Iron Man 3 will reveal Tony Stark's true superpower, and it isn't just his suits. Two Asgardians discuss their Marvel futures. Godzilla starts filming, and the director records a message to mark the occasion. What's ahead for Sansa on Game of Thrones? Plus an update on a major Arrow development. Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Thor: The Dark World.
Again, keep in mind that none of this counts until Disney makes it official, but Harrison Ford is the latest person to say that, yes, he'll most likely return as Han Solo for the new Star Wars movie:
"I'm looking forward to it…I think it's going to happen."
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talks some more about how this film brings the focus back to Tony Stark:
This time we wanted to return to Tony's world. His place in Malibu, which is why you see him with Pepper. And we wanted to remind the audience, yes the suits are cool, but it's his intellect that is really his super power. You'll remember the beginning of Iron Man 1, he's in a cave. He doesn't have access to anything, and he ends up building his first Iron Man suit. So what we wanted to do in this movie was put him in a similar position. Take away everything from Tony and see how he can fight the villain back. He's been to outer space, he's seen aliens, he's seen green people, he's seen guys with hammers, and he's just a guy. So it sometimes worries him and he thinks maybe I'm only super if I'm in the suit. This movie is the movie that reminds him he's super, even out of his suit. He just has to sort of figure that out.
Happy Hogan is again played by Jon Favreau, who is one of Tony Stark's best friends. Is hurt, seemingly an attack by the new villain as Mandarin, a terrorist in this world. And he's going to investigate who this terrorist is and where he can find him. And it leads him to a place Tony's never been in any of the movies, which is the middle of the good old US of A. He's in small town, Rose Hill, Tennessee. And he meets a boy. But we really wanted him to be fighting for his friends, for the love of his life, Pepper, who wants to see him as something that he's not. He's comfortable in the Penthouses of Manhattan, in mansions in Malibu. Here he is in the middle of Tennessee with his hat pulled low and he's trying to do this investigation. And this very sweet and funny relationship that he begins with this little boy. Again, reminding the audience he's a superhero, he's frankly our most famous superhero, all because he's got a very intelligent, scientific mind.
He also discusses the importance of Tony's relationship with Pepper Potts:
And he's been with the same woman [since Iron Man], and the relationship just grows. And the relationship gets deeper and deeper. And in this film they live together. And, you saw a little bit of the banter with Rebecca Hall who plays a new character, Maya. But the truth of the matter is, the love triangle in this movie is really between Tony, Pepper and the suits. Tony, Pepper and his obsession with those suits, and the obsession with technology. And it's sort of unique for a big superhero summer blockbuster franchise to have, I think, that kind of layers.
...[T]here's a flashback at the beginning of this movie with the Rebecca Hall character that shows what he was like many years ago, before he became Iron Man. And you see a little bit of that playboy. But the fact is, you always want to remind audiences of that side of him, so you can appreciate how sort of mature he's getting. That he's putting all that aside to be with her. The other thing is, the chemistry between Robert and Gwyneth is spectacular.
There's more at the link. [Two Kids and a Coupon]
Loki actor Tom Hiddleston discusses his future in the role, with a special emphasis on his part in the upcoming Thor sequel:
The fun of playing Loki is the character itself constantly keeps people guessing. And he provokes a double-edged sentiment in the people who allegedly he has invested in, and who he cares about. As someone, who was then cast out as the black sheep of the royal family, whether he can be accepted into that fold is a question that remains to be answered. Just how dark and evil he has become is another question I hope the film will answer... I will go on until the audience wants me to stop or Marvel tells me to stop. It is a rare thing to be connected to a character that people enjoy watching. I never expected it my wildest dreams. You don't dare sign up for that as an actor. All any actor can see is they might play a character that somehow ignites the public imagination and it is thrilling when you do. It is in good fun.
Rome actor Ray Stevenson discusses what's ahead for his character, Warriors Three member Volstagg:
"Asgard's under great threat, I mean the biggest threat it's ever had. The worlds have been turned upside down, the stakes are a lot higher, it's a lot grittier and darker. It's gonna be a lot of fun! I saw Christopher Eccleston on set two or three times. The man is just a construement sort of, malevolent, dark force. He's under so much ...make-up that took hours and hours [to apply]. It takes a lot, but he's bringing something very very dark and special to it... There's always potential [for Volstagg to show up in The Avengers sequel]. There's always room for a big guy in the end."
I definitely wouldn't take that last bit as confirmation of Volstagg appearing in Avengers 2, but I suppose we can upgrade that particularly possibility to "highly dubious but could potentially happen." You can watch the entire interview video with him below. [Red Carpet News TV via Comic Book Movie]
Here's the latest viral image, which depicts the clean-up after a monstrous Kaiju is defeated. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's a short video greeting Monsters director Gareth Edwards sent out to mark the start of filming for his new Godzilla movie. You can check out a few set photos at the link. [Bleeding Cool]
Here's a character featurette focused on Channing Tatum's Duke.
