Andrew Garfield talks about what scene he wanted added to Amazing Spider-Man 2. Stan Lee hints at his Guardians of the Galaxy cameo. And our first look at a returning guest star in Arrow's season finale. Plus, are we finally going to get an official Star Wars cast this week? Spoilers now!
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So, it looks like the little girl in the trailers we've seen with Quicksilver isn't the Scarlet Witch, and in fact Wanda isn't in the film at all. First Rogue was cut and then given a cameo, and now we learn that we won't see the Scarlet Witch. In Empire Magazine, Bryan Singer revealed:
Is that the Scarlet Witch? No, that's his little sister. I even had a line which I cut, where Quicksilver's mother says to the little girl, 'Go up and bug your sister,' and the little girl says, 'She bugs me!' You never see the older sister — but it was to imply that there is an older sister for comic book fans. I ended up cutting it.
As for the kids' involvement in the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse, it sounds like Evan Peters will return as Quicksilver:
Even though our Quicksilver is not a main character like in The Avengers, it's a character there's a lot of thought and concern about, and it's a character I'd like to explore further in the sequel.
Now that we know for sure that a Justice League movie will follow Superman Vs. Batman, speculation has begun about what that means. Most reports think that 2018 is the earliest that it could arrive, but the Latino Review is saying that Zack Snyder plans to shoot Superman Vs. Batman back-to-back with Justice League. Their projected release date is May 5, 2017. Also, there's a longstanding rumor that Matt Damon could play Aquaman. [The Wrap]
Are we going to get news this week? Evidence seems to point that way, with the official Twitter account promoting Star Wars Day (May 4th), new merchandise being released to coincide with it, and a new episode of Star Wars Rebels airing. Plus, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher have all been spotted in London this weekend, which is where most of the filming is to take place. And we've been pretty sure of their involvement for a while.
Here are some tweets locating the three in London:
As for what we'll learn — well, some think that we'll get a cast announcement. Whether that'll be a full cast, or just a confirmation of some of the returning cast members is unknown. [Slashfilm]
Gary Oldman, who plays Dreyfus, says that we should be ready to be amazed by this "game-changer" of a film, telling Collider:
I think it's a game-changer, this one, because he's taken 3D cameras, he's taken motion-capture, he's put it in location, he's given it natural lighting and ambient, available light, he's put long lenses ... he's shot it in a way that you wouldn't ordinarily shoot a movie like this. Really, up until this film, ninety percent of this stuff is shot in a studio under very specific conditions, cameras and lighting are a certain way, you're in a gray room.
To really put this technology on the road and go out there ... I think there are things in this movie - and of course Michael Seresin's lighting and what he achieved - but with the motion capture and even the rendering of the apes, it's a thousand-fold that's come on since the last one. I think it's as miraculous as anything Alfonso Cuaron did in Gravity. It's as impressive.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Andrew Garfield talked about the origins of a scene where Spider-Man stops to help a bullied kid:
The boy, the bullied boy, was not a character in the original script. He was actually a thought that I had about wanting to see me as a seven-year-old in the movie. I mentioned it to Marc and the writers. I suggested that we see the exact thing that I needed when I was a seven-year-old, to have it happen to a seven-year-old: Spider-Man showing up to give him the strength to find his own inner-strength, even though he's this incredibly skinny seven-year-old. I'm really proud of that.
That's what Spider-Man is all about. That's one of the big things that Spider-Man has always been about, to me. He isthe underdog. He is all about the small moments. He is the working class hero. He's not an alien. He's absolutely of this Earth. Whenever he can, he's going to try and help out the little guy.
I had this one idea that Spider-Man, in the middle of a car chase, decides he'll pull out of the car chase for a minute if there's an old lady who needs help crossing the street. And actually, there was a scene that I had written with the writers, and a movement director — a physical comedy director — where I was saving a cat from a tree. Unfortunately, we didn't get to shoot it. But I love that. That's what Spider-Man is about, to me. He's about the small stuff, as much as he's about the big stuff. Especially that Jorge character, the bullied character; he was hugely important to me.
