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COMIC REEL: Russos Tease Captain Marvel In “Infinity War,” Discuss Their “Cosmic Approach” To The Films

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COMIC REEL: Russos Tease Captain Marvel In “Infinity War,” Discuss Their “Cosmic Approach” To The Films


During a Q&A with fans at the Smithsonian Institute, “Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo apparently casually name-dropped Captain Marvel as being in the film. A fan asked the brothers to clarify, asking, “Did you just confirm Captain Marvel?” As reports, the pair joked, “Um… Captain Barvel. Totally different character.” Uproxx has a roundup of reaction tweets to the slip.

In an interview with Collider, the “Infinity War” directors also touched on the massive scale of the next Avengers movie.

“I also think those movies are intended to be the culmination of everything that’s happened in the MCU from the very first Iron Man movie years ago,” said Anthony Russo. “So they will end up changing the MCU more profoundly than any movie has yet, and there will be some things that come to an end in those movies, dimensions of the MCU will end in those film, dimensions will change forever in those films, dimensions will find new life in those films. They’re a real threshold for what we’ve come to know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I think that dimension can be a little intimidating but also exciting.”

Co-director Joe Russo also hinted that at least part of the film will take place off Earth.

“We still have rules where we want everything to be based in physics in some way, or departing from our universe, or going to somewhere fantastical that the rules are very clear to the audience about how physics operates in that space,” said Joe. “So we’re using a lot of real world influences for our cosmic approach and while you can’t bring a level of ‘realism’ because a lot of things that you’re dealing with in that space are theoretical, what you can do is bring a psychological realism to it and the characters can have a psychology that is relatable in a human storytelling level.”

The brothers also revealed in an interview with Deadline that they’ve been working on “Infinity War” since “Captain America: Civil War” began post-production.

“We already started [the scripts], a couple months ago,” said Joe. “We had to. We start shooting in November, two movies back to back. So we need two scripts ASAP, and we probably started working on them six months ago.”

Anthony said they worked alongside co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on the scripts throughout editing: “…Just story, with Markus and McFeely, the writers. Hardcore conversations. As soon as we got into post on this movie, we gave ourselves a few weeks to transition and then we spent half days with the writers, and half in the edit room, for months. We’ll get the first draft of both scripts when this movie opens.”

Part 1 opens May 4, 2018; Part 2 opens May 3, 2019


ABC has released a clip from next week’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode, “Emancipation.”

Airs Tuesdays on ABC


The CW has released a synopsis for “Arrow’s” season finale episode, “Schism.”

SEASON FINALE  ARROW “Schism” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)  OLIVER TEAMS UP WITH A SURPRISING FORCE TO STOP DAMIEN DARHK – Oliver (Stephen Amell) teams up with a surprising force in an attempt to stop Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and his magic once and for all.  John Behring directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim (#423).  Original airdate 5/25/2016.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Colton Haynes revealed why he asked to step away from his role on “Arrow.”

“I asked to step away because I cared more about my mental and physical health than my career at the time,” Haynes said to Entertainment Weekly, remarking on the break he took from acting to re-focus his priorities. “I’ve had terminal anxiety my entire life. Physically ill, fainting. I’m 27 years old, and I have an ulcer. I had to step back.”

The actor reflected on a major moment in his career, when headlines surfaced about his sexual orientation, and history with men: “It was a complete shock. I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines…I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet. But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said.”

The actor remarked that things are now looking better, after having taken time for himself: “It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”

Airs Wednesdays on the CW


Spoiler alert: While talking with Cinema Blend, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed what made them decide to do the mid-credits scene for “Civil War.” The scene — again, spoilers — features Winter Soldier voluntarily undergoing deep freeze in order to keep himself from being turned into a weapon. Captain America and Bucky turn to the one place with the technology and ability to protect him: Wakanda.

“That was always sort of the idea for the end of the movie, and as the movie was being developed, it felt like it would be additionally cool to have that happen in Wakanda — a super advanced place,” said Feige of the decision to relocate Bucky to Wakanda. “They’ve got something that he could go in. And also, it speaks to Panther’s arc. The person that he was out to kill early in the movie, he’s now nobly helping. And then, of course, that led organically to a cool moment, where Cap can go, ‘Thanks for doing this, but they’re going to come get you.'”

Opens May 6, 2016


The synopsis for the “Flash” season finale, “The Race of His Life,” has been released.

SEASON FINALE  THE FLASH “The Race of His Life” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)  THE FLASH VS. ZOOM – After Zoom (guest star Teddy Sears) reveals his true plan, Barry (Grant Gustin) vows to do whatever it takes to stop him.  Antonio Negret directed the episode written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (#223).  Original airdate 5/24/2016.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW


Fox has released the synopsis for the season two finale episode of “Gotham,” “Transference.” The episode features the return of Fish Mooney as well as an appearance from Victor Fries.


Jada Pinkett Smith, Nathan Darrow and Michelle Veintimilla Guest-Star

While Gordon, Bruce and Lucius remain at Indian Hill, the city of GOTHAM will be met with a new threat as Hugo Strange’s inmates devise a plan to escape and start their new lives in GOTHAM in the all-new “Wrath of the Villains: Transference” Season Finale episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, May 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-222) (TV-14; D, L, V) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, James Frain as Theo Galavan, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Nicholas D’Agosto as Harvey Dent, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean

Guest Cast: Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Kit Flanagan as The White Haired Woman, Nathan Darrow as Mr. Freeze/Victor Fries, BD Wong as Hugo Strange, Tonya Pinkins as Ethel Peabody, Michelle Veintimilla as Firefly/Bridgit

Airs Mondays on Fox


There’s a recap of last night’s episode, “River of Time,” right here on CBR. And there’s a promo for next week’s ep, “Destiny.”

TV Line also has some info about Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) brother. According to “Legends” EP Marc Guggenheim, “[He] is a potential Arrow character. [But] we’ve actually been talking about seeing [Sydney] in Legends Season 2.” Guggenheim clarified that Ray and Sydney are not twins, they just have “an uncanny similarity.”

Airs Thursdays on the CW


According to Deadline, a source has said that “[‘Supergirl’] is seriously considering moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver next season.” It’s noted that the move would make logistic sense for producer Greg Berlanti, whose other superhero shows, “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” already film in Vancouver. The move would also reduce the budget and possibly make a renewal by either CBS or the CW possible for the show.

Airs Mondays on CBS


“Wolverine 3” has added Elise Neal to its cast in an unnamed role, as revealed by Variety.

Opens March 3, 2017

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