“S.H.I.E.L.D.” is the television show on every Marvel Cinematic Universe fan’s mind and the mystery of which characters will be involved has been lighting up the web for some time. However, it looks as though the speculation may be over, as preliminary character descriptions have been revealed. Joss Whedon seems to be taking his statement about the show being autonomous very seriously, as none of the characters seem to have comic book counterparts.
Skye: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident — with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
Agent Grant Ward: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
Agent Althea Rice: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies — she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
IRON MAN 3
The Daily Mail snapped photos of Robert Downey Jr. on the set of “Iron Man 3,” but the real draw of the photo roundup is a new, close-up look at Iron Man’s new armor and the armor of the Iron Patriot. Those are some good looking suits.
Opens May 1, 2013
MAN OF STEEL
“What Christopher Nolan and I have done with Superman is try to bring the same naturalistic approach that we adopted for the Batman trilogy,” Goyer told BadTaste. “We always had a naturalistic approach, we want our stories to be rooted in reality, like they could happen in the same world we live in. It’s not that easy with Superman, and actually this doesn’t necessarily mean we will make a dark movie. But working on this reboot we are thinking about what would happen if a story like this one actually happened. How would people react to this? What impact would the presence of Superman in the real world have? What I really like to do is write ‘genre’ stories without a cartoonish element. I did the same with ‘Da Vinci’s Demons,’ and I’ll do the same with ‘Man of Steel.'”
Opens June 14, 2013
THE WALKING DEAD
AMC has posted the “Cold Storage” webisodes for public enjoyment. Check out the first one below, then head over to AMC for all four mini-episodes to prep for the season three premiere.
Premieres October 14 on AMC
The CW’s “Arrow” hits next week and televisionpromos has a three-minute preview containing cast and crew interviews and brief snippets of footage.
Premieres October 10
Liam Neeson spoke with Collider on the press tour for “Taken 2” and said, despite rumors that he’s starring in Joe Carnahan’s adaptation of “Nemesis,” that he has no idea what it is.
“I’m not familiar with it, but I’d work with Joe in a heartbeat,” Neeson told Collider. “Joe’s one of these real throwbacks to the great directors of the ’40s and ’50s. He’s a real man’s man director. We’re pals and I’d love to work with him again. But ‘Nemesis,’ no I don’t know what it is.”
It looks as though Bryan Fuller’s “The Munsters” remake “Mockingbird Lane” may be headed for the chopping block before it even premieres. Deadline reports NBC is leaning toward passing on Fuller’s latest venture, which was ordered to pilot in November 2011. Fuller is also currently working on “Hannibal,” a drama about the serial killer from “Silence of the Lambs.”
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Deadline confirms “Cloverfield’s” Matt Reeves has signed a deal to replace Rupert Wyatt, who left the project due to the hard May 23, 2014 release date set by the studio.
Opens May 23, 2014
MTV spoke with Famke Janssen, who played Jean Grey in the first three “X-Men” films about the possibility of her return to the X-Men universe. While the actress noted she is currently “in no position to say anything” about the possibility of her return to the franchise, she did tease a bit about it.
“One never knows,” Janssen told MTV. “Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows.”