Check out what appears to be our first glimpse of Chewbacca's look in The Force Awakens. Yet another character is supposedly in the running to appear in Suicide Squad. Bruce Campbell spills the details on the Evil Dead TV series. And did Clark Gregg just hint at an Avenger cameo in Agents of SHIELD? Spoilers now!
Top image: Ant-Man
Take all of this with the requisite salt, but someone who claims to be "close to the production" e-mailed Starlog with information about how Ant-Man will tie into the rest of the Marvel universe. It repeats the older rumor that Hank Pym will be seen working with Howard Stark, Arnim Zola, and Alexnder Pierce. In addition, Pym will meet a young version of Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, who will show up again in the after-credits sequence to recruit Pym to joinTony Stark's side in the conflict. Ross reportedly answers a question about why he's there with "Haven't you seen the news? We're at war."
The source adds that Ross will be a "begrudging" ally of Stark in Civil War, giving him military support to enforce the movie's version of the Registration Act. Apparently, the events of Age of Ulron will make Stark less willing to use his own technology. Added to this, Starlog's source says that Black Widow will be arrested for aiding the fugitive heroes, and her eventual jailbreak in another movie could provide a way to introduce Scott Lang into the Avengers. [Starlog]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
In an piece in Entertainment Weekly, Joss Whedon says he used the parent-killing baby in Ray Bradbury's story "The Small Assassin" as a reference for Ultron, who is programmed to protect humanity but decides that we're our own worst enemy. Whedon explains:
I don't remember seeing an artificial intelligence movie where the robot is bonkers — the most emotionally unstable person in the film — and who has this knowledge of 3,000 years of recorded history and who is a pouty teen, all at the same time.
More details in this week's print issue. [EW]
A post on Reddit from someone who claims to have spent a "good hour" at Warner Brothers in a focus group for this movie says that they were asked a bunch of questions about their comics knowledge, with a particular focus on the New 52 and Harley Quinn — in such a way that seemed to indicate that the current conception of the film has Harley Quinn as the lead. The post also read:
The director of the movie joined us; he asked whether any of us had watched Speed. He said that that blend of action with a time sensitive conflict was what inspired the plot of Suicide Squad.
The director asked what we enjoyed more in an action movie, a serious action movie like The Raid or a more comedic approach like in the Jump Street movies.
And here's how the plot was described to them:
Near the end, we were broken into groups of three (there were 9 of us total) and given a one page summary of the plot, we were asked to describe what we liked and didn't like.
What we were given mentioned Harley Quinn being needed to decipher a complex series of bombs planted throughout Gotham. Harley is estranged from The Joker, and her knowledge is being used to figure out where The Joker has placed the bombs. Deathstroke is Amanda Waller's personal bodyguard, and he's placed in the squad to oversee that they do not deviate from the mission perimeters. The plot then becomes more complex as The Joker has a far more complex goal in mind.
I'm paraphrasing what the other plots were, but they all deviated slightly. Some had Harley as being a part of the squad, but betraying them for The Joker. The other involved a conspiracy from Lex Luthor which involves working with The Joker.
My final impressions are positive. Before we left the director showed us concept art. Some were ok. The boomerang guy and the witch girl were not that great. I really liked Deathstrokes design, they really gave him this realistic but tech-geared look that is probably the best design I've ever seen of Deathstroke.
