Collider has posted the full interview with Kevin Feige that’s had tidbits pulled from it all week. It’s worth it to read the whole thing in context.
However, this week’s biggest Marvel-related story has arguably been the contract renegotiations with Robert Downey Jr. While some outlets reported “The Avengers” director and Marvel Cinematic Universe consultant Joss Whedon was getting paid somewhere in the $100 million range for his work, Whedon has commented on the situation via the Whedonesque fan site, saying that amount isn’t quite accurate.
I was going to let it slide, but I’ve got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I’m not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been “reported” that people should take with a grain of salt:
That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.
That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.
That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.
That I “can write.”
Well, that’s a load off. Sorry to get so personal — the whole thing’s a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I’m off for a nice juicy steak. There’s a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico — like a steak.
DC COMICS FILMS
In a double-whammy of comic book movie news, Collider has also posted a lengthy interview with DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who spoke very briefly in a section of the interview about what’s happening with DC films. While his answers are short, the interview is definitely worth a look.
BIG HERO 6
“Big Hero 6” has been confirmed as the first Marvel project for Disney Animation. The film will be directed by “Winnie the Pooh’s” Don Hall and focuses on Hiro Hamada and his robot BayMax as they join a superhero team in the San Francisco/Tokyo hybrid city San Fransokyo.
Check out the first look at San Fransokyo at night below.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Here Be Geeks uncovered an interview with Robert Redford, where the actor may have revealed his role in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a villain.
“I like the idea of playing a villain,” said Redford in response to a question about his role in the film. “I did that just because it’s a different thing for me to do.”
The interview was with The Strait Times, and while a scan of the piece was included with Here Be Geeks’ report, there’s no official confirmation that Redford’s Alexander Pierce character is a villain — though with Marvel’s recent secret-keeping as to how the Mandarin worked in “Iron Man 3,” I suppose anything’s possible.
Opens April 3, 2014
Famke Janssen spoke with WhatCulture.com about her possible role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and her confirmed role in “The Wolverine.” However, it looks like she’ll only be appearing in flashbacks for the upcoming Hugh Jackman film.
“I couldn’t tell you [how much I’m in ‘The Wolverine’],” she said. “It’s a flashback sequence, but that’s all I can say. You’ll just have to wait until July!”
Opens July 26
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
While the original tweet has since been deleted, Comic Book Movie posted a comment via Twitter from actor Enzo Cilenti that seemingly reveals his casting in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“I may or may not be in #Guardiansofthegalaxy. I am sworn to secrecy so can’t say. In entirely unrelated news, ‘I am’,” the since-deleted tweet reads.
Cilenti has had roles and appearances in “Kick-Ass 2,” “House” and “Spooks.”
Opens August 1, 2014
THE SIXTH GUN
It looks like it’s a no-go for “The Sixth Gun” on NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC passed on the adaptation of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s Oni Press ongoing series, which prompted this response from the creators via Twitter:
The crummy news: NBC did not pick up THE SIXTH GUN as a series. The good news: @brihurtt and I still have an awesome comic to focus on.
— cullenbunn (@cullenbunn) May 9, 2013
At end of day @cullenbunn and I intend to stay focused on the one thing we do have control over. The comic. Thanks for all your support!
— Brian Hurtt (@brihurtt) May 9, 2013
“The Sixth Gun” is the latest in a series of comic book-based pilots that have failed to launch. Interestingly enough, Grantland‘s Andy Greenwald has posted an editorial analysis on why it’s tough for comic book adaptations to find a home on television, and how “Arrow” is unique in that regard. It’s an interesting read and worth a few minutes of your time.
Speaking of “Arrow,” here’s the promo for the season finale next week, “Sacrifice.”
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
“Star Trek Into Darkness” hits theaters next week, and press has begun to really ramp up on the sequel. Here’s a series of features and clips that have been released in the last 24 hours, including one from Paramount that continues John Harrison’s breakdown of the Enterprise crew…
…a clip from the folks over at MTV…
…and a clip shown during Zoe Saldana’s interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night.
Collider spoke with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine about returning for the sequel and the challenges/physical difficulties presented to them during filming.
Comic Book Movie has an interview with Chris Pine about taking on the role of James Kirk and the evolution of J.J. Abrams as a director.
“Probably just a sense of comfort, which is not to say with the first one he wasn’t comfortable, because he was,” Pine told Comic Book Movie. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who can come in to direct something of this size, and to have to multi-task and coordinate all these different cogs in this machine, and make it work and make it look effortless. But I remember this one sequence — it’s a huge action sequence, probably five or so minutes of film, which as you know takes like three weeks to shoot. Instead of coming in with a detailed shot list, he really wanted to be in the space, and the space wasn’t finally completed until the day before we shot it. He walked into the space and we rehearsed, and he kind of took a little tour around the set by himself, he asked the first AD to give him a couple of minutes, you could see him walking around figuring out his shots, and within 15 minutes he’d figured out what he wanted to shoot for the next three weeks. We thought that was kind of extraordinary – a set, and a sequence that would have made any other director cower in fear, he took it head on because he wanted to have it ready for the day, and he faced it, alive and in the moment, in the space. I like that about JJ — he’s very of the moment.”