And here's a viral video billed as "A Message from Cobra."
Sophie Turner discusses what's ahead for her character Sansa Stark this season:
Season 2 changed her for the better. All the things she heard in songs and fairy tales - they're all gone now. She's lost her innocence, but for the better. You don't want to be innocent in the world of Game of Thrones. She has some big events that are unexpected and a new experience for her. This time she actually becomes a woman and has a chance to live what could be her dream life.
Here's a promo for next Monday's long-awaited midseason premiere and eleventh episode, "The Stand."
Here's the synopsis for episode thirteen, "The Song Remains the Same":
Neville is faced with danger and difficult decisions; Rachel embarks on a dangerous journey to the tower as she tries to restore the power and her self-respect.
Here's the description for episode eighteen, entitled "Selfless, Brave, and True", which airs this Sunday:
MARY MARGARET DISCOVERS THAT AUGUST HAS BEEN HIDING AWAY FROM THE OTHERS AND IS COMPLETELY MADE OUT OF WOOD, AND EMMA IS SHOCKED WHEN NEAL INVITES HIS FIANCÉE, TAMARA, TO COME TO STORYBROOKE, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME" — Eion Bailey Guest Stars as August — While Mary Margaret goes off on her own in an attempt to come to grips with what she did to Cora and how her deed has affected her, she stumbles upon August, who has hidden himself away from the others and is completely made of wood — ashamed at the actions he has taken in life; and Emma is shocked when Neal invites his fiancée, Tamara, to come to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, before the curse was cast, August is introduced to a man of magic who may be able to prevent him from turning back into wood — but at a steep price.
Here's a spoiler-y casting tidbit for the season finale, courtesy of E! Online:
The ABC fantasy hit is currently casting three 16-year-old boys who are part of a sinister group. The leader Felix is tough, while the other two are identical twins and all three roles could becoming recurring. Hmm…could we be meeting the Lost Boys?!
Here's the description for episode nine, "Two of a Kind", which airs April 5:
JAKE NAVIGATES A DEADLY COLLISION COURSE ON AN ALL-NEW "TOUCH" FRIDAY, APRIL 5, ON FOX — Frances Fisher ("Titanic") and Mykelti Williamson ("24") Guest-Star — As Jake uses a cipher to locate Amelia, Martin tracks a bloody path to Guillermo, who is stalking Dr. Nell Plimpton (guest star Samantha Whittaker), someone we've seen before and one of the righteous "36." Meanwhile, Calvin Norburg meets with Nicole Farington (guest star Fisher), the uber-competent CEO of Aster Corps, who introduces him to the first quantum computer in an attempt to woo him back to the company. When different roads lead to the same location, lives are lost as shocking events unfold.
Colin Donnell discusses the fallout of his character Tommy learning Oliver's big secret:
It's going to be interesting. That revelation throws everything into turmoil and all the relationships start shifting — especially the one between Tommy and Oliver. The impact doesn't end there; because of the closeness between Oliver, Tommy and Laurel, it's going to seep into the relationship between Tommy and Laurel and the relationship between Malcolm and Tommy shifts, too. You might see the two of them being pushed closer together.
Will Tommy keep Oliver's secret from Laurel (Katie Cassidy) or will he use that against him?
The burden of trying to keep this secret in is a lot to bottle up. That's one of the things that will ultimately impact Tommy's relationship with Laurel. I don't know if he'd ever tell her outright because that'd be a lot for anybody to handle. Tommy is a person of his word and the fact is he's going to make a promise to Oliver not to tell. I don't know if there is anything that could really force him to play that card.
He also discusses when the pressure of keeping the secret will affect Tommy's personality:
You're going to see a harder edge from Tommy, not necessarily with darker thoughts but he's going to have a really hard time with everything and he doesn't take it in a woe-is-me way — he really pushes back. It's a bit of learning about Oliver and in episode 19, The Count comes back and Vertigo makes an appearance again — and Tommy becomes a suspect in that. He's going to have a real issue with the people who not only accuse him of that but also who don't immediately stand up for him.
There's more at the link. [Live Feed]
Here's a sneak peek at tomorrow night's episode, "Because the Night."
Creator Ryan Murphy discusses Titanic and About Schmidt actress Kathy Bates's role in the upcoming season:
"The one thing I'll say about the part is, I wanted to see a lot of scenes with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates going at it, so that's what you're going to get to see. The title of the next year is American Horror Story: Coven. It's a really cool story that we've been talking about for a couple of years no, and this seemed like the year to do it."
Here's the promo for next week's episode, "If I Only Had Raw Brain."
Here's a behind-the-scenes video that details the making of the show's aliens.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.