With Comic-Con International 2013 on the horizon for next week, more detail has begun to filter through for the “Agent Carter” Marvel One-Shot. Starring actress Hayley Atwell reprising her role as Agent Peggy Carter, the bonus feature on the “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray is a period piece set after “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
“It’s a year since Cap plunged into the ocean,” Marvel Studios co-President Louis D’Esposito said. “And in our mind, we said there’s a few SSR offices. If you want to relate it to now, it’s like the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. The SSR is the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s some satellite offices in New York and right now their primary concern is getting Zodiac.”
Joining Atwell in the short are Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark and Bradley Whitford as Agent Flynn with possible cameos from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
EW.com has posted a round-up of what it knows so far about both the upcoming “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot and the 1 hour, 15 minute panel at CCI 2013. While details are sparse on both, EW notes that the pilot will hint at how Coulson was “resurrected to lead the team after being killed off in ‘The Avengers'” and the story will pick up a thread from a non-“Avengers” Marvel film.
“We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends,” said Jed Whedon, who further noted the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” crew and the heavy superhero hitters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are aware of each other, “but they do have their own lives.”
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According to a Digital Spy interview with “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright, the script is finally complete.
“The script is all done. I actually put ‘Ant-Man’ on the back-burner to make [‘The World’s End’] for a number of reasons,” Wright told Digital Spy. “The thing is, that character’s been around since 1962, so he’s not going anywhere. The later we leave it, the better the special effects will be.”
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Collider spoke with Guillermo del Toro about his “Justice League Dark” project, “Dark Justice” and the film’s current state of development, which the director called “very active.”
“I’m doing one more revision while we wait for the writer. It’s somebody big, [and] we’re patiently waiting for that writer,” del Toro told Collider. “I think it’s worth it, I think it’s a guy we all admire. I’m doing my revisions on my sort of Bible, on my story for the film. I can tell you it’s the writing project I’ve enjoyed the most in English. ‘Devil’s Backbone’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ are in Spanish, but of all my writing and screenplays, this was so much fun because it was character. It was a pretty easy plot, but the character interaction, Swamp Thing with Deadman and Demon, it’s so joyful for me to write that. Constantine is such a great character, so dry. I think it could be a great movie. I don’t want to do many changes until the proper writer comes onboard.”
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Hugh Jackman spoke with MTV about his experience coming in as Wolverine while shooting “Days of Future Past.”
“It’s been so fascinating to me, because I’ve been right in the heart of all the X-Men movies,” Jackman said. “All of a sudden after the first six weeks after we did the future stuff, it was coming into a movie where Bryan Singer and I had worked together, but along came this ensemble that had worked together. They had their own dynamic. It was almost like stepping into their movie and a whole new thing. I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a cast this talented.”
Meanwhile, Jackman also spoke with Collider about the possibility of crossing over all the Marvel characters — from the X-Men and Spider-Man to the Avengers.
“Mate, I ask the same question. I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise,” Jackman told Collider. “I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.’ But I believe-maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.”
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Peter Jackson has posted via Facebook that Martin Freeman has wrapped shooting on “The Hobbit” trilogy.
“Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins. The end of an incredible two and a half years,” Jackson said via Facebook. “I cannot imagine anyone else in this role – a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill.
“We have said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been gruelling and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be pretty great!”
“The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” opens December 13
EW.com interviewed “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat about the impending departure of actor Matt Smith from the iconic role and the act of casting a new Doctor.
“I’ve known broadly speaking for a very long while [that Matt Smith was leaving] because I knew how long, when he first came in, he was broadly speaking intending to do,” Moffat told EW of Smith’s departure. “And obviously, being the man I am, I always tried to persuade him to do longer and to do more and he [stayed] a little bit longer than he intended to. I knew that he would do what most of them do and do his three years. It’s a difficult thing for any departing Doctor.”
“Doctor Who” returns for its 50th Anniversary Special November 23.
Comic Book Movie has posted two clips from “R.I.P.D.” featuring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Mary Louise Parker.
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Yahoo! Movies has posted a 2 and a half minute long clip of “Pacific Rim” entitled “Anchorage 2020.”
Meanwhile, Spinoff Online spoke with Ron Pearlman about his experience re-teaming with Guillermo del Toro for the film and his character, Hannibal Chau.
“Well, he’s kind of a guy who invented himself,” Pearlman told Spinoff. “He’s looking for a way in this world to satiate his unending appetites. He’s self-indulgent – he’s a complete hedonist. He loves dressing a certain way. He loves having the right wristwatch, the right car, the right plane. He’s that guy. So he doesn’t have a particular moral compass, and he doesn’t have a particular set of political affiliations or idealistic affiliations. He’s just a war profiteer, and he doesn’t even make a judgment call on the number of lives he’s stepping on in order to serve his insatiable financial needs. So he’s a pretty superficial guy, but he’s also very theatrical, because the choice to have Ron Perlman play a guy named Hannibal Chau, right there you’re making a decision up.”
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