No, Doctor Strange will probably not feature a Spider-Man cameo. The Flash casts another comic book villain. Lev Grossman teases the differences between The Magicians books and the show. Plus, good news for The Librarians, the stunts of The Force Awakens, and Black Mirror starts casting. So many Spoilers!
Marvel have released a new synopsis for the film:
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling has been cast against Sam Worthington in this near-future set movie about a military family who participate in genetic modification trials to prepare humanity to live in space. [Deadline]
Marvel Co-President Louis D’Esposito has shared another picture from the set, this time featuring himself and new Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. Naturally, this has led to speculation that Spider-Man will appear in the movie—but do you think Marvel would reveal that kind of cameo from an early tweet from the set? Highly unlikely.
The Wrap is reporting that director Rebecca Thomas is in talks to helm the live action adaptation of the classic tale for Universal.
Lawrence Kasdan offers a minor update on the film:
Yes, and we’re actually quite far along. My son [Jon] and I have written the story about young Han Solo. Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it, and we’re still working on the script. It’s still developing. It should be crazy because those guys are amazingly talented and you don’t know what they’re going to do. What they did with “LEGO” was amazing. So that should be a crazy movie.
Here’s another featurette, this time focusing on the stunt work on the film.
Hank Henshaw/Martian Manhunter actor David Harewood says that the White Martians—a species from the comics on Mars who wiped out the green martian race of J’onn J’onnz, leading to his arrival on Earth as Martian Manhunter—are going to play a part in the show:
In Episode 11, we have a visitor from another planet who’s a White Martian. There are two Martian species - it feels really weird talking about this (laughs) I’ve not been able to say anything about it - there is a Green Martian species and a White Martian species and the White Martians, in our story, are responsible for the death of the whole of the Green Martians. It was a fire and they burned them and we get to see a lot of that.
In an interview with wetpaint, Natalie Dormer briefly teases the sixth season:
Gone off piste — we don’t have the books any more … This is Dan and David’s first independent season without the penmanship of George R.R. [Martin]. It’s going to be very interesting for the fans to see. It’s completely fresh snow to step into.
Adam Stafford has been cast as the DC comics villain Geomancer, who will appear in episodes 13 and 14 of the current season. Described as “a dangerous meta-human with the unique ability to create earthquakes,” Geomancer was briefly a villainous member of the Injustice Society. [CBR]
Rejoice! The show has been renewed for a third season by TNT. [TV Line]
Magicians author Lev Grossman briefly hits on the difference between the show and the books in a new post on his website:
For example: the characters are a few years older than in the books – they’re entering graduate school rather than college. Also in the books we don’t learn about Julia’s life and her world until the second book, but in the show she’s a major character from the start. And Janet’s name is Margo. Penny is way more badass than Penny in the books. Also there’s an extra Physical Kid whose name is Kady.
Some things from the books don’t happen, some things happen differently, and other things happen that are nowhere in the books. When you see this stuff you may find yourself asking, why, great triple-horned god, why?
The answer to all of this is basically, because of TV. It’s a different medium, and you tell stories differently there. Not everything translates directly.
The new Netflix-incarnation of the series has begun casting: Mackenzie Davis (The Martian) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who, Belle) have allegedly been cast. [Den of Geek]
Here’s a bevy of new pictures from the premiere episode, “A New Season... AKA Suck It, Cancellation Bear”—you can find more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
TV Line has an exclusive featurette featuring the cast and crew discussing the lexicon of the show.
Finally, here’s a couple of new pictures from the Christmas Special, “The Husbands of River Song”. [Blogtor Who]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Supergirl.