Joss Whedon spoke with MTV at the Critics’ Choice Awards, giving more detail on his plans for “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the script for which should be done in a “couple of months.”
“Don’t go bigger; go deeper,” Whedon told MTV News at the Critics’ Choice Awards, talking about how he plans to follow up the first “Avengers” film. “All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in — and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain.”
Meanwhile, IGN spoke with ABC President Paul Lee at the Television Critics Association press tour about the placement of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York,” Lee told IGN. “This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from Avengers. So it’s part of the world, but we’re going to be very, very careful that we don’t tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us.”
Speaking of new superhero shows, CW President Mark Pedowitz spoke with IGN and gave a brief update on the status of “Amazon,” the CW’s “Smallville”-eqsue Wonder Woman show written by Allan Heinberg.
“First off, we’re waiting to see the script. Second off, we’re busy casting for Diana as we speak,” Pedowitz told IGN. “Hopefully the script works the way we want.” He added that ‘Amazon’ is, “an origination story in the sense that ‘Smallville’ was an origination story.”
The CW’s other superhero show, “Arrow” will see a return of the Huntress, according to the show’s producer Greg Berlanti.
“She’s going to come back,” Berlanti told TV Fanatic. “We’re just writing that episode right now. We like to think of her as the crazy ex-girlfriend. So if you can only imagine the turns…her mission isn’t done or complete yet. She wanted to kill her Dad and he’s still alive.”
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
HeyUGuys has posted a new hi-res photo of Hugh Jackman as Logan in “The Wolverine.” Check it out.
Opens July 26
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
While speaking with MTV Jamie King revealed she’s already shot her returning role as Wendy and Goldie in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”
“I was the first one to shoot on the very first day. I was like, ‘So who else is going to be in the movie with me because I’m acting to five pieces of tape?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh, they haven’t been cast yet,'” King told MTV. “Literally, five pieces of tape and someone’s hand. They’re like, ‘This is the other actor.”
Opens October 4
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Ain’t It Cool News spoke with Anthony Mackie during the press tour for “Gangster Squad” briefly about researching his role as the Falcon in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
“It was funny; a lot of the research I found was online,” Mackie told AICN. “My older brother was a huge comic book buff. So when the news came out online, he called me and just gave me the whole rundown. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books. So I would just call and ask them, and they would send me all of this stuff online, and I got to read a bunch of the old comic books. It’s fortunate, because it’s a take off the comic book, it’s not the exactly storyline of the comic book.”
Opens April 4, 2014
The PreviewsWorld YouTube channel has posted this new trailer for “Ultimate Spider-Man” season two on Disney XD.
Airs Sundays on Disney XD
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
Despite rumors to the contrary, there will not be more scenes featuring Channing Tatum’s Duke in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura denied the rumor while speaking with Crave Online.
“That is a complete rumor. I don’t know where that started,” Di Bonaventura told Crave Online. “Literally, Channing shot for – if I have it wrong, I’m off by an hour – four hours, five hours? So it wasn’t really about that at all.”
Opens March 29
According to Production Week on Twitter, principle photography on Michael Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” film is scheduled to begin this April. No other details were released.
AKA JESSICA JONES
Finally, IGN spoke with Melissa Rosenberg about the long-in-development “AKA Jessica Jones” television series based on Brian Michael Bendis’ “Alias” comic book series. Rosenberg stated the project may be a better fit for cable rather than network television.
“I don’t know if it’s an ABC show,” Rosenberg told IGN. “It might be a cable show, really. The graphic novel is the first one that Marvel did that was meant to serve an adult audience. I toned it down a little bit for network, but it’s very, very easy to translate that into cable. Very easy. God I love that project, other than this one [‘Red Widow’], it’s one of my favorite things that I’ve ever written.”
No other details were provided as to whether there is actually any further movement on bringing the project to life.