Plus watch two new clips from Avengers 2, and read Joss Whedon's explanation of why this movie is a very personal project. And find out what's up with Black Panther and Inhumans. Another star joins the live-action Beauty and the Beast. Plus Arrow and The Flash tease the CW's spinoff show. To Me, My Spoilers!
Top image: The Flash.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Kevin Feige sat down with MTV, confirming that while Captain Marvel isn't in the film,there was an early version of the script where she was, before she was cut for story reasons:
“It didn’t feel like the time,” Feige said. “We didn’t want to introduce her fully formed flying in a costume before you knew who she was or how she came to be.”
He also sat down with Collider, flatly telling them that Spider-Man would definitely not appear in a post-credits sequence for the film.
Joss Whedon talks about the process of cutting the movie down from its first 3+ hour runtime:
Whedon’s first cut of Age of Ultron came in at nearly three and a half hours; eventually, he and Feige worked together to slice the film down to 142 minutes. “There's one or two things that I'm unhappy about nothaving in there, but they're small,” said Whedon.
“Is it perfect? It is not,” said Whedon. “Is it me? It's so baldly, nakedly me. To do something that is as personal as this movie is—on that budget, for a studio that needs a summer tentpole—is an extraordinary privilege.”
“Ultron's pain is very, very real to me,” said Whedon. “He can't control the wayhis pain makes him behave.” Whedon pauses, his soft voice grown evensofter. “And I can relate to that.”
Tons more at the link. [Slate]
Black Widow calms the Hulk down and Tony gets chewed out about designing the Ultron program in two new clips from the film. [ CBR]
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Feige has been busy on the Age of Ultron press junket. /Film has comments from him offering updates on some of the "Phase 3" movies:
Thor 3 is being scripted right now and I think we get a draft soon. Particularly [Chris] Hemsworth is hounding me during this junket so I’m going to push the writers [Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost] to hurry.
Black Panther same thing. I have some director meetings set in the next few weeks once [Avengers: Age of Ultron] gets out the door. And casting is already under way in many ways. Some of which you know about, some of which you don’t.
Inhumans is way down the line.
And Captain Marvel:
Captain Marvel, we’re ready to announce writers hopefully in the next week or two.
Following the reveal that John Connor is the bad guy in yesterday's trailer, an interview with the Independent has stoked rumours that Matt Smith's role in the film is equally villainous — specifically that he's playing a new Terminator that can Brainwash people, the role expanding beyond Genisys into two additional movies. It speculatory on their behalf though, so take it with a pinch of salt:
Since completing Lost River, Smith headed to New Orleans to enjoy his first taste of studio excess, Terminator Genisys. “I love those movies[and] I’m very excited to be a part of those films,” he says,cautiously. “Obviously I can’t talk in too much detail about my role.”His role has been largely kept under wraps, though rumours have it that he’s playing a T-5000 – an advanced Terminator with the ability to brainwash humans.
With his character said to have a bigger presence in two further planned instalments, it caps a remarkable rise for Smith.
Captain America: Civil War
The movie will be the first film to shoot with IMAX's 2D cameras. Around fifteen minutes will be shot using the new cameras. [Variety]
Beauty And The Beast
Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been cast as Plumette, the feather duster. [ Variety]
Disney has signed on to both co-produce and co-finance the film. [ Coming Soon]
Here's a new TV spot. [ Coming Soon]
Just Jared has some more pictures of filming, including a man in a motion-capture suit that's presumably for returning mutant Colossus — go to the link to see more.
Here's another blurry set picture:
Mad Max: Fury Road
Here are some new high-res promo pictures from Warner Bros.:
And here's some for Pan, too:
This promo for the last few episodes of each show's current seasons doesn't actually contain footage from either: It does however, have Barry, Ollie, and the other heroes and villains from the show duking it out in a superhero fight club, which is even better.
And here's an accompanying poster teasing the next episode of The Flash, "All-Star Team Up":
Punkd_Images has a picture of filming, featuring the Arrow and Flash alongside several members of the new team, including Victor Stein, Captain Cold, and Caity Lotz's alleged White Canary. [via Spoiler TV]
The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder talks about the presence of a cure for vampirism:
"[The gift] is so profoundly [huge] — that's going to be the big catalyst; that's going to be the big thing that changes everything," Somerhalder told THR. "Having that knowledge that this exists is a big game-changer story-wise."
Executive Producer Caroline Dries offers a 5 word teaser for what Nina Dobrev's departure will look like:
Surprising. Satisfying. Intriguing. Hopeful. Sad.
[ TV Line]
Entertainment Weekly has a picture of Enzo in his pre-vampire days.
Once Upon A Time
Here's a press release for "Sympathy for the De Vil":
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW IS BETTER THAN THE DE VIL YOU’LL MEET, ON ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME”
Kristin Bauer van Straten (“True Blood”) and Victoria Smurfit (“Dracula”) Guest Star
“Sympathy for the De Vil” – In fictional 1920s England, viewers meet a young Cruella, whose oppressive mother uses her Dalmatians to terrorize her daughter. Cruella is confined to her mother’s attic until a mysterious stranger arrives and empowers her to challenge her captor. In Storybrooke, Regina gains leverage to keep Gold from interfering with her plan to rescue Robin, but her trip to New York takes the backseat when she and Emma learn that Cruella has kidnapped Henry, on “Once Upon a Time".
[ Spoiler TV]
Ben McKenzie discusses the finale:
I was shocked at how far we went. It is just jammed. I'm actually, hopefully, going to see a cut of it on Wednesday with Danny Cannon, who directed the finale which — it was great to get Danny back, who did the pilot and really helped create, along with production staff, the look and feel of the show. The finale, it's almost chaos. I mean, not everybody lives. Many people do not emerge, even if they do live, whole, let's say, from the experience. Yep, there's guns blazing and cars — it's just crazy.
Here's a few promo pictures for "The Anvil or The Hammer". [ Spoiler TV]
Dragons: Race To The Edge
The Netflix series based on the How To Train Your Dragon movies will première July 26th. [Coming Soon]
American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Paulson has been confirmed to return. [ Coming Soon]
Person Of Interest
Here's a press release for "Asylum":
REESE AND FUSCO ARE CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF A WAR BETWEEN CRIME BOSSES WHO ARE THE TWO NEW POIs, ON “PERSON OF INTEREST,” TUESDAY, APRIL 28
“Asylum” – Reese and Fusco get caught in the war between the two newest POIs, rival crime bosses Elias (Enrico Colantoni) and Dominic (Winston Duke). Also, a tantalizing clue to Shaw’s whereabouts leads Finch and Root into a possible trap, and Control (Camryn Manheim) goes rogue to uncover the true intentions of the Samaritan program, on PERSON OF INTEREST
[ Spoiler TV]
Liz yearns for non-Brain food in this clip from "Flight of the Living Dead".
Netflix has released a high-res still showing off the red suit in its full glory.
Agents Of SHIELD
Skye learns to hone her powers in this clip from "Melinda". [ CBR]
Finally, here's some behind the scenes pictures from recent filming. [via Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders.