THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Only one week before “Thor: The Dark World” hits theaters, and IGN asked Kevin Feige and director Alan Taylor to take on a few fan questions about the film
“We’re huge fans of Walt Simonson, and the Walt Simonson books were very, very important to us as we were starting to make the first film,” Feige said. “We loved Malekith’s backstory, we loved that he comes with an entire race — the Dark Elves — we loved that he comes with an entire planet — Svartelheim — and while we didn’t think there was room for him in the first movie, we thought if we ever got to make a second one, he would be the bad guy.”
“I liked the fact that we got a bad guy whose story was way back,” said Taylor. “When you’re fighting Thor and Asgard and Odin, he definitely has the same oomph that they have. Chris Eccleston, who plays him, really enjoyed the backstory in the comic books and he looked into the mythology that preceeds all this that Malekith also appears in.”
Meanwhile, CBR’s Josh Wigler has a full report from the “Thor: The Dark World” press conference, where Taylor discussed what he saw as his primary goal when approaching the film.
“When I went into it, I thought my first task was to darken the world and deepen it and dirty it up a little bit,” Taylor said. “I felt like that was my mandate going in. And then as we started the process, I realized, ‘If we’re going to darken it, if we’re going to deepen it, if we’re going to possibly kill off some characters that we love, we’d better make darn sure that it’s balanced on the other side.'”
Feige also spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the villain-slanted nature of the Phase Two films — but as it turns out, it was actually a coincidence.
“We didn’t sit down and say, okay now bring on the bad guys. The heroes are the focus and the drivers,” Feige told EW. “We choose those villains because of what you hope they will bring out in the hero. Malekith and the dark elves give Thor a noble foe, tap into Asgardian history, and bring about somebody who is worse than Loki, to put Thor in a position where he had to ask for his brother’s help.”
Opens November 8
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Comic Book Movie has posted a new piece of promotional art for “Guardians of the Galaxy”: an illustrated banner that shows Star-Lord holding a mysterious glowing sphere.
Collider has posted the full list of toys slated for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” line. While toys always have to be taken with a grain of salt in terms of actual movie spoilers (character that appear in the toy lines will often not appear in the actual film), it’s certainly interesting that Iron Man, Thanos and Nova show up in the line. Time will tell if they actually make appearances in the upcoming film.
Opens August 1, 2014
DR. HORRIBLE 2
Although fans are chomping at the bit for the next installment in “Dr. Horrible,” according to a MTV interview with Zack Whedon, they’re going to have to continue waiting.
“I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities,” Whedon told MTV. “It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately. … There was a time maybe about a year ago I guess, where it really felt like, ‘We’re gaining steam, this could happen in the spring, let’s do this. But there just was not enough time for each of the people involved to focus on it, and for all of us to get into a room together. So the second Avengers movie is going to swallow up any Dr. Horrible hopes for at least another year and a half.”
Clevver Movies has posted an interview with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller about the status of the film, which seems to be all but ready to go if not for a studio greenlight.
“Deadpool is still alive and we’re just waiting for the studio to embrace what an amazingly fucking awesome film this would be,” Miller was quoted as saying. “Ryan [Reynolds] is ready, I am ready, the fans are more than ready, we just need that elusive green light.”
Speaking of Reynolds, Comic Book Movie has rounded up two alternate openings and a gag reel from “R.I.P.D.”
Now on DVD/Blu-ray
THE LEGO MOVIE
A new trailer for “The LEGO Movie” has landed online with Will Arnett’s incredible portrayal of Batman as the anchor. Check it out below.
Opens February 7
Check out the latest clips from “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” for the upcoming Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD.
Airs Sundays on Disney XD