He also dodged the question about how long he thinks he can play the part, saying that "I'm thirty years old; it's getting a bit ridiculous," mentioning that the films take a lot of time and energy, and that he doesn't "particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man." Sounds as though he's laying the groundwork to leave, honestly. [Comic Book Movie]
Stan Lee's already filmed his cameo for the film, saying at C2E2:
I already did! I cant tell you want it is — [Off stage, an associate shakes his head] Aw, now they'll get mad at me. I can tell you I don't understand what it was or why I did it. It was with a girl, a pretty girl. But you'll get a kick out of it. But if you understand it, write me a note an explain it to me!
He may have given more hints about his cameo earlier in the panel, when the same associate stopped him from talking about how he shaved his mustache for a "hologram":
Oh, you know what happened? Somebody decided they wanted to do a hologram — Oh. I can't talk about that! Well, I had to do something before the camera that called for me not wearing a mustache, so I shaved it off for this.
Sony Pictures' sci-fi adventure Pixels, based on the short film about 8-bit video games attacking the real world, is set to be released on May 15, 2015. Chris Columbus is directing and Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage are starring. [Variety]
Here's the newest banner, this one featuring both stars. [Coming Soon]
There's a chance that the properties Marvel owns — Fantastic Four, X-Men — may make their way to television. According to Simon Kinberg:
Fox does understand that they are sitting on this massive universe with the X-Men, also with Fantastic Four obviously. But they definitely have a sense of it and there's a real interest and appetite for how to explore and expand that world into other movies, into spinoffs, into different time periods, the whole gamut.
. . . We're still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there's just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV. Because that's it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it's the same characters, different story.
I think what [Fox is] seeing now is with the proliferation of new kinds of visual and special effects, there's a way to make these stories that doesn't cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie.
Speaking with Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada confirmed that all of these shows would be part of the same universe as the films and Agents of SHIELD, saying, "There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers." He also talked about how Daredevil, Power Man, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones will be different from what has come before:
Although these are superhero stories, this is different now. This is the street level…this is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe. Something that you haven't really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies. And probably more ground level, than I think you've seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes.
Executive producer Dave Filoni addressed concerns about the new show being "too light" in tone by saying:
I would also say that it's different than the previous era of Clone Wars and Star Wars because we were really the only game in town. There wasn't almost anything else being made, certainly nothing else by George Lucas. Now we're looking at all types of Star Wars media coming out. I think that it all can't be the same. I would expect, as is a tradition in video games — those things seem to be darker — the new movies, what tone they'll have I don't know; maybe dark, maybe not dark. But I think there needs to be a range. There are other types of movies being made as well in Star Wars, and who knows what realm they'll go into. The good thing is, we're all on the same page at Lucasfilm... and I know more than I'm letting on. [Laughs] Obviously. But I just play it that way. No followup questions!
He also broke down the characters, including Kanan:
Kanan is a great character to me because I've always wondered what happened to Jedi in this time period. Did they just go quietly into the night? Did any of them survive Order 66? How many of them survived Order 66? What were their experiences like? So with Kanan, it was a real chance to sit down and see the aftermath of the events of the Clone Wars. It's all particularly topical for me, because I just spent the last eight years fighting the Clone Wars. So now to be dealing with a bunch of characters who are dealing with the repercussions of that era, it's really kind of fascinating. When I look at Kanan, I could pretty quickly guess who he is and where he was. Always with Jedi you start to want to go, "Well, how can we make this guy different?" I think what people will find, I hope, is that he's a different kind of mentor than Obi-Wan was.
More at the link. [IGN]
The final episode of season 4, "The Children," will be 66 minutes long, making it the longest episode in the series by two minutes. To recap, here's the breakdown for all of season 4:
4.01 Two Swords (59 minutes)
4.02 The Lion and the Rose (53 minutes)
4.03 Breaker of Chains (57 minutes)
4.04 Oathkeeper (56 minutes)
4.05 First of His Name (54 minutes)
4.06 The Laws of Gods and Men (51 minutes)
4.07 Mockingbird (52 minutes)
4.08 The Mountain and the Viper (53 minutes)
4.09 The Watchers on the Wall (51 minutes)
4.10 The Children (66 minutes)
Here's the preview for episode 5, "First of His Name." [Coming Soon]
Tom Riley, who will guest star in the Robin Hood-themed episode three of the new season, gave a little interview where he heaped praise on Peter Capaldi. He says Capaldi will "revitalize" the show and "change the tone." See the video below. [Blogtor Who]
J. August Richards previewed tonight's episode, which does not seem to bode well for the mental state of his character:
When we last saw Mike, he was in deep conflict trying to convince himself that he is this Deathlok person and there is no more Mike Peterson left. And in this episode, he's more resigned to that fate. Mike will never lose complete hope, but this is kind of the fullest Deathlok that we've seen up until this point.
