THOR: THE DARK WORLD
A new “Thor: The Dark World” behind-the-scenes featurette has hit in advance of its appearance on the upcoming “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray. The clip sees the film’s cast and director Alan Taylor discussing Thor’s role moving forward.
Meanwhile, both Thor and Asgard will arrive in a special Disneyland attraction that allows park-goers to come “face-to-face” with Thor in Asgard. It’s likely more information will be available on the attraction as “Thor: The Dark World” heads toward its November release.
Opens November 8
“Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright spoke with The Huffington Post and gave new details on his upcoming Marvel Studios film.
“I think there’s something in that it’s a lesser known character, there’s hopefully more license,” Wright told the Huffington Post. “For the one percent of people who are like, ‘Wait, Hank Pym would never do that!’ there’s 99 percent going, ‘Who’s Hank Pym?’ So, to me, the source material is great but it also frees you up to be like: I’m going to make a movie. The movie is not going to represent 50 years of Marvel comics because that’s impossible. But I’m going to make a 100 minute movie — or 110 minutes [Laughs].”
Wright also categorically stated in no uncertain terms that Ultron wasn’t in his script for “Ant-Man.”
“It was never in my script. Because even just to sort of set up what Ant-Man does is enough for one movie,” Wright said. “It’s why I think ‘Iron Man’ is extremely successful because it keeps it really simple. You have one sort of — the villain comes from the hero’s technology. It’s simple. So I think why that film really works and why, sometimes, superhero films fail — or they have mixed results — because they have to set up a hero and a villain at the same time. And that’s really tough. And sometimes it’s unbalanced.”
Opens November 6, 2015
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
ComicBook.com spoke with “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, asking whether the film’s footage shown at Comic-Con International 2013 and D23 would find its way to an official release.
“Zero percent chance, sorry!” Gunn told ComicBook.com. “I know a lot of you have seen the shaky camera footage, but it was made after 12 days if shooting and isn’t a true reflection of the awesomeness we’re trying to create for you.”
Perfection certainly seems to be something that Gunn strives for with this film — he recently posted on Twitter that he did 22 takes on a single shot with Dave Bautista and Chris Pratt.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 20, 2013
Opens August 1, 2014
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Entertainment Weekly has posted its newest “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”-themed cover and a few quotes from series head honcho Joss Whedon about the intent of the upcoming show.
“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of ‘Buffy’], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a ‘Buffy’ episode in order to star the person who mattered the least,” Whedon told EW. “The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”
Debuts September 24 on ABC
A new TV spot for “Riddick” has dropped, featuring new footage of Vin Diesel’s return to the “Pitch Black” role.
Opens September 6
“Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke with Ain’t It Cool News about a myriad of topics, including the CW drama’s second season, and how it differs from the first.
“The show has actually gotten bigger. Which, quite frankly, if you’d asked me last year if I thought that was possible, I’d have told you ‘No,’ because we were really straining at the bit just to produce the show given the time and budget that we have, but everyone’s come back and we’re really firing on all cylinders,” Guggenheim told AICN. “The second season I think is bigger and it’s a bit more focused in terms of the storytelling. We’ve made a variety of different character changes; Tommy’s death, and also the various changes we’ve made to Laurel’s status quo, and Thea’s status quo, will basically connect those characters more to Oliver’s world. Same thing is true for Felicity, so that everything is revolving around Oliver in a much tighter way than it was last year. Last year we would occasionally end up with characters siloed off in their own stories, either Thea and Moira, or Tommy and Laurel. And this year, the narrative of the show has gotten a lot more focused. And I think it’s made for stronger, better episodes.”
Airs Wednesdays on the CW