The poster then contacted Comic Book Movie to emphasize that he did mean Deathstroke and not Deadshot. [Comic Book Movie]
In a recent interview, Neil Gaiman said that there was a time that he thought Benedict Cumberbatch would make a great Morpheus — but now that he's committed to Doctor Strange, it's not a possibility. He then said "But then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there!" Gaiman now wants to make clear that this was a joke, tweeting:
[via Comic Book Resources]
In the thank you video to everyone who gave to the UNICEF-supporting Force for Change charity drive, there is the first, very brief, glance at Chewbacca as he will presumably appear in The Force Awakens. [via Spinoff Online]
Mad Max: Fury Road
Entertainment Weekly has a number of stills from next year's big movies. First up, Mad Max: Fury Road. When Max first meets Imperator Furiosa, they have a knock-down fight in the dirt before they finally join forces. "This is not just two people standing there punching each other," says George Miller. "This is a question of which one of them is going to survive."[Entertainment Weekly]
And now, what looks like a still from the moment in the trailer revealing Chris Pratt and his velociraptor gang. [Entertainment Weekly]
In the print issue of Entertainment Weekly, Neil Blompkamp says, "It's an exploration into innocence — about this [created] being that wants the affection of his parents, but he's split between two sets of parents." He adds, "He's a robot that's more human than the human beings are." Chappie is engineered as a security drone for Johannesburg's militaristic police force, but he's rebooted by an idealistic scientist (Dev Patel) and given free will, only to be kidnapped by a pair of street thugs who give him a fresh set of directive, which include carjacking and gun-toting, and teach him to mangle street phrases like, "What's up, fuckermother?" There are more details in the current issue of the magazine. [EW]
Below is a still of the titular robot. [Entertainment Weekly]
Also from Entertainment Weekly is the description of the film's plot as having George Clooney's Frank Walker, an exile from Tomorrowland, becoming a reluctant guide for a young woman played by Britt Robertson. "Something has happened in this place," says Damon Lindelof. "Determining why it's been kept a secret, and why Frank Walker is living here instead of there, is all in the spine of our adventure." [EW]
There's a bit more information on the Evil Dead sequel series, which is expected on Starz sometime next year. According to the latest print issue of Entertainment Weekly, the show will be a "half-hour horror comedy where Ash takes a road trip to banish his demons alongside two young helpers and his trusty boomstick." Bruce Campbell elaborates on this somewhat, saying of the TV show's Ash:
Ash has survivor's guilt… He's a war vet. He doesn't want to talk about and he'll like about that stump on his hand to impress the ladies. That's what I look forward to playing—a guy with horrible flaws.
He also said that a sequel movie would have been too expensive but "in the format of a TV show, we could give people exactly what they wanted and expand the character and the story even more." More details in the print magazine. [EW via Shock Till You Drop]
Also in the latest Entertainment Weekly, Jonathan Nolan says of the project, in which Anthony Hopkins plays the park's creative visionary, and Ed Harris plays a version of the robot gunslinger from the movie:
[It's] a place where you can be whoever you want to be and there are no consequences — no rules, no limitations. ... What happens in Westworld stays in Westworld. ... We intend to make the most ambitious, subversive, fucked up television series.
He adds that the show is about "the things that keep you up at night." As with other stuff here, there's more details in the magazine. [EW]
Last Man on Earth
From Entertainment Weekly: The show about the final male in a post-apocalyptic Tucson. will be executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and directed the pilot. Miller says "there's a craziness to it" but "it's emotionally grounded and it's unlike anything else you've ever seen." There's also a section in the print issue where they talk about the show's various influences. [EW]
Agents of SHIELD
Here's one that comes with a major warning against reading too much into it: Clark Gregg posted a panel from Secret Avengers #10 to his Facebook page, a panel which shows Coulson and Hawkeye in a standoff. There is no commentary with the photo, so it could be nothing, it could be just a cool picture — or it could be a real hint that Clint Barton will appear in Agents of SHIELD. Jeremy Renner has said that, if he was offered the chance, there was "an outside chance" he'd appear on Agents of SHIELD. It goes hand in hand with Adrianne Palicki saying that she was sure that her version of Mockingbird's background with Hawkeye "will come to light." The image Gregg posted is below. [Comic Book Resources]
Once Upon a Time
Ernie Hudson will appear in episode 15 of this season playing Poseidon, who in Once's version of events is the father of Ursula (Merring Dungey) as well as Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who will also be in the episode). [Deadline]
Here's the last bit from this week's Entertainment Weekly: Stephen DeKnight promises Daredevil will be "grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we're not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity." Although promo shots have shown Daredevil in a black Frank Miller-inspired outfit, he will get his trademark red costume. Charlie Cox says the biggest challenge is buttoning his shirt without looking at where the buttons are, because Daredevil wouldn't know where they are, but not fumbling either. [EW]
In episode 10.14, Martin Budny will play Guard 2 and Brandyn Eddy will be the "Pitching Demon." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a little featurette on the second half of the season, with star Sam Hueghan calling it "a lot darker." [via Entertainment Weekly]
When the show returns on January 16, 2015, it will be moved to the 8 PM timeslot for the remaining episodes of season one. [K Site TV]
Game of Thrones
Here's a photo from Manu Bennett showing him back on the set as Slade. [via SpoilerTV]
Episode 2.12 will be called "Rubicon" and Christian Tessier will play the role of Caspian. And episode 2.14 will be called "Bodyguard of Lies," according to a tweet from Isaiah Washington. [SpoilerTV, SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das