the Doctor didn't know it could do.
• A character first seen in the Series 6 opening story returns.
• We meet a new race of *****.
• Amy has a flashback.
• A gag from "The Curse of Fatal Death" is evoked through The Doctor's friendship with a famous psychoanalyst.
• The Doctor gets it wrong, more than once.
• We see Amy and Rory sleep together.
• The Doctor does something very similar to Amy that he performed in "Day of the Moon."
Leaving aside the somewhat tangled syntax of that last sentence, I'm going to make a wild guess and say the returning character will be the mysterious eye-patch wearing woman from "Day of the Moon", which was easily the weirdest and most unexplained mystery in an episode full of weird, mysterious, unexplained things. Actually, that has since been confirmed, but I'd like to take a bit of credit for guessing it independently. Anyway, the woman has been identified as Frances Barber, who we already know is playing Madam Kovarian in episodes 7 and 8. In fact, a previous set report suggests Amy killed this character at some point, albeit in a now aborted timeline. So it's quite probable that we will be seeing more glimpses of her in the next few episodes before her main appearance. [Blogtor Who and Doctor Who Spoilers]
Here are some set photos that are apparently from episode 7, "A Good Man Goes to War." Intriguingly, one of the photos depicts two cribs, one of which appears to be colored in TARDIS blue, feature lots of TARDIS-like steampunk imagery, and even has a top that closely resembles traditional Time Lord hats. So this probably has something to do with the regenerating girl, Amy's pregnancy, or both. [Doctor Who Spoilers]
Here's a promo for episode 4.
Here's an interview with Mark Addy, who plays King Robert Baratheon.
And here's an interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Ser Jaime Lannister.
Tony Curran, who played Vincent Van Gogh on Doctor Who, says he has been offered a role in the show's second season. Current speculation for which role he might up for includes Stannis, Davos, and Edmure. [Winter is Coming]
Here's a photo from the finale, the aptly named "Chuck vs. the Cliffhanger", featuring Sarah in her wedding dress for a marriage that may or may not happen. And speaking about things that might happen but aren't exactly guaranteed, executive producer Chris Fedak says he's still hopeful for a fifth season, in part because he wants to tell the story of "a Chuck baby." [TV Guide]
Here's an interview with stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, and Joshua Gomez.
Here's a sneak peek for "The Man Who Would Be King."
And here's a preview clip for "Prophecy."
Here's a first photo of Allison Mack as Chloe in the finale, wearing her bridesmaid dress for Lois and Clark's wedding. [Zap2It]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.