And yet, Richards thinks that there is still some of Mike Peterson left in Deathlok and that he could be saved, saying:
In my last episode, my one line was, 'Mike Peterson is dead.' And at the risk of sounding pretentious, Meryl Streep once said on Inside the Actors Studio, 'Always examine the opposite of what your character is saying,' so I really thought about that. I was like, 'Mike Peterson is so alive.'
. . . One thing, and one thing only [will save Mike]: They have to stop him from being controlled by Bill Paxton's character. The only reason I'm doing the things I do is because Garrett is threatening to kill my son, and me too.
And here's a clip from tonight's episode and the first two minutes of the episode:
Here's co-creator Graeme Mason and EP John Fawcett explaining what it means that Helena is a "mirror twin":
Mason: Somewhere along in my research I discovered what a mirror twin was, and I told John and we both just flipped and said 'That's it!'
Fawcett: It's perfect because Sarah and Helena are kind of a yin/yang thing, and that worked exactly for our concept. And we loved it as a reveal for season two. We had never ever had any plans to dispatch of Helena.
Star Robbie Amell promised that two people would die last night, but they're not the only ones: five more will die next week. Of those five, he says three will be main characters. While Amell refused to say if there would be a second season, saying there was "no way of knowing," he did have this to say about a potential season 2:
I think that our season 2 — although very different than season 1, I think it would be a really great show that people would love. I feel like we've really found our footing in the second half of the season, especially episodes 16 to 22. I think those were our best episodes.
Here are video interview with executive producers Meredith Averill and Adele Lim, who say that Drake and Grayson will come to an understanding by the end of the season.
And here are some interviews with the cast. [Buddy TV]
This season's going to end on major cliffhanger, according to producer Andrew Dabb:
We leave our guys in a situation they've never faced before, which after nine seasons, it kind of narrows it down a little bit. I think once they see the last frame of the last episode, I think people are going to be incredibly excited for Season 10.
One of the new characters will be Hunter, "a confident teen who is particularly savvy when it comes to all things technology." He'll be helping out the characters stuck under the dome and is not a person to anger. [E! Online]
Nyssa al Ghul will return for the finale, and Andrew Kreisberg says that she comes back with Sarah because "when you're fighting an army, you need an army. She goes and gets Nyssa, and she comes back with the League. It's the Arrow, Canary, Roy and the League of Assassins vs. Slade and his Mirakuru army for the city." Here's a photo of Nyssa in the finale. [Green Arrow TV]
Here's the official description for May 13th's season finale:
The team takes desperate action in its race to prevent the malevolent AI program Samaritan from coming online and making them its first targets. Meanwhile, the months-long battle with the anti-surveillance terrorist group Vigilance comes to a shocking conclusion.
Here's the synopsis for this Sunday's "Kansas":
"Kansas" - With Mary Margaret in labor and due to give birth at any moment, the residents of Storybrooke go on high alert in an attempt to ensure that Zelena doesn't try to steal her newborn baby for use in her ultimate game plan to turn back time and change her destiny — while obliterating Regina's existence. Meanwhile, in the land of Oz of the past, Glinda tries to convince Zelena to fight her evil tendencies and join her and her sister witches as a protector of Oz. But the appearance of a young girl from Kansas could turn out to be her undoing, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire/Neal Cassidy, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, David Anders as Dr. Whale, Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Rebecca Mader as Zelena, Gabe Khouth as Mr. Clark/Sneezy, Sunny Mabrey as Glinda, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Jason Burkart as Little John, Sharon Taylor as Witch of East, Karen Holness as Witch of North and Matreya Scarrwener as Dorothy.
"Kansas" was written by Andrew Chambliss & Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.
Below's the promo for the third episode, "In Vain." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's the promo for this Sunday's season finale, "Torn Apart":
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen