Marvel.com spoke with “Avengers” Concept Illustrator and Iron Man Mark VII armor designer Phil Saunders about the process of developing new armor for the iron avenger.
“Each suit has been really successful, which has raised the bar, from the Mark I to the suits from ‘Iron Man 2,'” Saunders told Marvel.com. “Particularly with the suitcase suit. That was really spectacular, so there’s sort of an expectation that we’re going to take the suit to another level. With the Mark VII, there were a couple of elements that were already written into the script. The design always starts from the script. [Director] Joss Whedon was looking for something that had the ‘cool’ factor of the suitcase suit, while still being a fully-armored, heavy duty suit that could take on an army in the final battle.”
Finally, Entertainment Tonight posted some new footage from its visit to the “Avengers” set.
Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everybody. Opens May 4
THE WALKING DEAD
The Hollywood Reporter brought a major “Walking Dead” spoiler to light when a listing for the season two Blu-ray hit AMC’s store revealing the possible exit of Shane from the show. Touting “Shane’s last episode” as one of the bonus features on the 4-disc set, the season two limited edition Blu-ray comes inside a zombie head. However, all the information could be heresay.
“The post on the AMC store was completely unauthorized. The matter is currently under investigation,” an AMC spokesperson told THR.
While Shane might be exiting from the show, The Governor is inbound for season three — and IFC spoke to John Hawkes about why he turned the role down.
“They were kind enough to show interest. It just felt like it wasn’t right for me,” Hawkes told IFC. “I think they’re going to find someone who will do a better job than I would have, and I think they’ll be happy in the end.”
The role eventually went to actor David Morrissey, who Robert Kirkman told MTV was a good fit for the role.
“More than any other actor, David Morrissey came in and wanted to embrace everything that there is to the Governor,” Kirkman told MTV. “He knew this is a complicated character, and he knew this was a character that people are going to hate to love. He recognized that this character is a villain,” he continued. “A lot of people came in and were like, ‘But he’s a good guy inside, right?’ They want that nuance, and that’s definitely important. We definitely have that. The Governor isn’t a one-note character; there are a lot of layers to that onion. But this is a sadistic guy. David Morrissey, more than any other actor, really wanted to sink his teeth into that role. He wants to embrace everything there is about the Governor.”
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CAPTAIN AMERICA 2
It’s a little early to bring new details on the “Captain America” sequel, but MTV spoke with actor Derek Luke, who played Howling Commando Gabe Jones, about his possible role in future Marvel films.
“It’s amazing what happens when you walk through one door, it opens so many of them,” the actor told MTV. “So what I’ll say is so many doors are open right now for me on that level and I’m just excited.”
When pressed, Luke elaborated, saying, “In the world of Marvel, you can be anybody at any time so what you see is not always what is. That’s all I have to say.”
Sony plans to adapt Valiant Entertainment’s “Bloodshot” into a live-action feature film. The deal was came from a spec script written by Jeff Wadlow, a fan of the original run of “Bloodshot” who agreed to write a script on spec in an agreement with Valiant Entertainment and Moritz’s Original Film. “Bloodshot” will be a live-action film and was originally rumored to be directed by Matthew Vaughan. However, Vaughan is not attached to the project.
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Director Peter Jackson has posted a new production video on location for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Check it out below.
THE HUNGER GAMES
Bloody-Disgusting has posted the first full clip of “The Hunger Games” featuring Katniss’ amazing archery skill.
Opens March 23
MTV has posted a new clip from Disney’s “John Carter” featuring Taylor Kitsch as John Carter and Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris.
Spinoff Online spoke with Willem Dafoe about his motion capture work on the film as Tars Tarkis and the Thark language.
“I think the Thark language, though it’s used minimally, is important to set up the characters and it was through the Thark language that you find the voice,” Dafoe said. “The truth is, we shot the Thark language quite early and it’s been long a while — someone asked me to speak and I was like, uh, um, uh!”
Opens March 9