Even after “The Avengers” shattered box-office records to become the largest domestic debut of all time (with The Hollywood Reporter stating it added $7.1 million on Sunday alone for a grand total of $207.4 million on opening weekend), there’s still news trickling in — not only about the film itself, but the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with CHUD.com, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige spoke about plans following “The Avengers” to continue expanding the worlds of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.
“If we do an ‘Avengers 2’ it will be after [‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Thor 2,’ ‘Captain America 2’]. They have to grow, they have to change. What they’ve gone through in this movie will impact their state of mind and where they stand in their next movies. Then whatever they go through in those movies is going to affect where we meet them in the next ‘Avengers’ film. But I think people will be surprised to see, as we go forward — particularly in ‘Iron Man 3’ — the notion of how singular the stories can become. Iron Man 3 is a very singular Tony Stark story. As is ‘Thor 2.’ Cap, who is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family, there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but SHIELD and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now. So of all these movies, ‘Captain America 2’ will be most closely associated with ‘Avengers.'”
On the comic side, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso spoke with CBR on Friday about Earth’s Mightiest Movie and his vision of the film after reading the script.
“When you’re editing a comic book script, you can’t help but form a mind’s eye picture of events that don’t always line up with what the artist draws. Ditto when you’re reading a screenplay. Directors, cinematographers and actors bring stuff to scenes that you can’t predict. Take Robert Downey, Jr., for instance — from what I’ve heard he largely improvises on his script. So, yeah, there were differences between my mind’s-eye picture of the script and the movie itself. That said, I’m amazed how much of Joss’ script remained intact. Like the Black Widow introduction scene — one of my favorite scenes in the script — I prayed it wouldn’t lose something in translation to the screen. Well, it didn’t. Joss deconstructs the ‘James Bond intro.’ I mean, wow.”
USA Today has posted a roundtable interview with all the stars of “The Avengers” including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo to talk about their experiences playing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
“The movie is not without defects,” said Downey Jr. “I still cannot exactly tell you what the bad-guy plot is. During the course of the journey, as long as you don’t leave me with these lingering questions, so that I feel like you are being sloppy. But with the difficulty and complexity of it all, I don’t like to say this, but I was humbled by it.”
For those that loved Johansson’s portrayal of the Black Widow this time around, Perez Hilton reports Johansson spoke about the possibility of a “Black Widow” prequel.
“I love her origin story. I think it’s just such a riveting one,” Johansson told Perez Hilton. “It’s just steeped in history and the richness to shoot in Russia, perhaps. … I hope that the fans’ voice is loud enough and they want to see a Widow origin story, I know Marvel would be happy to entertain that. We’ve spoken a lot about it.”
Finally, EW.com has posted a full background report on the super-secret scene attached after the full “Avengers” credits have finished rolling. It’s full of spoilers about the scene, so for those who may not have had the chance to see the film yet, I’m not going to post any quotes. However, if you’ve seen the movie, check out the article. It’s a lot of fun.
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IRON MAN 3
Superhero Hype has posted a brief quote from Sir Ben Kingsley while he was on the press junket for Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator” about his character from “Iron Man 3” — which, apparently, is still under development.
“I’m filming ‘Ender’s Game’ in New Orleans right now and then I go onto a film called ‘ The Physician,’ which is a beautiful film about a physician and then I go into ‘Iron Man,'” Kinglsey told Superhero Hype. “Quite soon I’ll be with everybody and we’ll be discussing the look and the feel and the direction of the character. It’s very early days yet, but I’m so thrilled to be on board.”
Opens May 3, 2013
That certainly looks like an “Ant Man” image to me. Previously, Kevin Feige stated, “Edgar is getting excited to get behind the camera again and start some advanced prep work for ‘Ant-Man.’ … We are going to take some forward steps in a few months that will bring it closer than ever.” This could be the first of those forward steps to bring Ant Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
MAN OF STEEL
It’s been a while since we’ve heard much of anything from Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” — but Blackfilm has posted an interview with actor Harry Lennix about his role as General Swanwick in the upcoming Superman reboot and his excitement at being a part of the film.
“‘Man of Steel” is going to be a very big deal when it comes out in Christmas of 2013,” Lennix told Blackfilm. “I was like a kid in a candy shop. Superman has always been my favorite superhero, it’s not even close. I guess a close second would be Spider-Man, but I’ve always been a fan of Superman since I was a little boy. As a teenager I saw the reboot with Christopher Reeve and I’ve watched that many, many times, and the second one with Christopher Reeve many, many times. To be a part of something this traditional and this foundational to the American myth is a great honor and I’m pleased to say I have a good role in it and I was honored to have been a part of the whole process.”
GAME OF THRONES
It just wouldn’t be Monday without a new promo for next week’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” this time courtesy of YouTube user TelevisionPromos. Enjoy this sneak peek at “A Man Without Honor.”
Airs Sundays on HBO
According to Collider and a pre-sale ticket stub, the MPAA has handed down an “R” rating to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic. The rating follows a quote from 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman that the movie ” will not be compromised either way,” and the studio would accept the rating of the MPAA without cutting any footage.
Opens June 8
According to Comic Book Movie, John Romita Jr. gave a definite update on “Kick-Ass 2” production while attempting to break the world record for continuous cartooning in Las Vegas for charity. CBM reports “the deals have been signed and production will ramp-up this Summer for a May 2013 release.” The website’s source is an unlinked Facebook user’s page, so the information is unconfirmed.
Opens May 2013?
300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA
In an interview with Collider, actor Rodrigo Santoro spoke about the challenge of reprising his role as Xerxes in the upcoming “300” follow-up film and revealed the movie commences shooting in July.
“We start shooting in July,” Santiago told Collider. “They’re working on the very, well you never know, but last draft of the script. I think they’re calling it a spin-off because it’s not exactly a prequel, it’s not a sequel. It takes place in the same time, you start a little earlier but then you see that it’s like a different point of view, a different camera, a different angle. While that battle was happening, the one that you saw in ‘300,’ there was another battle happening next to it and you will have a chance to see all of that happening and how they interact. I don’t want to ruin it.”
Opens August 2, 2013
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
Here’s a new international trailer for “G.I. Joe Retaliation” with an intro by Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow) and Bruce Willis (General Joe). There’s a little bit of cool new footage. Check it out below.
Meanwhile, Ain’t It Cool News has posted an interview with director Jon Chu about the film and Cobra replacing the G.I. Joes as part of the movie’s plot.
“We are having a lot of fun with Cobra ‘being’ the Joes in this version,” Chu told AICN. “As you know, the multi-media aspect of movies now means the story doesn’t begin and end in the movie, it actually can begin way before…online…and can continue afterwards. We have stuff going on that you should be looking out for online such as the ‘Cobra Special Forces’ site, its all part of our goal.”
The director also confirmed that while Joseph Gordon-Levitt does not reprise his role as Cobra Commander, the character underneath the helmet, Rex, is still the same.
“We are continuing that story, there is no other Cobra Commander,” he said. “We can put that rumor to rest.”
Opens June 29