Gwendoline Christie compares her Force Awakens character to a beloved Star Wars villain. Mark Ruffalo teases Thor: Ragnarok. Lucy Lawless has a bizarre idea for the Xena reboot. Plus, Gotham casts another comic character, mystery casting for Powers and Twin Peaks, and Steven Moffat on Doctor Who’s future. Spoilers Get!
Captain America: Civil War
The Hashtag Show is reporting a few alleged details about The Vision’s role in the movie. Firstly, Civil War will apparently show Vision in a relationship with the Scarlet Witch—a story thread from the comics, in which Wanda and Vision were married for a lengthy period of time. Vision will also allegedly be the “traitor” in Tony Stark’s midst, rather than the heavily anticipated Black Widow, who is also on Tony’s squad in the film.
But the most interesting part of this report is the claim that events during the film will see Vision leave Earth at the end—á la the Hulk absconding at the end of Age of Ultron. Vision will apparently travel into space, leaving the character open to appearances in films like Thor: Ragnarok or perhaps even Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Vision’s spacebound journey could potentially culminate in the Mind Stone (currently embedded in his head) being stolen and used as part of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet—which will of course make a major appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. As ever with unsourced reports like this though, it’s best to treat it as pure rumor for now.
Here’s another look at Captain America’s new suit, courtesy of another official T-Shirt:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Gwendoline Christie says Captain Phasma’s appearance in the film is equivalent to that of Boba Fett’s in the original trilogy:
She is a Boba Fett-style character, which means she makes a lot of impact but she’s not at the forefront of the action all the time.
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Harrison Ford—dressed as a hot dog, as you do—was filled with perhaps unsurprising praise for the movie:
It’s really, really good. The new cast - Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac - are phenomenal. J.J. [Abrams] has made an incredible movie. You will not be disappointed at all. I promise you.
Duracell’s new Star-Wars-themed advert featuring two young children imagining themselves as Jedi fighting off the First Order (with the power of Duracell batteries in their lightsabers) has sparked speculation about Rey’s role in the movie.
The advert, which you can see below, features a young girl dressed as Rey using the Force to incapacitate two Stormtroopers and using a green lightsaber, prompting talk that it “confirms” Rey will become a Jedi in The Force Awakens. However, it’s much more likely that this was simply done for the advert, rather than as any hint for the film—although the most recent trailer did hint at Rey’s Force sensitivity anyway. [H/T Augie Praley]
Speaking to USA Today, Mark Ruffalo teases the movie and Hulk’s relationship with Thor and Loki:
I don’t know what the story is yet, but it’ll be (Loki) and Thor, and then I’ll be in there here and there. But I don’t know any of the particulars quite yet. I’ve talked to Taika (Waititi, the director) a little bit and I like where it’s headed. … Chris (Hemsworth) and I have a really good time together, we goof off and play around when Tom Hiddleston is around. So it’ll be a lot of funny back-and-forth, especially with Taika, he does that really well. It’ll have that kind of antagonistic Odd Couple-thing going on.
The actor also further states that he thinks a Hulk movie is still possible, just far far off in Marvel’s future:
Actually, it feels even further away. It’s not Marvel’s property, it’s Universal’s property. I don’t know. It seems really problematic.
I’d love to do it, it’d be really fun. There’s a lot still to do with the character. I always try to think about different places we could go with him…When you get off of the planet Earth, you can start playing with that stuff a little bit. I’m angling for it. I don’t know if it’ll happen now, but at some point, I’d like to see it happen. When I was doing Age of Ultron — doing the Scarlet Witch acid trip scenes — it really took me a long time to figure out what the Hulk would be afraid of. And then I realized, it was Banner. That relationship is what we’re all so into, but we’ve never seen them in the same scene together — you’re either one or the other, or somewhere in between. But I always imagined that that could be pretty exciting if we could pull it off.
World War Z 2
Dennis Kelly—best known for his work on the British Channel 4 series Utopia—will now write the script. [THR]
Good news! Michael Giacchino will return to score the movie. [/Film]
Contrary to recent rumors, it seems the film will in fact use the original names of the teenage characters of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers for the main cast, according to a tweet from the franchise’s official account:
Speaking of the Rangers, Becky Gomez has been cast as the Yellow Ranger.
Tom Holland has posted a picture to instagram showing his training for the role of Spider-Man, along with a new haircut, similar to the haircut worn by Peter Parker in both the Ultimate Spider-Man comics and animated series. [CBR]
While insisting that it’s too early to know if she’ll appear in the planned reboot, Lucy Lawless instead offered a strange way for her to potentially appear in a new Xena:
If I had my druthers, it would be me in a one-off comedy with Renee O’Connor, Bruce Campbell, and Ted Raimi. Just a ridiculous kind of… Do you remember the “Carry On” movies? They were British. It would be an American version of, I don’t know, some insane, just getting-the-band-back-together for some insane mission that we’re all on. We’re forced to bring one another back. An unusual alliance. We have to solve a great problem.
The Walking Dead
In the least surprising news, the show has been confirmed to return for a seventh season. [CBR]
Steven Moffat hits back at recent rumors surrounding the show’s ratings, saying the series has a long life ahead at the BBC (as does its lead actor, Peter Capaldi):
It is definitely going to last five more years, I’ve seen the business plan. It’s not going anywhere. And I think we can go past that. It’s television’s own legend. It will just keep going. Peter Capaldi is going nowhere.
Here’s a new trailer for the next episode, “The Zygon Inversion”.
Wil Wheaton has been cast in an undisclosed role for the show’s second season. The character, not yet revealed, will make his debut in an upcoming issue of the Powers comic. [CBR]
Speaking of mystery casting, the show has purportedly cast Jennifer Jason Leigh in an undisclosed role. Showtime have yet to confirm the casting, but Jason Leigh was seen by paparazzi filming a scene in the Mojave desert with Kyle MacLachlan. [Deadline]
American Horror Story
A gallery of pictures from “Room Service” has been released—there’s a few more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Likewise, here’s a few images from the wonderfully titled “Abra Cadaver”. Follow the link to see more. [Ksite TV]
Finally, a new poster and teaser trailer have been released for the show’s return.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Avengers: Age of Ultron.