AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
CBR’s Kiel Phegley spoke with the cast and crew of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” at Comic-Con International 2013, including everyone’s favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, actor Clark Gregg, who reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson.
“I knew that you weren’t quite dead if you died in the comics, but I also knew that if Joss killed you off, you were dead,” Gregg told CBR. “They told me ‘what happens to you is what brings the Avengers together’ on a phone call, and I was kind of expecting in the script that I’d see Hulk doing some squats and then take off. I knew there were a lot of movies stars in there [and didn’t expect a big part]. So when I saw that Joss had made Coulson the centerpiece of the thing and really made his death mean something, I was really blown away.
“I didn’t expect to come back, and didn’t really want to come back. I thought it was important that in that world, someone could really die. Otherwise, it’s not like the real world. So when they called me, I was thrilled because I love playing the guy, but I had to make sure it was as complex and dark as my understanding of death — even in a sci-fi world. And from everything I got from Joss, it’ll be all those things and more.”
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Joe and Anthony Russo spoke with Collider about a myriad of topics, including the post-credits scene and Stan Lee’s inevitable cameo.
Crave Online spoke with Cobie Smulders, who reprises her “Avengers” role as Maria Hill, about the focus of the sequel.
“It’s an entirely different movie [from ‘The Avengers’],” Smulders told Crave Online. “It’s very much reality based and they try to bring the character into the world of now. He was very much affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D. so watching that dynamic play out is what the movie is.”
Opens April 4, 2014
Flash fact: The CW is developing a “Flash” series to spin out of “Arrow.” Announced at the TCA press tour by CW president Mark Pedowitz, the introduction of Barry Allen as the Flash will occur during three episodes (the eight, ninth and twentieth) “Arrow’s” second season, the last of which will serve as a “Flash” backdoor pilot.
“When we first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist … an ordinary man,” “Arrow” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy. Some of it will feel very familiar to DC Comics, some of it hopefully will feel different, fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we’re approaching Barry.”
Speaking of “Arrow,” the cast and crew of the series hit Comic-Con International, discussing things to come for the fan-favorite CW drama.
“The island stuff in episode 1 [of Season 2] might be my favorite thing from the series so far,” said “Arrow” star Stephen Amell. “We find Oliver five months later on the island, doing stuff he doesn’t normally do — namely smiling. Fyers’ men are dead. They’re still on the island but resigned to it, so we find Oliver almost in a happy place. It’s strange. The good thing about playing Oliver on the island is that he’s such a different person that when I play Oliver in the present day — standing up straight, puffing out my chest, making sure the register of my voice is where it should be — I then get to go to the island and let all of that stuff go. I get to play the character with no ego whatsoever. And it’s like a different show. I hope that more people have to be a part of that show.”
The Huffington Post reports that CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed that the Black Canary — played by Caity Lotz and set to make her debut on the upcoming season — will actually be Sara Lance, Laurel’s sister believed to have died during the shipwreck of the Queen’s Gambit that set Oliver on his path to the island.
“I hope it brings a certain amount of conflict since she’s playing the sister of Laurel Lance,” Pedowitz told reporters. “It’s an origin story — don’t know if this character is the Black Canary or is not the Black Canary, but it is an origin story. Remember, Laurel Lance was the Black Canary in the DC Universe.”
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
The “X-Men: Days of Future Past” viral website for Trask Industries has been updated with a video commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sentinels.
Opens May 23, 2014
A new “Kick-Ass 2” TV spot has hit online, featuring snippets of new footage for the upcoming sequel.
Yahoo! Movies has posted an extended clip of Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s scene where his character learns the power of the almighty dollar.
Opens August 16
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Will Arnett spoke with Zap2It about his character Vernon Fenwick in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and how he interacts with both April O’Neil and the Turtles.
“In this version, Vernon is April’s cameraman, so they work together as opposed to being her adversary,” Arnett told Zap2It. “He’s a little reluctant when she starts talking about [how] she found these vigilantes and they’re turtles and all this stuff and he kinds of looks at her like she’s crazy. Once the action gets going and she kind of gets in trouble, Vernon steps up and helps her and then he becomes part of it as well. He helps April help the Turtles.”
Opens June 6, 2014
MTV spoke with Mark Wahlberg about his role in “Transformers 4,” and while the actor avoided discussing any Dinobot-related spoilers, he was able to give an overview of what fans can expect.
“It feels like a completely different movie, very fresh,” Wahlberg told MTV. “Obviously, it’s a really interesting dynamic, being a young, single dad having a teenage daughter, trying to succeed as an inventor, having very little means and also trying to provide for my family. Then all hell breaks loose.”
Opens June 27, 2014
Ray Park stopped by the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con, discussing his long career embedded in pop culture and his experience playing Snake Eyes in “G.I. Joe.”